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"As long as the Earth exists, I want to keep doing Dragon Ball with Goku."
— Masako Nozawa, preview screening for Battle of Gods, Shinjuku Wald 9, March 12, 2013.

Masako Tsukada (塚田 雅子, Tsukada Masako), known under her birth name Masako Nozawa (野沢 雅子, Nozawa Masako; born October 25, 1936, in Tokyo, Japan), is a Japanese voice actress and actress affiliated with Aoni Production. She is also affiliated with and the chairman of Office Nozawa. Her husband, Masaaki Tsukada, was also a voice actor.

In the Dragon Ball franchise, she voices Goku and every biological male relative of his (Bardock, Gohan, Future Gohan, Goten, and Goku Jr.), except for Raditz. She voices Goku's evil doppelganger Turles in the movie Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might and the OVA Dragon Ball: Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans and its remake, and she also voiced the antagonist and Goku's second evil doppleganger Goku Black in Dragon Ball Super.


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Masako Nozawa

"Goku and I are actually "equal""
— Masako Nozawa, V-Jump, April 2013

While born in the Tokyo Metropolitan area, she was raised in Numata, Gunma. Nozawa made her movie debut as a child actor at the age of 2.

Throughout her career as a voice actress, she has performed many male roles (most notably as all the male members of Goku's family in the Dragon Ball franchise, except for 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.


Ryōtarō Okiayu, Masako Nozawa, Mayumi Tanaka (March 2013)

As a voice actress, in addition to her roles in the Dragon Ball series, she is most known for the roles of Tetsuro Hoshino in Galaxy Express 999, Kitaro in GeGeGe no Kitarō (first and second series), Guilmon in Digimon Tamers, and Dr. Kureha in One Piece. She has also voiced two separate characters named "Hiroshi": a character in Dokonjō Gaeru and the character known in the U.S. as "Pidge" in Hyakujūō Golion (the "Lion Force" arc of Voltron).

On April 1, 2006, she resigned from 81 Produce to establish Office Nozawa. On March 1, 2013, Masako Nozawa received a distinguished service award for her many years of service and contributions to the industry's numerous genres and productions in the 7th Seiyu Awards in Japan.[1]

Voice roles

Leading roles in bold

Television animation

  • Doraemon (1973 anime) (Doraemon [Episode 14~52])
  • Urusei Yatsura (Kintarō)
  • Oz no Mahōtsukai (Princess Ozma)
  • Obake no Q-tarō (TBS edition) (Shin'ichi Ōhara [first series])
  • Kirarin Revolution (Grandmother)
  • Kindaichi Case Files (Tomoyo Konta)
  • Galaxy Express 999 (Tetsurō Hoshino)
  • Hakaba Kitaro (Kitaro)
  • Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro (Kitaro [1st & 2nd series])
  • Kimba the White Lion (Gibo)
  • Casshan (Māru)
  • World Masterpiece Theater series
    • Araiguma Rascal (Rascal)
    • Tom Sawyer no Boken (Tom Sawyer)
    • Ai Shōjo Pollyanna Monogatari (Polly Harrington)
  • Tiger Mask (Takeshi)
  • The Mysterious Cities of Gold (Esteban)
  • Combattler V (Ropet, Oreana, Kinta Ichinoki)
  • Tsubasa Chronicle (Kaigyo)
  • Digital Monster X-Evolution (Dukemon)
  • Digimon Savers (Dukemon)
  • Digimon Tamers (Guilmon, Narrator)
  • Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure (Urara Nanjōin)
  • Hamtaro (Hamtaro's Granny, Roko-chan's ["Laura"'s] Grandma)
  • Dragon Ball (Son Goku)
  • Dragon Ball Z (Son Goku, Son Gohan, Bardock, Son Goten, Vegito (shared with Ryō Horikawa), Gotenks (shared with Takeshi Kusao))
  • Dragon Ball GT (Son Goku, Son Gohan, Son Goten, Son Goku Jr., Gogeta (shared with Ryō Horikawa))
  • Dragon Ball Kai (Son Goku, Son Gohan, Bardock, Son Goten, Gotenks (shared with Takeshi Kusao), Vegito (shared with Ryō Horikawa))
  • Dragon Ball Super (Son Goku, Son Gohan, Future Son Gohan, Son Goten, Gotenks, Goku Black, Zamasu (In Goku's body))
  • Golion/Voltron (Hiroshi Suzuishi/Pidge, Honerva/Haggar)
  • Futari wa Pretty Cure series (Sanae Yukishiro)
  • Pokémon Advanced Generation (Masamune)
  • Sally, the Witch (original) (Tonkichi Hanamura)
  • Maya the Bee (Willy)
  • Case Closed (Furuyo Senma)
  • Shugo Chara! Shugo Chara!! Doki - (Maruyama Haruki [episode 75])
  • La Seine no Hoshi (Danton)
  • Kaibutsu-kun (TV 1980) (Tarō Kaibutsu)
  • Dororon Enma-kun (Enma-kun)
  • Tsurikichi Sampei (Sampei)
  • Love Get Chu (Takemiya-sensei)
  • Space Girls (Tatsuo)
  • Love Hina (Hina Urashima)
  • Ohayō! Spank series (Spank; 2s voice)
  • Rockman EXE Beast+ (Electel Mama)
  • Mirmo! (Kinta)
  • One Piece (Doctor Kureha)
  • Ginga Hyōryū Vifam series (Kentsu Norton)
  • Attack No.1 (Tonan high school captain Higaki)
  • Cross Game (Nomo)
  • Calimero (Buta)

Theater animation

Computer and video games

  • Battle Stadium D.O.N (Son Goku and Son Gohan).
  • Kingdom Hearts series (Merryweather)
  • Super Robot Wars series (Oreana, Ropet)
  • Digimon Tamers Battle Evolution (Guilmon)
  • Dragon Ball Z series (Son Goku, Bardock, Son Gohan, Son Goten, Turles, Vegetto, Gogeta, Gotenks, Goku Black, Barlot, Coohan, Great Saiyaman 12, Kallohan, Turtz, Goku: Xeno, Gohan: Xeno, Goten: Xeno, Bardock: Xeno, Turles: Xeno)
  • Egg Monster Hero 4 (Four-Dimensional Empress)
  • PoPoRoGue (Gilda)
  • Jump Stars Victory Vs (Son Goku)
  • Jump Force (Son Goku)
  • League of Legends (Wukong)

Dubbing roles

  • The Goonies (TV edition) (Clark a.k.a. "Mouth")
  • The Lion King 1½ (Timon's mother)
  • The Poseidon Adventure (Robin Shelby)
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Short-Round)
  • Sleeping Beauty (1959 film) (Merriweather)
  • Switch (Maggie Philbin)
  • Doug (Doug Funnie, (Billy West))
  • Richie Rich (film) (Richie)

Live action

  • Robot 110-Ban (Gan-chan's voice)
  • Super Voice World: Yume to Jiyū to Happening (DVD)
  • Ultraman Story (young Ultraman Tarou's voice)


  • Masako states in the second Dragon Ball GT Perfect Files that the filler' episode "The Strangest Robot" was her favorite episode voicing Gohan.
  • Her pet's name is Mako.
  • Coincidentally, her recent role as Wukong from the Japanese dub of League of Legends is the first role where Masako Nozawa voices a monkey king homage that is more visually closer to his roots than Goku.



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