Ouran High School Host Club – 04
In Paris, there lives a girl named Renge who is obsessed with a game called Ukidoki Memorial and one of its characters, a guy named Miyabi who bears a striking resemblance to Kyoya. Her father happens to show her a picture from his trip to Japan, which includes a shot of Kyoya. She realizes that this is the person she’s going to marry and rushes off to Japan. Meanwhile, everyone in the Host Club is dressed up in kimonos designed by Hikaru and Kaoru’s mother. As usual, the girls are squealing over the guys. Haruhi notices that everyone is crying a lot, but then finds a bottle of eye drops that Kaoru drops. In any case, they soon see a girl staring at them from the doorway. Tamaki tries to welcome her in, but to everyone’s surprise, she smacks him away. She has all sorts of bad things to say about Tamaki for being a prince character who scatters his love too easily. But the girl then spots Kyoya and goes gaga over him.
She introduces herself as Houshakuji Renge, Kyoya’s fiancé. But the guys soon realize that Renge has an idealized version of Kyoya in her mind, based off of the Miyabi from her Ukidoki Memorial game. In other words, she’s an otaku and Kyoya’s not really her fiancé. Renge then decides by herself that she’s going to become the manager of the Host Club. Tamaki realizes that if she and Haruhi spend a lot of time together, then Haruhi will become more of a girl. Renge, however, has taken to calling Tamaki a fake prince. She makes cookies for Kyoya, which turn out to be rather bad. Haruhi also made cookies, and the twins take the chance to flirt with her by biting the cookie in her mouth and licking her cheek. Tamaki of course goes berserk over the fact that Haruhi isn’t reacting like a girl should. He’s even more hurt when Haruhi tells him to stop sexually harassing her.
Watching the interactions between the Host Club’s members, Renge decides that she doesn’t like their characters. So, she recasts them: Honey as a boy who has a cute face but is a brute on the inside, Mori as the childhood friend who follows Honey, Kaoru and Hikaru as basketball players, Haruhi as the honor student who’s being violently bullied, and Tamaki as a lonely prince. Kyoya allows this to go on because he thinks that it could turn out to be interesting. Renge actually starts shooting a movie featuring all of the aforementioned characters. Honey, however, can’t play the mean character and screws up his scene by hugging Haruhi (who he’s supposed to be bullying). Tamaki is quite happy playing his role, but Haruhi makes him blush by saying that Tamaki is ok as he is now.
Renge calls Haruhi over and introduces her to a couple of guys she wants to cast as the villains. They’re not too happy to hear this and push her into some equipment. Haruhi protects Renge from smacking into the wall, and then tells her that she shouldn’t see people in such a limited way because then she’d miss the important things. Tamaki sees Haruhi’s tears and gets angry at the two guys, but Haruhi clears them of wrong-doing. It turns out that her tears are the result of her contacts moving. She and Tamaki start laughing over it, and Renge realizes how great a scene this is. It’s all captured on camera, but Kyoya destroys the lens. He can’t let there be any evidence of a club member being violent (as Tamaki almost was with the two guys) – such troubles are very unpleasant. Seeing that Renge is finally starting to understand what the real Kyoya is like, Haruhi suggests that it’s more fun to get to know someone little by little.
Several days later, the girls are all talking about buying and watched a video. The guys realize that Kyoya made and sold the movie with the violent scene cut out. Renge, who apparently didn’t go back to France, has taken the earlier words to heart and seems to have fallen in love with Haruhi. Kyoya is ok with it, but Tamaki runs after the two girls.
Renge’s episode is every bit as good as I had hoped it would be. Hilarious, A++ material.
You really have to see this episode for yourself to take in all of Renge’s delusions and how she treats everyone, especially the way she insults Tamaki. Her character ideas for the Host Club are exaggerations, but they’re not that far of a stretch, particularly for the twins or Tamaki. I think they did a great job of showing off her character at the beginning of the episode with the various shots of the Miyabi figures, dolls, posters, and photos in her room. And by the end of the episode, her new target is Haruhi (who she thinks is a guy). One can only imagine if her room is now decorated with Haruhi stuff.
The good thing is that Renge’s a recurring character, so she’ll be back – maybe as soon as next week’s episode, which is about Kaoru and Hikaru.