The Maison Ikkoku tennants throw a party to celebrate the marriage of Yuusaku and Kyouko. However, during the party Yuusaku hears that Kyouko is waiting for a letter. He becomes jealous and begins to doubt Kyouko, worrying that she still loves someone else. When the morning arrives, the answer to his worries is revealed...
I withstood 94 episodes of misunderstandings and inconveniently timed interruptions of romantic progress in Maison Ikkoku waiting for Godai and Kyoko to establish mutual trust in one another and finally become lovers. Those wishes were met fully in the end, and to this day I consider the TV series to be the most rewarding in all of the romance genre.
So I didn't appreciate this film throwing all of that patience into the trash by creating another silly misunderstanding about Kyoko sending letters to an unidentified person and Godai suspecting her of cheating. The tenets, as per usual, do everything in their power to
goad Godai into believing he's not good enough to date Kyoko and perpetuate the misunderstanding. The love scorned Yagami, one of the most annoying characters in the series, contributes in the witch hunt too. Some of this could be forgiven if this unnecessary drama didn't take up 90% of the movie, leaving hardly any time to focus on the soon to be married Godai and Kyoko (who doesn't even appear until the halfway mark)
As if emphasizing some the worst parts of the TV series weren't bad enough, the aesthetic is noticeably different. The eye designs are more narrow than before and the animation is choppy, missing the fluidity and consistency that was present in the TV series that holds up surprisingly well to today's standards. I don't think I've ever seen a movie with worse production values than the TV series until now.
The saving grace of this film is that it's not intended to be an afterword of the series, but instead a side story that takes place in between the final episode. That I don't have to view this as the final canon story of the series is excellent, as I'll forever see episode 96 as the true conclusion. Even so, what I'd hoped would be at least a fun reminder of what made Maison Ikkoku an iconic romantic dramedy was instead a painful reminder of everything that irked me while watching the series. Completely skippable by any fan.
This movie is the finale of Maison Ikkoku, tho it introduces a character not present in the series it is still wonderful. It keeps in the spirit of the anime with awkward and very natural situations without becoming absurdly impossible to believe.
This is set during the time frame of episode 96 but as anyone whos watched the series there is a showing of the future of all the characters in that episode. This is not what the movies about, in the movie godai and kyoko are still not married.
The animation is slightly different but still great quality for the series. Sounds and music are equal
are just a bit sharper and higher in quality than the tv series. The show has not lost anything on the production end of quality.
It was a enjoyable watch like a much longer finale episode that did not end in a flash forward. It was more like one last laugh before its all over a final act for us to enjoy as it all comes to a end. Once it's over you wish there was more but your satisfied in a way.
I give this film 10 on all fields, its a wonderful end to a wonderful series.
A filler that takes place during the last episode of the series, two days before the big event. There is the introduction of a new tenant while the former ones stir up trouble once again during their pre-celebration party as an old rival returns and Kyoko is anticipating a mysterious letter.
It's produced by a different studio so it looks quite different - especially the characters. Animation's quite rough. It kind of fits in but also kind of doesn't considering the atmosphere because in the TV series it felt like a trusting bond was finally forged but then here, it suggests there's still some insecurity.
be missing much if you didn't watch this but it might be worth a watch if you want to see some expansion on how the supporting characters ended up the way they did in the last episode of the TV series.