Kana Hanazawa plays the role of Mitsuri Kanroji, a pillar of love in “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba”. She has gained popularity for her cute role as a pillar of strength, but also for her instant crush on various men. In this article, we will focus on three very popular works in which Ms. Hanazawa has appeared, which can be enjoyed by those who became interested in anime and voice acting after “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba”.
| Voice actress Kana Hanazawa, with her acting skills that fit a wide range of roles, is a total heroine!
Kana Hanazawa, who played the role of Kanroji Mitsuri, a pillar of love in “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba”. In the year 2021 alone, which has just started, she has appeared in various anime such as “Kaibutsu Jihen” and “Gekidol”. In this article, I’ll focus on three of her most popular works, which can be enjoyed by those who became interested in anime and voice acting after “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba”, and which have been well-received on SNS as “the strongest and most invincible female voice actress” and “her acting skills are really good”.
|PSYCHO-PASS Psycho-Pass” Akane Tsunemori
PSYCHO-PASS” is an original anime by Production I.G, the animation production company that created the “Ghost in the Shell” series and the “Attack on Titan” series. The script is written by Gen Urobuchi, who also wrote “Fate/Zero” and “Puella Magi Madoka Magica”. It is currently in its third season and has been made into a popular movie several times. Her role is that of the heroine, Akane Tsunemori, a new surveillance officer.
The story takes place in Japan in the year 2112. In this era where psychological states and personalities can now be quantified, that quantification function is called the “Sybura System” and the numerical values are called “PSYCHO-PASS”. People lived a worry-free life, deciding their occupations based on these values. Although Zhu had an aptitude for a variety of professions, he chose to work for the Public Security Bureau in search of a “way of life that only he can lead. Zhu is assigned to the First Section of the Criminal Investigation Department, where he confronts horrific crimes on a daily basis using the “crime count” as a clue. On the first day of her assignment, Zhu is immediately sent out to the crime scene and rescues a female victim, but her crime count rises with fear and confusion…?
Zhu, a new surveillance officer, was an elite student who had aptitude for a variety of other government offices. However, Zhu, who has a strong sense of justice and is easily troubled, gets a job at the Public Security Bureau, where she has to do a lot of dirty work, because “I was the only one who got an A”. Although Zhu’s optimism and positive attitude make her suitable for a law enforcement officer, she sometimes finds herself in direct confrontation with criminals and involved in cruel incidents. Ms. Hanazawa realistically portrays Zhu’s positivity, strength, and even her miserable cries. It is also worth noting the changes in Zhu’s voice as she gradually becomes more mature in the second and third seasons. This work can be viewed on “d-anime store”, “Netflix”, and “U-NEXT”.
|STEINS;GATE” Mayuri Shiina
STEINS;GATE” is an anime based on the game of the same name by the game brand “5pb.” In 2011, it was selected as a Jury Recommended Work in the Animation Division of the 15th Japan Media Arts Festival, and has received high acclaim. She played the role of Mayuri Shiina, the heroine and childhood friend of the main character. Rintaro Okabe (CV: Mamoru Miyano) is a university student with a “kitchen disease” who founded the “Future Gadget Laboratory”, an invention club in Akihabara. Every day, he and the other members of the club (known as “Labomen”) gather in the lab to develop inventions of unknown use. One day, Okabe and Mayuri, his childhood friend and lab member, decide to go see a press conference commemorating the success of the invention of a time machine. There, Okabe happens to meet the genius girl Kurisu Makise (CV: Asami Imai), but soon after they part, she collapses in a pool of blood. Okabe rushes to send a text message to lab member Hashida Itaru (CV: Seki Tomokazu), but when he presses the send button, he is struck by dizziness–?
Mayuri, always smiling and at her own pace, brings a sense of healing to this sometimes serious story. When she greets people, she says “Tut-tut”, and when she expresses her feelings, she says “Mayushii is a __“. On the other hand, in the second season of “STEINS;GATE 0”, there is a scene where the always smiling Mayuri cries. The tearful scene oozing with Mayuri’s kindness is a must-see for all fans of Ms. Hanazawa. This work can be viewed on “d-anime store”, “Netflix”, and “U-NEXT”.
|Cells at work!” Red Blood Cell (AE3803)
Cells at work!” is an anime based on the manga of the same name (written by Akane Shimizu/Kodansha), which won 7th place in “This Manga is Amazing! 2016”. The original manga won 7th place in “This Manga is Awesome! 2016”. Many spin-off manga have been released, including “Cells at work! Bacteria” and “Cells at work! BLACK”.
It is said that there are about 37 trillion cells in the human body. These cells work every day in the world of the body. Red blood cells carry oxygen and carbon dioxide, while white blood cells (CV: Tomoaki Maeno) eliminate recent invasions and viruses. One day, while carrying oxygen, the red blood cells come across Streptococcus pneumoniae (CV: Hiroyuki Yoshino), which causes pneumonia. The white blood cells rush to the scene and save the day, but the pneumococcus escapes and goes somewhere else in the body. Killer T cells (CV: Daisuke Ono), which kill virus-infected cells and cancer cells, are also dispatched, but the red blood cells meet the pneumococcus again on their own…?
The red blood cells are rookie cells that work hard despite their occasional screw-ups. Ms. Hanazawa’s cheerful voice expresses the newcomer’s innocence, as she often takes wrong turns but works hard with full of motivation. For some reason, the red blood cells tend to get into trouble, such as the invasion of pneumococcus and influenza viruses. Ms. Hanazawa vividly expresses the panic of the surprised and screaming red blood cells. She is a well-loved character with a cute and friendly personality, somewhat similar to Ms. Hanazawa herself. In addition, the second season of “Cells at work!! and the spin-off “Cells at work! BLACK” are also currently being broadcast. This work can be viewed on “d-anime store”, “Netflix”, “U-NEXT”, etc.
Ms. Hanazawa has been active in so many different works that it is difficult to narrow it down to just three. In addition to her solid skills, she is loved by people around her for her beautiful appearance and mischievous personality. Which character is your favorite?