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Japanese: ちいさこべえ


Type: Manga
Volumes: 4
Chapters: 44
Status: Finished
Published: Sep 3, 2012 to Feb 9, 2015
Genre: Drama Drama
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Big Comic Spirits


Score: 7.531 (scored by 566566 users)
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Ranked: #24392
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Popularity: #6958
Members: 2,118
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A new interpretation of Yamamoto Shuguro's period novel Chiisakobee, transplanting the Edo era in the original with a modern setting.

A young carpenter, Shigeji, who lost his parents and his father's building company called Daitome in a fire, swears to himself he will rebuild the company according to the words of his father, Tomezoh, "What is important for people throughout the ages is humanity and strength of will." He hires Ritsu, who has no place to go, as an assistant at Daitome. Some children from an orphanage, who lost their home, also show up at Daitome. The bearded young carpenter's decision to take over his family's business is a drama filled with the milk of human kindness.

(Source: MU)


Chiisakobee was published in Spanish by ECC Ediciones in 2016.

The series won the 17th Japan Media Arts Festival Excellence Award in 2013.


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Jan 5, 2021
Asddds (All reviews)
I decided to read this manga by just looking at the cover and I was not disappointed. It easily stands out from other generic trash with It's style. Surely there are manga with better art but the way this manga frames things is just extraordinary.

The original story is apparently based on a book and it is quite short yet enjoyable. we get to see the story of the next heir of a carpentery. he struggles with life as he lost many things dear to him in a fire and he wants to rebuild his life. The whole story is extremely relatable and endearing.

Overall this read more
Jan 3, 2021
SIOPAOBUN (All reviews)
An examination of times during and after grief, with the strength of will and humanity.

Adapting and reinterpreting a period novel of the same name, Minetaro Mochizuki has absolutely outdone himself. Although still taking influence from Hisashi Eguchi’s art and sporting that Wes Anderson brand of self-conscious quirkiness, the style presented in Tokyo Kaido has finally been fully realized to become Mochizuki’s own, succeeding in a nice balance of artistry and narrative. In the transition from text to comic medium, Chiisakobee takes full advantage of the format. There’s no shortage of good spreads and meticulous composition capturing snippets of time. It’s retrospective, taking its endearing characters read more
Dec 15, 2018
Avid_Reader (All reviews)
This should have been longer.

See, I haven't read the original novel, and I'm pretty sure hardly anyone outside Japan has, so I can only base my review on what's in front of me (the manga, obviously). But even then I can't help but feel that quite a few important things were lost while trimming the story down to a short series of comic books.

By itself, the story is still pretty good. Sure, it might be an aesop, the kind that's easily seen through, but its themes, aptly summed up with "humanity and strength of will", are timeless and will always grab your attention, no matter read more
Apr 9, 2022
drazorback (All reviews)

Chiisakobé is the adaptation of an age-old Japanese novel, transposed into a contemporary bled where the hero, who has been given the panoply of total vintage hipster, is a carpenter responsible for taking over the family business following a fire that led to the death of his parents. Without knowing the original work, it seems quite obvious that this is a transposition as various events seem anachronistic, even in a society sometimes as patriarchal and traditional as Japan. Thus, a few slaps or spankings appear as relics from another age, and even when these gestures are questioned, they end -problematically- by read more

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