Maison Ikkoku

Maison Ikkoku (Japaneseめぞん一刻, Mezon Ikkoku ) is a completed manga series of Japanese graphic artist Rumiko Takahashi ( Ranma ½, Inu Yasha ). It is a slowly developing, his romantic comedy category. The story is so especially young men respond.

The manga was later made ​​into a film as well as an anime series for Japanese television. Maison Ikkoku is an apartment house where live the people involved. The story focuses on the student Yusaku Godai and Kyoko Otonashi, the caretaker.


The plot revolves around the life stories of the residents of the apartment house Maison Ikkoku. The main character is the young Yusaku Godai, who wants to prepare for the entrance exam to study, and is regularly disturbed by his neighbors. He falls in love with the young widowed concierge Kyoko Otonashi, but also has other admirers.


Godai is in love with Kyoko since he met her for the first time. While the other tenants in the Ikkoku consider him lazy and unreliable, Kyoko Otonashi is the only one in the apartment building that supports him; thereby to Godais feelings for Kyoko accelerate. Nevertheless, Godai has a relationship with Kozue Nanao, but remains purely platonic. In addition, it provides according to the student Ibuki Yagami, since he has taught as a trainee during his studies.

He lives in Apartment 5 (go).

Kyoko also lives in the house and has the only apartment without number ( The second kanji of her family name can be read as zero).

He appears only in the manga and in the film, but not in the TV series. He lives in Apartment 2 ( ni).

Mitaka means " three hawks".

He lives in apartment 4 ( Yotsuya means " four valleys "). His career and his first name is never mentioned.

It resembles externally the secret agents Sekoi from the manga miniseries Dust spurt of Rumiko Takahashi.

She lives in apartment 6 Your Family Roppongi means " six trees " and is also the name of an entertainment district in Tokyo.

Nanao means " seven fishes ".

Yagami literally means " eight gods ".

Kujo is the name of an influential noble family, and includes the number 9 ( ku ).


The title of the series can be translated in different ways. He can stand for the address of the action, the maison (Apartment House ) Ranked # 1 Koku - street; ikkoku but can also be translated as " instant " or as an adjective as " stubborn " or " hot-blooded ".



Maison Ikkoku was released in Japan from November 1980 to April 1987 in the form of 163 individual chapters in the manga magazine Big Comic Spirits of Shogakukan Publishing. These individual chapters were summarized from 1982 in a total of 15 anthologies. In 1992, a 10 -volume edition of the Wideban volumes, 1997, a 10 -volume also Bunkoban output.

In German, the series was published in full by Egmont Manga and Anime, with the Wideban edition served as a template. Tonkam published a French translation, Viz Media an English in the U.S. and GLENAT a Spanish. Sharp Point Press brought out the manga in Taiwan.


Based on the manga was written in 1986 to 1988 anime television series with 96 episodes, which has some additional plot lines. In the production of Studio Deen Kazuo Yamazaki, Naoyuki Yoshinaga and Takashi Anno led Director. For the character design Akemi Takada and Yuji Moriyama were responsible, artistic director was Chitose Asakura.

As of March 26, 1986, the series was first broadcast by Fuji TV in Japan. This was followed by translations into English, Spanish, French, Italian and Chinese.

Later there was a final movie, three OVA episodes and a music special. In German only the movie at Kazé has been published.

In early 2013 it was announced to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Shogakukan and the 35th anniversary work of Rumiko Takahashi that in Japan, the TV series is republished in two boxes on Blu -ray. The first box will appear on December 25, 2013.

OVAs and Specials

The following OVAs and specials of the anime series have appeared in Japan:

  • OVA: Sōshūhen Utusuri Yuku Kisetsu no Naka de (移り ゆく 季節 の 中 で) Released in Japan on September 25, 1988
  • OVA: Bangaihen Ikkoku -kō Nanpa Shimatsuki (番外 編 一刻 島 ナンパ 始末 記) Released in Japan on January 31, 1991
  • OVA: Prelude Maison Ikkoku: Meguri Haru no Sakura no yō ni ... (プレリュード めぞん一刻) Released in Japan on 25 June 1992
  • Special: Karaoke Music Parade (カラオケ· ·ミュージックパレード) Released in Japan on November 1989
  • Special: 1994 Music Calendar, Released in Japan on December 1993

Voice Actors


The music composed by Kenji Kawai series and Takao Sugiyama. The five songs of the headers are

  • Kanashimi yo Konnichi wa (悲しみ よ こんにちは) by Yuki Saito
  • Alone Again ( Naturally) by Gilbert O'Sullivan
  • Suki sa (好き さ) of Anzen Chitai
  • Sunny Shiny Morning (サニー· ·シャイニーモーニング) of Kiyonori Matsuo
  • Hidamari (陽 だまり) of Fuyutsuki Murashita

The Broadcast was backed up with the following titles:

  • Ashita hareru ka (あした 晴れる か) of Takao Kisugi
  • Ci - ne -ma (シ·ネ·マ) by Picasso
  • Get Down by Gilbert O'Sullivan
  • Fantasy (ファンタジー) by Picasso
  • Sayonara no Dessan by Picasso
  • Begin the Night by Picasso

Real movie

Maison Ikkoku was filmed in 1986 as a live-action film directed by Shinichirō Sawai. The film music was composed by Joe Hisaishi.


On May 12, 2007, TV Asahi, the first part of a two -part drama ran under the episode title Ronin - hen (浪人 编). This was repeated on BSS and October 21 August 15 at FBC. According to Video Research, the episode reached an audience of 12.1 % in the Kanto region. She also appeared on August 24, 2007, including a making-of DVD.

On 26 July 2008, the second episode Kanketsu - hen (完结 编) aired on TV Asahi. This video reached by Research in the Kantō region an audience rating of 8.0%.

Analysis and reception

Patrick Drazen describes the anime series as one of the most interesting in terms of the use of symbols and clues to the audience. Thus, the Japanese audience, where known stimuli, to make, for example, the sound of the horn of Tofumachers the time of the action clearly. Also, there are allusions to the Japanese creation myth Kojiki.

Paul Gravett writes the manga was developing from a light, humorous comedy a worthwhile story of a grieving widow who learns new love. It succeed Rumiko Takahashi great to show the depth of the evolving feelings. The German trade magazine manga scene describes the series as " likeable story about the absent student Yusaku and his seemingly hopeless love for the young widow Kyoko ".