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Ouran High School Host Club

March 13, 2007

March 9 plate… from my elective class.

Summary from Wikipedia

Ouran High School Host Club is a story that takes place primarily at Ouran High School. The school is an exclusive institution reserved only for students from incredibly wealthy families. One exception is scholarship student Haruhi Fujioka, a young girl from a lower-middle class family who has a ‘low threshold for gender identity’. Because of this, Haruhi resorts to wearing long slacks, polo shirts and a vest that resembles the male student’s uniform. Therefore, upon entering school, she was at first taken as a male student.

One day, she begins to search through the vast campus for a quiet place to study since the libraries are filled with gossiping students. Her search takes her to the technically unused Third Music Room where she stumbles upon the Host Club- a group of six attractive male students who spend their time charming and entertaining the school’s girls for profit. During their first meeting, Haruhi is shocked at their behavior which causes her to accidentally knock over a very expensive vase valued at ¥8,000,000. This causes Haruhi to contract a massive debt with the Host Club. In order to pay off the large sum, she is employed as the club’s “dog” and is constantly ordered to do menial tasks for the members, such as serving food or cleaning up.

Once the club president, Tamaki Suou, sees “him” without “his” glasses, Haruhi is promoted to be one of the hosts of the club as a way to pay off “his” huge debt. The other club members soon discover that Haruhi is a female, but since she is already accepted by the club’s customers and became one of the main attractions of the club, Haruhi is allowed, and continues to be forced to stay until she has accumulated a total of 100 (which later grows to 1,000) customers, at which time her debt would be considered paid in full.

I was able to watch the first 20 episodes last March 7 thanks to JC, Kit and Tin. Kit told me that the series would be something that I really would love… and he was absolutely right. *squeels at Hikaru and Kaoru* He really knows that I can’t resist shounen-ai pairings. And I can’t also resist shotacon characters. I can’t wait till Kit lends me the last 6 episodes… I wanna see how it turns out. I watched the 20 episodes in one day that’s why my head hurt so much on the following day.

The series is so nice and fun to watch. There are so many hilarious and funny scenes especially when they try to contrast the lives of wealthy and average people. The writers are so much witty and original that I really ought to give them a 2 thumbs up. I really have to say that it’s a job well done in making the characters because they really act so charming and beautiful– just like what a host is supposed to be. Because of that, I also tend to squeel and go nuts like the school girls in the series. Teehee >.


Sleepless and Loveless

January 14, 2007

First plate, theme inspired by the song “Bride in Dream” in O2 jam. Second plate, inspired to draw an oriental-medieval princess.

Up until yesterday, I’ve been sleep-deprived since Tuesday. Well, on the first day of my sleepless marathon may seem pretty much pointless for others. I spent the whole Tuesday night/ Wednesday early morning watching a whole anime mini-series entitled Loveless (hah! akala nyo kung anong ibig sabihin ng title no!).
The story goes like this (from Wikipedia). On his first day at his new school, 12-year old Ritsuka Aoyagi meets a mysterious 20-year old man named Sobi Agatsuma. He claims to be a good friend of Ritsuka’s brother, Seimei, who was recently murdered, and the suspicious organization called ‘Septimal Moon’ may be responsible for the death. As Ritsuka quickly finds out, Seimei and Sobi acted as a pair involved in spell battles. Now Soubi is Ritsuka’s fighter, and Ritsuka is his ‘sacrifice’. Together, they challenge the organization to find out the truth behind Seimei’s death and the reason for Ritsuka’s amnesia.

Well, I don’t recommend this for conservative people as this series is a shounen-ai (boy-to-boy relationship) and a shotacon (guy pedophilia). I think may pagka R-17 to. Ahihi. This is what Kit got me for the exchange gift asides from the Gravitation series. Oh well, what do you expect me to receive. Haha. Joke lang Kit. But I really enjoyed the series a lot. However I felt a bit cut short from the ending. Something looks missing and not everything is explained. If you guys are interested, you can but the DVD from Comic Alley but you have to ask the sales person first since you won’t find it at once at the display set.

So that’s it for that day. On Wednesday night/ Thursday early morning was a cramming night, Thursday night/ Friday early morning was our Pinoy overnight and Friday night/ Saturday early morning was the Pyro Olympics night. I was able to catch some rest for the whole Saturday and Sunday. Actually, I think I overdid it. Gah. Why do teachers have to give so much requirements!? Porket akala nila new year at wala RAW masyadong ginagawa mga tao. Oh well. That’s life. We have to accept whatever life gives us. Diskarte lang natin yun kung paano natin aayusin/gagawing matino buhay natin kapag may kasamang problema. For me, I’d like to do what Ms. Carmella says, “Have a stress-free weekend” if that is truly possible for a Pisay student.