What Are the Neighbors Doing?
Nihongo 隣はなにを…!?
Romaji Tonari wa Nani o...!?
Volume Volume 1
Shōgakukan release 1980
Anime counterpart Sorry to Keep You Waiting! I'm Kyoko Otonashi!
Next Mr. Soichiro
Story and Art by Rumiko Takahashi

What Are the Neighbors Doing? is the first chapter of the Maison Ikkoku manga.

Plot overviewEdit

Characters in Order of AppearanceEdit


  • (Yotsuya) "You're blaming your environment for your own lack of intelligence."
  • (Godai) "A welcome party for the manager?"
    • (Yotsuya) "It's not as if the residents have anything more important to do."
    • (Godai) "You're the one with all the free time! What's your job anyway?"
    • (Yotsuya) "Then you won't be participating."
    • (Godai) "Who said I won't be participating?"
    • (Yotsuya) "You're a complex fellow, aren't you?"
  • (Kyōko) "I know you'll pass a mid-term someday! Just hang in there!"
  • (Kyōko) "You mean you peep at men too?"
    • (Godai) "That's not funny!"
  • (Kyōko) "You have a class to pass don't you"
    • (Godai) "Huh?"
    • (Kyōko) "A class to pass."
    • (Godai) "What about your ass?"
    • (Kyōko) "I said a class to pass!"
    • (Yotsuya) "You there! Just because a woman's hindquarters protrude from your closet doesn't mean you should surrender to carnal desires!"
    • (Ichinose) "Mr. Yotsuya, please don't say such things in front of my child."
  • (Kyōko) "Won't this be a nuisance for the young man?"
    • (Yotsuya) "That's okay. It won't change how his test comes out anyway."
    • (Godai) "Who are you to tell me how my test is gonna come out?!"


It is deep autumn
My neighbor
How does he live, I wonder.


See alsoEdit

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What Are the Neighbors Doing?  • Mr. Soichiro  • Suit Yourself, Santa  • For Whom the Clock Tolls  • Hope Springs Eternal  • Will the Cherry Blossoms Bloom?  • Spring Wasabi  • Soichiro's Shadow  • Alcohol Love Call  • Don't Fence Me Out