Maison Ikkoku Season 1
めぞん一刻 (Mezon Ikkoku)


Maison Ikkoku is a bitter-sweet comedic romance involving a group of madcap people who live in a boarding house in 1980s Tokyo. The story focuses primarily on the gradually developing relationships between Yusaku Godai, a poor student down on his luck, and Kyoko Otonashi, a young, recently widowed boarding house manager.
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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. The manga was adapted into a ninety-six-episode anime television series created by Studio Deen that ran on Fuji TV from March 26, 1986, to March 2, 1988.

The series was directed by Kazuo Yamazaki for the first 26 episodes, Takashi Anno from episode 27 until 52 and Naoyuki Yoshinaga for the remainder of the series. The production staff had previously worked on the anime adaption of Takahashi’s previous work, Urusei Yatsura. After production of that series was completed, the team moved straight onto Maison Ikkoku and the series took over Urusei Yatsura’s timeslot.

Alternative title

– Maison Ikkoku
– Cara Dolce Kyoko
– Juliette, je t`aime
– めぞん一刻 (Mezon Ikkoku)
– 相聚一刻
– Ikkoku House
– Доходный дом Иккоку
– مايسن إيكّوكو

TL;DR Review

Maison Ikkoku is one of the very first anime I watched and absolutely fell in love with.

Back in the day, the only way to get anime was to either trade VHS with other fans or sent the fansubber some blank VHS (or the equivalent money value to cover the VHS and shipping cost) for them to make a copy. You can also meet up with other fans at the anime convention and do trade there. Some people bring their massive dual VHS machine and will be doing none stop VHS copy there. Oh, the good old day. Ok, enough reminiscent.

The animation was good back in the day but is dated in today standard. It isn’t quite as dated as say Urusei Yatsura.

The music for Maison Ikkoku is one of my favorite. The two only English songs “Alone Again (Naturally)” and “Get Down” by Gilbert O’Sullivan usually get me to tear up every time I hear them. I don’t think there is a single song in the series I dislike.

The characters are relatable and down to Earth, which encourages you to keep watching to see what happen to them. This was simply good writing and character development.

I highly recommend Maison Ikkoku if you enjoy character-driven shows, especially romantic comedy. This anime contains some crude comedies, mild suggestive themes, and alcohol consumption. Suitable for young teens.

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Featured Music

Maison Ikkoku Season 1

A collection of notable music and song from this series.


Opening Theme

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

Closing Theme

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

Maison Ikkoku Season 1

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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