Love Hina Vol. #1 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Saturday, March 30, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2002
English Dub- D+
Japanese Dub- A
Picture Quality- A
English Voice acting/dubbing
The English voice acting for Love Hina is not that good. The voice acting director decided to give Su an English accent and Kitsune a Southern accent. Like many of the other reviewers, I also found the sound quality of the English dub to be pretty low. For me, the other voice actors do a fine job. The fact that the voice actor for Su and Kitsune would detract from the experience so much, you will probably watch until the second episode before changing the language.
Japanese Voice acting/dubbing
The Japanese voice acting is very good. Keitaro's voice actor is energetic and brings lots of spirit to the show. Many of the other one's do a very respectable job of bringing the show to life.
I know that the soundtrack sounds like something made on a Casio Keyboard. The soundtrack is nowhere near as good as say Kenshin. But it does the job and does it right
The picture quality is very high. The animation is extremely clear with no problems. The Animation of the characters are extremely fluid and the colors are very vibrant. My only problem is the subtitling. The resolution of the font is kind of low, it really sticks out in a computer.
Love Hina is a very good anime show. I watched the entire 24 episode arc, 2 specials, and 2 OVA episodes. The show definitely has a special place in my heart, it is also not very hard to see how come it is the most popular show in Japan when it aired. It has heart, brains, and provides very solid entertainment.
Episode 1- A
Episode 2- B-
Episode 3- B
Episode 4- A+
episode 1: It starts off with Keitaro talking about his loser life. Well, he made a promise with a girl many years ago, to get into the most prestigious College in Japan, Todai (Tokyo U). Apparently she moved away and he even forgot her face and even her name. Since then he failed twice to get into Tokyo U. It starts off with Keitaro's grandma Hina leaving the Hinata Apartments. She called Keitaro to be the new manager. He get there and meets one of the cast in the bath. A high energy meeting occurs and her becomes the kanririn (Manager).
episode 2: It is more melodramatic, it introduces Shinobu. She is a child in the middle of a custody battle. She had no friends and is a very quiet girl. The best way to say summarize the episode is that it shows Keitaro in a different manner and Hinata Apartments get a new cook.
episode 3: This is the funniest episode in the 1st DVD. It introduces the sheltered Motoko, a master swordswoman who has not been around guys AT ALL. There are two very fast paced chase scenes.
episode 4: A personal favorite episode. Keitaro is starting to show his feelings for Naru. He also (by accident) could have found the girl that he made the promise to. This episode starts of slow, but by the end it definitely turns good. It is a personal favorite because Naru and Keitaro show a lot of heart especially in the end. It also shows that the series is not always focusing in Keitaro's clumsiness and bad luck or Naru's violent nature. To me this episode is what make Love Hina from a ordinary Romantic Comedy to a great Romantic Comedy.
Love Hina is a very good series that I would recommend to any Male or Female Anime Fan. This is the type of show that can get people converted into anime (I know this as a fact). Normally, men steer clear of Romantic Comedies, but Love Hina's combination of Laugh out loud Comedy, Interesting characters, and subtle romance will definitely make that macho man like this type of Romantic comedies. Very highly recommended.
Microsoft XBOX, 19" panasonic TV
Mania Grade: A+
Audio Rating: A+
Video Rating: A+
Packaging Rating: B+
Menus Rating: B
Extras Rating: B-
Age Rating: 12 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Bandai Entertainment
Running time: 100
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Love Hina