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Love Hina (TV Series) Review

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Genre: Romantic Comedy
Rated: 13+ for mild language and fan service
It's like: Techi minus the space-fighting-thing.
Related Titles: Hand Maid May & Tenchi

Short Synopsis: When Keitaro Urashima was 5, he made a promise with a girl to get into the univeristy, Tokyo U, when they grew up because it is said that any couple that makes it to Tokyo U will live happily ever after. The girl moved away and Keitaro is now 20, but he still wants to make good on his childhood promise. Unfortunately, he has failed the entrance exam twice already. Knowing he needed a job, Keitaro's grandmother let him become the manager of her boarding house; however, this is an all-girls' dormitory.

Story: Love Hina's story is very good. Some parts have been used before, but overall it feels very different. There are a few plot twists in there, but you'll have a pretty good idea of what's going to happen next. It can get complicated for Keitaro, and at times seem hopeless for all parties, but it never gets too complicated or too hopeless. Job well done.

Characters: Each character shines in their own individuality. Keitaro may be the staple "nerd that somehow attracts the women," but he has his own unique things about him, too. The girls each have their own personalities, original for the most part. Love Hina is half character-driven and half situation-driven. So the characters are very important to this anime.

Animation: Love Hina's animation is great. Bright colors and bold lines decorate this series. Love Hina was digitally colored, so that may be why the colors are vibrant and the lines are bold. Very good character design on Akamatsu-sensei's part, too. Awesome!!

Music: The music here is very good. The opening theme is very hyper, fast, and squeaky. Awesome for those who like that, not so much for those who don't. Enjoyable for the most part, really. The closing theme is sadly forgetful. There are songs sung by the Japanese voice actors/actresses littered through here. And that's a good thing because the voice of Naru, Yui Horie, is a great singer. Well done on the most part.

Dub: Ouch. Love Hina's flaw. It will grow on you after a while, but Su and Kitsune's voices sound very unnatural at first. I suggest watching Love Hina through with its original Japanese dub. It's very good. Do give the english dub a chance though, it gets better.

Overall: Love Hina is a very quality anime. If you're looking for a light-hearted comedy with some romance and a little fan service, check this one out! You won't be disappointed. Check out the manga, too!

Seth's Ratings:
Story/Plot: 8/10
Characters: 9.5/10
Animation: 9/10
Music: 8.5/10
Dub: 6/10
Overall: 9/10
Final Verdict: Buy Love Hina if you're either looking for a great romanatic comedy or just want something mindless, but entertaining, to watch.

The Good:
+ Love Hina's animation is eye-opening.
+ The cast of characters blend well together.

The Bad:
- The dub.. 'nuff said.
- May not be deep enough for those looking to have their soul-searching questions answered.

The Ugly:
* The anime is not a perfect retelling of the manga.