桜蘭高校ホスト部

13 Nov

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I didn’t have high expectations of Ouran High School Host Club live action because I loved the anime and didn’t think any real life actors would be able to convincingly portray my lovely host club boys. At first glance, I didn’t find the live action cast sufficiently aesthetically pleasing but I liked Kawaguchi Haruna’s Haruhi enough to want to give it a shot. 11 episodes later though, I’m actually quite pleased with the live action adaptation. It maintained the fun, anime feel with well-placed CGI effects and the cast was able to bring out the ‘flavour’ of the character they were playing with the exception of Honey and Mori. I cut Honey’s actor some slack because I think it’s near impossible to find a real life Honey and I was actually kinda wowed when he showed off some karate moves in the last episode. As for Mori, I simply regarded him as part of the backdrop most of the time.

It seems that many second-lead ship Kyouya (understandable because Daito Shunsuke totally rocked it as my darling Kyouya) with Haruhi in the drama but strangely, it made me ship Tamaki/Haruhi when I was partial to them in the anime. While watching the anime, I accepted T/H as the couple that was meant to be but I wasn’t rooting for them in particular perhaps because I was on board the Kyouya/Tamaki ship. The live action concentrated on T/H related parts and I ended up pretty touched by our baka prince and gasp, even teared a little when he said he would always find Haruhi even if he had to go up mountains or down into the seas. All in all, I had an enjoyable time with the live action and am definitely looking forward to the movie!

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5 Responses to “桜蘭高校ホスト部”

  1. Anonymous February 9, 2012 at 4:58 PM #

    Me too! I enjoyed the drama! It was short and sweet. Looking forward to the movie as well!

    ps: have you watched/read Skip Beat the anime/manga?

    • J February 10, 2012 at 9:08 AM #

      I’ve watched an episode of the Skip Beat anime before but it didn’t attract me so I never followed up on the manga or drama. I read news that the drama’s ratings are pretty dismal. Are you watching?

      • Anonymous February 10, 2012 at 9:00 PM #

        yup i am watching the drama. i do wish that the execution was less draggy, but it still has its classic moments. Ivy Chen is, in my opinion, doing a good job despite some people complaining about her voice and over-acting. Bianca Bai is pretty good as well. Finally, I think SiWon is nailing his character. DongHae is a perfect-fit and has his fair share of cute moments.

        I didn’t watch the full anime as well but i actually sat through the manga, though I have stopped and am too lazy to get back into it.

        The first part of the manga which would cover the first episode of the anime, is not attractive. But things got better. I think I started reading Skip Beat from somewhere in the middle and got hooked, and started to read from the beginning. There are pretty good plots and unexpected twists in the storyline, which is also the main reason why I am sticking around the drama.

        -smiletea-

      • J February 12, 2012 at 9:02 AM #

        I haven’t read a shoujo manga in a long time! haaa, I didn’t even manage to be attracted by the Ouran manga though I enjoyed the anime/live action. Still searching for the next manga to be obsessed over since Bleach is kinda blah these days.

  2. Anonymous February 9, 2012 at 4:59 PM #

    that previous comment was made by 笑茶 btw. haha :p

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