Hello! I am going to try and up my posting to three times a week, that way I can have one post a week on manga/anime, one book review, and one life post. So going forward, Mondays will have a post on anime or manga, Wednesdays will have a lifestyle related post and Saturdays are for book reviews. I will try to alternate an additional post on Thursdays and Fridays on some other fun topic (probably related to books or manga/anime). Hopefully, this will motivate me and keep me accountable.
This week I am talking about two romance anime’s, both of which I consider some of the first manga/anime I ever watched. The first is Ouran High school Host Club.
Ouran Highschool Host Club
This one is just a classic. There I said it. Classic. I love Ouran so much. And it is one that I talk about frequently with my friends. This is a reverse harem, romantic comedy anime originally airing 26 episodes in 2006. The manga was published from 2002 to 2010. It follows Fujioka Haruhi, a scholarship student at Ouran Academy who after a very unfortunate accident becomes indebted to the Ouran Academy Host Club. Poor Haruhi was just looking for somewhere quiet to study and instead becomes a member of the club to help work off the debt. Oh yeah, did I mention all the hosts are male and Haruhi is a female?
This is one of the first animes I ever watched. It is by far one of my favorites to rewatch as a sort of comfort show. It is incredibly adorable, quirky and so funny. Most of the plot follows them along as Tamaki, the co-founder, and president of the club, and the others try to keep it secret that Haruhi is a girl dressing up as a boy from the rest of the students. There is of course a budding romance between these two as the series progress but as the anime is only one season with 26 episodes (Where is season 2? I jest, I know it’s not coming.) it is not as fully developed as in the manga. But beyond that, the side stories and side characters add so much more depth to it. We get to see the backstories of almost all of them and they aren’t bland or overused stories either. It is something I really enjoy seeing in anything, the development of relationships. How they started and how it changes over time.
If you are looking for a funny with a dash of romance anime full of quirky characters and a no-nonsense taking female lead try this one. It is available on Netflix and subbed.
Love, love, love, love Maid-Sama. This is a romantic comedy anime/ manga. It was originally published from 2005- 2013 and originally aired 26 episodes in 2010. It follows Ayuzawa Misaki the first female student council president at Seika High who is hiding a secret. When she is not at school or studying she is working at a Maid cafe to help pay off the debt her father left them with. But when her secret is found out, not by one student from her school but by four different students she is convinced her world is going to fall apart.
This one is so dorky, I love it. Similar to Ouran, the romance doesn’t develop as much in the anime as it does in the manga but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t at all. Misaki and Usui’s relationship is probably one of my favorite ones ever. He is so protective and caring of her but at the same time constantly teasing and taunting her at her work. He can be very childish but proves himself to be genuine in his feelings for her. And she is her own way starts to care for him. She is very driven and hard-working and has a tendency to push herself too far which Usui calls her out on. There are some moments that I kind of cringe at… or really cringe at. But they are minimal and the good bits definitely over shadow them and make it worthwhile.
So, if you are looking for a rom-com anime featuring a driven and hardworking female lead with a dashingly handsome teasing male lead check this one out. It is available on Netflix and I originally watched it subbed.
End of Part 1!
And that is it for this post. Next week will be the first small portion of me talking about my all time favorite animes. I have watched a lot of anime and want to just talk about them with you. As always let me know your thoughts and recommendations in the comments below!