Kobato is CLAMP’s 23rd manga series that ran in Monthly Sunday Gene X and then Newtype from 2005 to 2011. It even had a run in Newtype USA up to the folding of the publication. A stand alone story set in the dimensions of CLAMP, Kobato includes a rewarding love story yet leaves a lot of unanswered questions.
The Gist: Kobato Hinato is a young girl who wishes to return somewhere. She must collect the healed hearts of others in her environment and fill up a bottle for a her wish to be granted. A stuffed dog with the soul of a person known as Iorogi is her only companion. As Kobato interacts more with the people in her dimension, she becomes involved in working for a kindergarten, and eventually falls in love. But the time to fill up the bottle is running out, and what wish is Kobato really trying to grant?
While Kobato is delightful to read, it lacks the polished feel of some of CLAMP’s more developed series.