August 4 is Hino Satoshi’s birthday.
Along with being active in dubbing overseas dramas, Hino Satoshi started voicing anime characters and appeared in many titles.
In 2021, he appeared in many titles, including “Skate-Leading Stars”, “Sailor Moon Eternal”, and “Sing a Bit of Harmony”. His established Twitter account on April 1 was also a hot topic.
Here at Anime!Anime!, to celebrate Hino Satoshi’s birthday, we conducted a reader survey entitled “Who is your favorite character played by Hino Satoshi?” We received responses from 312 people during the survey period from July 16 to July 23.
The male-female ratio is about 20% for males and about 80% for females. About 40% of the age group were teens, and about 30% were in their 20s.
■ Reliable big brothers are ranked in!
1st place goes to Rengoku Kyoujurou from “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba” with an approval rating of about 25%, up from 3rd place last year.
The new popularity of Rengoku Kyoujurou comes from the release of “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train”. Readers commented on the inspiring character, “This character made me the fan of Hino. This is the first time I have felt that the role and voice are synchronized so well. The reliability, kindness, and warmth of Rengoku-san were conveyed fully thanks to Hino-san’s expressiveness.”, and “I cried so many times at the movie theater, as it was like the Rengoku’s soul had transferred to Hino-san.”
Famous lines such as “Burn your heart” and “I won’t let anyone here die” are also popular, and many fans have longed for “Just the ideal older friend!”.
2nd place goes to Kamui from “Gintama” with an approval rating of about 23%, which is the same rank as last year.
Readers pointed on the performing of various elements, “I love the gap between his usual cute smiling face and fierce side of the battle-loving when he sees an opponent.”, “Hino-san’s voice is perfect for Kamui, who has a cute face and is actually scary. Hino-san is too good to give a feeling of indescribable fear!”, and “It is a character who shows the greatness of the voice actor because the performance of everyday life and battle scenes are so cool.” Some readers commented on memorable lines, “Hino-san’s high-pitched voice and the words, ‘I’ll kill you’ matched so well.”
3rd place goes to Sawamura Daichi from “Haikyu !!” with an approval rating of about 18%, down from last year’s top.
There were many comments about the reliable captain of the Karasuno High School Volleyball Club, “It seems that voice of Hino-san and the character Sawamura Daichi are intertwined, so you can feel the greatness of him as a captain. He is an ideal captain who is drawing out each person’s individuality and scolding exactly when he needs to.”, and “It was cool of him that he gathered monster-class friends together and enjoyed volleyball.”
Characters from top-3 are all based on works of “Weekly Shonen Jump”.
■ Let’s introduce other comments!
For Shinkai Hayato from “Yowamushi Pedal”, “The best sprinter in Hakone Academy. It was surprising how he differently plays the usual easy-going Shinkai-san and the serious Shinkai-san who turned into like a ‘demon’.”
About Hairo Kineshi from “The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.”, “The character is so hot that you can call him a hot-blooded idiot. It’s cute even if he’s a little off.”, and “Hino’s voice fits very well with the hot-blooded person.”
For Serizawa Nao from “Free!”, “Hino-san’s gentle voice matches and is the best!”, and “I was impressed by the scene of him swimming when he couldn’t participate in the match.”
For Kamo Noritoshi “Jujutsu Kaisen”, “He is the next generation owner of the Kamo family, so he is a solid person, but he is a cute one who also has a natural side. Above all, I fell in love with his voice, and I love Kamo-san and Hino-san!”
In the 2021 version of the survey, Rengoku Kyoujurou from “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba” jumped to the top. The movie also broke the Japanese movie box office revenue record, which is probably the reason for the vote. Looking over the top 20, not only anime but also dubbing roles for overseas dramas are ranked in.
■ Overall ranking
“Who is your favorite character played by Hino Satoshi? 2021 Edition”
1st place Rengoku Kyoujurou “Kimetsu no Yaiba”
2nd place Kamui “Gintama”
3rd place Sawamura Daichi “Haikyu !!”
4th place Shinkai Hayato “Yowamushi Pedal”
5th place Lan Wang Ji “Mo Dao Zu Shi” (radio drama Japanese dubbed version)
6th place Ainz Ooal Gown “Overlord”
6th place Hairo Kineshi “The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.”
8th place Hiraga Saito “Zero no Tsukaima”
9th place Ultraman Titas “Ultraman Taiga”
9th place Serizawa Takashi “Free! Dive to the Future”
11th place Sai “NARUTO”
11th place Sebastian Moran “Moriarty the Patriot”
13th place Kamo Noritoshi “Jujutsu Kaisen”
13th place Sakai Yuji “Shakugan no Shana”
13th place Tohma “AMNESIA”
16th place Emil Necola “Yuri !!! on ICE”
16th place Otto “Ascendance of a Bookworm”
16th place Oliver Queen “ARROW”
16th place Takagi Akito “Bakuman.”
(Response period: July 16 to July 23, 2021)
* This survey 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.