Hyouka anime releases creditless OP and ED videos hyping upcoming 10th Anniversary concert featuring Kouhei Tanaka

Key visual for the anime Hyouka and picture of composer Kouhei Tanaka.
Key visual for the anime Hyouka and picture of composer Kouhei Tanaka. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

On November 18, 2022, the staff for the anime adaptation of Honobu Yonezawa’s Classic Literature Club (Hyouka) mystery, slice-of-life novel series released the creditless OP and ED videos from the anime hyping a special concert that is set for January 29, 2023.

Composer Kouhei Tanaka, who worked on the original anime, will be making an appearance at the event. The anime Hyouka is currently celebrating its 10th Anniversary and the concert is just one of many planned activities.

The anime Hyouka featured a variety of classical music in its soundtrack, including: “Sicilienne” by Faure, and “Air on the G String” by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Japanese composer, conductor, and singer-songwriter, Kouhei Tanaka, is affiliated with the music production company Imagine. Kouhei has created the musical scores for many anime including Gunbuster, Sakura Wars, and most notably One Piece.

You can watch the first creditless OP video here:

Hyouka first OP video.

The first OP theme song “Yasashisa no Riyuu” (Reason of Kindness) by ChouCho was used for the first 11 episodes.

You can watch the first creditless ED video here:

Hyouka first ED video.

The first ED theme song “Madoromi no Yakusoku” (Promise of Slumber) performed by Satomi Satou and Ai Kayano was used for the first 11 episodes.

You can watch the second creditless OP video here:

Hyouka second OP video.

The second OP theme song “Mikansei Stride” (Unfinished Stride) performed by Saori Kodama was used for the 12th episode and onwards.

You can watch the second creditless ED video here:

Hyouka second ED video.

The second ED theme song “Kimi ni Matsuwaru Mystery” (Mystery Surrounding You) was performed by Satomi Satou and Ai Kayano.

All four “themes” were released in a single album.

What is the plot of Hyouka?

The story centers on a Japanese high school freshman, Houtarou Oreki, whose only goal is to live a peaceful, uneventful school life. However, his peaceful days come to an end when his older sister, Tomoe, urges him to save the memberless Classic Literature Club from getting disbanded. Oreki’s promise seems to be a moot point when he discovers his fellow first-year classmate, Eru Chitanda, has already become a member.

Despite no longer having to join the club, Oreki finds himself swept away by Chitanda’s curious and bubbly personality and ends up joining the club of his own free will. Along with two other members, Satoshi Fukube and Mayaka Ibara, the four students are driven by Chitanda’s insatiable curiosity to solve the strange mysteries that seem abundant in their daily lives.

Where can I watch the anime?

Honobu Yonezawa’s novel Classic Literature Club, which was later renamed to Hyouka, inspired a 22-episode TV anime series. Hyouka was produced by Kyoto Animation and directed by Yashiro Takemoto. Shoji Gatoh handled the series’ scripts and Futoshi Nishiya handled character design.

Yashiro Takemoto went on to direct Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid and Amagi Brilliant Park. However, in 2019, both Yashiro Takemoto and Futoshi Nishiya both tragically died in the Kyoto Animation Fire.

The main cast includes Yuichi Nakamura as Oreki, and Satomi Satou as Chitanda. Honobu Yonezawa set the story in the fictional city Kamiyama, which was based on her hometown of Takayama.

From April to September 2012, the original 22 episodes were broadcast in Japan, and the anime has since gained a cult following in the anime community. In July 2012, a bonus OVA was streamed via Ustream, and a two-part Blu-ray DVD edition was released. The series was licensed by Funimation for release in North America, and after Sony acquired Crunchyroll it was moved there where it is currently available for streaming in Japanese with English subtitles and in English.

Are you looking forward to the Hyouka 10th Anniversary Concert? Let us know in the comment section below!

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