Prepare to have your fascination with Hyouka satisfied. With pre-orders opening this week ahead of an August release, figure maker Alter has posted a preview of the upcoming Eru Chitanda, with the barefoot, rice preparing statuette recreating the character as she appears in episode 4. Get a look after the jump.
Takayama, in Gifu prefecture, the basis for fictional Kamiyama, is again embracing its connection to the Hyouka anime and light novels. Dating back to the 17th century, its local April Takayama Festival is famous for its ornate floats and complex puppets. This year, the spring rites will be joined by the Hyouka x Red Cross blood drive, sale of special goods and an appearance by Eru Chitanda voice actress Satomi Satō.
The Japanese Red Cross has rolled out their latest blood drive aimed at collecting a bit of otaku juice. Between now and the end of March, if you visit Gifu prefecture, home of Hida High School, inspiration for Kamiyama High School, and donate some blood, you can score an exclusive clearfile based on hit anime Hyouka. More after the jump.
Hyouka featured a parody of the Straw Millionaire folk tale, in which a poor man makes the right trades starting with a piece of straw such that he wound up fabulously wealthy. The Red Cross has been organizing otaku blood drives, allowing fans to trade some mls for a poster, which some fans turn around and play Straw Millionaire to sell. Check out the info on Hyouka's blood drive after the jump.
Anime cosplay outfits and accessories seller Cospa has revealed its 10 best-selling ensembles for 2012. Maybe on account of her fifth birthday, Hatsune Miku topped the list at #1, while it's probably thanks to movies that Evangelion's school uniform returned to the list and Kenshin made it on. DBZ fans will be pleased to see that a representative snuck on. Get the full roster after the jump.
Mystery anime Hyouka is the latest series to get involved with local agriculture promotion. Beginning December 1st, visitors to Gifu prefecture’s Takayama city will be able to purchase rice named for the hit Kyoto Animation anime. More after the jump.
Suffering from a bit of insomnia pondering the mysteries of life? Well, COSPA has the answer. Light novel/manga/anime Hyouka's mystery obessed Eru Chitanda is being featured on a new sleeping mask with her eyes on one side and her catch phrase "I Can't Stop Thinking About It!" on the other. Get a look after the jump.
It is often said that "Seichi Junrei" (Holy Land Pilgrimage) by anime fans is a key to promote local economy in Japan. The Juroku Bank, a local bank in Gifu Prefecture, estimates that the fans of the school mystery TV anime Hyouka will bring over 2.1 billion yen (approximately US$27 million) into the local economy in 2012. More details after the jump.
The site for the new Kyoto Animation adaptation of Hyouka posted a preview of the upcoming run of episodes for the mystery series, and it has included a set of designs featuring the anime's Scoobie gang cosplaying as Vocaloids Hatsune Miku, Kagamine Len, Kagamine Rin, and Megurine Luka. Get a look after the jump.
The anime based on Honobu Yonezawa's koten-bu novels, Hyouka, finally premiered, but did you catch who did the opening song? Fans of Kami-sama no Memo-chō and Mashiroiro Symphony's OPs should hit the break!
Just last week we got a look at the upcoming school mystery anime, Hyouka, in motion. Now the official website is streaming a quick 15-second TV commercial for Kyoto Animation's series, which is directed by Yasuhiro Takemoto (The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya). Video past the break!
Know what is better than official still images? Official trailers! And it just so happened that the website for school mystery series Hyouka started streaming one. Check it out after the break!