Erika Yano (矢野 エリカ Erika Yano) is one of the supporting characters of the SHIROBAKO anime series. She is working at Musashino Animation as a production assistant.



Erika has caramel-blonde hair styled up into twin ponytails, held by two black bunny-eared wire ribbons with two pins holding her fringe. She has a mole underneath her large, curious, and grey eyes.

Erika wears a woolen green cardigan over her muted blue-collared black-shouldered white t-shirt. Her grey shorts are rolled up at the rims with red drawstrings. A pair of striped stockings and purple combat boots are accessorized with her outfit. When she's not wearing this outfit, she's often seen wearing a large cardigan or a dress with stockings.


Erika is a hardworking, observant and tsundere-like girl who speaks up when she needs to, keeps quiet when she needs to, and defends people when she needs to. She doesn't speak much about herself, but she isn't afraid to speak her mind.

She is as informative as she is assertive and likes to keep people in their place, but she is nurturing and motherly to Aoi Miyamori.


Erika works beside Aoi Miyamori's desk at Musashino Animation as a production assistant. At a glance, she looks anti-social, cold, and distant. She's really quite observant and is in-tune with most of what goes on in the studio. Erika is efficient at her job and likes to nurture the studio's new production assistant, Aoi as she sees herself in her.

Erika doesn't open up much about herself but likes to give people insight and great advice. It wasn't revealed until later in the story that she had a father in the hospital whose health was fluctuating. This affects her tremendously but does not stop her from finishing her job.



Yano has an unnamed father who was in sickness in the first half of the series, due to this, Yano was forced to watch over him. She later returned to work, once her father's health became stable.

Aoi Miyamori[]

Aoi and Erika both work together in Musashino Animation as production assistants. Aoi was hired much later than Erika was so in turn, Erika mothers and nurtures Aoi. Erika likes to give Aoi Yōkan to simulate brain power as it helps her think herself. She and Aoi work alongside each other.

Erika tries to help Aoi as best as she can. She also trusts Aoi most, as she recommended her to be an interviewer.

Tarou Takanashi[]

Tarou and Erika both work together in Musashino Animation as production assistants. Erika deems Tarou as an airhead, an annoying loudmouth, and an irresponsible prick. Although she views him badly and tends to shut him up multiple times throughout office hours, she respects him enough to not bully him more than she does and knows where to draw the line.

Erika regards Tarou Takanashi as the office airhead and an annoying loudmouth.

Tatsuya Ochiai[]

They were both co-production assistants at Musashino Animation and although Tatsuya acts aloof and rarely talks to anyone, he and Erika can be seen talking with each other frequently. When Tatsuya said that he was going to quit Musashino Animation, Tarou surmised that Tatsuya was leaving because he and Erika were getting married.

Yutaka Honda[]

Yutaka and Erika both work together in Musashino Animation. Erika as a production assistant, and Yutaka as head production desk. When Yutaka quit his position to work as a baker, Aoi was made head production desk. When Aoi asked why she was chosen, Shun Watanabe replied with, "Who else is there?" implying that after Yutaka, Erika would've been a better fit but seeing the situation that she was in, she wouldn't be able to handle the workload for their schedule was already tight as is.

Daisuke Hiraoka[]

Hiraoka and Erika were in the same class when they were college students. After watching how Hiraoka became cynical year after year, she feels pity for him. When Miyamori tries to settle Hiraoka's problem, Erika gives some advice on Hiraoka for her.

Because of situations they met were different, they have divided attitudes in some perspective.

Yano: There're some people who never wake up from dreams even after ten years.

Hiraoka: Yes it is. She's exactly that type.

Yano: I like that type of person.

Hiraoka: And I dislike them.

Yano: I would guess so.

~ From Episode 19

Hisamitsu Isokawa[]

As Hiraoka, Erika and Isokawa were in the same colleges, they know each others well.


  • Erika's surname Yano means "arrow" (矢) (ya) and "field, wilderness" (野) (no).


  • Erika likes sweets (especially yokan, a Japanese jellied red bean dessert)
  • Erika calls Aoi Miyamori "Meowmere"
  • Erika slapped Yutaka Honda once for pushing Aoi and scaring her
  • Erika's father was in the hospital for unstable health so she took a few days off to be with him.



Production Characters
Musashino Animation Shun WatanabeAoi MiyamoriSara Satou
In anime: Masato MarukawaTarou TakanashiErika YanoTsubaki AndoDaisuke Hiraoka
In movie: Kyuji Takahashi
Western Entertainment Gotaro KatsuragiKaede Miyai
Other companies TomigayaMasahiko InamiKeiji TakekuraTatsuya OchiaiEisuke EnjoTakumi YaraseTsuyoshi MakuradaHisamitsu IsokawaKenichi Mimura
In movie: Tsubaki AndoDaisuke Hiraoka
Former staffs Yutaka Honda
In movie: Masato MarukawaTarou Takanashi
Terms ProducerProduction DeskProduction Assistant‎
Musashino Animation
Staffs in the movie timeline
Production Department Shun WatanabeAoi MiyamoriSara SatouKyuji Takahashi
Other Departments Hironori MadokaYuka OkitsuNao ShinkawaChiemi DoumotoShigeru Sugie (In home)
Staffs in the anime timeline
Production Department Masato MarukawaShun WatanabeErika YanoTarou TakanashiAoi MiyamoriTsubaki AndoSara SatouDaisuke Hiraoka

Former: Tatsuya OchiaiYutaka Honda

Animator Department Ema YasuharaShigeru SugieRinko OgasawaraYumi IguchiRyosuke EndoAkane UchidaHikaru HottaAi Kunogi

Former: Shigeru's Wife

Other Departments Yuka OkitsuNao ShinkawaYoshiki SakuraYuichiro ShimoyanagiChiemi DoumotoWataru Nakabayashi
Directing Seiichi KinoshitaMasashi YamadaHironori MadokaHiroshi IketaniZaruyoshi YakushijiMidori Imai
Animators Misato SegawaMitsuhide KisaYuji AtsumiMasahiro Okura
Companies Western EntertainmentR&B StudioYodaka BooksStudio Titanic
Anime Productions
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