“Only those with an excellent social standing and those from filthy rich families are lucky enough to spend their time here at the elite private school Ouran Academy. The Ouran host club is where the school’s handsomest boys with too much time on their hands entertain young ladies who also have way too much time on their hands. Just think of it as Ouran Academy’s elegant playground for the super-rich and beautiful.”
Those are the opening lines of one of the funniest and well-written shoujo anime released in North America, Ouran High School Host Club.
Haruhi Fujioka is a transfer scholarship student to the elite academy, a work-a-holic whose mom died when she was young and dad is constantly away. As a result, she’s very responsible, but has no sense of fun or recreation.
While looking for a quiet place to study shortly after enrolling in Ouran, Haruhi stumbles into a classroom inhabited by six extremely handsome high school guys. They mistake her for a boy because of her short hair and colorless clothes. As she rushes to leave, however, she accidentally knocks over a very expensive vase and it shatters. Now she owes the Host Club (for said extremely attractive guys run a resturant, of sorts, for entertaining young women) over $100,000. Being a scholarship student without that kind of money, she’s forced to work for the club as as host until she makes enough to pay off the debt.
Hilarity, awkwardness, romance, and craziness ensue. The club’s president, Tamaki Suoh (see his HFG profile), is an insanely hot and somewhat idiotic dreamer that everybody loves. His right-hand man Kyouya has the brains of the group, a cunning pessimist. Hikaru and Kaoru are “devil child” twins whose middle names are Devious. Honey is the adorable cake-loving cutie, and his cousin Mori the tall, dark, and handsome silent type.
Then there’s Renge, an obsessive fangirl, terrible cook, and the Host Club’s manager. She enters every location (be it indoors or out) using a giant motorized platform that rips through the floor and announces her arrival with a rumble.
Basically, you can’t take the show seriously, and it’s not meant to be. But if you don’t mind just enjoying yourself in a good series, OHSHC is for you.
A warning about the video: I tried to find a clean version, but there are some bad words in this one. Just FYI.
And now to cram for the first Algebra II test of the year. Off to a good start, my friends. LOL.