Pompompurin (ポムポムプリン, Pomupomupurin) is a good-natured Golden Retriever dog character introduced by the Japanese company Sanrio in 1996. Purin was born on a sunny day on April 16th. Pompompurin lives in his own basket in the entrance hall of his sister-owner's house. His trademark is his brown beret that is always on top of his head.
Pompompurin's interest is collecting shoes, which includes his owner-father's leather shoes, one of his owner-mother's sandal, etc. He likes to hide them. Pompompurin loves drinking milk and eating cream caramel pudding that his mother makes. He also spends a lot of time sleeping (one could say he has a talent for it!), doing 'purin aerobics,' and hanging out with his best friends. He's a laidback dog who loves soft stuff and easily makes friends. He dreams of being even bigger. He perks up when he hears his owners say "Let's go out!" and he'd rather not hear "Stay!"
Pompompurin's best friends include a hamster called Muffin, a mouse named Scone, and a bird named Custard who loves to steal Pompompurin's hat and perch on his head. He secretly likes it when the wind blows Pompompurin's beret off, so he can retrieve it!
Like Keroppi, initially Pompompurin was created through an in-house contest held by Sanrio in 1996 to design a new dog character. His design was the most popular and ended up winning the contest.
Sometime after the contest, he debuted in the 1996 July issue of Strawberry News with his original name being My Pudding, but it got changed later on to his current name.
With Family and Friends
- He was twice voted "Most Popular Sanrio Character" in The Strawberry News, a magazine published by Sanrio.
- Pompompurin performed in the Sanrio musical - Happiness Land, which toured around Asia in 2007. Pompompurin was portrayed as the The Knight of Happiness Land and is described as humorous, compassionate but careless.
- He's portrayed as an accidental main villain on the Webcomic Hello Cthulhu, though he retains his good nature.
- The humans who own Pompompurin (and presumably his parents) are referred to as "father-owner," "mother-owner," and "sister-owner."
- Pompompurin is represented in Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo's Sanrio card pack by the lazy cub villager Marty. He has an entire line of furniture and clothing modeled after Pompompurin.
- The Japanese Wikipedia article lists Akiko Jii (Credited for creating Keroppi and designing merchandise for MINNA NO TABO) as Pompompurin's official designer, but this has yet to be confirmed.
- Pompompurin Character Goodies on Sanrio.com
- Pompompurin Timeline on Sanrio.com
- Official Pompompurin Products on Sanrio.com
- Pompompurin's Family and Friends on Sanrio.co.jp
- Pompompurin Profile on Sanrio.co.jp
- Pompompurin Ranking on SanrioCharacterRanking.com via Archive.org (2016)
- April 2016 Calendar on Sanrio.com
- April 2017 Calendar on Sanrio.com
- Pompompurin's Japanese Wikipedia Page