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Synopsis:

The story revolves around a high school girl named Fujioka Haruhi (Kawaguchi) at the prestigious Ouran Academy, who stumbles upon a group of male students who have formed their own club as hosts. Accidentally breaking an antique vase, Haruhi ends up owing the club a vast amount of money, and she ends up posing as a host in order to repay her debt. —Tokyograph c/o Dramawiki

Directors: Kan Satoshi, Sato Atsushi, Shibasaki Hiroki

Screenwriter: Ikeda Natsuko

Based on the manga, Ouran High School Host Club by Hatori Bisco

Main Characters:

Kawaguchi Haruna as Fujioka Haruhi
Yamamoto Yusuke as Suou Tamaki
Ryusei Ryo as Nekozawa Umehito
Daito Shunsuke as Ootori Kyoya
Nakamura Masaya as Morinozuka Takashi
Chiba Yudai as Haninozuka Mitsukuni
Takagi Shinpei as Hitachiin Hikaru
Takagi Manpei as Hitachiin Kaoru

Genre: High School, Romance, Comedy

No. of Episodes: 11

Broadcast Network: TBS

Airtime: Friday 24:20

Broadcast Period: 2011-Jul-22 to 2011-Sep-30

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Thoughts:

Let me start off by saying that I’m really, really excited for the Ouran High School Host Club movie.

I know the movie’s supposed to come as a surprise at the end of the review but I just can’t help but talk about it first since the last episode of the Live Action left me wanting for more. And I mean MORE. 🙂

So let me tell you about my Ouran Live Action experience (Yeah, like it was some kind of a ride. Hihihi).

Anyway, here’s the usual back story:

The drama aired during the same season as Ikemen desu ne and Hana Kimi 2011. Apparently, Summer 2011 was a cross-dressing season for the jdoramas. 🙂 Not that I have a problem with that. Seeing as how I wrote my Ikemen desu ne review way back, it was obvious that I chose that drama over this and Hana Kimi 2011. I have no other regrets except that I wish I could have watched Ouran Live Action earlier just so that I managed to join the fandom in their spazzing. 🙂

This was in my to-watch list ever since it aired but for some unknown reason, I totally bypassed this drama until recently. If I remember correctly, I re-watched Naruto from the beginning and you know how looooooooong that anime series is (I haven’t even reached Shippuden yet). Then Christmas came and my attention went to a different direction until I ended up watching Zettai Kareshi then Hana Yori Dango 1, 2 and the movie. And because of Mizushima Hiro, Oguri Shun and Ikuta Toma, I impulsively went on to re-watch Hana Kimi. It was then, that I fell in love again (hohoho!) with Yamamoto Yusuke (aka “ghost guy”) because he was such a cute and adorable character there. I was admiring his acting skills the entire time as I also remember him from Rescue: Pride of Orange where his character was totally different from Kayashima.

And that, my friend, was what ultimately brought me to Ouran High School Host Club Live Action. *I apologize for that long story. :P*

Now on with the show itself:

Let me just say that I’ve never read the manga and even though I’ve seen the anime, I couldn’t seem to remember too much from it except the looks of the characters and some scenes (I know, I have a bad habit of forgetting stories easily. It makes it enjoyable to re-watch stuff, however. ;)) .

So just like everyone else, I was hesitant about how effective the characters would be considering how they don’t really look like the anime. 😐

But then, there is something magical about jdoramas that once you get yourself in, it’ll be too hard to get out. And so I was hooked. 😉

What’s amazing about this adaptation is the fact that unlike most of the Live Actions, this was as loyal to the original story as it possibly could. Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge was a wonderful Live Action but it was soooo different from the anime that it didn’t feel like the same thing at all.

Ouran, however, was soooo similar that it really felt like the anime was turning into real, human characters. I honestly think that despite all the bashing I read regarding the actors’ looks (especially Yusuke as Tamaki), I am glad that I got to watch this drama. The chemistry and the acting was superb and the actors really owned their characters (especially Yusuke as Tamaki). The setting was great and I couldn’t see any reason why people say that the drama was overly tacky. I don’t think there’s any reason to spend too much when keeping the setting simple would work just as well.

I think one of the best things about this drama was that it was soooo ridiculously silly and imperfect that at the end of the day, you just realize that hey, the entire thing worked and now I love the Live Action as much (if not more) as the anime/manga. The computer graphics was so obvious and corny that had it not been a comedy, I would’ve thrown my laptop in disgust. LOL.

There were a lot of cheesy lines as well but I guess the script still covered up for all those lines because the story had a stable flow and nothing was inserted out of nowhere. Well, I wouldn’t hate them with the added element between Kyouya-sempai and Haruhi (watch episode 5!). It certainly made the drama different and more insteresting. *wink, wink* And Daito Shunsuke as Ootori Kyouya was spot-on and flawless. I love how Kyouya’s black notebook was actually an iPad in this Live Action. *wink, wink, wink*

If I have a problem about this drama, it’s the fact that each episode was as short as the anime (25-30 min) with only a total of 11 episodes. It sucks. Really. Had they not announced the movie somewhere around episode 8 (9? 10?), I would have been really mad. I also wish that they delved deeper into the dramatic part of Tamaki’s personal story as I thought it was an essential part of the Host Club. You know, they could have made episode 11 a 1-hour special. 😐

I read about how the movie will develop the characters more and I so look forward to it–especially with the characters of Honey and Mori. Gosh, they need more screen time! 🙂

All in all, this drama is ridiculously funny so let loose and laugh your head off. LOL.

P.S.

The movie will feature Mariko Shinoda of AKB48 and Nichkhun of 2pm as the character Michelle and her brother, respectively. Michelle, in this case, is pretty much like Eclair Tonnere in the anime. 🙂

P.P.S.

As much as I understand how casting those two above will help boost the movie’s publicity, I still hope that people would learn to love the original cast member of Ouran High School Host Club as much as they love the reason they have for watching it. 🙂

P.P.P.S.

I really wish I’d get to see a subbed version of episode 0 and all those other behind-the-scenes videos. Oh yeah, and why do they have to make the 4-episode spin-off available only in mobile phones? *weeps then laughs again as I thought of the movie*

P.P.P.P.S. (That’s quite a lot of Ps. Hihihi!)

I was browsing over the posts in tumblr about the Live Action and I am so freaking delighted that Hatori Bisco-san was actively supporting the efforts of this Live Action’s production team. I mean, hello, what’s with all the hatin’ when the manga’s creator was there and happy about the entire thing? She even sent drawings of the characters to the actors who portrayed their respective roles (Dang! I want her drawing of Kyouya-sempai ;)). Spread the lovin’, you guys!

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