Rica Matsumoto

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Rica Matsumoto
Native name 松本 梨香
Born (1968-11-30) November 30, 1968 (age 48)
Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Other names Rika Matsumoto
Occupation
  • Actress
  • voice actress
  • singer
Years active 1988–present
Agent Amuleto
Notable work Satoshi (Pokémon)
Website www7a.biglobe.ne.jp/~amg-pro/rica/

Rica Matsumoto (松本 梨香, Matsumoto Rika, born November 30, 1968) is a Japanese actress, voice actress, and J-pop singer who was born in Yokohama, Japan.[1][2] Her name is also sometimes romanized as Rika Matsumoto. She was a founding member of vocal supergroup JAM Project.

After early stage work, she began both voice acting and singing careers. The most popular role by Rica is Satoshi (Ash Ketchum in English translations), the main character of the anime series Pokémon. She also had a role in the Yu-Gi-Oh series as Ryo Bakura and Yami Bakura. As such, Matsumoto has taken on roles for young boys. Matsumoto also performs the songs for many of the openings for the Japanese Pokémon anime.

Matsumoto has had lead or supporting roles in dozens of series. She has also had a radio show in Japan and does some dubbing work for translations of American films and TV series into Japanese. Matsumoto was also a founding member of JAM Project in 2000. She announced in April 2008 she was taking time off from the group and her solo work.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Television animation[edit]

Year Title Role Other notes
1988 Anpan Man Rakugaki Kozō
Osomatsu-kun Choromatsu Debut role
Wowser Blackie
1990 Anpan Man Piano Man
Heisei Tensai Bakabon Nise Musuko, Kumada-kun, ryokan employee, lazy wife, multiple other roles
Magical Angel Sweet Mint Aru, Gureamu
1991 Anpan Man Baby Donut
City Hunter '91 Sonya
Jankenman Soccer-kun
Magical Princess Minky Momo kid B
Marude Dameo Kanemochi Sugoi, young dinosaur, Prince, town girl
Matchless Raijin-Oh Jin Hyuga First leading role
Moero! Top Striker Julian
1992 Anpan Man Natto Man, Shūmai Musume, Medamayaki-kun
The Brave Fighter of Legend Da-Garn Seiji Takasugi
Calimero Pankuratcho
Genki Bakuhatsu Ganbaruger Jin Hyuga
My Patrasche Jan
Tekkaman Blade Rick
1993 Anpan Man Tengu Boy
Mobile Suit Victory Gundam Haro, Warren Trace, Renda de Paloma
Muka Muka Paradise Hazuki
1994 Akazukin Chacha Poppy-kun
Tonde Burin Keiko Kuroha, Buta Session, Buta Session G
Yu Yu Hakusho Kiyoshi Mitarai, Koashura
1995 Azuki-chan Midori Kodama, Yōko's mother
Mama Loves the Poyopoyo-Saurus Miki Poyota
Ninku Fūsuke
1996 Ganba! Fly High Mariko Sagara
Kaiketsu Zorro Bernardo
Magical Girl Pretty Sammy Chihiro
You're Under Arrest Aoi Futaba
1997 Anpan Man Kurukuru Okoma-chan
Pocket Monsters Satoshi, Sakaki's Persian
1998 Bomberman B-Daman Bakugaiden Shuringe
Dokkiri Doctor Tomoko Asaoka
Hikarian Hikarian Star Queen
If I See You in My Dreams Namiko Isobe
The Kindaichi Case Files Narumi Fuwa, Reiko Kitami
Master Keaton Ilya
Outlaw Star James "Jim" Hawking
Trigun Kaite
1999 Bomberman B-Daman Bakugaiden V Witchy
Hoshin Engi Raishinshi
Now and Then, Here and There Sis
Pocket Monsters: Episode Orange Archipelago Satoshi, Sakaki's Persian
Pocket Monsters: Episode Gold & Silver Satoshi, Sakaki's Persian
2000 Case Closed Ritsuko Usui
Hidamari no Ki Okon
Lupin III: $1 Money Wars Sandy Fishburne
Mon Colle Knights Flame Angel
Mewtwo! I Am Here Satoshi, Sakaki's Persian
Rerere no Tensai Bakabon Momotarō, Non-chan
Vandread Fanieta
2001 Captain Tsubasa Kojirō Hyūga As a boy
Star Ocean EX Opera Vectra
You're Under Arrest Second Season Aoi Futaba
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Ryo Bakura (Dark Bakura/Thief King Bakura)
2002 Bomberman Jetters Misty
Case Closed Reiko Kujō
Dragon Drive Mukai
Fortune Dogs Pochi
Gun Frontier Sinunora
Hanada Shōnen Shi Jiro, Yōhei, Madame Katherine, Satsuki Baa-san, Yoshiko's friend
Pocket Monsters Side Stories Satoshi, Sakaki's Persian
Pocket Monsters: Advanced Generation Satoshi, Sakaki's Persian
You're Under Arrest Aoi Futaba
2003 Astro Boy Rin
Case Closed Jun Kataoka
Machine Robo Rescue Chāmī Satō
Ninja Scroll Nekome
2004 Gokusen Shizuka Fujiyama
Gravion Zwei Dr. Barnett
The Prince of Tennis Hanna
2005 Black Jack Jun, Satoru
Naruto Suzume-bachi
Oku-sama wa Mahō Shōjo: Bewitched Agnes Freya
Paradise Kiss Koizumi-kun
2006 Majime ni Fumajime Kaiketsu Zorori Mirai Saeda
The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon Satoshi TV special
Pocket Monsters: Diamond and Pearl Satoshi, Sakaki's Persian
2007 MapleStory Puudou
Neuro: Supernatural Detective Ayumi Kaku (Hysteria)
Sgt. Frog Yamato
You're Under Arrest: Full Throttle Aoi Futaba
2008 Atashin'chi Monta
2009 Chi's Sweet Home: Chi's New Address Tora
2010 Pocket Monsters: Best Wishes! Satoshi, Sakaki's Persian
2012 Stitch! ~ Best Friends Forever ~ Zuruko (Tsuruko Sasuga)
Stitch! ~ The Mischievous Alien's Great Adventure ~ Zuruko (Tsuruko Sasuga)
Super Robot Wars Original Generation: The Inspector Carla Borgnine
Humanity Has Declined Doc
Pocket Monsters: Best Wishes! Season 2 Satoshi, Sakaki's Persian
Stitch and the Planet of Sand Zuruko (Tsuruko Sasuga)
2013 Pocket Monsters: Best Wishes! Season 2: Episode N Satoshi, Sakaki's Persian
Pocket Monsters: Best Wishes! Season 2: Decolora Adventure Satoshi, Sakaki's Persian
Pocket Monsters: XY Satoshi
2015 Panpaka Pants Silky
Pocket Monsters: XY&Z Satoshi
2016 Pocket Monsters: Sun & Moon Satoshi

Original video animation (OVA)[edit]

Theatrical animation[edit]

Video games[edit]

Tokusatsu[edit]

Dubbing roles[edit]

Live-action[edit]

Animation[edit]


Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Released Label Format(s) Catalog # Peak position[5] Sales Notes
Cluster April 28, 1993 EMI Music Japan CD TYCY-5301 [6]
華の宴
(Hana no Utage)
May 19, 1993 EMI Music Japan CD TYTY-5302 [7]
Destiny July 12, 1995 Pioneer LDC CD PICA-1067 [8]
Rica the Best May 23, 2001 VAP CD VPCD-81374/5 2 CDs
[9]
まんまる
(Manmaru)
September 30, 2009 Sound Mission Label CD ZMCZ-5087 [10]
松本梨香が歌うポケモンソングベスト
(Matsumoto Rika ga Utau Pokemon Songu Besuto)
July 16, 2011 Kadokawa / Media Factory CD, digital download ZMCP-7317 #85 Spent 7 weeks on the Oricon charts[11]

Other songs[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Doi, Hitoshi. "Matsumoto Rica". Seiyuu Database. Retrieved November 18, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Behind The Voice Actors - Rica Matsumoto". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  3. ^ "[JAM Project] Message form Rica Matsumoto 松本梨香 からのメッセージ (燃えろ!俺の魂~勇者の熱血ブログ)". mysinablog.com. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Cast for Returning Characters". Anime News Network. October 15, 2015. 
  5. ^ 松本梨香の作品 アルバム [Rica Matsumoto Albums]. Oricon Style (in Japanese). Retrieved May 5, 2016. 
  6. ^ "CLUSTER" (in Japanese). Oricon Style. Retrieved May 5, 2016. 
  7. ^ "華の宴" [Flower Party] (in Japanese). Oricon Style. Retrieved May 5, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Destiny" (in Japanese). Oricon Style. Retrieved May 5, 2016. 
  9. ^ "RICA the BEST" (in Japanese). Oricon Style. Retrieved May 5, 2016. 
  10. ^ "まんまる" (in Japanese). Oricon Style. Retrieved May 5, 2016. 
  11. ^ "松本梨香が歌うポケモンソングベスト" [Rika Matsumoto Sings the Best Pokemon Songs] (in Japanese). Oricon Style. Retrieved May 5, 2016. 

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