Hakase (Shinonome)



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Japanese Name: はかせ (literally in kanji :博士)
Romanized Name: Hakase
English Name: Professor (literally in Japanese)
First Appearance: Episode 0
Affiliated: Nano Shinonome (created)
Sakamoto (pet)
Yuuko Aioi (friend)
Japanese VA: Hiromi Konno
English VA: Jad Saxton

Hakase is a young scientist, who despite her outstanding intelligence, still reflects her age. Her true name is not yet known, as the word "Hakase" simply means "Professor", but her surname is known to be "Shinonome."

She loves sharks and snacks, and constantly modifies Nano Shinonome, whom she created, to add strange and unusual functions such as a roll cake dispensing arm. Nano, most of the time, is unaware of these modifications until they are first used. However, Hakase always refuses to remove the obvious wind-up key from Nano's back on the grounds that it is cute, despite Nano's requests to do so.

She does not go to school (apparently because she has already graduated) and spends her days playing around in the house instead. Hakase's family is never revealed, and it is unknown if she does not have family or simply does not live with them. Her home, labeled "Shinonome Laboratories" is inhabited only by herself, Nano, Sakamoto and her other sentient inventions.


Hakase has light-ginger hair and sapphire-blue eyes; her hair is unkempt and there is a cow-lick near the backside of her head. She wears an oversized white lab-coat that has no openings on the front or back, and that runs all the way to the ground. It resembles pajamas or a very large t-shirt that has lab-coat styling with collars and a red tie.


Hakase has above-average intellect, but behaves like a spoiled 8-year-old child. She has an incredibly short attention span, and will often drop or change the subject of a situation at any time. She will argue like a child and throw a tantrum if she does not get her way. She likes to have fun and laughs at everything, though this often gets her into trouble. She loves snack foods, although her favorite food is omurice (omelette rice).

Despite her impressive intellect, very few of her creations have very little, if any, practical application, typically being made for a laugh or for showing off. Such inventions include "Super Glue", an enormous tube of super sticky glue she made to pull a prank on Nano and Sakamoto (which she wound up getting caught in as well), the two Biscuit androids (which are shown to to be less than effective at anything), and the various tricks and dispensary-devices she installs in Nano against her creation's will.

She has a passion for sharks, and is often seen drawing them when not working on robots as well as enjoying "Shark Chocolate". She is also deeply afraid of dogs, because they might bite her.

While she is aware that Nano doesn't want other people to find out that she's a robot, Hakase often tends to forget about it, or simply doesn't share the sentiment. Hakase instead feels that Nano should be happy she's a robot, as she believes "robots are cute". This leads to a running gag where she promptly introduces herself as Nano's creator whenever she meets someone, much to the other person's surprise (and Nano's dismay).




Hakase has a daughter-mother relationship with Nano

Hakase built Nano and constantly installs random (mostly useless) functions into her without her knowing. Aside from the unknown modifications, they have a very close relationship which led her to decide that Nano can go to high school in the second half of the anime. Hakase is usually well-behaved when Nano disciplines her, but acts with authority whenever she remembers she herself created Nano.


Hakase gave Sakamoto a scarf that allows him to speak, simply because she thought it would be neat. She quickly discovered the cat had a condescending personality much to her displeasure, though she allowed him to stay with her. Although Sakamoto demands respect that an elder should receive, Hakase usually does not comply. She often blames Sakamoto every time she is at fault for something, though Nano typically sees through these attempts. Hakase typically treats Sakamoto as a normal child would regard a cat, which often leads him to being harmed or put in danger.


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Hakase and Yuuko quickly becoming friends after meeting for less than an hour

Being similar in personality, Hakase and Yuuko have been good friends ever since they first met. She introduces herself to Yuuko as "Nano's creator", making all of Nano's efforts to hide her true nature useless. Hakase is always very happy to be around Yuuko and loves to play with her.


Due to her encounter with Mai's dogs, she did not like her very much at first. However, when they met for the second time, the young scientist was very quick to open up to her, because of a shark drawing she gave to her.

Hakase favorite foods and drinks


  • Rollcake from Nano's left hand.
  • Sweetbun from Nano's forehead.
  • Snack-Q (Snaq)
  • Omelette rice.
  • Castella Shark, (sponge cake shaped shark)
  • Choco-shark.


  • Strawberry milk.
  • Soda.


  • It is unknown if Hakase is related to Principal Shinonome, the current Principal of Tokisadame Highschool. Though they share a family name, they are never alluded to as being related.
  • For unknown reasons, Hakase desires the Akutagawa Prize, a Japanese literary award.
  • Hakase seems able to speak other languages; she said "Saranghaeyo" (Korean for I Love You) in Episode 6.
  • All of Hakase's clothes resemble long pajamas.
  • It is unknown how Hakase financially supports herself or the Shinonome Lab, as there is nothing to suggest her inventions are profitable in any way.

Character songs

Image gallery

See: Hakase's Image Gallery

Nichijou characters
Trio Sucharaka Mio Naganohara · Yuuko Aioi · Mai Minakami
Shinonome Laboratory Hakase (Shinonome) · Nano Shinonome · Sakamoto · Biscuit 2
Faculty Principal Shinonome · Kousuke Oura · Izumi Sakurai · Manabu Takasaki · Kana Nakamura · Tomioka · Akagi
Class 1-O Yuria Sekiguchi · Makoto Sakurai
Class 1-Q Mio Naganohara · Yuuko Aioi · Mai Minakami · Nano Shinonome · Haruna Annaka · Tanaka · Tsuyoshi Nakanojou · Ogo · Midori Ōmama
Class 2-A Ogi
Class 2-P Kenzaburou Daiku · Koujirou Sasahara · Misato Tachibana · Weboshii · Fe-chan
Fey Kingdom King Albert · Princess Starla · Dolph · Fey Kingdom Soldiers
Others (females) Yoshino Naganohara · Tamamura · Mihoshi Tachibana · Sumika · Tanabo · Kimiko · Yuuko's Mother · Mother Naganohara · Double Cheeseburgirl · Itako
Others (males) Hajime Sakurai · Mi-chan · Nakanojou's Father · Assistant Instructor · Gentleman · Kiyoshi · Policeman · Hirose · Egi Masaharu · Osamu · Ma-chan
Others (animals) Buddy · Karasu · Oguri Cap . Pyon · Kojirou · The deer
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