And so Kyoya Met Him! is the 24th episode in the anime series. Kyoya recalls for Haruhi how he and Tamaki first met and became the best of friends. Their friendship starts out as an "assignment" from Kyoya's father to befriend Tamaki. Kyoya's patience is tested by Tamaki's odd requests, including sightseeing all over Japan. Ultimately, he snaps; but instead of being put off, Tamaki accepts the bespectacled brunet as he is. From that point on, their friendship is established and grows into their being "best friends," just as Tamaki wanted from the outset.
Episode SummaryThe episode opens in Music Room #3 with the Host Club's guests discussing the kotatsus in the room. Kyoya looks up at Tamaki from his notebook as the blond expresses his hope that the girls will enjoy the home-style service of dining under a kotatsu. While standing beside the brunet Host, Haruhi asks if the kotatsu service was Tamaki's idea to which Kyoya replies, "Yeah," and continues writing. She then inquires, "Why would someone as cool as you fall for a crazy idea like a high school host club?" Kyoya looks over to where Tamaki stands and with a small smile says, "Well, because it was a crazy idea."
Flashback two years before the first episode with Kyoya entering his final spring in middle school. A shot of Kyoya's bedroom suite is shown, vacant and empty. He's then depicted at school, speaking with various classmates who express friendliness while Kyoya only thinks about their socio-political merit. When he's invited to go to the mountains to star-gaze, Kyoya remarks to himself that he could care less for the stargazing, but is very interested in meeting the boy's important father.
Kyoya's voice is heard as a voiceover, commenting on his brothers' successes as the four Ootori males are seated at a table, dining. Kyoya's father commands that his son befriend Tamaki Suoh, a new transfer student, because it "would be in our family's best interest." Despite Fuyumi's previous words, the Ootori patriarch makes it quite clear that Kyoya must surpass his brothers in order to please him. Desperate for recognition, Kyoya agrees to befriend Tamaki, remarking to himself that it will be an easy task.
Kyoya researches Tamaki on his laptop. His intial opinion of the Chairman's son is disdain and envy for the "love child's" easy path to patriarchy of the Suoh family. Skip ahead to the following day when Tamaki is introduced to Kyoya and Ayame, the class representatives. Tamaki gushes over Ayame's beautiful hair and when she blushes, Kyoya wonders if Tamaki's effect is based on his European upbringing. The two boys shake hands and Kyoya invites Tamaki to tour the school. Tamaki happily agrees.
Scene skip back to Kyoya's bedroom where Fuyumi questions her brother's best friend status with Tamaki in only a day. Kyoya remarks that Tamaki doesn't understand the meaning of best friends and wonders if the boy is even fluent in Japanese. He admits that although Tamaki was able to draw him in like all the others, he considers Tamaki a complete idiot.
The following day Tamaki tells Kyoya he wants to visit Kyoto, listing several tourist locations not located in Kyoto. Kyoya corrects his misperception but agrees to show Tamaki the sights. Tamaki calls him a god. While in Kyoto, the brunet reflects upon Tamaki's illogical-yet-charming nature and his having already won over their class. When Tamaki impugns Kyoya's ability to entertain him, Kyoya creates the perfect itinerary for visiting Hokkaido, only to be told that he should be "hitting the books" for finals by none other than, Tamaki. That evening, the calm facade is shattered and Kyoya rants to Fuyumi, "I've never wanted to hit someone so badly in my entire life!" Instead of being shocked, Fuyumi is secretly pleased to see her brother express honest emotion.
Scene skip to winter with the two friends seated at a kotatsu, accurately reflecting their happy relationship. Tamaki outlines his plan for the Host Club which Kyoya intially deems ephemeral. Still, because he's come to view Tamaki as a true friend who accepts him as he is, he realizes that the boy will only continue to expand his horizons for the better. In his tea, Kyoya spies an upright tea leaf, an omen of good fortune, and he genuinely smiles.
- Haruhi Fujioka
- Tamaki Suoh
- Kyoya Ootori
- Hikaru Hitachiin
- Kaoru Hitachiin
- Mitsukuni "Honey" Haninozuka
- Takashi "Mori" Morinozuka
- Fuyumi Ootori-Shido
- Yoshio Ootori (mentioned only)
- Yuuichi Ootori (cameo apperance)
- Akito Ootori (cameo apperance)
- The origin of Tamaki and Kyoya's friendship is revealed as initially forced, but later transformed into a close bond.
- Fuyumi is revealed as Kyoya's older sister and the only Ootori family member who genuinely cares about him. Kyoya's patience with her evidences his affection for her in return.
- The symbolism of Kyoya's wardrobe in this episode is subtle, but telling. At the start, one sees Kyoya's bedroom empty of life, without any personal touch except for his closed schoolbag. The episode proceeds, demonstrating Kyoya's highly analytical and political nature when he was in middle school. His sister, Fuyumi, berates him for being manipulative, but he sees nothing wrong with it. Kyoya's emotions here are neatly boxed, like his wardrobe in the drawers or his textbooks in his schoolbag. He is also seen doing Calculus homework; Calculus being both the mathematical study of change and the Latin word for "reckoning," which defines the episode's purpose as an account of Kyoya's change from before to after befriending Tamaki Suoh. Fuyumi refuses to allow her brother to remain closed off to his own happiness and, bit by bit, Kyoya's clothing/emotions begin to emerge, unable to be adequately re-stowed. He tells Fuyumi to stop "rummaging" but she keeps at it, drawing him into a conversation about their father's expectations. After Tamaki enters Kyoya's life, Fuyumi is seen telling Kyoya he has too many clothes/ emotions stuffed away and the floor is covered with clothing. Fuyumi also remarks that once they're out, they can't go back in (which is similar to emotions). When she notices Kyoya's Hokkaido plans, Kyoya's clothes are seen sticking out of the drawer permanently, if a bit messily. When Tamaki refuses the Hokkaido trip and tells Kyoya to "hit the books," Kyoya's emotions explode and his wardrobe is seen all over his room, literally letting everything "all hang out."
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