Shippu is a yellow crane that accompanies Tsuruko Aoyama in her travels as her avian companion.
As Motoko succeeded in her struggles with her feelings towards Keitaro, Tsuruko intrusted Shippu to her; gaining a new, purple, crane named Hayate for herself.
Shippu would usually stand alongside Tsuruko or resting on her shoulder/extended arm while on Motoko Shippu would simply rest on her shoulder or head/hat when not in flight.
- Shippu’s appearance usually has three forms depending on the detail that Akamatsu wishes to draw her.
- Ken Akamatsu explained in his notes that Tama, Kuro, Shippu, and Leon were inspired by the "Four Legendary Animals of Japanese Mythology"; Tama was inspired by Genbu, Kuro by Byakko, Shippu by Suzaku, and Leon by Seiryuu.
- According to Love Hina Mugendai, Shippu is actually a paper golem known as a Shikigami. Her size changes depending on her master's power.