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Maison Ikkoku

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Ikkoku House
Japanese: めぞん一刻


Type: TV
Episodes: 96
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 26, 1986 to Mar 2, 1988
Premiered: Spring 1986
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Manga
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
L represents licensing company


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The story takes place in Maison Ikkoku, a worn and aging boarding house where Godai Yuusaku, a 20 year old college applicant, lives. Though honest and good-natured, he is weak willed and often taken advantage of by the offbeat and mischievous tenants who live with him. As he is about to move out, he is stopped at the door by the young and beautiful Otonashi Kyouko, who announces she will be taking over as landlord. Godai immediately falls in love with her and decides to stay.

Later, Godai and the other tenants find out that despite her young age, she is a widow, as she married her high school teacher, but he died shortly after their marriage. Godai empathizes with her and endeavors to free her from her sadness.

He manages to work up enough courage to confess his love to her, and it begins to look like that a relationship between them might actually appear... until Kyouko meets the rich, handsome, and charming Mitaka Shun. Mitaka quickly declares his intention to court Kyouko and states that he is very patient and can wait until her heart is ready.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Otonashi, Kyoko
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Shimamoto, Sumi
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Godai, Yuusaku
Godai, Yuusaku
Watanabe, Kumiko
Watanabe, Kumiko
Futamata, Issei
Futamata, Issei
Chiba, Shigeru
Chiba, Shigeru
Roppongi, Akemi
Roppongi, Akemi
Mita, Yuko
Mita, Yuko


Yamazaki, Kazuo
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Annou, Takashi
Annou, Takashi
Yoshinaga, Naoyuki
Yoshinaga, Naoyuki
Shiba, Shigeharu
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Sound Director

More episodes Episodes(1/96)

# Episode Title Aired
1 Sorry to Keep You Waiting! I Am Otonashi Kyoko!
Omatase Shimashita! Watashi ga Otonashi Kyouko Desu!! (お待たせしました! 私が音無響子です!!)
Mar 26, 1986

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)

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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Nov 19, 2015
Rumiko Takahashi’s previous success started with Urusei Yatsura and continued with Maison Ikkoku. The Yatsura manga started in 1978 and Ikkoku started two years later. Both ended in 1987. Compared to the crazy slap stick comedy of Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku went a more serious direction in romance and writing for an older audience. The staff itself was mostly different with only the director Kazuo Yamazaki (Urusei Yatsura) carried over. Studio Deen (episodes 128-195 Yatsura) kept most of the similar staff after they took over Yatsura, and worked in conjunction with Ikkoku.

Maison Ikkoku’s story is a “sad” romance development between two main characters Yusaku Godai and read more
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Dec 23, 2009
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.

The story revolves read more
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Oct 6, 2015
I'm Back!! And boy I'm coming back with a bang by reviewing my favorite good old anime :). Maison Ikkoku. I still have the DVD of it. :).

The Highlights
Story: A well-paced, emotional, nostalgic slice-of-life.
Characters: The most unique and memorable bunch out there.
Ending: The best of its genre.

Many anime enthusiasts are turned off by older-looking animation, tending to stick to the new television premiers. I must admit I myself had doubts, assuming again that this was just an older twist on the same story. Yet with beautiful, consistent animation and an introduction to a cast of one-of-a-kind characters it quickly became one of my all time read more
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Apr 2, 2015
A couple years back I had started to watch Maison Ikkoku. I've always been into the romance/slice-of-life genre and Maison Ikkoku seemed like it would be a good show to watch. However after the first ten or so episodes one of my buddies had watched an episode with me. Needless to say, he didn't appreciate it as much as I did. For whatever reason, after that, I decided against watching the rest. But here we are in the year 2015, thirty-five years after the production of this gem. And let me tell you, despite what my friend may have said, read more
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Anime: Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou
Maison Ikkoku nostalgia hit me hard during Kawai's first ep. You have a student moving into a boarding house, finding his new room invaded by a weirdo, and - on the way out of the door - seeing a girl he falls in love with at first/second sight. And, of course, he then decides to stay--putting up with the other residents. IT'S MAISON IKKOKU BORN AGAIN!!!!....

...well, not really. I mean, it was obviously inspired by Maison Ikkoku - as all boarding house rom-coms are to a certain extent - but the main romance is nothing like in MI. The heroine in Kawai is  read more 
reportRecommended by AironicallyHuman
Anime: Suzuka
Both series are about love between people that live in boarding houses and in both series there are rowdy neighbors that love to drink.


In both series the male leads are in love with women who have lost the ones they love and can't move on from it. 
reportRecommended by shinigamidono
Anime: Kimagure Orange☆Road
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. 
reportRecommended by RenaPsychoKiller
Anime: Ranma ½
both are funny and romantic. Ranma is more funny then romantic and Maison Ikkoku is more romantic then funny. both are created by Rumiko Takahashi and both are enjoyable. 
reportRecommended by Vixen
Anime: Natsuyuki Rendezvous
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  read more 
reportRecommended by AironicallyHuman
Anime: Urusei Yatsura
Same creators. Both start of at least seemingly one sided love affair.Urusei Yatsura has more nonsensical comedy while Maison Ikkoku is more slice of life comedy. 
reportRecommended by pnelson786

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