(ラブ ひな, Rabu Hina
?) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Ken Akamatsu. It was originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Magazine
from October 21, 1998 through October 31, 2001 and was published in 14 tankōbon
volumes by Kodansha. The series details the daily life of Keitaro Urashima as he attempts to find the girl he made a childhood promise to and enter Tokyo University. The manga is licensed for an English language release in North America and the United Kingdom by Tokyopop and in Singapore by Chuang Yi.
A twenty-four episode anime adaptation of the anime series, produced by Xebec, aired in Japan from April 19, 2000 to September 27, 2000. It was followed by a bonus dvd episode, two television specials, and a three episode original Video Animation (OVA) entitled Love Hina Again
. The anime series, special, and OVA was licensed for release in North America by Bandai Entertainment. In July 2007, the license was acquired by Funimation Entertainment, and will be re-releasing the series and movies using Bandai's original English language dubbing and subtitles.
Two novelizations of Love Hina
, written by two anime series screenwriters, were also released in Japan. Both novels have been released in North America by Tokyopop.