12 Days XII: He’s lazy. She’s curious. They solve mysteries.


Hyouka is just lovely. I was pretty skeptical when the whole thing was announced and it started. Really, a slow mystery light novel with pretty animation, is that going to hold up? As it turns out, it’s not really a mystery, as things involving a bunch of bored high school students rarely are. Instead, it’s about a guy who, despite his best efforts, has the misfortune of being captivated by a starry-eyed girl and is dragged out of his shell. Like most of other shows in this vein, the enjoyment comes from watching how our protagonist slowly changes and see, by the end of it all, how far they’ve come.