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Maison Ikkoku  
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Description
Travel into Japan's nuttiest apartment house and meet its volatile inhabitants: Kyoko, the beautiful and mysterious new apartment manager; Yusaku, the exam-addled college student; Mrs. Ichinose, the drunken gossip; Kentaro, her bratty son; Akemi, the boozy bar hostess; and the mooching and peeping Mr. Yotsuya.

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Manga

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Associated Names
めぞん一刻
Mezon Ikkoku

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Status in Country of Origin
15 Volumes (Complete)
10 Volumes (Wide-ban)
10 Volumes (Bunkoban)
6 Volumes (2002 Konbini-ban)
15 Volumes (Shinsouban)
7 Volumes (2012 Konbini-ban)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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Maison Ikkoku by AstroNerdBoy

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Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (427 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.46 / 10.0
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Year
1980

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Serialized In (magazine)
Big Comic Spirits (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Viz (15 Volumes - Complete)

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3 Month Pos #2065 increased(+86)
6 Month Pos #2201 decreased(-277)

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Probably 1 of my favorite romances   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by SangMo
November 20th, 2016, 1:44am
Maison Ikkoku is filled with comedy, romance, drama, and misunderstandings. Though I will say it's frustrating to read & even watch (I recommend the anime of this as well), but in a good way. It didn't stop me from reading or watching. The characters are enjoyable. The comedy is fun when not breaking up serious moments. (Only a few times it works) The romance is great (especially in the last 10 chapters.) All in all, probably 1 of my favorite romances of all time now. I'm going to break this down by character. Now I apologize if I mention things in the anime that aren't in the manga, but the plot is basically the same aside from filler in the anime really. They are both mixed in my mind because I watched it and then found the manga and read it.

Godai

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He probably has the biggest development of any character in the story. He goes from being a wimp madly in love with this girl to being one of the greatest guys in the story. From Ronin to pre-school teacher, he goes on a journey to find his place. Calling him an unlucky protagonist is an understatement. At first, there are times when he's being an idiot where he kinda deserves it, but towards the end, he hits a massive unlucky streak that causes him a lot of shit. Just to name a few, getting 2 kids dumped on him while their mother runs off to find a man (she does, but still) & losing out on a job because he helped a pregnant lady, the list goes on. In the end, he achieves his goal by getting Kyoko who fell in love with at first sight.


The Ikkoku gang

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While they did care for Godai, they took their teasing a bit far at times, usually to the point where it was cruel. When that happened, they went from being the loveable drunks to the annoying alcoholics.


Grandma Godai

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Best character hands down. Want a spin off of just her doing wacky shit.


Kozue

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Kozue was Godai's on and off again "girlfriend". She always misunderstands what Godai is trying to tell her and takes it too far. They dated, but it usually consisted of them just hanging out. Towards the end, you hadn't seen her in awhile and she gets proposed to be a co-worker. She is in love with Godai, but he says he doesn't have feelings for her, but would have most likely fallen for her if he hadn't met Kyoko. She gets mad at him over a misunderstanding and accepts the proposal. The thing is she gets mad at him for "seeing" someone else, but technically I found her anger to be kinda bullshit. I mean she was clearly seeing this other guy on and off like with Godai even to the point where he proposes to her. They reconcile and she tells Godai that the guy loves her, but it seems like she still likes Godai and will just get married and try and fall in love with her husband. That whole final plot with her seemed weird to me.


Yagami

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She falls for Godai when he was a student teacher at her school. She causes him a lot of problems, but is a sweet girl. In the end, it shows her in college and she still loves Godai.


Mitaka

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Godai's look a like. No, really, they look a like. He's Godai's love rival for Kyoko. The thing is Kyoko never had any feelings for him and just saw him as a good friend to hang out with. Similar to Kozue and Godai. His final plot deals with him being arranged to marriage and finally gives in. Though he does actually fall for the girl Asuna who he gets arranged with. His teeth sparkle. His kid's teeth sparkle. His dog's teeth sparkle. Asuna was a great girl and I'm glad she ended up with Mitaka.


Kyoko

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Kyoko is let's say a mixed bag. Nothing really bad, but her emotions tend to be kinda frustrating. So early on, before coming to Maison Ikkoku. Kyoko was married to her highschool teacher, Soichiro. (That name is a fucking nuance to Godai and it makes sense why.) They knew each other for years, and when Kyoko was 20, they got married. They were married for 6 months and then Soichiro dies. It destroys her. A few months later, she decides to become the manager of Maison Ikkoku because her father-in-law was the landlord. That's when she met Godai. She has incidents with Godai at first which kinda make her come off as a bitch at times. She thinks Godai is groping her at the beach when it's just some jellyfish. She stands him up after he works up the courage to ask her out on a date, and then they have a moment at the end, he tries to kiss her only for her to slap him. She offers to make Godai dinner for helping out her niece which makes him do happy. Well, turns out she just feeds him her dead husband's favorite meal and it makes her think about Soichiro. He comes up a lot. She's hung up on Soichiro for a good bit of the story, which in the beginning makes sense, but even after she falls for Godai, there are lingering feelings. One of the most frustrating parts is when Godai goes through all of this stuff to find out about this rock that she found. Well turns out in the end, the rock was a Christmas present on her first and last one with Soichiro. Godai being the great guy that he is tells her. After awhile, she becomes open to getting remarried and even shows that she's in love with Godai, but the problems with Soichiro still exist. In manga, after he finally confesses to her for real, she takes him to a Love Hotel. She brings up Soichiro and Godai can't get it up. Godai's problem is that it makes him insecure whens she talks about her dead husband because he doesn't know what she's thinking. She claims that he doesn't trust her even though he loves her and that she loves him which you think, okay. You have proven that your feelings are for Godai now, but the thing is a few chapters later, Godai finds her crying over Soichiro's items. She finally moves on and says her final goodbye to Soichiro after hearing Godai's speech at his grave, but for her to be mad at Godai for being insecure about her makes her come off as hypocritical. She does love Godai, and apparently had fallen in love with him early on, but this conflicting feelings and being hung up on Soichiro caused a lot of conflict. She finally married Godai and they have a daughter at the end.


Soichiro

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The fucking dog. Her husband's dog who she named after her husband after his death because the dog responded to the name. She had an unhealthy relationship with this dog. The conflict towards the end with Godai being insecure gets brought on because she says the dog's name. Well, she gets mad because she finds in silly that he would tense up by hearing the name. Well, it's not the name, it's what it represents, your dead husband who you show that you have lingering feelings for while supposedly being in love with Godai. It never gets brought up that being the reason either.


This was a wonderful story with ups and downs, and the final chapters/episodes make the journey all worthwhile.

... Last updated on November 20th, 2016, 1:45am
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Her best series but not a masterpiece   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by residentgrigo
April 22nd, 2015, 11:22am
Rumiko can draw, design and is famous for starting strong but then never really closing a series after spinning wheels for volumes on end. This early work though has a very decent start, a somewhat dead middle with too much repetitive nonsense and a highly drawn out and predictable love polygon but i will admit that the series finishes strong. The narrative further has a bit of a problem with tone and the original pitch for the manga sounds better as Rumiko wanted to move on the other couples after resolving the main romance in a timely fashion.
Mitaka´s romance is further way more engaging and Godai is a pretty boring protagonist but beggars can´t be choosers. I honestly can´t recommend any of her other works due to the reasons stated above and her next best pieces, namely One-pound Gospel and Mermaid Saga, are only a 6/10 as they also deteriorate over time.
Read them if you must but check out Living Game (8,5/10) first as that reasonably similar 90s and apartment romance never overstayed its welcome and actually bothered to explore a relationship over time and the best 80s romance manga is the 10/10 Please Save My Earth.
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Still my favorite manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by great_k
October 13th, 2014, 1:30pm
I read this manga during my university days and simply loved it.
Besides the fact that the series is full of fun characters, a lot of Godai's experiences resonated with me at the time:
e.g. I formed a close friendship from day 1 with 2 of my classmates. We spent a ridiculous amount of time together, attending classes, skipping classes, hanging out after class and taking part time jobs together. Reminds me of Godai and Sakamoto's friendship.
My study's began to suffer as I found myself studying something I had no interest in. Mirrors Godai's ronnin status at the beginning of the manga.
The feeling of no longer being a kid but not yet an adult (not being taken seriously by people and society yet), working part time jobs and club activities are all things I could identify with.
This is by far Rumiko Takashi's best series in my opinion.
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Great read, very entertaining.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by betmen
May 22nd, 2014, 9:42pm
for the reviewers who complain that this is too long for romance manga, i'll tell you something this is not ROMANCE manga this is a SITCOM.
yes there're romance plot between yusaku and kyoko but that's not the point, just like Rachel & Ross in FRIENDS, Penny & Leonard in TBBT or another sitcom manga couple like Ataru & Lum in Urusei yatsura, the romance is just icing on the cake.
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I couldn't even finish it...   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Beezlenef
July 18th, 2013, 6:33pm
Everyone is so stupid... The smartest person is the little kid. The guy has proven himself useless on multiple occasions...
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But the girl somehow falls in love with him? And she gets violently jealous cause he got phone calls from girls?!? She literally had no reason to like him. He is a total loser who fails everything, they don't even have a friendship going on. I just can't.

I really don't understand how it has such great ratings.
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Addicting   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by johnthrell
May 3rd, 2013, 10:46pm
This is, without a doubt, my favorite Manga, and my favorite series ever! If they could have combined elements of the Manga into the Anime, and the Anime into the Manga, I don't think i would ever stop watching it or reading it.
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A Classic   
Rating: N/A
by Amber3
September 26th, 2012, 9:52am
This was one of the first manga I read when I was still a kid (by that I mean under the age of 14). When I was that age I took it as it was, a comedy that was observing human relationships. I remember finding the side characters hilarious and because the concept of a love triangle was new to me at that stage I was in constant agony, wanting to find out if the main character would really get the girl.
I loved this manga to death and along with Love Hinta, Peach Girl and Hot Gimmick (the only one of the 4 I didn't like) it shaped my perspective on shoujo manga (even if not all of these fit exactly in that category).
I reread it quite a few times as I was growing up and the meaning changed every time for me, especially the meaning behind the love that Kyoko and Yusaku shared. One of the best quotes is featured in the last volume where Yusaku describes his love for Kyoko.
I used to think that this manga was pretty misogynistic as it portrays marriage as the most important thing for Kyoko, objectifies woman (of course what manga doesn't!) and
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Kyoko (and everyone else) kept saying she would quit her job after getting married.
Of course a lot of these are cultural aspects but it still doesn't rest well with me even if that's the case but hey, it's something you get used to after reading waaay to much shoujo.
But I think in many ways it was feministic for its time. Kyoko actually has a job, she goes against her parents wishes and also
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Yusaku gets a job in childcare, which is still a very difficult job for a man to get these days.

Either way I highly recommend you go in and read this with an open mind and heart, it is a classic. Its artwork may have aged a lot but in my opinion it is the best manga Rumiko has ever made and should be read at least once.
Ps: Also if you like this check out the anime! It follows the storyline exactly and throws in a few extras

... Last updated on September 29th, 2012, 2:19am
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Still great   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Verix
March 2nd, 2012, 1:34pm
It has aged a little but it's still a great read, very fitting to pass some time.
As a matter of fact, the love portrayed in this manga feels very real (last volume is where things happen, actually), maybe more so than with any other manga I read thus far.
10/10 final volume, 8/10 overall. Heartwarming and moving ending. Definitely worth a read.

... Last updated on March 2nd, 2012, 1:59pm
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A true classic!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Bepa
August 31st, 2011, 9:14am
I enjoyed reading Maison Ikkoku a lot, the characters are very memorable and the manga itself is very touching and funny. You get to follow Godai and Kyoko through the years in the apartment together, how they grow closer to each other and how Kyoko struggles abolut her own feelings, wanting to be faithful to her dead husband and so on. It's great to see how Godai matures through the years and how much he comes to really love Kyoko. But at times I got really annoyed because of so many missunderstandings but other than that this manga is great! It's really funny, dramatic and touching! Mrs. Ichinose, Akemi and Yotsuya take most of the times the credits for it's comedy, always teasing Godai, they make me really laugh! Not to mention Mitaka's fear off dogs and Godai often daydreaming about Kyoko, it's also very funny! This manga gets later on really emotional and it has touched my heart.

Maison Ikkoku might not be as popular as Rumiko Takahashi's other works (Inuyasha and Ranma½) in America but it's still worth reading without a doubt. It will really touch your heart! But this is a silce-of-life manga with no fantasy or whatsoever, some might find it a bit boring but I didn't. If you like realistic and/or romantic manga I'll warmly recommend this one. This is without a doubt a classic. smile
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Annoyingly long and repetitive   
Rating: N/A
by auriga
August 24th, 2011, 6:15am
Don't get me wrong, I like long winded romances *cough*Pastel*cough* but this is just pushing it. Five volumes in and I must say that this is - so far - the hardest to finish manga I have ever encountered. It starts off like any other romance, but it gets repetitive really quickly. Blame it on the stupidity of the characters. I particularly loathe the supporting characters; is their only purpose in the story to be idiotic busybodies?

Old school art is not a problem with me (I don't really care about the art as long as it doesn't make me dizzy, and I am an Adachi Mitsuru fan so I'm used to old school manga). The only thing that irks me is that it is sometimes difficult to tell Yusaku apart from Shun. But yeah, art is decent.

Anyways I do plan to finish this and I am optimistic that the end will be good, so I'm going to hold off on the rating. It's just that to get to that good ending, I have to force my way through all that stupid and harshly unrealistic slice-of-life... and that's going to take a lot of motivation. Unless of course someone's willing to tell me where the meatier parts are.
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