Shoko Nakagawa is a Japanese entertainer. Generally speaking, she is known for being an actress, a voice actress, and a singer. However, it is interesting to note that Nakagawa is an illustrator as well, meaning that there can be no doubt about her multi-talented nature. Here are 10 things that you may or may not have known about Shoko Nakagawa:
1. Her Nickname Is Shokotan
Nakagawa’s nickname is Shokotan. For those who are unfamiliar, -tan is a Japanese honorific that can be used when referring to a person. However, it is important to note that it isn’t something that should be used under normal circumstances. This is because -tan is an even more affectionate version of -chan, which is notable because -chan means that the speaker finds someone to be endearing for some reason. As such, the careless use of -chan can be rather offensive, particularly when the speaker is using it for an unfamiliar adult.
2. Her Father Was Katsuhiko Nakagawa
It is interesting to note that Nakagawa’s father Katsuhiko Nakagawa was an entertainer as well. In his case, he was a model, a musician, and a TV personality. Unfortunately, Katsuhiko Nakagawa was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in September of 1992. For a time, he seemed better thanks to treatment. However, his leukemia reappeared in August of 1994 with the result that he passed in September of 1994.
3. Is a Multi-Tarento
Nakagawa is a tarento. In short, the term refers to celebrities who show up a lot on Japanese TV as well as other forms of Japanese mass media. Furthermore, it comes with a connotation that said individuals are famous for being famous, which explains why most of them have very short careers. With that said, it is important to note that Nakagawa is what is called a multi-tarento, which refers to celebrities who established themselves in one of the entertainment industries before becoming TV personalities.
4. She Is an Otaku
Speaking of which, Nakagawa has been known to call herself an otaku. The term means someone with a strong, obsessive interest in something, but it sees the most use in reference to those with that kind of interest in anime, manga, and their associated segments of Japanese culture. In the not so distant past, otaku was a label that came with some rather negative connotations even in Japan. However, the public’s perception of said individuals has softened up to a considerable extent in more recent times thanks to their hobbies having become accepted by a wider and wider section of the Japanese population.
5. Big Fan of Anisongs
Given that Nakagawa is a singer, it is perhaps unsurprising to learn that she is a big fan of anisongs, which are just the songs that see use in Japanese animation. Moreover, Nakagawa has wide-ranging tastes when it comes ot anisongs, as shown by how she is willing to listen to anisongs that were released before she was born as well as the latest anisongs that have come out with the latest anime.
6. Sang the Opening Theme For Gurren Lagann
To a lot of people, Nakagawa remains best-known because she was the one who sang “Sorairo Days,” which was the opening theme for the mecha show Gurren Lagann. On the whole, there are a couple of notable things about Gurren Lagann. One, the show loved big robots in big action, as shown by how the final fight involved the titular mech using entire galaxies as throwing stars. Two, Gurren Lagann was smarter than what most people would expect based on its most enthusiastic fans. This can be seen in how it lauded how willpower could be used to break through old and outdated traditions while still emphasizing the need to use said willpower in a careful and considerate manner.
7. Huge Pokemon Fan
Nakagawa is known to be a huge Pokemon fan. Moreover, she is one of those who have been fans of the Pokemon franchise since it started up, seeing as how she was born at the right time to be a member of the target audience for Generation I. For proof of Nakagawa’s fondness for the franchise, consider how she was one of the live-action hosts for Pokemon Sunday, which was a kind of variety show that mixed re-runs of the Pokemon anime with live-action segments.
8. Voiced Keldeo
On a related note, Nakagawa has been in every single one of the Pokemon animated movies that have come out since 2007. Her most notable Pokemon role might be Keldeo in Pokemon the Movie: Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice. For those who are curious, Keldeo is the Colt Pokemon that serves as the fourth member of the Legendary Pokemon called the Swords of Justice. Each of the four corresponds to one of the Three Musketeers, which sounds strange until one remembers that the book had four lead characters because of d’Artagnan joining up with the preexisting group of Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. Since Keldeo is the Colt Pokemon, it should come as no surprise to learn that it was based on d’Artagnan.
9. Voiced Diana in the Recent Sailor Moon Anime
Recently, Sailor Moon received a new animated adaptation called Sailor Moon Crystal, which is more faithful to its source material than its predecessor. In this new animated adaptation, Nakagawa played the part of Diana, who is one of the three intelligent cats in the franchise. To be exact, Diana is the future daughter of the black cat Luna and the white cat Artemis, which is why she has a gray coat. Currently, Sailor Moon Crystal is still continuing to cover its source material, as shown by how a movie is expected to come out in 2020.
10. Does a Fair Amount of Japanese Dubbing
Besides playing various roles in various anime, Nakagawa is also involved in the Japanese dubs of various western productions as well. For example, she was the one who did the Japanese voice for Rapunzel in Tangled and thus Ralph Breaks the Internet. Likewise, Nakagawa did the voice work for Anne Weying in the recent Venom movie.