Nothing seems to go right for Yuusaku Godai. He failed his college entrance exams, forcing him into the life of a ronin. Godai is fed up with his roommates and their constant drinking and partying keeping him from his studies. In fact, Godai is so fed up that he's about to move out of the Maison Ikkoku... until he meets his beautiful new apartment manager, Kyoko Otonashi.
The gatefold case the dvd set comes in is stylish and classy. Mostly yellow, it features what appears to be a charcoal drawing of Maison Ikkoku in the background with a full-color image of the cast overlayed in front. The interior is mostly pink (odd, considering the show is aimed at a male audience) with big, full-color images taken from the old VHS releases on each panel.
Considering the show is from the earlier 80's, the quality of the video is pretty good. That being said, the video is faded and somewhat washed out, and there is some pixelation against the dark colors, likely caused by the graininess of the video.
It bears mentioning the second episode had major video distortions when I played it back on my iBook, and I don't know why. The video for that episode matched the rest of the disc in my console DVD player and my PS2. Just a note, and while it might be my computer, it was unique to that episode, the rest of the disc played just fine.
The audio held up a lot better than the video. Sometimes on older sources, the audio will develop loud pops and distortions. Not the case here, as both Japanese and English audio are clear and pleasant.
I didn't actually see a single mistake with subtitles, but sometimes things will escape my eagle eyes. Still, any mistakes are minimal and obviously easily overlooked.
Five chapter breaks per episode for a 30-minute show. You can find a new chapter before and after opening theme, right after the midpoint eyecatch, before the next episode preview, and before the end credits. That is the exact number I look for and in the right spots, so I'm going to have to say this part is perfect.
Time. Sometimes time passes very slowly in animation. Lisa Simpson has been 8 for the past 17 years. Rumiko Takahashi's other protagonists, Ranma Saotome and Ataru Moroboshi never aged a day in the span of hundreds of episodes, movies, and OVAs. But time gallops by in Maison Ikkoku, so don't let it surprise you. It's been a while since I've seen the whole thing, but the series spans somewhere around seven or eight years in 96 episodes.
Maison Ikkoku goes through several eras in the course of the series. My favorite, and perhaps the most entertaining, is Godai's early days in college. This is the era that comprises the majority of this boxed set. And while Maison Ikkoku is clearly a romantic-comedy, Rumiko Takahashi stresses the comedy and physical humor. No matter what you've heard, it's not shoujo... it's target audience is 15-25 year old males. It's worth checking out, and it's one of the shows that defined anime fandom in the early 90's.
Publisher: MAC Discs: 3 Episodes: 24 Price: $15.00
Reviewer: Nozomu Reviewed On: 06/27/2005
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Hard to imagine why he had trouble with his exams.
When Ichinose acts like Kyoko, things get scary.
In my favorite episode on the set, Godai makes a puppet that looks like Kyoko.
And Godai gets close to Kyoko during the puppet show.
And the funniest moment in animation... the puppet pratfall.
Little-known fact: Maison Ikkoku contains anime's first plug of fark.com.