Item description for Love Hina, Volume 1 by Ken Akamatsu...
When Keitaro Urashima fails his entrance exams to get into Tokyo University for the second time, he's officially an unemployed and uneducated slacker. To make things worse, his parents have kicked him out of his house. Fortunately, his grandmother owns the fabulous Hinata Lodge and has agreed to take Keitaro in as caretaker. What he doesn't know is that the lodge is actually a girl's dorm and he's the only guy around! Most guys would kill to live with five sexy ladies, but if Keitaro's not careful, this job will kill him.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 4.9" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date May 7, 2002
ISBN 1931514941 ISBN13 9781931514941 UPC 645573044947
Reviews - What do customers think about Love Hina, Volume 1?
Decent beginning. Jul 18, 2008
Ken Akamatsu, Love Hina vol. 1 (Tokyopop, 1999)
Akamatsu (Negima) starts up a new series, and not surprisingly it's about a klutzy guy who finds himself surrounded by beautiful women. A bit sex-obsessed, but quite humorous and well-paced, even in a setup volume like this. A good start. ***
Guilty pleasure Sep 22, 2007
Fun and frothy, a great guilty pleasure. Yes, the books are a little repetitive, and no, it's not War and Peace but it's funny and entertaining and the characters are very likable. It's a little on the racy side as well. Love Hina is a good time and lots of fun. I heart Tama-chan!
where it all began... Jul 22, 2007
Imagine yourself as a 20-year old who just can't seem to pass the college entrance exams. You've already failed them twice (but as some consolance, you're trying to get into the toughest college in all Japan, Todai [Tokyo U]) and don't know what to do next. Well then, you must be Keitaro Urashima, the hero of Love Hina. Love Hina, by manga maestro Ken Akamatsu, is as silly as it is heart-warming, and fan-service addicts will find Love Hina quite to their liking.
Main character Keitaro Urashima, as stated above, has been trying to get into Tokyo U for two years now, but hasn't had much luck. His parents finally get tired of him mooching off them and send him off to work at his grandmothers inn, until he can pass the Todai entrance exams. What Keitaro doesn't know, however, is that when his grandmother left on a year-long trip around the world, she left the inn in the care of Keitaro's aunt, who turned it into an all-girls' dorm!!! Keitaro ends up walking in on Shinobu as she's taking a bath, and proceeds to peek in on all the other inhabitants of the dorm, albeit accidentally!! Keitaro's saved by his aunt Haruka, and when Haruka says that he would be staying at the dorm, there's outrage from all the inhabitants. Thing is, though, even though Shinobu hates Keitaro's guts at the beginning of the volume, by the middle she's (inexplicably) head over heels in love with him!!!
Keitaro soon realizes he has to deal with MUCH more than he bargained for in terms of the dorm tenants. There's Naru Narusegawa, a bookish student who's also trying to get into Tokyo U- and she's got the highest grades in the nation on the practice entrance exam!!! There's Shinobu Maehara, the youngest, quiet but sweet- and a very good cook. Then you have Mitsune Konno (nickname Kitsune, a combination of her first and last names), the resident alcoholic and an uncontrollable flirt- especially when it comes to Keitaro!!! The remaining two tenants are Motoko Aoyama, a swordswoman who's a bit lacking when it comes down to what a girl should be doing (i.e. a SEVERE tomboy), and Kaolla Su, a foreign exchange student with a sweet tooth that can't be satisfied, especially when it comes to bananas!!!
After a brief incident where Keitaro lies and says that he actually did get into Tokyo U (and everyone finding out and unanimously kicking him out of the dorm), they wise up after Shinobu runs out to find him. Keitaro redeems himself in their eyes by (somehow) finding out that that day was Shinobu's 13th birthday (which everyone else seemed to have forgotten) and planning a surprise party for her... but he still manages to mess it up for Shinobu by sliding in a pair of her panties (that Keitaro accidentally picked up as he got the laundry to fold) under his gift to her, sending her running in tears and causing Naru to punch him into the air... again... Seems like poor Keitaro's in a bit over his head!!
Love Hina is one of many in a long line of harem mangas/animes (i.e. a geeky or otherwise socially awkward guy gets put into a situation where he's surrounded by a bunch of really good-looking girls), and yet Love Hina just seems to work out alot better than many of the others that I've read. Maybe it's cause Keitaro's just so likable, I don't know. I do know this, though: there is a LOT of fan service in this and the proceeding volumes, mainly through naked shots in the dorm's bathing area, although there's a good number of panels with Keitaro accidentally tripping and falling... and grabbing places that shouldn't be grabbed.
Which brings me to my next and final point. One scene in particular you'll see throughout Love Hina is Naru punching Keitaro high into the air whenever he does or says something pervy (which, believe me, is quite alot of times, as Keitaro has a VERY dirty mind and is not afraid in the least bit to show it)- and one can only wonder just how she does it. I end with this: Love Hina is one of the greatest mangas ever made, actually my second all-time fav. It has something in it for everyone. And did I mention it's funny? Cause it is.
Extreme Shonen Manga... Jun 2, 2007
Most twenty something men wouldn't mind living with a houseful of attractive manga babes. But how many would also like getting beaten and humiliated by them on a regular basis? Ok, don't answer that. Anyway, Keitaro Urashima finds himself in this very predicament in "Love Hina." He has flunked the entrance exam for Tokyo University two years in a row, qualifying him for the title "Ronin." The future looks bleak. Even his parents threw him out. This trail of desperation leads to the Hinata House, a hotel owned by Keitaro's grandmother. Or so he remembers. After finding the place abandoned, and a few moments of self-abuse, he enters a hot spring bath to collect his thoughts. Suddenly, the very naked and very shapely Naru enters the bath with him. Keitaro hasn't had a girlfriend since his childhood. This mystery girl from long ago, whoever she was, promised that they would meet someday at Tokyo University. Keitaro then made it his life's ambition to enter that prestigious institution. With no female interaction since, he finds himself woefully unprepared as Naru approaches him through the steam. The subsequent scenes can only be described as "mature." But, as luck would have it, Naru has taken off her glasses and takes Keitaro for another woman. Once she puts them on, she cries "pervert!" and the first of many chases and beatings begins for Keitaro. Everywhere he turns he runs smack into another woman and another instance of inappropriate touch. He finds out that he's in fact smack in the middle of a girl's dormitory. In total panic he pleads with the girls that he's just there to visit his Grandmother and mumbles something about Tokyo University. Somehow they take this to mean that he's enrolled there and the maladriot soon becomes a prestigious hot item. Thus begins the first big lie. Shonen Manga often challenges the male mind with such predicaments. If a room full of gorgeous young women found you irresistable based on a lie, would you fess up? Keitaro doesn't. He earns their trust and respect, which sets up the huge fall later on.
Keitaro keeps trying to get into Tokyo University, but he never succeeds in this volume. He does team up with Naru as a reluctant study partner, even though she's top in the nation and he's somewhere in the second lowest percentile. The two have some rather erotic encounters on the train and in her room, and some hints arise that she's Keitaro's mystery girl from long ago. When Keitaro's grandmother, who's off seeing the world, signs ownership of Hinata house over to him, the girls rebel and make him do backbreaking housework. "It's the landlord's job," they claim. The abuse just piles up. That he makes Shinobu, a 7th grader, cry often doesn't help. At one point he runs across her underwear. He tries to make it up to her by throwing her a birthday party, but the elusive panties spoil everything. In the final section of this volume Motoko Aoyama challenges Keitaro to a Kendo duel. Motoko's unexpected weakness makes her think she's falling in love with the man she hates the most, namely, the detested landlord. Or maybe she just has a cold?
"Love Hina" epitomizes the Shonen Manga genre. Packed with pretty girls, compromising situations, and exaggerated drawings, the action never lets up. The popular series ran in Weekly Shonen Magazine from 1998 to 2001 in Japan, and encompasses 14 volumes. An anime series also appeared as well as a recent sequel, "Love Hina Again." The series that begins with this book ends with the 14th volume, with everything apparently resolved.
Excellent May 7, 2007
If you like comedy with little romance and a little ecchi then you should give this a try. The artwork is excellent, the characters are very expresive but not that realistic, the architecture and the clothes are really nice. Most of the characters are likeable, not so much at the beggining, but when you get to know them you'll find that most characters grow trough the entire series. I haven't seen the entire anime, but most people says that the manga is better.