Posted by psgels on 22 September 2012 with categories: Hyouka

So Hyouka’s finale isn’t a big arc, but instead a collection of small stories. There’s a lot of character development in them, but nothing is definitively resolved. Pretty much a life goes on ending due to there still being a novel left unanimated, which I suspect will be saved for a movie if the sales go well enough. Kyoani has the tendency to announce those much later after finishing the series, so who knows when that will come, if it’ll come at all, so right now, I’ll just conisder this as the ending of Hyouka.

And while it wasn’t the best episode, both in terms of content of how far it pushed the relationship between Oreki and Chitanda, I still quite liked it. The parade was a very nice way for the animators to show some of their skills, and it was very well directed there, and it does serve as an interesting closure. The mystery itself was probably one of the simplest yet, and I feel like the creators could have done more during the cherry blossom scene at the end. I like how the creators toyed with the cherry blossom tropes by using Oreki’s imagination there… but it’s not quite there yet.

The one thing I also liked a lot about this episode is the detail it put in local customs, and the things it takes to organize them, the people who are all involved with them and the effort it takes to make everything go without a hitch. I didn’t care much about the mystery of who was behind the bridge, but the stress that this created was very well portrayed.

So yeah, Kyoani really need to so a non- moe slice of life series, however Hyouka was a very good compromise. Next season they’ll have Chuuninbyou, which unfortunately looks much more generic in terms of formula. But it has a great director, so who knows what’ll happen?
Rating: 5/8 (Great)

9 Responses

  1. Tuuli says:

    Animenewsnetwork has still two unaired episodes listed and they seem to air in the coming two weeks. :)

  2. Bunny says:

    So does mal but I’m still confused

  3. Bunny says:

    Even anime calendar says so too okay don’t get excited bunny

  4. Bunny says:

    Wikipedia says its finished I think it’s finished actually the ending of this kinda gave that away pretty clearly

  5. Alterego 9 says:

    A non-moe slice of life series by KyoAni might be impossible, given how “whatever KyoAni does” seems to be the main definition of “moe” nowadays.

  6. wicked says:

    Gotta give kyoani a break on the moe, they simply only have moe artists working, and it’s what’s conssistently been their money make. You dont tell Apple to stop making iPods

    • Hogart says:

      Don’t miss the point, most of us just want KyoAni to do something else. They can keep right on making moe shows, but it feels like a waste for them to not try to use that talent on something more substantial and timeless. Even Apple does a lot of different things; the iPod isn’t their only product you know.

      • wicked says:

        Sorry, better analogy, You dont ask Apple to stop making stuff in silver and white.

        It’s neither here or there. Munto was not their best work, so they regrouped and found a formula that works best to their artistic strength. Eventually they’ll foray into more diverse genres again. I mean if you watched Nichijou, you know they can do a lot of different things beyond slice of life. Hyouka is not supposed to b Moe at all, but the art and their casting makes it much more so.

  7. UltimateReaper says:

    It was a rather likable episode, and thankfully the mystery was smooth and easy. It was a good ending, though it’s true I would have liked to see just a tad bit more.

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  • Emma
    (Saturday, Feb 28. 2015 01:44 AM)
    I did like how this series sort of tied into the Hannibal movie too by including Mason as a side villain even though his character felt borderline cartoonish.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Feb 28. 2015 01:40 AM)
    Bam, I remember you talking about Hannibal on here, I decided to catch up to it (I had previously only seen the first season, not usually one of crime thrillers and that held me back a bit on this but this really delivered in most ways, even the actor for Graham improved. Although this series deserves a better script.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Feb 27. 2015 11:24 PM)
    Holy crap I got a Majora’s mask in my hands and it looks just like it does in the game and hot damn it’s awesome!
    …I need to hang this up on my wall.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Feb 27. 2015 11:14 PM)
    @Swa: I felt for completions and being a huge fan of macross in general’s sake I should do so, but after the first episode , the most I can say is this hasn’t aged well and if I continue its going to be at best a guilty pleasure.
  • swa
    (Friday, Feb 27. 2015 08:19 PM)
    Macross 7… poor you, I suppose you already watched it by now. Not my favorite Macross for sure.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Feb 24. 2015 07:21 AM)
    All thats left now is macross 7.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Feb 24. 2015 07:20 AM)
    However this one begged to go on for more than just five episodes, come on now and it had the franchises penchant for weak villains. It doesn’t get me as emotional as do you remember love does, the characters of Macross plus were more likeable. Still its a step above Macross II and I at least had fun with it on an action level.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Feb 24. 2015 07:17 AM)
    Thats Macross zero completed then, it was great to see the background arc/plot for this franchise, the pace is tight and the action is arguably the most immersive, well done of the Macross universe along with Frontier.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Feb 24. 2015 04:33 AM)
    While Tatami Galaxy and Ping Pong were definitely sharp I felt that Kemonozume and Kaiba were more inventive.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Feb 24. 2015 04:30 AM)
    Aye,it was the visual style of the film being so different from the norm that drew me in. Still out of Yuaasa’s stuff I found myself more taken with tatami galaxy.

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