Shirokuma Cafe

Polar Bear Cafe

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Synonyms: Polar Bear Café, Shirokuma Café
Japanese: しろくまカフェ
English: Polar Bear Cafe
German: Poler Bear's Cafe
Spanish: Shirokuma Cafe: Polar Bear´s Cafe
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Type: TV
Episodes: 50
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 5, 2012 to Mar 28, 2013
Premiered: Spring 2012
Broadcast: Thursdays at 17:30 (JST)
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Studio Pierrot
Source: Manga
Genres: ComedyComedy, Slice of LifeSlice of Life
Themes: AnthropomorphicAnthropomorphic, Gag HumorGag Humor, IyashikeiIyashikei, WorkplaceWorkplace
Demographic: JoseiJosei
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 7.911 (scored by 2164121,641 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #6992
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1925
Members: 85,999
Favorites: 863

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Situated near the local zoo and owned by the charismatic polar bear Shirokuma, Shirokuma Cafe is a popular spot for animals and humans alike, allowing them to sit back and relax after a hard day of work. Whether it's a cold beverage or the latest item on his menu, Shirokuma finds joy in being able to serve his customers, often striking up conversations about various subjects.

Together with the sarcastic Penguin and the clumsy Panda, they form an odd trio who get themselves caught up in all sorts of misadventures with their other friends such as Grizzly, a bar owner, and Sasako, a human who works at the cafe. From dealing with unrequited love, outdoor camping trips, karaoke sessions, and even the secret to brewing delicious coffee, there's always something bound to be happening in Shirokuma Cafe!

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Characters & Voice Actors


Ono, Daisuke


Taniyama, Kishou

Full-time Panda

Konishi, Katsuyuki


Miyano, Mamoru

Adelie Penguin

Konishi, Katsuyuki


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


Opening Theme

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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

1: "Bamboo☆Scramble" by Jun Fukuyama (eps 1-5)
2: "Grizzly-san no G★ROCK (グリズリーさんのG☆ROCK)" by Yuuichi Nakamura  (eps 6-9)
3: "Mizuiro (みずいろ)" by Aya Endo (eps 10-13)
4: "ZOO tto ne! (ZOOっとねっ!)" by Katsuyuki Konishi (eps 14-17, 44)
5: "Michinoku Shiiku Blues (みちのく飼育ブルース)" by Wataru Hatano (eps 18-22)
6: "Zokkon! Penko-san (ぞっこん!ペン子さん)" by Hiroshi Kamiya (eps 23-26)
7: "Kimama ni Panda Mama♥ (気ままに パンダママ♥)" by Toshiyuki Morikawa (eps 27-30)
8: "Llama-san no Llama Mambo (ラマさんのラママンボ)" by Daisuke Ono (eps 31-35)
9: "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)
12: "My Dear" by Takahiro Sakurai (eps 47-50)

Apr 19, 2013
Caraniel (All reviews)
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
Jan 9, 2018
Dalhaan (All reviews)
I was recently recommended to watch this anime. I wasn't sure what to think at first. I do enjoy Slice of Life quite a lot, the theme seemed interesting and the art looked like something I'd enjoy watching. But I will admit that knowing that the main characters were animals put me off for a little while. I felt like it would probably be incredibly childish. In the end... I was half right, half wrong?

The humor can be childish, at times. But I think it can also be incredibly smart, especially with Shirokuma's puns. They play with the Japanese language in a way that read more
Feb 27, 2016
shehrozeameen (All reviews)
If there was ever an anime which put "kwai!" to perfection and graced it with a significant degree of adorable charm, this one does. While I would go on and proceed about all aspects of this masterpiece, I find it would be a lacklustre review and would undermine the wonderful experience of watching this lovely anime. Nevertheless, some pointers are always best to mention.

While there are some really nice aspects to this anime, the best thing which makes it sell and makes it viewable is that it isn't 50 FULL episodes, but 100 HALF Episodes (2 story events occurring per episode). Amongst the best aspects read more
Jan 27, 2016
CarlIsTomodachi (All reviews)
There is probably no better anime than the one and only Shirokuma Cafe. I have rewatched this about a good 34 times and it never gets old for me. There are far too many legendary aspects in this single series for me to even begin to talk about. I wil leave you with an analogy instead.

<analogy> Meet Beareskinford. He is a rebel bear who has been fighting off the government for many years. He has been working with his trusty sidekick for about the same time. Fast forward a couple years... Beareskinford walks into a bar and meets a bison. Now he hasn't read more

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