Midori Imai (今井みどり(いまい みどり) Imai Midori) is one of the main characters of SHIROBAKO anime series.



Midori is a young college student of average height and slim build with black-purple hair that she wears in a high side-ponytail held together with a white hair tie and wide grey-purple eyes.

Her wardrobe is a black and white pinstripe thigh-length dress cinched at the waist with a brown buckle belt. She wears a mustard-colored blazer with starry magenta-colored tights. Her wardrobe usually consists of fun and eye-catching colors.


Midori is a kind and perceptive girl who is a passionate learner with a big heart. Although the youngest of the five friends, she still strives for her lofty dreams and ambitions and looks to her friends for support. She's always willing to lend a helping hand whenever possible. Her goal and dream are to write heart-capturing scripts for a variety of anime genres.  


Midori made an anime with Aoi Miyamori and the rest of the gang in the Kaminoyama High School Animation Club. The five girls made a promise to create an animation feature of their own someday after moving to Tokyo and sealed it with doughnuts. Currently, Midori is attending post-secondary school. She starts working for Musashino Animation in Episode 14.


Aoi Miyamori[]

Midori lives in the same apartment complex building as Aoi. She also went to high school with her and made a promise with Aoi and the others that they would make an animation feature.

Ema Yasuhara[]

Midori went to high school with Ema and made an animation feature promise with Ema and the others.

Shizuka Sakaki[]

Midori went to high school with Shizuka and made an animation feature promise with Shizuka and the others.

Misa Tōdō[]

Midori went to high school with Misa and made an animation feature promise with Misa and the others.

Kaori Miyamori[]

Midori has known Kaori ever since high school through Aoi, Kaori's younger sister.


  • Midori's surname Imai means "now, present" (今) (ima) and "well, mine shaft, pit" (井) (i).


  • Being the youngest of the group, Midori graduated after the others from the animation club.
  • Midori is attending post-secondary in Tokyo to fulfill her promise with her friends.
  • Midori took care of Kaori Miyamori (Aoi Miyamori's older sister) who spontaneously decided to visit Aoi one day.
  • Midori is a fan of the Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky. When she agreed to hold onto Aoi's apartment key before 10 AM and confessed that she was actually heading to bed after pulling an all-nighter to read Dostoevsky. His face appears as a decal on her jet in the Season 2 opening.
  • Midori spent two days with Kaori touring the city before realizing that the activities benefited her more than it did Kaori so she suggested Kaori to take over before her departure back into the country.
  • Midori willingly spent her own time researching about Japan's history of trains solely to help out Aoi when she didn't have to. This led to her receiving the nickname "Diesel-san" among the staff at Musashino Animation.




Main Heroines Characters
Main Heroines Aoi MiyamoriEma YasuharaShizuka SakakiMisa ToudouMidori Imai
Relatives Aoi's motherKaori MiyamoriEma's fatherEma's mother
Organisations Musashino AnimationAka Oni ProductionsMatsuteiSuper Media CreationsStudio Kananbun
Animation club Kaminoyama Prefectural High SchoolShinbutsu Konkou SHICHIFUKUJIN2014 manga