Cheeky Kid has been watching anime and reading manga for as long as he can remember. Doing so takes him to different worlds.
About Ouran High School Host Club
In Ouran High School, there exists a club that seemingly always basks in the limelight. With good-looking popular boys with different quirks catering to everyone at school, the club is known as—the Ouran High School Host Club!
On its own, Ouran High School is a very elite institution. Even the new girl student—Haruhi Fujioka—is surprised that she ended up there! She feels like a sore thumb sticking out due to her not being famous and wealthy like everyone else. She gets herself into trouble by breaking a super expensive vase belonging to the Ouran High School Host Club! She is unable to pay so there’s only one thing left to do—serve as a host despite being a girl! With her boyish and simple looks, Haruhi is the new host of the club. And so, new experiences await for her and the other hosts!
This anime is popular around the world. As a matter of fact, it stands out in the shoujo and reverse harem genres. It features a fair amount of romance and comedy as well! So, if you liked it for for these traits, then you’re surely going to be overjoyed learning about other anime similar to it. Here are the anime like Ouran High School Host Club!
1. Yamato Nadeshiko Shichihenge (The Wallflower)
Desperate for free lodging, four beautiful young men take it upon themselves to make an absurd deal to get what they want. And the deal is to make Sunako Nakahara a lady!
Being a lady is quite a challenge for Sunako. She’s weird, gloomy, and a horror maniac! Turning a girl like this into a fine lady is quite difficult! But since the four are desperate to live for free in the house, they’ll do whatever they can to turn Sunako into the best prim and proper lady that the world has never seen.
2. Fruits Basket
The Souma family has a gigantic secret that no one should ever know. Their whole family tree was cursed to represent the zodiac! Each member turns into the animal of their zodiac whenever they get in touch with anyone of the opposite sex. For them, this is no laughing matter because it holds a dark secret both.
One day, a girl named Tooru Honda accidentally discovers the secret of the Souma family. Fortunately, the Souma members she encounters are understanding and kind. As a matter of fact, one of them is her classmate. And she knows how to keep a secret. She assimilates herself to the family, learning and getting to know everyone while treading through her own problems. She manages all this while guarding their secret!
3. Special A
Meet "Miss Number 2" Hikari Miyazono! She has that title because she pales in comparison to her rival, Kei Takashima! She is second in everything from academics to sports. And now, they’re both in Hakusenkan—a super elite school for the rich and powerful, which Hikari is not.
And so, Hikari makes her way armed with only her determination and resolve to become number 1. And she’s not alone! She has friends who are also quite on par with her and Kei. Kei doesn’t say it, but he actually looks after her and cherishes her with his whole heart. A rivalry is not the only thing going on between them after all!
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4. Kaichou wa Maid-sama!
As the president of the student council of a school that used to be an all-boys school, Misaki Ayuzawa takes it upon herself to ensure that the boys don’t misbehave and protect the small population of girls. As a result, she became the demon president of the school, striking fear in every boys heart!
But as intimidating and frightening she is, she has a secret that she doesn’t want to get out. The secret? She works in a maid café wearing maid uniform! Her cover was always safe until one day, the most popular boy in school—Usui Takumi—visits the maid café she works in. Her cover is blown and now she has to deal with him to keep her secret from getting out!
5. Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (My Little Monster)
Shizuku Mizutani is an antisocial and cold high school girl who is very focused on her studies. Haru Yoshida is an aloof boy who got really violent and was suspended on the first day of school. As different as they both think they are, they will find out that they’re actually quite similar.
Socially awkward, almost friendless, and very smart—these are their identical traits! On the day that they fatefully met, change begins to manifest in their hearts and souls. How will their unusual relationship turn out? For two people who know nothing about being friendly or socially acceptable, their relationship shall spark a world of new emotions and feelings.
6. School Rumble
Romance is a complicated thing! This is especially true when it spawns in the middle of the school lives of teenage students! And in this particular story, love will further complicate things for everyone in comical fashion!
We have Tenma Tsukamoto, a girl who has a crush on a boy named Ouji Karasuma but can’t seem to confess her feelings for him. Then there’s Kenji Harima, a boy who’s madly in love with Tenma but also can’t seem to fess up his love for her. Karasuma is so indifferent and odd that he probably doesn’t know that he’s involved in a love triangle! And so, the romantic mayhem begins and everyone is caught up and tangled in the rib-tickling mess!
7. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
Chiyo Sakura is about to confess to her crush, Umetarou Nozaki, but little did she know that it’s going to be the start of her life as an assistant! Confessing to someone isn’t something that always turns out good, but it got Chiyo into an awkward situtation. At least she is closer to Nozaki more than ever before!
Chiyo is Nozaki’s mangaka assistant now! As it turns out, he is actually a shoujo mangaka who goes by the name Sakiko Yumeno. She now joins his plight in creating shoujo manga by looking for ideas and concepts in their everyday school life—all while trying to find another way of confessing her feelings for him.
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How entertaining would it be if two oddballs team up together in order to further their romantic motives for each other’s best friend? Well, this is exactly the situation for Ryuuji Takasu and Taiga Aisaka! And what brought them together is a sheer coincidental mishap!
Ryuuji accidentally discovered that Taiga has a crush on his best friend while Taiga also discovered that Ryuuji has a crush on her best friend! Both will contribute much to the mess that will eventually lead them being closer to each other than anyone else!
9. Kimi ni Todoke
Meet the Sadako of Kimi ni Todoke—Sawako Kuronuma. With a striking appearance and gloomy attitude, it really looks like that she came straight out from the movie The Ring! It’s a very serious matter for her because it’s what leads to her being friendless and utterly unapproachable. All hope is not lost though, because a boy from her class will soon bring her into the light!
Shouta Kazehaya is popular and kind. He is liked by many students at school, especially Sawako. And when the two finally interact with each other, a surprisingly seamless chemical reaction is born! They actually are a perfect match, and change is about to happen in Sawako’s life at last!
10. Ao Haru Ride (Blue Spring Ride)
As many people say, love knows no change as it is constant. But is that really the case? And even though love won’t change, people will. This is the story of how two people loved one another without both of them knowing.
Yoshioka Futaba and Tanaka Kou were acquainted in middle school. Both of them secretly liked one another, but due to some misunderstanding and some odd circumstances, both of them eventually went their separate ways. Years later in high school, Yoshioka is now very different! She’s now acting tomboyish and unladylike due to a past that she totally regrets. Then things begin to change once again when Tanaka Kou makes a surprising return! He’s not Tanaka anymore though—he’s Mabuchi! And with his change in name comes bigger changes in everything else as well.
Dim on May 09, 2020:
why ouran highschool doesn’t have a season 2? IT DESERVE TO HAVE A SECOND SEASON
sol on February 28, 2020:
I've watched all the anime on this list and personally. I think special A is very similar to ouran. Super rich kids, could do anything they want, family feud, loving and strong female lead.
Maid sama is up there though
Emicchi on June 18, 2019:
I'm honestly a bit surprised that there are still so many people who think of Ouran as one of the best anime. Persoanlly, it's pretty high up for me, though definitely not the top. I just felt like watching something similar, but not re-watching Ouran since I did recently. Hence why I'm here!
Pessimistic Otaku from UK on December 15, 2018:
I'm pretty sure that this comment section agrees with the fact that there is no anime as good as Ouran High School Host Club.
Sia on October 06, 2018:
ToraDora! is the only one in this list that can compare to Ouran High School a little LITTLE bit. Also, They're working on a season 2 of ouran high school host club since april 2018
Jojo on July 07, 2018:
Although almost no anime is as good as Ouran high School Host Club I think I really like Fruits Basket and This one isn’t in the list but I really like Snow White With the Red Hair
Srey Nich Kong on June 16, 2018:
Non! There’s nothing like Ouran HSHC that’s why they need to make a season 2!
Zabella on April 19, 2018:
If you're looking for an anime like Ouran then I would say Kiss Him Not Me is definitely hitting the mark.
Ally on April 11, 2018:
lol I've seen all of these
jennifer on February 24, 2018:
i haven't seen any of these... and don't plan to.. the closest to Ouran i've seen is Priincess Jellyfish, so give that a try!
Yasmin on December 26, 2017:
I saw all titles in this list... and I've got in a conclusion... I'll not find an anime like Ouran ;u;
(I saw Aoharu x Kikanjuu too :v)
sad and depressed on November 18, 2017:
i just finished ouran and im soooooo sad
what is a good anime like ouran that can make me happy???