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Maison Ikkoku Volume 1: Vol 1 (Manga) [Paperback]

Rumiko Takahashi
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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6 Feb 2006 Manga (Book 1)
Yusaku's attempts to study get off to a bad start when he falls head-over-heels for the new manager, and he's a far, far way from winning her heart. For Kyoko already has somebody else on her mind - a mysterious "Mr. Soichiro" . . . Funny, touching, and a tad off-kilter, MAISON IKKOKU is the great Rumiko Takahashi at her very best.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (6 Feb 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057507826X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575078260
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 12.8 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 551,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

When Rumiko Takahashi was 17 years old, her interest in comics was limited to reading them and occasionally copying a character in the margins. Fourteen years later, after the runaway success of such comics series as Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku, and Ranma 1/2, she is arguably Japan's favorite comics artist, with close to 50 million copies of her books in print.

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5.0 out of 5 stars in a house of mostly strange 1 Aug 2009
Format:Paperback
This series is a short 15 volumes long and quite, quite addictive.

Yusaku finds himself living in an apartment with some very strange people. He needs to progress in his studies but his infuriating neighbours make it tricky at best, so he's moving out! or is he? A new manager arrives and he resolves to stick it out at all costs.

When something gets described as a page-turner i generally don't believe it to be anything but hype. In this case it wouldn't be, as i found myself staying awake just to read the next bit. And the next bit after that. It certainly was that way toward the end when it all came to a head.

Rumiko Takahashi has written Maison Ikkoku in a humorous and charming way, which is clever given the characters involved, by which i refer specifically to Yusaku's neighbours, crazy bunch that they are.

These are some of the best realised cast of supporting characters i've come across in any fiction and certainly they supply many of the laughs, if only for their outrageous behaviours. Somehow they're endearing, despite ganging up on Yusaku to continually dampen his spirits and thwart his endeavours. For me, they make the series, adding that flavour and depth to it to keep it rolling along. They don't steal the show, but they sure do enhance it.

By the end of the series you really care what happens to all the people portrayed therein and that's testament enough to the greatness of the series. Does Yusaku win over Kyoko, the aparment manager? What happens to his rivals? and hers?

It's well worth the ride finding out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A hilarious comedy of errors 22 July 2009
Format:Paperback
I own the full series of Maison Ikkoku books so I'm just going to make some general comments about the comic in general, rather than volume 1. All of the volumes in the series are quite interesting and well worth reading, some better than others of course, but if you're going to start reading then naturally volume 1 is the place to start.

The main storyline centres around the lives of the residents of the boarding house Maison Ikkoku, and focuses in particular on the will they/won't they romantic adventures of hapless student Yasaku and house manager Kyoko.

Much of the humour comes from a comedy of error and misunderstanding. The most innocent situations are frequently misinterpreted and inevitably end in embarrassement of hilarity for the protaganists. The supporting characters are mostly quite interesting and we get to learn quite a lot about them as well. There is the odd slightly risque drawing (like once per book, maybe) so this series is probably not suitable for younger readers.

Also, don't be put off by the main romantic theme - this really is a series that both male and female readers can equally enjoy. My only real complaint is that towards the end the series feels like it's outstaying its welcome and is perhaps a couple of books too long.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ikky Ikkoku ? No,not really 2 Mar 2012
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At first this series seems to be all romantic but it's not.There is romance in a funny,frustrated way but it's also light hearted and very acceptable.A reviewer has commented that the storys are contrived.........it's a story,what do you expect for goodness sake ?!The point being,is it good and entertaining....YES,it most certainly is.Some times it's laugh out loud funny.There are some deep moments that reflect the thoughts that most people have in similar situations and this is what keeps you reading 'cos you want to find out how the story resolves these issues.One of the things I find interesting is the way that total strangers enter the quest house if the door is open or,as in some cases,just unlocked !I,ve read loads of the Inuyasha novels and like the family interaction and found the same quality of sarcastic and forthright comments from the residents of Maison Ikkuko.I keep thinking 'I wish I'd thought of that' when I read a particularly good quip,they're well thought out in my opinion.In volume #9,there's a scene outside the house where,in frustration,Kyoko snaps her yard brush and,by way of explanation,says'they don't make bamboo like they used to'! Very funny.I bought a discounted volume #9 and am now going to read the series from the beginning as soon as I get the early books.I've also read the first three volumes of Rin-ne which are also by Rumiko Takahashi.They were one a VIZ media 3 for 2 special offer.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Deeply Flawed Classic 20 Feb 2012
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This is a review of the series as a whole.

Maison Ikkoku is a classic but deeply flawed manga. The flaw being the lead characters are totally unlikeable, even more so than most of Rumiko Takahasi's leads. The only Rumiko Takahashi leads that are not unlikeable are those from "Mermaid Saga" Mermaid Saga 1.

Godai is either the most weak willed man on earth, or a despicably manipulative pervert, keeping 3 or 4 woman at his beck and call.

Kyokyo is little better and seems perfectly happy to have Mitaka and Godai running after her for 14 volumes. In addition she undergoes very little character development.

Mitaka is the only decent one of the lead characters. Despite a reputation as a playboy (which he never really exhibits in the manga), he is constant in his dedication to Kyokyo, even overcoming a fear of dogs for her. What does Godai do that's comparable? Not drop out of college?

Despite this it's mostly quite engaging and readable, but almost like watching a car crash.

The other inhabitants of Maison Ikkoku are a refreshing contrast to the leads. The drunken busybody, Mrs Ichinose, her brattish son, Kentaro, the apparently sluttish bargirl, Akemi and the peeping tom, Yotsuya. Despite being pretty much one note characters they are well constructed and instantly likeable despite their glaring flaws, perhaps because they are quite honest about what they are.

The main characters are kept apart by various sets of contrived circumstances throughout the manga, and then the resolution is through equally contrived circumstances.
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