It's coming up to Christmas and Keitaro Urashima is still
trying to get into Tokyo University to fulfil a promise to
a childhood sweetheart he no longer remembers. Trying to balance
his studies with managing the Hinata apartments Keitaro's
life is complicated. Having failed to get into the university
twice already, his studies are not going well; he just can't
stop thinking of Naru Narusegawa, the short tempered love
of his life...
Hina was a twenty-five episode, twenty-five minute Japanese
anime show - though only twenty-four episodes were shown.
It's a light hearted comedy about every day school kids. Well
"every day" for Japan, it seems, as there are an
assortment of swordswomen, geniuses and buffoons all living
without parental guidance in the Hinta apartments.
The scripts are generally light hearted, with love being the
most constant theme, but then isn't it always at that age.
The shows can be a little saucy in places with a lot of white
school girl pants and skinny dipping. Whilst this may seem
a little odd, even perverse, for your average western audience,
it is in fact a cultural norm in Japan and should be viewed
release contains the Christmas Special as its main
feature - a definite 'will they, wont they' declare their
love for each other, as Keitaro and Naru run around Tokyo
engaging in mishaps and misadventures. Do they get it together?
Well I'll leave that up to you to find out, but this was a
Christmas show, so what do you think?
extras are great on this disc, not only do you get the main
feature but you also get Episode twenty-five of the series
thrown in. This show was never originally aired, so is a must
have for all Love Hina fans. Motoko has a weird vision
of her sister menaced by a turtle (must have been the acid),
only to find that her sister has turned up at her apartment
expecting her to take her place at the divinity school that
she's destined to head. In an effort to avoid her destiny
she pretends to be engaged to Keitaro. But, it's not so easy
to escape what fate has allotted you... but the sometimes
maybe you don't want to.
also, on the disc is the usual collection of trailers to whet
your appetite for other anime shows, as well as a stills gallery
and a textless ending sequence. Sound is English or Japanese
stereo, but that's fine for the show and doesn't let the disc
down at all. The print is nice and clean, with lots of bright
colours, and no evidence of colour bleed. The English soundtrack
works well, but for added fun turn on the subtitles, which
only bear a passing resemblance to the audio track.
another slice of Japanese weirdness that's genuinely funny,
released just in time for Christmas. Wack it in the DVD player
and watch your granny get all confused.