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.
This will be the last discussion on the show as I actually binge-watched the rest of the show (There’s twenty-six episodes.) and am ready to move on to another anime already. If you’d like to know more about the show and what happens, check it out on Netflix. I did discover that the English version is on there as well. *facepalm*
Episode #10: A Day in the Life of the Fujioka Family!
Tamaki doesn’t know the first thing about Haruhi’s life at home (AKA, a commoner’s life), and after he has a nightmare, he decides to take it upon himself to “check up” on Haruhi and make sure she’s alright. The rest of the Host Club joins him and insanity and hilarity ensues.
First, the boys drive to her house in expensive limo-like (Or are they limos? I can’t remember…) cars, and the landlady wonders – aloud, mind you – if they are Yakuza, which is the Japanese mafia. Yikes! Great compliment in a way, but if I heard that about someone, I’d be crossing the street and avoiding their gaze. Don’t look at me. Don’t look at me. I did nothing wrong. Don’t look at me.
Next, as they come across Haruhi’s home, one of the young men asks if Haruhi is really bad off if she lives in such a nice home. Kyoya informs the group that, in fact, several families live in the building known as an apartment complex. I get that their rich, but do they know absolutely nothing about the world outside theirs? Apparently not.
There’s a lot of promises made, and then broken, as Tamaki tries to advise the host club on things not to say or do in order to insult the commoners, but then he does all of them himself. Not only that, but his advice is unnecessary because he doesn’t know the first thing about them himself as he, himself, has been coddled most of his life. *facepalm*
The real kicker comes when they meet Haruhi’s dad, who’s dressed as a woman, as he is a transestite and works at a bar (I think?) or similar. Ryoji, or Ranka when he’s dressed as a woman, is a kind man and a lot like Tamaki in many, many, many ways, but he throws the host club off at first because none of them expected a woman in the household (They totally mistake him for an actual woman.) and they know Haruhi’s mother is deceased. We learn a lot about Haruhi’s upbringing and how Ryoji became Ranka and why.
On top of that, we get to see Ryoji grow as she settles into the idea that his little girl is growing up, and she’s got a great group of friends – yes, even Tamaki, who he initially has bad vibes about due to the jests about his antics from the others – who care about her and bring her out of her shell. I love seeing the moments when parents realize their children aren’t children anymore and stop worrying about them as much because they realize they’ll be just fine on their own, and that happens with Ryoji here.
Ryoji/Ranka has a hard role to play as Haruhi’s only parent, and I admire him greatly. He’s a lot like Tamaki, or Tamaki’s a lot like him (whichever way you want to put it), but he cares about his daughter a lot and does everything he can to make sure she has the best possible future. He also doesn’t stand in her way when it comes to her dreams.
“Those young men are driving such fancy foreign cars – they’re not Yakuza, are they?” ~ Landlady
Have you watched this show? What did you think of it? Talk to me about it!