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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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Country:

Japan

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Japanese | English

Release Date:

26 March 1986 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Maison Ikkoku See more »

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Kitty TV See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(96 episodes)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

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 »

Alternate Versions

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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by Anzen Chitai
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Not as wild as the comic
19 November 2003 | by Jeremy BristolSee all my reviews

The anime version of Maison Ikkoku doesn't have quite so much of the sexual humor as the original comics by Rumiko Takahashi, and for some reason the actor who plays Godai tries to hard to be funny and ends up overplaying him sometimes. Actually, a lot; but there are times when he nails the character. Sumi Shimamoto (one of my favorite voice actresses) as Kyoko Otonashi is just too perfect. She doesn't come across sounding like her strong Nausicaa voice or her soft Clarice-from-LupinIII voice--she sounds like a young woman who is trying to live on.

The animation, while it seems crude, was actually pretty good for back them (I think the Guyver came out about the same time--Maison Ikkoku is better). And every once in a while, the writers stretch a passing joke of Takahashi's well past the breaking point, until your willing to do anything if they would only stop for a minute so you can stop laughing.


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