When my best friend Kasey was in town visiting for the holidays, we went on a day trip to Little Tokyo in DTLA. We’re both big fans of kawaii, Japanese food/fashion/beauty products, and karaoke, so we thought this would be ideal! We found a huge anime megastore called Anime Jungle, which is located in the Little Tokyo Mall. While we were browsing, we happened upon two of the most adorable creations to have ever graced the world! Plush, mini-backpacks featuring some of the cutest anime creatures I’ve seen (“Tony Tony Chopper”, and “Soel”- the “Mokona Modoki”). Kasey gave me Tony Tony Chopper for my Christmas present and kept the Mokona for herself. They are best friends just like us. We didn’t know the backstories of either character, so I went hunting for information on Wiki!Tony Tony Chopper is the doctor of the Straw Hat Pirates in the manga/anime series One Piece. Chopper is a reindeer that ate a Devil Fruit called the Hito Hito no Mi. He came from Drum Island. He is the sixth member of the crew and the fifth to join Luffy, as well as being the youngest member on board. He has a bounty of Beli100 due to being mistaken for the crew’s pet.
Most of the time, Chopper is a toddler-sized human/reindeer hybrid, but his Devil Fruit abilities allow him to change his appearance depending on the situation. Chopper’s left antler is braced at the base by a metal plate because it was reattached after being broken during his search for the Amiudake when he was younger (where he thought the Amiudake can cure Hiluluk’s disease) and ran into the leader of his old herd, who severely injured him. He usually wears a large pale red/pink fuzzy top hat with a sideways medical cross (given to him by Hiluluk) and a maroon pair of shorts. He also sometimes wears a blue backpack that has the same sideways medical cross as his hat. He also has a remarkable blue nose.
A running gag is that various characters in One Piece think Chopper is a tanuki (raccoon-dog, often simply translated as “a raccoon”) while in his Brain Point or hybrid form. The word “tonakai”, which is the Japanese word for “reindeer”, is where the “Tony” in Chopper’s name is derived from. His Heavy Point or human form is likewise mistaken for a gorilla (or an abominable snowman on his home island).
He loves cotton candy.
Mokona Modoki is the name given to the two rabbit-like creatures from Clamp’s sister series Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle and xxxHolic (Also appearing in one of their earlier works, Magic Knight Rayearth). The name Mokona Modoki (or simply Mokona) refers to any or both characters, as they are never called by their real names. The Black Mokona’s real name is Larg while the White Mokona’s real name is Soel.
Larg and Soel are copies of the original Mokona, who appears in Magic Knight Rayearth (another Clamp series). The two were created by Yūko Ichihara and Clow Reed (who appear to be aware of the existence of Sakura Kinomoto and all of the events in her world). One day, Yūko and Clow encountered the original Mokona, who was traveling through different worlds, and Mokona provided Yūko and Clow with the knowledge of alternate dimensions. After learning that one day a Sakura and Syaoran from an alternate world would come to their world to ask for help, Yūko and Clow created the two Mokona, basing them on the original but with slight differences, such as difference in size and the ability to talk (whereas the original Mokona would only say “Puu!”). Each Mokona was also given an earring which matched the color of the gem on its forehead, the blue earring seals magic power while the red earring boosts magic power.
In Chapter 133 of Tsubasa, Yūko explained to the TRC group that the two Mokona were created in order to stop the plans of Fei Wong Reed’s wishes.
The full story of the two Mokona is told in Clamp’s Soel to Larg: Mokona=Modoki no Bouken (Soel and Larg: The Adventures of Mokona=Modoki).
We also learn in the Drama CD provided with the first Kei DVD that the Mokona chose the 14th of February for their birthday.
White Mokona (Soel):
+ Good at Drawing
+ Likes sweet food
+ Gem in the forehead.earring: Red/Magic
White Mokona is the manju-bun -like creature from Clamp’s Tsubasa Chronicle that possess several astonishing abilities, such as traveling to different worlds, teleporting objects from one world to another, and sensing strong auras. Mokona was what Yûko gave Syaoran and the others in return for the prices they paid, enabling them to go to different worlds in the search for Sakura’s feathers, and as we later find out, without Mokona they wouldn’t be able to communicate (except for Syaoran and Sakura, as they are from the same world) because they all come from different worlds and speak different languages. With the help of Black Mokona, Mokona is able to stay in contact with Yûko, and in the manga there is an illustration showing Mokona talking to Black Mokona in the background.
Mokona is also responsible for locating Sakura’s feathers, and whenever one is around it goes ‘mekkyon’ (scary face) for an instant, which alerts the others. Mokona is a very cheerful, optimistic and energetic being, and loves to tease Kurogane, who occasionally uses violence to get back at him. Similar to Larg, Soel has a strong fondness for alcoholic drinks. The name Soel comes from the rune Sôwilô meaning sun.
108 Secret Skills include:
Super Sneaky Entry
Travel Between Worlds (White Mokona only)
Understanding Lonely People
Super Suction Power (able to vary the strength)
Feel the Feathers’ Wavelength
Writing kanji (Black Mokona is good at it)
Communicating Between Different Worlds (as seen in Tsubasa Chronicle)
Super Transformation (as seen in Tsubasa Chronicle)
Inhibit Magical Curses (White Mokona’s earring can do so as seen in the manga)
Teleport items between the Mokonas
Immune to bad luck
N’CHA Cannon (a reference to the manga series Doctor Slump)
Know when someone is sad.
Super Deductive Reasoning
Eating Apples Whole