Cover of the first volume of Obatarian
Genre Comedy
Written by Katsuhiko Hotta
Published by Takeshobo
Magazine Manga Life
Original run 19881998
Volumes 13
Anime television film
Directed by Tetsurō Amino
Written by Shun'ichi Yukimuro, Toshiki Inoue
Music by Kohei Tanaka
Studio Sunrise
Network TV Asahi
Released April 3, 1990

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.

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


  1. "文藝春秋漫画賞". Comic Lab. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
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