Series: Ouran High School Host Club, #2
Translator: Kenichiro Yagi
Publisher: Viz Media
Pub. Date: 2005 (2014 for this edition)
Genres: Shoujo Manga, Comedy, Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Haruhi Fujioka is a scholarship student at a rich kids’ school who has to work for the Ouran High School Host Club to repay the debt she owes for breaking a priceless vase. On top of that, she has to keep it secret now that she is a girl. But now it’s time for physical exams. How is the club supposed to keep the doctors and their customers from finding out Haruhi is a girl? As the official start of a series plot, the second volume of Ouran High School Host Club, by Bisco Hatori, throws new issues at the Host Club to develop characters who did not get as much page-time in the previous book.
This is my second time reading this manga, but I never got around to reviewing it until now. I liked it more this time around. I think that has to do with it being the official start to an overarching plot for the series. It was still funny and sweet, and it made me love the characters more. I also loved the “Ouran Theater of Love ~ Suoh Family Story” strips because they’re clever with the humor.
All of the characters develop. Haruhi becomes more complex with what she notices about everyone around her. This volume specifically develops the Hitachiin Twins’, Honey’s, and Mori’s characters. The twins expand their world, and it’s funny how Haruhi surprises them. Their chapter of the manga helps differentiate them from each other beyond appearance. I liked seeing another side to the very cute Honey and the stoic Mori. I wish there had been a chance to get to know Kyoya better, but he is shown with his Shadow King persona where certain actions were caused by him.
I love the artwork. The settings and costumes are stunning. The characters’ proportions look more realistic to me than I have seen in some other shoujo manga styles. After reading Millenium Snow, I see that Hatori’s artwork improved between the makings of these series, especially with the chosen scenes and poses for storytelling.
There is also an extra story at the back of this volume. “Romantic Egoist” involves a girl who wants a guy she spies on in the library to notice her. The school’s twin witches, Barako and Nadashiko Kuronuma, decide to help with a potion that will give her a chance at winning the guy. Then something happens to mess with those plans. This is a heartwarming little story, and I would love to see more of these twins’ shenanigans. The love story that unfolds is sweet. I am curious to see where the “Romantic Egoist” goes in the future.
If you liked the first volume of Ouran High School Host Club, you will like the second volume. If you wanted to see some other characters develop, like Mori, there is more character development for the other host club members. This manga is sweet and funny.