Sweet and naïve Hanato Kobato came to Earth on a mission to collect and fill a bottle with “konpeito,” which appear after healing a person’s heart that is suffering. Kobato collects these because it is her wish to go to a certain place. Despite her strangeness, Kobato turns out to be well-suited for this mission as her heartfelt sincerity in helping others earns her the love and admiration of everyone she meets. However, she is not allowed to fall in love with anyone whose heart she heals. – My Anime List
Based on 9 review scores:
Not my favorite anime ever, but really high up there now. I loved nearly every minute of this series.
There isn’t too much more to say about the show without spoilers, but yeah. A lot of the show is definitely character progression and development, but it also has its own plots that are quite interesting. For the first fourth of the show, each episode is mainly just about a random person whose heart is healed by Kobato by the end of the episode. After that, though, most of the heart-healing is done inbetween the episodes. The rest of the episodes are then mainly character development and such. The thing about those kind of episodes, is that they’re really a hit or a miss. Some shows that have them are just plain boring and you wonder why they’re taking time away from the main plot, whereas on the other hand some shows will have these kinds of episodes being your favorites. None of Kobato’s episodes ever feel like “filler” (at least for me), and are fun to watch. Of course as I said, there are also some interesting plots in the show; the main one being about a shady figure who seems to desire Yomogi Nursery’s complete and utter destruction…
Kobato’s story is very simple, but it has really proven that it’s in no way a disadvantage. Due to its simple plot it had all of the time it needed to properly tell the story that it wanted to do. the ending is wonderfully un-rushed, and provides an amazing conclusion to the series that made optimal use of the time it spent on building up. This isn’t a series for people who dislike overdramatic-ish series due to the soppy parts, but this series’ second half hit all of the right buttons for me.
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Overall, Kobato is a good watch, but has flaws as mentioned. Some people may complain about the slowness and then the complicated plot towards the end, but nevertheless, shouldn’t really write it off so quickly. What the content has shown in the anime pretty much shown that it’s somewhat rushed since it only had 24 episodes, but if it was a bit longer and there was more manga content to work with, I think it would have done a little better. Anyways, if you still want more after this, read the manga. I’m pretty sure that the manga ending is going to be different from the Anime since of length constraints and allow for a bit more in depth storytelling.
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Overall I found Kobato to be a rewarding and wonderful viewing experience. If you like cute and adorable things, CLAMP, light hearted and touching stories with a hint of romance; then Kobato should be high on your list. If you really dislike moe or need action to be entertained than this is something you should stay away from. While it may not go down as an all-time classic, Kobato will leave you with a smile.
Easily the most heartwarming anime series. Not as tissue-depleting as Clannad or Elfen Lied, but enough to make your eyes at least a bit glossy. The characters are charming and attractive, the story keeps your peaked and wondering if Kobato will get her wish, and the animation is soft. On top of that, the opening theme song is one of the most uplifting “good morning” songs you could ever wanna achieve your dreams with. Seriously guys, it’s one of the best you’ll ever see and will leave you smiling at the end.
At first, I thought this was going to be a light hearted romantic comedy anime, something I’d easily forget. But as it neared the end, I found myself begging for this and that (not going to give anything away), and I was sad to see it end. I love this anime. The characters are realistic as they all have some flaws, the story is funny and easy to keep up with, it holds your interest without overloading you with plot twists, and even though this isn’t some huge epic as many of the animes I watch are, I still enjoyed it. I recommend this for people who liked Cardcaptor Sakura or Elemental Gelade. Hope you guys enjoyed it as much as I did!
The Nihon Review
I started Kobato expecting a shallow, unfinished story with another clueless heroine. Yes, Kobato is not the brightest bulb, but her genuine passion towards helping others draws you into her life of collecting healed hearts. The overall plot and story are not overly complicated, nor are there any surprises that leave you dying to watch more. Kobato is simply an anime that tells the tale of a young girl and what her wish is, how she gets there and who she influences along the way. I believe that given its genre and setup, this story proves to be unique and memorable in its own right.