Hyouka is one of the beloved anime in mystery and slice of life genre. The anime series that first met anime lovers in 2012 has been adapted into anime from Honobu Yonezawa’s novel and published by Kadokawa† Hyouka, made by Kyoto animationthat still animates popular animes like Violet Evergarden, managed to make a sound at the time of publishing. However, after the OVA episode aired after the first season on January 12, 2013, no new season or OVA episodes were aired. We can see the new season renewals of animes after years. So, could this also happen for Hyouka? Is it still possible to see one second season of the anime after about eight years? Let’s remember the anime and see what is known about the new season.
What is Hyouka’s plot line?
The story begins with Houtarou Oreki attending Kamiyama High School. Hotaru is a lethargic student who does not participate in activities and claims to adhere to the “don’t do things I don’t have to do” rule. Even while walking, he thinks about how much of his energy he will expend and how he can avoid energy loss according to the path he will take. Sometimes he even gets lazy to lie down two inches away from where he is.
The school’s Classical Literature Club is about to close due to lack of members. At the request of his older sister, who also attended Kamiyama High School, Houtarou joined the Classical Literature Club. Other members of the club include his high school friends Fukube Satoshi, Ibara Mayaka and his newfound acquaintance Eru Chitanda. Although Houtarou initially wanted to leave the club, he was impressed by Chitanda and decided to stay. Although he says it’s just luck, Hotaru’s greatest talent is that when he has enough data, he can solve the strange happenings around him, like Sherlock Holmes. When he first entered the Classical Literature Club, he caught Chitanda’s attention by solving the mystery of the closed door.
During the anime, we see that Hotaru, with the help of his friends, reveals other little mysteries at school. With a common interest in mysterious events, this quartet begins to investigate an event that happened in the club 33 years ago, and they will find clues about it in work called “Hyouka” created by the former members in the same old year.
Will there be a second season of the anime?
The first season of the anime aired from April 22, 2012 to September 16, 2012. November 22, 2021neither Kodakawa nor Kyoto animation studio has already renewed the anime for a new season. But the silent era for anime doesn’t go back that far. The live-action movie of the series “Hyouka: Forbidden Secrets” broke the silence when it was released in 2017, bringing the issue of a new season to fans.
The confirmations of the new season of Anime depend on a few key factors such as popularity and availability of source material. The novel, the original of the series, completed six volumes in 2020. The series author also confirms that the 7th volume is in the writing process. The fact that six parts took 15 years to complete shows that the series was written with care. However, this situation is sad for anime viewers because the first four parts were adapted during the first season. Hyouka is a series that is attracting a lot of attention in Japan with both its anime and novels. Given the source material used in the first season, there is not enough source material to create a new season at this point. The first season consisted of 22 episodes; if a possible second season consists of 12 episodes, we can take into account sufficient source material. However, it is impossible to predict the decisions of the producers.
Although many years have passed since the first season of the anime aired, we can see that the anime is still popular in Google searches. By contrast, according to Myanimelist, it is ranked as the 84th most popular anime of all time. Hyouka was one of the anime that sold the most disc volumes at the time of its release. The average sales figure of the anime, which sold 11 volumes of discs, was 10.046 and was on the bestseller lists during that period. We don’t think popularity will stand in the way of deciding for a second season. While it’s not beyond speculation for now, we think the new season of the anime will be released in 2023 – 2024, given the completion of source material and production time. Until then we advise you to watch Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life and Megalo Box in the segment of the life genre.
2nd season chance of Hyouka
Popularity on Mynanimelist
Popularity on Google searches
Above average ratings (8.12 on MA, 7.8 on IMDb)
Success in disc sales
Only one season
Not enough availability of new source material
No extension since 2012
What can happen in Hyouka Season 2?
At the end of Hyouka’s first season, major changes took place in the characters’ lives. The lazy protagonist, Houtarou, has undergone a major character change and now lives in the moment instead of making small calculations. Mayaka and Satoshi finally talked about their feelings for each other. For the future, Houtarou decided to study literature; Chitanda, on the other hand, will improve herself in the field of science. When there’s a second season, we’ll get a chance to see the characters’ new personality traits, new lives, and new stories. It is also possible that the story begins a few years later. While watching the anime, we can gradually discover what our heroes have been through in these years. Now that they are coming to the end of high school life, we can see how the main characters live and develop outside of school life. A concept change is required at this point, but we may have story-based potential.