Series Name: Love Hina
"Itís like a love simulator game" is the way a
friend first described this series to me. Other then that
I had no idea what to expect of this series. I mean, most
anime that Iíve watched has been either classics like Record
of Lodoss War, or something cerebral like Evangelion or Serial
Experiment Lain. A love story? Could I handle watching something
The great thing about not knowing what to expect from an
anime is that sometimes you can be pleasantly surprised. This
is one of those anime. From the beginning of the story you
never get the idea that this is some epic love story along
the lines of Romeo and Juliet, but itís actually pretty good.
The whole series is pretty much about a teenager named Keitaro
who made a promise to a girl when he was about 5 years old.
The two promised that theyíd meet at Tokyo University together
someday, and theyíd both attend that school together and live
happily ever after. Keitaro, grew up, always thinking of that
promise, but somehow forgot the girlís name. All he had left
was the memory of the kiss she gave him, and the image of
Thatís where the story pretty much starts, and soon youíre
introduced to many of the casts unique characters. First you
have other students Narusegawa (Naru for short) and Mutsumi,
who are also trying to get into Tokyo U. These two end up
being Keitaroís main love interests as he believeís one of
them to be the one he made the promise to. You also have the
scheming Kitsune, the sword wielding Motoko, the very wild
Su, and the shy and quiet Shinobu. The great thing is that
even though many of the characters of quite standard, with
the exception of Mutsumi, theyíre just so well done you donít
mind. Each character is not a flat character persona, and
all of them lend themselves to the story in some regard. Not
one character is left out of the story which is great.
One part of the story which seems sort of odd, is the old
men. Often enigmatic, their presence, to me is needed. They
often speak words of truth, and lend a bit or Ďcerebralnessí
to the story. Nothing close to Evangelion or Lain, but just
enough to make you have to think.
Lastly, just a quick mentioning of the music in this series.
Iíd have to say that itís not bad, and for the love of GOD!
donít let that theme song get stuck in your head. Not that
its bad, itís just waaaay too catchy, and is actually well
composed, except for some weird noise they have in the background
which sort of makes it seem that it was encoded at poor quality.
Everything else is often intrumental and lends itself to the
mood. The music for the whole Naru the pop star, though not
in my musical interest, is not bad either.
Overall, Iíd have to say that this is probably one of my
favourite series that Iíve watched. Though not the best, it
was a pleasant surprised and a lot of fun it to watch. And
yes, this was my first anime of this sort (excluding Ranma
Ĺ, but thatís not really in the same vain as this in terms
of being a love story.) Though I canít say this is for everybody,
most people should give this a try.