Japanese Title: Ōran Kōkō Hosuto Kurabu
Author: Hatori Bisco
Genres: Shoujo, School Life, Comedy & Romance.
Themes: School Life, Love, Social Class, Family & Relationships.
Available Forms: Manga, Anime & Drama
Haruhi is a poor tomboyish student at a school for the ultra-wealthy, and is able to attend because of a scholarship, but is unable to even afford a uniform. One day, she stumbles across the peculiar but very popular Ouran Host Club. She tries to leave, but accidentally breaks a vase, and is unable to pay for it. She’s told that she’ll have to stay and do odd jobs. That is, until they decide she would be more valuable as a club member. Not realizing she’s female due to her appearance, they fix her up and give her a male uniform. She’s an instant hit, so they decide to have her keep up the charade even after they find out the truth. Haruhi, being common almost to a fault, doesn’t know what to make of the unconventional activities of the Host Club (or of the even more unconventional members), but having little choice, she plays along. Before long, real bonds are formed, friends made, and Haruhi finds herself accepted in a way she could never have been otherwise in this affluent school.
When I first started to watch this anime and read this manga I never expected it to host such a colorful variety of characters. This series is quite unique in the way that it has 7 main characters, each as important to the plot as the next – in most tv show, anime or even novels there is usually 2 focal characters at the very most; but Hatori has succeeded in making this not only function well but actually make the storyline thrive due to it.
My favourite characters are definitely Haruhi and Takumi; the main couple in the series. Their chemistry romantically and platonically is insane; with Haruki snapping at Tamaki’s Flamboyant actions and Tamaki mistaking his love for Haruhi as the love of a father to his child there is always some amusing dialogue being exchanged between them. It’s this comic relief that makes the series so entertaining to me personally. However, all the characters are just as amazing in their own ways each with their unique traits and quirks that makes them completely adorable and so amusing you can’t help but laugh out loud at their antics.
This manga is a must read for not only existing anime and manga fans of all genders and ages; but also for anyone who is curious about anime and manga – this is a perfect title to start with.