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  • 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 the manga being out of print in some regions doesn't help.
  • Adorkable:
    • Despite being so bumbling and wimpy, Keitaro always tries to keep his high spirit and kind heart, which makes him quite endearing.
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    • Ema is incredibly clumsy and awkward, but still cute in her own way.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
  • Americans Hate Tingle: Naru. She came in first place in the first Japanese character poll. In the United States, she doesn't share that universal appeal, especially her anime incarnation.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Naru is either a hilarious Tsundere who brings up a lot of the humor and for despite everything, helped Keitaro when needed, showing deep down she cares for him, or is a horrible domestic abuser who should be thrown in prison. 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.
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    • Kanako is easily the second most divisive character. First for debuting in a late part of the story where the plot was almost settled. Second, for bringing a incest romance story with her big crush on Keitaro and third, for being a replacement of fan favorite Mutsumi (in the anime at least, although she still steal's Mutsumi's screen time). In other hand, she is often praised to be the first girl to show determination to win Keitaro's heart and for putting pressure on Naru. And for punching Naru.
  • Broken Base: Keitaro's character development leading him to become almost a carbon copy of Seta. While some think this is understandable considering their teacher and student relationship and how "badass" he is, critics think Seta is a terrible example to follow considering how bad he is raising his own daughter and how many flaws he shares with Keitaro. Although some people argue that Keitaro still retains enough of his original character traits to remain himself, and that he mostly took from Seta those traits that improved him as a person.
  • 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.
  • Critical Dissonance: The series was adored by critics, but some people, especially in recent years, dislike it for using or inventing some of the most hated cliches in harem manga and anime, most of the characters being Jerk Asses, or for constantly playing what looks like domestic abuse for laughs. This was Lampshaded by Bennett the Sage in one of his reviews for the series, where he would have quotes from positive reviews on the screen during a really absurd scene.
    Sage: "Depressed yet?"
  • Designated Hero: The girls, bar Shinobu and Mutsumi, qualify, especially Naru. They assault Keitaro for minor offenses, and they sadistically torture his friends when they don't know where he is, and yet we're supposed to see them as good?
  • Designated Monkey: Keitaro. All his mistreatment and injuries are supposedly to be Played for Laughs, but today, these are so exaggerated and unjustified they hardly can be considered funny anymore.
  • Die for Our Ship:
    • Either Motoko is an abusive bitch without any sympathetic traits and wants to steal Keitaro from Naru, or Naru is a cruel domestic abuser who should be tied up and forced to watch as Motoko marries Keitaro.
    • In some circles, both are negative influences, while Keitaro finds salvation with another girl, like Shinobu, Mutsumi, or even Kitsune.
  • Dry Docking: At least one fan was very happy that Keitaro ended up with Naru, leaving Motoko single.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Many fans want to forget the existence of the anime adaptation. The fact that it didn't age well and didn't cover the entire story (some chapter were skipped and the OVA ends at Kanako's arc) doesn't help it’s case.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Keitaro being brutally assaulted by the girls when attitudes towards abuse changed years after this series was released.
  • Gateway Series: For many anime/manga fans in the west, this was their first harem anime/manga along with Tenchi Muyo!, even with all its faults.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Love Hina was loved in the west during the 2000s (especially in Latin America) and still has a loyal fandom. As result, the manga got reprints and special editions in some countries.
  • 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.
  • I Am Not Shazam: "Hina" doesn't refer to any of the main heroines, but to the inn where they live, itself named after Keitaro's grandmother.
  • 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.
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  • Ron the Death Eater: Naru gets this treatment due to her treatment of Keitaro.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: 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 harems are set in a school environment with teenagers, Love Hina is set in a post-school setting (from Keitaro's perspective) in an inn with young adults and teenagers. Also, Love Hina never was a fully-fledged harem series, considering Keitaro chose Narusegawa since the beginning and most of the girls are rooting for them to become a couple or at the best waiting for a chance if Keitaro changes his mind, while most harems after it have the main character 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 among 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 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 punnote . 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.
  • Too Bleak, Stopped Caring: The way most of the females, especially Naru, treat Keitaro has put-off a lot of people from this series. The fact that Keitaro gets married to Naru, despite all the abuse she's inflicted on him only makes it worse.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Naru in pretty much everything she does, but one scene in the manga stands out: Keitaro and Naru have flunked their entrance exams and are understandably depressed. They go to a bar and start drinking and promptly get into an argument to vent their frustrations. This soon turns nasty and both parties say harsh things, but Naru not only starts it, she proves she cannot take what she dishes out - she calls Keitaro out on being a clumsy, lecherous idiot and accuses him of whining whenever everything goes wrong and tells him the girl of his promise wouldn't look twice at a loser like him. Unsurprisingly, this pisses Keitaro off and he (for once) retorts back that she's a violent, bad-tempered bitch who wrecked her eyesight studying and she still flunked her exams, citing that the person she promised to get accepted at the U (Seta) would have quite some words for her, too. Nothing Keitaro says is any worse than Naru's criticisms, but she bursts into tears, hits him with her bag and runs off, leaving him to pay for their drinks, and hops on a train to just get away from him, but the narrative treats Keitaro like he went too far.
  • 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. However, in Japan this is not that strange at all. Children are given a lot of independence since very early age, and it's not rare for high school students to live away from their parents' house in student inns (like in this story) or even in a small apartment if their families can afford it.
    • Also, the fact that physical abuse and accusations of sexual assault and molestation are Played for Laughs isn't very well received - especially in this age and in the west, where Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male is more of a social issue that most people and the law will not tolerate anymore.
    • Kanako's huge crush on her brother Keitaro. While incest is a taboo, even for people who enjoy harem manga/anime, some don't see a problem considering Keitaro firmly denies any romance interest on Kanako and the fact they are not blood related siblings. Although this still raise some eyebrows since he had a lot of erotic dreams with his sister for some nights and had a lot Accidental Pervert moments with her.


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