- 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 (69 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #977,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Love Hina, Vol. 1 Paperback – May 7, 2002
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"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.Read more ›
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.
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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Few manga series are as memorable as Love Hina. Ken Akamatsu's art is excellent and the characters are all lovable, interesting and never feel generic. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was my first Romance manga and always wanted to have it to add to my collection. THe product description was spot on. TRuely recommend.Published 16 months ago by Joshua Paulin
My 4/10 mangaupdates review: Both the anime (i just glanced at it for confirmation) and manga are bad but the manga is a bit better done and just listen to me and Bennett the Sage... Read morePublished 21 months ago by residentgrigo
love hina is just great series and hard to top it is a must read for any true manga fanPublished on January 9, 2013 by Anonimus
You ever see those movies that say they're comedies but are nothing more than 90 minutes of tits and bad boner jokes? Read morePublished on May 2, 2012 by Taoqi Qiezei
I ordered vol 1 of LOVE HINA as a gift for my nephew. When he received the issue-- it was a different volume--- it was number 4 which he had already. Read morePublished on April 22, 2012 by Ru-tu-tie
Okay, okay... so I guess it depends on the person. Anyway, I loved this series! The story grabbed me from the moment I started reading! Read morePublished on February 14, 2012 by Amerita Thomas
Very funny storyline, hope to get the second! i recommend it! Note: only problem is it was a quick read!Published on June 11, 2011 by james coyle