Funimation Licenses Hyouka Anime (Updated)
posted on by Karen Ressler
Funimation Entertainment announced at its panel at Sakura-Con on Friday that is has licensed the anime Hyouka. The first part will ship on home video on July 4. The release will have a new English dub as well as the Japanese version with subtitles.
Funimation posted the phrase "KI NI NARIMASU" on Twitter on Thursday. The phrase, which roughly translates to "I'm curious," is the catch phrase of Hyouka character Eru Chitanda.
Kyoto Animation's 22-episode television anime premiered in 2012. Yasuhiro Takemoto (Amagi Brilliant Park, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu) directed the anime, Shoji Gatoh (Full Metal Panic!) handled series composition, Futoshi Nishiya (Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club, A Silent Voice) designed the characters, and Kōhei Tanaka (Onihei, The Laughing Salesman) composed the music.
The story follows a boy named Hōtarō who is not assertive about getting involved, but was ordered by his older sister to join the classic literature club. In the club, he gets close to the truth about an incident, involving a female member's uncle, which happened 33 years ago. The "energy-saving" boy is joined by an inquisitive girl in this adolescent mystery.
The anime has not previously been released in North America.
Honobu Yonezawa's original mystery novel from 2001 also inspired a manga adaptation in Kadokawa's Monthly Shonen Ace magazine. A live-action film adaptation starring Kento Yamazaki and Alice Hirose will open in Japan this year.
Update: Release date, dub information added.
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