Ouran High School Host Club Live Action – 01 Review
Ahhh!!! I just found out that there was a live action version of Ouran and I went nuts, I even made an overseas phone call to a friend to squeal about it (she did not pick up her phone). Talk about an epic fangirl moment on my part. =_=”
Okay, so since I love Ouran (both the anime and manga), I think that it is only normal that I review this series. Of course like most people, I don’t think that any human being can measure up to the coolness of the characters in the anime and manga, but lets here how that turned out for me. =)
The episodes are half an hour long and the first episode essentially covers the first episode of the anime with little change.
Please note that when reviewing, I will be comparing it to the anime not the manga because I am not as familiar with the manga as I am with the anime. Whilst the manga is good, I preferred the anime more.
Here’s a short summary of the first episode for those who don’t know about Ouran:
Fujioka Haruhi is an poor student who recently entered Ouran High School which is a High School for the elite. While trying to find a quiet place to study on her first day, she wanders into a music room which is the base for the Ouran High School Host Club. She then goes on to break a $8,000,000 vase and is now in debt to the club. To pay off the debt she starts to work for the Host Club as a host.
Okay, so I know fantasy can never compare with reality, and because I love the characters in Ouran I felt disappointed at the show, but, I shall attempt to keep a level head and be as unbiased as I possibly can.
Firstly, there were a few minor things that were different from the anime, Nekozawa is introduced early on in this episode as the bringer of bad news warning/predicting the future. Though I can kinda understand the reason behind them introducing Nekozawa so early on, I felt like it did not do too much for this episode. Nekowaza’s actor Ryuusei Ryo was much too cheery for my liking. I expected Nekozawa to have a more ominous presence and that would require the actor to act a bit darker rather than relying on a black cloud surrounding him and a costume to pull off the part. However, since we see very little of his acting in this episode, I shall refrain from thinking too much about it at this stage.
The sets that they had used in the series, whilst it did a good job in displaying the “expensiveness” of the school lacked the extra x-factor that would have made it grand and classy. For instance, the staircase that Haruhi walked down was way too short, and the ceilings too low. The library looked expensive but the fact that it looked small (looked even smaller than the library I had in my school and it was a government school.) failed to give off a sense of it being grand. The general lack of space resulted in letting down the intricate details in the sets which tried to make the series look magical.
The series however did try to make things similar to the anime with dramatic shots that resemble the anime. The use of the animated heart and the use of animation to describe Tamaki’s reactions was a nice touch. However, I did wish that they had used more of it and made it even more dramatic because those stupid moments play a key factor in making Ouran so entertaining and hilarious to watch.
One more thing about the episode that confused me, why show a picture of Haruhi as a kid just to show Haruhi’s mother? In that photo, Haruhi was wearing a pink top and looked like a girl. It seemed so obvious that I am shocked no one realised she was a girl, unless they were trying to iterate the fact that the students there are rich kids with not much brains, there really was not need for her to be in the photo right?
Now onto the actual Host Club:
Haruhi’s (Kawaguchi Haruna) actress did a decent job in acting out her character and she does not look overly feminine in her male student outfit so that is a plus point for me.
Tamaki’s actor, Yamamoto Yusuke did quite a good job in trying to portray Tamaki’s super energetic and over dramatic attitude. You could really tell he was trying his best act out his role to be like his character.
The twin’s (Takagi Shinpei and Takagi Manpei) were also quite alright as well. I missed some of the “speaking-in-time” moments that were done so well in the anime. Don’t get me wrong, they did that in the episode as well, but it did not seem as refined as in the anime.
I think the only character so far that I can’t find much fault with is Mori, then again, he rarely speaks and so it is hard to judge for now. He did a good job at being all stoic and you can definitely picture him beating people up =p.
On the other hand, I really do not like the actor for Honey-senpai (Chiba Yudai) . Argh, the hairstyle was a HUGE turnoff, it was not even the right colour and it looked all fizzled out and dry. I don’t expect them to find a actor who is going to fit the physical description of Honey, but, at the very least, he should be able to pull off the whole cute and adorable attitude of Honey without making me want to punch him in the face and walk away disturbed. I think that they should have found a better actor, then again his scene was really just a couple of minutes long so may be I am being too harsh, but he was really the only character that I could not stand. There was also the weird thing that the animators did when they animated Honey into being like a child when he leaped into Haruhi’s arms. There is also a lack of consistency in the height of the character. They show Hunny to be the actors real height (or so it seems) but when they can pull it off, like a backshot of Mori having Honey on his shoulder, they use a kid or a prop to make Hunny seem smaller. Couldn’t they just decide on a single uniformed height?
The actor for Kyoya (Daito Shunsuke) was not too bad. He seems like he would be able to pull off the role, though he does lack the “evil” aura.
Overall, it was a decent effort and I did enjoy certain moments of the episode, mainly the moments with Tamaki in it. I was not jumping out of my seat but the cast did a decent job most of the time and the script stuck pretty close to the original story. The cinematography was nothing fantastic or even good, it was okay at best, if not dissapointing. (I expected them to use more yellowish lighting rather than such a white tone just to give a more “golden” glow to everything like in the anime.) I suggest you give the first episode a shot and see it it goes, I doubt the quality is going to change much as the series goes on.
-ra out! Let me know what you think about the episode and if you agree or disagree with what I have said. Now I have to go dig for those mangas to re-read them.
Posted on July 25, 2011, in J-Drama / J-Movie, Ouran High School Host Club Live Action and tagged J-Drama Review, Ouran High School Host Club, Ouran High School Host Club Live Action Review. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.