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Ouran High School Host Club (Drama) – 01

「Episode 1」

The live-action Ouran Hight School Host Club drama is here and boy is it a doozie. I thought an eccentric Suou Tamaki voiced by Miyano Mamoru was a bit much, but Yamamoto Yuusuke takes it to another level. Don’t even get me started about the twins, Hitachiin Kaoru and Hikaru, played by real-life twin actors Takagi Manpei and Shinpei respectively, who take their forbidden love act to uncomfortable extremes. That’s the number one thing that I wasn’t looking forward to at all. 3D can be pretty dangerous.

At the center of all the antics, we have poor Fujioka Haruhi (in every sense of the word poor), played by Kawaguchi Haruna. For those completely unfamiliar with the 26-episode anime that aired back in 2006 and the 18-volume manga that was published from 2002 to 2010, the quick rundown the premise is that Haruhi is a commoner, who enters the prestigious school intended for the rich, Ouran Academy, on a scholarship. She’s often mistaken for a guy since she doesn’t care about her appearance and only hopes to pass the next three years of high school as unnoticed as possible. That all changes when she enters the No. 3 Music Room in search of a quiet place to study, only to find a host club run by Tamaki. She inadvertently breaks an 8 million yen vase and winds up working in the club to pay it off. Most of the other members — vice president Ootori Kyouya (Daitou Shunsuke), the aforementioned twins Hitachiin Kaoru and Hikaru, and third-year seniors, Haninozuka Misukuni a.k.a. “Honey” (Chiba Yuudai) and Morinozuka Takashi (Nakamura Masaya) — initially believe that Haruhi’s an unattractive guy, but when the glasses come off it’s a whole different story. Most of them realize that she’s a girl fairly quickly, except Tamaki who finds out last and falls head-over-heels in love with Haruhi even more.

If you’ve never watched a Japanese drama based on a manga/anime, Ouran High School Host Club will probably be too much to take in. It actually took me a while to get accustomed to all the actor versions of the characters, even though I’m familiar with both the anime and these shoujo drama adaptations in general. Once I did, I was pretty impressed by Yuusuke’s performance as Tamaki. The only other drama I’ve seen him in is Hanazakari no Kimi-tachi e, where he had a relatively soft-spoken role, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Also, Tamaki’s not exactly the easiest type of character to play — often going off on a complete tangent when no one even cares to listen — yet Yuusuke brings out all his sudden mood changes remarkably well. He’s goofy and eccentrically idiotic, but that’s the way his character’s meant to be as far as I’m concerned. Throw in some CG effects to give it the anime-esque feel and we’re golden.

Haruna on the other hand is in more of a “reactive role” as Haruhi, since she gets caught up the host club’s pace more often than not. Because of that, she didn’t really leave much of a first impression other than she definitely looks the part. As for the others, Kyouya’s calculating like he should be and Mori is tall and quiet, leaving Honey as the last role that I wasn’t sure how it would play out. I had enough difficulty getting accustomed to an anime character who looks like a cute kid, so it was even harder with a 21-year-old actor acting like one. At first, I found Yuudai befitting of Honey’s character, but still incredibly awkward to watch. To the drama’s credit, they did make it somewhat easier by making a gag of how Honey seems to shrink in size, and even got a child body double to that end when he’s seen from behind. It definitely helps but I’ll still need a couple of more episodes before I’m used to the live-action version of him.

Much like the manga and anime started off, we’re given a quick introduction to the characters and shown how Haruhi gets dragged into the host club, before everyone makes a big deal out of instant coffee because they’re all filthy rich and never had it before. That had its fair share of quirky moments and then things got kind of ugly care of a jealous Ayanokouji Seika a.k.a. “Princess” (Ookawa Ai). Both aspects were pretty entertaining to watch, since it’s fun seeing how certain scenes are adapted. I was surprised to see Black Magic Club president Nekozawa Umehito (Ryuusei Ryou) and his cat hand-puppet Beelzenef get as much screen time as he did though. It seemed to suggest that he’s going to be a much more regular character in this drama. In any case, I like what I see and got a really good laugh out of Tamaki’s shock at the end. I’m going to go out on a limb and say female audiences that Ouran High School Host Club is targeted toward will appreciate the real-life fan-service too. There’s plenty more of that next time, when Haruhi has to somehow slip past a physical examination as a guy after becoming so popular with the female students. It’s like Hanakimi all over again now that I think about it. I can’t say that’s a bad thing though.



July 24, 2011 at 3:20 am
  • July 24, 2011 at 3:42 amgandalf8

    This just looks weird. I can never quite imagine Ouran High School Host Club in live action. All the 3D manservice isn’t such a hook for me either. And Divine, is this just a one off review?

    • July 24, 2011 at 3:47 amDivine

      If I can find the time, I’m going to keep covering it.

    • July 24, 2011 at 4:23 pmTotoro!!

      Gotta agree with you there… I love the host club… but just seeing them live is weird plus the funny facial expressions is part of the reason why the show is so hilarious… I dont know how Kaoru and Hikaru can pull it off…..

  • July 24, 2011 at 3:44 amKerensa

    Holy cow. I live in Japan and I haven’t heard of this until right now. Have I been living under a rock?!

    • July 25, 2011 at 3:14 amsaviourshadow

      maybe u are lol

    • July 26, 2011 at 12:51 amnagi

      I don’t know either! If this was not blogged here in RC, I probably wouldn’t have known. XD

  • July 24, 2011 at 4:02 amUkiyaSeed

    So GekiBlue is now having a forbidden love affair with his evil mirror twin and GoseiRed now does what he does best and that is being cute?! Guess I should give it a try then.

    • July 24, 2011 at 7:03 amgecd

      and kamen rider sassword still an idiot as usual

  • July 24, 2011 at 4:08 amKurofaise

    So much manservice…. I like it.

  • July 24, 2011 at 4:29 amCorn

    WOW I didn’t know Ouran was going live-action XD It actually looks decent. From this blog I think the selection of cast is pretty good.

  • July 24, 2011 at 5:08 amHana-Cherry

    Where can I watch it?

    • July 24, 2011 at 11:35 amRickyMack

      i’m sure if you’re a “drama addict” you’ll be able to find some kind of help.

  • July 24, 2011 at 5:14 amForloko

    Well then. If this ends mo better then the anime I’ll gladly watch this. And by mo betta I mean I want a damn actual kiss/confession scene or whatever…. not no. Take my hand as I ride my beautiful horse.

    • July 24, 2011 at 5:58 amSaya

      Well they really have no reason to give us no confession scenes since the manga is finished. That’s why I’m expecting quite a bit from this drama. It’s been a long time since I’ve scene a well adapted live action drama. I’m a bit worried about how some of the comedy will translate in 3D, I’m hoping they keep it on a similar level to HanaKimi where even when it’s exaggerated its not cringeworthy.

  • July 24, 2011 at 5:26 ampaul

    seems pretty cool how they adapted some new tech into the show,like the ipad

  • July 24, 2011 at 5:29 amahelo

    I’m a guy and I’m actually excited for this. HAHAHA.

  • July 24, 2011 at 5:29 amCroos

    I just can’t stop laugh after watching this. I really got accustomed with Haruhi and Kyouya after seeing them talk and act but tamaki and the others took me a while. I agree with you with Honey sempai. Still akward to see. I really wished they used a real innocent boy about 9-12 years old.
    Finally I really like “ANNOYING” CG. Tamaki just went flying XD.
    Thx Divine for telling me this series.

  • July 24, 2011 at 5:44 amsuperKLAC

    Tsurugi as tamaki is deja vu all over again

  • July 24, 2011 at 5:48 amsadakups

    Second time I saw Yuusuke Yamamoto playing a rich dude. The last one was Kamen Rider Kabuto.

  • July 24, 2011 at 5:52 amErin

    Yay Tsurugi! I didnt realise there were KR fans here <3

    • July 24, 2011 at 6:35 amUkiyaSeed

      Someone! Do a KaGAmi joke right now! Wait. I just did.

      • July 24, 2011 at 7:04 amgecd

        La Men? Tufu? Nattu?

  • July 24, 2011 at 5:57 amKGFJ

    I never enjoyed Japan drama before and I don’t think this one will change my opinion :/
    such a shame because I really LOVE ouran!! I really wish to be able to enjoy the drama too :(

  • July 24, 2011 at 6:08 ambabawaba

    “Most of them realize that she’s a girl fairly quickly, except Tamaki who finds out last and falls head-over-heels in love with Haruhi EVEN MORE.” Wait wat?

    • July 24, 2011 at 1:30 pmDivine

      Yup, you read that right. Tamaki found Haruhi unbelievable cute even when he thought she was a guy.

  • July 24, 2011 at 6:32 amSaya

    baha the preview. The gheiness of Hikaru and Kyouya ♥ The only normally posed ones are Yuusuke and the dude who plays Kaoru.

    And OMG that dude is 21? I saw the cast list before but I thought for sure they would at least cast a teen.

    Can’t wait to watch it. Hopefully HOPEFULLY this restores my hope in live-action adaptions. Most of the ones that have aired (and that I’ve seen) in the last couple of years were pretty disappointing. I hope it is somewhat like HanaKimi all over again if not better. I was pretty against Yuusuke acting out Tamaki …he’s just so…boney…but its seems he’s doing a pretty good job so far from your impression. :D

    If the adaption goes well I hope you do keep blogging it even IF your posts come out later since it takes longer for dramas to be subbed anyway~

    • July 24, 2011 at 8:19 pmSaya

      Just finished watching it. Man its funny how I didn’t want Yuusuke but he ended up doing the best in translating his character into real life. Mori was pretty good too, but that’s only cause he doesn’t say anything.

      Honey’s actor look totally awks trying to do the cute act, I do like the “gag” with him shrinking all the time though. It was so cute watching the double ride on Mori’s shoulders. The Nekozawa guy is really annoying right now, that’s the type of overacting I hate.

      Will definitely continue watching. Hopefully it’ll improve along the way. I wonder how many episodes the drama has especially since they’re 30 min episodes. It’d be a waste not to cover the entire series, they might as well do it properly.

  • July 24, 2011 at 7:13 amMads

    This was actually awkward for me :/ the acting wasn’t all that great and its a freaking live action dont make it a live action anime! not that i hated it or anything, i love ouran manga and anime, and I hope I’m able to at least get used to this…thing :X

  • July 24, 2011 at 7:19 amcore

    all I can say is…. it is missing Renge. It needs Renge~~~~ Gargh!

    • July 24, 2011 at 7:48 amCroos

      you’ll just have to wait. that’s all :D

    • July 24, 2011 at 7:50 amCroos

      now that i think about it. I wonder how they will transform the room for Renge’s entrance

      • July 24, 2011 at 11:37 amRickyMack

        i’m guessing/hoping they’ll CG it

      • July 24, 2011 at 5:03 pmcore

        Heh. I’m just hoping it’d get as flamboyant as it should!

  • July 24, 2011 at 7:45 amyuki

    excuse me do you know anything about Ouran High School Host Club live action episode 0 that was broadcasted last week??

  • July 24, 2011 at 7:46 amoutcast

    Can’t read this yet haven’t found a sub yet. Still it’s a shame all my old favourites gotten too old for this. I figured horikata maki (the girl in ikemenotachi and lots of other stuff) and yamapi would have been perfect to play the two leads if they were a bit younger.

  • July 24, 2011 at 8:13 amdeafvader

    I dunno but somehow the guys ain’t as hot as I thought a host club would be.
    No offense.

  • July 24, 2011 at 8:17 amxx_At

    haha this does really remind me of hana kimi, its funnny :D
    but how come each ep is only 30 mins!? i thot dramas were 1 hr eps T_T i want moreeee.

    • July 24, 2011 at 8:30 amUkiyaSeed

      Yes, most JDramas last for an hour… with commercials. Average running time of a JDrama without commercials is 28-35 minutes.

      • July 24, 2011 at 10:21 amminase

        Not really. Ouran is less than 30 minutes (23 minutes I believe), most Jdramas (without CMs) run for 35~60 minutes (45 minutes most of the time). Korean dramas run for 1 hour or more.

  • July 24, 2011 at 8:55 amlkaze

    I wanted to watch it. To see how well the adaption is.

  • July 24, 2011 at 10:15 amanimefan

    IZ THAT RISAKO FROM BERRYZ KOUBOU?!?!?!!?!?! <:O picture # 27 n 34

  • July 24, 2011 at 10:16 amyuna

    OMG o_O

  • July 24, 2011 at 10:47 amEtherlite

    LOL, that Haruhi looks a lot like my friend xD and yes, she’s also a girl

  • July 24, 2011 at 10:59 amPhosphatide

    Help, I can’t think of anything except “oh hey, he’s from Kamen Rider Kabuto.”

    • July 25, 2011 at 5:55 pmalonglongtimeago

      me i can’t think of anything but kamen rider

  • July 24, 2011 at 11:39 amRickyMack

    i liked it so far. i thought they should have just cast a little kid to play hani-sempai, the guy they got seems to be extremely awkward while everyone else fits as much as you can for being live action.

  • July 24, 2011 at 12:37 pmithekro

    Oh dear.
    Oddly I still want to see what they do with Renge. If they can pull off that laugh/entrances without her looking really stupid, I’ll run with it.

  • July 24, 2011 at 1:49 pmSeishun Otoko

    Very surprised at how convincing Yamamoto Yuusuke is as Tamaki and the CG effects make his scenes even funnier.
    They really should have gotten a kid or teenager to play Honey sempai. This version is just too awkward to watch but I suspect we all LOL-ed hard at the gag of how he seems to shrink in size.

  • July 24, 2011 at 2:31 pmdarkblue

    you know…if they have prominent abs and muscles, I’d probably appreciate the service more.

  • July 24, 2011 at 2:57 pmithekro

    Why would the rich boys have prominent abs and muscles? That would require work.

    • July 24, 2011 at 8:04 pmGambler

      This did stand out for me. You can be very cut by simply having low bodyfat. My first reaction on the “manservice” pic was they’re all sticks. How people find this appealing is something I’ll leave to culture differences.

  • July 24, 2011 at 6:28 pmhahaha

    this show should be called gayness 100% or something to make it rhyme to ichigo 100%

  • July 24, 2011 at 7:19 pmmasso

    I must have a terrible sense of beauty or something. I found the actor playing the “Prince” to be not… handsome or princely at all.

    • July 24, 2011 at 7:53 pmFlanegraton

      I don’t think any of those actors fit their roles very well. Except for lovely.

      • July 25, 2011 at 5:07 ammasso

        Meh, I found the “Cool” guy and the “Wild” guy passable. But the others aren’t up to handsome meter standard at all.

        /No, I’m not gay.

  • July 24, 2011 at 7:24 pmHanon

    Oh my lord! Gotta watch this <3

    • July 24, 2011 at 7:37 pmGekokujou

      Agreed, not to mentioned they got an impressive cast there of people I’m familiar with, especially the relatively newcomer Kawaguchi Haruna. Mind you though she did scare the hell out of me when she played Himeji Rinka in Yankee-kun to Megane-chan.

  • July 24, 2011 at 7:57 pmGambler

    I generally don’t watch shojo shows but gave this one a shot. Pretty funny although I probably missed a pun or two in the dialog.

  • July 24, 2011 at 8:15 pmGummi

    Im sorry but I cant watch this, I loved the anime but this is to much for girls now. Im sorry despite how funny they may appear in the live action drama. I cant.

  • July 24, 2011 at 8:55 pmTopboy

    Haruhi’s actress is cool and all, but for majority of male actors just failed especially Tamaki.
    Good show anyway.

  • July 25, 2011 at 12:37 amAlec

    Those guys look retarded, especially the Hitachin twins and HONEY-senpai, who seems like under the influence of drugs

  • July 25, 2011 at 1:18 amSuppa Tenko

    Quick, Haruhi, make love with Tamaki before he becomes a WORM!

    Tamaki: I am the man who stands at the top of being an idiot!

    BTW Tamaki is the only character who actually fits in the show…

  • July 25, 2011 at 2:26 amSummelBaerli

    I think I would definitely watch this drama, if Tamaki was played by Yamapi or Mizushima Hiro, but I guess they’re too old for that role now .__. But they’d definitely have that “Prince”-like feel (or could act it anyways) and especially Mizushima Hiro woul dbe just oerfect imo |D

    I’m going to go out on a limb and say female audiences that Ouran High School Host Club is targeted toward will appreciate the real-life fan-service too.

    I surely would, if their shirtless performance would look a bit like Ryan Gosling’s. Guess I’m not young enough to appreaciate that fanservice.

  • July 25, 2011 at 3:58 amFumizuki

    =A= Everyone in my class agrees that most live action dramas should leave anime/manga alone. Well, I guess shoujo manga and stuffs aimed for mostly children (like the new Nintama movie) care okay. There’s so many dramas in the same genre out here latel… including the new Hana Kimi… wonder how this will go.

    One thing I am NOT looking forward to is the Kenshin live action GAH! *hides*

  • July 25, 2011 at 5:20 amstarss

    Wuh— Oh my. :D

  • July 25, 2011 at 6:38 amSaya

    Okay this is totally unrelated but wtf HanaKimi 2011…I thought my mum was lying.
    And the Arakawa drama+movie too…man I’ve been out of it for so long.

  • July 25, 2011 at 8:28 amHotaruzuki

    Holy crap, I LOVE Yamamoto Yuusuke!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He was my favorite character in Hana-kimi (well, no one tops Toma Ikuta’s Nakatsu, but right after that!)

    Defiantly going to watch!!

    ((I love Japanese Dramas, and I haven’t watched one in a while so this’ll be good for me I’m sure))

  • July 25, 2011 at 11:23 amKahiry

    Weirdooossss =P

  • July 25, 2011 at 8:11 pmJacksonite

    What in the fuck?! I don’t know about the dudes, but at least Haruhi is cute.

  • July 25, 2011 at 10:33 pmnamelessdwelling


  • July 26, 2011 at 1:35 amaero

    Haruhi looks like my classmate, if she goes cosplay. XD

  • July 26, 2011 at 11:33 amHotaruzuki

    After watching…I really liked it. Naturally, it was a bit…odd. But lots of manga-to-drama dramas are. I enjoyed it though. And I’m glad that in this version, Ayanokouji was able to be redeemed. It was nice. :) I will be watching next week too!

  • July 26, 2011 at 2:11 pmpitchan

    Where can I get it from? Which dorama group? :O

  • July 27, 2011 at 9:47 amAmurita

    Watched this yesterday and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised, though I did go in there with very low expectations. It’s a good thing Ouran is a comedy, because the ridiculousness and overacting in most Jdramas fit in there very nicely. I thought I would be turned off by the cg (which i kind of was at the beginning and also with the heart pumping scenes), but once you get used to it and realize the show isn’t taking itself seriously, it’s pretty funny.

    And like Hotaruzuki said, I also like that Ayanokouji was able to redeem herself, though i wonder if they’re going to still do the Haruhi in wonderland episode and have Ayanokouji be holding a grudge in there.

    All in all, I like it. I’m just going to keep on not take it seriously, and hopefully it’ll be a fun ride.

  • July 27, 2011 at 12:35 pmLin-Meitoky


  • July 28, 2011 at 11:47 amBankai000

    Omg, I was about to throw up seeing this kind of actors, sucks assssssssssssssss!!!!!!!

  • July 29, 2011 at 2:32 pmStereoman

    I laughed so much at Tamaki. Brilliant interpretation of the original character! I was a bit surprised it was so short though. I’m used to drama episodes being 45 minutes and some of them even have a 2 hour first episode. But I guess this show will have more episodes than regular dramas. DramaWiki doesn’t have so much info so IDK. But I’m going to enjoy this show very much for sure!

  • July 31, 2011 at 1:26 amlkaze

    Finally I can watch this show, you know for a adaptation. This is actually better than most other live adaptation. Having a bit of common sense(explaining Honey-sempai size) and quite true to the story. This might prove to be a gem. (at the very least better adaptation than hayate)

    Not that anyone else will read this now that episode 2 is out.

  • August 16, 2011 at 3:30 amShin Roan

    hehe… im little disappointed with Tamaki in first expression but it change when i found my self watching the live action drama of Ouran High School…
    Tamaki acts well the Tamaki(in anime version),hehe…
    Not only Tamaki,all of them,hehe:)

  • November 6, 2011 at 7:36 pmkristine 23

    i love this drama! this is so sweet! i like you kyoya