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Maison Ikkoku: Shipwrecked on Ikkoku Island

a.k.a. Maison Ikkoku: Ikkoku-kou Nanpa Shimatsuki

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Genre: Comedy
Company: Kitty Film
Format: 1 OVA
Dates: 1/31/1991

Yotsuya and Ichinose are enjoying a hot afternoon when they recall the time that the tenants of Ikkoku-kan and Mitaka go off on a cruise to party hard aboard Mitaka’s new boat. However, the boat falls apart and everyone is shipwrecked on a deserted island. With everyone up to their usual antics and shenanigans, what can happen in such a desolate place?

summary by Eek

 

Reviewed: 11/10/2003
Grade: 73%

Based upon Takahashi Rumiko’s Maison Ikkoku, this 25-minute special was taken from an unused chapter of the manga and is the only OVA from this franchise that was not created using pieces from the original television series. However, Shipwrecked on Ikkoku Island ends up being a mixed bag.

Part of what made Maison Ikkoku so funny was the combination of character personalities and how some would clown around while others would be serious yet still not be taken seriously. However, the original television series never went to many places other than the apartment complex and its surrounding area.Shipwrecked on Ikkoku Island takes the whole gang to (yep, you guessed it) a deserted island, and the usual hilarity ensues. Yotsuya, Akemi and Ichinose sit around a lot of the time and drink alcoholic beverages while Godai and Mitaka attempt to compete for Kyoko’s love by fetching her fish to eat. The comedic routine is the same but retains some freshness because of the new setting. Also, the clean and vibrant artwork gives the characters and settings a facelift, and while I cannot complain about the art from the television series, this is an improvement nevertheless.

Shipwrecked on Ikkoku Island is definitely a lot of fun, but it is nothing more than a filler episode. Do not expect any great revelations to be revealed; this still has the feel of the series at heart, but most drama and romance is cut to nil. One thing that does not go over well at all is how incomplete it is. There is a clear beginning and ending, but along the way of getting to the end, the creators seemed to simply have stopped and let the audience figure out the obvious solution. It is quite clear what happened, but that part was never animated, probably due to time constraints.

Maison Ikkoku is a classic series because it contains all of the right elements of comedy, drama and romance, but Shipwrecked on Ikkoku Island simultaneously drops the ball and is a return to what makes the series so much fun. This OVA attempts to stick to its guns, but only a moderate amount of success is achieved.

 

Shipwrecked on Ikkoku Island can be downloaded legally in the United States HERE.

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