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1996-1988 Rumiko Takahashi, Fuji TV, Kitty Film
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Meet Godai, the unfortunate cram school student who has difficulty getting into college. He lives in Maison Ikkoku with the worst possible neighbors that make his life almost like a living nightmare. Studying and trying to get into a good college is just not going to happen-not in Maison Ikkoku. One day, just when he decides that he's had enough, an "angel" named Kyoko appeared to make everything all right... well... almost.
What do we need this for? >>> by skysenshi
Granted, I really loved Maison Ikkoku the TV series. This doesn't mean that the animators should get away with squeezing 96 episodes of fun into one measly package! Whatever form of coherence the series had was completely lost as they pulled out a few excerpts from a few episodes and haphazardly slammed them into this "movie". Don't expect to see anything of the excellent character design that has made Rumiko Takahashi a household name. You'd hardly get to know any of the characters here.
I don't really know what this motion picture is for. I mean, if you've seen the TV series, why would you bother seeing a poorly done rehash? It would feel like you're eating leftovers of the worst kind. If you were new to Maison Ikkoku, on the other hand, you wouldn't appreciate the beauty of Rumiko Takahashi's work because you will not understand half of what's going on in this flick. The scenes are jumpy at best and many times you will find yourself scratching your head, asking yourself, "How the heck are they [insert scenario here] when they're supposed to be [insert scenario here]?" Sadly, the only thing this has that's exactly of the same quality as the TV series are the artwork and the animation.
It's really too bad because I had anticipated more. Ranma and Inu Yasha had movies with plots that are distinct from the storylines of their TV versions, why couldn't the production company do the same for Maison Ikkoku?
Individual Rating: Art/Animation 9; Story 5; Characters 5; Sounds 7