Goku’s Voice Actor Masako Nozawa Reacts To Akira Toriyama’s Death

As soon as the news came out, Nozawa refused to comment in order to compose herself but later shared her most memorable Toriyama statement.

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Masako Nozawa is Goku and Goku is Masako Nozawa. She has played the character since 1986, right from the original Dragon Ball. Toriyama personally picked her to play Goku and actually imagines her voice in his head while writing dialogue for Goku.

So you can imagine how much of an impact Toriyama’s death would have on Nozawa.

As soon as the news came out, Nozawa refused to comment in order to compose herself. Later on that day (Mar 8, 2024), she gathered her wits to share her most memorable statement from Toriyama to her. Take a look:

“I don’t want to believe it. My head is completely empty, save for the feeling of not even wanting to think about it. Still, when I remember that every time we met, he would always say to me: “I’m leaving Goku in your hands, okay?” I feel that I could be by Goku’s side until the end of my days. Sensei, please watch over us from up there in the sky. May you make a peaceful departure.”

(Akira Toriyama and Masako Nozawa)

About Dragon Ball:

Dragon Ball is a manga series by Akira Toriyama. It first began its serialization in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1984.

The manga was later adapted into a multitude of animated series, movies, and games.

The franchise consists of five different anime series, about 21 animated movies, and around 10 games spanning various platforms, from Famicon to Playstation and Xbox.

Synopsis of the Dragon Ball anime:

Goku Son is a young boy who lives in the woods all alone—that is, until a girl named Bulma runs into him in her search for a set of magical objects called the “Dragon Balls.”

Since the artefacts are said to grant one wish to whoever collects all seven, Bulma hopes to gather them and wish for a perfect boyfriend.

Goku happens to be in possession of a dragon ball, but unfortunately for Bulma, he refuses to part ways with it, so she makes him a deal: he can tag along on her journey if he lets her borrow the dragon ball’s power.

With that, the two set off on the journey of a lifetime.

Source: livedoor