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Urashima Keitarou is a loser. He's failed the Tokyo University entrance exams two years in a row, and his parents have finally kicked him out of the house. Penniless and destitute, he travels to his grandmother Hinata's inn, hoping she'll put him up until he can get into Tokyo U and fulfill his promise with his childhood sweetheart (whose face he can't even remember). Unfortunately - or perhaps fortunately - it turns out that the inn is no longer an inn... it's an all-girls dormitory, as he discovers in his typical blundering fashion by grabbing an eyeful and more of every girl in the place! Narusegawa Naru, a fiery-tempered high school student and the first victim of Keitarou's lewd bungling, wastes no time doling out brutal punishment and preparing to kick him back out to the street. But wait! A letter has come from grandma Hinata, and Keitarou is to be the dorm's new live-in manager! Is this a blessing from heaven, or has he been cursed to a living hell?
When Akiyama booked a vacation for him and his girlfriend at Koibana Onsen – a place known for helping unite couples both mentally and physically – he had no idea that they’d break up days before the trip. After arriving solo and meeting the onsen’s three sisters, not to mention getting the ‘special treatment’ from each of them to help him feel at home, Akiyama decides to stay and work part time. Now, with one of the sisters as his newfound girlfriend, Akiyama will work together with the trio to help make each couple’s visit a pleasurable and exciting success, in addition to losing his virginity and discovering the ultimate pleasure himself…
Some of the similarities are striking: a lonely, clueless guy moves into a hotsprings resort/hotel after various improbable circumstances and begins life with several beautiful women who invariably fall in love with him, for whatever reason... and the hijinks ensue. Although Koibana Onsen is *much* more explicit than Love Hina and intended for a more mature audience, some of the same themes are there, namely, first love, lots of humor, misunderstandings, and so on. Love Hina has plenty of suggestive content, but is still fairly innocent in its subject matter, while Koibana Onsen emphasizes one thing above all others: sex, and lots of it. I wouldn't expect too much out of either series if you are looking for any depth to the plot, meaningful dialogue, or a credible romance. However, if you check your brain at the door, both series offer some ecchi-themed laughs.
At the old-fashioned Japanese boarding house Narutakisou, Shiratori lives with a diverse yet strangely-similar group of tenants. Under the tender care of landlady Aoba Kozue, Narutakisou provides a home to people whose personal lives are all painful in one way or another; yet together, somehow, they make up a true family. Not only does Shiratori find a home at Narutakisou, but he also finds himself in love with a girl who is far more than the sum of her parts.
2 very sweet manga, with 2 very different main females. While most other elements of the manga are identical, Kozue and Naru are very different. However, with the rest of the elements so much alike, if you like one you will probably like the other.
Yuuto Amakawa has had a tough life. Seven years ago, both of his parents were tragically killed in a car accident, leaving him without a single living relative. His friend Rinko Kuzaki has taken care of him every since. Yuuto's sixteenth birthday has arrived, but instead of a birthday gift of a normal life he meets Himari, a catgirl samurai who swears to protect him. Within weeks Yuuto's life is thrown into chaos as his family's dark past comes to light. With demons appearing around him, Rinko and Himari fighting for his attention and a sinister plot beginning to surface, can Yuuto live the normal, safe life he wants so badly?
Without the harem, Pastel and Love Hina seem very alike. Two boys fall in love but sadly they can never seem to admit it to the girl. Constantly put into awkward humorous situations and then getting hurt (also embarrassed) these two mangas are a great comedy and romance. In Love Hina, Keitarou, is surrounded by girls who encourage him to get with Naru. In Pastel, Mugi is surrounded by a group of friends who once again, try to hook him up with Yuu. Both main characters are pathetic and nerdy but never give up. Give both a shot, a few chapters in and you'll be hooked.
Fifteen-year-old Tsukune Aono is average in every way; he has no hobbies, less-than-stellar grades and he's even flunked his high school entrance exam. His parents have managed to enroll him in a school, but it's no ordinary school! Tsukune will be attending the Youkai Academy, a place where monsters learn how to co-exist with humans! As the werewolves, vampires, witches and other monsters are required to retain their human forms, Tsukune - the lone human - is able to avoid their bloodthirsty gazes. However, he quickly attracts the attention of a number of devilish beauties including the vampire Moka, a busty succubus and even a young witch! It seems Tsukune's average life isn't so average anymore!