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Hyouka 氷菓 in review.

I wanted to love Hyouka so damn much.
I tried so hard to love it.
But I couldn’t.
I didn’t.
And now I’m paying the price.

As I close the video player and open the notepad, my mind is filled with the same old “if only” thoughts and I’m left with the even more familiar bittersweet feeling – of joy because it was a pleasant watch but also of anger from what it could’ve been. I know I won’t allow myself to enjoy its afterglow unless I vent my complains and deconstruct all of its flaws in a quasi masochist experiment.
So here we are.
(THIS POST CONTAIN SPOILERS. IT IS NOT A RECOMMENDATION REVIEW)

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Chrono Crusade: Anime or Manga?

That day… That time… At that place… An irreplaceable moment was born. In a flash, the present becomes the past. Memories blur with time, and then fade altogether. The traces left behind, the silly days we spent together… There was only one definite piece of proof that the four of us lived through this era: The first and last picture we ever took together.

Warning: Anime spoilers!
This post is intended for people who have watched the anime and are wondering if they should give the manga a try. If you don’t know the franchise, I recommend watching the anime first, then jumping to the manga if you enjoy it. And please, buy the damn thing. Most of the online scans have extremely bad translations.

“Which one is better?”
You know when sometimes movie adaptations of literature end up being really different from the the source material?
The original characters and story are there, the feel and mood as well, it isn’t necessarily better or worse, it’s just… different.
That’s the feeling I got from Chrono. Both the anime and manga are productions of high quality, made by passionate people and because of that, each stands proudly on their own.

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