Ranked #490

Shirokuma Cafe

Alternative Titles

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


Type: TV
Episodes: 50
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 5, 2012 to Mar 28, 2013
Premiered: Spring 2012
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Manga
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: G - All Ages
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.021 (scored by 6,694 users)
Ranked: #4902
Popularity: #1168
Members: 34,853
Favorites: 452
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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

Sakurai, Takahiro
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Fukuyama, Jun
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Kamiya, Hiroshi
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Endou, Aya
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Mitsuyuki, Masuhara
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Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Kikuta, Hiromi
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Sound Director
Fujimoto, Jirou
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Episode Director
Kosaka, Harume
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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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Nov 8, 2015
Shirokuma Cafe, or Polar Bear Cafe as people who do not have the tongue dexterity to use the Japanese name for it, is a lighthearted anime, perfect for watching on a lazy afternoon with a cup of ocha in hand, or perhaps a cafe mocha on a saucer.

Shirokuma-san, the owner of the cafe is a pun genius, and a habitual liar (he prefers storyteller, but I beg to differ). Panda-kun is the adorable part-time panda at the local zoo who doesn't know how to be "natural", but does it perfectly well. Penguin-san is the regular at Shirokuma Cafe who orders //okawari// of cafe mocha, read more
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Nov 14, 2015
What do you get when you take a world with humans, put walking and talking animals into that world, and then proceed to have no one care? Well, you get Shirokuma ( Or Polar Bear's) Cafe.

Story 9/10 - There really isn't an overall story to Shirokuma cafe , as it is mostly episodic with its plot lines, but in all, a lot of the stories were done fantastically, and were very enjoyable. There even managed to bring in the feels at the end of the show ( which worked surprisingly well) that helped the show come to a satisfying conclusion.

Art 9/10 - I read more
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Jul 14, 2012
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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Apr 19, 2013
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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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 
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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.

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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.  
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