Maison Ikkoku is a romantic comedy series created by Rumiko Takahashi (Ranma ˝, Urusei Yatsura, etc). The story centers around the development of the relationship between Kyoko Otonashi and Yusaku Godai. Kyoko is a recent widow who moves into the apartment house Ikkoku-kan where she becomes the manager. Godai is a wanna-be student ("ronin") struggling with college entrance exams. When they meet, it's love at first sight--for Godai anyway. Along the way, the other tenants, the mysterious Yotsuya, the seemingly alcoholic Ichinose, and the brash Akemi, watch and occasionally take part to make their lives more interesting. To complicate matters further, the wealthy tennis coach Shun Mitaka has his eye on Kyoko, while Godai is pursued by both Nanao Kozue and Ibuki Yagami.
Another one of Takahashi’s classics, this one has a very long and in-depth story, much like Ranma and Urusei Yatsura. Though the character depth may not be anything impressive, the storyline and great romantic-comedy elements make this worth watching. Just try to ignore the dog.
Available subbed or dubbed through Viz Communications.
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Maison Ikkoku Multimedia Shrine