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Kana Hanazawa

Kana Hanazawa Japanese actress, voice actress and singer

Japanese actress, voice actress and singer
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Intro Japanese actress, voice actress and singer
A.K.A. Hanazawa Kana
Is Singer Actor Child actor Television personality Entertainer Tarento Voice actor Seiyū
From Japan
Type Entertainment Film, Television, Stage and Radio Music
Gender female
Birth 25 February 1989, Tokyo, Japan
Age: 31 years
Star sign PiscesPisces
Genre:
J-pop
Instruments:
Voice
The details
Biography

Kana Hanazawa (花澤 香菜, Hanazawa Kana, born February 25, 1989) is a Japanese actress, voice actress and singer. She is best known for her voice performances in anime, which include Nadeko Sengoku in Monogatari, Anri Sonohara in Durarara!!, Angel / Kanade Tachibana in Angel Beats!, Kuroneko / Ruri Gokō in Oreimo, Mayuri Shiina in Steins;Gate, Akane Tsunemori in Psycho-Pass, Natsume Tsuchimikado in Tokyo Ravens, Kosaki Onodera in Nisekoi, Rize Kamishiro in Tokyo Ghoul, Hinata Kawamoto in March Comes in Like a Lion, Shirase Kobuchizawa in A Place Further than the Universe, and Ichika Nakano in The Quintessential Quintuplets. Her debut single, "Hoshizora Destination" (星空☆ディスティネーション), was released on April 25, 2012 under the Aniplex/Sony Music Entertainment Japan label. She is represented by the Office Osawa talent agency.

Biography

Hanazawa began acting when she was in kindergarten. She made regular appearances at the variety program Yappari Sanma Daisensei.

She made her voice acting debut as Holly in Last Exile. She played Ryoko Kaminagi in Zegapain. She was signed up with voice acting agency Office Osawa.

Hanazawa went to university in 2007, while at the same time, she began to make her mark as a voice actress. She voiced the title character in Kobato., Suou in Darker than Black: Gemini of the Meteor, Nadeko Sengoku in Bakemonogatari, Angel / Kanade Tachibana in Angel Beats, and Anri Sonohara in Durarara!!. She was voted in 2010 as "Best Female Voice Actress" by listeners of the radio program Nonko and Nobita's Anime Scramble (ノン子とのび太のアニメスクランブル). She graduated from university in 2011, and in the same year became a full-time voice actress. In late 2010, she was invited to the Anime Festival Asia anime convention in Singapore.

On February 23, 2012, it was announced that Hanazawa would launch her official website. A few days later, during the "Kana Hanazawa Solo Debut Presentation Party event", it was announced that she would release four singles within a year: "Hoshizora Destination" (星空☆ディスティネーション) released on April 25, "Hatsukoi no Oto" (初恋ノオト), released on July 18, "Happy Endings", released on October 24 and was used as ending theme for anime Zetsuen no Tempest, and "Silent Snow", released on January 16, 2013. Her first album Claire was released on February 20, 2013, and her second album 25 was released on February 26, 2014. She released an album title Blue Avenue in April 2015, and went on a concert tour starting at the Nippon Budokan on May 3. The Blu-ray release of the show, Live Avenue Kana Hanazawa in Budokan, ranked number six in sales.

Hanazawa won Best Supporting Actress at the 9th Seiyu Awards. She later won Newtype's Best Voice Actress award. Hanazawa starred in her first live-action feature film Kimi ga Inakucha Dame Nanda (君がいなくちゃだめなんだ, It's Definitely No Good You're Not Here). Her video would later place tenth in Oricon's Blu-ray Disc Chart. Hanazawa moved to the Sacra Music record label under Sony Music Entertainment Japan in April 2017.

Discography

Albums

Title Album details Peak position
JPN
Claire
  • Released: February 20, 2013
  • Label: Aniplex
  • Catalog No.: SVWC-7929
6
25
  • Released: February 26, 2014
  • Label: Aniplex
  • Catalog No.: SVWC-7988/90, SVWC-7991/92
8
Blue Avenue
  • Released: April 22, 2015
  • Label: Aniplex
  • Catalog No.: SVWC-70064/5, SVWC-70066
12
Opportunity
  • Released: February 22, 2017
  • Label: Aniplex
  • Catalog No.: SVWC-70251/2, SVWC-70253
15
Kokobase
  • Released: February 20, 2019
  • Label: Sacra Music
18

Singles

Title Year Catalog No. Peak position Album
Limited edition Regular edition JPNOricon
JPNBillboard
"Starry Sky Destination"
(星空☆ディスティネーション|, Hoshi‐zora☆Disutinēshon)
2012 SVWC-7840 SVWC-7842 7 23 Claire
"The Sound of First Love"
(初恋ノオト|, Hatsukoi no Oto)
SVWC-7863 SVWC-7865 4 31
"happy endings" SVWC-7899/900 SVWC-7901 7 33
"Silent Snow" 2013 SVWC-7926/27 SVWC-7928 8 43
"Love Planet"
(恋する惑星|, Koisuru Wakusei)
SVWC-7974/75 SVWC-7976 11 34 25
"Smile Mode"
(ほほ笑みモード|, Hohoemi Mōdo)
2014 SVWC-70021/22 SVWC-70023 12 28 Blue Avenue
"Cocytus"
(こきゅうとす|, Kokyūtosu)
SVWC-70041/2 SVWC-70043 13 27
"I'm Useless Without You"
(君がいなくちゃだめなんだ|, Kimi ga Inakucha Dame Nanda)
2015 SVWC-70053/54 SVWC-70055 13 45
"Transparent Girl"
(透明な女の子|, Tōmei na Onna no Ko)
2016 SVWC-70138/9 SVWC-70140 20 87 Opportunity
"New Song"
(あたらしいうた|, Atarashī Uta)
SVWC-70170/1 SVWC-70172 14 56
"Rough"
(ざらざら|, Zarazara)
SVWC-70225/6 SVWC-70227 20 66
"A Person Loved in the Spring Is Who I Long to Be"
(春に愛されるひとに わたしはなりたい|, Haru ni Aisareru Hito ni Watashi wa Naritai)
2018 VVCL-1164/5 VVCL-1166 15
"I'm Alright"
(大丈夫|, Daijōbu)
VVCL-1267/8 VVCL-1269 27 97
VVCL-1270/1

Tours

  • Kana Hanazawa concert tour 2019 (2019, in Japan and China)

Awards

Year Award Category Result Refs
2015 9th Seiyu Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
2015 Newtype Anime Awards Best Voice Actress Won
2017 Newtype Anime Awards Best Voice Actress 2nd place
2018 Newtype Anime Awards Best Voice Actress Won
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