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Why is adult Goku voiced by a woman in the Japanese?
Topic Started: Mar 3 2013, 05:37 AM (5,370 Views)
IllogicalGlory
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I mean, I understand Kid Goku, but adult Goku is an adult man, so I really don't get it.

Also, do you think it would have been better to cast a male actor for him?
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POOHEAD189
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Why?
Because Japan.
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bardock1990
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It doesn't matter to me how people defend this, I can never get into that. Japanese guys with deep voices in those Samurai movies sound badass so I don't see why they didn't go for that. But oh well to each his own.
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Copy_Ninja
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Because she'd voiced Goku for years and Japanese fans can be a little more resistant to change. Heck, they get very upset and angry when a female Seiyuu gets married, so much so that doing so puts their career in jeopardy (not even kidding). So, changing the voice of the protagonist of the most popular series probably wouldn't go down all that well....
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bardock1990
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I really don't see the problem with having a guy for the job right when DBZ started and Goku was an adult.
Edited by bardock1990, Mar 3 2013, 06:27 AM.
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Copy_Ninja
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They like what they like. You won't find many people in Japan complaining about Goku's adult voice, so why should they change it and risk annoying people? No need to fix what isn't broken.
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bardock1990
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What I'm saying is that they should have done it when it was the right time like the beginning of DBZ, not in the middle of a saga or something. I doubt the fans would have gone crazy and this would have had much more international appeal.
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POOHEAD189
Mar 3 2013, 05:41 AM
Why?
Because Japan.
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They do it a lot in Japan with their anime, women doing male voices. It's just how they do it there, and people there don't mind in the slightest. Why do it in the first place when you can as easily put a guy for the job? Probably just because there are way more women in the business of doing anime voices than men.
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Copy_Ninja
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bardock1990
Mar 3 2013, 06:32 AM
What I'm saying is that they should have done it when it was the right time like the beginning of DBZ, not in the middle of a saga or something. I doubt the fans would have gone crazy and this would have had much more international appeal.
But why? There was literally no point in doing it. The Seiyuu was happy to continue, the fans were happy for her to keep voicing him, so why change it? International appeal really didn't matter at the time, I think GT was nearing the end of its run in Japan by the time the dubs were starting up internationally.
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I never saw a problem with it.. But then again my favorite character is voiced by girls, so..

They do that in Japan. It's like Ash Ketchum from Pokemon.
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Copy_Ninja
Mar 3 2013, 06:38 AM
bardock1990
Mar 3 2013, 06:32 AM
What I'm saying is that they should have done it when it was the right time like the beginning of DBZ, not in the middle of a saga or something. I doubt the fans would have gone crazy and this would have had much more international appeal.
But why? There was literally no point in doing it. The Seiyuu was happy to continue, the fans were happy for her to keep voicing him, so why change it? International appeal really didn't matter at the time, I think GT was nearing the end of its run in Japan by the time the dubs were starting up internationally.
It goes back to why Japanese dubs suck in the first place. A culture where the most masculine, testosterone filled guys are voiced by squeaky voiced women. Good for them if they like it but it's funny when some people get upset when others don't like it and then start trashing all the English dubs.
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Why're you complaining? You've got an English dub if you want a male voice for Goku..
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+ Pyrus
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Akira Toriyama himself said Nozawa was Goku. When the creator/author of the series signs off on the voice actor for a character he created, that's something.
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Thankfully we do, several too.
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Having a male voice actor doesn't necessarily make Goku sound any better.
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