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So when I was in high school, I dated a girl who was a huge anime and manga dork, and one of the big series she got me into was Ken Akamatsu's Love Hina. I don't know if this is still a popular series, but it was basically the trope codifier for the "geeky awkward loser is forced to live in a house full of beautiful girls and they all kinda fall in love with him" genre. As a 16-year-old who was finally looking at anime as more than just Pokémon, I jumped right into this series with both feet, buying up all fourteen volumes of the manga over the course of a year. Now, at 31, I managed to unearth all fourteen books again, and I decided to re-read the series for a nostalgic lark.

Sweet love of fuck, this does not hold up.

It is shameless</b> how much fanservice is in this series. Don't get me wrong, I'm cool with a little bit of fanservice here and there, but so long as it's not detrimental to the story or the characters. In Love Hina, you could cut out every gratuitous boob or butt grab, every unnecessary panty shot or wet t-shirt, and this series could easily be reduced down to more than half its length. Oh, and did I mention more than half the main characters are under 18? By, like, a lot? I feel like the FBI is going to confiscate my bookshelf just for reading this. And that's not even getting into shit like the horrible way the protagonists are written. How am I supposed to sympathize with Keitaro, a guy who keeps insisting he's not trying to be a pervert yet still does shit like try to kiss girls while they sleep or rub one out to the memory of when one of them tricked him into groping her? Why would I want to see him hook up with Naru, a girl with so many deep-seated emotional problems that her first instinct whenever something goes wrong is to scream at this guy, gaslight the shit out of him for crap that's not his fault, and punch his fucking lights out? News flash: once you're over the age of five, you don't hit people you supposedly like.

In 2004, I wrote an extremely long Love Hina fanfiction that I formatted in the style of a movie script. It was, for all intents and purposes, horrible, but most fanfiction written by high schoolers tends to be. As it so often happens when I go back and think about one of my old projects, I started thinking about how I'd improve it if I'd do it over again. My story was a sequel set after the events of the series - but really, this thing is in dire need of an overhaul. I think a better movie would be a new adaptation, one that a.) condenses the extremely belabored events of the first three books down to one coherent story, b.) rewrites the main characters to not be awful, awful people, and c.) drops the fetishy harem angle and cuts out all the nudie shots of high school students, because holy fuck. Will I ever follow through on this revamping of my old fanfic? Probably not, I have a daily webcomic and a day job to worry about - I barely have the energy to eat anymore. But man, do I wish I could take a shot at reworking these characters and their story into something appealing. As it so often happens, the potential is there - you just gotta tweak a few things like 90 degrees before it gets good.
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Okami539 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2018
 This show was straight up garbage.
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uanime5 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018
Love Hina was an early harem series, so it doesn't hold up simply because later series took what made Love Hina unique and in some cases improved on the formula. As a result it no longer feels as original as it once did.
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NTSEFAN Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm planning to write a review on the series someday to explain why it is the worst manga series I have ever read.  
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HistoryisAwesomeGuy Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2018
I always liked Tenchi Muyo more.....I can't exactly say which one was my favorite but Tenchi in Tokyo was probably my least favorite of the 4 Tenchi series. At least the girls in Tenchi were more entertaining.
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UncleScooter Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
It REALLY doesn't hold up past high schooler anime fan mentality. I kinda feel the same way about the "Tenchi" series - great array of female characters and visually creative sci-fi premise, but there's some pretty damn annoying voice-acting and the main protagonist is a hapless wimp on a Morty scale.
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Kiro-Kurusu Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
well i dont love the ending but i love the pairing of keitaro x shinobu still.
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Swarley180 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2018
Yeah, as much as i am a fan, this does show it's age. 
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Salem-the-Psychic Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018
Sorry for the second comment but...

If you want a good anime I suggest my current watch Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo. Mashiro is a breath of fresh air as is the cast.

Other recommendations: Cowboy Bebop, Yu Yu Hakusho, Inuyasha up to the end of the band of 7, Zoids, Toradora, Acchi Kocchi, Aho Girl(sadly the girl will grind on you, but the reverse slapstick is worth it for a bit), Daphne in Brillient Blue if you want fanservice that doesnt subtract, Digimon 1 3 4 and 6, FMAB, I can't understand what my Husband is saying, Kenichi: World Strongest Disciple, Kill la Kill if you want a acid trip, Kotoura-san, Mouse, Re:Zero for a good horror, ALL the precures(yes even smile), And Little Witch Academia for what I can remeber at the moment.
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Salem-the-Psychic Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018
Honestly I only hate Naru and at times Kitsune. I understand the hatred for Motoko but I still like her and feel if her life had gone differently she wouldn't be the way she is. Naru dosen't have an excuse, shes just a slap happy bitch. Kitsune is a blue balling cunt. Yeah the manga gets pretty bad at points, like Keitaro somehow having Shinobu's panties with his Valentines day chocolate....

The only 2 things I really hate in anime is bad writing and Misandry.
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Kinggigasmon Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I never read "Love Hina" but I know OF it. It really is the poster child for harem manga. This kind of stuff has been a prevalent part of manga for decades, even as far back as the 80s and Ranma 1/2. I think Ken Akamatsu's success might stem mostly from his artwork and not as much his story telling. Having cutely-drawn female characters helps.

Hey, at least you know you've gotten better if your old work makes you cringe. :D 
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jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2018
Reading that old script of mine now, the flaws are just all over the damn place - the plot is full of holes, the tone is wrong, the jokes aren't funny, the pacing is glacial, I waited until the last act to introduce like seven characters - but I will say one thing, I made impressively good use of a Chekhov's Gun that I introduced innocuously as a joke in an early scene and ended up being integral to the climax. That's like the one trope that 17-year-old me knew how to use correctly :)
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Kinggigasmon Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's always fun looking back at old work, ain't it? I wish I could find my old Teen Titans fanfics I wrote in high school. 
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FireballDragon Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Student General Artist
I fucking hate the heavy-handed misandry that is Love Hina. Keitaro should've called the cops on those bitches a long time ago. I am so fucking SICK of slap-happy tsundere characters. It's why I hate Sakura from Naruto. It's why Nami annoys me, despite One Piece being one of my favorite anime. News flash to all manga artists; you can still have an assertive female character without having to have them resort to needless violence at the drop of a hat, but why the hell would you listen? Apparently when women beat men, it's "slapstick," but if men were to do the same to women, even in similar comedic context, it'd be "abusive" and "sexist." WELL, WHAT THE FUCKING HELL DO YOU CALL LOVE HINA!?

See, this is why Neuro - Supernatural Detective is a personal favorite of mine; the male demon Neuro treating the female schoolgirl Yako like a slave is a breath of fresh air, whereas most other authors would've probably made Neuro an airheaded genius savant and Yako a volatile bitch, something like in Kindaichi Case Files, but to nasty degrees. We could use more works where person-to-person slapstick isn't limited by gender.

...Yeah, I've been holding that one in for a WHILE. I'll get off my soapbox now.
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gonzo22 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2018
Yeah I can't believe I once like the series all the way back was just 13 years old or younger. It just sound like a good series but now It really isnt' as good as i originally thought. That's why i've been reading some Love Hina fanfic where Keitaro calls out the girls and their bad behavior. 
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Retro7 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018   General Artist
Heh I hear ya, I pretty much purchased the first five volumes completely on an impulse buy when I was in high school and yeah, I'll admit, I was in it for most of the fanservice but I was somewhat intrigued by the story too. It was kinda cute...least for a bit. Then just felt repetitive after awhile. None of these characters really felt in the right for their action (even if it was for comedy half the time) and the plot just loves to tease and go back and fourth and became more nonsensical as it went. Granted not as bad as Ranma 1/2 in terms of mean-spiritedness, but I ended up losing interest very quickly. And if you think the manga's bad, the anime...just -whew-. So much filler and doesn't even end properly. Honestly the only character I remember somewhat liking was Motoko oddly enough. Sure she was the no nonsense member of the cast but least felt like a character arc with her and the whole arc with her sister is one of my favorites, plus I do like how karma does hit her in the latter half of the series.

Overall, I don't hate it, but it's not one of my favorites either. Just kinda in a limbo state. Chalk it up to a phase in the author's life that he eventually moved passed.
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BorisFedorov Featured By Owner Edited Feb 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Well to be honest it was probably thrown in the trash by another copy paste trope Harem comedy. Like long ago the manga serial Urusei Yatsura was a trope codifier of genre made by a then young Rumiko Takahashi starting around the same time as Garfield comic strip here in the states. With Ranma 1/2, YuYu Hakusho, and the anime only Tenchi Muyo franchise following suit before Love Hina was created. The same way that a Rugrat's hiatus Klasky Csupo supported the US animation for Duckman which was planned and though out before South Park, The Austin Power Movies, (Dr. Evil has way too many similarities to King Chicken in a more sophomoric post Waynes World Mike Myers fashion) Futurama,  Seth Macfarlane's sitcoms and Bojack Horseman ever existed on obscure pre Monk USA network time slots when the more filler based Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Ren and Stimpy where given more cable screening time before the late 2002 to early 2003 United States Prime Time TV timeslots where initiated.
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Bartokassualtdude94 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi there, fellow "Love Hina" hater! 
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jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2018
I'll be honest, I don't out and out hate this series - I just lament its wasted potential. If its two main protagonists were better written and it didn't expend all its energy on bending over backwards to cram in as much nudity as possible, it could be legitimately good. I genuinely like a lot of the supporting characters and I just wish they were in a better series, preferably not one in the harem genre.
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IronSheepEngine Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018
I heard the creator finds this series to be a old shame for him, and he's moved on to doing better manga such as Negima and UQ Holder.
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jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018
I read a little bit of Negima when it first came out. It was basically a cross between Harry Potter and this. But from what I've heard, he toned down the fanservice-y harem stuff as it went on and made it more character-driven, and learning about that made me go "Yes, Ken, you're learning!"
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Retro7 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018   General Artist
Doesn't the rumor go that he didn't want to do another harem series and move more into shonen, but the zine he was with insisted so he started it off like a typical harem series and then slowly made it more action oriented? 
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Ability-King-KK Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018
Yeah, Naru is pretty much the biggest downside to this series.  She's just not a good character.  Whereas the other girls actually got some sort of character development, Naru pretty much remained the same and treated Keitaro like shit any chance she got.  Even in the end when her and Keitaro are getting married she violently attacks him.  And why is she like this?  Because Seta, who tutored her when she was younger, didn't return her feelings.  At least Motoko had an actual reason for hating men, which was her sister getting married and Motoko felt she was being taken away from her, and was able to grow as a character through the series and grew to trust Keitaro.

Speaking of Keitaro, the only real downside to him is his Naru tunnel vision.  Of all the girls he could fall for, it's the one who couldn't take any responsibility for her own actions and would become violent or run away if things didn't go her way.  Either Motoko, Mutsumi, and even Kitsune would have been better for Keitaro than Naru.

All in all, Love Hina is one of those series that's better as fanfiction because when it comes to fanfiction you can fix the problems that the original mangaka caused, i.e. get rid of Naru!

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R-gonz Featured By Owner Edited Feb 12, 2018
Well, at least it’s nothing like School Days.

Almost forgot; What do you think of Fruits Basket?
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Ability-King-KK Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018
I don't really read shojo series.  I find them boring.  The only shojo series I'll read or watch all the way through is Cowboy Bebop, mostly because it's actually well written and interesting.

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R-gonz Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018
Cowboy Bebop is not, I repeat, NOT, shojo.

CB is either Shonen or Seinen.
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Ability-King-KK Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018
Cowboy Bebop has had two mangas, one of which came out in 1997 before the animé and the other was a straight adaptation of the animé.  Both manga were published in Monthly Asuka Fantasy DX, which is a shojo magazine.

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Twogadia Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018
The awkward misunderstanding moments, followed by a decking from the girl, is one of the few things about anime I actually hate. Because it’s so overused, and it doesn’t solve any problems. It just makes things worse for no reason. And it’s even worse with the MILLIONS of goddamn tsunderes who react in the EXACT. SAME. WAY.
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Waterotica Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Naru and Motoko were crazy, violent bitches, Mitsune was a stupid lush, Kaolla was annoying... Even if I did like her outfit...  And Musumi..? Idk... I just thought she was kinda dumb. Shinobu was the only one I liked, and even she was a little over-the-top with the weepiness and dramatic running off. But I love that dark blue hair and the way she looks in a hoodie!

The story was hackneyed garbage. Basically I plucked a good waifu out of it, and the rest of that mess can burn.
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PsychoDemonFox Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Can't say I'm a fan of this one, the "female on male abuse double standard" really gets under my skin.
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gonzo22 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2018
I hate that too. Naru constantly punches Keitaro for things that aren't his fault and We suppose to laugh at it, but if Keitaro to slap Naru, it would be look as horrible. 
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PsychoDemonFox Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed. I really hate double standards. >_<
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Waterotica Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Too right. The whole time I was like, "I'm not really okay with this. What is Akumatsu's deal?"
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PsychoDemonFox Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, at least he improved later on. He seems me to do better with shonen-type stories... (I should really get back into Negima...)
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Waterotica Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll never know. Anime art is beautiful, and I love it, but anime itself, with it's stilted, unrealistic dialogue and general weirdness is too alien to me. Plus, the women are so hot, it's like porn; I feel terribly uncomfortable watching it around anyone else.
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FastTquick Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018
"Geeky awkward loser is forced to live in a house full of beautiful girls and they kinda fall in love with him" genre? Never thought I'd read that.

This sounds a lot like a show I used to watch when I was a kid called "Tenchi Muyo."
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nothingsp Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018
Yeah, I think Tenchi Muyo! was the series that took the building blocks of the "harem" genre that Rumiko Takahashi had left lying around from Urusei Yatsura and (most especially) Ranma 1/2 and assembled them into the thing itself, from which all the rest of the genre descended in one form or another. It's not as bad as Love Hina, at least, but it's still not that great. The protagonist is more just a bland nonentity than actively irritating, thankfully; the most annoying aspect is that the show keeps trying to insist that he's the focal point rather than any of the girls, every one of whom would be vastly more interesting if they only got developed for shit.
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gonzo22 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018
I remember watching this when i was around 12 or 13 due to all the fanservice and I was going through puberty and this was the closets thing I could get to any actual adult stuff without getting a virus on my computer at the time. Going back now, shows how terrible the female cast was and how The comedy would not be seen as funny all those years ago if the genders were reversed. 
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Taigan Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018
Huh. I remember really liking that series.  Now I’m afraid to go back and reread it.  
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VoltronZ1 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Student Writer
Welcome to the club, good sir.

Though can we all agree that Tama the Turtle was the only likeable character in the whole series?
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jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018
On the topic of likeable characters: Rereading the first few volumes (or more accurately, skimming them because I couldn't stand the Keitaro/Naru stuff), I slowly began to remember why I liked the series in high school - it was mostly just because of Kitsune, Motoko, Shinobu, and Su. The four of them bouncing off each other is great...I mean, so long as they're not ganging up trying to make Keitaro look like an asshole, because that's just shitty. (That's like all Volume 1 is, and I hate it.) But I liked stuff like the four of them pairing off and searching across Japan for Keitaro and Naru in Volume 3, because there's some good character moments there, like Kitsune absentmindedly spending all their traveling money and then talking Motoko into performing kendo tricks on street corners to raise more of it, or Su on a farm trying to eat deer food while Shinobu gets helplessly smothered in goats in the background - that shit is funny. I just wish it was in a better story than this.
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Bartokassualtdude94 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
On terms with Shinobu and Mutsumi? I do agree that they deserve much better! 
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VoltronZ1 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 12, 2018  Student Writer
Uh huh.

And your thoughts on Tama? Yay or nay? To me, he's the only one that's not nails on a chalkboard annoying like all the human characters, especially Naru, she's the all time worst. That, and his fellow turtles get to do more zany stuff that's a lot more lively and upbeat than the whole will they/won't they plot with our so called "romantic" leads.
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NickyVendetta Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018
Yeah this was one of the most shitty anime out there. It's one of the reasons I don't bother with non-action or fantasy anime.
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