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Nejishiki is a child in Penguin Village and classmate of Arale Norimaki.


Nejishiki has charcoal grey-colored hair and tannish skin. He wears a Japanese kitsune mask, often worn in Noh theatre and Matsuri festivals. He also wears a red headscarf and a yellow yukata (light summer kimono) with a green sash.


The Birth of Arale[]


Nejishiki playing the drum

Main article: Volume 1: The Birth of Arale
He first appears in Here Comes Arale in Midori Yamabuki's class. Akane Kimidori's bubble gum gets stuck to the back of his head unaware of it.

In It is! ...not there, the anime adaptation of Something's Missing!, Nejishiki is seen playing a taiko drum as a metaphor for Senbei Norimaki's shock that Midori is nearby while he is wearing the See-Thru Glasses.

In Which Will It Be?, Nejishiki is seen leaving when school ends.

My Toilet Paper[]

Main article: Volume 7: My Toilet Paper
He is seen among the residents of Penguin Village running after Arale and Gatchan in "Penguin Village Dom-Dom-Dom!", and also appears in the chapter "Stone Age Ho-Yo-Yo".

The Crazy Honeymoon[]

Main article: Volume 9: The Crazy Honeymoon

Nejishiki No Mask

Nejishiki without his mask

In Big-Head Cometh!, Akane Kimidori takes Nejishiki's mask because she was in trouble with Daigoro Kurigashira. Nejishiki's face is shown, his face being the same face on his mask.

Other Media[]

Dragon Ball[]

Nejishiki gamera dragonball

Gamera and Nejishiki making faces

Nejishiki is seen with Rat watching Arale race the Gatchans. He is seen again playing with some strange looking monster people, including Gamera, while General Blue stops at the Phone Booth where he met Suppaman. Nejishiki makes funny faces at General Blue with the monsters.



Grandpa Gohan's mask

  • He is modeled on the engineer from Yoshiharu Tsuge's manga Nejishiki.
  • His name means "twisted direction" in Japanese.
  • The mask Goku's adoptive Grandpa Gohan wears in Dragon Ball wears the same variety of mask as Nejishiki. The only differences between the masks is that Nejishiki's mask has yellow eyes while Gohan's has red eyes.