celluz's Maison Ikkoku Tv Review

Maison Ikkoku

Maison Ikkoku tv Review

Maison Ikkoku is a romantic story set in modern Tokyo. Its two main protagonists are Yusaku Godai, the classic student with many life problems and Kyoko Otonashi, a young widow and the new administrator of Ikkoku Mansion. Others are the weird but still realistic guests of Ikkoku kan (house): the mysterious Yotsuya, and Akemi Roppongi, a young girl who tends to walk around the house semi-naked. The story plays on the slowly developing love between Yusaku and Kyoko, as well as the hurdles they face along the way.

Story & Characters

What happen when there is love at first sight? Only problems. The story start here, with a young student (the perfect image of a loser) that live in an old house with many original guest that are very happy to harras him but someting is going to change when a young woman come there like the new house manager, and the love war start.

The story take about 5 years where the poor student (Yusaku Godai) try to give his love to the manager (Kyoko Otonashi) but he will encounter many and many obstacle like the house guest (that are to see of about are crazy) the love rivals, and the simple life of all days but maybe he will finally find the true love.

All events are very important, all things give a sense of reality very rare for an anime, what happen is something that you have witness or suffer in your life. In 96 episodes you can see how a love story is not so easy to develope and hoe the misfortune is near any angle ready to attack and how a woman drive crazy a guy that makes mistakes that never a child will do.

Rating: 10


The Character Design is different during the series. The first bunch of them is little young style and made by a great artist Akemi Takada but after a specific event in the story, the design is more adult and if maybe is focused on Kyoko Otonashi (she is the most cured in the design) the other characters are very similar to the first episodes but still groving in age. A mention to the backgrounds that in certain situation make a great emotive feeling. Animation is good, there aren't action scene naturally but strange to say you will notice many running situation :D

Rating: 10


What i can say about the soundtrack, is one of the most beautiful that i ever listen, most classical with a plenty use of instruments like piano and violins; fundumental to say that the pieces of music fill perfectly the situation, in fact many songs appear only one time in the anime because there is an event that need it and that song give a really emotive touch, even if you hear it without the anime, because you will feel the event anyway.

A little mention to the weird songs that are really funny and the Opening adn Ending themes that are simply great.....if anyone need a really good OST have to try it...

About the dubbling....im italian and i have see the anime ages ago and the dubbed version was great, but i must admit that the english version is crap, because the voices really dont fit the characters and that is a big loss because all of them have a personality that need a good acting.....then go straight for the subbed versione :D

Rating: 10


Ok, if someone dont have noticied i really love this anime. The reasons are many, the great story, the incredible soundtrack and above all the care of the details. All characters have a personality that is very funny (like the misterious Yotsuya) and the incredible love war between Kyoko and Godai is something to see because is realistic, is something that can happen to you. You will not find boring o recap episodes (a classic in recent anime) but little episodes sometimes funny, sometimes sad and sometimes angry, all very important for the developing of the story and if maybe you will know how wll ending, you will never imagine what occur in the mean thime, 5 years are long what you think ;)

A mention to the world background, full like the other works of Rumiko Takahashi works of japanese story and culture like the tofu seller (i love the sound of the trumpet), university festival and many others. What i can say more...nothing...because my english is not so good but i have to say it...if you like love story this is a anime to see and to hear :D

Rating: 10

Final Verdict

10.0000 (excellent)

Reviewed by celluz, Oct 11, 2004


  1. CyanideBlizzard Retired Moderator Oct 14, 2004

    Hahaha, I could of expected this review from you, those scores no less either. And whats funny is those scores are true too.. Well at least thats how I feel. Very, VERY good job Celluz, you did one HELL of an amazing job review this series. ^^ Bravo.

  2. celluz Oct 14, 2004

    Ok......im sure that all 10 maybe is too much for this anime...but im still convinced that its a little jevel and a must see....sadly the long series well made are veeeeeeeeeeeery rare and no...im not an amateur reviewer because i have given all 10 :P i have made many and many reviews in other web sites but if someone can give me a decent real bad thing about this anime i will hear it...but if someone tell me again "ehi but where is the fanservice in this anime...its sucks!" i swear that i will kick is ass for the eternity :D

  3. Ilona Oct 19, 2004

    I didn't a lot this anime even if I've watched all the pes I could. But it's anime I've watched years ago, so it was probably too mature for me at that time. The french dubbing was really awful and the censuring... well at that time I didn't realize that they were a little too red and cheerful after drinking some "orange juice".

  4. sukie Jun 11, 2005

    ...i 'm convinced...i'm going to download it...

  5. uffy-chan Feb 06, 2006

    I prefer the subtitled version too, especially as regards Kyoko when she's angry :p

  6. nainoi Sep 26, 2009

    Thank you for review.

  7. Siri Nov 13, 2009

    I watched a lot of this anime.. I suppose I can understand how some people might get attached to the characters but I never thought that it was anything particularly special. I don't think its mind blowing enough to be a full 10

  8. Drakill Oct 10, 2012

    10/10? Wow. You must really love this series! I'm going to start watching it soon. And since this is the only review on 11eyes the series seems good. Thanks for the awesome review :)

  9. back07 Jan 26, 2014

    nice review, i want to try to watch it
    i think this interesting anime

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