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Kodomo no Omocha (こどものおもちゃ lit. Child's Toy), otherwise known as Kodocha for short, is a Japanese anime series based on the manga of the same name written by Miho Obana. It was produced by NAS and TV Tokyo, and animated by Studio Gallop and ran from April 5, 1996 to March 27, 1998.

In 2005, the series was licensed for distribution in North America by FUNimation Entertainment and was released on DVD. Only the first season of the series was released and dubbed by FUNimation; though further releases were intended. Their license to the series expired in 2012.


Sana Kurata has a charmed life. Not only is her mother is a famous, award-winning writer, but she's the star of the hit TV comedy "Child's Toy" while still in the fifth grade. But Sana's biggest concern is Akito Hayama, a pint-sized hellion who's organized the boys in their grade-school class into a mass of unending noise and violence. With the help of Rei, her manager, chauffeur and "pimp," Sana is determined to win back control of the classroom from her new arch-enemy. But as her crusade continues, Sana moves further into Akito's life, and finds that he might not be entirely bad...or entirely safe.


Character Seiyū Dub Actor
Sana Kurata Shizue Oda Laura Bailey
Akito Hayama Tatsuya Nakazaki Jerry Jewell
Misako Kurata Hana Kino Colleen Clinkenbeard
Rei Sagami Ryō Naitō John Burgmeier
Tsuyoshi Ohki Mayumi Misawa Greg Ayres
Aya Sugita Akiko Kikuchi Monica Rial
Naozumi Kamura Omi Minami Chris Patton
Asako Kurumi Azusa Nakao Luci Christian
Babbit Tomoko Hikita Chris Cason
Takeshi Gojo Hiroshi Takahashi John Gremillion
Shizuka Kurata Hisako Kyōda Juli Erickson
Natsumi Hayama Akemi Okamura Caitlin Glass
Fuyuki Hayama Takashi Matsuyama Randy Tallman
Koharu Hayama Omi Minami Amber Cotton
Aono Ohki Miwa Matsumoto Luci Christian
Keiko Sakai Mika Doi Amy Rosenthal
Mariko Sakai Ayaka Saitō Tierney Titus
Shinichi Gomi Masanobu Hirota Kent Williams
Hisae Kamayai Yumiko Kikuchi Cynthia Cranz
Mami Suzuki Azusa Nakao Kate Oxley
Principal Narunaru Chafurin Christopher Sabat
Tanaka Mitsuo Iwata Chuck Huber
Sumire Ando Ai Satō Julie Mayfield
Mayu Tobita Kaori Asō Leah Clark
Ayano Hanamaru Koji Tomomi Tomomi Nishimura Brina Palencia
Zenjiro Zenjiro Sonny Strait
Ryousuke Kashima Kenjirō Tsuda Mike McFarland
Takezo Onda Masaaki Ishikawa Jim Foronda

Additional Voices


  • Due to licensing issues, FUNimation was unable to obtain the rights to release Kodocha with the Tokio song "7 O' Clock News" as the opening theme, so they replaced it with the Tomoe Shinohara song "Ultra Relax", which is the second opening theme of the series. The original theme will be included in the Discotek Media Blu-ray release of the anime.[1].
  • Tokio's cameo was even changed to "Kyoto" in the English dub of episode 1, the Japanese audio track even blurred out their name as well.


Date(s) Channel Country
FUNimation Channel United States United States

Video Releases

Distributor Year Format Contents Region Country
FUNimation Entertainment 2005-2007 DVD.jpg Episodes 1-51 1
United States United States
13 Volumes
2008 Episodes 1-51
2 Volumes
2010 Episodes 1-51
2 Volumes

See Also


External Links

  • Kodocha at the Internet Movie Database
  • Kodocha (anime) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia