- Ouran Host Club
- Bisco Hatori
- Released: 2006
- Hits: 2650
Ouran Host Club
Main: Haruhi, Tamaki, Kyouya, Honey-sempai, Kaoru, Hikaru
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Shoujo, Hot Guys, Slice of Life
Ouran High School Host Club (桜蘭高校ホスト部,Ōran Kōkō Hosuto Kurabu?) is the title of a Japanese fiction series created by Japanese author Bisco Hatori centering around a group of high school friends all in the same club - the Host Club.
The series first started as a manga serialized in LaLa magazine on August 5, 2003. Currently, the manga is unfinished with eight complete volumes already released in Japan. Since then the manga has been licensed by United States based company Viz Media with already six volumes released in English. Later, Ouran was adapted into a 26-episode anime television series produced by BONES, which premiered on April 4, 2006 in Japan.
The North American English-language edition use the title Ouran High School Host Club, while the Singapore English-language edition excludes the word school.
Ouran High School Host Club is a story involving a wide range of characters, which takes place primarily at Ouran High School where they all attend. The school is an exclusive institution reserved only for students from wealthy and affluent families.
One exception, however, is scholarship student Haruhi Fujioka, a young girl from a lower-middle class family who tends to have a low threshold for gender identity.
Because of this (and the superfluous cost of the school uniform), Haruhi resorts to wearing long slacks, polo shirts and a vest that resembles the male student's uniform. Therefore, upon entering school, she was at first taken as a male student.
One day, she begins to search through the vast campus for a quiet place to study since all the libraries are filled with gossiping students. Her search takes her to the technically unused Third Music Room where she stumbles upon the Host Club - a group of six attractive male students who spend their time charming and entertaining the school's girls for profit.
During their first meeting, Haruhi is shocked at their behavior which causes her to accidentally knock over a very expensive vase valued at ¥8,000,000. This causes Haruhi to contract a massive debt with the Host Club. In order to pay off the large sum, she is employed as the club's "dog" and is constantly ordered to do menial tasks for the members, such as serving food or cleaning up.
Eventually, Haruhi is promoted to be one of the hosts of the club as a way to pay off her debt. The other club members soon discover that Haruhi is a female, but since she is already accepted by the club's customers and even became one of the main attractions of the club, Haruhi is allowed (forced) to stay until she has accumulated a total of 1,000 customers, when her debt would be considered paid in full.