Maison Ikkoku

by Rumiko Takahashi. Viz Comics

Maison Ikkoku is another of those Love Triangle stories by Rumiko Takahashi. The story is about a poor student Yusaku Godai, who lives at a boarding house called Maison Ikkoku. His life is dramatically changed the day a new lady manager Kyoko Otonashi comes to Maison Ikkoku.

Godai soon finds himself in love with Kyoko, but in true Japanese style this isn't going to be easy. Godai hasn't got very much to impress his love Kyoko Otonashi, and he doesn't really know how to express his love.

Unfortunately he gets very drunk, and the screams at the top of his voice that he loves Kyoko. He now has to made a joke of his love to cover his embarrassment.

Godai's love life gets a lot worse when Shun Mitaka, becomes Kyoko's tennis coach, and starts dating her. Godai has even more problems as some young ladies have their own plans for his future.

The best way to describe It is a sort of cross between Urusei Yatsura and Ranma, with out the weirdness. It is another one of those long running series, and I hope that Viz continue to publish it. I personally think that it is the best Viz title at the moment, and I look forward to it arriving each month. An Anime version is also available and is just as good. [Steve Whitcher]