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Love Hina is a little more silly that Ai Yori Aoshi, but both do a good job at exploring their primary theme - true love. At their heart that's what they're both about. Story-wise Love Hina is similar in placing a hapless but kind hearted male lead in a large house surrounded by females. Unlike Ai Yori Aoshi however, at the start most of the girls despise Keitaro, only coming to appreciate him as the series progresses. Love Hina is also much more reliant of ecchi scenes to drive much of the humor, but not to such a degree that it detracts from the series.
The two sires have a lot in common in terms of story structure, and charecter development. Like FMA, Mai-Hime has a rather extensive set of main charecters and supporting cast, all of whom get a lot of depth and development throught the seires. Similar to FMA there is plenty of comic relief ealy on (although Mai-Hime is WAAAY more ecchi than FMA) and the series get waaay dark by the end. It follws almost the same tragic arc that FMA does... Just whe the Hime think there purpose is to be like superheroes in some sort of ecchi Justice League, the rug is pulled out from under them, and their paths go downhill into a tragic hell. This parralells the Elrics slow discovery that most of the "good" they thought they were doing was actually serving the agendas of many that were over them, many who they would not have helped intentionally. Also, while FMA had many strong female charecters in supporting roles, in this series ALL of the Hime are female. And they're all hot enough to satisfy even the shallowest fan-boy and both strong enouguh and smart enough to satisfy the "feminist" corwd (for lack of a better term) as well.
The series are very similar in their structure and charecter makeups. Both have the same basic elements - primarily a hapless, but purehearted male lead surrounds by women who like him to varying degress. Unlike Love Hina, he does not typically suffer any abuse at their hands, and there are few awkward/ecchi situations. The humor in this show comes from the fact that the relationship between the two leads must be kept a secret, and yet he has to fend off several other girls without hurting them, and at the same time keep him main relationship a secret, while not hurting the one he truly loves. The series also has a fairly dark back story for the male lead, which makes him more sympathetic than the typical lead in an essentailly "harem anime."