Aug. 28 is Amamiya Sora-san's birthday.
Amamiya Sora-san debuted as a voice actor in the first half of 2010. In 2014, she debuted as a singer and won the Best Rookie Actresses on the 9th Seiyu Awards. She is voicing several main characters in the TV anime of summer 2020, such as “Rent-A-Girlfriend” and “Appare Ranman!”.
Thus, to celebrate Amamiya-san's birthday, we had conducted the annual reader survey, titled “Who is your favorite character voiced by Amamiya Sora?”. A total of 210 responses were received during the survey period from Aug. 12 until Aug. 19.
The gender ratio is about 60% from males and 40% from females where the majority came from men. Most of the votes came from youngsters as about 50% were from under aged 19 and about 30% were from those in their twenties.
■Aqua from “KonoSuba” and Elizabeth from “The Seven Deadly Sins” had taken the top spots for three consecutive years
The first place goes to Aqua from “KonoSuba: God's Blessing on this Wonderful World!” with a support rating of approximately 30%. She had maintained the first place for three consecutive years.
Some of the readers' comments regarding this useless goddess are, “She had done a good job in expressing Aqua's dumb side as well as all the emotions. She is amazing as I felt as if Aqua really exists from her lively acting!”, “Sora-san mostly voiced cool characters but I am able to feel the difference when she is voicing a stupid character,” and “The Aqua's cry from her is the best. My favorite line is 'Nandeyo—! (Why—!).”
There were also several comments regarding her natural acting as readers got addicted to this character, such as, “I'm glad that I'm able to see the natural-like acting of her that makes you think 'Is this how the actual Amamiya-san look like?'”, and “I can no longer differentiate between Amamiya-san and Aqua anymore”.
The second place is Elizabeth from “The Seven Deadly Sins” with a support rating of approximately 15%. She has also kept her second place for three consecutive years.
“Sora-san's translucent and pretty voice is the perfect fit for Queen Elizabeth! As the story progresses, the pretty voice becomes more humane and strong” and “She was able to express properly the gentleness and strong-willed of Elizabeth at a level that is acceptable as to why Meliodas had fallen for her!”, depicted that her popularity came from the strong and elegant voice. The fourth season of the TV anime “The Seven Deadly Sins: Judgement of Fury” will air on 2021.
The third place goes to Mizuhara Chizuru with a support rating of approximately 7%. The character from the latest anime in 2020 had taken third place.
Regarding Chizuru, who is working as a rental girlfriend, the comments received depict that they were charmed by the difference in acting, such as “The acting when she is in the girlfriend mode is so drastically differenced when she is not in that mode, but both of mode fit quite well with Amamiya-san!” and “I like the gap between when she is conscious of being cute as a rental girlfriend and the spectacle student appearance.”
“Ever since I had read the original manga, I thought that Sora-chan fit her quite well, so I was shocked when my thought become a reality during the anime adaptation” shows that even the fans of the original manga were charmed by it.
■Let's introduce the other comments!!
For Isla from “Plastic Memories”, “The anime itself is heart-breaking but I felt that Sora-chan's acting had intensified the story. This is my favorite character that I will never forget no matter how long it had past.”
For Kitazawa Shiho from “The IDOLM@STER Million Live!”, I like the clumsy and stoic part of her and I think that Amamiya Sora-san had done a good job in voicing her. I also think it good that even herself shows respect to the character by calling her 'Shiho-san'.”
For Kirishima Touka from “Tokyo Ghoul”, “Sora-chan is known for her innocent character but I was shocked as she was able to voice such cool character. I like how it overlaps with her singer activities that are pursuing coolness.”
For Amamiya Sora from “Re:CREATORS”, where votes were received as she voiced both the main character and herself in this work, “As this is a mainstream anime, I had hope that there will be a development where the voice actors will appear, but it had left an impression in me when she really appear as herself.”
In the overall ranking, several anime of 2020, such as “Rent-A-Girlfriend”, “Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story”, and “Princess Connect! Re:Dive”, were ranked in. This is a result where the new characters should be highlighted as well among the deeply supported first and second place.
■Top 20 Ranking
“Who is your favorite character voiced by Amamiya Sora? 2020 ver.”
1: Aqua “KonoSuba: God's Blessing on this Wonderful World!”
2: Elizabeth “The Seven Deadly Sins”
3: Mizuhara Chizuru “Rent-A-Girlfriend”
4: Kirishima Touka “Tokyo Ghoul”
4: Fujimiya Kaorui “One Week Friends”
6: Narumi Sena “Kokuhaku Jikko Iinkai”
7: Isla “Plastic Memories”
7: Akame “Akame ga Kill!”
7: Elise “Bungou Stray Dogs”
7: Kitazawa Shiho “The IDOLM@STER Million Live!”
11: Himuro Ayame “Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It”
12: Nanami Yachiyo “Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story”
12: Hisaishi Kanade “Sound! Euphonium The Movie – Our Promise: A Brand New Day”
12: Mitsui Honoka “The Irregular at Magic High School”
15: China Moeka “High School Fleet”
16: Asseylum Vers Allusia “Aldnoah Zero”
16: Serena “Dragon Quest Rivals” “Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition-”
16: Takiya “Drifting Dragons”
16: Nitou Natsuki “The Anthem of the Heart”
16: Miyako “Princess Connect!”
(Survey Period: Aug. 12, 2020 – Aug. 19, 2020)