The 14th Seiyu Awards was announced on Mar. 7, and Hanae Natsuki was chosen as the “Best Actor in a Leading Role” for his active role in 2019.
Here is a featured article on Hanae-san’s active role in 2019!
Let’s look at the characters that lead him to this award.
1. Kamado Tanjirou from “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba”
“Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba” (C) Gotouge Koyoharu／Shueisha・Aniplex・ufotable
“Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba” has also obtain the “Synergy Award” for Seiyu Awards. The voice actor of the protagonist, Tanjirou, is Hanae-san, and he did a magnificent job in voicing this thoughtful young boy. The movie adaptation for “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba” is also decided, so look forward to it!
2. Katsuragi Maki from “Stars Align”
“Stars Align” Key Visual（C）Akane Kazuki・8bits/Stars Align Production Committee
In this anime with the theme of soft tennis, Hanae-san voiced the protagonist, Maki. His acting of this role, who gradually opens his closed heart, leaves a great impression. Even though the season 1 broadcast had ended halfway through the story, the sequel won’t take long as it was already confirmed.
3. Tomoe Hiyori from “Ensemble Stars!”
“Ensemble Stars!” 2nd Key Visual（C）Happy Elements K.K／Ensemble Stars! Anime Production Committee
Hanae-san has experience as a singer, and he can show off his proud singing voice in “Ensemble Stars!”. This is a completely different character when compared to Tanjirou and Maki, as it is a character that focuses on himself.
Hanae-san also put in efforts to post new videos on his YouTube channel, which was set up on Dec. 2018.
He has already voiced the main character for the 2020 TV anime such as “Smile Down the Runway”, “Appare -Ranman”, Movie “Gleipnir”, and “Digimon Adventure LAST EVOLUTION Kizuna”. Hanae-san entertains his audience as a voice actor and as a YouTuber. As a pioneer running at the front in this new era, he will surely continue running for this year as well.