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?
Love Hina is your standard harem story. 1 Boy, a lot of girls. But what sets Love Hina apart from the rest is that instead of the girls trying to hook up with the main character, the girls in Love Hina are trying to get rid of him! Add in falling vans, unusually large turtles, anchient civilizations, a girl with a fetish for watermelons, hotsprings, demon slaying samurai girls, a crazy inventor, an outrageously beautiful girl, a childhood promise and you got one crazy adventure. Keitaro is a two year ronin, meaning he's failed his college entrance exam twice. Kicked out of the house, Keitaro hopes to sleep at his grandmother's inn. But when he arrives, he finds out the inn has been turned into a girls dormitory. Did i mention that in the process Keitaro gropes a girl, steals some panties, streaks throught the hallway with a towel barely covering his privates and flashes a young girl and all on accident? Luckly, even after the incident Keitaro's been allowed to stay at Hinata house and study for his entrance exam. But he has earn his keep which means wiping down the endless hallways, cleaning the hot springs until you can see your own reflection and washing the windows of the house with the only thing keeping him from falling to his death is the rope around his neck. Yeah, a rope around his neck. Any guy would give up then and there because of the constant torture, but Keitaro toughs it out. All because of a childhood promise to go to tokyo University together with a girl he barely remembers. Love Hina follows keitaro's journey to find his promise girl all while surviving the 6 girls who dream of only kicking Keitaro out of the dorm. Full of comedy, Love Hina is for anyone who enjoys a good laugh. Like any harem story, there's gropes and panty shots but the real comedy is when keitaro gets beaten senseless by our 6 female cast. The character's are all incredible. They're loveable and silly, some would say too silly. But if you can get past that sillyness, love hina is surely a manga that anyone will enjoy. The art is very well done for 1998, the art is very clean. At the beginning, i thought the art was a little funky but as you progress deeper into the volumes, you can see the art gets much better in my opinion. The plot seems to be very simple but Ken Akamatsu turns this simple tale into 14 volumes of outrageous comedy. I promise you that anyone who has a decent sense of humor and reads Love Hina will spend a good amount of time laughing.
Love Hina was so incredibly difficult for me to get through. I was literally forcing myself to keep going. So this was suggested to me by a friend, otherwise I would probably have never touched Love Hina. Everybody's selling point for Love Hina is that its a harem but all the girls hate him. False. Half way through nearly all the girls love him. Also I know this is a comedy and did my best to evaluate it as such and not be to critical at its over the top antics since this is mostly a comedy but sometimes it was just so ridiculous. This is a little bit of a spoiler but I'll try to keep it vague, one of the characters literally runs all the way to the northern tip of Japan to avoid confessing her feelings. Like the actual tip, no where else to go she's on the cliff surrounded by the ocean. Like its just so ridiculous that I can't. I just can't. Not to mention how dumb it is that even when the girl is picked by the main character its still a harem, people are still confessing their feelings and getting in the way of the finalized relationship. Its just annoying to me. Its also annoying how literally every bad thing that can happen to someone happens to the main character. The girls actually call him immortal, cause he should be dead. But you know plot. I know its a comedy, and that being said I did get a few chuckles out (the flying turtle was dumb) but its just soo ridiculous and drawl out. I feel like the manga could've ended a whole volume earlier. I did enjoy the romance that was accomplished toward the end but still man, still was so ridiculous how everything interfered with them. My patience was thin with this one. There is plently of fanservice though, and if you like over the top comedy that defies logic and all the girls constantly fighting over the main despite him making a choice, then you'll like this. If you like set relationships and prefer your comedic antics to be within reason, then you won't like this.
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