Bisco Hatori Ouran High School Host Club

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Plot

Bespectacled Haruhi one day stumbles into the Host Club while looking for a quiet place to study. Backing out of the eccentricity of the club, she accidentally stumbles into a vase – an 8 million yen vase belonging to the Host Club. The club has 6 super rich and gorgeous guys, and because Haruhi only belongs to a middle class family, they inducted her into the club to pay off her debt – by servicing one hundred clients.

Haruhi proves to be a hit with the female students who found themselves swooning to her natural charm – though soon the Host Club members discover that the person they mistake for a guy is actually a girl. Even then, they are unwilling to let her go, and they decided to keep up the charade.

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Ouran High School Host Club is a manga serialized in Lala magazine on August 5, 2003. It is currently enjoying success from manga lovers with its idiosyncratic humor and numerous characters with their own quirks and distinctions. Each character is crazy – only the short haired Haruhi is reasonable in the world of OHSHC. Even the existence if the Host Club stemmed from a ridiculous reason – though academically competitive, the students are weighed down with idle time. To make themselves useful, 6 bishonen united under the leadership of gorgeous blond Tamaki Suoh and formed a host club that will cater to the romantic fancies of the female student populace.

Critique

The plot, though very generic (girl surrounded by hunks – think Fruits Basket, Fushigi Yuugi, and Marmalde Boy), the characters liven things up. The characters are rendered quite well – if you're a fan of the bishonen look, you’ll especially adore them. The manga pokes fun at bishonen stereotypes – the narcissistic prince, the silent, shadowy type, the lolicon / shotacon cutie, tall and muscular guy with a heart as tough as marshmallows, and naughty yaoi twins. And the people around the 6 guys – especially the girls – are as crazy.

These interesting gimmicks keep the story light and fun – and with Bisco Hatori’s illustrations, you can forget that you have seen them in other mangas already.

Volumes

Each volume averages 184 to 200 pages, each of which is read from right to left. A separate episode is featured in every chapter, though mostly unrelated to the previous one. The plots disclose amazing insights of the characters’ personalities, but it is only Haruhi’s personal life outside of school that is fully revealed.

The dialogue tends to overload on some pages, and seem to fight for space rather than achieve a balance.

Layout design is random to some extent – on one hand, the images are saturated with a mélange of tones, labels, and sidebars; on the other hand, there are empty spaces and blank panels that oddly enough adds to the whole clutter.

It had been adapted into an anime series with 6 episodes of the same title.
Keywords: Ouran Koukou OHSHC Tamaki Suoh Fushigi Marmalde Boy
Illustrations and Layout Very Good
Entertainment Value Very Good
Replay Value Very Good
Plot Excellent
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance, Shōjo
Volumes 9
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  1. 24/1/2007 2:33am
    1. Haku-chan
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      Would you recommend the product? Yes     Price you paid? None indicated     Rating: 10
      Pros: funny, characters
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      OHSHC is the best manga I've ever read. It has seriousness but it turns into absoulte hilariousness. Its an awesome manga all together and I love the story line.

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  1. 25/2/2008 4:21pm
    1. peachie gurl
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      Would you recommend the product? Yes     Price you paid? None indicated     Rating: 9
      Pros: hot guys, funny, great storyline
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      ahhhhhhhh you will never find a manga as fun as ouran high, its crazy with a touch of love, ^.^
      Honey-sempai is the best <3

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