Kana Hanazawa is a voice actor born in 1989, from Tokyo. She debuted as a voice actress in 2003 but it wasn't until 2006 that she started doing voice work with any regularity and has gone on to have several major roles since then. Many of these make her a Relationship Voice Actor
with Haruka Tomatsu
. The characters she tends to play are often very timid, soft spoken girls, The Stoic
and/or snarky as well as being a source of perverted seiyuu jokes
, namely that topless 4koma moment as well as 1 time 100 yen
Her break out role was probably Nadeko Sengoku and the Moe Image Song
Renai Circulation from Bakemonogatari
. Her popularity steadily rose in 2010 and is on her way to become one of the more prominent seiyuu. She was cast in 5 shows in the fall season of 2010, tied to three other seiyuu in second place in the numbers of roles.
Currently in a Idol Singer
group called Ro-Kyu-Bu
along with her fellow co-stars/teammates from said show: Rina Hidaka
, Yōko Hikasa
, Yui Ogura
and Yuka Iguchi
Her American counterparts are Stephanie Sheh
, Emily Neves
, and Alexis Tipton
, as those voice actresses share the same The Quiet One
soft-spoken Shrinking Violet
typecast (particularly the later where both Emily Neves and Kana Hanazawa share a total of three roles)
- Ai Kitora in World Trigger
- Aika Fuwa in Zetsuen no Tempest
- Akane Tsunemori in Psycho-Pass
- Angel (real name: Tachibana Kanade) in Angel Beats!
- Anri Sonohara from Durarara!!
- Aoi Futaba in Asobi ni Iku yo!
- As Herself and voices Dryana in the live-action/flash movie Go!Go! Kadendanshi: The Movie -Dubbing Panic
- Ayaka Sajyou in Fate/Prototype
- Ayase Shinomiya in Guilty Crown
- Ayse Khadim in Ladies Versus Butlers!
- Charles Charlotte Dunois in Infinite Stratos
- Chiaki Kuramoto in Megane No Kanojo
- Chiaki Kurihara in Bodacious Space Pirates
- Chiaki Nanami in Super Dangan Ronpa 2
- Chizuru Ooshima in Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun
- Coco JD in Basquash!
- Deuce in Final Fantasy Type-0
- Eita Chinami in the Idol Pretender drama CDs
- Eri Mizutani in The iDOLM@STER
- Erii Haruue in A Certain Scientific Railgun
- Eselin Freeden in Atelier Lina
- Fumika Mitarai in Seikon No Qwaser
- Hanasaki Ran in Danball Senki W
- Hanazawa-san in Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko
- Holly Madison in Last Exile
- Ichiko Sakura in Binbō-gami ga! (Thoroughly Playing Against Type, being a violent, Large Ham, inconsiderate and snobbish Tomboy. Though it's all a complete Jerkass Façade)
- Ieyasu Tokugawa (gender-flipped) in Sengoku Collection
- Iris/Violet in Rune Factory Tides Of Destiny
- Jessica Valentine in Seikoku No Dragonar, yet another playing against type role
- Kagami Yagami in Sasami-san@Ganbaranai
- Kagari in Rewrite
- Kagome Ikaruga in Asu no Yoichi!
- Karuta Roromiya in Inu X Boku SS
- Kasumi Ishiki in King of Thorn
- Kobato Hanato in Kobato
- Kobato Hasegawa in Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
- Konoha Amagi in Zetman
- Kosaki Onodera in Nisekoi
- Kougyoku Ren in Magi – Labyrinth of Magic
- Kozue Naruse in Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin
- Kureha Sakamachi in Mayo Chiki!
- Kuro Matsumi in Saki Achiga-hen
- Kusano in Sekirei
- Kuzuha Kirimoto in Hagure Yūsha no Estetika
- Lisa in Phantasy Star Online 2
- Lulu in Gloria Union
- Mahiru Hyuga in Kamisama Dolls
- Manaka Mukaido in Nagi no Asukara
- Maria Akizuki in Shin Sekai Yori
- Marie in Persona 4: The Golden
- Marry Kozakura in Mekakucity Actors
- Mato Kuroi, Black Rock Shooter, and Insane Black Rock Shooter in Black★Rock Shooter
- Mayu Miyano in B Gata H Kei
- Mayu Moritanote in Morita-san Wa Mukuchi.
- Mayuri Shiina in Steins;Gate
- Megumu Tōzokuyama in Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara
- Mei Mei, Panda's little sister, in Shirokuma Cafe
- Mikan Yuuki in To Love-Ru
- Mikoto Asuka in Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches
- Minori Nakazawa in No-Rin
- Nadeko Sengoku in Bakemonogatari and its sequels
- Natsume Tsuchimikado in Tokyo Ravens
- Nakoru Hazemi in Getsumen To Heiki Mina
- Nessa in Fractale
- Nina Sumeragi & Pure in Daemon Bride
- Noir Vinocacao in Dog Days
- Plutia/Iris Heart in Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory
- The titular character, Potemayo
- Rhythmy Kyono in Tokimeki Memorial 4
- Rinne Sonogami in the video game adaptation of Date A Live
- Risa in Nagareboshi Lens
- Rize Kamishiro in Tokyo Ghoul
- Romary Stone in Mobile Suit Gundam AGE
- Ruri Gokou/Kuroneko (as well as one of her sisters, Hinata) in Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai
- Ryoko Kaminagi in Zegapain
- Saaya Agata in SKET Dance
- Sakura Hanazono in Maid-Sama!
- Seryu in Akame ga Kiru!
- Shiemi Moriyama in Blue Exorcist
- Shiika Anmoto in Mushi-Uta
- Shiori Shiomiya in The World God Only Knows (and by extension, Minerva in the Goddesses Arc)
- Shiori Tsumekomi in Yutori-chan
- Shiro in Deadman Wonderland (Oh so Playing Against Type it isn't funny anymore)
- Sophie in Tales of Graces
- Sora Kajiwara in Sketchbook
- Suō Pavlichenko in Darker Than Black: Ryūsei no Gemini
- Susukihotaru in Otome Youkai Zakuro
- Syrop in Zettai Bouei Leviathan
- Tomoka Minato in Ro-Kyu-Bu!
- Tsukimi Kurashita in Kuragehime
- Valeria in Granado Espada
- Yokoi in Tonari no Seki-kun
- Yuki Miyata in Moshidora
- Yukari Yukino in The Garden Of Words
- Yuri Mariya in Campione!
- Yuriko Mifune in Kotoura-san
- Yuu Naruse in No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular!
- Yuuka Midarezaki in Kyouran Kazoku Nikki
- Zange/Hakua Suzushiro in Kannagi
- Zessica Wong in Aquarion Evol
Tropes associated with her:
- Casting Gag: Twice as Kuroneko expies Noir from Dog Days and Kobato from Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
- Young Anri from Durarara!! looks suspiciously similar to Nadeko Sengoku.
- Cuteness Proximity: Seems to have this when being around Yui Ogura.
- The Danza: In Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko.
- Ink Suit Actress: Anri, Mayu, Mayuri and Kozue has virtually the same haircut as her pic above. She grew out her hair since that picture was taken though.
- A deliberate example is Akane Tsunemori, who was explicitly designed to resemble her new look.
- Large Ham: As Ichiko Sakura.
- Name's the Same: Twice with four different names Kobato/Mayu/Shiori/Chiaki
- Relationship Voice Actor: With her fellow Ro-Kyu-Bu! members in addition to the anime of the same name. She shares a few roles with:
- Hiroshi Kamiya: Durarara!!, Bakemonogatari, Angel Beats!, Blue Exorcist, Zegapain, Kobato, Break Blade, Gundam AGE
- Yōko Hikasa: Infinite Stratos, Moshidora, Seikon No Qwaser, Dog Days, Inu X Boku SS, Sketchbook, Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin, Campione!
- Yuka Iguchi: Bakemonogatari, Mayo Chiki!, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, To Love-Ru Darkness
- Yui Ogura: Ore Imo, .hack//Quantum, Inu X Boku SS, Campione!, Aquarion Evol, Hyperdimension Neptunia V, Saki Achiga-hen
- Ayana Taketatsu: Ore Imo, Guilty Crown, The World God Only Knows, Date A Live Rinne Utopia, Dog Days
- Hiro Shimono: The World God Only Knows, Kannagi, Megane No Kanojo, Basquash!, Binbō-gami ga!, Danball Senki W, Kotoura-san
- Mamiko Noto: Ro-Kyu-Bu!, Freezing, Black★Rock Shooter, SKET Dance, Sengoku Collection
- Marina Inoue: Freezing, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, Infinite Stratos, Tales of Hearts, Danball Senki W, Date A Live Rinne Utopia, ''Seikoku No Dragonar
- Eri Kitamura: Last Exile, Potemayo, Blassreiter, Campione! Kyouran Kazoku Nikki, Bakemonogatari, Angel Beats!, Durarara!!, Kuragehime, Freezing, Blue Exorcist, Mayo Chiki!, Black★Rock Shooter, Rewrite, Danball Senki W, Dog Days
- Yuuichi Nakamura: Ore Imo, Basquash!, Guilty Crown, Danball Senki W, Aquarion Evol
- Yuuki Kaji: Ro-Kyu-Bu!, Guilty Crown, Blue Exorcist, Danball Senki W, Aquarion Evol
- Kouki Uchiyama: Infinite Stratos, Guilty Crown, Aquarion Evol, Binbō-gami ga!, Zetsuen no Tempest, Buddy Complex, Nisekoi (Aquarion Evol, Guilty Crown, and Buddy Complex aside, her character is in love with his in every other show listed)
- Woman of a Thousand Voices: Previously pigeonholed into Moe and Shrinking Violet archetypes like her Big Sister Mentor Mamiko Noto, leading to some criticism on her limited voice range. However, she is quite capable for Playing Against Type such as Yandere Shiro from Deadman Wonderland, snarky sweet-and-cold Kuroneko, freaky otaku Tsukimi from Kuragehime, Genki Girl Kureha from Mayo Chiki!, Handicapped Badass Ace Pilot Action Girl Ayase Shinomiya in Guilty Crown, Shameless Fanservice Girl Zessica Wong from Aquarion Evol, the Large Ham and at times a Guttural Growler Ichiko Sakura from Binbō-gami ga! and the newest heroic CPU Iris Heart.