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  • Audio Rating: A
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: C+
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Bandai Entertainment
  • MSRP: 29.98
  • Running time: 100
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Love Hina

Love Hina Vol. #6

By Derek LaPierre     January 04, 2003
Release Date: November 19, 2002



The Review!
Audio:
For this DVD I reviewed the Japanese language track. The audio was very clear and I heard no kind of distortion or problems. It was very clean and easy to listen to.

Video:
Damn good transfer. A newer series like this always goes over well onto DVD. The mist effects are very good. The only problem I have is the subtitle font. I hate it with a passion. It seems to make the video underneath it blur slightly.

Packaging:
I know Keitaro has messed up before, but he at his worst on the final cover and I think it's a little much. Haruka doesn't treat him that bad. The case follows the same usual style, a clear case with the summary all over the back with the features listed.

Menu:
Nice, fast menus. It's the same style as the rest with the logo in the corner and a heart with all the options. A little boring to look at now, but it has been six volumes. I hope they change it for the Christmas DVD.

Extras:
Slim pickings in this section again. Haruka is the only character featured in the gallery this time. The only other extra is a couple pieces of fan art. Some of them are quite good.

Content: (contains spoilers)
We finally arrive to the last DVD in the TV series. It's been a long trek and many bruises later for Keitaro.

This volume is the most serious of the set. In episode 21 it starts out looking like Keitaro is going on a date. He manages to get two dates this episode, first with Naru and then Mitsumi. His first mistake with Naru is taking her to a Beef Bowl Restaurant and it all goes down hill for him from there. Everyone seems to bump into the two of them as Keitaro gets pummeled while Naru tries to explain "It's not a date!" Most of this DVD plays through the perspective of Naru, which is a change, as we get to see how she really feels. A mysterious girl, Naru's sister Mei, starts popping up making trouble.

In episode 22 Mei is trying to get Naru to come home. She tries to get Mutsumi and Keitaro together. Haruka realizes that Mutsumi is actually a distant relative and has been at Hinata-Sou when Keitaro was still a little boy. Naru makes a shocking discovery that Mutsumi may be the one promised to Keitaro. Meanwhile, Keitaro begins to try and fix the problem between Mei and Naru. This episode is pretty much like all the others. There isn't really anything new.

Episode 23 is a "usual day", according to Shinobu, which means an unusual day. Naru is very depressed from feeling pressure from Mei and about Keitaro's past. Of course, Keitaro has no idea what is going on. He and Mutsumi go to pick up there practice test scores and Keitaro lands back at square one with an E grade. Misunderstandings start popping up everywhere and Kentaro decides to give some advice to Keitaro. Grandma Hina returns and renovations begin on Hinata-Sou. Everyone leaves while the work is being done. Naru goes home at Keitaro's request. She returns to find him and Mutsumi in an awkward situation. Then finally, the kiss! This is a more serious episode in the series, but one that had me drawn to every moment. The end is near!

Episode 24 was very depressing at first for all the characters. It seems that not everyone will be returning to Hinata-Sou. The truth is revealed about Mutsumi and her past with Keitaro. Shinobu takes it upon herself to make sure everyone comes back, especially Keitaro and Naru. Even though Keitaro is with his promised girl, he can't seem to get Naru out if his head. Kentaro finally gets Keitaro to see the position he's in. I was surprised he had a helpful thing to say! The gaps of the past get filled in for Naru also as she was at Hinata-sou the same time Keitaro and Mutsumi were. Mei points out to her that she may be the promised one also. Naru's searches for Keitaro and confronts him. The final TV episode, but not quite the end of it All of Keitaro's and Naru's misunderstandings are resolved and Mutsumi realizes how Keitaro feels. A very dramatic episode that screams "Tell him you love him!" which of course doesn't happen.

Overall I enjoyed this series. There were quite a few weak episodes, but also a few that were very entertaining. The series did go from comedy to drama at about the halfway mark, which is where it started losing the its funny moments. I haven't read the manga, so I can't make that comparison. Any die-hard fan of this series, like me, will love every episode. Stay tuned for the Christmas Special!




Review Equipment
Samsung 27" TV, Sony PS2 v.2 DVD


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