|Also Known As||Ken-chan|
|Birthday||August 27 (Virgo)|
|Height||158 cm (5'2")|
|Likes||Music, Tempura soba, Mitsuya cider|
|Ability||Undefeated by the Rain|
|Affiliation||Armed Detective Agency|
|Manga Debut||Chapter 1|
|Anime Debut||Episode 1|
|Japanese Voice||Hiroyuki Kagura|
|English Voice||Lucien Dodge|
"Should cows act up, hit them with whatever's close at hand."
Kenji is a young boy with gold eyes and short blond hair that reaches past the nape of his neck. His bangs are gathered at the center of his forehead and he has freckles across his cheeks.
He wears blue overalls that are cuffed and a black belt around his waist. His overalls are worn over a loose beige shirt that has tattered sleeves. He wears a black undershirt that has sleeves ending a little past the elbows. He wears an old straw hat around his neck. He usually goes barefoot but is sometimes shown wearing sandals.
Hailing from a small rural village, Kenji is a simple, but carefree and hospitable boy, who never fails to greet people with a smile on his face. It's because of this welcoming disposition that makes him very popular with the residents in the city.
He carries an exceedingly optimistic outlook and always believes in the innate sincerity of others, regardless of what they may appear, say, or do. His obliviousness to the dangers some situations pose may be attributed to his rustic upbringing, but it's a mentality that has aided him in several investigations, given his high track record in solving difficult cases.
Because Kenji is from the countryside, he is also unable to comprehend basic urban concepts such as money and often has to rely on his rural instincts. This leads to more peculiar "methods" of the resolution, such as using his ability to beat culprits into submission, an act that has yielded him a fearsome reputation amongst the more suspect groups in the area.
Kenji's ability, Undefeated by the Rain (雨ニモマケズ, Ame ni mo Makezu?), grants him superhuman strength. This lets him perform feats he normally wouldn't be able to do, such as lifting cars with ease or pulling street signs out of the cement. He can even rip a steel door from the same type as is used in high-security bank safes from the wall. It also seems to grant him superhuman durability, as he was attacked in the back of the head with a lead pipe and suffered no ill damage whatsoever (such a blow could damage or kill a person) and he mentions getting kicked in the head by cows all the time and seems to have survived with little to no damage.
The catch to his ability is that he is only able to use it on an empty stomach, and will fall asleep after eating.
Until Yukichi Fukuzawa found him and recruited him into the Company about two months earlier, Kenji had been living in a rural village named Ihatov where he herded cows with his family. He had been living without any forms of phones and electricity, and the concept of money was new to him as the inhabitants of Ihatov only bartered.
Kenji also states that the police in his village wasn't as busy as the ones in Yokohama, as the criminals in Ihatov simply got tied up and thrown off a cliff.
Kunikida had called Kenji and some other members to come to a warehouse, where Dazai said a man-eating tiger will appear. As they came, Dazai had already defeated the tiger and explained it was Atsushi and the tiger transformation was his ability. Kenji wonders what they will do with Atsushi and Dazai explains he wants him to join their agency.
After some time during the Black Lizard attack on the agency, Kenji is present in the office, but the agency easily took down the attacks. Kenji wonders what they will do with them and Kunikida tells him to just threw them out of the window and Kenji proceeds to throw them out one by one.
Car Explosion Case
The Armed Detective Agency is given a case to investigate a car explosion. After the police leave the office, Kenji states that city polices sure are busy since they leave without having tea. Kunikida then asks Kenji if the police from his home have free time. Kenji then replies that everyone knows each other in his village. The policeman's job was to only fix a pump well, rescuing cats from chimneys, and tasting the first year's watermelon. Kunikida then asks what if someone commits a crime to which Kenji replies that the perpetrator will be tied up and thrown into a cliff. He then also states that he does not really understand the concept of money. Kunikida then offers Atsushi to investigate the case.
Kenji accompanies Atsushi to investigate the case and goes to the Yokohamabashi Shopping District to gather information. Kenji encounters a man he knew and asks him if he knows anything about the car explosion. The man then replies that some folks bought a load of fertilizer and Kenji concludes that it must be nitrogen fertilizer used to make bombs. Kenji and Atsushi then decide to go to the place of the Gojo Youth Association and aks them if they are responsible for the bomb explosion. Hearing this, Atsushi then tells Kenji that even though they may be the ones who did the explosion, he doubts that they will admit to it. Kenji then replies that if they are sincere with their inquiries, they will respond.
After arriving at the place, Kenji then asks the folks if they are the ones responsible for the bomb explosion, however they reply that they do not know anything about it. Hearing their reply, Kenji then thanks them and proceeds to leave. After leaving the place, Atsushi exclaims that they are obviously the ones that cause the explosion however Kenji says that he never fails to communicate with others. Kenji then initiates to go eat first before going back to the office.
While heading back to the office, they were blocked by the gang members they asked before and tells them that they might have found a proof since they left early. Kenji then thanks them for telling the truth and tells Atsushi that everyone in his case confesses like that. He was then attacked by a gang member by a pipe causing him to fall. However, he gets back up easily and attacks the gang members.
- (to Atsushi Nakajima) "Be it with a cow or a person. Be it in a village or a city, if you are sincere, you can communicate with others."
- (to Atsushi Nakajima) "I love cows! I love having cows, communing with cows, and eating cows."
- (to a group of gang members) "Be not defeated by the rain. Be not defeated by the wind. Nor by the iron pipe. Nor by the knife. Nor by the metal bat. Be of sound body. Be without desire. Never be angered. Always have a quiet smile. That is whom I wish to be."
- He along with several other characters made a guest appearance in the mobile game Love Heaven as limited-time characters.
- The name of the rural village where he lived, Ihatov, is a reference to the fictional land Miyazawa created, basing the name off his beloved Iwate Prefecture. In fact, the name lends from Esperanto.