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Hyouka


Alternative Titles

English: Hyouka
Synonyms: Hyou-ka, Hyouka: You can't escape, Hyou-ka: You can't escape, Hyoka
Japanese: 氷菓

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 22
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 23, 2012 to Sep 17, 2012
Premiered: Spring 2012
Broadcast: Unknown
Studios: Kyoto Animation
Source: Novel
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

Score: 8.161 (scored by 198,614 users)
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Ranked: #3492
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Popularity: #65
Members: 428,649
Favorites: 9,813

Recommendations

The series shares the same high school setting but tackles college level of social psychology in subject. There's also the angsty or grumpy yet lethargic main character which is most of the time played for jokes, though their use of humor is a bit in contrast since the other one is lighthearted, while the latter is dark and comically edgy. You also have the Queen/Empress who has a good ability in expressive persuasion through social engineering which makes you want to engineer them socially if you get my expression =P. 
report Recommended by Azraniel
These two have the genre mystery in common, thrown in with a few 'awkward, possible romantic' situations. Basically, if you like mystery, watch Gosick and Hyouka. 
report Recommended by September
Judged by how character setting is almost man-to-man similar, can't refuse that it will make the overall mood and tone similar too. That's how it's happening.

The leading male and narrator, Kyon and Oreki Houtarou, are made from the same mold. Average, not standing out, and does not want to take initiative whatsoever in school activities. And guess what, they are getting pushed around by girl of course, The ultimate reason why any straight man go out of their comfort zone.

The story of Hyouka revolve around solving mystery, not a grand one, but very well made. Well made enough to be believable,  read more 
report Recommended by lapisdragon
When looking at the artwork for Kokoro Connect and Hyouka, the artwork looks strikingly similar to each other, despite being animated by differing studios. Hyouka's artwork is a marvel to look at since it was animated by KyoAni, but Kokoro Connect's artwork is also very good.

Kokoro Connect, synthesizes comedy and drama in a very appealing way. It does not rely on straight gags, and it doesn't try too hard for laughs. This is a positive, because it doesn't seem forced like in other anime. The drama is not over the top and does not seem forced at all. There are also slice of  read more 
report Recommended by Ejc
Oreki may as well be Tomoya and vice versa. They have the same seiyuu and behave and think in largely the same manner. The main heroine in both shows is also there to serve as a foil and contrast for the protagonist and the style and tone of the two anime is very much similar. While Clannad is much more serious and dramatic than Hyouka is, there's something for fans of either show to enjoy here.  
report Recommended by Veronin
Kamisama no Memochou has a saying that the dead live on only through the work of a detective or the work of a writer. Hyouka... despite not having as dark of mysteries as Kamisama no Memochou runs along this train of thought to start off with. Both have similar art styles on top of this. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
These series are not about spectacular murder cases, but rather about the mysteries of everyday life. They turn the ordinary into something special, relying on atmosphere and scenery to draw in the audience. The 'cases' (if you may call them so) are small in scale, but both series show the emotional impact that they make on the involved characters.  
report Recommended by supersean
Both are from the same studio (Kyoto Animation). The male protagonist is similar on both series: they want to have a normal high school life until they meet the female protagonist (that is a bit strange). She may change the protagonist personality. 
report Recommended by MasT3R
Both story revolve around a schools literary club. The members work on building relationships with each other and the style for the characters is similar. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
The way the cases are solved have a similar feeling to each other.
Splendid use of music in both series.
The narration/introduction of a plot/case also resembles each other in terms of style and pacing. 
report Recommended by ChuppahCrunch
Hyouka and Sakurasou have very little to compare regarding their cast and their plot. Both are great in production quality and execution. However, their biggest similarity is that both tackle the thematic element of the "genius". Both series question how unfair it is for people to simply be more talented. Certain characters, like Satoshi from Hyouka and Sorata from Sakurasou, become frustrated with their talents compared to geniuses like Houtarou and Mashiro, who seem to accomplish things as if it were second nature to them.

Both also show the flipside of the coin and talk about how even geniuses are nowhere near perfect. For  read more 
report Recommended by Light4494
Excellent and endearing characters with romantic comedy appeal, surprising depth in writing, and remarkable pacing. 
report Recommended by DarthXehanort
A high school detective everyone believes is an elementary school student and a high school detective who doesn't believe in his own self. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
The pace is quite similar, both animes are about high school students resolving mysteries, and one of them is quite smart. 
report Recommended by Ritshiro
Tanaka-kun and Oreki both like to do things that require the least amount of energy. Although Tanaka-kun takes it to a whole new level and is more of a school-life comedy while Hyouka is a mystery anime.

Both the Anime have a rather cute art style.  
report Recommended by EmmyBomb
Though not similar in atmosphere and plot, both male protagonist have an incredible ability to solve problems heuristically and analyze situations in a way no other characters can.  
report Recommended by vasplar
Lots and lots of witty dialogue. Even some moments in Hyouka when the art becomes all surreal like Monogatari. 
report Recommended by Jenaimemepas
Similar art, school club, similar characters' personalit but in K-On there are only girls, Hyouka have 2 male characters 
report Recommended by sunnybby
These both have the same "aura" when it comes to mysteries . Hyouka is more on club activities while another is more on finding the root. 
report Recommended by deathmoon06
Both great animations (similar drawings), both mainly about a boy and a girl, where the boy helps out the girl (A LOT). A club is an important part of the anime, but plays more of a role in Hyouka. Also, a similar atmosphere to both animes. Both have a great soundtrack.  
report Recommended by sxndz
The main girl in Tamako Market is basically a blue-eyed Chitanda Eru. Their personalities are also very similar. Plot-wise these two animes don't have much in common, but none the less they're both quite fun! 
report Recommended by Chitai
- Both have some cases to be solved and mystery
- Both focusing in detective, tought Hyouka more focusing in daily lives and Ranpo Kitan more prefer to crimes
- Both have protagonist who still in school grade 
report Recommended by Crocospect22
Both series have high school detectives. They also have school settings. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
Both give a similar feeling. Stories aren't alike at all but both share a quiet and mysterious atmosphere.
The friendship is important in both. Natsume and Oreki aren't social people, but they finally create a group of friend around them.
Plus, both anime refer to a traditional aspect of Japan.  
report Recommended by karoochan
Hyouka and Shinrei Tantei Yakumo do share some similar points, but are also at the same time quite different.
• both stories mainly deal with mystery cases and how to solve them
• this brings authomatically to have a very brilliant main character, in both series, who is able to solve them
• both are setted into a school background and both have the "club" theme as well
• still, both have a noticeable dose of weirdness: STY has of course a strong supernatural genre, and Hyouka has somewhat special scenes involving unknown powers (the girl's curiousity-catchphrase has it easy when wants to pursuade the  read more 
report Recommended by EtnaEraclea
After a session of careful thought, you can see that what the lead male characters are doing is pretty similar.

Presented like there are something supernatural going on, both shows are about myth busting in a world without the slightest existence of sci-fi elements. It's all about the idea of unconventional presentation of a very conventional, realistic setting.

Denpa Onna anime, as far as it goes, has nothing defying the laws of physics. No matter how it wanted you to think or feel about, there is not one. No saying about the original light novel as it might has some surprising revelation  read more 
report Recommended by lapisdragon
Both help others solve mysteries. 
report Recommended by izZzi
Both series contain the mystery theme.
Both series involves an intelligent protagonist good at what he does: solving mysteries.
Both series present humor and drama in a strange way.
Both series contain another main character that is curious of the world and interested in tagging along with the main protagonist.
Both series are great detective fiction fun. 
report Recommended by Stark700
Both are about a school club and have mystery elements. Like Otonashi the mainchar in Hyouka is not very interessted in this club and trys to avoid it. 
report Recommended by Madotsuki-chan
-Both male protagonists have to take care of a peculiarly eccentric girl
-Both male protagonist was forced to solve a mystery
-Both anime have clubs
-Both anime are school life with balance mystery/comedy and drama.

The difference between these two anime:
Hyouka is more on mystery to solve while robotics;notes is more on making a robot.
 
report Recommended by bloody_Venus55
Both characters are able to solve problems using logic and reason (though in God only knows its that logic is based on video games) the thought process is the same.
Also, the protag.'s Whiny Bitch Meter is very low in both anime so they are enjoyable to watch and don't make you want to murder the guy. 
report Recommended by montana830
Hyouka is kind of like a slice of life version of No Game No Life. While No Game No Life is about competing using games, Hyouka is about solving everyday highschool mysteries.

• Both the MC are geniuses that possess high intellect but have a lazy character/nature.
• Both animes contain an adventure & comedy element in them.
• Both animes will keep you in suspense and anticipates what is going to happen next.
• Slight hint of romance

I would strongly recommend both anime series as they are equally entertaining in different ways.
* Lastly as an added bonus, Jibril made a  read more 
report Recommended by NeikoChan
Under the same director and animation studio, we are presented with a bored, cynical, and generally unsociable male protagonist who is largely uninvolved with his high school life until his encounter with the eccentric and emphatic female protagonist whose request for help pulls them into an adventure they would never have experienced otherwise. Initially, both protagonists are reluctant to help, but continue to find themselves becoming more and more involved and even attached to the people he made friends with.

 
report Recommended by xxxATiON
Both series revolves around the theme of detective fiction in a school life setting.

Both series' main female protagonist have similar personalities with the common passion of wanting to solve cases, helping others, and being a curious girl.

Both series contain drama, comedy, and occasionally emotions that defines the moral of some mystery cases. 
report Recommended by Stark700
These both anime have "mystery" in their genre and they're pretty similar in terms of concepts and a little bit in cases that occurring...  
report Recommended by mshitsugaya10
Despite of different stories, both have nice art and soft setting and they are about a group of friends from school. I found very similar the relationship between main characters (Oreki and Chitanda, Kazehaya and Sawako) very slow and cute, but Hyouka focuses more on mystery than romance of course.  
report Recommended by darkuria
Group of high school students trying to solve their school's old/everyday mysteries, a little bit of comedy,a little bit of drama
 
report Recommended by helensan
Books are a central part of both plots. The two anime share the same genres of mystery and historical. The only differences are the art style, time setting, and the main character's personality. 
report Recommended by sapre4
The main characters are young people that get thrown into mysterious events. I think the artstyle somehow also is similar. 
report Recommended by johnisnothisdate
The art in these two animes are spectacular and very similar to each other despite not being from the same studios. You can also draw parallels between Minko (from Iroha) and Oreki (Hyouka) as well as between Ohana (Iroha) and Chitanda (Hyouka). Both also carry the same gentle and relaxed flow to the story progression. Both can be described as good Summer feeling animes.  
report Recommended by PeachYogurt31
Both of them solve a lot of mysteries. NakaImo has romance in it; Hyouka only has a pinch of romance in it. They both use different methods for solving the problem at hand. 
report Recommended by Nyaroha
Bakuman and Hyouka really reminded me of each other as they have a similar atmosphere and characters.

Similarities:
- Two main characters (Chitanda; Hyouka and Miho; Bakuman) look very similar with their hairstyle, they are both a bit timid and I swear they are long lost sisters aha.
- Both a slice of life type of anime (with schools).
- Both series have two other main characters that have a lovey relationship and are best friends with the other two.
- Very similar atmosphere.
- Both series leave you wanting more, and for a certain pair to get  read more 
report Recommended by Elisa965
The basic feel of the anime is similar in both. Both feature a group of friends, each with own drama and uniqueness, who are all in the same club/lab. The focus remains on actions of the characters instead of the situations they face. 
report Recommended by grotto
Okay, this is one weird recommandation, but I thought that there was a few ressemblance between those two show. Both of these show have a surreal feeling, but Hyouka always stay in the rational. The show introduce us to mystery that the main will have to solve. Nanana universe is way more excentric, but Chitanda from Hyouka sure is one crazy specimen! 
report Recommended by minouneetzoe
Both shows have a similar structure and general tone. The stories are told from the perspective of a "straight-man" main character, who reluctantly gets himself involved in the shenanigans of a curiosity-stricken female lead. The supporting characters also show a number of similarities between shows, and both also offer the interesting narrative quirk of adding the main characters thoughts to spice up the dialogue. Though Haruhi is more upbeat than Hyouka, both make for a wonderfully interesting experience. 
report Recommended by TheDarkGenesis
While having almost nothing to do with each other in terms of plot, both have very similar protaganists that look alike and have considerably apathetic personalities.

The animation in both are also notably well done, albeit in rather different ways; Hyouka has a more lush and extravagantally moe atmosphere, while Cencoroll has a simpler feel to it until the action kicks in. 
report Recommended by plaidapus
Different genre but both feature a lazy and laid-back MC who are secretly a genius.  
report Recommended by Ace_39
Both MC use their smart brain to do things, hyouka is more to mystery though but if you like Toua Tokuchi you will love Houtarou Oreki.  
report Recommended by Altheim
Both have soothing slice of life feels to them, but at the same time contain more mysterious elements. 
report Recommended by Garabon
These shows are similar in the sense that they are opposites. The MC in Yojouhan wants a Rose-colored life, while MC in Hyouka doesn't want that. Their journey has something different in it's mind for both of them though~ Both of these shows are about the characters, about growth and love.  
report Recommended by KingKongShrest
Both are Mystery, School, and Slice of Life. Not only that, but they are almost identical in terms of the old mystery being solved in the future. Both are terrific anime. 
report Recommended by Puritenda
Despite the different in genre and setting, this two shows involve a group of friend spending time together, and genuinely building friendships.
They both have a similar light feel. 
report Recommended by greentree096
every characters have a same figure. like, Chitanda and Touko they are a plain and really curious.so, Houtarou and Kakeru they are a enjoy man and broad minded.
They Opening song same as performed by ChouChou. 
report Recommended by Akmlddn_hd
On the surface level, Hyouka and 3-gatsu are not very similar. I believe in spite of this that if you enjoy one, you will likely enjoy the other. I think this largely because of how the two series handle character development.

Both have cheerful girls drag the MC out of a meager existence. In the case of Hyouka, it's more about a guy learning to enjoy his life to the fullest while 3-gatsu is more about a guy overcoming his past trauma and depression and learning to enjoy his life and career. Both series have character development that is very subtle. That is to  read more 
report Recommended by Splitbolt
D-frag and Hyouka both have a central focus on an obscure school club that goes through adventures and bonding time. The MC in both shows are dragged around by the female lead. Finally, both shows do not really have a central story to them, just a group of friends going about their everyday life. However, in Hyouka, they have a more serious/mysterious atmosphere, while in D-frag, the things they go through are mostly for comedic value/entertainment. 
report Recommended by endofthedream
This may seem like a strange recommendation, but hear me out on this one. Hyouka tells the story of a Houtarou, a high school boy who solves everyday mysteries along with his friends. Digimon Adventure on the other hand has less of a mysteries element, but the connection the characters have as friends has a quite similar dynamic. In the beginning of Hyouka, Houtarou just doesn't want to deal with any other people, but slowly becomes friends the people in his club. In Digimon, we see Tai acting as the main character and he only looks out for himself at first. He too grows closer  read more 
report Recommended by Garabon
These series are named after the title of a book written by a character in connection with one of the main characters. (Chitanda for Hyouka, Asuka for Euphonium)
They are also series school life/slice of life with a touch of romance. 
report Recommended by TuyNOM
Although one of them is about a music club and the other is about a club that solves mysteries, both shows deal with common themes that affect high school kids (talent, jealousy, hard work). The main characters are also kind of similar in that they don't like getting involved in certain things. Both of them are also done by the same studio so they have similar character designs and they both have a lot of romantic relationship building without any progress (if you're into that thing). Sound Euphonium is a lot like K-on! at first, but later on it becomes similar to the festival arc  read more 
report Recommended by justinspatz
Like Free!: Eternal Summer it's centered around a school club. While in Free! it's swimming, in Hyouka it's solving mysteries. The most similar element between Free! and Hyouka are the similarities between Haru and Houtarou. They essential have the same situation, a very talented boy with tons of potential and little motivation. While Haru gains his motivation from racing his friends, Houtarou finds his in a, somewhat Gou-like, girl who is curious about everything. Both animes are pretty light but reach dramatic points in the later episodes. Both are pretty funny. The art style is also pretty similar. If you liked Free! Or were amused  read more 
report Recommended by kittyhawk09
Both are nonchalant althou mushi shi is more dramatic it is a mystery like these,one were what kind of spirit did this and whatever 
report Recommended by mleno
Both have to do with school clubs and have beautiful art. Hyouka is more of a light mystery type of show where Tari Tari is more just daily life. 
report Recommended by Alarisia
Similar style, somewhat similar design and somewhat similar plot. 
report Recommended by behn
-Male protagonist are very similar, in the art.
-Both has a grup of students doing stuff
-Romantic setting; thought it is more obvious in Toradora. 
report Recommended by Zaraquiel99
You will like Hyouka if you liked Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro. It has the same feeling - looking for interesting mysteries. 
report Recommended by Narushisto
The group of characters seem very similar. Also similar pacing/atmosphere+twists 
report Recommended by SamuraiBlue19
If you are looking for an anime where there is lazy main character, who doesn't like to do anything, then they are both similar in that part. When they concentrate on something they are exceptionally good though and surprise many people. Both take place in High School.

Differences are that Hyouka is mystery solving and Touch is about sports. Touch is older but there are some good versions out there.  
report Recommended by Lylaaz
Simple mysteries, high school detectives, a style where the eyes stand out. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
Both Anime are based around school clubs that are at the risk of disbanding at various. The clubs are places where people really do nothing majorly important either. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
-Both male protagonists have to take care of a peculiarly eccentric girl
-Both animes are school life that have a balance of comedy/romance/drama 
report Recommended by MagicFlier
Both have a similar fashion of a lead male character with a rather dreary, boring life...spiced up by meeting a girl with an upbeat personality that helps change their world views.

It also appears the romantic sub-plots are going to work in a similar fashion as well. 
report Recommended by Toucanbird
Very similar. Touko and Konoha are similar to Eru and Houtarou. The club is similar too and the execution of the story. 
report Recommended by Mayuka
It deals with a couple of people in a club, with one socially withdrawn, but sharply observant guy and an introverted girl who wishes to change herself. The girl has a good impact on the social life of the guy. Hyouka is classier though, and the animations are gorgeous.  
report Recommended by kvnstv1
Both anime are about solving mysteries, and both male protagonist are the one solving the mystery with the help of his classmate. The difference between the two is that Hyouka focuses more on club activities, and Danganronpa: Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei is more focused on the survival game. 
report Recommended by bloody_Venus55
Although the concepts are completely different the main characters are very similar.
That being; Ryner & Houtarou want to spend most of their time doing a limited amount of things and being lazy.
They are also both forced off their backsides by each of their own main heroines to do something useful with something that they don't tend to use too often.
For Houtarou his detective ability that he never really used because he is lazy like that and for Ryner his eyes that pretty over powered.

(Basically the story is completely different but the main characters have slight characteristics that make  read more 
report Recommended by Risrr7
Both feature an introverted protagonist, who joins a club, and makes new friends. While Oreki Houtarou is more into solving mysteries than serving wealthy ladies, if you're like me and love Ouran for its characters and humor, Hyouka is a good choice. And of course, there is a hint of romance too. 
report Recommended by vanwoman
- similar kind of mysterious climat
- puzzles, deduction, fast reasoning
- nice logic
- very interesting characters 
report Recommended by Yukio8
In both shows main characters solve problems and look for clues to solve mystery cases. Hyouka is funny and kinda romantic, Psycho-pass is more about solving murder cases. Both got one quiet cool character (Oreki in one, Shinya in the other) who is great in getting all the clues together and always solve the case. 
report Recommended by Misiakk
Both have a group of friends having fun together. Hyouka focuses more on mystery, humor and slight romance while Ano Natsu de Matteru focuses on a story between a few friends and their unforgettable summer!
Both are very nice and relaxing as well as very intriguing. 
report Recommended by deathnote2468
Deadpan, snarky protagonists that want to do little more than live out their average, ordinary lives until a strong spirited girl forcefully drags them out of their shells. 
report Recommended by NeoRinTinTin
Hyouka is an adaptation of the Koten-Bu Novel series, beware that it doesn't have an actual conclusion. It's similarly slow-paced and character driven narrative nestles it into the same niche as Hana to Alice. Hyouka utilises mundane mysteries--which are great on their own--as a backdrop for its characters. Hyouka has similarly high-production values and the same sort of deadpan humour, with distinct and unique characters.  
report Recommended by Fall