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General

Kenjirou Minami (Japanese: 南 健次郎, Minami Kenjirō) is a Japanese figure skater featured in Yuri!!! on Ice.

Appearance

KM Chara

Kenjirou has choppy, medium-toned, blond hair with red bangs. He has chestnut eyes, tan skin, and pronounced canine teeth. He is short for his age and has a petite build.

Kenjirou is normally seen in a Japanese school uniform out of the rink. The outfit for his short program during the regional championships was mainly hidden under his sports jacket. For his free skate, he wears a white shirt, a red tie, and yellow vest.

Personality

Kenjirou has a bright and innocent (if not naïve at times) personality. He is very supportive of Yuuri and his opponents during their FS program performances and is shown to be wanting to try new things, such as wanting to try performing a quad even though he has never landed one before. He is also very energetic and can get nervous in stressful circumstances, as seen when he is about to perform his FS program.[1]

Kenjirou treats Yuuri as his idol and strives to be just like him, taking every gesture from Yuuri to heart. He has a habit of letting his emotions get the best of him, especially when he is happy or in the presence of someone he looks up to.[1]

Background

Kenjirou is from Hakata, one of the wards of Fukuoka [2] who placed third as a Junior at Japanese Nationals the previous season.[3] He scored higher than Yuuri Katsuki, who was in a slump after finishing in last place at the Grand Prix Final.

Kenjirou made his Senior debut in the current season.[3]

Relationships

Yuuri Katsuki

Kenjirou is a huge fan of Yuuri's whom he admires greatly that he hopes to become a figure skater like him[1]; even having one of his skating costumes modeled after one of Yuuri's previous costumes and even being the cheer captain during the viewing party at Yu-topia Katsuki during the GPF.

Kanako Odagaki

Kenjirou is Kanako's student. Despite being student and coach, they have a relatively casual relationship with Kanako acting in a motherly manner towards him.

Axel, Lutz, and Loop Nishigori

In Episode 10, Kenjirou and the triplets form a cheer squad to cheer for Yuuri as he competes in the Grand Prix Final. They watch the final together at Yu-topia Katsuki, along with the triplets' parents and Yuuri's family.

Yuri Plisetsky

Kenjirou and Yuri were rivals as Juniors, although Yuri has long forgotten about Kenjirou.[4]

Program

Short - Lohengrin

This program is based on Yuuri Katsuki's previous Lohengrin. Kenjirou goes as far as making his own costume a perfect copy of Yuuri's.[1]

Free - Minami's Boogie

Kenjirou's favorite type of music is swing, which is also the genre of this piece. He skates to this piece for his free skate in the Chugoku, Shikoku and Kyushu Championship.[1]

Quotes

  • "Don't make fun of me for looking up to you for so long and trying to catch up to you!"[1] (to Yuuri Katsuki)
  • "No skater like you has a shameful past" (to Yuuri)

Etymology

  • The name Kenjirou means "healthy, strong" (健) (ken), "next" (次) (ji) and "son" (郎) (rou).
  • Kenjirou's surname Minami means "south" (南).

Trivia

  • Kenjirou's parents are both doctors and his older brother is in medical school.[5]
  • According to SNS, Kenjirou is one of the Three Most Adorable Men's Skaters in Asia.[6]
  • Kenjirou has high skill in appealing to women.[2]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Yuri!!! on Ice Episode 5
  2. 2.0 2.1 YURI!!! on Life Official Guidebook
  3. 3.0 3.1 Yuri!!! on Ice Blu-ray Vol. 3 Booklet
  4. Yuri!!! on STAGE Special Drama
  5. Yuri on Ice!!!Official Website Character Profiles
  6. Yuri!!! on Ice Blu-ray Vol. 4 Booklet
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