Houtarou is an apathetic person who prioritizes energy conservation above all else. However, he possesses brilliant deduction skills and he is often forced to use them by the ever-curious Eru Chitanda.
Houtarou lives with his older sister Tomoe and his father in a detached house , although due to Tomoe 's constant travels Houtarou is often alone at home. Occasionally he reads manga if it interests him. Houtarou prefers shallow roasted coffee. According to previous fiscal year intermediate examination results, Houtarou achieved moderate results as he was ranked as out of examinees.
Houtarou enrolled in Kamiyama High School in April  in anime. Also, because of his attitude, Houtarou doesn't talk much, and he rarely gets angry, though he does appear to get irritated often.
In general, Houtarou doesn't express his emotions much. On the other hand, he is surprisingly smart and clever, having brilliant deduction skills which allow him to solve different mysteries.
Houtarou can always find a solution if he gives it enough thought. Ironically, during his attempts to avoid wasting his energy, he only ends up wasting it more. For example, once he made a bet with Eru about being able to make a theory for any situation, in that case for a strange school announcement.
Houtarou was right, however he spent whole day trying to figure out what the school announcement was about. Despite all of that, Houtarou is capable of appreciating praise, and has shown to have a tendency of exerting more than what he would usually do when given positive feedback.
He can also be kind and he does care about his friends, which is shown in the case of Mayaka's Valentine chocolate when he got angry at Satoshi for stealing and breaking it, as Satoshi disregarded Mayaka's feelings and tried to avoid answering her confession.
During all of that, Satoshi hurt Eru because she blamed herself for her negligence that allowed that theft to be done.
He does show a sense of maturity and shrewdness, understanding Fuyumi's true motive for wanting the Classics Club to help with the group's independent film by writing the whole script but being manipulated to think otherwise and understanding Mayaka 's cousin's relationship and being able to explain it to Eru.
Also, Houtarou respects other people which is shown when he wanted to learn why his former English teacher wanted to look at helicopters outside having known the reason but wanting to make sure because not doing so would be insensitive to his teacher's feelings. He has unruly short taupe-brown coloured hair, with bangs that reach just below his eyes.
Houtarou's eyes are asparagus-green in colour. At school he wears his school uniform , while out of school he dresses in a rather neutral fashion.
Although Houtarou had no plans of joining any club, he decided to obey his sister's wish, but only to escape the repercussions of refusing.
Houtarou thought that he would be the only club member there. However, during his first visit to the Classics Club located in the Geography Prep Room , Houtarou unexpectedly met a girl called Eru Chitanda , who told him that she was already a member of the Classics Club. During their conversation Houtarou noticed his friend, Satoshi Fukube , trying to eavesdrop on him, and called him out loudly. Satoshi explained that he was intrigued when he saw Houtarou speaking with a girl from the courtyard.
During their conversation, Eru discovered that she was locked in the club room. That mystery ignited Eru's curiosity, and she together with Satoshi pleaded Houtarou to investigate it. By using his good deduction skills, Houtarou quickly solved that mystery.
Satoshi joined the Classics Club as well.
That task required to have past issues of Hyouka as a reference to write a new one. However, they had a minor setback as they discovered that the first issue of Hyouka was missing. He later discovered that his theory had holes, and eventually came up with the conclusion that Jun was sacrificed for the sake of the school body.
With the case of Jun Sekitani finally closed, Eru accepted her now-missing uncle's fate with tears in her eyes. As a celebration for the success of the Classics Club, Eru planned a hot spring trip for the entire Classics Club.
I'm Curious! [Oreki x Chitanda fic]
They made a trip to Seizansou , an inn owned by Mayaka's relatives, located in Zaizen village. During that trip Houtarou wasn't quite active as he suffered from being carsick on the journey to the inn, and the only mystery he solved was a mystery about a ghost of a hanged man in the unused guest room at the inn. In the end, at the pre-screening movie was well-received by nearly everyone. However, later Mayaka pointed out that a length of rope prepared by film's prop master, Tomohiro Haba, was crucial to the story.
He stayed in this state until Eru, Satoshi and Mayaka tried to cheer him up when he took up a short part-time job as a lifeguard at the city pool.
Hyouka oreki and chitanda moments with the book
Murders , down to the note left by the culprit. It was the school's Executive Committee president, Jirou Tanabe , who was the culprit.
Eru was also able to help advertise with her speech at a school's radio show hosted by the Broadcasting Club draw attention to the Classics Club, allowing not only the successful sales of the anthology, but also bringing the Juumonji Incident to a close with the culprit victorious.
Houtarou's character changed in some way after Kanya Festival. Thanks to the influence of Eru he gained a sense of initiative, although Houtarou is still irritated when Eru forces him to investigate something.
They were unable to shout for help as it would hurt Eru's reputation.
Fortunately Houtarou found a way to get help without such repercussions. During Valentine's Day, after recognising Eru's efforts in helping Mayaka make some handmade chocolate for Satoshi, he covered up for everyone by making up a case involving someone else stealing Mayaka's chocolate when it went missing.
He then confronted Satoshi, whom he knew was responsible for not only taking the chocolate, but also breaking it in two parts to place it to his bag. Satoshi admitted to the deed, and also revealed his change of heart from a competitive person to someone who longs for mediocrity. By the end of winter, Houtarou joined Eru in the yearly Hina Doll Festival in the town as he replaced an injured participant.
In the festival, he acted as an umbrella carrier for Eru, who plays once more the Empress, while Fuyumi Irisu played the Emperor.
Volume 6 Discussion (SPOILER WARNING)
For the first time, Houtarou showed interest in Eru while she was dressed in her full garb, and was distracted by Eru's appearance throughout the parade. At the end of the day, after a short talk about the sudden rerouting of the festival parade, Houtarou listened to Eru's plans of studying the sciences to help her family and her wish to share Eru's nostalgic side with him, and experienced an urge to confess his feelings for Eru.
Hyouka - Houtarou is mesmerized by Chitanda ( Houtarou x Chitanda)
However, after remembering Satoshi warning him about the challenges of living a rose-coloured life, he held back, and instead appreciated the coming of spring with Eru. At the start of Houtarou's second year in high school, he and Eru managed to invite a freshman named Tomoko Oohinata to join the Classics Club.
However, due to a confrontation involving Eru herself, Tomoko withdrew her provisional membership to the club. With the club demoralised by Tomoko's abrupt withdrawal, Houtarou decided to find out the reason behind Tomoko's decision and to clarify things before the deadline for club membership, which also fell on the day of the school's marathon event, also known to some as the Hoshigaya Cup.
During his run across the kilometre course across town, Houtarou recalled several events spanning the 42 days of Tomoko's activity as a provisional member. During the New Recruit Festival at the start of the school term, Tomoko's interest in the club was piqued by a conversation between Houtarou and Eru regarding an unexpected sight in the table used by the Confectionery Research Society, which eventually led to exposing a food poisoning accident by the Cooking Club due to a mistake in ingredient preparation.
On the day of his birthday, Houtarou was surprised by an unexpected party by the members of the club at his house, where Eru tried to cover up her knowledge of Houtarou's address. Two weeks later, the club visited a newly-opened cafe Tomoko's cousin owns near Kaburaya Middle School.
Lastly, on the afternoon before the Hoshigaya Cup, a series of conversations ultimately led to Tomoko quitting the club the day before. Based on the things he gathered from Satoshi, Mayaka and Eru and the details he remembered earlier, Houtarou began suspecting that the entire issue was caused by misunderstandings between the people involved.
He eventually confirmed this from Tomoko herself, who admitted that her remarks against Eru i. Tomoko eventually decided to apologise to Eru to clear up the misunderstandings between them, but felt too shameful of what happened that she was unable to return to the club as a result.
Houtarou's eccentric older sister who requested Houtarou join the Classics Club; doing so both to change Houtarou's lifestyle and to preserve the Classics Club. While the two haven't been shown to interact for extended periods, what little gestures they share hints their awkward exchange of sibling care albeit neither rejecting the other completely despite the two's starkly differing personalities. Ultimately however, the two seem to hold the other in high regard, with Houtarou willingly granting her wish despite it being out of character and her conviction in her efforts to push him towards a more active lifestyle.
Houtarou has been friends with Satoshi since middle school. They have a close relationship, with the latter calling Houtarou by his first name. Though he tries to suppress it, Satoshi is jealous of Houtarou because of their drastic difference in talent. Whereas Satoshi spends a lot of energy to make other people happy, he has great difficulty solving mysteries on his own and is clearly outshined by Houtarou.
Though they are close friends, this envy Satoshi feels causes him to lose his temper with Houtarou easily and manifests in a desire to see him fail even if in a joking manner.
Houtarou maintains a friendly relationship with Eru and throughout the series they have gotten closer. He usually follows her whims although they differ from his energy-saving lifestyle.
He is easily dragged into Eru's bouts of curiosity, which he finds he is unable to ever ignore. It is heavily implied that Houtarou has a crush on her, as he is seen fantasising about her several times throughout the series; however, he interprets this as either an annoyance or a disturbance to his lifestyle, especially around Satoshi and Mayaka. However, he is shown to blush in front of her several times and she also seems to be the only girl he "notices.
He also cares for her, shown where he got upset with Satoshi as he both hurt Mayaka and Eru in the process on Valentine's Day. He later realises that he does indeed have feelings for Eru, describing it as "how Satoshi was feeling" while talking about Mayaka. Houtarou and Satoshi have known Mayaka since their middle school years where they were named Kaburaya Middle School's best couple, much to both of their disgust and annoyance as stated by Satoshi in episode 2.
Kind words are rarely ever exchanged between them and most of their conversations are laced with sarcasm.
Despite that, the two do seem to consider each other friends to a certain degree and Houtarou appears to truly care for Mayaka as he was willing to get mad at Satoshi for her sake. Sign In Don't have an account? Start a Wiki. If I have to do it, then make it quick. Contents [ show ]. Honobu Yonezawa and the Classics Club Categories :. Cancel Save.
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