I’ve been wanting to get back into manga. I used to live in it, it was literally the only kinds of books I read for a long while. So when I signed up to the 108 challenge, I made sure ‘manga’ featured in one of the categories I had to read.
Ouran High School Host Club…
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.
I was stood in the library running my fingers along the spines of the manga. It was luck that I pulled out Host Club, but I knew from a quick flick through the pages that it would be a good fit.
Bisco Hatori uses an art style that I really enjoy. It’s similar to that of Natsuki Takaya’s Fruits Basket and Hana-Kimi by Hisayo Nakajo. Clean, clear drawings. Crisp lines, pretty backgrounds, and a really keen eye for layout. The variation in smaller blocks and bigger ones is pleasing to the eye and I was completely swept up in the story.
The translation is great; I’ve been let down by duff translations in the past so this was the real icing on the cake.
But what has made this series for me so far?
I haven’t watched the anime yet because I’m keen to get some of the manga under my belt before I delve into that too.
But Tamaki! Ha! He’s a real peach. Bisco Hatori himself writes in volume 1 that this character grew more ‘annoying’ the more he brought him to life. But for me, he’s everything I love in a manga series. That one jerk-guy. Hilarious, arrogant, and often needs a cuff around the back of the head.
Moments like this tickle me every time:
I don’t have much to say about the story so far. The first two volumes are introductory, really getting to know the cast of characters and the set-up. But it’s safe to say I’m hooked.
An easy 5 out of 5. Both the artwork and the story are fantastic.