Maison Ikkoku

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Kimagure Orange Road TV

Kimagure Orange Road  TV

A classic romantic comedy from the 1980's, telling the bittersweet story of three high school students. The series features very unique storytelling and direction, music from some of the biggest Japanese pop acts of the 1980's, and an added twist as Kyosuke and his family are ESPers, whose powers are used to tell unique stories and put the characters in unusual situations.

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kamirura kamirura says...

oooo don't we just love 80's love stories ^^ Kimagure Orange Road (KOR)is another cute love story and just like Maison Ikkoku it's a school anime with alot of cute moments. Be sure to check it out if you liked Maison Ikkoku.

Zadillo Zadillo says...

Another classic romance/comedy...... with a great supporting cast of characters, which you should definitely enjoy.... a similar emphasis on stand-alone stories and slowly building up a larger relationship.

Icey Icey says...

Maison Ikkoku and KOR are surprisingly similar. A love triangle forms the basis of each show, and great pleasure is taken to tease the indecisive male lead. In addition, the animation style is very similar; the two female leads could be sisters!

masquerade masquerade says...

Both series are eighties era romance stories told in a simple, unhurried manner. The shows take time to develop the various relationships and both feature at least one love triangle (a common tool used by Maison Ikkoku creator Rumiko Takahashi) which are used to further the various dramatic and comedic scenes present in both series. Maison Ikkoku deals with a more adult situation with older characters while Kimagure Orange Road is about middle schoolers. Despite the age difference the two series often parallel the other and a fan of one will definitely enjoy the other as well.

Oehr Oehr says...

While Orange Road involves supernatural powers (ESPers), both are beautiful old school love stories. Kyosuke can't really get to close to Madoka and so can't Yusaku to Kyoko. Enjoyed one? Enjoy the other!

redskyy redskyy says...

Both Maison Ikkoku and Kimagure Orange Road feature strong characters that feel real and grow throughout the series. They all have their flaws and you can't help but cheer for them. KOR features fantasy aspects with ESPers, but both feel very grounded.

Ranma 1/2

Ranma 1/2

Ranma, raised to be a man among men, has a bit of a problem: he is half woman! While training in China he fell into a strange magic spring at Jusenkyo. Now, he is eternally cursed to change into a beautiful woman whenever he is hit by cold water, but that may be the least of his problems; his father has betrothed him to marry! There's never a dull day for Ranma as he attempts to find a cure for his curse, train to become stronger, and grapple with the fact that half of himself may be more feminine than his fiancée!

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TheBurningCrow TheBurningCrow says...

From the same author as Ranma, also a great 80's series. Also a love story with some interesting humor.

masquerade masquerade says...

Both Ranma 1/2 and Maison Ikkoku are fun-filled, comedic shows originally created by the same author, Rumiko Takahashi. Whacky characters and situations abound, though Maison Ikkoku takes a more real-life approach to Ranma 1/2's exaggerated style. If you enjoyed one the other is definitely worth your time.

sarwor248 sarwor248 says...

Both these are anime are filled with love triangles and have lots of comedy. Misunderstandings are a constant problem, but true love always finds a way!

yann yann says...

Seen this as a kid and some years ago the complete series, it realy has the feeling of a Ranma 1/2 like cartoon, all the fun u'll get from 80's anime with a lovestory on the background ... 

Realy recommended if youre an 80's kid :) 

Love Hina

Love Hina

Keitaro Urashima is somewhat of a failure. In order to fulfill a promise he made to a girl fifteen years ago, he has tried time and again to get into Tokyo U but has never managed to pass the exam. However, fate smiles upon him and he ends up working for his aunt, managing an all-girls dorm! Living with the feral Kaolla, the timid Shinobu, the sake-loving Mitsune, the blade mistress Motoko and the punch-happy Naru, can Keitaro keep his focus and keep his promise? And will he ever end up meeting that girl from his past?

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lantis lantis says...

Well, other than the fact that the plots are near identical? Maison Ikkoku is the predecessor to Love Hina, and is well worth the time to watch, if you can get your hands on it. Sure, Love Hina is more widely known, and enjoyed, but I think Maison Ikkoku holds its own merit despite this.

Menchi Menchi says...

There's at least three similair things in both Love Hina and Maison Ikkoku. 1: They're both typical love stories with a love-at-first-sight scenario, rivals and misunderstandings and slowly evolving romance. 2: There's a healthy amount of comedy in both of them, though in Love Hina it's more crude and there's more ecchi included too. 3: In both series the backdrop of the events is a dormitory, where the hero or heroine starts working and thus sets off a chain of events.

Touch

Touch

Twins Kazuya and Tatsuya, and their neighbor Minami have played together since they were children and built an unbreakable bond. But with puberty, the twins realized something: Minami is a girl, and three is a crowd. As the trio tries to preserve their relationship, Kazuya's pledge to make Minami's dream come true by taking her to Koshien with his baseball pitching skills makes the slackerish Tatsuya wonder about himself, and his own goals. But Minami has another dream she wants fulfilled, and as the twins continue to push themselves, with Minami in the middle, a life-changing tragedy leads one twin down a path he once never would've considered...

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Icey Icey says...

I watched Maison Ikkoku and really enjoyed it; I wanted something similar and came across Touch. Essentially both anime revolve around a series of love triangles, and the male and female protagonists discover what they really want in life. The animation style of both anime is quite similar; and although dated, the stories themselves are as enjoyable today as they were back in the mid-80s. If you enjoyed either one make sure you try out the other.

Ragnarokr Ragnarokr says...

Maison Ikkoku were simply THE romance anime series from the eighties. They had ordinary people with real lifes and realistical situations surrounding them, comedic, tragic or dramatic as they may seem with real life. They were tru landmarks in the genre and are often credited as being influence of the genre, if you've seen one, you have to watch the other.

Honey and Clover

Honey and Clover

Art college: cradle of romance, home of bittersweet moments. Takemoto is struggling to find his direction in life, while his roommates Morita and Mayama are moving confidently - or recklessly - towards their goals. Enter Hagu-chan, the childlike and beautiful prodigy whom everyone admires; and thus the love triangles begin. Together, the trio explore the pain of first love, the trials of romantic conflict, and our loyalty to those annoying people who happen to be our closest friends.

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Nohansen Nohansen says...

The Maison Ikkoku anime, adapted from Rumiko Takahashi's seinen manga of the same name, premiered on March 26, 1986 on Fuji Television. Almost twenty years later, the very same network launched the noitaminA lineup, a programming block aimed at older female audiences, with Honey and Clover. In spite of the generational gap, Maison Ikkoku and Hachikuro are equal in the fact that both succeed where other "romantic comedies" fail: they are funny, but not childish, and portray their characters' feelings and emotions without being overly sappy or melodramatic.

If you liked one, there's no reason you shouldn't watch the other.

rhibob rhibob says...

Honey and Clover and Maison Ikkoku are very similar in feeling, though Maison Ikkoku is more comedic. They both deal with college life, growing up, and love, even falling in love with an older widow in both series. If you're looking for a good laugh with sweet and poignant moments, then either one is for you.