Kogepan is a San-X character created in (year). He appears as a burnt red bean bread bun, and lives in a bakery whilst trying to find friends out of other bread items. His name comes from kogeru, meaning to burn or char; and pan, a gairaigo word taken from Portuguese and meaning bread.

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Kogepan's StoryEdit

I am Kogepan. I was from a bakery shop in Hokkaido. My bakery shop is very famous in Japan because the red bead buns that it churns out are so delicious that only 20 of such type are made each day. I was supposed to be a delicious red bean bun too, but an unfortunate accident had  happened...

On the day I was supposed to be brought into the oven, I was thrilled because the moment has finally arrived for me to become what most breads have always wanted to be - a high quality red bean bread.

As I continue to ponder on that, I began to giggle in excitement.

When the baker began to take me and my friends out from the oven, I was ecstatic because everything had went smoothly. However, my happiness is somehow short-lived when the baker accidentally tilted the pan and...

And I fell back into the oven and disappeared into a cloud of smoke. I looked around for my friends but they were not there. I was very afraid.

I was getting cooked again and there was a burnt smell seeping out from me. I thought to myself "Somebody please come and save me!"

Nobody noticed that I was missing and I waited in the oven for another 30 minutes. My skin was no longer a golden color and had turned dark brown. I smelt awful.

Finally, the baker saw me and took me out from the oven, but he did not place me back on the shelves where the other red bean buns were.

I am a burnt bread and certainly, nobody wants to buy me. I felt lonely and upset. I thought to myself that my life as a bread was very meaningless. I was so delusional that my eyes turned white. 

The other red bean buns always mock at me, calling me awful names. The baker did not even pay attention to me at all. I think the whole world hates me. 

I decided to run away from home. Nobody will care anyway. I shall run to a place where nobody exists and nobody will make fun of me.

I spent most of my time smoking and drinking milk as beer. I became very depressed and pessimistic.

After a few days, I finally came to my senses, and decided not to live my life like this anymore. The bakery is still my home after all.

Back at the bakery I decided to read a book titled "How to become a delicious bread" to improve myself. I believed that if I continue to work hard, I will eventually attain my dream of becoming a delicious red bean bun.

But every time I see the other red bean buns I lose hope and become jealous again. I always lecture them about the life of being a bread and because of that, all of them were afraid of me.

Other Kogepan CharactersEdit

  • Kuriimupan
  • Kireipan
  • Sumipan
  • Ichigopan

Anime SeriesEdit

Kogepan has his own anime series, animated by Studio Pierrot and produced by Pony Canyon. They consist of 10, 4 minute shorts, the majority of which introduce simple aspects of this character.

Kogepan Episodes on YouTube: Kogepan Episode Playlist


Thre have been a total of 3 picture books written and published in the Kogepan series, written and drawn by Takahashi Miki. These are:

  • Kogepan: Even Among Bread, They Meet One Another (こげぱん:パンにも出会いがあるらしい..)
  • Kogepan: Even Among Bread, There Are Many Kinds (こげぱん:パンにもいろいろあるらしい..)
  • Kogepan: What Is the Happiness of Bread? (こげぱん:パンのしあわせってなんだろう...)

Fun FactsEdit

  • Happiness for him is always short-lived, so he has the tendency to get drunk on milk.