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Kobatotei Ibun  
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[From Storm in Heaven]:

Something happened to Kobato when he was young, something he can't explain. Since then he's been able to see things that normal people can't see. These are the touching tales of his and others' experiences with the unknown.

Contains three unrelated oneshots:
-Ocean Floor Scenery
-Two Topics:Happiness Butterfly, Island Child


Related Series

Associated Names
The Strange Story of the Kobato Residence

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.5-10 by Storm in Heaven over 10 years ago
v.1 c.3-4 by Storm in Heaven over 11 years ago
v.1 c.2 by Storm in Heaven over 11 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 8 / 10.0 (105 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.67 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 10th 2014, 3:27pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Magazine ZERO (Biblos)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #804 increased(+202)
Monthly Pos #1572 increased(+747)
3 Month Pos #3225 increased(+610)
6 Month Pos #4718 increased(+1276)

List Stats
On 55 reading lists
On 125 wish lists
On 341 completed lists
On 7 unfinished lists
On 73 custom lists

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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Nani0918
July 29th, 2012, 7:03am
This is a very cute story. The main character is quite quirky, actually. He has his own way of dealing with these strange things that occur around him.

I wish we could read more stories about him.
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good but too short   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by whitespade
July 13th, 2012, 3:43am
the stories are heartwarming and funny, the art is very nice with its ephemeral quality. however because there is no true plot and main character, there is something lacking. good short read though, you dont waste your time reading this, but there's not much you can take from it.

... Last updated on September 1st, 2012, 11:56am
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Kobatotei Ibun   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by akari_mizunashi
January 29th, 2010, 10:52am
Kobatotei Ibun feels like an alternate version of Hyakki Yakoushou, the award-winning series of quite the same premise. Both series are worth reading, but something feels missing from Kobatotei Ibun. It never manages to really establish an atmosphere or make modernized Japanese spirit tales interesting in the way Hyakki Yakoushou or even The Book of Friends does. I tried really hard to enjoy this, but it just didn't live up to the expectations I held from those other excellent Japanese spirit stories.
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Cute, but ...   
Rating: N/A
by yblees
January 13th, 2009, 2:10am
I wish Takano sensei developed the main story more, each chapter was lovely, but overall they lacked depth. It was like reading a string of oneshots rather than a collected volume of stories.
The individual stories in the final chapters were much stronger, but still had an unfinished feel - as if the mangaka was holding back somehow.

... Last updated on January 13th, 2009, 5:09pm
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So-so but does have some unique bits   
Rating: N/A
by BimboSilly
April 13th, 2008, 2:03am
The stories are a bit different and actually nice to read but the mystique atmosphere isnt created, in fact in one of the stories didnt even seem to have any supernatural stuff in it but some stuff were never-done-b4 types...I especially like the boy who met a mysterious guy in the library, was I glad that the shonen ai undertones were a mistake! I wish they explored more on the sister and developed a sort of romance around her, romance appeals a lot unless the supernatural content itself is of a superior quality which isnt so here so this needs romance to spice it up and not between that guy and his gate crashing frnd!
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by skittles
March 15th, 2007, 9:08pm
I love it!

update: I'm sorry... just want to continue talking about my love for this. hahaha. I thought it was hilarious.... except the last few chapters weren't about the main characters anymore. They were separate stories (some have supernatural in it, and some are just normal). I would prefer it if the author continued writing about the main character, Kobato (and his lovely friend,.... Jinrou?) But other than that, I enjoyed this a lot =) and this is the longest comment I've ever given to a manga before. So here you go! I read it again a few more times =P because each chapter is just so short... Ok I'm done!

p.s. Thank you for your attention

... Last updated on April 2nd, 2007, 7:36pm
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by candyloop
March 6th, 2007, 1:04pm
Very cute short stories about ghosts and spirits, kinda leaves you with warm and fuzzy feeling.
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