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Anime Spotlight: HYOUKA

by Justin Sevakis,
April 22, 2012 (Japanese Premiere)

Key Staff

Series Composition - Shoji Gatoh
    (Full Metal Panic!, Tower of Druaga)
Character Design - Futoshi Nishiya
    (Nichijō, Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya)
Director - Yasuhiro Takemoto
    (Lucky Star, Nurse Witch Komugi, Nyorōn Churuya-san)
Animation Production
Kyoto Animation


Youth isn't all tenderness.
Though it isn't all hurting either.
...a slightly bitter high school anime.

Creator Comments

Spirit Towards the Animation
I don't like the phrase, “Every man to his trade.”

Every tradesman was a simple beginner at first, and if every beginner spurned their efforts because of the saying, “every man to his trade”, then there would one day be no tradesmen. I always felt that danger behind the phrase. However, this time, when the series was going to be animated, my first intentions were to leave everything to the Animation Staff, because “every man to his trade”, and I hardly know anything about film.

But I had second thoughts, that maybe there was something even I could do to help bring out the atmosphere and the feel of the classic club in film. There were several things that changed my mind, but the greatest reason was probably because I could trust Kyoto Animation as a work partner.

If I confront them, they'll grapple with me. They won't just toss my ideas aside. Even if I jump in when it's not my trade, they'll add my ideas where they should be added, and turn them down when need be. I believed they would do that, and set about working on a new “HYOUKA”.

Since we've decided to do it, then... well, we can't exactly afford to produce a bad product, can we?

Word to Fans
I'm very happy to see the HYOUKA that so many have read being recomposed with a different approach. When Oreki and the others, who only existed on paper, finally take shape and begin to move, I wonder how the feel of their tale will change. Please look forward to it. I know I am.

—Original Story & Composition Cooperation: Honobu Yonezawa.

Spirit Towards the Animation
I'm working hard, confident that we'll make this a great work.

“Thorns of Youth”. This is what I wanted to depict. When we're in school, that special time in our lives, we experience many things. Fun things and interesting things, of course, but also events that prick at our hearts, and I believe that all of these become very bright, precious memories to us. I wanted to depict how such thorns leave their scabs, causing our hearts to grow stronger and mature.

Word to Fans
I'm working very hard together with many different people to make this work even better, so please look forward to it.

—Director: Yasuhiro Takemoto

Spirit Towards the Animation
I'm looking forward to this very much. This work was a type that I haven't had much opportunity to work with before, and it's full of new things for me, so it's been very rewarding to use my head and face the challenges it's thrown at me. This time I've been working more behind the shadows as a staff member, like a catcher trying to firmly catch all of the balls being thrown his way by everyone.

Word to Fans
I've been working my wisdom every day. I can feel that this is going to be a great work, so please enjoy it.

—Series Composition: Shoji Gatoh

I took great with each and every character, designing them to bring out both the youth and frailty of the new high schoolers in the classic club. I hope to carefully depict the slight changes of heart Houtarou and the others go through bit by bit as time passes, which I was able to feel from the detailed descriptions in the original work.

—Character Design: Futoshi Nishiya


Houtarou Oreki, a high school freshman who believed in conserving his energy, finds himself in the classic club, a club on the verge of dissolution. There he meets Eru Chitanda, a heroine with a hearty curiosity, and his old friends from middle school, Mayaka Ibara and Satoshi Fukube.

Together at Kamiyama High School the four of them investigate various incidents in this youthful academy mystery.


Houtarou Oreki
VA: Yūichi Nakamura
A high school freshman who believes in conserving energy and not doing anything that doesn't need to be done. After a certain event, he joins the classic club.
Satoshi Fukube
VA: Daisuke Sakaguchi
He confesses to being a self-proclaimed database, who only does things he's interested in. He's been Houtarou's best friend since middle school, and followed him in joining the classic club.
Eru Chitanda
VA: Satomi Satou
Eru is the single daughter of the Chitanda Family, a remainder from one of the four wealthy farming families, according to Satoshi. She joined the classic club in search of something.
Mayaka Ibara
VA: Ai Kayano
An inseparable friend who's been in the same class with Houtarou since their first grade in elementary school. She has an interest in Satoshi, which is what leads her to join the classic club.


Houtarou Oreki
Yūichi Nakamura
Eru Chitanda
Satomi Satou
Satoshi Fukube
Daisuke Sakaguchi
Mayaka Ibara
Ai Kayano
Tomoe Oreki
Satsuki Yukino
Masashi Togaito
Ryotaro Okiayu
Fuyumi Irisu
Youko Itoigawa
Mami Koyama


Original Creator
Composition Cooperation
Honobu Yonezawa
Series Composition
Shoji Gatoh
Character Design
Futoshi Nishiya
Kouhei Tanaka
Yasuhiro Takemoto
Animation Production
Kyoto Animation
The graduates of the classic club of the Kamiyama high school

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