Animals in Anime – Turtles and Tortoises

It’s time for another animal post and I have decided that today it will be devoted to turtles. Turtles, kame (亀) in Japanese, appear in anime from time to time and they always look quite funny. Turtles are a symbol of longevity in Japan, and the prominent turtle, minogame, that plays an important role in the legend of Urashima Tarou is depicted with a plumy fan-like tail.

Turtles and tortoises are one of my favorite animals and I keep four. I’m a little allergic to feathers and fur so my choice of pets has been always limited to reptiles. Yeah, I could also keep fishes but that’s no fun.

Love Hina



Let’s start with Tama-chan from Love Hina, the best known anime&manga; turtle, in my opinion. Tama is male, but all the girls in Hinata dormitory are convinced Tama is a ‘she’, so she is referred to as she throughout the story. She is onsen-kame, hot spring’s turtle, and her full name is Onsen Tamago, meaning Hot-springs Egg. Like all of her kind, she can fly, and a few people seem to have the ability to speak with Tama-chan.

Tama-chan is quite well drawn turtle I think. Her shell seems to be a shell of tortoise rather than turtle, though. As for her facial expression, it’s lovable.

Dragon Ball

A tortoise from Dragon Ball. I happened to come across this picture, but I don’t know anything about this tortoise. If anybody knew something about it, feel free to write it in a comment and I will update this post.

School Rumble



Kamekichi from School Rumble was given to Tsukamoto Tenma as a present by Karasuma. Tenma then spent the whole night trying to figure out what it had been supposed to mean.

Kamekichi is Astrochelys radiata, commonly called Radiated tortoise. Animators did a good job on its shell since the species is recognizable. Limbs and head are similar to those of Tama-chan, both looking like small soft pillows.




I had to put it here. This picture brings back memories of my childhood when the first season of Pocket Monsters was broadcast on TV. Squirtle was my favorite Pokémon at that time. Water-type creature, able to squirt bubbles and water gun from its mouth, and with very disproportional body. However, it’s pretty cute.

That’s all for today. I can’t find any more pictures of turtles or tortoises from anime or manga, but if I happen to come across some, I will update this post.