Ouran koukou host club


This anime, Ouran Highschool Host Club, was heavily recommended lớn me a number of times prior to lớn my watching it and the first time I tried lớn watch it I just did not get it. The boys seemed vapid và pointless, as well as stereotypical archetypes rather than characters, the jokes seemed pretty obvious & flat và the plot felt absent other than a phối up for the scenario that the animators had in mind. Sure it was pretty & had some bouncy music & lots of close ups of handsome anime guys but that didn’t seem lượt thích enough khổng lồ make it watchable.

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I didn’t finish it the first time through. I got, maybe 10 episodes in and just couldn’t take any more vapidness so walked away.

But did Ouran Highschool Host Club have more to lớn offer?

So why did I go back và watch it and how did that then lead lớn it becoming one of my favourite binge worthy animes of all time? (Note, that is different from becoming my favourite anime though it definitely hits the mark for one of my moods.)

I’ll have to lớn repeat my initial thoughts to explain.


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The boys seemed vapid and pointless. Yes, they are. It’s a harem comedy so of course they start that way. How on earth are you going khổng lồ introduce a harem comedy & address all six of the guy’s back stories in the first episode? This is a case where the characters aren’t so much developing as they are slowly being fleshed out. Toward the second half of the series, most of the characters get an episode or two specifically aimed at rounding them out & at least explaining some of their more interesting character quirks. They aren’t wrapped up in a neat little package but by the end of the series they are least feel like vaguely plausible human beings.

More importantly, on a second watch I started quite liking Kyoya as a character. He’s in the background a lot but his words and actions carry weight và it is interesting seeing how he interacts with the others. From starting to like one character, I began lớn see a bit more of the other characters. While Tamaki and ‘Honey’ are never going khổng lồ be my pick for characters given their overly needy natures, I found the twins (by the third watch through) fascinating. Re-watching for the umpteemth time, any episode that focusses on the twins has become one of my favourites.

Will I argue that these characters have depth and complexity và are outstanding at demonstrating the nuances of the human condition? Not a chance. They are still archetypes but for the context of the show they work & when given a chance they have enough variation lớn to be more than just cardboard cutouts.

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As khổng lồ the comedy và jokes being obvious & flat, well there isn’t really a counter argument. It really just depends if you are in the mood for yet another he slipped on a banana peel, he just massively misunderstood that, or general mistaken identity humour.

Most of the humour relies on over-exaggeration which if you are in the wrong frame of mind will definitely come off as more annoying than humorous but when you are in the mood to just relax và not think about much, it can work. More importantly, the humour is consistent. It isn’t that some jokes hit & others miss the mark; it is simply that this is the type of humour they are delivering, take it or leave it.

In terms of plot, it is highly episodic with the overall story of Haruhi paying off a debt. But this is character driven. It is how the characters respond lớn the challenge of the week & what we learn about them. The events are more of less irrelevant at times và it seems the writers knew that too as many of the transitions & motives for things occurring were dismissed as simply being a particular character’s whim and off they went lớn the next mix or costume change.

What I ultimately like about this show is it isn’t trying too hard to lớn claim any legitimacy. The fact that the boys are using a music room as a host club in a school is never explained other than Tamaki decided he wanted lớn start one. There is no teacher presence anywhere & only once or twice does studying come up (which given it was apparently part of Haruhi’s motivation for going khổng lồ the music room in the first place seems a bit odd that they didn’t use that as a source of tension later in the story).

The characters are all (except Haruhi) super rich and have connections and any plot point that can’t be explained sensibly gets dismissed as a perk of being rich và having connections. This allows for some fairly extravagant set-ups for otherwise fairly ordinary rom-com events.

The theme tuy vậy is definitely infectious though so if you aren’t in the mood for a pop song to go bopping around your head for the next week you may want to lớn hit skip on that. However, even the kết thúc credits have pretty great music.

My favourite moments include the commoner coffee scene, the ‘date’ with Hikaru, and watching the twins play the which one is Hikaru game.

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My recommendation: watch this when you are wanting lớn seriously relax và just shut off from the world. It’s light & sweet and when you don’t think about it, pretty funny. Don’t watch it if you are in the mood lớn deconstruct something, because it won’t ever stand up to lớn close scrutiny.