The misadventures of a young student and his landlady's romance.
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 Grandfather Otonashi / ... (96 episodes, 1986-1988)
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 Kentaro Ichinose / ... (96 episodes, 1986-1988)
Kazuyo Aoki ...
 Ichinose Hanae (96 episodes, 1986-1988)
Nicole Bouma ...
 Ikuko / ... (96 episodes, 1986-1988)
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 Soichiro-san / ... (96 episodes, 1986-1988)
Issei Futamata ...
 Godai Yusaku (96 episodes, 1986-1988)
Ron Halder ...
 Doctor / ... (96 episodes, 1986-1988)
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 Akemi Roppongi / ... (96 episodes, 1986-1988)
Ellen Kennedy ...
 Kyoko Otonashi (96 episodes, 1986-1988)
Yûko Mita ...
 Roppongi Akemi (96 episodes, 1986-1988)
Sumi Shimamoto ...
 Otonashi Kyoko (96 episodes, 1986-1988)
Paul Dobson ...
 Freeloading Husband / ... (95 episodes, 1986-1988)
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 Kozue's Mother / ... (95 episodes, 1986-1988)
Ward Perry ...
 Chachamaru Regular 2 / ... (95 episodes, 1986-1988)
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 Housewife 1 / ... (95 episodes, 1986-1988)
Kathy Morse ...
 Hanae Ichinose (60 episodes, 1986-1988)
Brad Swaile ...
 Yusaku Godai (56 episodes, 1987-1988)
Akira Kamiya ...
 Mitaka Shun (51 episodes, 1986-1988)
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 Shun Mitaka (51 episodes, 1986-1988)
Chika Sakamoto ...
 Ichinose Kentaro (46 episodes, 1986-1988)
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 Yusaku Godai (40 episodes, 1986)
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 Yotsuya (40 episodes, 1986)
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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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The surnames of many of the characters are derived from Japanese numbers: Ichinose - "One/first rapids". Mitaka - "Three hawks", Mitaka is also the name of a wealthy area in Tokyo. Yotsuya = "Four valleys", shares a name with the Yotsuya district, name famous in a Japanese ghost story. Godai = "Five generations". Roppongi = "Six trees", Roppongi is also a famous nightclub district on Tokyo. Nanao = "Seven tails". Yagami = "Eight gods". Kujo = "Nine streets", Kujo may also a play on "Cujo", the Stephen King book. See more »

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Ashita hareru ka
by Takao Kisugi
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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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