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Ouran High School Host Club Vol.5 - Bisco Hatori

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Genre: Graphic Novels / Comics / Author: Bisco Hatori / 176 pages / Published 2006-03-07 by Viz Media

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      07.01.2011 17:09
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      An excellent volume to continue the series which is full of life!

      General Plot (shortened version from my review of Vol 1)

      The basic plot revolves around a scholarship student named Haruhi Fujioka, whom stumbles in upon the "Host Club" - a club devoted to helping the rich young ladies (and gentlemen if they are that way inclined) spend their leisure time happily - while looking for a quiet place to study. Here Haruhi meets the rest of the characters whom will remain with us throughout the story: Tamaki (the King), Kyoya (the Shadow King), Mitsukuni (Hunny), Takashi (Mori) and the twins, Hikaru and Kaoru, each of course has their special skill for entertaining the clients of the 'Host Club'. The series continues by describing interesting/humorous events that happen in and around the 'Host Club'.

      Volume Specific Plot

      The first story in this volume starts out with the shock that Haruhi may be expelled for not coming first on an exam, and needs to study to make up the grades in the re-sit, thus introducing a new character, Ayame, as Haruhi's tutor for the episode. Quite quickly the story begins to move around Ayame and her 'hate' for Tamaki, the reason for which becomes the centre of the story. The second story in this book is all about the summer holidays, for which Haruhi (and eventually the rest of the Host Club) has decided to spend at her father's friend (whom will become a recurring character) Mizusu's pensione. The Club make a game out of it, to become the most 'refreshing' helper, so that they can stay by Haruhi's side. The third story picks up where the last left off, with the Host Club visiting Haruhi at the pensione for another day. However, Haruhi's old school friend, working in his summer break for his family, delivers fruit to the pensione and they get talking, much to the annoyance of the twins. The frouth story is again a continuation of the previous, and starts with a 'date' between Haruhi and Hikaru, set up by Kaoru in an attempt to get his twin to see that he likes Haruhi. Of course the Host Club go to spy on them and try to intervene. Unfortunately it starts going badly and leads to Haruhi being caught out in a rainstorm. Finally the fifth story of this volume reintroduces Nekozawa, and introduces his little sister, Kirimi. Nekozawa wants to be closer to his sister, but is struggling due to her fears, and so enlists the aid of the Host Club, and particularly of Tamaki, Kirimi seems to have taken a liking to him.
      We also get an extra story about Mori and his problems with Autumn sleepiness.

      Drawing - Style/Substance

      The drawings in this volume are excellent quality, with Bisco outdoing herself with the detailed backgrounds, both in and around the High School as well as in Karuizawa. We also get some nice full page group pictures of the Club in different outfits.

      Other Positives

      This volume contains so much plot and character development that its bursting at the seams! Not only do we get to see Tamaki as he was younger, but also we begin to delve into the enigma that is the twins. Bisco also expands upon the Nekozawa story, and considering hes just a minor/support character, is quite unusual for a manga-ka (author) to do.

      Other Negatives

      Theres so much jammed into this book that I'm not sure there are many negatives. One simple one that I have stated for another of the volumes, is that Bisco has added small boxes with miniature pictures in at the bottom's of pages again - this time with information as well - but it still feels like just making use of extra space.

      This is one of the most value for money volumes of the series (at £6.99 currently in shops), its got everything you want in buying a new volume of OuHos: development, fun, humour, lots of plot and a feel good story.

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