The genre of this anime is solely defined as “Mystery” and yes I can see that but it’s be no means a good mystery. It’s trivial problems at best and some of the questions are pointlessly asked and most of the time they don’t even need an answer. The fact of the matter is I find it hard for someone to become invested in a story where nothing happens yet for some reason some anime fans seem to love this. Why?
I’ve tried working out if there is something other than the story that is keeping people interested but I cannot work it out. Okay the art is nice but that can’t be the reason anime fans are watching this otherwise they’d go stand in an art gallery for hours instead.
It’s not cute girls either. Chitanda is cute but there is plenty of other cute girls this anime season which top her with ease. Urabe, Saber and the entire cast of Kore wa Zombie desu Ka just to name a few.
Then is it slice of life? No it’s not because in good slice of life anime something happens. There is trouble with families, relationships and school that the characters must overcome. In Hyouka the characters are all happy and don’t seem to have any serious problems or even complex relationships with each other.
The mysteries are awful to say the least and if that’s your reason for watching then may I suggest watching Death Note, Un-Go, Persona 4 or even something like Ghost in the Shell instead. If anyone cares about the mystery of why Chitanda got angry at teacher who is an asshole or why a door to nothing was locked then what the hell is wrong with you.
So to get to the point can someone please explain the appeal of this anime and why one of the best anime studios decided it was worth spending a pile of money to animate instead of just making more K-on or Haruhi that would make them a giant pile of money.