Finales: Hyouka, Mankind has Declined … also Chocolate 10

Rather a fitting ending to Hyouka. A little mystery surrounded by bigger events and drop-dead beautiful animation. Chitanda enlists Houtarou to help out in her villages annual doll festival. There is considerable time taken in him waiting at the place while the festival guys try to work out a crisis involving a bridge the procession … Continue reading Finales: Hyouka, Mankind has Declined … also Chocolate 10

Hyouka 21, School had declined 11

All of the mysteries of Hyouka, save one or two, are trivial matters. More often than not they are merely frameworks on which to hang what the episodes or arcs are really about. Such is the case with episode 21, possibly the least cheerful Valentine's day episode I've ever seen. Many anime Valentine episodes are … Continue reading Hyouka 21, School had declined 11

Religion had Declined 10, Hyouka 20, Lagrange 21

My take on Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita 10 written here is a rambling mess, because sometimes it's good for the mind to ramble about a show, especially one as odd as this one. We go back to Watashi's first days as a mediator, er, researcher, whatever it is; just so she can avoid working in … Continue reading Religion had Declined 10, Hyouka 20, Lagrange 21

Jinrui 8, Hyouka 18, Lagrange 19

Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita 8 explains everything! Even the dog! Okay, it doesn't explain the underlying question how? We get a nice stab at Why, though. Assistant, never given an opportunity to develop a personality because he grew up in isolation, decided to look for one, and used the suggestions by Watashi and all those … Continue reading Jinrui 8, Hyouka 18, Lagrange 19

Lagrange 17, Tari Tari 6, Hyouka 16

Rinne no Lagrange 17 (or whatever) feels like the episode before a season-ending finale. We got the ship falling apart, Madoka and Yurikano having a fistfight, the other girls doing espionage, those three former bad guys rushing there in their Vox, and the girls' own Voxes have taken off with no pilots. We even had … Continue reading Lagrange 17, Tari Tari 6, Hyouka 16