I recently tried my luck at Ouran, a show which I had glossed over during my Suzumiya fanboying days (“Other Haruhi? Bah, she fails for not having aliens, time travelers and espers!”). My friend didn’t really help with his testimonial that while it was a good show, it wasn’t something he wanted his mom to catch him watching because it would make him look gay.
And there’s the trap (or should I say reverse-trap?). Ouran is totally happy gay, but not homo gay. Unless you make a point about the Hitachin brothers and their yaoi role-playing, which thankfully fades away from the course of the show anyway. Watching this certainly does not subtract any manliness points–I daresay there are life lessons to be learned by any manly man who desires to increase their appeal!
The show solidifies my belief that I shouldn’t be put off by the first glance–look at Godannar, an anime I thought crass and immature but ended up being the total opposite. Ouran turned out to be a wholesome shoujo comedy that delivered enough levels of sweetness (like Hikaru’s date ep). It even had wicked 4th-wall breakings and Giant Robo/RahXephon references. I like it more now than that other Haruhi show. What a hussy.
PS: I still can’t unhear Setsuna F. Seiei over Tamaki. Dammit, Mamoru Miyano.