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Love Hina Volume 11: v. 11 Paperback – 15 Nov 2005


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Tokyopop (15 Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591821177
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591821175
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 17.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Having passed his exams, Keitaro is off to America to study abroad. Months go by, until a young girl arrives at Hinata house. Her name is Kanako, and not only is she a master of disguise, but also she claims to be Keitaro's younger sister and the new manager of Hinata to boot! When this usurper announces plans to change the dorm into an inn with the girls as her employees, it's all out war. And, what at first had appeared to be an unhealthy obsession becomes something much more threatening when Kanako reveals that she is in fact not related to Keitaro by blood! Naru counters with the announcement that she is the young girl with whom Keitaro made a different pact years ago. Just as things are about to get really ugly, who should arrive but our returning hero, Keitaro. Pity the poor guy.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Wong on 13 Feb. 2004
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This has got to be one of the funniest volumes in the series of Love Hina! Just when I thought the series could not get any better than it already is, the writer introduces readers to a new character who goes on to further add to the craziness at Hinata Lodge.
Kanako Urashima (on the front cover) is Keitaro's adopted little sister and has a unnatural obsession for his brother. Thus she goes to extremes to try and ensure that her brother will like/love her more than the other girls...
This made me laugh so hard! There is just so much slapstick, misinterpretations and just plain, ridiculous situations that I thought that it was a shame that the volume finished so quickly. But then that is why there's a volume 12!
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After much re-reading over many days, I finally got through Vol. 1-9 and moved onto Vol. 10. I've just now finished reading Vol. 11.

I liked Vol. 10 as much most of what came before. It started out good, with Keitaro and Naru dancing around kissing each other after there had finally been some progress made in their relationship. Then, after the usual 'almost but not quite' comedy, the not-so-lucky couple went on a trip with Mutsumi to her parents house. Although this little trip slowed down the relationship progression, I didn't mind a great deal since the trip provided more information about the childhood of the three and the promise they made. The volume then ended (after a nice chapter showing that Naru plans to be a teacher) with Keitaro deciding, right when his relationship with Naru was getting good, that the best thing to do was to bugger off to America for 6 months...which made me want to a punch the fictional idiot for not thinking with the right body part.

Vol. 11 started with one of the best chapters in the manga so far. There was a confession from Naru, some moving words by Keitaro, a kiss and a semi-depressing separation. Although I wasn't happy that Keitaro abandoned Naru for half a year to pursue his dream (which would be relationsjip suicide in real life), it even got me a little watery-eyed. You know the author has done good when he/she gets that sort of emotional reaction; that sort of feeling for his/her characters.

Sadly, the rest of the volume failed to deliver for two reasons. The first reason is that, for the first time in the entire series, Keitaro only appeared in the first chapter and last page of the volume. A harem series just doesn't work without a male, and Love Hina is no exception.
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By T. R. Alexander TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Mar. 2011
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Having managed to get on course in America Keitaro will be gone for half a year and so Naru has only a short time to tell him how she feels about him. Six months later a mysterious girl arrives at Hinata House claiming to be the new landlord and has plans that could lead to eviction for the residents. The new girl is Kanako Urashima, a master of disguise and Keitaro's younger sister, and her arrival causes Hinata House to erupt into even more chaos than usual.

This eleventh volume of the `Love Hina' manga is another very good volume of this great series. The tone of the volume is somewhat different to many of the previous volumes but it remains very funny throughout with some brief but fun action here and there as well. The choice to get rid of the Keitaro for an entire volume is an interesting one and it does allow the new character of Kanko to be introduced and developed reasonably well. While I am not much of a fan of Kanko, she is still an interesting character who does have her moments.

While this volume probably isn't quite as good as some of the previous volumes, it is still better than some other manga series I have read and still well worth a full five stars.
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An absolutely outstanding item! Unbelievable quality for the amount I paid, especially how rare the book is now. Would buy from here again!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The new girl in the harem 3 July 2003
By Simon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
You knew it had to happen. With just three books left to go, the Lova Hina saga is slowly winding down and coming to an end. And like a good television soap opera, one final new character is introduced, bringing with them startling new revelations to shake up the ongoing plot one last time before the big hurrah. In this case, that character would be Kanako Urashima, the little sister of our hero Keitaro.
It's fitting, actually. Remembering how Love Hina basically runs through the archtypes for female personalities (the indecisive love interest, the pre-teen princess, the foreign girl, the ditz, the man-hater, the brat, the party girl, the older woman), what's the last archtype we haven't run into? That's right, the blood relative. Fortunately, since Kanako isn't Keitaro's sister by blood, it's not as bad as it sounds, and let's the series' most perverted fans play out their incestous fantasies without actually crossing the line. Character-wise, Kanako is completely different from the other members of the harem; she's completely obsessed with her step-brother, which makes her more than a little insane, and not in the funny, laughable way the other girls are. She has a huge bag of tricks and costumes, and is an expert ventriloquist (no, the cat does not talk, though the anime interprets it that way). For the first time, the gang has a true antagonist, and it'll be interesting to see how the tension plays out once Keitaro is re-established in Hinata House (he's gone overseas with Seta for the majority of the book).
At the same time however, Kanako gets some subtle character development. She wants to fit in, though she's cautious and not very trusting. She has an undying loyalty to her step-brother, and is the only one that loved him even before he improved himself (which in turn shows us the better side of Keitaro when he was still a loser klutz). She is also probably aware that her love for her brother is incest (though *technically* it isn't), and aware of the implications that come with this. Add Ken Akamtasu's playful (yet sometimes annoying) brief hints of a shrouded past and yet another childhood promise, and Kanako makes a worthy addition to the Hinata harem.
Since the whole book is about Kanako's introduction, it has a reasonably tighter and stronger pacing, which makes it a more involving read. My only gripe is that the main plotlines, such as the Naru/Keitaro relationship, and even the Haruka/Seta relationship are completely put on hold. However, there is a really nice character moment in the opening airport scene that makes up for this, and Kanako's inclusion in the series is basically the catalyst that will eventually get Naru and Keitaro together. Don't worry, nothing's been forgotten.
Those who hate this volume will probably enjoy it a lot more once the series is complete, and they see how Kanko fits into the overall scheme of things. For everyone else, vol 11 shakes things up, dares to be different, and is a great success. However, it's also a reminder that Love Hina is coming to an end.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great! 1 Aug. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
in this exciting volume of Love Hina it's test time again. This time instead of Naru and Keitaro taking the exmas Mutsumi has joined the party too! Naru hoping not to be a second year ronin and Keitaro and Mutsumi hoping not to own the shameful title of 4th year Ronins they set off to do they're best at the exams. But on the day the exam results are posted he runs off! Naru sets off to find him while the Hinata House Residents go to look at the scores. She finds herself on an island that she and Keitaro soon get lost on. Naru's already made the preparations in case she gets in but Keitaro still has all his stuff! Is there any hope for Keitaro? What about Naru and Mutsumi? Find out in this volume of Love Hina!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Love Hina series rules! :~) 9 Feb. 2003
By William A Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Love Hina is one of the best Manga's I've ever read. A fantastic romantic comedy. Wish there were more like it in the US.
Volume #8 takes off right after #7, and while a bit reminiscent of the last time he ran away, it is still a very exciting, funny and exhilarating story! The whole cast appears in this volume, as well as a new cute girl... Could it be a long lost twin? Hmmm I'll let you find out but I'm not saying of who! Seta knows, I'm sure, but so far he hasn't said a word!
Lots of action, swimsuits (and yes that is a leaf bikini Naru is wearing on the cover! LOL), and plenty of Su's creative hi-tech hi-jinx!
So did the Ronin Trio get into Tokyo U? You find out on the last page, and no peeking!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Paradise, Parakelese style 28 Oct. 2004
By Johnny Heering - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Another hilarious volume in this manga series. This time around, most of the action takes place on the island of Parakelese. There is also a resolution to one of the main storylines in the series. In fact, the book actually reaches a climax this time around, instead of ending with a cliffhanger. But this is not the end of the series. There are six more volumes after this one, which I will definitely be reading. I recommend this series to anyone who likes funny comic books.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
After 10 excellent volumes, the first disappointing volume is here. 26 Nov. 2008
By Aion - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After much re-reading over many days, I finally got through Vol. 1-9 and moved onto Vol. 10. I've just now finished reading Vol. 11.

I liked Vol. 10 as much most of what came before. It started out good, with Keitaro and Naru dancing around kissing each other after there had finally been some progress made in their relationship. Then, after the usual 'almost but not quite' comedy, the not-so-lucky couple went on a trip with Mutsumi to her parents house. Although this little trip slowed down the relationship progression, I didn't mind a great deal since the trip provided more information about the childhood of the three and the promise they made. The volume then ended (after a nice chapter showing that Naru plans to be a teacher) with Keitaro deciding, right when his relationship with Naru was getting good, that the best thing to do was to bugger off to America for 6 months...which made me want to a punch the fictional idiot for not thinking with the right body part.

Vol. 11 started with one of the best chapters in the manga so far. There was a confession from Naru, some moving words by Keitaro, a kiss and a semi-depressing separation. Although I wasn't happy that Keitaro abandoned Naru for half a year to pursue his dream (which would be relationsjip suicide in real life), it even got me a little watery-eyed. You know the author has done good when he/she gets that sort of emotional reaction; that sort of feeling for his/her characters.

Sadly, the rest of the volume failed to deliver for two reasons. The first reason is that, for the first time in the entire series, Keitaro only appeared in the first chapter and last page of the volume. A harem series just doesn't work without a male, and Love Hina is no exception. The second reason is a random new character who, out of nowhere, was introduced into the story. The character is Keitaro's 'sister', Kanako, who arrives to become the new landlord of Hinata House and remove any threats to her relationship with her 'brother'. With Keitaro out of the picture and the focus being on the comical goings on surrounding the new character, the whole volume (aside from the first chapter) was pure filler that, unlike the Keitaro chapters, developed NOTHING whatsoever.

After reading Vol. 11, I'm a little worried about the remaining 3 volumes. If Kanako is going to feature as much as she did in Vol. 11 then all she's going to do is further slowdown the relationship between Naru and Keitaro, which FINALLY seemed to be progressing with the end in sight. Since she wasn't mentioned at all in Vol. 1-10, I can only see her as a filler character the author came up with to extend the length of the story...and she's a bloody annoying character.

Talking of the remainder of the story, I wasn't impressed with Keitaro's enterance at the end of the volume. It looks like the author has lazily merged together Keitaro's character with Seta, giving Keitaro Seta's clothes and driving skills... I won't be pleased if that's the case. I'm hoping the old Keitaro will return and not a badly edited version.

Overall, as much as I love Love Hina, Vol. 11 disappointed me. The action was over the top, stretching the belivability factor too far, and nearly all the volume was filler. In every other volume there has been plently of space filling chapters, yes, but most (if not all) developed the characters at least a little, pushing the story to its conclusion. All Vol. 11 did was extend the story. Here's hoping the final 3 are better!
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