Need recommendations for what anime to watch after Hyouka? The series follows Hotarou Oreki, a teenage boy whose main goal in life is to avoid expending energy. When his sister forces him to join the Classics Club, he isn't planning on getting too invested. When the club turns out to be less about its intended subject than it is about solving local mysteries, he's ready to bail - but Eru Chitanda's enthusiasm gets the better of him, and makes him want to invest energy into something for the first time in his life. It's a great series - but are there other anime like Hyouka out there?
The answer to that question is a definitive yes. Anime similar to Hyouka can vary in what exactly it shares with the series. If you liked its focus on mystery but are craving something a little darker, you should check out Heaven's Memo Pad or Detective Conan. If what drew you to Hyouka was the protagonist's journey from depressed to engaged as he connects with an enthusiastic girl, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU and Bungaku Shoujo will fill your needs perfectly. Do you relate to Oreki's desire to conserve energy and want to watch more of the same? Tanaka-kun is Always Listless is right up your alley.
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Like Hyouka, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU centers around a school club that's dedicated to helping people with complicated problems - but what truly connects the two series is actually the protagonists. Both Oreki and SNAFU's protagonist Hikigaya have maladaptive ways of approaching the world. Both boys are antisocial introverts who for various reasons feel that they're better off not forming bonds with other people. Through their involvement with their respective clubs - and those clubs' eccentric members - they're able to form genuine bonds with other people and gain brighter perspectives on their worlds.
Though Hyouka and The Pet Girl of Sakura Hall have little in common in terms of their content, but they have some major thematic similarities. Specifically, both of them deal with the question of genius. Who is born with it? Who isn't? Which circumstances create genius and which don't? Is it more painful to continuously try and fail at something because you just aren't born with the right talents, or to have unreasonable expectations placed on you because you are? Can you still achieve genius through hard work? If you liked Hyouka for its take on those questions, try The Pet Girl of Sakura Hall.
Gosick is what you get when you take Hyouka and flip around the details. Both are anime about solving mysteries, and both feature a brilliant protagonist with a cheerful and enthusiastic sidekick of the opposite sex. The difference? Oreki is a boy who has no real desire to solve cases and has to be persuaded into it, while Victorique is a girl who has her sidekick find cases for her entertainment. That and the fact that Gosick is set between the two world wars, while Hyouka takes place in the modern era. Despite these differences, the show's structures and premises are quite similar.
Though quite different in tone, Death Note shares some important themes with Hyouka. Both series focus on solving mysteries, and feature a highly intelligent protagonist who doesn't always do a great job at connecting with others socially. Death Note is a much darker take on the mystery genre, with a central case that involves the identity of a mass murderer, so if you watched Hyouka for its mystery elements but found it a little too light hearted, Death Note is a great next pick.