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Love Hina Volume 1: v. 1 [Paperback]

AKAMATSU KEN
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Tokyopop; Gph edition (15 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931514941
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931514941
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 12.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 465,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Keitaro has had great difficulty getting into the university of his choice, and no luck meeting women. In a desperate effort to go into seclusion and study for entry exams, he volunteers to take over running his grandmother's hotel. His plans are ruined when he discovers that the "hotel" is actually an all-girls dormitory.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply marvelous! 15 Feb 2005
Format:Paperback
First of all, just to clarify, this is NOT hentai (cartoon porn).
Now, on to the review. Well, personally, I picked up the novel after having friends raving about it and always being recommended it. So, handed over my ten euros, thank you very much and was on my why. Upon getting home, I actually read some of my other purchases first, but Love Hina put them all to shame. To say it's gripping, is an understatement. Obviously, the first thing you notcie is the art. I have grown to become quite a fan of Mr. Akamatsu. His style isn't too simple yet not unnecessarily detailed and cluttered. As for the story, well, from the first volume you get a good idea from where it's going to head and what's the gist, but from reading previews of other volumes, there are plenty of surprises in store. The jokes are genuinely funny and don't get boring like in the anime and everything comes at an interesting pace, never too fast, never too slow.
Suffice to say, last friday I ordered volumes 2 - 14 in one order.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to manga 7 Feb 2007
Format:Paperback
Yes, all that you have heard about the Love Hina series is true, and then some. It really is a great way to spend free time, with this light hearted romantic comedy. This was my first real manga read cover to cover and I'm still trying to find others just as good.

One pickle though, this paperback edition from tokyopop (the publisher) is not perfectly edited. There is somewhere between 0.5cm to 1cm cropped out from the original on each page. Not that is makes much difference but still irritating. Since manga is drawn in some instances to the edge of a page, there are a few dialogues/details that get cropped out.

But it is the best (and only?) version on amazon so....4 stars.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
When I first showed my friends what I was reading, they thought I was reading porn! Then when I corrected them, they altered their minds and thought of it as a comic. Luckily I have corrected them again on this matter, and they are now all ardent fans as well as me.
Now that I've got any misconceptions about this book out of your head, let me actually talk about it. It's authentic Japenese manga, which means you read from right to left, unlike with western books. It was my first time reading an authentic manga and was a bit off putting at first, but about half way into it, I was fine, and didn't even realise I was reading it 'eastern style'. There is also a handy hint page at the back (although at first glance it seems to be the front) which helps you with this problem.
The actual graphics are excellent and the landscape is so detailed considering how small the captions actually are. Also you have odd bits of Kanji script dotted here and there when one character is particularly excited that added to the authenticity of it.
On to the actual story. Wow. It's hirlarious. It's about a boy/man called Keitaro Urashima who is 19 years old, a 2nd year ronin (student who didn't pass the exams to get into their chosen university) and basically a pathetic loser. When his parents chuck him out he goes to live in his grandma's old hotel... only it's now a girls dormitory. He becomes landlord and the girls all torture him but eventually come to accept him. The sideline plot is that Keitaro is trying to getting into Tokyo University because he made a promise to a girl when he was 5 that he would. He thinks the girl is Naru Narusewaga, one of the girls from the dorm who is a hot-headed yet studious girl.
Overall, it's an excellent book, and the series (well, what I've read so far) is brilliant as well. I would definatly reccommend you buy it as it has brightned up my day many a time.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT 5 Dec 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is a brilliant book if you have not yet bought this book then I pity you. Its not porno anything to do with porn its not got swearing and its almost guaranteed to keep you on reading. There is no other price like this, the price is brilliant I went past a shop and it was 9.99 but this price is unbelivable you must definitly get it. This is the book for both sexes. Proper good book, remember its not porn, and no swearing. Enjoy this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Hina complete series review 18 May 2007
By Rain
Format:Paperback
Love Hina was one of the first manga series I bought for myself. It's a great introduction to manga as it's easy to follow, light-hearted, funny and has a bit of cute romance thrown in for good measure.

Ken Akamatsu's character designs are pleasing to the eye, and he has created a varied (although perhaps cliched) cast of characters. The series is mostly anchored by the plot-line of Keitaro Urashima, a student trying to get into Tokyo's top university after several failed attempts. His motive is because in his blurry past he remembers promising a girl to go to Tokyo university with her, as they say that if two people who love each other go there, they will live happily ever after. Even though he has no idea where or who this girl is, he still aims to get in and hopes he'll see her again because she'll have remembered the same promise!
However, during his quest to pass the entrance exams, he gets kicked out of his home and goes to stay at his grandmother's hotel, which only later he finds out has been turned into a girl's dormitory and he ends up being their landlord!

Sounds confusing? It's a little wacky sometimes, yes, and with the one guy vs. many pretty girls it gets a bit cliched, especially since Keitaro always manages to find himself being smacked into the high heavens by one of the dormitory girls. However, each of the girls in the dormitory are very different and soon you'll see who's your favourite.

At around volume 9 or 10, the story starts to drag a bit as new characters are introduced. By the final (14th) volume, you might just groan every time Keitaro gets punched.

Tokyopop's translation of this series is decent, but compared to today's standards there are A LOT of mistakes, but this might have changed from the early editions I have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A greatly funny series
'Love Hina' is the story of Keitaro Urashima who is trying desperately to get into Tokyo University to fulfil a promise he made to a girl fifteen years ago. Read more
Published on 17 April 2010 by T. R. Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars The best ever!
I will be frank, this is the first collection of manga I have ever read, and to be honest I don't think I will ever need to read another. Read more
Published on 15 Oct 2008 by Ryan Aj Houghton
4.0 out of 5 stars love hina triumph
i brought this from an expo a couple of weeks ago out of curiosity, i had heard of love hina and had been recommended it by several friends so i purchased it and was not... Read more
Published on 15 Oct 2007 by Maxi-D
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my Fav Series
I have read and own all 14 Love Hina manga and I can honestly say that it is money well spent. This whole series is great and you fall in love with some of the characters. Read more
Published on 8 Mar 2006 by Madeline Robinson
2.0 out of 5 stars Seriously, don't bother reading it
I read this whole series and I cannot believe how much of my life I have wasted on it. True, the art is alright but I never found the story "laugh-out-loud funny" like the other... Read more
Published on 29 Jan 2006 by "orangepeeler"
5.0 out of 5 stars New Landlord
in this dorm survival is not easy - especially if you are male and just become its new landlord (plus the entire dorm already wants rid of you as soon as possible)
It is... Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2005 by Gordon Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Painfully Good.
At first, I was sceptical about getting it. But since I saw this on special offer one day in the shops, I thought "Hey...why not? Read more
Published on 19 July 2004 by "kungfu_chris001"
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
wot can i say this graphic novle was amazing the reading left to right is easy to get used to and the story is ace. Read more
Published on 12 Mar 2004 by Tucker Wood
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