Haruhi Fujioka (藤岡 ハルヒ, Fujioka Haruhi) is a fictional character and the main protagonist from the manga and anime television series, Ouran High School Host Club, created by Bisco Hatori. In the manga and its adaptations, Haruhi takes on the role of a male host playing a comical tsukkomi-archetype, despite being of female sex, by keeping her gender as female a secret from the host club's clients. While her fellow, all-male Host Club members know the truth, the club's clients do not and mistakenly believe Haruhi to be a male, provide the basis for much of the gender-swapping satire embedded in the comedy. The character self-identifies as female, while downplaying gender roles to comic effect throughout the series. As explanation, she tells the others that "it's more important for a person to be recognized for who they are rather than what sex they are". This attitude is reflected in comments made by mangaka Hatori Bisco at a 2019 convention. Haruhi's character was positively received, both because of her down-to-earth personality and disregard for gender roles in society. At the start of the Ouran High School Host Club manga and anime, Haruhi enters the prestigious Ouran Academy on a scholarship. Looking for a quiet place to study, she stumbles upon the school's male-only host club, where she is initially mistaken for a boy due to her short hair and oversized clothing because she lacks sufficient funds to purchase a female school uniform.
After knocking over an expensive vase, the club forces her to work off her debt by becoming a host. Haruhi identifies herself as a biological female, but agrees to portray herself as a boy in order to repay her debt to the club. She carries on, keeping her sex secret from the club's clientele, by wearing a male uniform and using masculine pronouns. At first, Haruhi dislikes being forced to work for the host club. However, as the plot advances, Haruhi slowly grows less introverted and starts to realize that the boys of the host club have become her best friends who are helping her to learn and grow into a better person. The episodes consist of comedic explorations of shoujo clichés and gender performance. Haruhi, herself, does not view gender identity as important. Caitlin Glass, the English-voice actress of Haruhi, has noted that the character is both among her most challenging and her favorite roles. Taking the dual role of director and lead character, Glass said she felt like she had "something to prove" and, initially, she was under great pressure. Ramsey Isler of IGN listed Haruhi among his 25 "greatest anime characters." Sting that while the reverse harem genre of anime had been "done to death" by the time the Ouran High School Host Club anime was released, Haruhi's character went against the established tropes of the genre. Described as "super tomboyish, demure, and not at all moe," Haruhi is considered a good contrast to the eccentric cast of rich boys. In an anime review, IGN's DF Smith praised both Caitlin Glass and Maaya Sakamoto for their performance as Haruhi in their respective languages, reporting that it is a "tricky role". Sakamoto was nominated for a Seiyu Award in 2007 for her portrayal of Haruhi. Rose Bridges of Anime News Network lauded Haruhi as one of the "freshest elements" of the anime. Haruhi's gender orientation has long been a moot point.
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Sword Art Online is a Japanese light novel series written by Reki Kawahara with accompanying illustrations drawn by abec. The series takes place in the near-future and focuses on various virtual reality MMORPG worlds. ASCII Media Works began publishing the novels on April 10, 2009 under their Dengeki Bunko imprint. Russia. With more than 16 million copies in print worldwide, there are future plans for publications in Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Vietnam and others. Kawahara also began writing a parallel series of light novels titled Sword Art Online: Progressive, a spin-off that focuses on the clearing of Aincrad, unlike the Aincrad stories of the main series. As of June 10, 2021, eight volumes have been published as part of the Progressive series. In addition to the original storyline of Sword Art Online and Sword Art Online: Progressive, Kawahara has also written and published Sword Art Online side stories. Accel World, have been sold at Comitia, Dengeki Bunko's Fair and have come along with the limited edition Blu-Ray/DVD Sword Art Online compilation volumes.
Before Sword Art Online was published, Kawahara had posted Sword Art Online novels on his website and there are still a few side stories on Sword Art Online, although the original novels have been removed. In addition, Kawahara has published a side story of Sword Art Online in one of his other works, Accel World. In the tenth volume of Accel World, there is a chapter where it depicts a cross over between Sword Art Online and Accel World. Several of the side stories that he has released are in a collection called the Sword Art Online Material Edition, sold at the Comitia dōjinshi-selling event, which range from novels to manga. However, all of the art in the Material Editions is drawn by Kawahara himself. Aside from the light novels written by Kawahara, there are also two spin-offs written by other authors with supervision by him. The first one is Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online series written by Keiichi Sigsawa and illustrated by Kouhaku Kuroboshi, while the other is Sword Art Online Alternative: Clover's Regret, written by Watase Souichirou and illustrated by Ginta. While both of these series take place in the same world as the main series written by Kawahara, they each feature different characters as the focus compared to the main series.
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