The Japan Anniversary Association has “officially” declared May 9 as “Goku Day”! Interestingly enough, the Dragon Ball manga/anime states that today is Piccolo Day. The number “5” in Japanese is read “go” and “ku” is one form of saying the number “9”, though under normal circumstances it would be read “kyuu”. Together, it makes a pun. “59”, (normally read “gojuukyuu” in Japanese), is made to be “goku”, fitting for May 9th (5/9). This is also not the first time this joke was made. In the period of rest before the Cell Games, Goku was seen wearing a jacket with the number 59 on it!
Established by Toei Incorporated, distributors of the film Dragon Ball Z: Revival of “F”, which premiered April 18th. The purpose is to let even more people know about the fun of the anime series Dragon Ball Z (based on the Dragon Ball comic by Akira Toriyama), and the charm of its protagonist “Son Goku”. The date comes from a pun on 5 and 9: Go (5) Ku (9).
Translation courtesy of Kanzenshuu
*UPDATE: Masako Nozawa’s comments following the announcement of Goku Day!*
MC: What were your thoughts when you heard that “Goku Day” was officially recognized?
I was incredibly happy! Before I saw this registration card, I just thought the staff at Toei had gone “it’s 5/9, so let’s make it Goku Day”. So seeing this registration card and that it’s actually something official was a real shock! When I told the staff that, they went “Obviously we couldn’t have just gone and decided it on our own!” (laughs)
MC: What led to you getting cast as Son Goku?
I was chosen in auditions. They auditioned a lot of other people too of course, but apparently when creator Akira Toriyama-sensei heard my voice, even without seeing my name he instantly picked me. It’s amazing that I’ve been voicing him for 19 [sic] years now.
MC: I heard you talked with Toriyama-sensei during the last film, Battle of Gods. What’s he like?
He’s really friendly and easy to talk to. I had heard before from people at Shueisha about howSensei immediately picked me during auditions, and when I asked the man himself about it, he told me yeah, that’s how it went. That made me really happy; I treasure it even now.
Talking with Sensei was a lot of fun. All sorts of things pop up when you have a conversation with him. I’d like to cut open his head and check out his brain (laughs). I bet his brain’s totally different than yours or mine. It’s amazing that he could think up the world of Dragon Ball!
MC: What did you think about voicing three characters (Goku, Gohan, and Goten)?
It’s a new record! They’re all lead parts or semi-lead parts, so in the real world it’d be impossible.
When I read the script for the first episode with Gohan, at the spot where it said “Son Goku: Masako Nozawa” I thought that the “Masako Nozawa” was a bit misaligned, and that nobody’s name was written under “Gohan”. So I asked the staff about it, and the conversation went like this: “There’s a name written there!” “No there isn’t!” “See, right there!” “Huh, you mean me?” “Yes!” “Then you should have centered it better! It’s too close to Goku!” (laughs)
The producer (Kozo Morishita, currently chairmen of the board for Toei Animation) told me that Toriyama-sensei picked me for the role of Gohan as well. I’m really glad about that. And apparently it was the same with Goten. I wondered whether it was alright having me play so many roles, but I wouldn’t have gotten there without everyone’s support. I’m happy to have been given the opportunity to perform three different roles.
MC: The new TV series Dragon Ball Super starts in July! What’s your outlook for the future?
I don’t know what the story will be like, but with a name like “Super”, I bet it’ll be super fun, with super amazing battles. After all, 超 is normally read as “Chou”, but here it’s “Super” (laughs)! I’m holding out hope for the next movie too, maybe even before Toriyama-sensei is (laughs). Don’t just leave it at Goku, Gohan, and Goten; from here on out, please raise a bigger and bigger “Dragon Ball family”.
ALL information above has been provided by the Kanzenshuu staff
Masako Nozawa, the Japanese voice actress of Goku, attended an event after a screening of the recently released movie Dragon Ball Z: Revival of ‘F’ in Shinjuku this Saturday to celebrate the new day! In addition, the official website dedicated to the 30th anniversary of Dragon Ball was updated with an image (above) on its website to celebrate the announcement, as well as a new logo for upcoming memorabilia. The logo will also used to promote a commemorative 30th anniversary of Dragon Ball book. No release date has been given at this time. Once again we thank Kanzenshuu for the additional info and translated content!