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OURAN HIGH SHCOOL HOST CLUB #1 - - Special Review

Lord help me... I really enjoyed this.

If most fight shonens revolve around indomitable action heroes who’re goofily amiable until the moment the bad guys threaten their friends... then I suppose comedies-of-manners like this are almost always about some working-class social climber finding his or her way into the world of the privileged. Few kinds of conflict push your buttons more reliably than class conflict, am I right? To that end, I may very well have have just found the anime to recommend to the Whit Stillman fans in your life.

Anyway, this is another series whose controversy really seems to precede it. As in, I’m only just getting around to watching it for myself, but I feel like I’ve heard about it for a very long time (and whatever I’ve heard has usually been accompanied by some hot blood). At present, I can’t really can’t see what the rumpus would be about. Surely, anybody who didn’t see the gender switch surprise coming from a mile away (c’mon - - that voice actress never sounds like a guy) would at least know that such a twist comes with the territory. Maybe some people just can’t, at all, stand the notion of a show seemingly worshiping preps? (And hey - - I can't really blame them).

I actually wouldn’t blame such viewers - - even though I did find this pilot quite entertaining, myself. Yeah, I don’t know how funny this show is, but it does hooks you in rather easily by setting up some of the most direct basics of character drama. You really want to see our androgynous lead show up these brats. You really feel for him/her when the spoiled shrews play their mean pranks. And you really do feel rather moved when the most seemingly-snooty members of the titular club prove themselves to actually be above their classmates’ shallow dismissiveness.

It also happens to be - - dare I say - - an exquisitely-animated show with a sense of style that’s quite compelling on its own merits. Yeah, all these elements are working so well for the show… so where exactly does the controversy lie?

Watch this episode, "Starting Today, You Are a Host!" here and decide for yourself.

Tom Pinchuk’s a writer and personality with a large number of comics, videos and features like this to his credit. Visit his website - - tompinchuk.com - - and follow his Twitter: @tompinchuk

MrXDon Feb. 13, 2013 at 11:51 a.m.

Oh god this anime, I love how much of my sibling and I watch this anime. Seriously, my oldest sister love Ouran High School Host Club and when she bought the first volume I think, suddenly all of my sibling and I started watching it together. While my parents watch us in the background.

But in truce, I like it.

Halberdierv2on Feb. 13, 2013 at 12:54 p.m.

potentially controversial spelling error much?

isawachuckon Feb. 13, 2013 at 1:27 p.m.

I really enjoyed this show quite a bit as well.

zaldaron Feb. 13, 2013 at 2:09 p.m.

Not having seen the show but having heard a lot about it I think the hot blood comes simply because it is so um...girly....now a more interesting question what do you have against preps?

Aleashaon Feb. 13, 2013 at 3:05 p.m.

Watched this a while ago and loved it. I really wish there was more!

metalsnakezeroon Feb. 13, 2013 at 3:45 p.m.

One of the best Romance comedies in anime.

buhssuhton Feb. 13, 2013 at 3:45 p.m.

there is nothing wrong with liking this show.

cynically_happyon Feb. 13, 2013 at 6:02 p.m.

And here I got my hopes up that some middle-eastern animation studio made a parody of OHSHC, only with some heavy Islamic influences. Sigh.

SergioBon Feb. 13, 2013 at 7:35 p.m.

I never knew this series was controversial. I watched and rewatched it a long time ago. One of my favorites that I wish had gotten a sequel.

takashichea moderator on Feb. 13, 2013 at 8:15 p.m.

I haven't watch the series yet, but I heard is one of the best reverse harem shows out there from the community here.

LordTerminalon Feb. 13, 2013 at 9:20 p.m.

Coincidentally you put this up around the same time a friend of mine tried out Ouran for his first time too. Funny aint it?

SergioBon Feb. 18, 2013 at 8:38 a.m.

@takashichea said:

I haven't watch the series yet, but I heard is one of the best reverse harem shows out there from the community here.

I've heard it described as a "reverse harem," but having watched it, I wouldn't describe it like that. Sure it has a girl protagonist surrounded by a bunch of guys in the host club, but there is only one potential romantic relationship. I haven't read the manga, so that might be more of a reverse harem than the anime.

takashichea moderator on Feb. 18, 2013 at 10:02 a.m.

@SergioB:

Oh, I see. I have been looking for a good reverse harem series when I was working on the Reverse Harem based Otome Games: Their Anime/Manga Adaptations project. I concluded that otome based games had horrible anime adaptations, and I never watched a reverse harem series that was not otome based. I want to see the difference in quality. I think recommended me to try Ouran High School club.

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