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At the age of 5, Keitaro and his childhood sweetheart promised to meet again as students at Japan's most prestigious university. Now 20, he can't pass his entrance exams...or even remember the girl's name. Stumbling into a fluke job at an all-girls dormitory may be his last chance. In the series that inspired the new hit anime, Love Hina proves that love conquers all. Even At the age of 5, Keitaro and his childhood sweetheart promised to meet again as students at Japan's most prestigious university. Now 20, he can't pass his entrance exams...or even remember the girl's name. Stumbling into a fluke job at an all-girls dormitory may be his last chance. In the series that inspired the new hit anime, Love Hina proves that love conquers all. Even stupidity.


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At the age of 5, Keitaro and his childhood sweetheart promised to meet again as students at Japan's most prestigious university. Now 20, he can't pass his entrance exams...or even remember the girl's name. Stumbling into a fluke job at an all-girls dormitory may be his last chance. In the series that inspired the new hit anime, Love Hina proves that love conquers all. Even At the age of 5, Keitaro and his childhood sweetheart promised to meet again as students at Japan's most prestigious university. Now 20, he can't pass his entrance exams...or even remember the girl's name. Stumbling into a fluke job at an all-girls dormitory may be his last chance. In the series that inspired the new hit anime, Love Hina proves that love conquers all. Even stupidity.

30 review for Love Hina, Vol. 01

  1. 5 out of 5

    Naailah

    If any book ever deserved to be burned, its this one. I only tolerate fanservice to a certain degree, and this surpasses it. With female characters blatantly sexualized and a female tripping over her boobs every page, this is plotless garbage. The worst part of this is when the misogynist of a main character peeks in on a grade schooler while shes changing. Or maybe that the main girl feels like she can only be pretty or smart, but not both at once. If you want something with a similar storyline If any book ever deserved to be burned, its this one. I only tolerate fanservice to a certain degree, and this surpasses it. With female characters blatantly sexualized and a female tripping over her boobs every page, this is plotless garbage. The worst part of this is when the misogynist of a main character peeks in on a grade schooler while shes changing. Or maybe that the main girl feels like she can only be pretty or smart, but not both at once. If you want something with a similar storyline, try Nisekoi. Its got less fanservice and a better story

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Mind-numbing harem heterosexual male wish fulfillment filled with mostly unlikable or dull characters and very little to no substance. I did kinda like Mitsune, but even then - the writing does her little favors. Ken Akamatsu's work is basically what you've come to expect from any harem manga (and anime - as the two are tone-wise the same) that relies on a Tsundere lady lead and a boring spineless "nice-guy" protagonist. Lots of female-on-male abuse meant to be 'funny' because "hahaha women can't Mind-numbing harem heterosexual male wish fulfillment filled with mostly unlikable or dull characters and very little to no substance. I did kinda like Mitsune, but even then - the writing does her little favors. Ken Akamatsu's work is basically what you've come to expect from any harem manga (and anime - as the two are tone-wise the same) that relies on a Tsundere lady lead and a boring spineless "nice-guy" protagonist. Lots of female-on-male abuse meant to be 'funny' because "hahaha women can't really hurt men!" and sexist ideas about how women act and think that require a man to come in and fix their problems. The same jokes over and over to the point of even the ability to be offended fading and general nonsense of that flavor. I'd comment on Keitaro as an annoying character meant to be the author, but he's barely even that much of an actual character 95% of the time. Check out only if you wanna scratch yer head at how this book was popular when it's not even bad enough to be so-bad-it's-good.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mira

    I remember reading this when I first started getting interest in manga (and anime). Though it happens to be some time ago, I still do remember how entertained I was when reading about Keitaro's miserable life. You never really feel bored when reading it because it contains a big amount of humor and there is constantly happening something. Though I might admit that I would feel kinda irritated reading about Keitaro being smacked by the other girls continually. I'm not really that into harem, but L I remember reading this when I first started getting interest in manga (and anime). Though it happens to be some time ago, I still do remember how entertained I was when reading about Keitaro's miserable life. You never really feel bored when reading it because it contains a big amount of humor and there is constantly happening something. Though I might admit that I would feel kinda irritated reading about Keitaro being smacked by the other girls continually. I'm not really that into harem, but Love Hina was certainly a pleasure to read! It is a truly entertaining manga, that I definitely would suggest you to read if you need a laugh. Also I would recommend you to read the manga instead of watching the anime, since it is much lesser corny and I personally also find the characters and plot better.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Aoife

    Love Hina is a series where Akamatsu came into his own. He improved in art, writing and characterisation to an admirable degree and in my opinion, the animated version utterly failed to capture the charm and humor of the cast. Less distasteful than his previous 'A.I. Love You' and perhaps lacking the formidable cast numbers of 'Negima' Love Hina is a 'harem comedy' that manages to dance the right side of funny and teasing. Our 'hero' Keitaro is retaking college entrance exams (once more) in an at Love Hina is a series where Akamatsu came into his own. He improved in art, writing and characterisation to an admirable degree and in my opinion, the animated version utterly failed to capture the charm and humor of the cast. Less distasteful than his previous 'A.I. Love You' and perhaps lacking the formidable cast numbers of 'Negima' Love Hina is a 'harem comedy' that manages to dance the right side of funny and teasing. Our 'hero' Keitaro is retaking college entrance exams (once more) in an attempt to fulfil a childhood promise and attend Tokyo University. (The fact that he has no idea what course he wants to do doesn't strike him until much, much later.) He goes to stay in an Inn run by his Grandmother but unbeknownst to him it has been turned into a female dorm. He takes his place as the dorm manager and 'shenanigans' ensue. What makes the series work is perhaps the 'restraint'. Make no mistakes this is certainly a comic aimed at teenage boys. There is plenty of female fanservice and cosplay, Keitaro is constantly walking in on the girls in the bath and vice versa (although he always bears the brunt of the punishment.) But compared to other Harem-style series on the market Love Hina is postively 'chaste'!! Despite the slapstick and Keitaro getting punched into space with regularity it takes several chapters and (in some cases) volumes before any of the female cast are 'in love' with him. The girls are characters in their own right. Akamatsu devotes time to their motivations, desires and feelings as the series progresses. They are not merely arm candy for the series protagonist but individuals for the reader to observe and/or empathise with. They struggle with feelings of inadequacy and search for direction in fields that may be supported and/or inspired by their interactions with Keitaro but he is not their driving force in life. The relationships grow through their interactions and have their ups and downs like any other. No one is immediately or randomly love here. It grows through their (mis)adventures and remains pleasingly sincere. Keitaro is your imperfect everyman (Repeated F-student)who over-reacts constantly. He does not deny his attraction to the girls but he is well-behaved by comparison to other 'harem-heroes'. That being said, this IS a comedy and one of the slapstick variety. Samurai-style action, Indiana Jones adventures, magic and mecha. Akamatsu pays homage to many movies and series thoughout. It's fun and light-hearted but it can strike a serious tone when it needs to. Of all the Harem series I've encountered (and unfortunately, there are a lot) this is definitely the best of the lot. I suggest you read all 14 volumes and ignore the animated version. It's a series that has a lot of fun and a lot of heart too.

  5. 5 out of 5

    The Crimson Fucker

    mediocre at best... i remember loving the tv show... but this is anything like it! my sister is making me read manga this month! yay! she claims to have read over 600 of them! so i'm hopping things will get better soon! mediocre at best... i remember loving the tv show... but this is anything like it! my sister is making me read manga this month! yay! she claims to have read over 600 of them! so i'm hopping things will get better soon!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bobby

    3.25 stars

  7. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Okay, I wrote a really long rant review on this book, but I deleted it. Suffice to say: WORST. MANGA. I'VE. EVER. READ. EVER . Okay, I wrote a really long rant review on this book, but I deleted it. Suffice to say: WORST. MANGA. I'VE. EVER. READ. EVER .

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lara Mi

    Review for the complete series Keitaro just doesn't seem to be successful at anything - he failed his university entrance exam twice, was thrown out by his parents and just generally seems plagued by bad luck. Wanting to give the entrance exam another go, he decides to find accommodation in his grandmother's hotel. Upon arrival, though, it turns out that the hotel has now become a girl's dormitory where he is anything but welcome. But luck might be coming Keitaro's way after all when he learns t Review for the complete series Keitaro just doesn't seem to be successful at anything - he failed his university entrance exam twice, was thrown out by his parents and just generally seems plagued by bad luck. Wanting to give the entrance exam another go, he decides to find accommodation in his grandmother's hotel. Upon arrival, though, it turns out that the hotel has now become a girl's dormitory where he is anything but welcome. But luck might be coming Keitaro's way after all when he learns that his grandmother has transferred the dormitory's ownership to him! Love Hina seems to be a case of people either loving it and considering it a classic, while others think of it as a sexist work full of fanservice. I find myself in neither of these groups, though I have read other works by the author that really deserve being called out for sexism. In any case, let me start by saying that I love Akamatsu's art - especially in Love Hina. His earlier works weren't as nice to look at while I find that post-Love Hina works lost character and just look very generic. So apart from loving the art, this was also one of the first manga I read and bought and therefore also has some nostalgia effect on me. As I was still new to reading manga and didn't know much about the different genres, because I had seen a lot of pictures of it and just generally liked the look of it, I decided to give this one a try. I didn't realise until much later that I wasn't even the target audience for this series, and even back then, it was never a huge favourite of mine, though I certainly did always enjoy reading. I first and foremostly enjoy Love Hina as a comedy, it is one of the most hilarious manga I have read and often has me laughing out loud. A large chunk of the comedy can certainly be called 'dirty jokes', yet it's a far call from what people give it - I don't think that these jokes are sexist, indecent or demeaning towards women in any way. The girls in this manga all have very different personalities, but with the except of shy Shinobu, they're all pretty tough and know how to deal with the male characters of this series (although Keitaro is more often blamed when actually innocent than not). The characters are another strong point in this series. I find Keitaro a very likeable main character - he draws bad luck like no other but is very kind and caring. He learns and recognises his weaknesses and definitely grows as the story progresses. Still, bad luck seems to stick with him all the way to the last chapter. In any case, I love the original cast of the girl's dormitory, they are such a varied but well-balanced group. They are great friends, a bit crazy together and there's at least one for every kind of reader to enjoy. My personal favourites are Naru, Mutsumi, Shinobu and Motoko - which actually surprises me as Shinobu and Motoko were among my least favourite when I read this series initially. Another thing I love about this series and that speaks against the harem sexist accusations is the fact that not all the girls are in love him Keitaro. I am very sure that several of them are just interested in a platonic kind of relationship, e.g. I don't believe that Su sees in him anything but a big brother. Only some of them are genuinely interested in him and I think all of them have feelings that are well-developed and according to their personalities. I also think the female bodies are nicely drawn and natural-looking - there are no extremely overshaped breasts or curves as one can find in most other 'fan service' series. Nonetheless, there are a few things that I also don't enjoy about Love Hina. At around the tenth volume, the story starts to drag. Ten volumes seems a good amount to wrap up this kind of story, instead, we get some additional characters that are utterly annoying and just unnecessary. Sara has to be among the most annoying little girl characters I've ever come across! But at least she still adds to the story while the whole Kanako arc felt like a major filler to just drag everything out. The fact that it was never mentioned that Keitaro has an adopted sister made it feel all the more as though it was an afterthought to keep the show running. I find Kanako a very unpleasant character and wish her part would have been left out. Since her appearance, the series felt more and more estranged from its original genre as there was a lot of over-the-top action going on. But hey, annoying characters and arcs aside, Love Hina has one of the best endings, or rather epilogues, out there. It brings the whole series to a nice round conclusion and gives you a nice idea of what's become of everyone - it was really the best way this series could have ended!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Redfox5

    This is one of my favorite mangas. It's been years since I read this so it was nice that I still enjoyed it as much this time round. Keitaro keeps failing his entrance exam for Tokyo University and instead of going home as a failure. He decides to stay in his grandma's hotel and study. But Grandma is on an around the world trip and the hotel is now an all girls dorm! He manages to upset every single girl in a series of accidents which make him look like a massive pervert. All the girls are be This is one of my favorite mangas. It's been years since I read this so it was nice that I still enjoyed it as much this time round. Keitaro keeps failing his entrance exam for Tokyo University and instead of going home as a failure. He decides to stay in his grandma's hotel and study. But Grandma is on an around the world trip and the hotel is now an all girls dorm! He manages to upset every single girl in a series of accidents which make him look like a massive pervert. All the girls are beautifully drawn with the typical manga panty/boob shots. Although did we really need a 15 and a 12 year old to be in the dorm? They also all have pretty likeable and fiery personalities. And even though he is a massive nerd, you can't help but like Keitaro This is a great start to the series which made me laugh out loud at times. I can't wait for the rest of them :)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    Such a playful, slightly crazy manga! I felt so bad for Keitaro for the situation is finds himslef in. ANd these girls are no help to him. Poor guy. Although I don't get his obsession for getting into the college. I get why but the time, so many years of failing already...some childhood promises just need to go. He obviously is not high-end college material. And it is sad that that isn't okay. It frustrated me that he never stands up for himself in this though. Still, the situations he keeps fin Such a playful, slightly crazy manga! I felt so bad for Keitaro for the situation is finds himslef in. ANd these girls are no help to him. Poor guy. Although I don't get his obsession for getting into the college. I get why but the time, so many years of failing already...some childhood promises just need to go. He obviously is not high-end college material. And it is sad that that isn't okay. It frustrated me that he never stands up for himself in this though. Still, the situations he keeps finding himself in are hilarious. Great book to read to put me in a lighter mood!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Starbubbles

    i must say, i'm glad i got 7 books for 10 bucks. i would feel ripped-off if i had paid more for it. this style of plot never appeals to me. they are situations that spiral out of control, and then keitaro gets to take all of the blame. then the girls have the nerve to boss around their own landlord. i say kick them all out! mwahaha! i'll try another book or two, but i'm not holding my breath for it to get better i must say, i'm glad i got 7 books for 10 bucks. i would feel ripped-off if i had paid more for it. this style of plot never appeals to me. they are situations that spiral out of control, and then keitaro gets to take all of the blame. then the girls have the nerve to boss around their own landlord. i say kick them all out! mwahaha! i'll try another book or two, but i'm not holding my breath for it to get better

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    I wasn't gonna review this because it speaks for itself in my opinion but THIS, this is what started it all for me. My downward spiral into anime (and playing the NG sim but eh) and manga. I've read this manga multiple times along side the novellas and light novels. I remember when I was younger and at the mall I'd find myself in book stores haunched down at the manga section reading as much of this as I could until it was time to go. Pure bliss and innocence with a dash of lewd. Solid 5/5 for g I wasn't gonna review this because it speaks for itself in my opinion but THIS, this is what started it all for me. My downward spiral into anime (and playing the NG sim but eh) and manga. I've read this manga multiple times along side the novellas and light novels. I remember when I was younger and at the mall I'd find myself in book stores haunched down at the manga section reading as much of this as I could until it was time to go. Pure bliss and innocence with a dash of lewd. Solid 5/5 for good times

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mehsi

    It is time for silly antics and trying to get into Tokyo U. Welcome to Love Hina. Sadly… there were many issues. I decided that with the extended lockdown it was high time to reread some more of my old manga. I decided that this one would be fun to try out again. I knew I had some issues with the series back when I first read it, and was wondering if it would work out many years later. Meet Kei, a guy who has been trying to get into Tokyo U for years now. I would say go to another university since It is time for silly antics and trying to get into Tokyo U. Welcome to Love Hina. Sadly… there were many issues. I decided that with the extended lockdown it was high time to reread some more of my old manga. I decided that this one would be fun to try out again. I knew I had some issues with the series back when I first read it, and was wondering if it would work out many years later. Meet Kei, a guy who has been trying to get into Tokyo U for years now. I would say go to another university since it is apparently a very tough one to get into, but Kei has a promise. Which is cute and I found it sweet that he just kept going. I loved that he was 19, much older than many of the protagonists in manga. I did think that it was a bit sad that he kept getting in so many accidents (as in entering at just the worst moment, not thinking about the hole in the ceiling and what room it may end up in), he is quite accidentprone. Ah yes, Naru, the worst girl in the world or at least a good contender for a top 5/10. Really, with reading this first volume again, I totally remembered all the crap she pulled in this series and how violent and horrible she is. I am sorry, but yes, Kei goes in the bath, but he didn’t know it was a dorm, he didn’t know the place was female only. Instead of going all violent and chasing him, maybe just understand that it was a freaking misunderstanding? She constantly goes off again him. And yes, some is partially Kei’s fault, he is a clumsy mess, but no one deserves what shitstorm he gets over him every time. She is abusive. Other instances: He just grabs a tissue, she enters and immediately calls him names (guys also use tissues for other things than well you know), she doesn’t lock the damned toilet door and is pissed that someone (Kei in this case) enters. Do you want me to go on? Kitsune just was horrible, she forced Kei to touch her boob and then cried that he was assaulting her. WTF. Those kind of jokes I never liked. Disgusting. The other girls, with the exception of Shinobu, are pretty hurtful as well. They are violent, they give him crap, and there is other things. At times I just wanted to hug Kei and tell him to just go. Screw it that you are landlord, this isn’t what anyone should go through. Mehsi, was there anything you did like I hear you ask? Oh yes, plenty. I loved Shinobu for instance. She is really sweet and caring and I love how she, as the only one, doesn’t use violence on Kei when he haplessly does something accidental. I love how she is motivated by Kei and how he helps her with her homework. I loved that Kei keeps on trying. I love how he figured out why Shinobu was feeling unhappy on the 15th. I love the whole dorm and that it has hot springs. I love how big and roomy the rooms are, I definitely want to see other character’s rooms as well. Naru keeps hers pretty clean, and what we see of Shinobu’s she has a pretty cute room, but I wonder if Su’s is that clean or pretty. 😛 I also love the art in the series. It is a fun and energetic style that keeps things dynamic. I had a big laugh about grandma and her travelling the world, I cannot remember if she ever returns or if she just stays away. I love that Kei remembers the promise and cannot wait to see when Naru and Kei remember their past. Though again, I would rather see Kei with someone else. There are some scenes that made me laugh. I am just not sure if I will continue this series. When I first read this story I found it problematic, but I could still enjoy things more. My tolerance was a bit higher for this kind of thing. Now I find it way too problematic and it just has way too many issues. The abuse isn’t funny. But I may give the second volume a shot. If I still have these feelings or if they increase I will just put the books back on the shelf. Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I read this series many years ago when I was in high school. I borrowed it from my local library and wasn't sure what I was in for at the time and the art style was pretty, now I am just sad I will never get the hours I wasted on this series back. This series is about a young man who after failing the Tokyo University entrance exam for the second time is kicked out of his parents house, however his grandmother takes him in and allows him to live as the caretaker for Hinata House, however unbekno I read this series many years ago when I was in high school. I borrowed it from my local library and wasn't sure what I was in for at the time and the art style was pretty, now I am just sad I will never get the hours I wasted on this series back. This series is about a young man who after failing the Tokyo University entrance exam for the second time is kicked out of his parents house, however his grandmother takes him in and allows him to live as the caretaker for Hinata House, however unbeknownst to him it is a girls only dorm; now he lives with 5 other young ladies. While I thought the overall art style of Love Hina was very pretty, the characters themselves were annoying and the jokes became old and repetitive. You can only laugh at a guy being beaten up for accidentally walking in on a girl changing so many times... I have never been one for the romance genre within manga or anime, and this series is one of the major reasons why; it is a highly recommended series by anime and manga lovers (for some reason) but recycles its lame, boring jokes in an attempt and being original and it makes the whole series a chore to read. This series is pretty old (it was originally published in 1998 within Japan and then released internationally in 2002), but was very popular in Japan and internationally and I cannot fathom why; the entire series is filled with recycling the same joke and a silly love triangle that anyone can see through. The other characters never got as much development as the main female and male character, making them just pretty image fillers and time wasters; the entire story could be told without them there and it wouldn't change anything. Overall I feel that even though this series is popular and has been reprinted many times; it doesn't change that it is bland, uses the same wash-rinse-repeat joke and useless characters makes this the WORST manga series I have read to date.

  15. 4 out of 5

    ~Cyanide Latte~

    I recall, albeit vaguely, reading this series in high school, deciding that was enough for me, and contenting myself with never reading it again. It had pushed the limit of acceptability for a manga categorized as comedy, I had felt, even if I hadn't been able to quite identify back then what bothered me. But of course, as an adult, things change. I have been asked by one of my mother's friends to screen various manga and anime titles for this friend's 13-year-old daughter, and give general warn I recall, albeit vaguely, reading this series in high school, deciding that was enough for me, and contenting myself with never reading it again. It had pushed the limit of acceptability for a manga categorized as comedy, I had felt, even if I hadn't been able to quite identify back then what bothered me. But of course, as an adult, things change. I have been asked by one of my mother's friends to screen various manga and anime titles for this friend's 13-year-old daughter, and give general warnings and criticisms about which series contain...eh, we'll call it questionable content. And to be honest with all of you, I am given to the impression much of Ken Akamatsu's work contains questionable content based on my experiences with both Love Hina and Negima!. But, I was asked to give an overview of this, so that's what I'm going to do. As usual, I already have to say that this series has pretty much gone out of print thanks to being a Tokyopop-licensed title, and as is the unfortunate reality of something under the Tokyopop imprint, the editing of panels, of grammar and dialogue, and general overall physical quality is rather poor and lazy. In the event you want to read this series, you'd better be prepared to scour the internet for scans or shell out money to buy secondhand copies. That being said, this series was plugged with the rating of "OT: Older Teen Age 16+"; personally I struggle with the idea of introducing some of this content even to 16-year-olds. The general plot of this first volume (and the series overall) is that our protagonist, Keitaro, is trying and struggling hardcore to get into Tokyo University, based on a goal set to a childhood sweetheart that they would meet back up, attend the college together, get married, and live happily ever after. Keitaro has incredible low academic scores however, and has already failed the entrance exam twice, so he decides he's going to leave his parents' home and not come back until he's officially a student at the college (because reasons??) which leads to him seeking out his eclectic grandmother's hotel. Unfortunately when he gets there, through a series of mishaps of the sort involving accidental nudity, flashing, etc., he finds out that the hotel was failing and in order to save it his grandmother turned it into a leased apartment housing complex for young women, called the Hinata House. Most of the residents are younger than him, with the oldest girl being his age, and the rest being middle- and high-school-students. The girls have mixed feelings about him from the start, which only get worse when his grandmother abruptly names Keitaro the new landlord of Hinata House and he's forced to stay there, while the majority of the girls work tirelessly to try to get him to quit and generally physically assault him at every turn. When I was a teenager, the series seemed generally funny. As an adult, I cringe quite a bit. Not because of the level of ecchi present, per se. Growing up exposed to an over-saturation of anime and manga with the boom of the late 90s-early 00s era, that's very commonplace in the medium, and especially in "comedy" series that focus on a hapless unattractive protagonist surrounded by cute girls. That's not what bothers me; what I have a problem with is the level of misogynistic undertones insisting that Keitaro's constant arousal and fantasizing can't be helped and is perfectly normal for a young man, and that the girls around him at the house are blowing their reactions out of proportion when accidental situations occur where he either sees them exposed or has physical contact with any of them in an accidentally inappropriate manner. Equally annoying is his fantasizing or arousal at the younger girls (the 12-year-old in particular) when situations occur, and how these are rarely addressed at all, and even then only in a comedic "die, pervert!" manner by the other girls that leaves him protesting loudly. "But Yoru!" you may say. "It's just an anime/manga gag. Stuff like that happens all the time, lighten up." Uh, no. In hindsight, I should never have read this as a teenager myself, and much as I appreciate the various female characters as individuals, I do think it doesn't send a healthy message to any teens (myself included, back in the day!) about the interactions of young men and women. Each of the girls, who range from 12 years old to 19 years old, are constantly objectified throughout the story, and the narrative repeatedly goes out of its way to reassure the audience "oh it's okay, all the situations are accidental, so Keitaro can't help his fantasizing afterward because he's a healthy young man with a sex drive and he's been so sexually repressed you should sympathize with him." I'm not okay with the thought of any teenager reading this and buying into that thought process. This doesn't make the series itself inherently bad, but I do feel like it detracts a lot from any potential substance the story could have had, at least in the early volumes. Anyone who says that "comedy doesn't need substance" or that it's a slice-of-life comedy, so it doesn't need to be deep or meaningful should probably go through and analyze more comedies and slice-of-life stories. Both comedy and slice-of-life, as well as the genre overlap, can have substance and at its heart, probably should. Going back through this first volume of Love Hina, it has very little substance going for it. The promise Keitaro made to his childhood sweetheart and his struggle and drive to get into Tokyo University almost constantly takes a backseat to the ecchi so we can have shenanigans where he winds up ogling more than a regular at a strip club, takes a clobbering for it, and fantasizes anyway. If you've never read Love Hina and you're thinking about giving it a shot, and you happen to stumble across this review of mine, I'll be trying to make my way through the whole series for a second time in my life and leaving reviews. Right now I would say don't waste your time unless you've read the first and you're really desperate to know if it gets better, and you can read from an objective standpoint that questions a lot of the thematics and undertones in this story.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    There is absolutely no plot in this series, the characters were underdeveloped and hard to relate to and there was almost nothing redeeming about this series. It was an easy read but not one that I would recommend.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Helen McAlary

    I only read this because of a complaint about the series at my library. It is definitely not for me! This is my first experience reading manga and if it's indicative of what the format offers I definitely won't be reading any more! I only read this because of a complaint about the series at my library. It is definitely not for me! This is my first experience reading manga and if it's indicative of what the format offers I definitely won't be reading any more!

  18. 5 out of 5

    locrian

    A lame failure at life dude who has the superpower of having all girls instantly in love with him. What MRAs think their life is supposed to be like.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Anya Niehaus

    Too much fan service for my tastes... and the plot is only so so.

  20. 4 out of 5

    LucyJohanIII

    It was a piece of epic herum crap.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Fredi

    Awsome, nice, very romantic.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rachael Hobson

    Eh...that's all I can really say about it. There is hardly any plot. It's all slap stick and sexually awkward situations. Eh...that's all I can really say about it. There is hardly any plot. It's all slap stick and sexually awkward situations.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lochanreads

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Love Hina is about a young man, Keitaro Urashima who keeps trying and failing to get into the prestigious Tokyo U university to fulfil a childhood promise he made. He decides to visit his grandmother at the Hinata Hotel which she owns and study to retake the entrance exam, but upon arriving at the hotel, he finds that his grandmother is gone off on a world tour and the hotel converted into a girls dorm, run by his Aunt. The only reason why I didn't award this manga one star is because of the come Love Hina is about a young man, Keitaro Urashima who keeps trying and failing to get into the prestigious Tokyo U university to fulfil a childhood promise he made. He decides to visit his grandmother at the Hinata Hotel which she owns and study to retake the entrance exam, but upon arriving at the hotel, he finds that his grandmother is gone off on a world tour and the hotel converted into a girls dorm, run by his Aunt. The only reason why I didn't award this manga one star is because of the comedy factor where there were isolated moments of humour that I found quite funny and it's a very short read which I finished very quickly. However I found it extremely difficult to reconcile the flagrant abuse levelled at Keitaro by the girls in the dorm with the simultaneously incongruous harem factor. It almost seems that this manga is the manifestation of the main character of the artist's subconscious need to be abused because of some deep rooted childhood trauma involving their mothers. For example, when Keitaro learned that he was to become the landlord of the dorm, the girls set about making his life miserable by forcing him to do a great many chores, all of which he does not realizing that the girls have put him up to it. I did like some moments of the comedy but overall this manga just wasn't for me not even as a guilty pleasure graphic novel, it was unfortunately a badly translated, reverse misandrist mess.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Devon Martin

    Honestly probably deserves a lower rating but I was so fond of this series as a kid, I couldn't bring myself to do it while noticing all the other low reviews. I totally understand why anyone would take issue with this series along with any of Ken Akamatsu's other work due to all the unnecessary pervertedness, I'm definitely not a fan of those parts either. No denying that the author is misogynistic too. If I hadn't of grown up with the series, I would have written it off for sure. However, ther Honestly probably deserves a lower rating but I was so fond of this series as a kid, I couldn't bring myself to do it while noticing all the other low reviews. I totally understand why anyone would take issue with this series along with any of Ken Akamatsu's other work due to all the unnecessary pervertedness, I'm definitely not a fan of those parts either. No denying that the author is misogynistic too. If I hadn't of grown up with the series, I would have written it off for sure. However, there's a coziness the environment brings to the story, this series does a good job at making you feel like you are part of the group and that the characters are your friends. The romance is not ideal but it is somewhat relatable, and a decent "Will They or Wont They?" I like all the Japanese festivals that are highlighted in the series, something that the author excels at is creating excitement in certain arcs where the characters leave their normal location to do something fun, feels like you are there with them. I also have a deep appreciation for his art style that develops more each volume. By the end of the series, most of the backgrounds are done in 3D software and it looks really cool. I was inspired by that. Anyway, this review is not to recommend this series to anyone, but for the people (specifically other women) who have a fondness of this series and feels weirdly guilty and a little ashamed about it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    This is the first manga I ever read, and BOY, does it show how much my tastes have evolved. It was a masterpiece to my 14/15 year old brain, but that's because I was seeing things I just didn't see in the good ol' US of A. However, as I read more and more manga, I realized that I was just seeing things that were new to ME, and that a cliche is still a cliche. There's only so many times I can see a guy unintentionally look perverted, and then get comically beaten up. The series went on for longer This is the first manga I ever read, and BOY, does it show how much my tastes have evolved. It was a masterpiece to my 14/15 year old brain, but that's because I was seeing things I just didn't see in the good ol' US of A. However, as I read more and more manga, I realized that I was just seeing things that were new to ME, and that a cliche is still a cliche. There's only so many times I can see a guy unintentionally look perverted, and then get comically beaten up. The series went on for longer than it needed to, all for a predictable ending. Also, at the end of the series, (view spoiler)[He should've gotten with Mutsumi, because, y'know, she's not a verbally and physically abusive piece of shit like Naru. Seriously. I know it's a comedy series, but Naru's behavior was outright abusive and I think it sets a dangerous precedent for boys that abuse, if it comes from a woman, is just something to accept. That's not good at all. (hide spoiler)]

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jacob

    Bought the entire series on Comixology when it was on sale a month or so ago and seriously questioning that decision after the first volume. Very repetitive, mining the same basic joke over and over (ie, main character is a nice, innocent guy, but keeps making mistakes that make him look like a perv). I guess we're supposed to be laughing at his incompetence? Or maybe we're supposed to be identifying with him, because I guess only miserable fucks read manga. I'm not laughing, nor identifying. Pl Bought the entire series on Comixology when it was on sale a month or so ago and seriously questioning that decision after the first volume. Very repetitive, mining the same basic joke over and over (ie, main character is a nice, innocent guy, but keeps making mistakes that make him look like a perv). I guess we're supposed to be laughing at his incompetence? Or maybe we're supposed to be identifying with him, because I guess only miserable fucks read manga. I'm not laughing, nor identifying. Plus, the main plot feels super telegraphed right now; like, there's a big mystery, except I'm pretty sure the story has already given the reader the answer, so now we're just waiting around for the characters to catch up, and the longer it takes them, the more stupid they look. Oh well. I'll give it another volume (eventually) and maybe things will even out.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rokaje Al-Rabiey

    I have always wanted to read more manga books and the only one I knew when I was younger was Love Hina...I have watched the anime but now that I have read the first manga in the series, I honestly do not understand why this is in the children's section...it is obviously for people a bit older, 15-16+ or something. Besides that..it was hilarious but it wouldn't be a manga I would recommend...only if you just want something to laugh at although the story is interesting, they do not focus at the pl I have always wanted to read more manga books and the only one I knew when I was younger was Love Hina...I have watched the anime but now that I have read the first manga in the series, I honestly do not understand why this is in the children's section...it is obviously for people a bit older, 15-16+ or something. Besides that..it was hilarious but it wouldn't be a manga I would recommend...only if you just want something to laugh at although the story is interesting, they do not focus at the plot that much...but I enjoyed reading it just for fun. I will probably continue with the series someday just because I am curious and it is hilarious😂 PS. I need to reconsider going on with the series after book five because those covers are just... too much. 🙄

  28. 4 out of 5

    Greg

    A mildly entertaining manga with too much fan service, not enough character development (they’re all archetypes), main character is a loser, plot is ridiculous (for a much better manga about a high school student who fails his entrance exams and then shares a house with a variety of personality types, see Maison Ikkoku. And there Takahashi makes the setup plausible, unlike a dude becoming a landlord of an all-girls dorm because his grandma wills it to him). At least the artwork is excellent, and A mildly entertaining manga with too much fan service, not enough character development (they’re all archetypes), main character is a loser, plot is ridiculous (for a much better manga about a high school student who fails his entrance exams and then shares a house with a variety of personality types, see Maison Ikkoku. And there Takahashi makes the setup plausible, unlike a dude becoming a landlord of an all-girls dorm because his grandma wills it to him). At least the artwork is excellent, and who knows? It might get better later. But the first volume is average at best.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

    Series Review: I read it via mangascans.net, which wasn't very good. The grammar was bad and there were random untranslated or blank speech bubbles; at a certain point they even left an editor's note to alert the readers that the quality was going to drop even farther due to lack of time to do it properly. I heard a lot of good things about this before I read it. It's a good series, but I had some problems with it. *******Possible light spoilers but nothing to ruin the story******* -I didn't like Series Review: I read it via mangascans.net, which wasn't very good. The grammar was bad and there were random untranslated or blank speech bubbles; at a certain point they even left an editor's note to alert the readers that the quality was going to drop even farther due to lack of time to do it properly. I heard a lot of good things about this before I read it. It's a good series, but I had some problems with it. *******Possible light spoilers but nothing to ruin the story******* -I didn't like Naru. She's not capable of being honest with herself. I don't care if she can't easily communicate with other people, but she should be honest with herself over everyone else, if she can't do that, she's just creating extra drama for herself. She's still a teenager though, so whatever, it's normal. People don't often know what they want at that age. -There is a running theme of abuse. I wouldn't have noticed this if I'd read it during middle school or high school, but as an adult who knows what abuse is, this is a negative theme for a romantic comedy to have. It was fine in the beginning because it didn't appear to be abuse. It was a form of slapstick comedy, but that comedy was short lived for me. Naru hits Keitaro whenever there is a "perverted accident," which is constant, or whenever she blames him for something that wasn't even his fault. If it were only occasional, it would be fine, but it's not. Naru even confesses to not actually being mad at him when she hits him, and Keitaro confesses to not being bothered by it. This is an unhealthy abusive relationship. -It's made perfectly clear the characters don't care who the "promised girl" really is, but they keep bringing it up as if it's the most important thing in the world anyway. Both Keitaro and Naru make huge deals out of it on separate occasions.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ben Herman

    Trying to get more into manga and I'm usually not into romance but this was just really fun to read. My cousin recommended it to me, since he's much more knowledgeable of manga than I am, and I ended up loving it and reading the entirety of the series (but I'm not going to add them since there's a bunch and I don't want to pretend like I read more than I did for my 2017 goal). Fun characters, fun story, highly recommend! Trying to get more into manga and I'm usually not into romance but this was just really fun to read. My cousin recommended it to me, since he's much more knowledgeable of manga than I am, and I ended up loving it and reading the entirety of the series (but I'm not going to add them since there's a bunch and I don't want to pretend like I read more than I did for my 2017 goal). Fun characters, fun story, highly recommend!

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