If you have a anime on Netflix hankering and a free weekend then you need to tune into ‘Ouran High School Host Club’ pretty much as soon as possible. This anime perfectly encapsulates what we love about anime: gender bending madness, Vic Mignogna, and an idea that is so wacky that it would never be allowed in real life. ‘Ouran High School Host Club‘ is about an elite social club at a private high school where handsome men go on (innocent) dates with their fawning fans — for a price. How is this gender bending? Well, a poor young girl named Haruhi Fujioka gets a scholarship to the academy — and accidentally ends up as a member of the club!
The gender swap anime revolves around Haruhi Fujioka and how her short haircut and boyish looks gets her mistaken as a boy around school. The Host Club leaders end up hiring her on and she decides to keep her gender hidden in order to fit in, make money to pay off her debts, and have a little bit of fun. Along the way Haruhi’s hidden gender begins to create some real problems as she becomes the most popular Host in the school.
What we love about ‘Ouran High School Host Club’ is that it is unafraid of being ridiculous but it is still committed to being fun. Throughout the series we get some real emotional depth along with commentary on the Japanese class divide. It’s a hilarious, cute, and ridiculously fun show that deserves being watched if you’re into comedy anime.