All three of these series—Naruto, One Piece, and Dragon Ball—share the fact that the lead characters are voiced by women. Still going strong after decades of work.
At the 71st Kan Kikuchi Prize Awards on Dec 1, 2023, Masako Nozawa, the voice behind the iconic character Son Goku, stated that she wants to continue voice acting until she’s 182 years old—that is, if she gets the chance to live until 182.
At present, she is 87 years old; therefore, she is essentially stating that she wants to work for an additional 95 years.
Nozawa is a legend in the Japanese voice acting industry, so much so that Luffy’s voice actor, Mayumi Tanaka once said that if something were to happen to hear, she wants Nozawa to voice Luffy.
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:
The story of Dragon Ball follows the life of Son Goku, a monkey-tailed boy loosely based on the traditional Chinese folk tale Journey to the West, from his life and adventures as a child all the way up to being a grandfather.
During his life, he fights many battles and eventually becomes (arguably) the strongest martial artist in the universe. He is not without help, however: the comic boasts a large ensemble cast of martial artist heroes and villains which provide the conflict that drives the story.