List of Ouran High School Host Club characters

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This is a list of characters from the shōjo manga series Ouran High School Host Club created by Bisco Hatori. The story takes place in a fictional high school named Ouran Academy and follows the adventures of Haruhi Fujioka as she is forced to join a group of six male students that entertain female clients, the Host Club, after an accident puts her in their debt.

The Ouran High School Host Club characters have been praised as well-rounded comedic creations that "play on bishōnen stereotypes", a theme commonly found in other Japanese manga.[1]

Name romanizations differ among the several different English-language products released for this franchise: English-language editions of the manga published by VIZ Media and Chuang Yi, the anime from Funimation and the Nippon Television's Japanese-language website on the series.

Background[edit]

The plot centers on a group of students from Ouran Academy, a prestigious high school mostly attended by pupils from wealthy aristocratic families. Much of the series takes place within a student-run host club where beautiful, charismatic male students entertain female students.

In the series, the club was created and presided by Tamaki Suoh, the son of the school's chairman. Suoh hand-picked most of the members, looking to create a varied selection of aesthetics and personalities for the club's customers. The exception is Haruhi Fujioka, a new student that stumbled across the club room while looking for a quiet study area. After accidentally breaking an expensive vase, she is indebted to the club and is forced to join and work as a host to pay off this debt. Each club member plays a specific role as a bishōnen stereotype: Mori is the strong silent type; Honey the Loli-shōta type; Kyoya the cool type; Hikaru and Kaoru the little devil type; Tamaki the prince type; and Haruhi the natural type. For some reason, every guy in the series is obsessed with Haruhi. In addition to the club members, the storyline also features customers and associates, as well as various family members, schoolmates, rivals and other characters that come and go.

Host Club members[edit]

Anime screenshot featuring the Host Club members dressed as caterers. From left to right: "Mori", "Honey", Haruhi, Kaoru and Hikaru, Tamaki and Kyoya.

Haruhi Fujioka[edit]

Haruhi Fujioka (藤岡 ハルヒ Fujioka Haruhi?) is the main character of the series. She was born on February 4[2] and is 15 years old at the start of the series. She is the main character whom all the guys in the series fall in love with for unknown reasons. Somehow, her bland character appeals to everyone in the anime.[3]

As an intelligent first-year student of the exclusive Ouran Academy that comes from a poor family, having a cross-dressing father and a deceased mother, she is required to achieve academic excellence and rank first in class to maintain a special scholarship. She comes across the Host Club while looking for a quiet study place and accidentally breaks a ¥8,000,000 (80,000 USD in the English edition of the manga) vase that was to be featured in a school auction. She clears her debt to the club by disguising herself as a boy and working for them as a host. She finds this task easy because she feels gender does not dominate her personality. She realizes that acting as a host and talking with girls comes naturally and begins to enjoy the work. However, she dislikes taking time away from studying and finds the antics of other hosts bothersome. Although she appears indifferent and fearless, she is revealed to suffer from astraphobia, a fear of thunder and lightening.

Haruhi is shown to be brutally honest, but she is very perceptive and caring, as shown when it is discovered she is the only one who can tell the twins apart. Despite her seemingly nonchalant attitude, she is shown to actually be very emotionally invested in all the host club's comings and goings, which becomes apparent when she shares an often surprising insight the other members have overlooked. She is surprisingly empathetic, and has shown an exceptional ability to understand the other host club members' personalities. It's shown that Haruhi really has no love interest in the show series. As she appears immune to the charms of the host club members, that otherwise usually infatuates other girls. She deeply cares for the members, but mainly as a close friend relationship.

Throughout the manga though, Haruhi grows to appreciate the Host Club and falls in love with Tamaki, the club's self-proclaimed King. She refuses to accept her feelings for him in the beginning, but as time goes by and the Host Club has to endure several trials together, even having Tamaki leave due to his grandmother's orders, Haruhi finds her courage. She confesses to him after the Host Club makes sure he is reunited with his mother. Shortly after becoming a couple, Haruhi accepts an offer to leave for America on a one-year scholarship program. Originally supposed to go alone, Haruhi is happy to learn that Tamaki is going with her, as he has no intention of leaving her. Days after their arrival in America, they discover the other club members have followed them to live in the same building.

The official storyline of Ouran High School Host Club ends here, after 83 chapters.

In a one-shot released in January 2011, the Host Club follows Kyoya to Spain. Haruhi finds herself troubled with how to deal with Tamaki's growing confidence in their relationship. However, after Kyoya explains to her how Tamaki would get flustered if she flirted back, Haruhi tries to hug Tamaki and ask him to carry her, causing Tamaki to faint out of embarrassment.

In April 2011, a series of short glimpses into the futures of the main characters and some of the supporting characters was included in volume 18, the last volume. A short chapter was also included with Haruhi and Tamaki in Boston, set eight months after chapter 83, showing Tamaki thinking about marrying her and Haruhi worrying that it wasn't clear to him that she was as committed to their romantic relationship as he was (while less eager to marry quickly). In the one-page glimpse into the futures of Haruhi's father and Tamaki's parents, Haruhi and Tamaki are preparing to ask her father for permission for Tamaki to marry her. In the final two pages of the volume, a few pictures are included of their wedding in the "flirty pictures" section, along with a note from Hatori indicating that she definitely thought they would marry. In the glimpse into her friends' Mei Yasumura's and Ritsu Kasanoda's futures, Mei, a rookie designer who has just started dating Kasanoda, a florist, informs a shocked Kasanoda that Haruhi is pregnant. Mori's glimpse into the future confirms that Haruhi and Tamaki were the first in the host club to have children.

A 16-page chapter released in LaLa in July 2011 during Haruhi's first year as an undergraduate at Ouran University, where she is studying law (whether she ever practices law is not confirmed in the volume 18 extras), explains how Mei and Kasanoda met; Haruhi is seen cheering them on from afar and defending the potential couple to her classmates Soga and Momoka, who are worried about Kasanoda's safety at the hands of Mei. At the end of the chapter, Tamaki returns to Japan from America; it ends with Haruhi about to tell him about Mei and Kasanoda. In another 16-page chapter released in August 2011 in LaLa, set two years after chapter 83, the twins briefly confirm that Haruhi and Tamaki wed some time after the events of the July 2011 chapter, and before the events of the August 2011 chapter.

Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto (Japanese anime and later drama CDs),[4] Aya Hisakawa (early drama CDs), Haruna Kawaguchi (live-action), Caitlin Glass (English)[5]

Tamaki Suou[edit]

Tamaki Suou (須王 環 Suō Tamaki?), whose full name is René Tamaki Richard de Grantaine,[6] is a second-year student at Ouran Academy and the founder and president of the Host Club. He was born on April 8 (Buddha's birthday),[2] and is 16 years old at the beginning of the series.[3] Flamboyant and narcissistic, he is dedicated to his duties as a host. He is the princely type, who entertains customers with upper-class etiquette and shameless flattery. Tamaki is partial to classic piano music and plays exceedingly well. He refers to his club as his "family," with himself as the father figure; Kyoya, the mother; Haruhi, the daughter; Hikaru and Kaoru, the brothers; and Mori and Honey, the uncles.

Since Tamaki is the main comic relief character of the series, he is outspoken and naïve for his age, especially since he only views himself as an obsessive father figure to Haruhi, when he is really in love with her. Mori and Honey point out his naiveté when it comes to how he truly feels about Haruhi, and the rest of the club sees this too. Although he is very perceptive to the feelings of others, which Hikaru and Kaoru both note, his naiveté applies to his overall dense approach to his own feelings. He often becomes jealous of other boys who approach Haruhi and admires Haruhi's natural personality. When he is kicked out by Haruhi or made fun of, he has the tendency to grow mushrooms in either a closet or a corner, which appear like they were worked on for weeks.

Tamaki is half Japanese and half French, and lives under the custody of his father, the wealthy chairman of Ouran Academy. They are separated from his French mother because of a deal made between Tamaki's ill mother and his cold-hearted paternal grandmother. He lives at the Suoh family's second mansion, while his father stays at the main mansion with Tamaki's grandmother. Eventually, he is accepted into the main residence where his grandmother lives. At first, she does not acknowledge him and makes his life sour by "pulling him back to reality," but he manages to win her approval with his mind and kindness, and the two grow close. She also allows him to meet with his mother.

At one point in the manga, Tamaki realizes that he loves Haruhi as a woman and not a daughter. However, he does not act on it because of his own divided family, fearing that something similar will happen to the Host Club should he ever pursue Haruhi romantically. Thanks to his friends' efforts, however, he accepts that doing so would not hurt the club. Even then, though, he cannot find the courage to confess to her, frightened that she will not return his feelings. Later, upon hearing Haruhi's confession, he admits to his feelings and the two become a couple. Towards the end of the manga, he surprises Haruhi by going with her to America. The two move into a dorm building together, followed by the rest of the Host Club members, much to Haruhi's and Tamaki's surprise. While living in Boston, in a short chapter about Haruhi and Tamaki included in volume 18, Tamaki reads a book on how to be a good husband. It is confirmed in another extra in volume 18 that he is the Suoh heir, and in yet another extra, that he achieved his dream of having his whole family gather around a kotatsu; his post-Ouran High educational path is unknown. In the final pages of volume 18, a few scenes of Tamaki's and Haruhi's wedding are shown, along with a brief note from Hatori indicating that she definitely thought that they would get married (the wedding is later confirmed to have taken place about two years after Chapter 83 in a 16-page special chapter released in August 2011). In a paragraph discussing the future of Mori, Hatori revealed that Tamaki and Haruhi were the first in the club to have children.

His family name is romanized by VIZ Media as Suoh[7] and by Chuang Yi, Funimation[8] and Nippon Television's Japanese-language website as Suou.[9]

Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano (anime and later drama CDs),[4] Hikaru Midorikawa (early drama CDs), Yūsuke Yamamoto (live-action), Vic Mignogna (English)[5]

Kyoya Ootori[edit]

Kyoya Ootori (鳳 鏡夜 Ōtori Kyōya?) is an attractive, calculating second-year student at Ouran Academy and vice-president of the Host Club.[10] He was born on November 22 (Good Wife Day)[2] and is 17 years old at the beginning of the series.[3]

Kyoya is best friends with Tamaki, despite their completely different demeanors. Kyoya is secretive and highly intelligent, as his ability to calculate the financial and social benefits that result from the Host Club's adventures demonstrates. He is a realistic and pragmatic person, making him a competent and accurate Club secretary and accountant. Despite his occasionally antagonistic traits, the Host Club would not have been successful without Kyoya's resourcefulness. Although he is rarely seen entertaining guests of the Host Club, he has his admirers and is considered the cool type.[10]

Kyoya lives with his father, a wealthy and powerful zaibatsu owner who specializes in hospital management. He has two older brothers that he has been told he must surpass to become his father's successor and a married sister who cares deeply for him. Despite his detached exterior, Kyoya (like all the Hosts) is concerned about others, though it is often demonstrated in ways contrary and atypical. For example, when the Club goes to the beach and Haruhi confronts two thugs and is tossed asea, Kyoya later threatens Haruhi to show her why the other members of the Host Club were worried about her safety. Another example is when he points out the false nature of an antique to an old woman who was about to buy it. Haruhi is able to see through his mask, however, and understands him well. In volume 16, his actions help Tamaki strengthen his relationship with his grandmother.

In chapter 83 (the final chapter), while Haruhi and Tamaki are dancing, Honey implies that Kyoya also has feelings for Haruhi. Kyoya denies it, but then says that he would not pursue her, partly because she would not benefit the Ootori family, but mainly because he treasures his friendship with Tamaki too much to betray him.

Kyoya, unlike the rest of the host club, stays in the United States after their year in Boston; in the July and August 2011 special chapters, he makes only a cameo appearance in the August 2011 chapter (and is only mentioned in the July 2011 special chapter) because of his university studies there. In the Volume 18 glimpse into the future for Kyoya, Hatori declined to confirm whether he was named heir to the zaibatsu or not. As for his romantic future, Hatori wrote that she saw him marrying a woman that would bring merit to the Ootori family, although she did not completely discount the possibility that love would be involved in said choice. It is also mentioned that he owns a cat named Noel, which is very attached to him.

It is implied that his friendship with Tamaki fades a bit over time because of the distance; while Mori is the first to congratulate Tamaki and Haruhi when they have their first child and visits them often (as noted in his glimpse into the future), Kyoya's contact with Tamaki, as noted in his Volume 18 extra, seems to be limited to photographs of Noel sent via text. In the July 2011 and August 2011 special chapters, however, the hosts are shown to miss Kyoya quite a bit, to the point that they convince themselves that the lookalike ghost of an Ootori ancestor is actually Kyoya's "living ghost" in the August 2011 special chapter; Tamaki also makes the effort to meet up with him when he is visiting the United States in the July 2011 special chapter.

Kyoya is incredibly irritable and slow to wake up in the morning, which is attributed to low blood pressure. He carries a variety of memo-keeping devices with him at all times (e.g. a black notebook, a clipboard, a pocket-folio with tablet) and it is a long-running joke that it is unknown what he writes in any of them. In almost everything he does, he gets something out of it. According to the author, if Hatori Bisco had allotted forty pages for the first chapter of the manga instead of fifty, she would have cut Kyōya from the cast, but is glad this did not happen as "since the rest of the members are the way they are, he is invaluable for maintaining order and offering explanations."[11] Bisco named him after the fact he wears glasses by taking the last syllable of gankyō, meaning a pair of glasses.[12]

Viz Media romanized his name as Kyoya Ootori,[13] Chuang Yi as Kyoya Ootori, FUNimation as Kyoya Otori,[14] and Nippon Television's Japanese-language website as Kyoya Ootori.[9]

Voiced by: Masaya Matsukaze (anime),[4] Junichi Suwabe (drama CDs), Shunsuke Daito (live-action), J. Michael Tatum (English)[5]

Hikaru and Kaoru Hitachiin[edit]

The twins, Hikaru Hitachiin (常陸院 光 Hitachiin Hikaru?) and Kaoru Hitachiin (常陸院 馨 Hitachiin Kaoru?), are depicted as mischievous, devious, and otherwise childish young men who toy with people, including their schoolmates. They were born on June 9, a date chosen by the manga artist to show that they are alike yet different,[6] and are 15 years old at the beginning of the series.[3]

When Hikaru and Kaoru were young, they were fond of their maid. One night, they discovered her trying to steal from their mansion and offered her a deal. She had to guess who of the two was Hikaru in exchange for the combination to the safe. They hid it in their piggy bank because she didn't tell them who was Hikaru. However, the maid took the combination number from their piggy bank while they were sleeping, and when they asked why she didn't keep her promise, she said that no one would ever be able to tell them apart. They learned many skills, including how to fake emotions, from the maid before she fled the mansion and was never seen again.

Before joining the Host club, Kaoru and Hikaru only trusted themselves. They did not have any other friends in school besides each other. In the "Which one is Hikaru Game," sometimes they wanted to be told apart and sometimes they didn't. Haruhi is the only person that can tell the twins apart.

During their second year of junior high, they met Tamaki Suou, who wanted them to join the newly formed Host Club. The twins agreed to join only if Tamaki could guess which twin is which. Although Tamaki failed many times, he eventually guessed it; the twins gave in and decided to try the Host Club. The club opened them up to new experiences, including the development of a deep bond with Tamaki. Describing the world as "us" and "them," the twins were distrustful and unkind to others. Additionally, because their parents were often away, they were deeply dependent on each other; joining the club and meeting Haruhi helped them become more independent.

The Hitachiin twins use acts of "forbidden brotherly love" with highly suggestive themes of incestuous boy love as their main draw in the Host Club. They are both considered the mischievous, tricky, little devil types in the club. They have their differences: Kaoru is nicer, more mature and considerate to the thoughts of others, while Hikaru is more immature even though he is the older twin. Their different personalities are best shown when they are separated, and they also speak a little differently. Hikaru has a deeper voice and tends to speak first, while Kaoru has a higher voice and tends to speak second. There are several ways how to tell the twins apart: Hikaru's hair is parted to the right side and Kaoru's hair parts to the left, and Hikaru tends to be on the right and Kaoru on the left. They both have a crush on Haruhi; Kaoru confesses to Haruhi but soon adds that Hikaru is more important to him, putting his own feelings aside to support Hikaru instead.

The twins live with their mother, Yuzuha, a fashion designer, and their considerably meek father, a computer software designer, until the final chapter in which they and the other Host Club members move to America to study with Haruhi.

In the volume 18 extras, they are shown around college age with their younger sister, Ageha, who is born after the end of the series. She likes butterflies and flowers but has a personality much like her older brothers. She is attached to Tamaki, referring to him as milord/boss like Hikaru and Kaoru. The twins dote on her a lot. The twins attend a college or university that is not Ouran University, since Ouran does not have a fine arts faculty.

Hikaru voiced by: Kenichi Suzumura (Japanese anime and later drama CDs),[4] Soichiro Hoshi (early drama CDs), Shinpei Takagi (live-action), Todd Haberkorn (English)[5]
Kaoru voiced by: Yoshinori Fujita (Japanese anime and later drama CDs),[4] Kenichi Suzumura (early drama CDs), Manpei Takagi (live-action), Greg Ayres (English)[5]

Mitsukuni "Honey" Haninozuka[edit]

Mitsukuni Haninozuka (埴之塚 光邦 Haninozuka Mitsukuni?) was born on February 29 and is 17 years old at the beginning of the series. The author has joked saying he only ages every four years because his birthday only comes on leap years.[6]

Honey is depicted as a childish and cake-loving boy who is much older than what his elementary school appearance would indicate. He is also a strong fighter who can send people flying with one kick. When Haruhi is warned about his legendary fighting skills, the point is illustrated in the anime by a mushroom cloud erupting where a city had once stood. In the anime, there is a scene which shows Honey's true strength and it is said that Japan's Defense Minister has told him not to show his full power for fear that other countries might think Japan holds a weapon of mass destruction, causing them to fire missiles upon Japan (episode 18 of the anime). Honey is often around his cousin Mori, to whom he is very close, and lives with his father, the owner of a famous dojo, and his little brother, Yasuchika, with whom he is often at odds.

Honey is very fond of eating sweets and his room is full of stuffed animals. He always carries around a plush bunny named Usa-chan, an abbreviation of usagi, which means rabbit (also called Bun-Bun in the manga). He used it to hide his true self with much difficulty by acting like a "real man" for some time, but after Tamaki convinced him that liking cute things was not bad, he realized that there was absolutely no need to hide. Together with Mori, he joined the Host Club, attracting customers with his shotacon cuteness. It is possible his nickname, Honey, came from his first name, Mitsukuni (光邦?), as mitsu can mean honey (?). It could also be an abbreviation of his family name, Haninozuka. He is referred to almost exclusively by this nickname, Mori being the only one who calls him by his first name.He is also known as Hunny in the manga.

In chapter 72, he graduates from Ouran, but says that he will return to the Host Club every so often, as will Mori. They often return for visits and for a picnic planned by Haruhi. He and Mori also help fetch Tamaki for the reunion plan. In his volume eighteen glimpse into the future, he is seen dating and marrying Reiko Kanazuki; Hatori also mentions that Honey is the first host club member to be married. Their marriage is confirmed in the August 2011 special chapter, set two years after Chapter 83; in the July 2011 chapter, it is confirmed that he is a third-year engineering student at Ouran University.

Honey, like Kyoya, has a difficult time waking up. Despite his cute nature, he wakes up in the same manner as Kyoya, though he is much quicker when dealing with the person that wakes him up, for example the platoon soldier when he visited America.

He was originally intended to have an extreme dual personality. However, the "crouching in the corner, depressed" stance was reassigned from him to Tamaki.[citation needed]

Voiced by: Ayaka Saitō (anime and later drama CDs),[4] Ikue Ōtani (early drama CDs), Yūdai Chiba (live-action), Luci Christian (English)[5]

Takashi "Mori" Morinozuka[edit]

Takashi Morinozuka (銛之塚 崇 Morinozuka Takashi?), usually called Mori (モリ?), is a third year student at Ouran Academy. He was born on May 5, Children's/Boys' Day, and is 17 years old at the beginning of the series.[3] The manga artist felt Children's Day a bit of a mismatch, but she later found Boys' Day to be quite fitting.[15]


Mori is depicted as tall, quiet and somewhat intimidating, but he is very protective of Honey, whom he calls by his first name, Mitsukuni. This was seen in the anime and manga when Honey had a toothache (anime: episode 12, manga: chapter 14). Mori blamed himself for not reminding Honey to brush his teeth and restricted his cousin from eating candy until he had a filling for his cavity. Honey ended up judo-throwing Mori to the floor in a fit of anger, but they made up soon afterwards. The Morinozuka family had protected and served the Haninozuka family for many generations. As the two families were joined by marriage two generations back, they became related to each other, thus breaking the master-servant tradition. Nevertheless, Mori still faithfully protects Honey and is always by his side, attending to his wishes and watching out for him. His protective personality extends to his classmates and the Host Club members, earning him a level of respect. He is also protective of Haruhi, as shown in episode 7, of whom he thinks in a very kind, brotherly way. Although, as a host, he is considered the wild type (changed to the strong, silent type in the English anime dub), he normally does not try to woo girls. The girls like how he cares for Honey and shyer customers are attracted to his tall physique and taciturn personality. In the manga, he has an outgoing little brother, Satoshi Morinozuka, who does not appear in the anime.

Mori's hobbies include kendo, of which he is the national champion. In the manga, he becomes uncharacteristically talkative and flirtatious when he is tired.[16] In the later chapters, he raises a chicken he names Piyo and takes in a stray tanuki, who he names Pome. He is also depicted as having a natural ability to tame animals, as shown in a few later chapters in which he easily tame the 2 Doberman guard dogs in the Suoh residence and able to summon a flock of doves in the amusement park.

In chapter 72, he graduates from Ouran, deciding to study Theory and Philosophy of Law (or Jurisprudence). Although he is leaving for the university section, Honey and Mori state that they will visit the Host Club often. He continues to maintain a close relationship with the host club members even in the future, especially with Tamaki and Haruhi, being the first to congratulate them when they had their children and even visiting them often. The author stated that despite he has the quality of an old-fashioned, cool-looking Japanese man, Mori is, on the contrary, very loving and devoted to his future wife and children.

Voiced by: Daisuke Kirii (Japanese anime and later drama CDs),[4] Kenjirō Tsuda (early drama CDs), Masaya Nakamura (live-action), Travis Willingham (English)[5]

Host Club associates and customers[edit]

Renge Houshakuji[edit]

Anime screenshot depicting Renge.

Renge Houshakuji (宝積寺 れんげ Hōshakuji Renge?) is the Host Club's self-proclaimed manager who tends to be incredibly loud and outspoken. She lived in France for a short time before attending Ouran and first came across the Host Club by maintaining the belief she was Kyoya's fiancée despite never having met him in person. This is due to her extreme love of visual novel-type video games, which sometimes makes her confuse them with real life. Her fascination with Kyoya originates from her obsession with one such dating game, since he greatly resembles the lead character. Still, her experience with dating sims causes her to be more aware of character and plot development. She and Kirimi Nekozawa (see Umehito Nekozawa) seem to be aware of the tropes and conventions displayed in the Host Club manga and anime more than anyone else, although Renge is better at picking out mature things than the shōjo-obsessed Kirimi.[clarification needed] Tamaki initially makes Renge the Host Club's manager hoping that she will become a female friend to Haruhi and inspire her to act and dress more feminine. He is disappointed when Renge develops a crush on Haruhi, believing Haruhi to be a boy. Although Renge appears frequently in the anime, she is never shown socializing or spending time with the hosts outside of school, except when to made a brief, melodramatic appearance.

In the anime, she almost always enters using a rising platform that opens from a hidden hatch on the floor and is powered by a "high-powered motor" ("powerful motor" in Funimation's English version) with a high-pitched laugh; this occurs even when the Host Club is off campus. At first she often complains how the members of the Club are "not good enough" in various ways, but as she grows more satisfied with the hosts, she begins bringing in more customers with her fangirlish ways. She changes favorites every once in a while. Renge has proven an asset to the Host Club as a manager on several occasions. She can accurately predict what will win the greatest approval of customers due to her extensive knowledge on various subjects, most of which connected to the concept of moe. Kyoya compliments her on several occasions, and she is shown to be very familiar with Honey's abilities and fighting style. Renge also has activities which allow her talents to flourish that do not directly concern the Host Club; in the anime, she is shown hosting a sentai show for school children and she is involved in producing the Moe Moe Ouran Journal (萌え萌え桜蘭日記 Moe Moe Ōran Nikki?), a school magazine containing all things related to moe at Ouran Academy. Her catch phrase, "I could eat three bowls of rice", is a reference to the anime Green Green.

In the manga, Renge mostly disappears after her initial appearance in chapter 3, making only cameo appearances in subsequent chapters. Hatori mentioned that Renge was going to be a recurring character, but it never happened.[citation needed] Her comment probably led to Renge's numerous anime appearances in situations that originally included Tamaki in the manga, like the coaching of Shiro and Nekozawa. In volume 9, her appearances were significantly increased and she appears in the later chapters to help the club. In the July 2011 special chapter, she is seen as a first-year business student at Ouran University, speculating on Mei's and Kasanoda's possible romantic relationship in dramatic terms.

A trait that Renge displays in both the anime and manga is that, when she becomes extremely angry, she assumes a Medusa-like look, with her hair transforming into snakes. At such times, she can drive most of the other characters before her to blind panic. She is presented as an undersocialized otaku.[17]

Voiced by: Kozue Yoshizumi[4] (Japanese), Monica Rial (English)

Umehito Nekozawa[edit]

Umehito Nekozawa (猫澤 梅人 Nekozawa Umehito?) is depicted as a hooded individual who holds a cat puppet named Belzeneff (also spelled Beelzenef or Bereznoff). Umehito has photophobia, which causes him to collapse and, according to him, die when under any kind of direct light; he tends to refer to anyone who drags him into lights as "murderers". As the Black Magic Club's President, he tries to get people to join his club, though not too successfully. Anyone who joins gets a free Belzeneff doll. Besides his own puppet, Umehito also has a wooden voodoo doll version of it. Nekozawa claims that if the name of a hated person is written on the back of the doll, that person will be showered with misfortunes. Tamaki, especially, is superstitious about Nekozawa's curses, having "experienced" them first-hand.

Umehito is very handsome under his hood. He has bright blue eyes and wears a black – dark green in the anime – wig over his naturally blond hair to keep his hair from exposure to the light. He has a child sister named Kirimi who is afraid of the dark and is under the impression that he is a monster due to his dark clothing. As a result, the two siblings are unable to be around one another until Tamaki and the Host Club get involved and prompt Umehito to adjust to light and display his more heroic and princely side. In the end, it is Umehito's love and desire to protect his little sister that endears him to her, as he braves daylight to save Kirimi. He collapses right after exposing himself to sunshine, but Kirimi finds him a place in her heart for his willingness to brave that which he loathes so much to protect her. At the end of volume 8 of the manga, it is shown that Kirimi has turned into a nearly identical darkness fanatic. Both sport dark cloaks and have their features covered, but Kirimi carries a giant plush kitty instead of a Beelzeneff puppet. Despite the Host Club's efforts to help him brave the sun, he is still just as obsessed with his occult passions. In the Halloween episode, he appears before Tamaki from a coffin and offers his services to help scare the student body.

In Volume 3 of the manga, the Host Club stay at Umehito's private beach and mansion, not Kyoya's, although Umehito does not attend dinner because Haruhi switched the lights on and caused him to go into shock. The Host Club – Mori, Honey, the twins, and Haruhi –also see Umehito without his cloak and wig for the first time as he comes out to see what is wrong when Haruhi is taken to the bathroom. It is unclear if he realizes that Haruhi is a girl. It is possible he knows her secret and does not care, as she spent the whole vacation in a dress instead of her typical boyish clothes.

In the volume 18 extras, he is seen as a college student, hugging Kirimi, an elementary school student; she is attempting to put his wig on his head, and Hatori noted that they still got along very well. He is also seen briefly in the August 2011 special chapter, terrifying Tamaki with spooky stories.

The Nekozawa family traces their heritage to the Tokarev Dynasty in Russia, suggesting that Nekozawa family may work with gun manufacturing companies (a firearm appears in the manga, and as a symbol in the anime).

Voiced by: Yuji Ueda[4] (Japanese), Patrick Seitz[5] (English) Ryusei Ryo(live action)

Ritsu Kasanoda[edit]

Ritsu Kasanoda (笠野田 律 Kasanoda Ritsu?) is the successor to the third generation master of the Kasanoda-gumi, the most powerful yakuza group in Kantō, Japan. Since Kasanoda's features have been intimidating since birth, his father claims he has the right face to become the most frightening yakuza boss in history and raises him to be the next leader. He is trained to appear tough and unapproachable so most see him as a very intimidating person and he has few friends. Kasanoda therefore initially does not talk much, though he can be angered easily. He is most well known for his long red hair and frightening face. Despite his outward appearance and upbringing, however, he tends to be a kind person who enjoys helping others. His classmates have nicknamed him as the feared "human blizzard". Haruhi calls him "Casanova", while Tamaki and the Hitachiin twins call him "Bossa Nova".

Kasanoda initially seeks to apprentice under Morinozuka, hoping to become as respected and admired as he. He suffers humiliation at the hands of the Host Club members out of a desire to learn how to make friends and be able to have fun with people. Later experiences concerning a member of his household named Tetsuya show him that there are already people at his home who know his good side; they do not mention it because they know he is not only kind-hearted, but also shy and easily embarrassed.

Due to Kasanoda habit of not knocking before entering a room, he becomes the first person at Ouran High outside the Host Club to discover that Haruhi is a girl. He had a confused crush on her prior to learning she is a girl and consequently falls in love with Haruhi and attends the Host Club as a customer. When he tries to admit his feelings to Haruhi, he is rejected with no ill intent, as she considers him an understanding friend (due to Kasanoda saying she could be at ease because he had come to see her so Haruhi could talk to someone who knew her secret). Since Kyoya tells Kasanoda that Haruhi must appear to be male for "special reasons", he resolves to not cause her any trouble by publicly stating they will be "friends" forever so she will not have to worry about being thought odd by associating romantically with him. Kasanoda does not realize that the special reasons consist of Haruhi's debt to the club.

Ever since that incident, though, his desire to have friends is fulfilled when everyone in the Host Club, hosts and customers, agree to become his friends. He joins the Gardening Society of the school and on multiple occasions gifts Haruhi with food he has grown. In episode 25 of the anime he is seen surrounded by female students, apparently embarrassed but not angry. He appears in numerous chapters helping the Host Club. In chapter 80 of the manga, Kyoya used both the police and Kasanoda's clan to secure a route to the airport so that Tamaki could arrive on time to meet his mother.

In the volume 18 extras, Kasanoda is shown at the beginning of his romantic relationship with Mei Yasumura, who is informing him (to his astonishment) that Haruhi is pregnant, and commanding him to knit something for the baby; his friend Tetsuya Sendo can be seen in the background, cheering him on and voicing his approval of Mei.

A special chapter released in July 2011 in Lala revealed how he met Mei: when he is a first-year undergraduate business student at Ouran University, the twins send Kasanoda to Mei as a replacement model for her fashion show (they were originally the ones who were going to model). They eventually becomes friends, despite his being initially intimidated by her brashness and argumentative nature (he himself comments that she seems more like a yakuza than he does, at least in her use of profanity), what he sees as her excessive amounts of makeup, and her style of dressing. She even encourages him at one point to make a move on Haruhi (whom she knows he still has a crush on) while Tamaki is in the United States by showing her his carpentry skills; her reason for doing so is that she feels that he should learn to be confident in himself and what he does. It is the fact that she needs him and needs his help, however, that eventually appeals to him the most, although no romantic relationship is formed at the time. It is implied that it takes a few years for them to finally date, since their entry-level occupations (Mei is a rookie designer, Kasanoda a florist), rather than their student statuses, are listed in the volume 18 extra about their futures. In the volume 18 extra, it is also noted that Kasanoda eventually becomes the manager of a flower shop and the head of the Kasanoda-gumi.

Voiced by: Wataru Hatano[4] (Japanese), Christopher Sabat and Colleen Clinkenbeard (Young Kasonoda)[5] (English)

Kanako Kasugazaki[edit]

Kanako Kasugazaki (春日崎 奏子 Kasugazaki Kanako?) is the subject of help for the Host Club in episode 2 of the anime. Initially, Kanako was well known for host hopping (changing hosts very often, the usual practice being for a girl to designate a permanent host), but she only did this to spite her fiancé, Tohru Suzushima, into paying attention to her. She was unsuccessful until Tamaki learns of their situation and decides to help. She makes a cameo appearance in episode 13 as the dodo from Alice in Wonderland and is seen waiting for her lost love to come back. In the anime, she is the first person Haruhi ever kisses, by accident, during a ball organized by the Host Club where they executed Tamaki's plan to bring Kanako and Tohru together. She appears in later chapters stating that Tohru is working hard in England and wishing to help Tamaki.

Voiced by: Natsuko Kuwatani[4] (Japanese), Laura Bailey (English)

Shirō Takaoji[edit]

Shirō Takaoji (鷹凰子嗣郎 Takaoji Shirō?) is the subject of help for the Host Club in episode 6 of the anime. He is a painfully honest person, first pointing out that one of Tamaki's clients looks like a carp (her lips are thick), next stating that the twins are homosexual and finally that Haruhi is a cross-dresser. He is in love with a girl in his grade who is moving away and asks to be taught how to make women happy; in his music class, he is supposed to play a duet with the girl he likes, but prefers to just hear her play. Tamaki teaches him the song so they can play together and the young lovebirds end up corresponding through mail. In the manga, he is later "loaned" to Kasanoda in an attempt to make him cuter. He made a cameo appearance in episode 13 as a mouse and appears in the later chapters of the manga complaining that Tamaki had yet to take him to an amusement park. In the anime, at the end of episode 6, Shirō's pose is a nod to his voice actor's more famous role as the titular character in Naruto.

Voiced by: Junko Takeuchi[4] (Japanese), Brina Palencia (English)

Ayame Jōnōchi[edit]

Ayame Jōnōchi (城之内綾女 Jōnōchi Ayame?) is Kyōya's and Tamaki's classmate and the class vice-chairman of 2-A. Ayame became Haruhi's tutor when Haruhi failed to rank at the top of her grade. Despite hating Tamaki for his eccentricities and the fact that he is always second in class (Ayame was consistently third after Tamaki came to Ouran), she has a crush on the Host Club President. Initially, she permed her hair straight, but after Tamaki's advice, she reverted to her natural wavy hairstyle and became a regular at the Host Club. She is known for her ability to speak for a long time in a single breath; as such, her nickname among the club members is "Morse Code Lady". In the anime, her appearances are limited to a cameo in episode 24, when Tamaki introduces himself to her.

Zuka Club members[edit]

Benio Amakusa[edit]

Benio Amakusa (天草紅緒 Amakusa Benio?) is the President of the Zuka Club. She is nicknamed "Benibara-sama" at St. Lobelia's Girl Academy and is the most popular of the Zuka Club's ruling council. Benio is also known as "The Lady of the Crimson Rose", and was the anime's first openly homosexual female to be introduced. She is one of few people who have recognised Haruhi's gender upon meeting her. A "Benibara-sama's guardian club" was founded at St. Lobelia's just to make sure she does not get mobbed when walking down the school aisles. She has a large fan club devoted to her, as she flirts with girls with the same ease as Tamaki, with whom she shares personality traits such as over-confidence and a melodramatic nature. On one occasion, Benio claims that she is following in the footsteps of her mother, who was supposedly president of the Zuka Club in her day. This may have been nothing more than a lie, as her intentions were to lay down a ploy to steal Haruhi's first kiss in front of Tamaki as revenge for having defied the Zuka Club. In the manga, it was a ruse to show the foolishness of men. She refers to herself with the Japanese first-person pronoun boku, which is used predominantly by males, although in increasing usage by females.

Voiced by: Mitsuki Saiga (Japanese), Callie McHalen (English)

Chizuru Maihara[edit]

Chizuru Maihara (舞原千鶴 Maihara Chizuru?), also known as "The Lady of the Lily", is the Vice-President of the Zuka Club. She appears to be the most placid member of the club's ruling council, but she never objects to any of the club's plans, rather assisting and making things worse. Chizuru believes that all men are a lower form of life and finds the Host Club's bewilderment at her immunity to their charms amusing.

Voiced by: Miho Yamada (Japanese), Jamie Marchi[5] (English)

Hinako Tsuwabuki[edit]

Youngest member of the Zuka Club's leading council, Hinako Tsuwabuki (石蕗雛子 Tsuwabuki Hinako?), also known as "The Lady of the Daisy", is in her first year of high school at Lobelia Girls' Academy. She is the most energetic of the three girls and, as acknowledged by Chizuru, seems to be very intelligent. Her club tends to bother Haruhi, thinking that she should not wear a boy's uniform and insisting that Haruhi should join the Zuka Club.

Voiced by: Yuko Sasamoto[4] (Japanese), Brittney Karbowski[5] (English)

Others[edit]

Ryōji "Ranka" Fujioka[edit]

Anime screenshot depicting "Ranka".

Ryōuji Fujioka (藤岡 涼二 Fujioka Ryōji?), Haruhi's father, works at a cross-dressing bar (okama) under the name Ranka (蘭花?). He considers himself to be bisexual, and became a transvestite after his wife's death because he could never love another woman. In the American dub, his sexual orientation is never stated, but he says that Haruhi's mother did not care that he was a cross-dresser and she was the only one that mattered. In contrast to Haruhi's practicality and lack of interest in material things, he is bad with money and buys girly clothing for Haruhi hoping she will dress more cutely. He repacks her suitcase for an overnight trip in episode 8 of the anime, replacing the clothes she had packed with a dress.

Haruhi's stubborn self-reliance causes her father to worry about her a lot; he would like to be more involved in her life and do more for her, but she rarely lets him. However, the two have a loving relationship. While her father would like to be able to take care of Haruhi, it seems that she often has to take care of him instead, as shown in a flashback in which a very young Haruhi refuses to allow him to go to parents' day at her school because she wants him to stay home and rest.

There is a marked similarity between Haruhi's father and Tamaki, upon which several other members of the Host Club have commented. Because of this, and as a result of Tamaki's romantic affection for Haruhi, Ryōuji has stated that he considers Tamaki an enemy, and seems to take amusement in picking on him. In the volume 18 extra pertaining to his future and that of Tamaki's parents, he is seen about to dump a vat of water on Tamaki's head, having been informed by Anne-Sophie that Tamaki was planning to ask for his permission to marry Haruhi. Hatori also noted in the extra that Ryōuji and Tamaki's parents got along very well; she meant to include their relationship in one of the Boston chapters, but the short comic included in the extra seems to take place between the events of the July and August 2011 Lala special chapters, since Haruhi and Tamaki are not engaged in the July 2011 special.

In one of the later extra chapters of the manga, it is shown that Ryōji was very protective of his wife before they started dating, to the point that he quit his job at that time to make sure she was always safe, and he found her to be a very "cool" person. He is described by some of the characters in the anime and manga as prettier than Haruhi, even when she is wearing a dress.

Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu[4] (Japanese), Mike McFarland[5] (English)

Kotoko Fujioka[edit]

Kotoko Fujioka (藤岡 琴子 Fujioka Kotoko?) was Haruhi's mother, who died when her daughter was still very young. Haruhi remarks in the first episode that it has been ten years since her mother died, which makes her about five years old at that time. She was an attorney at law; Haruhi takes after her in some ways and she remains Haruhi's role-model. If the way in which Haruhi recalls her in her memories and dreams is accurate, she was a dedicated and loving mother who wished the best for her family. One can assume she was also open-minded to live with and love her husband, "Ranka", not only because of his sexuality but also for the fact he is six years younger than she is. He states that Kotoko was both beautiful and intelligent and reveals that she was a closet fan of the St. Lobelia's Zuka Club of her day. In later chapters, it is shown that she was popular at her law school and, in a recent omake, that she found Ryoji to be strange and annoying, but all the same liked him from the first moment they met. She is really vulnerable towards cute things, which is one of the reasons she became strongly attracted to Ryoji (who was a beautiful man and very caring towards her during their courtship) despite knowing the nature of his sexuality. From the omake, it can also be noted interestingly that, certain parts or exchanges between Ryoji and Kotoko during their courtship somehow resembles what of their future daughter and son-in-law, Haruhi and Tamaki.

Voiced by: Mika Doi[4] (Japanese), Jennifer Seman (English)

Yuzuru Suoh[edit]

Yuzuru Suoh (須王 譲 Suō Yuzuru?) is the patriarch of the Suoh family and chairman of Ouran Academy. He is the 48-year-old father of Tamaki and his hobbies are golf, theater and teasing his son. Yuzuru shares some of his son's characteristics. Despite knowing of his mother's loathing of Tamaki, he can do little to help the situation. To date, his only act of rebellion against his mother's wishes seems to be not breaking off his relationship with Tamaki's mother, Anne-Sophie, instead divorcing the woman his mother had chosen for him. In the anime, he appears to be cold to Tamaki, though this might be to show that he does not favor his son as a student, as a scene in the anime shows photographs of Tamaki at different stages of life on his office desk. It also seems Tamaki gained his charms from his father. Tamaki is very serious in Yuzuru's presence, but the manga is a little different, showing Yuzuru as eager to tease his son at every opportunity, sending him red herrings in the middle of an investigation and telling tall tales.

Volume 9 reveals that Yuzuru knows where his wife is; it would not be hard for him to arrange a reunion. What the father had in mind was to have Tamaki surpass him in terms of capabilities, so that he may inherit the Suoh empire and force his grandmother to accept his mother. In the last episode of the anime, while the Host Club members are enjoying the last night of the festival, Kyoya's father, Yoshio Ootori, is with Yuzuru in his office at Ouran. Yuzuru says that the two might as well be friendly to each other like their sons, but after hearing from Yoshio that he is planning to have his son, Kyoya, marry Haruhi someday, he comments that they will never be friendly after all, hinting that he is planning the same thing for Tamaki and Haruhi. This conversation never took place in the manga.

In the volume 18 extras, he is seen in one extra sitting around a kotatsu with Tamaki, Anne-Sophie and Shizue, discussing getting a kotatsu large enough to accommodate Haruhi and Ranka. In another extra, he is seen again with Anne-Sophie, Ranka and Shizue, grinning as Ranka prepares to dump a vat of water on Tamaki's head; Hatori noted in the same extra that Ranka, Anne-Sophie, and Yuzuru had become good friends.

Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue[4] (Japanese), John Swasey (English)

Anne-Sophie de Grantaine[edit]

Anne-Sophie Grantaine (アン ゾフィー・グランテーヌ An Zofi Gurantēnu?) is Tamaki's mother. Anne-Sophie was born in France and met Yuzuru Suoh, Tamaki's father, in Paris while he was on a business trip. The two fell in love and she became his mistress. When Tamaki was born she was forbidden by Yuzuru's mother to return to Japan with him.

Anne-Sophie raised Tamaki in France until he was fourteen, about three years before the start of the series. Anne-Sophie was often very sick. At the time, Yuzuru's mother was worried that the Suoh family would be without an heir and offered Anne-Sophie money in exchange for allowing Tamaki to live in Japan, never to see his mother again. Faced with the failure and debt of her family's business, Anne-Sophie tearfully accepted, going into hiding after Tamaki's departure. No one knows where she is, though Yuzuru has some idea. During the second year school trip to France, Kyoya finds her and discovers that she is living quite healthily, thinking of her son every day. In chapter 77, they find out that Anne-Sophie suffers from systemic lupus erythematosus.

In chapters 80/81, she is finally reunited with Tamaki thanks to his friends who helped him get to the airport in time for her departure after a brief visit to Japan. Although she returns to France, she's no longer forbidden from seeing Tamaki. In the volume 18 extras (omakes), she is apparently living in Japan, since she is seen in one edition sitting around a kotatsu with Tamaki, Yuzuru and Shizue, discussing getting a kotatsu large enough to accommodate Haruhi and Ryouji; in another extra, she's seen again with Yuzuru, Ryouji and Shizue, informing Ryouji that Tamaki is planning to ask him for permission to marry Haruhi that day (since she has seen the day marked on a calendar in his room), and not intervening when Ryouji is about to dump a vat of water on Tamaki's head.

In the anime, Anne-Sophie's situation is somewhat different. She works as the housekeeper of the Tonerre family and knows the young heiress, Éclair. She tells young Éclair a lot about Tamaki, which makes the heiress curious about what kind of person he could be; and thus she goes to Japan to visit him and tells him that if he marries her, she'll make sure he's reunited with Anne-Sophie. In the end, the engagement is broken off and Éclair deems Tamaki a fool.

Shizue Suoh[edit]

Tamaki's grandmother, Yuzuru's mother and the Suoh matriarch. Introduced in the series as the main antagonist, she was responsible for bringing Tamaki to Japan and forbidding him to ever see his mother again. She is hateful and mean, being one of the only people Mitsukuni hates. She strongly dislikes Tamaki for being the child of her son's mistress and refers to him as a "filthy child". Strict and old fashioned, she puts the Suoh business before everything else.

Throughout the series, she also shows she has plans for Tamaki and the Host Club. In later chapters, thanks to the Suoh's lawyer, Kousaka, Shizue finally allows Tamaki to enter the main residence, though she still does not acknowledge him. Once he is there, she tells him of how he has messed up Haruhi Fujioka's life by making her hide her gender and deceive the whole school. She also forbids him from participating in Host Club activities, an order which Tamaki obeys.

As she starts living in the same residence as her grandson, Shizue is slowly charmed by his extravagant, yet kind self. Yuzuru orders her retirement after his and Yoshio Ootori's companies discover a medicine for Tamaki's mother, which causes her to seclude herself inside her room. Falling into depression, it is Tamaki who helps her regain her spirit by playing the piano for her, leading to the discovery that they have a lot in common, such as the same interests in movies and TV series.

After witnessing how far the Host Club goes to make Tamaki see his mother before she leaves, Shizue lets him go as long as he will come back to play the piano for her. After this, she also allows him to return to the Host Club and eventually accepts Tamaki's relationship with Haruhi. This exemplified, in chapter 82, when she forcefully had him dressed in her late-husband's (i.e. Tamaki's paternal grandfather) clothes before Tamaki went on a date with Haruhi.

Voiced by: Hisako Kyōda (Japanese), Judy Keith (English)

Yoshio Ōotori[edit]

Yoshio Ōtori (鳳敬雄 Ōtori Yoshio?), Kyōya's father, is the patriarch of the Ōotori family. Yoshio is portrayed as a cold, calculating father. Kyōya tries hard to please him to become heir of the family, despite the fact that his father apparently shows no understanding for his children and has planned out the lives of his sons as his successors already. In the manga, he acknowledges Kyōya as a possible successor despite being the third son. In the anime, he states he has already decided Kyōya would inherit Ōotori Medical from him (in the manga, he states it is a possibility), only to have his third son buy it and return it to his control without ever revealing his identity. He wants Kyōya to marry Haruhi in the anime.

Voiced by: Fumihiko Tachiki[4] (Japanese), Kent Williams (English)

Fuyumi Ōotori[edit]

Fuyumi Ōtori (鳳芙裕美 Ōtori Fuyumi?) is Kyōya's older sister. In the anime, she appears during Kyōya's flashbacks about his first meeting with Tamaki. She clearly cares for her younger brother and tries to help him in life. She is somewhat lacking in the areas of housework and organization as any time she tries to help Kyōya packing clothes they end up all over the place literally, but appears to be a kind-hearted person. The manga reveals that she is married, but returned home for a short visit. Her husband's surname is Shido (矢道?). She and Tamaki are pursuing a tour of commoners' food together.

Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue[4] (Japanese), Christine Auten (English)

Misuzu Sonoda[edit]

Misuzu Sonoda (園田 美鈴 Sonoda Misuzu?) is Ranka's colleague at the cross dressing bar. He runs a pension in Karuizawa, Nagano, where Haruhi works during summer vacation. He holds a contest among the hosts over who will be the most refreshing and able to stay at the pension; he is swayed by Kaoru and Hikaru after a display of "brotherly love" earns them "100 refreshing points". His real name is Isao (?). He was formerly a banker and has a love for making frilly Lolita-type clothing.

Voiced by: Yūichi Nagashima[4] (Japanese), Sonny Strait (English)

Mei Yasumura[edit]

Mei Yasumura (安村 メイ Yasumura Mei?) is Misuzu's ganguro daughter, who hates her father for being a cross-dresser, as it was the reason her parents divorced and left her without a proper father figure for most of her childhood. Yasumura is her stepfather's surname, since Mei's custody was given to her mother after the divorce. She is a manga-only character.

Misuzu gets the Fujiokas to keep an eye on his daughter for a while, as she keeps running away from him and refuses to stay at his house. During her stay at the Fujiokas, Haruhi secretly prepares meals for Mei using Misuzu's recipes, such as jam and demiglace sauce, which Tamaki obtains from Misuzu by working part-time at the pension. Mei eventually sees through Tamaki's plan and reconciles with Misuzu by requesting some more of his cooking.

One of Mei's favourite hobbies is creating her own fashions and loves seeing her clothes on other girls. Mei is so dedicated to this hobby that she is willing to wake up early in the morning to sew a new dress and sometimes gets so carried away that her homework is neglected. When she discovers that the mother of Hikaru and Kaoru is the famous designer Yuzuha Hitachiin, Mei persuades Haruhi to accept an invite to the twins' mansion so Mei can meet her idol in person. Yuzuha lives up to Mei's expectations and together they try to photograph Haruhi wearing cute outfits designed by Yuzuha.

From the moment she saw Tamaki, Mei developed a crush on him and enlisted Haruhi's reluctant help to attract his attention. Later, she suspects that Tamaki might be in love with Haruhi and vice versa, and she is the first to notice Haruhi's feelings towards Tamaki. As they become better friends, Mei provides Haruhi with love advice, using a girls' magazine to help Haruhi understand her relationship with Tamaki; her assistance gives Tamaki an advantage over Hikaru in confessing his feelings to Haruhi.

In the volume 18 extras, Mei is shown at the beginning of her romantic relationship with Ritsu Kasanoda, informing him that Haruhi is pregnant, and commanding him to knit something for the baby.

A special chapter released in July 2011 in Lala revealed how she met Kasanoda: when she is a first-year fashion student at a women's college, the twins send Kasanoda to Mei as a replacement model for her fashion show (they were originally the ones who were going to model). She eventually becomes friends with him, even encouraging him at one point to make a move on Haruhi (whom she knows he still has a crush on) while Tamaki is in the United States by showing her his carpentry skills; her reason for doing so is that he should learn to be confident in himself and what he does. It is the fact that she needs him and needs his help, however, that eventually appeals to him the most, although no romantic relationship is formed at the time. It is implied that it takes a few years for them to finally date, since their occupations (Mei is a rising designer, Kasanoda a florist), rather than their student statuses, are listed in the volume 18 extra about their futures. Mei is the only non-Host Club member to appear on any volume cover of the manga.

Éclair Tonnerre[edit]

An anime-only character. Éclair is the beautiful and shrewd heir to the France-based Grand Tonnerre Group, which in the anime employs Tamaki's mother as a servant in Éclair's house. Having heard a great deal about Tamaki from his mother, Éclair develops a crush on him and Tamaki's grandmother, who detests his mother, concocts a scheme to make him Éclair's husband. She tracks down Tamaki in Japan and convinces him to leave the Host Club, offering him a chance to see his mother if he complies with her wishes. She secures noninterference from the Ootori group by arranging for the Grand Tonnerre Group to buy Ootori Medical so as to control Kyoya's father.

She does not immediately recognize Haruhi as a girl, however she does believe that Haruhi is Tamaki's male lover. This leads her to try to drive a wedge between Haruhi and Tamaki, with some degree of success. In the end, Tamaki leaves Éclair in order to save Haruhi's life, but not before leaving a good impression by genuinely smiling at her and thanking her for letting him go. She then asks her driver to head toward the airport without Tamaki, speaking of how wonderful and pure-hearted Tamaki is since he could smile at her after all that she had done. She reveals that Tamaki's mother is now a servant (precisely, housekeeper) at her house and it is suggested that she may somehow arrange for Tamaki to see his mother again. This is her final appearance in the anime.

Her name is French for "lightning thunder" and is supposed to represent Haruhi's worst fears.

Voiced by: Yukari Tamura[4] (Japanese), Colleen Clinkenbeard (English)

Yasuchika Haninozuka[edit]

Mitsukuni "Honey" Haninozuka's younger brother, whom Honey calls "Chika-chan". He often feels overshadowed by his older brother and has grown a lasting resentment towards him for enjoying things that are cute and dropping out as the Karate Club's President. He is also very astonished by the amount of cake he eats in one night and how quickly he does so. His greatest ambition is to one day finally defeat his brother in combat, but in the end Honey easily defeats him, choosing the things he loves most over his brother's feelings, much to Mori's surprise.

Yasuchika's best friend is Satoshi Morinozuka, the younger brother of Mori. Both seem to be polar opposites of their older brothers, however, it is shown that underneath Chika's attitude, he is much like Honey, crying easily and collecting cute stuffed toy chicks and chick photo books. He goes to ninth grade while his older brother is at Ouran Academy.

Voiced by: Kei Watanabe (Japanese), Aaron Dismuke (English)

Satoshi Morinozuka[edit]

Satoshi is Mori's younger brother, Captain of the Kendo Club and member of the Karate Club.[citation needed] He attends Ouran Middle School along with Yasuchika. Compared to Mori, Satoshi is talkative and cheerful. He takes his role as a Morinozuka seriously, going so far as to hit Yasuchika with a kendo stick when he is being rude. During one of his visits to the Host Club, the twins add Tabasco sauce to Satoshi's tea, which he then declares is delicious, leaving other characters to doubt that he has any taste buds. In contrast to Yasuchika's disdain for Honey, Satoshi adores his brother Mori and converts any criticism of Mori into something reasonably positive. He does not appear in the anime and has only appeared briefly in one of the later chapters of the manga. In the volume 18 extras, it is revealed that he attempts to keep the Host Club going during the Hosts' year in Boston, in order to preserve his brother's and Tamaki's legacy; in order to lure Chika into helping him, however, he adds animals, and the Host Club morphs into an Animal Husbandry club.

Takeshi Kuze[edit]

Takeshi Kuze is the president of Ouran's American Football Club, the Ouran Orages (the word comes from the French for "Tempest"), referred to by Tamaki as the most talented of all of Ouran's athletic clubs. Kuze has a long standing rivalry with Kyoya, despite the fact they were once childhood friends, partly due to Kuze's habit of eating oranges with the rind still on. His family holds the largest share of imported produce in Japan. Kuze and Kyoya's rivalry have results in several battles between the Host Club and the Football Club. For example, there is a battle between them to see who can get the prime space at the school's cultural festival, which is decided by holding a race, which the Host Club win.

Others[edit]

Kazukiyo Sōga[edit]

Kazukiyo Sōga (相賀 和清 Sōga Kazukiyo?) is the Class President of 1-A, who suffers from nyctophobia (severe fear of the dark) and a fear of just about anything that is scary. He has romantic feelings for Class 1-A's Vice-President Momoka, whom he has known for years, but he is initially too shy to say anything. Hikaru and Kaoru comment that he is the kind of person with pure feelings who they cannot tease, possibly because he is more emotionally vulnerable than Tamaki. In the manga, he unwittingly caused Haruhi trouble with her scholarship when he ranked as the top student of his grade. Volume 6 reveals that his father is a famous politician. In the volume 18 extras, he is seen as a college student, confessing nervously to Momoka as Haruhi and the twins cheer him on from a distance; he and Momoka are also seen in the July 2011 special chapter, as first-year students in the law faculty along with Haruhi (whom they still call Haruhi-kun, despite knowing her gender).Voiced by: Shigenori Yamazaki (Japanese), Kyle Hebert (English)

Momoka Kurakano[edit]

Momoka Kurakano (倉加野 百華 Kurakano Momoka?) is the Class Vice-President of 1-A. Originally fond of Haruhi. She conducts class meetings with Kazukiyo and holds a new-found respect for him after he put up with the Halloween ordeal.[clarification needed] She is a frequent client of Haruhi in the Host Club. In the volume 18 extras, she is seen as a college student, smiling as Soga confesses nervously to her; she and Soga are also seen in the July 2011 special chapter, as first-year students in the law faculty along with Haruhi (whom they still call Haruhi-kun, despite knowing her gender).

Voiced by: Tomomi Watanabe (Japanese), Carrie Savage[5] (English)

Reception[edit]

IGN praised the Host Club characters for being well-animated in the show, as they are made simpler without losing the details. The characters there are not only well-drawn, but also well-written. Haruhi Fujioka is "actually written smart and acts smart", as opposed to other anime protagonists who are claimed to be smart without apparent evidence in the show.[18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carlo Santos (2006-09-20). "Review: Ouran High School Host Club: G.novel 7". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2008-07-11. "The Host Club characters aren't just there to play on bishōnen stereotypes, but are interesting in their own right." 
  2. ^ a b c Hatori, Bisco (2006). "Chapter 14". Ouran High School Host Club, Volume 4. Viz Media. ISBN 978-1-4215-0192-5. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Hatori, Bisco (2005). "Chapter 4". Ouran High School Host Club, Volume 2. Viz Media. p. 7. ISBN 1-59116-990-9. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Ouran High School Host Club". Ryu. Retrieved 2008-05-01. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Funimation Announces Ouran High School Host Club Cast". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2009-04-11. 
  6. ^ a b c Hatori, Bisco (2006). "Chapter 15". Ouran High School Host Club, Volume 4. Viz Media. ISBN 978-1-4215-0192-5. 
  7. ^ "Ouran High School Host Club Vol. 6." Viz Media. Retrieved on January 16, 2009.
  8. ^ "Tamaki Suou." Funimation. Retrieved on January 16, 2009.
  9. ^ a b "Cast.swf." Nippon Television. Retrieved on January 9, 2009.
  10. ^ a b Carlo Santos (2006-09-20). "Review: Ouran High School Host Club: G.novel 7". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2008-07-11. "Cool, calculating Kyoya ..." 
  11. ^ Hatori, Bisco (2005). "Egoist Club". Ouran High School Host Club, Volume 1. Viz Media. p. 173. ISBN 978-1-59116-915-4. 
  12. ^ Hatori, Bisco (2006). Ouran High School Host Club, Volume 6. Viz Media. p. 151. ISBN 978-1-4215-0584-8. 
  13. ^ "Ouran High School Host Club Shojo Beat Online Preview." Shojo Beat. Retrieved on January 16, 2009.
  14. ^ "Kyoya Otori." Funimation. Retrieved on January 16, 2009.
  15. ^ Hatori, Bisco (2006). "Chapter 16". Ouran High School Host Club, Volume 4. Viz Media. ISBN 978-1-4215-0192-5. 
  16. ^ Hatori, Bisco (2006). "Extra: Senior Mori's Secret". Ouran High School Host Club, Volume 5. Viz Media. ISBN 978-1-4215-0329-5. 
  17. ^ http://www.english.ufl.edu/imagetext/archives/v4_3/darlington/
  18. ^ D. F. Smith (23 October 2008). "IGN: Ouran High School Host Club Season 1 - Part 1 Review". IGN Entertainment. Retrieved 22 September 2009. 

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