Sep. 17 is Kotobuki Minako’s birthday.
Kotobuki Minako started her career as a voice actress in the late 2000s. She won the Best Musical Performance in the 4th Seiyu Awards as a member of “Hokago Tea Time”. She played in “A Whisker Away”, and “Reconguista in G II Bellri’s Fierce Charge”, released in 2020.
She is currently studying in the U.K. for a year. She talks about her daily life, school life, and a culture shock that she had experienced on “Minako’s Another Wonderland in the UK”, the series on Anime!Anime!
What is Kotobuki Minako’s “the moment she was moved”? Looking back with the pictures she took!
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We conducted a readers survey titled “Who is your most favorite character voiced by Kotobuki Minako?”, celebrating her birthday. The survey had been conducted from Sep. 2, 2020, to Sep. 9, 2020, and received 115 answers.
The male-to-female ratio was about 60% to 40% with the male readers accounting for a little higher percentage. About 20% of the readers were under 19-year-old, 30% were in their twenties, and about 25% were in thirties.
■1st place went to Kotobuki Tsumugi from “K-On!”. Some readers said this work was a trigger for them to be her fans…
“K-On!” Kotobuki Tsumugi received about 24% support ratings. She got a higher place than the 3rd place of the previous survey.
The comments from the readers show the popularity of her healing personality. “Mugi-chan is cute and goofy, but she challenges everything positively. She is also a play on the piano on the live performances. Kotobuki Minako is the only one that can play Mugichan! I really like her!” “She is the character, the image of whose has changed the most in the different meanings, as she seemed a quiet girl at first, but her acts funny with Yui and others likes to play with Ritsu later on, which makes her look more attractive.”
Some comments say that this work was a trigger for them to be her fans. “I got to like anime and Kotobuki-san because of this character. This is the origin and the top for me.”
“Sound! Euphonium” Tanaka Asuka received about 18% support ratings. She got a lower place than the 1st place of the previous survey.
A lot of readers admire how she recreates the two-faced character of Asuka, the senpai of the brass band club. “She is charismatic and able to interact with everyone without any distinction, but she seems to feel isolated at the same time. Such a gap is attractive.” “She seems to be easygoing, but she is sometimes cold. How she changes the voice depending on the scene is amazing.” “I think the line ‘Doudemoii (I don’t care)’ exists for her.”
“DokiDoki! PreCure” Hishikawa Rikka received about 15% support ratings. She also got a lower place than the 2nd place of the previous survey.
Hishikawa Rikka is an honor student, acting as the student council secretary at Ogai First Middle School. “She is serious, reliable, and intelligent. I admire such a girl.” “She looks nice and full of intelligence, and the voice matches the heroine well.” Her intelligence as Cure Diamond, who introduces herself as “Eichi no Hikari (Light of Intelligent)”, attracts the fans.
■Other comments are below.
For “Bloom Into You” Nanami Touko.
“I got to like Mina-chan because of this work! She perfectly plays both cool Touko and cute Toko. I like her so much.” “Her singing the ending theme song ‘hectopascal’ was impressive as well.”
For “Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll” Isabella York. “The final line was so impressive that I had my sympathy for her feelings.”
For “Symphogear” Saint-Germain.
“Her voice matches Saint-Germain, who is dignified as an alchemist to pursue her ideal. I was glad that she sang ‘Hanasaku Yuuki (Blooming Courage)’ together with Hibiki, the protagonist in the 5th season.”
For “Robot Girls Z” Lacking-in-Moe-Girl.
“Imamoe-san told me how Kotobuki-san is interesting, so I voted for Ima-moe san. I like her dialect.” Some readers voted for the character, who became popular on the Internet.
The characters of the works featuring music, “K-On!” and “Sound! Euphonium”, went to the 1st and 2nd place. Some singing heroines also got some votes, including “DokiDoki! PreCure”.
■Ranking Top 10
“Who is your most favorite character voiced by Kotobuki Minako? 2020 ver.”
1. Kotobuki Tsumugi “K-On!”
2. Tanaka Asuka “Sound! Euphonium”
3. Hishikawa Rikka(Cure Diamond) “DokiDoki! PreCure”
4. Nanami Touko “Bloom Into You”
5. Kongou Mitsuko “A Certain Scientific Railgun” “A Certain Magical Index”
6. Isabella York “Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll”
7. Takasaki Natsu “Baby Steps”
8. Kanzaki Mizuki “Aikatsu!”
8. Saint-Germain “Symphogear”
8. Blue Rose(Karina Lyle) “TIGER & BUNNY”
(Survey Period is from Sep. 2, 2020 to Sep. 9, 2020.)