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It's Christmastime at Maison Ikkoku, the rundown apartment building that serves as a stage for Rumiko Takahashi's funny romance comic book. And Christmas is an occasion for getting together with family, which, in the world of Maison Ikkoku, can only mean one thing: crazy situations and hilarious hijinks. Godai is still battling Coach Mitaka for the attention of Kyoko, the manager of Maison Ikkoku. But Kyoko is battling with her overprotective, meddling parents who are trying to convince her to leave her job. Meanwhile Godai, who has reluctantly started dating the cute, naive Kozue, must deal both with her family and with his own doting parents. --Jim Pascoe

About the Author

The spotlight on Rumiko Takahashi's career began in 1978 when she won an honorable mention in Shogakukan's annual New Comic Artist Contest for Those Selfish Aliens. Later that same year, her boy-meets-alien comedy series, Urusei Yatsura, was serialized in Weekly Shonen Sunday. This phenomenally successful manga series was adapted into anime format and spawned a TV series and half a dozen theatrical-release movies, all incredibly popular in their own right. Takahashi followed up the success of her debut series with one blockbuster hit after another--Maison Ikkoku ran from 1980 to 1987, Ranma 1/2 from 1987 to 1996, and Inuyasha from 1996 to 2008. Other notable works include Mermaid Saga, Rumic Theater, and One-Pound Gospel. Takahashi won the Shogakukan Manga Award twice in her career, once for Urusei Yatsura in 1981 and the second time for Inuyasha in 2002. A majority of the Takahashi canon has been adapted into other media such as anime, live-action TV series, and film."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; 1st Edition edition (April 8, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569310408
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569310403
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,339,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The spotlight on Rumiko Takahashi's career began in 1978 when she won an honorable mention in Shogakukan's annual New Comic Artist Contest for Those Selfish Aliens. Later that same year, her boy-meets-alien comedy series, Urusei Yatsura, was serialized in Weekly Shonen Sunday. This phenomenally successful manga series was adapted into anime format and spawned a TV series and half a dozen theatrical-release movies, all incredibly popular in their own right. Takahashi followed up the success of her debut series with one blockbuster hit after another--Maison Ikkoku ran from 1980 to 1987, Ranma 1/2 from 1987 to 1996, and Inuyasha from 1996 to 2008. Other notable works include Mermaid Saga, Rumic Theater, and One-Pound Gospel.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is another volume on the ongoing romantic saga of Maison Ikkoku, as Godai still tries to win the heart of his beautiful apartment manager Kyoko. This time, events get complicated by Godai's "girlfriend's" family and by Kyoko's parents, each one with a different point of view about what Kyoko must do to be happy...
This is a great story. Everybody who has ever fallen in love can easily identify with Godai and his clueless attempts to make Kyoko notice him without breaking the heart of Kozuo and Kyoko's confusion as two lovers try to get her attentions.
Takahashi creates plenty of believable characters. Even the wackiest of the inhabitants of the apartment building where Kyoko and Godai live have their human sides.
While I didn't find this volume as heart warming as other volumes of Maison Ikkoku (just how clueless and insecure a guy can get?), it is still an awesome read. If you enjoy romance, be sure to read this and all the other volumes of Maison Ikkoku. You will not be dissappointed!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
Rumiko Takahashi's funny, romantic series "Maison Ikkoku" is being rereleased in a cheaper edition, allowing more people to check out this unique story. It's a twist on the boy-meets-girl story, in which the girl is a haunted widow and the boy is a struggling college student.
Yusaku Godai's life changed forever when the beautiful Kyoko became manager of the rundown Maison Ikkoku. His attempts to get closer to her were thwarted when he learned that her beloved husband died not long ago. Now he has another problem -- Shun Mitaka. He's rich, handsome, debonair, nice, and he's in love with Kyoko too.
To make things even more complicated, Yusaku has to deal with Kozue, a girl he once worked with who has a massive crush on him. He likes Kozue, but not that way. Misunderstandings about restaurants, dog phobias, stinging jellyfish, puppet shows and a sprained ankle make Yusaku's life even harder -- and that's not including his crazy, obnoxious neighbors.
"Maison Ikkoku" is hard to describe -- it's a little too dramatic to be a romantic comedy, but too funny to be a straightforward drama. There are a lot of situations that Takahashi does well and often, like Yusaku bursting in on the bathing Kyoko. The story is more streamlined and fluid, and even the dramatic interludes burst into comedy quickly enough (usually because of the crazy inhabitants of Maison Ikkoku).
Yusaku grows up a little, gaining confidence and backbone (although he's still a pushover). Kyoko's jealousy and temper are shown more vividly here, when she thinks Yusaku is playing around with several girls. And one of the nicest things about Takahashi's work is that romantic rivals are not portrayed as mean or bad. Mitaka and Kozue aren't bad people, just unfortunately in love with the protagonists.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul on June 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
Family Affairs, Volume 2 of the international masterpiece of romantic comedy, "Maison Ikkoku", continues the great comedy and touching romance which began in Volume 1.
Maison Ikkoku is a run down apartment building in Tokyo. Living there are struggling and wishy-washy college student Yusaku Godai, who has fallen head over heels in love with the beautiful, young manager of the building, Kyoko Otonashi. Kyoko has some feelings towards Godai, but she is a widow, and still is not over the death of her beloved husband, Soichiro.
Complicating matters between the two are rich, suave and handsome tennis coach Shun Mitaka, who is Godai's rival for Kyoko; and Kozue Nanao, a sweet, cute, and naive girl, who accidently has become Godai's platonic girlfriend. Kozue is clueless that Godai is in love with Kyoko.
But the crowning touch are the 3 other residents of the apartment building: hard drinking, hard partying and hard gossiping Mrs. Ichinose, who lives with her young son Kentaro; Akemi Roppongi, a sexy party animal who is the bar hostess at local hangout ChaChaMaru, and who wears her see-through negligee around the building; and then there's the mysterious Yotsuya, who gets his kicks out of peeping, and breaking through Godai's wall so that he can mooch food from Godai.
All 3 regard Godai as their personal toy, and they get their kicks from teasing him and holding their drinking parties in his room. They've also discovered that Kyoko is fun to tease as well.
Volume 2 gives some nice overviews of several traditional Japanese holidays, as well a how they approach Christmas.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sakura on August 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
'Tis the season to be jolly at Maison Ikkoku! It's Christmastime, and Godai wants to get Kyoko a present. So he splurges on a pair of earrings and gives them too...Kozue? Now he's broke and has nothing to give to Kyoko! Then it's New Year's Eve and Godai is all alone with Kyoko...can he stand the temptation? Then, at the end of the holiday madness, Godai goes home for a few days, but a chain of unfortunate accidents prevent him from coming home as soon as he planned.
Next, Kozue takes Godai home for dinner. It's then that Godai discovers just how ambitious she is in their relationship. Meanwhile, Kyoko's parents are worrying that managing Maison Ikkoku reminds her too much of her dead husband. But when they can't get her to leave the boarding house, they start using sneaky, manipulative methods. Kyoko and the rest of the residents must learn how to stand up to her shrewd parents. Maison Ikkoku continues its sweet and (mostly) innocent humor in the second book. Once again, Rumiko Takahashi exhibits her mastery of the art of manga!
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