Love Hina (2000 IMDb)

Categorization

Hybrid, mostly static harem bishoujo.

Subject

Modern Tokyo. A sweet-at-heart dork becomes manager of an all-girls dormitory. Much misconception, romance and ultraviolence ensue.

Commentary

Enjoyable, but there's no escaping the dweeb factor. Some claim it to be a parody of the genre or even a shoujo series. It's not. Based on a long manga in which they eventually marry. The original series has spawned several follow-up episodes in the form of “Specials”.

References here: Outlaw Star (1998), Ground Defense Force Mao-chan (2002).

Japanese production animation series

Sequel:

Love Hina Again (2002 IMDb)

Commentary

Attempts at character development! More of the strained plot of the original, with even more fan service.

Japanese production animation series