Bringing back a classic: Hyouka


I know there are still a lot of summer shows out there, but I wanted to take a break this week and talk about an older show. I don't often watch completed shows, so I figure this post could be a fun change. This past week, I finished up my rewatch of Hyouka, a show I actually covered way back when I was starting my blog (boy do I feel old).

If you're not familiar with the series, it follows Houtarou Oreki, a student who follows the rule of energy conservation. That philosophy is threatened when his sister convinces him to join the Classics Club, where he meets Eru Chitanda. Eru is innately curious and has a tendency to drag Houtarou along when a mystery is presented. Unfortunately, Houtarou has a knack for deduction that makes him indispensable for these scenarios.

Looking back on how I felt about the show, I think I picked up on a lot of the same things as my younger self. Many of my screenshots were the same, so that guy had good taste. That being said, I think I enjoyed the show way more on the second viewing. Hopefully, this means that I've gained a lot through blogging, since I felt like I was appreciating much more than I did before.

In the past, I wrote off the show as a casual take on a typical mystery show, where the stakes weren't quite so dramatic. Now, my interpretation's a little different. I think Hyouka shines a light on idle questions, the mysteries of normal life that we typically ignore. If you come across a locked door that you expected to be open, you might not think much of it. You might just say "oh, that's weird" or come up with a quick explanation that's enough to satisfy you.

Hyouka forces you to think past that initial reaction by introducing Eru, the monster of curiosity. For Eru, the simple answer isn't good enough unless it explains all of the evidence.

Houtarou actually has an interesting comment on himself related to this. When he calls himself lucky, I think there's an element of truth to that. While his deductive skills are strong, you wouldn't expect someone to be able to give an explanation for any situation so easily. And that's where I think Houtarou becomes more relatable. Houtarou's explanations are not supposed to be some hidden insight. He's playing the part of the guy who says something that makes you think "oh, I guess that makes sense". I know it's a bit arrogant, but I like to think that I do a pretty good job of being that guy.

So if you haven't watched Hyouka, I would still recommend it as a good watch. I think the series has aged well, and it made me really want to continue pondering the little things in life. As a side note, I want to mention that I really like the second opening. I think the animation is really creative and the song is great.



  • Schrodingers Cat

    July 13, 2018, 5:28 p.m.

    so this is why your progress with watching a certain other show has been rather slow...

    yup, your interpretation of it seems solid to me :D and for if you're that guy, well... sure?

    yeah, I quite like the OP2, but the dolphin? sounds throw me off D:

    might be worth it to read the LNs, you've made me curious now... *shifts gaze*

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    marthaurion

    July 13, 2018, 5:49 p.m.

    i dont know what you mean? a certain other show wasnt even considered until i was very far through hyouka?

    *puts hands up like a certain screenshot*

    i just like how they play with trapping houtarou in stuff and i like the moment when he gets pulled out?

    LNs are evil? D:

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    Schrodingers Cat

    July 14, 2018, 6:53 a.m.

    lies! nothing but lies!

    ara ara ufufu?

    yeah, that was pretty cool :D

    but... continuation after the anime ending? can you call that evil? D:

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    marthaurion

    July 14, 2018, 7:24 a.m.

    im still calling it evil?

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