Characters: Maison Ikkoku

Yusaku Godai

Voiced by: Issei Futamata (JP), Jason Gray-Stanford and Brad Swaile (EN)

The protagonist of the series. He lives in Room 5. He is a poor 20-year-old ronin studying for his college entrance exams after failing in the past year. He is madly in love with Kyoko.

Kyoko Otonashi

Voiced by: Sumi Shimamoto (JP), Ellen Kennedy (EN)

The female protagonist of the series. She is a beautiful, 22-year-old widow who takes on the task of managing a broken-down boarding house. She lives in the manager's room.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Due to her latent Tsundere-ness.
  • Babies Ever After: At the end of the series, she and Godai get married and have a daughter.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Godai.
  • Betty and Veronica: In a way she has been both; while she is the Betty to Ibuki's Veronica, she is the Veronica to Kozue's Betty.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: For all the grief she gives Godai over his reluctance to break up with Kozue, Kyoko is equally guilty in terms of her relationship with Shun Mitaka. Though it's clear that she cares for him, it's also blatantly obvious that she doesn't see Mitaka as somebody she wants to marry. However, she doesn't say anything when Mitaka breaks off his engagement to Asuna to be with her, nor does she deny a relationship when Asuna politely confronts her about it. Even after meeting his parents, and being whisked away by Shun while Godai is screaming after them, she doesn't spit it out that she doesn't feel that way for him until the very last minute.
  • Can't Hold Her Liquor: Usually avoids drinking too much as a result.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Has shades of this. She doesn't like Godai seeing other girls but still bravely resists Ibuki's provocations.
  • Devoted to You: Both Godai and Mitaka are so hopelessly in love with her that they constantly turn down many of their romantic prospects on the off chance that Kyoko is interested in them.
  • Drives Like Crazy: When she's upset.
  • Dude Magnet: Unwittingly.
  • First Girl Wins: Though is the first case of this in a Rumiko Takahashi series.
  • Happily Married: To Godai.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: In regards to Godai.
  • Landlady: Trope Codifier
  • May-December Romance: With her late husband.
  • The Mourning After: Has a hard time letting go of her late husband.
  • Plucky Girl
  • Silk Hiding Steel: The only thing keeping Maison Ikkoku from descending into chaos.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She doesn't like jerks, something both Mitaka and Godai know and use in order to get her to choose between them.
  • Stepford Smiler: Despite her sunny disposition, she's still mourning her late husband.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: She met her late husband while he was working as a temporary teacher at her high school.
  • Tsundere: A sweet type B that only gets mad with a good reason. Kyoko's normally bright and pleasant, until Godai (usually) inadvertently does something to her displeasure.
  • Widow Woman
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Godai. They Do.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Subverted. Her perfect Japanese housewife persona hides her repressed Tsundere nature and it's a way to cope with the loss of her husband.

Shun Mitaka

Voiced by: Akira Kamiya (JP), John Payne (EN)

A wealthy, educated young man who hails from an elite family. Mitaka works as a ladies' tennis coach more out of love for the sport than any need for financial support.

Hanae Ichinose

Voiced by: Kazuyo Aoki (JP), Daphne Goldrick and Kathy Morse (EN)

A short, middle-aged woman who is rarely seen sober. She lives with her husband and her son, Kentaro, in Room 1.

Yotsuya

Voiced by: Shigeru Chiba (JP), Gerard Plunkett and Ron Halder (EN)

A mysterious man who finds enjoyment in mooching, voyeurism, and generally tormenting his next-door neighbor Godai. He lives in Room 4.
  • Age Lift: While he was of a Vague Age in the manga/anime, in live action adaptations, he tends to get played by clearly middle aged actors.
  • Accent Adaptation: Yotsuya's formal way of speaking is adapted into English as a quasi-British accent.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander
  • Covert Pervert: Has a voyeuristic streak a mile wide.
  • Expy: Rumiko Takahashi's Rumic World manga Dust Spurt has a secret agent character named Mr. Sekhoi who looks exactly like Yotsuya. This is the source of some fan speculation that they are the same person.
  • Fake Brit: Yotsuya's accent in the Viz English dubs. To be fair, his first dub actor, Gerard Plunket is an Irish born Canadian. Ron Halder, his replacement post episode 36, however, is American but does a very seamless transition from his predecessor.
  • Identical Grandson: He looks exactly like his grandfather, causing a bit of confusion when his likeness appears to show up in old photos, adding to the mystery who he is and what he does.
  • Jerk Ass
  • Only One Name: His given name is unknown.
  • Porn Stash: Early in the series he was caught trying to leave a store with one until all the porno magazines were falling out of his coat though.
  • Secret Agent: Highly suspected of being this.
  • There Was a Door: One time used a log to break into Godai's room and spy on him.
  • What, Exactly, Is His Job?
  • Yakuza: Highly suspected of being this.

Akemi Roppongi

Voiced by: Yuko Mita (JP), Janyse Jaud (EN)

A boozy bar hostess who is usually known to lounge around wearing skimpy lingerie clothings while hanging around Ikkoku. She lives in Room 6 and works a short distance away in a bar named Cha-Cha Maru.
  • Brutal Honesty: When she has a point to make, don't expect her to be diplomatic, especially when she's sober.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Likes to snipe at Godai and Kyoko for her own amusement.
  • Fiery Redhead
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: A variation. She isn't a hooker but late-night barmaid which is regarded as somewhat similar in Japan (even though sex isn't necessarily involved). As for the heart of gold, it shows up later in the series when she decides to step in and trigger Kyoko's jealousy and force her to be more honest with herself with regards to Godai.
  • Lady Drunk
  • Last Minute Hookup: With Master.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Akemi lays a brief but huge one on Kyoko after Kyoko's ultimate hissy-fit towards Godai.
    Akemi: I can't believe you. Crying and carrying on over a guy you won't even let hold your hand. What's wrong with you? You think I'm so desperate I'd bother to steal a man from a neurotic twit like you? Grow up!
  • She's Got Legs
  • The Tease: More than being actually promiscuous, she is more about teasing than actually doing it.
  • Urban Legend Love Life: Despite her sultry demeanour and her job, she hasn't been with that many men.

Kentaro Ichinose

Voiced by: Chika Sakamoto (JP), Saffron Henderson and Sharon Alexander (EN)

Hanae's son. He is a grade-school-aged brat, generally seen trying to get between his mother and her bottle.

Nozomu Nikaido

Voiced by: Ryo Horikawa (JP)

Originally intending to move into an upscale establishment called "Rikkoku-kan", a typographical error on the lease papers brings him to Maison Ikkoku relatively late into the story as an accidental tenant. He led a relatively sheltered life before entering the story, and he moved into Maison Ikkoku as he started college against the wishes of his protective mother.

Kozue Nanao

Voiced by: Mina Tominaga (JP), Rochelle Greenwood and Anna Cummer (EN)

Godai's steady date and generally serves as an obstacle for him in his pursuit of Kyoko.

Ibuki Yagami

Voiced by: Yuriko Fuchizaki (JP), Alexandra Carter (EN)

A high school student who develops a crush on Godai while he works as a student-teacher.

Asuna Kujo

Voiced by: Hiromi Tsuru (JP), Valerie Sing Turner (EN)

A classically demure Japanese maiden from a wealthy family. Her family and Shun's uncle have arranged a traditional Japanese marriage between her and Shun (against Shun's wishes).
  • Babies Ever After: With Mitaka.
  • Fragile Flower: She looks so pure and fragile that even Godai and Kyoko where shocked when they see her pregnant with Mitaka's children.
    • Shown in a huge way when Shun tries to break off their engagement initially. She faints on the spot and when she wakes up she immediately cries, much to Mitaka's discomfort. Shown even more when she tries to join Mitaka's tennis club and meets her "rival" Kyoko. Even though she feels anguished inside she can't bring herself to be mean to Kyoko and is instead very awkwardly pleasant to her.
  • Happily Married: To Mitaka.
  • I Feel Angry: Never angers. When she knows about the existence of Kyoko, she just kindly tells her that she doesn't approve of Kyoko courting her fiancÚ.
  • Mistaken for Pregnant: After a previous drunken night with Asuna and hearing "she" is pregnant, Mitaka assumes that he got Asuna pregnant, and vows to marry her to set things right. After he proposes and everything is set in stone, she reveals it's her dog who's pregnant.
  • Na´ve Everygirl
  • Ojou
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: She is head over heels in love with her arranged fiance Mitaka and after proposing to her due to a misunderstanding he eventually falls in love with her and they get married.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko

Soichiro-san

Voiced by: Shigeru Chiba

Kyoko's dog. He is a large and white Samoyed dog that was found as a stray by Soichiro Otonashi, Kyoko's late husband.

Master

Voiced by: Norio Wakamoto (JP), David Kaye (EN)

Akemi's boss. He tolerates Akemi's obvious incompetence as a waitress because his feelings for her are more than just that of a boss to an employee.

Soichiro Otonashi

Voiced by: Hideyuki Tanaka (JP), David Kaye (EN)

Kyoko's deceased husband and former high school teacher. Kyoko always spoke very highly of him.