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Love Hina
is quite popular in Japan and America and as such merchandise is quite easy to get hold of.  Along with the usual Posters and Soundtrack albums there are also several art books and figures and statues available, as well as a host of console games.


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Statues:  There are several high quality Love Hina statues available although they are made in limited quantities.  There are statues for most of the main characters as well as some swimsuit variants, like the one on the left.  Click for a larger image.
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Computer Games:
 Several Love Hina computer games have been released in Japan on various consoles, including dating games, a puzzle game for the Gameboy Colour and an adventure game for the Sony PS2. Unfortunately none of these have made it to the West.  Click to see a larger image.
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Soundtracks
:  There are loads of soundtrack albums and song collections available for Love Hina.  Even the console games have had soundtracks released for them!  As with many anime series the voice actors star in most of them.  Click for a larger image of one of the albums.
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Mutsumi Otohime


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Artbooks:
 Several Love Hina art books have been released in Japan, but so far none have had an English language release.  Most of the art books are based more on the anime than the manga, and many include loads of facts and figures (in Japanese) about the characters and voice actors.  For fans of Ken Akamatsu's artwork the Mugendai artbook (shown to the right) is the best bet as it weighs in at a mighty 450 pages and contains a hell of a lot of sketches and colour images.  Click to see a larger image of the cover.
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Obligatory Odd Merchandise!

Paper Bags:  There is so much merchandise released for some series nowadays that some things Westeners would consider odd are pretty much the norm.  Because of this we've not picked the mini Love Hina samurai banners or even the limited edition bath bucket as our odd merchandise of choice.  Instead we've gone for the paper bags.  We at Animetion always marvel at the kinds of normal things that can be branded with an anime logo and then released at inflated prices, and you can't get more normal than a paper bag.  The print is very nice and there are two designs available, but they cost over 2!  In Japan you get a massive paper bag almost every time you buy something so there really is very little point to this.  Random.
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Availability & Prices:

Figures & Statues:  As with most modern series Love Hina has a huge amount of figures, statues and toys available for it, and more still gets released despite the series having long ended.  Figures range from the small 'gashapon' (see glossary) type which cost just a couple of quid, through to resin statues and garage kits that cost upwards of 80.  Many figures are still widely available from online retailers such as TokyoToys and Anime-on-Line, and can also be found in many specialist shops like Forbidden Planet and Sheffield Space Centre.  Another good place to look is eBay*

Computer Games:  As a pretty modern series, Love Hina has not only benefited from a hefty number of game incarnations but also from the fact that they were released on pretty modern consoles.  This makes them relatively easy to get hold of despite none of them getting a release outside of Japan.  Import game sites are pretty common now and you should be able to get hold of games for the PlayStation 2 and Dreamcast without too much trouble if you know where to look.  Prices can vary considerably, and as always auction sites* can be a good place to look for bargains.  Expect to pay between 10 and 40 per game, depending on the system.

Soundtracks:  There are loads of Love Hina soundtracks and spin-off CDs available in Japan, and a handful have been re-released in America by Geneon.  US CDs are far cheaper than Japanese imports, and you should be able to pick up the American CDs for around a tenner each from online retailers such as Amazon.  The Japanese CDs can be harder to get hold of and the price does vary, usually on most go for between 18 and 25 and shops such as Amazon, CD Japan and YesAsia are good places to look.  Take extra care if you look for these CDs on auction websites as there are a lot of fakes about - check out Digital Anime's Piracy FAQ for more details

Artbooks:  Surprisingly few Love Hina art books have been released in Japan, but none of them are too hard to get hold of.  The popularity of the series in the West sees the books pop up regularly in specialist shops and online, and the price varies but is usually between 15 an 30.  Keep your eyes open for them in online shops like Otaku UK and YesAsia.

Other Merchandise: There's loads of completely random merchandise available for Love Hina, and price varies depending on the item.  Love Hina ended a fair few years ago in Japan so the amount of merchandise coming out has dropped.  Things like the paper bags, posters, clothing and the like crop up from time to time but are getting harder to find and prices are affected by the rarity factor.  Check specialist shops and import websites as they do get the occasional t-shirt or phone strap in, but your best bets are auction sites such as eBay*.

*Auction sites can be rife with unscrupulous individuals who will knowingly sell you pirated goods.  Although the risk is mainly with DVD and CD purchasing, there is a notable amount of pirated toys and apparel cropping up too.  To minimise the risk of being ripped off make sure you check Digital Anime's excellent Piracy FAQ.
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