The manga won the 1998 Kodansha Manga Award for shōjo.
Sana Kurata is a cheerful, popular and energetic 11-year-old child actress who enrolls in a regular school only to find out there is chaos in the classroom, led mainly by an aloof boy named Akito Hayama.
However, she soon learns that there is more to Akito than it seems.
Her biological mother abandoned her after her birth and was found by Misako who then adopted her.
Sana learned this when she is five years old but doesn't say anything until her mother publishes a book about it.
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, also known as Kodocha for short, is a manga series by Miho Obana. An anime television series was created by Studio Gallop and NAS and broadcast on TV Tokyo every Friday from April 5, 1996 to March 27, 1998. Staff and released on December 16, 1995 by Shueisha under their Ribon Video label.In 2002, the manga was published in North America in English by Tokyopop as Kodocha: Sana's Stage.In 2006, Tokyopop lost the license to the manga, leaving it out of print.In 2005, the first half of the anime series was licensed for North American distribution by Funimation Entertainment and has been released on DVD.Both the manga and anime have been well received by publications for different media for the character interactions and the comedy.