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Love Hina

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Japanese: ラブひな
English: Love Hina
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 14
Chapters: 120
Status: Finished
Published: Oct 21, 1998 to Oct 31, 2001
Genres: Award Winning Award Winning, Comedy Comedy, Romance Romance, Ecchi Ecchi
Theme: Harem Harem
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Authors: Akamatsu, Ken (Story & Art)


Score: 7.791 (scored by 3649236,492 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #13292
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #228
Members: 67,814
Favorites: 3,935


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Chapters: /120


It is said that if a couple gets into the University of Tokyo together, they will live happily ever after. However, for Keitarou Urashima, UTokyo is a distant dream. After failing the entrance exams twice already, he decides to stay at his grandmother's inn in Tokyo in order to prepare for his third attempt. He is, therefore, surprised when he finds out that not only has his grandmother gone on a long vacation, but the inn has also become the Hinata House, an all-girls dormitory!

Unfortunately for Keitarou, a series of misunderstandings during his first visit leave him with five untrusting tenants. But when Haruka Urashima, his aunt who works at the dorm, brings up that he is supposedly a UTokyo student, the girls' impressions of him quickly change, and they reluctantly allow him to stay. Feeling guilty about the lie, he slowly gets to know his new neighbors: the cute yet violent Naru Narusegawa, the cheeky and opportunistic Mitsune Konno, the soft-spoken Shinobu Maehara, the straight-laced Motoko Aoyama, and the mischievous Kaolla Su.

Thus continues the unpopular Keitarou's difficult journey to get into UTokyo, all for the chance to fulfill his childhood promise to the only girl who has ever shown any interest in him and maybe, just maybe, meet her again...

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Love Hina won the 2001 Kodansha Manga Award for best shounen title. It was also chosen as Best Manga, USA Release at the 2002 and 2004 Anime Expo conventions, while the pop culture website ICv2 voted the title as the 2002 Anime Product of the Year. In 2003, it was among the top ten graphic novels on Nielsen BookScan's list, and one of the first graphic novels to ever appear in the general trade paperback list. The third volume of Love Hina's omnibus edition made the 2012 NY Times Manga bestseller list.

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Oct 17, 2007
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 ...
Feb 2, 2011
Mixed Feelings
When I think of Love Hina, I think of, "repetitive", but in a somewhat good way.

I read Love Hina about 2 years ago. Main reason why I read it because many people say Love Hina is a "Classic", "Great", "Wonderful","fantastic" harem manga series; plus I wanted to read something fun. I read it and..."Meh". Its not bad, but its no where near good.

Basic plot:
Two kids, in love, promise each other they will both go to Tokyo U, get married and live happily ever after. Simple right?

Here's my problem: Why make a BIG deal like that? I mean, both of them are kids, and most likely ...
Mar 5, 2012
Before I start my review, let me say I choose to review Love Hina for multiple reasons but ultimately this is sadly much more of a review about its genre mixture, harem-ecchi-romance-comedy or more specifically the harem-ecchi genre. The first is prior to watching another ecchi anime earlier this year, I was very meh about this sort of story, because it has become the norm of what anime and manga is. I hadn't really given it any thought until during a conversation I had with Donwun, I came to the question "what exactly is the Clownshoes rating to me?"


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