Masako Nozawa

Masako NozawaJapanese

Date Of Birth: Oct 26, 1936
Birth Place: Nippori, Arakawa, Tokyo, Japan
Voice Over Language: Japanese

Popularity: 54th All Time, 78th This Week

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  • Guinness World Record holder for voicing the same character in a video game series for the longest period (as Goku Son) and for the longest video game voice-acting career

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said at 4:41 PM on Tue May 22 2018
She's such a great voice actress!

My favorite Roles of her are:
1. Son Goku
2. Son Gohan (Kid)
3. Son Goten (Kid)
4. Bardock
5. Black Goku (Dragon Ball Super)
6. Son Goku Jr.
7. Tullece aka Turles
8. Future Son Gohan
9. Guilmon (Tamers)
10. Kitaro (1968 – 1971/2008 & 2017)
11. Tetsuro Hoshino
12. Doug Funnie in Doug
13. Dr. Kureha in One Piece
14. Elsekid in Pokemon (Pikachu's Rescue Adventure movie)
15. Asura in the Asura film

Anyway her new Pokémon character is a women who hates Pokémon. Can't wait to see how that role turns out!
said at 5:47 PM on Mon Apr 9 2018
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It's really nice to see that she's going to be in the new Pokemon movie!
said at 8:56 PM on Wed Oct 25 2017
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I've always had very mixed feelings about her voice for adult Goku (and the other members of the Son family), but I just absolutely have to admire the fact that she's still going at it even in her 80's now, especially with all the yelling and screaming involved, and now with Goku Black having been in the picture. Hard not to respect that kind of dedication.

Happy birthday Masako Nozawa. Hope it's a good one.
8000 Saiyans
said at 7:51 AM on Wed Oct 25 2017
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Happy birthday, Nozawa-san! Like I said before, you're just amazing as Goku, Gohan, Goten, Bardock, Turles and Black Goku.
said at 2:52 PM on Mon Jan 15 2018
@8000 Saiyans Goku Black*
said at 7:31 AM on Wed Oct 25 2017
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Happy Birthday Masako Nozawa!

After going through all of Dragon Ball Super this year, I finally understand why she is the definitive Goku.

There's this unique charm to her Goku that can't be replicated.

The fact she's 81 years old and can still play the hot blooded Son Goku with the powerful yells and screams, is nothing short of incredible.

I definitely take back a lot of my past comments that I'm not fond of her rendition, now I absolutely love her and I'm going to be very sad the day she passes on.

Her Performance as Goku Black....say what you want about that arc but wow what a performance, she was truly terrifying in the role. I have always thought Masako needed a major villain role to show off her skills and needless to say Black satisfied me from an acting standpoint. She nailed it.

Seriously much love to Masako Nozawa, she's a true legend in every sense of the way.
8000 Saiyans
said at 4:46 PM on Mon Oct 16 2017
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Love this lady's work as Goku, Gohan, Goten, Bardock, Turles and Black Goku. An absolute legend.
said at 9:17 AM on Mon Mar 6 2017
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She is literally a legend.
said at 1:20 PM on Sat Dec 24 2016
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Is the voice acting for Super being too hard on her?
said at 4:11 AM on Sat Oct 29 2016
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Happy belated birthday, Ms. Nozawa.
said at 2:41 PM on Tue Oct 25 2016
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I'd still prefer her as Kakarrotto - Son Goku and Black Goku, over Bardock and Tullece, which i find them nowhere near as childish and naive as he was.

Yet i'm okay with her as Son Gohan and Son Goten.
said at 10:56 PM on Wed Mar 15 2017
@SteelEthlan I think Gohan should have a tenor male voice, I
said at 11:00 PM on Wed Mar 15 2017
really loved Brad Swaile's take. Someone like Yuki Kaji or Nobuhiko Okamoto off TOMH would be perfect. I like the range Nozawa shows & I see what they're doing, but it's like having Fred Tatasciore play Grey, Red, & Green Hulk all in the same show - kind of redundant & they're all actually different characters.

Goku is a really goofy & playful guy, but Gohan is really meek & I would say a well-mannered character. They really aren't the same, & they were always presented as such since Gohan was introduced. Goten could also use a different VA if/when he grows up.
said at 12:51 PM on Tue Oct 25 2016
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Happy Birthday Masako Nozawa!
Darth Bugs
said at 12:30 PM on Tue Oct 25 2016
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Happy Birthday, Ms. Nozawa. Thanks for being the first voice actor who brought Goku to life.
said at 9:37 AM on Tue Oct 25 2016
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Happy birthday, Masako Nozawa. The domestic & longest-running voice of Goku, very well-acted though I do think it's funny they seemed to reuse her for most of Goku's family which are very different characters from Goku himself...

I also enjoyed her in many young child (& grandmother!) roles such as Guilmon, Merryweather, Dr. Kureha, Doug, "Pidge" from Voltron/GoLion, Doraemon, & (even in the dub) Elekid from the Pokemon 2000 short film.

She's a bit like the June Foray of Japan, or maybe like a previous-generation EG Daily or Nancy Cartwright of sorts.

I can't believe she's 80, & I hope she's around a lot longer.
said at 11:59 PM on Fri Oct 28 2016
I never knew Masako Nozawa was Elekid, and the dub kept her voice, but that's pretty awesome.
said at 8:16 AM on Tue Oct 25 2016
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Happy Birthday, Masako Nozawa! There's a special place in my heart reserved for her rendition of Goku alongside pretty much the rest of the Son family. It transpired back when I used to play Budokai Tenkaichi 3 a lot, and realized that there was an option to set the character voices to Japanese; figured why not and wanted to make the most of that. It's incredible just how long Nozawa's been voicing Goku and what's more amazing is how active she still is - not to mention pretty enthusiastic, too.

Outside of Dragon Ball, I like her Dr. Kureha.
said at 6:25 AM on Tue Oct 25 2016
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Happy Birthday Masako Nozawa! It's been said before but it's honestly amazing just how long she's been voicing Goku!
said at 4:56 AM on Tue Oct 25 2016
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Happy 80th Birthday Masako Nozawa!

While I haven't gotten into Super yet, I do think it's interesting how more people are warming up to her take on Goku, fitting that she's even older now yet is continuing to do a great job in the role.

I think it's pretty awesome that she's still this active and energetic at this age.

also I had no idea she once voiced Charlie Brown until now.
said at 10:01 AM on Sun Jul 10 2016
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Her voice as Black in DB Super sounds really menacing, especially comparing to Goku himself and his kids. Great job.
said at 8:47 PM on Tue Mar 29 2016
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I really like her Kid Goten.
said at 2:22 AM on Sun Dec 6 2015
For some reason I never caught on that she was Kitaro.
said at 9:50 AM on Sat Dec 5 2015
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I admit I've given her a lot of flak for her adult Goku voice in the past, but she's fantastic as the child renditions of the Son family, and the fact that she's been playing the role of Goku (and family) for THIRTY years and counting is impressive, especially with all the yelling and screaming involved, AND with the fact that she's almost 80 years old now.

Luckily she has other roles too, and while I haven't heard much of them she does a great job most of the time from what I have heard.
said at 4:33 AM on Sun Oct 25 2015
Happy birthday, Masako.
said at 7:21 AM on Tue Sep 8 2015
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Great VA, but not as Adult Goku, per say. She's better as Merryweather or Gohan. Or even Doug!
said at 7:27 AM on Mon May 11 2015
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She's a great voice actress in her own right, but I just don't think she fits Adult Goku, or Gohan at all.

Now Kid characters is fine, but as adults or teens it makes me cringe.

I know she's great and talented but Goku and Gohan specifically is hard for me to endure haha. It's one of the reasons I prefer English DBZ
said at 5:05 PM on Thu Jan 15 2015
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Totally not biased
said at 2:16 AM on Tue Apr 9 2013
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Her voice is very ill-fitting any of the Adult renditions of the Son family. I'll never fault her for that. That's the casting decision Toei Animation and Akira Toriyama made and stuck with for years. I will forever question it till the end of time.

But, for what it's worth, she put her best foot forward. Acting-wise, no other Goku tops her. I'm not talking about the screams. There's just more there. And it's impressive that she's able to play Goku, Gohan and Goten while giving them their own quirks and all in one session. It'd be an insult to not mention all her other characters. She's been around since the original Astro Boy! And she was great with every one of them. She truly has a tremendously great acting ability, and the fact that she's been dedicated for so long that as a voice actress...she deserves the highest respect.

She won't get it.

At least not in America.

But, she deserves respect.
said at 2:18 AM on Tue Apr 9 2013
@ConfusedPhantom *(or at least the ones I've seen that aren't Dragon Ball)
said at 5:43 PM on Wed Apr 9 2014
@ConfusedPhantom "Her voice is very ill-fitting any of the Adult renditions of the Son family. I'll never fault her for that. That's the casting decision Toei Animation and Akira Toriyama made and stuck with for years."

If Toriyama chose her, it's the way Goku is supposed to sound. He created the character. It doesn't matter if you personally dislike it, that's the voice of Goku. Period.

I don't see how you can possibly dislike it, though. Nobody delivers with the same warmth or quirky charm as Nozawa. Certainly none of the English voice actors who've played him.
said at 7:37 PM on Wed Apr 9 2014

Personally I think she's unfitting. She's without a doubt a great actress but the voice is not perfect.

As a fan of Masako Nozawa you'll of course disagree with my opinion and that's only natural but you shouldn't have to constant defend the voice if it really was acceptable to majority of English listeners.

e.g. You don't have try hard to convince people very hard that James Earl Jones is perfect as the voice of Darth Vader. He just is.

To the majority of English speaking Dragon Ball fans Nozawa's voice is not perfect... Nobody ever wants to admit they're in the minority but despite how many people or websites you know that adore the Japanese version they are dwarfed by fans of the English dub. You can blame nostalgia or lack of access to the Japanese version (legally) for a long time, but decades later little has changed and those childhood viewers have grown up. The English dub for the Dragon Ball franchise still is and will always be more liked by the majority.

Yes Toriyama choose her and approved of her adult Goku voice but let's not forget that Toriyama never had long term plans for Dragon Ball when writing it originally; he kept constantly expanding the story and slowly aging the characters. When Masako Nozawa was cast as Kid Goku it was a perfectly natural decision and she did a wonderful job. After becoming etched into the eyes and ears of Japanese fandom it would almost be insulting to replace her just because the character aged later on. Kind of like how Nancy Cartwright still voices Bart Simpson in those alternate futuristic episodes.

The way the seiyuu business is today and how casting decisions are made is much different than decades ago. If the franchise had been adapted for the very first time in this day and age I'm certain things would be very different and Older Goku would have a male seiyuu.

Members of the Son family and even Bardock would have all have individual seiyuu too. Casting Nozawa for all of them was unnecessary IMO and a questionable decision by whoever the casting director was.
said at 7:41 PM on Wed Apr 9 2014

P.S. Creator's opinion doesn't always = LAW

Bob Kane before he passed away thought Val Kilmer was a better Batman than Michael Keaton.

Of course plenty of fans disagree.
said at 7:46 PM on Thu Apr 10 2014
@Mr_Ecchi_Man It's cute that you think Bob Kane created Batman.

The thing is, with Batman, it's a character who has had many different interpretations, and none of them are more "right" than the other.

Toriyama is the only creator of Son Goku and the only proper authorial authority on him. If he says Nozawa is Goku's voice, that should hold enormous weight.
said at 7:47 AM on Mon May 11 2015

Just wanted to say I agree with you 100%. You said what I was thinking perfectly haha
said at 7:23 AM on Tue Sep 8 2015
@penguintruth Eh, not exactly. This is a guy who needed to "remember" his own characters for BOG. You don't see Rowan Atkinson having to remember stuff about Mr Bean.
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said at 7:35 PM on Mon Dec 27 2010
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Her Kid Goku is adorable. Her adult/SSJ4 Goku, on the other hand, makes my ears bleed.
said at 2:36 AM on Wed Feb 9 2011
@NCZ That's how adult Goku is supposed to sound.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:07 AM on Wed Feb 9 2011
@penguintruth I still don't like it, though. Yes, she truly does have impressive acting ability, but I think the voice is totally off. Well, I mean, at times, it KIND of works. I find at some points, the voice is tolerable, though still a little jarring to those not used to it. But I don't like her screams or yells, like when she does a Kamehameha. There are a few other quirks of her voice that also put me off, and it bothered me that they cast her as the adult Gohan and Goten. Okay, maybe that made some sense, since they're related to Goku. For Turles, I suppose using a slightly more sinister-sounding Goku voice kind of made sense, since he's meant to represent an alternate Goku (aside from that, I still don't think it suits him). I do not think the voice works for Bardock at all.

BTW, I know that since Toriyama personally selected her, that's how Kid Goku's supposed to sound, and that's fine, because I've said I liked her as Kid Goku. I've never heard him say anything about adult Goku's voice, though. But, that's a whole new discussion, so I'll save it for a forum.
said at 3:57 AM on Thu Feb 10 2011
@NCZ It's those quirks that make me love her as Goku, show that he's a guy who trips over his words, his syllables, that his speech is awkward from not receiving proper education. It gives him this off-beat charm.

I agree about Bardock, actually. There was no good reason to cast her as Bardock. I don't hate her Bardock, but it wasn't necessary. Especially since Bardock was a gleeful murderer like the rest of the Saiyans.

But Nozawa just adds this warm sincerity that can't be beat. If the voice sounds "totally off", it's because Goku himself is supposed to be "totally off". He's marching to the beat of his own drum.
said at 1:39 PM on Thu Mar 6 2014
@NCZ Not for me. I think she's pretty endearing as adult Goku.

Then again, I'm a first time watcher.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:21 PM on Wed Apr 9 2014
@NCZ Ugh, in retrospect, this comment is so harshly-worded it's unbearable. My opinion is essentially the same now, but not nearly that extreme. I can understand why they kept her as Goku and I respect that but I prefer Sean Schemmel.
said at 9:56 PM on Sun Jun 5 2016

"Her adult/SSJ4 Goku, on the other hand, makes my ears bleed."

Agreed 100%. Sean rocks!
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Favorite Role
Who's your favorite Masako Nozawa role? *
Goku Son
35.9% (14 votes)
Tetsuro Hoshino
20.5% (8 votes)
Goku Son / Kakarot
15.4% (6 votes)
Gohan Son
7.7% (3 votes)
Dr. Kureha
5.1% (2 votes)
2.6% (1 vote)
2.6% (1 vote)
2.6% (1 vote)
2.6% (1 vote)
Goten Son
2.6% (1 vote)
Goku Black
2.6% (1 vote)
39 Total Votes