The original Japanese voice of Goku discusses playing the iconic Super Saiyan for over 30 years.
The upcoming film Dragon Ball Super: Broly is the twentieth movie in the Dragon Ball franchise, and the first in the Dragon Ball Super series. Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama is heavily involved in the writing and character design of the film, and will give us a fresh new take on Broly--the main villain of the film who will face off against Vegeta, Frieza, and Goku.
Legendary voice actress Masako Nozawa, who has voiced Goku since 1986, will play the role once again in the new film. During a panel for Dragon Ball Super: Broly at New York Comic Con, Nozawa told a crowd of fans to expect a lot of action and top-notch fighting scenes in the new movie. She also sat down with GameSpot at New York Comic Con to talk about the new film and how she feels about Goku after all these years.
How does it feel going back and being a part of a reimagined take on Broly?
Masako Nozawa: So, in the Dragon Ball universe, I have what I call the family. And I feel like Broly, even though whether they're a villain or not, that he is kind of part of this original family, so that's kind of this interrelationship I have with him.
What can you tell us about Goku in Dragon Ball Super: Broly?
I think in terms of Goku, he really hasn't changed his goal and what drives him to make this world a better place. That is a constant throughout all the Gokus in the past.
Can you say anything about Frieza in this new movie?
I think Goku might consider Frieza almost like a friend at this point, and he's who pulls Frieza up. But [Frieza’s] he's another helpless guy, he's a selfish guy, he's kind of helpless sometimes.
How do you feel about Goku after all these years?
I think Goku really is kind of like a clone of myself, and he always has been. I think he will continue to be.
What was it like playing a dark version of Goku with Goku Black on Dragon Ball Super?
I think a lot of talent, they really try to get into the character and really focus in their minds. But with me, I saw the image, the character design of Goku Black. That's how I kind of get into character, I see what the illustration looks like and then figure out how I should act from there.
Which version of Goku has been your favorite to play? Being serious, being silly, or some kind of other version?
I think for me, I love Goku when he's helping people. And I know it's not... he's always helping people, he doesn't help people with the intent of going out to help someone, he just does it so naturally; and his nonchalant way of just bringing everyone around him up is the aspect I love about Goku the most. He just wants peace, that's all he wants.
And lastly, do you think that Goku is Vegeta's secret best friend but Vegeta's too proud to admit it?
Oh yeah. Vegeta would never accept that, but yeah.
Dragon Ball Super: Broly hits U.S. and Canadian theaters on January 16, 2019. Before you watch the film, you can catch up on Dragon Ball Super in Japanese on Crunchyroll and in English on Funimation. You can also watch our interview with Sean Schemmel, the english voice of Goku, where he discussed Dragon Ball Super: Broly at SDCC 2018.