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Rica Matsumoto (松本 梨香 Matsumoto Rika, born November 30, 1968) is a Japanese actress, voice actress, and J-pop singer who was born in Yokohama, Japan. Her name is also sometimes romanized as Rika Matsumoto. She was a founding member of vocal supergroup JAM Project. After early stage work, she began both voice acting and singing careers. The most popular role by Rica is Satoshi (called Ash Ketchum in English translations), the main character of the anime series Pokémon. She also had a role in the Yu-Gi-Oh series as Ryo Bakura and Yami Bakura. As such, Matsumoto has taken on roles for young boys. Matsumoto also performs the songs for many of the openings for the Japanese Pokémon anime. Matsumoto has had lead or supporting roles in dozens of series. She has also had a radio show in Japan and does some dubbing work for translations of American films and TV series into Japanese. Matsumoto was also a founding member of JAM Project in 2000. She announced in April 2008 she was taking time off from the group and her solo work. Well, if one listens closely to her strong, powerful, deep, and charming voice, it may or may not be described as somewhat of either a Mezzo-Soprano voice or an Alto voice, despite this being both unknown and a mystery.

Voices:

  • Ash Ketchum - Pokemon
  • Gon Freecss - Hunter X Hunter (Pilot Movie)
  • Cera - The Land Before Time (2-present)
  • Chel - The Road to El Dorado
  • Mrs. Toad - Thumbelina
  • Judy Jetson - The Jetsons
  • Aoi Futaba - You're Under Arrest
  • Heather Hogwarsh - Super Pig
  • Ryo Bakura - Yu-Gi-Oh: Duel Monsters
  • Shiro Kyoda - Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs. Maxi Boost ON
  • Soleil Spacebot - The Spacebots
  • Francine, Oliver - The Monster Clubhouse
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