Dragon Ball holds a special place in the hearts of anime fans worldwide. Many fans, like me, grew up watching Goku and friends fight to save the world. Not only is Goku well known among fans,but the Japanese actress who has voiced him since 1986, Masako Nozawa, is just as popular. She is now being recognized for her work as Goku with not one, but two Guinness World Records.
Over two decades of saving the world
In January of 2017, Nozawa earned the records for “voice actor who voiced the same character in a video game for the longest period” and “longest video game voice acting career”. At the time she was certified, which was on October 25, 2016, she had voiced Goku for 23 years and 218 days. Nozawa stated that she is grateful for her health. She said that without her good health, she would not be able to continue her long career. Thought she began voicing Goku in 1986, she did not start voicing him in video games until 1993. She continues to voice Goku today, with roles in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 and Super Dragon Ball Heroes. Akira Toriyama also expressed congratulations, saying that he feels a bit proud to have even a small connection to the records.
These records are no small feat. Most people do not understand that strain that voice acting can take. It takes a lot of work to change up the sound of your voice. While it may seem easy, voice actors have to change up their voice every day. Most voice actors don’t last long. Nozawa deserves these records. Her hard work and dedication shows in every performance. While some voice actors are great, she is definitely the gold standard. Congratulations Masako Nozawa.
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