Ep 4 – “Attack of the Lady Manager!” / “Joshi Manējā Shūrai” (女子マネージャー襲来)

The Host Club must deal with their new self-appointed manager, Renge Hoshakuji, a French otaku who claims to be Kyoya’s fiancée because he looks like an anime character she idolizes. She decides to enhance the roles of the host club and convinces them to cosplay as the “dark” side of themselves. The parts she gives out are: Tamaki Suoh – the lonely prince, Mitsukuni “Honey” Haninozuka – the baby-faced thug, Haruhi Fujioka – the bully’s target, Takashi “Mori” Morinozuka – Honey’s childhood flunkie, Hikaru and Kaoru Hitachiin – the neurotic sports stars. Kyoya is not given a character since Renge deems him already perfect. Eventually, Renge makes a movie featuring the Host Club, with each host acting out their new roles. She enlists two students to play villains in the movie; however, since the students take offence at being typecast as villains based on their appearance they push Renge away. As Haruhi attempts to protect Renge she dislodges a contact lens, causing her to appear as if she’s crying. Tamaki hurries over, angry at the thought that someone has hurt her, and confronts the two now terrified students. Haruhi finally helps Renge understand that accepting people for who they are is what’s important and not who you assume or want them to be. Kyoya breaks the camera to prevent the footage of Tamaki acting violently from ruining the Host Clubs reputation. Instead he edits the footage into a popular movie to sell to their customers. Renge switches her crush from Kyoya to Haruhi because of “his” bravery.