Find out what some of your favourite seiyuus wished for this Tanabata at Shirokuma Cafe!
Title: Polar Bear’s Cafe (Shirokuma Cafe しろくまカフェ)
Date: 5 April 2012
Genre: Comedy, slice-of-life, fantasy
Rating: Highly recommended. This is a seiyuu-phile’s dream! And for any one who likes animals.
Official site: http://shirokumacafe.jp
Based on a Japanese manga series by Higa Aloha ヒガ アロハ. It revolves around the everyday lives of a group of animals mingling with humans at a cafe run by a polar bear. An anime adaptation by Studio Pierrot. It was one of my favourite animes aired recently. Funny and heart-warming. I enjoy how the mangaka incorporated each animal’s characteristics into the plot and when they interact with one another. The animals live, work and play just like humans beings. Each episode contains 2 short stories and can be enjoyed pretty much by itself. However, they do build up our understanding of each character as the story progresses. Sometimes rather silly but never fails to make me chuckle in amusement.
The seiyuu cast is also a seiyuu-phile’s dream too! Starring all the popular seiyuu like Fukuyama Jun, Sakurai Takahiro, Kamiya Hiroshi, Ono Daisuke, Morikawa Toshiyuki, Hatano Wataru, Taniyama Kishou, Konishi Katsuyuki, Nakamura Yuuichi and more! And they did a fabulous job bringing each animal’s unique personality to the front. Reminds me of an older animal-centric anime, Damekko Doubutsu だめっこどうぶつ.
Shirokuma Cafe manga
Character information of the anime (from Wiki, edited to remove most spoilers :D)
1) Polar Bear (シロクマ, Shirokuma) Voiced by: Sakurai Takahiro
A polar bear who runs the Polar Bear’s Cafe, popular with both humans and animals. He has a habit of making bad puns with his customers.
2) Panda (パンダ) Voiced by: Fukuyama Jun
A lazy, kind-hearted panda who enjoys lazing around and eating bamboo and generally orders iced coffee at the cafe. He is obsessed with all panda products and has a tendency to point out his own cuteness.
3) Penguin (ペンギン, Pengin) Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya
A frequent customer of the Polar Bear’s Cafe and friend of Polar Bear who generally orders a cafe mocha. He generally serves as the tsukkomi (つっこみ. The “straight” or deliberately unfunny partner in a two-man manzai comedy routine.) to the antics of Polar Bear and Penguin. He has a crush on another penguin named Penko.
4) Grizzly (グリズリー, Gurizurī) Voiced by: Nakamura Yuuichi
A grizzly bear who is a childhood friend of Polar Bear. He runs a bar in the middle of town and has a rather fierce personality, though occassionally shows a soft side.
5) Llama (ラマ, Rama) Voiced by: Ono Daisuke
A llama who likes grass.
6) Sloth (ナマケモノ, Namakemono) Voiced by: Taniyama Kishou
A sloth who occasionally visits the cafe.
7) Full Time Panda (常勤パンダ, Joukin Panda) Voiced by: Konishi Katsuyuki
An older panda who works full time at the zoo.
8_ Penko (ペン子) Voiced by: Yahagi Sayuri
A female penguin who works at a bakery near the Polar Bear’s Cafe. Penguin is madly in love with her.
1) Human: Sasako (笹子) Voiced by: Endo Aya
A human girl who works part time at the Polar Bear’s Cafe.
2) Human: Handa (半田) Voiced by: Hatano Wataru
He works at the zoo. Although he is quite popular with the animals at the zoo, he doesn’t have as much luck getting the attention of women.
3) Human: Hayashi Rintaro (林 厘太郎) Voiced by: Kawashima Tokuyoshi
A flower shop owner.
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