You're Totoro!
—Mei to Totoro
It's falling!
Mei and Satsuki pillar

Mei Kusakabe (草壁 メイ, Kusakabe Mei) is the four-year-old protagonist little sister of Satsuki in My Neighbor Totoro and daughter of Tatsuo Kusakabe and Yasuko Kusakabe. She is incredibly lively and active as well as rather curious.

Early life

Mei Kusakabe is the little sister of Satsuki Kusakabe and daughter of Tatsuo Kusakabe and Yasuko Kusakabe. She was born in Tokyo in May 1953. She is the first seen when aboard the moving van along with her sister Satsuki and her father Tatsuo Kusakabe. She is eating her caramel while the family passes rices field on village. But she says first line "Wait" and lift by her father and looks a stream over the bridge but both Girls running straight to the new house, But Mei happy meet Totoro and does so by falling down a hole in a tree root after following smaller totoros excitedly. Mei isn't the least bit scared of the new creature she has found even when it opens its huge mouth to yawn. Instead she just opens her mouth back. Mei does have a caring side and decides to go to the hospital with the sweet corn she picked from Granny's garden. However she ends up getting lost on the way and gets very upset.

Mei and the Kittenbus

Mei runs outside of the house. When she eats a Japanese caramel cube candy, a mini whirlwind suddenly comes spinning her dress.


Mei Kusakabe is four years old. In the Steamline dub, she is five. She has light brown hair and brown eyes. She wears a White puffy blouse with a Pink dress (as present in her birthday and buyed from a shop) and Yellow shoes and white bloomers, and carries a yellow bag. At the end of the film, she wears a light pink dress. Mei also wears a yellow night-dress at night and a sky blue night-dress at night in the sequel.

Mei looking through bucket


Mei is really cute, stubborn, caring, and incredibly curious.

Behind the Voices

Mei Kusakabe is voiced by Chika Sakamoto in Japanese, Cheryl Chase in Streamline dub and later Elle Fanning in Disney Dub.


Feature Films


  • Mei is the origin of May on Japanese.
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