Still one of my favorite episodes of this series, good enough to bring tears to my eyes no matter how many times I watch it. Really, Xebec doesn't get enough credit -- people blast them for being bad at manga adaptation, but many of their anime-original episodes like this one are exceptional. (Episode 19 of the 2005 Negima! series, dealing with Sayo Aisaka's backstory, strikes a similar chord.) The manga did have an offhand mention of "that doll you found in the basement that one time," but no actual story involving a doll. Unless that was TokyoPop tweaking the translated dialogue in a throwaway line to conform with the anime somehow?
"You're encouraging the idea of personal gain without paying a price, working hard, or expending effort? Have you no shame? When you refuse to make sacrifices, others end up making them for you!" -- Medaka Kurokami
Oh wow this episode is the first actually impressive episode of this series, I really enjoyed it and it had a quite touching story to it! Really lovely episode, I hope the 4 last ones will be as lovely as this one!
This episode is a masterpiece! I already liked the manga very much but, for me the anime is trash (no offence). But after watching this episode, my take back whatever I said! This episode changed the whole genre and them of the Love Hina series! I wish they had made some more episodes like this!! This episode was so touching, so sad, so amazing and so lovely <3 . This episode is really my favorite episode from this series and is really the best episode of the LH series!!! A 10/10 from me!!! I love you Moe (and I'll always remember you!)