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Hyouka was, in my opinion, an excellent series. Its approach to character portrayal and development was surprisingly mature and nuanced, gradual but significant. Each of the main characters (and some of the secondary ones too) all had distinctive personalities that managed to successfully buck any of the archetypes thrust upon them. Adding to that was the imagery and visual motifs – not only did KyoAni do a fantastic job at making Hyouka visually interesting beyond the excellent animation, but it added to the already strong characterisation in a clever and not overstated way. These were admittedly uncommon occurrences, but that just served to give them a stronger impact when they happened.

And what’s surprising is that these were present from right near the beginning, and were often overlooked.

"Ho-ho-houtarou". Merry Christmas!

“Ho-ho-houtarou”. Merry Christmas!

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Hyouka

Ah, KyoAni. Amongst those who enjoy shows about cute high-school girls doing fun things (or Key adaptations) they enjoy a high reputation; amongst other anime fans KyoAni at least gets respect for their consistently high production values and often fantastic animation. But these cute-girls-doing-cute-things shows are what they are famous for, with Haruhi (kinda), Lucky Star and the juggernaut that is K-On!. As a result there was a certain hype leading up to Hyouka, the latest high-school slice-of-life from KyoAni. But more importantly, there were certain expectations.

The K-On! fans were expecting – wanting – something very much along those lines. The more astute fans noticed the two guys amongst the principal cast of four, so imagined it might perhaps be closer to Haruhi. The Key fans were too busy being sad about the fact that Little Busters! was a) not being adapted by KyoAni and b) being adapted by JC Staff. What we got in the end was rather different from all of that…

Reading this would probably take too much energy

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Between Moyashimon Returns and Natsuyuki Rendezvous ending and moving back to uni, I completely forgot about this. Go me.

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For a minute I was upset because this was gonna be the last episode of Hyouka but it very recently got an additional episode announced, making it 22 not 21 episodes long! YES

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If it wasn’t already apparent, I ran out of “witty” titles for these months ago. Now for your weekly dose of “hurr fun episode durr” x 10.

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WhyNot are being slow with Phi Brain and there’s no Space Brothers this week for ~reasons~, which is a shame. Oh, and I managed to get to 200 completed series on MAL this week, which is a complete validation of this summer and my life as a whole.

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Have you seen next season? Man am I gonna be picking up a load of shows. Oh yeah, this season. That’s still a thing I guess. Also Kokoro Connect is gonna have 17 episodes because it just HAS to be difficult like that.

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Hurf durf weekly anime.

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Some series continue to get better, others just get worse and worse. Business as usual then I guess.

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I managed to go a whole week without dropping anything this season! Although I’ll admit, I was sorely tempted.

Kinda weak week this week. Shame, there was a surprising amount of promise in the earlier episodes.

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