Names are in Western order, with the surname after the given name.
NB Where ages are quoted these are the ages at the time the character appears in the story – the story moves through a year fairly quickly so ages change quickly.
Due to frequent near-death experiences, her outlook on life is somewhat disconnected with reality, a point reinforced by her almost surreal optimism. She has a number of unusual qualities such as being able to speak "turtlese" which she uses to communicate with her turtles and a guessing method she uses for exams which involves the sides of a pencil. Despite her eccentricities she is extremely intelligent, scoring full marks in the practice exams – yet still failing to get into Tokyo University due to simple mistakes such as forgetting to write her name on the test paper.
Her surname, Otohime, comes from the legend of Urashima Tarō, where Otohime is the beautiful daughter of the Sea King and the eventual wife of Urashima. Otohime first appears in the legend as a beautiful five colored sea turtle, providing the basis for Mutsumi's association with supernatural turtles. Her character design was supposedly modelled on Aeris of Final Fantasy fame. In the opening chapter of manga volume 14, Mutsumi dons an outfit closely resembling that of Aeris.
When she was younger and living in Hinata, Mutsumi claims to have played matchmaker for Naru and Keitaro after it became clear that she wanted to go to Tokyo University with him. Although she loved Keitaro, she let him go for Naru's sake by deliberately losing a game of rock-paper-scissors to decide which of them would become Keitaro's wife, which is mirrored by Shinobu in the Love Hina Again OVA. She then made a promise with Naru that both she and her would later go to Tokyo University, so that Naru would remember the promise made to Keitaro. Before leaving Hinata, she gave Naru her Liddo-kun doll in memory of their friendship. This story is given credence by later discoveries, particularly in volume 14 of the manga. Like Keitaro and Naru, she finally passes the Todai entrance exam. She studies there, later entering graduate school. At the end of the manga she helps out in organizing Keitaro and Naru's wedding by bringing a plethora of watermelons.
Tokyopop sometimes misspells her name as "Mitsumi" or "Matsumi".
In the anime, she is first introduced as a grieving girl who has run away from home due to domestic turmoil; however, in the manga, she is already at the Hinata Inn when Keitaro arrives and her parents are still together.
She is quite skilled in both cooking and household chores as she become the cook.(Her family once owned a restaurant in town prior to their divorce). Quiet and shy, she is overly caring of other's feelings and this contributes to her own emotional frailty. She is the first girl to fall for Keitaro. In both the anime and manga, she thinks highly of Keitaro and will often be at the verge of tears when she thinks that he is in trouble or likes someone else. Such kind of permanent struggle with herself makes Shinobu's role dramatically saturated, so much so that it can be considered more tragic than that of Mutsumi (and, probably, the most tragic one of all).
Shinobu's closest friend may be Su, although she is not above bashing Kaolla for her mean jokes at times. One possible reason Shinobu has a crush on Keitaro is they actually have somewhat similar personalities, particularly in the manga where she bears the brunt of much embarrassing humor.In the manga, she was rated the #2 most popular girl by the readers. Though since the end of the manga she has become the most popular.Her name means "Front Field to Remember", while her given name means "To Endure."
She has difficulty dealing with other people, especially males; she finds men to be a distraction that keep her from being able to concentrate fully on her studies and kendo practice. She also dislikes men because her sister left the dojo to marry. Her relationship with Keitaro initially resembles Naru's relationship with him; he all too often finds himself on the receiving end of various attacks as a result of his frequent mishaps. She eventually mellows out as she becomes used to him and eventually finds herself developing feelings for him, along with a habit of writing trashy romance tales involving the two of them.
Motoko has an older sister, Tsuruko, who gave up the life of the sword to marry. Tsuruko is far stronger at kendo than Motoko, and Motoko both greatly admires and fears her. However, Tsuruko believes that Motoko has more potential than herself, and that Motoko lost her drive to improve when Tsuruko married. Motoko is also the next in line to inherit the dojo the Aoyama family has in Kyoto as she is not married. It is notable that Tsuruko is actually Motoko's biological sister. They are nearly the only characters in the series who are actually blood-related as siblings (the second siblings couple is presented by Kaolla and Amalla Su).
Motoko has only two serious fears in the world: Tsuruko, and for some unknown reason, turtles (even though Tsuruko correlates it to her intense dislike for men). The character of Motoko seems to have been influenced somewhat by the InuYasha series (author Ken Akamatsu has admitted to being a big fan). Her appearance is strikingly similar to Kikyo from that series, and many of her sword attacks are almost exactly the same as those used by Inuyasha himself.As a side note, Motoko's surname means 'blue mountain,' and her given name means 'origin child.'
She is from the fictional kingdom of Molmol, supposedly located near the International Date Line, and is the princess of said country. The dot on her forehead seems to have something to do with the 3-eyed symbol of Molmol, though it resembles (indeed, is almost identical to) a bindi dot. She is seemingly a barefooter and is very rarely caught with any kind of footwear on. She is often dressed in nothing else except her heavily altered school uniform in almost every anime episode and manga chapter, or some otherwise scant costume. To top her personality, she is above all extremely hyperactive, usually hugging (or, in Keitaro's case, kicking) someone, trying to eat something, especially bananas and/or Tama-chan, or inventing some potentially dangerous new device.
Molmol is a kingdom where the moon sometimes appears red. It also uses a western naming order, although the Hinata Inn residents never seem to pick this up: Su is actually Kaolla Su's family name. Su likes all the other residents in the Hinata Apartments and gets along well with them, though they have difficulty keeping up with her hyperactive tendencies; only the athletic Motoko seems to be able to tolerate and keep up with her. Her like for Keitaro stems from the fact that he reminds her of the person she refers to as her older brother (actually her cousin, whom she grew up with). However, it can be inferred that she eventually comes to care about Keitaro as much as and perhaps even more than her older brother. This can be seen when she states that she likes them both, but later comments (in the anime) on how Keitaro would never say something like "You have no choice", implying that she feels Keitaro is kinder and more considerate of her feelings than her older brother.
While she has stated that she likes everyone in the Hinata apartments (including Sarah, who was sent there for a short period of time), it is apparent that Kaolla shares a much deeper relationship with Sarah and Shinobu as compared to the other residents.Her ambition is to return to her homeland to start a computing school and transform her country into a technological power that will rival, and eventually conquer, Japan.
As if her never ending energy, strange customs, and mechanical finesse were not strange enough, Su also possesses the ability to transform into a more adult version of herself on a single night every year, when the moon glows red. In anime she admitted to have fallen in love with Keitaro while was in this form, despite her transfromation just last a few seconds because there was not red moon.
Her room in the Hinata Inn is a faithful recreation of Molmol's natural habitat, complete with banana trees, a waterfall, and a small lake, along with a high-tech laboratory. As seen in the manga, she owns a Nintendo 64 and a Sega Dreamcast (actually, according to Naru, she owns "nearly every video game console"); the latter she sometimes places on top of her head while using virtual reality goggles to play.
Her nickname comes from a combination of her first and last names, and the fact that she hardly ever fully opens both eyes at the same time (mostly when she is surprised). As a result, she has a perpetually fox-like, vulpine expression. She's a practical joker and troublemaker; her mission in life seems to be to ensure that things never get too dull or those around her too complacent. She is also seen drinking a lot. In the manga (Volume 4) Kitsune's bedroom walls are densely lined with bottles of alcoholic drinks.
Kitsune is more flirtatious, especially with Keitaro, than any of the other residents. She is also the bustiest in the household, second only to Mutsumi Otohime, and is unafraid of using her charms to get what she wants, whatever it might be. Her relationship with Keitaro eventually develops into a "little brother/big sister" connection (though Keitaro is actually older than her).
She also is a bit greedy, as it is seen in a flashback sequence when she tells Keitaro about how much Naru's innocence ended up dismissing possible boyfriends; Kitsune was shown to encourage her to date a rich boy just because of his wealth. Also, when the girls are traveling to Molmol to try and bring Keitaro back to Hinata Inn, the only thing she thinks of is the inheritance that will be left to him and the girl that he chooses whenever Hina returns, even though, later on, Kitsune lets him stay with Naru.She eventually takes over the Hinata Tea House when Haruka leaves. Between the start and the finish Kitsune held two other jobs. As the author points in the last volume, her name is derived from the name of the mangaka Mitsune Ayasaka.
Haruka Urashima is the only child of Hinata Urashima's eldest daughter, Yoko Urashima; her second daughter was Keitaro's mother (apparently the Urashima women keep their family name). After the death of Yoko, Hinata adopted her granddaughter. Therefore, Haruka is Keitaro's legal aunt in addition to being his actual cousin. It was as a teenager that, while working at the inn, she was first called "Aunty Haruka" by her baby cousin Keitaro – the same time that Keitaro first met both Mutsumi and Naru.
Haruka is the ryōbo ("house-mother") of the Joshi Senyō Ryō Hinata-sō ("Women's Only Dormitory, Hinata House") and runs the Wafū Chabō Hinata ("Traditional Japanese Tea-Room Hinata"). Haruka is constantly seen smoking a cigarette. Like Naru, she has a fiery temper (and great physical prowess to match), which she hides under a calm, detached exterior.
Having traveled the world with Seta and Sara's mom, Haruka's skills in martial arts rival Seta's and can even surpass his when she is angry. She is also very skilled with firearms, which shows when she shoots Kaolla's missiles at Seta's head after being teased by him.Haruka's given name means, "Far off" or "Distant", which could be a play on her calm personality.
Seta is also something of an adventurer, and possesses a van that shares his indestructible nature, and apparently has a submarine mode. In the past, Haruka had a major crush on him, though he seemed oblivious. They went on many expeditions together. Along with them on the expeditions was Sara's mother, an American that looked remarkably like Naru, who later died. Her last request was that Seta marry Haruka. This wish was granted, and Haruka and Seta married at the ruins of Todai, capital of the Turtle civilization.Seta is Sara's guardian, and she refers to him as "papa."
Seta is most probably a practitioner of Jeet Kune Do. In most situations, his fighting stance is almost an exact mirror of Bruce Lee's proprietary stance. Also, in the anime, Sara even uses the term "Jeet Kune Do" in reference to her father's fighting technique.Seta makes an appearance in Akamatsu's other work, Negima, as a spectator in the Legendary Martial Arts Tournament. He is shown laughing at Kotaro during the preliminaries.
His name is derived from the name of the mangaka Noriyasu Seta. Coincidentally, if "nori" and "yasu" are swapped, the result is the family name of Seta's Japanese voice actor (although they are written differently in kanji).Seta's van's license plate is R2-D2, an obvious Star Wars reference, and it is shown as the vehicle for Keitaro and Naru's honeymoon. Noriyasu means "Peaceful rule"
Sarah is left for a time in the care of the Hinata Inn residents by Seta, as he feels that travelling the world with him on expeditions would be too disruptive to her childhood. There, she develops a close friendship with Su, most likely because of their shared disdain for the general order of things. Also, it cannot be ignored that they are the only non-Japanese main characters in Love Hina, and that degree of comfort and commonality, most likely drew them closer. In both the manga and anime version, Sarah even comments on how "Kaolla and I are not Japanese!" during a meal, when Motoko forces them all – sans Naru who is in a field trip to Kyoto – to have a samurai-like diet. Interestingly, Sara quickly becomes Su's new playmate, taking the place of Motoko, who was the only person in the house to keep up with Su's energy. Sara and Su eventually become so close they change their hairstyles to match, both of them with two pigtails. Sara eventually does return to travelling with Seta after his marriage to Haruka.
Sarah has an uncle in California. Her mother, now deceased, formerly worked with Seta and Haruka on an archaeological dig and competed for Seta's romantic attention.
Sara possesses no unusual talents or skills, save for a certain gift for Jeet Kune Do learned from Seta, though she is adept at bashing Keitaro on the head with priceless artifacts often pulled out of nowhere. She has a panda shaped birthmark on her buttocks, which she avoids showing at all costs. She is also possibly related to Cynthia McDougal from Ken Akamatsu's previous manga series A.I. Love You.
Most information about Sara can be found in manga volumes 4 and 13.
Kanako never came to see Keitaro as a brother after her adoption; she has loved him since they were children. When they promised to run a hotel together when they grew up, she always assumed it would be as husband and wife. Unfortunately for her, Keitaro does not share these thoughts, preferring to maintain a brother/sister relationship with her; however, even with what she feels, she still calls him by onii-sama ("brother", referring to the older sibling in a very respectful way).
She soon recognizes that all of the girls in Hinata Inn have some sort of affection for her brother after she tests them in a variety of ways. She tries to drive them away by being as mean and cruel as she could to them, in much the same way that they themselves had once attempted to drive Keitaro away. At first it seemed to be working, as one by one everyone but Naru left the new Hinata Inn, but the others ultimately returned.
Kanako is a mistress of disguise and is able to impersonate anyone, which she uses to try to get control over the Hinata Inn. In order to ensure a perfect impersonation, she also uses a technique called "bone-fitting", in which she would adjust her articulations in order to look taller or shorter (to the appropriate and creepy sound of clicking bones). Keitaro is the only one who can see through her disguise at simple view.
She also has feelings for Keitaro, reacting in much the same way as Naru does when she sees him kissing someone else (in this case "Keitaro" was Mutsumi in one of Kanako's disguises, but it was real enough for Kanako) – even though she is the only one who Keitaro actually raises his hand against.
When the girls (except for Naru, who actually ends up staying on her side) start suspecting of Kanako's feelings for Keitaro and why she forces them to be mean to him, they form the "Hinata House Liberation Front" to reoccupy it. Kanako and Naru (joined by Mutsumi) form the Hinata-rōshi (日向浪士, translated as "Hinata Rebel Alliance") to reclaim it under the name Urashima Kanako-no-suke (浦島可奈子之助; seen in Chapter 96).
Even without knowing her, Kanako has harbored a deep hatred for the now grown-up little girl to which Keitaro promised to go to Toudai with, as she believes that the promise is what made his life plagued with bad luck; as such, she believed that, by eliminating this girl, the "curse" would be lifted. At first, she thought that Kitsune, who was leading the "Liberation Front", was this girl, but in the nick of time, Naru ended up telling that she was the girl, even without properly affirming ("I... I guess I am that little girl..."). Disheartened for having trusted her unwilling sworn enemy, in what she saw as a betrayal act, Kanako went on to try and bother her relationship with Keitaro the best she could; however, in the end, she ended up recognizing it was Naru who he liked, and reluctantly passed him on to her.
She first appears in Volume 11 in the manga, and in the Love Hina Again OVA. Her appearance is often accompanied by the sound of a bell carried on the tail of her unusual cat Kuro (which some of the Hinata Inn residents call "witch cat" for its abilities to fly and talk, of which only Shinobu seems to know aside from Kanako herself).
There are slight differences in timing of events between the anime and manga, and some anime-only characters were added by Ken Akamatsu, so the two adaptations are generally reconcilable with each other. Naru's stepsister, for example, appears in the anime, but never in the manga except in its epilogue; however, she is referenced to earlier in the manga.
"Brother" to Amalla and Kaolla. In reality, he is a cousin of theirs, but they have grown up as siblings. He is the king of their nation, and in the tradition of their people, he has to serve in the military for a period of time. Before that happens, he is required to marry. Once when Su was a very young girl he promised to marry her, but then he realises that she only sees him as a brother, whereas Amalla is in love with him. He marries Amalla instead.
Lamba Lu looks almost exactly like Keitaro when they both have their glasses on; the only striking differences are that he's a bit more tanned than Keitaro is, has darker hair and dark green eyes, and a somewhat Indian/South Asian appearance. Unlike Keitaro, however, Lamba Lu is very calm, collected, and 'together', and not at all clumsy or awkward.
While Lamba Lu does not appear explicitly in the manga, he does interact with Keitaro at one point and has a different role. In volume 14, Keitaro receives a letter from Lamba Lu inviting the former ronin to take part in a joint research project between Tokyo University and the University of Molmol (in which case Lamba Lu is actually the chairman of the joint research project) on the Lost Todai Ruins.
In the manga, Grandma Hina knew all along that Naru was the girl Keitaro promised to go to Tokyo U with. She also knew the location of the Liddo-Kun shaped time capsule Keitaro, Naru, and Mutsumi buried beneath the sandbox when they were children.
Despite only appearing briefly in the manga and anime, her visits and actions have a profound effect on everyone, especially Naru and Keitaro.
Also, Kentaro has been repeatedly mispronounced as 'Keitaro' by the residents, mainly before they grew too familiar with him. Strangely enough though, he has absolutely nothing, besides his original affection for Naru, in common with Keitaro.
The car Kentaro drives (as seen in the Christmas movie and episode 25) appears to be a second-generation Mazda MX-5 (Mazda Roadster in Japan). He apparently enjoys driving his car with the convertible top down, even during the winter in the snow. Although it seems to be destroyed in episode 25 (where Kentaro, while driving, would've accidentally run over Keitaro, before Tsuruko Aoyama steps in and splits the car down the middle, saving Keitaro from injury) Kentaro repeatedly continues to appear driving it (or at least the similar car) in later episodes (as shown in the Christmas Special and OVA).
The character of Mei-chan was created for and appears primarily in the Love Hina anime, though she is referred to in at least two places in the manga and is seen in the last chapter of the final volume of the manga.
On a side note, in Negima, Ken Akamatsu's current manga, a character by the name of Mei Sakura shows up. This Mei looks identical to the Mei in Love Hina, leading many fans to believe that they may be the same person. As Mei's surname in Love Hina has never been actually confirmed as Narusegawa, this theory may prove to be true. Also, Mei of Love Hina wanted to study abroad, and the Mei of Negima was an exchange student in the U.S.
Though Motoko has lived in fear of Tsuruko for years, Tsuruko has Motoko's best interests at heart and her only real wish is for her sister to be happy on whatever path she chooses to walk. Unfortunately, she has a habit of trying to kill her sister when she lies to her (when she tried to take Motoko back to Kyoto and, to prevent this, she pretended to be engaged with Keitaro) or does not tell her the full details of a situation (when Motoko omitted that she flunked the Todai admittance exam). She also gets into a bloodthirsty mood whenever Motoko is lazy and does not do her best (this is only seen in a nightmare sequence of Motoko).
While her usual appearance is that of a very proper lady well versed in Japanese culture, she sometimes has the eyes of a demon and becomes extremely violent. She is an incredible swordswoman whom few could hope to face, even though she abandoned the dojo after getting married. She is a very serious character, but also very just and in her own weird way, only cares for the well being of her sister.
She has a beautiful pet crane named "Shippu", which she later gives to Motoko in the thirteenth volume after Motoko finally defeats her. Like her sister, her sword techniques are centered around the destruction of evil, using ki attacks with her slash, some of them hurting only evil beings, but mostly slashing through rocks, people or larger objects (like a sports car, driven by Kentaro, that was 'accidentally' about to run over Keitaro – in the manga, it was a truck whose driver was drunk and sleepy) as if they were made of paper.
As a side note, Tsuruko's surname means 'blue mountain,' and her given name means 'crane child.'
As a side note, Akiko's given name means 'autumn child.'
As a side note, Kikuko's given name means 'chrysanthemum child.' Sachiyo means 'Happiness' and Emi means 'Blessing'
A timid 15 year old girl who dabbles in conspiracy theories, Ema hopes to get into Tokyo University so she can improve her life and have a shot at people, especially boys, to notice her. In order to achieve this she left home to gain residence at the "legendary" Hinata Inn which is believed to have the power to get anyone into Tokyo U.
She has poor grades, ranging in the forties, is very self-conscious, and is rather clumsy. When first appearing at the Hinata Inn her introduction mirrors Keitaro's as she is chased out of the hot springs, being mistaken for a peeping tom. In awe of all the beautiful girls in Hinata Inn she accidentally steals Naru's wedding veil, tripping a theft alarm in the process, and winds up then fleeing the scene with Keitaro the day before the wedding.
Despite a shaky first day, everything is set right when she is given a thank you kiss by Naru for finding and returning both her veil and groom. It is at this moment that she realizes—after some encouragement by Shinobu as well as beating the rest of the girls in catching the wedding bouquet—she can achieve her dreams—which include being just like Naru—no matter what, if she just tries hard enough.
She has a pet chameleon named Leon.
Her name is a kaibun; if read backwards, it still spells the original Japanese reading, "Maeda Ema".
Nyamo is physically almost identical to Shinobu – except having darker skin and longer hair – and shares a number of other traits with her as well, including her extreme initial shyness and reluctance to speak. Nyamo and Shinobu quickly become good friends and correspond when apart. In the manga, she's last seen attending Keitaro's wedding. Also in the manga, when she visits the Hinata Dorms, she brings with her a pet giant tortoise named Gidget.
Though they made fewer and fewer appearances as the series progressed, ending completely with episode 24 in the anime, the old men were among the series' most intriguing characters. Apparently oblivious to everything around them except the goings-on at Hinata Inn, they seemed to possess strange insight towards the hearts and minds of the residents. Their role generally consisted of appearing at key points in an episode and commenting on the current emotional situation in short, thought-provoking statements. Whether or not the men were actually speaking to one another is not quite clear, as they would often finish one another's sentences. They appear only in the anime; at least ten of them are shown in one group scene.
She is Shinobu's mother. She is having problems with her husband, and she does not really understand Shinobu, even though she is her mother. She thinks that the Hinata Inn is a bad place full of rowdy young girls (which isn't exactly far from the truth in Su and Kitsune's cases). She only appears in the anime but was mentioned in the manga in the last volume.
She is a Tokyo University Student. She is asked by Keitarou's grandmother to become a tutor for Keitarou. If Keitarou fails to pass the coming Entrance Exam for Tokyo University, Mizuho says that she will take the responsibility for it and marry Keitarou. She only appears in the two Dreamcast games.
In connection with Ken Akamatsu, characters from his A.I. Love You manga make the most minimal cameo appearance in the Love Hina anime. A picture of Saati and Hitoshi is shown on the side of Akamatsu's yacht in the Spring Special. Also, the manga Keitaro is inking in episode 14 is A.I. Love You, as it has a very distinct picture of Toni. Also, the books that Kitsune and Shinobu sell in the Christmas Special are A.I. Love You.
As a side note, Kuro's name means 'black,' symbolizing its color.
As a footnote, Ken Akamatsu explained in his notes in Volume 14, page 148 that Tama, Kuro, Shippu, and Leon were inspired by the "Four Legendary Animals of Japanese Mythology". Tama was inspired by Genbu, Kuro by Byakko, Shippu by Suzaku, and Leon by Seiryuu.
Moé-chan was a great friend of Keisuke, Granny Hina's father and great-grandfather to Keitaro and Haruka. Keisuke had promised to fix Moé-chan's legs; but like Keitaro, Keisuke had a poor memory and eventually forgot about Moé-chan. Keitaro would later make the same promise to fix her. With the help of the Hinata residents, particularly Kaolla's help, he ultimately fulfilled his promise and Moé-chan was able to walk again.
Moé-chan's name came from a stamp on the nape of her neck, though it was later revealed as a misinterpretation; the stamp was smudged and originally read môme, the French word for a child's doll. Moé-chan is (or is similar to) a tsukumogami, a tool or doll that has been cared for 99 years and comes to life in its 100th year.
Moé-chan's only appearance in the TV series is in episode 20, and she has a very brief reappearance in Love Hina Again. She is not seen in the manga and only one sentence, in volume 9, might refer to her — Kitsune and Naru are sneaking around Naru's room, and while hiding, Kitsune sneezes, causing Naru to wonder aloud about the noise and if "it's that doll in the basement again."
Apparently, Su has been developing Mecha Tama-chans during the three years that pass since the end of the main story until the marriage of Keitaro and Naru, the latest version being the 30th. Kanako Urashima somehow gets a hold of Su's prototype Mecha-Tama in her reign over the house in volume 11, and is probably the only time someone other than Su used a Mecha-Tama, aside from Naru in volume 7 while trying to keep Keitaro and Mutsumi apart.
When drawn from the sheath, an evil presence (most likely a demon) possesses the holder of the sword, and then the person becomes incredibly powerful, although a bit silly (Naru giggling like a little girl, for instance). When the possessed person kisses someone, that person loses their energy so that they cannot fight. As noted by Tsuruko Aoyama, the presence was originally sealed into the sword by the Shinmei-Ryu school.
In both anime and manga, the blade was first drawn out by Naru. However, the manga version makes it so that Keitaro gets the sword after her, and chases after Naru like a zombie (he had a broken leg at the time and was superficially stabbed in the head).
In the anime it was sealed by Motoko by throwing Keitaro to Naru, who then kissed, and she executed the "Zanma Ken – Ni no Tachi" (Evil Cutter 2.0) with her sister's katana, which passed through Keitaro and killed the demon possessing Naru, leaving the sword empty. The manga was the same, except Motoko went in to kiss Keitaro (who had the sword at the time) to distract him. The subtle difference affected the way in which the characters evolved with regards to liking Keitaro.
After destroying the demon within the blade, Motoko takes up the Hina Blade as her new katana. Despite the destruction/death of the demon, she sometimes gets 'possessed' eyes when angry, if she is wielding the Hina Blade. In the manga, Motoko actually reseals the demon, rendering it powerless against her. However, it can still possess others; a monkey later gets the blade and becomes possessed.