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It feels like a day of extremes here at fan-service.com. On the one hand we have the reasonably good and reasonably clever Sakura Diaries, and on the other we've got the incredibly trite and clichéd Love Hina. So, okay, it's not so much extremes as one's really really bad and one's nothing great, but entirely watchable! Is average to awful an extreme?
Probably not, but that doesn't mean you should let my hyperbole get in the way of what you know is true. Something like this should've never been allowed to exist. At least, not outside of the mind of some closet pervert/pedophile. I find the fact that it's actually been put on paper, much less film, more offensive than the noxious odors wafting from the bathrooms situated perilously close to my dorm room. I have to wonder who gives the green light to things like this and why he hasn't been euthanized yet. Seriously, is a simple mercy killing too much to ask? Love Hina is possibly one of the worst shows I have ever seen in my entire anime career. Not that I'd want to, but, I mean, god, there's almost nothing I can use to put this show in a positive light.
Well, I'm gaga over chicks with chokers so that gave me something to watch for awhile, and there's a short haired woman who smokes. But as far as things go, that's about it. This show makes me sad and I'm not even sure why. I was gonna say that it "had a lot of potential". Looking back on that phrase now I have no clue why it even would've entered my head. There really is nothing this show could've done to better itself unless that thing was to erase all record of its existence. That includes killing everyone who's ever seen it, which of course includes me. It's a price I'm very willing to pay.
But what does Love Hina involve? A bunch of tired clichés so thick I'm surprised every character hasn't turned out to be both a computer woman manufactured to please men AND a robot maid, manufactured to please men. There's the "no-nonsense" drunk, the shy girl with the "sad past", the young girl who's "wild and crazy" and "blows stuff up", the sweet and kind girl who punches the main character through any door or wall he's standing near whenever some "hilarious" mix-up occurs. Actually... we have two characters that do that. And let me tell you that it NEVER loses its special charm!
I guess there's some sort of culture gap or something, but it's hard to imagine who would find poor Keitaro getting punched through EVERYTHING funny. I get worried because I have to think that these are the same people who would laugh their asses off at the sight of child abuse. I don't know about you guys, but the target audience of Love Hina are not the kind of crew I'd leave my kids around.
Especially my daughters, if you consider how Ken Akamatsu and his cronies try to make a seventh grade girls attractive. There's got to be something going on behind the scenes of Love Hina simply because I can't think of a single person I've ever met who would be able to do such things with a straight face. Readers, I am incensed. Love Hina wouldn't have been so bad if it was put out say, fifteen years ago, but this is something we've seen done time and time again and it's been done way better and way less offensively. Again I bring myself back to questioning the intent of the viewers. Are their people out there that really want to be around five beautiful women who refuse to stop beating them to a pulp for matters outside of their own control? On second thought, if there are it's probably better I don't know.
|I don't dislike Love Hina so much because
it's offensive as I do because it just doesn't try. I honestly had the show
figured out six months ago from all the posters Jerry had hanging on his
wall. Shy girl who doesn't believe in herself, saucy drunk that constantly
teases the main character just to get a rise out of him, angry violent girl.
Keitaro, the main character, even makes a "promise" to the "girl
of his dreams" that they'll go to the same University when he's just
a little boy. Someone out there has got their hands on the "How to
make a mundane anime" cheat sheet and his name is Akamatsu. People
like this really drag things down. I've always been a subscriber to the
idea that anime isn't anything more special than what we would see on American
TV, but with things like this I find myself longing for more Full House
and Family Matters. Crap, I'd watch California Dreamin' first!
At least they had rocking guitar licks!
Forget you Ken Akamatsu, you're dead to me. I think there's a reason that you've never done anything else in your life except for this bomb. It's a sorry state of affairs that something as bad as this is able to garner such a large fan base. I feel dirty just being interested in the same genre as these people. Sorry Ken, but I'll keep trying to get my jollies off with REAL women. Maybe one day you and your collective fan base will meet one.**
**But thanks for putting the girl with the choker in.