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Line Friends (stylized as LINE FRIENDS) are featured characters based on the stickers from messaging app Line. It was released in 2011 by Line Corporation, a Japanese subsidiary of the South Korean internet search giant Naver Corporation. These characters are used in various products, animation, game, cafe, hotel and theme park. The brand is currently managed by its subsidiary Line Friends Corporation since 2015.[1][2][3]

Line Friends
Line Friends logo.png
TypeCharacters
Inception2011
ManufacturerNaver Corporation
AvailableYes
Websitewww.linefriends.com

The original characters were created by Kang Byeongmok, also known as "Mogi" in 2011.[4][5]

Line Friends Store in Hysan Place, Hong Kong

Apart from its online store, physical stores have been opened in Seoul, South Korea, Tokyo (Harajuku), Bangkok (Siam Square), Shanghai, Hong Kong (APM Mall), Taipei, New York City (Times Square) and Los Angeles (Hollywood Boulevard).[6][7]

Contents

CharactersEdit

Brown & FriendsEdit

  • Cony, Brown, Moon and James (added in 2011)
  • Boss, Jessica and Sally (added in 2013)
  • Leonard and Edward (added in 2014)
  • Brown's younger sister Choco and her best friend Pangyo (added in 2016)[8][9]


Character informationEdit

  • Brown: silent but has a warm heart. His expressionless face is charming, as a friend of everyone who expresses his mind more than words. Cony's lover and Choco's kind brother.[10]
  • Cony: always bright and cheerful. Brown's girlfriend Cony. If there's anything she wants, she gets it. Cony's always curious and likes challenging new things, so she often make her friends surprised.[11]

ROY6Edit

 
Logo of Roy6 series

[12]

"ROY6 is a character brand created by Chinese Millennial’s idol Roy Wang, in collaboration with global character brand, Line Friends. China’s first FRIENDS CREATORS project, Roy Wang participated in every step, starting from initial sketches and storytelling to product planning." [13] Videos of Roy Wang designing ROY6 are uploaded on the roy6 YouTube Channel.[14]

  • Royan is a lion-looking sun descended upon earth from the sky, gives splendid sunlight to the people with his shiny mane.
  • Eddy simply loves being next to someone who needs courage and gives them a surprise hug
  • Long Long is a young and small dragon with an iridescent fin, Long Long brings luck to people and summons meteor showers with his magic wand.
  • Loudy is a chatty cloud, admires the earth more than the sky.
  • T-2000 is a clumsy but adorable robot, T-2000 shows people the future, which they hope to see on the screen.
  • Baobao Tree is a mysterious wish-bearing tree, Baobao provides a place of rest for everyone.

BT21Edit

 
Logo of the BT21 series.
 
BT21 series in apm Mall, Hong Kong Line Friends Store

BT21 is the first presentation from LINE Friends Creators, a project formed to create new characters for the Line Friends series. South Korean boy group BTS was the first artist of this project, and the main theme of the project is to show the connection between BTS and Line Friends in terms of popularity in the world. It comprises 8 special characters created by South Korean boy group BTS.[15]The character designs were based on the original ideas and sketches by the 7 members of the group.[16] Videos of BTS designing BT21 are uploaded in BT21 YouTube Channel.[17]

The name BT21 is a combination of the group’s name BTS and the 21st Century. Member Suga commented that the name should represent both BTS and the 21st Century so they would live for the next 100 years.

BT21 was officially launched by Line Friends in October 2017.

  • Koya is a character that always sleeps. He is a thinker, baby blue koala with removable ears (they fall off when he is in shock). He was created by RM - Kim Namjoon (김남준).
  • RJ is a character that loves to eat. He is a kind, white alpaca who wears a red scarf and He wears a grey parka when it is cold. He was created by Jin - Kim Seokjin (김석진).
  • Shooky is a character who is very savage. He is a naughty, little chocolate chip cookie who is scared and hates milk. He was created by Suga - Min Yoongi (민윤기).
  • Mang is a character that loves to dance. His species is unknown due to the horse-faced mask with a heart-shaped nose he wears that hides his identity. He was created by J-hope - Jung Hoseok (정호석)
  • Chimmy is a character that has his tongue out all the time. He is a passionate puppy who wears a yellow hoodie. He was created by Jimin - Park Jimin (박지민)
  • Tata is a character that sometimes smiles. He is a curious, shapeshifting alien with a heart-shaped head and a blue body with yellow polka-dots. He was created by V - Kim Taehyung (김태형).
  • Cooky is a character who loves his body "like a temple". He is a cute yet tough, pink bunny with one bold eyebrow and white heart-pattern tail who wants to be strong. He was created by Jungkook - Jeon Jeongguk (전정국).
  • Van is Tata's space robot. Half of his body is grey with an "X" eye, and the other half is white with an "O" eye. He is BT21's protector and was created by RM to represent BTS' fandom, A.R.M.Y.

AnimationsEdit

Two anime series, LINE OFFLINE and LINE TOWN, were produced in 2013, picturing the Line Friends as employees for the fictional Line Corporation.[18][19]

Line OfflineEdit

Line Offline is an animated series created by Shogakukan Productions, based on salaryman characters working at "Line Corporation". All 114 episodes last about three minutes. The series was aired from January 8, 2013, to October 1, 2013.[20]

The episodes of Line Offline are not connected to each other. The idea behind the series is to represent the ordinary life of company employees (in this case Line's employees, hence the name "Line Offline"), in which every small problem could lead to awkward and hilarious situations that require some effort in order to restore the status quo.

Most characters from Line Offline are part of Line's universe (the characters who are shown in the animated series are also Line Friends, and can be seen by users in Line Messaging App and used as emoticons).

EpisodesEdit

Episode No. Title
1 "Stare"
2 "Drowsy"
3 "Phone Calls"
4 "Complaints"
5 "Preso"
6 "Meeting"
7 "Snack"
8 "Sleepy"
9 "A Secret"
10 "Tired"
11 "Memory"
12 "Receipt"
13 "Lady Sally"
14 "Stomach Ache"
15 "Mask"
16 "Overtime"
17 "Fortunetelling"
18 "Magic"
19 "Physical Examination"
20 "Pressure"
21 "Surveillance"
22 "Diet"
23 "Security"
24 "Club"
25 "Souvenirs"
26 "Lunch"
27 "Bag"
28 "Battery"
29 "Cookies"
30 "Meeting"
31 "Dream"
32 "Cold"
33 "Stickers"
34 "Talents"
35 "Ice Cream"
36 "Office Lovers"
37 "Floating Tea Stalk"
38 "Trash Can"
39 "Garbage Can"
40 "Rice Ball"
41 "Tie"
42 "Summoned"
43 "Connie Glass"
44 "Mr. Moon Glass"
45 "The Manager Glass"
46 "Drinking Party"
47 "Mirror"
48 "Casters"
49 "Memory"
50 "Pranks"
51 "Security"
52 "Fart"
53 "Spilling Over"
54 "Original"
55 "The Ultimate Presentation Tip"
56 "I Don't Remember"
57 "Fortune"
58 "Intense! Haiku Club"
59 "The Boss Gives His All"
60 "Moon's Dirty Room"
61 "That Clinking Thing"
62 "Brown in the Restroom"
63 "Trashion Impossible"
64 "Ponnus Ponnu?"
65 "Prostration"
66 "The Cockroaches Strike Back"
67 "Loving the Centerfold"
68 "You're my Shangri-La"
69 "Love Those Masks"
70 "A Mixer with Flight Attendants"
71 "Ponnus Ponnu"
72 "Goodbye James, Part. 1"
73 "Goodbye James, Part. 2"
74 "Goodbye James, (Final Part)"
75 "Sally & the Dragon"
76 "Double Dragon"
77 "Outbreak"
78 "A Sticky Situation"
79 "Marital Fight"
80 "Welcome, Oil Baron"
81 "Sally's Psych Test"
82 "Consolation Party for Moon"
83 "Sally's Job"
84 "Curse of the Kokeshi Doll"
85 "A Saying He's Tempted to Use on Wednesday"
86 "Everyone's Wok"
87 "Umbrella of Kindness"
88 "You're not Going Home Tonight"
89 "Perfectionist"
90 "Moon's Secrets Exposed!"
91 "Just the Way Connie Is"
92 "Itching James"
93 "Boss! I Can't Hold It In!"
94 "Lovely Skin! Summer Makeup!"
95 "No Food was Wasted in the Making of This Episode"
96 "A Celebration for the Manager"
97 "Moon is Happy to Answer Any Question"
98 "Connie Does Her Best"
99 "A Trip to Hawaii for Two"
100 "Men Who Make Everyone Wet"
101 "Sally's Job 2"
102 "Who Wants to be a Zillionaire?"
103 "Oh Yeah! Let's Go to Atami!"
104 "A Heated Meeting"
105 "Intense Boss Story"
106 "The Marvelous Pudding That Always Sells Out!"
107 "The Private Life of a Capable Man"
108 "A Little-Known Horror Called Back Pain"
109 "A Little-Known Horror Called Money Issues"
110 "A Little-Known Horror Called Social Hierarchy"
111 "The Last Salaryman: Part One"
112 "The Last Salaryman: Part Two"
113 "The Last Salaryman: Part Three"
114 "The Making of The Last Salaryman"

Line TownEdit

CharactersEdit

  • Cony (voiced by Aki Kanada in the Japanese dub and Sarah Hauser in the English dub) is a rabbit with a pleasant personality. She likes to go on a diet.
  • Brown is a Canadian bear who likes salmon a lot. He is silent, and has a crush on Cony. He becomes scary when he gets angry, and notes appears when he feels good.
  • Moon (voiced by Toshiyuki Morikawa in the Japanese dub and Michael Pizzuto in the English dub) is a manjū-shaped-headed man who loves the moon. His interest is playing video games. He sometimes tricks his friends when he is bored. His father is an adventurer.
  • James (voiced by Yūto Kazama in the Japanese dub and Daniel Garcia in the English dub) is a narcissist with long, blonde hair. He is obsessed with his appearance, and is afraid of high places.
  • Jessica (voice by Sachi Kokuryu in the Japanese dub and Catherine Fu in the English dub) is a cat who is knowledgeable about fashion and loves to cook a lot. She is Cony's best friend.
  • Sally (voiced by Atsuko Enomoto in the Japanese dub and Catherine Fu in the English dub) is a chick who usually helps her friends. She often stays in the windmill tree hollow in the park. She likes karaoke.
  • Boss/Mister (voiced by Nobuo Tobita in the Japanese dub and Michael Pizzuto in the English dub) is an almost completely bald middle-aged man with glasses. He appears as many different identities in every episode.
  • Leonard (voiced by Megumi Han) is a little frog boy that looks up to Moon. He refers to Moon as an "elder brother". ("Longing For")
  • Edward is a green caterpillar with a cap who often stays by Sally's side.
  • Cob Taro (voiced by Nobuo Tobita) is a cobra with a Mohawk hairstyle and an eye patch that escaped from the zoo and now has a part-time job at the burger shop.
  • Dorothy (voiced by Chie Kōjiro) is a hen who likes to take gossips. Cony fears her.
  • Mr. Kinoko (voiced by Mitsuru Ogata) is a beaver who owns a mushroom dish restaurant and can cook mushroom dishes very well. Kinoko is the Japanese word for mushrooms.

EpisodesEdit

Episode No. Title
1 "Birthday" / "Hole"
2 "Salmon-chan" / "Party"
3 "Pinch" / "Smile"
4 "Meet Again" / "Shadow"
5 "Divine" / "Art"
6 "Lottery" / "Quiz"
7 "Treasure" / "Brothers"
8 "Sleeping Habit" / "Diet"
9 "Bad Hair" / "Leader"
10 "Model" / "Hero"
11 "Mud Balls" / "Ill-Lying"
12 "Scoop" / "Typhoon"
13 "Camp" / "Audition"
14 "Desire" / "Babysitter"
15 "The Seventh" / "Devil Zombie" (Line Town Halloween Specials)
16 "Friends" / "Salusa"
17 "Space (Part 1)" / "Space (Part 2)"
18 "Mister" / "Beach"
19 "Small" / "Big"
20 "Ice" / "Mr. Robot"
21 "Ninjas" / "Bottle Opener"
22 "Car" / "Jessica"
23 "Job" / "Insist"
24 "Where?" / "Train"
25 "Corn" / "Magic"
26 "Together" / "Playing Cards"
27 "Spies" / "Pirates"
28 "Judge" / "Broken"
29 "Once in Time" / "Happiness"
30 "Copies" / "Run Errands"
31 "Dorothy" / "Weather"
32 "Galaxy"
33 "Mr. Kinoko" / "Mountain Climbing"
34 "Musical" / "Evening"
35 "Good at Compliments" / "Apple"
36 "Cheerleaders" / "Part-Time"
37 "Stationary" / "Longing For"
38 "Can-Kicking" / "Upset"
39 "Father" (Line Town Christmas Special)
40 "Line Five" (Line Town Hero Special)
41 "Lake" / "Seed"
42 "Rickshaw" / "Dark Mr. Robot"
43 "Wild" / "Meatball"
44 "Beanstalk" / "Pie"
45 "Turnover" / "Hospitality"
46 "Line Five 2" (Line Town Hero Special 2)
47 "Secret" / "Deal With"
48 "Positive" / "Fake"
49 "Tiny" / "Son"
50 "Dice" / "Line Town"

Theme SongsEdit

OpeningEdit
EndingEdit

ProductsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  13. ^ "About Project". ROy6 official website.
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  15. ^ "About Project". BT21 official website.
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