Kotarou wa Hitorigurashi

Kotaro Lives Alone

What would you like to edit?

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Kotaro Lives By Himself
Japanese: コタローは1人暮らし
English: Kotaro Lives Alone
More titles


Type: ONA
Episodes: 10
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 10, 2022
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Source: Manga
Genres: ComedyComedy, Slice of LifeSlice of Life
Theme: ChildcareChildcare
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 27 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.221 (scored by 7401074,010 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #3152
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1587
Members: 129,854
Favorites: 1,785

Available At


Ranked #315Popularity #1587Members 129,854
Add to List
Episodes: /10
* Your list is public by default.


One day, manga author Shin Karino is greeted by four-year-old Kotarou Satou, his new next-door neighbor, who gifts him a box of tissues. In Karino's eyes, Kotarou is an odd kid: he speaks in an extremely formal manner, and he lives alone in his apartment—no parents or relatives in sight. But Kotarou neither seems to mind, nor wants to rely on people.

Feeling sympathetic toward Kotarou's circumstances, Karino decides to follow Kotarou to a bathhouse in case something might happen to him and there he comes to understand the little boy is not so different from him. Little by little, Karino—along with the other residents of the apartment complex—grows fond of Kotarou and his antics. At the same time, Kotarou himself might have found something akin to a family in his unique neighbors.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


No background information has been added to this title. Help improve our database by adding background information here.

Related Anime

Characters & Voice Actors


Makino, Tomoe
Theme Song Performance


Opening Theme

Apple Music
Amazon Music
Youtube Music
1: "Hoshi no Runway (星のランウェイ)" by KOCHO (eps 1,3-9)
2: "Tonosaman no Uta (とのさまんのうた)" by en (eps 2)

Ending Theme

"Chiisana Te no Hira (小さな手のひら)" by Kotoringo

Mar 15, 2022
Wow, I am surprised to see what a high rating this show has.
Like yes... it started off well to the point that I was willing to ignore the fact that a 4 year old lives alone. Like yes... it's anime and we don't need to take it seriously.

HOWEVER, there's a difference between writing a fantasy anime and then an anime that is supposed to portray reality lol. If your setting is taken place in the real world, then it looks highly stupid that a 4 year old is living alone without any interference from any adult. They even called the child services on ...
Mar 10, 2022
I've been waiting for this to drop ever since it was announced during the Netflix Festival Japan last November. I stopped what I was doing at the last minute before the show was released on Netflix. I binged all 10 episodes. And here's my review

In this anime, we are shown the stories surrounding Kotaro and how he goes about his independent life. Along the ride, we get to know his circumstances and have an idea why he is living alone. This alone intrigued me and made me interested. We also meet Karino and the rest of the neighbors.

To be honest, I was a bit ...
Mar 10, 2022
This is my first review on MAL. After watching this I got a feeling that I have to adapt someone so we both can have a good life. Truly enjoyed it to my fullest

If you are having a dull / bad day or if you are feeling lonely just take a peak at this master piece and you won't regret it.

Perfect character development and color balance will sooth your mind . This will give you a feeling on how kids react and what they expect of you even though they are not requesting it from you.

Eagerly waiting for season 2. Hats off for ...

Interest Stacks


Recent News

'Kotarou wa Hitorigurashi' Reveals Additional Staff, Cast, First Promo

'Kotarou wa Hitorigurashi' Reveals Additional Staff, Cast, First Promo

The official website of the anime adaptation of Mami Tsumura's Kotarou wa Hitorigurashi (Kotarou Lives Alone) manga revealed on Thursday additional cast, staff,...read more

'Kotarou wa Hitorigurashi' Unveils Pair of Additional Cast

'Kotarou wa Hitorigurashi' Unveils Pair of Additional Cast

The official website of the anime adaptation of Mami Tsumura's Kotarou wa Hitorigurashi (Kotarou Lives Alone) manga revealed on Friday two additional cast membe...read more

Recent Forum Discussion

Poll: Kotarou wa Hitorigurashi Episode 4 Discussion
JokerVentura - Mar 12, 2022
15 repliesby defaulticus»»
Yesterday, 2:56 PM
Is this good?
removed-user - May 20, 2022
46 repliesby BirbSMB»»
May 14, 9:01 PM
Poll: Kotarou wa Hitorigurashi Episode 6 Discussion
bushman66 - Mar 12, 2022
10 repliesby AnyaRubyEdogawa»»
Apr 30, 12:24 PM
Poll: Kotarou wa Hitorigurashi Episode 10 Discussion ( 1 2 )
MarcusWongKS - Mar 11, 2022
72 repliesby TheAncientOne»»
Mar 7, 5:53 PM
Poll: Kotarou wa Hitorigurashi Episode 7 Discussion
bushman66 - Mar 13, 2022
24 repliesby TheAncientOne»»
Mar 7, 4:19 PM
It’s time to ditch the text file.
Keep track of your anime easily by creating your own list.
Sign Up Login