Piccolo’s Voice Actor Toshio Furukawa Reacts To Akira Toriyama’s Death

He shares in his statement that the very first thought that came into his mind was how devastated Masako Nozawa must have been.


Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama has stated twice that Piccolo is his favorite character, followed by Goku. So it’s no wonder he’d be close to the voice actor behind the character.

Toshio Furukawa took to Twitter on Mar 8, 2024, to express his condolences to the late legend. He shares in his statement that the very first thought that came into his mind was how devastated Masako Nozawa (Goku’s VA) must have been and he showed concern for his fellow actor.

He ended his statement by saying the tears wouldn’t stop no matter how much time passes…

“My manager brought the news of Akira Toriyama-sensei‘s passing to me by saying: “you’re only the second one I’m telling this to, right after Mako-san [ed. note: Masako Nozawa], but…” The very first thought that popped into my head was “I wonder how Mako-san must be feeling right now?!” Dragon Ball is Mako-san‘s life work, to the point that Goku is practically a part of her. Even more than Piccolo is a part of me!

The advance screening of Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero just before the general opening was the last time I ever saw him. I hereby express my deepest condolences.

As time passes, tears can’t stop falling…”

(Toshio Furukawa at San Diego Comic-Con)

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: Toshio Furukawa’s Official Twitter