The anime industry has more voice actors than it cares to count, but some stars stand out above the rest. While many up-and-coming actors are vying for new roles, the industry is taking the time to honor the veterans who have helped anime become as big as it has in the world. It was just done on the Japan Academy Awards stage, and there it was dragonballThe best star of won a very special prize award.
The nod came this month when the 45th Japan Academy Film Awards went live. The event saw a number of films celebrated and many actors were on hand to represent their works. Masako Nozawa was among them, and the actress left the event after winning a special service award from the president of the academy.
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“Masako Nozawa received the 45th Annual Japan Academy Award for Distinguished Service. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to everyone who cares about us and the fans who support us,” the event shared on Twitter, as you can see it above.
Nozawa wasn’t the only actor honored by the group with their Distinguished Service Award. Mitsuko Kusabue, Natsuko Toda, Teruyo Nogami, Hanae Mori, and Tsutomu Yamazaki also received the award. As for Nozawa, she seemed thrilled with the honor, and her career certainly deserves such a win.
After all, the 85-year-old actress has been in the industry since 1962. She’s best known for voicing Son Goku in dragonball alongside others like Gohan and Goten. Nozawa has also voiced major characters in Galaxy Express 999, Doraemon, GeGeGe and Kitaro, and more. His work spans decades, and Nozawa is still working as his next gig will come to theaters with Dragon Ball Super: Super heroes. So of course, there are few actors in Japan who deserve this award as much as Nozawa.
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