Almost all of the strange creature in Donyatsu all seem to be a hybrid of some confection and some animal.

Ronya, Donyatsu, Bagel (From left to right) Ronya, Donyatsu, Bagel

Kumacaroon, Bamucougar, Morudonyatsu, Sakuwabuta (From left to right) Kumacaroon, Bamucougar, Morudonyatsu, Sakuwabuta

Menchiwawa, Korokkenn (From left to right) Menchiwawa, Korokkenn

What combination of animals and confections are each of the characters listed?


All of them seems to be portmanteau which combines the name of some kind of food (reflected in the shape/features of their bodies) and the name or sound made by some animal (reflected in the shape/features of their heads).

  • ローニャ (ro-nya): ロールケーキ/Swiss roll + ニャ/にゃ (Onomatopoeia for cat)

  • どーにゃつ (do-nyatsu): ドーナツ/Donut + ニャ/にゃ (Onomatopoeia for cat)
    The name is written in Hiragana. For comparison purpose, ドーナツ in Hiragana is どーなつ.

  • ベーガル (be-garu): ベーグル/Bagel + (Unknown)

  • クマカロン (kumacaron): クマ(熊)/Bear + マカロン/Macaron1
    1 Not to be confused with Macaroon.

  • バームクーガー (ba-muku-ga-): バウムクーヘン/Baumkuchen + ピューマ(クーガー2/Cougar
    2 In the disambiguation page, クーガー is a different name for ピューマ; ピューマ (Puma) seems to be more commonly used in Japanese.

  • もるどーにゃつ (morudo-nyatsu): Mold/モルド3 + ドーナツ/Donut + ニャ/にゃ (Onomatopoeia for cat)
    3 モルド is more of a transcription of the English word "Mold", rather than a loan word.

  • ちくわぶた (chikuwabuta): ちくわぶ(竹輪麩)4/Chikuwabu + ぶた(豚)/Pig
    4 Not to be confused with ちくわ(竹輪)/Chikuwa. Quoting from Wikipedia page of Chikuwabu: "Chikuwabu is often confused with the fish-based chikuwa, as they are similar in shape and name and are both common ingredients in oden. However, unlike chikuwa, chikuwabu is rarely eaten on its own."

  • メンチワワ (menchiwawa): メンチカツ5/Menchi-katsu + チワワ/Chihuahua
    5 I linked to Menchi-katsu (ground meat cutlet), since it resembles the illustration best. メンチ (menchi) is a phonetically modified version of the word "mince" in English.

  • コロッケン (korokken): コロッケ6/Korokke + ケン(犬)/Dog
    6 Not to be confused with クロケット/Croquette, although コロッケ/Korokke is a dish originates from クロケット/Croquette.

Although not in the pictures in the question, there is also マチュマロ (machumaro), translated as marshmallow mouse, which made an appearance in chapter 3. However, the mice seem to be the only characters in the manga whose bodies don't resemble some kind of food.

As the story progresses, more characters are introduced:

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  • It looks like もるどーにゃつ is mold + nyatsu for a moldy donut cat. I'm pretty sure Bagel is just a bagel with a cat body. – кяαzєя Apr 23 '13 at 18:39
  • @Krazer: The interesting thing is that it is "Begal" in Japanese. Not sure if part of it is name of some type of cat. – nhahtdh Apr 23 '13 at 22:27
  • Since "be-garu" is written in katakana, it implies that the word is foreign (or at least foreign sounding). The closest thing the would make sense were would probably be "Bengal," but he doesn't havs the characteristics of a bengal cat... he's just a plain bagel cat. – кяαzєя Apr 23 '13 at 23:24
  • @Krazer: The observation about Katakana/Hiragana seems to be true for most cases, except for Donut related characters. I think Bengal cat might make sense, since the animal is reflected in the head of the character, while the food type is reflected in the body of the character. – nhahtdh Apr 24 '13 at 1:51

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