Ranked #518
Shirokuma Cafe

Shirokuma Cafe

Alternative Titles

English: Polar Bear's Café
Synonyms: Polar Bear Cafe
Japanese: しろくまカフェ

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 50
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 5, 2012 to Mar 28, 2013
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: G - All Ages
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 8.001 (scored by 6354 users)
Ranked: #5182
Popularity: #1158
Members: 32,780
Favorites: 415
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Synopsis

Shirokuma Cafe revolves around a Canadian white bear that quits his boring job and starts a cafeteria near a zoo. He loves telling tall tales and always brags about himself. According to him, he was picked up by a human couple who owns a diner while he was drifting around on an iceberg.

Though he has lost all contact with his Canadian family, he has discovered a new home in serving the diners' clientele, thanks to the kind couple. His café is an embodiment of his personality. The place is always packed with many regulars, animals and humans, who are drawn by his charismatic magnetism.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Shirokuma
Shirokuma
Main
Sakurai, Takahiro
Japanese
Sakurai, Takahiro
Panda
Panda
Main
Fukuyama, Jun
Japanese
Fukuyama, Jun
Penguin
Penguin
Main
Kamiya, Hiroshi
Japanese
Kamiya, Hiroshi
Sasako
Sasako
Main
Endou, Aya
Japanese
Endou, Aya

Staff

Mitsuyuki, Masuhara
Mitsuyuki, Masuhara
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Kikuta, Hiromi
Kikuta, Hiromi
Sound Director
Fujimoto, Jirou
Fujimoto, Jirou
Episode Director
Kosaka, Harume
Kosaka, Harume
Episode Director, Storyboard

More episodes Episodes(1/50)

# Episode Title Aired
1 Polar Bear's Café
Shirokuma Café e Youkoso / Panda-kun no Shuushoku (しろくまカフェへようこそ / パンダくんの就職)
Apr 5, 2012

Opening Theme

#1: "Boku ni Invitation (ボクにインビテーション)" by JP (eps 1-26)
#2: "Rough & Laugh" by Clammbon (eps 27-38)
#3: "You&Me" by Saki & Rie fu (eps 39-50)

Ending Theme

#01: "Bamboo☆Scramble" by Jun Fukuyama (eps 1-5)
#02: "Grizzly-san no G★ROCK (グリズリーさんのG☆ROCK)" by Yuuichi Nakamura (eps 6-9)
#03: "Mizuiro (みずいろ)" by Aya Endo (eps 10-13)
#04: "ZOO tto ne! (ZOOっとねっ!) " by Katsuyuki Konishi (eps 14-17, 44)
#05: "Michinoku Shiiku Blues (みちのく飼育ブルース)" by Wataru Hatano (eps 18-22)
#06: "Zokkon! Penko-san (ぞっこん!ペン子さん)" by Hiroshi Kamiya (eps 23-26)
#07: "Kimama ni Panda Mama♥ (気ままに パンダママ♥)" by Toshiyuki Morikawa (eps 27-30)
#08: "Llama-san no Llama Mambo (ラマさんのラママンボ)" by Daisuke Ono (eps 31-35)
#09: "Largo (ラルゴ)" by Kishou Taniyama (eps 36-38)
#10: "Bamboo rendezvous ♥ (バンブー・ランデヴー♥)" by Kana Hanazawa (eps 39-42)
#11: "PANDAHOLIC!!" by Tokuyoshi Kawashima (eps 43, 45-46)
#12: "My Dear" by Takahiro Sakurai (eps 47-50)
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shizuma_yin13147
Jul 14, 2012 2:28 AM
Well, this review will be brief but I'll go straight to the point.

Shirokuma Cafe is an excellent anime even if it lacks the usual action-adventure-romance stuff in most anime nowadays. It's calming and makes me feel at ease, all the while making me laugh and squeal at how cute some of the characters are. And I'm shocked to realize that very famous seiyuu are voicing the characters, but it makes me like Shirokuma Cafe even more. It's simple but great. That's all I'll say.
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Caraniel
Apr 19, 2013 11:52 PM
Polar Bear Café (Shirokuma Café): A charming, puntastic show filled with memorable moments – 9/10

PLOT: Polar Bear Café is about the daily lives of a bunch of animals who frequent a café run by the titular Polar Bear, including a panda, a penguin, a llama and a sloth (among many others). There are a few random humans thrown in there too – the perma-smiling Sasako, the bumbling zookeeper Handa and the panda obsessed florist Rin-Rin, but the cast is mainly animals. Animals that no one bats an eye at when when they’re casually wandering about town buying groceries, or working in a bakery or running read more
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Harmoniche
May 20, 2012 12:06 AM
Shirokuma Cafe is a slice of life, comedy anime and it doesn't try to be anything else. It does its job well and in appealing ways.

When talking to a couple of my male friends they were surprised to find out that I watched Shirokuma Cafe and I was surprised in return. I always thought of it as a kind of cute show with catchy tunes that was fun to watch. My friends watched it for the humor (it wasn't like I didn't, because I did, I just didn't think that would be their number one appeal).

Shirokuma Cafe is targeted at a wide variety read more
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Hi-Five_Ghost
May 21, 2014 1:47 PM
I’m still a relative newbie to anime, but so far, slice of life has been pretty good to me. Polar Bear Café manages to continue this trend. It’s a pretty silly and stupid show. It may not be gut bustingly hilarious (I’ll explain why), but it’s still very entertaining. This is my review.

Contains Minor Spoilers

Story
The story of Polar Bear Café is really simple as it just follows the daily escapades of a café run by a Polar Bear’s regulars. There is no overarching plot and the stories are broken up into two 12-minute segments like a lot of western animated shows. This read more
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Recommendations

Anime: Working!!
Using the restaurant theme but actually can take place in any settings, Shirokuma Cafe and Working are pretty much situation comedy that happen to take place in restaurant and coincidentally share the common activity of arubaito (part-time work.)

Shirokuma cafe take a safe route of all-age and genders appeal. I double dare anyone to come up with demographic group that can't watch this.

Working is a male-oriented show that have lots of girls (as usual) and happen to appeal to female too due to it's neutral standing between male and female emphasis. It is made from female-mangaka manga that serialized in late-teen to  read more 
reportRecommended by lapisdragon
Anime: Tamako Market
While not entirely similar, both series has the premise of working at a local area to make a living. The characters from both series live their common lives in a slice of life like pattern.

There is also some animals from both series.

The atmosphere from both these series is also light and pleasant to get into. With that, they have tons of comedy and fun moments.

 
reportRecommended by Stark700
Anime: Chi's Sweet Home
Both sweet, low-key and about animals.  
reportRecommended by noirgrimoir
Anime: Neko Ramen
Both are series featuring animals main having a restaurant. Both have support characters that are human. 
reportRecommended by SunWukung
Anime: Seiyou Kottou Yougashiten: Antique
Watching Shirokuma, I always have this image of Antique Bakery in my mind. First of all it's of course the concept of cafe as the main stage for the story, music is very much alike, an the main point is the whole atmosphere of the anime, it's like sitting in a comfortable cafe, enjoying your favorite meal, observing nice people around you. Both give the same positive feelings.  
reportRecommended by Helen_san
Anime: Servant x Service
While both series doesn't have the same premise, they involve the concept of the working environment. The major difference is the addition of animals in Shirokuma Cafe. However, Servant x Service does have our mascot bunny as a boss.

There's a lot of humorous moments presented in a slice of life format. The main characters' interactions makes up for the memorable scenes and dialogues. Both series' also has an ordinary girl that works with the characters who is considered kind but sometimes naive. 
reportRecommended by Stark700

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