Well my friends, here we are back for the second day of the Anniversary Review Week!! This is the second of the eight reviews to help celebrate the blog’s 1st Anniversary. The show I’m reviewing for today is probably my favorite romantic comedy of all time.
Here is my 12th Anime Review and the 2nd Review for the Anniversary Review Week!! A show about our favorite hosts: Ouran High School Host Club.
Oh this show. Just thinking about it brings a smile to my face. Okay so Ouran High School Host Club air back in April of 2006. This show is by no means new, it has almost been 10 years since it was released. The show had 26 episodes and only had one season. I think that it is safe to say that this show was well received when it was first released and has really held its ground over the years as a favorite anime of many people.
Moving on to the story. Ouran High School Host Club centers around a young girl, Haruhi Fujioka, who is attending the prestigious Ouran Academy as a scholarship student. Most of the students are from elite families and the Academy teaches students from as young as pre-school and as old as university students. Because of her short hair and the way that she dresses, most people presume that Haruhi is a boy and not a girl. One day while searching for a place to study, Haruhi stumbles upon the Third Music Room which belongs to the Ouran Host Club. She then meets the six male students who entertain other female students. When she first encounters the Host Club, Haruhi accidentally knocks over an 8,000,000 yen vase ($80,000) and is told she needs to work at the Host Club as a way to repay her debt from knocking over the vase. The story then centers on Haruhi and the rest of the Host Club and their everyday lives.
Haruhi Fujioka is a very intelligent character who is often upset with how all of the richer students act. Often saying that they all take things for granted. Upon first meeting her, most of the hosts thought that she was a boy, and each learned one by one that she was actually a girl. She starts off working as an errand boy for the Host Club but eventually gets promoted to full-fledged host when the others see how well she interacts with the female clients. Being a host does not really bother Haruhi because she does not think that her gender is important to who she is as a person. She is usually very indifferent and is pretty fearless. Haruhi is a good main character but sometimes she can be a little boring and not want anything to do with the other hosts.
Tamaki Suoh is the founder and President of the Host Club and is a 2nd Year High School at Ouran. He hand picked each member of the host club so they had a variety of personalities working in the club. Tamaki can usually be very flamboyant, narcissistic, and very flirtatious towards the clients and girls in general. He cares for the host club deeply and sees them as the family, where he is the father figure. Tamaki is known as the “Princely-type” who entertains with etiquette and a lot of flattery. He is also very good at playing the piano and enjoys playing it. One of Tamaki’s main purposes in the show is to serve as a main comic relief and it definitely just helps to build on his character.
We move on to Mr. Kyoya Ootori. Another 2nd Year and the Vice-President of the Host Club. Despite their very different personalities, Kyoya is Tamaki’s best friend and the two get along very well. Kyoya is a very intelligent and calculating person who is always analyzing the situation to see what social and financial benefits he can get out of it. Often times, while the other hosts are off doing their own thing, Kyoya will have an entirely different plan for them going on. He is the son of a very rich family and is expected to surpass his two older brothers in everything. He is described as the “Cool-type” but only entertains guests on a very occasions. It is safe to say that without Kyoya the host club would spend all of its money and have to disband.
Next is Hikaru and Kaoru Hitachiin. They are both 1st Years and are in the same class as Haruhi. I decided to discuss them together because, well, they are twins and usually together. Hikaru and Kaoru are very devious, mischievous and very childlike in the way that they act. The two of them love messing with people, and find it fun to try and have people figure out which twin is Hikaru and which is Kaoru. The two of them only trusted each other, but joining the Host Club taught them to be more open with other people. The twins are popular because of their “forbidden brotherly love” act at the host club. I like the twins, honestly, because although they are alike they are also very different from one another. At some times they seem to be polar opposites of one another, and have fought with each other over the course of the show. I like the twins. They are always interesting to watch.
Mitsukuni Haninozuka also known as “Honey” is a 3rd Year and you would not guess that by looking at him. I mean look at him:
No one would guess that he’s a 17 year old. He also comes from a family that specializes in the martial arts. Having developed the “Haninozuka Method”. Honey is no exception to this rule. He is able to defeat some opponents away with only one kick. He acts like a young child but can also be very tough at the same time. His stuffed bunny Usa-chan (Bun-Bun in the English dub) is his most prized possession and gets upset when something bad happens to Usa-chan. Honey is known as the shotacon and is adored by a lot of clients of the host club. He helps to lighten up any situation and is always fun to watch how he reacts to certain things.
The final character is Takashi Morinozuka who is also a 3rd Year at Ouran. He is called Mori by everyone around him. He is Honey’s cousin and is very protective of him. Mori does not talk much and is seen as intimidating for some people. Mori’s family has served the Haninozuka family for generations so Mori is also very skilled at martial arts. He is not protective just of Honey but is protective of all of the people that he is very close to. Mori is described as the “Wild-type” but is hardly ever seen being flirtatious towards girls, and only entertains clients along with Honey. Despite this, he is still very popular with the girls because of his tall, silent personality and protectiveness. I also like Mori very much because of the relationship that he and Honey have. It is fun to watch.
There are a lot of other characters that I could talk about, but like I’ve said probably a hundred times, I could go on for days talking about all of the characters. There are so many of them and I would like to discuss but there are just too many of them. The background characters too are all interesting in their own way. They may not be a fleshed out as the background characters of other shows, but they are very unique in their own way. Some are quirky and some are serious but they are all entertaining.
The soundtrack to Ouran High School Host Club is not half bad. The opening is very upbeat and is nice to listen to. By that I mean the Japanese version. There is an English version that is only on the English dub that is okay but I prefer the Japanese version. The ending is also very catchy and fits the show very well. Now the animation for this show……is amazing. Even though the show premiered back in 2006 the animation for it was so well done that it could contend with shows that are premiering today. I think it is safe to say that this show was well ahead of its time. The show was done by Bones which does make sense because it has done other shows with very beautiful animation that was well ahead of its time. It was beautiful to watch.
Ouran High School Host Club is probably one of my favorite romantic comedies of all time. Sometimes it focuses more on comedy than romance but the two genres were balanced very well and played off each other nicely. I like to re-watch episodes of Ouran because of how fun it is. Each episodes shows how the characters interact and each of their personalities play off of each other very well. Although I like the Japanese opening better, I watched the show originally with the English dub and am very partial to it. I prefer to watch the dub of this show because I thought that it was very well done.
So I award Ouran High School Host Club with an A. I love the story and that characters that it has. The comedy is fun to watch and the romance that it has really helps the show to be what it really is. The show brings me joy to watch and is one of my favorite shows of all time. I highly recommend it. The show may be considered a harem anime but it was still very well done and I really enjoyed that. It was not too heavy on the harem aspect. Go watch it!!
Well that is all I have for this time. I hope that you guys enjoyed the 2nd day of Anniversary Review Week! So what do you guys think? Did you watch Ouran and what did you think of it? Do you like romantic comedies? Or do you even have an anime that you would like me to review? Let me know down in the comments below!!
See you next time!!