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Love Hina, Vol. 01 (Love Hina #1)

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  9,847 ratings  ·  95 reviews
At the age of 5, Keitaro and his childhood sweetheart promised to meet again as students at Japan's most prestigious university. Now 20, he can't pass his entrance exams...or even remember the girl's name. Stumbling into a fluke job at an all-girls dormitory may be his last chance. In the series that inspired the new hit anime, Love Hina proves that love conquers all. Even ...more
Paperback, 198 pages
Published May 7th 2002 by Tokyopop (first published 1999)
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Jul 04, 2013 Julia rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: manga
I found this to be disgusting.

This manga just isn't for me. I have seen a lot of positive reviews on Goodreads and had a lot of friends who recommended this to me over and over again, but just I can't do it. I can't read a manga with a shallow main character who only appreciates women for how cute and soft they are. I can't read a manga with such blatant and stupid ecchi. I have nothing against ecchi in general and I don't mind when there's some ecchi on the side, but it was seriously the entire
Okay, I wrote a really long rant review on this book, but I deleted it. Suffice to say: WORST. MANGA. I'VE. EVER. READ. EVER .
Love Hina is a series where Akamatsu came into his own. He improved in art, writing and characterisation to an admirable degree and in my opinion, the animated version utterly failed to capture the charm and humor of the cast.

Less distasteful than his previous 'A.I. Love You' and perhaps lacking the formidable cast numbers of 'Negima' Love Hina is a 'harem comedy' that manages to dance the right side of funny and teasing.

Our 'hero' Keitaro is retaking college entrance exams (once more) in an at
The Crimson Fucker
mediocre at best... i remember loving the tv show... but this is anything like it! my sister is making me read manga this month! yay! she claims to have read over 600 of them! so i'm hopping things will get better soon!
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Rachael Hobson
Eh...that's all I can really say about it. There is hardly any plot. It's all slap stick and sexually awkward situations.
Naailah Patel
If any book ever deserved to be burned, its this one. I only tolerate fanservice to a certain degree, and this surpasses it. With female characters blatantly sexualized and a female tripping over her boobs every page, this is plotless garbage. The worst part of this is when the misogynist of a main character peeks in on a grade schooler while shes changing. Or maybe that the main girl feels like she can only be pretty or smart, but not both at once. If you want something with a similar storyline ...more
Awsome, nice, very romantic.
Ian Zimmerman
This is one of the better comedy mangas ever made in my opinion. It combines the formulaic romantic comedy of the latter 20th century with the slapstick/pratfall comedy of the early 20th century. Sort of like 16 Candles as done by Charlie Chaplin, the 3 Stooges, and Laurel& Hardy. The series also features a ridiculous cast of characters including: an alcoholic writer, a homicidal, OCD plagued, Samurai and an Indian Princess with an IQ of 400 and ZERO social skills that can built a functionin ...more
i must say, i'm glad i got 7 books for 10 bucks. i would feel ripped-off if i had paid more for it. this style of plot never appeals to me. they are situations that spiral out of control, and then keitaro gets to take all of the blame. then the girls have the nerve to boss around their own landlord. i say kick them all out! mwahaha! i'll try another book or two, but i'm not holding my breath for it to get better
After reading the entire series, what I can say about this manga is that I truly feel bad for the main character and what happens to him over the course of the series. He inherits a building used as an apartment complex for girls only, leading to poor misfortune for him due to situations that never work in his favor. I felt that the characters were flat and did not stand out in terms of the roles they played in the series, and never felt a pull for any particular pairing like many of my friends ...more
Helen McAlary
I only read this because of a complaint about the series at my library. It is definitely not for me! This is my first experience reading manga and if it's indicative of what the format offers I definitely won't be reading any more!
J'ai adoré !! C'est clair que je n'en lirai pas tous les jours, mais c'est vraiment agréable de lire quelque chose de lèger dans un format inhabituel (enfin pour moi !).
A lame failure at life dude who has the superpower of having all girls instantly in love with him. What MRAs think their life is supposed to be like.
Anya Niehaus
Too much fan service for my tastes... and the plot is only so so.
Christy Austen
I can't even describe how disturbing this is.
It was a piece of epic herum crap.
Christy Sp
*NOTE* This is a review for the entire series, not just the first volume.
This is a divisive story if there ever was one. Some find the humor and characters to be childish and annoying, but others see them as original and endearing. I happen to fit into the second camp.
Love Hina is, quite simply, about a boy searching for love. When he was young, he made a promise to a girl to meet at Tokyo University. And even over a decade later, he'll go to great lengths to keep that promise, which gets him in
Sep 22, 2015 Ellie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: manga
I'm not sure how I would feel if I started reading Love Hina now, but at the time that I did read it I was absolutely in love with it. I'm not a fan of harem style and most other books of that type don't interest me at all, but this is a manga series that is beloved to me. I related to so many of the girls, and the promise story was something I loved to wonder about, especially since in the anime, which I saw before reading the manga, it was not clearly stated who the promise girl was.
Derek Moreland
Three stars, I guess? I don't know? I'm not...I'm trying to figure out why manga is/was so popular, working my way through the big series to see if anything hooks me. I've read four volumes of Bakuman, three of Death Note...I'm halfway through the first volume of Naruto and I'll probably not finish it. I don't think I liked this, but found it compelling enough to go ahead and pick up volume two used for super cheap? I don't know. I don't think I'm the audience for this.
Keitaru has a stupid dream that was made as a promise to himself and a childhood girlfriend. That promise is to get into Tokyo University (shortened to Todai, due to the Japanese being Tokyo Daigaku) - the only reason he seems to want to is so that he can find 'love'.

He's utterly hopeless and not very likeable at all. While its an entertaining read, it's very pervy and the women's clothes are just magically falling off all the time. The women of Hinata are generally likeable, especially the nut
A number of anime music videos eventually lead me to this series. When I was a teenager, it was fantastic: an early-twenties male getting to live with a collection of teenage females in an old hotel. However, the story won out, and I became more concerned with Keitaro's problems - he's failing to get into university, clumsy, and just trying the best he can. He really has no faith in himself.

Long story short, I identified with Keitaro as the story progressed. He got a little better each time, but
Melissa Martinez
Fue mi primer manga, y me encanto. Tal vez de una mala calificación por mi inexperiencia en el manga, pero es que disfrute a cada uno de sus personajes, me encantan las chicas T-sundere como Naru, me identifique un tanto con ella. Y también descubrí que tengo la misma estatura que Shinobu, que apenas tiene 13 años u.u
En fin me pareció un manga fresco y para pasar el rato.
I remember reading this when I first started getting interest in manga (and anime). Though it happens to be some time ago, I still do remember how entertained I was when reading about Keitaro's miserable life. You never really feel bored when reading it because it contains a big amount of humor and there is constantly happening something. Though I might admit that I would feel kinda irritated reading about Keitaro being smacked by the other girls continually.

I'm not really that into harem, but L
Oh Love Hina. I liked the series enough to read it all once before, but it is immensely frustrating. It has cute moments and funny moments, but so much trouble is caused by everyone refusing to breathe long enough to actually hear what other people are saying. So many misunderstandings.
Infinity Reading
My friend recommended this to me two years ago, and yesterday when I visited my local library, I found it.
I am normally not into manga and comic books, but I was surprised. This book have some flaws, but then again, no book is perfect.
Kelley Ross
I enjoy harem animes, so this manga was right up my alley. Funny story though... I rented a copy from the library and pages were missing. I assumed it was either librarian attempting to censor the book or an overenthusiastic teenage boy, but it just turned out that the book was old and falling apart. :) Anyway, Love Hina is a story about a boy who is trying to fufill a childhood promise and get into the prestigious Tokyo University...but he happens to be somewhat dumb and is quickly approaching ...more
Roberto Guillen
I don't like it as much now but on first reads it's pretty good
Mario Panighetti
Borders used to be my go-to place to read books without buying (sorry Borders, your chairs were just too comfy and I didn't have any money), and I tore through entire tomes of manga. Love Hina had initially attracted me with its promise of boobs and butts – and it has those in droves – but there was also an enjoyable story about destiny, and growing up, and finding your place in the world, wrapped in slapstick and raunchy humor to keep things lighthearted throughout. The premise felt a little st ...more
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Ken Akamatsu (赤松 健, Akamatsu Ken, July 5, 1968 -) is a Japanese mangaka from Tokyo.

In his teenage years, Akamatsu failed the entrance exam to Tokyo University, and applied for Film Study instead (it is speculated that this is where he got the idea for Love Hina). Eventually, he became famous as an illustrator featured in Comiket (short for Comic Market, a comic convention bi-annually held in Japan
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