I had a bit of an interesting conversation re Ouran High School Host Club anime with another WP blogger. Since the conversation was on the Comment Section, I was not able to convey my opinion clearly, so I have decided to post about my thoughts on this manga /anime.
Please read the synopsis on Wikipedia.
Take note…..I am more a manga reader than an anime fan….. see photo above.I’m not going to debate on which is better, manga or anime. To me, I prefer to watch an action /fantasy anime rather than the manga original, for obvious reason. However, I do prefer to ” read “shoujo romance manga.
Regarding OHSHC, if I had to rate the anime vs manga, I”d give the anime a big fat Zero and the manga , 10/10. You may ask, why the large disparity, Ren ? First off, the manga shows character development for , well, each character. It also shows how Tamaki’s feelings have grown, from “love of a father to a daughter” to realization that these feelings have been romantic love all along. In the anime, none of this development is shown. The whole anime is just an anime of outrageous silliness and hilarity.
So, okay, the anime is shallow, but it’s forgivable, but what I find federal is that the ending has been brutally altered ! !
Let me explain…
In the anime, Tamaki’s grandmother orders him to cease all his host activities, and his ” growing ” closeness to Haruhi, a poor scholarship student in Ouran HS, a school for the ultra rich. Meanwhile…. Tamaki’s parents are separated. His mother is French who works as a housemaid in a noble French household . When Tamaki was 14 years old, his father brought him to Japan to live with him. Tamaki happens to be the sole heir of the Souh family. The French mother is merely his father’s mistress . His mother often talks about her son Tamaki to Eclair, the daughter of her employer. Éclair becomes curious and fascinated about Tamaki , and comes to Japan and tells Tamaki he can see his mother again if he marries her. ( Tamaki is forbidden to see his mother , ever. ) The grandmother is agreeable to the engagement… and a party is given for this event. All is friends are invited , including Haruhi. The friends assure Haruhi Tamaki will not allow himself to get engaged , because he loves Haruhi. Wrong. Tamaki himself announces his engagement and that he will go with his fiancée to France where they will marry. ( and to see his mother )
Here is my problem with this scenario. . Eclair is beautiful and rich, and during the party she corners him in an empty room, and they make out. After some time, they emerge from the room and tamaki announces his engagement. And not only that, Eclair stays overnight at his house. Now, for shoujo romance veteran readers, when a girl is shown taking a shower , and a guy is also in the room , just the two of them, it is implied that they have already slept together. End of scene.
What pissed me off is that the personaliy of this bunch of characters, most especially Tamaki, is that of fun-loving , loyal, and innocent group of boys with integrity. How can Tamaki willingly agree to marry another girl whom he has just met , just so he can see his mother again ? He’s 18, no one can stop him to see his mother if he wants to. He doesn’t have to abandon the girl he loves to marry a girl just to see his mother. That is the ultimate shallow reason to marry. Or is it ? maybe he actually liked what he saw ( Eclair ) and what she gave him. ( sex ) After all, Eclair is beautiful , sexy and rich. Win-win. The anime ends with Haruhi following Eclair and tamaki to the airport, and convinces him he doesn’t have to do this. Last scene is Haruhi dancing with her friends, reminiscent of Boys Over Flowers ( Hana Yori Dango ),another manga quite similar to OHSHC.
In the manga, though the grandmother doesn’t want Tamaki to get close to Haruhi, and wants him to stop his school activities….. Eclair doesn’t exist in the manga. Tamaki’s mother is in France, yes, but she’s a piano teacher, not a housekeeper, and though she has a rare disease, she’s being treated with an experimental drug that Tamaki’s father’s company will manufacture , if treatment is successful. His parents are separated because his father’s too weak to defy the grandmother. And they are actually married.
There’s a bit of a rivalry with a new transfer student , who looks like Haruhi. She starts to like tamaki because he saves her from an accident ( shoujo cliché , sheesh ) , and clings to Tamaki, but Tamaki is nice enough not to spurn her obvious affection ( Tamaki is also dense ) and at this point, he is trying to obey his grandmother about not getting close to Haruhi ( temporarily just to appease his grandmother ) When the girl finally confesses, Tamaki is shocked and quickly rejects her. He cannot even imagine himself being with another girl. He is at this point, hopelessly in love and obsessed with Haruhi . So much has happened after this… It’s tamaki’s French mother who comes to Japan, then Haruhi is finally accepted by Tamaki’s family, and has been given an opportunity by Tamaki’s father to finish high school in the US, all expenses paid….. she accepts, , with Tamaki’s enthusiastic encouragement, not knowing that he will go with her , and later, finds the whole gang also go to the US to study, and reside in the same apartment complex. Tamaki and Haruhi live in one apartment. Back in Japan, Haruhi studies law, and get married while still students.
Tamaki so loves Haruhi that he cries at their wedding. Look at the picture.
Husband Tamaki still acts like a child.
There’s even a scene where Tamaki is waiting to be picked up by Haruhi, at the airport café , ( from US business trip ) and he looks as if he’s reading a business newspaper, and everyone is admiring his good looks, then Haruhi arrives, and sees him reading a supermarket sale, then Tamaki tells her they should stop by the supermarket to buy soy sauce which is on sale. d( ^_^d )
This is why the ending of the anime is an outrage .
1033 words…… if you’ve reached this part, a big virtual hug from me. Thank you for reading.