Haruhi is a poor tomboyish student at a school for the ultra-wealthy, able to attend because of a scholarship, and unable to even afford a uniform. One day, she stumbles across the decidedly peculiar but very popular Ouran Host Club. She tries to leave, but accidentally breaks a vase, and unable to pay for it, she's told that she'll have to stay and do odd jobs. That is, until they decide she would be more valuable as a club member. Not realizing she's female due to her appearance, they fix her up and give her a male uniform. She's an instant hit, so they decide to have her keep up the charade even after they find out the truth. Haruhi, being average almost to a fault, doesn't know what to make of the unconventional activities of the Host Club (or of the even more unconventional members), but having little choice, she plays along. Before long, real bonds are formed, friends made, and Haruhi finds herself accepted in a way she could never have been otherwise in this affluent school.
comedy slice of life romance bishounen school life school parody male harem host club crossdressing trap moe middle school shoujo reverse trap high school cosplaying cross-dressing time place present Earth super deformed slapstick breaking the fourth wall satire clubs school festival Japan slow when it comes to love first kiss shounen ai sudden girlfriend appearance plot continuity stereotypes reverse harem manga Asia mafia ecchi crime Halloween unfoundedly feared character open-ended instant fan club test of courage banana peel school for the rich elite storytelling dear mother in heaven grandiose displays of wealth dialogue driven strong female lead rich guy - poor girl flashback spacing out beautiful people club boy meets girl self-parody creepy laugh poverty high-class world family without mother beach visit female protagonist incomplete story gender bender pool episode physical examination cast tropes money family life