As one of the most popular anime/manga of the “Harem” genre – both commercially and critically – I love Hina is a shonen comedy with a dramatic twist at the heart of its story. The main character, Keitaro Urashima, is a young man devoted to a promise he made as a child. While readers and viewers are fed an inordinate amount of cartoonish slapstick comedy, they’re also lucky enough to witness an ancient but golden romance.
Although more than 20 years have passed since its inception, I love Hina left a lasting impression on fans by delivering comedy with a bit of drama and not so little ecchi. Here’s more about what I love Hina is about, and how and where to enjoy Keitaro Urashima’s journey through different mediums.
The plot of love Hina
I love Hina revolves around the simple but honest and kind Keitaro Urashima who, as a child, promised a girl that they would meet again one day at the University of Tokyo. Although Keitaro has already taken the entrance exam twice, he unfortunately failed in both attempts. Disappointed, he decides to stay at his grandmother’s hotel to prepare for a third attempt. He is however surprised when he discovers that his grandmother has gone on vacation and that the hotel he knows has been transformed into Hinata House, a dormitory for girls.
Following a series of misunderstandings, Keitaro’s first visit to the Hinata house ends with a group of girls being suspicious of him. However, Keitaro’s aunt Haruka vouches for him and tells the girls that he is already a student at Tokyo University. Thanks to this (dis)information, the tenants allow him to stay there even if their confidence is not completely rebuilt. Things get even more complicated when Keitaro becomes the manager of the dorm, leaving him in the middle of five amazing – in every sense – girls.
Where to read the Love Hina manga
Written and illustrated by Ken Akamatsu, I love Hina was first published in Weekly Shonen Magazine from October 1998 to October 2001, and later published in 14 volumes by Kodansha. The English version of the series was localized by Tokyopop.
After the massive success of the series, two light novels written by the anime’s writers were released and published by Kondasha, also translated and published in English by Tokyopop. I love Hina then returned in 2011 with a new omnibus edition published by Kodansha. Each omnibus contains three volumes of the original publication, but it should be noted that this edition features a different translation from the original volumes.
For those who wish to read physical copies of the manga, they are available for purchase at many book retailers, including Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Walmart, Books-a-Million, and Right Stuf Anime. For fans who prefer to go digital, many of the same retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble also sell an e-book version.
Where to watch Love Hina anime
The 24-episode anime adaptation of I love Hina produced by Xebec, originally aired from April to September 2000. Following the great reception, a bonus DVD episode, Christmas and Spring TV specials, and even a three-episode OVA titled I still love Hina were released. Although they were originally licensed by Bandai Entertainment, Funimation acquired the license in 2007 and released a boxed edition.
Unfortunately, the original I love Hina the anime is not available for streaming as of this writing. Fortunately, the OVA I still love Hina is currently available on The Roku Channel, Crunchyroll, Pluto TV, Retrocrush, and VRV. For those who wish to own physical copies of I love Hinathe Blu-ray version can be found at Amazon, Walmart, or Right Stuf Anime.
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