YMMV / Love Hina

  • Adaptation Displacement: Thanks for being one of the first popular anime from its genre to be subbed during the anime boom in the 2000s, some fans never read or never knew the existence of the original manga version. Also, the fact of manga being out of print in some regions doesn't help.
  • Americans Hate Tingle: Naru. She came in first place in the Japanese character poll. In the United States, she doesn't share that universal appeal, especially her anime incarnation.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: Over the years, as attitudes towards abuse have changed, this series has slid into it. People today don't find a man being brutally assaulted over and over as funny as the last generation, especially thanks to the giant Double Standard.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Naru is either a hilarious Tsundere who brings up a lot of the humor, or a horrible Domestic Abuser who should be thrown in jail. (Again, this is more her anime incarnation. She's more liked in the manga thanks to her Character Development, although even there, she still tends to push the limits of Unprovoked Pervert Payback very close to Domestic Abuse Territory.)
  • Broken Aesop: the idea is that everything is possible if you try your hardest, even getting into Japan's top university and charming a really hot girl, even though you're a total loser. However, while Keitaro does start off as a really pathetic individual, it does not take long before he turns out to not only be handsome but also a gifted archeologist and martial artist. You'd expect someone who is not really cool or talented to captivate through determination and charm. While Keitaro is very determined, his defeatist, whiny and relatively immature personality, as well as his tremendous clumsiness deeply annoy the girls... It's only when he drops his usual act that the females show any attraction for him, often pointing out that he is very handsome when he is not being annoying. Ultimately, instead of Love Hina being about an underdog accomplishing goals far beyond his reach through determination and The Power of Love, it's actually about someone who was Crazy Awesome from the start but never had the proper motivation to unlock his potential until he met the girl. I copy pasted it from Broken Aesop because it deserved to be here.
  • Canon Fodder: Whenever a throwaway line of dialogue is needed, one of the characters, usually Keitaro, says some variation of "...It had three holes, and I really wanted one." The mysterious object with three holes is never revealed, and is probably an inside joke among the creators.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal:
    • Naru is the promise girl. Hinted at the beginning of the story but only confirmed in the last chapter.
    • Keitaro and Kanako are not blood related.
  • Designated Hero: The girls all qualify. They assault Keitaro for minor offenses, and they sadistically torture his friends when they don't know where he is.
  • Die for Our Ship: Either Motoko is an abusive bitch without any sympathetic traits and wants to steal Keitarou from Naru, or Naru is a cruel Domestic Abuser who should be tied up and forced to watch as Motoko marries Keitarou.
  • Dry Docking: At least one fan was very happy that Keitaro ended up with Naru, leaving Motoko single.
  • Ear Worm: The anime's theme song grows on you... a lot.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Keitaro being brutally assaulted by the girls when attitudes towards abuse changed years after this series was released.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Kanako becoming Naru's sister-in-law (in the manga at least) is quite funny since their respective English voice actresses are in-laws in Real Life.
    • Keitaro and Mutsumi's voice actors reunite together again in Super Robot Wars Z 2 as Crowe Broust and Marilyn Catto respectively. The hilarity came out with the fact Marilyn is not only one of the villains, she was in a relationship with Crowe and her personality is basically like Naru, except raised at its logical conclusion. Crowe also hates pretty women as a result, just to be involved with lots of them anyways.
  • It Was His Sled: It's common knowledge between anime/manga fans Keitaro marries Naru in the end as show in the cover art of last volume.
  • Les Yay:
    • Naru and Mutsumi in the shower shortly after Mutsumi is first introduced in the manga.
    • While Keitaro is away, Mutsumi "dresses up" as him (by putting on glasses and rearranging her hair) in the hot springs and puts the moves on Naru. While the reason she gives is to merely try and make it easier for Naru to express her feelings for Keitaro, Cue Naru Megaton Punching her by mistake.
    • When Kanako first arrives in Love Hina Again, she disguises herself as Naru and feels up a number of the residents of Hinata Inn as research for her disguises. Motoko's "examination" takes place in an alleyway, and draws quite a crowd of nosebleeding men.
      • Much more discreet in the manga, where Kanako-as-Naru attacks Motoko inside the Hinata House, using the convenient pretense of privately teaching her about what could be in the entrance exams.
  • Moe: Shinobu. With those vulnerable eyes, luminscent blushes, embarrassed stutterings, and that impossibly cute squeal, how could anyone not want to hug her?
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Zigzagged. While Love Hina shares a considerable number of clichés with modern works (like the tsundere lead girl and the accidental pervert guy), still has some refreshing ideas. While most of harems are set in a school environment with teenagers, Love Hina is set in a post-school setting (from Keitaro perspective) in a Inn with young adults and teenagers. Also, Love Hina never was a full-fledged harem series, considering Keitaro choose Narusegawa since the beginning and most of the girls are rooting for they become a couple or at the best waiting for a chance if Keitaro change his mind, while most of harems after it the main character is unsure about which girl to choose.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Put a Motoko/Keitaro and a Naru/Keitaro shipper in the same room. There will be blood.
    • And don't add a Shinobu/Keitaro shipper. You risk getting an Earth-Shattering Kaboom right in your face.
    • Even worse: bring in a Mutsumi/Keitaro shipper. Say your prayers, everyone.
  • Subbing vs. Dubbing: The Love Hina anime has a reputation amongst voice actors and fans alike for being a royal pain in the ass to dub in almost every language. As a result, pretty much every dub other than the original Japanese is disliked by the fanbase.
    • Special attention goes to the Mexican Spanish dub, which was so poorly received it practically destroyed the perception of the franchise in Latin America.
      • On the other hand, the Mexican translation of the manga is considered to be excellent, handled by Brenda Nava, who translated the scripts of Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball Z and Cardcaptor Sakura's animated adaptations.
    • The German dub is widely disliked.
    • The English dub is infamous among the general anime fandom as one of the worst non-Macekres ever made. This is despite its cast being made up entirely of veteran actors who have produced excellent work elsewhere. Those veterans were placed in roles that did not suit their ranges, making this dub one of the rare examples of invoking Dawson Casting in voice acting. Later on, it became known that the Japanese producers absolutely control-freaked this series, constantly overruling the director on casting and line delivery.
      • The manga has two complete English translations, each with its own positives and negatives. The Tokyopop translation has a natural flow to it, but suffers from severe lack of proofreading (Volumes 2-5 and 9 in particular) as well as a Lost in Translation issue near the end due to adapting a term early on that later turned out to be a plot-important multi-level pun. The Kodansha translation by the Nibley sisters has much better editing but is rather literalist and tends to come off stilted as a result.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Despite both Kanako and Naru being a Base-Breaking Character, a lot of people cheered when she punched Naru in the face, specifically because of how often Naru did it to Keitaro.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • The fact that the majority of the cast is under 18 yet not living with their parents or family will raise a bit of eyebrows in the west - one can argue for Naru being emancipated, but not so much for the others - especially Su.
    • Also, the fact that physical abuse and accusations of sexual assault and molestation are Played for Laughs is an Audience-Alienating Premise - especially in this age and in the west, where Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male and false accusations are becoming more and more of a social issue that most people and the law will not tolerate anymore.

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