Kogepan (こげぱん, Kogepan?)
is a Japanese character from the company San-X, who, like Sanrio creations Hello Kitty and Badtz Maru, can be found in books, anime, toys, stationery, and a number of other formats. The character is a burnt red bean bread bun who lives in a panya
(Japanese bakery), trying to fit in and make friends with the other bread items. The name comes from kogeru
, meaning to burn or char, and pan
, a gairaigo
word taken from Portuguese and meaning bread.
There are a number of other characters (breads) in the panya
with Kogepan, including ichigopan
(strawberry bread), kireipan
(beautiful bread), kuriimupan
(a burnt cream bread), and Sumipan, a bread even more burnt than Kogepan.
The anime series, animated by Studio Pierrot and produced by Pony Canyon, consisted of ten 4-minute shorts, the majority of which introduce simple aspects of the character.
There have been three children's picture books published in the Kogepan series, written & drawn by Takahashi Miki: