Rica Matsumoto

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Rica Matsumoto
Native name 松本 梨香
Born (1968-11-30) November 30, 1968 (age 46)
Yokohama, Japan
Other names Rika Matsumoto
Occupation Actress, voice actress, singer
Years active 1988-present
Notable work Ash Ketchum (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 (called 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]

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  1. ^ Doi, Hitoshi. "Matsumoto Rica". Seiyuu Database. Retrieved November 18, 2011.  Query Wayback Bibalex Wayback WebCite Wikiwix
  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. 

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