Bonobono (ぼのぼの?) is a yonkoma manga series by Mikio Igarashi. From March 1986 to March 1987, the series ran in the Takeshobo manga magazine Tensai Club before the magazine was replaced with Manga Club, where it has been serialized since April 1987. It has also been serialized in Manga Life since April 1986. It has been adapted into a television anime series,[5][6] as well as two anime films and two video games.[2][3]

While the series is considered a yonkoma manga, most of the "stories" use eight panels. The series follows the main character, a young sea otter after whom the manga is titled, and his daily adventures with his friends from the nearby forest.[5] Bonobono combines gag comic and philosophical questions, bringing up comparisons to other manga such as Azumanga Daioh,[7] and to films such as Forrest Gump.[8]

In 1988, Bonobono won the Kodansha Manga Award in the General category.[9] An anime film was released in theaters on 1993-11-13, and a television anime series was broadcast on TV Tokyo from 1995-04-20 through 1996-03-28.[5] One day after the TV series began, a simulation game was released on the 3DO system.[2] The following June, an adventure game was released on the PlayStation.[3] Several ehon—or "picture books"—have been released since the manga series was first introduced over 20 years ago.


In addition to the original tankōbon releases, the first twenty tankōbon volumes have been rereleased in bunkoban format as 10 volumes. Several stand-alone picture books have been released as well.

For the first film, an ekonte—or storyboard—volume and a set of four film comics have been released. hi




Film comics

These books contain scenes from the first Bonobono film laid out in comic book format.


This book contains the storyboards for the first Bonobono film.

  • Bonobono no Ekonteshū (ぼのぼの絵コンテ集?), ISBN 4884752546, November 1993, Takeshobo

Picture books

Various Bonobono picture books have been released, including the following. Titles are listed chronologically.

  • Kawaisō no Koto (かわいそうのこと?), ISBN 4884750276, December 1987, Takeshobo
  • Shimarisu-kun Daikatsuyaku!! Gō (シマリスくん大活躍!!号?), ISBN 4884750276, December 1987, Takeshobo
  • Ōkii no Koto Chiisai no Koto (大きいのこと 小さいのこと?), ISBN 4884750330, June 1988, Takeshobo
  • Megane Yamane-kun no Koto (メガネヤマネくんのこと?), ISBN 4884750411, May 1989, Takeshobo
  • Kurisumasu no Koto (クリスマスのこと?), ISBN 4812404215, November 1998, Takeshobo
  • Minna Omoide na no Darō: Bonobono no Kagashū (みんな思い出なのだろう―ぼのぼの詩画集?), ISBN 4884752538, November 1993, Takeshobo
  • Bonobono (ぼのぼの?), ISBN 4884752554, December 1993, Takeshobo
  • TSuwaio no Koto' (ツワイオのこと?), ISBN 4812427614, July 2006, Takeshobo


1993 film

The first theatrical release, titled Bonobono, opened in theaters on 1993-11-13. The film has since been broadcast on domestic television in Japan, including on broadcast satellite channels such as NHK BS-2. The film has been released on VHS and DVD in Japan, including in a "no cut" edition.[10]




TV series

The Bonobono anime TV series ran from April 20, 1995 through March 28, 1996 as part of the "Anime Can" (アニメ缶 Anime Kan?) series on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm on TV Tokyo. Each episode was 15 minutes long, and was paired with an episode of Bit the Cupid to fill out the 30-minute timeslot. The series has been rebrodacast on several different channels and networks, including Animax and the on-demand internet streaming service GyaO.

The entire TV series was released as two DVD box sets on April 20, 2007.


Theme songs

Chikamichi Shitai (近道したい?)
Lyrics, Vocals: Kyōko Suga
Composition, Arrangement: Etsuko Yamakawa
Ending theme for episodes 1-23 and 48
Love, Two Love
Lyrics, Composition, Vocals: Kyōko Suga
Arrangement: Ryō Yonemitsu
Ending theme for episodes 24-47



TV specials

Following the anime TV series, nine specials were aired on TV Tokyo. At the beginning of each special, the next special was also introduced, and showed some animation from it. The specials used a lot of animation from the series, and while the content fit the season in which the special was broadcast, the music, scripts, and jokes were changed for each of the specials. The seiyū from the TV series were used for the specials.

2002 film

Bonobono: Kumomo no Ki no Koto (ぼのぼの クモモの木のこと?) was the second theatrical Bonobono movie, released by Amuse Pictures in theaters in Japan on August 10, 2002. It was done completely in 3D.





Two games based on the Bonobono series have been released. The first was Bonogurashi (ぼのぐらし?), a simulation game released on 1995-04-21 for the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer system by Amuse and Bandai Visual.

The second games was titled Bonogurashi: Kore de Kanpeki Disu (ぼのぐらし〜これで完璧でぃす〜?), an adventure game released by Amuse for the PlayStation system on 1996-06-07.



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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Script error
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Script error
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  6. 6.0 6.1 Script error
  7. Bryce, Mio. "'School' in Japanese children’s lives as depicted in manga" (PDF). p. 13. Retrieved 2007-11-23. 
  8. Califf, Jennifer. "Bonobono". Anime Web Turnpike. Retrieved 2007-11-23. 
  9. Joel Hahn. "Kodansha Manga Awards". Comic Book Awards Almanac. Retrieved 2007-08-21. 
  10. "ぼのぼのプラス (1994)". AllCinema Online. Retrieved 2007-11-24. 
  11. "BS夏休みアニメ特選|ぼのぼの劇場版". NHK. Retrieved 2007-11-23. 

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