TV Discussion #5: Ouran High School Host Club


This week’s discussion is… you guessed it… Ouran High School Host Club. Long title. Amazing show.

I’ve been watching this show on Netflix. As an anime, it is in Japanese, but the version I’m watching is English subbed. I don’t know Japanese. Sorry folks.

Episode 3: Beware the Physical Exam!

And my questions about class are answered! For real too! Tamaki is suddenly upset because he just realized the twins spend more time with Haruhi. They are in the same grade after all and share the same class (classes?). For some reason, he hadn’t thought of this.

Upset by the injustice of it all (Oh! The horror!) he decides Haruhi needs to dress more like a girl… That is until someone informs him that it means she won’t be able to be a part of the host club and he’ll see her even less.

Of course, there has to be more about his wishy-washy feelings about her standing in as a boy and a girl, so the physical exams are coming up. And, for some odd reason, they seem to be a public affair… Just like any normal school… Riiiiiiight… About that… No…

Still, the host club comes up with another flawed but brilliantly hilarious mission. This time, to help prevent Haruhi’s true gender from being discovered. Do any of the teachers not know she’s a girl? Really? How has she not already been outed by this point? And the sad part is, she doesn’t care either way. If she’s outed, she knows she’ll have to find another way to pay her debt. She even starts calculating it in her head! They have to entice her with the promise of (and silent Mori’s the one who mentioned it first!)… Wait for it… Fancy tuna.

Sometimes, this show makes no sense, but it is a romantic comedy – and there’s plenty of comedy (mostly on Tamaki’s behalf) – so I can forgive it. I both understand and don’t follow Tamaki’s obsession with revealing and hiding Haruhi’s gender. He wants to date her. Come on, man. Just admit it. That said, he doesn’t want the girls he addresses during host club times to think he’s gay.

There’s apparently enough incestuous gayness between the two brothers. There’s not really. It’s all an act, but still… Weird and slightly creepy in a way, and the girls that fangirl about it make me wanna go: *facepalm* I think I’m getting a red mark on my forehead just thinking about it. Can you see it?

Still, there’s a lot of fourth wall breaking going on in this episode too. Tamaki believes he and Haruhi are the main characters and he mentions “in this anime”. He knows! Run! He knows! He calls the rest of them “homosexual supporting cast”, which is great because I don’t think any of them are homosexual. I think at one point or another, they’re all going to try their hand at wooing Haruhi, if for no other reason than it was make Tamaki angry. Very. Very. Angry. Hahaha!

I’m not in love with Tamaki and Haruhi as a couple, even though I think Tamaki’s right in the fact that they are the main couple and the rest supporting (but not necessarily homosexual) cast, which irritates me to no end. You have no idea. Arg! I just can’t love him. I think he’s fun and he definitely makes it easy to laugh as everyone points out things he hadn’t thought of before.

Favorite Character

I think Mori’s my favorite in this episode (besides Haruhi, who will always be my favorite). He will give the shirt off his back to help his friends, especially Honey. He doesn’t say a lot, but when he speaks, you listen.

Memorable Quotes

“W-what are you talking about? Don’t be silly. Just ’cause I’m poor and I’ve never had it doesn’t mean I’m so much of a glutton I’d go on fooling everyone about my gender just to try some fancy tuna.” *laughs* “Am I really gonna get to try it?” ~ Haruhi Fujioka

Have you watched this show? What did you think of it? Talk to me about it!


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