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Maison Ikkoku, Vol. 1: Welcome To Maison Ikkoku Paperback – Dec 1 1994


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Viz Communications; 1 edition (Dec 1 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569310440
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569310441
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.3 x 2.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 413 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,033,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on July 25 2003
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Maison Ikkoku by Rumiko Takahashi is one of the greatest series ever made.
Chapter Summary:
WHAT ARE ALL THE NEIGHBORS DOING?
Yusaku Godai is a depressed, flunking college student, who is constantly bothered by fellow tenants in the apartment building he lives in, Maison Ikkoku. As he's about to leave out of frustration, he comes face to face with the new manager of Maison Ikkoku, Kyoko Otonashi, who he immediately falls in love with.
MY NOTES
First chapter. Establishes all of the tenants (besides Mr. Ichinose in graphic novel 6, and Nozomu Nikaido in number 9).
MR. SOICHIRO
Yusaku realizes Kyoko has a boyfriend named Soichiro, when she mutters it in her sleep. He then finds out her dog is named Mr. Soichiro.
MY NOTES
Learn Kyoko's dog's name.
SPRING WASABI
Godai accompanies Kyoko's family to the anniversary of someone's death. That someone: Kyoko's dead husband, Soichiro!
MY NOTES
Yes, we find out Kyoko's deep, dark secret.
SOICHIRO'S SHADOW
Yusaku gets a job tutoring Kyoko's niece, Ikuko. And he learns Ikuko isn't the model student.
MY NOTES
I believe this has the first of anyone's visions of Soichiro.
ALCHOL LOVE CALL
Godai gets drunk one night and shouts to the whole neighborhood that he's in love with Kyoko.
MY NOTES
Yes, Godai admits his love, however, thinking he begged Kyoko to look at him naked when he was drunk, he tells her it was a joke. So Kyoko gets mad at him for lying.
DON'T FENCE ME OUT
Kyoko and Mrs. Ichinose start taking tennis lessons under the local housewives tennis coach, Shun Mitaka.
MY NOTES
First appearance of Shun Mitaka, the handsome tennis coach. And yes, he falls in love with Kyoko too, however he's much more mature than Godai.
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If you've ever read the interviews of the author on her rare trips to the states, there are two things that stand out. One, she had trouble understanding why Americans would like something like Maison Ikkoku, based so much on the typical Japanese life style. Two, she (Rumiko Takahashi) created this to be a comedy, that about the life of a bunch of weird characters in a rooming house. Her normal actions (based on what she did with LUM: Urusei Yatsura) would be to continually introduce dozens of new characters and probably tenants to build the story around. This didn't happen, as the story developed an unexpected focal point, an unusual romance between two of the original characters.
As for the first observation, while it is true that the culture depicted here is Japanese, and some things may be confusing to an American audience, a part of that originality is what makes it interesting. Romance and comedy are universal concepts to nearly all cultures. We may eat differently, may have a different educational system, and do many other things in a different manner, but our actions and reactions are basically the same.
The second observation is what makes Takahshi such a great author. It would have been easy to ignore fan reactions, and just make another episodic, sitcom. She instead must have listened, and presented her audience with an epic romance, comedic, thriller, that encompasses possibly the most complete story ever presented in serialized manga. There are fourteen volumes of the Viz compilations of this work.
One more important point is worth considering. I'd advise buying the volumes soon as possible; Viz is going to the smaller size on almost all their series. Since these are already shrunken down art frames from the original manga. Shrinking them more is just wrong, but Viz has determined they can't sell most graphic novels at the higher price mark, and they are heavily discounted. I've gotten some of the new size, and they just are not as good.
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This is the beginning of the Maison Ikkoku saga, an absolutely wonderful romance story by Rumiko Takahasi. This book will let you know all about the characters and how the love relationship between the main characters develops in the beginning. This is a must buy book for the fans of Maison Ikkoku.
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This is the beginning of the Maison Ikkoku saga, an absolutely wonderful romance story by Rumiko Takahasi. This book will let you know all about the characters and how the love relationship between the main characters develops in the beginning. This is a must buy book for the fans of Maison Ikkoku.
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Maison ikkou is [in my oppinion] in rivalry with ranma 1/2 for the best series ever. It's so realistic to how people act, how things look and I think you get more envolved in Maison Ikkoku than any regular book you'd read. in each frame you just see it happening, instead of a bunch of lines on a peice of paper describing an action. It's more of a feeling, of course I wouldnt expect anything less from Takahashi. This is a completely wonderful series and I recommend it to anyone, I also reccomend any other comic series from Rumiko Takahashi.
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Okay, not really!, but I love this series. Starting with this volume, you get to meet the wacky inhabitants of Maison Ikkoku, a shabby boarding house in Japan. The romance between Kyoko and Yusaku are featured, but there are other stories happening all the time--like how Kentaro deals with his alcholic/workaholic parents. Better than Ranma 1/2, and with more in-depth stories than magical girl series or Dragonball, I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a good, sweet, or thought-provoking read.
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