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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 9.95
  • Pages: 232
  • ISBN: 1-59116-729-9
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Maison Ikkoku (Editor's Choice Edition) Vol. #10

By Megan Lavey     August 16, 2005
Release Date: April 15, 2005

Maison Ikkoku (Editor's Choice Edition) Vol.#10
© Viz Media

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

What They Say
The not-so-simple life of the tenants of Maison Ikkoku is sent reeling (yet again) after the latest Godai-related scandal hits the fan... a hostage situation! But there's a twist - the hostage is Ibuki Yagami, a coquettish coed smitten by Yusaku's bumbling charms. and she refuses to vacate the premises until her outlandish demands are met. Can Godai successfully negotiate her freedom... as well as his own?! Plus, Coach Mitaka's life (both literally and figuratively) goes to the dogs.

The Review
Babies and dogs and lots and lots of Yagami! Oh, and there's Asuna as well.

In a pleasant surprise, we actually get the original tankoubon cover for vol. #10, artwork that has been recycled on some other editions of the series as well. I actually love what they did with the art of Kyoko and Soichiro here. The original was multi-colored, but here the two are rendered in shades of grey, white and black with the exception of Kyoko's eyes. It's really pretty, and the blue border and logo emphasizes it. What detracts from it is yet another Inuyasha sticker, but thankfully that comes off easily. 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. We get a few new characters here, and the one I like the most of is Asuna - who looks like she stepped out of the 1920s.

The text reads very well in this volume and I see no issues with modernization or unnecessary slang.

Content (may contain spoilers):
Who'd thunk it? Godai's in trouble once again! Not only has he blown his chance of getting a good job at one of the top-rated companies, but the daughter of the personnel manager - no other than our dear Ibuki Yagami - has taken over Maison Ikkoku! Her demands: Give Godai a job, or I'm not coming home. Her father hits the roof and thinks that Godai is actually out to take his daughter away from him. But when the two men finally confront each other, Yagami's father (and a good chunk of Tokyo) learn about Godai's true feelings. Now, if he can just try to tell them to the person meant to hear them...

Well, you have to give Godai credit. He does try. But mixed up cassette tapes, misinterpreted words and a whole lot of interference by the Peanut Gallery (aka Yotsuya, Akemi and Mrs. Ichinose) lead to the wrong actions and Godai is convinced he's lost Kyoko forever. And it doesn't help that Mitaka has stepped up the competition on his end - as his family tried to force him into an arranged marriage with dog-crazy Asuna Kujo.

Maison Ikkoku has gone on a roller coaster ride, and it's taking the reader along for the ride. The mostly-episodic nature of the first half of the series is completely gone now, with each story now advancing the plot and the characters immensely. Most of the attention is focused on Godai, Kyoko, Mitaka and Yagami - though we get a token appearance by Kozue and other members of the Ikkoku clan. We're also introduced to Asuna Kujo, who is a strange, strange bird. That strangeness is a lot more apparent here than in the corresponding anime episodes that we've seen to date.

My goodness, hello, Ikuko! My, have you grown! Seeing her now as a high school student shows us exactly how much time has passed. She's quite different from the little girl about to enter junior high school. Unfortunately, Keitaro doesn't reflect that growth as seen in volume 9.

One of the running themes in this volume is that Kyoko is finally aware that the time is rapidly approaching that she has to make a decision. As Mitaka's hand is being pushed, he's become more forceful - and that leads to a compromising situation. We also learn that Kyoko can be just as wishy-washy about the relationships she has as well - but it's not sure if it's because she really wants Godai to be more assertive, or not.

My favorite chapter is actually a one-shot between the two major arcs in the volume and is the annual death of Soichiro anniversary chapter. These usually serve for some great character development, and the same holds true here. Kyoko starts overly comparing Godai to Soichiro and it annoys him to the point where they wind up arguing. The resulting conversation in the cemetery and the accompanying artwork is absolutely beautiful. I think part of the reason why it struck such a chord in me is that it's a conversation that needs to take place in Takahashi's ongoing work, Inuyasha, and if it does - I hope it's as beautiful as this was.


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