As someone who went to private school, Ouran High School Host Club is actually really important to me. I relate a lot to Tamaki as the popular yet “weird” kid who had to build his own social group because he was from the outside. I only went to private school from the seventh grade onward, so I didn’t have any of my friends from public elementary in middle school or high school. Many of the people I knew in high school had pressures on them to be certain things or follow in the professions of their parents and be star athletes and honor students. More than 80% of my graduating class was in the National Honor Society,simply because it was EXPECTED, not because they were all academically gifted and excelled naturally. I guess it’s odd, being an American and appreciating the social atmosphere in a Japanese story so much, but having recently left high school, Ouran is a lot more meaningful to me. I never thought a foreign cartoon would ever make me cry because I saw myself in one of the characters, much less a ridiculous specimen like Suou Tamaki. It’s funny the way life happens. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I really appreciate anime more now, even though so many people think it’s disconnected from reality and for loners and rejects. I found something that related to my real life in an anime, and not only that but also my social life.
God bless the creators of OHSHC.