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18.07.2015
Spend enough time doing critical readings of media and you come across the assertion that all media tells you about the culture it was written in.
The night before their first round of tests (apparently there are at least two rounds they have to pass to get into Tokyo University), Kitsune throws them a good luck party.
They both pass the Center Exam, but the girls, though comedic misunderstanding, think he failed. As I mentioned in the previous post, Japan is very monocultural so it’s definitely odd to have Kaolla Su, a foreigner be a main character in the book. It may surprise some people that the Christmas is celebrated in Japan, given that most of them are either Shinto, Buddhist, or without religion.
We have an interesting moment early on in this book when Naru tells the girls not to search for him when he runs away. This scene is clearly a bit of fan service although I could MAYBE see something like this happening among misguided friends or at least as a scene in an American comedy. As I mentioned in the first post, Keitaro is quite effeminate in everything but his sex drive.
I do recognize the limitations of putting too much stock into Love Hina as a window into Japan.
Love Hina starts off with us seeing the flashback that has lead out loser-protagonist to try to get into Tokyo University.
Eventually, he runs into all the girls living at the hotel and is about to be reported to the police when his aunt, who’s been looking after the place while grandma is gone, shows up and rescues him from that fate. We see him go to his Cram School (prep school for the college entrance exams) and find out that Naru goes to the same school. Finally, the book ends with Motoko, the warrior-girl, thinking she’s in love with him and it turns out she just has a cold. As I mentioned above, Keitaro has been kicked out of his house for failing twice and still attempting to get into Tokyo University. The Hinata Hotel has a hot springs and Keitaro mentions early on its in a hot springs town. We now arrive at what I think is perhaps one of the biggest puzzles for me with Love Hina where I’m left wondering if this is a cultural learning opportunity or whether this only exists for the purposes of story and comedy.
Plausibility of the living situation aside, I think it’s very interesting that Akamatsu has Kaolla Su around as a character.
I mentioned above that we’d talk about how going to Tokyo University seemed to be even more impressive than going to an Ivy League. Returning to the conversation about stereotypical Japanese culture, another thing every American knows is that Asians in general are very respectful to their elders. As happens in various media where there are a variety of women (especially in broad genres like comedy), it appears that the girls at Hinata House are all manifestations of different aspects of the female. I just wanted to take a quick moment here in this section to say that the Japanese are obsessed with blood types in a way that we aren’t in America. Finally, at the end of the book there’s a sketchbook section where Akamatsu talks about his original designs for the characters and how they changed as he plotted the book.
While I’m on the subject of breasts, the precipitating event for Keitaro being named a pervert stems from when Naru first comes into the bath.
I must admit that as a guy this is one area where I’m least prepared to say whether this is universal or if it tells us something about Japan. Going to another topic entirely, Keitaro is essentially everything a male is not supposed to be. Americans (or at least the ones who determine what makes it into comics and onto our movie screens) are so afraid of potentially latent gay feelings that we are just starting now, after over 100 years of cinema, to find humor in penises. I once watched a documentary about how in America you can see someone getting destroyed by violence and just get a rated R while just showing the pubic hair area on a woman was really tempting the ratings board to give the movie an NC-17. Finally, as written by Ken Akamatsu, the feeling of letting someone of the opposite sex into your room seems to be universal. I had at least a passing familiarity with nearly all of the stories chosen by Christy Blanch for her Gender in Comic Books SuperMOOC.
The opening scene is a strange one that introduces the villain, Junior, and his henchmen who remind me a lot of Shlubb and Klump from Sin City (at least the movie version).
And they were buying alcohol because they’ve got a horribly misguided plan to get Scandal Savage out of her alcohol-induced semi-coma over the death of her lover, Knockout. It sets up the men to be the characters most concerned with emotion and feelings – leading to two of the key moments in the book. If we rarely see the consequences of these actions, we DO often see team hookups which leads Scandal to view Bane’s paternalistic relationship towards her with skepticism at first.
The ramifications of possessing this card for a villain lead to one of the darkest bits of humor I have ever seen – the scene in which Junior, the main villain on this arc, goes to a confessional. He then took a hiatus from comic reading until 2011 when he dove head-first back into comics. Then, after seeing Naru in a state of undress for the umpteenth time, Keitaro is sent to fix the hole in her floor right above his room. The girls decide to try and convince him to come back and we learn that Naru used to be bad at school. Everyone gets drunk so Keitaro and Naru are late for the one thing they’ve been spending months studying for. Ken Akamatsu uses her as the Innocent Fanservice Girl in the same way that Starfire was when she first appeared in Teen Titans. In American media they’d either have ski masks or something else that would obstruct their face. However, as depicted in Love Hina, the Japanese don’t give each other cards, as we do. That, however, I would imagine to be more universal as it stems from a universal selfishness. As a generalization we, in the West, already sexualize the East with all kinds of assumptions (probably born of film, pornography, and whore houses hundreds of years ago) that Asian women are hyper-sexual. So, the girls know that Keitaro is a 19 year old virgin and that, like any dude, he’d love to see any of them naked. Two of the images look almost like a Street Fighter-based comic, but the one with the woman looks more like dancing than fighting. I’ll cover the general plot of the book and then dive into various interesting things about the book.
The book makes it out to be like getting into an Ivy League only with even more prestige than that carries in the US. Through classic comedy misunderstandings the girls end up thinking he goes to Tokyo University for Law and decide he can live there as their landlord. In what is somewhat the luckiest of bad luck he seems to always end up landing head-first into someone’s breast or falling through a floor into a room of naked girls and so on. This is the one place, so far, where the book leaves reality far behind in favor of making Motoko a martial arts parody.
During Japan’s feudal period (which ended around the time of the American Civil War), a ronin was a samurai without a master. I imagine having such a layabout son would be a sense of shame for any culture, but I was somewhat surprised by this development. We have clubs in our high schools in America, but nothing like the organization displayed around the clubs in Japanese media.
The only person who clearly would have to stay at such a boarding house would be Kaolla Su because she’s a foreign exchange student. This is another one of those stereotypes, like the seriousness of the pact, that I imagine is adhered to various degrees in Japanese culture.
But this is clearly an exaggeration because Love Hina has the characters point out how nerdy Naru is.


I think it’s interesting that she essentially names all the same types of things an American high school girl would.
And he mentions that Kaolla Su spoke a certain dialect of Japanese because of which of the girls she was closest to. On the one hand, I know that Asian women are on the smaller end of the breast size scale on average. It’s why it was such a big deal for Jason Seigel to be naked in Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
We’ll get back to them later because I think the scene that follows is the best at setting the tone of this story arc.
When we first see Junior he’s in a box and appears to be some sort of demonic force that devours a man (after pulling him into the box). Back in the 90s Eric only read Marvel comics although he loved Batman: The Animated Series. As you can see throughout the manga (but which REALLY shines in the anime) Kaolla Su is a giant ball of energy, figuratively speaking (A Genki Girl). So she thinks it’s ok to jump onto Keitaro in such a way as to leave his face in her crotch or is willing to flash him her panties while Naru frantically tries to get her to stop. It appears to be more of a nonchalantness rather than an outright belief in the absence of gods) However, the Japanese have no problems co-opting the secular Christmas rituals and having a reason to buy each other some gifts and decorate some trees.
The reason I find this interesting is that I have always been fascinated that some straight people would be titillated by what is ostensibly gay porn. The thought that, for example, two members of the opposite sex could be fulfilling two different sexual needs at once.
I’ve heard second-hand of someone in America who said, with a straight face, that Asian women are taught by their mothers how to sexually please their future husbands. As I write this, I’ve finished with my notes for book three and am about to start reading book four.
From that we learn that his failure to pass is somewhere between him having a lack of confidence and being a poor student – and perhaps a little dumb. It was meant to be a title of shame because the ruling class did not want samurai to have the idea they should be without masters. On the one hand, given how stereotypically small many Japanese houses seem to be, I could see the parents wanting to kick him out. I remember reading about these in a book I bought when I was planning a trip to Japan (that sadly never happened).
I’ve read about it in books like Tokyo Vice and my brothers have experienced it live. For example, Keitaro is annoyed that Motoko is not showing him the respect he feels he deserves as someone four years her senior. I would partially expect that because it’s the same brain chemicals and all that around the world. In Azumanga Daioh the girls make a big deal out of the one girl with the larger breasts, to her consternation.
The two of you shouldn’t have been looking at some fifteen year-old’s cleavage anyway! I don’t expect every part to be as long as this one since there was a lot of setup exposition, but time will tell. Because Scandal is a lesbian (lamented by one of the characters) there is no chance of a hookup.
The absurdity of an item essentially inspired by Monopoly, but which everyone is willing to kill over.
When the priest will not forgive him because Junior does not display contrition, Junior kills him and proclaims that his backup plan has failed. After a 2 year dalliance (2011-2013) with Marvel and DC, Eric now almost exclusively reads Image Comics. So I thought it might be interesting to re-read Love Hina, by Ken Akamatsu, as a way to to understand Japanese culture.  Part One can be found here. We learn that the only member of Hinata House who’s able to keep up with her is Motoko.
This combined with the foreshadowing I mentioned from the first book leads Keitaro and the reader to think that Naru is the girl he promised to meet at Tokyo University.
It’s a pretty common manga trope for the foreigner to be the more sexual one either purposely or, in the case of Kaolla, because she has a different set of sexual mores.
In fact, despite becoming more and more friendly with the tenants at Hinata House, the girls are constantly telling him to just give up. And, again, this may just be based on the situation that Akamatsu has created here, but there appears to be a focus on baked chocolate goods while in America we just give a box of chocolates. These ridiculous statements probably have their origins in the sex scrolls that were used hundreds of years ago as sexual education for a woman who was about to be married off. His parents kick him out for having failed the exams twice, but still trying to get into Tokyo University instead of trying for an easier school or just getting a job. Which is not quite the narrative setup I expected.  After all, the former can be overcome, the latter maybe not. I remember the episode of the anime that coincides with this story and they even took it further by making the animation style look like those old martial arts movies.
Instead of a mix between a step-by-step evolution and a hodgepodge of traditional Japanese and American.
It took on an even more shameful tone in the later half of the feudal period when there was greater samurai unemployment so some of them used their awesome skills as mercenaries and for other undesirable trades.
On the other hand, I would have thought such a family-oriented culture would allow him to stay. I think it’s interesting in that we had these in Western culture during the Roman times. People in Japan are polite, but extremely unwelcoming of non-Japanese becoming permanent residents. It makes sense under any culture that you would not want a 19 year old landlord to reside over a dorm with girls from 12-19 years old.
Kitsune represents the sly woman and the woman willing to blackmail you with offers of her body. At the same time, different cultures do have different ideas about falling in love, so I wonder if some of this is due to cultural transfer. It contains their age, birthday, grade in school, height, weight, bust size, and blood type.
It’s usually approximated in anime by using Southern or New York accents, but really this is slightly more than accents. It’s definitely an interesting gender study in that the girls are all exemplars of various female gender stereotypes while Keitaro seems to lack them all but horniness. But just by watching rated R movies like Kramer vs Kramer (which my parents let us see), I’d seen vaginas way before I was actively seeking them out.
Oh, you can see Batman villains beat someone to a bloody pulp or brains splattered everywhere in a more violent comic.
So I’m not sure if they cleaned up the above image and some of the other hot springs images. However, the description of the book seemed to be one of wanton violence and naughtiness since the team wasn’t made up of heroes.
The team members are free to act in the best interests of the team without having to worry about love or jealousy causing anyone to act irrationally. Doing some research to see how well the book hews to the norm, I also found out that, through marketing, KFC has become associated with Christmas dinners in Japan.
At any rate, I assumed that since kimonos also come from the East that we viewed them as a sexual bit of clothing.


I think it works well as it is the only manga I have which is set in Japan and does not have fantastical elements. I’m not sure, but the Japanese seem to look upon the samurai with as much romanticism as we do with the Wild West. Or maybe it’s just Akamatsu coming up with a reason for him to have to live at the Hinata Hotel. Akamatsu uses this as another way of marking Keitaro a loser by having him take photos of himself.
But would parents really allow all these underage kids to be living away in a former hotel? Then again, as you’ll see in later books, Akamatsu has a pretty forward-thinking group as the cast expands a bit more later.
The anime goes even further in exaggerating how bad she looks when she’s dressed nerdy. In the scene above, Keitaro has just falling from a tree he was in after falling off a ledge.
It was such a weird idea I had to re-read that section three times to make sure I understood. Tarantula, the person who stole it from Junior and who they broke out of prison, states this is exactly why it was made by Neron.
I think it’s incredibly interesting that Junior is sufficiently scared of the thought of Hell to seek the card (and the backup plan), but is not scared enough by the thought of Hell to have avoided all his sins. They aren’t cruel!) This scene stood out to me because I was picturing the equivalent American movie or comic.
Anyway, I chose to see this scene as being more of a product of the fact that this is a comic book and less an indication of what people would do for each other sexually in Japan. The girls DO kick him out, but then Keitaro is saved by deus ex abuela – his grandmother had put him in charge of the hotel. And then there are the great comedic scenes such as when Naru has Keitaro duck under a table to hide the fact that he’s in her room. Perhaps he’s using it for the dual purpose of the humor in the other (which Kaolla provides tons of) and of trying to show other Japanese that perhaps they should be a bit more tolerant of others. Both the anime and the manga have her look SO different that Keitaro doesn’t even recognize her. Interestingly, from what I remember of the anime, these scenes were removed – showing that, perhaps, even Japan has a different standard for manga than anime.
Although Gail Simone doesn’t mention it within this story arc, it probably takes on extra significance to Bane since he grew up in prison without his parents. Eventually she ends up sleeping in the same room as them because she misses her older brother and sister back in not-India. It’s a great metaphor for the fact that his only sexual action is self-provided (again see the first entry in this series). That’s why I found it such a great proposition to use Love Hina as my first foray into covering manga at Comic POW! We kind of have to handwave this because as far as we know, he hasn’t contacted her to let her know he NEEDS to stay there and his aunt seems to be doing a good enough job maintaining the place. But if you use humor to point out its absurdity, sometimes that can help people see how crazy things are. And the book does seem to have Keitaro and his loser friends view it as both a shameful and a prideful term – in an almost punk sense of the word prideful. When I was a lifeguard, one of the female lifeguards got implants and she invited all the other girls to feel how real they felt. So I’d say that here the humor is probably universal, but the Japanese are just way ahead of us on exploiting it. Still, I think it’s remarkably honest for a dude who is not getting ANY and is surrounded by women and is constantly, accidentally seeing them nude. However, the team is cynical enough and mercenary enough to put their bickering aside to get the card to their employer because they’re going to get a ton of money.
Second, they have completely flipped Valentine’s Day from the way we celebrate it here. And the two women who are the least feminine – Naru and Motoko have comically bad gifts.
This, for a guy who has never even kissed a girl and it’s under the prompting of the same girl who keeps calling him a pervert. No doubt, Akamatsu would have been channeling kids who’d seen samurai movies romanticizing the ronin notion and would take some perverse pride in the title. And, according to comedy convention, this lie gets compounded into him being a law student. Naru’s is malformed (other girls comment on how ugly it looks) and Motoko gives Keitaro BAKING CHOCOLATE.
The girls decide they can’t disobey grandma and force him to leave (another discussion point) so they try to make life unbearable for him. I wonder (and some of my readers have been to Japan, although I don’t think they went to a bath house) what the etiquette is on conversation.
While there can be reciprocal gift giving in America, it tends to be focused on what the guy is doing for the girl.
Eventually he decides to go to the hot springs bath (this appears to be a hot springs vacation destination town).
And, at least in popular media, what the guy gets from the girl is sexual in nature – maybe she wears something special to bed. In fact, for a good chunk of the story, most of the girls are indifferent to him and some are actively hostile towards him. In what appears to be the template for these types of manga (Ranma ? also does it), Keitaro and Naru see each other naked. We fall for that to SOME degree in America, but not enough to let a guy run a dorm full of girls. I’ve read from trustworthy sources that the Japanese are more sensitive about some body things than we are.
Poor Shinobu, who is the model stereotypical woman, gives him a nicely wrapped chocolate heart that looks beautiful, but is still crappy when compared to his elaborate cake. There are all kinds of pacts including suicide pacts if two kids are kept from being in love by their parents.
Still, it seems as though there mere fact of being a student there (not even a graduate) carries a great deal of weight in Japan towards vouching for moral character. The rest of this post, as most of the posts on this site, will contain significant spoilers.
I think the most interesting thing about the card is that it would probably lead to World War III were it to exist in our world.
One, how could two little kids know they’d have the chops to get into Tokyo University. So maybe it’s coming from the universal impulse of finding humor in what we are most nervous about. So rather than giving each other gifts that are out of proportion, the guy can give a gift that matches what he gets on Valentine’s Day. I forgot if the thought ever comes to Keitaro’s mind, but how does he know that the girl he’s supposed to meet there is smart enough to get in?
So even if they do make it to Tokyo University (after all this pain he’s put himself through), how can he be sure he’ll find her?



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