Maison Ikkoku

Season 2 Episode 23

Mitaka Trains! Lover Boy. Can't be Afraid of Dogs!

Aired Unknown Mar 04, 1987 on
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Mitaka Trains! Lover Boy. Can't be Afraid of Dogs!
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As Mitaka sits with a nameless date watching a movie, he begins to become very bored with the entire situation. Suddenly, on the screen a dog appears, sending Mitaka running out into the lobby. Taking time to catch his breath, a woman notices him and walks over. It happens to be Akemi, and she notices how ill he looks. As the dog barks, Mitaka gets jumpy again, and Akemi finally learns his dreaded secret, that he is terrified of dogs. Akemi promises to help him overcome his fear. The next day, Akemi leaves Maison Ikkoku happier than anyone has seen her in a long time. She meets Mitaka at the Statue of Hachiko and they agree to go have lunch before they get started, but Akemi wants Shun to try and pet the statue, which he is unable to do. Seeing how traumatizing Mitaka's fear is, Akemi decides she'll need more help, and so she tells Yotsuya, Godai, and Mrs. Ichinose about the Coach's dilemma. When Yotsuya meets with Mitaka, he learns that as a boy Mitaka snuck into a large dog's doghouse to retrieve a tennis ball, when suddenly the dog returned and pinned him inside the house until dinner time. Ever since Shun has been scared to death of any dog. Yotsuya decides that in a week, they will reenact the event. Akemi meets with Mitaka again and gives him a few stuffed dog dolls to leave in his room as part of the training. Mitaka wakes up in the middle of the night, scared to open his eyes for fear of seeing the dreaded dolls. As Mitaka goes to work, Kyoko notices a huge differences in his appearance. He's lost his sparkle, due to all the stress of training. Ichinose begins visiting his apartment and quizzing him about how to react to dangerous dogs, and everyone is surprised at how much he already knows. Godai begins to worry what will happen if Mitaka does overcome his fear. Mitaka meets with Mrs. Ichinose, Yotsuya, and Akemi later that week to discuss the progress he has made with the dolls. He tells them he is now able to look at them without fear. The applaud his efforts, and tell him its time for the next step. He goes to a dog show, but when he hasn't returned in an hour, Akemi checks on him and finds him paralyzed with fear. He runs away, but Akemi follows and tries to calm him down. She forces him to put his head in her lap and strokes his hair, thinking how lucky Kyoko really is to have someone like Mitaka. He wakes up shortly thereafter and thanks her, helping her up and on her way. Suddenly Soichiro and Kentaro call out to the Coach and Kentaro leaves Shun to watch the dog while he goes and gets Kyoko and Godai. Godai runs ahead and saves Mitaka from Soichiro, giving Mitaka just enough time to run away before Kyoko walks over. Finally, a week has passed and Mitaka is ready to reenact the terrible event from his childhood. As he dives into a doghouse, Yotsuya tosses a small dog in behind him, a nervous Mitaka stares worriedly for a second, but realizes he can do it and takes the dog by the scruff of the neck, hauling himself out of the cramped house. Suddenly, Yotsuya unleashes a bulldog on Mitaka, scarring Mitaka once more. At the tennis club, Mitaka tells Kyoko he was in a car accident, but freaks out once more when he sees a picture of a dog on Kyoko's handkerchief.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

Andrea Libman

Andrea Libman

Ikuko Otonashi (voice)

Gerard Plunkett

Gerard Plunkett

Yotsuya (english dub)

Jason Gray-Stanford

Jason Gray-Stanford

Yusaku Godai (english dub)

Ellen Kennedy

Ellen Kennedy

Kyoko Otonashi (english dub)

Janyse Jaud

Janyse Jaud

Akemi Roppongi (english dub)

Saffron Henderson

Saffron Henderson

Kentaro Ichinose (english dub)

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