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. A freckle is placed 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 hardworking, observant, and tsundere-like. She 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 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.


Aoi Miyamori

Aoi and Erika both work together in Musashino Animation as production assistants. Aoi was hired much after 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.

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.

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, Jun 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 little pity for him.


  • 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 MarukawaErika YanoTsubaki AndoDaisuke Hiraoka

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
Anime Andes ChuckyExodus!Third Aerial Girls SquadTwo PieceBorder Town WomanTime HippopotamusAir amphibious assault ship SIVA
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