Ouran High School Host Club Live Action Movie
I was happy to know that after the series ended they were filming this movie. I’m not disappointed in the movie per se, but… I guess it feels more like a television special than a movie for whatever reason. Sure, the CGI effects were more natural and less obvious, but other than that…nothing really screamed “movie version” at me. 😛
Ahhhh. I hate this. The television series was only half-hour long episodes and only 11 at that. Do you know how many manga volumes there are? Actually…I’m not sure on the final volume count…but there’s like 83 chapters. So much was left out that I would have liked to see. Sniffle. I must say that I would like another movie or a special to complete the story. This movie basically combines two different stories into one. The first story of the Ouran Battle happened earlier in the series and was a lot more intensive than what was actually shown, the second story was from more of the middle and stayed fairly true to the plot, but like always, there are some changes.
It has been half a year since Haruhi has been masquerading as a male and has been in the Host Club. Tamaki and company are still amazed at her lack of ambition and gumption. She doesn’t like taking on the elaborate role play and only cares to sit quietly and drink tea with the female guests. Haruhi is then asked how she came to join the club. She talks about the debt, but Kyoya jumps in and covers her mouth with his hand. I must says that Daito Shunsuke’s play on Kyoya this time around is a bit different. Kyoya was never as Zany as Tamaki, but he is portrayed that way at times in this movie. We then get a voice over from Haruhi talking about how she ended up at the club followed by various scenes from the television series.
At this time, and new transfer student arrives by the name of Michelle Monaru [Shinoda Mariko of AKB48 fame]. Tamaki is immediately attentive to her. Kyoya, knowing Michelle’s background, doesn’t think it’s bad to become her acquaintance. Kyoya and Tamaki then cater to the girl’s every whim, much to the surprise and annoyance of the other host club members…well Kaoru and Hikaru are more annoyed while the sempais Mori and Honey just kind of do what they always do—quietly observe.
You know…there really isn’t much to say about this movie. The plot is split between Michelle’s motives for coming to Ouran, preparing for the battle, and the members discovering their true feelings. I love how Haruhi is so clueless to the fact that she loves Tamaki and thinks its just a weird cold. Her father understands, but won’t tell her. It’s not until one of the black magic club members gives Haruhi a girl’s magazine with a quiz in it that Haruhi comes to the staggering realization that she likes Tamaki. And Tamaki… is a brainless idiot as always. Because he doesn’t want to confront his real feelings, he keeps trying to rationalize his affection for Haruhi being his daughter. Sigh.
At this time we get some twin insight. I thought we had pretty much got this all out of the way when the series ended, but I guess not. Haruhi has a heart-to-heart with Kaoru. She knows that while the twins may seem the same, they are different with their own personalities. Kaoru is nicer and gentler. What happens if there is something that the twins cannot possibly share? Kaoru replies he will give it up for Hikaru. Haruhi warns Kaoru that will hurt both him and Hikaru in the end. It’s true.
I won’t talk much about the Ouran Battle. I mean, it’s a fun plot, but sooo backburner it’s not funny even though it’s a very important event for all Ouran clubs in order to get the coveted central salon and it brings in a childhood rivalry between Kyoya and the head of the American football club that’s amusing to watch. Plus, you get to see the black magic club do black magic that works. Go figure.
Michelle is at Ouran to align herself with the Suou family in order to help her brother who is having business issues. Michelle had a rather strict upbringing even though she comes from a wealthy family, so she tells all kinds of lies and puts on all kinds of airs. Tamaki and Kyoya both know this, but cater to her anyways. Tamaki wishes to bring out Michelle’s lost real smile (she also reminds him of his mother as they look similar) while Kyoya works on brokering a deal with her brother (using his father’s name of course). When Michelle’s plan fails, she blames Tamaki’s affection for Haruhi. The two wind up at a staircase in the rain and Haruhi is accidentally (yes, it was an accident) pushed down the stairs by Michelle and Tamaki throws himself after her to cushion the fall, thus landing him in the hospital.
After the stair incident, Grandma Suou takes charge and says she will sever all business ties with Michelle’s family (her way of showing her love for her grandson even if she keeps denying that she does care). This leads to an angry call from her brother Lawrence [2PM’s Nickhun]. This hurts Michelle. Haruhi tries to talk over what happened and the girl says everything is too late to rectify. Haruhi goes to the school and looks for Michelle’s precious lost book and discovers that it’s full of recipes—meals she wishes to cook and eat with her brother who has been too busy to show any attention to his lonely little sister (their parents died three years ago).
Haruhi then goes to the club and decides to help Michelle. The club are united as a team and family once more, putting aside the feelings and jealousy that was beginning to arise. They promise to win the battle and show Michelle you can say your heart to the person you love most. While the other teams search for the hidden treasure of Michelle’s, the host club run off to the airport to pick up Lawrence who flew to Japan on business.
The time ends and the club arrive with Michelle’s older brother and a large bento full of all the foods she wanted to eat with him. It’s a tearful reunion and Lawrence vows to never let his sister be lonely like that again. Ah…Nickhun. His acting wasn’t bad, but could use some improvement. Still…he did good for his first acting role. Thus, Michelle declares the Host Club the winners since her brother was her real treasure.
We end with the club members seeing the siblings off as they go back to Singapore. Haruhi sort of confesses her feelings. Well… she and Tamaki discuss that they have dreams that they want to pursue. Haruhi feels that until she has caught up to Tamaki and realized her dream, she won’t confess. The two then end up sharing an accidental kiss. When Tamaki talks about being her father again, Haruhi calls him an idiot and he goes flying into the water for all the other club members to admire.
We then end at the central salon and the host club members celebrating their victory. Kaoru was going to give way to Hikaru, but Hikaru cuts him off and says that while he likes Haruhi, he likes Tamaki as well. So basically, the two just agree to stay together with the host club to keep being with the two. Honey and Mori confront Kyoya about his real intentions and while Kyoya is still looking out for his own good, he’s found something precious he can’t replace and he won’t do anything to hurt that.
And that’s it. See? Doesn’t it seem more like a special? And while there is a tad more resolution than what we could see from the drama, there is still a lot left hanging. I mean… the manga has ended. Couldn’t they have given us the ending-ending? Oh well. I did enjoy the movie since I love everything OHSHC related. I have the anime, the drama, I have like the first 9-10 volumes of the manga. It’s just a great series full of funny side stories and characters and follows the evolution of each character. It’s a great teenage slice of life.