Kokoro Toshokan

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Synonyms: Kokoro Library
Japanese: ココロ図書館


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 12, 2001 to Feb 17, 2002
Premiered: Fall 2001
Broadcast: Fridays at 01:15 (JST)
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Studio Deen
Source: Manga
Genres: Slice of LifeSlice of Life, ComedyComedy, DramaDrama
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG - Children


Score: 6.471 (scored by 15601,560 users)
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Ranked: #60832
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Popularity: #6429
Members: 5,477
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Hidden away on a remote mountaintop, the Kokoro Library struggles to attract many visitors. Nevertheless, it is the home of sisters Iina, Aruto, and Kokoro, who consider it their mission to keep the library running in their parents' stead. Kokoro has long dreamed of becoming a librarian at the library with the same name as her, and tries her best to keep up with her older sisters.

Due to the lack of patrons, the girls mainly spend their time sipping tea, chatting, and reading. However, as the number of mysterious visitors progressively increases, Kokoro begins to learn about the strange history of Kokoro Library—a place where small miracles seem to blossom.

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Masunari, Koji
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Opening Theme

"Beagle" by Yasuko Yamano

Ending Theme

"Tsuki wa Miteru" by Yasuko Yamano

Feb 23, 2009
Archaeon (All reviews)
Once more my passion for "oddness" rears its super-deformed head, this time bringing me a bemusing, yet slightly surreal, take on libraries.

Kokoro Toshokan originally began as a manga by Takagi Nobuyuki in 2001. The popularity of the series led to it quickly being adapted as a TV series direct by Masuanri Koji (Read or Die TV & OVA, Kamichu!), and the influence of both the mangaka and the director really stands out in the anime.

The story is about a library situated in the mountains. This is Kokoro Library, and it is run by three sisters - Iina (eldest), Aruto (middle), and Kokoro (youngest). The read more
Nov 5, 2007
megara (All reviews)
Kokoro Library basically revolves around Kokoro who is named after the library she works in. Together with her two sisters, they work to maintain the library their parents left them even if hardly nobody ever comes there (since it's at the top of the mountain or something).

At first, I was bored by the series and was struggling to finish it. I'm glad I stuck through it until the end since the story progressed quite nicely as it went on. It may seem boring at first, but there is some humor in the episodes. Thing I didn't expect like obsessive sister love and robots kept popping read more
Feb 6, 2015
brynolf (All reviews)
No, no, no... Cuteness and good background music is nowhere near enough to save an anime where meaninglessness is allowed to run amok to this extreme degree.

Many anime are slow paced, but in Kokoro library time almost stops. There is no story and no character drive (but I have to admit the actual library itself and its surroundings is a cousy place).

Edit: Was this show "comedy" classed? If there was any comedic ambitions with Kokoro library, the creators have another failure on their list.

Technically good, but character design is awful. The only one that looks even remotely good is the homophobic sister. The rest of read more
Nov 29, 2017
Notshane (All reviews)
Now, well it's normally not within my forte to mention other reviews, I would like to point out that this anime is most definitely not bad enough to receive the lowest score possible. That person must have just had something against the genres this anime represents. If you read that review first, I highly suggest reading this as well before you decide to avoid this anime altogether.

Kokoro Toshokan follows the titular Kokoro as she has random adventures around her library. Thanks to my general loving of the Slice of Life genre, I very much enjoyed all of the relaxing tones that this anime offered me. read more

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