Shizuka Minamoto (
Shizuka's signature color is pink, and she is usually represented by it.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Shizuka loves Nobita more than any of her friends. However, she freaks out when he witnesses her taking a bath even though it's unintentional and she gets angry with him when he behaves in an unacceptable manner. Despite all of this she usually makes up with him. As seen in many episodes she really cares about him and helps him when he gets into a rough situation like being bullied by Gian and Suneo, getting hurt by falling down or by other means. She also helps him with his studies (sometimes she refuses to because Nobita would end up cheating) and invites him over to her house to try the cakes and cookies she makes. Despite him not having many talents, and messing up a lot, Shizuka admires and likes his kind heart and his ability to understand people's feelings that she even kisses him on the cheek or hugs him. She will eventually marry him in the future and have a child named Nobisuke Nobi, thanks to Doraemon's interference. Sometimes, she has shown signs of having a crush on him.
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 the 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 is a dog that Shizuka kept from her childhood, who is saved from succumbing to illness by Nobita and Doraemon.
Names in different languages
- Whenever she is described or dresses up as a bird, she is always a swan, which represents her beauty.
- Shizuka resembles Yumeko Kawai from Ninja Hattori-kun and Miyoko Nonohana from Kiteretsu, 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.
- 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.
- 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 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 original timeline (without Doraemon's interference) where Nobita didn't marry her, Shizuka's specific spouse is unknown.
- In a test 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.
- She has the same Thai voice actor as Luca.