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Kyoto Animation has released the first PV of their ever-imminent slice of life mystery “Hyouka” – making quite a respectable showing of character personalities, supernatural themes, romance, and highschool.

This PV is unusual in several ways – it provides a highlight over each of the characters, this is common, yet it runs for a time extended longer than most preview clips, giving us truly a good introduction to each character. One will be well-acquainted with the cast by the PV’s end, and one will also have come to notice several unmissable things.

There’s an implication of romance regarding our hero and the purple eyed heroine – not too shocking there, however more unconventionally, it seems that our hero is able to play with words. Not verbally does he do this, but physically as the PV shows our main character moving around some text – of course, anyone is left curious at the sight of this, how will it play a role in the anime?

Also of interest, the theme and tone of voice of the narrator – both are very relaxing, immensely atmospheric as expected Kyoto Animation, and contributing wonderfully to the scenic display.

Hyouka summarizes up in a fashion which leaves the mind riveted as ironically, for a series about a classic literature club, it sounds like a piece of mysterious classic literature itself:

Oreki Hotaro is a high school boy, who always acts passively. One day, he enters “Koten Bu (Classic Literature Club)” as recommended by his elder sister.

There he meets Chitanda Eru, Fukube Satoshi, and Ibara Mayaka. Chitanda is a calm beautiful girl but she turns into an embodiment of curiosity once she says, “I’m interested in it (Watashi, Kininarimasu)”. Fukube is a smiling boy with a fantastic memory, he never deduces anything on his own. Ibara is a short girl and is strict with others and herself. She loves Fukube, but he always dodges her approaches.

They begin to investigate a case that occurred 33 years ago. Hints of the mystery are buried in an old collection of works of the former members of Koten Club. The collection is titled “Hyouka”.

While we were honestly very excited when hearing Kyoto Animation will be releasing a new series when it was first announced, we were’t too concerned with the anime itself. Kyoto Animation having an unmatched track record in quality, we were joyed at the fact they were preparing to make another anime, regardless of what exactly it was about – yet now receiving a sampling of said anime to come, we’re high in hopes for the launch of this one.


  • Anonymous says:

    When it comes to quality animation, it’s all hands down for KyoAni. I blindly trust that this series will be a good one.

    I only wish their next installment would be a sequel to the Haruhi franchise.

    • Seven says:

      I’d say I’d want another Lucky Star, but Aya Hirano is far different than she used to be – and other factors will likely have changed by now as well. It wouldn’t be worth making another season if it is merely to fall victim to poor quality.

      • Anonymous says:

        While I truly enjoyed LS, I don’t hope there will be a sequel. Like you said before, I’d rather have a good series ending at the right time, instead of being cashed in for the wrong reasons. That way, we can remember Lucky Star as a very worthwhile show.

        No, just let the sleeping dogs lie. I wouldn’t want any other characters than the original cast anyway.

      • “but Aya Hirano is far different than she used to be”

        When you have splendid past performances like those of Konata and the near legendary Haruhi, it is indeed rather sad to see someone let their career influence the quality of their work in the way that she has.

  • Kyoto Animation AND a mystery genre with a slice of romance, you say?

    Serve me up a glass of fine wine and let the magnificence begin!

    • Seven says:

      Kyoto Animation?

      Serve me up a glass of orange juice and let the fruity sensation begin!

  • skylion says:

    My goodness they do quite a lot with that moeblob’s eye’s don’t they.

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