Kirinkodanuki is a small, stout creature with yellow fur with giraffe-like spots. He has a round nose at the end of his snout, short horns, and four pads on his paws.
In the anime, Kirinkodanuki has beadier eyes.
East Blue Saga
Syrup Village Arc
Buggy's Crew Adventure Chronicles
Fish-Man Island Saga
From the Decks of the World
Anime and Manga Differences
In Episode 18, Kirinkodanuki and the other rare animals surrounded the Straw Hat Pirates while Gaimon warned at them to leave the island. Later, Kirinkodanuki and some other animals stood by Gaimon while Nami tended to the man's wounds.
In Episode 46, Kirinkodanuki and the other animals came out to look at Buggy after the pirate crashed on the island. The animals watched the two fight, and Kirinkodanuki pulled a fruit off a tree and munched on it before giving it to Kabagorilla to eat. As Gaimon declared that he had to protect the animals, Kirinkodanuki and all of the other animals munched on more of the same fruit. While Gaimon realized the Buggy was a pirate, the animals all spat out the fruits' seeds. Kirinkodanuki's fruit is accidentally discolored here to match his spots, while the other fruits are purple. The animals partied the same way with Buggy, but Kirinkodanuki and the others were all hungover the next morning when he left. The scene of Buggy's ship getting destroyed was changed to happen next to the island, and Kirinkodanuki and the others watched as Alvida saved him from the giant crab.
- Its name is a portmanteau between the words kirin (キリン for giraffe), ko (子 for child), and danuki (タヌキ for tanuki, or raccoon dog). This also corresponds to its appearance as small mammal with giraffe-like spots and horns.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 3 Chapter 22 (p. 29) and Episode 18, Kirinkodanuki debuts.
- Kirinkodanuki is named in anime concept art.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 3 Chapter 22 (p. 28) and Episode 18, Gaimon talks about being the Forest Guardian.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 6 Chapter 47, cover story: Buggy's Crew Adventure Chronicles Vol. 9 and Episode 46, Kirinkodanuki parties with Gaimon and Buggy.
- One Piece Manga — Vol. 63 Chapter 620, cover story: From the Decks of the World Vol. 7, Kirinkodanuki seen two years later.
- One Piece Anime — Episode 18, The rare animals' role is expanded in the anime.
- One Piece Anime — Episode 46, Buggy's time of the Island of Rare Animals is extended, and the proceeding events are changed to happen off the island's shore.