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Love Hina
Love Hina - Moving In - With Series Box
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A zany romantic comedy in a 'Rumiko-Takahashi-kind-of-way', Love Hina is one of those rare shows, like Tenchi Muyo, where the characters grow on you and you come to love them as part of your family.

Hey there fanboy! I'm soooooo cute...The main character is a likeable loser, a sort of cross between Keiichi in Oh My Goddess and Ataru Moroboshi of Urusei Yatsura. Trying to keep a promise he made in childhood turns out to be the biggest load of trouble he could ever get himself into. He has a habit of being in the wrong place at the wrong time — within the first few minutes of the first episode, he's managed to accidentally crawl into the women's hot-spring! And just wait until you see the fast and furious action that follows! (No, not *that* kind of action, get your mind out of the gutter!)

With Naru being (literally) the girl of his dreams, Love Hina is a formula show with a refreshing twist. While watching the first few episodes, we often had the urge to play Offspring's "Self Esteem", because it seemed to relate so closely! For anyone who's had to deal with unrequited love (and haven't we all), Love Hina is about a loser with a shot at happiness — will he get the girl or screw up? Watch and find out - the journey is the reward!

Reviewed by Brian Cirulnick, December 2002

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Manga Review

Love Hina - which won a prestigious Kodansha Manga of the Year award for its creator - is Akamatsu Ken's 2nd major manga series. His earlier AI Ga Tomaranai - a sort of cyber love comedy - ran for 8 volumes in the early-to-mid-90's.

The focus of this manga series is romance, and this manga is somewhat R rated - but done in good taste. In this first issue our hero Keitaro's dream is to attend Tokyo University with his childhood sweetheart, a girl who he hasn't seen in years. Now he's failed the entrance exams and is in danger of losing his dream again if he doesn't stay focused. In a desperate effort to go into seclusion and study for his entrance exams, he volunteers to take over running his grandmother's hotel. Yet, Keitaro is about to get motivated when he discovers that one of his tenants is his childhood crush! This manga is 200 pages of fun in glorious black and white.

Reviewed by Brian Cirulnick, October 2002

Love Hina

Love Hina Website Links:

Hinata Love (Love Hina fan website)

Hina Love (Love Hina fan website)

Which Love Hina Girl Are You?

Love Hina (manga) entry at Anime News Network

Love Hina (TV) entry at Anime News Network

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