Bow Wow Wata (ガウガウわー太Gaugau Wāta) is a manga by Kazumi Umekawa that was initially serialized in Weekly Comic Bunch from 2001 throughout 2004. After the serialization was pulled from Comic Bunch, it was picked up by Comic Rex, where it was retitled Gaugau Wāta 2, continuing its publication as a monthly serial until 2009. A short-lived English adaptation was published by Gutsoon! Entertainment in Raijin Comics.
- Tasuke Yashiro
- A second-year high school student who discovers he has the ability to talk to animals. Tasuke's father wants him to take after him, but Tasuke is against this, since being an animal counselor does not pay the bills.
- Misato Funakoshi
- The cute older student Tasuke has an apparent crush on. He often refers to her as Misato-senpai, which is a sign of respect for older students in Japan. Being Wata's owner and a third-year transfer at Tasuke's high school, she loves animals and wants to be a veterinarian some day.
- Doctor Yashiro
- Tasuke's dad and a vet/animal counselor who can speak to animals. Yashiro's ability to talk to animals comes from the fact that he is Komainu, the god of dogs. His wife is Oinari, a Shinto goddess, which explains why Tasuke can talk to animals.
- Misato's pet dog, a biter - except to Misato. A loyal dog, Wata is committed to protecting his master at all times.
- Bow Wow Wata (manga) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia
- Gau Gau Wāta at Weekly Comic Bunch (Japanese)
- Gau Gau Wāta 2 at Monthly Comic Rex (Japanese)
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