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Maison Ikkoku

Posted on: March 23, 2008

Rumiko Takahashi is a brilliant storyteller. famous for her manga works such as Ranma 1/2, Urusei Yatsura and Inuyasha, all of which has been adapted to anime form and subtitled for us non-nihon speaking people to enjoy.

which brings me to one of her beloved works, Maison Ikkoku, a 96 episode romance comedy anime that centers around a run-down boarding house and it’s tenants. more specifically, a love story between an unlucky student named Yusaku Godai and the young Kyoko Otonashi, the manager of Maison Ikkoku.

Godai starts out as an unimpressive 20 year old guy who constantly fails in his exams (due to funny circumstances involving drinking sessions with his other tenants) but slowly learn to grow up to be a man with goals and ambition. i can identify with him, as it’s really true that nothing beats perseverance when your working towards a goal, in his case, becoming someone worthy to take care of the girl he loves so dearly.

on the other hand, we’ve got Kyoko, a 22 year old recently widowed lady who is prone to jealousy, always jumping to conclusions (no thanks to hyped up gossips from her tenants). she is someone who struggles with herself internally as she cannot seem let go of past feelings and move forward. oh yeah, she’s a bit dense at times too.

Maison Ikkoku is about the simple life where hand phones and the internet doesn’t exist, where gossips is the normal form for misunderstandings and where face to face confrontations is only way to divine solutions. the artwork is a bit dated (think doraemon) but you won’t mind so much after devoting yourself to a few episodes. it actually feels natural and in my opinion, perfect for the atmosphere it tries to convey.

without a doubt, it’s one of the longest anime i’ve ever watched and with all the reviews i’ve read on Maison Ikkoku before committing myself to it, i tend to agree it deserves a lot of praise and then some.

however, and correct me if i’m wrong, the only gripe i have with it is that throughout the 96 episodes, never once have i seen Kyoko spout out the obligatory “i love you” to Godai. call me old fashion but that’s like a requisite towards a happy ending, neh?

triviality aside, i’m kinda sad that i’ve reached the end of the anime. it’s a wonderful feeling watching their relationship grow, where love blossoms for them at the end of all their trials and tribulations. i just wish this feeling could continue on forever, along with this anime.

a great watch. recommended to all with a soft spot for romance. here is “Suki Sa (i love you)”, one of the beautiful opening theme songs from Maison Ikkoku.


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