May 25, 1977 |
|Residence||Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan|
|Years active||2001 – present|
|Known for||School Rumble, Natsu no Arashi!|
|Awards||65th Weekly Shōnen Magazine's Rookie Award with an honorable mention|
In an interview with Kaori Shimizu, Kobayashi noted he started writing School Rumble four years previously. The first book was released in 2002, and the interview was taped around the time of the release of the Japanese volume 15 (although not released until 2007 on Japanese DVD). He stated to an audience at Honolulu's 2006 Kawaii Kon convention that he started writing the series because he found the idea of a manga involving a delinquent falling in love interesting. Kobayashi's favorite character, Kenji Harima, is based largely on an amalgam of various friends, although he estimates "about 30%" of Harima is a reflection of himself. However, despite putting most of his personal feelings into the female characters, he stated that Ryuuhei Suga, a minor supporting character, is the most autobiographical. Most of the other characters are based on memories of former high-school classmates; Kobayashi recalled that he had no real idea of their voices when drawing them, and it was not until much later, when he heard the voice actors' interpretations during the production of the anime series, that he knew how they should sound. He acknowledged that some characters are more developed than others; in reply to a fan question about the mysterious Akira Takano, he admitted that, despite the closeness he feels for her, he did not put much emphasis on Takano and planned to develop her love-life slowly. Kobayashi intentionally centered his story arcs around misunderstandings which he then resolves, since he believes "if there's no misunderstanding then there's no funny story." He claims that none of his stories are based on real-life events, although when pressed admits the possibility of some resemblances but without divulging specific details.
He began drawing manga seriously during his college years, and won an honorable mention at the Weekly Shōnen Magazine's Rookie Award in 2001, allowing him to serialize School Rumble.
He has made some cameo appearances in the anime adaptation School Rumble, supplying the voice of Sailor F in two episodes of the first season, and being the narrator of the prehistoric segment in the first OVA, School Rumble - First Term Extra.
- School Rumble (スクールランブル?, 2002–2008)
- School Rumble Z (スクールランブルZ?, 2008–2009)
- Natsu no Arashi! (夏のあらし！?, 2006–2010)
- Ichiro Heian! (一路平安！?, 2011-2012)
- Hōkago Mashimashi Club (放課後ましまし倶楽部?, artist, 2013-2014)
- Seiyū Mashimashi Club (声優ましまし倶楽部?, artist, 2014-)
- Koiuta (恋歌?, 2007-2009) art by Yoshibe Tsuyama and Haru Emoto
- Kaettekita Hentai Kamen (帰ってきた変態仮面?, Hentai Kamen Returns, 2008) originally created by Keishū Ando
- Pani Poni Dash! (ぱにぽにだっしゅ！?, 2005) ep 21
- Maria Holic (まりあ†ほりっく?, 2009) ep 2
- Dance in the Vampire Bund (ダンス イン ザ ヴァンパイアバンド?, 2010) ep 2
- Hanamaru Kindergarten (はなまる幼稚園?, 2010) ep 1
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica (魔法少女まどか☆マギカ?, 2011) ep 4
- Dai 24 TOKYO Ku (第24TOKYO区?, 2014) illustrator
- Natalie.mu (Japanese)
- Kaori Shimizu (interviewer), Jin Kobayashi (interviewee), translator (March 23, 2007). School Rumble: 2nd Semester – The Complete Box Set ~ Interview with the Creator (DVD) (in Japanese (English subtitles)). Flower Mound, Texas: Funimation. Event occurs at 4:02–4:21. ASIN B002R0LRJO.
- Yadao, Jason S. "Manga spins unique yarn of love". DRAWN & QUARTERED. Star Bulletin. p. 1. Retrieved July 20, 2009.
- "Jin Kobayashi at Kawaii Kon". News. Anime News Network. January 25, 2006. Retrieved October 21, 2009.
- Chang, Chih-Chieh (September 1, 2005). "Interview: Jin Kobayashi". News. Anime News Network. Retrieved May 19, 2009.
- School Rumble: 2nd Semester - The Complete Box Set ~ Interview with the Creator. Event occurs at 12:30–12:57, 13:38–14:04.
- School Rumble: 2nd Semester – The Complete Box Set ~ Interview with the Creator. Event occurs at 7:19-7:41.
- School Rumble: 2nd Semester – The Complete Box Set ~ Interview with the Creator. Event occurs at 12:00-12:30, 14:05–14:48.