Love Hina (Japanese: ラブ ひな Hepburn: Rabu Hina) is a Japanese comedy anime series produced by Xebec, and it aired in Japan on TV Tokyo from April 19, 2000, to September 27, 2000.
The story is a shōnen comedy that takes place in the Kanagawa Prefecture, and centers on Keitarō Urashima and his attempts to fulfill a childhood promise that he made with a girl to enter the University of Tokyo together. However, he has forgotten the name of the girl he made the promise to and hopes to be accepted into the university in order to find her. Having failed the entrance exam twice and with his parents no longer willing to support him, he goes to stay at his grandmother's hotel, only to find that it has been converted into a female-only apartment. The tenants are about to kick him out when his aunt appears and announces that his grandmother has given him the title to the apartments. Much to their dismay Keitarō becomes the new manager of the family-owned girls' dorm Hinata House and must now balance his new responsibilities in addition to studying for the university entrance exam.
Why It Rocks
- The series opening Sakura Saku is a pretty catchy opening.
- Likable characters, such as Naru, Mutsumi, Shinobu, Motoko, Kaolla, Keitarō, and Mitsune.
- The Japanese voice acting is pretty decent.
- Although it didn't follow the manga the series had decent ideas such as like Naru becoming an idol singer and Motoko dreaming she’s in a fantasy RPG game.
- The series has a fantastic soundtrack and feature songs such as "A Future of smiling faces" and "Be for You, Be for Me".
- The series Christmas Special was very heartwarming.
- Naru is sometimes a very unlikable character due to her overly abusing Keitarō.
- The show is extremely too mean-spirited to Keitarō.
- The show barely followed the manga and even cut some important scenes such as Keitarō lying about being a Tokyo University student.
- The show's dub wasn't that good.