Keitaro and Naru spend an awful lot of time in Naru’s room studying together. Kistune, who lives in the next room over, decides to drill some peep holes in the wall for herself, Su, and Shinobu. What they see gets Shinobu thinking…
The First Kiss Tastes Like Lemon? Marshmellow? Grown-up.
Kitsune, Su, and Shinobu witness Keitaro and Naru studying. Or, they were, but Naru seems to have fallen asleep. This prompts Keitaro, the sly fox he is, to go in for a kiss. An attempt at a kiss, because he fails to do so a few times. Naru then opens her eyes and tells him that she wasn’t sleeping, and knocks him out of the room before walking over to the peep holes and poking the three girl’s eyes.
But from then on, the episode follows Shinobu as she wonders what it’s like to kiss someone. Her friend at school says she has kissed someone, Su has, and she finds that pretty much everyone has.. This makes her want to have her own first kiss. There’s a lot of Shinobu talking to people about this subject.
Eventually, Su creates a robot that kisses people. Shinobu runs away from it, and the robot ends up changing targets to Kitsune, and then Motoko, before Motoko destroys it. Shinobu’s friend then tries to kiss her, and she runs away. Su then brings out another invention, a pair of goggles that somehow will force someone to kiss people – and she slaps it on Keitaro’s head. Keitaro begins to fly around trying to kiss people before he gets knocked out by Naru.
In the end, Su ends up kissing Shinobu, before all the girls go to the bath, the place where most Love Hina episodes seem to end.
This episode wasn’t particularly amazing. While there were a few fun moments with Su’s inventions, most of the episode was Shinobu being curious about kissing, and it just wasn’t that interesting or exciting. There was actually a fairly serious tone for much of the episode, because it followed Shinobu and her thoughts.
On the plus side, I suppose it was nice to follow Shinobu this episode, sort of like we followed Motoko last episode. It’s nice to see what a day in the life of the other characters is like. I just wish that there was more ridiculous things happening in this episode.
We did see Kentaro for a brief moment, as he is now working part-time jobs due to losing most of his money when Naru, Shinobu, and Motoko all stopped being idols. Which means I was right that he had a lot of money tied up in advertising them and manufacturing their fame.
Peeping on Keitaro
Kentaro At Work
Su’s Kissing Machine
Su’s Kissing Goggles
Other Posts in the Series
- Season One
- Episode 1 – Welcome to the Hina Apartments
- Episode 2 – A New Guest
- Episode 3 – Motoko Returns
- Episode 4 – Keitaro’s Academic Struggle
- Episode 5 – A Trip to Kyoto
- Episode 6 – Lost and Found
- Episode 7 – Introducing… Kentaro
- Episode 8 – Classic Gaming
- Episode 9 – Rent Left Unchecked
- Episode 10 – Su Confusion
- Episode 11 – Starstruck
- Episode 12 – Turtle Mayhem
- Episode 13 – Shinobu’s Curiosity
- Episode 14 – Rat Race
- Episode 15 – Rekindled Love?
- Episode 16 – Teahouse Hinata
- Episode 17 – Ghostly Encounters on Vacation: Haunted Necklace?
- Episode 18 – Jealousy
- Episode 19 – The Crown Prince
- Episode 20 – Doll From A Bygone Era
- Episode 21 – Romantic Rivalry
- Episode 22 – Sisterly Conduct
- Episode 23 – Drama Ensues
- Episode 24 – Resolutions