Maison Ikkoku, Bokura wa Minna Kawai-sou Recommendations
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 more like
Dorm Life full of mayhem and memorable tenants who are unique and different. A hint of love is also in the air.
Male character fighting for a girls love while living in the same dorm (communal apartment house in Maison Ikkoku). The girls family owns the place so she has strings she can pull.
The main character also shares a room with a strange man who is constantly invading his personal space. (In Maison Ikkoku, Mr. Yoshida lives in a separate room, but makes his way in through a hole in the wall constantly.)
Both shows also have a risque, yet sensitive girl for a tenant.
The wacky tenants in Bokura wa Minna Kawai-sou are definitely similar to and possible a homage to the 80s anime Maison Ikkoku
The story is similar. Student lives with weird people and he decides to stay with them because the girl he loves lives in the same place