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by, 21st October 2012 at 09:40 PM (419 Views)
I just finished Ouran High School Whatever.
For those who don't know, it's the story about an androgen who cares not for gender named Haruhi, who becomes indebted to a gaggle of bishonen and must prostitute her attention to horny rich girls in order to pay off her debt. Along the way, the lead bishonen and arguably the least gay one, falls in love with her.
When @Jabberwocky; first recommended it, I was a little skeptical. Anyone who knows me knows I don't like bishie-filled romance shows. And Ouran looked like the pinnacle of everything I hated. The characters seemed shallow and unpleasant, and the gags were boring me to tears. (But I don't cry, so.)
But the show actually does take off after a few episodes: the characters elaborated on, explaining their actions, history, and aspirations. We see how the twins (The Catty One and the Sassy One) become more open as a result of the protagonist helping around, we see the male lead showing a mature and caring side, and even Haruhi becomes more open and friendly.
The characters really do make the story interesting, though, I do take issue to a lot of the overused gags. The twins are gay for each other, Honey is cute, yadda yadda. I know they all have a hook to draw in girls, but after 20-something episodes of the same thing, it gets grating. And that's nothing to say about Haruhi's blah-ness. She just farts around and lets everyone fix things for her, despite the fact that she should be more helpful in easing her debt. Luckily she does improve, somewhat.
Ouran is a lot like Adventure Time, in that it appears to be a generic, shallow show on the surface, but has a surprising amount of depth when you actually sit down and watch it. Which makes it all the more frustrating when they go back to earlier shallow humor in verbatim, because you know the show and characters can do much more. I recommend it if you have a bit of free time and like romance, but you better have the patience of a saint and a major flower fetish.
I should also add, the show has gorgeous art and music. The opening features a catchy tune and amazing effects. It even changes the art style up a bit, giving us more variety. In the show itself, the illustrious backgrounds are simply gorgeous, and every episode brings a new visual feast to the table.
All in all, about a 7 or 8 out of 10.
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