7 Anime like Hyouka

Hyouka | Source

Turn into a Mystery Monger with the Anime like Hyouka

At first look, Hyouka might seem like just another ordinary school and slice-of-life anime but there's really much more into it. I should say: it's also a mystery anime, but unlike any other!

Hyouka has its mysterious charms settled in the most unusual of ways. While it may seem like a mystery school anime straight out of the norm, it does work its thrilling was through ingenious thinking and mind-rousing staging. Essentially, Hyouka gives off the vibe of simplicity that unexpectedly keeps you on the edge of your seat whilst letting you feel like you're actually part of the mind games.

All of that being said, I'm sharing to you this list of hand-picked selection of anime similar to Hyouka. This collection will not only bring you all the detective-cracking adventure you want, but also, all the unusual mysteries to solve. These titles of more Anime like Hyouka will surely keep your mind busy while also tickling your fancy for thrills.

Plot Outline of Hyouka:

While to conserve energy as much as he can and live his life with no worries and complications, Houtarou Oreki goes on with his life with extreme passiveness as much as possible. He goes by his belief of: "If I don't have to do it, I won't! If I have to do it, then I'll do it quick!"

One day, despite his lazy streak and resistance, he was force by his sister to join the Classic Literature Club in high school. Things won't be a nuisance for him though because the club's currently inactive but, Chitanda Eru pops-up and tags along with the club.

Chitanda's a curious soul much to Oreki's annoyance but, he goes with the flow anyway.And so, with Oreki, Chitanda, Satoshi, and Mayaka in the same club, they try their best to recreate it and even solve its mystery deep-buried in the past.

Hyouka - Trailer

Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu
Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu | Source

1. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

All her life, Haruhi Suzumiya believed of the existence of the unkonwn especially espers, time-travellers, and aliens. As such, she does things differently from what other people do. But, none of the things she deeply believed in had ever made an appearance in front of her causing her to lose hope little by little.

One day in school, a student named Kyon meets with Haruhi despite his non-belief to mysterious things. This then brings them to create an exciting club like nothing ever before. It's the SOS Brigrade - meaning Save the world by overloading it with fun Suzumiya Haruhi brigade!

With this random club coming out from the blue, who would have thought that it would comprise of members that Haruhi have always sought. Who would have thought that she herself has an ability that's more unknown and mysterious than all of the occult things combined.

Follow Haruhi and Kyon together with the whole club as the world starts to revolve around them. It won't be them that would be chasing for mysteries but, it would be the mysteries chasing them!

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya - Opening Song Theme

Gosick | Source

2. Gosick

Kazuya Kojo is a student attending at Saint Margaurite in Saubure, Europe. In that school, stories and rumors of horror urban legends are what's trending throughout the whole student body. Given that, Kujo can't help but get hooked to the the trend itself.

Among the countless tales of mystery and horror running about, there's one story that struck Kujo the most - the story of Queen Berry Ghost Ship!

One day, he discovers a girl who has unparalleled logical skills in deduction and reasoning. Her name is Victorique and she too is highly curious of the urban legends going around.

Following her fateful meeting with Kujo and hearing about all the rumors, they shall soon find out that everything isn't just a rumor at all. There's a truth and sinister secret hidden behind the stories, especially the one concerning Queen Berry's Ghost Ship!

Gosick - Trailer

Kokoro Connect
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3. Kokoro Connect

All is going the usual way with the Cultural Research club and its members; Taichi Yaegashi, Himeko Inaba, Iori Nagase, Yoshifumi Aoki, and Iori Nagase's mundane lives until one day, something bizarre comes out of the blue.

Two of the members, Aoki and Yui, finds their bodies switched much to their surprise and not knowing what is going on. Gradually, the other members mysteriously switch bodies too day-to-day until emotional panic for the unknown phenomenon happening to them causes them to run amok!

Concealed to their knowledge, this is all just the start of their chaotic struggle against the unkwown which will make them realize all their desires, inner selves, and flaws in the most perplexing of ways.

Will they be able to hold out until they discover what really is happening? Or will they succumb to the stress and strains of the strange phenomenon? Follow the Cultural Research Club members as they get their hearts connect with all the twists and turns of their previously normal lives.

Kokoro Connect - Trailer

Dantalian no Shoka
Dantalian no Shoka | Source

4. Dantalian no Shoka (The Mysterious Archives of Shoka)

When Hugh Anthony Diswald was endowed with the property of his late grandfather (which includes an old mansion and a library of antiquity), mysterious events come one after the next.

First, he meets an uncanny girl named Dalian who is the guardian of the Dantalian Archives (a library that holds invaluable books containing forbidden knowledge of demons and magic).

Next, he learns that some of the books known as "Gensho" or "Phantom Books" are out causing disruptions in the world as people with the lust for power seeks them.

With everything that's going on, he now needs to aid Dalian in order to investigate everything related to the secretive books and solve the mysteries which will eventually lead them to the Gensho Phantom Books that they must seal in order to retain order and balance in the world.

Dantalian no Shoka - Trailer

Detective Conan
Detective Conan | Source

5. Detective Conan

High-school student Shinichi Kudo may be a very promising mystery-buster but now, he's in a deep snitch with a certain Black Organization. As a result of his meddling, he's been fed a mysterious drug that turned him into a small child. Thinking of a fast way to deal with his desperate predicament, he creates a new identity to don - a kid named Conan Edogawa.

With his transformed body and his new identity, Shinichi solves mystery cases as Conan in hopes of catching clues leading towards the Black Organization that put him in his current problematic situation. Things won't be easy though, as the enemy is an overwhelmingly dangerous and secretive society that'll require experience in countless of crime cases to bust!

Bring out the detective in you as you go episode-to-episode trying to track clues and crack mysteries in every case with Detective Conan.

Detective Conan - Trailer

My Youth Romantic Comedy is Wrong as I Expected.
My Youth Romantic Comedy is Wrong as I Expected. | Source

6. Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru.

For most people, life is all about social interactions and working with the society but for high-school student Hachiman Hikigaya, it plainly isn't. According to him and his anti-socialisitc views, everyone who's excited about their mundane adolescent lives are all a bunch of liars. He even answers his teacher's questions about his future with philosophical answers stemming from his unfathomable yet seemingly genius views and beliefs.

As such, he has no girlfriend nor any friends so his teacher decides to forcefully enlist him into the Volunteer Service Club where he meets one of the prettiest girl in school, Yukino Yukinoshita.

Now, he has to work with the club helping others whilst keeping his own views in place. Unbeknownst to him, his new club and its club members (especially Yukino) are more handful to handle than they might seem.

My Romantic Comedy SNAFU - Trailer

The World God Only Knows
The World God Only Knows | Source

7. The World God Only Knows

Katsuragi Keima is the God of Conquest in this very own world of gaming. Everyday, he shuts himself off from the real world and indulges in all sorts of video games (especially dating games). This lifestyle doesn't get in the way of his mundane school life though, except maybe for his social life.

One day, he meets a shinigami girl named Elsie who has scouted him for a very important mission. Evil souls have been accidentally set loose and are now causing chaos by residing in the enfeebled hearts of weary girls. With Keima's god-like proficiency in dating games, only he has the power now to stop the problem with evil souls.

Will Keima's gaming skills prove useful in the real world? Will he be able to catch girls' hearts and fill the void within just like how he does it in his favorite strategy role-playing dating games? Well, follow Keima in his wacky yet perplexing soul-hunting conquest in the World God Only Knows.

The World God Only Knows - Trailer

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Wynter Gale 2 years ago

I love Detective Conan. I really wish there would be some kind of revelation or conclusion soon, though. The anime is almost as old as I am!

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joween18 2 years ago from The Universe

Whew... some anime lover fellow here like me.. hehe

Nice hub... and I almost watched all the animes in this list, except Dantalian no Shoka and GoSick . The only problem of Hyouka was if you are not a native Japanese, you may find it hard to understand the mystery, so I had to pause every moment to read the subtitle. But overall I love Hyouka, the animation, characters, everything.

Anyway, since we are the same in terms of hobby, you may find some interesting animes in my hubs. :)

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