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Hanazawa Kana is a talented Japanese voice actress (seiyuu) who voiced characters in popular anime series like Potemayo, Sekirei (Kusano), To Love-Ru (Mikan), Strike Witches (Amaki), Bakemonogatari (Sengoku), Durarara!! (Anri), Oreimo (Kuroneko) and many others. She is especially appreciated by her fans due to her sweet "moe" voice.
You will find a list of anime roles by Kana-san below, as well as a short bio and some great videos of her singing. Don't forget to vote in the poll and leave a comment on your way out as well.
Hanazawa Kana Bio
Hanazawa Kana (花澤香菜) is a popular voice actress from Tokyo, born on February 25, 1989. She was in the voice acting and show business since childhood, her first minor anime role being in Last Exile Last Exile (2003). Besides her anime roles, she also hosted a radio show called "Can Hanazawa Kana Do It Alone?". Hanazawa Kana has been studying in a university while working, and will graduate in 2011. She enjoys electronic music and pico pico pop. For more information, visit this great blog post:
List of Notable Hanazawa Kana Anime Roles
Hanazawa Kana has performed many memorable anime roles over the years. While she is mostly known for voicing cute moe girls (my favorite has to be Sengoku Nadeko from Bakemonogatari), some of her other work shows off her diverse talents - like the role of a troubled teenager Suou Pavlichenko in the second season of Darker than Black. As she is so prolific, I've only listed the shows that I've watched and enjoyed myself.
Potemayo (2007) as Potemayo
Silly moe anime about a guy who finds a strange, but cute creature in his fridge and names her Potemayo.
To Love-Ru (2008) as Mikan Yuuki
An ordinary high-school student encounters a cute alien princess who decides she wants to marry him. As a result, he now has to protect her and himself from interplanetary conquerors, and prove himself worthy of the girl's hand. Hanazawa Kana voices the protagonist's younger sister, Mikan.
Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens (2008) as Zange
An art student named Jin carves a statue from a holy tree, and it suddenly comes to life as a goddess named Nagi. Together with Jin, they work to destroy the impurities that are threatening the town.
Hanazawa Kana plays the role of Nagi's deliciously evil sister, Zange.
Bakemonogatari (2009) as Nadeko Sengoku
This anime features various mythical creatures that cause trouble for humans and have to be exorcised. It's got some really good, although bizarre, art style and interesting story. Kana-san's character is Nadeko Sengoku, a shy girl who has a crush on the male protagonist, Koyomi Araragi. She has an entire story arc (Nadeko Snake) to herself. She is also present in the further installments of the Monogatari series.
Darker Than Black (2009) as Suou Pavlichenko
In the second season of DtB Hanazawa-san plays the role of Suou Pavlichenko, the female protagonist. Suou is a cheerful girl who's life is completely destroyed when she learns that she's a Contractor with special powers.
Cencoroll (2009) as Yuki
Cencoroll is a weird (in a good way) indie anime movie with Kana-san voicing the female lead. The great soundtrack by supercell makes this short story even more enjoyable.
Durarara!! (2010) as Sonohara Anri
Drrr!! is a great 26-episode long anime about surrealistic life in Tokyo district of Ikebukuro, where many urban myths are actually real. Protagonist Ryuugamine Mikado moves to go to school there, looking for more excitement in his life. Hanazawa-san voices the silent and mysterious female protagonist, Anri.
Angel Beats! (2010) as Kanade Tachibana
This anime takes place in a mysterious afterlife that looks just like an everyday Japanese school. Everyone is trying to understand the purpose, and they battle a powerful "angel" named Kanade Tachibana who they think responsible for all of it.
Bungaku Shoujo / Book Girl (2010) as Amano Touko
Amano Touko is a very special girl who literally eats books to survive. She is also able to absorb the story completely, and the taste depends on how well the book is written. Another adorable and soft-spoken character by this seiyuu.
Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai (2010) as Kuroneko
Kyosuke has a bratty, arrogant little sister named Kirino who gets perfect marks at school, models for a famous magazine and treats him as if he didn't exist. However, she is secretly an anime geek (otaku) and she hides her hobby so it doesn't ruin her reputation. With Kyosuke's help, Kirino meets new friends who share her hobbies (including the awesomely cute Kuroneko, aka Gokou Ruri, who is voiced by Hanazawa Kana).
The World God Only Knows (2010) as Shiori Shiomiya
Keima is obsessed with playing dating sims, and is known as a God of Conquest online, since he can "conquer" any virtual girl. His reputation reaches even Hell, for a demon named Elsie appears and offers him a contract to hunt down runaway souls. To do that, Keima will have to actually apply his dating sim skills in real life. One of his "targets" is a shy librarian girl Shiori Shiomiya (Hanazawa Kana). Watch her call Keima baka and aho in a totally adorable manner.
Steins;Gate (2011) as Mayuri Shiina
One of the highest-rated anime series on MAL, Steins;Gate follows an eclectic group of friends led by a self-proclaimed mad scientist, who end up creating a time machine by accident, and facing a mysterious organization which seeks to control the world. Mayuri is the protagonist's childhood friend, a soft-spoken and gentle girl who works as a part-timer in a maid cafe. While she doesn't contribute much in terms of scientific knowledge, Mayuri can be always counted on to cheer up the lab members and provide them with food.
Psycho-Pass (2012) as Akane Tsunemori
Set in near future, Psycho-Pass depicts a world where ubiquitous sensors measure every citizen's mental state and automatically calculate the probability that they are going to commit a crime. Then officers from the Public Safety Bureau are dispatched to hunt them down. Kana-san stars as a new Inspector in this anime. Having been assigned to Unit One after passing her exam with honors, Akane Tsunemori starts off her career as a naïve rookie.
Zetsuen no Tempest / Blast of Tempest (2012) as Aika Fuwa
When talking about Hanazawa-san's anime roles, I have to mention Blast of Tempest, a brilliant and often overlooked show with an intricate plot and interesting system of magic. The series follows two young men, Mahiro and Yoshino, who try to investigate the circumstances of Mahiro's younger sister Aika's murder. Despite Aika already being dead at the beginning, her influence is felt throughout the series. Of course, you also get to listen to the awesome performance of her voice actress in flashbacks showing the time when Aika was still alive. Aika is playful, decisive, and overall an awesome character. This is an interesting contrast to the shy and bashful characters Hanazawa Kana often plays.
Tokyo Ravens (2013) as Natsume Tsuchimikado
Tokyo Ravens is set in an alternate version of modern Japan, where practitioners of Onmyoudo - a type of magic based on various Eastern philosophies and religions - battle Spirit Disasters and perform other functions. The story is centered around Harutora and Natsume, two cousins from the Tsuchimikado clan of elite Onmyouji. Whereas Natsume is extremely talented, Harutora has no magic of his own, and willingly becomes Natsume's familiar in order to protect her.
I wasn't too impressed with Tokyo Ravens at first, but I started enjoying it more and more as it went on - even the unappealing CG animations became tolerable. Natsume is also pretty great, and Harutora becomes a lot stronger and something of a badass in the second part.
Nisekoi (2014) as Kosaki Onodera
Nisekoi is a very popular romantic comedy following Raku Ichijo and Chitoge Kirisaki, who as descendants of rivaling yakuza gangs are forced to pretend to be lovers in order to maintain peace. Hanazawa's Onodera is Raku's crush, however, and that creates endless discussions among the watchers as to who the "best girl" of the series is - Chitoge or Onodera.
The series is quite entertaining, no small thanks to Shaft's crazy visuals and awesome facial expressions. Unfortunately, as many harem anime, it never seems to go anywhere, which is why it isn't exactly my favorite.
Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou (2014) as Kawai Ritsu
Known in English by its mile-long name (The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior), this series stars Hanazawa Kana in the main role. Highschool freshman Kazunari Usa is ecstatic about finally being able to live on his own, but he changes his mind after moving into the Kawai Complex and encountering all the weirdos living there. However, there's one girl - Kawai Ritsu - who's odd behavior (she's really into books) he begins to find endearing.
Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou doesn't have a particularly original story, but it makes up for it with quirky characters, light-hearted atmosphere, and beautiful art.
Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei (2014) as Saegusa Mayumi
Set in a futuristic world where technology and magic have merged, Mahouka is quite a polarizing series because of its protagonist, Tatsuya Shiba (also known as God of Destruction, for a good reason). You either hate or love this very personification of an overpowered Gary Stu.
Hanazawa Kana only plays a supporting role here as Mayumi Saegusa. However, her playful antics and teasing (which sometimes backfires) are a joy to watch.
Visit Wikipedia for a full list of anime roles by Hanazawa Kana.
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Hanazawa Kana's Anime Characters from 2003 to 2012
See the video below for a quick look (and listen) of Kana Hanazawa's anime roles.