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Shimajirō Shimano

VA: Omi Minami(Jp); Michelle Ruff(En-US)
A yellow tiger cub, who serves as the protagonist of the anime.
  • Black Bead Eyes: Shimajiro's eyes are just that. This appears to be the case for the entire Shimano family.
  • Bad Liar: Shimajiro’s eyebrows will start twitching uncontrollably whenever he tries to tell a lie. However he eventually figures out a workaround for it.
  • Costume Evolution: Changed wardrobe no less than 5 times, although it can be neatly categorized into two phases- the jumpsuit phase, which he wears a shirt and jumpsuit, and the modern phase which happened sometime early in The New '10s, where he trades the jumpsuit in for more trendy T-shirts and shorts.
  • Cheerful Child: He does have a full range of emotions, but he usually puts up a cheerful demeanor in front of his friends.
  • Cosmetic Catastrophe: In the episode where he cross-dresses to humor Hana's wish for an older sister, he decides to take things further by applying his mom's makeup. It did not end well and frightened Hana into tears instead.
  • Disguised in Drag: In two episodes of Shimajirō no Wao!, he has cross-dressed as a girl, for different reasons in both instances.
    • In one episode, he does this because after neglecting Hana at the playground, Hana throws a tantrum claiming that she wants a big sister and not a big brother instead. He ends up dressed in Mimirin's clothes and learning girl mannerisms. It works a little too well on Torippi when they bump into each other.
    • In a later episode, he and Torippi both dressed as girls because they wanted to take part in a Hinamatsurinote  party Mimirin was hosting and they both had to dress as girls to attend it. He uses the same outfit he used while dressing as a big sister for Hana.
  • Keet: He's a very excitable, outgoing little boy.
  • Meaningful Name: Shima means 'stripes', befitting a tiger
  • Mr. Imagination: Shimajiro sometimes lets his daydreams get the better of him.
  • Nice Guy: Shimajiro is always willing to help his family and friends in time of need.
  • Stock "Yuck!": Shimajiro dislikes green peppers, which is sensible given that children tend to dislike spicy food.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Shimajiro likes donuts. This is often highlighted in the Japanese version of the show.

Mimi-Lynne/Mimirin Midorihara

VA: Miki Takahashi(Jp); Stephanie Sheh(En-US)
A white rabbit with black tips on her ears, and the first friend Shimajiro made.
  • Best Friend: As the first friend Shimajiro made, earliest series and learning materials indicated she was his best friend. However, promotional material for more recent series seems to suggest that Flappie has since become Shimajiro's best friend, though he is still close friends with Mimi-Lynne.
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: She is a Japanese snow rabbit (white rabbit with black ear tips), and she’s one of the cutest characters on the show.
  • Cosmetic Catastrophe: In one episode of the anime, Renge (Mimirin’s mom) reveals that Mimirin had been caught red-handed messing with her make-up once. And the end result is also nothing short of this trope.
  • Costume Evolution: Her outfit has changed twice since her introduction in 1993 (with several other insignificant changes inbetween). Starting out with a red flower on her ear and yellow puffy shirt on red overalls, she had a transitional period early in The New '10s where she trades the red flower and overalls in for a pink ribbon and full pink polka-dotted dress before switching again to her current outfit. Her current outfit is a pink coat over a grey polka-dotted dress and a pink ribbon.
  • Dub Name Change: A minor one, Mimirin was changed to Mimi-Lynne to ease the pronunciation of her name by westerners.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Has a plush rabbit named Miss Bunny-Lynne.
  • Lost in Translation: The word pun of Mimirin's name note  does not translate into English.
  • Meaningful Name: As noted above, Mimi is the Japanese word for Ears and the name highlights her large rabbit ears.
  • Skintone Sclerae: a unique case. Due to her being a white rabbit, Mimirin's fur color makes it appear to be this case. The plushes does try to give her sclera a slightly brighter white color by embroidering brighter nylon threads, but the anime abuses this to save animation costs.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Given that she’s an only child in the entire family.
  • Stock "Yuck!": Mimirin dislikes carrots, which at first glance is a Violation of Common Sense given that she is a rabbit, but digging deeper, makes sense as carrots are harmful to rabbits if fed in large quantities.
  • Tragic Keepsake: For a certain value of tragic. The ribbon she wears since the start of the Shimajiro no Wao! retool was a gift from Ramurin before she was Put On The Bus and was never seen again since 2013.
  • Third-Person Person: In the original Japanese version of the show, Mimirin has a tendency to refer to herself by name.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Nikki/Ramurin's Tomboy.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Shortcakes, especially Strawberry ones.
  • White Bunny: Is mostly white in color although she does have black ear tips in line with most Japanese snow rabbits.

Flappie/Torippi Sorano

A green parakeet.
  • Best Friend: Character profiles in later promotional materials suggest that Shimajiro considers Flappie his best friend.
  • Dub Name Change: His name is changed from Torippi to Flappie in the English dub.
  • It Runs in the Family: His whole family are loud and boisterous; it's easy to see where he gets it from.
  • Keet: He's even more excitable than Shimajiro.
  • Kids Prefer Boxes: Has the tendency to build elaborate costumes of anything out of cardboard boxes.
  • Meaningful Name: Tori is the japanese word for bird. Likewise, Sora means sky, highlighting his ability of flight.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: While everyone on the show can communicate normally with other anthropomorphic animal, Torippi and his dad are the only ones shown to be able to communicate with the zoomorphic birds on the island.
  • Third-Person Person: In the original Japanese version of the show. While more conserved in this trope than Mimirin/Mimi-Lynne in that he never refers to himself in the third person when talking normally, he does revert to this sometimes, usually when perplexed or over excited.
  • Toothy Bird: Torippi is sometimes shown to have a nice set of pearly whites inside his beak.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: There's no food he loves more than takoyaki (referred to in the English dub as "octopus pancake puffs").

Ramurin Makiba

VA: Saori Sugimoto(Jp)
A pink lamb.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Ramurin comes in an unusual shade of pink.
  • Put on a Bus: At the end of Shimajiro Hesoka, Ramurin leaves Challenge Island, the official residence of the main characters, and emigrates to France with her family, meaning she'll no longer appear in the franchise past that point. Ramurin was later replaced with Nikki.
  • Team Mom: She was the most level-headed of Shimajiro's friendship group.
  • Skintone Sclerae: Ramurin's Sclera are pink, blending into her wool.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: She was the Tomboy to Mimi Lynne's Girly Girl.

Nikki/Nyakkii Momoyama

VA: Saori Sugimoto(Jp, 2013-2017, 2019++), Masami Suzuki(Jp, 2018); Tara Sands(En-US)
A pink kitten, who serves as a replacement for Ramurin.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Nikki comes in an unusual shade of pink.
  • Cute Kitten: She's an anthropomorphic pink kitten.
  • Disappeared Dad: In the 2020 movie, where it was revealed that her dad is alive and is simply working on a different island and living on his own. Whether there was a divorce involved was never mentioned however.
  • Dub Name Change: Her name changed to Nikki when the show was dubbed into English.
  • Lost in Translation: The word pun of her name (nya being the Japanese approximate onomatopoeia of a cat's meow) is lost after the Dub Name Change.
  • Genki Girl: She's extremely energetic and has been seen doing things like running at very fast speeds and parkouring up walls.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Nikki is usually a boy's name (see Nikki Sixx, it's usually a deviant shorthand of Nicholas)
  • It Runs in the Family: Nyakkii's mom is equally energetic and athletic like Nyakkii and her brother are (in one episode, we see that her top running speed matches that of Nyakkii, she has no issues parkouring up walls just like Nyakkii, and her stamina even surpasses that of Nyakkii's). And well, her grandma used to be in a rock band...
  • Skintone Sclerae: Nyakki's Sclera are flesh-colored like most of her face.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Nikki was introduced to the series shortly after Ramurin's departure. They are all but interchangeable as characters in the franchise; they have very similar personalities (in spite of different hobbies) and serve the same role in the story.note 
    • Nikki seems to be a deliberate example of this trope; Word of God revealed that the primary reason Ramurin was phased out and Nikki replaced her was to represent a child with a single mother, a family demographic increasingly commonplace internationally. note 
  • Team Mom: She is the most mature and level-headed of Shimajiro's friendship group, with the other three seeing her as like a big sister (despite being the same age).
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to Mimi Lynne's Girly Girl.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: She has a crippling fear of crows after a bad run-in with one, and she's afraid of turtles.
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     Shimajiro's Family  

Common tropes

Mr. Shimasaimo Shimano

Shimajiro's ancestor. The one of the first people to set foot on Challenge Island and one of the founding inhabitants.

Shimao, Shimara, Shimasuke Shimano, and his many other cousins.

Shimajiro's cousins who live all over the island.
  • Palette Swap: The boys are basically palette swaps of Shimajiro while the girls are palette swaps of Hana.
  • Only Six Faces: The boys are identical to Shimajiro bar different colored shirts. The girls in the other hand are identical to Hana except different colored shirts.

Shimakichi Shimano

VA: Takashi Nagasako(Jp); David Cooley(En-US)
Shimajiro's grandpa, who runs a farm at a village that's a considerable distance from town.

Sumire Shimano

VA: Nozomi Takatsuki(Jp)
Shimajiro's grandma. Helps Shimajiro's grandpa out at the farm. Apparently a little frail given that she has been hospitalized in a few episodes.

Mrs. Sakura Shimano

VA: Kikuko Inoue(Jp); Rena Strober(En-US)
Shimajiro's mom. Housewife.
  • Good Parents: In a show that focuses on young children and their families, no wonder she's portrayed as one. That didn't stop her from almost losing it several times in the series tho (where she's shown chasing Shimajiro with the implications that spanking will ensue if he's caught), and in one instance where she did lose it, she almost slaps Shimajiro but stopped in time by a more level-headed adult (although the scene was edited out of later revisions of the English dub of the episode). Then again, in East Asia, spanking is still acceptable practice for disciplinary actions.
  • Mama Bear: She's usually reserved and understanding albeit being a little too strict. But threaten to harm Shimajiro or Hannah and you'll be on the receiving end of a world of hurt.

Mr. Shimatarō Shimano

VA: Chafurin (Hirotaka Shimazawa)(Jp); Michael Pizzuto(En-US)
Shimajiro's dad. Works as a postman for the local post office.
  • Big Fun: Has a huge body build. "Big boned" barely describes it. And we do mean huge, in one episode he's seen prodding away at a smartphone and that thing is tiny in his paws.
  • Bumbling Dad: Mild example. He's a responsible, hard-working husband, he also knows many things, but when he's around his kids and wife, he often acts dorky.
  • Doting Parent: He seems less strict and more easygoing than his wife (who even then is not exactly strict).
  • Formerly Fit: One of his focus episode shows a photograph of him when he and Mrs Shimano were dating, he was very slim compared to his current weight
  • One-Note Cook: He can cook pancakes... And only pancakes. When it comes to cooking anything else (for example, in one instance he has to prepare Shimajiro's lunch bento because Shimajiro's grandma had been admitted to hospital and Shimajiro's mom has to go watch over her), the result are either slightly burnt, bland looking, bland tasting, or all of the above.

Hannah/Hana Shimano

VA: Miki Takahashi(Jp); Valeria Zunzun(En-US)

  • Daddy's Girl: Mr. Shimano is especially close to her. In one episode where Hana suddenly says she doesn't like him anymorenote , he immediately has a psychological meltdown which sets off the plot of that episode.
  • Little Brother Is Watching: Side materials indicate that she really looks up to Shimajiro.

     Supporting Classmates 

Boota/Buuta Tonda

VA: Akiko Toda(Jp); Constance Parng(En-US)
A piglet.
  • Meaningful Name: Buuta is a variant of the Japanese word for pig, buta.
  • Put On The Bus: According to The Other Wiki, he was wrote off the show in 2016 with his family moving to another island. note 

Kanta Kabayama

VA: Yu Maruyama(Jp)
A young hippo.
  • Butt-Monkey: When he’s made the Designated Villain with Zouta and Buuta, he’s the one on the receiving end of the karma for their misadventures. For example when Zouta and Buuta challenged Nyakkii, Torippi and Shimajiro to three-on-three dodgeball and drags him in to be the third player, the ball ends up stuck in his large mouth after Nyakkii throws it really hard.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: Despite being part of Buuta and Zouta's gang, he is docile and doesn't act tough like Zouta or Buuta, he gushes over zoomorphic animals, and even openly cried when he thought his pet turtle had died.
  • Species Surname: Kaba is the Japanese word for Hippopotamus

Kento Koshiba

A cream-colored puppy.

Kikko Hayashida

VA: Mai Hirano(Jp)
A fox cub.
  • Cunning Like a Fox: Well, she is a fox cub.
  • Large Ham: As seen in the episode The Two Princesses, her voice really has the strength to ham up sounding evil while playing a witch in the class play.

Kirinta Kusano

VA: Maina Shimagata(Jp); Reba Buhr(En-US)
A young giraffe.
  • Meaningful Name: kirin is the Japanese word for giraffe.note 
  • Rated M for Manly: He looks up to the only police officer on the island and is usually seen playing male-dominant sports and practicing martial arts.

Kumakkii Mashiro

VA: Akiko Toda(Jp)
A white polar bear cub. Introduced several episodes after Buuta's departure.
  • Contrasting Replacement Character: Kumakkii was created to replace Buuta which was put on a bus around 23 episodes prior. However, instead of filling the void in Zouta's gang, they went with a character with a completely different personality and gender who joined Mimirin's satellite clique instead.
  • Meaningful Name: Kuma means bear in Japanese. And of course she's white (shiro) in color.
  • Skintone Sclerae: Like Mimirin, she’s a unique case in that her fur color is white, and thus her eyes looks like this case.

Mary-Lynne/Marurin Sasaki

VA: Aki Toyosaki(Jp)
A panda cub.

Monta Kimura

Megumi Soukawa(Jp)
A young monkey.

Sakurako Koinuma

VA: Yu Maruyama(Jp)
A brown puppy. Said to have an older brother who have yet to appear in the anime series.

Tamasaburo Hyodo

VA: Naomi Nagasawa(Jp)
A grey leopard cub

Zota/Zouta Ikeno

VA: Aki Sasamori(Jp)

A young elephant.


     Family members of supporting cast 

The Midorihara family

Reneé/Renge Midorihara

Mimirin's mother. Helps Mimirin's dad run the flower shop.

Sota Midorihara

VA: Satoshi Shimada(Jp); Christian Banas(En-US)
Mimirin's father. Runs the town flower shop. Was previously a firefighter on the island fire department until he had saved up enough to buy a empty shop lot and start his flower shop business.
  • Bumbling Dad: He tends to act like a complete dork around Mimirin and panics when Mimirin is unhappy.
  • Stock "Yuck!": Sora has a not-so-secret dislike for asparagus.

The Momoyama family

Nene Momoyama

VA: Akemi Obata(Jp)
Nyakki's mom. Works for a local publishing company.
  • Glamorous Single Mother: Despite being single, she still holds a position at the local publishing company that pays enough to comfortably feed two kids. Probably justified in that they also live with Nyakkii’s grandmother, who is a former rock star and probably has a good amount of pension money saved up. Additionally, with the reveal that Nyakkii's dad is alive and well but working and living on a different island, he could be wiring money home to help them out as well.

Niisuke Momoyama

VA: Chisa Yuki(Jp)
Nyakki's older brother.

Yoriko Momoyama

Nyakki's grandma. Previously a rockstar who performed in a band with Granny Mei and Michiyo Sorano.

The Sasaki family

Maruta Sasaki

VA: Yuji Ueda(Jp)
Marurin's father. Runs the town bakery.

Sasako Sasaki

VA: Sachiko Kojima(Jp)
Marurin's mother. Runs the town bakery alongside Maruta.

The Sorano family

Kanae Sorano

VA: Mami Horikoshi(Jp)
Torippi's mother. Chairman of the neighborhood association.

Michiyo Sorano

VA: Sayuri Yamauchi(Jp, 1993-2012), Hiroko Nishi(Jp, 2013++)
Torippi's grandma. Previously performed in a band with Granny Mei and Yoriko Momoyama. Still performs at the town senior community center from time to time.
  • The Other Marty: Sayuri Yamaguchi was replaced by Hiroko Nishi after the former passed away from cancer in 2012.

Torigorō Sorano

VA: Eiji Ito(Jp)
Torippi's father. Runs the town electrical goods shop as well as performs electrical wiring work, and even construction work and miscellaneous handiwork for the town.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite his shortcomings, he's extremely apt at handiwork (he can build a fancy bench and birdhouse in a matter of minutes) and salesmanship (in an episode where Shimajiro’s school holds a fake fair, he demonstrates his skills and actually turned the fortunes of various stalls in Shimajiro’s classroom).
  • Manchild: You know you have one on your hands when he fights with his own son over some hackey sacks, just because he also wants to play with them. And one time he was totally distracted by a video game console he was selling in his own store.
  • The Idiot from Osaka: implied to be one- he has a somewhat short temper, excels at singing Enka (a traditional Japanese song genre), is stubborn to a degree, and behaves like a Man-child. And like his son Torippi, his favorite food is takoyaki, a street food that originated from Osaka.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: While everyone on the show can communicate normally with other anthropomorphic animal, Torippi and his dad are the only ones shown to be able to communicate with the zoomorphic birds on the island.

Toto, Rita/Riri and Peppa/Pipi Sorano

VA:
Toto, Pipi: Takumi Yamazaki(Jp)
Riri: Omi Minami(Jp)
Torippi's siblings. Unidentical triplets. Toto and Pipi are boys while Riri is a girl.
  • No Indoor Voice: Toto's so loud that when he wails, he practically wails out a windstorm.

Kankichi Kabayama

VA: Nobuo Tobita(Jp)

Kanta's father. Owns a dental clinic in town and also volunteers as a doctor at the town hospital.


The Makiba family

Masai Makiba

Ramurin's dad. An aspiring artist and book illustrator, he got a job offer which requires him to move to France, which he accepted.


  • Put on a Bus: At the end of Shimajiro Hesoka, he and his entire family migrates to France.

Yumeko Makiba

Ramurin's mom. A pianist. Moved to France along with her husband and daughter.


  • Put on a Bus: At the end of Shimajiro Hesoka, she migrates to France with her husband and daughter.

Madoka Hyodo

Tamasaburo's mom.


     Other kids 

The Black Cat Brothers - Dot, Karakusa and Paisley

VA:
Dot: Satoshi Shimada
Karakusa: Nobuo Tobita
Paisley: Shinobu Adachi

The closest the series had to antagonists, these three cats serve as mild bullies for Shimajiro and gang.


  • Cats Are Mean: they're technically the closest thing Shima Shima Tora no Shimajiro had to antagonists.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: They were thrown into a bus and never seen again when the show transitioned from Shima Shima Tora no Shimajiro to Hakken Taiken Daisuki! Shimajiro.
  • Cute Kitten: nonetheless, they are cute.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Dot is typically a girl's name, shorthand for Dorothy. Make no mistake, the three cats are boys.

Pontarō

A tanuki character. Born to a rich family and somewhat spoiled, but he isn't mean to Shimajiro and company. Does not attend the same class as Shimajiro.


     Other Adult Characters 

Hitsujii

VA: Mitsuru Ogata(Jp); Lucien Dodge(En-US)

A ram, he is a butler that serves Pontarō.


Mr. Roarson/Mr. Leonard Gaogao III

VA: Minoru Inaba(Jp); Todd Haberkorn(En-US)

Another lion, he is an inventor introduced late in the series' run.


  • Dub Name Change: The English dub changes his name to Mr. Roarson because Gaogao sounds like gibberish in English.
  • Mad Scientist: Over half of his inventions do not work as intended. Some of them even crosses into Gone Horribly Wrong category note , or worse, Gone Horribly Rightnote 
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Appears to be extremely proficient in robotics, engineering, chemistry, biology, astronomy and physics.

Officer Lion/Lion Police

The head of the police in Challenge Island.


  • A Dog Named "Dog": His given name is just Officer Lion. Nothing further has been revealed. Which says nothing about his name on the side materials in original Japanese.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The side materials just lists his name as Lion Police, in Katakana.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: why does the police station have a sign of a pair of hands lifting a dumbell, a sign more suited for a gym?

Granny Mei

VA: Yoko Soumi(Jp)

Old goat lady, has a short temper. Once accidentally embarrassed Shimajiro by lecturing his father in front of him and Torippi. Ardent collector of antique toys and tchotchkes stereotypical of old ladies. Had a son that ran away from home. Used to be in a band with Nyakki's and Torippi's grandmas, but is now quite frail compared to the other two (although a later episode shows that she is potentially suffering from clinical depression, probably due to memories of her estranged son haunting her, as she is shown to still have a lot of energy when she’s magically made happy by a spell Shimajiro cast on her).


Richard

Dog character, appears to be of poodle breed who appears in the series from time to time. Gaogao's associate and apparently, his primary sponsor. Pretty much the show's portrayal of a gaijin, ie a western foreigner who moved to Challenge Island. Otherwise works as a tour guide on a cruise ship turned museum. Could not speak Japanese at all when introduced. Still peppers his speech with Gratuitous English. Threw out his childhood plush penguin which was eventually adopted by Granny Mei.

In the English dub, he was changed into an immigrant from France and given a French accent.

The Chinese dub apparently takes the Middle route- he's an immigrant from France but speaks English with a French accent (but without the Gratuitous French) because English is an international language.


Mr. Sei

VA: Toshitsugu Takashina(Jp)

A walrus, runs the local grocer. Intimidating and speaks in a brash fashion, but is actually a kind-hearted and friendly guy once he opens up.


  • Meaningful Name: Sei is the first syllable of seiuchi, which is the word for walrus in Japanese.

Ms. Tamako

VA: Kumi Yamakado(Jp, 2008-2010), Tomoka Kuzutani(Jp, 2011++)

A cat, in-universe she is the author of several children's books. She moved to Challenge Island in search of inspiration and ideas.


Teachers

Miss Inuko

VA: Megumi Soukawa(Jp)

Shimajiro's other teacher, appears to be in charge of Phys Ed. and Music class.


Miss Shikako Shikano

VA: Chinatsu Akasaki(Jp); Katie Leigh(En-US)

Shimajiro's homeroom class teacher.


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