Biography Details: 松本梨香 (Rica Matsumoto)
松本梨香 (Rica Matsumoto)
First Name: 梨香 Rica
Last Name: 松本 Matsumoto
Main Country: Japan Japan
Main Language: Japanese
Birthdate: 1968-11-30
Age : 53
Rika Matsumoto is a Japanese actress, voice actress and singer who was born in Yokohama, Japan and is known for her iconic role as the beloved Satoshi in the Pocket Monsters anime series.

Cool Japan Ambassador

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Rica Matsumoto, the voice actor known for the role of Satoshi in the Pocket Monsters anime, was appointed as a Cool Japan Ambassador and received a letter of appointment from Naokazu Takemoto, the Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy in Tokyo on October 21st, 2019.

The Cool Japan Ambassador is an effort to help people with international communication skills, such as foreigners who like Japan and Japanese who are active overseas, to cooperate in disseminating information on Japan's appeal and culture. 47 people, including Matsumoto, have been appointed, many of whom are international experts in the fields of food and tourism, which helps to further expansion of Japan's fans.

Regarding the reason for Matsumoto's appointment, Minister Takemoto explained the role of the main character Satoshi in the popular anime Pocket Monsters is important and that, "Since she's world famous and has many fans who are children, we want to increase the number of people who are fans of Japan." Matsumoto was enthusiastic about getting the job and said, “I hope everyone will understand the Japanese culture and it connects the world with a smile!”

Matsumoto, after receiving the letter of appointment, said, “When I received the certificate, I felt like I was "doing my best!” and I felt touched and started to cry a bit."

In recent years, Matsumoto has been an active singer and has performed overseas. Since the anime Pocket Monsters has many theme songs, it is highly recognized both in Japan and abroad. "It's amazing that people from overseas can sing in Japanese. I try to remember and speak the language of the country I'm in, but everyone says "Speak in Japanese." Everyone wants to learn Japanese and speak in Japanese even at autograph sessions."

Sources: https://article.auone.jp/detail/1/5/9/20_9_r_20191021_1571643291781612 and https://www.cao.go.jp/cool_japan/ambassador/ambassador.html

PM2019 100 - 1・2・3 Opening Theme
On March 4th, 2022, the official Japanese anime Twitter account posted comments from Rica Matsumoto and Daiki Yamashita who sang the new opening version of 1・2・3 which debuted in this episode.

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Comments from Rica Matsumoto:
I've been waiting! I've been looking forward to my turn~♪♪♪ The story of the anime begins when the opening theme song is played! I think it's a magical song that brings you into the world of Pokémon and makes you smile just by listening to it.
I did my best to make everyone happy by ad-libbing harmonies for parts other than my own during the recording. It's been a long time since I've sang a duet. I hope everyone will join Satoshi and Go and will be full of energy.
Rica Matsumoto as Satoshi

松本さんは「待ってました! 心待 ちにしていた順番がきたぁ~♪♪♪ アニメの物語は、オープニングテーマ曲がかかるところから始まっている!!と思っているのですが……ポケモンの世界に誘える、聞いただけでパッと笑顔が生まれる、そんな魔法みたいな歌が歌えていたならうれしいです。今回、レコーディングは自分パート以外もアドリブでハーモニーを入れさせていただいたりと、みんなに喜んでもらえるよう全力で頑張りました。久しぶりのデュエット♪ みんなもサトシとゴウと一緒に、元気いっぱい歌ってくださいね ♪」とコメント。 サトシ役松本梨香

Comments from May 27th, 2022 Press Release
On May 27th, 2022, Shogakukan released a press release summarizing the upcoming Masters Eight Tournament and also posting comments from voice actors. The official Anipoke Twitter account also posted the voice actors comments.

The next stage of the Pokémon World Championships, the "Masters Eight," is a crucial moment for Satoshi. Every week, Satoshi remembers all the trainers who have battled him up to this point, and "I don't care if my voice gives out" while I act with everything I've got. Winning is not the only way to become a Pokémon Master. Where does your true strength come from? I hope you will be able to find that out through Satoshi.

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「ポケモンワールドチャンピオンシップス」“マスターズエイト”に選ばれたサトシの次なるステージ…正念場。いままでバトルして来た勇者たちの想いを背負って戦うサトシを毎週、「喉が壊れたっていい」と全力でわざを叫んでいます。勝つだけがポケモンマスターに繋がるわけではない。本当の自分の強さはどこにあるのか。 サトシをとおしてみんなに伝えられたなら嬉しいな♪
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SL 1 Pokémon - I Choose You!ポケモン!きみにきめた!Pokémon! I Choose You!
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SL 2 Pokémon Emergencyたいけつ!ポケモンセンター!Confrontation! Pokemon Center!
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SL 3 ポケモン ゲットだぜ!/Get Pokémon!/Ash Catches a Pokémon
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SL 58 もえろ!グレンジム!/The Heat is on! Guren Gym!/Riddle Me This
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SL 59 けっせん!グレンジム!/Volcanic Panic/Decisive Battle! Guren Gym!
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BWS2DA 15 Celebrating the Hero's Comet!オンバーン登場! 彗星と勇者の伝説!!Enter Onvern! The Legend of the Comet and the Hero!!
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XY 1 Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin!カロス地方にやってきた! 夢と冒険のはじまり!!We've Come to the Kalos Region! The Beginning of the Dream and the Adventure!!
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XY 14 Seeking Shelter from the Storm!ぶきみな雨宿り!ニャスパーは見ていた!!The Eerie Rain Shelter! Nyasper Saw Everything!!
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XY 16 A Jolting Switcheroo!デデンネがピチューでピチューがデデンネで…!?Dedenne is Pichu and Pichu is Dedenne...!?
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XY 26 A Battle by Any Other Name!ペロッパフとペロリーム!!甘い戦いはあまくない!?Peroppuff and Peroream!! A Sweet Fight Gets Anything But Sweet!?
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XY 27 To Find a Fairy Flower!フラべべと妖精の花!Flabebe and the Fairy Flower!
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SM 1 Alola to New Adventure!アローラ!はじめての島、はじめてのポケモンたち!!Alola! New Islands, New Pokémon!!
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SM 19 電撃猛特訓!カプ・コケコとの再戦!!Intense Electric Shock Training! A Rematch with Kapu-Kokeko!!
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PM2019 1 Enter Pikachu!/ピカチュウ誕生!/Pikachu is Born!
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PM2019 2 Legend? Go! Friends? Go!/サトシとゴウ、ルギアでゴー!/On Lugia They Go, Satoshi and Go!
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PM2019 3 Ivysaur’s Mysterious Tower!/フシギソウってフシギだね?/Fushigisou is Quite Mysterious, Don't You Think Sou?
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PM2019 4 Settling the Scorbunny!/行くぜガラル地方!ヒバニーとの出会い!!/Let's Go to the Galar Region! An Encounter with Hibanny!!
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PM2019 5 Mind-Boggling Dynamax!カビゴン巨大化!?ダイマックスの謎!!Kabigon Grows Gigantic?! The Mystery of Daimax!!
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PM2019 6 ポケモン大量ゲットだぜ!ミュウへの道!!I'm Gonna Get a Ton of Pokémon! The Road to Mew!!
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PM2019 8 負けるなポッチャマ!シンオウ地方の流氷レース!!Don't Give In, Pochama! An Ice Floe Race in the Sinnoh Region!!
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PM2019 9 あの日の誓い!ジョウト地方のホウオウ伝説!!The Pledge We Made That Day! The Houou Legend of the Jouto Region!!
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PM2019 7 激闘のホウエン地方!挑戦バトルフロンティア!!The Houen Region, Site of Fierce Fights! The Battle Frontier Challenge!!
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Movie 23 Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle/ココ/Coco
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PM2019 10 カイリューの楽園、ハクリューの試練!The Kairyu Paradise and the Hakuryu Trial!
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PM2019 11 コハルとワンパチと、時々、ゲンガーKoharu, Wanpachi, and Sometimes Gangar Too
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PM2019 12 ダイマックスバトル!最強王者ダンデ!!Daimax Battle! Dande, The Greatest of Them All!!
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PM2019 13 The Climb to Be the Very Best!サトシ対ダンデ!最強への道!!Satoshi VS Dande! The Path to Power!!
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PM2019 14 Raid Battle in the Ruins!初イッシュ地方!遺跡でレイドバトル!!The First Visit to the Isshu Region! Raid Battle at the Ruins!!
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PM2019 15 A Snow Day for Searching!雪の日、カラカラのホネはどこ?Snow Day: Where is Karakara's Bone?
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PM2019 16 A Chilling Curse!呪われたサトシ…!Satoshi Has Been Cursed...!
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PM2019 17 ヒバニー、炎のキック!明日に向かって!!Hibanny, Use Your Flaming Kick! Face Tomorrow!!
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PM2019 18 サトシ参戦!ポケモンワールドチャンピオンシップス!!Satoshi Joins In! The Pokémon World Championships!!
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PM2019 19 ワタシはメタモン!I Am Metamon!
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PM2019 20 夢へ向かってゴー!サトシとゴウ!!Go Towards Your Dream! Satoshi and Go!!
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PM2019 21 とどけ波導!サトシと不思議なタマゴ!!Hit Your Mark, Wave Guidance! Satoshi and the Mysterious Egg!!
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PM2019 22 さよなら、ラビフット!Farewell, Rabbifoot!
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PM2019 23 大パニック!サクラギパーク!!Massive Panic! Sakuragi Park!!
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PM2019 54 メッソン·イン·ポッシブル!Messon In Possible!
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PM2019 57 恋はコダックLove is a Koduck
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PM2019 68 ゴウにライバル!? ミュウへの道!!Rivals for Go?! The Road to Mew!!
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PM2019 69 はじめてのおつかい見守りたいっ!I'd Like To Keep An Eye On Their First Errand!
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PM2019 70 Take My Thief! Please!/おねがい!モルペコゲットして!!/Please Get Morpeko!!
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PM2019 71 Leaping Towards the Dream!/レッツゴー!プロジェクト・ミュウ!!/Let's Go! Project Mew!!
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PM2019 72 地下迷宮シャッフルパニック!?/Shuffle Panic in the Underground Labyrinth?!
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PM2019 73 Grabbing the Brass Ring!/ピカチュウ隊長!進めタイレーツ!!/Commander Pikachu! Head Forth, Tairetsu!!
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PM2019 74 Nightfall? Nightmares!/ダークライ真夏の夜の夢/Darkrai's Midsummer Night's Dream
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PM2019 75 A Midsummer Night's Light!/クレセリア真夏の夜の光/Cresselia's Midsummer Night's Light
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PM2019 76 All Out, All of the Time!/ゼンリョク!アローア無人島レース!!/Fully Powered! The Alola Desert Island Race!!
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PM2019 77 Ultra Exciting from the Shocking Start!/超電磁ハイパークラスバトル!/A Super-Electromagnetic Hyper Class Battle!
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PM2019 78 Detective Drizzile!/狙われたサクラギ研究所!/The Sakuragi Laboratories Become a Target!
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PM2019 79 Night and Day, You are the Ones/月と太陽、コハルとハルヒ/The Moon and the Sun; Koharu and Haruhi
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PM2019 80 Trial on a Golden Scale!/トライアルミッション!ウルガモス黄金の鱗粉!!/Trial Mission! Ulgamoth's Golden Scales!!
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PM2019 81 Mad About Blue!/激突!?青ポケマニア!/A Clash?! BluePoké Maniacs!
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PM2019 82 The Sweet Taste of Battle!/マホイップの甘〜いバトル!?/Mawhip's Super Sweet Battle?!
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PM2019 84 An Adventure of Mega Proportions!/ルカリオナイト!メガ島大冒険!!/The Lucarionite! Adventure on Mega Island!!
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PM2019 83 Star Bright, Star Flight!/お星さまになったピィ/The Py That Became A Star
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PM2019 85 Battle Three with Bea!/ライバル対決!サトシVSサイトウ!!/Rival Showdown! Satoshi VS Saito!!
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PM2019 86 A Battle of Mega vs Max!/メガシンカVSキョダイマックス/Mega Evolution VS Kyodaimax
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PM2019 87 Breaking the Ice!/氷の女王とグレイシア/The Ice Queen and Glacia
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PM2019 88 Looking Out for Number Two!/トライアルミッション!深海潜水調査団!!/Trial Mission! The Deep Sea Diver Research Team!!
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PM2019 89 The Gates of Warp!/冬SP第1話!ディアルガ&パルキア!時空大異変!!/Winter Special #1! Dialga & Palkia! The Space-time Cataclysm!!
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PM2019 90 Showdown at the Gates of Warp!/冬SP第2話!ディアルガ&パルキア!時空大決戦!!/Winter Special #2! Dialga & Palkia! The Decisive Space-time Battle!!
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PM2019 91 The Spectral Express!/ゴースト列車、出発だよ…/The Ghost Train Departs...
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PM2019 92 ゲンガー頑張る!キョダイマックスへの道!!/Gangar Does Its Best! The Road to Kyodaimax!!
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PM2019 93 君の名はフランソワーズ/Your Name is Francoise
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PM2019 94 ヘラクロスロス、恋するカイロス/The Heracros Loss and the Kailios in Love
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PM2019 95 The Good, The Bad, and The Lucky!/サラバ! さすらいのロケット団!/Farewell! The Wandering Rocket Gang!
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PM2019 96 Lighting the Way Home!/宇宙にとどけ!デンリュウの光!!/Reach Space! Denryu's Light!!
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PM2019 97 An Evolution in Taste!/ヤドキング!カレーなる遭遇!!/Yadoking! A Curry-zy Beautiful Encounter!!
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PM2019 99 Battling Turned Up to Eleven!/スパイクタウンのマリィ!/Marie from Spiketown!
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PM2019 98 Out of Their Elements!/ポケモンサーカス! ブースターとサンダース/The Pokémon Circus! Booster and Thunders
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PM2019 100 密着!ダンデのスペシャルトレーニング!!/A Full Coverage of Dande's Special Training!!
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Special 48 A Ripple in Time/A Ripple in Time
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PM2019 101 スティック一本、バチンキー!/The Bachinkey with One Stick!
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PM2019 102 トライアルミッション 氷結のレイドバトル!!/Trial Mission: A Frozen Raid Battle!!
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PM2019 103 サトシとシトロン!友情大特訓!!/Satoshi and Citron! Special Friendship Training!!
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PM2019 104 ハイパークラス!VS四天王ドラセナ!!/Hyper Class! VS Elite Four Dracaena!!
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PM2019 106 新番組!ロケット団ないしょ王国ラジオ!!/A New Show! The Rocket Gang Undercover Kingdom Radio!!
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PM2019 105 イーブイとニンフィア! 出会いと再会!/Eievui and Nymphia! Encounters and Reunions!!
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PM2019 107 助けて、ワンパチのアニキ!/Help Us, Big Bro Wanpachi!
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PM2019 108 ルカリオとゲッコウガ!運命の波導!!/Lucario and Gekkouga! The Wave Guidance of Fate!!
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PM2019 109 VSキバナ! マスターズエイトをかけた戦い!!/VS Kibana! A Fight with Masters Eight on the Line!!
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PM2019 110 裏切りのバトルロイヤル!/The Traitorous Battle Royal!
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PM2019 111 モーンとリーリエ、雪原の再会/Mohn and Lilie: A Reunion on the Tundra
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PM2019 112 凱旋! アローラチャンピオン!!/A Triumphant Return! The Alola Champion!!
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PM2019 113 ラストミッション! レジエレキ・レジドラゴをゲットせよ!!/Last Mission! Get Regieleki and Regidorago!!
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PM2019 114 炎の特訓バトル!サトシ対シンジ!!/Fire Training Battle! Satoshi VS Shinji!!
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PM2019 115 開幕!マスターズトーナメント!!/The Curtain Rises! The Masters Tournament!!