Posted by : Deborah Takahashi Monday, March 28, 2011

Plot Summary:
Haruhi Fujioka does not look, or act like, most of the students at Ouran High School Academy. In fact, she isn't fashionable, looks like a boy, and is dirt poor. Although Ouran High School is one of the best schools to get into, it is also home to way too many rich kids how have nothing better than just look pretty and have fun. One day, Haruhi's luck takes a turn for the worse when she stumbles upon the Ouran High School Host Club and breaks a vase worth millions of yen. In order to pay for the broken items, she is now the newest member of the Host Club even though she is a girl! This series is full of surprises, award moments, and loads of comedy.

Critical Evaluation:
This series is just delightful and hilarious that teens, guys and girls, will have a great time watching. Unfortunately, the manga series is still being published so viewers will only get half of the story. However, those who haven't read the manga will want to after witnessing the antics of six gorgeous, goofy guys and one girl who has an amazing effect on them despite the fact she thinks they are all idiots. The greatest aspect of this anime is the dubbing. Most dubbing isn't all that great since the English voice-overs do not always match the look of the character. However, Funimation hired the right people, especially Tamaki and Haruhi (the main characters). The story is just absolutely amazing where a group of sheltered rich kids get to know someone who lives modestly; more importantly, Haruhi makes them feel comfortable in their own skin, especially the Hitachin (Karou and Jikaru) and that everyone deserves to be happy and loved.

Information about the Author of Ouran High School Host Club:
Ouran High School Host Club was written by Bisco Hatori who was born on August 30, 1975 in Saitama, Japan. According to Wikipedia, Hatori's "debut was A Moment of Romance in LaLa DX. Her first series was Millennium Snow, which was put on hiatus because of her other manga, the comedy Ouran High School Host Club, is her breakout hit. It placed in the 50 top-selling manga in Japan for both 2008 and 2009. According to an interview with Shojo Beat when she has ahard time selecting names for her chracters, she listens to loud, upbeat music" (para.1). Ouran High School Host Club was completed in 2010 and readers all over the country are eager to get their hand on these titles. Currently, the Alhambra Civic Center Library owns fifteen volumes and in the process of ordering the rest of the series by next fiscal year. Lastly, Bisco Hatori is actually a pseudonym and I can't wait to find out what her real name is! 

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Teens 13& up

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