Minor Spoilers Ahead
Okay, finally Hyouka has come to an end. It’s been an interesting ride. The series started off solid, lost its way, became great (the school festival arc), lost its way again, and then ended in a very mediocre fashion. I’ve found my new anime punching bag – sorry Angel Beats.
This final episode was beyond boring. I actually wanted to press fast forward. The last scene had the potential to be great, but it was only a daydream. Oreki is a spineless coward and his actions (or lack there of) made this one of the most frustrating anime in recent memory.
Some will enjoy the subtlety of it all, and Oreki’s silent realization that he has fallen for Chintanda. This is okay in moderation, but Hyouka takes it too far. There was barely any character development over the course of these 22 episodes. Hell, Maya says things are back to normal between her and Satoshi! Really? All build up, and no payoff.
The slick animation is Hyouka’s only redeeming factor. Forget a second season, I’ll take a memory wipe. (Series Rating: 6.5/10)