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Happy Birthday, Hangyodon!

By Thalia Harris
March 02, 2023
Hangyodon a half fish half man Sanrio mascot, wears a pinstripe suit and tips off his hat to reveal a red octopus.

Hangyodon is one of the lesser-known Sanrio characters, and his birthday is March 14th! He’s an adorable half-fish, half-human creature with many friends and hobbies! Let’s deep dive into his history with his celebration on the horizon!

The Origin of Hangyodon

Sanrio staff member Hisato Inoue created him in 1985, using his distinct facial features as inspiration. Referencing his large eyes and full lips for Hangyodon’s design, the adorable character’s primary color palette is light blue and yellow!

Hangyodon’s origin story started in the 1980s when Sanrio wanted to create a new character for their brand. The team in charge of the project wanted to come up with something fun, playful, and adorable–and that’s what they did!

Hangyodon rests with his octopus friends.
Hangyodon is one of the more unique Sanrio characters! Image via Lab Heart.

He is a blue, fish-like creature with a long tail and tiny, stubby arms. He has big, expressive eyes and a toothy grin that will surely make you smile. His name comes from the Japanese words hangyo and don, meaning “half-fish” and an honorific suffix, respectively

Hangyodon’s birthday is on March 14th, also known as “White Day” in Japan. White Day is when men give gifts to the women in their lives to reciprocate the gifts they received on Valentine’s Day. It’s a fitting birthday for Hangyodon, who loves to spread joy and happiness to everyone he meets.

As for his personality, he’s known for being cheeky and playful. He loves to play pranks on his friends, but he’s never mean-spirited about it. He’s also incredibly loyal and always stands up for his loved ones.

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Merchandise

Hangyodon may not be as well-known as some other Sanrio characters, but he has significantly impacted the merchandise world. Fans of this lovable blue half-fish creature can find a variety of Hangyodon merchandise to collect and enjoy.

One of the most popular items is Hangyodon plush toys. These soft and cuddly toys come in various sizes, from tiny keychain-sized plushies to large, huggable pillows. Fans can choose from different designs and outfits, such as a pirate hat or a bowtie, to add to their collection.

In addition to plush toys, there are also Hangyodon accessories available, including bags, backpacks, and purses. These items are perfect for fans who want to subtly show off their love for Hangyodon.

A bunch of IRL flue fish plushies on a white couch.
He has lots of merchandise around the world! Image via Reddit

For those who like to keep their stationery collection cute and colorful, Hangyodon notepads, pencils, pens, and stickers are available. These items feature Hangyodon’s distinctive design and playful personality, making them a fun addition to any desk or school bag.

If you want to wear their love for Hangyodon on their sleeves (or their shirts, hats, and other clothing items), plenty of Hangyodon-themed clothes and accessories are also available. From t-shirts and hoodies to socks and hats, there’s something for every Hangyodon fan to enjoy.

Overall, Hangyodon merchandise is fun and playful for fans to show their love for this lovable blue half-fish creature. Whether you’re looking for a plush toy to snuggle up with or a backpack to carry your school supplies in, there’s something for everyone!

Media 

Hangyodon has made appearances in a variety of media over the years. One of his earliest appearances was in the Sanrio anime series Sanrio Anime Sekai Meisaku Gekijou. He also appeared in several video games, including Sanrio Carnival, Sanrio Timenet: Kako-Hen and Mirai-Hen, and the Sanrio Smash Ball series.

In addition to these appearances, he’s also been in several Sanrio events and promotions, including the annual Sanrio Puroland theme park celebrations. Despite not having his own dedicated media franchise, Hangyodon has managed to make a lasting impact on Sanrio fans worldwide with his charming and playful personality.

Hangyodon wears a red hakama and holds red fans.
Happy birthday Hangyodon! Image via Pinterest

While Hangyodon may not be as well-known as some other Sanrio characters, he still appears in various media! Hangyodon’s playful and mischievous personality always shines through, whether in anime, video games, or movies. Happy birthday, Hangyodon!

Have you ever heard of Hangyodon? Do you plan to celebrate his or any other Sanrio characters’ birthdays? Do you think he’s cute? Let us know in the comments below!

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