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Maison Ikkoku Volume 14: v. 14 (MANGA) Paperback – 15 Nov 2007

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (15 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575080922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575080928
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.7 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,552,227 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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I cannot allow just one critical review to go unchallenged.I,ve just read 3/4 of vol#14 and wanted to add my two penny worth to what I thought would be one of many appreciative opinions.Come on,where are the rest of you Rumiko Takahashi supporters,I know you're out there somewhere ? I've started to read this series in no particular order.I'm just buying the cheapest ones I can find and felt a little guilty about not supporting Rumiko as much as I feel I could.Although the second hand volumes I buy are often ex library copies,they still only cost 1p !
However,that said,while enjoying this book,I wondered if poor old Rumiko had experienced any of the situations portrayed therein or had friends who did or just has a great imagination and a talent for piecing together brilliant storys.( or should I say creating?).I laughed out loud several times and marvelled at the amusing misunderstandings and the poignant situations presented here.There are so many you just have to read them for yourselves.This book is ajoy to read and the turning point were I just had to put pen to paper,sort of,was when Kyoko had gone back to her Mum's and Godai DIDN'T call ! It was getting late in the afternoon and the door bell finally rang and Kyoko's Mum answered and returned to report that she had sent HIM away because HE had become a nuisance.This provoked a heartfelt outburst from Kyoko in that who did Kyoko's mother think she was to decide to turn away Godai......that's when Kyoko's mother interjected saying that it was the NEWSPAPER vendor that she meant.Excellent.You can't get better than that !The following scene about WHY Godai didn't call is also wonderful.See,this book is chock full of great comments,slice of life situations and just pure comedy.Treat yourself and grab a copy.
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This review is 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 2 or 3 woman and a schoolgirl 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 honest about themselves.

Still, it's the least infantile harem manga I've come across by a long margin, and there is a decent love story and brilliant secondary characters buried in the dross. It also has the great advantage of being far shorter than her other works apart from "Mermaid Saga". Even so you will only need the first 2 or 3 and last 3 or 4 of volumes as the middle is basically filler, like most long running manga.
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