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 #9: A Challenge from Lobelia Girls’ Academy!
This episode angered me so much. Really. It did. At least right up until the end When Haruhi finally got the last word in.
I’ve never been to a private school, and even if I had, I don’t think any near me are as prestigious (yes, I realize it’s a fictional show) as Ouran Academy. That said, in this episode, the school has opened up for a cultural event and allowed other schools and clubs to come in and see how they operate. That’s when the Lobelia Girls’ Academy’s Zuka Club comes to check out the Host Club. Their leader bumps into Haruhi along the way, realizes she’s a girl from the get-go, and the rest of the episode is about the Zuka Club and the Host Club fighting for Haruhi.
Ugh! Seriously. Ugh!
I think I hate all episodes featuring the Zuka Club the most. I realize the Host Club has a host of issues (He he! I made a punny!), but they have nothing on the Zuka Club. The Host Club respects Haruhi for who she is. No, they don’t want to reveal that she’s a girl, but that’s only because the Host Club is meant for boys (men?) and curtails to female clientelle, so she’d be kicked out if her gender were discovered.
The Zuka Club attempts to convince Haruhi she needs to be at Lobelia Academy and that the Host Club supresses her gender (they do, but again, only because she’d be kicked out of the club otherwise, and she seems perfectly OK with it either way, so… again… yeah…), but never once do they listen to her opinions about what she wants to do, which (in my opinion) makes them ten times worse than the Host Club. If Haruhi suddenly decided she didn’t want to be in the Host Club, the boys would let her leave. They might fight to keep her around a little, but in the end, they would respect her decision and let her go, with the hopes they’d all stay friends outside the host club.
The Zuka Club never asked her opinion, never asked why she was going to Ouran High School, which she’s made it clear she worked hard to get into because that’s where she wanted to go to school, and never once took her only desires into consideration. All they did was say that she needed to be at Lobelia and fought with the Host Club about whether or not they were stifiling her.
For a school that seems to be about female equality and being true to one’s nature, the Zuka Club made it clear to me that they are the opposite of what their school’s motto is, and it angered me.
That said, the competitive nature of the Host Club, as they decided to dress like women at the end of the episode, was amusing as hell, and (like Haruhi), I fell to the floor laughing as the boys tried to get in touch with their feminine sides just to keep Haruhi. I’m a little disappointed they didn’t trust Haruhi to stay with them, but at the same time, I’m glad they didn’t hold her debt to the club (which is the reason she joined in the first place) over her head, as they very well could have done.
Haruhi wins the day in this episode as she finally realizes what the Lobelia girls want from her and stands up for herself. I admit I did the following when she told the Lobelia girls what’s what:
“Yeah, I have. I’m sorry, but your club’s not for me. I think the idea of a girl’s school is great, and I think your views are very unique and interesting, but I came to this school with a goal and a plan for my future, so while I appreciate the offer, I really already knew that I was never going to leave Ouran Academy.” ~ Haruhi Fujioka
Have you watched this show? What did you think of it? Talk to me about it!