Re: Episode 1
An absolutely gorgeous work from KyoAni. The use of colors, lighting, and background art/movement help set the stage in what looks to be a real world. It's like Shoushitsu, but in a TV format!
All three of our main characters introduced are wonderful. Houtarou does a wonderful job as the slacker/brains of the group, Eru is absolutely adorable (especially in Houtarou's delusions), and Satoshi is Sunohara again! While in terms of huge events, nothing happened, but we got to know part of our main cast well and how they normally are.
Given how KyoAni adapted The Second Raid, I'm not surprised at the pacing. It's slower than other shows, yet not slow enough to feel dragging. I like this style after seeing it in TSR and more recently in Morestsu.
Music-wise, Hyouka hits the right notes for me. I love the classical feel that Tanaka is going for and how it accompanies the mood. The OP is soft, yet powerful. I'm definitely importing it.
Put everything together, and I'm regretfully considering importing this again. If only it wasn't 11 volumes...
“Nyahaha! Then we move to round two, Hero! ★”
novels translation: 1st novel - OUT
/2nd novel - OUT
Next project, Tamako Market
: translating in my very little short free time