Shigeru Sugie (杉江 茂 Sugie Shigeru) is a side character of SHIROBAKO. He is employed at Musashino Doga, and Musashino Animation later days, as a key animator.


I believe that talent is about how one can catch chances and learn from failures rather than one's skill. I've seen some people who're more skilled than me, miss chances because of unnecessary considerations. I still feel sorry for them. ~ From Episode 22

In the beginning, the other staff think that Sugie is not suitable for modern animations. Sugie, however, is a brilliant animator. When Musashino Doga was producing Andes Chucky, he was already showing his talents. The most famous example is that he made the whole opening scenes by himself in only three days, leaving his famous "Legendary three days Sugie" (杉江三日伝説 Sugie San-jitsu Densetsu). When the director wants hundreds of horses in Exodus!, he can also solve it successfully.

Sugie is also willing to teach his skills and share his experiences with the other animators. He tried many ways to help Ema Yasuhara, who was beside him when she was in stuck. He also shares his leisure places with Rinko Ogasawara, who later shares the info with the other animators. He also opens a workshop when the other animators demand he teaches them.


When Sugie was young, he was in Musashino Doga. At the studio, he met his girlfriend who later became his wife. He has been an animator despite Musashino Doga was closed. Even after the Time Hippo incident, he still has been in the Musashino Animation.


  • The name Shigeru means "lush, luxuriant" (茂).
  • Shigeru's surname Sugie means "cedar" (杉) (sugi) and "bay, inlet" (江) (e).


  • Sugie made a vow to himself to always sleep before 11 PM, because of it he didn't join the party to commemorate the last episode of Exodus! being done.
  • Sugie is based in the legendary animator Yasuji Mori. [1]
  • Sugie was a smoker when he was in Musashino Doga, but it is unknown whether he has been smoking or not.


  1. @ShirobakoScript: 杉江さんは、モデルのひとりにした森やすじさん...


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
Musashino Animation in anime timeline
Character Designs Rinko OgasawaraYumi Iguchi
Animators Ema YasuharaRyosuke EndoAkane UchidaHikaru HottaAi KunogiShigeru Sugie
Other animators in anime timeline
Freelance Animators Misato SegawaMitsuhide Kisa
Freelance Background Artists Yuji AtsumiMasahiro Okura
Other Animators Mitsuaki Kanno
Former Animators OnoderaShigeru's Wife
Terms Animators