If everybody thinks high school is a colorful phase of a student’s life, it’s different with Oreki Houtarou. Oreki is a high school boy who always acts very passively with his life. Energy saving is his priority. He respects other students who are really enthusiastic in their club activities. Oreki received a letter from his older sister. His older sister is a member of “Koten Bu” (the Classic literature club) on their school. The club needs new members to keep it active. So, Oreki’s older sister (Tomoe Oreki) requested Oreki to join that club. As he joined the club, he met Chitanda Eru, with his friends Satoshi and Mayaka joining also. They begin to investigate a case that occurred 45 years ago. Hints of the mystery are buried in an old collection of works of the former members of Classics Club. The collection is titled “Hyouka”.
Hyouka (2012) is a slice of life, mystery and school life kind of anime. The story is adapted on a light novel. Then, they decided to make it an anime. It’s about the members of the “The Classics Literature Club” and the history of the club itself. I am interested in literature. I also thought it’s all about detective stuffs like Detective Conan but it’s not. There’s no crime related mystery here. Watching this anime will make you use your own logic too in the simplest way. Also, this club do some minor investigation about school issues, conflicts and history.
I like the soundtracks in this anime. It’s refreshing. I also have this thing for Japanese songs. I don’t know why. ❤
My favorite is Reason for Kindness (OP 1).
Here the list of songs:
- Yasashisa no Riyuu (優しさの理由) OP1
- Madoromi no Yakusoku (まどろみの約束) ED1
- Mikansei Stride (未完成ストライド) OP2
- Kimi ni Matsuwaru Mystery (君にまつわるミステリー) ED2
Oreki has a very passive, calm and seemingly apathetic attitude. Along with his passive demeanor, Oreki seems to always “conserve energy” and never exerts effort on anything unless absolutely necessary; thus coming off as lazy. On the other hand, Oreki is surprisingly wise and clever, unbelievably good at solving mysteries and seems to be able to always find a solution if he gives it enough thought.
Eru Chitanda is very ladylike, polite, and cheerful. She is described as being sensible, emotive, friendly, and innocent, coming across as “childlike” in many aspects. She has a very positive demeanor and rarely seems to harbor negative emotions. Contrary to her well-behaved mannerisms, she can become compulsively nosey when intrigued; becoming hyperactive and having a tendency to glare and ignore personal space.
Mayaka Ibara has a strong sense of responsibility and even nit-picky with herself and others, and consequently fairly irascible. Though she can be impulsive, stubborn and rudely frank, Ibara is very capable of being nice. She generally, unless annoyed, is very pleasant and kind to the people around her. She is also very fond and possessive of mangas and their artists, as she is a manga artist herself. She also likes foreign mysteries
Satoshi gives the impression that his general demeanor is cheerful, eccentric and sarcastic. Despite the surface impression, however, he is generally unassuming and is self-deprecating. He has also confessed to being envious of Oreki. Nevertheless, he accepts these qualities to be repellent to other people, thus he has gained a love for humour and smiling, and acts in a Spontaneous mannner.
I like Kyoto Animation works. The animation in this anime is simple. K-ON is brighter that this one. The opening video (soundtrack) of this anime is what I like. It was animated like falling drops of water on words while each scene changes as the daily life of Oreki in school is the background. Rippled words attracted my eyes when it comes to animation. I said to myself, “this animation style is cute and dramatic.” I am curious how to do it.
Comments and Suggestions
I was looking for a new anime to watch. I searched Animax website. I chose a mystery genre and this anime popped up. As I saw the drawing, I said to myself it seems like it has the same animation studio with K-ON. I was right. It was also produced by Kyoto Animation.
As you can notice, the two main characters (Chitanda and Oreki) are like Kazehaya and Sawako in “Kimi Ni Todoke”. It’s my first impression about this anime. The drawing is almost the same but the personalities are different. In “Hyouka”, Oreki is a lazy genius and not sociable and then Chitanda as a member of a rich traditional family and a highly inquisitive student in their school. The relationship between them complements each other because Chitanda’s curiosity issues are always solved successfully by Oreki. You can compare it with “Kimi Ni Todoke” by checking out my movie review too. Some Youtubers are also comparing Oreki to Kudo Shinichi of Detective Conan and L Lawliet of Death Note. Come on! Lawliet is still the best.
The reason behind the title “Hyouka” gave me interest also in watching this anime. “Hyouka” really means “I scream”. You’ll think of it as Ice Cream at first because of its literal meaning. Actually, it’s a collection of literary works in the time of Sekitani Jun, Chitanda’s uncle. In his time, they’ve discovered that there’s a political issue with the students and the school’s management. That event is considered a “taboo” as Oreki’s older sister told him. Hyouka was made for some revolution act. I was thinking if the purpose of this is same with “Noli Me Tangere” and “El Filibusterismo” but these two are novels not just literary collections. I asked myself a question, “What’s this…a Japanese version of Rizal’s revolution act turned into anime in a school setting?” (Something like that…)Who knows if he did influence some Japanese writers there? Rizal also went to Japan. I just knew that because of my subject “Kursong Rizal” when I was in college. Anyway, it’s just my theory.
What made me watch this anime? It is the drawing (animation) and characters personality. Oreki is not the typical leading main character. In anime, the main character usually is popular nice guy or bad guy. His personality doesn’t fall with these two. He’s a simple character that you won’t recognize at all. He’s always saving his energy all the time. It made me laugh. His motto is, “I don’t do anything I don’t have to. What I have to do, I do it quickly”. You’ll be bored when you’re with him. It’s the first time I encounter that kind of character as a main character. How was that? HAHA. As for Chitanda, She’s very feminine and inquisitive. She’s Oreki’s weakness. I don’t know but I see it like that. I like her purple eyes. ^^
The character I can relate with is a little bit of Oreki and Chitanda. I am really lazy to socialize. Unlike other people who are same age with me, they love parties and clubbing. I am a home buddy. I want sleep. Though, I can be adventurous at times because I like travels too. With my curiosity rate, I am curious of a lot of things and I’m not afraid to ask questions. Some people don’t like asking questions because they think they’ll look like stupid. I just don’t get it.
This anime is relaxing. I watched it continuously. I had fun with the characters. I am hoping for a season 2. I am anticipating Oreki and Chitanda’s relationship to blossom. It’s a good story.
Rating: 7 out of 10
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