Ouran High School Host Club
|Name:||Ouran High School Host Club |
Ouran Koukou Host Club
|Date(s):||August 5, 2003 – ongoing (manga) |
April 4, 2006 – September 26, 2006 (anime)
|Country of Origin:||Japan|
|External Links:||Shojo Beat, Official Manga Webstie (Japanese)|
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Haruhi Fujioka is a scholarship student at the exclusive Ouran High School. Due to her lack of interest in boy/girl differences, and the high cost of Ouran's school uniform, Haruhi dresses in old, boyish clothes. Her tousled hair, blocky glasses, and unfashionable clothes lead to Haruhi being mistaken as a boy by most of her classmates.
After accidentally knocking over a very expensive vase that the Host Club was planning to auction, Haruhi is roped into the club as a dogsbody. The members of the Host Club--especially it's number one star, Tamaki Suoh--are fascinated by Haruhi and her commoner ways. Haruhi is eventually promoted to a position as a host, as the Host Club's "Shadow King," Kyoya Ootori, promises to waive her debt if Haruhi can attract 100 client requests.
Pre-anime Ouran fandom was very small. The fandom blossomed rapidly after the anime was fansubbed (the anime's release saw the end of Ouran High School's rare-fandom eligibility for Yuletide, for example).
Early on, the fandom embraced Haruhi and a multitude of het pairings. While the anime seemed to be heading in the direction of Tamaki/Haruhi, fans paired her with any--and all!--members of the Host Club. Slash fics grew in number rapidly, the most popular pairings being Kyoya/Tamaki and the twincest pairing Kaoru/Hikaru. Despite the popularity of these pairings, many others--het, slash, and threesomes--were embraced by the fandom.