Manga Monday- Ouran High School Host Club

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Haruhi Fujioka is a scholarship student at the prestigious Ouran Academy, a fictitious high school located in Bunkyo, Tokyo. Looking for a quiet place to study, Haruhi stumbles upon the Third Music Room, a place where the Ouran Academy Host Club, a group of six male students, gathers to entertain female “clients.” During their initial encounter, Haruhi accidentally knocks over and breaks an antique vase valued at ¥8,000,000 (US$80,000 in Viz Media’s translation) and is told to repay the cost in service to the club as an errand boy. Haruhi’s short hair, slouching attire and gender-ambiguous face cause her to be mistaken by the hosts for a male student. After a brief run as such, the Hosts soon realize that she’s a “natural” in entertaining girls and promote her to full-Host status. She agrees since Hosting will help her pay off her debt more quickly. The members of the club discover her true gender one by one, but they keep this fact a secret.

One of the funniest shows I have ever seen Ouran Highschool Host Club has it all. It has humor, heart, and some really great characters. The romance is very light; with the over-the-top humor taking the center stage. That said the relationships between all the characters is the driving force of the series. It is a kind of Japanese humor called Fujoshi comedy. It can be loosely defined as humorous anime with predominantly male casts that cater to shipping-obsessed fangirls. But Ouran is so much more than thatIt talks about issues like bulling and others expectations but overall the it is a comedy with a heart of gold. All 18 volumes are out in the US published by Shojo Beat which is owned by Viz Media. The first two volumes are available for check out at the Mobile Public Library.

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