Middle school Kyoya is a lonely boy.
The third son, of whom nothing and everything is expected...
...growing up in a chilly environment.
"Always remember: keep your friends close and your enemies closer."
"I would do anything my father asked me."
Kyoya's view of life before meeting Tamaki.
Maybe it's a cultural thing.
"Nice to meet you, Ootori."
The start of something good.
Irked by Tamaki's obsession with Japanese culture.
Tamaki can't wait to sit under a kotatsu...
...only to learn that Kyoya's family doesn't own one.
"Did I step on a land mine or something?"
"I'm sorry. I guess your family isn't as close as they could be."
"Under the kotatsu, you playfully...build familial bonds of trust...while watching (television)."
"I feel sorry for you. You and your family are missing out."
"If it's that important to you, we can put a kotatsu in our home for you to visit."
"Thank you, Ootori. You're such a good friend! Yahoo!! Mon ami!!!"
Best friends - just like that.
Kyoya and his older sister, Fuyumi, discuss Tamaki and their father's demands.
Like his homework, it's just another assignment.
"Kyoya, I need to ask a favor of you."
"I want to see everything."
Offering to take Tamaki sight-seeing.
"Again with the mon ami.'"
Tamaki considers Kyoya a god.
In Kyoto, at the Golden Pavilion.
"For some reason, I can't get my head around this guy."
In Okinawa, with a Namahage. "No, that's a Shisa."
"I'm sorry, Ootori. I guess I overestimated your ability to entertain me."
Kyoya's frustration mounts...
...as he relates how Tamaki's crazy ideas make him crazy.
"I think you should be hitting the books, my friend."
Kyoya nearly at the end of his rope.
Kyoya, learning that he can neither anticipate nor control Tamaki Suoh.
"I've never wanted to hit someone so badly in all my life!"
Kyoya wonders if his father asking him to befriend Tamaki is a test of some sort.
Glad to see her brother out of his comfort zone, at last.
"Your friend has come to visit."
Hearing Tamaki play piano for the first time.
...and yells at Tamaki for not trying to reach his potential.
"If you want to surpass your brothers, you can. The one who's not trying is you."
"It's not all about you, you know."
"So you're finally showing your true colors."
...following his own path...
...to become who he wants to be.
"Sleep first, then dream."
A different Kyoya begins to emerge.
The origins of the Host Club.
Hearing Tamaki and actually listening.
The upright leaf: omen of good fortune.