Genre: Romantic Comedy
Studio/Creator: Bones/Bisco Hatori
Distributor: FUNimation, also legally streams on Hulu and Youtube
Suggested Age: 13+
My Rating: 9/10
Summary: When Haruhi accidentally breaks a vase belonging to her private school’s host club, they declare her indebted to them. She is forced to join the club, and does so as a host–despite the fact that only boys can be hosts. Will her secret be discovered by the patrons?
Review: This show is every bit as good as you’ve heard. The color palette is beautiful, and I really like the soft character designs. I really enjoyed how out of control things got, and I couldn’t stop laughing. Haruhi’s personality really won me over–particularly her assertive nature. She had great chemistry with all the hosts and her sarcastic comments made it fun.
Okay, but if I truly enjoyed it, why do I feel it doesn’t deserve a 10? Well, first there’s Renge. I HATED her! Her annoying laugh, her manipulations, her crazy entrance–there was noting I could enjoy about this waste of space. And what’s really annoying is that she had such potential. She was built up as a great antagonist, but then they kept making her so annoying. Thankfully, she’s only a minor character.
My next problem is the HUGE amount of filler. This is only a 26 episode series, did we really need that much? Some of it was fine–for example, the flashbacks into the hosts’ pasts, particularly Tamaki and the twins, really made them better characters than I initially thought (and the twins really creeped me out at first.) And the subplot with that all-girls school trying to win Haruhi over was good too. If it had been more of the story than it was, that would’ve been great. But there was some stuff that I really think was unnecessary. For instance, did we really need an Alice in Wonderland spoof? REALLY?
But, actually, my problems could be overlooked. The show is really good. I think if you like a good romantic comedy, give it a shot. Even if you’re a guy, this might be your thing. In fact, I’ve heard quite a few male friends of mine were actually fans of it.
Music/Score: I thought the opening theme was actually pretty good. It got stuck in my head real quick, and that’s often how I judge how good the themes are–if they stay with me after I’m done watching an episode. If they aren’t memorable, they don’t work. The closing didn’t really do anything for me, though.
Sub/Dub: Sorry, I was unable to fully invest myself in the dub because Hulu didn’t have the amount of dub episodes I needed. But from what I heard and from what fans have told me, it was pretty good. Vic Mignogna is hilarious as Tamaki and Caitlin Glass is perfect as Haruhi.
Violence: (1/10): Only slapstick here. (There are a lot of banana-slipping gags.)
Language: (1/10): Not too bad here.
Sexuality: First of all, there’s Haruhi’s attempts at dressing like a boy, but that’s really as far as she goes. She really just seemed like a tomboy to me. And then there’s the twins. BRRR! They were just…creepy. A lady friend on the Internet told me that yes, some girls do find boys pretending to be gay attractive. But these are twins. All I could think was “eww!”
Nudity: (1/10) I saw one or two scenes with Haruhi in her bra and panties.
Related Media: There’s also a manga published by Viz.