Book Review: Maison Ikkoku Vol 1 by Rumiko Takahashi

Title: Maison Ikkoku Vol 1

Author: Rumiko Takahashi

Series: Maison Ikkoku #1

Page Count: 288

Publish Date: April 1, 2001

Publisher: Viz Media

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Synopsis:

Yusaku Godai didn’t get accepted into college on the first try, so he’s studying to retake the entrance exams. But living in a dilapidated building full of eccentric and noisy tenants is making it hard for him to achieve his goals. Now that a beautiful woman has moved in to become the new resident manager, Godai is driven to distraction!

Maison Ikkoku Vol 1

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My Review:

I quite like the way this volume starts, there’s chaos, the characters are introduced in quick succession, and it helps to get the story rolling right away. I also think it’s funny that Kyoko is drawn in greater detail than the other characters when she is introduced – which is a way of highlighting her beauty.

It’s clear that Kyoko will have her hands full with the residents of House Ikkoku, and only time will tell if she can fulfill the role of manager or end up quitting like the previous one.

This mix of characters in this book is quite different from each other and yet, for the most part, they get along. There is certainly a lot of butting of heads throughout, and this creates quite a bit of chaos throughout the story but it’s also what makes the book so entertaining.

It does make you wonder how any of them can be friends with each interaction they have and yet, I feel like their crazy ways are what helps them to be so close at times.

There are plenty of moments of misunderstanding and miscommunication sprinkled throughout, and yet we start to learn more about each character and their life – though much of it focuses on Godai and Kyoko. It does make me want to learn more about the other residents, plus the few other characters that were introduced but I know that will come with time.

Mrs. Ichnose is one that particularly stands out to me, as she can be extremely nosy and yet also offers plenty of help to Kyoko in her first few days.

Akemi stands out as well but I can’t say she has a big enough role in this volume to truly get a good understanding of her character. She seems like a good-hearted person but she certainly has her flaws.

Ikkoku House is quite interesting, and that’s not just because of the zany mix of tenants. The house itself is a character and it makes me wonder how the house is still standing – especially the way Yotsuya continues to knock holes in walls.

While you can see the hints of romance, you know it will be some time before any real progress is made on a relationship and what happens between now and the end is anyone’s guess at this point.

Overall, Maison Ikkoku Vol 1 is certainly an interesting start to the series. The characters and their shenanigans create an entertaining story, the pace is good, and it does a great job of setting up the story for the volumes to come.

This series is quite different from Rumiko Takahashi’s other works, which often have a fantasy element to them. Even so, it’s a worthwhile read and I look forward to continuing the series from my TBR.

I hope you enjoyed my review of Maison Ikkoku Vol 1. Have you read this book?

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