Haruhi Fujioka was just looking for a quiet place to study, when she chances upon Music Room 3. There the six hosts of the Ouran High School club greet her. In the course of the interrogation she accidentally knocks down this Renaissance vase, supposed to be the centerpiece of the school auction with an initial worth of 8 million yen. To pay off her debt she must work at the Ouran High School Host Club. Thus begins Haruhi’s adventures in the Ouran Host Club. (c. 2006, Rating: Very Good)
I have to say, this series tops School Rumble II in my eyes as ‘the’ comedy show of the year 2006 for me. (Although yeah, I have to admit, these two shows were the only comedy shows I’ve followed for 2006 as of now.) The one thing that made Ouran catch my attention was that I’ve never seen a series about a host club before. In my eyes it was a novel concept that stood out from an ocean of shounen and harem crap that dominates anime these days.
I just love the way Haruhi stays calm most of the time, and delivering those lines so casually. Also the twins are really fun to watch, though at first I actually didn’t like their act. Ok I think Honey-senpai is cute, but I am not so impressed with the part that he’s this martial arts genius. I also like that the host club members’ backgrounds are also tackled; the best is Kyouya’s, though I also would have liked more of Mori. And about Tamaki, never mind, just see for yourself.
The only blot in this series would be the episodes in the middle part of the show and the ending. Sometimes it’s not so funny, but thankfully it picked up again in the later part. One of the best episodes for me was where the first years got owned by Nekozawa. (Who is he? Just watch. 🙂 ) And the ending? This the reason why this won’t be my top favorite series of 2006. The second to the last episode started out fine, but the carriage thing at the last episode was a little too cheesy.
- Animation at 0.75/0.75. No complaints.
- Characters at 1/1. Fujioka Haruhi is my favorite female character for this year.
- Music at 0.75/0.75. The ED is my favorite ED for this year.
- Story/Plot/Dialogue at 0.75/1. Yeah, the ending’s not so excellent, but over-all the show is great.
- Entertainment value at 1.25/1.5. For all the laughs, I thank thee.