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Ouran High School Host Club – Anime First Impressions

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I reviewed the first chaper of the Ouran High School Host Club manga a while back, so I was already familiar with the story. Back then, I gave the manga an above average score for the cool character designs. So how does the anime version of Ouran High School Host Club do?

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I reviewed the first chaper of the Ouran High School Host Club manga a while back, so I was already familiar with the story. Back then, I gave the manga an above average score for the cool character designs. So how does the anime version of Ouran High School Host Club do?


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I dunno if it’s because I’m already familiar with the story, but I really enjoyed the first episode of this anime. There’s somewhat of a spoiler if you haven’t watched the anime yet. Go watch it, and then come back! Seriously. Okay. Ready?

Ouran High School Host Club follows the story of Fujioka Haruhi, a poor female student attending a prestigious high school on a scholarship. While looking for a quiet place to study, she inadvertently stumbles into the Ouran High School Host Club. It’s sort of like a bizarro Otaku Maid Cafe where a bunch of pretty boys serve girls. She ends up breaking a really expensive vase and becomes an indentured servant to the host club. Did I mention that everyone in the club thinks she’s a guy?

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Haruhi starts off as a popular host, and eventually even makes a girl jealous of her for trying to steal away the King of hosts, Tamaki. Her gimmick is that she’s the poor cute one, who does bizarre things like drinking instant coffee! “But my dad will scold me for drinking this!” Haruhi’s bag is thrown in the fountain by a bully, and Tamaki helps Haruhi fish her stuff out of the water. What a nice guy!

What I really like about the setup is that even the viewer doesn’t know (unless you read ahead) that Haruhi is a girl until the very end of the episode. As each member figures it out, a lightbulb goes on, until Tamaki finally figures it out.

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When I read the manga, I thought the story was generic feeling, but on second thought, I think it’s actually very original. The setting is basically a backwards harem anime, where a girl is surrounded by guys. What I like about this anime is that the guys aren’t all generic bishounen.

Sure, it’s probably a given that Haruhi will end up with Tamaki, but I’m sure the other guys (and girls that will be hosted) will make things interesting for Haruhi. When Tamaki defended Haruhi, I seriously started cheering! Then I chuckled a bit when he said “Haruhi isn’t that kind of man.” You don’t know how right you are…

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The character designs are this anime’s strong point. I think they did a really god job adapting the designs from the manga to the anime. We have a full range of weird male characters: The wild one, the shota-con, the yaoi brothers, the cool one, and the blond one. Each of the designs is original (except the twins, duh).

Honey is just incredibly cute (despite the fact that he’s a senior)! I find it funny that Tamaki figured out that girl threw Haruhi’s bag in the water pretty easily, yet he was the last to figure out she was a girl… Is he supposed to be smart, or a ditz? Mori is pretty strong to be carrying Honey around all the time, but it works in sort of an Iron Giant kind of way. The yaoi twins could possibly get annoying with their Rabu-rabu antics, but for now, they’re okay. Despite dressing like a boy, Haruhi still manages to be a pretty hot girl (or maybe I’m just weird?).

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The animation is really good too. The art style is just how I like it, too (bold lines and wacky exaggerated expressions). Whenever someone makes a >_< face, I gotta give points. As far as the OP and ED go, I think the OP is better. It's by Chieko Kawabe, who did the (inappropriately) upbeat "Be Your Girl" ED for Elfen Lied. With this OP, I'm becoming a fan of hers. The ED isn't bad, but it's not that great either. Download the OP: “Sakura Kiss” by Chieko Kawabe
Download the ED: “Shissou” by LAST ALLIANCE

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I think Ouran High School Host Club is shaping up to be one of the best anime this Spring season. I haven’t read that much of the manga, so luckily I won’t have the plot spoiled for the rest of this anime. If you can’t wait, I’d suggest picking up the manga, licensed in the US by Shojo Beat.

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108 replies on “Ouran High School Host Club – Anime First Impressions”

“I find it funny that Tamaki figured out that girl threw Haruhi’s bag in the water pretty easily, yet he was the last to figure out she was a girl… Is he supposed to be smart, or a ditz?”

Just wanted to comment that I suppose they ran out of a little time in the anime, or they just wanted to cut this, but in the manga, Kyoya’s secret police force had taken pictures of the princess dumping Haruhi’s bag in the pond. ^^ But it did give Tamaki a chance to say that awful-and-yet-very-true line, so I suppose it works 😛

Hey!, I liked yer review.
Personaly I adore this anime, its inredible.
Mainly because it has a romance/comedy thing to it. The wierd part is I relly can’t stop watching the reruns of 1-5 episodes. usually I would get annoyed if I watched “any” anime more than 2ce but this…its outragous. I actually was able 2 draw Tamaki-sempai from one of the images you posted up. Arigatou for tons of reasons but 1 is for posting up pix I can’t find on google(LOL).

this is a very cool anime! very good comic relief. one of my favorite aside from princess princess ^_^ [i don’t like angsty shows ;p]

i always rewatched it coz i always miss somthing ahahah ;D but it never fail to amuse me when i do so ;p

this is one of the best animes ever its like princess princess its so awsome watch it i command too. if u dont then u suck

Absolutely the best anime/manga I have ever watched/read! Despite being dissappointed at some of the scenes they cut out that happened in the manga, I think the Ouran High School Host Club anime is awesome!

It was sooo CUTE! I can’t put into words how excited I would be if I could watch and hear this. Though I miss the part that where cut out,but what you do about that.I love the anime and manga Ouran H.S. Host Club.

I started watching this anime out of pure curiosity; I downloaded the first apisode to have a look at what the plot was about. Needless to say I loved this anime and as soon as I got to the middle of episode one I started to download the rest. And I agree w/ Rae, no matter how many times I’ve seen it I still laugh at almost all the jokes. I’m definatly introducing this anime to my friends. Btw, your the first site I’ve seen that comments about an anime, while at the same time, shows screencaps… I think I like it better that way; nice job.

O_O this…..show…..ROCKS!!
I love the twins! Theyre so MOE!!
== Tamaki is kinda a ditz tho……
^^ Honey is SO cute!!!!! And mori is so.. ^^ refreshing!
O_O and Kyouya is like an EVIL genius but so funny!
>

Just saw episode 16 today… it’s great to see the series evolve and the serious romantic / interpersonal issues start to kick in, because there’s a lot of potential there.

Also, I have to say that “Shissou” by Last Alliance is really growing on me. I tend to jump right past the intro song, but I love the little touches they have in the show where they incorporate some of the accoustic guitar from Last Alliance. By the time the episode comes around to a satisfying emotional conclusion, you’ve got the accoustic guitar coming up in the background, giving endings to the episode a kind of dreamy, wistful feel… and then it jumps straight into what is a pretty upbeat, rocking song.

Definitely a stylish, good way to end a show.

It hasn’t been mentioned before, but does anyone else see strong signs of Fruits Basket in Ouran?

I get the feeling, especially after episode 16, that Haruhi is going to become a real healing influence in the lives of all the members of the Host Club… and that’s a pretty good thing, really.

This is the best anime I’ve ever seen. I can’t stop watching it…it just never gets boring–no matter how many times I’ve seen it! I haven’t read the manga, but I really want to.
Ouran sometimes reminds me of Fruits Basket, only in Fruits Basket there are a lot more serious deep moments. Sometimes thats a good thing. Sometimes.

this is the best anime i had watch in my live!well,the romance-comedy anime…but i think the twin brothers are…HOMO!!!erghh…cut it out!but,in … episode(i forgot) why does Tamaki didn’t kiss Haruhi???well,if it happens,they should be a veryX3 romantic couple!!don’t you all think so???

I’ve just finished watching episodes 1-10, and so far, it’s one of the best anime shows I’ve ever seen. =) Seriously. I do think it was a bit like Fruits Basket, but I would really rather watch OHSHC anyday over it. Terrific animation, sweet plot, and fun characters that in one way or another you’re able to relate to… Gotta love it!!

i love Haruhi.
She is my Favorite Character.
Has anyone watched episode 21?
Hikaru and Haruhi Together in a net
Love them .

Originally I thought a person like me would never enjoy this type of anime. (I’ve always been more of a violent anime lover.) In fact, the only reason i didn’t stop watching it after the first line of the theame song, Kiss Kiss fall in love, was because my friend said that it was funny and I don’t like ignoring a friends opinion. Now i’ve gotta say that: I LOVE THIS SHOW!!!

My favorite charector in it is Hikaru, Kauru’s twin brother. (excuse spelling errors in the names please) Hikaru is a bit hot-tempered and hasn’t learned to control or understand his emotions very well because of the “shell” he and his brother had enclosed them in ever since they were in gradeschool. (to my understanding) I like him because of his persenality and both his and his brother’s pranks. (what there funny)

I’ve just watched episodes 1-3 yesterday [repeating several scenes]
and totally overlooked the lightbulb thing.
Thanks for mentioning that! :S
Shoulda caught on with them lighting up for Onna, come to think of it >.>
It’s funny. It’s cutesy. It breaks the fourth wall.
I love it lots. d(^_____^)b

Moe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OMG lol i’m obsessed with this series now. i came across the opening song cuz someone used it on an anime music video for another of my favourite shows and i recognised it from a jpop disco i was at the previous week. so i looked up the show itself (being curious en all). now i can’t drag myself away even when i’m about to be slaughtered for not doing my holiday work ack! i love ep 16!
I still like the whole tamaki and haruhi thing that got me from the beginning but i totally love the twins when they aren’t being gay lol (thet’re so fit). its so funny when they flirt with haruhi to annoy tamaki. and i especially adore the Hikaru and Haruhi thing, sooo kawaii!!!!!!!!
and yeah, the twins do part their hair different ways, it’s how u tell ’em apart – Hikaru’s flops to the right, his brother’s to the left… O_O ..i really should stop paying that much attention….

hi, i am curios about the manga because in the third book on one of the first few pages it describes the characters and because i skipped the 2nd book im a little clueless… it says in there that koaru is homoseuxal? is that true. because ive seen all the animes that have come out so far this would totally change my veiw on the book. if you could please email me back with answers i would reall appreciate it! thanks

email address: [email protected]

sincerely: megan

Ooooh God !!

I Love Ouran High School A lot ^_^
It’s My Favorite Anime Till Now .. But What A Shame
It’s Only 26 Eps. I Guess (_ _)”

I really liked your review of Ouran Host Club! It brings justice to this anime. I became a fan of this series ever since that fateful night I bumped into a copy of the manga at borders. I was hooked on the very first volume, then I found myself just grabbin’ the rest a few days later. As for the anime, it does differ from the manga – but not by a lot. It figures that some things would be switched because of time constraints, but somehow, whoever edited the plot for the anime did well to tie lose knots. But not only that… I’d have to say that they did a pretty awesome job with the animation here, wouldn’t you say so too?! The only downpart that I’d have to complain(YEAH!! I HAVE ONE COMPLAINT!!! =[) about is that… it ended too soon. Do you have any clue if they’re making an OVA, or a part 2, or something? That’d be fabulous.

OMG i love this anime!!! Its so cool!!! I was hook on the very first volume!!! I also love the episodes they made!!! I love the twins and how they try to get Tamaki mad by flirting with Haruhi!!! Episode 25 and 26 was my favorite because it really got indeapth with Tamaki past and in episode 26 let me wondering in the future is Tamaki marrying Haruhi or Kyouya??

I’m watching it in YouTube and really I consider it as one of the 3 best anime I’ve ever saw!! besides Fumoffu and Inuyasha. (sorry if my english is very bad, is just that I’m mexican XP)

Great anime! Started watching when it came out! Yea I’m sad that it ended so soon, just 26 eppys…I’m hoping they continue or do something…I loved the ending though! XD

konnichiwa!!

wowowowowooww!!!! *-* host club… *¬* XD i have seen it, and the twins are the best.. however i likemore hikaru than kaoru n.nU… and Nekosawa-kun .. it’s kawaiii!!! ^^ am.. If you want to chat by messenger write me an e-mail ^^ because that will be fun!! *-*

SAYONARA…

Ouran High School Host Club was the first anime I watched, when I got started(havent been watching long). I started to watch it because it looked cute and funny, and it was. I fell in love with it. Well its the only anime I finished, other than Fruit Baskets. I guess i just really like when a girl is surrounded by guys all the time, and the way the characters are always bribrent with color and emotions…… ok talked to much but thanks for the work you did here, I havent read the manga but, I think I’m going to they say that it has more sences and like you may have noticed, I cant get enought of it.

Well, what can I say? I simply love the series!
I gotta be honest with you, though:
I didn’t want a 2nd season.
Why? Because I liked the way the show is so carefully planned. It gained so much popularity that a second was surly to come. But because it is so carefull planned, that if there were to be a second season, maybe, just maybe, the show would be spoiled. All the magic and the wondering that the ending of the series brought was just so well made that if there were something that followed it, it would spoil. It would rot.
But I also want to know if the friendship Haruhi holds with Tamaki turns into something else. I do.
BUT(the big “but”) there is nothing I can do now.
Wikipedia.org has now announced that the second seanson for “Ouran High School Host Club” will be out in Japan in April 2007. Let’s see what they come up with!
Thank you for hearing me out,
Ingrid~ ♪

im curious will there be part 2?? hope so cuz it said in the end of episode 26 (the ending)haruhi said “hope you’ll arrive” or sumthing…

yes there are similarities between [Ouran High School Host Club] and [Fruits Basket]… i enjoyed both Anime so much.

*both Anime are in same genre (Reverse Harem and Comedy)

*the actress who plays the voice character of Honey-senpai is the same one who did in Fruits Basket, the character “Momiji Soma”…[actress “Saito Ayaka”]

*same amount of episodes these 2 anime have…

*similar anime style drawing

if they do have a 2nd season of Ouran, i will be happy!

and they should have more people joining the Host Club, for example:

*Casanova-kun (Kasanoda)
*Kasanoda friend from Yakuza, who he helped out

since 3 of the members are seniors, will they be back?

talking about Tamaki, Honey, Mori…

what happened to the little Rascal type kid?

so if there is s2, it should begin with the graduation for the 3 seniors,

that annoying manager girl is pissin me off.

hey, i just finished watching this anime and i loved it. so cute. is there any other one that you could recommend, something that’s kinda like this?

I haven’t finished watching all of Host Club yet, but I am loving it so much! I’ve read the first 8 volumes of the manga and I’m a little(just slightly though) disappointed by some of the cuts. Especially the ones with Mori! He is by far my favorite and I’d totally squee to death if he ended up with Haruhi. My next faves are the twins. Least favorite Tamaki, sorry! He just doesn’t do it for me. =(

SPOILER…DON”T READ IF YOU DON’T WANT TO SPOIL IT

One thing I notice is that Kyoya says it might be a start till love…. watch the whole thing… its funny how it works

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