I've finally watched all the episodes of Ouran High School Host Club
. I stopped somewhere after 19 and then got the whole series but jumped straight to 26, the last one. But now I've caught them all.
I think it's certainly going into my Top 5 anime so far. Ouran is so cool, even Mr. Mousie enjoyed the off-the-wall humor. (For the record? Mr. Mousie loves anime. But shoujo? Not his bag). I've written about it beforehand, but still, does an extra pimp ever hurt? Nah.
Ouran (which is funny and adorable anyway but is a total trip if you've ever seen much anime or read manga, or heck, even been in a fandom of any sort) involves our heroine, Haruhi, a scholarship student at a glitsy, ritzy high school, who, through a hilarious set of circumstances, ends up working as a host with the Ouran Host Club to pay off a debt. Everyone in school with the exception of club members, thinks Haruhi is a guy and Haruhi is uber popular as a femmy, 'natural' type of boy. Most of the anime is centered around Haruhi's interactions with the club members, who the pragmatic, prosaic Haruhi views as a bunch of loons. It's really the hosts (the drama-queen Tamaki (ergo my current lj name tag), the Machiavellian Kyouya, the trouble-making twins Kaoru and Hikaru, Mori, the quiet reserved one and Honey, who is the oldest, but acts like a small kid) who make the anime for me, though Haruhi is a really cool heroine: very un-gender conscious, self-reliant, and utterly immune to the hosts' lunacy and charm.
The show mocks (but affectionately) so many fandom and shoujo stereotypes: the fangirl love for slash and pretty gay boys, school rivalry, even class and gender issues. There s a lot of humor and a bit of angst (some of the later episodes totally made me sniffle a bit because I am easy), a ship or two *waves Tamaki/Haruhi 4evah flag* and some amazing cleverness (there is an episode later in the show which is entirely a reimagining of Alice in Wonderland). It's chock-full of cool characters. It's rare for me to have more than one or two favorite characters in an anime, but here, while Tamaki is my favorite, most of the hosts are just irresistable and so is Haruhi. Oh, and there are tributes to things like Utena and RahXephon. How can one not love it?( Thoughts on the later eps, with spoilers. Yup, I wrote sorta serious meta on Ouran. )