I’d be lying if I told you that every single thing about this manga and anime is ground-breaking or original. Let’s face it: the human race has been around for a long time, and we are running out of totally new and innovative ideas.
So what makes Ouran High School Host Club, an anime and manga series that does not present some groundbreaking, completely new and innovative plot-device, so special?
It’s a gender-bender and a romantic comedy, and it is most definitely shoujo. Neither of those characteristics are anything new.
The idea of a gender-bender wasn’t even new in Shakespeare’s time when he wrote Twelfth Night and The Merchant of Venice, and that was nearly 500 years ago. And romantic comedies? Please. Just go to your local movie theater and pick out the latest chick flick and 99% of the time you’ll find a romantic comedy.
So, again, I return to my original question. Why is Ouran High School Host Club, a series relying upon clichéd plot devices, such an amazing series? The answer lies in the fact that it takes pre-existing ideas and breathes new life into them.