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Because you NEVER get on mumble, I'll just post this here:
About the ending to Love Hina...
The ending (Episodes 23-24) to Love Hina always seemed a bit out of place. The entire series up to that point is really sweet and lighthearted, but then in the last two episodes gets serious and depressing (liek dis if u cry evry tiem). It seems a bit out of place because, well, it is. The absolute end to Love Hina in the manga is Hina returning to the apartments, however, the Movies (Silent Eve, Wish Your Dream) and the OVA (Love Hina Again) also happen in the manga as well - before Hina returns. When the show was written, it was only contracted for 24 episodes - I suppose the producers didn't expect it to be such a success. Everything you watched happened in the manga, however, the order is a bit jumbled, I suggested watching them in the order they were released (if you really think about it, you can rearrange a lot of episodes in Love Hina without a tremendous impact on the plot anyways).
Here's what happened in the manga, Keitaro admits his love Naru in silent eve, Naru admits her love for Keitaro in Wish Your Dream, and their love is challenged in Love Hina Again, but as you saw, Kanako fails. THEN Hina returns to the apartments, this is where it's different. The Love Hina manga is ultra-upbeat and lighthearted, so when Hina returns she confirms that Naru WAS Keitaro's promise girl (in the show they make it ambiguous). They get married, that's the end.
How to watch LOVE HINA:
Love Hina Christmas Special - Silent Eve
Love Hina Spring Special - I Wish Your Dream
Episode 25: Motoko's Choice - Love or Sword (Don't Cry)
Love Hina Again
Episode 25 was a DVD special that finish's Motoko's development/story. It fits virtually anywhere past episode 3, where she is introduced. But in the Spring and Christmas specials she isn't wielding the Cursed Blade of Hina - obtained in episode 25. She still has her old katana which is destroyed in that same episode. In other words, it really doesn't fit perfectly into the story of the series and no matter when you watch it it will seem out of place.
Additionally if you're disinterested in the character development and only interested in how the story ends you only need to watch the last 5 minutes of each movie and the last 30 seconds of Love Hina Again. If you ARE interested in the rich and complex characters offered in Love Hina then obviously watch everything.
Also, the ending of the series is slightly different than the manga. There's unneeded ambiguity regarding an important arc. After you finish I'll clear it up.
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