"The Esteemed Classics Club Has Been Restored" (伝統ある古典部の再生, Dentou aru Kotenbu no Saisei) is the first episode of the Hyouka anime series. It was first broadcast on April 22, 2012.
An energy-saving boy by the name of Houtarou Oreki found himself granting his sister's request of joining his school's Classic Literature Club. That day, he met an ever-curious girl named Eru Chitanda, dragging him to a school life filled with mysteries to be solved.
Synopsis"Everyone wants to make high school a life full of good memories." This phrase that many high schoolers believe in did not apply for Hōtarō Oreki. Entering his high school life, he had no interest in "wasting" the energy to explore relationships or sports. Instead he wished to "conserve" energy and live a low-profile life in high school. The only exception he accepts is the request by his elder sister: "Enter the Classical Literature Club. It has no members this year, so it will be closed down if no one enlists." Yet, Hōtarō does hate being high spirited. Actually, he respects those who live such an energy filled life. The reason he does not live this life is his desire not to stand out, and instead goes on with life in "loneliness".
But his life was changed when he goes to the specified Classics Club. Even though he expects no one to be part of the club, when he enters its clubroom, a girl is standing at the window of the room. The girl, once she notices Hōtarō, approaches him, asking if the room she is in is the Classics club.
Locked Room CaseEru went to the Classics clubroom to introduce herself to the members; not knowing that she is the only current member. 3 minutes later, Hōtarō came to the afore mentioned clubroom to check it out, but finds it locked. Eru has no recollection of locking the door after she entered, yet it was locked when Hōtarō attempted to get in. What happened during the interval of Eru entering the clubroom and Hōtarō arriving there?
Solution: Before Hōtarō arrived at the clubroom, he passed by the school janitor. The only keys that can be used to lock the clubroom are: the student key, which Hōtarō was in hold of, and the master key, which is in the possession of the janitor. Taking this into consideration, Hōtarō concluded that the janitor had finished his maintenance job upstairs. The janitor, after taking care of a set of rooms, would lock all the doors and go onto the next set. Eru just so happened to enter one of these unlocked rooms (the Classics clubroom) while the janitor is finishing the other rooms, and Eru ended up getting locked inside after the janitor finished all the rooms of the said floor.
Mysterious Club CaseThere is a mysterious club that is outside the supervision of the student council known as 'Silk Spider'. Every year, an unauthorized recruitment poster appears on the student club recruitment wall, one that does not belong to any club. While it secretly recruits members, even though its activities are unknown, there has been proof that it is still active. Even when the student council acted, they still couldn't find this group, yet at the end of the year, one of the graduating students said he was the president of the said club. Where would this year's recruitment poster be?
Solution: Most would think that secret recruitment poster will be placed in a remote location. This is not true. In order to get recruits, the poster has to be on the recruitment wall that is seen the most commonly, especially by the new students: the front entrance wall. With so many posters, the Mysterious club's poster would blend in easily. If one is clever enough to run a secret club, then one should try to outwit people in a more dignified way. This "way" is by hiding the small poster behind another. It's obvious yet it is not easily found. But in the end, this so-called mystery was just set up by Hōtarō in order to try to avoid Eru knowing about the Ghost in the Music Room Case.
Ghost in the Music Room Case
On a rainy afternoon, a girl was walking through the corridors of the school. Suddenly, she heard the beautiful piano piece 'Moonlight Sonata' being played. The playing seemd to come from the music room. She went over to the door and opened it, yet when she did, the music stopped. The room was dark, as the curtains had been drawn shut. Though the piano's lid was open, no one was sitting there. The girl looked around, and from the floor at the middle of the room, a ghostly girl emerged. The "ghost" had long and messy hair that covered her face, a body that limped, and had blood-red eyes. Who is this "ghost"?
Solution: The "ghost" is a pianist of the music club. All tired from practicing, she drew the curtains shut and set the CD player to play the "Moonlight Sonata" right before the school would close up at 6pm after doing this, she then took a nap. The girl only seemed to look like a ghost due to having messy hair and a droopy body, for she had just woken up. Her eyes were bloodshot, not blood-red, from all the tiredness and sleeping.
- Hyouka Volume 1 (You Can't Escape)-Chapter 2 (The Rebirth Of The Traditional Classic Club).
- Hyouka Volume 4 (The Doll that Took a Detour)-Story 1 (If I Have to Do It, Make It Quick).
- This episode is the only episode containing matters from two books in the series. The Locked Room Case came from Volume 1 while the Mysterious Club Case and the Ghost in the Music Room Case came from Volume 4.