TV Discussion #7: 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 5: The Twins Fight!

This is an interesting episode, as I’m not a fan of all the lovey-dovey taboo happenings between the twins. That said, it’s also strange to see such people fighting, and we learn a lot about them.

Let’s start with their relationship with each other. It’s pointed out near the end of the episode that they’ve always felt there’s two groups of people: them and the others around them. Of course, this episode focused on the twins fighting with each other and how they dragged everyone into their fight, but that last bit brought the entire episode into perspective for me.

How would I feel if I was a twin and no one could tell me apart from my twin? I think I would have a fight with my twin as well, and I think I would also be mishevious enough to have screw with people’s minds and get them to guess which of the twins I was. I will admit that I didn’t honestly believe the twins were fighting, not when the whole thing started shortly after they both complained about being bored. While the fighting was believable enough, especially once it was explained they’d never fought before in the past, it felt a lot like a game more than anything.

Despite this, I honestly had a moment where I actually fell completely and hopelessly in love with the twins right at the end of the episode. They use the taboo brotherly love gimic in the host club, and they aren’t much different outside it, but there was a moment, when they realized just how much Haruhi understood them, that it brought the boys attitudes into perspective. I knew why they did everything they did. It was their way of belonging to the outside world. In their minds, no one understands them. They are two halves of a whole, and no one understands them separately. They are, in essence, one complete entity. But when Haruhi broke through that illusion with her ability to tell them apart, it allowed them to include someone else in that small world they’ve built around themselves.

Also, they actually DO have activities outside of the host club. We saw them go to lunch. We saw them in class. Granted, it was to see how the twins act while they were fighting with each other outside their involvement with the host club, but still! They go to classes, everyone! It’s a miracle!

Favorite Character

It’s safe to say that Haruhi will always hold a place in my heart, moreso with every episode that I watch. Now though, the twins burrowed their way in because we got to know them a little better and figure them out, and it was really interesting to see.

Memorable Quotes

“Oh, I do, but I have no problem with Haruhi having a homosexual relationship on the side.” ~ Renge Hoshakuji

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


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