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

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Viz Communications; 1 edition (Dec 1 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569310440
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569310441
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2 x 20.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 413 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,226,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Poor Yusaku Godai. He's a struggling college student and resident of the dilapidated apartment building Maison Ikkoku. What's more, he's madly in love with the new manager of Maison Ikkoku, the lovely Kyoko Otonashi, who isn't all that unattracted to Godai. It's just that she's trying to deal with the recent death of her husband. This romantic tension sets the stage for all subsequent volumes of Rumiko Takahashi's charming and funny comic book soap opera and is propelled forward by both Godai's and Kyoko's inability to express their honest feelings to one another. In this first volume, readers are introduced to most of the major characters of this series, including Coach Mitaka (Kyoko's would-be boyfriend), Kozue (Godai's would-be girlfriend), and all the crazy, drunken folk who reside in Maison Ikkoku. This is the story of a young man learning to love for the first time, a young widow learning to love again, and the drunks who interfere with them. --Jim Pascoe

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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:
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.
First chapter. Establishes all of the tenants (besides Mr. Ichinose in graphic novel 6, and Nozomu Nikaido in number 9).
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.
Learn Kyoko's dog's name.
Godai accompanies Kyoko's family to the anniversary of someone's death. That someone: Kyoko's dead husband, Soichiro!
Yes, we find out Kyoko's deep, dark secret.
Yusaku gets a job tutoring Kyoko's niece, Ikuko. And he learns Ikuko isn't the model student.
I believe this has the first of anyone's visions of Soichiro.
Godai gets drunk one night and shouts to the whole neighborhood that he's in love with Kyoko.
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.
Kyoko and Mrs. Ichinose start taking tennis lessons under the local housewives tennis coach, Shun Mitaka.
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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"Maison Ikkoku" has been called a heartwarming romantic comedy, a brilliant soap opera, an emotional roller coaster, funny, thoughtful and moving, and screwball romantic comedy at its finest. It is all this and much more.
Covering 14 volumes, "Maison Ikkoku" is a masterpiece of international literature, showing off Japanese culture and societal conventions, by telling the comic yet romantic story of a young man in love for the first time, a young woman who is learning to love again after becoming a widow, their romantic rivals, and, especially, their interfering neighbors. Although set in Japan, the story is one of universal appeal.
Rumiko Takashi has had great success writing on all manner of outrageous subjects, ranging from the comically interfering aliens of "Lum*Urusei Yatsura", to the gender-bending martial arts hi-jinks of "Ranma 1/2."
But in "Maison Ikkoku", the focus is on real life. Like real life, there is comedy, sadness and romance. Ms. Takahashi blends these elements quite well, although the comic elements are more strongly in the forefront in Volume 1.
Maison Ikkoku is a run down boarding house in Tokyo. Student Yusaku Godai, Resident of Room 5, has had enough of the teasing he gets from his neighbors, and is threatening to move out, for the 3rd time that month.
His neighbors are quite a handful: There's Mrs. Ichinose, a hard drinking, hard partying, hard gossiping mother who lives downstairs in Room 1 with her young son Kentaro. Akemi Roppongi lives next to Godai in Room 6, works nights as a bar hostess at local hangout ChaChaMaru, and goes about wearing a see-through nightie.
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