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Japanese voice actress ‘Kana Hanazawa’ announces label change, new single release on September

Written by: Allysa Malicdem | Published on: July 2, 2021 at 12:30 PM PHT (GMT+8)

(c) Kana Hanazawa Official Website | Pony Crayon
(c) Kana Hanazawa Official Website | Pony Crayon

The official website of Japanese voice actress and singer-songwriter Kana Hanazawa has announced on Thursday the seiyu’s change of record label to Pony Canyon. Hanazawa was under the care of ANIPLEX/SACRA MUSIC for nine years. Her debut in the new label will be marked by the upcoming release of her new single ‘Moonlight Magic’ on September 9.

In addition, the said single, written by Hanazawa, will be featured as the opening theme for TV TOKYO’s Thursday Drama "O Mimi ni Aimashitara" which is scheduled to premiere on July 8.

Comments from Hanazawa (as a penned letter) came about from the Twitter page of one of her staff workers.

Today, I will be transferring to Pony Crayon from ANIPLEX/SACRA MUSIC which I have been indebted for the past 9 years. I am happy to take on new challenges with peace of mind and with the staff who usually work with anime.
The concert and live performances were halted due to the corona virus pandemic. I was frustrated for I could not meet with everyone who has been constantly supporting me. I am working very hard with music producer Katsutoshi Kitagawa to create good music. I have made a lot of wonderful songs and I am looking forward to letting everyone hear them.
The first single “Moonlight Magic” was composed by Katsutoshi Kitagawa. I wrote the lyrics. We put a lot of effort into the music to produce glittering songs that reminisce “Starry Sky Destination” which has been improved in the last 9 years. In the lyrics, it includes the desire to cherish time when you feel happy because/despite the cramped world.
First of all, I hope the song reaches out to everyone and be able to perform it live. I am looking forward to seeing you again in that happy space.
Thank you for your continued support!

Born on February 25, 1989 in Tokyo, Japan, Kana Hanazawa has been introduced early in the acting industry. She made regular appearances in the variety program “Yappari Sanma Daisensei”. She made her debut in voice acting as ‘Holly’ in the 2003 seinen TV anime "Last Exile". While studying, she continued on her career as a voice actress.

Some of her notable roles in TV anime series and film installments include:

  • Angel from “Angel Beats!”

  • Mayuri Shiina from “Steins;Gate”

  • Shiemi Moriyama from “Blue Exorcist”

  • Akane Tsunemori from “Psycho-Pass”

  • Mayumi Saegusa from “The Irregular at Magic High School”

  • Rize Kashimiro from “Tokyo Ghoul”

  • Anri Sonohara from “Durarara!!”

  • Zera from “Fairy Tail”

  • Lucy Montgomery from “Bungo Stray Dogs”

  • Nene Kinokuni from Food Wars: “Shokugeki no Soma”

  • Red Blood Cell AE3803 from “Cells at Work!”

  • Ichika Nakano from “The Quintessentials Quintuplets”

  • Mitsuri Kanroji from “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba”

  • Arie Matsushima from “Koikimo”

She was also featured in anime films as the voice of Yukari Yukino from “Your Name”, Kana from “Weathering with You” and Teru from “In this Corner of the World”.

She has been applauded for the works, earning awards from various nominations including:

  • Best Supporting Actress in the 2015 9th Seiyu Awards for 'Kosaki Onodera' from the 2014 shounen TV anime "Nisekoi"

  • Best Voice Actress in the 2015 and 2018 Newtype Anime Awards

Under ANIPLEX/SACRA MUSIC, she has released 5 albums with 13 singles.

In 2020, Hanazawa announced marriage to fellow voice actor and singer Kensho Ono (VA of Giorno Giovanna from "JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind", Tetsuya Kuroko from "Kuroko’s Basketball", Akutagawa Ryunosuke from "Bungo Stray Dogs", Larcade Dragneel from "Fairy Tail", Saionji Ukyo from "Dr. Stone: Stone Wars" and Floch Forster from "Attack on Titan").

We wish for Kana Hanagawa’s success in her new venture!



Kana Hanazawa Official Website | Pop Crayon News | Kana Hanazawa Staff Twitter Page


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