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Maison Ikkoku 

Mezon Ikkoku (original title)
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The misadventures of a young student and his landlady's romance.
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Series cast summary:
Kazuyo Aoki Kazuyo Aoki ...  Ichinose Hanae 96 episodes, 1986-1988
Shigeru Chiba ...  Soichiro-san / ... 96 episodes, 1986-1988
Issei Futamata ...  Godai Yusaku 96 episodes, 1986-1988
Ron Halder Ron Halder ...  Yotsuya / ... 96 episodes, 1986-1988
Janyse Jaud ...  Akemi Roppongi / ... 96 episodes, 1986-1988
Ellen Kennedy ...  Kyoko Otonashi 96 episodes, 1986-1988
Yûko Mita Yûko Mita ...  Roppongi Akemi 96 episodes, 1986-1988
Sumi Shimamoto ...  Otonashi Kyoko 96 episodes, 1986-1988
Terry Klassen ...  Grandfather Otonashi / ... 93 episodes, 1986-1988
Sharon Alexander ...  Kentaro Ichinose / ... 93 episodes, 1986-1988
Cathy Weseluck ...  Housewife 1 / ... 93 episodes, 1986-1988
Nicole Bouma ...  Ikuko / ... 91 episodes, 1986-1988
Paul Dobson ...  Freeloading Husband / ... 90 episodes, 1986-1988
Nicole Oliver ...  Kozue's Mother / ... 90 episodes, 1986-1988
Ward Perry Ward Perry ...  Chachamaru Regular 2 / ... 90 episodes, 1986-1988
Kathy Morse Kathy Morse ...  Hanae Ichinose 60 episodes, 1986-1988
Brad Swaile ...  Yusaku Godai 56 episodes, 1987-1988
Akira Kamiya ...  Mitaka Shun 51 episodes, 1986-1988
John Payne ...  Shun Mitaka 51 episodes, 1986-1988
Chika Sakamoto Chika Sakamoto ...  Ichinose Kentaro 46 episodes, 1986-1988
Jason Gray-Stanford ...  Yusaku Godai 40 episodes, 1986
Gerard Plunkett ...  Yotsuya 40 episodes, 1986
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Storyline

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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Japan

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Release Date:

26 March 1986 (Japan) See more »

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Maison Ikkoku See more »

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Kitty TV See more »
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(96 episodes)

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Color

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4:3
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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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The original opening and ending for ep. 26 ("Alone Again, Naturally" and "Get Down," both by Gilbert O' Sullivan) are not included in the US release of the TV series. This is because Viz was unable to secure clearances for the two songs. See more »


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Those who never saw this, missed something in their life
12 April 2006 | by IkuharaKunihikoSee all my reviews

Tokyo. Yusaku Godai is a wannabe college student who just found a new apartment where he can stay and study. But his new landlord is Kyoko, a young and handsome woman, and he falls instantly in love with her. Although she likes him too, she is hesitant since her husband died a not so long time ago. Shun Miataka, a wealthy tennis coach, is also in love with Kyoko. Complicating matters are Godai's weird neighbors; a middle aged and overweight lady Hanae, voyeuristic Yotsuya and always drunk and half naked red hair woman Akemi, who annoy him while he is studying. As years pass by Yusako gets employed as a teacher in Kyoko's old school…

I'm shocked at how unknown and underrated „Maison Ikkoku", my new anime darling, is! It's great, and everyone should see it right now! Like with most of my favorite films or animes ( and that's becoming to get a bad habit ), I didn't want to see this because the 1986 animation wasn't perfect ( too thick necks, too big hair dues, weird animation of the dog's eyes ) but when I finally did I was richly rewarded. I call this „A romance under microscope" because it is. It shows all those deepest, hidden emotions most of the films or animes are either scared to show or don't want to show. „Maison" leaves you feeling great, energetic and happy like a little kid. The author, Rumiko Takahashi, already proved that she is a romance expert with the good „Ranma 1/2" and the great „Inuyasha", but this even tops them. Actually, It's even almost as good as my other anime darling, „Sailor Moon".

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There are some fantastic scenes here. For example, Shun gives Kyoko an ultimatum – either she decides that she loves him or he is going to leave her, and she has only 1 week to decide. The following morning Godai approaches the apartment and spots Kyoko in the fog, who hides her rings under her eyes since she couldn't sleep the whole night from thinking about the ultimatum. In the other one Kyoko leaves her apartment complex for a vacation, but leaves a plan of her journey, hoping that Godai is going to follow her. But one of my favorite episodes was number 54, hilariously and adequately called „Attack with nudity!" in which Yagami, a teenage girl, fell in love with Godai who was the teacher of her class. In order to seduce him she tried everything, from staying after school with him up to placing a „heart" sign on his jacket. But when all failed, she managed to pursue her friends to lock Godai in a school basement so that she can try to seduce him with her body, wearing only a bra and a slip. Amazing stuff!

The story spans 7 years and the characters change. True, there are some weak, annoying characters ( Hanae, Akemi and Yotsuya are sometimes unbearably disgusting! ) and episodes ( beware; the first 7 episodes are pretty bad ), but they are a minor point compared to some hilarious romantic situations ( see episode 17, where Kyoko first met her future husband in high school ). Understated, quiet, funny and deeply touching, this is one sort of anime that I wish I could see more often. Those who never saw this, missed something in their life.

Grade: 10/10


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