Nozawa: It really doesn’t.
Toriyama: It might be because I often have the pleasure of seeing you on TV.
■ Playing Goku for the first time in a long while
Interviewer: It’s been 17 years, hasn’t it?
Nozawa: In terms of big things, then yes. It’s been 17 years.
1Interviewer: How would you describe Nozawa-san‘s style of Son Goku?
1Toriyama: Really, it would be presumptuous of me to say something like that!
Toriyama: I’ve said this many times, but in drawing [Dragon Ball] for such a long time, only your voice would come to mind, Nozawa-san, so as far as I’m concerned, it’s something that’s perfectly normal, I guess you could say.1
Interviewer: During the serialization.
Toriyama: Yes. I’d remember, “Ah, surely Goku has this kind of voice.” And it really is true for your voice, Nozawa-san. Would you mind doing a bit in Goku’s voice?
Nozawa: Like, “Kamehameha”?
Toriyama, Interviewer: Ohhh~.
■ What is Son Goku to Toriyama-sensei?
Nozawa: A strong person like this would absolutely show off that “I’m strong”, wouldn’t they? But [Goku] would absolutely not come out with that, would he? I’m always saying this to everyone, but the world would be an incredibly nice place if it were full of people like Goku.
Toriyama: I have a feeling that the world wouldn’t operate very well. (laughs)
■ In what ways are Son Goku and Toriyama-sensei similar?
1Nozawa: You’re God in this world though, Toriyama-sensei. Right?
1Toriyama: But I’m not all high-and-mighty or anything!
1Nozawa: No, no. I think that “Akira Toriyama equals Son Goku”, all the time, as far as I’m concerned.
Nozawa: I think I’m similar to Goku, as well. I feel that Goku equals me, all the time. Except, my hair doesn’t do this. (traces a jagged outline above her head)
Toriyama: It can’t do that. (laughs)
Nozawa: Hahahaha. (laughs)
Interviewer: Is he something like a part of you, now?
Nozawa: He really is; he’s my alter-ego. We live together. So, what I’d really like to do is just shoot a Kamehameha out in the world or something, like, “GAAA—”. I’m always thinking that in my heart of hearts. (laughs)
Toriyama: That’s a pattern I often think about, as well. (laughs)
Nozawa: I would certainly like to fire one off. Yes indeed.
■ About Son Goku’s growth
Toriyama: Ahh, that’s so much better than the creator’s answer. (laughs)
Nozawa: Hahahaha. (laughs)
Toriyama: It certainly is, though, maybe. He doesn’t seem like he’s grown, but in that sense, he certainly has.
Nozawa: I think he absolutely has.
■ About differentiating the roles of Goku, Gohan and Goten
Nozawa: Normally, that would be true. Normally, you would record Goku together with everyone. Then next, record Gohan alone. And then one more time, record Goten. But in my case, I recorded them together.
Toriyama: All their voices, right there?! Changing them?!
Nozawa: Yes. I changed them [on the fly].
Toriyama: That’s incredible.
Nozawa: People often ask me, “How do you change them?” but I myself don’t change them deliberately. When the image starts talking, I get right into it, just like that.
Toriyama: Just by feel…! The voices are clearly a bit different, aren’t they. [Recorded] all at once… (amazed)
Nozawa: Goku is the star, of course, and Gohan is also the star in a way, isn’t he? Before Z started, all the voice actors went out together on a houseboat. At that time, everybody on board was going, “Pretty soon, someone called Gohan will be showing up,” and doing a voice for Gohan along with the flow of that.
Toriyama: Ahh. Just going with the flow. (laughs)
Nozawa: [They were going,] “I’m Gohan. Nice to meet you~”.
Nozawa: So, the day of [recording] Z‘s first episode, Until that day, I didn’t know [I had been cast]. When I got the script, it had “Goku, Gohan” written in a row, and below it was written “Masako Nozawa”. And then, next to that was the next person. I thought, “Huh? What’s happened here?” So I called over (the producer at the time), “Morishita-san,” and he said, “What?” I asked him, “Who’s this [supposed to be]? There’s a mistake over here. I’m here (with Goku), right, but there’s no name with Gohan, next to it. Who goes here?” and he said, “That’s you, Nozawa-san“. “What? Me?” “Yes, you, Nozawa-san.” And I just went, “Ehhhh~~?!”
Toriyama: Wow… that’s amazing.
Nozawa: I just couldn’t be happier. This sort of thing [usually] isn’t possible in this business. And so, I had the privilege of doing Goten, as well.
■ Episodes from recording Battle of Gods
Toriyama: It’s not like Goku.
Nozawa: I said, “Please let me record one more time,” and I recorded it with a bit of energy. But I [still] couldn’t accept it, so I said, “Would you allow me to record just one more time? This how Goku is in my mind,” and recorded it like that. And then [he said], “that really was the best one.” I was truly glad to have been able to get them to record it.
■ About Battle of Gods
Nozawa: It was enjoyable, wasn’t it.
Toriyama: Of course, my saying it was enjoyable is singing my own praises. (laughs)
Nozawa: No, no, no! It really is “Sensei‘s world~!”
Interviewer: This time, it seems that you were truly deeply involved, from the story onwards. Was it tough having so many characters appear?
Toriyama: Since before Beerus, that many of them… you know. (laughs)
Nozawa: It is tough~!
Toriyama: Although, I came to the recording, and there were quite a few people where it was over with that had just a few words. (laughs wryly)
Nozawa: But even so, Sensei, they were really happy.
Toriyama: Oh, really?!
Nozawa: Just the fact that they would be “appearing”. That they would be “in the picture”. That’s an incredible joy in everyone’s mind.
■ About Beerus
Toriyama: That’s right; the strongest in the universe, as a matter of fact, since there’s nothing higher.
Interviewer: Incidentally, creating characters must be difficult….
Toriyama: It is difficult. I’ve already gotten to the point where I’m pretty much at my limit to making them look strong.
Nozawa: Every time, it’s “strongest”, “strongest”.
Toriyama: Right; there’s no way you can take a step back, can you? You can’t have [people telling you], “You know, the enemy this time is weaker than the one before,” after all. So, thinking that if I make it somebody cool, kids would probably be happy, and it could be popular, I figured maybe something like a cat who’s a bit spiteful would be good.
Nozawa: I think it’s good!
Toriyama: I can’t just draw a guy that’s straight-up cool.
■ About Whis
Toriyama: It’s more interesting to make them contrast, after all. Rather than the same type [of character].
Nozawa: There appearances are backwards, aren’t they? In terms of who seems to have higher status….
■ Regarding villains
Nozawa: Um, people occasionally ask me, “Is there a character you hate?” “…Hate?” “Well, I’m sure you must have your likes. But what about hates?” “…Freeza (under her breath)”
Toriyama, Interviewer: (laughter)
Nozawa: I always say, “There’s nobody who’s as bad as that Freeza. Nobody, but nobody. (laughs) I mean, really…
Toriyama: He was a bad guy, wasn’t he?
Nozawa: He was bad.
■ The highlights of the film, for those watching
Toriyama: I can’t very well say, “It’s not very interesting, but please see it,” can I~? (laughs)
Nozawa: It’s interesting, so please see it! Yes. (laughs)