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Maison Ikkoku, Vol. 14: Welcome Home Paperback – June 1, 2000

4.8 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
Book 14 of 15 in the Maison Ikkoku Series

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Product Details

  • 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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By Ookami on October 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
Well, it had to happen someday. Unlike Lum, and Ranma 1/2, Maison Ikkoku has alway's been a story about Love and personal growth. Which meant that someday we'd have to see the end.
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.
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By A Customer on July 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
...the moment we readers have awaited so long. The big fights have been had, the truths told, the many rivals for Godai's and Kyoko's respective affections have withdrawn from the field, and our hero and his beloved even manage a night to themselves to make everything okay. Our long-awaited happy ending is in plain sight ahead, so it should be all smooth sailing from here on ... right?
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.
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You know, I'm sure everybody eventually gets to the point where the overdone robo-mecha and fantasy crap gets old and unrealistic. Enter Maison Ikkoku, a truly realistic novel in which there are no sex changes, time travel or anything like that; just a manga about life for a group of average people. In this final volume, everything is brought to a close; people get married, resentments are cast aside, and a child is born. By the way, don't read this volume if you haven't read the others. Go through the entire series; it's worth it. Welcome Home will take you on a wide range of emotions, and unless you're made of stone, you'll feel something, and perhaps even cry. I love this series, and you will not regret buying this book.
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This is the conclusion to the Maison Ikkoku series. It can be very tense at spots, which especially holds for this book. Everything is now resolved at Ikkoku, and Rumiko's masterpiece draws to a close. This is the best series I've ever read.
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Whew!
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.
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