Hyouka #01 — Zzzzzzzzzzzzsnrk… Zzzzzzzzzzzzz…

April 22nd, 2012


Boy, am I ever ready for an Aquarion beach episode now.


Wow, they certainly went all-out to make this as bloody boring as possible, didn’t they? It wasn’t funny, the premise and setting aren’t interesting, it’s just 26 minutes of lull. Okay, so when Sidekick began telling a ghost story, they actually used the animation to do something purposeful for once and I perked up for the 45 or so seconds that lasted, but that’s about it. It’s not cheap by any means, far from it. It’s just that the content is so bland and mundane for 95% of the show that like Generic Self-Narrating Main Character, I was fighting not to nod off in the middle of it. There’s also a number of times when it’s clear that the director was just showing random things around the classroom because somebody on the production staff probably told them "You know, guys, I think we’ve run out of possible shots of the three of them standing around in a circle talking." Of which an intern boldly spoke up and said "What if we put up a picture of a coat rack?" And then congratulations were had and he was hailed as the new king of Narnia.

And yet despite the blandness, the show manages to also have all the subtlety of a Mack Truck. You can tell whenever there’s an important scene because it’s either excessively rotoscoped or the screen is suddenly literally choked in flowers. Well, there’s one point where the screen’s covered in a flood of CG letters too. It could work if it was actually part of the overall visual style and incorporated better; ie how Shaft and Silver Link generally operate, but here, they’re just jammed in and then immediately forgotten again as the whole show returns to its plodding, boring haze. I appreciate good character animation, probably more than most, but there has to be a point to it and this has all the visual direction and creativity of day old rice pudding and is starring a narrator who is clearly struggling to stay conscious through his own show. That’s not a great start.


This was not an exciting preview.

Posted in Anime | 26 Comments »

26 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • alex says:

    oh wait it has a narrator, oh fuck

  • pata says:

    I think kyoani should just stick what they do “best”, Cute girls doing cute things…

  • Kitsu says:

    Liar, this episode was not dull, was very fun.

  • Anonymous says:

    Garbage anime from a garbage studio.

  • Anonymous says:

    Not sure if troll or just very retarded.

  • Anonymous says:

    Awful moeshit, otaku pandering show for niwakas.

    Truly the cancer that is killing the anime industry.

    • Kefit says:

      But this isn’t moeshit or otaku pandering. Pure moe/otaku pandering usually at least carries a spark of energy with it.

      This show is just just…nothing at all.

  • Anonymous says:

    It’s shit, right?

  • Anonymous says:

    It’s shit.

  • Anonymous says:

    You just don’t know how to enjoy it and not your type of anime
    Your review contain nothing helpful and rather disturbing
    Guess can’t take all of your post seriously

    • Jack says:

      Guess can’t take all of your post seriously

      Better drink my own piss.

    • eternia says:

      Duh. You only found out now?
      You mustn’t take them seriouslu to begin with.
      Only when he has a date scheduled.

  • EXM says:

    Kyoani’s animation power is sort of wasted with slice of life.

    • Kagutsuchi says:

      My feelings exactly. I haven’t like anything they’ve made since Full Metal Panic: Second Raid.

      • Tiresias says:


      • Di Gi Kazune says:

        Okay, put it this way. If they made Shana, ZnT and (insert a crappy winter show here), YET the storyline remains the same, WOULD the shows still be considered great? It seems regardless of how crappy a show that this studio does, it will always be labelled Grade A.

        Would this studio still be held in regard if they did Astarotte no Omocha and Kojika?

    • Benigmatica says:

      What if this anime went depressing, huh?

  • Freeter says:

    It’s like a zombie version of Clannad. And I’ve already got my fill of zombies this season.

    • Aroduc says:

      Given Japan’s recent trends, I’d think a zombie version of anything would just mean adding more exposed female parts.

  • exa says:

    Damn, this is good. Can’t wait for the next episode.

  • @fkeroge says:

    No. Just… no. This is an insult to the abilities of the KyoAni animators.

  • The Phantom says:

    Found nothing wrong with this, no panty shot every 3 mins, no breast bouncing every two, that alone is worth watching the show for.

  • The Phantom says:

    I automatically loved the second episode and now this is on the top of my must-watch list.

    For those who are wondering about the incredibly sinergy among the characters, the reason is that Houtarou is voiced by Yuuichi Nakamura (Tomoya in CLANNAD) and Satoshi is Daisuke Sakaguchi (Sunohara in CLANNAD), that alone makes the show a must watch.