Kodomo no Omocha
Kodocha: Sana's Stage
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Kodomo no Omocha

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Synonyms: Child's Toy
Japanese: こどものおもちゃ
English: Kodocha: Sana's Stage
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 10
Chapters: 54
Status: Finished
Published: Jul 2, 1994 to Oct 3, 1998
Genres: Award Winning Award Winning, Comedy Comedy, Drama Drama, Romance Romance, Slice of Life Slice of Life
Themes: Love Polygon Love Polygon, School School, Showbiz Showbiz
Demographic: Shoujo Shoujo
Serialization: Ribon Magazine
Authors: Obana, Miho (Story & Art)

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Score: 8.301 (scored by 99249,924 users)
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Ranked: #2822
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Popularity: #765
Members: 20,822
Favorites: 1,115

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both are about energetic elementary girls. the story and characters are very similar. 
reportRecommended by Ai-Haibara
Marmalade Boy and Kodomo no Omocha were both being published in Japan around the same time and being serialized in the same magazine (Ribon). They're both shojo manga though the plots are a little different. Even if they have a different plot, you should still give both of these manga a try. 
reportRecommended by MoonLite88
While reading Rockin' Heaven, it reminded me of a High-School version of Kodocha without the whole idol thing. There is a popular boy, that is idolized by all the guys in the classroom and likes to terrorize the teacher. Enter the girl who just wants a normal High School life. Definitely a page turner. If you like one, you will definitely love the other! 
reportRecommended by Aarana
Showbiz, but not in the fight-to-reach-the-top way that seems to be the norm! Sana of Kodomo no Omocha is a child star, and Keito of Cat Street was once one, but no longer. Here, movies and theatre play important roles without being the centre of the plots, and the character relationships and drama are enhanced, but never overshadowed, by this unique context. Kodomo no Omocha is thought of as a goofy series and Cat Street a more dramatic one, but as a matter of fact, the former has quite a few very dark moments and the latter is often lighthearted. 
reportRecommended by Anomalous
If you liked one you will probably enjoy the other as the characters and relationship structures are very similar. NnKgKS is basically KnO but with cats, and the relationship between the two main characters is slightly less direct since the main girl doesn't know what the main guy looks like. Also, NnKgKS has a much more upbeat tone overall, while KnO gives much more drama and substantial plot devices. Overall though, both are very enjoyable, funny and cute. Worthwhile reads. 
reportRecommended by MeNaK
both characters were enemy at first, but eventually, they get into a serious relationship 
reportRecommended by _EndeR_
both about a celebrity pre teen girl both end up having a special relationship with the bad boy/dangerous kid in class they both grow and mature as the manga goes Komocha is more bubbly then Oboreru Knife but they have a lot of stuff in common  
reportRecommended by RTPDJRT1
both the protagonists are very well-loved, have relationship problems... 
reportRecommended by sapphirext
Similar heroines -- enthusiastic and silly -- fight to change the structure of power among students in their respective schools. Each story is overall lighthearted and cutesy shoujo, but there are elements of very dark themes, particularly in the male leads' pasts. 
reportRecommended by Anomalous
Characters are the same. The guy is both bad boys, and the girl is there to help the guy find their way to happiness. The main character girls are also hyper. Both really popular guys, all girls love. I really recommend it, its really a good manga! 
reportRecommended by iNinjeek
The two aren't extremely similar, but this still had to be said: Both series star a girl who, to some degree, cynically compare their classes to a group of monkeys and end up falling in love with the biggest monkey of all. 
reportRecommended by Anomalous
They're both great shojo manga about a young girl striving to succeed in the world of acting. Although Kodocha is mostly centered around relationship between the two main characters, while Glass Mask is more focused on the acting part of the story, they both show what it means to be famous and how much pleasure and hardships it can bring you. 
reportRecommended by white_alyss
they both involve kids who go through falling in and out of love and who discovers the complications of loving someone and being with that person. 
reportRecommended by Yuukii_Cross
Plot and story-wise, there are not many similarities. However, the two main heroines are similar in that they are both very pure hearted, and try to do their best no matter the situation. The biggest similarity however, is the artwork. Noriko and Sana look so much alike. I double checked just to make sure that it wasn't the same mangaka.  
reportRecommended by kiwigreeneyes
Tears of a Lamb reminded me of Kodocha as I was reading it, although Kodocha in in elementary and Tears of a Lamb is in high school. Both have an energetic and kind of silly girl with pigtails who bothers a guy until they become friends. The guy comes across as scary to everybody, but the guys in the class idolize him. As the guy gets to know the girl better, he realizes that she isn't what she seems, and becomes curious as to her past, which she reveals to him over time. He falls in love with her, but she's kind of oblivious. Meanwhile,  read more 
reportRecommended by MeNaK
While these two mangas have characters with very different ages (Kodomo is elementary and middle school while Hana Yori Dango is high school) The dynamic is similar; A bad boy who is misunderstood and the strong-willed girl that creates a change in them. This is not a shoujo of giggling awkward moments, like nervousness about holding hands or kisses, but more about the serious and adult-like situations that the characters go through together. Situations quickly turn life-threatening and will pull the reader from laughing to tears. Hana Yori Dango had underlining themes of class separation and money while Kodomo no Omocha focused on problems in  read more 
reportRecommended by shojoaddict17
the art style and characters. Natsume and Miku's dynamic really reminded me of kodocha. The art did too lol. Something about the eyes and facial expressions really reminded me of it. There's a similar tone to the series as well. Kodocha is a little more crazy and energetic then crazy girl but both have their zany silly moments. Natsume and Miku really play off eachother in the same way Akito and Sana did, especially early on. There's a level of animosity, as well as magnetism between both couples. 
reportRecommended by KursedArcana
Similiarites: A energetic, cheerful, naive and yet mature heroine surrounded by people that care for and protect her. There is a notable age difference between some of the characters that is less prominent as the story progresses. There is romance! ^-^ Both manga's have a seemingly innocent story line that turns out to include elements of slice of life. A plot that keeps you interested and wondering what's going to happen next! Differences: Kodomo no Omocha is a shorter manga. In Kodomo no Omocha, the main characters are younger. The story line of Kodomo no Omocha is similar but a little more lighthearted. The life of a cafe worker compared  read more 
reportRecommended by seiyaxusagi
The main characters--Sana and Seara--give off the same vibe. They are both strong-willed, determined, funny, and constantly optimistic main characters. The art is similar as well. If you like one, you'll probably like the other. 
reportRecommended by new__raven
I liked reading kodocha :3 although the age gap of kodomo no omocha to Kiss x Miss is really far, the story is quite similar. The main character, sana, starts off hating Akito. But a few incidents (like when akito saves/protects sana) occur she starts developing feelings for him and in the end they become an item. Akito is also quite similar to makita :D i don't wanna spoil but trust me. the plot may not be super alike but the characters and the situations they are put in ARE :) And plus if you liked reading this and felt that it was a bit short (cause i  read more 
reportRecommended by nikasanyuu
The girls are very similar and the relationship with the boy also has vibes that make you think of the other manga (in my case Kodocha) The art is very similar too 
reportRecommended by Sarita_Na
These two are very different. However it takes me A LOT to just look at my manga lust and temper what all the mantas I've read we're even about....but these two are one di could never forget. The main character girl was not your typical whiny boring cliche girl.she was tough and funny and made you curious about what was gonna happen. Of course don't forget they are girls,so they did have their weak spots. Anyway, kodocha is much longer. 
reportRecommended by Ardnaed
One girl facing the pressures of the music and art world as she struggles with her own obstacles and tragedies that befall her. Both are exemplary drama manga series that warrant the must read status for manga literature. 
reportRecommended by arimakenshin
Can't believe this wasn't recommended! Yep, the main couples remind me of each other a lot. Sana and Sakura - the hyper, constantly cheery main female. Hayama and Syaoran (don't they look alike?) - the serious guys who tend not to show too much emotion, but do display a soft side occasionally. Both have that intense "soulmates" feeling going on, also with a bit of a love-hate relationship at first, and a certain very important event that happens towards the end of Kodocha is also significant in CCS... 
reportRecommended by Droplet
Kodomo no Omocha, also known as Kodocha, is the more polished, mature version of School Rumble. Wherever School Rumble failed (ex: ending, lame mangaka jokes), Kodocha picked up and illustrated it in a new way. It's a must read for anyone who felt very disappointed after completing School Rumble. 
reportRecommended by arimakenshin
Mizu no Yakata is actually the story about the movie that the main character Sana in Kodomo no Omocha acts. In Kodomo, scenes of this story is hinted, but this is the full story of behind it.  
reportRecommended by oboyomy
Both series are happy and bright, while developing and exploring the characters. Friendship developing into romance is also in both. 
reportRecommended by Gela-Chan
Kodocha focuses more on romance and comedy, and Ashita no Ousama shows more of the details of the acting world, but both series are about strong female characters pursuing careers in show business. They're both well-written stories, cute but with enough emotional depth to keep them from being fluff. 
reportRecommended by Aiferrific
For some reason, while I was reading Tenshi Nanka, I was reminded of Kodomo no Omocha. They're both funny and really intense at times. But both are wonderful reads! ^^ 
reportRecommended by silenteve
Somehow i feel its similar to this. The kids in kodocha sana and akito go thru ALOT more things before they are together.Its start with them being eniemies, unrequited love, then dating others even though they love each other. they end up together though.that reall all thats th same. Kodocha is a comedy,drama and romance manga too but i read kodocha first and i think you'd like it if you like max romance even though its much longer. 
reportRecommended by Ardnaed
kodomo no omocha or kodocha is vwry long with 10 volumes and 102 episodes for the anime.But basically it has the girl sana softening the heart of the boy. But sana takes alot longer to get with akito.But it is serious in some parts and light in others and also has alot of comedy i read it before this so i just hope you like it. 
reportRecommended by Ardnaed
As I scrolled down the ro commendations page I looked for the link to go back the manga mars. It surprised why I did this becuase these two series are VERY different. But thinking back the funny twist and turns of kodocha reminded me the more realistic sadder mars. Both series are pretty long.  
reportRecommended by Ardnaed
The stories are different, but we have the similar plot line of the heroine attempting to understand the 'anti-social bad boy' of the class. And romance / mutual friendship slowly begins to occur. Although Kodocha is much longer and more thorough while Nine Puzzle is like your quick fix. 
reportRecommended by Crystal
Both main characters are famous  
reportRecommended by xChanChan
Both series feature an energetic female character who is trying to make it in the acting business. This character has to deal with entertainment issues, as well as all the trials of real life. If you liked one, you'll like the other... especially if you are looking for something that is funny, interesting and unique. 
reportRecommended by restivesilence