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Character
Shizuka Minamoto
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Character Information
Gender: Female
Species: Human
Age: 10
Height: 141 cm
Hair color: Brown (1973 anime and 1979 anime)
Black (2005 anime)
Skin color: Fair
Birthdate: 8 May (Taurus)
Nationality: Japanese
Habitat: Tokyo
Family & friends
Parents: Ms. Minamoto (mother)
Yoshio Minamoto (father)
Grandpa/Grandma: Shizuka's grandfather
Brothers & Sisters: None
Relatives: Kazu (cousin)
Married: Nobi Nobita
Children: Nobisuke Nobi (future son)
Pet: Peeko (canary bird)
Pero
Friends: Nobita
Doraemon
Gian
Suneo
Dekisugi, etc.
Nick name: Shizu-chan
Talent & personality
Talent: Piano, Studying
Personality: Kind, Sweet, Friendly, Gentle, Helpful, Hardworking
Interest: Bathing, Cooking, Eating sweet potatoes, Baking
Hate: Frogs
Nobita peeking while she is in the bath
Fear: Frogs
Favorite food: Sweet potatoes
Favorite color: Pink
Dream: To become an air hostess or teacher
Finding her dream man
Background infomation
First appeared: All the Way From a Future World (manga)
Japanese Seiyū: Masako Ebisu (1973)
Michiko Nomura (1979~March, 2005)
Sakuma Rei (2000)
Yumi Kakazu (2005~)
English VA: Cassandra Lee Morris
Vietnamese VA: Ngọc Châu
Other language cast: Parul Bhatnagar (Hindi cast)
Shizuka Minamoto (源 静香), or Sue in the English dub, born May 8, 2001, is one of the main characters in the series, being the main female character.

Appearance

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

Shizuka's brown hair was carried over in the 1979 anime (though it became light brown) and her appearance was mostly the same as before, except she is a little taller, (as an adult she had her hair tied in a bun) and some of the episodes had her wearing different colored shoes. Also, in many episodes, wore different outfits than her pink dress while the rest of the characters wore their normal clothes.

In the 2005 anime, Shizuka's hair was changed to black to match the artwork in the manga, and mostly wore a shirt and a skirt, in some episodes she would wear a dress. In the recent movies, Shizuka has brown eyes. Overall, Shizuka's appearance has remained mostly the same over the years.

Personality

Shizuka-chan (静香ちゃん) is a smart and kind neighbourhood girl. She is unlike Nobita: being quick and very good at studying. Shizuka takes baths several times a day due to it being her passion.

She cares for weaker people and neglected dolls. She wishes to be a nurse or an airhostess 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 friends. In one episode, Doraemon, Nobita, and Shizuka put her dolls in Nobita's racecars and started racing. Nobita's car crashed and the doll fell out, making Shizuka hate him temporarily.

She is also known for taking piano lessons so she can refuse to hang out with Nobita. Her true passions are sweet potatoes and the violin, in which her playing is as atrocious as Gian's singing.

Shizuka has a split personality. There are scenes that show her sleeping and eating at the same time, stealing her mom's lipstick for her to play with, and slipping over a banana peel.

Family

Shizuka's mother is a kind woman. Shizuka's father appeared in only a few episodes, so not much is known about him. Shizuka's mother is shown in a few episodes telling Shizuka to have a bath or eat or go to her piano lessons.

Relationships

Nobi Nobita

She loves Nobita more than any of her friends, but she gets angry when he looks at her bathing. She will marry him in the future, and their child's name will be Nobisuke Nobi.

Takeshi Gouda

Shizuka and Gian are friends, but Shizuka gets worried when Gian invites her to his music concerts along with her other friends.

Suneo Honekawa

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).

Doraemon

Shizuka often invites Doraemon and Nobita to taste the cakes and cookies she made. Sometimes she asks Doraemon to borrow his gadgets, which he happily agrees to do so.

Hidetoshi Dekisugi

Dekisugi is a good friend of Shizuka. Shizuka often form a study group (in some terms, a study 'couple') with Dekisugi when she has problems with her homeworks. She occassionally invites Dekisugi as well as Nobita over to her house to taste her home-made baked desserts. She also goes with him to the library, sometimes.

Trivia

  • Whenever she is described or dresses up as a bird, she is always a swan, which represents her beauty.
  • Shizuka resembles Yumeko from Ninja Hattori-kun and Miyoko from Kiteretsu.
  • In the orginal manga, Shizuka had black hair, but in the 1973 and 1979 anime, her hair was brown, her hair was changed back to black in the 2005 anime.
  • She loves Nobita, and he loves her, too.
  • Shizuka (しずか, シズカ?) is a Japanese word meaning "quiet" or "calm" (静か). It is also a Japanese given name.
  • Her counterpart in Mirror World is tomboyish and rude.
  • In the early episodes of the 1979 anime, Shizuka adresses Nobita as "Nobita-kun" instead of "Nobita-san" 
  • 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.
  • 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, transforming her from a good natured and kind girl who likes bathing into a tomboyish personality.
  • In the Hindi dub, Shizuka is voiced by Parul Bhatnagar.

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