Maison Ikkoku OVA 1 Review
Maison Ikkoku: Through the Passing Seasons
めぞん一刻 四季 移りゆく季節の中で (Maison Ikkoku: Utsuriyuku Kisetsu no Naka de)


A summary of Yuusaku and Kyouko's relationship using footage from the TV series.

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September 25, 1988




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Maison Ikkoku (Japanese: めぞん一刻 Hepburn: Mezon Ikkoku) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi. On September 25, 1988, an original video animation that summarizes the story was released.

Alternative title

– Maison Ikkoku: Through the Passing Seasons
– Maison Ikkoku: Utsuriyuku Kisetsu no Naka de
– めぞん一刻~移りゆく季節の中で~
– Maison Ikkoku: Four Seasons Through the Passing Seasons
– めぞん一刻 移りゆく季節の中で

TL;DR Review

Maison Ikkoku: Through the Passing Seasons is an OVA that recap the entire TV series, done with scenes taken from the series, mainly focused on Godai and Kyoko relationship.

The animation is on par with the TV version, naturally. It was pretty good for the time. The colors are muted and reminiscent of a watercolor painting or a color pencil drawing.

The ending theme is “Kanashimi yo Konnichiwa” by Saitou Yuki. A catchy song that makes me tear up more often than not.

The OVA is pretty well edited and doesn’t feel like a recap episode. If you have never seen the TV show, this OVA may be a decent condense love story. However, if you have the time, watch the 96 episodes TV show instead.

The TV timeline I believe was over 6 years or so, while the edited OVA cut it down to a year. It is pretty hard to condense 40 hours of contents down to a 90 minutes OVA, so I won’t fault them too much for having some open-ended sub-plots.

I recommend this OVA to those that need a refresher to the TV show, but don’t just watch this in place of the TV series. This anime contains some crude comedies, mild suggestive themes, and an extreme amount of alcohol consumption. Intended for young adults.

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Maison Ikkoku: Through the Passing Seasons

A collection of notable music and song from this series.


Opening Theme

TV Series

  1. “Kanashimi yo Konnichi wa” by Yuki Saito (eps 1-23, 25-37)
  2. “Alone Again (Naturally)” by Gilbert O’Sullivan (ep 24)
  3. “Suki sa” by Anzen Chitai (eps 38-52)
  4. “Sunny Shiny Morning” by Kiyonori Matsuo (eps 53-76)
  5. “Hi Damari” by Kōzō Murashita (eps 77-96)

Closing Theme

TV Series

  1. “Ashita Hareru ka” by Takao Kisugi (eps 1-14)
  2. “Ci·ne·ma” by Picasso (eps 15-23, 25-33)
  3. “Get Down” by Gilbert O’Sullivan (ep 24)
  4. “Fantasy” by Picasso (eps 34-52)
  5. “Sayonara no Sobyō” (“Sayonara no dessan”) by Picasso (eps 53-76)
  6. “Begin the Night” by Picasso (eps 77-96)


  1. “Glass no Kiss” by Rika Himenogi

OVA 1-2

  1. “Kanashimi yo Konnichiwa” by Yuki Saito
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Maison Ikkoku: Through the Passing Seasons

A collection of notable videos, ranging from a fan-created trailer, music video, opening, and ending clip.

Yûsaku Godai
"The woman I love burns with jealously, leaps to conclusions, cries, and turns to ice... but when she laughs... the world is mine."
Rumiko Takahashi
“If he were alive, she might come to see his flaws...but a dead man is perfect.”
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