Masako Nozawa

Masako Nozawa (野沢 雅子, Nozawa Masako, born October 25, 1936) is a Japanese actress, voice actress and narrator. Throughout her life, she has been affiliated with Production Baobab, 81 Produce and self-owned Office Nozawa; she is also affiliated with Aoni Production. Her late husband, Masaaki Tsukada, was also a voice actor.

Masako Nozawa
野沢 雅子
Born (1936-10-25) October 25, 1936 (age 84)
Other namesMasako Tsukada (塚田 雅子)
Years active1939–present
AgentAoni Production
Notable work
Height153 cm (5 ft 0 in)
Spouse(s)Masaaki Tsukada

Nozawa is the voice of Son Goku, Son Gohan, & Son Goten in the popular anime franchise Dragon Ball. She has also voiced Tetsurō Hoshino (Galaxy Express 999) and Kitarō (GeGeGe no Kitarō, first and second series and Hakaba Kitarō and Yo-kai Watch Shadowside: Oni-ō no Fukkatsu). 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 Kōsei Tomita, who voiced the character in the first 26 episodes. In the 1979 anime, she was replaced by Nobuyo Ōyama, however, Nozawa voiced Doraemon again in a 1988 special entitled Early English with Doraemon for unknown reasons.


Throughout her career as a voice actress, she has performed many male roles (most notably as all the male members of Son 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.[1]

Nozawa's first career to play main characters was Kitarō for Gegege no Kitarō. [2] Although Nozawa was disappointed that she won't play Kitarō for 1985 anime adaptation due to a rule that voice actors can't play more than one main characters within the same television station at the same time, she noted that this eventually resulted in her casting of Son Goku for Dragon Ball series.[3]


Anime television seriesEdit


Original video animation (OVA)Edit

Theatrical animationEdit

Computer and video gamesEdit

Puppet showsEdit

  • 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 rolesEdit






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



  • 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)


Year Award Category Result
1997 2nd Animation Kobe Special Award Won
2013 7th Seiyu Awards Achievement Award Won
2017 Guinness World Records[10] World Record (Longest time voicing a character in Video Games) Won
26th Japanese Movie Critics Awards Best Voice Actor Won


  1. ^ "Goku Voice Actress Masako Nozawa Earns 2 Guinness World Records". Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  2. ^ Voice Actor Bible, 2004, p.27, Ohzora Publishing, ISBN 978-4776790211
  3. ^ Nikkan Sports, 2013, "Sunday Heroes and Heroines 845", p.30, The Asahi Shimbun
  4. ^ "Dragon Ball will be receiving a new anime this year for Super Dragon Ball Heroes".
  5. ^ "グーニーズ". Fukikaeru. Retrieved July 18, 2020.
  6. ^ "インディ・ジョーンズ 魔宮の伝説". Paramount Pictures. Retrieved March 15, 2021.
  7. ^ "ミート・ザ・ペアレンツ". Star Channel. Retrieved July 6, 2019.
  8. ^ "リセット[吹]". Star Channel. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  9. ^ "野沢雅子が40年ぶりのウィリー役!「みつばちマーヤの大冒険」長尺予告完成". Retrieved February 17, 2020.
  10. ^ "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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