So what exactly is so special about this series? I keep seeing people praising about how its directing and cinematography is superb and creative but all I see is that it's the definitive 'all style and no substance'. Yes, it is visually fantastic but really, it's all fluff and doesn't really contribute much in enhancing the show. At least people like Ikuhara tries to evoke some kind of framing or styles that adds to the story's atmosphere.
Hell, as someone who enjoys SoLs and mysteries, the series fails to be either, which makes the visual an even bigger waste.
I'm watching it right now and I definitely like the over-stylization, that's always a good thing. Since when is bland animation and direction good in any way?
I'd say it's narrative is rather weak though, more in how it's constructed. The mysteries seem pretty forced especially in the beginning when the characters pretty much just happen to stumble upon something to solve every ep, seemed just too artificial for me. It also uses rather blatant exposition which is rather painful to watch, stuff like "As you know, your favorite motto is!". Seriously, people never talk like that to themselves.
But yeah, the visuals are cool and I kind of like the characters, so that's what I'm sticking around for. "Style over substance" is a rather dumb term to me. Is substance over style good? If it doesn't have much substance should it just not have any style?
When does it become good?
I'm at ep 7 and it's boring and lame. They are resolving mysteries with 0 importance, it doesn't matter what they are doing at all.
Does it have any story or what?
>So what exactly is so special about this series?
It is the #1 series for putting people to sleep. Guaranteed outcome every time.
KyoAnus finds a way.
Or you can you know, put that style in a work that actually has some substance so it's style that complements the substance, rather than just some fancy looking thing that is empty.
It should be obvious. Just look at the Hollywood movies that bring in the most money. The typical viewer just need flashy stuff to keep them entertained. Anything more like some kind of proper story or themes would require people to think and that's a difficult thing to process. Big colourful explosions are easy to do and easy to shut the audience up.
No, plebs will say that only story matters. If you're not dimwitted you realize all the parts of a work are important. Both the narrative, visual direction and the way the two com together.
>you in charge of reading comprehension and following conversations
No wonder people like you love Hyouka so much. You really can't form complex thought processes and that's why pretty images are all you need.
Anon, don't backpeddle. I said style matters you equated style to flashy explosions. You're a pleb. It's ok though, watch more anime, try to watch a film, read a book. Maybe something on art critique might help.
>doesn't really contribute much in enhancing the show
How does that make any sense? You just said an aspect of the show is fantastic, and then go on to say that it does nothing to enhance it? What?
You're literally saying "the more effort put into the visuals in a visual medium is not the better". No one is saying that it's the only thing needed for a good show, but you're a literal retard if you think that more "style" (even though that probably isn't even the correct word to be using) is ever a bad thing.
Not just that. Guess who is the top rated reviewer on there.
There is enough substance in characters and their interactions. I don't remember there being overstylization at all, everything served it's purpose : all of the "mysteries" had a different thing about them, but that is just how people visualise stuff, it's wierder (lazier) if visualisation would have been shown not like this, or, how it usually goes, with just leaving talking heads moving their mouths for twenty minutes.
I was like you at first : to me Hyoka's lack of a grand scheme of things, compared to say Haruka, was a huge downside. But after rewatching it I realised that there is not supposed to be any : Hyoka is a very down to earth story about characters going through their lives and growing along the way.
You think mysteries suck and characters overreact to them ? Well, they are fucking fifteen, and those mysteries are very real to them, it's what their life is about at the moment.
Why do plebs think that everything needs to happen in a show to serve some grand plot or work towards some climactic ending? Are you that indoctrinated into shit narratives or are you just a raging shonenshit?
>it's all fluff and doesn't really contribute much in enhancing the show
What makes you say that? Sure, in that picture there are a few screens that are just there to look pretty, but a good number of them are also used to evoke themes or story elements in a creative way. They might not be very obtuse or deep, but what's wrong with that? Hyouka at it's core is a pretty simple story about two people and how and why they affect each other the way they do, so having needlessly obtuse visuals is just that: needless.
>At least people like Ikuhara tries to evoke some kind of framing or styles that adds to the story's atmosphere.
Why don't you think any of the screens in that image add to the show's atmosphere? I'd say all of them do. The landscapes and interiors and palettes add to the comfy rustic setting, while the 'delusions' or however you'd like to call them illustrate whatever they're talking about in pretty straightforward ways that tend to be more visually creative and engaging (not to mention reflective of characters) than simply having a slideshow of flapping mouths.
Hyouka is pretty flamboyant with what it does. I'm honestly surprised people keep saying "visuals have no relation to themes!" when the show itself couldn't be more blatant about it