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Cast Guide


The term seiyū (声優) is used when referring to a Japanese voice actor/actress, but to make sure there is no confusion, we will simply refer to them as voice actors. Being a voice actor is a respectable profession in Japan and most popular voice actors have a large fan base. In fact, many fans will watch a specific anime just to hear their favorite voice actor. Even so, most voice actors do not depend solely on anime work for regular income. Many do voice work for TV, movies, documentaries, educational programs, CD dramas, radio, commercials, and video games.

Good voice actors convey a lot of emotion in the way they speak. You don’t have to know the language to detect that disturbing hint of menace in a villain’s voice or to appreciate the rage-filled battle cry of a righteous warrior. The voice actor makes a huge difference when a manga is being brought to life as an anime. Good voice actor also utilize great versatility to adapt to multiple types of characters. For example, you may not know it but the man who voiced Pilaf also provided the voice of Raditz, which were total opposites. These voice actors have the ability to provide voices so different, you can hardly tell they belong to the same person.

Voice actors are more likely to branch into music than anything else, often singing the opening or closing themes of shows in which their character stars. More recently, voice actors have begun to release image songs, songs that are sung in character but aren’t included in the anime. Popular anime series spin off all kinds of fan merchandise including CD music albums that carry these character “image songs”.

In the end, anime without its voice actors is nothing but mere silence. Luckily for us, Dragon Ball had one of the most diverse casts assembled at the time, allowing it to still have an impact with audiences today. Please remember that all sections of this guide are organized with respect to the Romanized spellings of the Japanese voice actors.

Complete Cast Listing

Is your favorite voice actor not listed below in the cast biographies? Well don’t worry, we’ve compiled all of the voice actors and their Dragon Ball credits right here. These credits include: the TV Series, Public Service videos, Visual Guide videos, all 16 theatrical films, the 10th Anniversary movie, and the Jump Super Anime Tour special.

Cast Biographies

Follow the links below to view biographies of your favorite voice actor. Each biography will present you with personal information, notes, DragonBall credits, and notable anime credits. Please remember that this section is organized with respect to the fully Romanized spellings of the Japanese voice actor.

Aomori, Shin (青森 伸)

20 October 1941
Birthdate
Aomori Prefecture
Birthplace
Sigma Seven
Casting Group
He made his Dragon Ball debut as Metallic, the guardian of the Muscle Tower’s third floor during the Red Ribbon Army arc. He would go on to voice the role of Chī-Shinron in Dragon Ball GT, though he is probably most well known for his role as Kaiōshin’s trustworthy bodyguard, Kibito.

Aono, Takeshi (青野 武)

19 June 1936
Birthdate
Asahikawa, Hokkaido
Birthplace
Aoni Production
Casting Group
A truly gifted voice actor, Aono was the one and only voice of Piccolo Daimaō and God! He would also voice the role of Shen, the human possessed by God during the 23rd Tenka’ichi Budōkai. Although before those larger roles, he was the humorous voice of Ninja Murasaki.

Chiba, Shigeru (千葉 繁)

04 February 1954
Birthdate
Kumamoto Prefecture
Birthplace
81 Produce
Casting Group
A truly gifted and absolutely hilarious actor! He initially starts off as the comedic villain Pilaf, but will later show his incredible range by playing the deadly serious (and deep voiced) Raditz in early Dragon Ball Z. He also plays a handful of minor roles, and plays the TV version of Garlic Jr. Even with a long absence in late Dragon Ball Z, he returned in GT to reprise his role as Pilaf!

Emori, Hiroko (江森浩子)

27 January 1961
Birthdate
Kumagaya, Saitama
Birthplace
Aoni Production
Casting Group
The one and only voice of Tenshinhan’s white bald-headed friend, Chiaotzu. She would go on to voice some minor roles in the series, such as a phantom in early Dragon Ball Z, Bulma’s Mom, and Idasa’s Mom during the Majin Boo arc. She sould later came back to reprise her role as Chiaotzu in Dragon Ball Kai.

Fujimoto, Takahiro (藤本たかひろ)

07 December 1973
Birthdate
Tokyo Metropolitan area
Birthplace
Aoni Production
Casting Group
His first Dragon Ball related role was that of a reporter covering the opening of Mr. Satan’s hotel in the Jump Super Anime Tour special, “Heya! Son Goku and Friends Return!!”. He would later return to take over the roles of Umigame and Bubbles in Dragon Ball Kai.

Furukawa, Toshio (古川登志夫)

16 July 1946
Birthdate
Ohira, Tochigi
Birthplace
Aoni Production
Casting Group
The talented man responsible for the “eccentric” voice of General Blue. He would go on to play a few minor roles, but his most notable role was that of Piccolo (Ma Junior). In fact, he was the booming voice of Piccolo in all three series, from Dragon Ball episode 125 up until the very end in Dragon Ball GT episode 64.

Furuya, Tōru (古谷 徹)

31 July 1953
Birthdate
Yokohama, Kanagawa
Birthplace
Aoni Production
Casting Group
The one and only voice of Yamcha! Other than Yamcha, the only other character he ever voiced was Pack, who first appears in the Dragon Ball GT TV Special, and once again in Dragon Ball GT episode 64. He also sang an insert song as Yamcha for the series, which was featured in Dragon Ball episode 87, during his fight with Tenshinhan at the 22nd Tenka’ichi Budōkai.

Futamata, Issei (二又一成)

15 March 1955
Birthdate
Aomori Prefecture
Birthplace
Aoni Production
Casting Group
His one-time role in Dragon Ball as a Rabbit Gang Member was an interesting little cameo appearance. At the time of his cameo appearance, Issei Futamata was the main character of Maison Ikkoku (Godai Yusaku). Since Dr. Slump, Urusei Yatsura, Dragon Ball, and Maison Ikkoku pretty much all used the exact same casts, these little cameo roles were not uncommon.

Genda, Tesshō (玄田哲章)

20 May 1958
Birthdate
Okayama Prefecture
Birthplace
81 Produce
Casting Group
Although Shuu may always be considered his primary role, he has also done some other impressive voice work throughout Dragon Ball. This includes General White in Dragon Ball, as well as Bojack and Janenba in Dragon Ball Z Movies 9 and 12, respectively. He has also done some minor roles (such as the role of Suppaman), and returned as Shuu once again for GT.

Ginga, Banjō (銀河万丈)

12 November 1948
Birthdate
Kōfu, Yamanashi
Birthplace
Aoni Production
Casting Group
This gifted actor got his start in Dragon Ball as a throwaway character in episode 15, but would go on to play bigger roles such as Captain Silver of the Red Ribbon Army, Bora, and even briefly portrayed King Vegeta in his first TV appearance. He also played the voice of Tōro, the Kanassan who gives Bardock the ability to see into the future.

Gōri, Daisuke (郷里大輔)

08 February 1952
Birthdate
Kōtō Ward, Tokyo
Birthplace
Aoni Production
Casting Group
An incredible asset to the world of Dragon Ball, this man has provided voices for a whole pile of major and minor characters. Although he plays more serious roles, his voice is comical in nature, providing some funny scenes. Some of his more recognizable work includes Umigame, Gyūmaō, Drum, Enma-daiō, Vinegar, the original King Cold, and Mister Satan!

Hayami, Shō (速水 奨)

02 August 1958
Birthdate
Takasago, Hyōgo
Birthplace
Office Osawa
Casting Group
The man responsible for the original smooth and suave voice of Freeza’s right-hand man Zarbon in Dragon Ball Z. He later went on to voice Sauzer, Coola’s right-hand man in Dragon Ball Z Movie 5. With no other smooth-talking henchmen roles left in the series, he left with these being his only Dragon Ball related roles.

Hirano, Aya (平野 綾)

08 October 1987
Birthdate
Nagoya, Aichi
Birthplace
Space Craft Produce
Casting Group
Hirano is a young, and quite famous, seiyū and J-Pop artist in Japan. She is most known for voicing the role of Haruhi Suzumiya in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya anime series. She signed on to voice the role of Dende in Dragon Ball Kai, replacing the late Suzuki Tomiko who originally voiced Dende in Dragon Ball Z.

Hirano, Masato (平野正人)

16 November 1955
Birthdate
Hachimantai, Iwate
Birthplace
Aoni Production
Casting Group
Making his Dragon Ball debut as a random villager in the first movie, “The Legend of Shenlong”, he would go on to play an assortment of minor roles right up to early Dragon Ball GT. His most notable roles were Piano during the Piccolo Daimaō arc, and Neiz from Dragon Ball Z Movie 5, “The Incredible Strongest vs Strongest”.

Honda, Chieko (本多知恵子)

28 March 1963
Birthdate
Nagano, Nagano
Birthplace
Max Mix
Casting Group
Although she only has the one small role of a villager’s daughter targeted by Oolong in Dragon Ball, she is a very successful actress who has had major roles in many different animes. Some of her future work would include major roles in Full Moon wo Sagashite, Kimagure Orange Road, Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Sailor Moon S, and Ys.

Hori, Hideyuki (堀 秀行)

23 March 1954
Birthdate
Tokyo Metropolitan area
Birthplace
Aoni Production
Casting Group
The one and only voice of the captain of the Ginyu Special-Squad, Ginyu. While this was his only Dragon Ball related role, he was one of the most successful seiyū throughout the 80s and 90s, working on many series and video games alongside his brother Yukitoshi Hori, a fellow seiyū.

Hori, Yukitoshi (堀 之紀)

12 September 1952
Birthdate
Tokyo Metropolitan area
Birthplace
Aoni Production
Casting Group
Although he’s best known for Dodoria, he’s also provided a handful of other voices for semi-major roles throughout the series. These included Sansho in the first Dragon Ball Z movie, Medamaccha in the fourth Dragon Ball Z movie, Artificial Human No. 19, and Bon Para in Dragon Ball GT.

Horie, Mitsuko (堀江美都子)

08 March 1957
Birthdate
Yamato, Kanagawa
Birthplace
Aoni Production
Casting Group
This woman got her start as Obotchaman in Dr. Slump, and made a cameo appearance with most of the Dr. Slump cast in Dragon Ball episode 55. She would go on to play a larger role in the series as Bora’s son Upa, protector of the Karin Holy Land. However, in Japan she is more widely known for her singing skills than her work as a seiyū.

Horikawa, Ryō (堀川 亮)

01 February 1958
Birthdate
Ōsaka Metropolitan area
Birthplace
Aslead Company
Casting Group
He is known to fans everywhere as the voice of the prince of all Saiyans, Vegeta. In fact, that was his one and only Dragon Ball related role. Vegeta first appeared in Dragon Ball Z episode 5 and soon became a staple to the series until the very last episode of Dragon Ball GT. Horikawa would later return to reprise his role as Vegeta in Dragon Ball Kai.

Īzuka, Shōzō (飯塚昭三)

23 May 1933
Birthdate
Iwaki, Fukushima
Birthplace
Sigma Seven
Casting Group
The man responsible for the “kindhearted” voice of Artificial Human No. 8. He would go on to play a few minor roles, such as Pansy’s Dad in the first Dragon Ball movie and Mummy-kun during the Uranai Baba arc of the series. However, one of his most notable roles was that of the original Nappa in Dragon Ball Z.

Inada, Tetsu (稲田 徹)

01 July 1972
Birthdate
Hachiōji, Tokyo
Birthplace
Aoni Production
Casting Group
This talented man voiced numerous minor roles throughout Dragon Ball GT, including Lood, Vis, and Number 19. He would later return to take over the role of Nappa in Dragon Ball Kai, replacing Shōzō Īzuka who originally voiced Nappa in Dragon Ball Z.

Kawazu, Yasuhiko (川津泰彦)

21 January 1966
Birthdate
Tokyo Metropolitan area
Birthplace
Aoni Production
Casting Group
This man voiced numerous minor roles throughout both Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT, most notably Caterpi, Frog, and Moa in Dragon Ball Z Movie 8. He later returned to take over the role of Mister Popo in Dragon Ball Kai, replacing the late Toku Nishio who had originally voiced Mister Popo the first time around.

Kishio, Daisuke (岸尾だいすけ)

28 March 1974
Birthdate
Matsusaka, Mie
Birthplace
Haikyo
Casting Group
He took over the role of Jheese in Dragon Ball Kai, replacing the late Kazumi Tanaka who originally voiced the character in Dragon Ball Z. He has been involved in numerous other anime series including Duel Masters, Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, Robotboy, and Tytania.

Kobayashi, Michitaka (小林通孝)

28 August 1955
Birthdate
Mobara, Chiba
Birthplace
Aoni Production
Casting Group
Kobayashi had a handful of uninteresting roles in early Dragon Ball, and would play his final role as a random soldier in Dragon Ball episode 50. Outside of Dragon Ball he has a good amount of credits to his name, but they are mostly bit-parts unworthy of mention. His most notable role to date would probably be Yassop (Ussop’s father) in the One Piece anime series.

Konishi, Katsuyuki (小西克幸)

21 April 1973
Birthdate
Wakayama, Wakayama
Birthplace
Ken Productions
Casting Group
He took over the role of Ginyu in Dragon Ball Kai, replacing Hideyuki Hori who originally voiced the character in Dragon Ball Z. He has been involved in numerous other anime series including Outlaw Star, Shaman King, Samurai Deeper Kyo, Bleach, and D.Gray-man.

Koyama, Mami (小山茉美)

17 January 1955
Birthdate
Nishio, Aichi
Birthplace
Aoni Production
Casting Group
An extremely fine and talented actress, she plays the role of Lunch throughout Dragon Ball and some early Dragon Ball Z episodes. In addition to Lunch she also voices the main character Pasta in the first Dragon Ball movie, a friendly police officer in the Public Service Video “Goku’s Traffic Safety”, and of course she reprised her role as Norimaki Arale from Dr. Slump.

Kusao, Takeshi (草尾 毅)

20 November 1965
Birthdate
Saitama Prefecture
Birthplace
Aoni Production
Casting Group
The one and only voice of the mysterious boy from the future, Trunks. He originally provided the voice of the orphan Pigero early on in DragonB all Z, but his main and only other role in the series’ was Trunks, both as a child and a teenager. Other than Trunks, he is most well known for voicing Sakuragi Hanamichi, the protagonist of the Slam Dunk anime series.

Midorikawa, Hikaru (緑川 光)

02 May 1968
Birthdate
Otawara, Tochigi
Birthplace
Aoni Production
Casting Group
He started out providing the voice for some minor roles in early Dragon Ball Z, but because of his unique voice, he quickly began to take on some more major roles. This included Cashew, Artificial Human No. 16, and Paikuhan. He later took over the role of Tenshinhan for the late Hirotaka Suzuoki in Dragon Ball Kai.

Miura, Hiroaki (三浦祥朗)

24 March 1977
Birthdate
Nagano Prefecture
Birthplace
Aoni Production
Casting Group
He took over the role of Zarbon in Dragon Ball Kai, replacing Shō Hayami who originally voiced Zarbon in Dragon Ball Z. Although he is a young seiyū, he has been involved in other popular series such as One Piece, Please Teacher!, and the latest Saint Seiya OVAs.

Miyauchi, Kōhei (宮内幸平)

04 August 1929
Birthdate
Kagoshima Prefecture
Birthplace
Aoni Production
Casting Group
The original voice of the perverted Kame-Sen’nin! An amazing actor who could play his role very seriously or over-the-top silly, and still make it work. He’s definitely one of the true greats that we were lucky enough to hear so many times as a primary actor in the Dragon Ball series. Sadly, Miyauchi passed away in mid-1995.

Morita, Masakazu (森田成一)

21 October 1972
Birthdate
Sumida Ward, Tokyo
Birthplace
Aoni Production
Casting Group
His one and only role in the Dragon Ball series was as Vegeta’s little brother, Tarble, in the Jump Super Anime Tour special, “Heya! Son Goku and Friends Return!!”. His most notable role is that of Kurosaki Ichigo in the hit anime series Bleach, but he has also appeared in a number of other popular series.

Moriyama, Shūichirō (森山周一郎)

26 July 1934
Birthdate
Nagoya, Aichi
Birthplace
All Out Corp.
Casting Group
His one and only role throughout the entire Dragon Ball series was as the villain Gurumes in the first Dragon Ball movie, “The Legend of Shenlong”. Although his credits are few, he has appeared in some masterpieces, such as Arcadia of My Youth, Adieu Galaxy Express 999, and he even played the role of Porco Rosso in the Studio Ghibli production by the same name.

Muramatsu, Yasuo (村松康雄)

06 April 1933
Birthdate
Yamanashi Prefecture
Birthplace
Office KAORU
Casting Group
He played a nameless villager in Dragon Ball episode 4, never to be seen again. The rest of his voice acting career is almost as boring, landing some more minor roles in series such as A Dog of Flanders, Detective Conan, Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ, Vampire Hunter D, and yet another nameless role in Urusei Yatsura.

Nagai, Ichirō (永井一郎)

10 May 1931
Birthdate
Ikeda, Ōsaka
Birthplace
Aoni Production
Casting Group
He made his Dragon Ball debut as Karin-sama, the sage found atop Karin Tower. He also went on to voice the role of Tsuru-Sen’nin in the both the TV series and third Dragon Ball movie. Unfortunately, Nagai left the series after Dragon Ball Z episode 169 and did not return to reprise his role as Karin-sama in episode 241.

Nagasako, Takashi (長嶝高士)

24 February 1964
Birthdate
Wakayama Prefecture
Birthplace
Arts Vision
Casting Group
A veteran seiyū who was brought on to take over the role of Dodoria in Dragon Ball Kai, replacing Yukitoshi Hori who had originally voiced Dodoria in Dragon Ball Z. He has been involved in numerous other anime series including One Piece, Naruto, Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, Bleach, and D.Gray-man.

Nakano, Seiko (中野聖子)

02 August 1952
Birthdate
Hiroshima Prefecture
Birthplace
81 Produce
Casting Group
Although she only had a couple small roles in early Dragon Ball, we can at least give her credit with being the original voice of Gatchan from Dr. Slump – Arale-chan. She would reprise the role for a handful of episodes in early Dragon Ball, although she received no credit. She did, however, receive her much deserved credit as Gatchan in the third Dragon Ball movie.

Nakao, Ryūsei (中尾隆聖)

05 February 1951
Birthdate
Tokyo Metropolitan area
Birthplace
81 Produce
Casting Group
The one and only chilling voice of the most feared villain in the universe, Freeza! Prior to voicing Freeza, he provided the voice of Piccolo Daimaō’s henchman Tambourine in Dragon Ball, but would go on to also voice Freeza’s older brother Coola in Dragon Ball Z movies 5 & 6.

Naya, Gorō (納谷悟朗)

17 November 1929
Birthdate
Hakodate, Hokkaido
Birthplace
Unknown
Casting Group
His one and only role throughout the entire Dragon Ball series was as the henchman Bongo in the first Dragon Ball movie, “The Legend of Shenlong”. However, he has received plenty of credits for playing the role of Inspector Zenigata throughout all the Lupin III TV series, specials, and movies (not counting “The Fuma Conspiracy”).

Nishio, Toku (西尾 徳)

12 September 1939
Birthdate
Gifu Prefecture
Birthplace
Haikyo
Casting Group
He provied the original unmistakable voice of God’s attendant and friend, Mister Popo, throughout the series and in his only movie appearance. He would later go on to provide the voice for South Kaio in Dragon Ball Z. Though sadly, Toku Nishio passed away on 19 July 2005.

Nozawa, Masako (野沢雅子)

25 October 1936
Birthdate
Tokyo Metropolitan area
Birthplace
Office Nozawa
Casting Group
An actress all Dragon Ball fans should be very familiar with! Nozawa is of course the voice of Son Goku, and eventually becomes the voice for both Goku’s sons, Son Gohan and Son Goten. She is the most credited seiyū in the world of Dragon Ball, having been credited in every single piece of Dragon Ball animation (that’s 530+ credits)!

Numata, Yūsuke (沼田祐介)

10 June 1968
Birthdate
Kanagawa Prefecture
Birthplace
Aoni Production
Casting Group
He started out voicing minor roles in Dragon Ball Z, such as the brothers Ikose and Idasa, and the fighter Jewel. He finally caught a break when he was cast to voice the role of the Tsufruian Baby in Dragon Ball GT. He later returned to Dragon Ball to voice Avo in the Jump Super Anime Tour special, “Heya! Son Goku and Friends Return!!”.

Onosaka, Masaya (小野坂昌也)

13 October 1964
Birthdate
Sumiyoshi Ward, Ōsaka
Birthplace
Aoni Production
Casting Group
A veteran seiyū who was brought on to take over the role of Butta in Dragon Ball Kai, replacing Yukimasa Kishino who had originally voiced the character in Dragon Ball Z. He has been involved in numerous other anime series including Trigun, Cardcaptor Sakura, The Prince of Tennis, Kinnikuman Nisei, and Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo.

Ōtake, Hiroshi (大竹 宏)

14 March 1932
Birthdate
Kanagawa Prefecture
Birthplace
Gin Production
Casting Group
This man had a number of minor roles throughout Dragon Ball, including Boss Rabit and Suke-san (aka: Mr. Invisible). He also reprised his role as Niko-chan Daiō from Dr. Slump – Arale-chan.

Ōtomo, Ryūzaburō (大友龍三郎)

18 May 1952
Birthdate
Tokyo Metropolitan area
Birthplace
Aoni Production
Casting Group
Most well known for his low voice and shrill laugh, he often voices calm, violent, and sneaky characters. This includes Dabra in Dragon Ball Z and Ryū-Shinron in Dragon Ball GT. In general, he took over many of the late Daisuke Gōri’s original roles from Dragon Ball Z in Dragon Ball Kai, including King Cold and Gyūmaō.

Ōtsuka, Chikao (大塚周夫)

05 July 1929
Birthdate
Tokyo Metropolitan area
Birthplace
Aoni Production
Casting Group
A great seiyū who had one major role during the Red Ribbon Army arc of Dragon Ball, Tao Pai-pai. Though he wouldn’t go on to voice any other Dragon Ball characters, his talents have been utilized in many other anime series, video games, and Japanese dubs.

Sasaki, Seiji (佐々木誠二)

11 January
Birthdate
Saitama Prefecture
Birthplace
Gekidan Subaru
Casting Group
A veteran seiyū and stage actor who was brought on to take over the role of Recoom in Dragon Ball Kai, replacing Kenji Utsumi who had originally voiced the character in Dragon Ball Z. He has been involved in numerous other anime series including One Piece, Hajime no Ippo, Fullmetal Alchemist, Samurai 7, and Samurai Champloo.

Satō, Masaharu (佐藤正治)

01 July 1946
Birthdate
Ōta Ward, Tokyo
Birthplace
Aoni Production
Casting Group
One of the primary “background actors” throughout Dragon Ball, this man has a plethora of minor credits, including some more prominent ones such as the Saber Tiger, Assistant Black, Sno’s Father, and Gozu. In addition to this, he also served as a replacement actor for such characters as the Eldest, Shenlong, and Kame-Sen’nin.

Satō, Satomi (佐藤聡美)

08 May 1986
Birthdate
Sendai, Miyagi
Birthplace
Aoni Production
Casting Group
She took over the role of Cargo in Dragon Ball Kai, replacing the late Tomiko Suzuki who originally voiced Cargo in Dragon Ball Z. Although she is a young seiyū, she has been involved in other popular series such as GeGeGe no Kitaro, Hyakko, and K-On!.

Shimamoto, Sumi (島本須美)

08 December 1954
Birthdate
Kōchi Prefecture
Birthplace
Unknown
Casting Group
At the time of her cameo appearance (28 May 1986) in Dragon Ball as a mermaid, Sumi Shimamoto was the main character of Maison Ikkoku (Otonashi Kyoko). Although Otonashi Kyoko was a fantastic role for Shimamoto, she will probably be forever known as Nausicaä from Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind.

Shō, Mayumi (荘 真由美)

05 February 1965
Birthdate
Tokyo Metropolitan area
Birthplace
KeKKe Corporation
Casting Group
She provided the original voice of Chi-Chi, but left after Dragon Ball Z episode 66, partway into the Freeza arc. The role of Chi-Chi was then taken over by Naoko Watanabe starting with Dragon Ball Z episode 88. In addition to Chi-Chi, Mayumi Shō also provided the one-time voice of filler character Princess Misa in Dragon Ball episode 81.

Sugiyama, Kazuko (杉山佳寿子)

09 April 1947
Birthdate
Nagoya, Aichi
Birthplace
Aoni Production
Casting Group
Although she only had the one small role of Captain Violet in Dragon Ball, she is a fairly successful seiyū. Her most notable roles are that of Ten-chan in Urusei Yatsura and Kimidori Akane in Dr. Slump – Arale-chan. She did return to reprise her role as Kimidori Akane in early Dragon Ball, during the throwback to Dr. Slump.

Suzuki, Reiko (鈴木れい子)

15 August 1944
Birthdate
Tokyo Metropolitan area
Birthplace
ARTS VISION
Casting Group
After her initial start as the old lady from the village terrorized by Oolong who gives Bulma the Six-Star Ball, she would return to later play Sno’s Mother during the “Muscle Tower” portion of the series. After one more small role a little later on, as well as a relatively small part in the first Dragon Ball movie, she never returned to do any future voices.

Suzuki, Tomiko (鈴木富子)

03 January 1956
Birthdate
Aichi Prefecture
Birthplace
Aoni Production
Casting Group
Although she gets her start as some nameless villager in the village terrorized by Oolong, she will go on to play some pretty major roles throughout the series. After a couple more small roles during Dragon Ball, she finally hit it big by landing the role of Dende throughout almost all of Dragon Ball Z (she would be replaced for the last couple episodes, as well as in GT).

Suzuoki, Hirotaka (鈴置洋孝)

06 March 1950
Birthdate
Nagoya, Aichi
Birthplace
Ken Productions
Casting Group
The original voice of Tenshinhan! He went on to voice the small alien announcer during the Afterlife Tournament arc, the Tenka’ichi Budōkai Announcer during the Majin Boo arc, and eventually Ū-Shinron in Dragon Ball GT. Sadly, he passed away on 06 August 2006 as a result of lung cancer.

Takato, Yasuhiro (高戸靖広)

23 January 1968
Birthdate
Okayama Prefecture
Birthplace
Aoni Production
Casting Group
He took over the role of Gurd in Dragon Ball Kai, replacing Kōzō Shioya who had originally voiced the character in Dragon Ball Z. He has been involved in numerous other anime series including Sailor Moon, One Piece, Fullmetal Alchemist, Desert Punk, and Gegege no Kitaro.

Takemoto, Eiji (竹本英史)

07 March 1973
Birthdate
Yamaguchi Prefecture
Birthplace
Aoni Production
Casting Group
His first Dragon Ball related role was as the manager of Mr. Satan’s hotel in the Jump Super Anime Tour special, “Heya! Son Goku and Friends Return!!”. He later returned to take over the role of Kewi in Dragon Ball Kai, replacing Kōji Totani who had originally voiced Kewi in Dragon Ball Z.

Tanaka, Kazumi (田中和実)

11 August 1951
Birthdate
Suginami Ward, Tokyo
Birthplace
Aoni Production
Casting Group
Making his Dragon Ball debut as a random villager in the first movie, “The Legend of Shenlong”, he would go on to play an assortment of minor roles right up to mid-Dragon Ball GT. Although most of his roles were just bit-parts, he did score a decent role as Jheese during the Freeza arc of Dragon Ball Z.

Tanaka, Mayumi (田中真弓)

15 January 1955
Birthdate
Tokyo Metropolitan area
Birthplace
Aoni Production
Casting Group
The one and only voice of Kuririn! In addition to Kuririn, she would also provide the voice for Yajirobe and serve as a replacement voice for Uranai Baba in late Dragon Ball Z. Mayumi Tanaka’s unique and instantly recognizable voice makes her highly sought after in the world of voice acting. Of course, she will forever be known as portraying Monkey D. Luffy in the One Piece anime.

Tanaka, Ryōichi (田中亮一)

26 January 1947
Birthdate
Suginami Ward, Tokyo
Birthplace
Aoni Production
Casting Group
This man would have a slew of small roles right up through early Dragon Ball Z. His most famous role in Dragon Ball would definitely have to be the little ghost who lives with Uranai Baba and acts as referee during the fight with Baba’s warriors. Unfortunately, the character never shows up again beyond that small arc, but he was still very funny nonetheless.

Tatsuta, Naoki (龍田直樹)

08 September 1950
Birthdate
Naga, Wakayama
Birthplace
Aoni Production
Casting Group
Although he’s best known for Oolong, he’s also done a handful of minor roles throughout the series. With his unique voice, he seems to be best suited towards playing animals, and ends up doing not only everybody’s favorite pig, but also Bubbles the monkey and Hire Dragon. Technically his largest role next to Oolong would be Yamu from late Dragon Ball Z.

Totani, Kōji (戸谷公次)

12 July 1948
Birthdate
Nagoya, Aichi
Birthplace
Aoni Production
Casting Group
Although he has almost 20 roles throughout the various Dragon Ball series and movies they are mostly just bit-parts of some very rarely re-occurring characters. His most notable roles would have to be Dracula Man, Mezu, Kewi, Don Kia, and Ginger in the first Dragon Ball Z movie.

Tsuru, Hiromi (鶴 ひろみ)

29 March 1960
Birthdate
Yokohama, Kanagawa
Birthplace
Aoni Production
Casting Group
The woman responsible for the voice of Bulma throughout the entire series. She’s an excellent actress who always seems to know the right notes for a difficult character like Bulma. In addition to Bulma, Tsuru also provided the voice for Bulma’s daughter, Bra, in late Dragon Ball Z and throughout the entirety Dragon Ball GT.

Utsumi, Kenji (内海賢二)

26 August 1937
Birthdate
Kitakyūshū, Fukuoka
Birthplace
Ken Productions
Casting Group
The original voice of Shenlong, he would go on to play a number of fantastic roles throughout Dragon Ball, including the original Budōkai Announcer (for the 21st, 22nd, and 23rd), Commander Red, Mutaito, and Recoom. His most famous role would have to be as Norimaki Senbe from the original Dr. Slump – Arale-chan anime series.

Wakamoto, Norio (若本規夫)

18 October 1945
Birthdate
Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi
Birthplace
Sigma Seven
Casting Group
Norio Wakamoto is a policeman turned voice actor, known for playing grandiose voiced villains, including the wicked Cell in Dragon Ball Z. In fact, he’s so good at what he does he transcends most language barriers and is as well known around the world as he is in Japan. Wakamoto would later return to reprise his role as Cell in Dragon Ball Kai.

Watanabe, Naoko (渡辺菜生子)

21 November 1959
Birthdate
Suginami Ward, Tokyo
Birthplace
Aoni Production
Casting Group
Although her first role in the series was as Yamcha’s little sidekick Pu’er, she eventually would go on to replace Mayumi Shō as Chi-Chi in Dragon Ball Z episode 88. Although she would later land some decent roles in various animes, playing Pu’er, Sno, and Chi-Chi are definitely the current highlights of her career.

Yamada, Eiko (山田栄子)

13 June 1954
Birthdate
Yokohama, Kanagawa
Birthplace
Aoni Production
Casting Group
Sadly, Yamada’s one and only role was Pilaf’s sidekick, Mai. Although it would have been nice to see her get some more major roles in Dragon Ball Z, we should all feel satisfied that we at least got to hear her wonderful voice acting throughout the Dragon Ball anime. She even returned six years after Dragon Ball had ended to reprise her role as Mai in Dragon Ball GT.

Yanami, Jōji (八奈見乗児)

30 August 1931
Birthdate
Tokyo Metropolitan area
Birthplace
Aoni Production
Casting Group
Another voice that should be familiar to all Dragon Ball fans! Yanami serves as the Narrator for the entire series, and even does some other major voice work throughout, although he’s rarely credited for it. Some of his other work includes Dr. Brief (uncredited), the King (uncredited), Kaiō (only credited for a couple episodes), and even Bobbidi (uncredited).