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Love Hina
Love Hina volume 1.jpg
Cover of volume 1 of the Japanese version of Love Hina
ラブ ひな
(Rabu Hina)
Genre Comedy, Harem, Romance
Manga
Author Ken Akamatsu
Publisher Japan Kodansha
English publisher Australia New Zealand Madman Entertainment

Canada United Kingdom United States Tokyopop

Singapore Chuang Yi
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Magazine
Original run October 21, 1998October 31, 2001
Volumes 14 (List of volumes)
TV anime
Director Yoshiaki Iwasaki
Writer Shō Aikawa
Studio Xebec
Licensor Japan King Records

Australia New Zealand Madman Entertainment
Canada United States Bandai Entertainment, Funimation Entertainment

United Kingdom MVM Films
Network Japan TV Tokyo
Original run April 19, 2000September 27, 2000
Episodes 25 (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Love Hina – Christmas Special
Director Yoshiaki Iwasaki
Producer TV Tokyo
Writer Shō Aikawa
Composer Star Child Records
Studio Xebec
Released Japan December 25, 2000

United States December 3, 2002
Australia December 3, 2003

United Kingdom November 7, 2005
Runtime 44 minutes
Original video animation
Love Hina – Spring Special
Director Yoshiaki Iwasaki
Producer TV Tokyo
Writer Shō Aikawa
Composer Star Child Records
Studio Xebec
Released Japan April 1, 2001

United States March 18, 2003
Australia February 11, 2004

United Kingdom May 16, 2005
Runtime 45 minutes
Original video animation
Love Hina Again
Director Yoshiaki Iwasaki
Writer Shō Aikawa
Studio Xebec
Released Japan January 26, 2002

United States September 2, 2003
Australia August 31, 2005

United Kingdom January 8, 2008
Episodes 3
Anime and Manga Portal

Love Hina (ラブ ひな Rabu Hina?) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Ken Akamatsu. It was originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Magazine by Kodansha from October 21, 1998 to October 31, 2001 and was published in 14 tankōbon volumes by Kodansha. The series tells the story of Keitaro Urashima and his attempts to find the girl with whom he made a childhood promise to enter the Tokyo University. The manga was licensed for an English language release in North America and the United Kingdom by Tokyopop, in Australia by Madman Entertainment and in Singapore by Chuang Yi. Two novelizations of Love Hina, written by two anime series screenwriters, were also released in Japan by Kodansha. Both novels were later released in North America and the United Kingdom by Tokyopop.

A twenty-four episode anime adaptation of the manga series, produced by Xebec, aired in Japan from April 19, 2000 to September 27, 2000. It was followed by a bonus DVD episode, Christmas and Spring television specials, and a three episode original video animation (OVA) entitled Love Hina Again. The anime series, special, and OVA were licensed for release in North America by Bandai Entertainment. In July 2007, the license was acquired by Funimation Entertainment, who released a boxset of the television series in February 2009. The series is also licensed in Australia by Madman Entertainment and in the United Kingdom by MVM Films.

The series has proved extremely popular around the world, both commercially and critically. In Japan, the manga sold over 6 million copies; over 1 million anime DVDs were also sold. The English release of the manga has been reprinted many times. Both anime and manga have received numerous industry awards in Japan and North America, as well as praise from critics.

Contents

Plot

The story is a shōnen comedy that takes place in the Kanagawa Prefecture, and centers on Keitaro Urashima and his attempts to fulfill a childhood promise that he made with a girl to enter Tokyo University together. However, he has forgotten the name of the girl he made the promise to and hopes to be accepted into Tokyo University in order to find her. Despite failing the entrance exam twice, he becomes manager of the family-owned girls' dorm Hinata House (日向荘 Hinata Sō?, also known as Hinata Apartments) and must balance his new responsibilities with his attempts to pass the university entrance exam. At Hinata House, Keitaro meets Naru Narusegawa, who is also studying to enter Tokyo University. Naru ranked first in the whole of Japan on the practice exams, and Keitaro convinces her to help him study. Keitaro accidentally reads a small section of Naru's diary and as the two grow closer through their studies, Keitaro becomes increasingly convinced that Naru may be the girl he made the promise with. On the second day of the Tokyo University exam, Keitaro asks Naru about the promise and is stunned when she tells him he is mistaken. Despite their studying, and Naru's mock exam results, they both fail the exams. The pair then have an argument and independently run off to Kyoto to clear their heads. While on their trip they settle their differences and meet Mutsumi Otohime, who lives in Okinawa and is also studying for the Tokyo University exams.

After returning from Kyoto, Keitaro and Naru eventually decide to retake the exams. After a while, Mutsumi moves to Tokyo, and the three begin to study together. During this period, Naru becomes convinced that Mutsumi is Keitaro's promised girl, but Mutsumi states that she made a childhood promise with Naru, not Keitaro. During the Tokyo University exams, Keitaro believes he has failed them once again and runs away before finding out his results. After learning of this, Naru chases after him without checking her exam results, and is eventually followed by the rest of the residents of Hinata House who announce that Keitaro and Naru both passed the exams along with Mutsumi. However, at the Tokyo University opening ceremony, Keitaro has an accident and is unable to attend the University for three months. After recovering from his injuries, Keitaro decides to study overseas with Noriyasu Seta. As Keitaro leaves, Naru finally confesses her true feelings to him at the airport and decides to wait for him to return.

When Keitaro returns, he and Naru finally begin to express their feelings for each other. After they deal with new obstacles, Grandma Hina returns to Hinata House and reveals Naru is the girl of Keitaro's promise. Three years later, a wedding ceremony is held at Hinata House for Naru and Keitaro as they finally fulfill their childhood promise to each other.

Production

Comparison between early and late designs for the character that became Naru

Initial sketches for the series were created between September and December 1997, after the completion of A.I. Love You.[1][2] Early storyboards with initial character designs were created between December 1997 and January 1998, and further character designs and location sketches followed between January and April 1998.[3][4] The last storyboards before serialization were created between April and August 1998.[5][6]

Around six months before the start of serialization, character designs were still going through several revisions before being settled upon. Several characters underwent complete redesigns and name changes.[7] At one stage the character Naru was named Midori, and she was supposed to fall through a hole in the floor naked, bump her head on Keitaro and lose her memory. Naru's name was changed many times before the author settled on Naru Narusegawa, and her final design is similar to Saati Namba from A.I. Love You.[8][9] Mitsune "Kitsune" Konno's money-grubbing nature and her older, jaded, and more mature personality were originally intended to be used for Kaolla Su.[10] Shinobu Maehara's nature was settled on from the beginning of the series, however her physical appearance and age were extensively redesigned as the series concept was shaped. In her early design, Shinobu had a similar appearance to Forty Namba from A.I. Love You.[11][12]

Throughout the run of the manga, the series used digital editing processes. After a rough sketch of a page was created, the page layout and basic detail were drawn and scanned into an Apple Macintosh. The major page elements were then shaded or filled with patterns, and elements that were drawn separately were added digitally to the page.[13] The manga also used a series of "banked images", which were basic line drawings of locations, such as a characters room. Instead of redrawing a location from scratch every time it was used, these banked images could be used as a base, and extra detail added to them depending on the requirements for the scene.[14]

Both of these techniques lead to characters having white outlines when copied digitally onto the scene.[15] Parts of Hinata Inn and other locations used were inspired by real life locations and designed from photographs collected during research.[6][16]

Media

Manga

The 123 chapters of Love Hina were originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Magazine, beginning in the issue dated October 21 1998, running weekly until its conclusion in the October 31 2001 issue.[17][18] These chapters were collected and published in 14 tankōbon volumes by Kodansha, in a slightly changed format of 118 numbered chapters, together with a 2 chapter epilogue.[19][20] The first 11 volumes sold over 6 million copies in Japan.[21] The series was later released in a partially colored format known as the "Iro Hina version" (literally "Color Hina version") at an increased price.[22]

The series was licensed for an English language release in North America and the United Kingdom by Tokyopop, which released the 14 volumes between May 7, 2002 and September 16, 2003[23][24]. The English release was one of Tokyopop's first releases in the "Authentic Manga" lineup of titles using the Japanese right to left reading style. In doing so the artwork remained unchanged from the original.[25] The series has appeared consistently in Tokyopop's top five selling manga and has been reprinted several times.[26] In August 2009, it was revealed that Tokyopop's license had been left to expire by Kodansha and would not be renewed.[27]

The series is also licensed for an English language release in Singapore by Chuang Yi and for regional language releases in France and Québec by Pika Édition, in Spain by Glénat, in Singapore by Chuang Yi, in Brazil by Editora JBC, in Mexico by Grupo Editorial Vid, in Poland by Waneko, in Greece by Compupress, in Germany in German, and in Sweden and Norway by Egmont Manga & Anime.[28][29]

Kodansha had also published a bilingual (English and Japanese) edition under the Kodansha Bilingual Comics label, with English texts translated by Giles Murray. Eight volumes were produced under the bilingual format but were removed from sale after the series was licensed by Tokyopop.[30][31].

Anime

Love Hina was adapted into a 24 episode television anime by Xebec, a division of Production I.G. The series aired on TV Tokyo April 19 through September 27, 2000.[32][33] The opening theme was Sakura Saku (サクラサク?) and the closing theme was Kimi Sae Ireba (君さえいれば?). Both songs were written by Ritsuko Okazaki and performed by Megumi Hayashibara. The two themes were released as a CD single, which debuted on the Oricon charts at Number 7.[34][35] A bonus 25th episode was later created and released as a DVD bonus.[36] The series and bonus episode were directed by Yoshiaki Iwasaki, written by Shō Aikawa and featured character designs by Makoto Uno.[32][33]

In Japan, the television series was released on nine DVDs between August 3, 2000 and April 2, 2001 and sold over 1 million copies.[37][38] Love Hina is credited with being one of the first anime series to be available unofficially as a digitally produced fansub, with multiple groups working on the series.[39][40] The popularity, and widespread availability of the series in this form meant that several potential licensors of the series such as ADV Films had concerns over licensing the series.[41] The series was later licensed in North America by Bandai Entertainment, who released six DVDs between February 19 and November 19, 2002.[42] In July 2007, Funimation Entertainment announced they had acquired the license to the series after Bandai's license had expired. A new boxset of the television series across 4 discs was released by Funimation on February 24, 2009.[43][44] In the United Kingdom, the series is licensed by MVM Films, who released the series on six DVDs between September 6, 2004 and March 7, 2005, and as a boxset on May 14, 2007.[45] In Australia and New Zealand the series is licensed by Madman Entertainment, who also released the series across six DVDs between September 18, 2002, and February 11, 2003. A box set was later released on December 3, 2003.[46] After the television series was completed, a Christmas special "Love Hina Xmas Eve: Silent Night (ラブひな クリスマス・スペシャル~サイレント・イブ~ Rabu Hina Kurisumasu Supesharu Sairento Ibu?) was produced and shown on December 25, 2000 on TV Tokyo. A dvd was released in Japan on July 4, 2001.[37][47] It was then released in North America on December 3, 2002 and in the United Kingdom on November 7, 2005.[45][48] The Spring Special Love Hina Spring Special: I Wish Your Dream (ラブひな 春スペシャル~キミ サクラチルナカレ!!~ Rabu Hina Haru Supesharu Kimi Sakurachirunakare!!??) was also shown on TV Tokyo on April 1, 2001.[49] The DVD was released in Japan on August 1, 2001, in North American on March 18, 2003 and in the United Kingdom on May 16, 2005.[37][45][50] Finally, An OVA series called Love Hina Again (ラブひな Again Rabu Hina Agēn?) was released on DVD in Japan in 3 parts between January 26, 2002 and March 27, 2002 and was the final part of the Love Hina anime.[51] A CD single featuring the opening theme "Kirari Takaramono" (キラリ☆宝物?, "Glittering Treasure") and the ending theme was "Be for Me, Be for You" was released on February 28, 2002. A solo version was used for the first episode, and a duet with Yuji Ueda was used for the third episode.[52][53][54] The North American and United Kingdom releases of Love Hina Again grouped the 3 parts together on one disc and were released on September 2, 2003 and January 7, 2008 respectively.[45][55]

After the end of the television series, Love Hina Final Selection was released, containing a summary of the series and "Love Live Hina", a live concert featuring all of the main cast members.[56]

The anime was later used as the source for a films comic, Love Hina Anime Comics, which told the anime story in comic form using stills from the show as the comic panels.[57] The anime Comics series follows the story of the television series, unaired 25th episode, and the Xmas and Spring specials and each volume contains 3 exclusive trading cards.[58][59][60] The film comics also contain anime production info.[61]

Light novels

Two novels have been written by the anime screenwriters and illustrated by Ken Akamatsu as side stories of the main series. Love Hina: Mystery Guests at Hinata Hotel (ラブひな―混浴厳禁‐ひなた旅館へようこそ!?) was written by Shō Aikawa under the pen name "Kurō Hazuki", was published in Japan by Kodansha on May 17, 2001. It was later rereleased in a bilingual edition (English and Japanese) in December 2001.[62][63] The second novel, Love Hina: Secrets at Hinata Hotel (ラブひな―混浴厳禁 ひなた荘のヒミツ?) was written by Hiroyuki Kawasaki and released in Japan on February 15, 2002, with a bilingual edition released the same month.[64][65] Tokyopop licensed both novels for an English-language distribution in North America, releasing the first novel under the title Love Hina: The Novel, Volume 1 on April 11, 2006, and the second novel under the title Love Hina: The Novel, Volume 2 on August 8, 2006.[66]

Reference books

Two reference books for the manga series have been released for fans of the series. Love Hina 0 (ラブひな0?) was released on July 17, 2002 and contains character profiles, interviews and production info as well as other supporting materials for the first seven volumes of the manga.[67][68] Love Hina Mugendai (ラブひな∞?) was released on July 17, 2002 and contains character profiles, a timeline, artwork, interviews and production info. A large section is dedicated to early production sketches and handwritten development notes.[1][69][70]

Two reference books have also been released for the anime series. Ani-Hina Ver.1 was released on August 4, 2000 and Ani-Hina Ver.2 was released on November 9, 2000.[71][72] Each book contains character profiles, episode summaries, production sketches and details as well as interviews and information on the seiyū (voice actors); each covers half of the anime series.[32][33]

Video games

The series has seen several video games released across several platforms. The Game Boy Color received Love Hina Pocket on August 4, 2000, and Love Hina Party on January 26, 2001.[73][74] The Game Boy Advance received Love Hina Advance on September 7, 2001.[75] The Dreamcast received Love Hina: Totsuzen no Engeji Happening on September 28, 2000 and Love Hina: Smile Again on March 29, 2001.[76][77] The PlayStation received Love Hina 1: Ai wa Kotoba no Naka ni on September 28, 2000 and Love Hina 2: Kotoba wa Konayuki no Yō ni on November 30, 2000.[78][79] The PlayStation 2 received Love Hina: Gojasu Chiratto Happening on May 22, 2003.[80]

Soundtracks

Prior to the start of the anime, several image songs were recorded by the Anime cast members.[81] Several maxi singles were released featuring some of these image songs as well as drama tracks, also performed by the anime cast. "I Love Hina" was released on April 26, 2000 and followed by Love Hina 1 on June 26, 2000, Love Hina 2 on July 26, 2000 and Love Hina 3 on August 23, 2000. Love Hina 1 came with a box to hold the other singles.[82]

There have been several Love Hina soundtracks released. Love Hina Original Sound File (オリジナルサウンドファイル?) was released on September 21, 2000 and contains all of the background music for the series as well as many vocal songs. "Love Hina — Winter Special Soundtrack" was released on January 24, 2001 and was followed by Love Hina — Spring Special Soundtrack on June 6, 2001. Love Hina Again Soundtrack was released on April 3, 2002.[82] Two collections of vocal songs featuring the female cast members were released, Love Hina - Hinata Girls Song Best (ひなたガールズベストソングベスト?) was released on March 16, 2001 and Love Hina - Hinata Girls Song Best 2 (ひなたガールズベストソングベスト 2?) was released on October 3, 2001.[82] Many of the songs featured on these two albums were written by Ritsuko Okazaki, who released the self cover album Love Hina Okazaki Collection on December 16, 2001.[83] Two live concerts called Love Live Hina were performed by the Japanese cast members. The Tokyo Bay performance was bundled on DVD with Love Hina Final Selection, and the Osaka Performance was available separately.[56][84]

Reception

Love Hina won the Kodansha Manga Award for best shōnen title in 2001.[85] It was selected as the "Best Manga, USA Release" at both the 2002 and 2004 Anime Expo conventions.[86][87] In 2003, the title 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.[88] The pop culture website ICv2 voted Love Hina "Anime Product of the Year" in 2002.[89]

The series was well received by critics. Tony Chen, of Anime News Network (ANN), found it to be a funny series, though inappropriate for readers under 16 due to the number of jokes involving sexual innuendo. He praised the beautiful artwork, feeling the "sexy and cute" female designs were perfect for the series and that Keitaro's design fit his dorky personality. Chen found Naru's regularly catching Keitaro making a mistake and calling him a pervert redundant and annoying.[90] Eric Luce of Ex.org notes an increased character development over other love comedies, and describes the series as "nothing if not whimsical".[91]

ANN's Bamboo Dong praised the anime adaptation for being very intriguing and mixing "drama, romance, and slapstick comedy in a pleasing combination". She found the music "incredibly cute" and felt it was used in a way which contributed to many of the dramatic effects in the anime.[92] In The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917, Jonathan Clements and Helen McCarthy felt the female characters were a "standard rack of female anime archetypes" and that the series as a whole was a "culmination of a decade of geek-centered anime".[47] Kenneth Lee, writing for Ex.org praised the look and quality of the animation, highlighting the benefits of the digital creation of the adaption over traditional cel animation. Lee recognised elements from other series such as Maison Ikkoku and Kimagure Orange Road, and summarised the series as "Simply Wonderful".[93] Chris Beveridge, of AnimeOnDVD.com, noted the first anime DVD volume was "really well put together", but also felt the manga did not translate into an anime series particularly well.[94][95] He praised the Christmas special, noting that it was "several notches above the TV series" but found that while the Spring Special had amusing moments, it was rushed with bad plotting.[36][96]

The Love Hina Again OVA received more mixed reviews, with ANN's Zac Berthschy feeling it reversed part of the plot of the main anime series and never reached the same entertainment level as the television series. The character of Kanako, Keitaro's sister, was heavily criticized for being "one of the most annoying characters ever created even though she would have been better for Keitaro than Naru."[97] Beveridge praised the fun and comedy as well as the fan service, but also noted that one's enjoyment would depend on whether they still cared for the characters.[98]

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Love Hina is a manga and anime series created by Ken Akamatsu.

Contents

Kaolla Su (カオラ スウ, Kaora Sū)

  • [Motoko blasts Keitarō skyward.] Keitarō, did the Earth look blue from up there?
  • Hi-ho, Silver! Jitterbug! Rhumba!
  • Tee-hee! I'm impressed with the magic from the ruins of Todai! I never thought you'd make a "sewage disposal!" [Meaning to say "marriage proposal."]
  • [As Keitarō and the others discuss getting into Tokyo U] What's a tokyou? Can you eat it?

Keitarō Urashima (浦島 景太郎, Urashima Keitarō)

  • It had three holes, and I really wanted one!
  • [After Su kidnaps Naru in Molmol] Goddammit, Su, we were getting along so fine! This is not a sci-fi manga!!
  • [When Keitarō returns to Hinata House from the hospital, he thinks everyone will receive him warmly there, but in fact only Tama-chan greets him] Oh boy... I spent three weeks away... You're the only one nice to me here, Tama-chan...
  • [After Naru punches Keitarō, his pants rip and she offers to fix it] Oohhh! A sewing kit! So you can do something feminine for a change!
  • [After using one of Motoko's sword techniques against her] "You use that attack so often on me, I sorta claimed it as my own. (Think of it like Blue Magic from the Fina Fantasy series)"
  • [Laying down in the sand, without his glasses, after seeing Mutsumi and Naru playing in the water] Where are we? Oh, I know... this must be heaven! And the angels have come to take me to the peraly gates! Angels with swimsuits... SWIMSUITS!?

Kimiaki Shirai

  • I see. So basically, while indecisively hesitating to confess your love to Naru, whom you've secretly had a crush on, the man that Naru admires returns. Thus, not only did you miss your chance to confess, but the two of you are becoming more distant and you're wetting your pillow with tears. Is that the situation?

Mitsune "Kitsune" Konno (紺野 みつね, Konno Mitsune)

  • [Keitarō breaks one of his legs.] So you were human after all!
  • [Kaolla is dreaming of Lamba and grabs Keitarō, who shouts very loud in agony.] I told you, it gets worse by night....
  • [about Motoko flunking her entrance exam] Keitaro's gonna get a good laugh when he hears this samurai turned into a ronin...(Ronin refers both to an unemployed Samurai and a Student who flunks his/her Entrance Exam)
  • [enters Keitarō's room and finds Keitarō, Su and Naru lying in a heap on the futon] Ooh, Keitaro, you stud!!
  • [after Keitarō rejects her idea of her, dressed in Naru's school uniform, staying with him] Why the hell does every guy around me prefer Naru? This is getting so deep into my nerves...
  • [Keitarō and Naru are looking for the then-unnamed Tama-chan; Kitsune, drunk, peeks into Keitarō's pants] Isn't the turtle in here?

Motoko Aoyama (青山 素子, Aoyama Motoko)

  • Secret Arts: Air Splitting Sword.
  • Secret Arts: Rock Splitting Sword.
  • Ever since that elusive, definitely audacious, insolent, high-roller of a turtle showed up here at Hinata Apartments, I haven't had a good night's sleep.
  • Damn you. You're nothing but a lowly Reptilia Anapsida Testudinata.
  • C-c-cute? You have the gall to refer to me as CUTE?
  • [after Keitarō defeats her on his way to rescue Naru]] Stop apologizing so much... Idiot...

Naru Narusegawa (成瀬川 なる, Narusegawa Naru)

  • [Naru is climbing up a moving dirigible, trying to get Keitarō back.] I won't fall... I won't fall.... At least not while I don't punch him in the face....
  • [Naru is sewing Keitarō's pants.] I can't believe your goofiness... When will you stop relying so much on me?
  • [on the delay of Keitarō and Seta's plane to the USA] Thank God... I'll enjoy to the fullest these three hours He's given us... I'll say what I couldn't say and do what I couldn't do.

Noriyasu Seta (瀬田 紀康, Seta Noriyasu)

  • [Haruka is wearing a wedding dress.] Why are you dressed like that? Are you cosplaying?

Shinobu Maehara (前原 しのぶ, Maehara Shinobu)

  • It doesn't matter. I could walk forever and I'd still end up in the same place. I know where I want to go, but I have no idea how I'm going to get there. So I just keep walking.
  • Sempai!
  • <while drunk> Doesn't matter to me what you do with that floozy. (An' I want boobies!)

Dialogue

Kaolla: So, what are we gonna do with him?
Naru: Crucify and torture him, cut out his tongue, and send him to Hell!
Keitarō: NOOOOOOOO!

[Kitsune places Keitarō hand on her breast.]

Kitsune: That's worth a month's rent.
Keitarō: Huh?
Kitsune: What, weren't you listening? You cop one feel, I get one month's rent free.
Keitarō: What're you talking about?

[Naru barges in.]

Naru: What do you think you're doing, you sleaze?
Kitsune: [Fake sobbing] H-he started grabbing my breasts, going, "You like it here? How about here?"
Keitarō: It's the other way around!

Kaolla: Hey, Keitarō, here for a midnight fling? If it's you, I don't mind.
Keitarō: W-What are you saying?
Kaolla: By the way, do flings taste good?

[Kitsune "accidentally" dumps water on Naru's cheerleading uniform.]

Naru: W-what the heck are you doing, Kitsune?
Kitsune: Sorry! I'm really sorry! My hand slipped!
Naru: I have to be at work in a few minutes! What am I gonna do now?
Kitsune: I feel so bad! I'll earn your share of the money, so please forgive me!
Naru: You will?
Kitsune: Cross my heart. Trust me, just look into these eyes.

Haruka: It's a shame you don't have a boyfriend yet.
Motoko: W-what are you saying? You're my role model, Miss Haruka.
Haruka: Role model?
Motoko: You've avoided tawdry romances, relying on no man, and are living your life on your own terms.
Haruka: I wouldn't put it in such glowing terms. It's just that living at Hinata Apartments lets me get away with not thinking about things that aren't too pleasant to dwell on.

[Mutsumi gets a perfect score on her practice exam.]

Naru: Wow!
Keitarō: You got a perfect score!
Naru: You're actually a total genius!
Keitarō: H-how could you fail the entrance exam three times with these scores?
Mutsumi: Well, I'm guessing it's because I'm a klutz and I'm frail, and I'd keep forgetting to write down my name, or I'd faint before reaching the exam hall and be hospitalized.

[Su becomes an adult (again), and thinks Keitarō's her brother (again).]

Kaolla: Come, Brother. Come with me.
Keitarō: W-what's happened to you, Su? You're all grown up again! [Su leans over to kiss Keitarō.] Uh, but the adult Su has that exotic, ethnic charm going.

Mutsumi: This way, I can take a good, long look at your face. When I look at your face, Keitarō, I feel so tranquil, like I know you from a long, long, time ago. That's what made me want to study with you for our entrance exams. Am I causing trouble for you?
Keitarō: N-no.
Mutsumi: I want to go to Tokyo U, together with you.

[Naru had just punched Keitarō because she walked in on him.]

Naru: Hee hee... I'm sorry, I gotta recognize that these things happen. Okay, it's usually the other way around....
Keitarō: So... why do I have to be smacked for that?
Naru: It's just that... it has already became involuntary....

[After the giboshi of Nippon Budokan falls on Keitarō, Mutsumi thinks he's dead when he rises from underneath it.]

Keitarō: Ouch... I thought I was gonna die.
Mutsumi: You really don't die easy, eh, Keitarō...?

[Seta, Haruka, Naru, and Keitarō are hiding from Molmol aircrafts that are chasing Seta.]

Noriyasu: Hmmm, how thrilling. That reminds me of our past perils....
Haruka: I'd rather not to remember it.
Keitarō: Have you ever been through stuff like these before?
Noriyasu: [Laughs] Lots of times!

Keitarō: I want you to come with me, Narusegawa. I don't care if we're going to Todai or Tokyo U... But when we do... I just wanna be with you.
Naru: K... Keitarō... are... are you... proposing me... on... on marriage....?
Keitarō: Yeah....

[Naru chuckles, then starts laughing out loud.]

Keitarō: What are you laughing about?
Naru: You got so serious all of a sudden, I didn't expect for that!

Haruka: You're just like Seta. You know nothing about women's feelings. Naru's not like me, you know; if you want to keep your relationship alive, you gotta do "that."
Keitarō: [Surprised] What? Do "that?" You mean "that?"
Sara: What's "that?"
Haruka: [Slaps Keitarō in the face] Don't say it so loud! When I say "that," I do mean "that." You're an adult, you know what it's all about!
Sara: What's "that?!"
Keitarō: Oh, yeah! Sure, it's "that!" We're grown-ups after all-- [Sara starts choking him, demanding to know what "that" is.]

Keitarō: When Aunt Haruka told me do do "that," I thought she said I should talk to you neatly....
Naru: Uh, I don't think that's what she meant.
Keitarō: Well, actually, I found it a bit odd, too.... Anyway, what really is "that?"
Naru: Eh... "that"... is "that."
Keitarō: Gaaah! I don't get it! Please be clearer!
Naru: [Starts walking away and blushes.] You idiot! Don't you go and put me to shame! You creep!

[Kaolla receives an e-mail from Keitarō in her palmtop]

Kaolla: Oh, darn! The encoding bugged, and now there's a lotta script errors!
Motoko: Hmph! That techno-retard!
Sara: C'mon, you can't even dial on a cell phone!

Kitsune: Now, now, tell me what afflicts your poor little self... You got a friend here...
Keitarō: Ehh... It's-it's nothing... It's really nothing...
Kitsune: It's Naru, right?

[face fault showing Keitarō with a knife stuck in his head]


[Keitarō tells Motoko how Tsuruko saved him from being overran]

Tsuruko: [giggling] I didn't know that cars in Tokyo used to attack people...
Keitarō: [embarrassed] They don't really use to...
Kitsune: Damn, you still are the King of the Unlucky, eh, Keitarō?
Kaolla: [laughing] You're a bad luck magnet!
Keitarō: Hey, stop that!

[Naru hits Keitaro into the air after he saw her breasts (again).]

Naru: Haven't you seen my breasts enough!?
Keitarō: [while flying away] Is that a trick question!?

[Kitsune is wearing Naru's high school uniform, trying to cheer Keitarō up]

Kitsune: If it doesn't work with her, what about me dressed like her?
Keitarō: What's with that stupid way of thinking?!
Kitsune: C'mon, don't you wanna take a sniff from Naru's uniform?
Keitarō: Narusegawa would never do that!!!

[the girls are thinking of a way to soften Kanako's treatment of them]

Mutsumi: I wonder what Keitarō had written in his letter... There might be something helpful there, who knows?
Kitsune: Letter from Keitarō?...
Naru: Letter? What letter?
Mutsumi: Don't you remember? I handed it to you a few chapters ago.
Naru: But you said it was a letter for Keitarō!!
Mutsumi: Gee, did I err? That was a letter from Keitarō!

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Simple English

Love Hina is a Japanese manga created by Ken Akamatsu. It tells the story Keitarô Urashima, a Japanese student who try to enter the famous university of Tokyo (Todai or Tokyô Daigaku). Love Hina exists also as an animated serie.

Story

Keitarô Urashima is a 19 year-old boy who try to enters the well known university of Todai. He tried three times and failed. He finally decides to go to the hotel of his aunt, the Hinata Hotel. But when he arrived, he discovers that the hotel has been changed into a girls' hotel. The first time he met the people living in the hotel, they was not very happy to see him. But little by little, they will appreciate him, even if he is clumsy and a pervert.

Characters

Keitarô Urashima: Keitarô is a 19 year-old boy who tries to enter in Todai. He failed three times. When he was younger, Keitarô and a young girl made a promise to enter Todai when they were older. Keitarô still remembers this, but he can not remember who this young girl was and her name.

Naru Narusegawa: Naru is a 17 year-old girl. She tries to enter Todai, and she's the first of her class. She has a bad temper, and she hits Keitarô when she is angry.

Mutsumi Otohime: Mutsumi is a nice 20 year-old girl. She is nice, but she is clumsy. She forgets things.

Shinobu Maehara: Shinobu is a 14 year-old girl. She is very shy. She loves to clean and cook.

Motoko Aoyama: Motoko is a 15 year-old girl. She is violent, and she sometimes hits Keitarô with her sword.








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