Hyouka (氷菓, literally, "ice cream") is a 22-episode anime produced by Kyoto Animation and directed by Yasuhiro Takemoto originally aired from April 22, 2012 to September 16, 2012. The first episode premiered on April 14, 2012 at a special event at Kadowaka Cinema, Shinjuku, Tokyo. An OVA episode "What Should Be Had" was streamed online on UStream on July 8, 2012 and was later released on Blu-ray Disc with the third manga volume on January 12, 2013.
"Everyone wants to live their high school life to make many good memories". This high school student motto doesn't interest Houtarou Oreki. He doesn't wish to "waste" his energy on relationships, sports or other activities. Instead, what he wants is to "save his energy" by all means and spend his high school life being as plain as possible.
But his life changes when he receives a letter from his older sister Tomoe Oreki in which she wants him to enter the Kamiyama High School Classic Lit Club, which was in danger of getting disbanded as all previous members have graduated. Being afraid to refuse his sister, Oreki does so, thinking that this won't change anything in his life as he expected to be the only club member. But he finds out that he was wrong - when he enters the club room, he sees a beautiful girl, standing near the windows and looking outside. She notices Oreki and introduces herself. Her name is Eru Chitanda from Class 1-A and a member of the Classic Lit Club. After some time, his old friends Satoshi Fukube and Mayaka Ibara join this club as well.
They start investigating a case that occurred 45 years ago. Hints of the mystery are buried in an old issue of an anthology called Hyouka published by the Classic Lit Club in the 1960s.
|1||"The Return of the Time-Honored Classic Lit Club"
"Dentō Aru Koten-bu no Saisei" (伝統ある古典部の再生)
|April 22, 2012|
|Apathetic high school student Houtarou Oreki joins the school's Classic Literature Club upon his sister's request, expecting to be the lone member there. However, he founds out that the club already has one member in the face of an ever-curious girl named Eru Chitanda.|
|2||"The Prestigious Classic Lit Club's Activities"
"Meiyo Aru Koten-bu no Katsudō" (名誉ある古典部の活動)
|April 29, 2012|
|Unable to stand the inactivity of the Classic Lit Club, Chitanda announces to Oreki that they need to publish the club's traditional annual anthology named Hyouka. While looking for the Hyouka past issues, she drags Oreki to the school library where they encounter Fukube and Ibara. Ibara tells them a mystery which neither she nor Fukube can solve. This ignites Chitanda's curiosity, and she forces Oreki to start an investigation.|
|3||"The Circumstances of the Classic Lit Club's Scion"
"Jijō Aru Koten-bu no Matsuei" (事情ある古典部の末裔)
|May 6, 2012|
|Amazed by Oreki's logical skills, Chitanda asks him for a favour. She wants him to help her remember the words of her uncle, which made her cry when she was little. Oreki reluctantly agrees to help her.|
|4||"The Classic Lit Club Glorious Days of Yore"
"Eikō Aru Koten-bu no Sekijitsu" (栄光ある古典部の昔日)
|May 13, 2012|
|Oreki convinces Chitanda to ask for additional help from Fukube and Ibara. Therefore, her mystery comes to a focus of the entire Classic Lit Club. They agree to organise a meet-up to discuss the mystery of the words of Chitanda's uncle.|
|5||"The Truth About the Historic Classic Lit Club"
"Rekishi Aru Koten-bu no Shinjitsu" (歴史ある古典部の真実)
|May 20, 2012|
|Oreki realises that the girl who wrote about Chitanda's uncle in the "Hyouka" anthology 33 years ago, and the school librarian is the same person. He decides to confront her with the other three members of the Classic Lit Club.|
|6||"Committing a Cardinal Sin"
"Taizai o Okasu" (大罪を犯す)
|May 27, 2012|
|One day, while Oreki was in class, the lesson was interrupted by a commotion coming from Chitanda's classroom. He doesn't pay much attention to this. However, sometime after, while being in the club room, Chitanda, Ibara and Fukube engage in the debates about the relevance of the Seven Deadly Sins to society and humans themselves. Having heard Chitanda's voice during the class commotion previously, Oreki asks Chitanda what the commotion was about and why she got angry during it. Chitanda tells Oreki that the commotion was due to the class's teacher's misunderstanding. However, Chitanda's curiosity is fired up with the fact of the unknown reason which caused the teacher's misunderstanding. To satisfy Chitanda's curiosity, Oreki starts a new investigation.|
|7||"Upon Seeing True Nature"
"Shōtai Mitari" (正体見たり)
|June 3, 2012|
|The entire Classic Lit Club goes to the hot springs to relax after solving Jun Sekitani case. Oreki expects to have a rest; unfortunately for him, a new mystery pops up.|
|8||"Let's Go to the Screening!"
"Shishakai ni Ikō!" (試写会に行こう!)
|June 10, 2012|
|The Classic Lit Club is invited to the screening of the unfinished mystery film produced by Class 2-F as a class project for the upcoming Kanya Festival. The project leader, Fuyumi Irisu, asks the members of the Classic Lit Club to help with the film ending by evaluating the suggestions made by three members of the film's production team.|
|9||"The Case of the Furuoka Deserted Village Murder"
"Furuoka Haison Satsujin Jiken" (古丘廃村殺人事件)
|June 17, 2012|
|Oreki and the other members of the Classic Lit Club listen to each production member's theory of what the ending of the unfinished film is supposed to be.|
|10||"Blind Spot to All"
"Ban'nin no Shikaku" (万人の死角)
|June 24, 2012|
|After all the theories of the amateur detectives have been dismissed, Fuyumi Irisu asks Oreki personally to solve the mystery in a way to avoid failure of her film.|
|11||"Credit Roll of Fools"
"Gusha no Endorōru" (愚者のエンドロール)
|July 1, 2012|
|Like Ibara earlier, Fukube and Chitanda also tell Oreki that they think the ending created by Oreki is not the one Hongou, the original scriptwriter wanted. Oreki starts to question himself if Fuyumi Irisu was sincere in her admiration with his thinking.|
|11.5||"What Should Be Had"
"Motsu beki Mono wa" (持つべきものは)
|July 8, 2012|
|It is a "pleasant" and hot summer morning for Oreki as he wakes up and goes downstairs to start his day. He is greeted by the running of a shower which whom he suspects is occupied by his sister, Tomoe Oreki, finally home from her travels. His suspicion was correct and he is offered a job at Tomoe's university as a lifeguard, in which she promises that he will do almost nothing. Oreki willingly accepts.|
|12||"Those Things Piled Up Endlessly"
"Kagiri-naku Tsumareta Rei no Are" (限りなく積まれた例のあれ)
|July 8, 2012|
|The Kanya Festival is approaching, and all four members of the Classic Lit Club are unable to sleep from the anticipation of it.|
|13||"A Corpse By Evening"
"Yūbe ni wa Mukuro ni" (夕べには骸に)
|July 15, 2012|
|During the Kanya Festival, Fukube participates in a quiz contest with the intention of advertising "Hyouka" anthology. He makes it to the final four and runs into an acquaintance of his called Tani from the school's Go Club, who tells him about strange theft happened in his club. Meanwhile, various clubs report that various small things have been stolen from them as well and that at each crime scene a note was left by the culprit calling himself "Juumonji".|
"Wairudo Faia" (ワイルド・ファイア)
|July 22, 2012|
|Fukube, Chitanda and Ibara plan to enter their next contest, the Cooking Contest, as a part of their plan to advertise the Classic Literature Club.|
|15||"The Jumonji Affair"
"Jūmonji Jiken" (十文字事件)
|July 29, 2012|
|The Classic Literature Club finds a way to sell all "Hyouka" anthology copies. To accomplish this, Oreki needs to catch the mysterious "Juumonji" thief who is responsible for various thefts during the Kanya Festival.|
|16||"The Final Target"
"Saigo no Hyōteki" (最後の標的)
|August 5, 2012|
|Oreki and his friends are getting closer to unveiling the true identity of the mysterious "Juumonji" thief responsible for stealing various items at the Kan'ya Festival.|
|17||"The Kudryavka Sequence"
"Kudoryafuka no Junban" (クドリャフカの順番)
|August 12, 2012|
|Oreki finally figures out the true identity of the mysterious "Juumonji" thief who committed several minor thefts at the Kanya Festival. He decides to put that knowledge into good use.|
|18||"Is the Mountain Range Clear?"
"Renpō wa Harete Iru ka" (連峰は晴れているか)
|August 19, 2012|
|Oreki remembers that his English teacher in middle school, Masakiyo Ogi, liked helicopters. However, Fukube, supported by Ibara, doubt it. As Oreki engages in the discussion, he starts to wonder if Ogi really liked helicopters.|
|19||"Does Anyone Have Any Idea?"
"Kokoroatari no Aru Mono wa" (心あたりのある者は)
|August 26, 2012|
|Oreki and Chitanda hear a strange school announcement which ignites Eru's curiosity. Because of it, Oreki is yet again forced to use his skills to solve this new mystery.|
|20||"Mishap-py New Year"
"Akimashite Omedetō" (あきましておめでとう)
|September 2, 2012|
|Eru invites Oreki to visit Arekusu Shrine to celebrate New Year's Eve together. However, during their visit, they get into an uncomfortable situation.|
|21||"The Case of the Homemade Chocolates"
"Tezukuri Chokorēto Jiken" (手作りチョコレート事件)
|September 9, 2012|
|Being challenged by Fukube, Ibara made special Valentines chocolate for him. Unfortunately, it was stolen, and it's now up to Oreki to investigate this case, return the chocolate and find the culprit.|
|22||"The Doll That Took the Long Way Around"
"Tōmawari Suru Hina" (遠まわりする雛)
|September 16, 2012|
|Eru asks Oreki to be an umbrella carrier during this year's Doll Festival, and he agrees to help her.|
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- Crunchyroll News - Love is the Greatest Mystery of All in Hyouka by Marco Oliveros June 11, 2018 8:00am PDT
- FANDOM - 5 Anime That Deserve a Sequel by Zuleika Boekhoudt Jun 1, 2018
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