Keitaro has had great difficulty getting into the university of his choice and no luck in meeting women. In a desperate effort to go into seclusion and study for his entrance exams, he volunteers to take over running his grandmother's hotel. His plans are ruined when he discovers that the "hotel" is actually an all-girls dormitory ... and some serious distractions ensue.
Love Hina is a highly acclaimed series, both commercially and critically. In Japan, the manga sold over 16 million copies and the first English edition was reprinted many times.
The series was released in English by Tokyopop from May 21, 2002 to September 16, 2003. Tokyopop's license expired in 2009. Kodansha Comics USA picked it up and republished the series in a five-volume omnibus edition from October 25, 2011 to March 26, 2013.
Eight volumes were released in Japan by Kodansha in bilingual format (in English and Japanese), but were removed from sale once the series was licensed by Tokyopop.
I love this manga. It was my first read and is still at the top of my list. The artwork lent itself well to anime translation and the writing is outstanding. I really found myself wanting to learn more and more about each of the characters all the way down to the bit-players.
Despite the violence inherent in their relationship, you can see very early on just how much Keitaro and Naru care for one another. Oh, come on...don't tell me you couldn't tell just looking at the covers! I could tell you the end and it'd still be worth reading. Don't worry, I won't...just sayin'.
I love Akamatsu-san's attention to detail. He really takes the time to delve deeper into the supporting characters. Everyone gets a chance to tell their story and give you a glimpse into who they really are.
Loser or not, you gotta love Keitaro. Lady luck just had it in for him from day one it seems...he just can't get a break! Despite all that, he's a decent guy with strong morals and the biggest heart. Of all his shortcomings, he still comes through when it really counts and that's what matters.
I think what gets me is just how well Akamatsu-san conveys the emotions of the characters. Although first impressions give a good deal of information about each of them, they all grow and change over the course of the series and in the end...well, you'll just have to read it to find out.
I know plenty of people who would laugh at a nearly-30 straight male reading something like that, but I don't care. It's a great story, funny as hell, and it really connected with me. I even shed a few tears when...LOL...don't worry. I know better. Just read it, ok?
This is by far my favorite manga of all time. xD
Ken Akamatsu is a genius and this manga is the reason I even began reading manga.
Not only is it very compatible for guys, what with the fan service and all. But girls will also enjoy it! The story line is hilarious. And every character has a very unique essence to them which may help you relate to them much better. This allows the story to be brought to life fully, and you can easily understand the emotions of all of the characters. The art is very well done, each character looks very beautifully detailed and their appearance really fit their personalities. There's a laugh on almost every single page, and what with the fan service, it is quite a remarkable manga, with one of the most fun plots, filled with random moments that will never bore you. The ending is magnificent and anyone who doesn't enjoy the book must have been spacing out during it! How could you space out with all the beautiful girls on every page. xD This a guaranteed read over at least more than once! If you finished reading it, wait awhile and read it again! It will still make you laugh and love it!
THIS IS MY NUMBER ONE RECOMMENDATION TO ANYONE WHO ENJOYS A GOOD LAUGH A LIL' ACTIONS, and ROMANCE STORIES! MY FAVORITE MANGA OF ALL TIME!read more
Today I will look at a case where the manga is WAY, WAY better than the anime! This is actually one of the better comedy mangas ever made in my opinion. It combines the formulaic romantic comedy of the latter 20th century with the slapstick/pratfall comedy of the early 20th century. Sort of like 16 Candles as done by Charlie Chaplin, the 3 Stooges, and Laurel& Hardy.
Plot and Characters 8/10
The series also features a ridiculous cast of characters including: an alcoholic writer, a homicidal, OCD plagued samurai and an Indian princess with an IQ of 400 and ZERO social skills that can built a functioning robot from materials at Walmart, but thinks that kicking people in the head is an acceptable form of greetings. There is also an impossibly clumsy idiot savant that can speak to animals. Screw you Big Bang Theory, Love Hina had a comedy cast of idiot savants and socially awkward geniuses WAY before you did! The plot of the series is that a hapless student keeps failing to get into the college he wants, but won't give up trying. In the meantime, he has to become acting landlord to the most batshit insane girl's dormitory in the world. Shenanegins ensue! Despite all of his falures, Keitaro persists on and accomplishes his dreams. It is a slapstick comedy first and foremost, but it actually has some touching moments along the way.
A brief comparison with the anime:
One major difference is that the characters are MUCH more fleshed out and loveable in the manga than in the anime version. For example, the manga Motoko has a much more distinct personality, whereas in the anime she just becomes Naru with a sword. The most important differnce is that the comedy in the manga is actually fucking funny! The anime simply wasn't able to capture Akamatsu's odd sense of humor. The dialogue in the manga was much funnier and the character chemistry worked better. The anime doesn't have scenes like Keitaro freaking out that Su brought him a gun at the airport for his trip to America, based on her knowledge of American "In the Hood" movies. The anime also doesn't show that Motoko on at least one occasion actually tried to kill Keitaro. Motoko's comedic insanity is much more prevalent in the manga. One major difference that is hard to explain is in how the violence against our man Keitaro is portrayed. In the manga, Keitaro getting punched is somehow done in such a cartoonish and absurd fasion that the reader never questions how painful it would be in real life or what a violent bitch Naru is. It is like watching an old Tex Avery cartoon. We never feel bad for Wile E Coyote no matter how many times he gets blown up or smashed. In the anime, the violence seems to come across as far more mean spirited and nasty. I'm not sure why this is, but I am not the only person I have talked to that feels this way. Perhaps it is because of the panel nature of the manga, wherein if Keitaro is perfectly fine in the next panel, it is like the violence never happened.
The art in the manga is actually pretty damn good, whereas the anime looks like crap! Part of this was that the anime used its large budget to try and experiment with some new animation techniques that didn't turn out that well. Early trail blazers often have some stumbles. For example, look at CGI effects from any movie in the mid to late 1990s. They look like absolute shit! The manga is also FAR more bold in its ecchi scenes, which besides just extra fan service points adds to the comedy. If a character reacts with dismay at being seen naked, it is funnier than the character having that reaction to being seen fully covered with a bath towel on. The second scenario is just stupid and confusing rather than funny.
Is Love Hina some kind of masterpiece that you keep on your book shelf between "Fathers and Sons" and "Dead Souls". NO! That is just my bookshelf because I don't have the money right now to buy more than one. Is Love Hina a funny manga that will give you some good laughs? Yes it is. I recommend this goofy early 2000s manga to all that love zany humor and cheesy romance.read more
My first manga review, and it would be about the manga that I was so embarrassed to read when I was younger.
Love Hina follows Keitaro, a ronin (A person who failed their entrance exam, and spending time studying to attend the next year). He has been kicked out by his parent and was offered a home by his grandmother at her inn. In turn though, the inn has became a female residence dorm and Keitaro being a very unlucky (Yet immortal) character. The other main character is Narusegawa, a female who is quick to punch our main character for any type of perverted thing he does. I really enjoyed seeing their relationship grow alongside the relationship of Keitaro and the other girls who live there.
The ending was handled well, as all the characters recognize they like Keitaro, but let Narusegawa have it. A great art of the series was all the girls competing for him, as we got to see sides of characters we never have seen.
The best part of the story comes in the epilogue, which I will cover why in the character section of this review, but the epilogue offered amazing closure to the series and put the biggest smile on my face.
The story of Love Hina was paced a bit slow for my liking but tolerable. This slow pacing was caused by this pattern of different character arcs for the girls living in the dorm, and then an arc focusing mainly on the two main characters. After the main arc finishes, character arcs are then done again, and after those are done, we head back to the main story with Keitaro and Narusegawa.
The rating of 8 is a bit high, partly due to my lack of completed mangas. (I don't really have much to compare it too...) but the art was still enjoyable.
The only real problem with the art were some of the action scenes, as it was a bit hard to tell what was exactly going on. Maybe it is because I don't watch a lot of action anime and read a lot of manga in general, but a lot of the action parts had to be re-read in order for me to make sense.
I loved every single character in this manga. Every character had a unique personality, so it was easy to separate them from each other. Every character also had a great character design, as the artist put so much work in every outfit, such as festivals, or tropical island outfits.
The best part for the characters though (besides most of them being girls) was the character development that all of them had. Every character (Besides Su, but Su does whatever she wants) had around three or four character arcs, which gave them enough time to develop. This is where we can see the result of character development; we get to see the dreams of all the characters fulfilled with an amazing happy ending.
This was a series I got to part way as a 13 year old. I was so embarrassed to read this because of all the naked girls in the series (I was so scared that I would get caught). I only got to volume 2 before I stopped risking it. This was a great read from my past, as something that has always been on my mind since I stopped reading it when I was younger. The enjoyment I got from this series was so unreal, I laughed, I even yelled at parts that surprised me.
I love this series, and I will re-read this sooner or later. Why couldn't the anime adaption be good (From what I know, the anime doesn't even get far with the manga).read more
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