30-Day Anime Challenge
Day 5: Anime You’re Ashamed You Enjoyed
Some may say this series was a step KyoAni needed to take. However, I would have to disagree. To me, Hyouka was both entertaining yet depressing.
Don’t get me wrong; I did enjoy the show. I liked how it wasn’t just a typical slice-of-life rom-com series. The slight flirtation with the mystery genre kept me on my toes. But still, I was a little sad to see KyoAni adapt this one after some reflection. In hindsight, Hyouka signified KyoAni’s departure from adapting visual novels. I understand that visual novels take much longer to come out compared to light novels. As such, light novels offer a more steady stream of content for studios to animate, which is one possible reason for KyoAni made said switch. That being said, KyoAni seems to be adapting light novel series with minimal content (Musaigen no Phantom World) or choosing to adapt a single volume from a light novel series (Amagi Brilliant Park). Either way, this means KyoAni’s anime tends to have considerable amount of filler, which can be good or bad. Furthermore, “modern” KyoAni seems to have an increased dependency on fanservice. I guess it can’t be helped since that kind of stuff is in every show, but I expected better of KyoAni.
The characters were interesting and the music was great (I particularly like Kimi ni Matsuwaru Mystery). It’s just that I can’t help but think that KyoAni has seen better days whenever I watch Hyouka.
What do you think? Was I too hard on Hyouka?