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Tania (タニア?), alternatively called Anita (アニタ?), is a character in the Sonic the Hedgehog serialized manga published by Shogakukan. She is a young hedgehog and the daughter of Brenda and Paulie. Tania has a tomboyish attitude and she is usually seen around her brother, Nicky, and Amy.

Name

In the prose stories written by Kenji Terada, as well as the manga stories written by Hirokazu Hikawa (Shogaku Sannensei, Shogaku Gonensei) and Koichi Tanaka (Bessatsu CoroCoro Comic Special), Nicky's sister is named Tania (タニア). However, in the manga stories written by Sango Morimoto, the Katakana in her name is reversed, making her name Anita (アニタ). The reason for this discrepancy is unknown. Despite the name change, in Sonic the Hedgehog Book's cast page, Morimoto depicts her wearing a shirt with the letter "T" printed on it.

Appearance

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Brenda, Paulie and Anita (right) in Shogaku Ninensei stories. Art by Sango Morimoto.

In the Shogaku Ninensei stories, Anita is a young, anthropomorphic hedgehog with royal yellow fur. She also has eyelashes and wears green round earrings. Her other attire includes a pink sleeveless shirt, a frilly skirt, and regular sneakers with shoelaces, tips and soles.

Tania's appearance in both the Bessatsu CoroCoro Comic Special and Shogaku Sannensei stories are similar, though she does not wear a skirt at all. However, she has head quills similar to Nicky's. Like other characters, she wears white gloves. The December 1992 issue of Shogaku Yonensei has a full color "World of Sonic" feature, where Tania is shown to be pink, rather than royal yellow.

Personality

Tania is a good friend of Amy and at times acts like her little sister. She likes to make fun of people in an innocent way. Contrary of her brother, she seems to have more nerves. When she was captured by Dr. Eggman, she was not only unafraid but also amused at how she could push around Eggman's robots to do whatever she wanted.[2]

Trivia

  • Although Anita is shown wearing a pink sleeveless shirt only in the Shogaku Ninensei stories, the cast picture from the Sonic the Hedgehog Book (see picture above left) shows her dressed with a headband, jacket and a shirt with an "T" printed on it.

References

  1. Kenji Terada (in Japanese). 小学四年生 (December 1992 issue). Shogakukan. p. 98.
  2. Sonic Hurry to the Rescue???, Shogaku Sannensei
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