Funimation Flashback: A Look Back at Ouran High School Host Club

By Cheyenne Ewulu

Get ready to get SCHOOL’D. And by school’d, I mean pampered by extremely handsome rich men.

Hello, and welcome to Funimation Flashback! The series where I, Cheyenne, revisit some of my favorite anime titles from my childhood. Mostly from the late ’90s through the very early 2000s. But before we jump into today’s topic, be sure to follow Funimation everywhere for more anime content like this!

The Prince Charming type, Tamaki. The “Natural” type, Haruhi. The Cool type, Kyoya. The “Little Devil” types, Kaoru and Hikaru. The Strong and Silent type, Mori-senpai, and the child-like type, Honey-senpai. Do those names…ring a bell? Maybe a SCHOOL bell? Get it? That’s right.

Ouran High School Host Club

Wake up and smell the roses. It’s about to get real shoujo up in here because in today’s Funimation Flashback, we’re talking Ouran High School Host Club. Get ready to KISS KISS FALL IN LOVE all over again.

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Only those with excellent social standing and those from filthy rich families are lucky enough to spend their time here at the elite private school, Ouran Academy. The Ouran Host Club is where the school’s handsomest boys with too much time on their hands entertain young ladies, who also have too much time on their hands. Just think of it as Ouran Academy’s elegant playground for the super rich and beautiful.

*sigh* Yeah. Remember Ouran High School Host Club? This is one of the most timeless shoujo anime of all time in my book despite it only being 26 episodes and definitely one that deserves another binge.

What’s better than an anime essentially about extremely pretty boys entertaining pretty girls? It has a great balance of romance and straight-up comedy. I simply can’t remember watching an anime that had me in stitches after every episode like Ouran did.

Ouran High School Host Club

I mean, just the way the series starts out is pure comedy. A student at Ouran Academy named Haruhi wanders into the infamous Host Club and accidentally ends up breaking a priceless vase. Since Haruhi is poor (relatable), they’re forced to become one of the club’s Hosts to work off their debt. The members of the Host Club end up finding out that Haruhi is, in fact, a girl, and hilarity ensues from there.

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I remember feeling like there was something so adorably quirky and unique about this anime’s art style and that being what drew me in from the get-go. The character dynamics and how each of them interact with each other are also always a treat to watch every episode. Also, did I mention how adorable Honey-senpai is? He’s even adorable when he’s cranky. You gotta love it.

This show is a whopping 14 years old now, and not many other shoujo titles hold a candle to it to this day. Wait a minute. Did I just say 14? God, I’m old. But that’s beside the point. My point is, if you’re looking for a good laugh and some amazing fourth wall breaking, then you need to tune in to Ouran High School Host Club once again. And If you haven’t watched it yet, then what are you waiting for? It’s never too late to jump on the train.

Ouran High School Host Club

Alright. Now, doesn’t all that nostalgia make you wanna give the show another watch? It’s only 26 episodes and, lucky for you, it’s on Funimation RIGHT NOW just waiting for you to dive in once again. You’re welcome.

If you’re an Ouran fan, share this post and let us know! If you haven’t already, be sure to follow Funimation on all of their social media for more anime goodness, and I’ll see you all on the next one. Seriously. Why are you still here? Go watch Ouran!