Rica Matsumoto

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In this Japanese name, the family name is Matsumoto.
Rica Matsumoto
Native name 松本 梨香
Born (1968-11-30) November 30, 1968 (age 48)
Yokohama, Japan
Other names Rika Matsumoto
Occupation
  • Actress
  • voice actress
  • singer
Years active 1980–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]

1988
Anpan Man - Rakugaki Kozō
Osomatsu-kun - Choromatsu (debut role)
Wowser - Blackie
1989
Obotchama-kun - Binbō
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
Pygmalion - Leon
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 mom
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
Let's Nupu Nupu - Kumi Kitamura-sensei, Tori Sushi
Master Keaton - Ilya
Outlaw Star - James "Jim" Hawking
Trigun - Kaite
Yoshimoto Muchikko Monogatari - Momoko Hanakamakiri
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)
Sensō Dōwa: Futatsu no Kurumi - Shōkichi
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
Nelly & Caesar - Caesar
2010
Pocket Monsters: Best Wishes! - Satoshi, Sakaki's Persian
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
2012
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
2014
Wasimo - Wasimo
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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