/a/, I am conflicted.
on one hand
>easily one of the best looking series to date visually, with an elegant classical backdrop
and on the other
>terrifyingly boring with little to nothing actually happening
is there ever ACTUAL mystery, in my mystery anime?
It's probably just too subtle for you to pick up in the first few episodes. But the overarcing mystery is Chitanda and Sayaka each cleverly manipulating and trying to win over Oreki to their way of viewing the world, and to their side romantically, basically.
No, the mysteries are all mundane shit that get in the way. The good parts are slice of life moments about a self-absorbed fag learning to be less self-absorbed. So it gets "better" after it gets worse, but if you don't immediately like the characters, just drop it, it's not worth seeing through.
Fuck you, I love that episode.
The point of the mysteries is to fuel character interaction. If you keep going and you get to the Kanya Festa arc, you'll understand that it's very good at doing this.
Also, Hyouka gets better if you rewatch it, because you can catch lots of details that you wouldn't in the first run.
I want to fuck bedhead Oreki, christ he is adorable.
>they spent the good half of an episode to conclude a teacher mixed up a couple of letters
I really like the show and didn't find it boring, but that's just like my opinion man.
As for ACTUAL mystery, Hyouka isn't really one. If you want mystery watch Subete ga F ni Naru: The Perfect Insider from this season. It's quite good.
There's plenty happening and they research and solve things all the time. I don't really understand how this is boring unless looking at explosions is as much as you can handle mentally.
The mysteries themselves aren't really that interesting.
Nobody cares about figuring out why the door was locked, or why the teacher was mad.
Hyouka's main draw is the visuals and festival arc.