Keitaro Urashima promised a girl when he was young that they would meet up again at Tokyo University in the future. Sadly, in the National Practice Exam, Keitaro ranked 27th from the bottom. Knowing his grandmother owned a hotel, Keitaro intended to stay there while continuing his studies for Tokyo U, only to find out the hotel had long been transformed into an all-girls dormitory. Through an odd twist of fate, Keitaro eventually became the manager of the dorm, beginning his life of living with 5 other girls.
Love Hina is really great! From the first moment, I was gripped by this story's violence, drama and slight funniness, s well as the romance, which develops as the story goes on.
So, a young man called Urashima Keitaro suddenly finds himself working as the manager for an all-girls dormitory. Yes, you can probably see where that story is going. Lots of slapstick humor, romance and funniness is the recipe for this show. I think it's pretty cool, and if you like romance/harem anime, this is a definite must-see.
Looking for a romance/comedy/harem anime to kill time? Look no more because Love Hina will SERIOUSLY KILL your time.
I've watched Love Hina before way back when I was still a kid and I remember loving this series, but after re-watching this series 10+ years later, I began to question my taste for anime because Love Hina is by far one of the most stupid and ridiculous anime I've ever watched and I can't believe it’s actually possible for me to hate an anime this much.
I'm writing this review at the risk of getting viciously mauled by an angry mob of Love Hina fans who will do anything to defend their beloved anime, so I'll try not to be too harsh on this. Okay, time to get started with this rant—I mean review.
The characters of Love Hina are soooo darn GENERIC and just downright ANNOYING that I need to punch the wall just to appease my frustration. Let me introduce them.
— Urashima, Keitarou - The main protagonist. He is really dumb and extremely unreliable but he is very persevering (Sounds familiar?) and he makes a good punching bag for Naru.
— Narusegawa, Naru - The main heroine. She's a tsundere on drugs who's got nothing better to do besides beating up Keitarou EVERY…SINGLE...DARN...TIME!!!.
— Aoyama, Motoko - The very typical "Ice Queen" of the harem.
— Maehara, Shinobu - The kind and pure-hearted middle schooler *cough* loli bait.
— Su, Kaolla - The awfully annoying and carefree kid in the harem.
— Konno, Mitsune - The "mature" one.
— Otohime, Mutsumi - The airhead.
I don't have a problem with harems, in fact, I love them (not including reverse harems) so I'm quite used to stereotypical girls, but the girls in Love Hina are just so darn annoying that it's impossible for me to like any of them. The one I have the biggest problem with though is not one of the girls, it's the stupid MC Keitarou! because he is just so fucking useless and unreliable! I JUST FUCKING HATE THIS GUY!!!. He doesn't have any redeeming qualities whatsoever except for his undying perseverance and hard work that leads to nothing most of the time.
The story revolves around Keitaro and the "promise" but mostly, the episodes are just stupid fillers designed to prolong this stupid anime. The fillers doesn't contribute to the plot one bit and can get really really random, for example, ancient turtle civilizations? seriously? come on, they can do better than that. I wish they focused more on the main plot because I was actually curious who's this mysterious "promise" girl.
Although I have lots of bad things to say about this anime, I can't deny the fact that I did get some laughs watching Love Hina, but the jokes becomes so repetitive (Naru beating up Keitarou) I'm laughing no more.
~Love Hina's formula for comedy~
Keitarou + accidents + misunderstanding = Naru beating the crap out of him
The art is fine, I don't really have much complaints about it because it's a very typical art for an old anime.
I actually liked the OP and ED and I kinda felt nostalgic hearing them again. The OP is kinda catchy, although it annoyed some viewers, I'm not annoyed by it at all.
As for the Japanese voice acting, there's one voice that grabbed my attention, the voice of Motoko. Her voice is adorable especially when she is screaming. The voices of the other characters are also good and fits the characters quite well.
I recommend this to you if...
you like generic harem anime.
you like old and repetitive jokes.
you like an extremely violent tsundere heroine and a pathetic loser MC.
But if you're not any of what I mentioned above, I suggest you cross this out on your list now, because I guarantee you'll hate this one. read more
STORY (hadta to it for the haters
Here is an anime that is completely devoid of a storyline, opting instead to engage in countless irrelevant side quests that are not only dull, but irritating and stupid as well. Here is an anime that reuses "jokes" over and over and over and over, until the jokes are not only tedious, but borderline tortuous as well. Here is an anime that has a lead character so obnoxiously unfunny and dislikable that he is not only annoying, but absolutely loathsome as well. And yet... here is an anime that is not only insanely popular, but has an almost rabid fan base violently defending its "#1 anime of all time."
It's one of the most overrated things out there. This show has one of the stupidest senses of humor of any anime. It's not funny at all, yet they continually use the same jokes over and over. The main joke is either Keitaro gets into a situation where he looks like a pervert through some ridiculously contrived stupid misunderstanding and then gets up beat up by the girls or gets beat up by the girls for no reason; which is more frustrating, you decide... Exaggerated violence isn’t funny if there’s no justification to it. None of the jokes were genuine, by that they were cheap, unrefined, low, substandard, poor, juvenile- 0MG L00K 1'M $0 FUNN!3!!! so if anything, unfunny. On top of that, everything felt very forced and emphasized which made the jokes even lamer. In short, the comedy is "sooo not funny" or "SO not funny" or "so NOT funny".
Unfortunately, I know exactly what draws fans to Love Hina. This anime appeals to the lowest common denominator, to the losers inside us. Every episode is filled with horrible, blatant fan-service that talks to the average otaku's low self esteem. Though this anime is remarkably stupid, people love this anime for one reason: it provides a perfectly distilled fantasy. This fantasy is designed solely to appease the insecure adolescent in all of us. The anime was made knowing that the best way to sell discs is to fan-service, to give a hentai dream that they think will please the average viewer. I hate, hate, HATE this anime. I hate the fact that it expects fan-service to replace any shred of a story whatsoever. I hate its ridiculously shallow, forced morals and all that other BS.
Of course no anime can be 100% original but this anime is CHOCK-full of clichés, stereotypes, etc, - Everything about it has been done to death before, but Love Hina manages to make turn most of it into something more awful and annoying. [Nearly] everything about this series has been done before, one way or another, and its attraction seems to lie in the fact that most of those who like it have seen very little of what it is ripping off. Example: I wouldn't say it's ripped from the anime I'm going to mention but it reminded me of that anime which made me think even less of Love Hina which is so little anyway at that point. There is an episode which is actually the same episode with the glasses thing I mention later. But basically they had some "slapstick comedy" with ping-pong but it wasn't funny. It reminded me of Dash Kappei because that show had an arc on table tennis/ping pong and Dash Kappei anime is just hilarious and the table tennis arc is no exception. I just felt so saddened that something that is so brilliantly done in Dash Kappei is like whittled to a pathetic piece of god knows what that I could not imagine my 6-year old self laughing at. Love hina just did the obvious slapstick thing you can do with table tennis and it's just soo lame that I roll my eyes as I type this.
Expanding on the "remarkably stupid":
This anime has some dumb plots or episodic plots, better described as fillers in this case. They're insultingly, frustratingly, absurdly dumb, like extremely unnecessary in the most annoying way, dragged out, over-the-top for no reason, straight out stupid, etc.
The Romance comedy (that is, laboured, annoying romance comedy) works on the basis of “hilarious misunderstandings” and “bizarre coincidence”. Love Hina throws some of the stupidest hilarious misunderstandings in the world at the characters. For example, in one episode the "love interests" [who hate each other] end up sitting next to each other. Both didn't have their glasses on and so they actually did not recognize each other. Obviously lots of plot-holes here. Like Why they don’t recognise each other’s voices is beyond me, and the fact that Naru wears glasses for studying and not for normal world activity suggests that she is actually near-sighted … It makes no sense whatsoever. It's so contrived and just lame, so stupid, not funny, and the whole get-up is aggravating on many levels, in addition to what happens next is just as frustrating and cringing like in those cruel make-over reveals in those reality TV shows or talks shows.
Perhaps the characters are just that stupid, shallow, dim-witted that the "dumb" plots can be possibly excused, but even so that's still frustrating and insulting and just contradicting. Then if it is true that they're just THAT dumb then the plot is ludicrous not that that plot was so interesting in the first place. Well maybe it was just a little dull for a little bit but it just got annoying and even more uninteresting because the anime would just keep mentioning that "set up"/ "story" (since that is the only thing it has...) yet there was little or no progression or there would be progression but then for absolutely no reason except that they can, they throw you back to square 1 to be... [shocking? annoying? stupid?] (I think they're deluded that it's amusing or something). They pussy-foot around everything for no reason and it's to an extent that you just don't care anymore.Theyconstantly pull stunts like this every chance they get to get through filler after filler I suppose. These kinds of plots in his anime are insulting the viewer's intelligence or the viewer... In any plot and whatever events in any given episode they come across choices and they always go full throttle with the most stupid, predictable, ridiculous, silly, unfunny, aggravating, tedious, low route. It seems like a rather conscious decision.
There is an awful lot of unnecessary fan service, seemingly put there for the sake of grabbing your attention while assuming that you're a slobbering teenager who gets "off" on seeing cartoon flesh; very tasteless to say the least. Not only that it has to put in more useless things that come from this anime's self-obsession of getting attention so it tries to make the biggest deal about everything like any silly stupid plot point of the filler or whatever contrived thing that's going on or the retarded fan-service or over some characters or some characters do this themselves. It gives off this pathetic feel that they're trying to be crazy to draw attention in the hopes or in complete belief that it will somehow make the anime be received better or make it completely redeemed of itself of the mess or possibly they really think that lowly of the viewers that the viewers needs things pointed out with a huge sign repeatedly or it just goes with the stupidity or they think it'll make the anime less boring (which actually results in some irritation taking the place of boredom which is worse... or to no avail since that "strategy" is so lame anyways). The word to describe the atmosphere of this anime is obnoxious therefore. Naturally, a childish aura is fuming. Yeah yeah fan-service- but the childishness is radiating quite brightly ☀
They put in some odd, random, wacky elements into the filler episodes. It's not random in a good way (the refreshing, fun kind)- its "random" is nothing but idiocy, over-the-top and absolutely LAME. It's completely repulsive as in low quality, contrived - do anything to get into whatever perverted situation fantasy thing or whatever other lame get-up- solely there to draw attention without any attempt to not be so obvious and at the same time give off some impudent attitude like they just know/believe it's so edgy and shocking and cool, or maybe the "lame random" elements here themselves are just hopeless. The anime's constant emphasizing can be even further translated to it oozing an irksome arrogance that they have the audacity to constantly do this when there's nothing there in the first place or that everything that's there is extremely stupid, let alone worth considering to emphasize or repeat, etc. Besides all that, they're sometimes gimmicky, and even taboo sometimes. Such elements include the supernatural - getting possessed and whatever other glowing effects. Yes, it's as dumb and pointless as it sounds or maybe dumber... There's no class, no charm, nothing is done with even the tiniest smidge of taste. Everything's just shoved in our faces.
It literally feels like this anime is ordering me/telling me/screaming at me 'to laugh', 'it's funny' in some desperation. It could also described as it trying to shove it down my throat. They're trying to do what they "believe" is the minimum requirement to equal "good anime" or "romance anime" or "comedy anime", etc with such shamlessness and cockyness. COME ON... Emphasizing whatever lame joke does not automatically = funny’, emphasizing whatever situation does not automatically make it interesting or shocking or not boring, and neither does 'a promise always = a wonderful romance’ and neither does '"unique" cast always = good characters’, etc. Adding to that, it just needs to be more annoying and so it pretends to be dumber and shallower than it actually is because it knows it doesn't NEED to be ambitious. They're doing whatever they think is the minimum requirement. This anime is extremely boring on top of the irritating though this anime actually can be annoying AND boring at the same time somehow. Somehow they try way too hard yet try so little at the same time, they get the awfulness of both worlds of any trait related to bad. It's baffling...
Some specific eps/points (probably much worse throughout the series than the ones I'll mention below):
Episode 2 whatever reason it attempts hard hitting drama about the politics of divorce and the place of the child within. It’s quite painful to watch, particularly with the whole “running away” aspect, and the typical portrayal of “cruel girls”.
The four episodes even feature their own sort of thematic gimmick - the first being laced with fantasy, the second with some horrible, horrible symbolism pertaining to “direction” (ironic, that), the third features an initially well scored “silent film” sequence, which has misjudged artificing and starts to drag. The fourth has a “diary” storytelling method. Each episode probably wants to set itself apart, but it comes across as gimmickry. Also, the dialogue placed in each episode when it comes to its realization feels quite forced.
The characters are like the epitome of cliché, 1-dimensional, stereotypical, typical, predictable, annoying, stupid, unlikable, useless, redundant, shallow, superficial, unrealistic, and unoriginal. Pretty much every single one of them has most, if not all of these traits. The trait to emphasize would be annoying and unlikable which go hand-in-hand here. Almost all the characters are useless, because they didn't salvage or add to the generic promise plot or the comedy or the lame episodic fillers; maybe they aren't if all you are looking for is fan service. Plus, the characters' gags were lame, unfunny, and they were repeated - many times. The side characters are such stupid and superficial people who just happen to have no other worries than caring about keitaro and naru. It's like who cares!!!! Let them play stupid/pointless/boring childish games and get own with your own damn lives! They are ridiculous since their actions are completely devoid of any logic whatsoever and their brainlessness is agitating. It's a whole lotta BS with a lot of we just happen to _ for absolutely no reason except that we can.
I'm pretty much convinced the sole purpose of the characters was to irritate the viewers. Practically all of them are/act stupid, annoying, over-the-top on many frustrating levels (especially in the ridiculous stupid filler plots they're placed in) like Mutsumi who is so smart but never everevereverever makes it to the exam, Naru who is violent and immature and a main character who beats up Keitaro over'n over'n over'n over for no decent reason most of the time, and much more. And isn't that a contradiction that she can do all that however many times yet she can't confess her feelings to the dweeb - Sara McDougal is probably one of the most annoying characters in this anime though she's got some stiff competition. They tried to do that joke they've been repeating in this anime with her and they did it in their exhibitionistic exhibitionistic way and it only made it fail harder. However the honor or dishonor doing that joke the most goes to Naru. Putting these kinds of characters together it just amplifies what's already there, it gets dumber, more frustrating, more over-the-top, lamer than thought possible.
Though it is usually a good thing that each character is "unique", each girl is too damn TYPICAL. apparently the “unique” trait that caters to whatever individual fetish you may have (I'm not sure cause I don't have one...). It's [almost like] insulting the viewer's intelligence. Every single character behaves just like I predict. When all there is a simple silly misunderstanding which could have been solved through 30 seconds of talking, Love Hina drags it out 20 min or even 40 min! Adding furthur insult to injury, almost all the characters seem blatantly ripped off~ The LH characters are clearly reminiscent of characters/anime that are just better- actually likable and actually good. They include more than what I'll mention here, of course. Even though they may have similar traits, the Love Hina versions of the characters are dull at best and more than annoying as hell at worst and there's nothing likable or special or memorable about them - it's like they have no souls.
++Shinobu - they just pound her gag into the ground and it's just not cute or funny or amusing in the first place and it only gets worse and worse every single time they do it. But also she just seems to be ripped off from Anna (Battle Athletes Victory)
++Su - she is clearly ripped off Ed (Cowboy Bebop), Tanya (Battle Athletes V), who are better characters, since they aren't annoying and are likable which is something none of the Love Hina characters can pull off unfortunately. You can even find pictures of them doing the exact same poses. Su is 1-dimensional with her ''annoying' going on all the time. Not to mention the inventions thing with her added to it because it was just so ridiculous, awful, to the point of utter frustration and feeling insulted. It was executed to be as idiotic as possible and to draw attention apparently. Also there's an episode for her which was unbelievably stupid and supernatural and out-of-place. Oh and it's probably taboo too, and/or awful stereotyping, it makes it that much worse, it just has to go there.
++Motoko - there’s a bunch of anime characters there are just dressed like her and act like her. She's also the dreaded men-hating female stereotype. They made it worse by having Keitaro fly when she swings her kendo stick at him; it's completely idiotic, so NOT funny, and obviously another annoying attempt to emphasize like everything else in this anime. She has at least one completely idiotic-plot-holed in the most utterly painfully dumb way, so NOT funny, and unnecessary plot/episode (completely frustrating and insulting to the viewer) about her also... I despise how they exploit the whole "traditional Japanese- kendo,- etc" among other things to try to be "cool" "gimmicky" because it comes off lame with their intention deafeningly obvious. Like what I said about 1-dimensionalness her entire point in the anime can be summed up as "OMG I have sword secret art of death blah! I hate men!".
++Mutusmi - She is a clone from Excel Saga (Hyatt). You can even find pics of them doing the exact same pose. (Excel saga manga came out before Love Hina's). The way they use her 1-dimensional trait is always in this very frustrating, irritating, unfunny way.
++Keitaro- a loser guy in a harem... Spineless wimp characters are really annoying
I forgot to mention there's also a turtle, and it's really moronic and the episode the turtle was introduced was unbelievably dumb, over-the-top, and what made it so lame was the characters actually took it seriously.
They are the perfect example of a horribly annoying cast of characters in an anime, especially if you've seen Battle Athletes Victory! TV series [To the end I suppose] .
To start off with, the main characters are loathsome and annoying. The characters themselves are awful and I hate depise both so forget about a romance. Ultimately their relationship is really shallow, contrived, and unconvincing. This goes back to what was mentioned earlier about a fantasy/ romantic+comedy genre crap - this "loser" gets with this "hot" girl. Out of all the ridiculous and idiotic stuff they try to pull off the Naru and Keitaro attraction is one of the worst.
Like ALL of the BGM (instrumental music) was irritating but it does goes with the repulsive atmosphere of this show with its unnecessary over-the-top-just plain annoying elements... But seriously I never encountered BMG that actually bothered me (to that degree anyways), it's odd. It's like this show is meant to repulse me in every single way possible. It doesn't really fit with scenes that well, it's just NOISE to piss off viewers more (I really think that's the goal of the creators or their deluded minds thinking this noise is actually bgm). The music is awful computer generated stuff that pierces the brain. As far as the voice actors (referring to the Japanese cast), most were okay and good, but there were two that were REALLY unpleasant to listen to. That isn't a complete weakness per say because that is fitting for the characters but nonetheless contradicting... The over-acting emphasized the stupidity and ridiculousness of the episode plots like this anime has done with every aspect of this show. However, who can blame them, the plots are just that awful. But on a positive note, the opening and the ending songs were good but the opening song gets old and annoying fast but nonetheless that goes this anime's obnoxious style. The ending song is really nice and the visual with it really make the show seem as if it's profound, good,- just ironic. Also, whenever the “caper” music starts up, you know you’re in a lot of trouble. It was kind of the director to have such obvious audio cues, to get the viewer prepared.
It's average at most, considering the year it was made and comparing it to other anime made around that time. The animation is cheap and dull-looking mostly and at times it looks bad with "ugly" colors (you know some "new" anime with colors that are sometimes too bright/blinding or just plain ugly, for example that b naru's yellow shirt/red skirt is such an UGLY COMBO). Of course they abuse the animation to emphasize like everything else. They did whatever exaggeration with the animation (click and drag like 99% of the time) completely convinced I, upon seeing it would be impressed and drawn in like I've never seen anime in my life but I was actually unimpressed/could care less. Something about it was trying too hard, it's like... pathetic. On a disturbing note, some of the girls' && aren't consistent. We all know it's on purpose; SO pathetic. You can say this with just about every ecchi or harem show so it's not too significant. Love Hina is a great example of ugly digital animation; this is not, of course, helped by the fact that it is ugly in the first place. Uno Makoto’s character designs are, not to put too fine a point on it, hideous. The characters boast a sort of “fat” look to their faces and there’s something a bit off shape about them all. They look pasted on top of their backgrounds, and the fan service looks unnatural. Shinobu in profile boasts a head rather too large for her body. There’s just something artificial about the whole look that makes one ill at ease. Occasionally the animation is so bad that characters reach for entirely the wrong things.
There aren't many anime series that I actively despise with every fiber of my being. Love Hina is one of those offending shows. Actually, I never knew I could actually hate an anime show till I saw this. I found the series to be mind-numbingly painful to watch. this anime is deluded that anything that's annoying, frustrating, tedious, stupid is like cool or amusing or interesting or something that's actually pleasant, etc. The only things I do recommend from this anime are the songs if they're in your taste of music. Speaking of which, this anime is tasteless in nearly every aspect. Yeah people call everything they hate "stupid" but I'm not just saying it because I hate it, stupid is Love Hina and Love Hina is stupid.
If you think I left anything out just let me know and I'll try to include it (seriously). But seriously, this was some awesome catharsis (writing the review) and and and I HOPE YOU ENJOYED READING IT (haters and lovers included).read more
"Love Hina" basically, is a romantic comedy. For an idea on what I mean, watch a show such as "Ranma 1/2" or "Tenchi Muyo." If you have seen these shows before, then you should feel very comfortable with the show. "Love Hina" though, takes this genre to a new level, introducing a wide variety of characters, strange situations, a good plot with a lot of twists that will keep you guessing \'til the end, and a countless amount of strange things that seem to happen for absolutely no reason.
"Love Hina" is, simply stating, hilarious. Every episode, you ask yourself, "What will happen today in the Hinata House?" Well, something new happens every episode. And poor Keitaro gets the crap beat out of him every episode by at least Naru. Though this eventually becomes repetitive, it never subtracts from the humor of the show.
Of course though, there is a healthy dose of romance mixed in with the craziness. If you are a sappy romance freak with no sense of humor, this may not be the show for you. If you are one that doesn\'t mind just a touch of romance, this show will be overly enjoyable. If you despise romance, still check this one out. You may still enjoy it.
The only downfall of this anime is it does eventually get a bit repetitive, and most episodes are basically only fillers that don\'t add to the main plot one bit. Besides this though, "Love Hina" is presented with a charm and humor that is hard to find in any anime these days.
The main story is simple: a man is trying to get into Tokyo U to and meet his childhood sweetheart. It is never the main plot that counts though. The sub plots and character interaction are the heart of the anime. I must say that "Love Hina" executes this quite well. All the characters have their own distinct personalities and no two are at all similar.
The romance part of the story will keep you guessing until the end. At several times, just when you put two and two together, a plot twist happens and you are back to the beginning. Too bad the series doesn\'t answer any questions.
1: There is not a lot of continually. Basically, each episode has its own story, with maybe a few things in a few episodes that actually add to the main story. This series is so fun though, this barely even matters (Hey, Cowboy Bebop does the same thing).
2: Don\'t expect everything to be wrapped with a pretty bow at the end. I\'m afraid you\'ll have to wait for "Love Hina Again" (my next review).
Overall, the story is presented nicely, and filled with memorable characters you will not soon forget. Su Kaolla is my favorite!!!
The heart of mostly anything (besides a good story) is good/fitting music. This is where "Love Hina" delivers its best. All the music of the show is great, and every song suits every scene perfectly. Never is a song out of place. Also, the music is great on its own too. The crazy intro theme, the slow ending theme, the action-packed guitar song from episode sixteen..."Love Hina" has it all. No matter what your music taste is, there will be at least one song that you will enjoy in this anime.
As for voice acting, all the voices (in Japanese, of course) are great and diverse for each character. Never do two characters sound the same, and each voice suits its character perfectly. I could say different for the dub though.
The dub voices are horribly selected and executed. I could not help from cringe every time either Su or Kitsune spoke. Absolutely horrible! Keitaro sounds like a wimp, Su sounds like a mouse, and for no reason, Kitsune has a strong (obviously forced) southern accent. I could only ask, "why?" The other voices I can tolerate, but they still pale in comparison to the original seiyuu.
One word can describe how "Love Hina" looks: beautiful. Most likely, you have never seen a better-looking anime TV series. We\'re talking OVA quality here. Not much more I can say.
The characters are drawn beautifully, and all have distinct features. Naturally, the females are drawn to look beautiful, most with large...
Expect lots of fan service too, which should please you hentais out there.
The characters are all animated smoothly, and this show also sports some cool effects seen in newer animes, such as motion blurs. Everything\'s great. Can\'t get better than this, I\'m afraid. read more
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