I love Ouran High School Host Club so much that I rewatched the anime this 2020 fall again. Because the first time I watched Ouran High School Host Club, it gave me the butterflies in the stomach effect. And not to mention the anime is hilarious.
Ouran High School Host Club is a Japanese manga series penned and illustrated by Bisco Hatori and serialized in Hakusensha’s LaLa magazine between the September 2002 and November 2010 issues. Ouran High School Host Club is a shoujo anime with a little dash of shounen-ai, as some people would say. But I would say it’s only a shoujo anime.
Ouran High School Host Club Plot
The story is set in a made-up high school for rich kids located in Bunkyo, Tokyo. And the whole series revolves around the activities of the hilarious club members of a school club in Ouran High School named The Host Club.
The Host Club is sort of like a reverse harem. The Host Club consists of boys as host who are weirdly dedicated to amusing rich school girl. The schoolgirls are wooed over the hosts of the club. These young boys serve tea and refreshments to the girls and entertain them with their grace and charms.
Everything was as it is until a female scholarship student named Haruhi Fujioka stumbles into the host club room and unintentionally breaks an antique vase priced at ¥8,000,000 (around US$80,000) and must work off the debt as the club’s errand boy.
But the members mistake Haruhi as a boy because of her sluggish messy clothing and poorly cut. Soon they find out that Haruhi is a girl and thus begins a comical journey of Haruhi pretending to be a boy host in The Host Club.
Other than being a natural host and entertaining girls in the club. Haruhi also becomes great friends with everyone in the club, even if there is a huge status quo difference between the other club members and Haruhi. But some friendships even turn into buds of early romance.
Even though there is a budding romance between Haruhi and some of the members of the club. The members of the Ouran High School Host Club don’t know how to comprehend the feeling of love.
Haruhi is indifferent to romance because even she is not emotionally matured enough to process such feelings. Even though she finds the club members annoying, her bond with The Host Club members is deep.
Ouran High School Characters (Main)
- Haruhi Fujioka: She is the protagonist of the Ouran High School Host Club series. She is a brilliant 1st-year student from a middle-class family and is considered “poor” and “common” by the wealthy elite members attending Ouran Academy.
- Tamaki: He is the co-founder and the president of Ouran High School Host Club.
- Kyoya Ootori: He is the vice-president of Ouran High School Host Club. He and along with Tamaki, founded the Ouran High School Host Club.
Hikaru and Kaoru Hitachiin: They are the infamous twins of the Ouran High School Host Club. They are Haruhi Fujioka’s classmates.
- Mitsukuni Haninozuka: He goes by the name Honey, and he is a member of Ouran High School Host Club. He is an upperclassman of Tamaki.
- Takashi Morinozuka: He is a 3rd-year student at Ouran Academy, and he is a member of the club with his cousin Honey senpai. He always accompanies Honey senpai.
I watched Ouran High School Host Club back in 2014 when I was in college. And it was hilarious, and I watched it for the epic romantic comedies. Especially for Tamaki and the twins fighting over Haruhi.
But when I saw the same anime last November, I saw this anime in a new perspective. The anime isn’t just high school romance, but it offers a lot of other elements.
The anime revolves around friendship and bonds. We get to see people from different walks of life, from a single middle-class parent trying his best to raise their child to rich kids unable to be themselves in their own family to power struggles among people.
I know there are other High school romance animes with romantic comedy, but for me, Ouran High School Host Club is the best. And let’s not forget the iconic opening song, Sakura Kiss. Once this song gets in your head, you will be humming this tune for a long time.
I also like the character designs of the anime. They are simple, and yet they are so eye-pleasing. And I like how Haruhi looks good both as a guy and a girl. I think I like Haruhi more dressed as a boy than a girl.
My favorite characters would be the Hitachiin twins. They are mischievous, and their fake brother on brother action even gives me the thrills. Looks like the Ouran High School Host Club even has my type of fantasy!!
So girls, does Ouran High School Host Club have your ideal type serving refreshments there?