"#25: Motoko's Choice, Love or the Sword: Don't Cry" is the 25th Episode of the Love Hina anime series was created and released as a DVD bonus episode directed by Yoshiaki Iwasaki and written by Sho Aikawa. As with the anime episodes, the 25th Episode featured character designs designed by Makoto Uno, based on those designed by Ken Akamatsu, and possessed the opening theme song Sakura Saku as well as the closing theme Kimi Sae Ireba.

The bonus episode appeared on the Love Hina X-mas Special: Silent Eve Christmas special DVD, released in Japan on July 4, 2001, in North America on December 3, 2002 and in the United Kingdom on November 7, 2005.

When the anime was later used as the source for a comic based on the anime, Love Hina Anime Comics, the television series, unaired 25th episode, and the Xmas and Spring specials were all included in the series.

#25: Motoko’s Choice Between Love or Swords: Don’t Cry

Motoko's sister, Tsuruko Aoyama, appears at the Hinata Apartments to pass on the inheritance of the Shinmei-ryu dojo to Motoko. However, Motoko is still not sure that she is strong enough to take on the responsibility and attempts to fool her sister into thinking that she was engaged to be married to Keitaro in order to stall the inheritance. However, when big sister finds out about this, she gives Motoko an ultimatum: Motoko must beat her sister in a Shinmei-ryu duel or give up the sword and marry Keitaro.

Characters Keitaro UrashimaNaru NarusegawaMotoko AoyamaShinobu MaeharaMitsune KonnoKaolla SuHaruka UrashimaTamaSarah McDougalMei NarusegawaKentaro SakataTsuruko AoyamaShippuWhite Dog
Items and Terms School UniformOnsenTramShinmei-ryuRock Splitting Spirit SwordHina BladeShisuiMiracle Maid Motoko
Locations HinataHinata HouseKyotoShinmei-ryu Dojo


  • This episode is based on the first "Tsuruko Arc" (chapters 7274) of the manga.
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