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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 9.95
  • Pages: 232
  • ISBN: 1-59116-617-9
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Maison Ikkoku (Editor's Choice Edition) Vol. #09

By Megan Lavey     August 15, 2005
Release Date: February 02, 2005

Maison Ikkoku (Editor's Choice Edition) Vol.#09
© Viz Media

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Rumiko Takahashi
Translated by:Gerard Jones and Mari Morimoto
Adapted by:

What They Say
Yusaku finally gets serious about finding a job. Unfortunately, Kyoko is the only one who takes him seriously - a little too seriously - when he talks about his "future." For the immediate future, he gets a position waiting tables at a resort, and an eyeful when Kyoko loses her top in the pool. Once he finally lands a gig student-teaching at Kyoko's old high school, a googly-eyed student named Yagami moves into his life, and, sneakily, into Maison Ikkoku. Will she manage to get between Yusaku and Kyoko?

The Review
Let Maison Ikkoku fans rejoice! This volume of the manga introduces Ibuki Yagami, the overly headstrong high schooler that has set her sights of Godai!

This is not one of my favorite covers, but it is definitely better than the one for volume eight. Once again, we head back to the wideban covers for this shot of Kyoko in a bathing suit - however, there is so much pink on the cover that she gets a little bit lost here. The green in her hat stands out more than she does. There's a sticker saying "From the creator of Inuyasha" which was much easier to get off than some of the other stickers I had to deal with. Extras include ads for other Viz series.

We've now fully settled into the art style that Takahashi utilizes for this series, and it focuses heavily on the characters and their actions and reactions to events. The layout is clean and easy to follow, but the pages themselves have a lot of action going on. The reproduction is good on the original black and white pages, but the color pages come out a bit dark.

The text reads very well in this volume and I've noticed that we've gone from addressing Godai as "Yusaku" back to calling him "Godai," as it should be - a step in the right direction regarding the translation.

Content (may contain spoilers):
Pretty much the entire volume is taken up with Yagami's exploits, but only after a couple of introductory chapters setting up the storyline where it's revealed that even though graduation is approaching, Godai hasn't bothered looking for a job. He hits on the bright idea to take over the family restaurant, but Kyoko interprets Godai's move as a marriage proposal. But, Godai being who he is, he's one step behind and manages to lose the restaurant to his brother-in-law.

We then go into the chapters that cover Godai's student teaching stint at Kyoko's alma mater. Wishy-washy Godai is made fun of by the students at the school, but class representative Ibuki Yagami develops a crush on him when she believes that his girlfriend has died and has returned to the school to exorcise her ghost. She quickly discovers that it's not the case and her rival is a very alive Kyoko. Yagami pulls out all of the stops to corner Godai into a confession of love, including entrapping them in a very compromising situation inside the gym storage room. Once she realizes the threat Kyoko poses, Yagami decides to attack from that angle only to learn that Kyoko had married a teacher herself!

Yagami's pursuit of Godai continues after his teaching job is over, but when she does her best to try to get him in at her father's company, it's Godai's kindness that may just land him in trouble.

For me, this shows how much Kyoko has grown over the course of the series. During all of the incidents with Yagami, I kept bracing myself for her to blame Godai for them. While she does blame Godai's tendency to be wishy-washy for causing the problems, she never blames Godai himself - she realizes that it's Yagami's fault for taking advantage of him. The Kyoko of earlier in the series wouldn't had hesitated to blame Godai solely for the incidents that were going on.

Since there is so much Yagami in this volume, the only way you can stomach it is to like her. I have mixed feelings about her and enjoyed the storyline for the hints it gave us into Kyoko's past and how she relates with those people. Her interactions with Godai have improved as well. When he reveals that he'd lied to everyone at the beginning of the volume to go work a part-time job rather than go on job interviews, Kyoko simply asks him to be straight with him and bandages up his wounds.

The second round of Yagami appearances endeared me to her much more than the first - and I think it's because she realized that her emotions for Godai were genuine rather than a simple schoolgirl crush.

This is probably the slowest I've ever read a volume of a series, because you want to savor each and every page. Although she takes some warming up to, Yagami is a good addition to the cast. And the book ends on a cliffhanger, leaving you waiting for the next volume.


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