- "Only those with excellent social standing and those from filthy rich families are lucky enough to spend their time here at the elite private school -- Ouran Academy."
- ―Tamaki Suoh
|Name Kanji||オラン·アカデミー Ōran akademī|
|Location||Bunkyō, Tokyo, Japan|
|Anime||Starting Today, You are a Host!|
Ouran Academy is also widely known by its students as being the home of the Ouran High School Host Club, an enormously popular and influential club located in Music Room #3 of the High School building.
Ouran Academy Motto Edit
- "Lineage counts first; wealth a close second."
- ―Ouran Highschool Host Club Manga
Many of the buildings on school grounds were inspired by famous monuments which include Buckingham Palace, Place de la Concorde and St. Peter's Basilica. In addition, a large portion of the academy's architecture is reminiscent of mid-nineteenth century Paris, France (where the Houshakuji family lives). And it's no accident that most of Ouran's anime architecture is shaded pink with lavender overtones. Pink is the favored color of flirts and teases. The Ouran Host Club does nothing but and their guests, while intrigued, are basically naive and unaware of life's more mature physicality. Lavender is the milder version of purple which bespeaks sophistication and a focus on one's own advancement and, after all, those who attend Ouran Academy are all about moving up in the world.
At Ouran, student uniforms indicate grade level and school division: Elementary, Middle or High School.
- Boys wear a dark green uniform consisting of short trousers and a double-breasted jacket with lapels, under which is worn a short-sleeved, white shirt and black loosely-bowed tie.
- Girls wear a two-tone uniform consisting of a pink pleated skirt (hem variable, as long as dress code is followed) with a long-sleeved, white pullover top with pink cuffs and pink bib collar that covers the shoulders front and back, and a red loosely-bowed tie.
- Boys wear straight black trousers and an ivory, concealed front-closure jacket, with a nehru collar and dark gold braid; an Ouran Academy seal is sewn onto the left breast.
- Girls wear a brown and white dress with a darker brown loosely-bowed tie decorating the v-neckline with modesty panel, which rises into a nautical-style collar; the dropped waist sits over a pleated skirt which may be short, but not revealing.
- Boys wear straight black trousers and a pale blue blazer, under which is worn a long or short-sleeved white shirt and black Windsor-knotted silk tie, accented by a narrow purple band running vertically down its center length. An Ouran Academy seal is sewn onto the left breast of the blazer.
- Girls wear a yellow fitted-bodice dress with a pointed white collar and red loosely-bowed tie; high-cut bishop sleeves ending in a white cuff; and a skirt that is typically calf-length and somewhat puffy (crinolines may be used to keep its shape).
For uniforms without long trousers, white knee socks are worn; black trouser socks for the others; white tights for high school girls. In the anime, black loafers are worn by boys and brown or red brogues are worn by girls. Natural fabrics, such as wool, cotton and silk, have always been considered first-class. It may be speculated that uniforms vary their fabric with the change of seasons, while retaining their style (e.g. Linen vs. wool for the Ouran blazer).
There is some leniency in the dress code. Nekozawa wears a black cloak over his uniform daily. Kasanoda is rarely seen with a tie and often wears his button-up shirt as outerwear. In Chapter 1, before Haruhi has a chance to purchase a uniform, she makes do with a dress shirt and sweater from home; and she dons the same outfit again in Chapter 76 of the manga after the Host Club is disbanded.
Color analysis of the anime uniforms reveals mindset. Elementary boys are sprouting up in green while the girls are blossom-pretty in pink. Middle school ivory for boys suggests innocence moving towards the romantic attitude of brown, which flavors the girls' uniforms. In high school, the boys are true blue (at least for awhile in pastel) while the girls wear pale yellow, a color that suggests submisiveness in love. White and gold trim on everything indicates both purity and royalty.
Class Hierarchy Edit
At Ouran Academy, students are separated into four classes based on their family's wealth, lineage, influence and their personal intelligence. Basically the Ouran Academy decides their student's classes into their family's pedigree and grades. For example, the Host Club members are all in the A class for their year group, where the students from highly privileged families are placed. The only exception is Haruhi, who gets a special privilege due to her scholarship status.
The order of classes are as followed:
- 'A' Class - The "Elite" or Honor Role (Grade + Pedigree Rank 100%)
- 'B' Class (Grade + Pedigree Rank 70%)
- 'C' Class (Grade + Pedigree Rank 50%)
- 'D' Class - Mostly consists of children from Yakuza affiliated families (Grade + Pedigree Rank 20%)
As the series focuses more on the school clubs, the actual classes taught at school and the structure of the school day are not directly shown in the anime, nor are any teachers revealed; however, the manga directly reveals two specific classes offered at the academy: physical education and Greek. Additionally, the various articles on the characters list subjects like French and Modern Literature.
Edibles are not central to the plot of Ouran High School Host Club, but help to create ambience, often serving as props that prime the physical senses of the viewer for romance. "There is a very close relationship between love, sex and food. It's hard to feel romantic if you're starving. The human need for food and sex are basic, part of the foundation of our nature, which makes it sensible that they are so closely knit together," says Dr. Maryanne Fisher. When you eat, you're using many of the same senses and inducing bodily reactions similar (though not exact) to those evoked during sex. Plus, as with everything else set in Ouran's universe, depictions demonstrate accuracy and attention to detail.