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General

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

Background

Kenjirou is from Hakata, one of the wards of Fukuoka.[1]

Kenjirou placed third as a Junior at Japanese Nationals the previous season.[2] He scored higher than Yuuri, who was in a slump after finishing in last place at the Grand Prix Final.

Kenjirou made his Senior debut in the current season.[2]

Appearance

KM Chara

Kenjirou has messy, dirty blonde hair with a small portion dyed red in the front. He has brown eyes, tan skin, and two small pointed teeth, which sometimes stick out of his mouth, especially when he is smiling. He is short for his age and has a slender 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.[3]

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.[3]

Relationships

Yuuri Katsuki

Kenjirou is a huge fan of Yuuri's. He admires him greatly and hopes to become a figure skater like him.[3]

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's previous Lohengrin. Kenjirou goes as far as making his own costume a perfect copy of Yuuri's.[3]

Free - Minami's Boogie

Kenjirou's favourite 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.[3]

Quotes

  • "Don't make fun of me for looking up to you for so long and trying to catch up to you!"[3] (to Yuuri)

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.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 YURI!!! on Life Official Guidebook
  2. 2.0 2.1 Yuri!!! on Ice Blu-ray Vol. 3 Booklet
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Yuri!!! on Ice Episode 5
  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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