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The 13 Best Anime Like Ouran High School Host Club  

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Since it's such a popular series, let's rank the best recommendations for anime like Ouran High School Host Club. There shouldn’t be an anime fan out there who doesn’t like, or at least hasn’t heard of, Ouran High School Host Club. This series is simply iconic, especially in the shoujo genre. Haruhi Fujioka has made a grave mistake by breaking an expensive vase in the high school’s host club room. Already a scholarship student, there’s no way Haruhi can ever hope to pay it back on her own. After being hired to be a host, in order to pay back the debt, the other members realize that Haruhi is not a boy like they originally thought, but rather, a girl!

A comedic show about cross-dressing, romance and a bit of school drama, there are plenty of anime like Ouran High School Host Club that have similar themes. Anime such as Secret Princess Himegoto and Aoharu x Machinegun all feature characters who cross-dress and owe a tremendous amount of money. You'll love these recommendations for Ouran High School Host Club if you like the random and funny humor it provided. Let us know which ones you liked the most by voting them up!

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Maid Sama! is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 13 Best Anime Like Ouran High School Host Club
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The all-boys school has gotten a bit of a shock to its system after receiving the first female student council president. Misaki Ayuzawa has been named the "Demon President" by the countless boys of the school while she defends the girls as they transition to this new co-ed environment. However, she does have a huge secret that she absolutely can't let anyone at the school know about; she works part-time at a maid café in order to help her family make ends meet. When the most sought after boy in school, Takumi Usui, spots her working, all chaos breaks loose. While the premise is somewhat different between Maid Sama! and Ouran Host Club, there's a very similar sense of school secrets in addition to the main characters being in a very similar position. 

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Fruits Basket is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 13 Best Anime Like Ouran High School Host Club
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Ouran Host Club didn't exactly have any kind of mysticism going on in the background of its high school tale, but if it's something you're interested in, you should give Fruits Basket a watch! 16-year-old Tooru has been living on her own since her mother's death and her grandfather's home renovation. Living in a tent out in a forest, she doesn't realize that the property is actually owned by the Souma family. After losing her tent to a landslide, the "prince" of her school and one of the people to live on the land, Yuki Souma, takes her in. However, living with Yuki and his family is going to get very strange when she finds out that if they hug a member of the opposite sex, they'll turn into one of the animals from the zodiac. If you don't feel like watching the older animation, you can always wait for the reboot that will be coming out in 2019

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S A: Special A is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 13 Best Anime Like Ouran High School Host Club
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Hikari Hanazono has always been able to handle everything on her own while also managing to be the best. From academics to athletics, she's always been on top. However, Kei Takishima seems to be equally as good, if not better. After challenging him, and brutally losing, Hikari decides that she'll continue to try and beat him until she wins; which won't be as easy as it sounds. Despite losing to him every time, she continues to strive to beat him. What she doesn't seem to understand is that Kei clearly likes her. A romantic comedy about the students of the class Special A, this anime series gives off a similar vibe in both humor and romance to Ouran Host Club with the leading female being incredibly smart, but totally oblivious when it comes to a popular boy having a crush on her. 

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Aoharu x Machinegun is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 13 Best Anime Like Ouran High School Host Club
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Often dressing as a boy, Hotaru Tachibana has always had a strong sense of justice. When she finds out that a popular host of a club has tricked one of her friends, she decides to confront him all on her own. Masamune Matsuoka, the accused, decides to take her on by challenging her to a survival game, where the first person hit by the bullet of a toy pistol loses. When she's hit by the very talented Masamune, it's more than just her pride that's broke; there may have been some damage done to the club that she'll have to pay for. Now she's forced to join his survival game team, Toy Gun Gun, in order to pay Masamune back. Sound a little familiar? Much like Haruhi, Hotaru is in almost the same exact position with a very different story to follow. 

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