- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; 1 edition (June 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1569314934
- ISBN-13: 978-1569314937
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,798,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Maison Ikkoku, Vol. 14: Welcome Home Paperback – June 1, 2000
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Top Customer Reviews
When We first met Godai and Kyoko, he was an immature, irresponsible, college flunkout, who had as much luck with women as he did on his first college entrance test. She was an uptight, somewhat introverted, yet gentle women recovering from the recent death of her husband. Here they are today, by the stories time, eight years later, finally where we all knew they were meant to go. In eachother's arms.
This issue tosses asside MOST of the series trademark wackiness to make room for all of the moments that we all know are coming. The confessions and consumations of love. The blessings of the parents. Godai finally finding his career. The end of an old ache for kyoko. The wedding. A reunion with old friends, and the the birth of Thier first child. As I said, Most of the wackiness has been tossed aside, yet thier are plenty of laugh's to be found and anyone who enjoy's a good laugh and a good cry will find themselves doing both at the same time while reading this story. I hope all of us who enjoy the story of Maison Ikkoku are lucky enough to find such fulfilling mate's one day.
Well, no, that'd be too easy, and if anything about this love story were easy, it just wouldn't be Maison Ikkoku. There are still some pent-up feelings to vent, years worth of misunderstandings and resentments to clear away; and now that the news is out, more frequent and raucous interference from the usual gang of drunken housemates and hard-headed family members. No fear of spoilers, there aren't any big shocks plotwise; but the slapstick is dialed way down in this volume to make way for the tear-jerkers to come out in full force. By the time it's all over, it's safe to say that Godai and Kyoko are stronger and more tightly bound for everything they've gone through to finally be together. No worries, friends - they'll be fine. And so will everyone else too.
Three loud cheers for Rumiko Takahashi - who else can make us laugh so loud and cry so hard all at once, and still carry it all through to such a sweet ending? Nobody on God's Earth, that's who.
I laughed until my mouth hurt, I went thirsty while reading this series so I wouldn't wet my pants or spit out my juice. I tried not to read Maison Ikkoku in public because my laughing made people look at me.
I made sure that when I reached the more tender, introspective scenes, that I locked myself in my room so I wouldn't embarrass myself when I began to cry.
I connected with Yusaku because I'm a college student, and with Kyoko when she was in deep thought.
I don't know what powers of telepathy that Ms. Takahashi has that she can pinpoint the exact thoughts that go through a person's mind. Being a creative type, I can understand a little, but her skills are uncanny and her comedic timing plays out as some of the best TV skits.
(Just remember the double-takes of the characters and you know exactly what I'm talking about)
I'm happy to say that I was not only entertained, but also learned a great deal about proper story-telling, pacing, and emotional setting.
This was truly extraordinary. Yusaku's heartfelt plea to Kyoko, Kyoko struggling within herself over moving on, the events and circumstances in life that hinder or help us... I'm getting emotional here.
Bravo Ms Takahashi. I know there is a kind of lifetime achievement award in the comic world that you should receive, or perhaps you already have.
It took me two years to finish the graphic novels. A two years that I rushed through and now wished I had savored more, but I'm not complaining.
All Yusaku's dreams came true as well as Kyoko's.
May all our dreams be just as fruitful.
I'm going to miss these people.
And I mean ALL of them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The story was good before I read this volume. The art is nice and neat, but it could have been better. It is not as interesting as the previous volumes. Read morePublished on February 17, 2011 by RT
This volume is the conclusion of one of the best love stories of all time. You must start with volume one and read the whole set. Read morePublished on October 8, 2007 by Michael L. Mclellan
Rumiko Takahashi is known for letting the relationships between her romantic leads drag on for years or even decades without them ever evolving or being consummated (see Inuyasha),... Read morePublished on October 7, 2007 by Sesho
I must have read MI a dozen times in Japanese, and I recently bought the whole series in English just for fun. Read morePublished on January 7, 2005 by T. Smith
There were times I thought the story of Maison Ikkoku would never end--the complications just compiled and continued! Read morePublished on April 19, 2002 by Karen K. Hart
The final book in this outstanding series and for me it was an emotional rollercoster. If you have a sentimental bone in your body you will cry at some of the scenes. Read morePublished on March 15, 2002
This is the best one out of all of them.when i saw it was the conclusion i starded to cry . and please dont start with the last one get all of the first! its worth it. Read morePublished on December 30, 2001 by John W Augenstein
This is a FABULOUS series!! I own all 14 graphic novels and all of the Television episodes. If you're a fan of American shows like Friends, Will & Grace and Frasier, then... Read morePublished on December 5, 2001 by Katherine Dickerson
This is such and awesome book, i made my mom buy it for me! Rumiko Takahashi could not have written a better conclusion to this astounding series if she tried. Read morePublished on February 15, 2001