Masako Nozawa

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Masako Nozawa
Native name
野沢 雅子
Born (1936-10-25) October 25, 1936 (age 82)
Occupation
Years active1939–present
AgentAoni Production
Notable work
Height157 cm (5 ft 2 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 self-owned Office Nozawa; she is currently affiliated with Aoni Production. Her late husband, Masaaki Tsukada, was also a voice actor.

As a voice actress, she is best known for the role of Son Goku in the popular anime franchise Dragon Ball, as well as all of Goku's male family relatives except Raditz. She has also voiced Tetsurō Hoshino (Galaxy Express 999) and Kitarō (GeGeGe no Kitarō, first and second series). In addition, she has also voiced two separate characters named "Hiroshi"; a character in Dokonjō Gaeru, and the characters known in the U.S. as "Pidge" and "Haggar" 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, however Masako voiced Doraemon again in a 1988 special entitled Early English with Doraemon for unknown reasons.

Career[edit]

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 every piece of Japanese Dragon Ball media, 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 2012, Nozawa closed her Talent Agency. A number of voice actors who were affiliated with her agency went on to affiliate with Media Force. In 2017, it was revealed she had achieved two Guinness World Records; both of which was related to voicing the character Son Goku in Dragon Ball video games for 23 years and 218 days.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Anime television series[edit]

1960s
1970s
1980s
1990s
2000s
2010s

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]

Animation[edit]

Live action[edit]

Tokusatsu[edit]

Radio[edit]

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

CD[edit]

Others[edit]

  • 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)

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Result
1997 2nd Animation Kobe Special Award Won
2013 7th Seiyu Awards Achievement Award Won
2017 Guinness World Records[4] World Record (Longest time voicing a character in Video Games) Won
26th Japanese Movie Critics Awards Best Voice Actor Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ROCKMAN HOLIC ~the 25th Anniversary~". Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  2. ^ "Goku Voice Actress Masako Nozawa Earns 2 Guinness World Records". Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  3. ^ "Dragon Ball will be receiving a new anime this year for Super Dragon Ball Heroes".
  4. ^ "野沢雅子:「ドラゴンボール」でギネス認定 「あと100年は続けるから、よろしくな!」". Retrieved November 18, 2018.

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