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Ouran High School Host Club Season 2 - Will It Ever Happen?

All the way back in 2006, the first season of the popular romantic comedy anime "Ouran High School Host Club" came out, consisting of 26 episodes. The series is based on the manga of the same name written and illustrated by Bisco Hatori, which was published from 2002 to 2010. 

"Ouran High School Host Club" follows a teenage girl named Haruhi Fujioka as she starts attending the prestigious Ouran High School on scholarship. Shortly after arriving, Haruhi enters a room looking for a place to study, only to stumble upon a meeting of the Host Club, consisting of six male students who have female "clients" that they entertain during their visits. Unfortunately, Haruhi is rather clumsy, and she destroys an expensive vase. The club, thinking she's a boy, has her join the club as a "Host" to pay back the loss. Well, it turns out that Haruhi has a natural talent with charming girls, and even after the boys find out that she's really a girl, they keep her secret so that she can remain a Host with them. 

This romantic comedy anime was very popular after it was released, and while there were drama CDs, a visual novel, and a live-action series that came out around the same time and later, there hasn't been a second season of the fan-favorite anime. Fans are still waiting for a second season of "Ouran High School Host Club," but will it ever come? Here's everything we know.

Why hasn't Ouran High School Host Club Season 2 happened yet?

Unfortunately, there is still no word on a possible second season of "Ouran High School Host Club" and it's been more than 15 years. Rumors have been swirling for a long time now, with English voice cast actor Todd Haberkorn supposedly stating that he was approached by the original creators about Season 2, as reported by multiple media outlets like OtakuKart, but since then there's been nothing. Despite that, you can never really give up hope for another season when it comes to anime. There are many examples of anime that have gone over a decade between seasons, such as the show "Digimon Adventure 02," which finished airing in 2001 and released the movie "Digimon Adventure tri. 1: Saikai" 14 years later, and the "Gunbuster" series, which had 16 years between seasons.

The first season of "Ouran High School Host Club" adapted most of the source material that was available at the time and even added some original content (the end of the anime differs from the manga story), but the manga ran until 2010, so there are more chapters that haven't been used yet. So why haven't these chapters been used to create another season of the anime? According to fans of the property, there are several reasons. "From what I've heard, OHSHC is less popular in Japan than in the states, and that's obviously a huge factor," Redditor u/selkiecoded said. It could also be due to the fact that the anime landscape has changed considerably since 2006 and there's no guarantee that a follow-up would be a hit. "I assume they didn't go back to it for the same reason they never go back to so many other anime: it wouldn't make money/meaningfully promote the source," u/Scizzoman said.

What could be explored in Ouran High School Host Club Season 2?

At the end of the first season of "Ouran High School Host Club," Haruhi and Tamaki reveal their romantic feelings for one another, but it seems like Kyoya is still in the running. Both Tamaki and Kyoya's fathers are very involved in the Host Club, and each parent wants their son to marry Haruhi in the long run. The first season ends with the fathers talking business, setting up what could be major issues going forward and tension between the two friends. 

While Season 1 doesn't go far enough into the romance for any of the characters to kiss, the show sets up a potential romantic relationship between Haruhi and Tamaki. If the second season were to follow the events of the manga, which has since completed its story, then it would show Haruhi and Tamaki's affections develop into a serious relationship. In the manga, the couple eventually gets married, but since the anime doesn't necessarily have to follow the exact same story, anything could happen. 

While a few of the main Hosts graduate from Ouran High School during the show, they frequently come back to help out with hosting duties, so there's no reason to worry that any of the main characters wouldn't return in Season 2 episodes. Fans of "Ouran High School Host Club" just need to keep their hopes up for another season. Within the world of anime, there's no telling when or if a show will be continued, no matter how many years after the fact it may be. 

Could there be a reboot of Ouran High School Host Club?

The reboot trend isn't as prevalent in the world of anime as it is in Hollywood, but it's not unheard of, especially in situations like this one. Because the source manga was still ongoing when the "Ouran High School Host Club" anime was made, the creators had their hands tied to a certain extent. To come up with an entertaining story with a satisfying ending is no mean feat when the original story is nowhere near done. The timing of the anime adaptation meant that there were several differences between the show and the source material, and arguably the best way to fix this is to start over.

This strategy has worked well in the past. Perhaps the most famous example is that of "Fullmetal Alchemist." Bones (the same studio that animated "Ouran High School Host Club," incidentally) adapted Hiromu Arakawa's hit shonen manga in 2003, when it was still relatively new. When it ran out of material, it was forced to improvise a story. In 2009, when the manga was almost done, a more faithful adaptation named "Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood" was made. The newer version is widely considered to be one of the best anime shows of all time.

"Fruits Basket" is another example. Like "Ouran High School Host Club," the original adaptation came out in the '00s when the manga was still running. In 2019, they started from scratch with a brand new adaptation that sticks to the story from the now-completed manga. It's clear that many fans would prefer a reboot over a belated sequel at this point. "I think I'd rather see OHSHC get the Fruits Basket treatment," said Redditor u/Argentenuem, and u/sillygoosse_ agrees. "Here's to hoping someone will want to remake it and fully complete it cuz I would be first in line to see it," they wrote.

Who would star in Ouran High School Host Club Season 2?

Most of the voice cast from the first season of "Ouran High School Host Club" are still working today, and, should the show return for a second season, producers would more than likely want them to reprise their roles. At the center of "Ouran High School Host Club" is Haruhi, who is voiced by Maaya Sakamoto. A veteran voice actor, Sakamoto will be well-known to gamers, having worked on titles like "Final Fantasy," "Tekken," and "Dead or Alive." She has also played "Ghost in the Shell" protagonist Motoko Kusanagi in a number of movies.

The president of the club is Tamaki Suoh, the most popular Host with classic good looks and blonde hair. He's voiced by Mamoru Miyano, who is best known for voicing Light Yagami in the beloved anime "Death Note." Always by Tamaki's side is Kyoya Ootori, who has black hair and glasses. He is the club member who handles the finances and other behind-the-scenes details, leaving the actual entertaining to everyone else. Kyoya is voiced by Masaya Matsukaze, who recently reprised the role of revenge-seeking karate student Ryo Hazuki in the anime adaptation of cult video game "Shenmue."

Then there are the mischievous twins Kaoru and Hikaru Hitachiin, who most — save Haruhi — can barely tell apart. They're voiced by Yoshinori Fujita and Kenichi Suzumura. While the latter is still working, Fujita hasn't had a role since 2012 and doesn't appear to active. Mitsukuni "Honey" Haninozuka and Takashi "Mori" Morinozuka are cousins by marriage who care for each other like brothers. Mori is the tall, dark, and handsome Host, while Honey, despite being 18 years old, looks about six and uses his natural cuteness to appeal to his clients. They're voiced by Ayaka Saito ("Fruits Basket") and Daisuke Kirii ("Witchblade"), respectively.

Where to watch Ouran High School Host Club Season 1

If all this talk of "Ouran High School Host Club" has made you want to go back and check out the first season of the show, there are a couple of places you can stream it. Crunchyroll has it, though you'll need a membership if you want to watch the whole season in English — at the time of this writing, only the first three episodes of the dubbed version are available for free (with ads). You can, however, watch the whole thing for free in Japanese with subtitles, which is arguably the best way to experience the show anyway.

If you simply prefer your anime dubbed, then Crunchyroll subscriptions start at $7.99 a month, which gets you the Fan package. This also gives you access to digital manga in English and access to new anime episodes just one hour after they drop in Japan. The next step up is the Mega Fan package at $9.99 a month, while the Ultimate Fan tier (which gives you "first access to special Crunchyroll Expo events and lotteries," per the website's subscription page) comes in at $14.99 a month. There's also an option for a 14-day free trial if you're not certain you want to commit.

If you're a Netflix subscriber in the United States, then you're in luck — all 26 episodes of this classic anime are currently available to stream. You can watch it in English or with the original, Japanese audio along with English subtitles. The show is also available on Funimation, though, like Crunchyroll, only the first few episodes are free. You'll have to subscribe if you want to go further than Episode 4, with Premium and Premium Plus packages costing $7.99 and $9.99 a month, respectively.