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Love Hina, Vol. 1 Paperback – May 7, 2002

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  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: TokyoPop (May 7, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931514941
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931514941
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #994,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Sakura on June 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
Keitaro Urashima is trying to get into Tokyo University, the most prestigious college in Japan, because of a childhood promise. Unfortunately, he doesn't quite have the smarts, so he's failed twice and is studying to take it a third time (and doing horribly). His parents are sick of it, so they kick him out of the house. He goes to seek refuge at his grandmother's hotel, but he doesn't know it has been converted into an all-girl's dorm. So, through a series of misunderstandings and unfortunate events, he becomes manager to a group of girls who hate him, overwork him, and think he's a pervert.

"Love Hina" was originally intended to be filler for a weekly shounen manga anthology, meant only to run until they could find something better to use up the space. Somehow, it managed to run long enough to take up 14 full graphic novels and was popular enough to spawn a twenty-four episode TV show, an OAV series, and a music video. The reason it did so is obvious: "Love Hina" succeeds in so many ways.

The premise is a familiar one: a hapless college student (or ronin...or high school student...) somehow stumbles into a situation in which he is surrounded by a bunch of gorgeous girls. More shounen series than I can count have the same basic plotline. Some, like "Hanaukyo Maid Tai" are thinly disguised excuses for fan service. Others, such as the "Tenchi" saga, "Oh My Goddess!" or "Saber Marionette" have genuine heart and sincerity. Love Hina, fortunately, falls into the latter category. While fan service abounds, there are many more reasons to read besides that. Keitaro is a genuinely goodhearted person, as are the residents of the Hinata.

Speaking of which, that's another thing done right in the series.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Odin on June 16, 2002
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Manga in Asia is treated as novels are treated in North America. Its readers are either light treaders who want to pass the time, occasional treaders, loving fans, or seriously anaylying scholars. I fall in that final category, having read manga series since I was a child.
And Love Hina struck me deep.
I'm not the only one. It took Japan by storm, had sensational critic acclaims in Korea, and sparked interest in China. And now, America witnesses this cornerstone in manga history. Written and drawn by a man whose talent hadn't really been realized yet, Love Hina grew to be a popular animation and manga. Of course, it is one of those fabled series that started off really just as an oppurtunity thing, but the publishers are glad that they gave our friend Ken a chance.
Love Hina portrays the life of Keitaro, who lives with five girls in a girls' dorm that he manages. As he struggles to get into Tokyo University, he also has to figure out just how to get along with his unlikey lodgers.
Love Hina falls into the popular genre of romance comedies. This genre has many mangas styled after it, but many fail because of loss of stylistic mechanics or linear storylines. However, like Ah My Goddess, Love Hina presents a unique drawing mechanic, plot twists and turns, as well as staying true to the genre with humour, fan service and character development. It succeeds all those requirements naturally required by this genre. Moreever, this series is enhoyable by a wide range of readers. Boys will appeal to the fan service, and live the experience of the main character as they read along. Girls can relate to their five lovely companions and see how they deal with and get to know Keitaro. All in all, it is a wonderful series.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Anran Wang on August 2, 2002
Format: Paperback
There are two ways to look at the main character (Keitaro Urashima) of this series and his situation:
1. This is a pretty dumb [guy]. He's failed the entrance exam for Toudai (Tokyo U, the most difficult school in Japan) twice already, going for the third. He's unemployed and is about to be kicked out of his house by his parents. Suddenly, he gets the opportunity to stay in Hinatasou, an all-girls dorm. With 5 cute girls and a hot springs on-site, he is the luckiest guy ever!
2. "Is he dead?"
"Don't think so"
Keitaro is beaten senseless. Almost everyday. Specialties? Naru Punch and Motoko's Zangen Ken and Raimeken. Poor guy is just unlucky with girls, thats all. Everytime he trips (happens a lot by the way), he ends up grabbing or falling on someone, then BAM, its off to the stars for Kei-kun.
Just looking at those two, you can see the makings of a great series. Shoujo, ecchi and mystical swordswomen (check out Motoko's Shinmeiryuu Ougi- Zan Ma Ken Ni no Tachi), the only thing this series doesnt have is mecha. And that's no big loss, let me tell you.
Be sure to watch the anime series as well (25 episodes, spring and winter specials, plus the 3 episode OVA Love Hina Again). Its great fun and has quite a few catchy songs thrown in.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alex Konieczny on December 28, 2002
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Keitaro Urashima has been a Ronin (someone who has failed his university exams) for two years. Looking at his life he relizes he has nothing. He has no job, little intelligence, no athletic abilities, and no girlfriend, ever. His only memory he still holds close is a promise he made 15 years prior, that he and young girl would go to Tokyo University together and fall in love.
When Keitaro thinks he can't sink any lower he scores a manager job at his Grandma's dorm for girls, Hinata House. Then the antics of Love Hina begin.
Love Hina's story is truely extrordinary. The comedy-romance combo is delivered perfectly. Never does the comedy outway the romance and make it too silly or does the romance get too drawn out. This is great. But where the heart of Love Hina lies is in the lovable characters. Their development throughout the series creates a depth that isn't commonly found. You'll be quickly choosing your favorite character and hoping the best for their progression in the story or be terribly upset when a possibly great momment turns sour.
Love Hina is the deepest most involving story in manga. If you can read a manga without needing thousands of magic spells or exploding mechs, your sure to love it. And trust me, buying the first volume will secure your buying the rest of the series.
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