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Kobo, the Li'l Rascal
Author Masashi Ueda
Publisher Japan Soyosha
English publisher Japan Kodansha
United States Kodansha America
Magazine Yomiuri Shimbun
Original run April 1, 1982 – ongoing
Volumes 52
TV anime
Director Hiromitsu Morita
Producer Michihiko Suwa, Tatsuo Ono
Studio Eiken
Network NTV
Original run 1992-10-191994-03-21
Episodes 63
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Kobo, the Li'l Rascal (Kobo-chan (コボちゃん ?) in Japanese) is a manga created by Masashi Ueda.[1] Kodansha published the book in a bilingual Japanese-English edition, and Kodansha America distributed the book in the United States.[2]

Kobo-chan began publication in the Yomiuri Shimbun on April 1, 1982. Beginning in November of that year, Soyosha published the series in book form. NTV began airing the Kobo-chan strip on television on September 15, 1990. The weekly anime series ran on that channel from October 1992 to March 1994. Yomiuri had published 6,000 Kobo-chan strips by March 1999. Soyosha published Volume 52 in October 2000.[3]


  • Kobo Tabata (田畑 小穂 Tabata Kobo ?, Kobo コボちゃん Kobo-chan) - The namesake of the series.
  • Sanae Tabata (田畑 早苗 Tabata Sanae ?) - Kobo's mother.
  • Koji Tabata (田畑 耕二 Tabata Kōji ?) - Kobo's father.
  • Iwao Yamakawa (山川 岩夫 Yamakawa Iwao ?) - Kobo's grandfather and Sanae's father
  • Mine Yamakawa (山川 ミネ Yamakawa Mine ?) - Kobo's grandmother and Sanae's mother
  • Takeo Omori (大森 竹男 Ōmori Takeo ?, タケオ Takeo) - Takeo is Iwao's nephew
  • Sakiko Omori (大森 咲子 Ōmori Sakiko ?)
  • Pochi (ポチ ?)


  1. ^ "(10) コボちゃんで作文の一歩." Yomiuri Shimbun. Retrieved on October 1, 2009.
  2. ^ Kobo, the Li'l Rascal. Volume 2 Bilingual. August 2001. Kodansha International. ISBN 4770026633, ISBN 978-4770026637
  3. ^ Kobo, the Li'l Rascal. Volume 1 Bilingual. August 2001. Kodansha International. ISBN 4770026625, ISBN 978-4770026620. Book cover inlet.

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