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Kodomo no Omocha  
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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.


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

Associated Names
Child's Toy
Diễn viên nhí
Il giocattolo dei bambini
Kodocha: Child's Play
Kodocha: Sana's Stage
Sana's Stage
Wanou Youxi
Детская игрушка
لعبة الطفل
아이들의 장난감

Groups Scanlating

Latest Release(s)

Status in Country of Origin
10 Volumes (Complete)
7 Volumes (Kanzenban)

Completely Scanlated?

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

User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (960 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.53 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 20th 2018, 2:32pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Ribon (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
TokyoPop (10 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #450 decreased(-18)
Monthly Pos #623 increased(+25)
3 Month Pos #648 increased(+1)
6 Month Pos #624 decreased(-119)
Year Pos #550 decreased(-45)

List Stats
On 473 reading lists
On 792 wish lists
On 2812 completed lists
On 85 unfinished lists
On 450 custom lists

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Forum Posts
2015 Oneshot and Stage Play over 3 years ago
Kodocha anime over 5 years ago
Opinions??? over 6 years ago

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A Quirky Favorite   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by NoOneSpecial75
October 17th, 2015, 6:59pm
This series has been one of my top 15 favorites since I was introduced to it 3 years ago. The characters are very memorable and it stays with you - but it IS kind of a mixed bag.

What Kodocha gets very very right is it's heroine. Sana is unique among shojo protagonists because she's not an everygirl. She's a talented celebrity with a strong work ethic but she's still down to earth and quirky. She just doesn't fall into any of the standard heroine tropes and I have to give Obana major props for that.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
As far as the story, I think it's at it's best early on. The "Letting go of Rei" and "Find Sana's Mother" plots are my favorites because of their profound emotional punch. Unfortunately as soon as Sana gets to middle school it's all about the drama. Seriously. We jump from a super dramatic love triangle to a crazy suicidal kid to Akito getting stabbed and partially paralyzed to Akito moving away to Sana having some kind of PTSD to… Suddenly Sana's a radio host now??… is it because it combines her love of helping people with her show biz career? I understand it all on a certain level but after volume 4 it just didn't feel like A material anymore...

Give it a shot though. For a 90s shojo I think it holds up very well.
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Gahhh i can't believe this is so good. I LOVE it.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by moonmystery
August 3rd, 2014, 8:21pm
This story is about elementary schoolers, but make no mistake---the story can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Like people before me have mentioned, there's actual character development here, and the main character is actually NOT that annoying. biggrin wonderful!
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One of my faves...   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by BimboSilly
August 3rd, 2013, 10:23am
I can't say anything that hasn't been said already but I need to say some similarities with HANDSOME GIRLFRIEND are really surprising.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
the glasses assistant, his wife being a famous actress for one
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YES !   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Autumn_Niight
April 28th, 2013, 9:22pm
Two years later and I still adore this manga. Literally one of my top favorites, I can never get enough of Akito & Sana <3 Even though these characters are only supposed to be in elementary school, you tend to forget that as you get further into the story. This manga has literally the cutest little romance moments that make you go "djsfoisjdgosd AWHHH >_<" I HIGHLY recommend it.
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Good blend of comedy and drama   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by MatrixM
January 8th, 2013, 10:13pm
Two main problems. The last arc, which was just kinda ridiculous all round, though it had a couple of good chapters like the resolution. And the scanlation, which leaves about half of the text untranslated (primarily jokes) which is sad because the comedy is often really, really good. I know this because most of the volumes I read were the official translation.

Over the past few years I usually get annoyed when the main characters are just kids running around when they should be playing with their bottles or whatever (e.g. when I was 11-ish I really liked DNAngel but a few years later I just found it ridiculous) but this pulled off the precociousness really really well.

... Last updated on January 8th, 2013, 10:14pm
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I like it!   
Rating: N/A
by Asahi
December 18th, 2012, 6:57am
Well, I first started reading this manga when I was in elementary school, those days when I don't even know that internet existed. lol

All of a sudden I remember this manga and tried searching it in the internet (after I found it I forgot what kind of keyword did I put into Google that I actually finding it without the title nor character name! haha)

I liked this manga very much smile At first I just read the first volume, just for remembering childhood days, I guess, but then I get more than that, I like it. I forgot the story and when I read it, I get a feeling that I didn't get when I was elementary school, maybe because before I didn't really really read it...
The story was actually light, but some part wasn't. Like Sana's past, for example. This manga also shows different type of love, and the confusion by love that pre-teens (yeah they are, right?) might get. Also a feeling that, children could think about many things and they are all growing, understanding one thing better after another. The characters are also lovely, Sana's mother is impressive (?) haha I like Hayama as well!^^

The story could make me smile and sadden me, as well.

Overall, This is something that I actually recommend reading smile
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Odd but good.   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by kichiX
November 23rd, 2012, 9:00am
This odd combination of romance, drama and comedy. That's not to say it's bad, just...odd. It's almost like a normal shoujo, with characters in their teens, is being acted out by children in a child-friendly plot. There's no teenage angst, and the children being children circumscribes the regular "shoujo issues". I would say the children act unrealistically - they act older than their portrayed ages, but that adds to the story and it's not really a complaint.
I didn't find this absolutely amazing like some people did, but it was an above average read and it was, more to the point, enjoyable, with no moments where you want to tear your hair out at the leads stupidity (well, there were some moments like that, but it was fine because the main lead was dense while she still wasn't sure of her feelings).

... Last updated on January 3rd, 2013, 7:03am
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Too good to be true   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by skywings
October 13th, 2012, 8:05pm
Seriously, this is like one of few mangas which makes me get so addicted i can't even sleep. I am dying to read it again and again! it's so good that i don't think a manga can get better than this! all the characters are so good and cute and perfectly developed. the plot and art are also superb. this is definitely one of my top favourites. i mean few mangas can make me tear up. the story is very unique and lots of things i didn't expect to happen. There are so many emotions involved! The BEST Manga!!!! ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! Everything was so sweet!! Its got so much about life and its meaning. Thats what makes it so good!

... Last updated on October 13th, 2012, 8:08pm
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A complete rollercoaster of feelings   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by alex3510
August 24th, 2012, 10:29am
I'm going to be honest and say that when I saw the anime, I was not a fan. Yet, when I picked up the manga, I couldn't put it down. The characters, though very mature at some points, perfectly display what it means to grow up. I just love their depth, struggles and intense feelings. Those feelings, though easy to change due to age at first, are immature yet strong at the same time as they developed.
The plot was also really well done. I loved the conflicts that came up, showing off the weaknesses of the characters and the child/ coming of age theme that was in this manga. The whole thing was awesome and a lot deeper than what the anime was like.
Also, I loved the balance between humour and sad points. The storyline, for the most point, was depressing the whole way through, yet the author balanced it with the humour and lightness that only children can posses. It is a shoujo classic for a reason. Freaking brilliant and I just loved it!

... Last updated on August 24th, 2012, 10:36am
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Why haven't you read this yet?   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Daisy Dollop
April 23rd, 2012, 9:11pm
I first read this series when it was released around the early 2000s. My friend bought the series and she kept insisting that I read it, though I must admit, I was quite skeptical. It has become one of my all-time favorite manga.

Obana does a fantastic job at portraying her young characters as they deal with the trials of growing up and the responsibilities of the adult world. The characters are loveable, but not without their faults, and unique for a shoujo manga. Sana is a source of laughter, and her antics with friends and family creates a fresh environment compared to most shoujo manga on the market today. She’s a strong girl who’s realistically human in her reactions and emotions to serious situations.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
I also think Obana deals well with the serious topics of parental-child relationships. She explores the different faucets between Sana, her adoptive mother, and her birth mother. I felt she did well with Sana’s anxiety and fear when meeting her birth mother.

The downsides I would list would be the fact that we get to see very little of the main couple as a couple and as Bubbles Pink points out, the ending is rushed. I feel neither of these points take away drastically from the overall quality of the manga.

The series is hilarious, tasteful, and and does a fantastic job of wrapping you up in the characters. If you haven't read it yet, you have to give it a chance.

... Last updated on April 23rd, 2012, 9:13pm
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