[Image via Akiba Souten]

It will never cease being amazing to see Masako Nozawa do the original Japanese voices of Goku, Gohan, and Goten. 

The 79-year-old began voicing Goku when the Dragon Ball anime started in 1986 and has been involved with the franchise ever since then, voicing a whole host of characters throughout the different series.

She’s also voiced characters in other iconic anime and is one of the most famous voice actresses in Japan. 

Recently, her working methods were shown on Japanese TV. Nozawa talked about how she doesn’t do any prep work to voice the characters, but just gets into it. 


When asked how she separates the performances, she replied, “I look at the animation. I look at the animation, and if Goku is talking, then the dialogue as Goku quickly comes out, and when it changes to Goten, then I quickly change to Goten.”

She makes switching from character to character in the same scene look easy. No doubt, it’s not! Doing that and making them believable takes a special skill.

The latest Dragon Ball Super episodes are broadcasted on Sunday morning in Japan. You can follow the show’s official Twitter here


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