Happy Goku Day! Today is the day to celebrate one of the most influential characters of all time – Son Goku from Dragon Ball Z! Starting this year, May 9th is an officially recognized day in Japan by the Japan Anniversary Association. The animation studio behind DBZ, Toei Animation, had actually filed an application with the Japan Anniversary Association to commemorate this day and their request was approved!
So why May 9th? Well, May is the fifth month in the year and in Japanese the number 5 can be read “Go” while the number 9 can be read “Ku”.
Goku’s Japanese voice actress, Masako Nozawa, attended a stage event after a screening of the recently released Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ film in Japan earlier today to celebrate this great this day. She shared how her career in voice acting started. Initially, she really hated voice acting because she aspired to be a stage actress, however, after all these years of success she is truly glad to be have become a voice actress. Dragon Ball creator, Akira Toriyama, is actually the one who decided she is the one who should play Goku right after her audition to play the part. Toriyama-sensei is also the one who selected Nozawa-san to play Gohan and Goten.
In order to celebrate Mother’s Day, which is Sundayn May 10th Goku (well a person dressed as him) surprised Nozawa-san at the stage event with a bouquet of 59 carnations and presented them to her as the “Mother of Dragon Ball.” Nozawa-san responded by saying, “That’s sneaky of you. I’m gonna cry!” She added that to her, Goku does seem like her own child.