Hyouka is one of the few shows that forced me to like it as I watched more of it, although I wasn’t sold on it from the start. A number of factors played in favor of the show, but the most appealing to me was the blossoming platonic relationship between Oreki and Chitanda. The keyword here is blossoming, since I think we all agree that static platonic love is one of the most boring stuff to deal with at all. You could tell from the onset of the show that it was probably going to happen, but the anime still conveyed the slow, developing romance with patience and deliberate grace.
Oreki was introduced as an anti-social individual with a weird idea about an energy-saving lifestyle. I thought his passiveness was pictured in an extreme manner at times, but it was still a believable aspect of him. Being introvert myself, I found it easy to understand Oreki’s worldview. Those weird thoughts do occur to us, yet we decide to ignore them in most occasions. The ridiculous amount of attention Oreki puts to the voices in his head and his dedication to act upon them made him entertaining to watch, although I do understand how it might bore others. I also do suspect that most of those who couldn’t handle that trait associated with Oreki are from our fellows extroverts, but I sadly have no studies to prove this scientific hypothesis. *read: anime is serious business* Editors’ note: This post is a 100% scientifically factual study that is going to be published in the Journal of Anime Psychology and put into every school textbook in America. Please direct all Nobel Prizes to Vanikawa.