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Love Hina Vol 4 "Love Hurts"

(return to disc)

Content rating: 9
Posted 2002-10-26 by StupendousMan
Endorsed by kurt on 2002-11-20 04:06:00

I watched all four episodes (a good value for the money) on this disc last night, and it raised my opinion of "Love Hina" even higher. The writers continue to juggle standard anime comedy with more serious, heartfelt material -- and they haven't dropped a ball yet.

The first episode was probably my favorite. It focuses on Shinobu and what appears to be her anxiety over one's "First Kiss." She listens raptly to other members of the cast discuss their first kisses and daydreams about her own. But what's really bothering her is the fear that she might be losing her only friend at school. The final scene was just perfect. I'm not a twelve year-old girl, nor have I ever been one, but I'll bet that there are a lot of girls (and boys, for that matter) who suffer from similar anxieties. This is one of the shows I'm going to keep in mind for the future, in case I ever have kids of my own: if my daughter comes home looking sad and doesn't want to talk about it, I'll try to watch this episode with her.

Does that set some kind of sad, sick, nerdy record for "Most Pathetic Attempt to Justify Purchase of Anime", or what?

The remaining three episodes follow the usual fast-paced comedic conventions: Naru and Keitaro continue to circle each other romantically without really connecting, Kitsune pokes her nose in everyone's business, and turtles appear in the unlikeliest places. Let me summarize each briefly:

  • The gang needs to come up with 67,000 yen, fast, to pay for the bills. So they all go off to find part-time jobs. Keitaro runs into Seta-sensei, Naru's old high-school tutor, and Kitsune tries frantically to keep Naru and Seta from meeting. There are moments of laugh-out-loud slapstick here, especially Kitsune's, uh, energetic techniques to distract Naru, but I was a bit put off by the obnoxious little girl who lives with Seta-sensei. She grows less annoying in later episodes, thank goodness. Oh, keep an eye out for Naru's cheerleading outfit -- but don't forget to pick it up off the floor and put it back into the socket afterwards ...

  • While Seta-sensei conducts one of his archaelogical excavations under the Hinata mansion, he leaves Sara (annoying girl) in Keitaro's care. Foolish Seta-sensei. After much running about, everyone ends up in the tunnels under the mansion, where Seta-sensei has discovered evidence of an ancient turtle civilization. This is one of those plot twists that is so bizarre it almost make sense :-) Keitaro's reaction to Naru and Seta's reunion is interesting. As usual, his heart is in the right place, but his brain and mouth don't quite follow through.

  • Finally, the gang puts on a performance of "Journey to the West", a classic Japanese story from long ago. We learn that Seta-sensei is a man of many skills, and that Naru gives Carrie Fisher a run for her money in the slave-girl department. It's loony, it's fun, it even has rock'em, sock'em puppet action.

Overall, I'm very pleased. Sure, it's not perfect -- I would prefer a bit more of the serious character development and a lot less of Keitaro in orbit -- but it makes me happy. I will be sure to recommend this show to my brother (Chris, see you at Thanksgiving!), and I would recommend it to anyone else.

P.S. There's hint that the animators may finally be realizing that real people don't wear towels while sitting in hot springs. It's about time!

Equipment used when writing this review:
Sony DVD player, brand-new JVC 27-inch television set (beats the 12-year-old 21-inch set every which way).

Content: 9 Video: 10 Sound: 8 Packaging: 8 Menu: 7

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