Midterm test results are in, and Haruhi is in third place! The other members of the Host Club console her and tell her that it doesn't matter, even as Tamaki frantically searches for his good luck mechanical pencil, until Kyoya informs them that it doesn't matter - if Haruhi does not stay in first place in her year, as required per her scholarship, she risks expulsion! Egads! Panic sets in as we begin the fifth volume of Ouran High School Host Club. They insist that Haruhi choose a tutor to help her ace the makeup exam, and when she doesn't, they choose one for her - the top female student in Tamaki's class. As the girls try to study, the boys are right there, being noisy, and a new problem has cropped up - Tamaki's Beary has gone missing! Will Haruhi be able to snatch first place, and will Tamaki ever find out why his things are going missing, and why?
Summer vacation has arrived at last! But if the twins think they are free to sleep in, then they don't know Tamaki Suoh very well! Tamaki is in a panic - he's been calling Haruhi for three days straight and no one answers, so he jumps to the conclusion that she has been kidnapped! The twins speculate that she was either sold into slave labor in order to pay a debt or she and her father did a flee by night. The truth is not quite so dramatic - Haruhi is in Karuizawa, working at a pensione for summer break, while her dad is on a trip. The pensione is owned by Misuzu, a flambuoyant crossdressing friend of Ranka's, and she is not only pleased with how hard Haruhi works, but she is thrilled when the good looking members of the Host Club show up, looking for her. Haruhi tries to get them to leave but when it is brought up that one of the host club rules prohibits taking a job, what can she do? Tamaki has dreams of being waited upon in bed by a uniformed Haruhi - of course that doesn't come to pass. And though Misuzu loves having the boys there, there is only room for one to stay, so they have to work for it, with a refreshing work tournament. The boys pull out all stops to win, and when the winner is announced, the losers have to leave. Which is no hardship, they all have summer homes nearby, still plenty close enough to keep an eye on Haruhi!
When an old friend of Haruhi's turns up at the pensione unexpectedly, a guy she knew from junior high, the club goes on the defensive, certain that he is an old flame, and tensions rise as they work overtime to protect their girl. In an unusual turn of events, Kaoru requests that Haruhi go out with Hikaru on a date! Everything is planned out, but when they go, do you think the boys will be far behind, and in disguise? Of course they will! It starts out terribly, and they both seem bored, until Haruhi starts to do what pleases her, and the mood swings.Things come to a crux when they separate, Hikaru leaving her, unaware of her feeling toward thunderstorms. When Tamaki tells him, he saves the day, and all's well that ends well.
Summer is over, back at school, a small girl comes into the Host Club, and instantly mistakes Tamaki for her brother! Of course he is confused, as he has no sister, and no one knows who she is. Out of her small mouth comes such words as male harem, debauchery, megane and Lolita! Who is this child? She turns out to be the sister of Umehito Nekozawa, president of the black magic club. Tragically, she is afraid of the dark, and he the light, so it's impossible for the two of them to have a relationship. Or is it? Ouran Host Club to the rescue!
Another enchanting volume in the Host Club series. Each story is interesting, and draws us more deeply into the lives of our characters. I love the way that Haruhi handles these guys and doesn't let them get to her. I have to say I was also glad Ranka wasn't in this one, as he gets on my nerves. The date with Hikaru was enlightening, as was what Tamaki did to bridge the crisis. Also, the story with the little girl is totally endearing and will pluck on your heart strings. Great series, this is a must read volume, and full speed ahead toward the rest!”