There’s no point in doing these ‘no anime is dropped forever’ posts if I don’t actually watch any of the anime featured. This time it’s into the dreaded shoujo realm with Ouran High School Host Club (which, btw, will possibly be followed by the overwhelming manliness of Princess Tutu).
Picked up on: Episode 1
Why I picked it up again: Because you lot told me to. However there’s also the reason that I have now grown increasingly tolerant of bishie-laden anime to the point that I’m actively seeking anime with BL undertones…which probably isn’t a good thing.
Review: There is a difference between parody and what Ouran is doing. Parody suggests you are mocking something, usually in a satirical manner. Playful parody is no different. You are still making fun of the very thing you are parodying but saying it in such a way that suggests you love these faults anyway. This is not what Ouran does. Ouran goes through the process of absolute blatant fan-pandering and the humour is based around the fact that they are pointing out that they are performing this fan-pandering. Pointing out what you are doing is not funny! It’s not parody either, it’s still just a constant exercise in fan-pandering. I am now writing a sentence which I’m using as an example as to how pointing out what I’m doing isn’t funny. You’re not laughing are you? Good, glad to see my readers have a proper sense of humour.
This was pretty much my reaction throughout the first 10 episodes of the show. However I was intent on enjoying this anime. Everyone else seems to love this anime, what the hell am I missing? Am I really still prejudice against an anime because it’s trying to appeal to women? One method I tried using to change my attitude towards the show was the glories of flirting. I have a post half-written in my drafts about how I love proper flirtatious characters like C.C, Horo and Senjogahara instead of the typical moe girl who’s reacts to any possibility of flirting by blushing and hiding her eyes under her fringe. When you think about it, Tamaki is the ultimate flirting machine. If you solidified fabulousness and gave it life, you would get Tamaki. That method didn’t work though and I’m not sure why. Maybe because his flirting was all fake?
I tried a bunch of different methods to try change my attitude towards the show, each ending with a total failure to enjoy the show. (Incidentally there were two episodes in a row that impressed and I thought I’d stumbled across a mindset from which to enjoy the show, but the crap episode returned instantly. Looking back, the reason was because the two episodes focused on the class issue instead of the pretty boys). Eventually I tried the mindset of genderswapping. If this was an anime about one poor loser guy finding a club of beautiful women who nearly all fall for him, would my attitude towards the show be any different. Well, yes it would. I would have had a far easier time dismissing the show as crap instead of spending endless amounts of time worrying that I wasn’t approaching the show with the right mindset.
Please don’t go telling me this is a parody. The way Haruhi enters the abandoned music room the Host Club screams wish fulfillment. You too could find a room full of beautiful men, all of whom are in love with each other as much as they are in love with themselves, and having them attend to you. I didn’t watch this all to the end. I gave up after the episode where Honey hurt his tooth. The episode was set up entirely so they could have homoerotic scenes between Honey and that big bloke who never talks. They even go so far as to call it pure and utter moe in the show itself.
Was it worth picking up again: Not sure whether to toss this into the ‘I hate shojo’ pile or the ‘I hate moe’ pile. Or how about the completely homoerotic pile?