| May 07, 2012 | 9 Comments
Animation Production: Kyoto Animation
Oreki Houtarou maintains his low energy lifestyle by turning his back on studying, sports, or socializing. A letter from his sister forces him to join the Classics Club where he meets the curious girl Chitanda Eru. Later joined by his closest friend Fukube Satoshi and the feisty girl Ibara Miyaka, the Classics Club becomes entangled one mystery after another when they find the club’s anthology titled “Hyouka”.First Impression:
Watashi, kininarimasu! It’s been a while since I got to watch a good mystery. Last year’s titles that focused more on the loli detectives like Gosick
and Dantalian no Shoka
didn’t really leave that much of an impression. To enjoy a true mystery, we need a strong and well-written story and dialogue as well as able characters to execute it.
The first two episodes demonstrate the energy-saving and never-enthusiastic Houtarou’s deductive skills. Figuring out the case of a locked door, a book that was always returned a week after it was borrowed, or even the ghost in the piano room were totally elementary though. But as the third episode reveals a deeper mystery that the Classics Club may have to uncover for the entire series, Houtarou’s skills will definitely be put to the test.
So who exactly is Houtarou? He claims to be an average guy. While Fukube admits himself being a simple database, he proudly tells Eru that Houtarou can solve anything… so long as he was willing to spend energy doing so. And that’s where Eru, with her captivating eyes pulls Houtarou in. We enjoy beautiful visual metaphors that happens only inside Houtarou’s head. There is also effort in varying art style to include dark and dabbed to minimalist.
It’s a surprise how the really cute Chitanda is actually voiced by Satou Satomi
who I remember voicing K-On’s Ritsu. Other than that, we have an experienced set of main cast seiyuus. Nakamura Yuuichi
gives Houtarou a deep voice, making him sound more mature than the other characters and helps establish Houtarou being a key figure.
As BGM, we’ve already heard familiar classical piano music like the Moonlight Sonata. With the way the episodes are progressing, expecting more classical music wouldn’t hurt. Along with that is J-pop song “Reason of Kindness” by Chouho which is already one of my favorites for the season. It is not entirely upbeat but cool enough to breathe life, serving its purpose as the opening theme. The piano instrumentals behind Chouho’s voice create the image of water’s serene ripples and nicely timed with a similar effect in the animated sequence.
"I don't do what I don't have to do. What I have to do, I do quickly."
So says Houtarou so I will keep this brief. Will this be a good mystery? The first three episodes show enough potential for me to keep watching.
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