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Volume 12 of Makoto-chan
Genre Comedy
Written by Kazuo Umezu
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Sunday
Original run 19761981
Volumes 24
Heisei-ban Makoto-chan
Written by Kazuo Umezu
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Shōnen Sunday
Original run 19881989
Volumes 4
Anime film
Directed by Tsutomu Shibayama
Studio Tokyo Movie Shinsha
Released July 26, 1980
Runtime 85 minutes
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Makoto-chan (まことちゃん) is a shōnen gag manga by Kazuo Umezu. The series was initially published in Shōnen Sunday from the late 1970s through the early 1980s, and later returned at the end of the decade retitled as "Heisei-ban Makoto-chan".


The series follows the odd life of kindergartener Makoto Sawada and his family. Makoto gets into all sorts of toilet and adult humor. He sometimes dresses in his mother's and sister's clothing, and often has a long strand of mucus dangling from his nose.


An animated film adaptation of the manga directed by Tsutomu Shibayama titled Makoto-chan was released in Japan on July 26, 1980 where it was distributed by Toho.[1]


  • Makoto's grandfather is the main character of another of Kazuo Umezu's works entitled Again.
  • One of the most familiar aspects of the series is the catch phrase used by many of the characters, "Gwashi!", which is accompanied by a hand sign made by pressing the middle and pinky fingers down while leaving the other fingers sticking out.



  1. ^ Galbraith IV 2008, p. 323.


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