Hyouka 22


Well, that was very pretty.

And so, Hyouka comes to an end with a particularly artistic episode. Houtarou gets to see Chitanda all dolled up (literally) and it looks like he’s finally realized his feelings for her too, subconsciously. Gotta love it when he thought “Ah, there goes my energy preservation policy” upon seeing Chitanda’s Empress look. On a sidenote, why am I not surprised Irisu-senpai is the Emperor lolol.

The ending part with Chitanda and Oreki walking back home down the river and discussing their futures was really great too. Moments like this really flesh out Chitanda’s strength of will, despite her usual air-headedness. I can understand Oreki’s “I want to be beside her” sentiments. It’s just quite the shame he didn’t actually do his “confession” for real, but oh man, that would have been a great way to go for it. Still, both of them are young and have a loooooong way ahead of them, so it’s okay for Oreki to bide his time first. Ah, it almost feels a real shame the series ends here, but I guess there’s only so much shitty mysteries they can cook up.

While I can’t really say Hyouka is masterpiece-level, no thanks to the mystery gimmicks, it did have the strengths of good characterization and development. I really enjoyed the episodes where the main focus wasn’t on solving some random mystery plus it had one of the best ever “school festival” arcs to have graced the anime medium (and that’s saying something!). Really, Hyouka shows that no matter what they do, KyoAni’s magic touch…

Wait… why am I writing this like I really love the show. Well, I do towards the end but… ahhh dammit, all this conflicting feelings. I think this show just pulled a Chitanda on my Oreki feelings, goddamnit.

In short, great slice-of-life show, terrible as a mystery genre one. Good job, KyoAni. Good job.


  1. Athos Said,

    September 17, 2012 @ 11:19 am

    I’m just glad we got to see Irisu-senpai one more time before it all ends.

    Seriously, she was there for like no reason– and that’s totally fine with me.

  2. Vincent Said,

    September 17, 2012 @ 11:39 am

    This is by far the prettiest series I’ve ever seen.. the whole point was not the mysteries, but the character development.

  3. badang Said,

    September 17, 2012 @ 12:39 pm

    hyouka still has 1 volume which they didnt animate I hope it turns into a movie

  4. Kaisos Said,

    September 17, 2012 @ 2:37 pm

    I actually like the full-arc mysteries rather than the short story ones, which are honestly pretty terrible, as they give the show a sense of direction.
    Really surprised that I fell in love with the characters to the extent that I did though. Good job KyoAni indeed.

  5. ewok40k Said,

    September 17, 2012 @ 5:30 pm

    I am betting Oreki will bring the family business to the peak of efficiency…
    While Chitanda will keep on being curious turning her attention to nature…
    While the series was great, I can’t but feel that most of it was KyoAni showing off, lampshaded by Chitanda!

  6. Apathy Said,

    September 17, 2012 @ 11:21 pm

    One word comes to mind looking at Oreki……”Captivated”.
    Reminds me of the Clannad episode with Tomoya & Kotomi-chan’s weekend in the library. That look just says Charmed & Captivated.
    Really loved this series…but it needs: OVAs! OVAs! OVAs! or an Epilogu Movie, either way….MORE!

  7. skyhack Said,

    September 18, 2012 @ 8:40 am

    Loved this show, although the mystery aspects could have been better.
    Goes on the “Do Not Delete” external (nicknamed Mion), and maybe even DVD backups.
    Wow. Been a while since I burned a DVD.

  8. Ronin AnimeLover Said,

    September 19, 2012 @ 1:38 am

    One word comes to mind looking at Oreki……”Captivated”.
    That was the word I was looking for! Damnit, those eyes of Chitanda should be the new lethal weapon.

  9. teruyo Said,

    September 20, 2012 @ 12:55 am

    I’m not even sure if you can categorize this show as slice-of-life. There are multiple episode plot arcs. Many of the stories have dark undertones, like the Hyouka and Kanya Fest arcs. There is a lot of tension and conflict. It’s a far cry from something like K-On.

    Obviously it was bad at the mystery angle (although they did generally follow the Knox rules and the solution wasn’t always transparent), and as a romance anime it was lacking in resolution. And the comedy was minimal.

    I think Hyouka defies easy categorization, and that’s part of what makes it great.

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