List of Sanrio characters
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This is a list of characters from Sanrio, a Japanese company specialized in creating cute characters. Beginning in 1963, Sanrio sells and licenses products branded with these characters and has created over 400 characters, with the most successful and best known being Hello Kitty.
The characters listed here are shown with the year in which they first appeared.
Hello Kitty (1974)
Main article: Hello Kitty
Hello Kitty (ハローキティ, Harō Kiti) is the best-known of Sanrio's fictional characters, created in 1974. Hello Kitty is drawn simply with a trademark red bow. Registered in 1975, Hello Kitty is now a globally known trademark. Hello Kitty has been marketed in the United States from the beginning and has held the position of U.S. children's ambassador for UNICEF since 1983. The brand rose to greater prominence during the late 1990s when several celebrities such as Mariah Carey adopted Hello Kitty as a fashion statement. New products featuring the character can be found in virtually any American department store and Hello Kitty was once featured in an advertising campaign of the retail chain Target. The character got her first Massively MultiplayerOnline Game produced by Sanrio Digital and Typhoon Games entitled Hello Kitty Online which was released worldwide, including the United States, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines.
A cheerful and happy girl with a heart of gold, Hello Kitty can bake delicious cookies, but she loves Mama's apple pie even more. Her favourite hobbies include travelling, music, reading, and making new friends. Her best friend is her twin sister Mimmy. Hello Kitty was born on November 1 in the suburbs of London, England, United Kingdom. Her real name is Kitty White (キティ・ホワイト, Kiti howaito).
Kitty has a twin sister named Mimmy, who is a little shy and very girly. She is very different from Kitty because she wears her ribbon on her right ear opposite of her sister. Her bow is yellow, while Kitty's is red. Mimmy also wears red overalls, similar to Kitty's blue overalls.
In 2010, to celebrate Sanrio's 50th Anniversary, Hello Kitty was also sold as a plush toy at Build-A-Bear Workshop stores, along with several other Sanrio characters.
My Melody (1975)
See also: Onegai My Melody
My Melody (マイメロディ, Mai Merodī) is a little girl rabbit with white fur who always wears a red or pink hood that also covers her ears and is Hello Kitty, My Sweet Piano (the sheep), and Flat (the mouse)'s best friend. Her birthday is January 18 and she lives in the forest of Mari Land. When My Melody first debuted, she was portrayed as Little Red Riding Hood.
My Melody is currently one of Sanrio's most popular characters and can be found on many children's toys and merchandise (from jewelry to household goods). My Melody was first released in 1975 and the first related merchandise was released at the end of that year. At first she was mostly marketed toward young girls, but like Hello Kitty her popularity has increased within women and men of all ages, especially in Asia.
In the late 1980s, My Melody's popularity waned, and the only goods produced were stationery and candy. According to a reader survey published in Strawberry News (a magazine published by Sanrio) in 1996, My Melody came out amongst some of Sanrio's most popular characters and as a result, due to popular demand, standard merchandise started re-appearing beginning in February 1997 featuring the original red hood. Goods with the pink hood were re-released in 1999 and as of 2000 there were goods released with multiple color hoods.
On April 3, 2005, an anime series based on My Melody and her friends and produced by Studio Comet started to air on TV Osaka and TV Tokyo television stations, called Onegai My Melody (おねがいマイメロディ), which aired from 2005 to 2008. This anime also spawned a video game for the Nintendo DS titled Onegai My Melody: Yume no Kuni no Daibouken (おねがいマイメロディ～夢の国の大冒険～). The game relies heavily on a feature of the Nintendo DS console which requires the player to blow air into the microphone of the unit. The player guides My Melody through timed levels by jumping and using her umbrella to float around and avoid enemies. The game also features unlockable content as well, such as music, images, and mini-games.
My Melody also appears in the Sanrio Digital and Dream Cortex series, The Adventures of Hello Kitty & Friends. She, however, is mouthless there, and her rival doesn't make an appearance.
In 2007, a second game was released for the Nintendo DS titled My Melody Angel Book ~Denshitechou & Enjoy Game~ (マイメロディエンジェルブック～電子手帳＆エンジョイゲーム～). The game's primary function is as a day planner designed for young girls to keep track of appointments, class schedules, and mini diary entries.
On March 1, 2008, Mattel released a Barbie doll named "My Melody". The My Melody Barbie doll featured a Barbie doll inspired by the My Melody character, with the character's face included in different parts of the doll's fashion and accessories. In an homage to the character's rabbit ears, the doll's hair is styled in pigtails.
On March 26, 2008, a Japanese music compilation album titled "I Love 30 - My Melody" from Tearbridge Records was released with My Melody wearing the original red hood drawn in various artwork styles by Groovisions. Rei Sakuma has been the regular voice of My Melody in Japan since 1989.
My Melody has also been turned into a Pullip doll with two versions; originally released in 2008 and the latest one in 2016.
In October 2010, she was sold as a plush toy at Build-A-Bear Workshop stores to celebrate Sanrio's 50th anniversary, along with other Sanrio characters.
In 2014, Sanrio celebrated the character's 40th Anniversary by creating a special line of merchandise where she is given a different hood where her ears are dropped down and wears either a bonnet or a flower pin and sometimes depicted with eyelashes. Sanrio Puroland honored the 40th anniversary of the character by creating indoor ride called "My Melody Drive" where visitors are visiting Mariland and encounter My Melody and her friends including Kuromi who attempts to ruin her day.
My Melody is also seen in collaboration goods with other non-Sanrio series, such as one with Sailor Moon in 2017.
On April 7, 2019, My Melody became a radio DJ on the internet radio network TS ONE called "My Melody's My Melo Therapy" (マイメロディのマイメロセラピー) where she answers question submitted by listeners online and offering listeners advice while playing soothing music. My Melody will be DJing from the "Forest Of Music" in Mariland. The radio show broadcasts on Sundays while repeats play on weekdays.
Little Twin Stars (1975)
Little Twin Stars (リトルツインスターズ, Ritoru Tsuin Sutāzu) are a pair of angel-like characters. The younger brother is Kiki (キキ, Kiki), and the older sister is Lala (ララ, Rara). Kiki has blue hair, while Lala has pink hair (sometimes Kiki's hair is brown while Lala's hair is blonde). They were introduced in 1975 and enjoyed popularity in the early 1980s. Their birthday is December 24 (Christmas Eve).
The characters make cameo appearances in 2004 on the front cover of Tommy February6's second album Tommy Airline and in her video for the song "MaGic in youR Eyes", and in one of the Sanrio Unico movies.
In 2014, Sanrio did a crossover with American Greetings' Care Bears characters, creating merchandise that features the Care Bears interacting with Kiki and Lala. The merchandise was called "Care Bears X The Little Twin Stars" and was exclusive to Japan.
In 2015, EVA Air introduced a special livery Boeing 777-300ER, "Shining Stars", dedicated to the characters. The plane is mainly used on routes from Taipei to Houston and Singapore.
Chip (チップ, Chippu) is a white seal character from the Sanrio company, one of the "friends" of Hello Kitty who now lives in London, England. He was born May 2 in Antarctica and is close friends with Hello Kitty. He usually appears in a collection of yellow and red shirts. He is usually portrayed as a kind and helpful individual who joins Hello Kitty on many adventures.
Tuxedo Sam (1979)
Tuxedo Sam (タキシードサム, Takishīdosamu) is a cute penguin character from the Sanrio company, one of the "friends" of Hello Kitty who now lives in England. Sam is a plump blue and white penguin who wears a red bow-tie and a round white sailor cap with a blue ribbon. A clumsy little fellow who loves to eat, Tuxedo Sam has great fashion sense, as he owns a collection of 365 bowties. He's very good at speaking English too. Tuxedo Sam was born on May 12 in Antarctica. According to The New York Times, this character is "moderately successful" in terms of popularity but shows no signs of reaching the global popularity of Hello Kitty.
Minna no Tabo (1984)
Minna no Tabo (みんなのたあ坊, Minna no Taabou) is a human boy character. His name means everyone's altruistic boy.
Zashikibuta (ザシキブタ, Zashikibuta) is a pink pig who is sometimes seen wearing a green scarf. He has a mouse friend called Tabby and he is sometimes shown with a sketchy look. His birthday is February 2, 1983 and he lives in the countryside in France.
Hangyodon (ハンギョドン, Hangyodon) is a fish character created by Sanrio in 1985. He was born on March 14 in China. His main hobby is comedy. He is very lonely and his plans of heroism often go awry.
Winki Pinki (ウィンキーピンキー, U~inkīpinkī) is a cute girl kitten. She was born right when the tulips were starting to bloom making her love flowers and nature dearly. Winki Pinki is cheerful and loves to dress-up, draw, play the violin and have wonderful parties with the flowers. She is a brown cat with an affinity for plaid. According to Sanrio.com WinkiPinki is "A fashionable romanticist, Winkipinki loves to play violin and collect gorgeous trinkets."
Catnip is a cat who debuted in Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater. She is the daughter of Fangora. Most of the time, she plays the antagonist.
Kappa Rumba (1988)
Kappa Rumba (カッパルンバ, Kapparunba) is a mythical Japanese creature who lives in Run Run Land, based on the Japanese mythological Kappa. His real name is Rupapa and wears a lily pad on his head. Kappa Rumba is energetic and never runs out of energy. He loves water surfing and other water sports, relaxing on the beach, and picking fresh fruit. His favorite food is watermelons and he is holding a watermelon in most pictures of him.
Kerokerokeroppi (ja:けろけろけろっぴ) also known as Keroppi Hasunoue (はすの上 けろっぴ, Hasunoue Keroppi) is a frog character with large eyes and a V-shaped mouth. "Kero" means "frog's croak" and "Hasunoe" means on a "lily pad". His birthday is July 10. His hometown is Donut Pond and he lives in the Kero Kero House. Keroppi loves adventure, and his bubbly personality makes him popular. Keroppi is a fantastic swimmer and singer (but not at the same time). Most often he is seen with his little snail friend Den Den, always tagging along a little behind. He has a brother called Koroppi and a sister called Pikki. His mom owns a small restaurant and cooks Keroppi's favorite food — rice balls. His dad works at the Hasunoe Clinic with another doctor from Sanrio's Pokopon's Diary. His friends include Keroleen, Noberun, Kyorosuke, Ganta, Keroppe (all frogs) and Teru Teru, a Teru teru bōzu.
Keroppi has appeared in video games, including Kero Kero Keroppi no Bouken Nikki, Kero Kero Keroppi no Daibouken, and Sanrio World Smash Ball!. He has also appeared in several animated series. In Japanese, Keroppi was voiced by Yoshiko Matsuo. In English, he was voiced by Jill Frappier in Keroppi and Friends, Kira Vincent-Davis in Hello Kitty's Animation Theater, Sarah Hauser in The Adventures of Hello Kitty and Friends, and Georgie Kidder in Hello Kitty and Friends Supercute Adventures.
Pochacco (ポチャッコ, Pochakko) is drawn as a white dog with black floppy ears, but no visible mouth. Pochacco's name means pocha pocha (chubby). He was born on February 28, 1989 in Fuwafuwa Town in London, England. He is often dressed in athletic attire, as he has a sporty and playful personality. His favorite food is banana-flavored ice cream.
Main article: Pekkle
Pekkle (あひるのペックル, Ahiru no Pekkle) is a fictional duck. He is a small white duck with a blue T-shirt with the letter P on it. Pekkle is a good-natured, kind little guy, as well as being a great singer and dancer. Recently he's been taking tap-dancing lessons. Pekkle's birthday is July 27 and he was first released in 1990.
Spottie Dottie (1990)
Spottie Dottie (スポッティドッティ, Supotti Dotti) was born March 21, 1990. She is a Dalmatian and is a fashion expert from New York City. She can be usually spotted wearing a trademark pink bow and frilly pink dress with roses and with her best friend, Sassy, a cat. According to The New York Times, this character, along with the character Pandapple, are "recent flops" for the Sanrio corporation in terms popularity.
Monkichi (おさるのもんきち, Osaruno Monkichi) is a monkey who lives in a little mountain in the Japanese countryside. He was released by Sanrio in 1991 and his birthday is January 13. Monkichi's full name means "Monkey of the Mountain" in Japanese. Monkichi enjoys entertaining and telling jokes, and dreams of being a professional poet or comedian. Monkichi has an optimistic personality and gets a little carried away sometimes, but can be quite particular too. Monkichi's special talent is that he can eat ten bananas in one minute. Monkichi's first charm point is his bright red bottom, proof that he is 100% Japanese monkey! Monkichi's second charm point is his bulging eyes, especially when he's surprised.
Patapata Peppy (パタパタペッピー, PataPataPeppī) is an owl character created by Sanrio in 1992. He is notable for being one of the few Sanrio characters that are drawn with a sketchy look. His birthday is August 26, born in Moonrise Forest deep in the heart of the North Woods. He is often seen carrying a cherry in his mouth as it is his favourite food. This character gained mild popularity and was one of the few Sanrio characters that did not appear in animated form as he was a product-exclusive character. He was created by Matsubayashi Atsushi, who no longer works at Sanrio and now has his own studio.
Bad Badtz-Maru (1993)
Bad Badtz-Maru (バッドばつ丸, Baddo batsu maru) is a male penguin with spiky hair. His birthday is April 1 (April Fool's Day). He is one of the few Sanrio characters that is marketed to both genders. In Japanese, "badtz" (batsu) is a term for "X", the cross signifying a wrong answer. "Maru" means circle or "O", and signifies a right answer. Thus, his name figuratively means "wrong-right," and is frequently represented by "XO". Badtz-Maru has many different facial expressions and poses, but a common expression is of pulling one eye down and sticking out his tongue, a gesture equivalent to blowing a raspberry and even him making a grumpy face.
Badtz-Maru also has a few friends such as Hana-Maru, a friendly white seal. Hana-Maru is very kind in nature and is very helpful to all. Badtz-Maru also has another friend called Pandaba, a female panda who wears a red bikini skirt and likes Badtz-Maru. Badtz-Maru also has a 'watch dog' named Pochi, but instead of being a real dog, Pochi is in fact a baby alligator. Other friends of his include an anglerfish called Mochizuki Anko, a seagull called Nogakigoro, and a shark called Ogawasameo.
Badtz-Maru has gone through many product lines since his release at Sanrio in 1993. While he has far fewer releases than Hello Kitty, he has been a staple character found in almost all stores worldwide. He has been portrayed as an astronaut, motorcyclist, DJ, camouflage monster, basketball player, boxer, and many others. His products range from typical stationery supplies (e.g. pens, notebooks, erasers, pencil cases, etc.) to more novelty items (e.g. CD players, guitars, license plate frames, etc.)
Badtz-Maru was the official mascot for the 2006 FIBA World Championship of basketball, which was held in Japan.
Pippo (こぶたのピッポ, Kobuta no Pippo) is drawn as a pig with small black eyes and a pink snout, but no visible mouth. He is usually wearing a green shirt with the letter P on the front. Pippo is always thinking of games and other new ways to have fun with his friends. He loves surprises and is always making discoveries and new inventions. Pippo was born on December 16, 1993, on an unusually warm winter's day.
Picke Bicke (1994)
Picke Bicke (ピッケビッケ, Picke Bicke) is a fictional mouse, who was released by Sanrio in 1994. He is a small, round brown mouse with a cream-colored tummy and muzzle, a long red ribboned tail, and large blue ears. Picke Bicke is as playful as he is curious. He makes new friends all the time, including butterflies and frogs, and describes himself as "100% Mouse". Picke Bicke's hobbies include mimicry and trying to "fly" with his large, wing-like ears, though he never rises more than a few inches.
Pompompurin (ポムポムプリン, Pompompurin) is a golden retrieverdog character first introduced in 1996. Purin was born on a sunny day on April 16. He is a good natured golden retriever dog, who lives in his own basket at his owner's house. His trademark is his brown beret that is always on top of his head. Purin's interest is collecting shoes, which includes his owner's father's leather shoes, his owner's mother's sandals, etc., and he likes to hide them.
Purin loves drinking milk and eating soft food and pudding (purin) that his mother makes. He also spends a lot of time sleeping or hanging out with his friends. Purin's best friends include a hamster called Muffin, a mouse named Scone, a squirrel named Bagel and a bird named Custard.
He was voted Most Popular Sanrio Character in 1997 in the Strawberry News, a magazine published by Sanrio, and again in 2015 and 2016.
Chococat (チョコキャット, Chokokyatto) is drawn as a black cat with huge black eyes, four whiskers, and like his counterpart Hello Kitty, no mouth. His name comes from his chocolate-colored nose. Chococat was first released in 1996 and his birthday is May 10. His whiskers are able to pick up information like antennae, so he is often the first to know about things.
When Sanrio releases new Chococat lines (the background colors and designs), Chococat's collar and fur color, and his accessories and friends, are often altered. Chococat was originally pictured with a blue collar, but he has since been depicted wearing different colored collars, scarves and even a lei. Sanrio has also produced new Chococat products that portray him in a greyish-brown color. In the Momoberry version, he is pink with a top hat, bow tie and cane. Line names are often heavily relied upon, in internet sales descriptions.
Corocorokuririn (コロコロクリリン, Korokorokuririn) is a character from the Sanrio series that was created in 1998. He is a very curious golden hamster who is sometimes a little timid. Corocorokuririn enjoys collecting stuff from around the house to make playhouses and is very good at fitting into tiny spaces. Corocorokuririn can chew on just about anything, but his favorite foods are cookies and sunflower seeds. He also adores cherry blossoms.
Pink no Corisu (1998)
Pink Korisu Pinkle-chan (ピンクのこりすピンクルちゃん, Pinku nokori su pinkuru-chan) is a Sanrio series character who was created in 1998. Her birthday is July 7. She is a pink and white squirrel who has a white flower on her head.
Dear Daniel (1999)
Daniel Starr (ダニエル・スター, Danieru sutā) (known as Dear Daniel) is Hello Kitty's childhood friend and also her boyfriend who lives in London, England. As babies, they frolicked and played together. Dear Daniel's father is a photographer who was posted to Africa, and the whole family followed him there. After living in several locations around the world, Dear Daniel ended up in New York, and from there he returned to England, where he was reunited with Hello Kitty. Thanks to his stint in New York and his natural sense of rhythm, Dear Daniel is a pretty sweet ballet dancer. In the future he wants to become a photographer or a celebrity. His birthday is May 3.
Landry (たらいぐまのらんどりー, Taraiguma no randorī) is a little boy raccoon who was released in 1999. His birthday is December 8. He loves to wash anything he can get his hands on. His best friend is a rubber duck named Pea. Landry's hobbies include dancing and running on top of his tub, sliding, taking Pea for walks, and listening to music. (Mozart is his favorite). Landry loves to eat donuts, sausages, nuts and ice cream, and chocolate is his favorite food.
Usahana (ウサハナ) (also stylized as USAHANA) is a little girl rabbit who loves summer. She was released by Sanrio in 2001. Her birthday is August 7 and her real name is Hanachan. Her eye-catching attributes are her different colored ears, one pink and one blue, and the flower she wears on her head. She debuted alongside Cinnamoroll in 2001.
In the Toei anime spinoff Usahana: Dream Ballerina (ウサハナ: 夢見るバレリーナ, Usahana: Yumemiru Ballerina), Usahana sometimes wears a butterfly-shaped hair clip and dreams of becoming a ballerina.
See also: Cinnamoroll
Cinnamoroll (シナモロール, Shinamorōru) is a chubby white male puppy from England with long ears that enables him to fly. He has blue eyes, pink cheeks and a plump and curly tail that resembles a cinnamon roll. The owner of Cafe Cinnamon, a little cafe, looked up and saw a white puppy floating out of the sky like a fluffy cloud. The owner thought that he might have come because he smelled her cinnamon rolls. The puppy has a curly tail just like a cinnamon roll, so she called him Cinnamon. Cinnamon became instantly popular with customers and soon became Café Cinnamon's official mascot. Now, when he is not napping on the café terrace, Cinnamon flies around the town looking for fun and new adventures with his friends.
Deery Lou (2002)
Deery Lou (ディアリールー, Diarī rū) is a character created by Sanrio in 2002. He is a brown fawn. His birthday is January 8, and he lives in the Rainbow Forest, full of sweet flower patches and big trees. The blue bird brings happiness to the Rainbow Forest. His tail wags like a helicopter when something fun is happening. He has friends named Queeny Lou, a beautiful swan, Skippy-Lou, a perky rabbit, Beary Lou, a warmhearted bruin, and The Little Red Mushroom; he is shy and always faces backward.
Pandapple (パンダップル, Pandappuru) is a panda who has a red apple with a small green leaf stem as a hat. He wears a shirt which is mostly striped or plain. Pandapple is often accompanied by a caterpillar. His birthday is on June 2. The character debuted in 2002 and is one of Sanrio's least popular characters. According to The New York Times, this character, along with the character Spottie Dottie, are recent flops for the Sanrio corporation in terms of popularity.
Pannapitta (パンナピッタ, Pan'napitta) is a panda cub character who was born on October 7, 2003 in Pannaland. His real name is Pantan and is only 3 months old. Pantan is full of energy. Pantan hates being still, and is constantly running around the place. Pantan lives for adventure at full speed. When his energy finally runs out, he falls asleep on the spot.
Pantan is an only child and his best friend is Fanfan (not a panda) who was born 3 days apart from Pantan. Pantan's hobbies include running, eating, and sleeping. Pantan enjoys climbing through small spaces and his favorite food is caramel ice cream. Pantan's future dream is to be a panda hero.
Chibimaru (ちびまる, Chibi maru) is a brown puppy, who is one of the many characters created by Sanrio, debuting in 2003. He was first released on February 2, 2003. He is very curious and does tricks for a hobby. He spends time inside his owner's bag and goes many places. He is one of three triplets; his siblings are Chidi-Maru & Chifi-Maru.
Charmmykitty (チャーミーキティ, Chāmīkiti) is Hello Kitty's pet cat. She resembles Hello Kitty but has more cat-like features. Her name comes from the word "charm" as she wears the key to Hello Kitty's jewelry box around her neck. She debuted in 2004, alongside the Sugarbunnies.
Charmmy Kitty is a white female Persian cat that Papa and Daniel (who is Kitty's boyfriend) gave to Hello Kitty as a gift. She wears a lace-trimmed bow on her left ear, and a necklace which holds the key to Hello Kitty's jewelry box. Born on October 31, (the same day kuromi was born) Charmmy Kitty is well-mannered, quiet and listens to whatever Hello Kitty says. Like many cats, Charmmy Kitty loves objects that are bright and sparkly. Charmmy Kitty's charm point is her lace-trimmed pink bow, that was a present from Kitty.
See also: Sugarbunnies
The Sugarbunnies (シュガーバニーズ, Shugābanīzu) are a character duo released by Sanrio in 2004. The duo are composed of twin bunnies called Shirousa (シロウサ, Shirōusa) and Kurousa (クロうさ, Kurōusa) (Both born on May 26, 2004), who specialize in making sweets and pastries. After the success of the franchise, Sanrio created more bunny twins who each specialize in their own jobs. They all live in the magical world of Bunniesfield.
In 2007, Sanrio created an anime series based on the franchise which aired on TV Tokyo and Kids Station on April 3, 2007 and ended later that year with 27 episodes. After the anime's success, the series gained two sequels in 2008 (Sugarbunnies: Chocolat!) and in 2009 (Sugarbunnies: Fleur), each having 27 episodes.
Tenorikuma (てのりくま) (Japanese for "bears that fit in your palm") are a group of red pandas that run a coffee shop called Tenorikuma. There are five specific characters in all. The main "manager" is Latte, who is distinguished from the others by a red heart on his left ear. There are a few other main characters. Chai (yellow scarf), Frappe (green scarf), Maple (pink scarf, the only female and Latte's love interest), Mister Steam (steam clouds from hot coffee), Muddler (spoon) and Macchiato (blue scarf).
See also: Cinnamoroll
The Cinnamoangels (シナモエンジェルス, Shinamoenjerusu) called Cinnamon Angels in the English version of the Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll manga. Are a trio of trendy puppies formed by Mocha (whose birthday is the 20th February), Chiffon (whose birthday is 14 January) and Azuki (whose birthday is September 25). The founder of the group Mocha, has big dreams of becoming a TV idol and both Azuki and Chiffon support her. The three were released by Sanrio in 2005 and has several Music Videos featuring the trio. The Cinnamoangels also show up in the third volume of Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll and even have their own stories and adventures. Most of the time in the manga, the Cinnamoangels attempt to see "The Caramels" a boy band and each of the Angels have a crush on each member. Mocha is a huge fan of the main singer of the band, and tries her hardest to see the guys in person to the annoyance of Chiffon and Azuki.
Kuromi (クロミ, Kuromi) is the rival of My Melody from the anime Onegai My Melody. She is a white dwarf rabbit wearing a black jester's hat with a pink skull on the front and a black "devil" tail in the place of a normal rabbit's tail. Kuromi's appearance also looks similar to many of the classic cartoon characters from the 1920s and 1930s. Goods featuring Kuromi first appeared in Japan in 2005. She has three image songs all sung by her voice actress, Junko Takeuchi. Kuromi sometimes wears fuchsia pink skull cherries on her right ear. Kuromi wears mostly dark colors is an enemy of My Melody though My Melody considers her a friend.
Kuromi's birthday is October 31 (Halloween). Although Kuromi has a rowdy free spirit, she is actually quite girly on the inside. Kuromi enjoys keeping a diary and reading romance novels. Her favorite color is black and her favorite food is shallots.
My Sweet Piano (2005)
See also: Onegai My Melody
My Sweet Piano (マイスウィートピアノ, Mai Sūīto Piano) is a female sheep whose charming point is her fluffy baby pink fur. Piano is a gentle and pampered girl who loves to talk and hang out with My Melody in a field. She was introduced as My Melody's best friend alongside Flat the mouse, and Risu the Squirrel in 1976 and originally went by the name "Hitsuji-san". However, Sanrio finally gave her a name through its monthly publication Ichigo Shimbun in 2005 and the resulting name was Piano-chan. Merchandise of the character started as early as 2008.
In the 2005 anime Onegai My Melody, Piano is a supporting character and only spoke by baaing and bleating. In the series, she is seen wearing two flowers (One colored white and the other red) located on the left side of her head. She is voiced by Junko Takeuchi in the series.
Piano started out as a supporting character in the My Melody series until 2014 when Sanrio created a special line of merchandise featuring her as part of My Melody's 40th Anniversary. As a result, she was very prominent during the anniversary and even became a meetable character at Sanrio Puroland starting in 2014. Since 2014, Piano is commonly depicted wearing a large pink or red polka-dotted bow on her head in merchandise and her park appearances at Sanrio Puroland and Harmonyland.
Masyumaro (マシュマロみたいなふわふわにゃんこ, Mashumaromitainafuwafuwanyanko) is a cute white kitten with light brown spots around the ears. He resides in an apartment in Paris, France with a Japanese boy who is a designer. He is known as "The Cat as soft as a Marshmallow" and is often referred to as Masyumaro Nyanko. He is featured in two promotional videos, Boku Masyumaro (My Marshmallow) and KIRAKIRA Sute-ji (Stage Glitter).
See also: Cinnamoroll
Lloromannic (ルロロマニック, Ruroromanikku) is a world on the other side of a mirror. The world's name is "Cinnamoroll" in reverse. In a haunted mansion in the deep dark woods, lives a "Devilish Demon Duo" named Berry (ベリー, Berī) & Cherry (チェリー, Cherī). Sanrio released the duo in 2007 in Gothic Lolita accessories. The characters have not been released to North American Sanrio boutiques yet. However both characters have gained popularity in North America and two short videos have been released on YouTube. The episodes are "Trick" and "Friend"; Cherry's origin.
The boy demon's name is Berry and his birthday is June 6. He has the ability to transform into a more devilish form; his ram horns turn into devil horns, his flat teeth turn into sharp fangs, changes color from dark grey to black, he gains skeleton wings and long sharp claws, and his voice changes. He seems to have the talent of making potions.
Cherry is the girl demon and her birthday is September 9. Berry created Cherry not only to be his partner-in-crime; but also to be his sweetheart. He accidentally used a jar of salt that had its label covered by another saying "sugar". When Cherry (like Berry) transforms into her devilish form, her dark grey closed bat wing ears change into black opened bat wings, her black eyes into fandango, her top hat disappears, her teeth into fangs, and her voice changes. Cherry loves to play jokes on Berry. Cherry also has a crush on Cinnamoroll's friend Espresso.
Both Berry & Cherry would go through their magic mirror to enter into the human world to play tricks on children while they sleep. Both fear daytime and would hide in the closet or drawers, if they don't make it home in time until night returns. They are friends with a bat, a magical lantern and a Jack O' Lantern. The Lloromannic also show up in the anime "(Onegai♪My Melody Kirara★" as narrators.
See also: Sugarbunnies
The Sugarminuet (シュガーメヌエット, Shugāmenuetto) is a spinoff of Sugarbunnies released in 2008, and their accessories are sometimes included in ballerina products. The duet are composed of two little twin sister bunnies: Ballet-Usa and Prima-Usa, who are ballerina-geniuses, and through the ballet room mirror, they bring their graceful dance for all of us in the human world.
- Ballet-Usa (バレエうさ) who is the elder twin and wears a silver tiara that matches with her pink fur. She is a graceful and elegant dancer and loves make-up accessories.
- Prima-Usa (プリマうさ) is the sweet and cute younger twin and wears a gold tiara that highlights her white fur. Her favorite hobby is fortune-telling.
Main article: Jewelpet
The Jewelpets (ジュエルペット, Juerupetto) are a group of animal characters created in 2008 as a joint-venture between Sanrio and Sega Toys. There are 42 characters in the franchise and each of the animals are named after famous Birthstones, Minerals and Jewels. They each have a different kind of sparkling jewel for their eyes, used for casting special magic called "Jewel Flash". According to fiction, they belong to magicians and live in a mystical place called Jewel Land, attending a school to learn more about magic and each of them are paired with their own human partners. The main Jewelpets in the series are Ruby the white Japanese hare (whose birthday is July 29), Sapphie the blue and yellow Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (whose birthday is September 1), Garnet the pink Persian cat (whose birthday is January 8) and Labra the pink and white polar bear (whose birthday is December 27).
In 2008, Sega Toys collaborated with Sanrio to release a line of plush toys featuring the characters from the series which contains a special password to access the Web-Gurumi website. This is somewhat similar to the toy franchise Webkinz, as it also shares some similarities to the secret codes to access the Webkinz World website, causing some controversies between the two companies. Later on April 4, 2009, its first anime series was produced by Studio Comet and started to air on both TV Osaka and TV Tokyo, replacing Onegai My Melody Kirara★ in its timeslot. The anime focuses on the heroine Rinko Kōgyoku and her Jewelpet partner Ruby. A second series titled Jewelpet Twinkle☆ (ジュエルペット てぃんくる☆, Juerupetto Tinkuru☆) premiered later on TV Tokyo from April 3, 2010 to March 26, 2011 with 52 Episodes. The second series premiered later in Spain as part of the Boing programming block. A third series titled Jewelpet Sunshine (ジュエルペット サンシャイン, Juerupetto Sanshain) premiered on April 9, 2011. A fourth series titled Jewelpet Kira☆Deco—! (ジュエルペット きら☆デコッ！, Juerupetto Kira☆deko—!) aired on April 7, 2012.
A full-length feature film titled Jewelpet the Movie: Sweets Dance Princess (映画ジュエルペット スウィーツダンスプリンセス, Eiga Juerupetto: Suuītsu Dansu Purinsesu) which was directed by Hiroaki Sakurai (Director of Daa! Daa! Daa! and Cromartie High School) and distributed by Toho, was released on August 11, 2012 in Japanese cinemas.
Miss Bear's Dream (2010)
Miss Bear's Dream (ミスベアーズドリーム, Misu Beāzu Dorīmu) is a female teddy bear who debuted in 2010. She was made by Chocolina's mother, in a little sweet shop in New York, where they live. Miss Bear's Dream is called ´Dream´ for short. She is the cousin of another Sanrio bear character called Mr. Bear's Dream
Wish me mell (2010)
See also: Wish me mell
Wish Me Mell (ウイッシュミーメル, Uisshu mī meru) is a character series which was released on December 27, 2010. Mell, the main heroine of the series, is meant to be a character that expresses the feelings every one has, simply stating "Thank you", "I am sorry" or "I like you!", connecting hearts in the process. The series is targeted towards females aged 15–20, who are too shy to express their feelings towards others.
Mell lives in the magical world of Merci Hills (メルシーヒルズ, Merushī hiruzu) where everyone is living happily while their feelings are connected towards each other and words like "thank you" can bring warmth to everyone's hearts. Mell and her friends were guided by the Rainbow Fairy, Ciel, who gives them advice. A lot of Mell's friends also live in Merci Hills, and each come from different countries and have their own mission given to them by Ciel.
Ichigoman (イチゴマン, Ichigoman) is a Sanrio character who debuted in 2011. His birthday is January 15. He is the superhero alter ego of Hello Kitty. The name "Ichigoman" translates to "Strawberry man" in English.
GoExPanda (ゴーエクスパンダ) He debuted on May 10 2011. His birthday is May 5 and is the current mascot of TV Asahi.
Bonbonribbon (ぼんぼんりぼん, Bonbon ribon) debuted in 2012. The character is a pink rabbit with a ribbon bow on her head and in some places of her body, including her left paw, ears, right feet and tail, her birthday is August 8. She is a very fashionable girl who likes to sing and dance. Her mother is a fashion designer and she designed the ribbon on her head, which is her charm point. She dreams of becoming a fashion designer, just like her mother.
Cocoa and Vanilla (2012)
See also: Sugarbunnies
Cocoa (カカオ, Kakao) and Vanilla (バニラ, Banira) are two mouse siblings who debuted in January 2012 as friends of the Sugarbunnies. Cocoa is the older brother and wears a bunny hat with Kurousa's colors while Vanilla is his younger sister and wears a bunny hat with Shirousa's colors. They both live in Mousefields, located next of Bunniesfield and both brother and sister decided to visit Bunniesfield one day through a rainbow and met Shirousa and Kurousa. The mouse siblings actually like the sweets, chocolates and pastries the bunnies makes and they wanted the bunnies to teach them to become chocolatiers, the bunnies agreed and they made the mouse siblings their apprentices. Their ultimate goal is to make a castle made of chocolate.
Main article: Show By Rock!!
Plasmagica (プラズマジカ, Purazumajika) is an all-girl fictional band who debuted in Sanrio's iOS game Show by Rock, which is geared towards young boys. The band is formed by strange corporation president in order to grow to become the best rock band. In the game, they all battle all the bands of Midi City to become the best in the world and aim to be music millionaires. Plasmagica is composed of 4 Mumon girls, the cat girl Cyan (シアン, Shian) (Guitar and Vocals, voiced by Eri Inagawa), the rabbit girl ChuChu (チュチュ, Chuchu) (Guitar and Vocals, voiced by Sumire Uesaka), the dog girl Retoree (レトリー, Retorī) (Bass and Vocals, voiced by Eri Kitamura) and the sheep girl Moa (モア, Moa) (Drums and Vocals, voiced by Ayane Sakura).
Main article: Gudetama
Gudetama (ぐでたま, Gudetama) is a Sanrio character who debuted in 2013. The character is an anthropomorphized yolk of an unfertilized egg, devoid of gender. Gudetama is often depicted reclining on an egg white or as an ingredient in a Japanese dish. Gudetama's main trait is laziness. The name Gudetama is derived from the Japanese words for lazy (ぐでぐで, gude gude) and egg (卵, tamago). Gudetama debuted following a contest run by Sanrio to introduce new characters based on Japanese food, in which Gudetama came second to Kirimi-chan. Gudetama has proven popular in Japan, leading to the opening of a number of themed pop-up cafes serving egg-related dishes. A plentiful selection of character goods are also available, ranging from stationery to confectionery to toys. Gudetama goods have been sold at a number of dedicated pop-up stores across Japan.
Gudetama is the star of a short animation series aired on TBS, which, as of 2016, had spanned hundreds of episodes. The series follows the exploits of Gudetama and a cast of recurring human characters. One such character is Nisetama-san (ニセたまさん, Nisetamasan, meaning fake egg), a young man dressed in a yellow suit similar to a zentai suit but with the face exposed, akin to a humanoid Gudetama. The series' short segments end with a rendition of the Gudetama theme song and a contemporary style dance performed by Nisetama-san.
Hummingmint (ハミングミント, Haminguminto) is a girl fawn. She was born on March 10 in the beautiful mint-green northern night. She lives with her friends the birds and flowers. Hummingmint has a little pink, heart-shaped nose and white heart-shaped spots. She is very gentle, curious, and loves singing.
Little Forest Fellow (2015)
Little Forest Fellow (リトルフォレストフェロォ, Ritoruforesutofero~o) is a male bunny from London that was introduced in 2015 and became My Melody's new friend. He is My Melody's second cousin and loves collecting buttons. He wears a red hood which was given to him by My Melody which he treats as a special treasure. His birthday is June 18. He is nicknamed "Melo" (めろぉ, Mero~o). My Melody's a bunny just like him. One of the Sanrio character editors mentioned that they could be brother and sister but the manager disagreed with the opinion of the editor.
On April 2, 2017, Melo hosts his own radio show called "めろぉのフレンズソング" hosted on the internet radio network TS ONE. The radio show plays soothing music while various Sanrio characters make occasional appearances.
Aggressive Retsuko (2015)
Main article: Aggretsuko
Aggressive Retsuko (アグレッシブ烈子, shortened to Aggretsuko in English) is a female red panda who works as an administrative assistant in a Japanese business. Her working life is oppressive and frustrating and she relieves this stress by becoming angry, and drinking and singing death metal in a karaoke bar. A short TV anime series was created on April 2, 2016, which explores her daily life in the workplace with her co-workers. This series was later expanded with a 15-minutes per episode 10 episode Netflix Original Series, released worldwide on April 20, 2018.
Cogimyun (ja:こぎみゅん) is a kogimuuna (コギムーナ) wheat flour fairy, who looks like a white fluffy dog. She is sensitive and crumbles easily. Despite being made of wheat, she dreams of becoming an onigiri rice ball. She has a pet fried shrimp known as Ebifurai (エビフライ) or Ebi-chan (エビちゃん) to friends. Her birthday is on May 7th (powder day.)
In 2017 a series of Cogimyun anime shorts began streaming on AbemaTV. It follows Cogimyun as she starts taking care of the Cogimucorpo apartment building after her grandfather goes travelling. The series features many different flour based food characters, like Gyoza-kun (ぎょうざくん) the Takoyaki Sisters (たこやきシスターズ) and Udon-san (うどんさん.) The model Ryuchell made his voice acting debut as Choco Cornet (チョココロネェ) one of the residents in the apartment building. The series theme song is performed by Sonoko Inoue. In 2019 the Sanrio Boys franchise added a new character called Yasuhiro Koga who is a fan of Cogimyun.
Sanrio Danshi (2015)
Main article: Sanrio Boys
The Sanrio Danshi (サンリオ男子, Sanrio Boys) are a group of high school-aged boys who met due to their love of Sanrio's mascots . The group kicks off with the unassuming Kōta Hasegawa (長谷川康太), who loves the character Pompompurin, coincidentally running into the My Melody-loving Yū Mizuno (水野 祐) and bonding over it. Together with Hello Kitty fan Shunsuke Yoshino (吉野俊介), Cinnamoroll fan Seiichiro Minamoto (源誠一郎), and the Little Twin Stars fan Ryō Nishimiya (西宮諒), they become fast friends and learn to not be embarrassed about their love of cute things.
The group is popular among girls, and aims to reach both boys and girls with the message that boys don't have to feel ashamed about liking "cute" characters. The Sanrio Danshi have a character Twitter account showing pictures of their daily lives, and two manga adaptations by Mai Andou (One in Sho-Comi, the other on the MangaOne app). The group received an anime adaptation in January 2018.
Rilu Rilu Fairilu (2016)
Main article: Rilu Rilu Fairilu
Rilu Rilu Fairilu (リルリルフェアリル) focuses on Fairilus, young fairies that live in the realm of Little Fairilu and learn about themselves and the world around them. They are born with a special item called a Fairilu Key that unlocks a corresponding door, and finding this door helps a Fairilu to mature.
Fairilus come in multiple species, each themed after something in the mythical or natural world, such as insects, plants, or mermaids. The most common types are Flower Fairilus, of which the primary character Lip (リップ) is descended from.
Marumofubiyori (まるもふびより) is a trio of Sanrio characters. Marumofubiyori is a white bear cub that is always wrapped in his favorite blanket and loves to laze around at home. Marumofubiyori is a homebody who lives with a roommate who works at an aquarium. He is affectionately known as “Moppu”, a nickname that the girl he lives with gave him because he always drags his blanket around as if mopping the floor. The girl gave Moppu two plush toys to keep him company who are his best friends. Kanikama is a toy crab that is a reliable character, and Gyoniku is a toy fish that has a mysterious antennae. Moppu's birthday is February 10.
Main article: Mewkledreamy
Mewkledreamy (ミュークルドリーミー Myūkurudorīmī) is a purple stuffed cat, that wears a pink bow with white polka dots. She has a yellow star on her right ear and left ear. An Anime series based on the character by J.C. Staff and directed by Hiroaki Sakurai premiered in Japan on April 5, 2020.
Main article: Beatcats
Beatcats (ビートキャッツ, Bītokyattsu) are a group of cats, each of a different color. They are a Virtual Dance & Vocal Unit and were created as a joint venture between Sanrio and Sega Toys. Currently the third collaborative effort after Jewelpet and Rilu Rilu Fairilu, it is the first Sanrio franchise released as a musical group. They made their debut on October 8, 2020. Their birthday is February 22.
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** SANRIO CHARACTER BIRTHDAYS **
**EDIT FEBRUARY 1st**
(Japgirl) has found the birthdays of some of our favorite Sanrio characters! Look below to see if your character is listed! ~thanks, Japgirl!!!
Hello Kitty: November 1st 1974- outside of London, England
Mimmy Kitty: November 1st 1974- outside of London, England
Bad Badtz-Maru: April 1st 1993- Oahu, Hawaii
Charmy Kitty: October 31st 2004
Chibimaru: February 2nd 2003
Chococat: May 10th 1996
Cinnamoroll: March 6th 2002- Café Cinnamon
Deery Lou: January 8th 2002- Rainbow Forest
Hoshinowaguma: February 7th 2002- Small Small Star
Kero Kero Keroppi: July 10th 1987- Doughnut Pond
Little Twin Stars: December 24th 1975- Dream Star Cloud
Nya Ni Nyu Ne Nyo: January 17th 1983
Nyago: May 25th 2000- someplace in Japan (<-- it really did say in Japanese... "someplace in Japan" XD )
Pochacco: February 29th 1989- Fluffy Town
has found many more Sanrio Characters' birthdays! THANK YOU! **WE APPRECIATE THE HELP!**
Ahiru no Pekkle: 27 July 1989
Atchan ga Ichiban: 15 January 1995
Ayankey: 25 June
B-boku Nezumi Kozou Dai!: 3 March 1984
Benjamin Bear: 23 December 1993 - Charlotte Forest
Button Nose: 5 January
Cheery Chums: 12 July 1982
CoroCoroKuririn: 4 February 1998
Chibu Maru: 2 February
Daisy & Coro: 8 November 1998
Dear Daniel: 3 May 1999 - London,England
FroolieMew: 24 May
Goropikadon: The 25th day of the 14th month of the 53rd Year of Thunder - The Land of Thunder and Lightning
Hangyodon: 14 March 1984 - China
Hesuke: 1st January
Hoshinowaguma: 7 February
KamoKamoKamonosuke: 24 September 1995
Kappa no Kappi: A sunny day in the first year of Kappa
Landry the Laundry Raccoon: 8 December 1999
Little World: Karl, 1st January 1975 - Austrian Tyrol
Nina, 18 September 1975 - Holland
Marron Cream:31 May 1985
Monkichi: 13 January 1991 - Japan
Mr. Bear's Dream: One day, when the sun came up and shone in the toy shop window, he was there! - London, England
My Melody: 18 January 1975 - a forest in Maryland
Noranekoland: 19 November 1985
Nezumi Kozou: 3 March
Patapata Peppy: 26 August 1991
Patty & Jimmy: Patty 5 February 1974
Jimmy 30 July 1974
Pau Pipo: 30 July 1987 - Planet Giraffe
Pippo the Piglet (Kobuta no Pippo): 16 Decembre 1993
Pokopon's Diary: The 15th Eve of the Year Pokopon
Pom Pom Purin: 16 April 1996
Puka-Puka Paradise:12 MArch 1990
Pannapitta: 7 October
Pekkle: 27 July
Petite Mericco: 14 February
Picke Bicke: 1st January
Pink no Corisu: 7 July
Puchi Puchi Wanko: 15 October
Purin: 16 April
Strawberry King: 7 December 1975
Sugarcream Puff: 5 October 1990 - Northern Europe
Spottie Dottie: 21 MArch
Sweet Coron: 28 MArch
Tabitha Dean: 24 October 2000
Minna no Tabo: 5 May 1984
Tiny Poem: 21 January 1975
The Vaudeville Duo: 25 January 1982 (both of them!)
Tuxedosam:12 MAy 1978 - South Pole
Tabisuke: 7 September
Umeya Zakkaten (Umeya Variety Store): 18 May 1987
U*SA*HA*NA: 7 August 2001
Winkipinki: the day the tulips bloom in the garden - the flower garden
Yonnari Komachi: 3 MArch
Zashikibuta: 4 February 1983
Notes from Kitty#2: If you know your favorite characters birthday, or just want to help out, please note us!
Fictional character by Sanrio
This article is about the character. For other uses, see Hello Kitty (disambiguation).
|First appearance||March 1975 (created 1974)|
|Created by||Yuko Shimizu|
|Voiced by||Megumi Hayashibara (1990–present), others[a]|
|Full name||Kitty White|
|Family||Mimi (twin sister) |
Charmmy Kitty (pet cat)
Dear Daniel (boyfriend)
My Melody (Best friend)
Hello Kitty (Japanese: ハロー・キティ, Hepburn: Harō Kiti), also known by her full name Kitty White (キティ・ホワイト, Kiti Howaito), is a fictional character produced by the Japanese company Sanrio, created by Yuko Shimizu and currently designed by Yuko Yamaguchi. Sanrio depicts Hello Kitty as a young female gijinka (anthropomorphization) of a Japanese Bobtailcat with a red bow and no mouth. According to her backstory, she is a perpetual 3rd-grade student who lives outside of London. Kitty and her twin sister, Mimi, celebrate their birthday on 1 November 1974. Since the cartoon character's creation, the Hello Kitty media franchise has grown to include clothing, accessories, toys, games, books, manga, anime series, and music albums, along with other various product lines and media productions.
Shortly after Hello Kitty's creation in 1974, the Hello Kitty vinyl coin purse was introduced by Sanrio in March 1975. Sanrio brought the character to the United States in 1976. By 2010, Sanrio had turned Hello Kitty into a global marketing phenomenon, worth $6 billion a year. By 2014, when Hello Kitty was 40 years old, she was worth about $8 billion a year.Hello Kitty has become one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time.
Hello Kitty is a staple of the kawaii segment of Japanese popular culture. First marketed toward pre-teenage girls, Hello Kitty's image found commercial success among not only her original target audience but adolescent and adult consumers as well. A variety of products ranging from school supplies to fashion accessories to motor oil have featured the character over the years. A number of Hello Kitty TV series targeted towards children have been produced, as well as several manga comics and anime films. There are Sanrio theme parks based on Hello Kitty: Harmonyland in Hiji, Ōita, Japan;Sanrio Puroland in Tama New Town, Tokyo, Japan; and the former Sanrio Hello Kitty Town in Iskandar Puteri, Johor, Malaysia.
In 1962, Shintaro Tsuji, founder of Sanrio, began selling rubber sandals with flowers painted on them. Tsuji noted the profits gained by adding a cute design to the shoes and hired cartoonists to design cute characters for his merchandise. The company produced a line of character merchandise centered around gift-giving occasions. Hello Kitty was designed by Yuko Shimizu and was added to the lineup of early Sanrio characters in 1974. The character's first appearance on an item was in March 1975 on a vinyl coin purse sold in Japan, where she was pictured sitting between a bottle of milk and a goldfish bowl. She first appeared in the United States in 1976 when Sanrio opened a Gift Gate store in San Jose, California.
Sanrio decided to make Hello Kitty British because foreign countries, including Britain in particular, were trendy in Japan at the time of Hello Kitty's creation. Sanrio already had several characters set in the US, and it wanted Hello Kitty to be different. Shimizu got the name Kitty from Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass; during a scene early in the book, Alice plays with a cat she calls Kitty. Sanrio's motto is "social communication," and Tsuji wanted the brand name to reflect that by including a greeting. He first considered "Hi Kitty" before finally settling on "Hello Kitty," her current name.
Hello Kitty sold well immediately after her 1975 launch, and Sanrio's sales increased sevenfold. Due to Japan's growing economy, many Japanese children could afford to buy Hello Kitty products. Her popularity has also been attributed to the emergence of kawaii culture, which embraces cuteness.
Originally, Hello Kitty was only marketed towards a child and preteen audience. In the 1990s, the target market for Hello Kitty was broadened to include teenagers and adults as a retro brand. Marketing to those who could not get Hello Kitty merchandise as children, and those who fondly remember items they had, Sanrio began selling Hello Kitty branded products such as purses and laptops. The 1994–1996 Face series was the first to be designed specifically for mature consumers.
According to Sanrio, Hello Kitty was appearing on 12,000 new products each year as of 1999. By 2008, Hello Kitty was responsible for half of Sanrio's $1 billion net income, and there were over 50,000 different Hello Kitty branded products in more than 60 countries. Beginning in 2007, following trends in Japan, Sanrio began using darker designs for Hello Kitty with more black and less pink and pulled away from kawaii styles.
Hello Kitty and Mimi celebrated their 40th anniversary on 1 November 2014. The "Arigato Everyone Birthday Celebration" took place in Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo for several days. In Los Angeles, a four-day convention, Hello Kitty Con, was also held in celebration of the anniversary. The convention attracted over 25,000 fans.
On 1 January 2020, Sanrio Hello Kitty Town in Iskandar Puteri, Malaysia permanently closed down due to lack of attendance. On 21 February 2020, the Sanrio Puroland theme park (also known as Hello Kitty Land) in Tokyo closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Park officials hoped to have it reopened in early April 2020. In June 2020, Sanrio issued a statement that its founder, Shintaro Tsuji, would retire from his position as Sanrio's chief executive on 1 July 2020, and his grandson, Tomokuni Tsuji, 31, would take over to "ensure efficient decision making."
Spokespeople for Sanrio have confirmed that Hello Kitty has no mouth, as they want people to "project their feelings onto the character" and "be happy or sad together with Hello Kitty." Another explanation Sanrio has given for Hello Kitty's lack of a mouth is that she "speaks from the heart. She's Sanrio's ambassador to the world and isn't bound to any particular language." Representatives for Sanrio have said that they see Hello Kitty as a symbol of friendship, which they hope she will foster between people across the world. There has been speculation that Hello Kitty has her origins in Maneki Neko—the name "Hello Kitty" is a back-translation of Maneki Neko, meaning "beckoning cat" in English. Despite this, no definitive statement supports that speculation.
New series involving Hello Kitty with different themed designs are released regularly, following current trends. Yuko Yamaguchi, the main designer for most of Hello Kitty's history, has said that fashion, movies, and TV inspire her in creating new designs.
Originally aimed at the pre-adolescent female market, the Hello Kitty product range has expanded from dolls, stickers, greeting cards, clothes, backpacks, lunch boxes, piggy banks, pencils, erasers, accessories, school supplies and stationery to purses, toasters, televisions, other home appliances, massagers, and computer equipment. These products range from mass market items to high-end consumer products and rare collectibles. As of 2014[update], more than 50,000 Hello Kitty product lines were available in over 130 countries.
Sanrio and various corporate partners have released Hello Kitty-branded products, including the Hello Kitty Stratocaster electric guitar (since 2006, with Fender in the US)  and an Airbus A330-200 commercial passenger jet airliner, dubbed the Hello Kitty Jet (2005–2009, with EVA Airways in Taiwan). In late 2011 and early 2012, EVA Air revived their "Hello Kitty Jets" with their three new A330-300s. However, due to high demand, the airline added two more alongside their existing A330-200s in mid-2012. A year later, EVA Air introduced one of their 777-300ERs as another Hello Kitty Jet, which featured other Sanrio characters as well as Hello Kitty.
In 2009, Hello Kitty entered the wine market with a collection of four wines available for purchase online, continuing the expansion of product lines targeted at older audiences.
In Spring 2005, Simmons Jewelry Co. and Sanrio announced a partnership. "Kimora Lee Simmons for Hello Kitty" was launched exclusively at Neiman Marcus, with prices ranging from $300 to $5000. Designed by Kimora Lee Simmons and launched as the first in a series of collections, the jewelry was hand-made and consisted of diamonds, gemstones, semi-precious stones, 18 karat gold, sterling silver, enamel, and ceramic.
In Fall 2008, Simmons Jewelry Co. and Sanrio introduced a collection of fine jewelry and watches named "Hello Kitty® by Simmons Jewelry Co." The collection launched with Zales Corporation to further expand the reach of the brand, developing accessories for a wide variety of Hello Kitty fans. Meant to attract a youthful audience, the Hello Kitty-themed designs consisted of colorful gemstones set in sterling silver.
There is a themed restaurant named Hello Kitty Sweets in Taipei, Taiwan, which opened in 2008. The restaurant's decor and many of its dishes are patterned after the Hello Kitty characters. Another restaurant called the Hello Kitty Diner opened in the Chatswood area of Sydney, Australia, and a Hello Kitty dim sum restaurant opened in Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Hello Kitty cafés have opened around the world, including in Seoul and other locations in South Korea;Bangkok, Thailand;Adelaide, Australia;Irvine, California; and the Santa Anita Mall in California.
In 2008, a Hello Kitty-themed maternity hospital opened in Yuanlin, Taiwan. Hello Kitty is featured on the receiving blankets, room decor, bed linens, birth certificate covers, and nurses' uniforms. The hospital's owner explained that he hoped that the theme would help ease the stress of childbirth.
In 2014, Sanrio partnership with Dufan to introduced Hello Kitty Adventure a cinema based attraction takes guest in journey travelling around the world including many Indonesia Famous Heritage. At the end of the attraction, there is a few photo op that guest can take a picture with many Hello Kitty characters.
Hello Kitty is included as part of the Sanrio livery at the Japanese theme parks Harmonyland and Sanrio Puroland.
In January 2018, Puma collaborated with Hello Kitty to create the new Puma X Hello Kitty For All Time collection, which features the company's signature sneakers for both children and adults.
In 2006, Fender partnered with Hello Kitty to create the Hello Kitty Stratocaster under its Squier sub-brand. While initially aimed at pre-teen girls, the Hello Kitty Stratocaster has since been used by famous guitarists including Zakk Wylde, John5, and Slash. The guitar's cult following has caused prices to rise, with second hand guitars going for over £660 in 2020.
Further information: List of Hello Kitty television series
There have been several different Hello Kitty TV series. The first animated television series was Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater, an anime series that was 13 episodes long and aired in 1987. The next, an OVA titled Hello Kitty and Friends, came out in 1993 and was also 13 episodes long. Hello Kitty's Paradise came out in 1999 and was 16 episodes long. Hello Kitty's Stump Village came out in 2005, and The Adventures of Hello Kitty & Friends came out in 2006 and has aired 52 episodes. A crossover series under the name Kiss Hello Kitty (that paired animated versions of the members of the rock band KISS with Hello Kitty) was announced in March 2013. Produced by Gene Simmons, this show was supposed to air on The Hub Network (now Discovery Family), but it never came to fruition.
Hello Kitty's Paradise [ja] was a long-running live-action children's program that aired on TXN from January 1999 to March 2011. It was the longest-running weekly kids' television program in the network's history. In January 2011, the show's creators mutually agreed to end the series after twelve seasons, with the final episode being broadcast on 29 March 2011.
In August 2018, Sanrio began streaming a CGI animated series on YouTube. It features Hello Kitty talking to the camera about her life in the style of vlogging YouTubers.
Sanrio began streaming the newest 2D animated Hello Kitty series Hello Kitty and Friends Supercute Adventures on YouTube on 26 October 2020.
Hello Kitty had two manga comics serialized in Ribon, a shōjo manga magazine - Hello Kitty Doki (ran from May 2007 to April 2008) and Hello Kitty Peace (released in June 2008).
In March 2016, Sanrio launched a webcomic featuring Hello Kitty as a strawberry-themed superhero called "Ichigoman" (ichigo meaning strawberry), who fights monsters with the help of her giant robot. The webcomic is created by Toshiki Inoue and Shakua Sinkai and updates once a month. The Ichigoman alter-ego originates from a 2011 exhibition of Yuko Yamaguchi's artwork.
Hello Kitty has her own branded album, Hello World, featuring Hello Kitty-inspired songs performed by a collection of artists including Keke Palmer, Cori Yarckin, and Ainjel Emme under Hello Kitty's Lakeshore Records record label. Hello Kitty was also chosen by AH Software to be the basis of the new Vocaloid Nekomura Iroha (猫村いろは, Nekomura Iroha) to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sanrio.
Hello Kitty was mentioned in the parody song "Another Tattoo (parody of Nothin' On You by B.o.B and Bruno Mars)" from "Weird Al" Yankovic's 2011 album Alpocalypse.
Canadian singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne has written and recorded a song called "Hello Kitty" for her fifth studio album, Avril Lavigne, released in 2013.
Musician Yoshiki unveiled the Hello Kitty theme song "Hello Hello" in November 2014 at the first Hello Kitty Con. Yoshiki, who was the first celebrity to have his own Hello Kitty doll, "Yoshikitty," was approached by Yamaguchi to compose the song seven years prior. Yoshiki dedicated the anthem to Tsuji Kunihiko, the son of Sanrio founder Shintaro Kunihiko.
There are numerous Hello Kitty games starting with the release of the first title for Famicom in 1992; however, the majority of these games were never released outside of Japan. Hello Kitty also has made cameo appearances in games featuring other Sanrio characters, such as the Keroppi game, Kero Kero Keroppi no Bōken Nikki: Nemureru Mori no Keroleen. Special-edition consoles such as the Hello Kitty Dreamcast, Hello Kitty Game Boy Pocket, and Hello Kitty Crystal Xbox have also been released exclusively in Japan.
Hello Kitty appeared as a guest character in Sega'sSonic Dash in 2016, as part of Sega's partnership with Sanrio. Hello Kitty and My Melody (another Sanrio character) appeared together in Super Mario Maker as unlockable Mystery Mushroom costumes. Hello Kitty appears as a playable character via downloadable content in Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania.
Partial list of Hello Kitty video games
See also: Category:Hello Kitty video games
- Hello Kitty no Hanabatake (1992, Famicom): a platformer
- Hello Kitty World (1992, Famicom): a Famicom port of Balloon Kid co-developed by Nintendo and Character Soft.
- Hello Kitty's Big Fun Piano (1994, PC): a piano simulation
- Hello Kitty's Cube Frenzy (1998, Game Boy Color, PlayStation): a life simulation/minigame collection
- DDR Hello Kitty (1999, Bemani Pocket): a handheld Hello Kitty game in the Dance Dance Revolution series
- The Hello Kitty Simple 1500 series (PlayStation): a series of specifically low-priced games
- Gotouchi Hello Kitty Sugoroku Monogatari (2003, PlayStation): a sugoroku-based game
- Hello Kitty: Happy Party Pals (2005, Game Boy Advance): an action/adventure game
- Hello Kitty: Roller Rescue (2005, Xbox, GameCube, PlayStation 2): an action/adventure game
- Mainichi Suteki! Hello Kitty no Life Kit (2007, Nintendo DS): a puzzle game
- The Hello Kitty Simple 2000 series (2007, PlayStation 2): a series of specifically low-priced games
- Hello Kitty: Big City Dreams (2008, Nintendo DS): an adventure game published by Empire Interactive developed by Sanrio Digital. In the game, Hello Kitty moves to the Big City where she meets other Sanrio characters and makes new friends.
- Hello Kitty Daily (2008, Nintendo DS): a PDA application featuring a diary, calendar, alarm clock, money managing system and school planner
- Hello Kitty Online (2009, PC): an online MMORPG developed by Sanrio Digital and Typhoon Games. The game allows players to create and customize characters, then use them to battle monsters, socialize with one another, mine for ore, do domestic chores like farming or cooking, and participate in quests.
- Hello Kitty Parachute Paradise (2009, iPhone/iPod Touch): an iPhone game with tilt-based controls
- Apron of Magic (2010, Arcade): An Arcade Card Game developed by Examu to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Sanrio. The game features Hello Kitty and other notable Sanrio Characters.
- Hello Kitty Seasons (2010, Wii): A game in which the playable character is appointed as Deputy Mayor to help Sanrio Town.
- Hello Kitty Kruisers (2014, iOS, Wii U, Nintendo Switch): A kart racing game featuring Hello Kitty and other Sanrio characters
Three Hello Kitty anime films were released in Japan. Hello Kitty: Cinderella released in 1987, Hello Kitty no Oyayubi Hime released in 1990, and Hello Kitty no Mahō no Mori no Ohime-sama released in 1991.
On 3 July 2015, Sanrio announced a full-length Hello Kitty theatrical feature initially planned for 2019. In early 2019, it was revealed that New Line Cinema will be teaming up alongside Sanrio and Flynn Picture Company for an “English language film based on the venerable kid brand.” In 2021, it was reported that Jennifer Coyle and Leo Matsuda have been hired to direct the film with Lindsey Beer set to pen the script.
The Hello Kitty brand rose to greater prominence internationally during the late 1990s. At that time, several celebrities, such as Mariah Carey, had adopted Hello Kitty as a fashion statement. Newer products featuring the character can be found in a large variety of American department stores.
Hello Kitty's popularity in Japan peaked in the late 1990s when she was the country's top-grossing character. In 2002, Hello Kitty lost her place as the top-grossing character in Japan in the Character Databank popularity chart. In a 2010 survey, she was in third place behind Anpanman and Pikachu from Pokémon. In 2010, The New York Times attributed the character's relative decline in Japan to her biography not being "compelling enough to draw many fans." The newspaper later wrote that analysts called the characterization "weak," and that Hello Kitty not having a mouth has dampened her success as an animated TV character. Hello Kitty has nevertheless remained one of the top three highest-grossing characters in Japan as of 2013.
Overseas, her global popularity has increased over the years, with worldwide annual sales reaching $8 billion in 2013. She has been particularly popular in other Asian countries for decades, such as in China, where her cultural impact is comparable to that of Barbie in the Western world. In the United States, she is recognized by more than 80% of young adults in the 18–23 age group, as of 2016[update].
In May 2008, Japan named Hello Kitty the ambassador of Japanese tourism in both China and Hong Kong (where the character is exceptionally popular among children and young women), marking the first time Japan's tourism ministry had appointed a fictional character to the role. Dr. Sharon Kinsella, a lecturer at Oxford University on Japanese sociology, called the selection of Hello Kitty "a bit farcical ... as if a dumbed-down cultural icon ... can somehow do something significant to alter the gnarly and difficult state of China-Japan relations."
UNICEF has also awarded Hello Kitty the exclusive title of UNICEF Special Friend of Children.
|1978–1993||$8,000,000,000||$500 million annual sales|||
|2000||$3,300,000,000||Japan licensed merchandise sales||[d]|
|2005||$890,000,000||Japan licensed merchandise||[e]|
|2007–2008||$1,962,000,000||Japan licensed merchandise||[f]|
|2009||$5,000,000,000||$1 billion in United States|||
|2011||$4,100,000,000||Licensed merchandise sales|||
|2012||$4,039,000,000||Licensed merchandise, $1.08 billion in USA|||
|2014||$6,500,000,000||Licensed merchandise sales|||
|2015||$3,756,000,000||Licensed merchandise sales|||
|2016||$4,400,000,000||Licensed merchandise sales|||
|2017||$2,663,000,000||Licensed merchandise sales|||
|2018||$2,645,000,000||Licensed merchandise sales|||
|2019||$630,000,000||Japan licensed merchandise sales||[g]|
|Total known sales||$84,515,000,000|
In July 2008, the Dutch artist Dick Bruna, creator of Miffy, alleged that Hello Kitty is a copy of Miffy (in Dutch: Nijntje), being rendered in a similar style. He stated disapprovingly in an interview for the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph:
- 'That,' he says darkly, 'is a copy [of Miffy], I think. I don't like that at all. I always think, "No, don't do that. Try to make something that you think of yourself."'
Mercis, the firm that managed copyrights for Bruna, took Sanrio to court over their Hello Kitty-associated character Cathy, a rabbit which made her first appearance in 1976 and which Mercis argued infringed the copyright for Miffy. A court in Amsterdam ruled in favour of Mercis in November 2010 and ordered Sanrio to stop the production and sale of merchandise featuring Cathy in the Benelux countries. However, in June 2011, the two companies announced that they had reached a settlement agreement to end their legal dispute. Sanrio stopped using the Cathy character, and the two firms jointly donated €150,000 for reconstruction after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.
Musti, a cat character created by Belgian cartoonist Ray Goossens, was also cited as an inspiration for Hello Kitty.
In 1994, artist Tom Sachs was invited to create a scene for Barneys New York Christmas displays and titled it Hello Kitty Nativity. In the scene, the Virgin Mary was replaced by Madonna with an open Chanel bra, the three Kings were all Bart Simpson, the stable was marked by a McDonald's logo, and the Christ Child was replaced by Hello Kitty. This contemporary revision of the nativity scene demonstrated Sachs' interest in the phenomena of consumerism, branding, and the cultural fetishization of products. Many audiences instead took offense to the artwork, which received backlash from Catholic organizations for its misuse of Christian symbolism.
In 2009, Tom Sachs'Bronze Collection was shown at the Public art space in Manhattan's Lever House, as well as in the Baldwin Gallery in Aspen, Colorado, and the Trocadéro in Paris. The collection featured white bronze casts of a foam core Hello Kitty sculpture – a style distinctive to the artist. As of April 2010, the Wind-Up Hello Kitty sculpture is still on display at Lever House. Although Sachs did not seek permission to use the character in his work, a brand marketing manager for Sanrio was quoted as saying "You know, there was Marilyn Monroe and Andy Warhol, and then Michael Jackson and Jeff Koons. When you're an icon, that's what happens."
In 2015, a 9-foot tall pearlescent Hello Kitty sculpture by artist Sebastian Masuda was exhibited at the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza in New York City, as part of the Japan Society's exhibition: Life of Cats: Selections from the Hiraki Ukiyo-e Collection.
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This is a list of some characters from Sanrio, a Japanese company specializing in creating cute characters. Beginning in 1962, Sanrio sells and licenses products branded with these characters and has created over 400 characters, with the most successful and best known being Hello Kitty.
These are some of the most popular characters. For more Sanrio characters, see the Characters category.
Bad Badtz-Maru (バッドばつ丸, Baddo batsu maru) is a male penguin with spiky hair. His birthday is April 1 (April Fool's Day). He is one of the few Sanrio characters that is marketed to both males and females. In Japanese, "badtz" (batsu) is a term for "X", the cross signifying a wrong answer. "Maru" means circle or "O", and signifies a correct answer. Thus, his name figuratively means "wrong-correct," and is frequently represented by "XO". Badtz-Maru has many different facial expressions and poses, but a common expression is of pulling one eye down and sticking out his tongue, a gesture equivalent to blowing a raspberry.
This page is an extensive list containing all of the known character birthdays of the Sanrio characters.
Hello kitty-November 1st
Hello Mimmy-November 1st
Retoree (Show by rock)-November 7th
[email protected] 11th
Mew (Mewkledreamy)-September 2nd
Cherry (Lloromannic)-September 9th
Tsukino (Show by rock)-September 16th
Wish me mell-September 20th
Jacklyn (Show by rock)-October 5th
Charmmy kitty-October 31st
Larimar (Jewelpet)-December 3rd
The Strawberry King-December 7th
Ailane (Show by rock)-December 22th
Little Twin Stars (both Kiki and Lala)-December 24th
Garnet (Jewelpet)-January 8th
My Melody-January 18th
Tiny Poem-January 21st
Peipain (Show by rock)-February 22th
Alex(Jewelpet)- March 3rd
Demon Mummy (Show by rock)-April 5th
Shaobon (Show by rock)-April 8th
Demon Smog (Show by rock)-April 11th
Rin (Show by rock)-April 14th
Shibarin (Show by rock)-April 16th
Diana (Jewelpet)-April 20th
Dear Daniel-May 3rd
Cyan (Show by rock)-May 24th
Nemukko Nyago-May 25th
Kurousa and Shirousa-May 26th
Holmy (Show by rock)-May 29th
Berry (Lloromannic)-June 6th
Un (Show by rock)-June 8th
Rosa (Jewelpet)-June 18th
Daru Dayu (Show by rock)-July 26
ChuChu (Show by rock)-June 18th
Rosia (Show by rock)-July 23th
Hundreko (Show by rock)-June 26th
Ruby(Jewelpet)- July 29th
Moa (Show by rock)-August 7th
Anifurun (Show by rock)-August 21st
A (Show by rock)-August 25th
Goropikadon-The 25th day of the 14th month of the 53rd year on the thunder calendar
This page is still currently a work in progress.
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