Expand your world with Ouran

Posted: April 12, 2011 in life lesson
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“Everything you need to learn in life, you learn from Anime”
Part 1: Ouran Highschool Host Club.

spoilers abound. you have been warned.

Ouran Highschool Host Club

Welcome to the Host Club!

The moral of Ouran Highschool Host Club?
Do something crazy, expand your world a little bit wider.

The most obvious example of this is the story of the twins, Hikaru and Kaoru. They spent their whole lives shutting out the rest of the world, in the fear that no one would ever be able to tell them apart. Tamaki mentions it a few times when he says things like, “Their world is still so small” and when he tells them that they’ll never meet the person(s) able to tell them apart if they don’t expand their world.

My favorite example is Kyoya’s story, and that he joined the Host Club “because it was a crazy idea.” (fyi, I can almost quote that whole episode word for word. Kyoya<3 hahaha.) And he later states that if he shared Tamaki’s world, he would experience something he’s never experienced before. Then he uses it fund his eventual buy out of his father’s company and in which he shoves it back in his father’s face. Branching out to Tamaki’s craziness has benefited each of the main characters in their own way.

Then there’s Haruhi, who we meet from the start as a commoner, and her frequent phrase of “stupid rich kids.” She spends almost the entirety of the anime trying to get away from them, only to throw her self on a run-away carriage, chasing down Tamaki, to confess how much she actually loves being in the Host Club.

And the notion that Kaoru keeps bring up, the spell cast on the carriage, saddens me a bit. He states that when the carriage turns back into a pumpkin, he won’t know what to do with himself. Yes, they branched out from their worlds into Tamaki’s, only to now be absorbed in the world of the Host Club. Seems counter productive, right? Maybe. Having been in my own carriage of friends during my college life, I know exactly how Kaoru feels. But for me, it did turn into a pumpkin when one of my best friends passed away and everyone else fell away over stupid things. But the memories from the carriage will always hold a really strong place in my life, and theirs as well. Dealing with the broken spell of the carriage will be another way they will all have to expand their worlds.

And if you still need convincing: the last line of the ending song is “I can show you how. Start with me and your world will be even bigger than ever before.”

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