Ash's English voice actress thanks her Japanese counterpart
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In the English version of the Pokémon anime, Sarah Natochenny has been providing the voice of Ash since all the way back in 2006. In the case of Ash in the Japanese version of the show, the voice has been provided by Rica Matsumoto since day one.
With the Japanese version of the Pokémon anime ending and the English finale coming up soon, Natochenny shared a special message thanking those involved with the series overseas. Natochenny gave an extra-special thanks to Matsumoto as inspiration, and then thanks various Japanese crew members.
You can see Natochenny’s full message below.
“As I continue recording the final episodes of Ash and Pikachu’s journey on Pokémon, I’d like to thank and congratulate the incredible woman who has inspired my performance as the English voice of Ash Ketchum for the last 17 years, Rica Matsumoto.
I would also like to acknowledge everyone who has worked on Pokémon in Japan, especially Ikue Ôtani (v/o Pikachu), Shin’ichirô Miki (v/o James), Megumi Hayashibara (v/o Jesse), Inuko Inuyama (v/o Meowth), & the current director Kunihiko Yuyama. Bravo, thank you, congratulations!”