It’s not just a slice-of-life any more, it’s literally real life. No, I don’t mean that in a good way.
To be honest, out of all the shows that are airing this season, I had the highest hopes for Hyouka, because it was one of the few that I didn’t know what the plot would be about. In addition, the trailer poster for Hyouka was simple gorgeous and on top of that, it would be produced by KyoAni. Thus, it seemed to be worthwhile to place all my hopes on this show.
However, that’s all out of the window as of today.
No, I’m not actually bashing Hyouka *yet*, but rather, I have to say, the first impressions seemed rather boring. I love the art, I love the characters, and I love the music. However, I just couldn’t bring myself to be engaged with the plot. I’m literally sitting at my desk at 8:00PM PST falling asleep, unable to believe at how…”un-attractive” the plot is. It’s not that I don’t like mystery anime, but rather, this one didn’t have any “dramatic” cases to solve or anything that gave me an incentive to think about what’s happening in the show.
On top of that, the whole first episode made me feel like I was right back at school…even though I just came home from it. In an odd way, it was both amazing that Hyouka could replicate high school to such a detailed degree, but also annoying, because I’m trying to watch this anime to get away from school. Not to feel like I’m right back in it, doing extracurricular activities.
I’m not sure what’s going on with Hyouka because of this lackluster episode. Is it because it literally wants to replicate “average life” in high school? Is it because it wanted to have an excessive amount of potentially irrelevant dialogue to make the show seem sophisticated and scholarly? Is it because the plot actually sucks?
Who knows, but to be honest, Hyouka doesn’t seem like a “mystery” show that I would anticipate for every week, and in fact, I’ll most likely turn out to be marathon-ing this show. As much as it disappoints me to say this, but I’m definitely not going to pick up Hyouka until it has finished. Just because this show has jaw-droppingly gorgeous art, doesn’t mean it’ll be an amazing show.
So with my decision to hold-off Hyouka until later, that means I won’t be covering any shows this season. I already turned down potential shows that I would watch (ie Sankarea or Medaka Box), but I already know what will happen, so there’s no point in posting episodics about shows when I know their whole story.
However, I was truly disappointed in Hyouka because I had such high expectations for it. It wasn’t that it was “bad” to the point where I hated the show, it was just a whole lot less dramatic and interesting than I thought it would be.
See y’all next season~