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The Ending Of Ouran High School Host Club Explained

High school's a special time for those looking for love. Many students develop their first crushes, and while there can be heartbreak, a joyous relationship can also spring forth. Any anime fans looking to relive those days can watch "Ouran High School Host Club," which is now available to watch on Netflix, Hulu, and Funimation. 

For 26 episodes, viewers witness a budding romance once Haruhi Fujioka joins the Ouran Academy's Host Club. This organization is popular in Japan, where men wait on women, offer their snacks, and provide a caring ear to listen to all of their problems. Despite being a girl, Haruhi joins the club after breaking a valuable vase and needs to work off her debt. 

In a matter befitting the shoujo genre of anime, the series focuses on whether Haruhi will end up with her admirer, Tamaki. The "Ouran High School Host Club" ending may make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, but it will also likely make you want to pick up the manga to learn more about where these characters end up. 

Tamaki and Haruhi let their feelings known

As par the course of shoujo anime, "Ouran High School Host Club" has a happy ending. The series ends with each member of the host club sharing a dance with Haruhi. If you pay attention, then you'll notice that the dances occur in the order based on how romantically interested each member was in Haruhi throughout the season. For the final two dances, Kyoya steals Haruhi away from Tamaki, much to his dismay. However, he's quick to return her to him, and the two share a dance directly before fireworks start to go off. 

While a second season hasn't materialized to show Tamaki and Haruhi going further in their relationship, there is a hint that's the direction the anime would've gone. Tamaki and Kyoya's fathers discuss business plans over the closing credits, and while it seems like they're ready to bury the hatchet, further conflict appears on the horizon. They both want their sons to marry Haruhi eventually, and neither one is willing to back down without a fight. 

How does the manga end differently?

While the anime for "Ouran High School Host Club" ended after 26 episodes, the manga extended well beyond that to encompass 83 chapters. While there are no grand declarations of love in the show, the manga depicts Haruhi and Tamaki getting into a relationship together. They live abroad and marry one another while receiving visits from their old host club buddies (via Endless Magic). 

It's easy to see this is the same direction the anime had in mind. While Haruhi and Tamaki don't kiss, he ends up leaving his date to protect her when she accidentally falls off a bridge. It shows how dedicated he is to her in arguably the most romantic scene in the entire series. 

While the anime departs significantly from the manga in certain areas, it does share specific beats, such as Tamaki being estranged from his mother due to him actually being the son of his father's mistress. While he's engaged to another student, Lady Éclair, he can't help but develop feelings for Haruhi. If you want to see how the rest of the story ends after the anime, you can always pick up around Chapter 32 of the manga to know where the students go next.

Will there be Ouran High School Host Club Season 2?

"Ouran High School Host Club" Season 1 aired throughout 2006. It's been well over a decade at this point, so it seems increasingly unlikely we'll ever see a second season. It's a shame for fans, seeing how the manga carried on well past the anime's events, so there are plenty of storylines for more TV episodes to pull from. 

There was a glimmer of hope a few years ago. According to a report from OtakuKart, English voiceover actor Todd Haberkorn hinted at a panel that Season 2 of the shoujo show was in the works. In a video that's since been deleted, he mentions how he was approached to reprise his character, Hiraku, for more episodes. It's been several years since that point, and with no further updates, it seems like it won't happen. 

While Season 1 of "Ouran High School Host Club" sets the stage for more plotlines, it ultimately stands on its own as a funny, romantic series appropriate for the whole family. If you find yourself needing more series like it, you can always check out "Girlfriend, Girlfriend" and "Special A."