Hyouka 01


… no wait, that’s not quite right.


Ahhh yes, that’s better.

So… KyoAni’s new show finally airs and it’s pretty much a more laid-back Haruhi clone. I’m sure the discussion at KyoAni went something like “Guys, let’s take the Haruhi formula but make the heroine ACTUALLY likeable and cute, we’ll sell it by the thousands just like K-ON!! did!”

Yeah.. that sounds about right. But do you really expect us to fall for that trick again, huh KyoAni? C’mon, you can try harder!

Well, at least on the flipside they seem to be realizing what their eventual target audience for this show is going to be!



Well that was funny and all Kuro, but what did you really think? ▼


  1. Captain Bright Said,

    April 23, 2012 @ 10:12 pm

    It has been six to seven years ever since The Second Raid came out, and year after year, KyoAni makes these kinds of shows for this long. Is it just this hard just for another Full Metal Panic to appear?

    Next thing you know, somebody will start a Kickstarter for a sequel to Second Raid.

    Oh well, at least I still have my Kidz on the Slope, Space Bros and Lupin…

  2. Benigmatica Said,

    April 23, 2012 @ 10:24 pm

    Well then, since we all gone “Uguu…” on Eru, can KyoAni make this anime serious that they wanted suspense, blood, and gore?

    BTW, nice job keeping Satomi Satou (Ritsu Tainaka) in check, KyoAni! Plus, thank you for having Sunohara and Okazaki in it!

  3. Dial Said,

    April 23, 2012 @ 11:11 pm

    Nice artwork…unfortunately, this was the most boring first episode I have watched in recent memory. It might as well be marketed as a half hour lullaby.

  4. Spinarakk Said,

    April 23, 2012 @ 11:13 pm

    I fail to see how this is a Haruhi clone. Granted, Eru has some kind of weird power probably and she wants to continue running the club, but that’s where the similarities end for me. Houtarou is also not snarky enough, and he doesn’t have epic monologues, but he does seem very smart.

    Unless Mayaka is a time traveller, and Satoshi turns out to be an Esper shounen, then I can’t see how this is a Haruhi clone.

  5. Di Gi Kazune Said,

    April 23, 2012 @ 11:32 pm

    /sends Gilles de Rais into the school. Hums… he will have a nice time…

  6. Benigmatica Said,

    April 23, 2012 @ 11:35 pm

    Wait guys, don’t make this anime as a Haruhi clone yet even though they have the same publisher and animation studio has Haruhi.

    KyoAni might surprise us later…

  7. Fencedude Said,

    April 24, 2012 @ 1:19 am

    I’m really failing to see how this has anything in particular in common with Haruhi past a few very basic plot concepts, and even them only vaguely.

    Also, really tired of people complaining about KyoAni not doing more FMP, as if it were entirely up to KyoAni.

  8. JimJimex Said,

    April 24, 2012 @ 4:28 am

    1. It is a shame that the writer decided to base the narrative on the POV of a main character with such lazy attitude, unresponsive character, and dull personality. Very hard for me to relate to him.

    2. It is close to impossible for me, a rational person with no superstitious believe to relate to any of the mysterious rumors/incidents that is mentions in this episode.

    3. I expected Chitanda-san, the supposedly smart girl, to EASILY figure out the half-a$$ mysteries in this episode.

    4. The “Classics club” concept feels extremely forced. There were ZERO reference to anything remotely related to classics in the members’ activities. From that you can see the writer’s desperate attempt to avoid being labeled a Haruhi-clone by avoiding to name it anything “mystery” related.

    5. And did I mention that Kyon as a character is MUCH more likeable compared to this lazy half-asleep guy.

  9. Kaisos Said,

    April 24, 2012 @ 4:30 am

    It’s the fact that it’s centered around a literature club and has a narrator protagonist who prefers to put out as little effort as possible. Even the school looks similar.

    That’s why it feels like a Haruhi clone.

  10. Alterego 9 Said,

    April 24, 2012 @ 5:44 am

    Fail. Hyouka was written 2 years before Suzumiya Haruhi.

  11. Kaisos Said,

    April 24, 2012 @ 5:51 am

    And the anime came out six years later, what’s your point? Even if it isn’t a Haruhi clone, it -feels- like one.

  12. Rincewind Said,

    April 24, 2012 @ 6:07 am

    Gah… I wanted Little Busters, not Hyouka. Switch studios!!

  13. Jellyfish Marine Said,

    April 24, 2012 @ 10:07 am

    Haven’t watched the first episode but the novel…Hyouka is the first LN that I could not make it pass Chapter 2 orz… The energy-saving kun is so annoying and the mystery part is not bit interesting. Not that I want blood-and-gore murder mysteries like Conan though, but I did expect something on par with Q.E.D and C.M.B school chapters. Well, I could have been care less about the mystery if the characters were appealing…which in this case I’m sorry I can’t find any good in them yet. May be it will get better in later volumes/episodes?

    I agree that a studio with much potential like KyoAni should once in awhile pull out something like the Second Raid…

  14. rufe Said,

    April 24, 2012 @ 10:15 am

    It’s clearly not a Haruhi clone. The entire point of Haruhi was that the titular character is a bitch.

    Male cast=Clannad though…

  15. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    April 24, 2012 @ 6:01 pm

    Don’t underestimate the self-entitlement FMP! and Key fans have towards KyoAni w

  16. Diyedas Said,

    April 25, 2012 @ 4:41 am

    Don’t just write off Hyouka just yet. It’s based on a light novel, (an award winning one at that apparently) and that light novel came out in 2001 while Haruhi came out in 2006, so it’s actually not a Haruhi clone.

  17. Benigmatica Said,

    April 25, 2012 @ 1:46 pm


    Wow, didn’t know that! But still. is the novel series finished?

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