As we all know, Voice Actor (also known as “Seiyuu”) is a person who plays a very important role in a movie and especially in anime. They “act” with their voices behind the screen to bring their souls into the character they play. In Japan, Seiyuu profession is loved by many people, they can even become an actor or even a recognized artist.
The voice of the main character Son Goku has been with the character for 34 (photo source: Dragon Ball Guild Vietnam)
For such a long and famous series as Dragon Ball, pursuing a job as a voice for the characters requires a lot of effort from the Seiyuu. And it’s surprising that the voice actor for the main character Son Goku has been with the character for 34 years is an 84 year old woman. She is Masako Nozawa, the oldest Seiyuu in Japan still working, she was born on October 25, 1936, in the Scorpion Palace, ranked 262th in the list of Famous Voice Actors.
Ms. Masako was a child actress in a movie at the age of 3, and nearly 30 years later she turned to be Seiyuu. Her first character was Astro Boy in 1960. And 26 years later (1986) Anime Dragon Ball was born, she was personally chosen by author Akira Toriyama to be the Seiyuu for Son Goku.
During the first decades of her career, she mainly portrayed male characters. As a result, her fans have the nickname “The Eternal Boy” (eternal boy). She was married to her colleague Masaaki Tsukada, until his death in early 2014 (The most famous character he voiced was Captain Yamamoto Genryusai in BLEACH – The strongest god of death in over 2000 year)
In early 2017, this veteran Seiyuu was honored to win 2 Guinness World Records as Goku in the Dragon Ball series. Includes “longest running game character voice actor” and “longest active game voice actor”. In Dragon Ball she voices: Goku, Gohan, Goten, Black Goku, Turles, Bardock
She voiced many movies, anime, games, radio, live-action, … in about 50 years of her career.
SOME VOICE CHARACTERS JOIN THE VOICE
• Astro Boy (1963)
• GeGe Ge no Kitaro (1968) (Kitaro)
• Doraemon (1973) (Doraemon, Botako)
• One Piece (2001) (Doctor Kureha)
• Tsubasa Chronicle (2005) (Kaigyo)
• Naruto (2006) Volumes 187–188
• Digimon Savers (2007) (Dukemon)
• Overlord (2018) Rigrit – Episode 1 – Season 2
Above are interesting information about the voice actor Dragon Ball, actor Masako Nozawa 84 years old this year. Truly an old woman who loves her job and is attached to Son Goku, right?
Source refer to the article: Dragon Ball Guild Vietnam