Anime DVD Review: Love Hina The Complete Series

Love Hina The Complete Series is a four-disc DVD box set that contains 25 episodes. Unfortunately, while this set may be billed as the “complete series,” it is missing the OVA episodes that were produced for the series. This is a rather simple release: the first disc contains seven episodes, the second disc has six episodes, the third disc has six episodes, and the final disc has six episodes and bonus features.

Love Hina The Complete Series
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: DVD
Release Date: February 24, 2009

After I saw the first episode of Love Hina on YouTube several years back, I really wasn’t sure about whether or not I ever wanted to see more of it. When my husband and I found a copy of this set in a shop that sells used DVDs, he convinced me that we needed to buy and watch this release, because it has become such a classic anime title. After watching this DVD box set, I’m really glad that I gave this series a second chance. While Love Hina isn’t an excellent anime series, it’s ultimately good for what it is.

The main character of Love Hina is Keitaro Urashima, a 19-year-old cram school student who is trying to get into Tokyo University due to a promise he made to a girl he knew when he was younger; the girl moved away and he forgot her name. Unfortunately, Keitaro has already failed the Tokyo University entrance exam twice.

Keitaro’s grandmother, who manages an all girls’ dorm in Tokyo, decides to leave on a trip and invites Keitaro to come visit; however, she doesn’t tell him that she intends for him to act as the manager for the dorm. When Keitaro first arrives at the dorm, the girls don’t know he’s the new manager and think he’s a pervert. Keitaro’s aunt Haruka straightens everything out, and Keitaro becomes the manager. Keitaro ends up in misunderstandings with the girls, and some of the girls physically and/or mentally punish him in a comedic manner.

As the series progresses, Keitaro finds himself attracted to Naru Narusegawa, one of the tenants at the dorm, but is still hung up on the girl he made the promise to in his youth. Naru also has her own baggage, and the viewer finds that they’re rooting for Keitaro and Naru to get together. There’s also a big surprise that’s revealed near the end of the series; unfortunately, I figured out what this revelation was rather early on the series, so this blunted the impact that this revelation made on me when it finally came out.

One thing that drove me crazy while watching the series were these old men, who are the town elders or something like that, that appear randomly to dispense their “wisdom”; their “wisdom” is essentially conveying information and concepts that the viewer could basically come up with on their own. I’ve read the first volume of the Love Hina manga, and these old men don’t appear in it; this leads me to assume that they were added specifically for the anime adaptation. Personally, I didn’t think they truly added anything to the series; in fact, I thought they were a distraction in the scenes that they made an appearance in.

As for this DVD box set release, the special features were textless versions of the opening and closing credits, and FUNimation trailers. Usually, I comment on wanting to see more in the way of bonus features; however, I have learned more about how licensing anime works, especially in regards to a series being license rescued. Since FUNimation license rescued Love Hina, the Japanese licensors may not have made any real bonus features available for FUNimation’s release.

If you’re a fan of Love Hina and haven’t purchased the series on DVD yet, this would be a release worth picking up in order to have the 25 episodes of the series.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of Love Hina The Complete Series that my husband and I purchased.

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