Ouran Host Club tells the story of Haruhi, a
scholarship student at the Ouran Academy. From the start you jump straight
into the thick of it when Haruhi stumbles across the titular host club and
breaks a very expensive vase. As Haruhi does not have the money to pay off
the debt, she is forced to work in the host club and thus has to conceal her
true gender. The first episode of the series shows not only how she only
joins the club but also how the host club come to realise that Haruhi is not a
The series also makes jokes out of the ignorance of the rest of the club at Haruhi's differing circumstances. For example, they often call Haruhi a "commoner" and are fascinated by simple things such as instant coffee and ramen. The series isn't all comedy though, as it does like most Shojo titles include a romance element. This for now is rather one sided, as club member Tamaki has a keen interest in Haruhi. However, she views him to be a bit of an airhead and thus has no interest in him!
One thing that the English dub is lacking is the translation of the constant messages that appears alongside each episodes. However, these can be viewed in the Japanese dub or through the subtitles. It is a shame though that these could not be included in both the dubs as these are often witty quotes which adds to the overall comedy. Another extra of the English dub is the English opening and closing titles. These though are annoying as they sound like bad karaoke renditions of the original tunes. However, if you are like me and the
English songs are not to your taste, you can
listen to the original songs on the Japanese dub.
Clean Openings, Artwork and Trailers - pretty much the anime standard.