Makoto Kobayashi (artist)

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Makoto Kobayashi
Born May 13, 1958
Niigata, Niigata Prefecture
Occupation Manga artist
Nationality Japanese
Period 1978 to present
Genre fiction
Subject manga

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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