Ken Yano

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Ken Yano
Ken in Godzilla vs. Hedorah
Species Human
Nationality Japanese
Related to Toru Yano (father),
Toshie Yano (mother),
Yukio Keuchi (uncle)
First appearance Godzilla vs. Hedorah
Played by Hiroyuki Kawase
Marc Toole (voice; English dub)

Ken Yano (矢野 研,   Yano Ken) is a primary protagonist in the 1971 Toho Godzilla film, Godzilla vs. Hedorah. An avid admirer of Godzilla, he develops a mysterious psychic link with the King of the Monsters.[1]


Showa era

Godzilla vs. Hedorah

Ken lived with his parents, Dr. Toru and Toshie Yano, in the suburbs of the coastal city of Fuji in Shizuoka Prefecture. Ken was attacked by a Hedorah during his father's dive, giving him a scar on his right hand. When a news crew came to his house, he mentioned that he named the monster Hedorah, and the name spread through the press. He had a dream about Godzilla attacking a pile of pollution and believed that Godzilla would save them from Hedorah. He later caught a glimpse of Godzilla in the far distance from a rollercoaster at an amusement park when Hedorah first appeared in its Flying Stage. He later attended a party on Mount Fuji with his uncle Yukio Keuchi and Miki Fujinomiya, and was nearly killed by Hedorah, but was saved by Godzilla after receiving a telepathic message from the kaiju. He later said goodbye to Godzilla as he was returning to the sea after defeating Hedorah, and Godzilla gazed back in acknowledgement.



This is a list of references for Ken Yano. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. Godzilla Dictionary [New Edition]. Kasakura Publishing. 7 August 2014. p. 288. ISBN 9784773087253.


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