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Hyou-ka: You Can't Escape

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"If I don't have to do it, I won't. If I do have to do it, make it quick," is the basic principle by which energy conservationist Houtarou Oreki lives. But after his sister convinces him to join the Classics Club, Houtarou's life is turned upside down when he meets Chitanda, a perpetually-inquisitive girl who challenges the boy's easygoing existence. Intrigued by the slightest hint of a mystery afoot, Chitanda doesn't hesitate to pester the reluctant yet highly analytical Houtarou into satisfying her curiosity at every turn, no matter how small the problem. Alongside fellow members Satoshi and Ibara, the group tackles cases ranging from a self-locking classroom door, a strangely-popular library book, and even the shadowy history of the very club to which they belong!

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Futoshi NISHIYA Character Design
Yasuhiro TAKEMOTO Director
Kouhei TANAKA Music

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Hyou-ka: You Can't Escape RamkoX12X 9.2/10 Oct 30, 2013
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Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru.

Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru.

After being turned down by his unrequited crush, Hachiman Hikigaya is determined to live out the rest of his high school life single and socially tuned out to avoid the folly of youth. But Hachiman's resolve is lacking compared to his guidance counselor, a woman determined to change the boy's ways. So, much to his dismay, Hachiman is soon forced to reach out to those around him by joining a club dedicated to serving others. Alongside the cold, but beautiful club president Yukino, eager Yui, and other new friends, Hachiman will try to stomach his new volunteer work and survive his ultimate fear: being involved in a typical high school romantic comedy.

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The main protagonist thinks of himself as "hermit who enjoys lonely life", but with progres of story they build own gangs, get girls and mix drama with comedy.


both shows feature a main character that purposely sets out to be a loner(though for different reasons) and are somehow forced to join a school club. they both are comedic slice of life types but Hyou-ka is more mystery centered whereas Yahari is more romcom but if you like one you'll def like the other. 


Both of these shows feature laid-back protagonists that are coerced into joining a club and then get dragged into hijinks that makes them friends and helps other people with their problems. Both shows also employ clever dialogue and realistic handling of characterization, a much-needed refreshment amongst the industry these days.


Both male protagonists think that a lonely, quiet life is the best way to live. However, there is a group of people that get in the way of that life style of theirs and turn it completely upside down. 

Both are a must watch!!


Both shows are centered on a reserved protagonist who tends to enjoy his loner life and not partake into any social activities in his surroundings. In both cases, there are other people that soon start to make them come out of their shells and socialize more. With some really witty narration, both leads steal the show. Yahari and Hyouka may be different in their approach to the daily life, but if you enjoyed one, there’s a good chance that you might find something to enjoy in the other one. 


Oreki (Hyouka) and Hachiman (Yahari) are two of the same vein. While Hypuka tends towards more drama and mystery, the main reason both shows are entertaining would be the MC and his interaction with a strong female character in Hyouka it's with Eru and in Yahari it is Yukino.


Both consist of a main who is basically one who doesn't like to be involved in any people's events. However, they get dragged into a club. Both main male characters are smart and are put in with girls. Hyouka is more mystery based and Seishun is more comedy based. If you liked one, you should like the other.


Both story focused on a loner who don't want to socialize with people (unsocialize) also the main characters is forced to join a school club too. It is hardly recommended for people who likes School Life genres...

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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

The eccentric Suzumiya Haruhi wants nothing more than to meet aliens, time travelers and espers… but she’ll have to settle for the everyday Kyon instead! Along with the mysterious Itsuki and the vacant Mikuru, the duo forms the SOS Brigade – a club whose mission is to discover the mysteries of the world. Armed with a razor sharp wit and a skill for manipulation, Haruhi will stop at nothing to have fun at all costs, even at the expense of Mikuru’s dignity!

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they both have a lazy and unmotivated boy who is drawn in by a girl who is overengetic to start/restart a club.


The main character combination in both shows is quite similar: an enthusiastic female lead who has a taste for the dramatic and a low-energy male lead who allows himself to be sucked into her schemes. Haruhi is a little more overbearing than the well-mannered Chitanda; Oreki and Kyon are almost identical; Melancholy is a little more sci-fi while Hyou-ka falls more under slice-of-life.


I think the main thing that people would like about hyou-ka when compairing to melancholy is the great characters, especially the lead males. both are very likable and their internal monologue is clever and witty. I think hyou-ka is the better so far but both have great style and unique plots.


The male lead in both narrates the story from their point of view, while having to deal with an over enthusiastic female counterpart. They both have elements of mystery in them; Melancholy leans towards sci-fi, while Hyouka uses a slice of life appoach.


If you like some mystery both of these shows have it. They both also revolve around an ordinary guy who gets pulled around by a more eccentric girl in large adventures that they don't want to be a part of. They have similar humour in these escapades and also feature a similar love tension building. 


In both series male lead narrates from his ironic/ a bit sarchastic POV. Kyon and Oreki are both dealing with overly enthusiastic female lead who gets them into doing stuff they are not even interested in and think of it as a bother. It´s a plot device in both anime. Both feature good mysteries, Hyouka has a slice of life/school life aproach when Suzumiya SF. Mysteries in Suzumiya are on far larger scale than in Hyouka where they are around pointless stuff but are suprisingly better made. If you are fan of one go check other... seriously!


Bored male gets dragged into a club with hyper-active female and enjoys solving mysteries despite his protests. Both KyoAni.



In the early 20th century, Kazuya transfers to a prestigious academy as part of an exchange program between Japan and Saubure, a small European country. But while Kazuya would love to make friends and have a typical school life, the boy is shunned by his ghost story-loving peers who believe that he's a "Black Reaper" to be feared. Things change one day when Kazuya wanders to the top of the library and discovers a lush botanical garden, and a beautiful, small, blonde-haired girl named Victorique who rarely leaves the building and is fascinated by unsolved mysteries. Together, the two develop a budding friendship and take on many chilling and dangerous cases that even the famous local detective Grevil can't solve.

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a rather bizzarre reccomendation considering they differ in atmosphere, setting, artwork and mood; but it is good if you enjoy the solving of mysteries from rather eclectic bits if information.  

gosick is infinitely darker and more complex whereas Hyouka is lighthearted fun but both worth a look


I started watching Hyou-ka for the mystery that I had felt in Gosick. If you like mystery with a bit of comedy, Gosick and Hyou-ka come together with the way of solving, it is all solvable by the viewer you just need to think quite deeply sometimes. The backstories and atmosphere are a lot different but both are entertaining.


If you enjoy a character who solves mysteries based on seemingly unrelated and irrelevant scraps of information, these shows are for you. Additionally, the interactions between a low-energy and a take-action character keep both shows entertaining.


Both animes might have there diferences, but the way the mysterys are solved and the characters that solve them are quite a lot. Because they both are kinda these loners how are extremely good are piecing together information, even when there is very little. Plus they both are drawn into there knew life by someone.

Thou note Gosick is more darker if thats the right word, well Hyou-ka is more fun.


It's quite likely if you like Hyouka Gosick should appeal to you. Whilst Hyouka is a easy laid back school life mystery type series, Gosick is a lot more serious and intense. I didn't recommend this both ways due to Hyouka is a lot more easy going than Gosick and so someone wanting to stay serious might not want to come to Hyouka.

If you want some more mystery and some plot i think it is well worth trying Gosick out.

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Tomoya Okazaki is a third-year high school student who is generally bored with life and doesn't take his studies, future, or anything else seriously. One day, however, he meets a lonely-looking girl in the school courtyard, Nagisa Furukawa. She explains to him the source of her loneliness: she had missed a lot of the previous school year and thus is repeating her third year; everybody that she knew has already graduated, and she is lonely. Tomoya is rather indifferent at first, but decides that he has nothing better to do and spends increasingly more time helping Nagisa restore the school drama club. As his relationship with Nagisa grows, Tomoya begins to open up to various other people around the school as well...

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Both are produced by Kyoto Animation, and a somewhat lazy male lead - voiced by the same seiyuu - constantly helps a hopeless girl while participating in a club together, although he didn’t want to join/won’t join.


Both have an overly enthusiastic female lead who meet a somewhat lazy/low-energy male and form a club to stop it from being abandoned completely, all the while making new friends. This is probably the only similarity between the two, however.


Clannad and Hyou-ka: You Can't Escape are similar because of the characters. For example, Okazaki from Clannad reminds me of Houtarou; Satoshi of Sunohara and Chitanda about Nagisa. I think another reason they remind me of each other is beacuse coincidently Okazaki and Hotarou have the same voice actor; so does Satoshi and Sunohara.

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Kokoro Connect

Kokoro Connect

At Yamaboshi High, joining a school club is required, so when Himeko, Iori, Taichi, Yoshifumi and Yui couldn't find a suitable choice, they decided to create their own: the School Culture Club! Together, they pass the days meeting and coming up with topics for the group's newspaper – that is, until one day, Yoshifumi and Yui proclaim that they switched bodies last night! Soon after, all five members of the gang find themselves inadvertently swapping at random, with no end in sight. What, or who, caused this supernatural phenomenon?

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Both stories revolve around a school club and they have a similar feel to them. I liked them both alot.


Both are about a high school group of friends that get involved in some pretty mysterious stuff. Although Hyou-ka is quite a bit more lighthearted than Kokoro, they have a similar atmosphere that mixes comedy, mystery, friendship dynamics and a hint of romance.


Both anime revolve around mystery. Hyouka's mysteries are the center of the show, while Kokoro has elements of mystery that deal with the overall plot. So if you enjoyed the mysterius vibe in Kokoro, then you might enjoy Hyouka. or vice versa.

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