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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori

Title: Ouran High School Host Club
Mangaka: Bisco Hatori
Age Group: Teens
# of Pages: Approx. 200
# of Volumes: 13
My Rating: 5/5

Haruhi Fujioka is an intelligent girl who receives a scholarship to one of the most prestigious school around, Ouran High School. Every single student there comes from a rich family. When I say rich, I do mean rich. So rich that they know nothing of the common class because all their life is filled with expensive restaurants and clothes from the latest designer along with luxurious vacations that celebrities can afford.

In need of a place to study, Haruhi searches for a quiet room within the grand school. Thinking that one of the music rooms is unused, she enters but to only find herself the "Host Club". The club consists of six gorgeous and wealthy-beyond-your-imagination boys; they will give you all the attention in the world with the right price and they'll make sure your money is well spent. They welcome Haruhi with much affection that she freaks out and accidentally breaks a vase nearby. It wouldn't be too bad if it wasn't an antique with a $80 000 tag on it. To repay for the cost, Haruhi is forced to become their "dogsbody" because unlike everyone else, she comes from the other side of the spectrum. Thrown into the fabulous world of the rich and with a huge debt over her head, how will Haruhi manage??

Ouran Host Club is one of my favourite crossdressing manga series of all-time. I started reading it three years ago when it first came out. But then there was a phase where everyone was crazy about it online so I took a break after the second volume. I started to pick it up again this year and fell in love with it once more.

It contains wacky moments that are downright fun to read! Not to mention there is a bit of romance. In the beginning of the series, the plot is very light and fluffy. Eventually as it progresses, the mangaka dives into the background of the individual hosts. So it gets a bit dark for certain hosts and you see the reasons for why they are in the club. There is great character development as the plot line moves on.

In the story, it is quite obvious who she will end up with. But deep inside, I keep on crossing my fingers for her to be with Kyoya, the Shadow King of the club. Oh well, I can always look into the fan fiction for that. I can't wait to read more of Ouran; the eleventh volume has recently been released by Shojo Beat! Is recommended for Hana Kimi and Hana Yori Dango/Boys Over Flowers fans and those who are just into the romantic comedies!

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Liviania said...

And it's got a anime adaptation that manages to be mostly faithful yet stand on its own merits. I love this series.

Diana Dang said...

I am not much of an anime watcher but I have seen the first couple of episodes. Ouran is fantastic either way!