Ouran High School Host Club 5 by Bisco Hatori: A

From the back cover:
Haruhi’s top ranking falls and she is in jeopardy of losing her scholarship at Ouran. Each member of the Host Club scrambles to become her tutor, but Haruhi picks a female student, Ayame, to help her. Haruhi’s time is now spent with Ayame, who can’t stand Tamaki. Can Tamaki charm his way into Ayame’s good graces so the Host Club can spend time with their favorite member?

The synopsis above relates only to the first chapter in this volume, which I liked, but it’s the chapters taking place in Karuizawa over summer vacation that are truly wonderful. Not only is the story just cute in general, the twins get a lot of fleshing out, both how they operate together when alone as well as their individual personalities. I never disliked them, but now I’m far more fond of them than before. And more than that, I’m appreciating each one as a distinct, separate character rather than as a unit. Nifty nifty.

The final chapter is alright, I suppose. I didn’t like the little girl at all and actually, when this bit was animated I suspected it might be random filler invented for that purpose. It’s that ho-hum, and is only really worth it for Tamaki and Nekozawa. Now I’m a little worried about what volume 6 will bring. This manga has demonstrated its ability to be awesome; keep it up!

Lastly, I must mention the cute little side panels about the Host Rangers, assigning each club member a color and silly special attacks that they can perform. My favorite: the twins’ “Irresponsible Beam!”

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