One of CLAMP's works, Kobato is a story about a young and naive girl, Kobato Hanato, who has a "mission": to fill a mysterious bottle with suffering in other people's hearts. However, she isn't entirely sure how to do that. Her only other help is Ioryogi, a little blue dog toy with a dirty mouth, bad manners and a liking for alcohol. She only has to take care not to fall in love with anyone she heals.
Kobato began serializing in Monthly Sunday Gene-X, but was moved to Monthly Newtype, starting over earlier in the story timeline though it has since forged into new storylines.
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- Anti-Hero: As it turns out, Okiura is not actually that much of a villain. It's revealed that he's playing the part of the villain to keep his father from getting involved. He still has genuine feelings for Sayaka.
- Balance Between Good and Evil: In the manga/anime, Heaven, Hell, and the Otherworld follow strict pact of nonaggression, with violators getting turned into stuffed animals.
- Big Bad: Okiura is the main antagonist, But he's really protecting Sayaka from the real villain, his father..
- Book Dumb: Subverted: Despite not being very street-smart (at all), Kobato does seem to understand the basics of how the world works, such as knowing what a prostitute is, but not realizing that's what others thought she was in the first chapter.
- The Cameo: Misaki, Tamayo and Ringo from Kidou Tenshi Angelic Layer; Toya and Clow Reed from Cardcaptor Sakura; Chitose, Chi (renamed as Chiho), Freya (renamed Chise), Ueda and Yumi from Chobits; Kakei, Kazahaya, and Rikuo from Drug & Drop; Primera from Magic Knight Rayearth; Hinata and Shiro from Suki: A Like Story; Usagi-san (as a costume) from Wish; Yuko, Watanuki, Himawari and the Lady Fortune Teller from ×××HOLiC. As expected from CLAMP. Ushagi-san appears as a messenger of god, just like he did in Wish, and both Kohaku and Shuichiro from the same manga are featured often.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Kobato mostly early on. Justified, since she has no memories and very little knowledge of the world.
- Crash-Into Hello: Kobato bumps into meeting both Takashi and some unnamed woman.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: Kobato keeps running into people and sometimes delicate objects.
- Dying Declaration of Love: Kobato. At the end when she starts to disappear, she confesses her love to Fujimoto.
- Everyone Can See It: Sayaka often teases Fujimoto about having some kind of affection for Kobato. Doumoto even said that she seemed to be "very important to him".
- Expy: Kobato and Fujimoto look disturbingly like older, longer-haired versions of respectively Sakura and Syaoran from Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-. With major personality changes.
- Flanderization: In the anime, Kobato can come off as more stupid rather than naive, and Fujimoto's even more jerkass than in the manga.
- Genki Girl: Kobato is quite enthusiastic and energetic at times.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Okiura's Father, that is the boss of the recurring main antagonist Okiura, and the true villain.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Okiura's justification for closing down the nursery, since he wanted to protect Sayaka from his father.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Is there anyone in the manga who doesn't claim this at some point?
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
- Fujimoto, for all his bluster, is honestly concerned about Sayaka, even to the point of juggling multiple jobs for her.
- Ioryogi. He constantly punishes and yells at Kobato, but secretly cares for her very much.
- Mysterious Past: Setting the other characters' pasts aside, even Kobato's past and reasons for her "mission" is unknown.
- Nice Hat: Kobato is always wearing some hat or another, with hints in that something will happen should she remove it.
- Perpetual Poverty: Kobato has very few belongings.
- Rage Against the Heavens: In the manga/anime, it's mentioned that Ioryogi's current form is punishment for trying to start a war with Heaven. It's never stated why, but it's implied he did it for love. In recent chapters of the manga, it is confirmed that he started the war to obtain an angel he loved.
- Rapunzel Hair: Kobato has very long hair that she does in a couple different ways, including twin braids.
- Rescue Romance: Fujimoto saves Kobato from a Dirty Old Man the first time they meet, and sure enough, there is a romance between them.
- That Came Out Wrong: When Kobato attempts to heal others by asking them point-blank 'Please let me heal you!'. This either labeled her as a weirdo or, by one man, a prostitute.
- Work Off the Debt: Fujimoto is working not for himself, but instead to alleviate Sayaka's debt.