Maison Ikkoku 2 by Rumiko Takahashi: A

From the back cover:
Kyoko and Godai start dating—other people. She goes out with her handsome tennis instructor, Shun Mitaka, while he reluctantly dates Kozue, a former coworker. The two finally arrange to go on a date together, but a mix-up leads them to end up at different restaurants!

I’m not really a big fan of comic misunderstandings in general, and I seldom find Mitaka’s dog fear to be amusing, but Maison Ikkoku is so seriously charming that I can’t help but like it.

As in volume one, a lot of time is covered in this volume—from summer until Christmas, with the anniversary of Kyoko’s arrival as manager celebrated along the way. There are a lot of good stories, but I think my favorite is probably the one where Kyoko attends the art festival at Godai’s school and ends up participating in a puppet show and causing him to flub his lines, to the delight of the audience (comprised of kids).

Speaking of kids, I adore the way Takahashi draws and writes Kentaro. I seem to like him more now than when I watched the anime—maybe it’s because he always looks so small in relation to everything around him. In any case, I’m really enjoying this series, and find that it deserves all the praise it has received.

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