Mar. 24 is KENN's birthday.
KENN started his music career in the 00s. After that, he began working as a voice actor/actor by playing a variety of characters in anime.
In 2019, he made a splash by releasing his new photo book “Russian Blue” after three years.
To celebrate KENN’s birthday, here at Anime!Anime! we conducted a reader survey asking “Who is your favorite character played by KENN?”, followed by the same survey held the previous year. During the survey period between Mar. 10 to Mar. 17, a total of 556 responses were received.
There were more female respondents with the gender ratio being 5% male and 95% female. The age group was about 35% for those under the age of 19, and about 35% for those in their 20s, mainly focusing on youngsters.
Results 2019: https://animeanime.jp/article/2019/03/24/44320.html
Yotsuba Tamaki from “Idolish7” goes to the top with an overwhelming majority of votes!
The 1st place goes to Yotsuba Tamaki from “Idolish7” with approximately 35% of the votes, a huge margin of victory over the 2nd-place winner by a triple score.
Many fans appreciated his ability to make you feel the emotions of the character he's playing, “Tamaki-kun grows up little by little as the story progresses. It is expressed by KENN realistically with his great acting skills”, and “KENN's voice is able to make me feel the sense of freedom and kindness of Tamaki, her frankness to enjoy herself as an idol, and her straightforward personality with always a smile on her face, regardless of the members or rivals”.
Many also commented on his live performance, “I was very happy to see the innocence and kindness through KENN himself. It was like watching his character Tamaki at the event, it was so cute to see him enjoying it”.
The 2nd place goes to Ishida Shunsou from “Meiji Tokyo Renka” with an approval rating of about 10%, ranking up from 3rd place of the last year.
Shunsou is a two-faced character, as fans commented, “I like the big difference between the moments when he is cool and when he is in the artist's mode.
Many fans love the gap of the double personality that KENN is able to express greatly, “He is cold until you become his friend. Once he lets you get close to him, he starts to be more straightforward. KENN is great in expressing the good balance between cuteness and coolness”.
The 3rd place goes to Yuuki Juudai (also known as Yuuki Jaden) from “Yu-Gi-Oh! GX” with approximately 7% of the votes, ranking down from 2nd place of the last year.
KENN made his debut as a voice actor with the character Yuuki Juudai, which received many comments from the fans, “A mischievous boy, a cool-headed villain, and a cool protagonist… As the storyline progresses, the way KENN acts changes completely, so you can see a glimpse of his great and flexible acting skills even though this is his debut as a voice actor”, and “His first yet best acting role of his career. I became a fan of KENN after watching his debut as a voice actor with Yuuki Juudai”. It seems that a lot of fans learned about KENN through “Yu-Gi-Oh! GX”.
■ Let's introduce some other comments
Satsuki Aoi from “Tsukiuta. The Animation”, “The real prince! His soft, sweet voice is the best. And he's good at singing too…! He's perfect!”, and “His soft and gentle way of talking and his fresh yet sexy voice are irresistible”.
Asahina Fuuto from “BROTHERS CONFLICT”, “His voice, which combines coolness, cheekiness, and sexiness is very attractive”, and “He carefully played the single-minded and ambitious Fuuto, who also shows to be cheeky despite his being a hard worker”.
Gieve from “The Heroic Legend of Arslan”, “Despite his being a womanizer, he cares about His Highness. Also, his attitude changes as the story progresses. I love him!”.
Chase from “Monsuno”, “Since the title is co-produced by Japan and the U.S.A., there are many foreign expressions that it seems like watching an overseas TV drama. KENN's American-mixed lines are the best!”.
According to the votes received, the survey includes a wide variety of titles, including anime, games, drama CDs, Western-style dubbing series, and musicals. The results reaffirmed the fact that KENN is a versatile voice actor, active in multiple activities.
“Who is your favorite character played by KENN? 2020 Ver.”
1. Yotsuba Tamaki “Idolish7”
2. Ishida Shunsou “Meiji Tokyo Renka”
3. Yuuki Juudai “Yu-Gi-Oh! GX”
4. Satsuki Aoi “Tsukiuta. The Animation”
5. Asahina Fuuto “BROTHERS CONFLICT”
6. Kanbara Akihito “Beyond the Boundary”
7. Gieve “The Heroic Legend of Arslan”
7. Nanba Hibito “Space Brothers”
9. L Nomura “Marginal#4: Kiss kara Tsukuru Big Bang”
10. Dino “Reborn!”
11. Aido Seiya ” I-Chu”
12. Mutsuki Hijiri “Scared Rider Xechs”
13. Kei “Ken ga Kimi”
14. Toraishi Izumi “Star-Myu”
15. Chase “Monsuno”
16. Narumiya Tenjurou “VitaminZ”
16. Roppongi Fumi “Miracle Train: Oedo sen e Youkoso”
18. Limbo “BUSTAFELLOWS”
19. Urianger “Final Fantasy XIV”
19. Wade Owen Watts “Ready Player One”
19. Suma Haruto “Ikemen Live Koi no Uta o Kimi ni”
19. Takasugi Shinsaku “Akane sasu Sekai de Kimi to Utau”
19. Hound Shadow “Ressha Sentai ToQger the Movie: Galaxy Line S.O.S.”
19. Hinata Shion “Stand My Heroes”
19. Fuji Yuuta “Musical: Prince of Tennis”
19. Branch “Trolls”
19. Bogue Con-Vaart “Macross Delta”
19. Ryuujin Shougo “Majin Bone”
19. Ronald Knox “Black Butler”
(Survey period: 10 Mar. to 17 Mar. 2020)