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Cover of manga volume 29
Genre Comedy
Written by Mikio Igarashi
Published by Takeshobo
Demographic Salaryman
Magazine Manga Club
Manga Life
Original run March 1986 – ongoing
Volumes 40
Anime film
Directed by Mikio Igarashi
Produced by Atsushi Tashiro
Written by Mikio Igarashi
Music by Gontiti
Studio Group Tac
Released November 13, 1993
Runtime 103 minutes
Anime television series
Directed by Tetsuo Yasumi
Written by Tetsuo Yasumi
Yasuhiro Komatsuzaki
Satoru Nishizono
Shōji Yonemura
Kazuhiko Gōdo
Chinatsu Hōjō
Studio Group Tac
Network TV Tokyo
Original run April 20, 1995March 28, 1996
Episodes 48
Developer Amuse, Bandai Visual
Publisher Amuse, Bandai Visual
Genre Simulation
Platform 3DO
Released April 21, 1995[1]
Bonogurashi: Kore de Kanpeki Disu
Developer Amuse
Publisher Amuse
Genre Adventure
Platform Sony PlayStation
Released June 7, 1996[2]
Anime television film
Oshōgatsu Da yo: Bonobono no World
Network TV Tokyo
Released January 2, 1997
Anime television film
Kodomo no Hi Da yo: Bonobono no World
Network TV Tokyo
Released May 5, 1997
Anime television film
Natsu Yasumi Da yo: Bonobono no World
Network TV Tokyo
Released July 21, 1997
Anime television film
Taiiku no Hi Da yo: Bonobono no World!
Network TV Tokyo
Released October 10, 1997
Anime television film
Oshōgatsu Da yo: Bonobono no World!
Network TV Tokyo
Released January 1, 1998
Anime television film
Kodomo wa Kaze no Ko: Bonobono no World!
Network TV Tokyo
Released February 1, 1998
Anime television film
Kodomo no Hi Da yo: Bonobono no World
Network TV Tokyo
Released May 5, 1998
Anime television film
Shokuyoku no Aki Da yo: Bonobono no World!
Network TV Tokyo
Released September 23, 1998
Anime television film
Oyako Anime Gekijō Bonobono: Jōji Namahage
Network TV Tokyo
Released December 23, 1998
Anime film
Bonobono: Kumomo no Ki no Koto
Directed by Kōki Kumagai
Produced by Akihiro Itō
Written by Mikio Igarashi
Kōki Kumagai
Music by Gontiti
Studio Amuse Pictures
Released August 10, 2002
Runtime 61 minutes
Anime television series
Studio Eiken
Network Fuji TV
Original run April 2, 2016scheduled
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Bonobono (ぼのぼの?) is a yonkoma manga series by Mikio Igarashi. From March 1986 to March 1987, the series ran in the Takeshobo manga magazine Tensai Club before the magazine was replaced with Manga Club, where it has been serialized since April 1987. It has also been serialized in Manga Life since April 1986. It has been adapted into an anime television series,[3] as well as two anime films and two video games.[1][2]

While the series is considered a yonkoma manga, most of the "stories" use eight panels. The series follows the main character, a young sea otter after whom the manga is titled, and his daily adventures with his friends from the nearby forest. Bonobono combines gag comic and philosophical questions, bringing up comparisons to other manga such as Azumanga Daioh,[4] and to films such as Forrest Gump.[5]

In 1988, Bonobono won the Kodansha Manga Award in the General category.[6] An anime film was released in theaters on 1993-11-13, and an anime television series was broadcast on TV Tokyo from 1995-04-20 through 1996-03-28. One day after the TV series began, a simulation game was released on the 3DO system.[1] The following June, an adventure game was released on the PlayStation.[2] Several ehon—or "picture books"—have been released since the manga series was first introduced over 20 years ago.


In addition to the original tankōbon releases, the first twenty tankōbon volumes have been rereleased in bunkoban format as 10 volumes. Several stand-alone picture books have been released as well.

For the first film, an ekonte—or storyboard—volume and a set of four film comics have been released.




Film comics[edit]

These books contain scenes from the first Bonobono film laid out in comic book format.


This book contains the storyboards for the first Bonobono film.

  • Bonobono no Ekonteshū (ぼのぼの絵コンテ集?), ISBN 4-88475-254-6, November 1993, Takeshobo

Picture books[edit]

Various Bonobono picture books have been released, including the following. Titles are listed chronologically.

  • Kawaisō no Koto (かわいそうのこと?), ISBN 4-88475-027-6, December 1987, Takeshobo
  • Shimarisu-kun Daikatsuyaku!! Gō (シマリスくん大活躍!!号?), ISBN 4-88475-027-6, December 1987, Takeshobo
  • Ōkii no Koto Chiisai no Koto (大きいのこと 小さいのこと?), ISBN 4-88475-033-0, June 1988, Takeshobo
  • Megane Yamane-kun no Koto (メガネヤマネくんのこと?), ISBN 4-88475-041-1, May 1989, Takeshobo
  • Kurisumasu no Koto (クリスマスのこと?), ISBN 4-8124-0421-5, November 1998, Takeshobo
  • Minna Omoide na no Darō: Bonobono no Kagashū (みんな思い出なのだろう―ぼのぼの詩画集?), ISBN 4-88475-253-8, November 1993, Takeshobo
  • Bonobono (ぼのぼの?), ISBN 4-88475-255-4, December 1993, Takeshobo
  • Tsuwaio no Koto (ツワイオのこと?), ISBN 4-8124-2761-4, July 2006, Takeshobo


1993 film[edit]

The first theatrical release, titled Bonobono, opened in theaters on 1993-11-13. The film has since been broadcast on domestic television in Japan, including on broadcast satellite channels such as NHK BS-2. The film has been released on VHS and DVD in Japan, including in a "no cut" edition.[7]




TV series[edit]

The Bonobono anime TV series ran from April 20, 1995 through March 28, 1996 as part of the "Anime Can" (アニメ缶 Anime Kan?) series on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm on TV Tokyo. Each episode was 15 minutes long, and was paired with an episode of Bit the Cupid to fill out the 30-minute timeslot. The series has been rebrodacast on several different channels and networks, including Animax and the on-demand internet streaming service GyaO. A new TV anime adaption has been announced for April 2016.[10]

The entire TV series was released as two DVD box sets on April 20, 2007.


Theme songs[edit]

Chikamichi Shitai (近道したい?)
Lyrics, Vocals: Kyōko Suga
Composition, Arrangement: Etsuko Yamakawa
Ending theme for episodes 1-23 and 48
Love, Two Love
Lyrics, Composition, Vocals: Kyōko Suga
Arrangement: Ryō Yonemitsu
Ending theme for episodes 24-47



TV specials[edit]

Following the anime TV series, nine specials were aired on TV Tokyo. At the beginning of each special, the next special was also introduced, and showed some animation from it. The specials used a lot of animation from the series, and while the content fit the season in which the special was broadcast, the music, scripts, and jokes were changed for each of the specials. The voice actors from the TV series were used for the specials.

2002 film[edit]

Bonobono: Kumomo no Ki no Koto (ぼのぼの クモモの木のこと?) was the second theatrical Bonobono movie, released by Amuse Pictures in theaters in Japan on August 10, 2002. It was done completely in 3D.





Two games based on the Bonobono series have been released. The first was Bonogurashi (ぼのぐらし?), a simulation game released on 1995-04-21 for the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer system by Amuse and Bandai Visual.

The second game was titled Bonogurashi: Kore de Kanpeki Disu (ぼのぐらし〜これで完璧でぃす〜?), an adventure game released by Amuse for the PlayStation system on 1996-06-07.


  1. ^ a b c Kindaichi, Wazahiko, ed. (2000-12-01). "3DO". Kōgien (広技苑?) (in Japanese) (2000年秋 ed.). Mainichi Communications. pp. 995–996. ISBN 4-8399-0447-2. 
  2. ^ a b c Kindaichi, Wazahiko, ed. (2000-12-01). "プレイステーション". Kōgien (広技苑?) (in Japanese) (2000年秋 ed.). Mainichi Communications. p. 1278. ISBN 4-8399-0447-2. 
  3. ^ a b ぼのぼの (1995) (in Japanese). AllCinema Online. Retrieved 2007-11-24. 
  4. ^ Bryce, Mio. "'School' in Japanese children’s lives as depicted in manga" (PDF). p. 13. Retrieved 2007-11-23. 
  5. ^ Califf, Jennifer. "Bonobono". Anime Web Turnpike. Retrieved 2007-11-23. 
  6. ^ Joel Hahn. "Kodansha Manga Awards". Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on 2007-08-16. Retrieved 2007-08-21. 
  7. ^ "ぼのぼのプラス (1994)". AllCinema Online. Retrieved 2007-11-24. 
  8. ^ "ぼのぼの (1993)". AllCinema Online. 
  9. ^ "BS夏休みアニメ特選|ぼのぼの劇場版". NHK. Retrieved 2007-11-23. 
  10. ^ "Bono bono gag comedy gets tv anime after 2 decades". Anime News Network. December 16, 2015. Retrieved December 16, 2015. 
  11. ^ "ぼのぼの クモモの木のこと (2002)". AllCinema Online. Retrieved 2007-11-23. 

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