Puran High School Host Club 1 Season 2008

Season 1
(110) IMDb 8.5/10

5. The Twins Fight! TV-14

When Haruhi divulges the secret of how she can tell Hikaru from Kaoru, a little bit of differentiation turns into a whole lot of confrontation!

Runtime:
24 minutes
Original air date:
October 28, 2008

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Season 1

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Season year 2008
Network FUNimation
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Niki R. on October 18, 2008
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To try and explain Ouran with a basic synopsis does this anime little justice. There's always so much going on, and with a diverse cast of character's including the princely, yet sometimes idiotic, drama-king, Tamaki, or the mischievous, trouble-making Hitachiin twins, there's no end to the variety of often strange activities the club members get into at Ouran Academy, a high school for the rich and prestigious. Add to this, Haruhi, a scholarship student and "commoner" who was drafted into the Host Club after she accidentally broke an $80,000 vase. The twist is, Haruhi is actually a girl and only the club members know it. Being very plain spoken, Haruhi nicely complements the strange behaviors of her rich counterparts and is often the inspiration for many of their adventures, much to her annoyance.

Probably the biggest concern of Ouran fans about this dvd collection is the transition over from Japanese to English. As many fans will argue (myself included), the Japanese voice acting is flawless, making an English dub no easy task. But after getting a recent peek at episode one, I feel Funimation has met the challenge with great success. While I'm not as hard core of a critic as some, I did carry some doubts as to how well they could pull off a decent dub. Let me just say, I'm sorry I ever doubted them. Usually it takes me a little while to adjust when I switch from the sub to the dub, but that wasn't the case for me here. While there is the occasional rough patch, I think each voice actor did an excellent job matching his or her character's personality. I found nothing distracting or out of place about any of them.

My biggest beef, if any, is with the English opening and ending songs. They aren't horrible, but they are a bit weak compared to the originals.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Morgan on June 14, 2012
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I originally bought the first copy that came out because I loved the series so much despite the warnings about the last 2 episodes and the sudden changes in names of characters and in incomprehensible subtitles and I immediately regretted it after trying to watch it. Then wonderfully this version was made. I am happy to say everything is wonderful now with the last 2 episodes. So BUY BUY BUY if you like this series. Cant wait for the movie in 2012
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kellyannl on January 18, 2009
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The second half of the animated version of Ouran is equally funny, but also adds a good dose of drama as we learn more about who the guys were before they met Haruhi and eachother.

Renge and Ranka return as supporting characters, as do the Zuka Club and Nekozawa as guest stars (the latter in the Halloween episode, of course); and the gang gets a new buddy in scary looking but gentle Yakuza (Japanese mafia) heir apparent Ritsu Kasanoda - for whom Christopher Sabat's dub job was absolutely hilarious and might turn out being my favorite performance of his - although I'm reserving judgement on that until I see what he gets to do with Kurogane if the Tsubasa OVA is licensed. The main dub cast also continues to do a bang-up job, with J. Michael Tatum's Kyoya deserving special mention for an episode in which he tells Haruhi the story of how he met Tamaki, and Todd Haberkorn and Greg Ayres getting to do some complex and delicate work as the twins.

As for the story, the gang continues to create benevolent chaos trying to help various people out, but another tone enters as we learn about Tamaki's not-so-great home life; and the twins begin to struggle as volatile Hikaru tries to get a grip on the emotions that the twins' deepening friendship with Haruhi have stirred in him, while calmer, more perceptive Kaoru starts to realize that it's going to be he who has to start slowly nudging the twins apart slightly if Hikaru is going to start having healthy relationships with other people.

Finally, we have the issue faced by many manga-based anime. Many have stumbled towards the finish line, as they end before the manga has completed and an ending which may not necessarily be in synch with what will eventually happen in the manga is crafted - often none so well.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kellyannl on October 29, 2008
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Look at any discussion thread on the net over the last few years about which shoujo anime fans most wanted to reach Region 1, and the resounding cry was almost deafening - give us Ouran. After a nail-biting wait for licensing news and a little bit longer for casting and English dubbing, the wait is finally over.

The plot reads like your typical reverse harem. Scholarship student Haruhi Fujioka has made the grade for the super-elite Ouran High School. Looking for a quiet place to study, Haruhi runs into the six member Host Club - filthy rich young men with too much time on their hands who entertain filthy rich young women who also have too much time on their hands. Unfortunately, Haruhi accidentally breaks a very expensive vase they were going to use to raise money - and has to pay it off by joining the club. The catch? Haruhi is a girl. So begins her crossdressing adventures with Tamaki Suoh, the loud and overdramatic fearless leader; Kyoya Ohtori, the calculating veep who's the most normal of the group; Hikaru and Kaoru Hitachiin, the mischievous, funloving twins whose world is turned upside down when Haruhi becomes the first person who can tell them apart; Mitsukuni "Hunny" Haninozuka, who handles the cute niche with a vengeance, and Takashi "Mori" Morinozuka, your usual big, intimidating guy who's really a softie.

What makes Ouran more than just a relatively fun by-the-numbers reverse harem is that it's also a subversive parody of it's subgenre. Tamaki is an overexaggeration of almost every major pretty boy shoujo male lead. Hunny is a wickedly funny parody of all the characters probably best personified by Fruits Baskets' much more serious Momiji Sohma.
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