Cranston is a crested ibis, evidenced by his pink and white feathers with red face markings around his yellow eyes and black beak ending in a distinctive red tip. He has pinkish orange feet and his tail consists of white feathers graduating to peach. Initially he wears the Lotus Tee, and carries the Maple Umbrella around on rainy days.
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As a lazy villager, Cranston will be friendly and easy to get along with due to his laid back lifestyle. Like all lazy villagers, he has a love of food and relaxing. He will enjoy partaking in the usual hobbies, usually for relaxing reasons or for food, like when fishing. Cranston will get along well with other villagers, but may offend or confuse jock villagers, who have a lifestyle of exercise and fitness, which conflicts with the lazy lifestyle of relaxing and food. He will get along with other lazy villagers with whom he will talk about food, comics, or superheroes. He will also get along well with normal, peppy, smug and sisterly villagers, and occasionally cranky villagers, but may from time to time annoy snooty villagers, who disagree with the lazy lifestyle.
In New Horizons, Cranston has an elegant red and white room with many items from the Imperial furniture series. This includes the bed, partition, low table, chest, decorative shelves, and dining lantern. He has a Red carpet running right down the middle of his house, leading from the doorway to a pink Hanging scroll on the back wall with a red Anthurium plant sitting below it. His Imperial chest holds an Incense burner and red Portable record player, which will now play his new favorite song, K.K. Faire. His right-hand side window has a Wall-Mounted TV (50 In.) hanging above it, and he also has a Paper lantern sitting by the left of his door. He uses the White Subway-Tile Wall and Stone Tile flooring.
Cranston's Japanese name (トキオ, Tokio) is a pun on the common name of the crested ibis (トキ, toki). The crested ibis is a popular symbol of wildlife conservation in Japan due to its endangered status.
His English name is a pun on the crane, a different type of water bird.
The baby beds in Cranston's New Leaf house may be a reference to a common myth of storks (yet another type of water bird) delivering newborn babies to their parents. It may also be a reference to the nationally acclaimed first hatched chicks of Japan's Sado conservation program for crested ibis were born just six months prior to the original Japanese release of New Leaf, wherein Cranston debuted.
Interestingly enough, his initial catchphrase would make more sense if he had been a jock villager, thus suggesting it's possible that he was initially intended to be a jock, but was changed to lazy at some point, or that his catchphrase may have been switched with another villager by mistake.
His house in New Horizons shows a Japanese style exterior and a Chinese style interior, which might suggest the conservation programs of the crested ibis developed by the two countries.