Monday, January 28, 2008

Ouran High School Host Club Opening Anime

Overall Rating: A++
Synopsis: Adapted from the manga series by Bisco Hatori, the series follows Haruhi Fujioka, a scholarship student at the prestigious Ouran High School. Haruhi is a girl, but she got gum put in her hair so she cut it short, and wears boys clothes. This wouldn't be terribly important, but one day she stumbles across the school's Host Club. The Host Club is basically a place for six idly rich pretty boys to be idly rich pretty boys, and idly rich pretty girls to come and fawn over them and pretend the boys are their fiancées and boyfriends. After breaking an extremely valuable vase, it is determined that Haruhi will work off her debt by becoming a member of the club. Despite the fact that she is neither idly rich, nor a boy. Oh ho dear readers, what will happen next?

I reviewed the manga version of Ouran High School Host Club back in November, but I only recently saw the anime, and I knew I had to review it as well. It's not often that I see an anime that actually improves on the manga. They're certainly out there, but odds are that the anime version of a manga lets you down in terms of plot, and often leaves out important aspects of characters. I'm not sure why, but this anime more than delivers. In fact, I think I may enjoy the series even more in anime form.

I knew I loved it from the opening theme, and it's adorable music and cry of "Kiss kiss fall in love!" The animation is amazing, the adaption is extremely accurate and they add fun things like a little pointer at the vase Haruhi breaks for a couple of minutes before it happens that had me giggling like crazy. Try to track this one down and check it out. If you like the manga it's a must, and if you haven't checked out the manga yet, it's a great Shōjo series.


kaixin said...


Totally agreed!

do u know other animes like ouran, fruit basket and wallflower?

I would really love to watch similar
animes / mangas but I am really scared of being disappointed..

Nick said...

In terms of manga, Honey and Clover is a new series that I enjoyed the first volume of, and has a similar feel. Nana is another one that I love, but it has more serious themes as well.

Both have been made into anime in Japan, so I am hoping to get ahold of episodes soon.

Nick said...

Ack! I forgot about Azumanga Daioh! for anime and Yotsuba&! for manga. Genshiken for both anime and manga (sadly the anime got cancelled and so feels a bit cut off), Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya for anime, and Paradise Kiss for both.

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