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Hyouka 2012

  • 2012-09-16T08:00:00-07:00
  • CTC (JA)
  • 2012-04-22T00:00:00-07:00
  • 25 mins
  • 9 hours, 10 mins
  • Japan
  • Animation, Mystery
The story follows a boy named Houtarou who is not assertive about getting involved, but was ordered by his older sister to join the classic literature club. In the club, he gets close to the truth about an incident, involving a female member's uncle, which happened 45 years ago. The energy-saving boy is joined by an inquisitive girl in this adolescent mystery.

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I did enjoy this series and visually it is probably the most gorgeous work by KyoAni to date (and that's saying something!), but sadly there were a few things preventing me from rating it higher.

I'm not a big mystery fan, perhaps if I was then I would have appreciated some of the mysteries they solved a little more. That's not to say most of them weren't somewhat interesting, but I wouldn't say I was massively engaged in them and I certainly wouldn't want to watch most of them again. I did like the 4 main characters which is why I wish I could have seen them develop a bit more alongside all the mystery solving and shenanigans. This is probably why Gosick (http://trakt.tv/show/gosick) rated higher with me personally, because whilst it also had mysteries to be solved, enough time was also spent developing the characters and their relationships.

Overall I found the series to be a visual treat and a worthwhile watch, but lacking in areas important to me and leaving me with a slight sense of unfulfilment at the end. It's not a series I can see myself ever watching a second time.

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This is another masterpiece done by Kyoto Animation. Can they do no wrong? It's a great slice-of-life school anime with a good mix of mystery, drama and a bit of romance (wish there was a bit more personally). I really loved how this series was very realistic in its scenarios, drama and character development which really helped me fall in love with the charming characters even more. Obviously, the art, animation and music are off the charts too. I just pray that there is a second season or movie to tie up the ending (beautifully done but I need my romantic conclusions!!).

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Like some mystery in your not-so-typical slice-of-life anime? This is the anime for you! Engaging characters, stories engrossed in detail that show a multitudes of art styles. Hyouka is nothing short of a work of art.

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