Last time around we had Tomoaki Maeno as the previous SEIYUU DIGEST‘s edition, seeing as we could not have it any other way, this month’s subject of our attention is, the prolific and all-rounder seiyuu, KENN.
KENN, as many other seiyuu we’ve already mentioned in this series, is one of those people that don’t limit themselves to solely one area in the entertainment business. If you have any doubts about KENN‘s repertoire we’ll give you all the pieces of information you need.
Be it games, anime or even stage plays, he’s in all departments, giving his all so that they acknowledged “Ikemen” seiyuu, as fellow seiyuu Keinichi Suzumura likes to refer to KENN, a voice actor that has the looks as well as the skills to back it up. At the same time we cannot forget that KENN is also talented and skillful singer.
So without any further ado, let’s start this SEIYUU DIGEST‘s edition.
|REAL NAME||Kenichiro Ohashi|
|BORN||March 24, 1982|
|OCCUPATION||seiyuu (voice actor), singer, radio host, stage actor|
KENN debuted at a later than usual age, for a seiyuu, he was 22 when he had his first role in anime, as Jaden Yuki in Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters GX, his first main role was an opportunity delivered on a plate for him to gain lots of experience since the very beginning of his career, and so he did. Three years later he was, in the famous anime series Katekyo Hitman Reborn! as Dino (primarily it was Kenta Kamakari’s role but he died), a character that had some relevance in the story line. In the following years he did some other roles as the main characters, in 2010 he was Ronald Knox in Black Butler II, in 2013 he was Akito Kanbara in Kyoukai no Kanata (Beyond the Boundary), one of the most emotional anime of the season and also Futo Asahina in Brothers Conflict.
In 2014 , KENN was Aya Kominato in the hyped shoujo and romance anime Ao Haru Ride and lastly he was Gieve in Arslan Senki. We can pretty much say that he has experience in almost every genre of anime, making him a versatile seiyuu.
Regarding his work in the game department, we can realize that KENN has much more roles than in anime, some of his best known characters are in Scared Rider Xechs Rev. as Mugetsu Hijiri, Marginal #4 as L Nomura, as Seichiro Sumeragi and Adamas and in the Brothers Conflict‘s game as Futo Asahina, like he was in the anime adaptation.
Stage actor career
As a stage actor KENN has quite a number of roles he has done, for example is the stage play of Welcome to the Miracle ☆ Train ~ Oedo Line ~ as Fumi Roppongi.
He was also in Vitamin Z’s play, VitaminZ’s love in the summer festival Z !!!!!! as Tenjuro Narumiya, his character in the games of the series as well. To give you guys some other pieces of information, KENN was also in the stand up comedy stage of Smiley ☆ Spicky with fellow Miyano Mamoru, in Air Gear as Mikurakazuma, in Bido Roman Daikatsugeki Hakkenden as Shino Inusuka.
In the middle of his busy schedule he still has time to squeeze some time to host radio shows such as the one he has with fellow seiyuu Daisuke Namikawa, (Namikawa Daisuke & KENN no radio senpaiyazo! ), that has been airing since 2013. Another radio show he hosted was with Shoutaro Morikubo, 快感[TO]Night〜KENN and 森久保祥太郎〜 ( Kaikan [TO] Night 〜 KENN ando Morikubo Shoutaro 〜).
KENN first started in the musical industry when he was in a band called NaB in which he was the synths boy.
The band debuted in 2004 with the single believe ranked #85 on the Oricon charts, but the NaB’s quickly ended so it was the perfect time to KENN debut as a solo artist and that’s what he did.
Making his appearance with a more refined and and grown-up image we had KENN showing us a completely new side of him. In 2008 he had his first single, 塔頂者たち(Too itadaki-sha-tachi), out. Only a year after that he already had another single, LIVIN’ ON THE EDGE. Later on he released his first album, KENN Vocal Album. Having worked with MIKOTO, a famous composer and most recently solo artist, his “sound” was rock, a genre that suits him like a glove. Although KENN’s last work out, Dance in the Light, was not produced by MIKOTO, hence why KENN’s “sound” showed clear changes, it was a good thing to listen to him once again as a solo artist, given the thought that he is a singer with so much potential that it is a shame he doesn’t release more often.
|RELEASE DATE||SINGLE TITLE||ORICON CHARTS|
|2nd||14/08/2009||THE LIFE ON THE EDGE||—|
|6th||28/11/2012||Pieces of My Wish||#46|
|8th||30/10/2013||紅ノ夜ノ唄 / Eidolon||#27|
|9th||31/08/2015||Dance in the Light||#11|
|Mini album title||ORICON CHARTS|
|28/05/2014||KENN VOCAL ALBUM||#35|
Although it is a shame he does not release more as a solo artist, KENN is a member of a seiyuu unit called Marginal#4. This unit debuted in 2013 and it was created because of a game, in which KENN was one of the characters, L Nomura, alongside other famous name such as Naozumi Takahashi, Toshiki Masuda and Yuuto Suzuki.
He has even perform two times in a rejet‘s special event as Marginal#4 with the rest of the cast and surprised everyone with his on-stage confident stance. Once again, KENN has been making the most out of this opportunity and gaining more experience.
This is it for this month’s SEIYUU DIGEST, hope you enjoyed it and please do look forward for next month’s.