Ever wanted a great romcom series, a romcom series that don’t have an inferior second half, a romcom series that a good ending, a romcom series that has amazing character development and theme exploration well you came too, the right place because Kodocha no Omocha (Kodocha) is not only one of the best romcom shoujo series I have ever seen but this series contains everything that I love about romcom anime
Hello, everyone, this is Shawn aka KurataTrigger and welcome too, my review of Kodocha no Omocha or (Kodocha for short)and with that out-of-the-way let’s begin.
The story of Kodocha centers around Sana Kurata who is a star of a popular TV show called child’s toy while being in 5th grade. One originally day at school as she goes into class the boys in her class are raising hell. They ringleader of the group Akio has counted they teacher into silence in some sort of blackmail. So, the boys are free too, reach havoc as they please. Very determined too, lead a normal school life Sana targets the ring leader Akio with all of her energy and the relationship and daily lifes of Sana and Akio begin.
Now, what do I think of the story of Kodocha. The story of Kodocha is executed perfectly. The story starts off as a very simple boy’s vs girl’s rivalry but as the series progresses it story become surprisingly complex and it becomes a great coming of age story.
One thing that I really like about Kodocha are ability too, synergies its comedy and romance elements. You see most anime romcoms that I personally saw don’t synergies its comedy and romance elements correctly because shows like Nisekoi and Golden Time don’t have any substance on the romcom elements and instead those shows fall at writing and character building.
Kodocha doesn’t suffer from any those problems because the show knows how to, use each genre element in an appropriate manner. Speaking of the comedy the comedy in Kodocha is just amazing because not only they are funny and original but the execution and the timing for the jokes are flawless. Kodocha might be one of the funniest anime I have ever seen period.
The pacing of Kodocha is great for the most part. It knows hows to pace itself for certain arcs and scenes and too, be honest you will never get bored when watching this show.
If I have any complaints about the pacing I would say one of the arcs in the second half of the show was kinda draggy. I personally liked that arc in the term of character development of a certain character and heavy theme but some of the content that happens in that arc drags on way too, long for its own good. If you guys want to know what arc am talking about it’s the New York arc of season 2 and this was the weakest arc in the terms of pacing, length and at times content of not being that great for some viewers. At the end of the day, I consider those flaws to be minor nitpicks of mine.
Surprisingly Kodocha explores really hard-hitting themes and topics as child abuse, divorced parents, teenage pregnancy, homelessness, and adoption and those themes are explored in a very mature way too, the point they’re the viewer can sympathize with the characters. Also, when those themes are explored the show goes into a different tone that is suitable for those themes and this show knows too, use its tone correctly.
Story wise Kodocha is almost flawless.
Kodocha is an anime that will make you laugh, cry, happy and it will keep your edge too, your seats from to finish with great plot twists great and interesting arcs and good pacing.
Overall the story of Kodocha are wonderful and its one of the best coming of age stories I have ever seen.
Like with the story the characters of Kodocha are really great. Even better than the story at times.
Sana Kurata is an 11-year-old cute redheaded TV film star girl with an uncontrollably hyper and active personality.
Sana is just an amazing character. She starts off a simply uncontrollably hyper character with a lot of passion but as the series progresses she becomes an amazing multi-dimensional character with lots of emotion and depth. Sana is a perfect example of flawed charterer. She’s a character are who are not used too, emotions and tragic and every time when facing the reality of life, she will just sing a song so she can keep her positive outlook on life and upbeat attitude in intact. This obviously, later on, backfires on her because people will eventually exploit her flaw and Sana eventually has to face reality and understand people feelings.
This is why I love Sana much because are a very well written female lead that has substance and overall she is very enjoyable too, watch.
Overall Sana Kurata is an amazing character and she became one of my favorite female characters of all time.
Next up we have Akito. I personally really like this character Like Sana he is a multi-dimensional character who are realistically flawed in his own right. Not too, mention I really adored his character development from start to, finish. I honestly wish I can talk more about Akito but if I did it will be lead too, heavy spoilers and too, be honest with you all this are one of those anime you don’t want spoiled.
Overall Akito is an awesome character and he’s easily one of the best Shoujo main leads in anime
The rest of the characters are also really great and well fleshed out.
We got the level-headed Tsuyoushi, the charming, Naozumi the bizarre Misako too, the loyal Rei.
This character cast is now personally my favorite anime cast in a romcom anime. They are all really fun and likable too, watch and seeing them grow as people, interact with each other and dealing with romance issues are just great.
The only character I wasn’t a fan is Babbit. I will admit Babbitt are funny mascot character but sometimes he breaks the fourth wall a bit too, much for my liking.
Besides that, very minor nitpick I really adore this character cast and it now one of my favorite cast in any anime.
Visually Kodocha has surprisingly has aged well. Studio Gallop really did a great job on the charterers designs, character moment, and the backgrounds. It totally has aged well and for a 102 episode series that’s really impressive. One of the best-looking anime from the 90s in my opinion.
Oh, yeah I have no complaints with the visuals.
Like with the visuals the soundtrack is honestly great and well executed because for some reason there wasn’t a dull track whatsoever and all of the tracks fit the tone of the series perfectly. My favorite track from this Always is with you because I feel it adds the emotion and impact of the certain scenes. One of the best inserts songs I ever heard in my opinion
Both openings of Kodocha are really good catchy and they really fit the mood and the tone of the show. I personally prefer opening 2 over opening 1.
The ending themes, on the other hand, are kinda of a mixed bag. The first ending theme is very good and it gives that satisfying feel you finish a Kodocha Episode. Not too, mention it’s very catchy too, the eye.
The second ending, on the other hand, are honestly dull as hell and in my opinion, it kinda feels out-of-place. I honestly wished they keep using the first ending theme.
The third ending theme is good and it an improvement over second ending theme
Now for dub or sub.
Both are honestly amazing. All of the actors in both dub and sub really did a great performance in they roles.
If I have too, say what version is better. I would say the sub is better because one the voice quality is great and I really adored Shizue Oda as Sana more than Laura Bailey as Sana in English. Not to mention the dub cuts off after episode 51 due to poor DVD sales in America, as well as Funimation, dropping the license for the series in 2012
Overall the soundtrack is great, the openings were nice the ending themes were fine and both sub and dub are really good.
I absolutely adored this anime.
It has everything that I love about romcom. The story is amazing, has great pacing, wonderful theme exploration and its handled in the very mature way. great and well-developed characters that are relatable too, the viewer. Visuals that have aged well, a great soundtrack besides the second ending theme and great performances for both language.
I hardly have anything bad to say about Kodocha to be honest besides from the minor nitpicks that I have with the character mascot called babbitt and the New York arc being kinda weak in the terms of pacing and length. Even tho I personally enjoyed that arc in the terms of theme exploration and character development
Kodocha is a romcom anime done right and it’s not the best romcom anime I was seen but it’s now one of the best animes I have ever seen.
If you want too, a good romcom series with amazing characterisation, well-done romance and great theme exploration that are handled maturely. Go watch Kodocha. You won’t regret it.
I give Kodocha No Omocha (Kodocha) an 11/10. (Romcom anime done right)
This is one of this anime that goes break my scale beyond a 10 along with Cowboy Bebop, FMA 2003, Haikyuu Season Two and Wolf Children
Sadly, Kodocha hasn’t been licensed in the UK by any UK DVD studio but it was once available by Funmation in USA before going out of print.
I hope Kodocha gets re-licensed someday a new anime DVD distributor like MVM Entertainment or Anime Limited in the UK because this series really needs more attention as well as a Blu-Ray treatment along with Outlaw Star, Nadesico, and Bebop
Anyway, this was Shawn aka KurataTrigger and I will see you guys next time.