Manga Review: Ouran High School Host Club

Manga Review: Ouran High School Host ClubOuran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori
Published by VIZ Media on April 5, 2011
Genres: Humor, Romance
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
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three-half-stars

One day, Haruhi, a scholarship student at exclusive Ouran High School, breaks an $80,000 vase that belongs to the 'Host Club', a mysterious campus group consisting of six super-rich (and gorgeous) guys. To pay back the damages, she is forced to work for the club, and it's there that she discovers just how wealthy the boys are and how different they are from everybody else.

As that summary probably tells you, Ouran High School Host Club is completely over the top ridiculous. It’s a reverse harem with an uninterested heroin, which is definitely the best kind. Haruhi finds being surrounded by the most attractive guys at school boring, often frustrating.

This absurdness and crazy comedy is what Ouran does best. Hatori embraces that this story has nothing to do with the real world. After a while, she writes in, for example, that for narrative purposes, years will pass without the characters moving up a grade. While I do think that’s ridiculous, I accept it, since Hatori drew attention to it, rather than just pretending time wasn’t passing. I respect that she was willing to acknowledge the crazy. In case you’re curious, they do eventually age.

The series maintains consistency pretty well throughout the volumes. I can’t remember any terrible story lines off the top of my head, which is definitely doable with most shoujo manga. I’ll tell you all about that in an upcoming review (I’m about to reread Boys Over Flowers just so I can review it).

My main criticism of the story was always that I shipped Haruhi with a character that did not get to win her heart. This still makes me sad, but, by the end, Hatori had me at least partially convinced that the winning guy was the right one. Whatever. Kyouya’s still my favorite; I have a weakness for the tall glasses-wearing ones.

Rating: 3.5/5

 

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