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Machiko Soga
Soga as Bandora in Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger of the Super Sentai Series. Scenes of her character were redubbed in English and used as Rita Repulsa for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
Born March 18, 1938
Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan
Died May 7, 2006 (aged 68)
Kunitachi, Tokyo, Japan

Machiko Soga (曽我 町子 Soga Machiko?, March 18, 1938 – May 7, 2006) was a Japanese voice actress and actress.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Machiko had humble upbringings and was raised to be a singer, though her talents were with acting. She was “discovered” after doing a play in Tokyo Center. From that night on, her life would forever change as she met many important figures in the world of Japanese television.

Her mother died when she was a child; she was raised by her father. She had two brothers and a sister. One of her brothers died during the Second World War; the other is still alive. Her sister died in childbirth, and her father died of cancer in 1991. In 1973, she went to study in Italy for two years.

After taking jazz dance lessons for a number of years, her first roles were mainly radio and voice character roles. She made her debut on NHK’s radio drama Chorinmura to Kurumi no Ki (1961), and later gained fame as the first voice actor to portray the lovable ghost Q-taro in Obake no Q-tarō (TBS, 1965-1968).

However, she is best known to fans of tokusatsu for her villainous roles in the Super Sentai franchise such as Queen Hedrian in Denziman and Sun Vulcan, she also appeared in Maskman portraying Tube Empire's field commander, Baraba's mother for one episode, as well as the evil sorceress Bandora in Zyuranger, better known to audiences in English speaking countries as Rita Repulsa in the American adaptation of Zyuranger, Power Rangers. In an odd twist, she soon found herself re-dubbing her own lines as Rita when Power Rangers was broadcast in Japan after the show became a surprise hit in America. Her final tokusatsu role was Magiel, Queen of the Sky Saints in Magiranger, which incidentally was one of her few non-villainous roles. In her memory, the producers of Power Rangers: Mystic Force used footage of Soga as Magiel to depict a reformed Rita Repulsa in the two-part final episode of Mystic Force, “Mystic Fate”.

Her very final role was in the PlayStation 2 game Space Sheriff Spirits as the voice and the “face” of Ankoku Ginga Jyoou (Dark Galaxy Queen), last boss and original character of this game inspired to the 80s Metal Hero series. Soga also played the voices of Cyborg 007 in the 1968 Cyborg 009 anime series and the sidekick Ball Boy in 1984 series Machineman. Machiko also ran her own shop, selling jewellery, antique clothing, and tapestry among other goods.


In early August 2005, it was revealed that she had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer for almost two years. On the morning of May 7, 2006, she was found dead by a friend visiting her home. She was 68 years old. Her interment was in Fuchū, Tokyo's Tama Reien Cemetery.

Live action and tokusatsu and movies[edit]

Super Sentai/Power Rangers[edit]

Metal Hero[edit]

Other works[edit]

Anime TV series[edit]

Dubbing roles[edit]

Movie anime[edit]




  • Million Nights (Nazo no Onna B)


  1. ^ "7 Surprising Things You Never Knew About The 'Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers'". Etonline.com. 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2015-11-11. 

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Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Tue, 26 Apr 2016 21:20:52 -0700

The original series - Mighty Morphin Power Rangers - ran from 1993 to 1993, with Rita Repulsa played by Machiko Soga. The upcoming revival also stars Dacre Montgomery as The Red Ranger/Jason Lee Scott, Becky G as The Yellow Ranger/Trini Kwan, ...


Fri, 22 Apr 2016 13:00:21 -0700

The first season of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers used dubbed clips from the Japanese version of the show, in which Rita Repulsa was played by Machiko Soga. When that footage ran out, Carla Perez took over as the alien witch from 1994 to 1998.


Tue, 19 Apr 2016 14:31:05 -0700

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Wed, 20 Apr 2016 10:25:33 -0700

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Thu, 21 Apr 2016 17:22:30 -0700

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Sat, 23 Apr 2016 02:00:00 -0700

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