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Kodocha

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Kodocha is a shojo anime series that aired in Japan in 1996-1998 as the name Kodomo no Omocha. It is based on Miho Obana's manga series which, in the US is titled Kodocha: Sana's Stage. Kodocha is directed by Akitaroh Daichi, who also directed Fruits Basket. In the US, the English dub was covered by Funimation, and stars Laura Bailey as Sana, and Jerry Jewell as Akito, and many of the familiar voices from Fruits Basket and other Funimation shows. With the American voice acting and sound, the show takes on a fresh appeal despite being a series from the 1990s. Sana Kurata, 11 years old, is living a superb childhood. She is the star of a popular TV-series (Kodomo no Omocha / Child's Toy). Her mom is an award-winning novelist, and she calls her manager Rei her driver, boyfriend, and pimp, even though she has no idea what that last word means. Sana is enjoying life to the fullest, except for the hassle in her cIass. A gang of boys have turned the cIassroom into chaos, preventing the teacher from doing anything but cry. Sana is very irritated about this problem, and confronts the rash but smooth talking boss monkey, Akito Hayama, doing everything she can to stop the ruckus that upsets her life and studies. But as she becomes more involved in Akito's life, she realizes that everything isn't as black and white. Akito's family isn't perfect, and it turns out her family has some secrets as well. Sana and Akito encounter new incidents and people that mix up their lives even further, growing their friendship, and possibly a relationship? Show Information Number of Episodes in Japanese broadcast: 102 episodes plus a pilot OAV. Originally aired: 1996-1998 in Japan Number of Episodes in the US Release: 51 episodes, designated as Season One. Originally aired: 2006-2008 on Funimation Channel / Colours TV License status: Funimation has licensed the first 51 of the 102 episodes. It is unknown whether they have freed up the second half of the series although they reported they are not producing them. The story arcs generally follow this format: ep 1-20: Promised Summer Episodes ep 21-39: Anime Original Episodes ep 40-51: Take-chan Episodes ep 52-65: Junior High Episodes ep 66-81: New York Episodes ep 82-102: Return to Japan Episodes Opening Theme "7 O'Clock News" by Tokio (eps 1-51 JP) "Ultra Relax" by Tomoe Shinohara (eps 52-102 JP, ep 1-51 US) Ending Theme "Panic" by Still Small Voice (eps 1-51 JP,US) "All Right!" by Tomoko Hikita and Babbit (eps 52-102, JP) US DVD Titles (release date) Vol. 1: School Girl Super Star (August 2, 2005) Vol. 2: Hayama Hijinks (October 4, 2005) Vol. 3: Crush of Truth (November 15, 2005) Vol. 4: Moving and Shaking (January 10, 2006) Vol. 5: Spilled Beans (March 7, 2006) Vol. 6: Sana's Bombshell (May 2, 2006) Vol. 7: Adult-sized secrets (August 22, 2006) Vol. 8: Sana's Duty (August 22, 2006) Vol. 9: Fixing Friends (October 17, 2006) Vol. 10: Birthday Kisses and Misses, Oh My! (December 12, 2006) Vol. 11: Down the Drain (February 6, 2007) Vol. 12: Akito's Rival (April 3, 2007) Vol. 13: That's a Wrap! (June 5, 2007) Boxset #1 Vol 1-6: February 27, 2007 / August 5, 2008 Boxset #2 Vol 7-13: August 5, 2008 Character Profiles Main Characters Sana Kurata - She is an 11 year old child actress and member of the Komawari Theater acting group. She's the star of a popular series called Child's Toy. She's very energetic and talks extremely quickly. Akito Hayama - He is a laid back boy who commands fear and respect as a bully or boss monkey in Sana's sixth grade cIass. After being confronted by Sana in the early part of the series, he tones some of his behavior down, but adopts a different agenda. Rei Sagami - He is a twenty-something year old guy who always wears sunglasses. He lives at the Kurata residence, and serves as Sana's chauffeur, manager/agent, boyfriend, and "pimp". Tsuyoshi - He is Akito's best friend. He wears glasses and is normally a very mellow and shy guy, but when provoked or angered, he goes into these emotional rages like the Incredible Hulk. Aya Sugita - She is Sana's school buddy with the straight, shoulder length hair. She gets a crush on Tsuyoshi early in the series. Misako Kurata - Sana's mom is an award-winning novelist who has a fancy for funny hats and hairpieces since she has a chipmunk named Maro who resides in her hair. Babbit - He's the mascot in the series, a rabbit with bat wings. While he doesn't interact directly with the characters, he appears frequently and chimes in some remarks. Zenjiro - He is the buck-toothed actor host of Sana's TV school sitcom, Child's Toy. Naozumi Kamura - He is a child actor with the grey hair. He and Sana were both from the same orphanage when they were very young, so they can really relate on many levels. Fuka Matsui - She joins Sana's cIass during Junior High and becomes one of Sana's dearest friends. She happened to be Akito's first kiss way back in kindergarten, and that has some affect on her outlook. Supporting Characters Asako Kurumi - Asako is a relatively famous actress who gets involved in Sana's life both professionally and personally. Natsumi Hayama - She is Akito's older sister, who does not have a positive impression of Akito. Mr. Hayama - Akito's dad is a fairly busy business executive, and doesn't have much time for the family. Takeshi Gojo - An actor who takes a liking to Sana, and with very good reason as they both eventually learn of his relation to Sana's past. Andoh - One of the elementary school teachers who gets annoyed by teachers not being able to control their students. Gomi - Akito's school friend who likes wearing camouflage vests. Hiroshi - A boy in Sana's Child's Toy show. Hisae - Sana's school friend. She has her hair braided in buns. Mami - Sana's school friend with the purple hair and yellow hair band. Ms. Mitsuya - Sana and Akito's teacher. She cries a lot because of her out of control cIass. Naru Naru - The bouncy, carefree school principal. Onda - Misako's editor who's always bugging Misako to submit her manuscripts. Sanekichi - Zenjiro's agent. Shimura - The Kurata's housekeeper. Suji - Sana's hairdresser Mr. Tanaka - A schoolteacher who helps out Ms. Mitsuya. And finally Miho Obana - The manga artist who created Kodocha makes a few cameo appearances.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • The first season was a perfect 10, but after the second season, it started to stray off the path of the plot...

    9.2
    Kodocha was insanely funny, had a great plot, interesting characters that you could relate to, overall, just a great all-around anime. When it got to the middle of season two, however, ratings plummeted. I could kind of guess why, seeing that the main couple of the story find new girlfriends and boyfriends and that Sana goes off with Naozumi all the way to the US, basically losing touch with her friends back in Japan. I also thought that the Broadway Arc with Naozumi was really unnecessary, seeing that the manga didn't go to such measures. It would have been a 10, but because the anime kind of strayed off the path, I'm giving it a 9.2. For all of you fans also disappointed by this, you can go read the Kodocha manga at Mangafox or Onemanga. The middle and ending is very different from the anime.moreless
  • Kodocha is the caziest show I have ever seen.

    9.6
    At first I did not watch this show I dont know why but then later I started watching I realized it was crazy not only crazy it has drama some serious moments but I will always remeber it as crazy Kodocha starts out with sana an 11 year old actress who is over exited all the time and always helps her friend basicly a nice person she lives in a mansion with her mom,maid,and driver which she calls her boyfriend anyway she goes to school and all the boys are harrasing everyone at class their ringleader a serious boy alot of stuff happens and he changes you gotta watch to find out what I am saying.moreless
  • This is one of my favorite animes!at one second someone can be crying on a bench and then the next thing you know it can be so funny like someone hitting someone with a toy hammer.If you like comedy,action,and some romance.then you would love this!!!!!!!!moreless

    10
    At first let me just tell you about the main actors



    Sana Kurata-a 11 year old girl who was a movie star since she was little.in sixth grade,main character in kodocha and usally is not serious.



    Akito Hayama-A trouble making boy who's in same class with sana,he thinks hes better then everyone else,and leader of class boys.



    Tsuyoshi Ohki-Hayama's best friend,same class wih sana and hayama,the wimpyest one at class untill he gets mad,and has a secret love in the same class as him.



    thats all the main ones next time ill tell you other characters



    Special Introduction-

    Babbit-a mystery bat/rabbit who appears randomly in kodocha.

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  • One of my absolute favorites!

    10
    I have to say, this is one of the best animes ever created. The story is about 11 year old Sana Kurata who is extremely hyper all the time. Her class is total chaos! The boys, led by Akito Hayama, terrorize the class, sending their teacher, Ms. Matsuya, into tears. Sana stands up to Akito, and after a few episodes of battle, they become good friends. And the odd part is, Sana's best friend, Aya, and Akito's best friend, Tsuyoshi, fall in love. And after a while, Sana and Akito fall in love too. My all time favorite character is Zenjiro. I think I've become a fan girl!moreless
  • Sana Kurata is 11 year old girl who is a famous tv star.

    10
    Kodocha is an exciting funny and intersting show about Sana Kurata. Sana is an 11 year old tv and movie star.Sana is a very spunky wild and hyperactiv girl who owill stop at nothing to make the people who she cares about as happy as they can be. Along with her friends Akito and Tsuyoshi she has a wonderful life. Her mama Asako kurata is a just like her daughter. She's spunky, wild, writer. She is also sana's adobtive mother. Her mom found sana in a park shortly after she found out that ahe only has a 5% of having a child. And then there is Rie sana's manijor. He keeps sana safe and is always there for her.

    Akito Hayama is one of sana's best friend and has a troubleing past. His mother died while giving birth to him. And because of that his sister and father treated him like a monster until sana came along and fixed everything. Akito also has the hots for Sana too. Akito's best friend is Tsuyoshi and he has a few problems of his own but never lets them get to him. THis show will make you laugh cry and even sing. I give it a 10/10!moreless
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