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Popura Taneshima

種島(たねしま) ぽぷら

Japanese Name

Poplar Taneshima


"The Chiclet-Sized Chief"






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140 cm (S1& S2) (4'7") 141 cm (S3) (4'7")


40 kg


July 14th (Cancer)

Hair Color


Eye Color


Blood Type


Professional Status
Base of Works

Wagnaria Restaurant


Chief of Staff
High school student

Previous Occupation


Personal Status


Manga Debut

Volume 1

Anime Debut

Episode 1

Japanese Voice

Kana Asumi, Hisako Kanemoto (drama CD)

English Voice

Xanthe Huynh

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I’m in high school! I’m 17!”

Popura "Poplar" Taneshima (種島 ぽぷら Taneshima Popura) is one of the main female characters in the story, Working!!. She is a petite 17 year old high school student who works at Wagnaria as a waitress.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Taneshima is a young girl with an innocent appearance that makes people misunderstand her and think she is younger. She has long, fluffy, reddish brown hair that is tied in a ponytail and often messed up by Jun Satou. Even though her height is shorter than the average, she appears to be well endowed compared to most females.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Taneshima has a bubbly personality, but is constantly frustrated when people think she's in middle or elementary school. She always wants everyone to get along. She's also somewhat oblivious, completely unaware of Jun Satou's feelings for Yachiyo Todoroki, and why he messes with her hair. However, she manages to recognize Yachiyo's feelings for Satou, even before Yachiyo does. She is really worried about her height and measures herself almost everyday, though as of the series finale she has finally grown taller.

Background[edit | edit source]

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Co-workers[edit | edit source]

Souta Takanashi[edit | edit source]

Taneshima highly admires Takanashi, She is also unable to properly call him by his surname, saying "Katanashi" rather than "Takanashi", even when corrected.

She adores Kotori (Souta's alter-ego) as an ideal goal where she is quite friendly with Takanashi, often attempting to get him and Inami together, and feeling left out when he doesn't pet her for long periods. However, she is often frustrated by his 'small' comments.

Taneshima believes Kotori to be the perfect girl, and often asked Takanashi to cross-dress for her, which he always refuses. Popura's adoration of Kotori is to the extent that her co-workers ask her whether she is attracted to women, but she denies it. However, after meeting Takanashi's family and discovering that they're all tall and have impressive figures, she dropped her admiration of Takanashi's girl-form and asked permission to admire his sisters, considering his family blessed by the gods.

Jun Satou[edit | edit source]

Satou is a close friend of Taneshima's, and he often helps her with things she can't do. However, Satou is in love with Yachiyo, so whenever he sees Yachiyo spending time with Kyouko, he becomes angry, and in turn, bullies Taneshima. Often by teasing her about her height, and messing with her "fluffy" hair by putting it in different hairstyles or just ruffling it.

Kyouko Shirafuji[edit | edit source]

Kyouko is very protective of Taneshima, and has found it routine to protect her from bullies in the restaurant. Because she is the manager, Kyouko is allowed to use violence against the bullies, which usually causes them to never come back, keeping Taneshima safe.

Yachiyo Todoroki[edit | edit source]

Like Kyouko, Yachiyo often defends Taneshima when someone insults her height and this is normally Satou who she has to protect Taneshima against.

Mahiru Inami[edit | edit source]

Taneshima and Inami are very close friends, and often talk to each other to help Inami get over her androphobia. Taneshima also highly involves herself in Inami's love for Takanashi. She tries to push them together in any way that she can, and scolds Takanashi when he makes Inami feel bad. In episode 12, Taneshima made Takanashi promise to go out on a date with Inami as payment for making Taneshima feel bad.

Souma Hiroomi[edit | edit source]

Taneshima and Souma are good friends, but Taneshima is sometimes scared of him because he knows her dark secret, and uses it to get her to do his work for him.

Aoi Yamada[edit | edit source]

Because Taneshima can not see through Yamada's lies, she thinks that Yamada is a sweet and kind girl with a sad past. Also, because Taneshima is older than Yamada, she took this chance and made Yamada think of her as her "onee-san" (older sister) so she wouldn't be looked down upon by Yamada. However, Yamada already looked down on her and even patted her head. Taneshima was too oblivious to notice this.

Others[edit | edit source]

Takanashi Family[edit | edit source]

Popura looks up at Souta’s mother and the Takanashi sisters because they are all tall, which is something that Popura aspires to be one day. Popura especially admires Souta's mother, Shizuka Takanashi, because she used to be short like Popura, but Souta's mother used her own will power to become tall when she was pursuing her husband.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

  • "Calling me small, you're so mean!"
  • "I'm not an elementary student!"

Etymology[edit | edit source]

  • The name Popura is ironic because her parents named her that in hopes that she would grow as tall as a poplar tree.
    • Unfortunately for her, she ended up being very short.
  • Popura's surname Taneshima means "seed" (種) (tane) and "island" (島) (shima).

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Taneshima's father is a public servant and her mother is a housewife.
  • Taneshima goes to the same high school as Souta Takanashi and she is a year older than him.
  • Taneshima wears fake glasses when she's studying to make herself look older and more serious.
  • Taneshima's secret is that she actually wears elevator shoes all the time to make herself seem taller and Hiroomi Souma uses this secret against her in order to get her to do all his work.
  • When Jun Satou hears that Popura is quitting, he puts his frustration out on Maya Matsumoto.
    • But to him, it's not the same as teasing Popura.
  • Taneshima was originally going to be the protagonist, but the focus was switched to Souta.
  • Taneshima's parents are shorter than her.
  • In the last episode of the series, Taneshima becomes chief of the part time employees of Wagnaria when Yachiyo Todoroki steps down to find a new job.
  • Since Taneshima's father is a public servant, her father might be in the same work place in the anime "Servant x Service" an anime made also by A-1 Pictures.
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