The Seven Year Itch
by Dylan Acres
August 17, 2004
When I first published this site I don't think I could have possibly
forseen that I would still be making updates to it seven years later.
But here I am, writing this article a few days late and prepping
the latest additions to the site. It truly is a great time to be
a fan of not only Maison Ikkoku, but Rumiko Takahashi in general.
All of her series are running strong in the United States now, the
Ranma ½ anime ended this past year, Urusei Yatsura's anime is halfway
through with the movies finally hitting DVD this summer and Inuyasha
is the most popular anime in the country right now, and the series
is only a few weeks away from ending its very sucessful run in Japan.
Things on the manga front are going well too. Ranma ½ is chugging
along smoothly, getting into the last third of its manga run and
Inuyasha is doing just as well in its manga format as its animated
companion is doing on television. On a personal note, the webmasters
of Rumic World, my brother, Harley, Mason Proulx, and myself all
played a significant part of finishing and publishing the translated
edition of Urusei Yatsura online at Project
But this is the story of Maison Ikkoku, and as a series thats almost
as old as I am, its attracting new fans in America at a more rapid
pace than at any other time in its history. The anime has episodes
that are being dubbed for the first time ever, showing Viz' commitment
to the series on DVD, while the manga's re-release is bringing in
new fans every month. Maison Ikkoku is finally receiving the attention
it has always deserved as Americans are learning that a well-written
love story is something that everyone wants to read about.