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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 9.95
  • Pages: 232
  • ISBN: 1-56971-421-5
  • Size: Tall B5
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Maison Ikkoku (Editor's Choice Edition) Vol. #02

By Megan Lavey     April 28, 2004
Release Date: November 01, 2003


Maison Ikkoku (Editor's Choice Edition) Vol.#02
© Viz Media


Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Rumiko Takahashi
Translated by:Gerard Jones and Matt Thorn
Adapted by:

What They Say
From the beloved creator of InuYasha and Ranma 1/2, the romantic (sort of) comedy Maison Ikkoku, in a new edition in its original episodic order! Kyoko and Yusaku start dating ? other people. She goes out with her handsome tennis instructor, Shun Mitaka, while he reluctantly dates Kozue, a former coworker. The two finally arrange to go on a date together, but a mix-up leads them to end up at different restaurants!

The Review
Packaging: This is a very pretty and attractive cover, combining the English logo for the series with the Japanese artwork from when the series was released as a 10-volume wideban set in Japan a few years ago. This features the artwork from volume two of the widebans, with Kyoko feeding Mr. Soichiro. The border is in various shades of green, along with the logo. On the back is a zoomed in version of the front cover and the jacket blurb.

Artwork: The artwork is still early Takahashi, but there is a maturing that shows a definite deviation from ?Urusei Yatsura.? The characters have more rounded faces with pointed chins, and the eyes are larger as well. Detail is paid to the backgrounds and really freshens up the series and gives a good sense of belonging in the neighborhood where Maison Ikkoku is set.

Orientation/SFX: Flipped and translated.

Text: No noticeable problems for me. It was a good, clean read. SFX is translated, but the pages are unflipped.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
This volume kicks off with the rivalry between Godai and Mitaka in full swing. Mrs. Ichinose takes the perfect opportunity to force an encounter between Mitaka and Godai ? and she, along with Yotsuya ? take every chance they get to show the difference between the two men. Mitaka is a successful tennis instructor who has his own car while Godai is a college student on a bike. But an accident causes Kyoko to flee the bar and Mitaka pursues her.

When they talk, Kyoko reveals that she?s a widow and afraid that if she acknowledges Godai?s confession of love (see volume 1), she will forget about Soichiro and that he will be gone forever. Mitaka reveals his interest in her by saying he is a patient man.

The friendly rivalry develops between Mitaka and Godai as they head to the beach with Kyoko, her niece Ikuko (whom Godai has been tutoring) and Kentaro, Mrs. Ichinose?s son.
They also discover that being in a car with Kyoko behind the wheel probably isn't the wisest thing on the planet...

After some more hijinks, Godai decides to do something special for Kyoko for her first anniversary celebration at Maison Ikkoku. But, a slip of the tongue causes them to have a misunderstanding. Speaking of misunderstandings, Godai seems to have become quite the ladies' man on campus, causing the residents of Maison Ikkoku to receive a taste of Kyoko's jealously. Even though they come to an understanding, when an old co-worker of Godai's enters the scene, the love triangle becomes even more complex.

These chapters were amusing, especially when it?s revealed that Mitaka is afraid of dogs. And Kyoko's insane driving abilities. Sheesh.

The tenants of Maison Ikkoku hit it on the head at the beginning of this volume. Akemi and Yotsuya talk about how Kyoko has loosened up since she began the manager, and this volume shows how much so as she takes her first steps back into the dating world since her husband?s death.

She becomes more multi-dimensional as well, showing signs of jealously as Godai gets more involved on campus. She's having fun and living life to the fullest the best she cans. Though, it does surprise me, for a widow she is pretty naive. There isn't that much revealed about her marriage to Soichiro at the this time, though I get the impression he was much older than her, but she manages to come off as innocent as someone who has never had a boyfriend before.

Godai shows signs of growth here, as he pursues changing his friendship with Kyoko into something more. One of his major flaws shows up in this volume, in that he is too nice. This causes him to wind up with more problems with Kyoko than it solves, especially when it comes to Kozue.

The supporting cast is up to form here, with Kentaro and Ikuko getting a good share of the spotlight at the beginning of the book. One of the funniest chapters in the entire manga was when the tenants try to take care of Kyoko when she's ill. They've taken her in as one of their own, and I do believe in the long run, they root for Godai to succeed over Mitaka. As for Mitaka himself...there's some cracks showing in his perfect facade, and you wonder how seriously he will take the vow to be patient for Kyoko. It is a contrast to Godai's statement about how she should let the past go.



Comments
There is a lot of content crammed into this volume, and it was skimming back over this book that I realized exactly how much is in here. The chapters are pretty episodic for the most part, but you can see a progression in characterization as Kyoko and Godai grow and change. This is a fun read and I highly recommend it.

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