Parents' Guide to

Maison Ikkoku

By Lien Murakami, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Bittersweet animated romantic comedy has lots of drinking.

TV Viz Media Comedy 2003
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+

I've seen my boy watch this.

Everytime the toonami block is on, he watches. So do my 13, and 15 year old. I want them to be the best.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
age 8+

dumb 9 year old kids love it.

My kids watch mature anime! I'm totally okay with my 8, 9, and 10 year old watching. Definitely okay. If they like it, I'm definitely ok with them watching anime.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Maison Ikkoku is a sweet romantic comedy with some very eccentric characters. Although not rooted in fantasy or science fiction as so many imported Japanese animation series, the series has a number of characters who are completely over the top and can really only exist in sitcom such as this. Godai's neighbors constantly invade his privacy and his food stash in order to drink and party all night despite his insistence that he needs to study. In the real world, he could probably just move out or request a restraining order, but where's the fun in that? The neighbors provide an appreciated comic backdrop to a sweet love story as love triangles and complications ensue as Godai falls in love with his beautiful building manager, Kyoko, even as she learns of his not-quite-so noble tendencies. Godai doesn't really want to study and his neighbors know it. They prey on his weak will and in a strange way, help him to strengthen his college exam convictions.

A nice part about the series is that the characters do evolve and change. Godai is not the same person at the end of the series as he is at the beginning. He constantly tries to improve himself so that he can be worthy of Kyoko's love and his infatuation with her grows from lust to something much more lasting and true. This evolution and the sheer amount of effort Godai makes in order to win Kyoko is admirable and sweet. Viewers would not find it hard to root for him despite his flaws. The romance and the comedy of errors that constantly afflicts Godai's efforts at finding love and improving himself make up for the decidedly old fashioned and unimpressive animation.

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