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Machiko Soga
Bandora.jpg
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 Denshi Sentai Denziman and Taiyo Sentai Sun Vulcan, she also appeared in Hikari Sentai Maskman portraying Tube Empire's field commander, Baraba's mother for 1 episode, as well as the evil sorceress Bandora in Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger, better known to audiences in English speaking countries as Rita Repulsa in the American adaptation of Zyuranger, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. In an odd twist, she soon found herself re-dubbing her own lines as Rita when Mighty Morphin 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 Mahou Sentai 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 Seiun Kamen Machineman. Machiko also ran her own shop, selling jewellery, antique clothing, and tapestry among other goods.

Death[edit]

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]

Games[edit]

Songs[edit]

Radio[edit]

  • Million Nights (Nazo no Onna B)

References[edit]

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

External links[edit]


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391 news items

The Mary Sue

The Mary Sue
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 12:41:39 -0800

Machiko Soga originated the role. The original television series had an all-Asian cast, and tons of footage from that original show got repurposed into the American version. Many live-action scenes (besides the in-costume fights) got re-shot with new ...

Rotten Tomatoes

Rotten Tomatoes
Fri, 17 Jul 2015 17:00:31 -0700

The huge hair-horns of Rita Repulsa were originally worn by Japanese actress Machiko Soga in the 1990s Japanese footage, and by Carla Perez and Julia Cortez in the American segments and the 1995 live action movie. Elizabeth Banks will have the ...

Stuff.co.nz

Stuff.co.nz
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 16:56:15 -0800

... accounts this week that she will play alien sorceress Rita Repulsa, an original character in 90s kids series. Rita Repulsa was played by multiple actresses in the series, but perhaps her most memorable portrayal was that by Japanese actress Machiko ...

El Universo

El Universo
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 12:15:30 -0800

... protagonistas también a los actores RJ Cyler, Becky G, Ludi Lin, Naomi Scott y Dacre Montgomery, quienes interpretarán a los superhéroes de la serie. La actriz japonesa Machiko Soga dio vida a la villana de la serie, durante 88 episodios (1993-1995).

AlloCiné

AlloCiné
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 02:19:00 -0800

Dans les premières saisons de la version américaine des Power Rangers, Repulsa était jouée par Machiko Soga au Japon. Elle fut doublée aux USA par Barbara Goodson, qui fait désormais des voix dans Star Wars Rebels. Quant aux Power Rangers ...

自由時報電子報

自由時報電子報
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 04:56:15 -0800

《金剛戰士》在1993年福斯兒童台推出造成轟動,並在1995年躍上大螢幕,當時的幽冥女王由曾我町子(Machiko Soga)飾演,伊麗莎白班克絲將詮釋新版的幽冥女王。 《金剛戰士》原預定於2016年7月22日上映,但延期至2017年1月13日上映。儘管如此,最近又傳出又再 ...

BeritagarID

BeritagarID
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 00:03:45 -0800

Pada musim pertama, penjahat utamanya adalah Rita Repulsa, seorang penyihir jahat yang ingin menguasai bumi. Disuarakan Barbara Goodson dan diperankan oleh Machiko Soga, ciri khas karakter ini adalah penampilan yang aneh dengan penutup ...

熱新聞YesNews (新聞發布) (註冊)

熱新聞YesNews (新聞發布) (註冊)
Sun, 07 Feb 2016 13:11:15 -0800

▽1995 年的幽冥女王由曾我町子(Machiko Soga)飾演。 ▽新版《金剛戰士》依然是一群有超凡力量的高中生團結拯救世界。 ▽舊版《金剛戰士》成員的青澀模樣。 ▽2013 年《金剛戰士》在紐約舉辦試鏡,一堆人穿紅戰士的衣服。 ▽合體的經典畫面(小編憶起兒時回憶好想 ...
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