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Characters: Love Hina
Here are the characters of the crazy romantic comedy Love Hina. Have fun!

Keitaro Urashima

Voiced by: Yuji Ueda (Japanese) and Derek Stephen Prince (English)
The main character, a 19-year-old (one year older in the anime) who has failed the entrance exams for the prestigious University of Tokyo twice. During his third attempt, he is asked by his grandmother to become temporary manager of the Hinata House, a hot springs inn, while she is away on a trip — except she forgot to tell him that it has since been converted into an all-girls' dormitory.
  • Accidental Pervert: All the time! The fact that he lives in a) a female-only dormitory and b) said dormitory is also a hot spring, the odds are completely against him. It even happens at his wedding!
  • Adorkable: Despite being so bumbling, he always tries to keep his high spirit and kind heart, which makes him quite endearing.
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: A trait he eventually gets from Seta when he becomes his mentor.
  • Amusing Injuries: Every time he's beaten up, it's portrayed as this. Along with Immortal Life Is Cheap.
  • Apologizes a Lot: Goes hand in hand with Accidental Pervert.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards Kanako and Shinobu.
  • Blind Without 'Em: He doesn't even recognize Naru during his trip to Kyoto because of this.
  • Butt Monkey: Do you really have to ask?
  • Character Development: Turns from a spineless loser to a guy who is still kindhearted, but with at least some guts.
  • Chick Magnet: Despite his constant Accidental Pervert moments, he wins over most of the girls at Hinata Inn.
  • Childhood Marriage Promise: To a girl whose name he can't remember, back when they were very young. Mutsumi loved him, she gave him his first kiss, she's the one to tell him tells him about the lovey legend of Tokyo U, So sat by like a not on a log while Mutsumi and Narusegawa play rock scissors paper to decide who gets him. Because Mutsumi is friends with both Keitaro and Naru, Mutsumi lets Naru win because Naru liked him too.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: He fails to realize that there are five different girls (Naru, Shinobu, Motoko, Mutsumi and Kanako) in love with him at the same time, no less.
  • Determinator: It doesn't matter how many times he fails the entrance exam. He WILL fulfill his promise!
  • Drives Like Crazy: After becoming Seta's protege. Like mentor like protege, indeed.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: He goes through a SHITLOAD of pain throughout the series, both physical and emotional. But in the end, he gains everything he ever dreamed of and then some more.
  • Extreme Doormat: He constantly lets the Hinata's residence step all over him like a carpet. It never seems to occur to him that, as the manager and landlord, he could evict them at any time.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: With Naru and Mutsumi. They all met at the Hinata House 15 years ago.
  • Generation Xerox: Towards the end of the series, he begins to act (and look) a lot like Seta.
  • I Know Karate: Learned Jeet Kune Do from Seta.
  • The Kanrinin: Of Hinata Inn. At first, reluctantly.
  • Megane
  • Naked First Impression: He meets Naru while they are bathing in the hot springs.
  • Nice Guy: He always has the girls' best interests at heart.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: The one occasion when he's seriously injured by something is met with absolute astonishment by the rest of the inn's tenants.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Chapter 55 deals with him not being an Accidental Pervert, for once, while studying for his fourth attempt to enter Tokyo U.
  • Ronin: Failed entrance exams for Tokyo University twice, then on his third attempt. He finally passes the fourth time around.
  • Starving Student: The reason why he's force to accept the role as landlord at Hinata Inn. And even then he's forced to take a part-time job as Seta's assistant.
  • Supreme Chef: Became this first through working at his parents' pastry shop, became good at it by making fake cakes for himself on Valentine's Day.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After learning martial arts from Seta.
  • A Twinkle in the Sky: Whenever he gets punched to the high heavens!
  • Unwanted Harem
  • What Could Have Been: In the prototype, Keitaro was much less of a pushover: right after the first hot spring incident, he severely considered evicting the tenants. The girls originally only wanted to befriend him because they wanted to avoid being kicked out (having realized that picking on the guy who could legally make them all homeless was NOT a good idea).
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Naru. They Do in the finale.

Naru Narusegawa

Voiced by: Yui Horie (Japanese) and Dorothy Elias Fahn (English)
The main female character, a 17-year-old top scorer at mock exams and a resident of the Hinata House. While initially disdainful of Keitaro, his poor academics and his accidental perversions, she starts to fall for him, even as she starts to remember that, like Keitaro, she also made promise with a boy whose name she cannot remember to enter Tokyo U together with him.
  • Character Development: Finally kicks in by the last few volumes of the manga, as we learn her reasons to be the way she is.
  • Character Exaggeration: The anime ups her tsuntsun, to the point that some people are warned about her bitchiness before they start watching the series. It's really not helped by how her Character Development doesn't start to become apparent until the last two episodes of the first series.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Keitaro. She is the girl of his promise.
  • Childhood Marriage Promise: Like Keitaro, she remembered she also made one such vow to a boy whose name she forgot.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She doesn't like it when Keitaro is with other women.
  • Cry Cute: Several times:
    • Broke down in tears twice in Chapter 17 after failing her very first entrance exams.
    • Thrice during the Paraklese Island arc: while wondering if she failed the second time around, again (this time in joy) when she learns she (and Keitaro as well as Mutsumi) did pass, and then she fully breaks down crying while blaming herself and her sudden diarrhea for missing the last plane to Tokyo on the deadline of submitting her and Keitaro's proof of passing the exams (and she cries for Keitaro instead of for herself). Although it turns out they've crossed the International Date Line and thus had an extra day left.
  • Flanderization: Her short temper and violent reactions to Keitaro's Accidental Pervert tendencies are taken Up to Eleven in the anime.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: She met Keitaro and Mutsumi 15 years ago when she was sent over to the Hinata House in hopes that its climate would help improve her health.
  • Girlish Pigtails: When she was younger.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: She has a Liddo-kun doll that she keeps over the hole between her's and Keitaro's rooms.
  • Go-Getter Girl: As demonstrated by her obsession with entering Tokyo University.
  • Hair Antennae: She has one, but is definitely not a ditz.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: And that's putting it mildly.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Towards Keitaro. Too many times to count, and yet nobody is convinced. She does this so often that she reflexively does this after she's engaged to Keitaro.
  • Hot for Teacher: Has a crush on Seta, who was her tutor in high school.
  • Ill Girl: She has asthma, and as a little girl it was WAY worse. Her Tokyo U promise with Keitaro and Mutsumi happened during a time when her asthma attacks got so severe she was sent over to the Hinata House in hopes that its climate would help improve her health.
  • I Know Karate: Seta taught her Jeet Kun Do, although she's not as proficient as Motoko with her kendo or as Keitaro when he also learns.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: She tries to do this towards Keitaro and Mutsumi when she's convinced that Mutsumi was Keitaro's "Promise Girl". It doesn't last.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She is a good person deep down, but with her temper and violent tendencies, it's hard to tell.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: When Kanako shows up, Naru learns to regret what she did to Keitaro. Particularly as he took notes on the specifics as to what was done.
  • Last Name Basis: Even though she calls Keitaro by his first name, he never calls her by hers even after they get married and her last name isn't Narusegawa anymore.
  • Megaton Punch: She sends Keitaro to the high heavens with her "Naru Punch" all the time.
  • Naked First Impression: She meets Keitaro while they are bathing in the hot springs.
  • Naked on Arrival: In the manga, she's introduced when she goes to take a bath in the hot springs.
  • Pervert Revenge Mode: A few times in the series, Keitaro accidentally walks in on Naru changing her clothes. Understandably, she punches him.
  • Ronin: Failed to get into Tokyo University on her first try.
  • Tsundere: She's completely unable to be honest with herself, so it's almost impossible for her to even come to terms with the fact that she has feelings for Keitaro and spends almost the entire series denying it and beating him up. Even after she accepts it, she still turns violent at the drop of a hat without giving Keitaro a chance to explain himself. Taken Up to Eleven in the anime thanks to Flanderization.
  • Unprovoked Pervert Payback: Once she walks in on Keitaro changing. She punches him anyway! Arguably justified by Rule of Funny. Naru justifies herself saying it was "a reflex".

Mutsumi Otohime

Voiced by: Satsuki Yukino (Japanese) and Julie Ann Taylor (English)
A newcomer to the Hinata House and, like Keitaro, is a 20-year-old Ronin, though her failures stem less from being an academic underachiever than from her clumsiness and tendency to faint at the most inappropriate times.
  • The Ace : Especially To Naru; Mutsumi repeatedly outdoes Naru in various tasks not intentionally or meanly, she just does.
  • Breakout Character: She was supposed to be a one-shot character for the first vacation arc, but she proved so popular to fans Akamatsu essentially rewrote her entire Backstory to include her as a main character.
    • In Akamatsu's original plan for Love Hina the character Midori was to be kind and nice being much more like Mutsumi than anywhere close to Naru.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Mutsumi has loved Keitaro since they were little.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: With Keitaro and Naru.
  • Fourth Wall Observer
    • Talking to Naru about the letter from Keitaro. Mutsumi:"Don't you remember…I told you about it just a few pages ago."
  • Genius Ditz: She's actually smarter than Naru and didn't even have to study nearly as much.
  • Hair Antennae: Mutsumi and Naru share this trait. And unlike Naru, Mutsumi is indeed rather ditzy.
  • Ill Girl: To the point of fainting from anaemia. By the end of the manga her symptoms seem to be gone.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: To the max for Keitaro. She does this so many times for Keitaro and Naru, even though Mutsumi has loved Keitaro since they were little. Mutsumi later admits to Naru that she still loves Keitaro.
  • Mistaken for Pregnant: When Keitaro and everyone else woke up to find Mutsumi sleeping naked in his futon with him. Mutsumi's comments about last night being great and the test being "positive" had even Keitaro himself thinking he knocked her up. Actually, she just fell through the hole in Naru's room, decided to sleep where she landed, and was referring to Keitaro's help in studying. When Keitaro expresses mild regret about the misunderstanding, of course, he's chased off by Naru (vowing to personally neuter him).
  • Nice Girl: She is the one and ONLY one of the Hinata girls that has never beaten Keitaro up, and just laughs off his Accidental Pervertedness.
  • Out of Focus: Particularly jarring considering she is a main character just as Keitaro and Naru are.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: She doesn't get Keitaro, although she stood a very good chance since she treats him rather well and could have also been the promise girl from when they were kids.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Accidentally with Naru in many scenes, apparently without even realizing it. Turns out she, like Keitaro, did make a promise with Naru to enter Tokyo U together, after asking Naru if she remembered the promise made to Keitaro (Naru had forgotten) a very young Mutsumi made this promise to make sure Naru remembered to keep the promise made with Keitaro.
  • Ronin: Like Keitaro, she failed her entrance exams two years straight, though not due to poor academics, but due to mishaps (such as failing to write her name) and her condition (fainted just before the exams started). She ultimately passes at the same time as Keitaro and Naru, and breaks the news to both of them in Paraklese.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Rather perceptive and good at reading people. See Ronin, also
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Watermelons. Coincidentally, they're good for anemia, what with their concentration of lycopene.

Mitsune "Kitsune" Konno

Voiced by: Junko Noda (Japanese) and Barbara Goodson (English)
A 19-year-old member of the Hinata House and a freelance writer. Trickster, troublemaker, and professional layabout. In contrast to her best friend, Naru, she revels in her assets, and is not above using every scheme in the book to get her way, or at the very least make the house less boring.
  • Hot for Teacher: Has had a crush on Seta. Much more explored in the anime than in the manga.
  • Meaningful Name: Akamatsu intentionally gave her face "fox-like" features to drive the point home.
  • Out of Focus: Even Akamatsu himself admits with regret she is an underused character with a potential for a lot more backstory. The anime averted this by giving her a larger part to play in the Keitaro/Naru/Mutsumi triangle and exploring further her crush on Seta.
  • The Resenter: She is Naru's best friend, but deep down she resents that Naru was always way more popular with guys than her.
    • Which is to say that she resents the assumptions made by the guys concerned, not Naru.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Kitsune starts explaining Naru's past, and says that Naru and Seta were in a Teacher/Student Romance at the time. She then immediately states "If that had happened, it would have been interesting."

Shinobu Maehara

Voiced by: Masayo Kurata (Japanese) and Bridget Hoffman (English)
Shinobu, the youngest member of the House at 13 years old, decided to live on her own due to her parents' divorce and her refusal to choose between which parent to live with. She and Kaolla are the youngest residents of the House, being the mild-mannered counterpart to the energetic Kaolla.
  • Fan of Underdog: She seemed inordinately optimistic of Keitaro compared to other others.
  • Hopeless Suitor: To Keitaro.
  • Jail Bait: The manga toys with the idea of Keitaro noticing her in the first volume, but it doesn't last.
  • Parental Abandonment: She lives at Hinata House because she couldn't deal with her parents's divorce.
  • Precocious Crush: She's too young to even show up on Keitaro's radar, but that hasn't made her feelings wane.
  • Sempai Kohai: She frequently calls Keitaro and Naru sempai.

Motoko Aoyama

Voiced by: Yuu Asakawa (Japanese) and Mona Marshall (English)
A 15-year-old kendo practitioner and member of a family with their own style of kendo. Probably the least stable of the dorm residents, as she has severe insecurities about men, her own sense of femininity, her family, and turtles.
  • Action Girl: Stands out all the more in a non-fighting series.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She is very attractive, tall, raven-haired, and very aloof and serious.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: Episode 12, which centers around her, has her unable to focus her ki after her usual outfit ends up in the wash. It's subverted by the end after Keitaro talks some sense into her.
  • Covert Pervert: When she spaces out while studying, she has a habit of writing out extremely risque love stories.
  • Cry Cute: Twice. After Tsuruko curbstomps her and breaks her katana, deeming her too weak to carry on their school's legacy; and after Keitaro tries to comfort her. In the manga, it comes in response to Keitaro's request for her to act more feminine. She keeps failing in her attempts and finally breaks down in tears. Realizing that he's made Motoko absolutely miserable in a gender stereotype that isn't hers, Keitaro calls off the request and asks her to be herself.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Wore one as part of a school uniform in the anime, just before Kanako (disguised as Naru) felt her up.
  • D-Cup Distress: She complains that since her breasts are so big and still growing it becomes difficult for her to wrap her sarashi.
  • Femininity Failure: She's forced to try becoming more feminine after Keitaro (more or less accidentally) defeats her in a duel. She's too violent to be good at it, though.
  • Girliness Upgrade: From a samurai-like Tomboy to a much more feminine young woman (although she never loses her guts).
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Prone to thrashing Keitaro at the slightest provocation.
  • Heir to the Dojo: Since her sister gave up the life of the sword to marry, Motoko is the next in line to inherit the Aoyama family's Kyoto dojo as she is not married.
  • Heroic BSOD: Both times after being defeated by Tsuruko.
  • Hidden Depths: Her overtly masculine behavior comes from her misinterpreting how life went down for her big sister after she got married.
  • Hime Cut: Her hairstyle fits her traditional upbringing and samurai-like personality.
  • Huge School Girl: During her brief stint trying to be more feminine, she noticed that she was actually taller than Keitaro, ramping up her already harsh insecurities about her femininity. Of course, coming from a long line of female warriors it follows that her height would be above average - and Keitaro's not that tall...
  • Important Haircut: Near the end of the manga. She grows it long again in the Distant Finale.
  • Kid Samurai: A 15-year-old kendo practitioner at the beginning of the series.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Mocks Keitaro's failed efforts to get into Tokyo U. Three years later, she — now a law student at Tokyo U — finally understands it's not as easy as it looks.
  • Love Is a Weakness: A strong believer of this at the beginning.
  • Primal Scene: A databook released post-series explains that she developed her dislike of guys and fear of turtles when she accidentally walked in on her sister and brother-in-law in an intimate position. The Japanese word for the head of a penis is written with the characters for "turtle" and "head." Do the math and...
  • Sarashi: Wears one in place of a bra.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Turtles?: She has an incomprehensible fear of turtles — made all the more jarring by the fact that the House does have a pet turtle.

Kaolla Su

Voiced by: Reiko Takagi (Japanese) and Wendee Lee (English)
14-year-old, Kaolla is an energetic, dark-skinned girl from a foreign country who currently resides in the House. Gadgeteer Genius, Genki Girl, and Cloudcuckoolander extraordinaire.
  • Big Eater: She always asks if something can be eaten, and she has a desire to eat Tama, the Hinata's pet turtle.
  • Blush Sticker: Pink ones.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: She's dark-skinned and blonde-haired.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Always barefoot, except when the situation calls for combat boots.
  • Dynamic Entry: Her way of greeting Keitaro involves hitting him in the face with a flying kick. Occasionally she'll miss and hit him with her...area.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Kaolla is the princess of the uncharted kingdom of Molmol.
  • Fourth Wall Observer
    • Talking to Keitaro about his broke leg. Su: "Can't ya just put a band aid on it and make it better in the next scene like ya normally do?"

Haruka Urashima

Voiced by: Megumi Hayashibara (Japanese) and Mari Devon (English)
Matron of the Hinata House and Keitaro's 29-year-old maternal cousin and aunt, having been adopted by their grandmother after the death of her own mother, who was the older sister of Keitaro's mother.
  • Christmas Cake: She hates being reminded of her single status and called "Oba San". In the end of the manga, she marries Seta.
  • Covert Pervert: Implied — whenever one of the girls is wearing a weird outfit, chances are it came from Haruka's closet, which apparently includes a frilly Victorian dress and a Meido outfit. Add to that her skill with (and ownership of) a whip...
  • Cry Cute: Cries while accepting Seta's marriage proposal.
  • Generation Xerox: Her rough treatment of her childhood friend Seta is mirrored by Naru towards her cousin Keitaro.
  • Tsundere: Towards Seta. Arguably justified - he did (albeit unwittingly) break her heart.
  • Whip It Good: She almost never takes it out, and she's reluctant to even pretend that she'd use it, but she's clearly skilled — she answers the phone with her whip, from across the room.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Seta. They Do.

Noriyasu Seta

Voiced by: Yasunori Matsumoto (Japanese) and Kirk Thornton (English)
An archaeology professor at the University of Tokyo who Keitaro meets up the steps of the Hinata House after returning from Kyoto with Naru and the rest of the Hinata girls.
  • Drives Like Crazy: To put it mildly. He never merely parks, instead emerges bloody, battered, and oblivious from the twisted wreckage of his van.
  • I Know Karate: He taught both Naru and Keitaro Jeet Kun Do.
  • Love You and Everybody: After Naru's crush for him is exposed, Seta says he likes her too... and he also likes Keitaro.
  • Ronin: Like Keitaro, he used to be this for three years.

Sarah McDougal

Voiced by: Yumiko Kobayashi (Japanese) and Julie Maddalena (English)
Seta's 9-year-old adopted daughter from California and a tomboyish brat to boot.

Hinata "Hina" Urashima

Voiced by: Masako Nozawa (Japanese)
Keitaro's grandmother and original manager of Hinata Inn. She left for her world-wide tour, passing the inheritance of the inn on to Keitaro.

Tsuruko Aoyama

Voiced by: Miki Nagasawa (Japanese) and Philece Sampler (English)
Motoko's older sister, whose refusal to succeed to their God's Cry School in favor of settling down in a Happily Married life brought some resentment into her younger sister.
  • Sarashi: Like her younger sister, she wears one as a bra.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Has the traditional look and most of the time she acts out the trope, but if she hears you lie....

Haitani & Shirai

Haitani is voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino (Japanese) and Steve Blum (English)
Shirai is voiced by: Michio Miyashita (Japanese) and Gene Holliday (English)
Keitaro's friends and, like him, a pair of Ronins.

Kentaro Sakata

Voiced by: Ryōtarō Okiayu (Japanese) and Steve Areno (English)
An anime-exclusive character and a Hopeless Suitor for Naru's heart.
  • Canon Foreigner: He was filler introduced in the anime, and never made it back into the manga.
  • Deus ex Machina: He shows up whenever he's needed, usually with whatever form of transportation the plot needs (such as a car with a bike in the back, or a car/rocketship thing.
  • Fourth Wall Observer: "Well. I suppose that's all the screen time I'm getting this time."
  • Romantic False Lead: His introduction, which he lampshades: "I thought about swooping down in a helicopter to pick you up, but that's such a clichéd way to introduce a wealthy rival, don't you think?" Soon after his introduction, he devolves from this into more of a Butt Monkey.

Kanako Urashima

Voiced by: Natsuko Kuwatani (Japanese) and Melissa Fahn (English)
Keitaro's adopted sister with some feelings for him.
  • Does Not Like Sweets: Which is unfortunate, given that the Urashima family is a line of confectioners. Keitaro seems oblivious to her tastes.
  • Humiliation Conga: Subjects all of the Hinata's tenants to one to punish them for their constant abuse and mistreatment of Keitaro.
  • Not Blood Siblings: Kanako was adopted and fell in love with Keitaro, but he does not share the same feelings.

Tama

Voiced by: Yukie Maeda (Japanese) and Wendee Lee (English)
A hot springs turtle given to Naru by Mutsumi after helping her return to Okinawa.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Keitaro refers to them as a boy, Shinobu refers to them as a girl, Mutsumi (the resident turtle expert) never specifies.

Amalla Su

Voiced by: Aya Hisakawa (Japanese) and Wendee Lee (English)
Kaolla's older sister and the other princess of the Kingdom of Molmol.
  • Ascended Extra: She is only mentioned in the manga, but appears in the anime.

Lamba Lu

Voiced by: Yuji Ueda (Japanese) and Derek Stephen Prince (English)
Kaolla's "brother" who is actually her cousin. He is the king of their nation, and in the tradition of their people, he has to serve in the military for a period of time. Before that happens, he is required to marry. Once when Kaolla was a very young girl he promised to marry her, but then he realises that she only sees him as a brother, whereas Amalla is in love with him. He marries Amalla instead.
  • Ascended Extra: He is only mentioned in the manga, but appears in the anime.

Mei Narusegawa

Voiced by: Yuri Shiratori (Japanese) and Rebecca Forstadt (English)
Naru's younger stepsister.
  • Canon Immigrant: Originally shows up in the anime and makes a cameo in the final chapter during her sister's wedding.

Nyamo Namo

Voiced by: Nana Mizuki (Japanese) and Michelle Ruff (English)
A young girl of the island Pararakelse. Her grandfather was once an acquaintance of Seta, and after her grandfather's death, Nyamo decided to work with Seta on his excavations to continue her grandfather's work.
  • Identical Stranger: She's identical to Shinobu, except for her darker skin and longer hair.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: The girls try to cheer Keitaro up in the hot springs. Though the plan had everyone in bikinis, Nyamo doesn't get it and is completely nude.

Ema Maeda

A timid girl who appears in the epilogue. Ema hopes to get into Tokyo University so she can improve her life and have people notice her. Due to her poor grades, she left home in order to live at the "legendary" Hinata Inn, which is believed to have the power to get anyone into Tokyo University.
  • Accidental Pervert: She is confused with a peeping tom by Shinobu when she first arrives to Hinata Inn.
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