Rica Matsumoto

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Rica Matsumoto

Rica Matsumoto (Japanese: 松本梨香 formerly 松本利香 Matsumoto Rika) is a Japanese seiyū for the Pokémon anime. She was born on November 30, 1968, in Yokohama, Japan. Her most famous role is that of the main protagonist of the main Pokémon anime, Ash Ketchum.


After getting into theater at a young age, Matsumoto discovered voice acting and singing.

In addition to being a solo artist, Matsumoto is a member of two singing groups:

  • JAM (Japanese Animationsong Makers) Project, with Hironobu Kageyema, Masaki Endoh, Hiroshi Kitadani, Masami Okui, and Yoshiki Fukuyama
  • Tricycle, with Yoshiyuki Ishikawa and Keīchi Kodo

Also, Matsumoto hosts or has hosted three radio shows:

  • I'll Catch Your Heart (Japanese: 君のハートをGETだぜ)
  • Rumors About Him (彼奴の噂)
  • Saturday HOT Request

Pokémon roles

Ash is the most famous character Matsumoto has portrayed. In other anime, she is often cast as young boys.

Musical appearances in Pokémon

* This song is credited in-character as Ash.

Other non-Pokémon roles


Movies dubbed from English into Japanese

Video game roles

Solo albums

  • 花の園 Hana no En, Flower Garden
  • Cluster
  • Destiny
  • Rough Love
  • RICA the BEST

Group albums

JAM Project

  • JAM Project LIVE 震撼~Return to the Chaos~


  • Desert, Grass and Forest


External links

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