Continuing this week, Gifu Broadcasting has just finished airing episodes 3 and 4 of Hyouka. This re-airing has given me a chance to catch up on KyoAni comment translations since I did not start translating the staff comments until Chuunibyou. Let us see what the staff has to say about the main development of the “Hyouka” arc in the show.
Episode 3:The Descendants of the Classic Literature Club with its Circumstances
Episode Director/Storyboarder Taiichi Ishidate:
This is episode 3’s storector, Ishidate. Did you find this episode enjoyable? I worked hard to think how we could portray each of the Classics Club members so fascinating.
My own favorite scene of this episode was at the very beginning when Houtarou got the wrong impression about Eru confessing something to him. My next favorite scene would have to be the flustered Togaito-senpai scene.
People who don’t have things going the way they want to are very fascinating. You can sense the thrill they have inside when their order is disturbed. It would please me if this appeared enjoyable to all the viewers as well.
Thank you for watching.
Animation Director Seiichi Akitake:
I’m Akitake and I had the pleasure of directing the animation for Hyouka‘s third episode.
This time, the plot started to move as Eru told her story about her uncle.
We continued from the second episode with Eru in casual clothes and her hair tied up. It was very fun to draw her like that.
Other drawing points I’d like to mention personally would be the unruly Togaito-san and the sunflower. Sunflower Satoshi had the petals extending from his head, which made him look very suspicious. I was quite pleased with that design.
Even in the scenes shown for a moment, Hyouka has many points in the images drawn to talk about. We are grateful for everyone who watches and points them out.
In-between Check Yumiko Hata:
This is Hata and I had the privilege of checking the in-between animation for Hyouka‘s third episode.
Was this episode enjoyable?
I made sure there was enough space on the papers so that the female character’s hair movements look cute and their gestures appear soft while the male characters appear cool and you’d be able to sense their sensual natures at times.
No matter where the episode cuts off, if you have fun doing it, you’ll be amped up for checking the animation.
With luck, I hope we can give that sensation to everyone watching as well.
Background Supervision Mikiko Watanabe:
This is the person who supervised the drawing of the backgrounds for episode 3, Watanabe.
Hyouka is a show that has an established tone everywhere, but there’s plenty of chances to draw unique backgrounds.
For scenes like the confession at the beginning of the episode where Houtarou’s feelings get carried away or when reality fades away in the conversation between Houtarou and Mayaka, the colors we previous set fade away and the staff has to do their best with trial and error until they get it right once again.
I’m pleased Hyouka gets to vary amongst so many atmospheres; from the normal everyday life to unique images.
Episode 4: The Old Days of the Glorious Classic Literature Club
Episode Director/Storyboards Eisaku Kawanami:
I’m Kawanami and I was the director/storyboarder for this episode.
Episode 4 was different in that the Classics Club members appeared in casual clothes.
It was quite fun to show each person’s personality in their clothing choices.
The extent of how big the Chitanda residence was also played a big feature.
Somehow a residence that big actually exists, but I cannot begin to imagine how they are able to manage it. It’s a mystery.
I’ve gathered many people with flyers trying to solve that mystery.
The staff for this episode including myself tried to portray that feeling and hopefully it reached our viewers.
Thank you very much for watching it.
Animation Director Kazumi Ikeda:
I am Ikeda, the animation director for episode 4.
The investigation committee visited the Chitanda residence this time. We also were able to understand each member’s fashion tendencies as well.
Satoshi is the backpack and nonchalant handbag type.
You enter nirvana twice upon seeing Eru putting on her apron with her hair in a ponytail. It’s a shame we didn’t get to see her retrieve the dried mushrooms looking like that… or rather usually you’d see someone bring in the laundry in that type of scene. For it to be dried mushrooms feels Eru-ish. Should we say it’s….lovely.
Key Animator Maiko Tanigami:
This is Tanigami, a key animator for episode 4.
Now, if you had to pick the highlight of this episode, wouldn’t it be how cute the girls looked?!
Eru looked so lovely in her apron. It so matched doing household chores like cooking! That’s what we had in mind when we showed her feminine powers in this episode.
And Mayaka’s jealousy…
Seeing that would be enough to kill you with how cute it looked. My favorite scene was the her “hmph” I was in charge of drawing. This time she did it twice in one episodes (I was only tasked with doing it once), so did all our Mayaka fans enjoy searching through the episode for them?
Key Animator Minoru Oota:
My highlight of episode 4 had to be Satoshi and Houtarou’s cycling scene since it’s my own “we did it!” scene…
To speak a little more on it, Satoshi speaking about how he thinks and Houtarou’s reaction to the conversation (Houtarou looked so cute again) showed how immature their conversation was. It’s quite lovely. Again, the Chitanda residence is quite huge with a gorgeous rural scenery around it.
Look forward to the next episode!
And so that’s what each episode’s staff had to say regarding these two episodes. Episode 4 was the second episode it’s director, Eisaku Kawanami, directed, and I was quite impressed. We’ll hear from him again on episode 11 and he did 3 episodes for Chuunibyou as well. Just a random piece of trivia. Next week finishes the “Hyouka” arc and moves to one of the short stories in novel 4!