On the surface, Ouran High School Host Club (original: 桜蘭高校ホスト部, Ouran Koukou Hosuto Kurabu) by Bisco Hatori just looks like your typical shoujo manga. It’s about  Haruhi Fujioka, scholarship student at Ouran High School, a school for the posh, wealthy, upper-class sons and daughters of the people who run Japan. One day, while looking for a quiet place to study, Haruhi runs into the school’s Host Club—a club comprised entirely of young, handsome men, who use this extracurricular activity to flirt with and entertain young, beautiful women. (Yes, for real.) Haruhi tries to make a dignified exit, but instead, crashes into an obscenely expensive vase and ends up owing the Host Club about eight million yen. Since she hardly has that amount of money, she’s forced to pay it off by working as the Host Club’s “dog”. That is, until they realize she cleans up pretty, and then she becomes a host alongside the others. (The fact that she’s a girl doesn’t fully become an issue until the end of the manga’s run.)
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On the surface, Ouran High School Host Club (original: 桜蘭高校ホスト部, Ouran Koukou Hosuto Kurabu) by Bisco Hatori just looks like your typical shoujo manga. It’s about  Haruhi Fujioka, scholarship student at Ouran High School, a school for the posh, wealthy, upper-class sons and daughters of the people who run Japan. One day, while looking for a quiet place to study, Haruhi runs into the school’s Host Club—a club comprised entirely of young, handsome men, who use this extracurricular activity to flirt with and entertain young, beautiful women. (Yes, for real.) Haruhi tries to make a dignified exit, but instead, crashes into an obscenely expensive vase and ends up owing the Host Club about eight million yen. Since she hardly has that amount of money, she’s forced to pay it off by working as the Host Club’s “dog”. That is, until they realize she cleans up pretty, and then she becomes a host alongside the others. (The fact that she’s a girl doesn’t fully become an issue until the end of the manga’s run.)

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