Foreign Friday: Kobato

This week’s Foreign Friday title is Kobato by CLAMP.

The Story

Meet Kobato Hanato, a sweet and rather simple young girl on a quest to have her single, dearest wish granted. But first, she must learn the ways of the world from Ioryogi-san, a gruff blue dog whose bark is just as bad as his bite! Under his ‘tutelage’ (read: constant verbal abuse), Kobato puts her efforts into passing various trials of common sense so that she may obtain the key to getting her wish– a magic bottle which must be filled with the suffering of wounded hearts that Kobato herself has healed. But with Kobato’s common sense sorely lacking, she keeps flunking Ioryogi-san’s trials left and right! It looks like the road that lies ahead of Kobato will be a long one indeed!

The Characters

Kobato is a classic CLAMP heroine; she kind, she’s clueless, and you’re never exactly sure just who or what she is until the very end. Ioryogi is not your average living plushie-series-mascot, he’s rude, he’s short tempered, and he’s got power. They make for an enjoyable duo throughout the series.

What I Thought

Kobato is one of CLAMP’s shorter series, and because of it I think they jumped to the main plot more quickly than they would have in a different series. It was lighter-hearted than most of CLAMP’s usual works, but there was certainly a serious undertone, and in the end, a crazy plot twist and a surprisingly happy ending (with CLAMP you can never be sure). This series starts out a little confusing, putting you in medias res with no background, forcing you to put the pieces together yourself. Still, I feel it was very enjoyable. Like in Tsubasa, they have a lot of cameos of characters from their previous series, especially from Wish, which is closely connected with Kobato. The series is complete in 6 volumes, all available in English.

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