WARNING: The next article comprises dialogue of sexual assault.
For the most half, Ouran Excessive College Host Membership is a lighthearted, goofy anime about boys with far an excessive amount of time — and cash — on their palms. The present often dips into deeper territory, corresponding to heroine Haruhi Fujioka’s ever-present eager for her lifeless mom and host membership chief Tamaki Suoh’s extremely lonely childhood, however there’s nothing that makes Ouran stand out as being significantly unhappy.
Nonetheless, a second in Episode 8 isn’t solely extremely alarming, however appears hardly ever talked about altogether: when Haruhi is threatened with sexual assault by one other membership member.
Kyoya Ootori is the straight man of the wild bunch of hosts, in command of funds and customarily protecting issues from getting too out of hand. But his habits in Episode 8 goes too far when he makes an attempt to show Haruhi ‘a lesson.’ Earlier within the beach-themed episode, Haruhi had put herself at risk making an attempt to assist out a gaggle of ladies, an motion that led to her being pushed into the ocean. Tamaki dove in after her and carried her out, scolding her for being reckless. The gesture isn’t appreciated. Haruhi isn’t the kind to name for a white knight, and she or he makes her irritability well-known to everybody within the membership.
As soon as in a room alone with Haruhi, Kyoya decides that is the possibility to show she is the one within the fallacious. All the scene is dreadful. First, Kyoya laments the price of bouquets that went wasted being despatched to the ladies Haruhi saved. Haruhi provides to pay for them, and Kyoya calculates the associated fee earlier than saying Haruhi will pay along with her physique as he turns the lights down. He then grabs her wrist and throws her on the mattress, hovering on palms and knees on high of her, stripped of his shirt. “You’ve made a mistake leaving yourself so open,” he tells her because the digital camera pans up over their our bodies.
Nonetheless, when Haruhi says she is aware of he will not undergo along with his risk since he has nothing to achieve, Kyoya agrees and will get off of her. She then praises him for being type and making an attempt to again up Tamaki’s level that she should not be so reckless. By way of his actions, Haruhi has discovered to depend on others extra and Kyoya will get to take heed to somebody discuss how type his motion of ‘enjoying the unhealthy man’ really was. The fiasco ends with Tamaki coming into the room, seeing the 2, beginning to get indignant after which getting sunscreen shoved in his face so Kyoya can exit on a comedic be aware and Tamaki and Haruhi can have their scene collectively. The incident is over.
As terrible as the whole scene is, the viewers is basically forgiving of Kyoya’s actions. A part of it’s understanding he would not have gone by means of along with his risk, but when the identical factor occurred in a contemporary anime, there would probably be a really completely different response. The facility of nostalgia retains Kyoya secure from being correctly known as out for threatening a girl with sexual assault with a purpose to show some extent — in addition to the truth that audiences need to like Kyoya. There may be nothing else in his habits that makes him unlikable, and his straight man routine with the host membership and Tamaki specifically is a supply of a lot of Ouran‘s comedy.
Nonetheless, that solely reveals an general societal downside relating to such severe issues. Kyoya is forgiven as a result of the viewers desires to love him and since they know he would not have truly carried out it. In real-life instances, nonetheless, folks will usually swear their pals are harmless and utterly consider it as a result of they desperately need to proceed liking the individual they thought they knew. On this means, the response to Kyoya’s intimidation tactic is a mirror of our society that displays again some fairly terrible truths.
Ouran Excessive College Host Membership does stay a lighthearted comedy that under no circumstances makes an attempt to tackle societal issues like sexual assault. Nonetheless, the way in which this scene between Kyoya and Haruhi is dealt with reveals simply how little the anime cared when it got here to such a severe matter. Kyoya’s mindset that threatening sexual assault can be a great way to show how powerless Haruhi is as a woman is extremely troubling. That it is by no means introduced up once more is troubling nonetheless, that means it is time for the fanbase to acknowledge the issue.
It is comprehensible to need to love nostalgic favorites, but it surely’s additionally time to confess that reveals like Ouran Excessive College Host Membership have their points — and it is higher to air these points out than faux they by no means existed.
Ouran Excessive College Host Membership may be streamed now on Netflix.