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A boy named Houtarou who is not assertive about getting involved, but was ordered by his older sister to join the classic literature club. In the club, he gets close to the truth about an incident, involving a female member's uncle, which happened 33 years ago. The "energy-saving" boy is joined by an inquisitive girl in this adolescent mystery.

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Oreki Houtarou is an "energy-saver" kind of guy, who expends as little energy as possible to do only things he has to. When he starts high school, his older sister sends him a letter asking him to join the Classics Club. The club meant a lot to her, and its number of members has been reduced to zero.

Houtarou reluctantly signs up for the club, only to find that someone else has joined, too! She's Chitanda Eru, a cute, big-eyed girl with an overwhelming sense of curiosity. A mystery crops up that catches Eru's interest, and also draws in Houtarou's friend, Fukube Satoshi. They continue solving mundane mysteries together, and soon they draw in Satoshi and Houtarou's friend, Ibara Mayaka, as well. Mayaka has had a blatant crush on Satoshi since middle school, but he always fends off her advances. Together, they search for the truth in a mystery that involves the history of the Classics Club... [tethysdust]


Related Series
Hyouka (Novel) (Adapted From)

Associated Names
Frozen Treat

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Latest Release(s)

Status in Country of Origin
7 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1

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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (49 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.89 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 1st 2014, 10:16pm PST



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Shounen Ace (Kadokawa Shoten)

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The Anime is a Jewel!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by cecropiamoth
November 22nd, 2014, 11:18am
...and I bet the manga is too. The main character here is a guy who apparently wants to minimize his involvement in the life around him. He's not a creepy loner, but just someone who would rather conserve his psychic energy as much as possible. Anyone who has experienced much manga or anime will know that this is an attitude that just wouldn't do in Japan! "Do your best!" Is their incessant motto, and so as I started watching the anime of this, I was surprised the show didn't have him being bullied or some such thing.

No, it's not that at all. Rather, this is the story of how such a guy can gradually become interested in the world around him. How? Well of course, factor number 1 is a girl, although that doesn't become apparent for a long time. Almost as motivating, factor number 2 in drawing him out is a great group of friends. Factor number 3, finally, is a mystery from the past. This mystery reveals its existence to the group of friends slowly, and the MC takes a leading part in figuring it out. It's a terrific mystery, in my opinion, and not one viewer/reader in a thousand will be able to figure it out before the end.

Overall, what we have here is a well-written story of growth and maturation, played out by a cast of interesting, smart characters, and presented subtly and intelligently.
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Nice, but not enough   
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by foobar
January 2nd, 2013, 10:33am
Nice. It is actual detective stories, not supernatural stuff.
But, I really don't like the protagonist. And sometimes there are big, at least for me, plot holes.
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