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Maison Ikkoku

Maison Ikkoku

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Ikkoku House, Juliette, je t`aime
Japanese: めぞん一刻

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 96
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 26, 1986 to Mar 2, 1988
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 8.251 (scored by 3960 users)
Ranked: #2552
Popularity: #1664
Members: 11,633
Favorites: 365
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Synopsis

Maison Ikkoku is a romanic comedy series created by Rumiko Takahashi. The story centers around the development of the relationship between Kyoko Otonashi and Yusaku Godai. Kyoko is a recent widow who moves into the apartment house Ikkoku-kan where she becomes the manager. Godai is a wanna-be student ("ronin") struggling with college entrance exams.

When they meet, it's love at first sight—for Godai anyway. Along the way, the other tentants, the mysterious Yotsuya, the seemingly alcoholic Ichinose, and the brash Akemi, watch and occasionally take part to make their lives more interesting. To complicate matters further, the wealthy tennis coach Shun Mitaka has his eye on Kyoko, while Godai is pursued by both Nanao Kozue and Ibuki Yagami. Covering a wide range of emotions from hysterically funny to painfully sad, Maison Ikkoku—all 96 episodes—is well worth seeing.

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Adaptation: Maison Ikkoku
Side story: Maison Ikkoku: Deserted Island
Sequel: Maison Ikkoku: Final Chapter
Summary: Maison Ikkoku: Through the Passing of the Seasons
Prequel: Maison Ikkoku: Prelude - Meguru Haru no Sakura no you ni...
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Characters & Voice Actors

Godai, Yuusaku
Godai, Yuusaku
Main
Watanabe, Kumiko
Japanese
Watanabe, Kumiko
Swaile, Brad
English
Swaile, Brad
...
Ichinose, Hanae
Ichinose, Hanae
Main
Kazuyo, Aoki
Japanese
Kazuyo, Aoki
Ichinose, Kentarou
Ichinose, Kentarou
Main
Sakamoto, Chika
Japanese
Sakamoto, Chika
Henderson, Saffron
English
Henderson, Saffron
Otonashi, Kyoko
Otonashi, Kyoko
Main
Shimamoto, Sumi
Japanese
Shimamoto, Sumi
Kennedy, Ellen
English
Kennedy, Ellen
...

Staff

Yamazaki, Kazuo
Director
Yoshinaga, Naoyuki
Director
Mochizuki, Tomomi
Episode Director
Ito, Kazunori
Script



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Dec 23, 2009
Lorelei
Rumiko Takahashi's Maison Ikkoku. Never have I seen anything as human as this. It was summer, a couple of years ago, when I stumbled upon an anime that seemed like it was an ancient artifact, a blast from the past. Because of how it looked (the quality's very worn-out), I almost dismissed it. Just like most of the people who do not give old anime a chance. I was fortunate enough because I decided to stick with the show for 96 episodes. After I watched it, I felt as though I just watched one of the best things that ever happened to anime.

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Feb 9, 2009
pastafiend
First, I want to make a note that the ratings for Art and Sound are somewhat tough to call for this particular series; it is definitely showing its age, the color is washed out, the animations are far from pristine by todays standards, but all of that given, there are inspired flourishes that, at times, challenge the stuff you see coming out of computer-aided studios today.

When considering whether you are interested in watching this series, you should look elsewhere if you cannot answer "yes" to these two questions: "Am I patient?" and "Do I enjoy romance?". If you made it past that, you may read more
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Recommendations

Natsuyuki is how Maison Ikkoku would've been, had MI's cast been presented in a less likable manner and those same characters not taken SIX YEARS to resolve their non-starting relationship issues.

Maybe because of how fast the pace moves in NR, in comparison to MI's drawn out deceased lover rom-comedy, but NR's cast come across as inconsistent and (in mine eyes) are cheapened by their actions. NR's lead goes from a bumbling idiot lacking confidence to a dickish, I-don't-care-if-husband-watches playboy, and the wife doesn't take much to accept a new man, considering how much she's still in love with her dead hubby. (Plus, her short-haired look is lacking, when put alongside the allure of Kyoko's long-haired beauty.)
These series are almost identical, as both are long, classic, old school romantic comedies with a slice of life mood.
Expect the average foolish male protagonist, the beautiful black-haired tsundere, the super annoying schoolgirl in love with the main guy, funny/silly/annoying supporting characters, love triangles, misunderstandings, a nice OST, and 80's style.
The main difference is that Maison Ikkoku's main characters are older than the Orange Road ones.

Opening Theme

#1: "Kanashimi yo Konnichiwa" by Yuki Saito (eps 1-23, 25-37)
#2: "Alone Again (Naturally)" by Gilbert O'Sullivan (ep 24)
#3: "Suki sa" by Anzen Chitai (eps 38-52)
#4: "Sunny Shining Morning" by Kiyonori Matsuo (eps 53-76)
#5: "Hidamari" by Kōzō Murashita (eps 77-96)
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Ending Theme

#1: "Ashita Hareru ka" by Takao Kisugi (eps 1-14)
#2: "Ci · ne · ma" by Picasso (eps 15-23, 25-33)
#3: "Get Down" by Gilbert O'Sullivan (ep 24)
#4: "Fantasy" by Picasso (eps 34-52)
#5: "Sayonara no Sobyō" by Picasso (eps 53-76)
#6: "Begin the Night" by Picasso (eps 77-96)
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