12 moments in Anime #3: I still love this series

A title like that could mean anything. It could be a deluded Haruhi fan, declaring anyone who didn’t like Endless Eight not a true fan. It could be an oldfag returning to their favourite 1980’s series for the 6th time as the latest season of anime disappoints him yet again. What I am referring to, however, is my gateway to anime series: Love Hina. No wait, don’t leave! I have a genuine point to make with this post, don’t leave at the first sight of a harem, please!

Again, this post requires a bit of backstory. As I’ve said before, I’m a member of the Youtube Generation of anime fans so I’m still very new to all this. The first anime DVD I ever bought, a Noein full series boxset, was as recent as 2008. Now I loved Noein when I first watched it. I mean, I really loved it. We’re talking top 10 material here, alongside the likes of Samurai Champloo and Kaiba. However upon rewatching the series, my opinion of the series plummeted. It was still an excellent series but it was only upon second viewing did I spot all these flaws I hadn’t noticed the first time around. Buying and re-watching Noein had devalued the series terribly in my mind.

The Noein experience took its toll on both my viewing habits and my buying habits. Re-watching became something I was afraid to do, especially considering Noein was the first series I’d ever re-watched. This, obviously, put a complete end to me buying any more anime. What’s the point in buying if you didn’t want to re-watch? I was afraid of re-watching my favourites in case it tampered with my beautiful memories of the series.

Towards the latter half of this year though I finally went back to buying anime DVD’s and re-watching my favourites. I don’t think I can accurately describe the wave of relief that spread over me when I watched Cowboy Bebop and Mushishi again. They were both just as good as I remembered them. Cromartie High School, a purchase I was very wary about, was just as funny as I remembered. But none of these were quite as rewarding as re-watching Love Hina.

Love Hina was the first anime I watched online and I consider it my gateway to anime, so obviously it holds huge nostalgic value for me. But as I encountered more reviews and opinions of the series, it became increasingly clear how Love Hina was held in contempt by most of anime fandom. Love Hina was the most generic of generic harems and it was because if it that mountains of copycat series had been created over the next few years (it’s died down in recent years though, with moe taking over now). Re-watching Mushishi and Cowboy Bebop was hardly a worrying scenario. Both of these are highly rated series so a more anime-experienced me was still going to enjoy these series. But re-watching Love Hina now knowing how generic and how steeped in anime cliché’s it is, maybe it would have been better to leave the series untarnished in my mind forever.

But one day my sister loaned Love Hina volume 1 DVD from the library and, against my better judgement, I watched the thing. And you know what? I fucking adore Love Hina. There’s an honesty to Keitaro that’s so endearing, and a romance that’s so believable, I’ve never seen any other series replicate this feeling (well, except Chobits). So screw you guys and screw my usually elitist taste in anime. Love Hina sits right up as one of my favourite series of all time.

10 Responses to “12 moments in Anime #3: I still love this series”

  1. 23 December 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Wow! Seems like Scamp is getting to his feminine side. On another note, anime DVD borrowed from a library? FTW!

    I guess the first anime experience will be something highly treasured by each individual. But don’t take my word for it. I’ve been watching anime for as long as I could remember it. I know there was Doraemon and Dragon Ball but hardly a hardcore anime fan. It was since Rurouni Kenshin and Saiyuki airing on TV around 7-8 years ago that really got me going. And there was no turning back since.

  2. 23 December 2009 at 9:55 pm

    It was my first bought anime too.
    And still is my fav even if it was too generic.

  3. 3 SPIRAL
    23 December 2009 at 9:57 pm

    The manga for Love Hina makes up for the lack in the anime. I can’t believe they ran out of money so they just had to improv the OVA ending.

  4. 4 Poro
    23 December 2009 at 11:09 pm

    Ahhh yes Love Hina…
    I was born youtube era too. I remember Love Hina and it was so outrageous: samurai/maiden/turtlephobia and monkey/indian/genius and everyone else that is less outrageous. Ahh yes good times goood times.

  5. 5 AtoriDeusEx
    24 December 2009 at 3:46 am

    Based on your experience, I hope more Noein fans rewatch it, lol. It has HUGE flaws, and it boggles the mind how anyone could possibly call it “hard science fiction”, as I’ve seen a number of fans do.

  6. 24 December 2009 at 3:53 am


    Anime dvd from a library can be risky. On one hand you get free, high quality anime on your tv. But on the other hand, as was the case with this dvd, the cd can be scratched and some of the episodes won’t play properly. It’s really annoying when you’re watching Keitaro just about to fall on Naru’s breasts again and the screen just freezes


    Love Hina is probably the only case where I would get off my anime-loving horse and grudgingly admit the manga is probably better.


    Hey cool! People are coming out and saying they like Lova Hina too, awesome!


    I do still like Noein a lot but yeah, re-watching didn’t do the serie much good

  7. 7 kadian1364
    24 December 2009 at 12:54 pm

    That’s a pretty different take because Love Hina is the #1 anime series (according to me) where people say “I loved it back when I first saw it but now its kinda unwatchable”. As for me, I stuck it out with the manga, but a terrible dub on top of the typical issues terminated the anime experiment pretty quickly for me.

  8. 24 December 2009 at 9:36 pm

    I can’t really say that I still adore Love Hina as a whole, however at this time of year I *do* love the Christmas Special OVA. It’s a perfect bit of Christmas Eve anime if you ask me. 🙂

  9. 9 gw_kimmy
    26 December 2009 at 4:13 pm

    i think we all have terrible anime series that we all secretly (or not so secretly) love to bits and cannot unlove no matter how terrible it is. i know i have that with a certain series which i can rewatch over and over and laugh at the awkward flaws but at the end of everything, it’s still my favorite anime series ever.

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