Love Hina holds a special place in my heart. Not because these girls are incredibly gorgeous or anything lustful. Love Hina was the first real anime that wasn't what I like to refer to as mainstream (mainstream being anime that premiered on Cartoon Network in the early parts of the 2000s) and there was a lot to like when I was eleven. Now that I am twenty-one and have thoroughly read Love Hina once more, I ponder on what it was that I liked about it when I was a kid.
Love Hina tells the story of Keitaro Urashima who is a college failure and has failed entrance exams twice over now. He aims for Tokyo U due to a promise with a mystery girl he made when he was a kid. Moving out of his house, he is invited to his grandmothers inn which has been remodeled into a girl's dormitory. After a mishap, he is crowned the new landlord of the dormitory by his aunt after his grandmother leaves on a journey. The girls are none to pleased since there are five girls ranging from middle school to adult and feel he is a leech and a pervert. However, as time goes on, each warms up to him.
Now, as a harem anime, it knows how to do its job well. There are beautiful women and even though they don't have breasts that defy the laws of anatomy, they are still pleasing to look at. Even the middle school girls are cute and that's saying that without trying to be a pervert. The series also knows how to tell a funny joke. There were instances where I would have to try and keep myself from laughing out loud due to some of the funnier instances in the story. Even with funny comedy and hot babes, that is not enough to redeem the low points of the series.
The main character, Keitaro, is not your average anime protagonist. If anything, he represents the common Japanese twenty year old. But I don't think the average twenty-four year old is this much of an annoying idiot. He bumbles over more words than I care to count and there are many situations that can be averted if he were to stop over reacting and take two seconds to explain himself. The same can be said for the ladies. They react to everything he does as if he was a pervert. He could walk down the hall and say "Schrodinger's cat is a perfect theory to show the faults in the field of physics" and the girls interpret it as "I am going to molest you." Why he would argue a thought experiment in the first place? I don't know. But I guarantee that they will still beat the hell out of him a la Team Rocket style.
In fact, if there was an absence of this hyperbole of reaction to the drop of a hat, then Love Hina would be a much better series to enjoy. Its good now but I found myself having to pause while reading in order to shake my head at some of the ridiculous moments in the manga. This is something more so for a person who is just starting out in the area of anime. People who are veterans of anime and manga, you might want to spend your time reading Negima. It's much better.