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Kodomo no Omocha  
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Description
Sana Kurata, a child actress, faces many problems in her classroom, including a major one - her bullying classmate, Akito Hayama. Sana's outgoing and friendly nature leads her to work towards correcting all of the problems around her. Her 'meddling' irritates Hayama but at the same time captivates him, just as Hayama's gloomy nature irritates Sana and compels her to change him. As these two opposites attract each other, they face many hardships which bring them closer to a mutual understanding.

This manga won the 1998 Kodansha Manga Award for shōjo.

Type
Manga

Related Series
Deep Clear (Side Story)
Mizu no Yakata (Side Story)

Associated Names
Детская игрушка
こどものおもちゃ
玩偶游戏
아이들의 장난감
Child's Toy
Diễn viên nhí
Kodocha
Kodocha: Child's Play
Kodocha: Sana's Stage
Sana's Stage

Groups Scanlating
N/A

Latest Release(s)
N/A

Status in Country of Origin
10 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Volume 1, Chapter 1

User Reviews
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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (845 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.53 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 2nd 2014, 1:56pm PST

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Year
1994

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Ribon (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Tokyopop (10 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
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Monthly Pos #501 increased(+13)
3 Month Pos #496 increased(+29)
6 Month Pos #496 increased(+6)

List Stats
On 406 reading lists
On 666 wish lists
On 2483 completed lists
On 73 unfinished lists
On 341 custom lists

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Kept me from boredom   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by trepazoid
May 28th, 2011, 11:04pm
I liked it, not for anything but its childishness. The portrayal of childish innocence through the maturity of the characters kept the manga from getting dumb. The growth of the characters seems a little premature (I definitely did not gain that kind of insight at that age) but it's what made the manga a more... touching--so to say--read.
It was simply a lighthearted manga that was warm and fuzzy at the end, for me anyway. It wasn't spectacular, but the romance and characters were lovable most definitely.

Rating: ^_^
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L.O.V.E   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by b_gurlthunder
May 4th, 2011, 8:10pm
I can say a lot about this manga.
Has a great story line and main characters.
There's always a story behind a character.
Hayama(Akito) and Sana are so cute!
I wish Deep clear could be in English so that I could understand what's going on in the story.
(deep clear is another manga by the same author. It is written that it's a mash up between Kodocha and honey bitter, were sana and hayama are married)
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I love it! <3   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by badkittygrl4567
March 31st, 2011, 12:56am
This is without the best shoujo manga/anime I've ever read/seen. No questions asked. Its original, its hilarious, its cute, its sad and dramatic at times too. You want to laugh and cry with the characters. And Sana is not your "Imma cry every three seconds for the stupidest reasons because I'm love and crying is what being in love is all about."
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Thumbs up.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by voices-
January 17th, 2011, 8:52am
At first , I thought that the storyline wouldn't be anything special since the characters are quite young (yeah, kids.) But, as I continued reading it ... you can really see the characters growing and changing... I like Sana. She's strong, cheerful and well, she doesn't seem to be your normal typical shoujo.

The author did a great job in this. I could feel all the emotions that the characters felt.The story is great and there are parts that can make you laugh (ok, at least a smile xD) and there's a certain part that made me super sad with a little tears in my eyes.
[maybe i'm just too emotional. haha~]

It's amazing to see how Hayama coped with all the stuff thrown at him. I wouldn't know what to do if i'm him.


Oh, did I mention that the art was GREAT too?
Despite being a 1994 manga, the art in it was super nice~ comparing it to other 1994 manga, I would rate this 5/5.

It's a must read!!! biggrin
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One of the best   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Bubbles Pink
December 26th, 2010, 11:42am
Kodocha was the very first manga I read, all the way back in 2005. I remember seeing an ad for the anime, and when I went to look it up, I found the manga and was so excited. Luckily I got mine new, as only a few months later Tokyopop lost the rights and stopped printing them.

Kodocha is probably one of my absolute favorite mangas, and I've read hundreds. The series starts out as a comedy, and a very funny one at that, but along the way the dramatic twists and turns take this series to a whole new level. It has just the right mix of comedy and drama to keep you addicted. I've read this series over and over and over, seriously, I've read it so many times I can probably recite the story word for word.

My only qualm with this series is the rushed ending, as I said in another review, 90s shoujo manga was plagued by rushed endings. In Kodocha
Spoiler (highlight to view)
Akito moves to the States, and the span of 3 years is shown by like 2 pages. It ends right when he comes back, so you see almost no time with Sana and him as a couple. Not to mention he was with Fuka way too long, and Sana was too air headed to notice her feelings.


Even with the annoyances, Kodocha is a must read manga, and a great way to start reading manga. If you want a hard copy of the book, you may have some trouble finding it as it has been out of print for a couple of years now, although I always see copies at my local used bookstore. If you can't find it there or don't have one where you live, then check ebay or overstock or the like, you'll probably find it there.

No matter what way you find it, read it!
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Miho Obana is a genius   
Rating: N/A
by Mionime
July 25th, 2010, 11:13pm
Another one of my top favorite manga's. I can honestly say that I've read this over many many times. Yes, thats how much I enjoy it. The characters are likeable and unlike most shoujo's is not full of many cliche's and plain plots. Kodocha is one of the single manga's that have made me happy when the characters are happy and sad when they are sad-and there are not alot of manga's that do that for me. This story is very unpredictable and left me guessing at some points on what might happen. Likewise, the story has in-dept characters and a plot thats unforgettable. I love this manga that its enough to give a 10. Though I would rate higer if I could.

... Last updated on July 25th, 2010, 11:17pm
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One of My favorites   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by ladykitty
July 16th, 2010, 4:22pm
Art (10%): 8
The art is regular shoujo art but every character is cute so that is a plus. I like how you can tell the difference when Sana is acting and when she isn't. The art also fits the comedy style for the manga.

Story (40%): 10
What I like the most about the story it can have you laughing at one moment and crying at the next (although it usually isn't sad). The relationship between Akito and Sana can be described as cute but at the same time, it goes deeper. They both love each other to the point of dependency but you don't really see this until later in the manga. The story is adorable and although it has some deeper moments, it is a good light read.

Character (40%): 10
Sana and Akito are more than meets the eyes. Sana seems like a hyperactive girl (and for the most part, she is) but she is also darker than she seems. Akito seems like he doesn't have a care for the world but we later learn that he does (I don't want to spoil it). I also like how the character develops especially Akito.

Enjoyment (10%): 10
This is one of my first manga that I have read so I might be bias but I really enjoyed it.

Total Score: 9.8
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love it!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by puffball637
July 7th, 2010, 11:56am
This was the first manga I ever read!! smile I can read it over and over again it never gets old.
It is just amazing how deep it is, but a the same time really funny. The ending (even though i love the manga) was a little disappointing.
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Amazing!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Convalescence
April 6th, 2010, 12:47am
Not many manga get me to laugh, but Kodomo no Omocha really just seems to hit my funny bone constantly through every single chapter. I'm happy I was recommended this title, because I had started it several years ago from a few volumes they had at my local library. I was a kid then, but I still enjoyed the series. I'm struck with awe and shock that I was able to run into it again (thanks to StarlightDream!). At least this time I knew about online sources on where I could read the entire series!

One of the letdowns I had with the series was that a lot of the pages missed translations. It seemed to occur in every single chapter. But that's not the author's fault. I read it off of OneManga, so I highly recommend you find a different source to read this series.

Easily one of the best mangas that I have read. I laughed, I cried, and Kodocha now holds a precious place in my heart.
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Amazing.   
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by yukansnow
March 31st, 2010, 12:23pm
Simply amazing. I read this when I was in fifth grade and I fell in love with it. Actually, I have a collection of it xD all 10 volumes, baby ! It's a great coming of age manga. It gets you laughing like an idiot and then cries like a baby. At least, for me it did. It has a great touch on real life as well. I don't know what else to say about this manga other than I simply loved it. One of my top favorites (:
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