Posted July 1, 2013 by Mikhail Manuel in Anime/Manga

First Impressions: Hyouka


Written by Honobu Yonezawa

Directed by Yasuhiro Takemoto

By Kyoto Animation

Hyouka is one of those brilliant highschool anime’s that Kyo-ani never fails to deliver. It’s brilliance within 13 episodes could be comparable to K-on, Melancholy of Haruhi suzumiya, Chuunibyou and Tamako market.

Kyo-ani does it’s best yet again at taking seemingly ordinary highschool students and making it incredibly engaging  through the use of brilliant story telling, creative and innovative directing, and top notch animation.

Hyouka is a simple story of the daily life of one highschool student Oreki Hotaro, who has motto of “energy saving”, refusing to take part in any pointless activity that does need his attention or effort, such as sports and hanging out with friends. That is until one day he is thrust into the enchanting and alluring gaze of one girl, Chitanda Eru. Slowly Oreki comes to terms with his own latent abilities and talents, which are held back by his own lay demeanour

It’s scenes are sometimes vibrant and beautiful, with impossibly good art quality and animation. This scene alone looks like it came from an art blog or art website. It’s creative use of colors, tones, hue and saturation tell a story entirely on their own throughout the whole story, where dark and washed out scenes signify depression, anxiety and a feeling of “choking” a stark contrast to it’s other scenes, full of vibrant colors and glowing atmosphere

An inspirational piece that’s easy to relate to for anyone in highschool or who have been in highschool, Hyouka is a techinally brilliant and well animated piece of story that is a MUST watch for this 2013




Mikhail Manuel