Tuesday, September 18, 2012

6 Quotes from an Anime I Like Called Hyouka

I rarely watch TV as I like books much better.

Even so, if a show is in Japanese or Vietnamese, I'll sometimes try it out--as it allows me to be productive (in learning a language) while also having fun (and providing a break from more intense mental effort).

With that said as background, one of the shows I recently finished watching is Hyouka (or, in English, Ice Cream).

The show has four main characters, each of which I'll try to introduce via the 6 short quotes below. 

There is Oreki Houtarou, a young boy interested at the show's start in conserving his own energy above all. Here, for your first quote, is something interesting he says early on in the series:
The more inexperienced you are, the more you want to show off.
And here, for another, is Oreki's motto:
I don't do anything I don't have to. Whatever I have to do, I do quickly.
Then there is Chitanda Eru (pictured), whose intense curiosity pushes the plot of each show forward (and ultimately, because of his regard for her, causes Oreki to question the above motto, or at least his application of it). Here is my favorite quote from Chitanda:
We can't be productive if we have no purpose.
Aside from these two, there is Fukube Satoshi--Oreki's colorful friend who serves as a foil to him in the show. Their relationship can somewhat be summed up by this exchange:
Oreki: "I can live without your love." 
Fukube: "I'm sure you can."
Mayaka, who likes Fukube, is the other character rounding out the four-person gang (who are all members of the Classics Club). Here, starring Chitanda, is another extended conversation involving them all:
Chitanda: "I don't think that people should never get angry. That applies to the other deadly sins as well." 
Everyone: "..." 
Chitanda: "For example, I think that pride and greed are also important." 
Satoshi: "What do you mean?" 
Chitanda: "If someone didn't have any pride, wouldn't they also be lacking in self-confidence? If someone was free of greed, wouldn't they have trouble supporting their family? And if people didn't envy one another, wouldn't they stop inventing new things? Um, you don't have to pay so close attention."
Satoshi: "I see. That's interesting." 
Oreki: "Moderation in all things, right?" 
Chitanda: "I don't think the concept of 'deadly sins' can be applied to our lives that simply." 
Mayaka: "So you think that getting angry isn't a bad thing?" 
Chitanda: "Yes. Wouldn't you say that if you can't get angry about anything, you can't really love anything either?"
Other characters take part in the show aside from these main ones. Here, then, for your final quote, is something that another character says (to Oreki) and which I especially liked:
People should take pride in their own abilities.
And that's all.

Sounds interesting, right?

I can only think of one recent animated show I like better.

And that is one I'll be writing more about soon, perhaps an essay for publication somewhere.

Want to guess what that is?

I'll give you some clues: the title of the show is three words long, one of the character's names in it starts with a "Ph" and the other starts with a "F"--oh, and it's probably the best cartoon ever.


  1. I really life that anime too. "Watashi, kininarumasu!" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zh9zdQ9tZgY

    Also check out Uchuu Kyoudai. It's about two brothers who become astronauts. It follows one of them as he goes through the astronaut selection process.

  2. Thanks for the lead! I'll check that one out, although it'll have to get in line as I'm planning to slowly work my way through the Tiger and Dragon series (which I've heard is great).