The misadventures of a young student and his landlady's romance.
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Yusaku Godai, a bumbling college student, is in love with his landlord, Kyoko Otonashi. Otonashi, while attracted to Godai, is hesitant, having lost her first husband in the not-too-distant past. The rest is history: Godai schemes to win Otonashi's heart, all the while battling off his rival, Shun Mitaka, and fending off his lunatic neighbors, who include an old woman who lives on gossip and liquor (Ichinose), a scantily-clad flirt (Akemi), and a bizarre, enigmatic man (Yotsuya). Written by Michael Toole <slade23@titan.oit.umass.edu>

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Originally, Kyoko and Godai's relationship wasn't going to be the basis of the story. Rather, Rumiko Takahashi, the creator of the comic the series is based on, was going to end the storyline early on and continue on with a series of other storylines centering around the building's other occupants. However, the romance storyline proved so popular it became the basis for the entire series in both comic and television form. See more »

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The basis for all anime romance
24 December 2003 | by (Palo Alto, CA) – See all my reviews

It came before Please Teacher, before Love Hina, even before Kimagure Orange Road. I might be too young to say for sure, but I'll bet this is the series that started the whole romantic comedy movement. It's also one of the few with a mature enough storyline to keep post-teenagers interested.

Yeah, it's the same plot that exists in every anime of the type: boy meets girl, boy and girl deny their feelings for the entire series (but hook up every few episodes), boy and girl finally get together in the end. As a consequence, the plot moves a bit slowly and is a bit too one-track-minded; more fun plot diversions would have been welcome. Still, it's a pretty funny series, and the characters are colorful enough to care about for 96 straight episodes. If you're into Rumiko Takahashi's stuff, Maison Ikkoku's probably the best place to start.


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