Ouran Academy: An institution of extravagance and prestige where learning comes secondary to luxury. Only those of the highest pedigrees and the wealthiest families are lucky enough to attend, and the truly elite are the members of the Ouran Host Club. A group of the handsomest boys on campus with far too much time on their hands, the Host Club dedicates every afternoon to entertaining the lovely young ladies. Just think of is as the academy's elegant playground for the super-rich and beautiful. But for studious Haruhi Fujioka, education is a privilege that must be earned, being on scholarship and out of place among the moneyed. That is until the day Haruhi stumbles upon the Host Club, a stumble which leaves the freshman indebted for millions of yen. And the only way to pay for the damages? Well, Haruhi will work as a Host. There's only one problem: Haru-he is actually a Haru-she!
Ouran High School is a private academy, catering to the super-rich, the super-cute, and the superficial. To amuse themselves--and earn a few extra yen--the richest, most attractive boys in the school have set up a host club, where they dispense tea and charm the girls. Haruhi Fujioka, a scholarship student who's such a schlump no one even realizes she's a girl, stumbles into the club and breaks an antique vase. To repay the staggering cost of the vase, the members demand she dress as a boy and join the club. Although she's an outsider and a "commoner," Haruhi soon becomes everyone's favorite. Club president Tamaki (who represents the "blond prince" type) falls for her; Mitsukuni (the "Lolita boy") adores her, as do identical twins Hikaru and Kaoru ("forbidden brotherly love"). Despite their good looks, social prominence, and wealth, the boys have led lonely lives, which they recount in the later episodes. Hikaru and Kaoru never paid any attention to anyone else until Tamaki recruited them. Mitsukuni had to follow his family tradition and became a martial arts champion. The Host Club has given them the one thing they lacked: a sense of belonging. Similarly, Haruhi finds a level of acceptance she's never before experienced. The warmth of those realizations doesn't prevent the Hosts from squabbling and playing pranks, but it gives the series a balance that keeps it from feeling too silly. The success of Ouran High School Host Club
(2006) suggests that a reverse harem comedy can be just as much fun as the standard nerdy-guy-in-a-houseful-of-beauties model. (Rated TV 14: risqué humor, including allusions to homosexuality and lesbianism) --Charles Solomon
(1. Starting Today, You Are a Host! 2. The Job of a High School Host! 3. Beware of the Physical Exam! 4. Attack of the Lady Manager! 5. The Twins Fight! 6. The Grade School Host Is the Naughty Type! 7. Jungle Pool SOS! 8. The Sun, the Sea and the Host Club! 9. A Challenge from Lobelia Girl's Academy! 10. A Day in the Life of the Fujioka Family! 11. Big Brother Is a Prince! 12. Honey's Three Bitter Days! 13. Haruhi in Wonderland! 14. Covering the Famous Host Club! 15. The Refreshing Battle in Karuizawa! 16. Operation Haruhi and Hikaru's First Date! 17. Kyoya's Reluctant Day Out! 18. Chika's "Down with Honey" Declaration! 19. Lobelia Girl's Academy Strikes Back! 20. The Door the Twins Opened! 21. Until the Day It Becomes a Pumpkin! 22. Mori-senpai Has an Apprentice Candidate! 23. Tamaki's Unwitting Depression! 24. And So Kyoya Met Him! 25. The Host Club Declares Dissolution! 26. This Is Our Ouran Fair!)