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Kobato.
Kobato01 cover.jpg
Cover of Kobato. volume 1 as published by Kadokawa Shoten, featuring Kobato Hanato and Ioryogi
こばと。
Genre Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Comedy
Manga
Author Clamp
Publisher Japan Shogakukan (former)
Japan Kadokawa Shoten (current)
English publisher United States Yen Press
Demographic Shōnen[citation needed]
Magazine Monthly Sunday Gene-X (2005) (formerly), Newtype (2006 - present)
Original run 2005 – ongoing
Volumes 4
TV anime
Director Mitsuyuki Masuhara
Writer
Studio Madhouse
Network Japan NHK
NHK-BS2[1]
Original run October 6, 2009March 30.2010
Episodes 24
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Kobato. (こばと。?) is Clamp's latest manga series which premiered in Monthly Sunday Gene-X in January 2005. Seven chapters were released under the title of Kobato.(Kari) (こばと。(仮) Kobato. ("Temporary title")?), but the series was put on hiatus in late 2005. It returned to publication in Newtype magazine's November 2006 Japanese edition; the story has subsequently been restarted at an earlier point in the original timeline. The story features a mysterious young girl, Hanato Kobato, who works in a local kindergarten.

The first volume of the manga was released by Kadokawa Shoten on December 26, 2007.

Contents

Story

Kobato is a sweet and perky girl, but also extremely naive about the world around her. She has a "mission" to fill her mysterious bottle with people's hearts she heals so her wish to go a certain place can be granted. However, the restriction is that she is not allowed to fall in love with any person whose heart she heals.

As Kobato attempts to fulfill her mission, she is accompanied by Ioryogi, a spirit in the form of a dog plushie. Because Ioryogi is responsible for a punishment that has been applied to all the beings of the spiritual world, he must guide Kobato and ensure that she succeeds to save the spiritual world.

Characters

Kobato Hanato (花戸 小鳩 Hanato Kobato?)
Voiced by Kana Hanazawa (花澤香菜 Hanazawa Kana?)
A strange and naïve girl with a kind heart, never wanting to see someone suffer or get hurt. She is very innocent and dedicated. It is also noted that she is a beautiful singer. Despite her role as the titular character, she is a bit of an enigma within the series, as her origins have yet to be explained. She seeks to heal the hearts of others, resulting in the filling up of a mysterious bottle called a "flask" with the suffering of those people's hearts so that someday she will be able to go to a certain place that she really wants to go. It has been implied that she came from another dimension. She seems to have no memories of her past.
She has several restrictions: it appears to be that she cannot fall in love with anyone she heals the heart of and she cannot tell anyone of her wish. Curiously she is not allowed to take off her hat in public, though this has yet to be addressed further. Kobato has a very cheerful and enthusiastic outlook in life and her wanting to aid others in need is very heartfelt and sincere. However, she can also be clumsy, rather clueless, and rash with her actions, and often trips over her own feet, much to Ioryogi's annoyance. Currently she works at the Yomogi Nursery run by Sayaka, alongside Fujimoto, where she got a job as an assistant not long after starting her task. Kobato struggles through the series with her feelings for Fujimoto, finally confirming them recently. Unfortunately, Kobato is forced to pick between two options - complete her wish and never be with Fujimoto or stay with Fujimoto, keeping Ioryogi and the others trapped in animal form.
Ioryogi (いおりょぎ?)
Voiced by Tetsu Inada (稲田 徹 Inada Tetsu?)
Kobato's companion, who appears as a stuffed toy dog that she carries around. He's actually very foul-mouthed, short-tempered, and cruel, his features twisting horrifically when aggravated or enraged. He tends to scathingly criticize or hit Kobato for her naïveté and stupidity and often calls her "Dobato" (lit. Stupid Dove), Despite the lack of respect he shows Kobato, he will always acknowledge her efforts when he feels she deserves it, and seems to be set on helping Kobato achieve her goal. He is harsh to her and scolds her constantly but is seen to really care for her and comforts her in his own way when she is down, such as patting her head to encourage her.
His origin is still unknown (in the anime he comes from the Spirit Realm), but he can produce a powerful fiery blast from his mouth when offended, like when he protected Kobato from the perverted old man in an early chapter of Kobato, though he also often uses it on Kobato whenever she messes up. It has been heavily implied that his stuffed animal appearance is not his true form. Ioryogi's true form has yet to be revealed but several 'shadows' of his original form have been seen. One being that of a sinister, large, wolf like creature with horns, which manifested during one of Ioryogi's sparring matches with Ginsei. Another form appears to be a man with spiky hair and a long, battered looking cape or coat, manifesting when he watched over a sleeping Kobato. It is implied that Ioryogi's current form is a 'punishment' from causing some sort of serious trouble back in 'Heaven'. In the anime, it's mentioned that his punishment was for attempting to start a war with Heaven. The exact reason is still not clear but Ioryogi started the war for love. Being from the underworld royal family, he was rude and careless and skipped an important meeting where the three worlds were meeting. He met an angel sitting in a tree and helped her out when she fell. In return, she sang for him a song so sweet, he instantly fell in love. The manga's 20th chapter has shown this angel to have Kobato's hair, clumsiness, and wonderful singing voice, but her face was hidden. Kobato may be the angel Ioryogi fell in love with or a manifestation of that angel that Ioryogi has sworn to protect. Ioryogi was originally Tsubaki Nekoi's mascot on Clamp's self caricatures.
Kiyokazu Fujimoto (藤本 清和 Fujimoto Kiyokazu?)
Voiced by Tomoaki Maeno (前野 智昭 Maeno Tomoaki?)
A blunt, sarcastic young man working at the same kindergarten as Kobato. He is also Kobato's neighbor, living in the same complex under the ownership of Chitose. He has known Sayaka for many years and appears to have strong feelings for her, showing much concern over and being fiercely defensive of her. Upon first meeting Kobato, he is rather suspicious of the unusual girl, as he does not want Sayaka to be hurt by another person. He often pokes fun at and teases Kobato, which is unusual as he generally ignores people he does not like; as a result, Sayaka interprets his actions toward the girl as affection. Regardless of his initial distrust of Kobato, he has shown signs of warming up to her and now seems to care about her well being, demonstrated when once she pretended to have a cold to cover up for Ioryogi, and Fujimoto in response discreetly passed on a bag of cough drops to her. Kobato notes that he appears to be hiding some emotional pain of his own.
As a child, Fujimoto was an orphan taken in by Sayaka's father and did not get along with his peers. He had been studying to become a lawyer, but stopped going to his college classes when it became apparent Sayaka's need for help had become increasingly desperate. He works at various part-time jobs throughout the day in order to help support the kindergarten, as he is attached to Sayaka and feels indebted to her family for taking care of him in his youth.
Sayaka Okiura (沖浦 清花 Okiura Sayaka?)
Voiced by Fumiko Orikasa (折笠 富美子 Orikasa Fumiko?)
The teacher and principal of Yomogi Nursery, a local kindergarten where Kobato works. She has known Kiyokazu since he was seven, which is when her family adopted him. She also went to the same high school as Chitose. She is a kind and trusting person, willing to let Kobato assist her at the school even with Fujimoto's obvious mistrust of her. Upon meeting Sayaka, Kobato wishes to heal the apparent emotional pain in her heart. Sayaka is in debt due to an event in the past involving her father; in spite of this she continues to try her best at keeping the school going. Sayaka was once married to Okiura, the debt collector who frequently pesters her to close down the school. Despite having already divorced him, she has yet to change back her last name for unknown reasons.
Chitose Mihara (三原 千歳 Mihara Chitose?)
Voiced by Houko Kuwashima (桑島 法子 Kuwashima Houko?)
The kind and generous landlady of Kobato's apartment and Sayaka's old classmate. She is married and has twin daughters, Chise and Chiho. Fujimoto also lives in Chitose's apartment complex. She is a cross-over character from Chobits

Chiho Mihara (三原 千帆 Mihara Chiho?) and Chise Mihara (三原 千世 Mihara Chise?)

Voiced by Megumi Nakajima (中島 愛 Nakajima Megumi?) (as both characters)
Mihara Chitose's twin daughters, presumably age 11-12. Like their mother, they are crossover characters from Chobits, known in that series as Freya and Chī/Elda. In Kobato, they are normal girls and live with their mother and father. Like many children in the series, they are apparently very fond of Kobato. In the anime, while the two had helped Kobato find an owner for an abandoned kitten, the two had begun to remember how lonely they were. Kobato sings a song to cheer the up, and their hearts are healed.
Kazuto Okiura (沖浦 和斗 Okiura Kazuto?)
Voiced by Shin'ichirō Miki (三木 眞一郎 Miki Shin'ichirō?)
A debt collector who appears at the end of the fifth chapter, a man who has some association with Yakuza. He is noted in the series for smiling a lot and smoking. Okiura appears to be responsible for the constant impending closure of Sayaka's kindergarten and is also Sayaka's ex-husband. He seems to enjoy pestering and aggravating Fujimoto, the latter whom despises him for hurting Sayaka in the past. He seems to have developed an interest in Kobato following his first meeting with her. Despite his cheerful and collected nature, he has shown hints of a slightly more sinister side, possibly due to his Yakuza background. Okiura seems to show what may or may not be some genuine concern for Sayaka, despite his continuous threats to close down the school. His given name has yet to be revealed in the manga, though is given as "Kazuto" in an article pertaining to the Kobato anime.
Ginsei (銀生?)
Voiced by Daisuke Namikawa (浪川 大輔 Namikawa Daisuke?)
A mysterious creature who wears an eyepatch whom shares a history with Ioryogi, though he now appears to be on poor terms with him, and often challenges him to fights. Ginsei also has frequently stated that Ioryogi's current form is not his true form and also seems to be aware of Kobato's mission. He does not think highly of Kobato or Ioryogi's relationship with Kobato. It is implied that he wants Ioryogi to return to 'Heaven' for unknown reasons, as it was Ioryogi who took Ginsei in and trained him. In fact, it has been mentioned that Ioryogi was the one wo gave Ginsei his name. Ginsei's appearance, like Ioryogi's, is implied to not be his actual form as when he stands atop a building overlooking Ioryogi and Kobato's apartment, his shadow is that of a young man with short hair. He is from the other world.
Genko (玄琥?)
Voiced by Rikiya Koyama (小山 力也 Koyama Rikiya?)
Ioryogi's acquaintance. A bear that runs a baumkuchen (European cake) shop in the middle of the woods in another dimension. One has to walk through the narrow space between the wall and a specific street light pole in order to have access to that dimension. Like Ioryogi, his current name, form and job are not his real ones. By Ioryogi's request, Genko will use his information-gathering skills to find out the whereabouts of Yomogi Nursery School and its employees. He is from the other world, and is also an aristocrate (revealed by Ginsei).
Hiroyasu Ueda (植田 弘康 Ueda Hiroyasu?)
A kindhearted baker and owner of the Tirol Confectionery (also known as the Chiroru Bakery). He gives Kobato a job at Christmas and gives Sayaka free chocolate on Valentine's Day when he notices how fixated she seems on the box of chocolate she is holding. He makes several short appearances in the Newtype installment of the manga. He and his assistant, Yumi Omura (大村 裕美 Ōmura Yumi?), are both crossover characters from Chobits.

Media

Manga

On April 4, 2007 Newtype USA announced a special agreement with manga powerhouse CLAMP to exclusively serialize Kobato, in the pages of the magazine[2]. Kobato began its serial run in the June 2007 issue of Newtype USA, and was to continue its exclusive serialization through the May 2008 issue, comprising 12 installments in total. However Newtype USA ceased publication with the February 2008 issue, having serialised 9 of the 12 installments[3].

On July 24, 2009 Yen Press announced that they had acquired the license to publish Kobato in English in North America during their panel at San Diego Comic-Con International.[4].The manga will be released in North America in May 2010 in honor of CLAMP's 20th anniversary. In Europe, the series was licensed by Pika Édition for France and Norma Editorial for Spain.[5][6]

Anime

A 24 episode anime adaption aired on autumn of 2009, animated by Madhouse and supervised by CLAMP's Nanase Ohkawa.[7][8] xxxHolic writer Michiko Yokote is also supervising the scripts along with Ohkawa.[9] The anime began its broadcast on October 6, 2009.[10]

Hiromi Katō, the character designer of Kobato. said that "Kobato. itself is kind of different from past CLAMP works, especially the way the eyes are drawn, we are trying to make it as close as we can to the original. The costumes will change in each episode."

The opening theme Magic Number is performed by Maaya Sakamoto and the ending theme Jellyfish no Kokuhaku by Megumi Nakajima.[11]

CLAMP in Wonderland

Kobato., along with most of CLAMP's other titles, appeared in CLAMP's second music video, CLAMP in Wonderland 2, which was the first time the characters Kobato and Ioryogi were animated.

Crossovers

Kobato. accepts the theory from Tsubasa that everyone has his/her different self but with the same spirit in every dimension. Some crossover characters of stories which didn't happened in modern Japan, the background of Kobato., show new identities in this story. On the other hand, the crossover stories happened in Japan are actually related to the story of Kobato..

  • Chitose Hibiya of Chobits and Tsubasa appears as Chitose Mihara, Kobato's landlady, while Chī/Elda and Freya of Chobits also appear as Chitose's daughters, named Chiho and Chise respectively. It can also be implied, since Chiho and Chise mention their father in a conversation with Kobato, Chitose's husband is Ichiro "Icchan" Mihara from Angelic Layer, who was married to her prior to the events of Chobits. However, this fact is not confirmed and Chitose Mihara's husband has yet to appear.
  • Mihara is also the family name from characters of Clamp's other works such as Ichiro Mihara and his stepbrother Ōjiro from Angelic Layer as well as Chiharu Mihara from Cardcaptor Sakura. However, the relation between Chiharu and the Mihara family hasn't been revealed.
  • The apartment complex owned by Chitose Mihara and her family appears in other works by Clamp other than Kobato and Chobits; it can been seen in Chobits (different one in imaginary Japan), xxxHolic (not confirmed the same one in Japan) ,Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle (different one in Hanshin).
  • Ueda Hiroyasu, also of Chobits, appears in Exam 3, still as the owner of the Chiroru bakery. He makes another appearance in Exam 5, this time with his assistant, Ōmura Yumi, and again in Exam 7 to give Kobato an umbrella.
  • The fortune-teller from volume 2 of xxxHolic (A kind elderly woman who is an acquaintance of Yūko Ichihara's) appears in Exam 4 and plays New Year's games with Kobato. Her fortune-telling pendulum and sand-dish appear as well. She appears in the 1st episode of the anime with her grandchild.
  • Asahi Hinata and Asō Shirō, the two main characters of Suki Dakara Suki, appear in Exam 7.
  • Suzuhara Misaki, Kizaki Tamayo and Seto Ringo from Angelic Layer and Primera from Magic Knight Rayearth make cameo appearances in exam 9.
  • Kakei, Kudō Kazahaya and Himura Rikuō from Legal Drug make cameo appearances as background characters. The Green Drugstore where they work also appears in Drop 5.
  • Tōya Kinomoto, Sakura's brother from Cardcaptor Sakura, makes a cameo appearance in Drop 5. He is seen in a bunny costume, working as a mascot with Fujimoto at the Green Drugstore that is seen in Legal Drug. The bunny costume resembles Ushagi-san (usyagi), a messenger from heaven in Wish.
  • Toshihiko, one of the children at the kindergarten, has crossed over several times in Tsubasa.
  • Kohaku, an Angel, the main character from "Wish" is shown and discussed by Ioryogi and Genko in Drop 13. And was also mentioned in Episode 1 of the anime when Kobato was singing. Kohaku and Shuichiro also appears in the 3rd and 4th episode of the anime. It is later seen in episode 10.
  • On Chapter 15 while Ginsei is explaining about the worlds, a picture of Yūko and Clow are shown.
  • In Chapter 16.5 Kohaku fromWish makes an appearance at Genko's shop.
  • Kimihiro Watanuki from xxxHolic and the black Mokona Modoki makes their cameo appearance in episode 17.
  • In episode 20, the Tsubasa gang end up in Kobato's world. Their appearance also serves to clarify that they are only allowed to remain in the same world for a couple of days; this fact corresponds with the new plot line for Tsubasa.

References

  • "Kobato". (May 2007) Newtype USA. pp. 56-59.

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Kobato.
こばと。
GenreAdventure, Fantasy, Romance, Comedy
Manga
AuthorCLAMP
PublisherTemplate:Country data Japan Shogakukan (former)
Template:Country data Japan Kadokawa Shoten (current)

DemographicShōnen
MagazineMonthly Sunday Gene-X (2005) (formerly), Newtype (2006 - present)
Original run2005ongoing
Volumes3
TV anime
DirectorMitsuyuki Masuhara
StudioMadhouse
NetworkTemplate:Country data Japan NHK
Original runOctober 2009 – ongoing
Anime and Manga Portal

Kobato. (こばと。?) is CLAMP's latest manga series which premiered in Monthly Sunday Gene-X in January 2005. Seven chapters were released under the title of Kobato. ("Temporary"), but the series was put on hiatus in late 2005. It returned to publication in Newtype magazine's November 2006 Japanese edition; the story has subsequently been restarted at an earlier point in the original timeline. The story features a mysterious young girl, Hanato Kobato, who works in a local kindergarten.

The first volume of the manga was released by Kadokawa Shoten on December 26, 2007.

Contents

Story

Kobato is sweet and perky girl, but also extremely naive about the world around her. She has a "mission", which is to fill a mysterious bottle of hers with the suffering from people's hearts so her wish to go a certain place that she desires to go can be granted. However, she has a restriction, she is not allowed to fall in love with any person whom she heals the heart of.

Characters

Kobato Hanato (花戸 小鳩 Hanato Kobato?)
A strange and naïve girl with a kind heart, never wanting to see someone suffer or get hurt. She is very innocent and dedicated. Despite her role as the titular character, she is a bit of an enigma within the series, as her origins have yet to be explained. She seeks to heal the heartaches of others, resulting in the filling up of a mysterious bottle called a "flask" with the suffering of those people's hearts so that someday she will be able to go to a certain place that she really wants to go.
Her only restriction appears to be that she cannot fall in love with anyone she heals the heart of. Curiously she also seems to not be allowed to take off her hat in public either, though this has yet to be addressed further. Kobato has a very cheerful and enthusiastic outlook in life and her wanting to aid others in need is very heartfelt and sincere. However, she can also be clumsy, rather clueless, and rash with her actions, and often trips over her own feet, much to Ioryogi's annoyance. Currently she works at the Yomogi Nursery run by Sayaka, alongside Fujimoto, where she got a job as an assistant not long after starting her task. Recently, Kobato has developed romantic feelings for Fujimoto but has not realized that the feeling is 'love' and is confused by it.
Ioryogi (いおりょぎ?)
Kobato's companion, who appears as a stuffed toy dog that she carries around. He's actually very foul-mouthed, short-tempered, and cruel, his features twisting horrifically when aggravated or enraged. He tends to scathingly criticize or hit Kobato for her naïveté and stupidity and often calls her "Dobato" (lit. Stupid Dove), Despite the lack of respect he shows Kobato, he will always acknowledge her efforts when he feels she deserves it, and seems to be set on helping Kobato achieve her goal. He is harsh to her and scolds her constantly but is seen to really care for her and comforts her in his own way when she is down, such as patting her head to encourage her.
His origin is still unknown, but he can produce a powerful firey blast from his mouth when offended, like when he protected Kobato from the perverted old man in an early chapter of Kobato, though he also often uses it on Kobato whenever she messes up. It has been heavily implied that his stuffed animal appearance is not his true form. It is implied that he found Ginsei and was the one who gave him his name. Ioryogi's true form has yet to be revealed but several 'shadows' of his original form have been seen. One being that of a more sinister, larger wolf like creature with horns but it's shown in a fire shadow like form and is only seen by Ginsei and another when Ioryogi watches over a sleeping Kobato, his shadow is that of a youthful looking man with spikey hair and a cape. It is implied that Ioryogi's current form is a 'punishment' from causing somesort of serious trouble back in 'Heaven'. Ioryogi was originally Tsubaki Nekoi's mascot on Clamp's self caricatures.
Kiyokazu Fujimoto (藤本 清和 Fujimoto Kiyokazu?)
A blunt, sarcastic young man working at the same kindergarten as Kobato. He is also Kobato's neighbor, living in the same complex under the ownership of Chitose. He has known Sayaka for many years and appears to have strong feelings for her, showing much concern over and being fiercely defensive of her. Upon first meeting Kobato, he is rather suspicious of the unusual girl, as he does not want Sayaka to be hurt by another person. He often pokes fun at and teases Kobato, which is unusual as he generally ignores people he does not like; as a result, Sayaka interprets his actions toward the girl as affection. Regardless of his initial distrust of Kobato, he has shown signs of warming up to her and now seems to care about her well being, such as when she pretended to have a cold to cover up for Ioryogi who had accidentally spoke when Fujimoto was present, while Fujimoto in reply gave her cough medicine (albit a little harshly) as well when Kobato called Fujimoto, telling him 'stomach hurts' and Fujimoto dashes frantcially trying to find her only to realize she was talking about someone else. Kobato notes that he appears to be hiding some emotional pain of his own.
As a child, Fujimoto was an orphan taken in by Sayaka's father and did not get along with his peers. He dropped out of college and works at other part time jobs in order to help support the kindergarten, as he is attached to Sayaka and feels indebted to her family for taking care of him in his youth. It is implied that he may have romantic feelings for her.
Sayaka Okiura (沖浦 清花 Okiura Sayaka?)
The teacher and principal of Yomogi Nursery, a local kindergarten where Kobato works. She has known Kiyokazu since he was seven, which is when her family adopted him. She also went to the same high school as Chitose. She is a kind and trusting person, willing to let Kobato assist her at the school even with Fujimoto's obvious mistrust of her. Upon meeting Sayaka, Kobato wishes to heal the apparent emotional pain in her heart. Sayaka is in debt due to an event in the past involving her father, in spite of this she continues to try her best at keeping the school going. Sayaka was once married to Okiura, the debt collector who frequently pesters her to close down the school. Despite having already divorced him, she has yet to change back her last name for unknown reasons.
Chitose Mihara (三原 千歳 Mihara Chitose?)
The kind and generous landlady of Kobato's apartment and Sayaka's old classmate. She is married and has twin daughters, Chise and Chiho. Fujimoto also lives in Chitose's apartment complex. She is a cross-over character from Chobits

Chiho Mihara (三原 千帆 Mihara Chiho?) and Chise Mihara (三原 千世 Mihara Chise?)

Mihara Chitose's twin daughters, presumably age 11-12. Like their mother, they are crossover characters from Chobits, known in that series as Freya and Chī/Elda. In Kobato, they are normal girls and live with their mother and father. They are apparently very fond of Kobato (like many of the children in the series).
Okiura (沖浦?)
A debt collector who appears at the end of the fifth chapter, a man who has some association with Yakuza. He is noted in the series for smoking and smiling a lot. He appears to be responsible for the constant impending closure of Sayaka's kindergarten and is also Sayaka's ex-husband. He seems to enjoy pestering and aggravating Fujimoto, the latter whom despises him for hurting Sayaka in the past. He also seems to hold an interest in Kobato after meeting her. Despite his cheerful and collected nature, he has shown hints of a slightly more sinister side, possibly due to his Yakuza background. Okiura seems to show what may or may not be some genuine concern for Sayaka, despite his continuous threats to close down the school.
Ginsei (銀生?)
A mysterious creature who wears an eyepatch whom shares a history with Ioryogi. Ioryogi is apparently also the one who gave him his name. However, Ginsei now appears to be on poor terms with him, and often challenges him to fights. Ginsei also has frequently stated that Ioryogi's current form is not his true form and also seems to be aware of Kobato's mission. He does not think highly of Kobato or Ioryogi's relationship with Kobato. It is implied that he wants Ioryogi to return to 'Heaven' for unknown reasons, as it was Ioryogi who trained Ginsei. Ginsei's appearance is implied to not be his actual form as when he stands atop a building overlooking Ioryogi and Kobato's apartment, his shadow is that of a young man with short hair.
Hiroyasu Ueda (植田 弘康 Ueda Hiroyasu?)
A kindhearted baker and owner of the Chiroru Bakery. He gives Kobato a job at Christmas and gives Sayaka free chocolate on Valentine's Day when he notices how fixated she seems on the box of chocolate she is holding. He makes several short appearances in the Newtype installment of the manga. He and his assistant, Yumi Omura (大村 裕美 Ōmura Yumi?), are both crossover characters from Chobits.

Media

Manga

On April 4, 2007 Newtype USA announced a special agreement with manga powerhouse CLAMP to exclusively serialize Kobato, in the pages of the magazine[1].

Kobato began its serial run in the June 2007 issue of Newtype USA, and was to continue its exclusive serialization through the May 2008 issue, comprising 12 installments in total. However Newtype USA ceased publication with the February 2008 issue, having serialised 9 of the 12 installments[2].

Anime

A 24 episodes anime adaption is planned for autumn of 2009, animated by MadHouse and supervised by CLAMP's Nanase Ohkawa.[3][4]

Hiromi Katō, the character designer of Kobato.'s anime said that "Kobato. itself is kind of different from past CLAMP works, specially the way the eyes are drawn, we are trying to make it as close as we can to the original. The costumes will change in each episode."


The cast is currently undecided.

CLAMP in Wonderland

Kobato., along with most of CLAMP's other titles, appeared in CLAMP's second music video, CLAMP in Wonderland 2, which was the first time the characters Kobato and Ioryogi were animated.

Crossovers

Kobato. accepts the theory from Tsubasa that everyone has his/her different self but same spirit in every dimension. Some crossover characters of stories which didn't happened in modern Japan, the background of Kobato., show new identities in this story. On the other hand, the crossover stories happened in Japan are actually related to this story Kobato.

  • Chitose Hibiya of Chobits and Tsubasa appears as Chitose Mihara, Kobato's landlady, while Chī/Elda and Freya of Chobits also appear as Chitose's daughters, named Chiho and Chise respectively. It can also be implied, since Chiho and Chise mention their father in a conversation with Kobato, Chitose's husband is Ichiro "Icchan" Mihara from Angelic Layer, who was married to her prior to the events of Chobits. However, this fact is not confirmed and Chitose Mihara's husband has yet to appear.
  • Mihara is also the family name from characters of Clamp's other works such as Ichiro Mihara and his stepbrother Ōjiro from Angelic Layer as well as Chiharu Mihara from Cardcaptor Sakura. However, the relation between Chiharu and the Mihara family hasn't been revealed.
  • The apartment complex owned by Chitose Mihara and her family appears in other works by Clamp other than Kobato and Chobits; it can been seen in Chobits (different one in imaginary Japan), xxxHolic (not confirmed the same one in Japan) ,Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle (different one in Hanshin).
  • Ueda Hiroyasu, also of Chobits, appears in Exam 3, still as the owner of the Chiroru bakery. He makes another appearance in Exam 5, this time with his assistant, Ōmura Yumi, and again in Exam 7 to give Kobato an umbrella.
  • The fortune-teller from volume 2 of xxxHolic (A kind elderly woman who is an acquaintance of Yūko Ichihara's) appears in Exam 4 and plays New Year's games with Kobato. Her fortune-telling pendulum and sand-dish appear as well.
  • Asahi Hinata and Asō Shirō, the two main characters of Suki Dakara Suki, appear in Exam 7.
  • Suzuhara Misaki, Kizaki Tamayo and Seto Ringo from Angelic Layer and Primera from Magic Knight Rayearth make cameo appearances in exam 9.
  • Kakei, Kudō Kazahaya and Himura Rikuō from Legal Drug make cameo appearances as background characters. The Green Drugstore where they work also appears in Drop 5.
  • Tōya Kinomoto, Sakura's brother from Cardcaptor Sakura, makes a cameo appearance in Drop 5. He is seen in a bunny costume, working as a mascot with Fujimoto at the Green Drugstore that is seen in Legal Drug. The bunny costume resembles Ushagi-san, a messenger from heaven in Wish.
  • Toshihiko, one of the children at the kindergarten, has crossed over several times in Tsubasa.
  • Kohaku, a character from "Wish" is shown and discussed by Ioryogi and Genko in Drop 13.

References

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