Makoto Kobayashi (artist)

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Makoto Kobayashi
BornMay 13, 1958
Niigata, Niigata Prefecture
OccupationManga artist
Period1978 to present

Makoto Kobayashi (小林 まこと, Kobayashi Makoto) (born May 13, 1958) is a Japanese manga artist who is best known for his unusual drawing style. One of his best known manga is What's Michael?, a manga about a curious orange cat and his many adventures that is often compared with Garfield. His earliest work is Grapple Three Brothers, which won the Shōnen magazine New manga artist award.[1] He has twice won the Kodansha Manga Award, for Sanshiro of 1, 2 (ja) in 1981 and What's Michael? in 1986.[2]



  • Grapple Three Brothers
  • Sanshirō of 1, 2
  • Judo Bu Monogatari
  • I am Makkoi
  • Club 9 (Miss Hello) - Kobayashi has often parodied himself, as well as his works; one of the most visible examples is in Club 9, where he appears as a character.
  • Gaburin
  • Chichonmanchi (Hell of Love & Ecstasy)
  • What's Michael?
  • Stairway to Heaven


  • Judo Bu Monogatari OAV
  • What's Michael? OAV
  • What's Michael? 2 OAV
  • What's Michael? TV


  1. ^ "Comic Creator: Makoto Kobayashi". Retrieved 2006-11-11.
  2. ^ Joel Hahn. "Kodansha Manga Awards". Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on 2007-08-16. Retrieved 2007-08-21.

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