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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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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 »

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Urusei yatsura: All-Star Banquet! We Are Immortal!! (1986) See more »

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The basis for all anime romance
24 December 2003 | by CrunchyCookieSee 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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