Legendary voice actress Masako Nozawa has been honored with two Guinness World Records. An award ceremony was held at Bandai Namco headquarters on January 31, 2017, to celebrate her accomplishments. Kiyoshi Hikawa, who sings the new opening theme song for Dragon Ball Super, also showed up at the ceremony.
Masako Nozawa has been voicing Son Goku for the video games adaptations of the Dragon Ball series for a long time. Nozawa has broken two world records for the ‘Longest time in the same videogame role’ and the ‘Longest-serving videogame voice actor.’ Nozawa first voiced Son Goku for Dragon Ball Z Super Butōden in March, 1993, and she has recently voiced the same character in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 and Super Dragon Ball Heroes. In total, she has voiced the game versions of Goku for 23 years and 218 days.
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Kiyoshi Hikawa, who sings the opening theme song Genkai Toppa × Survivor for the TV anime Dragon Ball Super, also attended the ceremony. As a Dragon Ball fan, Hikawa said that it was the happiest moment in his life when he got offered the role to sing the theme song.
Nozawa, on the other hand, showed her side as a fan of Hikawa, saying ‘I have liked him since his debut. I’m glad I have continued voicing for such a long time.’ They both looked happy to be in the presence of each other. In addition, the original writer of Dragon Ball, Akira Toriyama, has shown his happiness for Nozawa’s achievement, ‘I’m very happy. This moment will be my treasure.’
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Nozawa shared her secret to voicing for such a long time: ‘I take it easy and I say to myself that everything will go well as long as I am alive.’ She also said a line in Goku’s voice: ‘Ossu! I’m Goku. I’m surprised I could continue voicing this long. I still have a lot of energy so I will continue more and more like a hundred years! Please follow me!’
Okay, last one: Masako Nozawa and Kiyoshi Hikawa doing a Kamehameha. pic.twitter.com/BhG0XcrLYm
— Ajay (@AnimeAjay) January 30, 2017
TV Anime ‘Dragon Ball Super’
New series ‘Universe Survival Arc (Uchuu Survival Hen)’ starts February 5, 2017.
Kiyoshi Hikawa – Genkai Toppa × Survivor (TV size)
Released: February 5, 2017
Price: Single Full Song: 239 yen/Chaku-Uta Full, 300 yen/Chaku-Uta 100 yen/Melody Call and Machi-uta: 100 yen (*Tax is not included)