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Maison Ikkoku: Box set 1 (eps.1-12)

Terry Klassen , Sharon Alexander , Chisato Motegi , K˘ji Sawai    Unrated   DVD
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Rumiko Takahashi followed her first success, the sci-fi farce Urusei Yatsura ("Those Obnoxious Aliens," 1981), with Maison Ikkoku (1986), a romantic comedy inspired by a shabby apartment building she once lived near. "Ronin" (a student wannabe) Godai finally succeeds in getting into college, which he's been trying to do since he arrived at the threadbare Tokyo boarding house. When the lovely widow Kyoko becomes the manager, Godai is instantly smitten, but the course of love never runs smoothly for Takahashi's characters. In addition to competing with dashing tennis coach Mitaka and Kyoko's memories of her late husband, Godai has to contend with the embarrassing stunts of the other tenants: hard-drinking Mrs. Ichinose and her son Kentaro, the prying Mr. Yotsuya, and Akemi, a waitress given to scanty lingerie. Not that Godai needs help to make a fool of himself: he's almost as maladroit as Ataru, but unlike the hero of Urusei, he has a genuinely kind heart. When a friend from school gets him drunk in episode #8, Godai proclaims his love for Kyoko--waking the entire neighborhood. He can't remember what he did the next morning, and jumps to the erroneous conclusion that he performed a striptease. When he tries to laugh off his actions, he infuriates Kyoko. No sooner does one comic crisis get resolved then another arises, but the characters' occasional moments of honest sentiment give Maison Ikkoku a warm appeal. (Rated 13 and older: risqué humor, brief nudity, alcohol and tobacco use, slapstick violence) --Charles Solomon

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From Rumiko Takahashi, the world-renowned creator of Ranma 1/2 and Inuyasha...Maison Ikkoku.

Available on DVD for the first time in English! Previously available only on VHS and only up to Volume 18, VIZ is happy to announce the release of MAISON IKKOKU box sets! The first of 3 box sets is available this summer, and each set will contain 12 bilingual (Japanese and English, with optional English subtitles) episodes of the series.

Fall in love with Rumiko Takahashi's (RANMA 1/2, INUYASHA) beloved romantic comedy, MAISON IKKOKU! When you're a poor college student who can barely pass his classes or make a decent living, and always have to fend off the nosiest neighbors in the shabbiest apartment ever, how are you supposed to win the woman of your dreams? Between romantic rivals, financial difficulties and hilarious misunderstandings, will it ever work out?

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I've watched these DVDs and they were nothing other than I expected (*and* almost perfect). I just want to reply to the, in my opinion not really fair comment in someone else's review. They wrote that that they didn't like it that the series seems to consist of misunderstanding piled upon misunderstanding. The people who made the anime had no choice, they *had* to make it that way, because the manga it's based on is like that, anything else would have violated the 'spirit' of the manga. Oh, and though it does go a bit far with that kind of thing, in the manga they also end up saying serious and amazing and just super "real" things, real eye openers. I can't wait for the rest of these CD sets to come out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars wish i lived there but oh well July 24 2003
By A Customer
After reading the first couple of reviews i thought the dub was going to be terrible but its not all that bad. I found myself actually liking the dub after watching the first couple of episodes. This is one series that has me hooked unfortunately since well Viz is known to have release problems so who knows when everything will be released. It may take one year or longer to have everything released for this series which stinks since i am hooked and there is talk that it may never be fully released. I can only hope this is false but till then any anime fan that likes this series might want to look into Kimagure Orange Road(good series). thanks
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4.0 out of 5 stars well im hooked... July 11 2003
By David
got my set and loved it.
i cant wait till the next box set.
if your into Romance and Comedy check this one out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An International Masterpiece of Romantic Comedy July 11 2003
By Paul
A superb romantic comedy, "Maison Ikkoku", Vol. 1, kicks off this uniquely Japanese story; but the appeal of this timeless classic is universal. Heroine, Kyoko Otonashi, ranked this year as one of the top 5 heroines of anime by a poll of 10,000 adults taken by a major Japanese newspaper. Which is saying something considering that this show ended 15 years ago.
Maison Ikkoku is a run down apartment building in Tokyo. Living there is struggling and wishy-washy college student Yusaku Godai, who falls head over heels in love with the beautiful, young manager of the building, Kyoko Otonashi. Kyoko has some feelings towards Godai, but she's a widow, and still is not over the death of her beloved husband, Soichiro.
Complicating matters between the two are rich, suave, hysterically dog-phobic, and handsome tennis coach Shun Mitaka, Godai's rival for Kyoko; and Kozue Nanao, a sweet, cute, and naive girl, who accidently becomes Godai's platonic girlfriend. Kozue is clueless that Godai is in love with Kyoko.
The crowning touch is the 3 other residents of the apartment building: hard drinking, hard partying and hard gossiping Mrs. Ichinose, who lives with her young son Kentaro; Akemi, a sexy party animal who is the bar hostess at local hangout ChaChaMaru, wearing her see-through negligee around the building; and then there's the mysterious Yotsuya, who gets his kicks out of peeping, and breaking through Godai's wall so that he can mooch food from Godai. These characters would be at home in "A Confederacy of Dunces".
All 3 regard Godai as their personal toy, and they get their kicks from teasing him and holding their drinking parties in his room. They also discover that Kyoko is also fun to tease.
The only problems with this DVD release is Viz.
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