Hyouka: What Should Be Had

Alt title: Hyouka: Motsubeki Mono wa

Web (1 ep x 26 min)
3.771 out of 5 from 6,074 votes
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Houtarou's sister returns home, and sets her lethargic brother up with a temporary job filling in as a lifeguard at the city pool. Satoshi invites Eru and Mayaka out to see Hotaro at work, and the group stumble upon a minor mystery to be solved.

Source: Funimation

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Welcome to the obligatory pool episode OVA. Hyouka does what every other series does when it doesn't feel like doing something with substance: puts the characters in bathing suits. Oh, there's a mystery. But it is so simple that you should pick up on it immediately. But hey, you finally get to see Chitanda in a bikini, so all's good right? The story of this episode is obviously weaker than any of the rest. Hyouka is supposedly about detective stuff, but really, they just wanted to get some fan service out of their system. While usually I praise a series for not having the hentai girls as a standard character design, this episode could have used some of that goodness. Yes, I'm a simple and disgusting human being. Don't get me wrong, the animation is still top notch. You'd expect nothing less from a premier studio with a high budget. The sound is just as good as the series. But everything else is a complete waste of time unless you want to see Chitanda in a bikini. Not that I didn't, but also would have rather used some actual something extra. But then again, I didn't think too highly of the series in itself, so perhaps more egregious fan service might have helped. I suppose that people who like the obligatory pool episodes and Hyouka in general would absolutely love this. Unfortunately, I'm not one of those. I prefer my fan service to be more obviously pandering and my plots to be smarter. So in the end, Hyouka's OVA ended up as something completely forgettable.

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