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ほんとに強い人はやたらに弱い者いじめなんかしないのよ。


An entity with real strength should not bully the weak.

— Shizuka Minamoto



Shizuka Minamoto (源 静香(みなもと しずか) Minamoto Shizuka), also known by her nickname Sue in the American and UK versions, is the tritagonist of the Doraemon franchise, being the only main female character.

In the future after marrying Nobita, she is also known as Shizuka Nobi or Mrs. Nobi.

Appearance

Shizuka's appearance has changed little over the years of the Doraemon franchise, she is slim, has a light skin color, black eyes and her hair is usually dark in color and tied up in short pigtails. She usually wears a pink dress.

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Shizuka in the 1973 anime

In the 1973 anime, Shizuka is short, has dark brown hair, and in the episodes she appeared in, wore a short, pink dress, white socks, and red buckle shoes.

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Shizuka in the early episodes of the 1979 anime

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Shizuka in the later episodes of the 1979 anime

During the first few seasons of the 1979 anime, Shizuka had more of a cartoonish-look to her, with oval-shaped eyes like in the later episodes of the anime, and has mild-colored skin. Shizuka's brown hair was carried over in the 1979 anime (though it became light brown, while in the 2005 anime, Shizuka has black hair like most of the other characters) and her appearance is mostly the same as before, except she is a little taller, as an adult she has her hair tied in a bun, and some of the episodes had her wearing different colored shoes. Also, in some episodes, wore outfits other than her pink dress (for example, a red dress, or a white shirt with a brown skirt and beige sweater, or a shirt and green overalls)

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Shizuka in the 2005 anime, before the 2017 animation update

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Shizuka after the 2017 animation update in the 2005 anime

In the 2005 anime, Shizuka's height was shortened and her hair was changed to black to match the artwork in the manga, and mostly wore a pink shirt and a dark blue skirt, in some episodes she would wear a dress. In recent movies, Shizuka has brown eyes. Overall, much of Shizuka's appearance has remained the same over the years, with some small and sometimes unnoticeable changes.

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Shizuka in Stand by Me Doraemon

The CGI Shizuka has realistic black hair with the bangs on both sides and dark brown oval-shaped eyes. She wears a white overall dress with a dark pink top (and white panties) underneath and yellow buckle shoes. In the sequel, the colors of the overall dress and top are swapped.

Personality

Shizuka is a smart and kind neighbourhood girl. She is, unlike Nobita, a quick-witted and very studious child. Shizuka loves to bathe and does it several times a day passionately. Unlike Nobita, Suneo, and Gian, she is not a fan of video games for the most part.

She cares for weaker people, abused animals and neglected dolls. She wishes to be a nurse or an air-hostess when she grows up. Both jobs reflect her kind nature. Shizuka loves her dolls a lot, to the extent that she loves them more than her own friends. She once freed a little bird from a bundle of strings it got caught in. She also cares deeply for the Grandfather Tree. When she was unable to save the Grandfather Tree, she was devastated but later felt relieved when she saw a little sprout from the Grandfather Tree stump. In one episode, Doraemon, Nobita, and Shizuka put her dolls in Nobita's race cars and started racing. Nobita's car crashed and the doll fell out, and she began to cry and get angry at him. But when she sees Nobita doing the right thing or a good thing for others, it would be enough to make her genuinely forgive Nobita.

She is known to love cartoons, especially the ones which save people (Magical Girl Shizu-chan).

She is also known for sometimes taking piano lessons, which she dislikes because she likes the violin better. Her true passions are sweet potatoes and, again, the violin, in which her playing is comparable to Gian's singing in terms of how bad they are at it. Like Gian, she is also tone deaf to this horrendous violin playing. Sometimes, Shizuka's practicing disturbs the neighbors, which is why her mother would get mad at her.

Shizuka has a split personality, which is mostly shown in the 1973 anime and very early episodes of the 1979 anime. There are scenes that show her sleeping and eating at the same time, stealing her mother's lipstick for her to play with, swallowing an expensive opal (Fairly explaining, going by the 2005 anime, it's safe to assume she was too distracted by the TV to notice that her mother had left it in her peanut bowl. Her swallowing it in the first place in the 1979 anime is never explained.), and slipping over a banana peel. Also, in the episode Magical Girl Shizu-chan, she stayed outside so late at night that her mother locked her out. However, in the later episodes of the 1979 anime, she is portrayed as more "girly" and ladylike. In the 2005 anime, she is still "girly-ish" and sweet and kind, but not to the extent of the 1979 anime. In the English dub, her personality has been almost completely rewritten as a more tomboyish and athletic girl (albeit retaining her kind and sweet nature). This is a result of a screen test where American kids did not quite understand her original personality and her love of bathing has also been removed.

Relationships

Doraemon

Doraemon is very fond of Shizuka and enjoys her company. Shizuka often invites Doraemon and Nobita to taste the cakes and cookies she makes. Sometimes she asks Doraemon to borrow his gadgets, which he happily agrees to do so because she is very responsible with them and never uses them for her own gain.

Nobita Nobi

You really haven't changed at all. I worry about you. You need someone to look after you. Yeah... all right. The answer to your question is... yes.

— Shizuka accepting the proposal of Nobita, Stand by Me Doraemon


For more information on their relationship and the list of scenes that was centered around them, see Relationship Between Nobita Nobi and Shizuka Minamoto

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Shizuka saves Nobita in Goodbye, Shizuka

Shizuka so loves Nobita more than her friends. However, she gets angry when he behaves rudely or sees her taking a bath intentionally or unintentionally. Despite all this she usually forgives him. As seen in many episodes she really cares for him and helps him when he is in a difficult situation such as being bullied by Gian and Suneo, getting hurt from falling or in other ways. She also helps him study and invites him to her house to try the cakes she makes. Although he doesn't have much talent, and messes up a lot, Shizuka admires and likes his kind heart and even kisses his cheek or hugs him. From many doraemon episode, it is often found that Shizuka has feelings for Nobita. She will eventually marry Nobita in the future and have a son named Nobisuke. Sometimes, she has shown signs of having a crush on him.


Takeshi Gouda

Shizuka and Gian are friends, but Shizuka gets worried when Gian forcefully invites her to his music concerts along with her other friends. In Doraemon: Nobita's Legend of the Sun King, she misunderstood and thought Nobita had beaten up Gian, and she was very concerned for him and angry at Nobita. Bully or not, this showed that Shizuka still cares about him.

Suneo Honekawa

Ah! Shizuka-chan is such a good cook!

— Suneo commenting on Shizuka's good food.


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Suneo and Shizuka

Suneo and Shizuka are good friends. He invites Shizuka, Nobita, Gian, and sometimes Doraemon to his house and tries to ask them to come with him at trip (in which Nobita rarely gets a chance to come with them). Shizuka also apparently admires Suneo's drawing talent, as shown in some episodes. Although sometimes Shizuka can get annoyed with Suneo's selfishness and arrogance towards others, especially Nobita. When Suneo purposely excluded Nobita to one of his luxurious trips just to destroy Nobita's good mood, Shizuka threatened to reject his invitation if Nobita cannot come. Shizuka also appears a lot of Suneo's dreams, where he rescues her from danger or having a romantic date as tall and more attractive characters. In one episode, while Nobita imitates her voice saying, "Cookies are ready," resulting Suneo knowing that he has called Nobita.

Hidetoshi Dekisugi

Dekisugi is a very good friend of Shizuka's. He is known to help Shizuka in her studies. Shizuka often forms a study group with Dekisugi when she has problems with her homework. She occasionally invites Dekisugi as well as Nobita over to her house to taste her homemade baked desserts. She also goes with him to the library, sometimes. However, she never calls him by his first name like most of the other characters.

An adult Dekisugi later claimed that while he did confess to her, Shizuka refused since he was too "perfect" (unlike Nobita) and can manage without her. Probably that is just Shizuka's excuse, because she actually have a feelings for Nobita and has choosen Nobita as her life partner.

Shizuka's mother

Shizuka has an normal relationship with her mother, except when she knows she's screwed up. She cares about her mother very much. For example, in "Even Though It's Inside the Stomach Acid," Shizuka is sad she swallowed her mother's rare opal as it was a very cherished item to her.

Shizuka's father

Shizuka likes her father more than her mother. He always helps Shizuka. He says that she has taken the best decision when Shizuka accepted Nobita's proposal in the short film Nobita's the Night Before a Wedding.

Peeko

Peeko is Shizuka's pet canary who runs away on multiple occasions and causes Shizuka, Nobita, and Doraemon to run around the city looking for her.

Pero

Pero is a dog that Shizuka kept from her childhood, who is saved from succumbing to illness by Nobita and Doraemon.

Names in different languages

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Language Name
Arabic
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غالية (before)
شيزو (present)
Ghalia (before)
Shizu (present)
Bengali
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শিযুকা মিনামোটো
Chinese
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源 靜香
Yuán Jìngxiāng, Literal translation of Minamoto Shizuka
English
Flag of United StatesEnglish Flag of United KingdomEnglish
Sue
Hebrew
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שיזוקה
Shizuka
Hindi
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शिज़ुका मिनामोटो
Shizuka Minamoto

Alternative: शिजुका मिनामोटो
Shijuka Minamoto
Japanese
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源 静香
Minamoto Shizuka
Italian
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Scizuka (Susanita) Minamoto (First declension; Henitive Scizukes/Susanites)
Korean
Flag of South KoreaKorean
신이슬
Sin Lee-seul "Heart" and "Dew"
Spanish
Flag of SpainSpanish
Sizuka Minamoto
French
Shizuka
Tamil
Flag of IndiaTamil
ஷிஸுகா
Shizuka

Shisuka Ṣisukā

Thai
Flag of ThailandThai
มินาโมโตะ ชิซุกะ
Minamoto Shizuka
Urdu
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شزوکا میناموٹو
Vietnamese
Flag of VietnamViatnamese
Xuka (before)
Minamoto Shizuka (present)

Etymology

  • The name Shizuka means "quiet" (静) (shizu) and "fragrance, fragrant" (香) (ka).
    • Shizuka (しずか, シズカ) is a Japanese word meaning "quiet" or "calm" (静か). It is also a Japanese given name. Though the name is unisex, it is mostly used by females.
  • Shizuka's surname Minamoto means "source, origin" (源).
    • Minamoto is also one of the three most prominent clans in Japanese history. It is listed in the Shinsen Shojiroku.

Trivia

  • Whenever she is described or dresses up as a bird, she is always a swan, which represents her beauty.
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    Shizuka as a Swan

  • Shizuka resembles Yumeko Kawai from Ninja Hattori-kun, Miyoko Nonohana from Kiteretsu, and Michiko Sawada from Perman which are other works by Fujiko F. Fujio.
  • In the original manga, Shizuka had black hair, but in the 1973 and 1979 anime (except for pilot episode), her hair was brown. Her hair was changed back to black in the 2005 anime.
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    According to a side material, her parents named her "Shizuka" because they want her to grow up and be a proper lady.
  • In the American English manga, Shizuka's name isn't changed, but in the English anime dub, her name is changed to Sue. This is a shortening of the name Susan.
  • In the earlier Malay adaptation for the manga and anime, Shizuka's name is misspelled and mispronounced as "Sizuka".
  • Her counterpart in the Mirror World from Parallel Planet is tomboyish and rude. Coincidentally, Shizuka in the English dub is somewhat tomboyish.
  • In Stand by Me Doraemon, the grown-up Dekisugi says that he proposed to Shizuka, but she refused with a reason that Dekisugi is too perfect for her, since Dekisugi can do everything on his own so Shizuka chooses to marry Nobita who saves her from a snowstorm.
  • In the 1973 anime and early episodes of the 1979 anime, Shizuka addresses Nobita as "Nobita-kun" instead of "Nobita-san".
  • In The Two Shizuka-chan, there were two Shizuka, to find the real Shizuka, Nobita then asked both of them several questions. And both Shizukas were able to answer correctly until the last question where Nobita asked did Shizuka likes him, then the real Shizuka just kept quiet and blushed, but the fake Shizuka mocked and insulted Nobita. From there, Nobita found the real Shizuka. So from this it can be concluded that Shizuka actually likes Nobita and have crush on him.
  • In the future, after becoming Nobita's wife, Shizuka often calls Nobita as 'Anata' which is an affectionate term used by wives to their husbands in Japanese.
  • Where the American kids watched the original Japanese dub of Doraemon, Shizuka's personality wasn't too good for American kids to understand, so they had to alter her personality slightly, making her personality slightly more tomboyish and took out her love for bathing, but still being a kind-natured girl.
  • In the Thai, Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu and Spanish dubs, Shizuka refers to Gian by his nickname like the rest of her friends even with Doraemon, Nobita, and Suneo.
  • Her name in Bengali should be spelled শিযুকা মিনামোটো (Shizuka Minamoto). Except for some episodes, her name is spelled correctly in most of the Bengali dubbed episodes.
  • Shizuka has the least appearances in the manga.
  • In the manga, Shizuka hardly makes any angry facial expression at all for unknown reasons. This makes it difficult for readers to tell if she was actually enraged unless there were fumes coming out of her head.
  • Shizuka has kissed Nobita on the cheek in some episodes.
  • Possibly, Aron, Carla, Mozo, Piina, and Rokoroko refers to Shizuka as "Shizuka-san".
    • Nobita refers to Shizuka as "Shizuka-san" instead of "Shizuka-chan" when disguise as Sensei.
  • Shizuka appeared to have drama-queen personality in the 1979 anime for she cried much more often whenever she got trouble, the 2005 anime shows her as a more resilient girl who doesn't easily got carried away by emotion.
  • In further 2005 remake updated animation, Shizuka shows more tsundere personality than prior (except for bath scene). Those examples are:
    • During episode “The Wishing Star”, when Suneo mistakenly gave Shizuka a costume of crow, along with shell and grape (She actually wanted a glass slipper for the ball that means “Budoukai no Garasu no Kutsu” (武道会のガラスの靴) in Japanese, but the star mistakenly heard it as “Grape” (Budou/ぶどう), “Shell” (Kai/貝), and “Crow” (Karasu/カラス) which misled it), Shizuka beat and scratched Suneo violently, thinking he was insulting her.
    • Also during episode “The Warm Snowball Fight”, when Suneo and Giant accidentally threw a snowball into Shizuka's face, she got mad and threw a large one toward those two violently.
  • In Indonesian dub, she shares her voice actress (2013-present) with Jaiko and Mrs. Gouda. Furthermore, she also shares hers with Besoko, The Mermaid, Non-chan, Doraemon's mother, Abaraya's Mother, and Bill Money.
    • Also as in the episode “Flying Sky Carpet”, Shizuka's voice actress sang “Yume Wo Kanaete” (although with unoptimal singing and translation), which marks her as the only person who is involved in Indonesian dub Doraemon that sings the song. Additionally, that's the only time the translation of “Yume Wo Kanaete” was ever sung officially in Indonesian dub Doraemon.
  • Shizuka did show several hints that she actually likes Nobita, and have crush on him. Some of them can be seen at
    • In the episode “The Two Shizuka-chan”, Shizuka blushed when Nobita asked if she likes him.
    • In the episode “Dramatic Gas”, Shizuka replied “Actually, I do too” when Nobita said that he likes her.
    • In the ending of episode "Shizuka-chan in My Pocket" , Shizuka thanks Nobita for helping Chika and helping her to prepare for her birthday party. After that, Shizuka smiles at Nobita and says: "You did that for me and Chika. I saw what you did from inside your pocket".
    • In the ending of episode "Nobita's Three Visionary Swordsmen", Shizuka felt happy and embarrassed when she dreamt about Nobita becoming a hero and saving Shizuka (who is a princess). This shows that Shizuka indeed desires Nobita, considering one of Shizuka's dreams is to get her dream man.
  • If one looks at the manga version and 2017 remake animation, Shizuka has brown hair when she is an adult, implying that she dyes her hair in the future.
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