What’s a girl to do when you’ve got seven (well, technically six) drop-dead gorgeous men fulfill your maidenly fantasy for a price? Be a Host Club groupie of course! Warning! Contains massive spoilers!!!
Ouran High School Host Club (Ōran Kōkō Hosuto Kurabu) is an ongoing manga by Bisco Hatori which was produced into a 26-episode anime by Bones which premiered in Japan last April 2006.
The main setting of the story is Ouran High School where all of the main characters are currently enrolled in. Ouran High is a school for the uber rich and is characterized by people with pedigree and money. Fujioka Haruhi comes into the picture as a commoner, a special scholarship lost in the world of the filthy rich. She can’t even afford the school uniform which costs 300,000 yen so she’s dressed up in a pair of slacks and slouchy polo shirt and vest like a male student and her contacts were also lost so she’s wearing oversized glasses. Because school seemed more like playtime to her schoolmates, Haruhi roamed around school in hopes of finding a quiet place to study. Little did she know that stepping into the third Music Room would change her life forever.
Because within the Music Room is the most amazing collection of male species, the hugely popular Host Club. Rattled by Tamaki’s unrestrained display of phermones, Haruhi breaks an 8 million yen vase and becomes indebted to the Host Club to work as the club’s “dog” until graduation. When Haruhi remarks that looks and money don’t matter and it’s the inside that counts, Tamaki Suoh, the Host Club “King” and President goes off on a tangent on how it’s a man’s joy to make women happy and that Haruhi only said that to console herself for her lack of good looks. The Hitachiin twins, Hikaru and Kaoru who were also Haruhi’s classmates took off Haruhi’s glasses to get a better visual of the beleguered girl’s looks.
After seeing Haruhi without glasses, Tamaki ordered a major make-over that revealed Haruhi to be a very pretty, girly looking guy. Because of this, her status as the club’s servant got lifted to a Host and she must get 1,000 designations from female students to completely repay her debt. In the process of exploring her “Host” duties, the other members discover her true gender but they still made her a member of the club.
I really, really love this anime–so much so that I am willing to spend my forture on buying it’s manga volumes which are still ongoing. One of the biggest selling points are it’s smogasboard of insane and lovable characters. It’s a gender-bending, gut-busting romance comedy that’s sure to capture that hearts of shoujo and yaoi lovers.
It’s a veritable harem with every girl’s ultimate dream guys at their pleasure. *squeals like a fan-girl* Although it would be easy to compare Ouran Host Club and Fruits Basket, both female protagonists Haruhi and Tohru having lost their mothers and being commoners with “uncommon sense” (although in completely different ways) and with Honey-senpai’s loli-shota looks like Momiji Sohma’s– viewers would be hardpressed not to fall in love with the story of a perfectly intelligent girl dressing up as a guy, surrounded by six hot and gorgeous men and being glomped on by fangirls herself.
The story goes from funny to fluffy, to sad with angst but you never really know what to expect and Haruhi’s dead-pan and oblivious take on the situation and Tamaki’s theatrics has me rolling in laughter. Here are the characters of the anime, episode summary to follow! *Their names are in Japanese format, with their last name written first*
Fujioka Haruhi- the commoner who is a special scholarship student who has a “low threshold for gender identity”. She’s extremely intelligent but can be painfully oblivious to the more romantic feelings of her admirers. It is shown that she “gentle but farseeing eyes that looks straight whenever she talks to someone”. In middle school, she was so popular that she received a proposal once a month but she never really seemed interested in boys, wishing only to excel in school and become a lawyer like her deceased mother.
All her club mates find her extremely cute but the girls are also going crazy over “Haruhi-kun” but she has yet to show her choice. She is dubbed as the “Natural or Most Promising Rookie” in the Host Club. She would often wear girly clothes and a wig during “missions” or is dragged into a make-over by the Hitachiin twins or whenever dressed by her okama (cross-dressing) father. Haruhi’s favorite expression, “Damn rich bastards.”
Hitachiin Twins, Hikaru and Kaoru- the Host Club’s “devil” type and classmates of Haruhi. They use their “brotherly love” act to pull in moe-fan girls and would inspire fits of burning frenzy because of strong homo feelers. They are often the main source of mischief especially when they’re bored but they’re also slowly opening their world to others (Re: Haruhi). I couldn’t help but put up this picture because they are so HOT, HOT, HOT!
Hikaru is the older twin and is temperamental, childish and as Haruhi said, one level meaner than Kaoru. Kaoru is the younger, sensible twin, who is more observant and understanding of other people than his brother. The twins and Haruhi are also called the “friendly trio”, the twins often “manhandle” Haruhi and are touchy-feely with her and honest to God, I love the idea if the triumverate would end up together! *faints at the idea*
Suoh Tamaki- half-Japanese, half-French, Tamaki founded the Host Club and became the president and later on is called “King” because he has the most designations. He’s the “Prince type” and is never without a ready rose in hand for a swooning and blush-stained female. He usually acts over the top and idiotic with bouts of overwhelming phermones for his clients but it’s his family act that pulls the club together, often referring himself to be the “otou-san” (father), Kyoya “okaa-san” (mother).
Tamaki is princely and very suave with endless one liners out to set girl’s hearts fluttering and only Haruhi seems to be immune to his charms. Sparkles or roses in the background appear whenever he speaks. Despite his dramatics (like growing mushrooms or disintegratingwhen ignored or rebuffed by Haruhi), he has this overwhelming desire to bring happiness to women. He calls Haruhi his daughter and is strangely extremely overprotective of her.
Ootori Kyoya- Kyaaa!!! I love guys with glasses!!! *swoons* The Shadow King and “Cool type” of the Host Club. He is also called “okaa-san” by Tamaki and is in charge of the finances and funds of the group. He is cool (actually, cold being a better description) in every sense of the word, preferring to be laid back and manipulate the Host Club members to his desired result. He is always seen scribbling in a notebook and is the keeper of Haruhi’s debts.
Outside his “Shadow King” persona, he describes himself as an egoist who only does things for merits and is also considered to be Tamaki’s best friend. He’s the third son of the powerful Ootori zaibatsu and he has a burning desire to succeed and is often frustrated because he will never be recognized as his father’s heir. His blood type is AB and has low blood pressure and becomes like the devil himself when woken up during mornings. Haruhi once remarked that he is so evil that he makes being cool look refreshing! *hugs a bare-chested Kyoya plushie*
Haninozuka Mitsukuni- Also known as “Honey-senpai” or “Hunny-senpai” depending on fansubs. He is a paradox, despite being the oldest member of Host Club, he sports the “Loli-shota” type and longs as old as an elementary school kid! He has has blond hair and big brown eyes. He loves sweets and can eat three whole cakes in one sitting, takes afternoon naps and lugs around Usa-chan, his stuffed rabbit made by his grandmother.
But of course, Hunny-senpai has a deeper side. He is actually a judo and karate champion, and dubbed a fierce warrior in the Haninozuka clan who is the most famous clan for karate. He has AB bloodtype and becomes a beast whenever woken up from his naps. He also has a brother named Chika.
Morinuzuka Takashi- He is called “Mori-senpai” by everybody else except Hunny-senpai who calls him Takashi. He is the “Wild type” because of his scary looks (as described by Kasanoda) and his taciturn nature. He very seldom speaks but it’s also his biggest selling point. According to the manga, he turns into a real ladies’ man when he is feeling tired. The Morinuzuka family has been serving the Haninuzuka family for generations and Mori-senpai is Hunny-senpai’s self-appointed guardian and sweets watchdog. He is also the kendo champion.
Off-hand, I really find Mori-senpai cute, actually he’s sizzling hot especially when he took his shirt off while chopping wood during the “refreshing contest at Karuizawa”. But he seems very devoted to Hunny-senpai so a paring with Haruhi seems a long shot.
More on OHSHC coming soon!!!!! *Arashijo glomps on all of them* Btw, I’m very much encouraged to write fanfics about these characters, they really caught my heart, I have a fanfic and it’s lemon *eeps* about the Hitachiin twins and Haruhi so ja matte ne!!!