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For the physicist, see Makoto Kobayashi (physicist).
Makoto Kobayashi
Born May 13, 1958
Niigata, Niigata Prefecture
Occupation Mangaka
Nationality Japanese
Period 1978 to present
Genres fiction
Subjects manga

Makoto Kobayashi (born May 13, 1958) is a manga artist that is best known for his unusual drawing style. His earliest work is Grapple Three Brothers, which won the Shounen magazine New manga artist award.[1] He has twice won the Kodansha Manga Award, for Sanshiro of 1, 2 in 1981 and What's Michael? in 1986.[2]

One of his most well known manga is What's Michael?, a manga about a curious orange cat and his many adventures.



  • Grapple Three Brothers
  • Sanshirō of 1, 2
  • Judo Bu Monogatari
  • I am Makkoi
  • Club 9 (Miss Hello)
  • Gaburin
  • Chichonmanchi (Hell of Love & Ecstasy)
  • What's Michael?
  • Stairway to Heaven


  • Judo Bu Monogatari OAV
  • What's Michael? OAV
  • What's Michael? 2 OAV
  • What's Michael? TV
  • The World of the Talisman OAV


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  • Makoto Kobayashi has often parodied himself as well as his works in many of his manga, one of the most visible of which is in Club 9, where he is actually a character.
  • Many have drawn similarities between What's Michael? and Garfield, both being orange tabbies with a penchant for mischief.


  1. "Comic Creator: Makoto Kobayashi". Retrieved 2006-11-11. 
  2. Joel Hahn. "Kodansha Manga Awards". Comic Book Awards Almanac. Retrieved 2007-08-21. 

External links

ko:고바야시 마코토 (만화가) th:มาโกโตะ โคบายาชิ (นักวาดการ์ตูน) zh:小林誠 (漫畫家)