The Kabocha Wine (Theかぼちゃワイン, The Kabocha Wain, trans. The Pumpkin Wine) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Mitsuru Miura. It was serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine from 1981 to 1984. The Kabocha Wine received the 1983 Kodansha Manga Award for the shōnen category.
The sequel to the manga, The Kabocha Wine - Sequel (The かぼちゃワイン sequel, lit. "The Pumpkin Wine - Sequel") is a one-shot manga published by Seirindo on October 15, 2006.
The third series of the manga, The Kabocha Wine - Another (The♥かぼちゃワインAnother, lit. "The Pumpkin Wine - Another") is published by Akita Shoten.
It has been adapted into a 95 episode anime series by Toei Animation.
The sequel to the anime was in the form of an animated movie, called The Kabocha Wine: Nita no Aijou Monogatari (Ｔｈｅかぼちゃワイン ニタの愛情物語, The Pumpkin Wine: Nita's Love Story), which was released on July 14, 1984 by Toei Animation.
On October 26, 2007, wint released a DVD for the live-action movie adaptation of the third manga series, called The Kabocha Wine - Another (The かぼちゃワインAnother, lit. "The Pumpkin Wine - Another"). Directed by Hitoshi Ishikawa, the movie starred Yoko Kumada.
Shunsuke Aoba (青葉春助, Aoba Shunsuke) Voiced by: Toshio Furukawa
Shunsuke is the main character of the series.
Natsumi Asaoka (朝丘夏美, Asaoka Natsumi) (aka. L (Eru in Japanese phonetics)) Voiced by: Keiko Yokozawa
Natsumi is the female protagonist of the series. She is taller than Shunsuke.
The third series of the manga is published by Akita Shoten. As of April 2009, Akita Shoten has published six tankōbon of the manga.
Toei Animation broadcast the 95 episodes of The Kabocha Wine on TV Asahi between July 5, 1982 and August 27, 1984. The anime is also broadcast in French by Mangas and TF1. It is also broadcast in Italy on Europa 7 and Italia 7.
The anime uses three pieces of theme music. "L(Eru) wa Lovely" (Ｌはラブリー, L Wa Raburii) by Kumiko Kaori is the opening theme for the series. "The Nature of Aoba Shunsuke" (青葉春介、ザ・根性, Aoba Shunsuke The Konjou) by Toshio Furukawa is the first ending theme, while "Pumpkin Night" by Toshio Furukawa and Keiko Yokozawa is the second ending theme for the anime.
On September 27, 2006, wint released the first DVD box set for The Kabocha Wine. The box set contains the first 48 episodes over 8 DVDs, each with 6 episodes. On November 29, 2006, wint released the second DVD box set for The Kabocha Wine. The second DVD box contains eight DVDs spanning the episodes 49 to 95.
On March 21, 2007, Columbia Music Entertainment released an animation CD for The Kabocha Wine, called The Kabocha Wine Ongakushu. The songs were sung by Osamu Shouji.