English: Ouran High School Host Club
Synonyms: Ohran Koko Host Club, Ouran Koukou Hosutobu
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 5, 2006 to Sep 27, 2006
Producers: Bones, VAP, Nomad, FUNimation EntertainmentL
Genres: Comedy, Parody, School, Shoujo, Harem
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
This is a very hilarious shoujo romance that you dont want to miss ever!!!
All the characters are uniquely lovable. If you want some comedy with romance you should definitly go for it.
Anime has a typical but satisfying ending but Manga has more!!! In Manga you will know what happens to our lead protagonists next.
Fujioka Haruhi won a scholarship to attend Ouran Academy, a school reserved for the rich and prestigious. Despite what other students may think of her, Haruhi cares little for physical appearances or the fact that she is a commoner. Unfortunately for Haruhi, her high school days took a turn when she stumbled upon the Host Club, an elite club for the super rich and beautiful boys who use their specific traits and charms to entertain young ladies. Even worse was that Haruhi had accidentally broken an 8 million yen vase in the club. Unable to repay her debt with money, Haruhi found herself with no choice but to work for the Host Club, becoming a male host herself.
Ouran High school host club is a 26 episode series about a host club in Ouran High, a school for the ultra-rich and elite. The members of the club are Tamaki Suou (the prince type), Honey senpai (the cute type), Hikaru and Kaoru Hitachiin (the naughty type twins), Kyouya Ootori (the cool type) Takashi Morinozuka (the strong, silent type).
After the first episode it becomes apparent that Ouran is definitely something out of the ordinary. All too many times we see the standard anime harem where one guy is surrounded by a horde of girls who fall madly in love with the main character. However, in Ouran we see what many call a “reverse harem” where there is one female protagonist surrounded by a group of boys who fall in love with the main character.
Many of the same jokes from regular anime harems get used, and the comedy for the most part is downright hilarious. There are a few episodes, however, that just miss, and a few of the running gags grow stale quickly. The Lobelia girls were especially annoying.
The best part of Ouran is far and away the terrific cast of characters. At first glance you have all the cliche shoujo bishounen: the princely character, the devilish twins, the cool and calculating one, the shota character, and the stoicly quiet one. Their wackiness is of course balanced out by the down to earth female lead, Haruhi. All of this is of course fairly common in a shoujo series, but what is unique is the amount of development and depth some of the characters recieve. Four characters in particular are extremely well handled. However, this of course leaves the question, why weren’t some of the other characters given just as much depth? Even the female lead, Haruhi, is incredibly dry and boring compared to those that get developed, as her own development seems to get put on the back burner in favor of some of the more minor characters.
Unfortunately, Ouran‘s story never really goes anywhere. The characters seem to develop over the course of the show, but at the end of everything nothing changes. It really feels a bit like School Rumble: a lot happens during the course of the show, but in the end none of it seems like it mattered all too much.
Although Ouran never really went anywhere, it was still a whole lot of fun. With likable characters and a unique concept Ouran High School Host Club seems to have all the ingredients to make a great show and even though it had a few pitfalls, it turned out to be a genuinely fun ride.
Anime opening titles: