Masako Nozawa

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Masako Nozawa
Native name 野沢 雅子
Born (1936-10-25) October 25, 1936 (age 80)
Tokyo City, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
Years active 1939–present
Agent Aoni Production
Notable work Goku (Dragon Ball)
Height 153 cm (5 ft 0 in)
Spouse(s) Masaaki Tsukada

Masako Nozawa (野沢 雅子?, Nozawa Masako, born October 25, 1936) is a Japanese actress and voice actress from Tokyo. Throughout her life, she has been affiliated with Production Baobab, 81 Produce and Office Nozawa; she is currently affiliated with Aoni Production. Her husband, Masaaki Tsukada, was also a voice actor.

As a voice actress, she is best known for the role of Goku in the popular anime franchise Dragon Ball, as well as all of Goku's male family relatives except Raditz. She has also voiced Tetsuro Hoshino (Galaxy Express 999) and Kitaro (GeGeGe no Kitaro, first and second series). In addition, she has also voiced two separate characters named "Hiroshi"; a character in Dokonjō Gaeru, and the character known in the U.S. as "Pidge" in Hyakujūō Golion. She also voiced Doraemon in the 1973 anime, replacing male actor Kōsei Tomita, who voiced the character in the first 26 episodes. In the 1979 anime, she was replaced by Nobuyo Ōyama.


Nozawa made her movie debut as a child actor at the age of 3.[1] Throughout her career as a voice actress, she has performed many male roles (most notably as all the male members of Goku's family in all four Dragon Ball anime series, with the exception of Raditz), leading Japanese fans to give her the nickname "The Eternal Boy". These days, however, she prefers the roles of elderly woman characters, although she continues to perform other roles (including young boys) occasionally. On April 1, 2006, she resigned from 81 Produce to establish office Nozawa. In 2010, Nozawa closed her Talent Agency. A number of voice actors who were affiliated with her agency went on to affiliate with Media Force.


Anime television series[edit]


Original video animation (OVA)[edit]

Theatrical animation[edit]

Computer and video games[edit]

Puppet shows[edit]

  • Nobi Nobi Non-chan (1990–1996) (Tame-kun, Ana-chan's mother, Kitsune's granny)
  • Zawa Zawa Mori no Ganko-chan (1996–) (Kero-chan)

Dubbing roles[edit]



Live action[edit]


  • Seishun Adventure: Fūshin Engi (NHK-FM) (Nataku)



  • Law of Ueki commercial for Shōnen Sunday (Kousuke Ueki)
  • Naruhodo! The World (narration)
  • NHK Kyōiku: Kagaku Daisukishi you Jaku (narration)
  • Toriko, One Piece and Dragon Ball Z Collaboration Special (Goku, Gohan and Goten)
  • Wakasa Seikatsu commercial (narration)
  • The Wide Friday Ranking (narration)


Year Award Category Result
1997 2nd Animation Kobe Special Award Won
2013 7th Seiyu Awards Achievement Award Won
2017 Guinness World Records[2] World Record (Longest time voicing a character in Video Games) Won
2017 26th Japanese Movie Critics Awards Best Voice Actor Won


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