TV Discussion #6: 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 4: Attack of the Lady Manager!

It’s interesting how each episode builds upon the last in a way while being completely unrelated, and by the end of the episode there’s a serious moment that has a kinda life lesson. I adore that about the show.

In this episode, we have a lonely French girl, Renge, obsessed with a video game character. When he father comes home from a business trip with a client who’s son looks EXACTLY like the video game character, she decides to take the jet (To steal a line Haruhi says often, “Damn these rich jerks.”) to wherever these kids live (I’m assuming Japan. It is a Japanese anime after all.) and attend school just to meet him. Why? Because she believes he’s her fiance.

Hilarity ensues as she calls Tamaki a phony (Daggers to his soul.) and promotes herself as their manager. She causes havoc as she gives each of the host club members (besides Kyoya because he’s perfect the way he is as the living endowment of her video game dreams) a “dark past” and films their new characters.

As I suspected, Honey was the first to break. He’s too cute to be the mean thug Renge wanted to protray him as. He decided he couldn’t hurt Haru-chan. Of course, Tamaki was in his element as “the lonely prince” and the twins were… the twins… in basketball player getups. Haruhi was supposed to be the bullied one, and when Honey couldn’t do it, Renge hired two “thug-like” kids to do it for her.

Things went south right away. Kids didn’t like their new role. Shocking. I know. How could they not like the roale? Hahaha! In an attempt to prevent Renge getting hurt, she dove between the teen and the wall, getting hurt herself.

As always, Tamaki to the rescue! *mocking dreamy sigh* My hero. This get worse before they get better, but Renge stops her madness and Kyoya gets the advertising he wanted for the host club – because Renge brought in a film crew for this. Yes, a film crew. “Damn these rich jerks.”

What I loved the most was the reference drop. The film crew director was also the director of “Millenium Snow” another manga featuring vampires and werewolves and a human girl who’s dying. It’s good. You should check it out if you like manga.

Anyway, at least now we know how the host club gets the funds to do all their elaborate parties. I thought it was because they’re rich, but the club actually sells merchandise and gets a lot of advertising. Pretty smart, Kyoya. And the fact that he used Renge’s obsession with him to his advantage was pretty dang savage in a way. Not that Renge ever noticed what he did…

Favorite Character

In this episode, I really liked Kyoka, which isn’t weird, but is at the same time. He’s sneaky in his ability to let things roll, even though they seem like ideas he wouldn’t usually agree to only to have it all work out in his favor. It was interesting to see it. Plus, I don’t know many people would handle an obsessed person as well as he did.

Memorable Quotes

“If you judge people by their appearance, you’re stereotyping them and you’ll never see the person inside.” ~ Haruhi Fujioka

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