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Cover of the first volume of Obatarian
Genre Comedy
Written by Katsuhiko Hotta
Published by Takeshobo
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Manga Life
Original run19881998
Volumes 13
Anime television film
Directed by Tetsurō Amino
Written by Shun'ichi Yukimuro, Toshiki Inoue
Music by Kohei Tanaka
Studio Sunrise
Original network TV Asahi
Released April 3, 1990
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Obatarian(Japanese:オバタリアン) is a yonkoma manga series by Katsuhiko Hotta which was published by Takeshobo in Manga Life from 1988 through 1998. An anime series was adapted from the manga in 1990 by Sunrise, which aired on TV Asahi. The title Obatarian (or Obattalion) is a Japanese buzzword from the late 1980s, created as a pun portmanteau of the Japanese word おば (oba, meaning "middle-aged woman") and the Japanese title (Battalion/バタリアン) of the 1985 zombie comedy movie The Return of the Living Dead .

Japanese is an East Asian language spoken by about 128 million people, primarily in Japan, where it is the national language. It is a member of the Japonic language family, and its relation to other languages, such as Korean, is debated. Japanese has been grouped with language families such as Ainu, Austroasiatic, and the now-discredited Altaic, but none of these proposals has gained widespread acceptance.

Yonkoma comic strip format

Yonkoma manga, a comic strip format, generally consists of gag comic strips within four panels of equal size ordered from top to bottom. Though the word yonkoma comes from the Japanese, the style also exists outside Japan in other Asian countries as well as in the English-speaking market.

Manga Comics or graphic novels created in Japan

Manga are comics or graphic novels created in Japan or by creators in the Japanese language, conforming to a style developed in Japan in the late 19th century. They have a long and complex pre-history in earlier Japanese art.

The series won the 1989 Bungeishunjū Manga Award. [1]

The Bungeishunjū Manga Award was an annual award established in 1955 and given out by Bungeishunjū in Japan for gag, yonkoma, one-panel, and satirical manga. The award was also given out for works considered the magnum opus of manga creators.

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