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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 »

Connections

Followed by Mezon Ikkoku: Kanketsu-hen (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Kanashimi yo Konnichiwa
by Yuki Saito
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One of the greatest anime of all the time
11 January 2010 | by kalky-1See all my reviews

I just finished to watch all the 96 episodes. I have to say that I loved it. I watched the English dub version and I have to admit they did a really good job. I never read the manga but I can say that comparing with other anime Maison Ikkoku does have a more European touch, leaving out all the strange Japanese characteristics of the genre. So, it is perfect also for a young audiences, and adults will love it too! Probably it is too long. Half of all the series can be cut out without losing any of the story line. Anyone can see how the last 15 episodes set the pace of the anime, at double speed respect the previous ones. This is not good for someone watching all the series in a long breath, but it is understandable for a series which was borne to be broadcast with weekly episode. The success of Maison Ikkoku meant to dilute the story in 96 episodes (quite a lot for a Japanese Anime).

I do suggest to watch this anime and you should do it also with your family. I am Italian and I live in Ireland/UK. I never understood why there is some kind of ostracism about Japanese animation in the Anglo-Saxon culture. They are really dedicated and well-told story. It is like watching a film by Akira Kurosawa.

You see, I already miss it now that I am writing. So much happened and I really missed it. It is like when Friends has been cancelled and I lost the track of time for a month. Bloody TV addiction.

Get out and buy this anime!!!


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