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Maison Ikkoku: Box set 2 (eps.13-24)

Terry Klassen , Sharon Alexander , Chisato Motegi , K˘ji Sawai    Unrated   DVD
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Godai has the best intentions in the world--and the worst luck. Although he's now a student at a teacher's college, he's permanently broke and so busy daydreaming about Kyoko, the pretty manager of his broken-down rooming house, he walks into telephone poles. Not that the other tenants of Maison Ikoku are any less eccentric. Mrs. Ichinose drinks and gossips; her son Kentaro is a pest; the mysterious Mr. Yotsuya snoops; Akemi lounges around the building in skimpy negligees. But one quality they all share is a neverending delight in teasing poor Godai, and his unflagging ineptitude affords them plenty of opportunities.

Rumiko Takahashi's comic soap opera careens along its merry path in this second collection, as misunderstandings are compounded, opportunities blown, and everyone operates at cross-purposes. After Kyoko sprains her ankle playing tennis with the dashing Coach Mitaka, all the tenants bring her food. The poor woman about to burst when Godai shows up with inedible ramen he's prepared himself. Godai gets tricked into taking care of a classmate's kitten, also named Kyoko. When Mrs. Ichinose overhears him tell the cat's owner "Kyoko sleeps with me every night," she tells everyone he's having an affair with the manager. Warmer than the previous Urusei Yatsura (Those Obnoxious Aliens), but not a zany as the slapstick Ranma 1/2, Maison Ikoku occupies a special place in Takahashi's extraordinary output. (Unrated: suitable for ages 13 and older: risqué humor, brief nudity, alcohol and tobacco use, slapstick violence) --Charles Solomon


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4.0 out of 5 stars Incredible series Nov. 18 2003
The four star rating is not for the series but Viz's release. The video quality is as good as could be expected (it is an old show, after all, and I have to admit it actually looks late eighties instead of early eighties), and the sound is clear. The packaging has good artwork and hard cases (I dislike the cardboard cases used in the Godfather set or the E.T. release).
I have two complaints: one is that episode 24, the last episode in this DVD, is supposed to have Gilbert O'sullivan's "Alone Again (Naturally)" and "Get Down (You're a Bad Dog, Baby)" as the opening and closing themes. They have decided to skip this, returning it to the opening and closing sequences that come before and after (i.e. the original opening and the closing "Cinema"). This is likely because Viz didn't want to pay the licensing fees (or perhaps they were used without Gilbert's permission to begin with). In any case, I've seen them before, so I'm not too disappointed, and it was only for one episode anyway. Maybe they'll include it as an extra in a later set.
Secondly, the extras are 1) an unnecessary back story (I don't know anybody who would buy this one without buying the first one, so what's the point?) and 2) a brief preview of the next boxset. Both show scenes from the show, but only in english (no option for japanese or subtitles).
When it comes down to it, though, I only care about getting the series, which is one of my favorites. Buy this and the new manga editions in the tradional right to left Japanese style.
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If you bought the first, heeded my first review advice, and listened in Japanese you'll have no trouble with the second. If not, revisit the first set without the English dub, and see if you can live with the subtitles. I still think the Japanese voice actors do a better job, so there's no reason not to get the second box set in the series.

This ranks as a classic comedy romance anime series, and one that should be watched all the way through. Like most of Takahashi's work, its funny, touching, and nearly always audience appropriate. In the second DVD of the series, the rivalry between Godai and the tennis coach heats up. A minor injury to Kyoko, leads to a clash between caregivers, those being Godai, and Coach Mitaka.
The other main story arc involves Kyoko's parents, who are (perhaps rightly from their perspective), disturbed over her living conditions. They try every trick in the book, and a few new ones, to get her to move back home. This all makes for lots of fun, and sometimes drunken excitement, at our favorite run-down rooming house.
I can't say enough about the quality of product, and it's a decent value available here with 12 episodes on the DVD set. It's too bad the producers chose not to do any more work, and get the second DVD in the series dubbed. I've read the comments of new anime fans that were worried, and then surprised that the dub wasn't so bad. I'm sure they will be disappointed, that it's not available at all on the second in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still a Great Series, but shame on you Viz! Aug. 25 2003
I can't say enough about the quality of product, and it's a decent value available here with 12 episodes on the DVD set. It's too bad the producers chose not to do any more work, and get the second DVD in the series dubbed. I've read the comments of new fans that were worried, and then surprised that the dub wasn't so bad. I'm sure they will be disappointed, that it's not available at all on the second in the series.

Still, this is a classic comedy romance series, and one that should be watched all the way through. Like most of Takahashi's work, its funny, touching, and nearly always audience appropriate. In the second DVD of the series, the rivalry between Godai and the tennis coach heats up. A minor injury to Kyoko, leads to a clash between caregivers, those being Godai, and Coach Mitaka.
The other main story arc involves Kyoko's parents, disturbed over her living conditions. They try every trick in the book, and a few new ones to get her to move back home. This all makes for lots of fun, and sometimes drunken excitement, at our favorite run-down rooming house.
If you bought the first, heeded my first review advice, and listened in Japanese you'll have no trouble with the second. If not, revisit the first set without the English dub, and see if you can live with the subtitles. I still think the Japanese voice actors do a better job, so there's no reason not to get the second in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars cant get enough Nov. 17 2003
Well i got to watch this a tad bit early since i snuck it out of the back where i work and bought it. This series truly has me hooked to the worst degree. This boxset of Maison really begins to develope the relationship between Kyoko and Godai by putting them in awkard situations where they are alone together. They even go out on a date together except of course it goes not as planned but still noteworthy. Then we see Godai actually becoming popular with the ladies by accident of course but it does make Kyoko jealous. After that it get a little more dramatic but i'll save that because people should be buying this and not reading a review about it. I cant wait for this to be totally released. This has to be one of the best releases this year and obvouisly next year(5 more boxsets to go). So yeah it's worth buying if youre into romantic comedys and its 10x better than the first boxset
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredible series Nov. 18 2003
By Jeremy Bristol - Published on Amazon.com
The four star rating is not for the series but Viz's release. The video quality is as good as could be expected (it is an old show, after all, and I have to admit it actually looks late eighties instead of early eighties), and the sound is clear. The packaging has good artwork and hard cases (I dislike the cardboard cases used in the Godfather set or the E.T. release).
I have two complaints: one is that episode 24, the last episode in this DVD, is supposed to have Gilbert O'sullivan's "Alone Again (Naturally)" and "Get Down (You're a Bad Dog, Baby)" as the opening and closing themes. They have decided to skip this, returning it to the opening and closing sequences that come before and after (i.e. the original opening and the closing "Cinema"). This is likely because Viz didn't want to pay the licensing fees (or perhaps they were used without Gilbert's permission to begin with). In any case, I've seen them before, so I'm not too disappointed, and it was only for one episode anyway. Maybe they'll include it as an extra in a later set.
Secondly, the extras are 1) an unnecessary back story (I don't know anybody who would buy this one without buying the first one, so what's the point?) and 2) a brief preview of the next boxset. Both show scenes from the show, but only in english (no option for japanese or subtitles).
When it comes down to it, though, I only care about getting the series, which is one of my favorites. Buy this and the new manga editions in the tradional right to left Japanese style.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cant get enough Nov. 17 2003
By M. Mills - Published on Amazon.com
Well i got to watch this a tad bit early since i snuck it out of the back where i work and bought it. This series truly has me hooked to the worst degree. This boxset of Maison really begins to develope the relationship between Kyoko and Godai by putting them in awkard situations where they are alone together. They even go out on a date together except of course it goes not as planned but still noteworthy. Then we see Godai actually becoming popular with the ladies by accident of course but it does make Kyoko jealous. After that it get a little more dramatic but i'll save that because people should be buying this and not reading a review about it. I cant wait for this to be totally released. This has to be one of the best releases this year and obvouisly next year(5 more boxsets to go). So yeah it's worth buying if youre into romantic comedys and its 10x better than the first boxset
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Important Facts About Maison Ikkoku June 13 2005
By maison ikkoku fan - Published on Amazon.com
Thanks for taking the time to read my review. Almost everyone knows what this anime is about so I won't go into details. I just want to answer some previous questions about this series. Most of the people are not sure how well the dubbing was handled by Viz. Don't worry I've seen 60 episodes and the dubbing has been excellent. Another question that was asked by the many fans of this anime was will there be more Maison Ikkoku dvds produced. The answer is yes and volumes 4 and 5 have already come out so make sure to pick up the box sets 4 and 5. Another important fact is that this series was first aired on 1986 and since then has been a huge hit with the fans world wide. With that being said you cannot go wrong with this product so pick up your box set today. Thanks
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Once you get hooked on the series, its hard to stop! Aug. 27 2003
By Courtland J. Carpenter - Published on Amazon.com
If you bought the first, heeded my first review advice, and listened in Japanese you'll have no trouble with the second. If not, revisit the first set without the English dub, and see if you can live with the subtitles. I still think the Japanese voice actors do a better job, so there's no reason not to get the second box set in the series.

This ranks as a classic comedy romance anime series, and one that should be watched all the way through. Like most of Takahashi's work, its funny, touching, and nearly always audience appropriate. In the second DVD of the series, the rivalry between Godai and the tennis coach heats up. A minor injury to Kyoko, leads to a clash between caregivers, those being Godai, and Coach Mitaka.
The other main story arc involves Kyoko's parents, who are (perhaps rightly from their perspective), disturbed over her living conditions. They try every trick in the book, and a few new ones, to get her to move back home. This all makes for lots of fun, and sometimes drunken excitement, at our favorite run-down rooming house.
I can't say enough about the quality of product, and it's a decent value available here with 12 episodes on the DVD set. It's too bad the producers chose not to do any more work, and get the second DVD in the series dubbed. I've read the comments of new anime fans that were worried, and then surprised that the dub wasn't so bad. I'm sure they will be disappointed, that it's not available at all on the second in the series.
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Japanese Anime May 12 2013
By Renbutsu - Published on Amazon.com
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Maison Ikkoku is a classic from Japan without being too weird for my taste. A love story between a college student and the landlord. It may be a bit dated but still fun to watch.

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