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

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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 (945 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.53 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 20th 2018, 12:30am 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 #438 increased(+15)
Monthly Pos #427 increased(+11)
3 Month Pos #478 increased(+22)
6 Month Pos #500 increased(+21)

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On 461 reading lists
On 774 wish lists
On 2775 completed lists
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2015 Oneshot and Stage Play over 2 years ago
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by Disremembrance
August 1st, 2008, 10:55pm
Hmm.. I love the depth Obana-sensei went into when she created this manga. At first it was a cute, and ridiculously funny tidbit, but it grew to be much more, that really made me want to glomp onto the series and never let it go.
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nice one, I enjoyed it a lot.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Ameonna
April 20th, 2008, 4:25pm
I am not a kid between 8 - 11 any more (what a pity! bigrazz hahaha, must have lost so much fun back in my childhood :lol: ) but I really enjoyed reading this manga. maybe it doesnt look like but it is pretty serious and deep story in some parts and it has been drawn very well too. however if you don't like Shoujo stuff, you wont enjoy this story that much since the romance factor plays a very important part in it.
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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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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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for all ages   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by lynn101
September 20th, 2008, 3:35pm
very sweet and cute although toward the ending was a bit depressing
i really liked it...i loved the characters and i loved the ending
some of it made me cry soo hard while some made me a laugh like crazy

totally recommended
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Kodacha = S2   
Rating: N/A
by peoplerror
July 29th, 2007, 7:20pm
After getting off the "Fushigi Yuugi" phase back in 5th-6th grade (now entering 10th), I picked up Volume 8 out of no where because the cover looked adorable. A girl sipping her pop and a hot yet serious-looking boy in a cap standing next to her made me think that this is probably a cute manga to read. After the first page, I felt stupid that I didn't pick up the first volume but the art drew me in so I kept on flippin the pages. I knew nothing about the manga however, I finished it even though I was confused. The next day, I went back to the bookstore and bought Volume 2, 3, 4 and so on. (They didn't carry Vol 1 XD) I'm so happy that I picked up Kodocha out of curiousity! The story is overflowed with humor and tragedy. Sana-chan and Akito-san were in the same grade as I was so you know I felt happy that a mangaka decided to draw her characters in elementary school <3. I've read countless manga's since then and I must say, this will always be my favorite. No matter how old I get, I can always open Vol 2 and laugh my butt off then end the series with eyesockets full of tears. I admire Obana-sama so much after finishing Kodocha. Akito's story inspired me to live <3
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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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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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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by tulipanooo
December 8th, 2007, 12:26pm
i loved it very much. i wanted to see how they willl mature later on n_n but it was great. comedy with a touching story =]
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