Kobo, the Li'l Rascal

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Kobo, the Li'l Rascal
Genre Comedy, Slice of life
Written by Masashi Ueda
Published by Soyosha (strip)
Houbunsha (current volumes)
English publisher
Magazine Yomiuri Shimbun
Original run April 1, 1982 – ongoing
Volumes 60 (Soyosha)
31 (Houbunsha)
Anime television series
Directed by Hiromitsu Morita
Produced by Michihiko Suwa, Tatsuo Ono
Studio Eiken
Licensed by Crunchyroll
Network Nippon Television
Original run October 19, 1992March 21, 1994
Episodes 63
Anime and Manga portal

Kobo, the Li'l Rascal, also known as Kobo-chan (コボちゃん?), is a manga created by Masashi Ueda.[1] Kodansha published the book in a bilingual Japanese-English edition, and Kodansha America distributed the book in the United States.[2]

Kobo-chan began publication in the newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun on April 1, 1982. Beginning in December of that year, Soyosha published the series in book form.[3] Nippon Television began airing the Kobo-chan strip on television on September 15, 1990. The weekly anime series ran on that channel from October 19, 1992, to March 21, 1994. Yomiuri had published 6,000 Kobo-chan strips by March 1999.[4] Soyosha published Volume 60 on October 22, 2003.[5] Houbunsha began publishing volumes on May 6, 2004.[6] It most recently volume, the 31st, was published on February 6, 2015.[7]


  • Kobo Tabata (田畑 小穂 Tabata Kobo?, Kobo コボちゃん Kobo-chan) - The namesake of the series.
  • Sanae Tabata (田畑 早苗 Tabata Sanae?) - Kobo's mother.
  • Koji Tabata (田畑 耕二 Tabata Kōji?) - Kobo's father
  • Miho Tabata (田畑 美穂 Tabata Miho?) - Kobo's younger sister
  • Iwao Yamakawa (山川 岩夫 Yamakawa Iwao?) - Kobo's grandfather and Sanae's father
  • Mine Yamakawa (山川 ミネ Yamakawa Mine?) - Kobo's grandmother and Sanae's mother
  • Takeo Omori (大森 竹男 Ōmori Takeo?, タケオ Takeo) - Takeo is Iwao's nephew
  • Sakiko Omori (大森 咲子 Ōmori Sakiko?) - Takeo's wife
  • Pochi (ポチ?) - family dog
  • Mi (ミー?) - family cat


  1. ^ "(10) コボちゃんで作文の一歩." Yomiuri Shimbun. Retrieved on October 1, 2009.
  2. ^ Kobo, the Li'l Rascal. Volume 2 Bilingual. August 2001. Kodansha International. ISBN 4-7700-2663-3, ISBN 978-4-7700-2663-7
  3. ^ "コボちゃん (1) (Soyosha comics)" [Kobo-chan (1) (Soyosha comics)] (in Japanese). Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-07-30. 
  4. ^ Kobo, the Li'l Rascal. Volume 1 Bilingual. August 2001. Kodansha International. ISBN 4-7700-2662-5, ISBN 978-4-7700-2662-0. Book cover inlet.
  5. ^ "コボちゃん (60) (Soyosha comics)" [Kobo-chan (60) (Soyosha comics)] (in Japanese). Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-07-30. 
  6. ^ "Works" (in Japanese). Houbunsha. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  7. ^ "Works" (in Japanese). Houbunsha. Retrieved 2014-12-07. 

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