May 6th, 2004 | Feature | PlayStation 2
Toro and the Shooting Star Guide
It just, wasn't, enough. Put on your helmets and walk through the halls of a feature that goes above and beyond the call of insanity.


Toro and his four friends Suzuki, Jun, Pierre and Ricky all hail from the original Doko Demo Issyo for PS one. They’ve been in every DDI game since, and it’s only natural to assume they won’t be leaving anytime soon. Of course this game really stars Toro, but the rest of the gang shows up pretty soon. Here’s who you may spot out and about:
 
Full Name: Toro Inoue
Birthday: May 6 (Taurus)

Blood type:

A
Name origin: Named by the owner of Inoue Sushi
Favorite food: Fatty tuna, natto rolls, shako
Qualifications: Button-fixer 3rd-class
Life’s dream: To become a man
Personality: Dependent on others. Somewhat of a "spoiled child."
 
Toro
Jun
 
Full Name: Jun Mihara
Birthday: August 28 (Virgo)

Blood type:

O
Name origin: Undisclosed
Favorite food: Curry, ramen
Qualifications: Karaoke 2nd-class
Life’s dream: To hold a festive stage show
Personality: Loves karaoke and television. Moves along at her own pace. Would consider herself to be a master of love.
 
 
Full Name: R. Suzuki
Birthday: September 13 (Virgo)

Blood type:

TYPE B5W-40
Name origin: Named by a professor
Favorite food: Imagawa-yaki (hotcake filled w/ bean jam)
Qualifications: English Proficiency Test 3rd Level; Class 4 vessel; Boiler engineer license
Life’s dream: To win the Nobel Prize
Personality: A stubborn type. Constantly involved in research and invention. Talkative and argumentative. Despite being a robot, he still eats and goes to the bathroom.
 
Suzuki
Ricky
 
Full Name: (Unknown)
Birthday: January 4 (Capricorn)

Blood type:

AB
Name origin: (Unkonwn)
Favorite food: Baby bees, protein
Qualifications: Teaching license
Life’s dream: To be the world’s #1 grappler
Personality: Somewhat unsophisticated. Big on gymnastics and physical education. Likes to use tough/simple words like "ora!" and "-dasu."
 
 
Full Name: Pierre Yamamoto
Birthday: November 14 (Scorpio)

Blood type:

A
Name origin: Named after partner mother met while studying abroad in France
Favorite food: Herbal tea, Atka mackerel
Qualifications: Tarot fortune telling 4th-class
Life’s dream: To live alone in Paris
Personality: Quite into fashion. Knows multiple languages. Thinks with a clear mind.
 
Pierre

Doko Demo Info

The person responsible for all of the cuteness to your right is Tomikazu Kirita, Product Marketing Manager at SCE and a supervisor on Toro and the Shooting Star. Tasked with creating a character-driven PocketStation title back in the late ’90s, Kirita got to work forming a communication game starring a cast of cute creatures. Originally Doko Demo Issyo was supposed to have up to 32 different characters, but that was pared down to 16, 8 and finally 5. Some ideas stuck, such as Suzuki — others didn’t, like an ape and a penguin, even whiskers for Toro. As for the future of the franchise, Kirita doesn’t rule out a return to the portable world, but of course he doesn’t want to say much else.

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