Kana Hanazawa, the voice behind Kuroneko and Charlotte Dunois, is one of the most popular voice actresses these days, and now she has landed one of her quirkiest roles yet — the mascot of an educational English game!Media5, a company responsible for various educational software, has announced the 3DS game Nanami to Issho ni Manabo! English Joutatsu no Kotsu (Let’s Learn with Nanami! Tricks to English Development). The Nanami series has existed on the DS, 3DS, and smartphones to help Japanese students with the English language and even prepare for the TOEIC. As you can tell by the cover art, its distinguishing feature is the cute mascot, Nanami.
In the newest game, however, for the first time, Nanami will be voiced by Kana Hanazawa. Anime fans should be familiar with Hanazawa, the soft-voiced voice actress who started her professional career with the 2006 anime Zegapain, and whose more famous roles include Kuroneko from OreImo, Charlotte from Infinite Stratos, and Kobato from Haganai.
The newest Nanami game includes English grammar and vocabulary tutorials, drills, and other features that you would expect of an educational language game. In addition, there are 25 different “reward voice clips” and unlockable costumes that come with their own voice clips, in order to motivate you in your studies.
The game also has a new feature that plays the native English pronunciation of words, followed by the Japanese translation. You can even close the 3DS and keep listening to tutorials through headphones, which is convenient when you’re on the move.
In addition, the game will let you connect to Media5’s social network Nekurebo, where you can compete with friends, record your results on your personal record, and get ranked alongside everyone else in Japan.
Of course, Media5 is also giving away autographs of Hanazawa, for those of you who clicked on this article just for her. 20 people will win an autographed paper by Hanazawa, while one lucky person will win an autographed script. To enter the drawing, you just need to submit the postcard that comes packaged with the game. Presumably, you also have to live in Japan.
Do you have trouble with English and happen to be a native Japanese speaker? Is Kana-chan your angel? If the answer to both of those questions is yes, then this game is for you.
Pick up English Joutatsu no Kotsu when it’s released on August 22, and you’ll get better at English in no time. Then you can read more articles on this site.