Keitaro has finally passed the entrance exams, and is officially a Toudai student. But after breaking his leg in an accident in the entrance ceremony, he thought and re-evaluated himself. Having new goals, Keitaro follows Seta on an overseas archeology trip. During his absence, however, all was not well in Hinata Lodge. Urashima Kanako, Keitaro's sister, arrives on the scene. She claims to be the new manager of Hinata Lodge starts to go against all the tenants. Things become even more complicated when they recieve a letter from Keitaro. The tenants and Kanako made a big mess trying to get the letter, but Seta's car crashes in before anyone could read the letter...
So there's the sequel to the Love Hina + Love Hina specials. I'd like to justify this anime with better score than so far I saw other people to give it. Sure it's still with same people, who have same behaviour, but doesn't that feel like happily coming back to something you know?
Let's get to the details of anime now =)
Story 8/10 = Well, it's just 3 episodes after all so the story ain't long and that detailed, but it's well considered a sequel and hey, it finaly has what we were waiting for in the Love Hina! That specific thing really shined up my
opinion about the ending in overall.
Art 8/10, Sound 8/10 = The art remains the same and it's a quite good one for sure. As about sound, it's pretty alright.
Character 8/10 = Well, there's finaly a bit of change in the two main protagonists ( Naru and Keitaro ) , Keitaro's pretty much more useful now and Naru finaly gets herself to do what's needed to do.
Enjoyment 8/10 = It's not one of the brilliant animes you've got to watch, but it's definitely worth watching after you finished Love Hina! . This anime still made me laugh a lot with all the tricks put in, like samurai with chi, a girl constructing killing toys ( where the hell she got the materials? :D ) and a new kind of dilemma between the two main protagonists. If you're the person that likes cheerful shining endings that make you smile and laugh ( well, there just happens something quite funny before the complete ending ) , don't hesitate and give this a try! It's worth it =)
I get that comedy is a subjective art form and there are many different ways to make people laugh, from the most high-brow comedy to the lowest of the low (and people tend to see/watch that the most; don’t believe it? Two and a Half Men lasted this long. There’s your proof) but it all depends on what you thought as funny because many people have different tastes and all that. I know that can tolerate Love Hina and all its….*ahem* glory and I question them why and wonder what people see in this show.
Keitaro needs some
time to evaluate himself and his goals, so he goes onto a trip with Seta to attempt the life of an archaeologist. However, not all is safe at the Hinata Inn while he is gone. A woman claiming to be Keitaros sister comes and claims right to be the manager of the inn. Life gets complicated when Keitaro returns, and attempts to deal with his sister of yesteryear.
I’ve read some reviews saying that this is here the franchise has fallen from grace and how this might be one of the worst entries of the Love Hina franchise. But then again, if you really thought Love Hina was good or poignant or touching in the first place, then you really needed to re-think your thoughts on the show. Yeah, they’re right on this OVA being absolute shit because it is. Most of the time, they have these ridiculous plotline of Keitaro’s younger sister Kanako staying in the Hinata Inn in order to be closer…..*vomits a little*…..to her brother. Yep, it’s another one of those stories and of course, it drives a wedge between the “ever so progressing” relationship between Keitaro and Naru because it’s not like it wasn’t much boring or annoying than before. Oh wait…….
Yeah, there is a bunch of fan service thrown in there, but in the wrong and mostly turned-off way as possible but then again, it wasn’t the fan service that annoyed me (even though it was one of the factors), they just have a clumsy way of doing comedy along with transitioning to the serious and “touching” moments this show has. I’m sorry but if you expect me to feel some sympathy for those characters especially after a scene of bullshit fan service, the ever popular Naru beating up Keitaro for something that was a honest mistake, more torture shit and Kanako trying to bone her brother, then you’ve failed to be given a shit about.
Speaking of Kanako, oh God, she was one of the most annoying characters in the show, granted she is not as bad as Naru or any of the girls (nix for Shinobu and Haruka) but her constant efforts of making Keitaro fall in love with her is just super creepy to me and like I said, I could not give less of a shit about this character.
As for the animation and sound, they are about as equal to the series and the last OVA, The Christmas Special, and they isn’t really nothing new to add on the animation front. It was daring and new at the time it come around but it’s just mostly the standard as of……well, a few years ago. Music is just the same cutesy yet annoying tone but it gets worse during the Spring Special and worse of all, The English dub is just so horrible…….my god, this is a bad one. All the voices sound too high-pitched and girly even when it’s the voice actresses giving it their all and while I may like some of these actresses, I think their talents were abused during this OVA.
-We got a loli, highschool girl, samurai, jew and a tsundere in the harem but Love Hina Again provides us with the last addition of the harem, one that is very important in any Harem anime: Imouto.
-That fan-service. These OVAs especially the first episode is pretty heavy on the fan-service than the rest of the anime. My dick couldn't take much more of this.
-Naru's confession at the end of the OVA's is the moment fans have been waiting for. It's a pretty precious moment in the harem anime history. Satisfying.
-Keitaro has a surprisingly good singing voice in the ED. His
VA should've picked a better career for his voice.
Love Hina Again disappointed me. After watching the beginning five minutes of the first episode, I did not feel this sequel lived up to the name of the series.
The first noticeable difference in the show is the character art, which resembles manga more than anime. A minute difference yes, but it did take some getting used to. The tempo speeds up too suddenly at times, causing scenes to jump or end without much believable transition. Coupled with a predictable storyline, I felt this gave Love Hina Again a very rushed feel.
Audio is probably the only redeeming factor of the show. Characters are appropriately voiced by
their respective actors in sync, sound effects create depth and music set mood.