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Nene Sakurada (桜田ネネ), also known as Penny Milfer Penny/Nene, is one of Shin's classmate and friends. She loves to play house with always a sadistic twist-divorces and arguments frequently, she insists on being the mom all the time-and she forces her friends to do stuff they don't really want to do. She occasionally sees her mother as crazy and complains about it frequently. Ironically,like her mother ,she often vents her anger on her stuffed bunny or Masao. It is seen that she is jealous of Ai and can get upset when she sees Masao acting as a dog to Ai.

She loves to play 'real omamagoto', or 'real house', in which divorces and arguments are very common and she typically forces/blackmails the boys to play with her. This is always a nuisance to Shin-chan, Bo-chan, and Kazama-kun and a nightmare to Masao as he often needs to be Nene's husband (unsuccessful salaryman) in the plot. She occasionally sees her mother go crazy or do something out of character and shrieks something literally translated to be "You're not my usual mom!". Nene styles herself as a sweet girl, but in fact she has inherited her mother's temper and is quite bossy. Like her mother, she hits a stuffed bunny to relieve her anger. Alternatively, Nene uses Masao as the lightning rod for her frustration when her bunny is not available. She considers Ai Suotome her rival. She has a sister named Nike Sakurada (Niku Chan). She has many pet cats whom she loves a lot.

Psychological point of view based on Funimation's English dub

(Based on Funimation's English dub)

Season 1 and 2 implied that she might had been abused by her father (Besides verbal hinting, She shows how she uses her Bunny's), Particularly Happiness Bunny, inside herself to fill the "emptiness" she physically had taken away) and abused her, causing the high probability in her future to have complex post traumatic stress.
towards the end of seasons 2 to the beginning of 3, Nene's father has gone through counseling, Never to hurt Penny or her mother again. This Psychologically leaves Nene's "Auto Pilot"(or typical "comfort level" to survive) at a stand still. She has become so used to this, that she cannot mold a new healthy personality on her own, and admits to being so furious, being her only weapon to overcome her problems. (She is also 5 to 7 years old, and according to Penny's mother-in season 3-her insurance cannot pay for counselling so it is typical that she cannot break away from the habit ) It is also shown the same pattern with Penny's mother.

This point of view has been disproven by an episode where Shin-chan and his sister gets to choose a new family before being born. There was one route where they chose Nene's family and based on that her father actually seemed very kind and loving towards his temporary children, so that father probably treats Nene lovingly too, but just doesn't get many appearances.

Voice actors

English: Carrie Savage, Michelle Ruff, Anndi McAfee

Japanese: Tamao Hayashi

Italian: Francesca Manicone

Art evolution


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