SourceFedNerd has a segment called “Anime Club” hosted by two people, one who loves anime and one who hasn’t seen much or any anime, and they talk about their experience with watching the show. This video is an example of autoethnography in the form digital storytelling in that it is two people talking about their experience of watching “Ouran High School Host Club” (which relates to my own personal autoethnographic study). Meg Turney (who enjoys and regularly watches anime) explains the show to give both Ross Evertt (the anime novice) and the audience more understanding.
They use video as their digital media and the platform of choice is YouTube. Through this medium they are able to speak directly to the audience about their experience with watching Ouran High School Host Club and are also able to communicate with their audience about what the members of their audience experienced when watching said show. This creates an ongoing conversation in the comments about other peoples personal stories relating to anime and how they felt about it. Most of the comments on this particular video all said that “Ouran High School Host Club” was not the anime to start with for someone who is new to anime, which I absolutely agree with because it’s a parody so you need to have an understanding of anime clichés to grasp the humour. Other than that being the main comment others focused on listing reasons why the loved the show as well as suggesting other shows to be watched on Anime Club.
Through watching this example of digital story telling and hearing Meg and Ross’s stories regarding anime it’s very relatable to me because I myself experienced a similar thing. Ouran High School Host Club was not the first anime I ever watched and I was already aware of the fact that the show was a little bit out there the first time I watched it however I still experience moments of “what the hell is happening”; particularly in relation to the concept of a Host Club itself as well as the use of “twincest”. It was interesting to hear two different experiences because my own experience sat somewhere in the middle; a combination of “this is the weirdest show I’ve ever seen” and “I love this show!”.
Has any one else seen Ouran High School Host Club? Or hear of it? Or had that experience of “what is this weird anime I’m watching” with another show?