Love Hina isn’t Hentai, unless you count the ocassional flash of nudity as porn. In reality it is a romantic comedy about a guy stuck managing a girl’s dormitory . It’s an example of one genre of Anime, in which several girls get a crush on the same guy. This sounds dumb, but can be fun and even moving, depending on the writing. I haven’t seen LH fully yet, so no opinion for the moment.
As I’ve been commenting on this board, Anime covers ALL genres, but more importantly, it presents different ATTITUDES; it’s not so much WHAT a series is about (and some are VERY bizarre) but WHAT their attutude is, and that can be anything from screwball comedy to utter gloom and doom. (Note, however, that japanese sensibilities are NOT exactly like ours: they don’t make THAT big a deal about nudity, but you notice that characters, even in deeply romantic stories, hardly ever KISS!)
Here are some synopses. You decide if you like them:
EVANGELION: Typical “Teens-pilot-Giant-Robots-versus-Alien-Invaders” plot- OR so it seems at first. It’s actually a dark -and VERY complicated!- conspiracy story. The aliens have something to do with Christianity (!!) and the organization that fights them has its own agenda, with the kids being nothing more than guinea pigs. The story focuses on the mental deterioration of the main characters. The ending was so confusing the fans protested and they made another version. Not recommended- most fans just think it’s "all that’ because of the way it broke the Giant Robot cliches.
OUTLAW STAR: Like Cowboy Bebop (mercenaries in space) but milder. Has a happy ending, for instance. I liked it better, but that’s me.
EXCEL SAGA: Totally screwy comedy (think Looney Toons) about a girl who wants to help her master conquer the world- and fails catastrophically every time. At least it is original in that the heroine is a villain!
Gundam: As mentioned in other threads here, there’s a LOT of Gundam series. They all have in common (besides their use of the Gundam giant robots -oh, excuse me, “mecha”- that they’re about conflicts between Earth and its colonies in the Solar System in the future. Seriousness varies: the original GUNDAM series (the “Universal Century” ones) were dramatic and well written; G-Gundam is POWER RANGERS in disguise. Gundam Wing had too many angsty teenagers for my taste. Haven’t seen much of the others.
X/1999: Teenage guy has the power to destroy the world (supposedly on the year 1999- outdated now, of course) and is being courted both by a good and an evil group. Not seen it yet.
FF Unlimited: Two kids get on an interdimensional train and visit many worlds looking for their parents. Despite having many FF elements (Summons, chocobos, etc.) not very good.
Chobits: Another boy-falls-in-love-with-inhuman-girl (android in this case.) Not seen it yet.
Bubblegum Crisis: All-female team of power-armor users battle cyborgs on the rampage in the near future. Basically Cyberpunk meets Power Rangers.
More reviews later.