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 =)
-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.
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.
This week I'm talking about the sequel OVA to Love Hina, Love Hina Again. But first,let's go over what happened previously in Love Hina. Blandon is a loser who consistently fails his university entrance exams. He fled his parents' house where they wanted him to get a job and make something of himself to be the building manager of his grandmother's girl dorms. Where he was abused by virtually every dull and insipid inhabitant of the building. Being a masochist with a poor idea of what a healthy relationship looks like, he fell for the girl who beat him most often, Narusegawa. After stammering around
with the blindingly obvious, Blandon, Narusegawa and Otohime learned the partial truth about their past together at the Hina building but only after having it spelled out for them. And somewhere along the line a twenty five year old wanted to marry his thirteen year old sister but settled for his other sister who was basically his own age. So let's look at the sequel and see if the romance actually improves. It wouldn't be hard to do better than the first series, but I'm guessing it probably doesn't and that this is going to be painful.
We open with Blandon, Naru and Otohime on the Tokyo U campus, because they all managed to pass the entrance exam. And it only took Blandon and Otohime three tries. Blandon gets his leg broken by his main love interest. Her abusive ways are even worse when we see actual consequences beyond him flying into the distance and coming back without a scratch. Especially since they still treat it as not a big deal. With his leg broken, Blandon misses a bunch of classes. Which makes no sense. A broken leg may hurt and make it harder to get around, but this is set in Japan. They have reliable public transit. It's not like he can't reach his lectures and do his course work. It might make sense if they were treating the abuse situation even semi-realistically and he was afraid of being around Narusegawa, but that isn't the case. It's played up as him having to skip the classes because he couldn't possibly take the bus or something with a busted leg. Except that he could, easily, and he's just being a dumbass. While he recovers, he misses so much of his classes that he decides to postpone starting until next semester and he goes off with Seta to do archaeological digs. While he's gone, his younger sister, Kanako, shows up at the Hinata apartments and tries to drive the other girls away so that she can have him for herself. Yes, that means exactly what it sounds like. But it's okay because they aren't blood related. They've just been raised as siblings since they were really little kids. I'm sure that's not an insulting attitude towards people who were adopted at all. When Blandon returns his sister goes after him with gusto and Naru finds herself having to confront her true feelings so that she can continue to be sociopathic towards him.
So, this series features the same problem with incest that the first had, except that it's even worse in this one since the Blandon, Naru & Kanako love triangle is the major conflict which results in it being more prevalent of an element. The romance is still highly abusive and we're still supposed to support the most abusive girl. The first series' one redeeming factor was that roughly 30% of the comedy worked. In this series, they took that number down to zero. The narrative arc itself is really stupid and predictable, with the ending we all knew was going to happen when we'd gotten a few episodes into the first series.
Our cast is just as banal and one-dimensional as they were in the initial series. The only new additions are Kanako and her flying cat. Shockingly, she's an archetype with no real personality. She's pretty much defined by her brother complex. Her cat is more of a prop than a character. It can talk, but never has anything useful or interesting to say. Its few lines are basically used to exposit about how much she's into her brother. Because they still assume that the audience needs everything spelled out for them. The characters are still obnoxiously thick and slow on the uptake. On the positive side, this series is much shorter so they can't have them flail about nearly as much as they did in the first series.
The artwork is improved a little bit with the characters looking more detailed and the backgrounds being a bit better. Of course, they still have a real problem with fan-service. They have a short montage scene of Kanako trying to seduce her brother by putting herself in compromising positions behind every door he opens. We also get an up-skirt shot of one of the junior high girls, because class is something for other people.
The sound remains the strong suit of the series. We've got the same group of talented actors giving a more mediocre performance than you're probably used to, but still one that lets you hear that they are skilled. They're joined by Kuwatani Natsuko as Kanako and her performance is on par with the others. You can tell that she's good at what she does, in spite of her not having anything to work with. The music is pretty decent. Although it's certainly not as strong as it was in the first series.
Love Hina Again does throw in some “lesbians are hot” scenes. There's one involving Motoko, an alleyway and blatant molestation and another involving Kitsune on the couch and blatant molestation. Kaolla Su also cuddles up to Shinobu for one scene.
Love Hina Again is actually worse than the first series. It features higher levels of incest, no funny jokes, more unlikeable characters, weaker music and slightly improved art. In every aspect that really matters, it fails miserably. My final rating is going to be a 1.5/10. Next week I'll look at Ginga Ojou-sama Densetsu Yuna: Kanashimi no Siren.