Love Hina: Complete Series Box Set
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Attempting to fulfill a promise to his childhood sweetheart, Keitaro Urashima is determined to enter Tokyo University. After being rejected twice, he decides to leave home and stay at his grandmother's apartment complex to study. But when he arrives, his grandmother is gone and he finds himself under attack by the all-female residents. Will the girls accept him as their new apartment manager? Will his bones ever mend? More importantly, can he concentrate on his studies when he discovers that one of his tenants might be his long lost sweetheart?
Based on the manga by Ken Akamatsu, Love Hina (2000) is one of the best-loved examples of the "harem comedy" genre. When he was five years old, Keitaro Urashima promised a girl that they’d attend prestigious Tokyo University together. Now he's 20: he's failed the entrance exam twice, and is attending cram school, hoping to fulfill that promise. His life grows very complicated when his grandmother retires, making him the manager of the Hinata Apartments, which serves as a high-school girls’ dorm. The residents include an assortment of standard anime types: painfully shy Shinobu, violently anti-male kendo champion Motoko, irrepressible Su and brainy, pretty, hot-tempered Naru. Keitaro's kind heart wins over the girls, despite his low self- esteem, poor study habits and over-active fantasy life. Many of the episodes play off other series. In "Kendo Girl in Love," Motoko dreams herself into an old video game that spoofs Sailor Moon and El Hazard. (American viewers may not realize that the Dragon Palace and giant turtle refer to the Japanese Rip Van Winkle story "Urashima Taro", a play off Keitaro's last name, Urashima.) In another episode, the cast stages a slapstick adaptation of the classic Chinese novel "The Journey to the West" that brings down the house--and the theater--when they accidentally uncork a hidden hot spring. Further complications ensue when Keitaro blows the entrance exam yet again, and his grandmother returns from her travels, throwing his future into limbo. When he goes off to brood by himself, the other members of the cast reflect on how much their favorite goofball means to them, despite his shortcomings. Everyone may not live happily after, but by the end of Episode #24, they sort things out in a way that's appropriate to the story--and leaves openings for sequels. (Episode #25 is included with the Love Hina: Christmas Movie). Rated TV 14: comic violence, risqué humor, brief nudity, tobacco use.) --Charles Solomon
(1. All-Girls Dorm with Outdoor Bath: Hot Spring, 2. The Hinata’s New Resident Shinobu: Arrow Signs, 3. Kendo Girl in Love? Swordplay 4. The Tokyo U Promise from 15 Years Ago: Diary, 5. Wow. A Trip to Kyoto! 6. Keitaro's First Kiss Is With...? 7. First Date. Keitaro's True Feelings. 8. Kendo Girl and the Legend of the Dragon Palace, 9. The Case of the Missing Hinata Apartment Money: A Mystery, 10. Who Is the Beautiful Woman Wandering in the Moonlight: Transformation, 11. The Idol Shooting for Tokyo U Is a Prep School Student: Sing, 12. Changing After the Wedding? Swordsmaster Makoto's Sunday Best: Feminine, 13. The First Kiss Tastes Like Lemon? Marshmellow? Grown-Up, 14. Naru's Crush Is Now a Tokyo U Professor: Turning Into Love? 15. I Love You! Romantic Confession Inside a Cave: Tall Tale, 16. Monkey Performance at the Seaside Teahouse Hinata: A Kiss? 17. Mesmerized by Naru on the Haunted Island! Something's Fishy! 18. Girls Dressed in Yukata for the Summer Festival: Let's! 19. Marry Into Money? A Prince From Across the Sea: Warm, 20. A Sepia-Colored Promise with a Sleeping Girl: A Trick? 21. Jealous Outburst? Two Lovebirds on a Boat: Tremble, 22. Little Sister Mae's Devious Plan: It Can't be! 23. Naru Narusegawa--Her Wavering Heart and Keitaro: Crushed, 24. Celebrate! Are the Blooming Flowers Tokyo U? Love? Everybody)
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At first, glance, "Love Hina" seems formulaic. Lovable loser Keitaro dreams of success, but seems to fail at everything he tries. Out of luck and plans, he goes to visit his Grandmother Hina and winds up the manager of the Hinata Lodge, a fantastically beautiful building with a backyard hot spring that is populated only by beautiful and feisty girls. Keitaro, the incurable romantic, has long be searching for his "promise girl," the love of his life that he knew back when he was about three years old, and to whom he promised they would grow up and attend Tokyo University (think Harvard) together, and get married. He can't remember the girl's name, but he hasn't given up hope. Just possibly, one of the gals at the Hinata Lodge is Keitaro's long-lost Promise Girl, and he just might find her if he doesn't get killed first. Hijinks ensue.
The storyline is pretty typical of "harem"-style anime series, but somehow "Love Hina" does everything right. Series creator Akamatsu Ken (Negima!) knows how to work an ensemble cast, giving each girl a distinct personality and story arc. Sure, much of the hijinks comes from Keitaro doing his best only to wind up with panties on his head, or walking in on one of the girls naked, only to get a swift kick for his troubles. That is standard Akamatsu fare. But "Love Hina" has some serious undercurrents and nuances that makes all the over-the-top stuff just that much freakin funnier.
The animated series differs from the manga, which is pretty common in Japanese anime. I love both, personally, and felt that they did some really creative things with the "Love Hina" anime. One of my favorite episodes features the kendo girl Makoto in the in the flickering, black and white style of old Samurai films. There are other homages as well, to places as various as Godzilla and Pokemon and nods to other anime series.
This release from Funimation is just great, with nice picture and sound. The subtitles can be hard to read in spots, when the white fades into the background, but that is my only really complaint so I Hope Funimation makes tha lovehina complete series with tha love hina movies and the bonus 25 episode ^_^ and a good release of tha complete series of negami :D
Other reviews cover the plot well, I will leave that to them. The story is fun, the characters are awesome, the humor works very well at times. The characters putting on the play "Journey to the West" for a bunch of kids was pure awesome.
My one really big complaint is with the English dub version(the discs contain both English and Japanese audio), with Wendee Lee attempting to do an Indian accent that is just painful to hear and caused me to watch in Japanese to avoid her voice(and I usually do like her voice and think she is great).
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