Kansai Regional Accent
In Japanese, Kansai-ben
. Accent commonly associated with the Kansai region of Japan. Since most anime is made in Tokyo (the accents sound different even if you can't understand them), this is usually very thick and exaggerated. It's also usually the first variation to pop up. The Kansai region generally consists of Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Wakayama, Mie, Nara and Shiga Prefectures, and sometimes the surrounding region (Fukui, Tokushima and Tottori Prefectures). While the dialects generally get lumped together as Kansai-ben because of their general similarities, there are distinctions between them.
Osaka-ben (Osaka dialect) used to be the stereotypical villain accent until Osaka comedians performing with their accent became popular in the nineties. These days Osaka-ben is generally used to indicate a fun loving, impatient, loud, boisterous personality. (See also The Idiot from Osaka
.) Osaka-ben speaking comedians are common in Real Life
and in anime, and the Boke and Tsukkomi Routine
has its roots there. Recall, for instance, the scene in Azumanga Daioh
where Tomo learns that the new transfer student is going to be from Osaka, and wonders if she'll have an incredible tsukkomi. The comedy routine consists of the Boke, who generally says stupid things, and the Tsukkomi, who corrects the Boke though physical devices, such as a rap on the head
Even though it is also part of Kansai-ben, Kyoto-ben is generally a much softer dialect. The Kyoto dialect has its roots in the courtly dialect from the time when the capital of Japan was Kyoto instead of Edo (later Tokyo). Recently in anime, Kyoto-ben has been reserved as a primarily female dialect. (See: Shizuru in Mai-HiME,
Konoka in Mahou Sensei Negima!
, and Akesato in Peacemaker Kurogane,
amongst others.) This is possibly due to the fact that Kyoto-ben is softer, and thus sounds more feminine.
A few quick tips for catching a character speaking Kansai-ben:
- More focus on the vowels than the consonants of the language. Single-syllable words get stretched out an extra beat, and the copula "desu" is pronounced in full rather than Tokyo's clipped "des". This also makes Kansai-accented English that much harder to understand to native English-speakers compared to Tokyo-accented English (loanwords are generally spelled with Tokyo pronunciation in mind, after all).
- Pitch accent with a greater tonal range (sometimes described as "singsong" or "overly-emotional"), and often significantly different patterns from Standard.
- If a female, look for the use of uchi instead of atashi.
- Replacement of desu or da with ya (or, in Kyoto-ben, dosu).
- The use of the -hen ending, instead of -nai, as in wakarahen versus wakaranai (lit. "don't know").
- -han instead of -san as an honorific.
- Using the word "aho" instead of "baka". The stereotype is that "baka" is a much more serious insult to a Kansai native, and is rarely used by one except in deadly earnest.
- In real life, some dialects just have their own word for this.
- The use of the "-haru" ending as an intermediate between plain style and the formal "-masu"
- Saying "se ya naa" instead of "sou da ne" OR "sou da na" OR "sou na" ("I know, right?"; "I agree."; "totally")
- "-taru" ("-te yaru") for "-te ageru" E.g., "Yondaru" ("I'll read it for you"). (In standard, using "yaru" in this way towards equals is an insult.)
- Using "meccha" (not that mecha, the "ch" is soft like "Charles") instead of "totemo" as an intensifier. In specific Kansai dialects (Wakayama, Kobe, Osaka, etc.) words like "gottsui" (Osaka dialect) may be used. As traditional dialectal forms mutate or die off, some modern youth use forms such as "sugei", which is Kanto/Tohoku pronunciation for "sugoi".
- Referring to the McDonald's fast-food chain as "Makudo", and regarding the term "Makku" exclusively as a computer brand
For a good explanation of Kansai-ben versus standard Japanese, see the following page
Depending on the country, preserving these dialects through translations and dubs
can be tricky.
- The usual British equivalent is Cockney, though a Northern accent might represent the geographic and societal differences better than a dialect of the capital (and for Osaka-ben specifically, Brummie might be more accurate, being that Birmingham is Britain's second-largest city, with a gritty industrial image and a local accent with markedly different intonation patterns and pronunciation from those of the southeast; Scouse may be even more appropriate, since it combines the gritty industrial image with a reputation for good humour).
- In Canadian English, Kansai usually translates to either a Toronto accent (Since it is Canada's answer to the New York City accent, which is also used as an English answer to Kansai dialect, and its fast-paced reputation isn't too far off from Osaka's) or an Alberta/Prairies accent (Since it is Canada's answer to the Southern accent in terms having the exact same stereotypes as the Southern accent, plus Calgary and Edmonton being large, business-oriented cities with a similar reputation to Osaka's is perhaps not without merit). Quebec English might be more accurate, being that Montreal is Canada's second-largest city, though it isn't as fast-paced or industrial compared to Toronto. British Columbia/B.C. might be even more appropriate, since Vancouver is Canada's largest port, has an industrial image (alongside with its cosmopolitan image), and is a major center of trade, much like Osaka. However, it is seldom used compared to the aforementioned as British Columbia/B.C. dialect is Canada's answer to California's dialect (which, in American English, is seen as the standard dialect and in turn is the American English answer to standard Japanese).
- In American English, Kansai usually translates to either a Southern or Texan accent (comparisons between Osaka and Houston as large, business-oriented cities with rowdy reputations in the southern part of their respective countries are perhaps not without merit), or a nasal New York or Boston accent (closer in terms of the actual nasal sound of the accent, and New York's fast-paced reputation isn't far off from Osaka's). The location of the company making the decision seems to be more than a little important in which gets chosen. (Both Funimation and Sentai Filmworks are based in Texas.) They're considered stupid like rednecks, but rude and brash like New Yorkers. A good approximation for a thick one would be a Brooklyn accent a la Tony Soprano, while a softer one might be good as a North Jersey accent (a real one, not the stereotypical and completely inaccurate "Joisey" one).
- On the other hand, in China, the Shenyang dialect (a large city in Northeastern China) seems to be a clear Chinese version of this accent, being stereotyped with the exact same traits as Kansai. Of course, the Shenyang dialect becomes both a source of laughter and scorn for many Chinese.
- Koreans dub Kansai-ben with a Gyeongsang dialect (centered in the port city of Busan in the southeast) for the same reasons.
- The Philippines' answer to Kansai-ben seems to be the Cebuano Visayan accent as Cebu City is one of the country's major cities outside of Manila and Visayans tend to be stereotyped with more or less the same traits as the Kansai. Unlike most examples, however, this doesn't get used often even for characters from the Kansai region.
- In Spanish translations, Altiplano Mexican Spanish (i.e. Mexico City Spanish) seems to be the the Latino Spanish version of this accent, since Mexico City's fast-paced reputation isn't far off from Osaka's, whilst Andalusian Spanish seems to be the Euro-Spanish version of this accent, since the region where the accent is spoken was traditionally a merchant region, similar to Osaka, during the times in which the Moors ruled Spain.
- In German-language translations, Northern German and Bavarian/Austrian German are the German answers to the dialect, both being stereotyped with the exact same traits as Kansai.
- In Russian translations the Odessa dialect, with its colorful accent and slightly unusual, Yiddish- and Greek-influenced grammar, seems to be gaining popularity as a stand-in. Which has additional cultural benefits, as Odessa always was a center of grain trade and Odessites have a reputation for an innate comedic talent, closely paralleling other Osakan stereotypes (see below).
Oddly, Kansai is sometimes so strongly associated with certain personality traits that characters with those traits are given the accent even when they are not actually from the Kansai region, and would have no legitimate reason to have learned the accent. This includes foreigners and especially Americansnote
, who would more likely have learned "formal" Japanese
, but are considered to have the brash, outspoken Osakan personalitynote
. Similarly, the association between Kansai-ben and a specific character archetype
is so strong, shows set in the region (but where the setting is not immediately relevant to the plot) may go out of their way to avoid
giving the characters this dialect, even if it would technically be appropriate. (See The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
for a show set in the heart of Kansai (in the suburbs of Kobe, to be precise), but where everyone speaks Standard Japanese.)
Despite the prominence of the dialect in Japanese media, it's still prone to being a victim of research failure, thanks to Tokyo-based writers who don't actually speak it. Depressingly common is the tendency for everyone in Kansai (apart from Kyoto) to use the dialect specific to Osaka, or a youthful character in a modern work to use vocabulary that's way out-of-date. (No teenager would use -han
as an honorific except in jest, for example.)
See also: Tohoku Regional Accent
, which is the other widely-spread Japanese accent aside of Kansai and Tokyo-ben. Compare "Brummie", "Cockney" and "Scouse" in British Accents
, "Dixie", "Texas Drawl", "Noo Yawk" and "Boston" in American Accents
, "Toronto", "Quebec English" and "B.C./British Columbia" in Canadian Accents
- Here is a list of voice actors and actresses that sometimes use the accent in their roles and are from the Kansai area: Show Hayami (Takasogo, Hyogo Prefecture), Kazutomi Yamamoto (Hyogo Prefecture), Aya Hisakawa (Kaizuka, Osaka prefecture), Ryo Naitou (Osaka prefecture), Junko Noda (Naniwa-ku, Osaka City), Yuki Matsuoka (Hirano-ku, Osaka City); Masaya Onosaka, Koichi Tochika, Yuko Nagashima, Reiko Takagi, Risa Hayamizu, Fujiko Takimoto, Ryo Horikawa, Mitsuaki Madono, M.A.O, Kenjiro Tsuda, Harumi Ikoma and Shuihei Sakaguchi (all from Osaka City), Yuu Sugimoto (Suita, Osaka prefecture); Hidenobu Kiuchi, Yuko Miyamura, Kazuya Nakai and Minako Kotobuki (Kobe); Katsuyuki Konishi (Wakayama); Kana Ueda and Ryoko Shiraishi (Nara); Daisuke Kishio (Mie); Naomi Shindo, Rikiya Koyama and Koji Yusa (Kyoto).
- There are also voice actors and actresses who are not from the Kansai area, but have used the accent in their roles. Some are: Ai Nonaka and Juri Kimura (Fukuoka Prefecture), Shino Kakinuma (Setagaya-ku, Tokyo), Nobutoshi Canna (Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo); Akemi Okamura, Yuriko Fuchizaki and Yuuki Kaji (Tokyo itself), Tomohiro Nishimura (Hokkaido Prefecture), Ayana Taketatsu (Saitama Prefecture), Takahiro Sakurai and Aya Hirano (Okazaki and Nagoya respectively, both in Aichi Prefecture), Tomokazu Seki (Koto, Tokyo Prefecture), Ryotaro Okiayu (born in Fukuoka prefecture's Kitakyushu, raised in Osaka City), Jun Fukuyama (born in Hiroshima Prefecture's Fukuyama, raised in Osaka Prefecture's Takatsuki), Koichi Yamadera (Miyagi Prefecture), Toshihiko Seki (Tochigi Prefecture), Ayano Niina (Aomori Prefecture).
- Ryuuji Suguro, Renzou Shima and Konekomaru Miwa from Blue Exorcist speak in Kyoto dialect.
- Maeda, the main character of Rokudenashi Blues, slips back into his natural (and extremely thick) Kansai accent whenever he gets mad.
- Ranma ˝ has Ukyo Kuonji, an Osakan who averts The Idiot from Osaka by actually being very smart, cunning, and a workaholic (which is a different sort of Kansai stereotype). As is common in Western translations, her accent is translated into a soft, vaguely American South accent. Except for one scene in the anime, where her accent is thickened for comedic purposes.
- Kinnosuke Ikezawa, voiced by the Osakanite Shuihei Sakaguchi, from Itazura Na Kiss has a very thick Kansai accent. He even uses the word "aho" instead of "baka".
- Sakura the Kyuubi-fox in Hyper Police, voiced by Chiyako Shibahara, has one of the thickest Kansei accents in all of anime. Even non-Japanese speakers can pick it out.
- In the Sailor Moon DiC English dub, the appropriately-named Naru Osaka (known as "Molly" in this version) was given a thick New York (specifically Brooklyn) accent. Despite the otherwise Macekre reputation of the dub, this is probably a fairly reasonable equivalent.
- And in the original Japanese, Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury uses what sounds like a light Kyoto-ben. Her voice actress is the aforementioned Aya Hisakawa.
- Likewise Kouhei, the shopkeeper with the five o'clock shadow in Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi. However, most of the other characters in the show (who all use Kansai-ben) are given coastal Texan accents.
- Tina Foster in Ai Yori Aoshi is an "American" who was raised in Hakata, Fukuoka, on Kyushu, southernmost of the main islands. She speaks in Hakata-ben, a dialect that varies even more from the Standard language than Kansai-ben. In English, as in some of the other examples here, she gets a cornpone southern accent.
- Keroberos from Cardcaptor Sakura. It's explained that the magical book he protects was stored in Osaka for an extended length of time, and he picked up the accent.
- Ken-chan from Yami to Boushi to Hon no Tabibito
- Sumiyoshi from Excel Saga solves the problem of what to dub the accent as, since all of his dialogue appears as written text floating in the air next to him. (Interestingly, at one point in the series, he's turned from his usual vaguely ugly self to a handsome version... and loses his "accent" in the process.) In the English translation of the manga his accent is translated as a Geordie accent; the European Spanish scanlation by Swamp renders his accent as Mexico City Spanish.
- In the manga, however, his dialect is not Kansai at all, but Okayama (which happens to be much closer to the series' setting of Fukuoka, as well). His accent in the manga could even be considered a bit of Lampshade Hanging, commenting indirectly on the fact that everyone in Fukuoka is inexplicably speaking Standard Japanese, rather than Hakata-ben.
- Kill la Kill:
- Takarada of the Naniwa Kinman High School speaks in Osaka-ben. In the English dub, this gets translated into Jive Turkey.
- Kyuji Obayashi and Kenta Sakuramiya of the Kami-Kobe High School speak in Kobe-ben. In the English, dub this is translated as a Texan accent.
- The four guardian students of the Abekamo Academy speak in Kyoto-ben. Since it's a high-class accent, the English dub makes them sound rather posh with a side order of Antiquated Linguistics.
- In episode 18 of Sgt. Frog, Kururu invents a machine to change one's accent to Kansai-ben in order to make them better at a Boke and Tsukkomi Routine contest. The English dub goes for a different tack, where it makes Natsumi "swear like a comedian".
- Kaolla Suu of Love Hina speaks in Kansai-ben as part of a Running Gag about her uncertain origin. It was later revealed this was because she was taught (shaky) Japanese by Mitsune Konno aka Kitsune, who is a genuine native of the area (and a good example of one of the classic Kansai character types).
- Ayumu Kasuga (better known as Osaka) from Azumanga Daioh, is a reversal of the Osaka personality stereotype and initially goes through the standard "Not all Osaka folk are like that" speeches. When it comes to loud boisterous behaviour, Osaka herself ranks with Gentle Giant Sakaki, child genius Chiyo, and possibly bits of the architecture. Additionally, she generally refers to herself as "atashi" rather than "uchi", and addresses people as "-san" and not "-han". She later mentions that she was born in Wakayama and then lived in Kobe when she was in elementary school.
- In the American dub, she speaks in a Beaumont accent (Beaumont being the place that hicks consider a hick town). The translated manga version of the series actually portrayed her with an unwieldy Brooklyn accent ("Fughedaboudit!") in the first volume before inexplicably switching to a Southern/Texan one.
- In the Russian translation of the manga the "Kansai" phrases that Osaka uses in her first appearance are in Ukrainian. Considering the Russian sterotypes of Ukrainians as unsophisticated and greedy, the fit seems close enough. The translator also makes a side note to the effect of "Kansai-ben is not that different from standard Japanese, but Yukari probably thinks otherwise".
- The Korean localization of Azumanga has "Osaka" come from the city of Busan which, like the city of Osaka, is a major southern port city, with the population having a reputation for being unrefined.
- Nanako Kuroi in Lucky Star, and NOT from that region! In the English dub, they handle this by giving her a Southern accent.
- Mikan Sakura in Alice Academy.
- Lovely Complex takes place in Osaka, and the characters speak accordingly. This helps reinforce the two main characters being perceived as a Manzai comedy duo. The main voice acting cast (with a few exceptions like Risa, since Akemi Okamura is from Tokyo) are actually from Kansai, as well.
- Hazel from Saiyuki Reload Gunlock is from "a land far west of India" (by his Old West themed appearance, implicitly America), but speaks in Kansai-ben. In this case, the "brash outsider" associations of the dialect contrast with the character's exaggeratedly gentle and friendly demeanor; the less confrontational he delivers "Sanzo-han", the more sarcastic it sounds.
- An episode of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex has a character (actually a brain in a box) faking a Kansai accent. The English dub has him doing an overblown Texan accent.
- Set in the same fictional city of Niihama in the Kansai region as GITS:SAC, everyone in titular police unit of New Dominion Tank Police speaks standard Japanese (understandably, as the tank police force is heavily staffed by foreign expats of military backgrounds). The lone exception are the the infamous Puma Twins, Anna and Uni, who frequently have very strong Kansai accents (and are given a Southern twang in the English dub).
- Something of a bit character, Cho of the Juppongata from Rurouni Kenshin receives a hilarious "southern" accent in the English dub. Take a listen.
- Mai-HiME's Shizuru (a Kyoto native) speaks with a soft Southern Belle voice in the English dub, as befits her nature as her school's Ojou. Shizuru Viola from Mai-Otome uses the same speech pattern.
- It's not too clear why Tentomon, from Digimon Adventure, uses this accent.
- The English dub drops it more or less completely; Tentomon is distinguished primarily by his vocabulary, rather than his accent.
- Aspiring comedian Haruki Emishi in Get Backers.
- Gin Ichimaru uses Kyoto-ben. Since it's a high-class accent, the English dub makes him sound a little posh instead of going the standard Southern-accent route.
- Shinji Hirako, Hiyori Sarugaki and Lisa Yadomaru of the Visoreds use Osaka-ben. In one of the anime's next episode previews Shinji tried to form some sort of Kansai-solidarity alliance with Gin, only for him to point out that their accents are different and spark a flame of Osakan pride in Shinji.
- The Spiderman from Yaiba speaks with a thick Osaka-ben, since he's referred as a parody of Osaka people
- John Brown, the Catholic priest from Australia in Ghost Hunt, has this. However, he has a very meek and shy personality - he learnt Japanese in the Kansai region as he thought it was the "polite" version of Japanese.
- Hayate Yagami from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. This may be why some fanworks portray her as infatuated with the Boke and Tsukkomi Routine. However, despite she spent her childhood in Uminari, no other character from Uminari speaks with Kansai-ben, makes you wonder why she speaks with this dialect.
- Sieglinde Jeremiah from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Vi Vid is not even from Earth, but speaks with a Kansai dialect. Harry Tribeca wonders if she and Hayate are from the same place.
- Aoi Nogami from Zettai Karen Children. Incidentally, Aoi uses the Osaka dialect, but she herself is from Kyoto (the one place in Kansai where the Japanese usually use the right dialect).
- Nobody uses the dialect in Haruhi Suzumiya, even though they ought to: the series is set in Hyogo Prefecture's Nishinomiya, home of the Hanshin Tigers. This phenomenon seems distinct from Not Even Bothering with the Accent, since the creator of the series was born and raised in Nishinomiya and wouldn't have to fake it. More likely, he sacrificed his native dialect in the text for the sake of broader appeal. Of course, Mikuru, Yuki, and Itsuki are excused from this by the fact that they're not actually from there, but at the very least, Kyon and Haruhi should be speaking full-on Kansai-ben. Haruhi (voiced by Nagoya-native Aya Hirano) does call Kyon "aho" sometimes, as well as using some Kansai-ben grammar occasionally, but it's usually the "blink-and-you'll-miss it" type of usage. Tsuruya-san comes closest to having a Kansai accent; in the dub, it's rendered as a Valley Girl's dialect.
- Toji in Neon Genesis Evangelion uses Kansai-ben, rendered in the manga as a heavy Brooklyn "wise guy" accent.
- The Tigers team in Zoids: New Century all have thick Kansai accents. However, they appear to have been engineered as a deliberate Shout-Out to the Hanshin Tigers...
- Tasuki from Fushigi Yuugi.
- Amano Jyaku from Urotsukidouji. For some reason, though, his sister Megumi sounds nothing like him.
- Nicholas D. Wolfwood from Trigun uses Kansai-ben; in an audio drama listed in the second OST, the other main characters (who normally speak Tokyo dialect) use Kansai while Wolfwood uses Tokyo, an invert of the normal. The others mock Wolfwood and say that his accent is going to make them sick.
- This is actually an odd inversion of the trope's application to localization. In keeping with the Wild West-influenced setting, characters are assumed to be actually speaking English, with the original Japanese dialogue chalked up to Translation Convention. Allegedly, creator Yasuhiro Nightow had Wolfwood speak in Kansai-ben because it was the closest approximation to the Southern US accent that he thought the character "really" had. Ironically, while this would have made the common decision to translate the accent as a Southern one in the dub uniquely appropriate, this was one of the few times where the English dub doesn't bother with the accent at all.
- Case of an American using it for personality purposes - Eddy Tsukioka from Ask Dr. Rin!.
- Played straight with Iincho Tomoko Hoshina in To Heart, as she grew up in Kobe. This was also used as a fairly minor plot point in the first Omake of To Heart: Remember My Memories.
- The Black Tri-Stars, an Ace Pilot trio from the original Mobile Suit Gundam, though their case is somewhat inexplicable as none of them are Japanese. In the American dub, they're all given Southern accents.
- The Osaka natives Hattori Heiji and Toyama Kazuha from Detective Conan. Lampshaded in the Detective Koshien arc, when Heiji's heavy Osaka accent makes him one of the suspects of being the Amateur Sleuth that drove a girl to suicide, and marks him as a target of the Sympathetic Murderer (A fellow sleuth from Fukuoka who also was the dead girl's best friend... and who's also voiced by an Osakan seiyuu).
- Nanako (aka Casey) in the Japanese version of the Pokémon anime. This especially makes sense when one considers that her favorite baseball team, the Electabuzz, is based off the Hanshin Tigers.
- And Yakeishi from episode 240. Team Rocket speaks Kansai dialect briefly during their catchphrase sequence.
- Also Bill in Pokémon Special. Pearl has the personality from the region as well, but not the accent.
- In Magic Knight Rayearth, the main characters meet someone on the medieval fantasy world of Cephiro who has such an accent. They even ask why she has it, but this is never answered. (It's explained in the series' second part that the character is not actually from Cephiro, but rather Chizeta, an Arabian-style fantasy world. Only two other characters from that realm are given speaking roles within the series itself, and although they both appear to speak standard Japanese, one of them is faking it and lapses into Kansai-ben when agitated, so it may just be common there. Understandable since their voice actors, Yuko Nagashima and Aya Hisakawa respectively, are Osaka-born and thus fluent in the accent. How Chizeta arrived at that accent? Still a mystery.)
- Several characters in Transformers:
- Antonio/Spain from Axis Powers Hetalia. Himaruya typically renders Spanish speaking countries' speech as Kansai accents. Also, Sweden speaks Touhoku-ben, Denmark speaks Ibaraki-ben, Belgium speaks Shiga-ben, and Poland, like, totally speaks Nagoya-ben.
- The actual character of Osaka speaks in that accent, and his VA is from that region.
- Seita and Setsuko in Grave of the Fireflies speak in the dialect, since they're from Kobe. This is solely for the accuracy of the setting, however, and definitely not Played for Laughs.
- Kawachi from Yakitate!! Japan speaks with a Kansai accent, given his personality.
- Natsumi from Sketchbook speaks Fukuoka-ben, with its typical drawn-out vowels. It's weird that she is the only one who speaks that way, considering the series takes place in the Fukuoka prefecture.
- Subverted in GA Geijutsuka Art Design Class. Awara's accent, perceived as the Kansai dialect, is actually the Nagoya dialect.
- The Osakan characters (particularly Takane) in Burst Angel.
- In the Funimation dub, this is portrayed as a somewhat overdone Texan accent.
- K-On!: Ritsu suggests that the girls should talk like this while on a school trip to Kyoto, and demonstrates by adding Kansai endings. Mugi on the other hand, shows that she can speak it fluently.
- In the North American dub, this is unusually changed to Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe.
- Most street scenes in the anime are actually situated in Kyoto (mostly in the Kamigyou ward), whereas the high school is modeled after an elementary school in Kansai's Shiga prefecture, right next to Kyoto, where people speak a similar dialect. So in theory the girls should be speaking full-on Kansai-ben all the time. Since the anime is by Kyoto Animation, the possible reasons why they don't are mostly the same as with Haruhi Suzumiya.
- Juzo Naniwa from Combattler V
- Scanlations of Yamatogawa's manga often have their characters speaking in colloquialisms such as "Didja ferget yer old friend?" reportedly as a reflection of this trope, either as a literal accent adaptation or as an indication of a character's personality.
- Mako from Nerima Daikon Brothers, being The Idiot from Osaka, speaks with this accent. In the dub she's given a thick southern belle sort of accent which is pretty over-the-top—but the series itself is very over-the-top, so that was probably an intentional choice.
- Aizawa Sakuya from Hayate the Combat Butler.
- For reasons unexplained, Guu of Haré+Guu speaks like this to Haré sometimes to freak him out.
- Hadzuki Nouge from Koe de Oshigoto! is from Kyoto and speaks Kansai-ben. While being somewhat airheaded, she is far from an idiot, having the second best grades in her class.
- When the other people on the riverbank think Recruit is a leech in Arakawa Under the Bridge it serves as a Berserk Button. He becomes so enraged he starts speaking in a Kansai Accent.
- Oddly not used in Death Note. Misa says that she's from Osaka, and has lived there until only recently, yet doesn't have an accent.
- Not that surprising since many people from the Kansai region learn to speak in the "Tokyoite accent" so as to fit in or at least to not stand out. Even less surprising in the case of Misa since she's an idol, and thus needs to have a broader appeal.
- The characters from the Nue story in Mononoke speak Kyoto-ben since the setting is near the capital. The ~han honorific is fairly prominent.
- Watari Yutaka from Descendants of Darkness
- Yuina from Hanasaku Iroha fakes this accent when she first meets Ohana at school, although Yuina fakes a different accent whenever she meets with Ohana.
- The ferret mascot Tarte (and the denizens of the Sweets Kingdom) from Fresh Pretty Cure! speak in this dialect. The accent is probably to make up with the fact that unlike other Pretty Cure mascots, he doesn't have a Verbal Tic.
- Akane Hino/Cure Sunny from Smile Pretty Cure! is Osaka-born and comes complete with the accent.
- Misaki of Angelic Layer speaks in Kansai-ben, as does Icchan, which may be a reason she first trusts him. Interestingly enough, his younger brother from Osaka does not, though this is later explained.
- Yuuko of A Channel. It's mentioned that she moved from Osaka to Tokyo shortly before the series started.
- Hinata Hino of Future Diary. Her father, the 10th user, also slips into the dialect during his last conversation with her.
- Hime Onizuka from SKET Dance speaks this but addresses herself with "atashi" instead of the standard "uchi".
- Hikoichi and his sister Yayoi of Slam Dunk. Subverted by Rukawa who refers to Sakuragi as "aho" instead of baka but doesn't speak in Kansai-ben otherwise.
- Upotte has two characters who speak in Kansai-ben: 16 (an American) speaks in Osaka-ben, and Sako (Finnish) speaks in Kyoto-ben.
- In Vampire Princess Miyu, the three first OAV take place in Kyoto and some characters speak in Kyoto-ben. In the first one, a pretty and young House Wife who's in an old textile store uses "o-kini" to thank the owner for her good manners; the word is actually an abbreviation of oki ni arigatou, an old-fashioned way to say "thanks" in the Kansai area. Few seconds later... the poor woman is killed by the Monster of the Week.
- Matsuko and Shige from My Neighbors the Yamadas.
- Nanami from The Pet Girl of Sakurasou would slip into this whenever she is angry or flustered.
- Hasegawa Kobato, excuse me Reisys V. Felicity Sumeragi, of Haganai speaks with a rather unique accent most of the time, unless she gets excited or upset, then she slips back into this rather quickly.
- Sorata Arisugawa from X/1999. He was raised in Wakayama, more exactly in the famous shrine of Koya-san. In The Movie and the CD dramas he's voiced by Miyagi native Koichi Yamadera, but in the TV series his voice actor is the Osaka-born Mitsuaki Madono.
- Played for Laughs in Kirby of the Stars. In one episode, King Dedede slips into a Kansai accent for some reason after refusing to eat a crab Demon Beast that has been defeated and cooked up by Kirby. This confuses Escargon, who is promptly pinned under one of the crab's claws.
- Nori of Hidamari Sketch normally speaks with just as much of an accent as anyone else in the show—that is, little to none at all—but switches immediately and completely into Kansai-ben when speaking to her friends from home via the Internet, shocking her fellow residents.
- Subverted in Glass Mask. Norie Otobe speaks in the Kansai accent, but it turns out she's faking it as a part of her Bitch in Sheep's Clothing act.
- Zancrow from Fairy Tail, despite the series doesn't have a Japan.
- In Saki, the members of Senriyama Girls' Academy, as well as their coach, Masae Atago, and her eldest daughter, Hiroe Atago, speak with this accent.
- Arata from Chihayafuru, though he was made fun of in his elementary school because of it.
- In Puni Puni Poemi, Mutsumi Aasu speaks with this dialect even though her other sisters don't, leading her to outright ask why she has a Kansai accent for no reason. The dub turned this to a New York City accent, to keep the joke of her having a different accent than her sisters.
- In Kodomo no Omocha Fuuka Matsui lived in Osaka for years and went back to Tokyo when she started juniorP high. Naturally, she has an Osakan accent.
- Tasuku Senoo from Prince Of Stride speaks in this accent, and is the only one in his team to do so.
- Youko Shiragami from My Monster Secret; she starts the series speaking in Keigo in order to hide the fact that she's a Friendly Neighborhood Vampire (when speaking in Kansai-ben, her mouth opens wide enough to show her fangs); once she befriends Asahi and starts opening up to people, she switches back to her natural accent. The official English release translates her dialog into a Valley Girl style of speech, but Asahi does refer to it as a Kansai dialect and there's a footnote explaining that the accent is stereotyped as passionate and honest.
- Her father Genjirou also has a Kansai accent; it's just one of the many signs that they're Not So Different, despite the fact that Genjirou pretends not to care (and occasionally calls Youko an idiot).
- Evangelion 303: In the original series Toji used Kansai's accent, so that he correspondingly uses a very thick American accent in this doujin in order to reflect that.
- In the Gensokyo 20XX series, Mokou speaks in a diluted Kansai-ben that is translated to English, making her sound kind of New Yorkish. Suika, on the other hand, slides in and out of this.
- Her author has stated that Gamu of Kokoro, who has a casual western accent, actually uses a Kansai-ben, although her personal pronoun is "ore".
- "American Hijiki", a short story by the author who wrote Grave of the Fireflies, is for the most part in Kansai-ben. The main character lives in Tokyo, but grew up in Osaka during the Occupation, and still has some serious mental scars that manifest themselves when an American couple come to visit.
- In Kamen Rider Kiva, Kengo Eritate has a notable Kansai accent, which goes with his rocker/general fun-loving personality. After a crippling injury ruins his guitar playing and he feels betrayed by his friends and mentor, he takes on a Badass persona, and drops the Kansai accent in favor of his natural Tokyo accent. When he realizes he sucks at being a badass and no one likes him, he takes a Heel–Face Turn and returns to his Kansai accent. There was much rejoicing.
- Kintaros of Kamen Rider Den-O noticably spoke in with a Kansai accent likely to compliment his Samurai/Sumo Wrestler personality.
- One live stage-show had the Imagin "losing" their voices, with Ryotaro and Yuto having to "recover" them by naming the voice actors. An impatient Yuto mixes up Kintaros and Ryutaros' actors, resulting in a Kansai-accented Ryuta ("Can't hear yer answer!")
- The female lead of Kamen Rider Double Akiko Narumi (portrayed by Osaka-born Hikaru Yamamoto) played up her native accent, as well as her love of takoyaki.
- The Nightmare Dopant arc has Akiko put in a dream where she's back in Osaka, along with Shotaro, Phillip, and Ryu, all of whom take on stereotypical Osakan accents and personalities.
- Kotoha from Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, especially notable on her using "Akante!" when Chiaki drew whiskers on Takeru's face after a Monster of the Week pulled a "Freaky Friday" Flip instead of the usual "yamete" or "tomare" for "stop". In at least one episode, an upper-class man comments that he likes Kotoha's Kansai accent, it being a breath of fresh air from the formal Japanese he usually hears.
- Another Super Sentai example would be Uesugi Minoru from Gekisou Sentai Carranger. He's also The Idiot from Osaka, but it's blunted a bit because the entire team is...quirky, to say the least.
- In GARO Gaiden, the usually mute Kodama speaks for the first time, and Kaoru thinks it's Kansai-ben... it's actually Surprisingly Good English.
- Morning Musume's "Osaka Koi no Uta" is the only song of theirs sung completely in Kansai-ben.
- Loudness is a Heavy Metal band out of Osaka. You will occasionally hear whiffs of Kansai-ben in Minoru Niihara's singing, or in interviews with the band members, though they try for a more Tokyo sound in general.
- 12012 is also Osaka-based, and Wataru managed to occasionally be The Idiot from Osaka.
- Mr. Resetti from Animal Crossing series has a Osaka accent in the Japanese versions but it was replaced with a deep Bronx accent in the English language versions.
- In the Japanese, Ultros from Final Fantasy VI has an Osaka accent, to indicate his comic relief status. It's also a gag based on the fact that octopus is a food typically associated with Osaka.
- Likewise, Cait Sith from Final Fantasy VII. On account of the game's lousy translation this ended up as the rare case of Ooh, Me Funetik Aksent's Slipping, with Cait Sith randomly developing and losing his Southern drawl, though in the PC version translation, he doesn't use it at all. More recent works have it translated as an obnoxious Scottish accent instead, what with the character's vague origins in Celtic mythology.
- Selphie of Final Fantasy VIII thinks in Kansai-ben, but speaks like the other characters. Interestingly, her younger Kingdom Hearts incarnation speaks with an unmistakable Kansai accent.
- In the Japanese version of the Phoenix Wright Trilogy, Lotta Hart uses a Kansai accent. In the brilliantly Woolseyised English translation, she uses a deep-south American accent.
- Hideyoshi in Umineko no Naku Koro ni frequently fakes a Kansai accent, proably to make himself look more approachable.
- Pigma Dengar in Star Fox has a Kansai dialect. Word of God is that the name is reference to people with Kansai accents ending their sentences with "-dengar".
- SNK (or SNK Playmore, as it's now known) has its headquarters in Esaka, Ōsaka, and they appear to like sneaking in references to Ōsaka stuff (e.g. the Japan Team theme song in the KOF series is titled "Esaka", and a few stages in the series are based on the area). While many SNK characters don't speak Kansai-ben, including ones canonically from the area (like Kyo Kusanagi and his direct/extended family, Shingo Yabuki, Yuki, Goro Daimon and his wife Jokyojo, maybe Iori Yagami and Benimaru Nikaido), Sie Kensou (Chinese) and Robert Garcia (Italian-American), curiously enough, do. There's also Akari, and certainly others. Tsugumi Sendoh from Fatal Fury: Wild Ambition is pretty much a walking Ōsaka tribute, and although she doesn't use Kansai-ben, Xiangfei's move names are mostly references to Ōsaka locations.
- In the case of Robert, Word of God explains that he should be speaking English with a heavy Italian accent, and since there's no real equivalent in the Japanese language they went for Kansai-ben. There's no explanation as to why Kensou talks in Kansai-ben, but fandom speculates it's to accentuate his Butt Monkey traits.
- Actually, those who listen very closely to the Japanese voices in the Psycho Soldier game (the one Kensou and Athena come from) will notice that Kensou said oki-ni (an old-fashioned Kansai phrase used to say thanks) in certain occasions.
- Asuka Kazama from Tekken speaks in Kansai dialect. Not only she's from Osaka, but Tekken 5 has her showing up in one of the most famous Osakan sightseeing spots: the iconic Tsutenkaku tower.
- Breath of Fire III actually had, in the original Japanese version, a character named the Kansai Dolphin which not surprisingly spoke entirely in Kansai-ben. The English localisation took a rather unique approach in rendering the Kansai-ben in an extremely thick, Crocodile Dundee or Steve Irwin-esque Australian accent that actually had the option for translation into American English.
- Not to forget the whole Manillo/Gobi race in general and Marlok in particular from Breath of Fire IV
- Kurt, Bill, Whitney, and a few other NPCs in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.
- Kijyo Madoka in Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side 1 speaks Kansai-ben, and it's remarked upon several times over the course of his route. Kids at the park call him "Kansai no oniichan" ("Kansai bro") and tell the protagonist he chases away high school-aged bullies for them, which he waves away as the bullies being creeped out by his dialect; similarly, a guy who harasses the protagonist at the beginning of a date makes a run for it when he hears Kijyo speaking Kansai-ben. Kijyo also drops the dialect and speaks normally during the school play, which impresses the protagonist with how serious he seems.
- In Tokimeki Memorial Pocket, the Game Boy Color version of the original game, Patricia McGrath (only when she's in Unstoppable Rage mode, though), as well as her brother and father, speak Kansai-ben.
- Natsume in Kara no Shoujo speaks in a weird manner that doesn't translate very well, but is noted instory as being based on the Kyoto dialect.
- Catherine Kyohbashi from Arcana Heart 2 speaks fluent Kansai-ben. She was born in the U.S.A., but her grandmother is from Osaka.
- Kyohbashi is, among other things, the name of a bridge across the Neya River (Neyagawa) north of Osaka Castle. The Kyohbashi commercial district around the bridge has a lot of bars and love hotels.
- Labrys from Persona 4: Arena speaks in a Kansai accent, which is translated in the English version of the game as a North Jersey/Bronx accent.
- Jin from Persona 3 also speaks Kansai-ben, though without the equivalent accent in the English version.
- Li Kohran from Sakura Wars, despite being ethnically Chinese. Justified, she has lived a good part of her life in the Kansai area.
- Kazumi Schlierenzauer from Brynhildr in the Darkness speaks in Kansai-ben, despite she was never there. Her father comes from the Kansai region, so she copied his speech pattern.
- Hikage from Senran Kagura speaks this courtesy of her voice actress, Ryoko Shiraishi Ryoko Shiraishi.
- There's also Karasu, but this is only discussed.
- In the Japanese version of Fire Emblem Awakening, Brady speaks in Kansai-ben. The dub switches it to him speaking like a 50's greaser.
- In the original Japanese version of Fire Emblem Fates, Mozume talks in Kansai-ben to accentuate her Country Mouse traits. The localization didn't use any accent for her, however.
- Gaulem speaks in a Kansai accent in Virtue's Last Reward. This was translated as a Cockney accent in the English dub.
- Karin-dou 4koma: The three heavenly youkai of the west all speak various forms of Kansai-ben, with Sachi's being particularly thick.
- Yanki J, the alternate persona of JewWario, is an Osakan expatriate who speaks English with a native inflection. Before the character's backstory was expanded upon, his Brooklyn-esque accent led some viewers to assume he was from New York (and/or Mafioso).