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Maison Ikkoku, Vol. 13: Game, Set, Match [Paperback]

Rumiko Takahashi
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Dec 1 1999 Maison Ikkoku (Book 13)
While Godai searches for a way to propose to Kyoko, his rival Mitaka courts Kyoko ever more aggressively. But shy Asuna hasn't given up trying to win Mitaka for herself. Then Godai's old girlfriend shows up. For whom do the wedding bells toll?

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5.0 out of 5 stars At long last, but not least! April 18 2000
By Banshee
Godai gets slapped...Godai runs away...Godai tangles with another girl...nosy tenants hound Godai...Kyoko lands on top of a man...Kyoko runs away...Godai gets slapped again...nosy tenants hound Kyoko...Godai gets in trouble with another girl...nosy tenants hound Godai again...Kyoko VERY NEARLY gets slapped...Kyoko runs away again...blah, blah! With all that mean-spirited gremlin-like timing in Ms. Takahashi's romantic slapstick comedy, perhaps both Godai and Kyoko would be much better off if they just forgot about each other altogether.
But - in the very last book right before the grand finale yet to come up, we personally witness the true maturing of the young Godai from a drooling girl-crazy kid into a solemn-faced, long-suffering hero with tenderness for small children and a grim determination to succeed at everything, no matter what - to win the affections of the pretty young Kyoko. But - on the other hand, however, Kyoko herself, though a seemingly perfect, self-contained young woman on the outside, she actually turns out to be a spitting hellcat when it comes to sexual jealousy. All in all, it's a very engrossing trip that will surely hold you fast until the very conclusion of the whole series finally comes right off the press!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eagerly awaiting the forthcoming conclusion March 14 2000
Maison Ikkoku has been an consistently charming and witty read, more so than the better-known "Ranma 1/2" series (which isn't bad, either!). "Game Set Match" shows about 3/4's of what we voyeurs into the lives of these bumbling Tokoyo-ites have been waiting for since probably the vicinity of Vol. 3.
Unfortunately (and on purpose), it's not the most important stuff that we're shown. We're given resolutions to the Mitaka and Kozue issues but left with an incredibly unfair cliff-hanger...what will happen to Kyoko and Yusaku? Of course, it had to be arranged thusly...but it still annoys the heck outta ya to be left dangling like that.
At the time of this writing, the final issue (in trade comic form) has been in stores for a few months now. I hope that before summer hits, we'll be given a chance to sit down with a loved one and finish out this incredibly engrossing series.
(One final question...will we *ever* know exactly what it is that Yotsuya does for a living?)
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5.0 out of 5 stars "After rain comes fair weather..." Feb. 7 2000
You know the old proverb: "after rain comes fair weather." Well, this volume of Maison Ikkoku is very stormy (the most dramatic and engrossing volume so far), but the last few pages offer a glimpse of the sun. A lot of pent-up emotion explodes due to unfortunate circumstances, and there are some serious fighting between our favorite couple. But Godai finally stands up like a man and speaks his mind to Kyoko. It's about time! I love their scenes in the train and outside the love motel. I also love how Akemi gives Kyoko a piece of her mind. It's about time for that too! A few tibits from this volume: Mitaka shows that he's more than a playboy by doing "what must be done" concerning a pregnant dog (^_^). And Godai gets kissed by 3 different girls (two of whom are NOT Kyoko)! Perhaps the central romance, which has been kept so subdued, will finally advance onto the next level? Afterall, the last scene is right outside a love motel... Talk about a cliffhanger! I can't wait until Vol.14 (the next and final one) because I know there'll be a happy ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Game, Set, Match, Yet not quite the end. June 2 2000
By Ookami
This has to be one of the finest Comedy / Drama's I have ever read. This is the second last book in the series so expect most of the story arcs to be resolved in this volume. Including all of the love triangles. Yes, most of the plot points in this volume have hilarious occurances, yet this volume also begins to take on a much more serious and dramatic tone for the series. It's a beautiful piece of writing and I recomend it to anyone who wants to laugh and cry and the same time. I have also been fortunate enough to come accross a comics store that got The final volume (Entitled Welcome Home) in on it's release date (No small miricle here in Toronto.), and you should also get that as well. It wraps up the series beautifully and show's where everyone of the major players end up when all of the growing pains and romantic angst is over. I would almost have liked this series to continue indefinately, but then it would lose it's magic and unique charm.
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