Hyouka Final Impressions

Love is in the air

Well, Hyou­ka’s final­ly end­ed, and as I expect­ed from an ani­me based on a nov­el, it leaves the series open for a con­tin­u­a­tion. Now all that’s left is for KyoAni to take one up along with tons of oth­er series they need to con­tin­ue.

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My feel­ings about this episode basi­cal­ly sum up how I feel about the series as a whole. It’s a qui­et, relax­ing series that uses mun­dane mys­ter­ies to pro­vide a plot device for amus­ing char­ac­ter inter­ac­tions and devel­op­ment. Hyou­ka is what hap­pens when you take the detective/mystery genre and put a slice-of-life spin on it. It’s entire­ly focused on how much you dig the char­ac­ters. That unique­ness makes it not a bad ani­me at all, but also makes it so that it’s not every­one’s cup of tea, so to say.

For me, much of the appeal of this series came from Chi­tan­da’s antics and see­ing Houtarou’s ener­gy-sav­ing ide­al slow­ly degen­er­ate because of her. Houtarou him­self is a big exam­ple of the abil­i­ties a human can dis­cov­er with­in his or her own self if they go out of their com­fort zone. The mys­ter­ies them­selves weren’t all that inter­est­ing, but it was pret­ty fun see­ing Houtarou deduct the caus­es and effects. I won’t go as far as call­ing Hyou­ka the high­light of 2012, it’s pret­ty aver­age and (in all hon­esty) may put some peo­ple to sleep in com­par­i­son to the oth­er choic­es with­in the same time-slot, but its pro­duc­tion cer­tain­ly offered a qual­i­ty that’s unique.

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Well, cheers to their next series, Chu­u­niby­ou Demo Koi ga Shi­tai!. May they some­day con­tin­ue Full Met­al Pan­ic!, Haruhi Suzu­miya, Lucky Star, and now a sec­ond sea­son of Hyou­ka.

(Damn you, Kadokawa!)

2 thoughts on “Hyouka Final Impressions

  1. It’s a qui­et, relax­ing series that uses mun­dane mys­ter­ies to pro­vide a plot device for amus­ing char­ac­ter inter­ac­tions and devel­op­ment.” — I com­plete­ly agree to this.
    The char­ac­ters is def­i­nite­ly Hyouka’s strength. I’m dis­ap­point­ed at myself that I nev­er noticed it at the begin­ning and kept on com­plain­ing about how sim­ple the mys­ter­ies are.

    1. @-blacksheep: I think that could be said for a lot of us. I cer­tain­ly came in expect­ing a cook­ie-cut­ter mys­tery series, was sur­prised by how… ordi­nary they were, and found myself enjoy­ing the char­ac­ters instead.

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