Valentine’s Day and Hyouka: Mayaka’s Chocolate Heart

Happy Valentine’s Day! To commemorate the occasion, I thought I’d do a close analysis of one of my favourite Valentine’s anime episodes in my all-time favourite anime —Hyouka. Unlike any other show I’ve watched, Hyouka continues to impress me, and I come away each rewatch with something new to think about. The Valentine’s episode is not only one of the more incredible episodes in the show, it’s also the most bittersweet. With that said, let’s dive in!

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Hyouka: Character and Foils

When I first started watching anime, Hyouka was one of the first that I had the pleasure of discovering. It was unlike anything I had ever seen in the style from its aesthetics to its content. For the longest time I have thought about why I found Hyouka so engaging. The plot is pretty mundane: a group of high school students solving minimal, everyday mysteries and not really encountering the supernatural or any sort of murder, which ranks it lower than Nancy Drew and Scooby-Doo. It shouldn’t have been so captivating, so why did it end up being my top anime? In this (rather lengthy) article, I would like to analyze what makes Hyouka noteworthy and figure out how and why this is effective.  Continue reading “Hyouka: Character and Foils”