June 23rd is Taketasu Ayana’s birthday.

Taketatsu Ayana debuted in the mid-2000s. At the 4th Seiyuu Awards, she won the Singing Award for “Hokago Tea Time” a unit in “K-ON”
In 2021, she appeared in various titles such as “The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬” and “Full Dive: This Ultimate Next-Gen Full Dive RPG Is Even Shittier than Real Life!”. Appearances in “The Detective Is Already Dead” and “Girlfriend, Girlfriend” have also been announced.

To celebrate Taketatsu Ayana’s birthday, we conducted an annual reader survey entitled “Who is your favorite character played by Taketatsu Ayana?”. We received responses from 246 people during the survey period from June 9 to June 16.
The male-female ratio is about 65% for males and about 35% for females. About 45% of the age group were teens, and about 25% were in their 20s.

■ Nino from the “The Quintessential Quintuplets” series, the movie which is about to be released, is topping the list!
1st place
1st place goes to Nakano Nino from “The Quintessential Quintuplets” with about a 27% approval rating, she jumped to the top from 2nd place last year.

Nino is the second daughter of the Nakano family’s quintuplets and her strong personality and forgiving side attracted many fans, “Only Taketatsu-san could play the cute tsundere Nino who cares about the family.”, “Her not always honest side is cute.”, and “Taketatsu-san’s acting of tsundere Nino is angelic.”
In 2022, the movie sequel to the second season of the TV anime will be released. Nino will continue to shine.

2nd place
2nd place goes to Leafa from “Sword Art Online” with an approval rating of about 16%.

Leafa is the younger sister of the main character, Kirito. Readers commented, “Taketatsu-san’s younger sister’s voice fits perfectly. It’s very nice acting.”, “I think, the performance of cute and strong Leafa made the character more attractive than the original.”, and “I can’t get enough of younger sister watching over her brother Kirito.” A strong younger sister character is popular.

3rd place
3rd place goes to Nakano Azusa from “K-ON!” with an approval rating of about 15%.

Nakano Azusa is the only junior member of a high school girl band Hokago Tea Time. Readers commented on the unforgettable performance, “She is a memorable character that got me hooked on anime.”, and “I’ve seen her various roles in many works, but Azusa is the one. A character that will remain with you forever.”

Comments from fans who watched the live show also arrived, “The brave figure of Azunyan and Taketatsu-san playing the guitar at Yokohama Arena and Saitama Super Arena remains in my eyes.”

■ Let’s introduce other comments!
For Kosaka Kirino from “Ore no Imoto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai”, “Even though she is a gal, the nerdy gap, the appearance of moe, and the tsundere side of her brother Kyosuke are all cute because of Taketatsu-san’s voice.”

About Shidare Hotaru from “Dagashi Kashi”, “I love the high-tension tones when she talks about her love for sweets and the sexyness that comes out a little.”

For Ms. Koizumi from “Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles”, “Ms. Koizumi eats ramen so deliciously that it always makes my hungry.”

For Tokihara Sayuki from “Hensuki: Are You Willing to Fall in Love with a Pervert, as Long as She’s a Cutie?”, “Ayana is usually associated with bright characters, but in this work, she played a sexy character and was fabulous.”

In the 2021 version of the questionnaire, the heroine of “The Quintessential Quintuplets”, the new movie of which will be released, ranked first. The characters in the top-3 haven’t changed, but the rankings are different, and who knows how it is gonna be next year.

■ Overall ranking
“Who is your favorite character played by Taketatsu Ayana? 2021 Edition”
1st place Nakano Nino “The Quintessential Quintuplets”
2nd place Leafa (Kirigaya Suguha) “Sword Art Online”
3rd place Nakano Azusa “K-ON!”
4th place Kosaka Kirino “Ore no Imoto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai”
5th place Ms. Koizumi “Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles”
6th place Shidare Hotaru “Dagashi Kashi”
7th place Tojo Koneko “High School DxD”
8th place Tokihara Sayuki “Kawaikereba Hentai demo Suki ni Natte Kuremasuka?”
8th place Wakana Ui “My Wife is the Student Council President”
10th place Koshimizu Sachiko “The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls ”
11th place Kotori Itsuka “Date A Live”
11th place Ueda Azusa “Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion THE ANIMATION”
11th place Karuizawa Megumi “Classroom of the Elite”
11th place Gauche Le Medu “Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patoranger”
11th place Sawatari Kaede “Tamayura”
11th place Suminoe Ako “kiss x sis”
11th place Lime “The World Ends With You The Animation”

(Response period: June 9 to June 16, 2021)

* This questionnaire is part of a survey of readers’ awareness of “current interest in and attention to anime works and characters.” Regarding the results, we do not intend to decide the superiority or inferiority of any character or work. We hope that this article will help you to get to know new works and characters, and to deepen your understanding and interest.