Day 13 of Anime

Oreki from Hyouka

Day 13 - Favorite anime attending high school

The problem with this question is that I have a feeling that I would reply to this day’s topic/question again with SKET Dance, after picking it for Favourite Slice of Life anime. To be honest, even if we set that one title aside, quite a few of the titles I mentioned in that post would also be applicable for this one, provided they are set in High School - which Sakamichi no Apollon, Daily Lives of High School Boys, etc are.

Maybe it’s apparent that I feel strongly about a few specific anime titles, and then just kind of neutral about the rest. Or strongly about so many anime titles, I’m not sure which one I feel the strongest about. I’m not sure how I feel about that.

To help, I’m going to rely on my go-to method, borrow this list of School Life titles and go through, finding my favourite which are set in High School, while trying to avoid last time’s picks. I’ll also try to pick a series that is mostly set in the high school, for example Code Geass can’t apply in that instance.

Here’s a shortlist:

  • Hyouka
  • Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
  • Another
  • Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei
  • Angel Beats!

Hmm, these are all fantabulous titles, but I think I have to go with Hyouka on this, despite how much I liked Nozaki-kun recently and how much I enjoyed those other titles in the past. It’s hard to compare them since they’re all quite different.

Hyouka is a compelling anime though with its mysteries around the school, and it’s interesting to see these characters develop - particularly Oreki as he goes from someone who conserves energy and doesn’t particularly want to do anything, to someone who becomes a bit more involved. As always, KyoAni are trolls, but what can you do?

And of course, I just can’t resist Oreki’s facial expressions or Chitanda’s shining eyes…