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From the Back Cover

One day, Haruhi, a scholarship student at exclusive Ouran High School, breaks an $80,000 vase that belongs to the "Host Club," a mysterious campus group consisting of six super-rich (and gorgeous) guys. To pay back the damages, she is forced to work for the club, and it's there that she discovers just how wealthy the boys are and how different they are from everybody else.

About the Author

Bisco Hatori made her manga debut with Isshun kan no Romance (A Moment of Romance) in LaLa DX magazine. The comedy Ouran High School Host Club is her breakout hit. When she's stuck thinking up characters' names, she gets inspired by loud, upbeat music (her radio is set to NACK5 FM). She enjoys reading all kinds of manga, but she's especially fond of the sci-fi drama Please Save My Earth and Slam Dunk, a basketball classic.

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Product Details

  • Series: Ouran High School Host Club (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Shojo Beat Manga Ed edition (July 5, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591169151
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591169154
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sean Kelly on October 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
I had little idea what to expect when an anime-obsessed and manga-preoccupied friend of mine said I absolutely had to put away my preconceptions and read Ouran High School Host Club. As I was between contracts and I had some spare time (and I thought it'd shut him up for once), I relented and picked up the first volume.

Only a few pages in, I was enchanted. Two more and I was enthralled. And a few more after that I was utterly in love with the entire concept, art, and wit expressed by Ms Hatori.

In Japan, host and hostess clubs are becoming more and more popular. These are venues where single women and men can go to experience exceedingly high quality of service, charming smiles, and romantic banter. Sexuality is rarely involved; instead, a male patron will find the fawning pouring of tea by a female hostess utterly exhilarating, just as a female patron will fall into the spell of being genuinely treated as a princess by her male host. It's a Japanese thing; I'm not expecting to see host/hostess clubs in my home town in America any time soon.

In Ouran High School Host Club, an exclusive private school admits a poor young student, Haruhi Fujioka, on scholarship. While stumbling about to find a quiet secluded place to study, she intrudes on the school's own Host Club, breaking a priceless vase. The hosts mistakenly take her for a boy, and recruit her as a host as well. She's to pay off her debt by providing excellent service.

Then they discover she's a girl and the crazy fun begins.

The stories that unfold are each delightful. Set against this backdrop of a rich private school and the host club members' own bizarre or tragic histories, they are charming tales of romance and family, of discovering "commoner's" wisdom and finding bonds in friendship. And all the while, tongue is firmly planted in cheek.

I look forward to the rest of the volumes!
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Haruhi Fujoika is a scholarship winning student fresh at the private Ouran Institute. The institution is generally very selective about who they take on, ranking wealth and lineage above all else. It is this particular reason that Haruhi is approached by Tamaki Suoh, a second year student and president of an elite club, a host club, to be precise. What is the host club? Haruhi finds out that it is basically an club formed by handsome young men to entertain the wealthy and privileged young women at the school with nothing better to do, sort of like the geishas of old but more contemporary. On their first encounter Haruhi has the misfortune of breaking an $80,000 vase. To repay the debt Tamaki proclaims that she will work as one of the hosts... but the crux of the matter is that she must entertain the young ladies of the school and, until later in the first volume of the manga, no one quite realizes that Haruhi is NOT a handsome young man.

While her androgynous looks do confuse most of the Host club members, they still believe that her natural charm is an asset to the club. Tamaki decides that she must acquire at least 100 requests to stave of her debt, a number which he later changes to 1000...Tamaki is quite flighty like that, but things become even more interesting when Tamaki finds himself drawn to the boyish charms of the newest host club member, and she is quite repulsed by his narcissistic, pompous attitudes. One thing's for sure, the school is in for a shock if the truth of Haruhi's sex ever gets out.

Chock full of beautiful boys (or bois, if you want to talk about Haruhi) this shojo manga is sure to have mass appeal.
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By Kim H. on August 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
Ouran High School Host Club is about a girl named Haruhi Fujioka who turns out to be the only middle/lower class student actually attending Ouran High! She doesn't exactly look like a "high class" person with her spectacled face, sloppy clothes, and messy hair. It turns out that she was actually trying to find a quiet place to study when suddenly she goes into a room where the six most "beautiful" and rich boys in the school just happened to be. The leader Tamaki is always looking for new recruits for the "host club" or an "organization" of boys who entertain girls in the boring hours after school. Unfortunatly they don't know that Haruhi is a girl and accuse her of being a "boy liker" (DUH). All Haruhi wants to do is to get out of the room when she backs into a 80,000 dollar vase that is about to be auctioned off. Obviously just taking one glance at Haruhi tells everyone that he (she) can't possibly pay back the cost of the vase, so they make him work for them in exchange.

Tamaki makes a deal that if Haruhi can get 100 customer requests then they will consider just shrugging off the vase cost. The girls who come in can request who they want to talk too, so Haruhi is going to try her best to get 100 requests for her company. It's just that she is so naturally honest and trusting that she's an instant hit with the girls (who DON'T know she's a girl herself). The story is just so funny and heartwarming to see the relations with everyone build up. Tamaki also grows very fond of Haruhi and so he doesn't want her to just pay her debt and go.
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