Hyouka is a great many things – it is pretty, it is pretentious, it is trying very hard to be Haruhi 2.0. But I would not ever say that it is interesting. What else can you expect when the lead character’s primary motivation is a… very strict interpretation of the law of conservation of energy? Though the characters do have a sort of chemistry with each other, something about all of it feels artificial. And yet I keep watching it.
It’s about a boy (Oreki), and his friend (… does he have a name?), and the girl he doesn’t realize is his love interest (Chitanda). Together, they fight crime– I mean, they solve mysteries. Really, really silly mysteries. The story had to start somewhere, I guess, but it is more than a little difficult to care about the outcome when there is nothing at stake. At all. Okay, they just spent ten minutes figuring out what was up with that damned book. So what?
The closest thing to motivation I can discern is Oreki’s previously mentioned – but as yet nebulous – attraction to the perennially curious Chitanda girl. I guess you could consider her affection to be a sort of “stake,” in that Oreki’s solving mysteries amuses her, or something. But considering Oreki has yet to even realize that he cares about her like that, it should hardly count.
Which I suppose brings me to Chitanda herself, and how she is more boring than Clannad‘s Nagisa. Damning words, I know, but there you go. Her whole schtick is that… she’s curious. Well. Good for you. There was this neat little shot in the first episode, right after she and Oreki first met, where Oreki imagines her hair growing out like weeds and entangling him. All very symbolic and whatnot. Serious stuff. But it doesn’t really make sense, as Chitanda lacks any sort of engrossing characteristics. (She’s no Haruhi, is what I’m saying.)
Or maybe I’m thinking too hard about this and Oreki just has shit taste in women. That’ll have to do, I guess, since I can’t seem to bother dropping the damned show yet. Because Oreki is just too damned moe.