There are many animes that I could have chosen to be the rallying point of this great blogging experiment, but none do I hold more closely to my heart than the primogenitor of my love for all things shojo (and the discovery that such a thing exists!), “Ouran High School Host Club”!
Let me be clear–this is a watch along worth taking part in whether you’re new to the anime (not “animals”, autocorrect!) scene or a veteran of manga. Here’s why:
“Ouran High School Host Club” is a shojo (targeted at girls) anime that turns the tropes of shojo on its head by making them entirely too obvious and completely laughable! In other words, Ouran’s primary job is to poke fun at itself and at other titles of its genre. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, and yet it does an excellent job of pulling at the heart strings when it needs to. It’s light enough to help hilarious and deep enough to touch your heart. Furthermore, it is though this ability to mock itself that Ouran became my window into anime, and now I love to poke fun at shojo that pulls the common tropes but takes them seriously. (You’ll see what I mean in, for example, a “Diabolik Lovers” watch along.)
It’s the perfect jumping off point, so must it not be shared?
(It’s also got a dub–an English version voice cast–so that makes it even more accessible. For the longest time, I was a dub-only girl!)
Here’s how a watch along works:
We watch a show (this time, Ouran) together, episode by episode. (Woot woot!) I leave my rambing, trivial thoughts (sometimes with time notations!) or, if more serious, an ending thoughs summary, and you share yours by clicking on that comment button!
Easy? Yes. 🙂 But, obviously, there WILL. BE. SPOILERS. So, you know, at your own risk and all that. WATCH ALONG = SPOILERS.
Every so often, we’ll have a jam session or a wrap up, but I’ll explain those when the time comes. Just know that, when it comes time for a jam session, your comments will be critical. :p
I will always be sure to note if the show in question is a voice dub or a show with subtitles. You gotta watch what you like, after all.
Without further ado…