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Kanji Name 松本 和香子/くじら
Romaji Name Wakako Matsumoto/Kujira
Age 52
Gender Female
Place of Birth Japanese flag Tokyo, Japan
Date of Birth April 1, 1961

Wakako Matsumoto (松本 和香子, Matsumoto Wakako) (April 1, 1961 - ), better known as Kujira (くじら, Kujira), is a Japanese seiyū from the Tokyo Metropolis area. She is employed by 81 Produce. Veteran seiyū Shigeru Chiba, another member of 81 Produce, gave Kujira her nickname (meaning "whale").

Kujira's distinctive voice is described as hoarse and androgynous. Thus, many of her characters are middle-aged. Her best-known roles are Otose of Gin Tama and Orochimaru, an antagonist of Naruto. In the Kaminomi anime, she plays as Dokuro Skull.


TV Anime

  • Bamboo Blade ('Old Hag')
  • Beyblade (Nobuo)
  • Ceres, Celestial Legend (Kyū Oda)
  • Chaos;Head (Katsuko Momose)
  • Cooking Papa (Katsuyo Yoshioka)
  • Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z (Miss Tenjō)
  • Dotto Koni chan (Koni)
  • Detective Conan (Hachirō Shiotataira's wife, Tokomae Sayuri)
  • Full Metal Panic! (Peggy Goldberry)
  • GeGeGe no Kitaro (Guwagoze)
  • Gintama (Terada Ayano/Otose)
  • Hamtaro (Tonkichi)
  • Haré+Guu (Obaasan)
  • Hell Girl (Chinatsu Shimono)
  • Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (Landlady, Tamae Hōjō)
  • I My Me! Strawberry Eggs (Ruru Sanjō)
  • Kekkaishi (Hizuki)
  • Kogepan (Sumi)
  • Kyo Kara Maoh! (Queen Kumahachi)
  • Lucky Star (Various extra and background roles)
  • Magical Nyan Nyan Taruto (Sabure)
  • Naruto (Orochimaru)
  • Naruto Shippuuden (Orochimaru)
  • One Piece (Sweetpea)
  • Pocket Monsters Advanced Generation (Rougela B)
  • Romeo no Aoi Sora (Enbelino, Faustino)
  • Sgt. Frog (Disneyland yokozuna)
  • Slayers (Shopkeeper's Wife)
  • Sonic X (Ella)
  • Tactics (Book Ghost)
  • The World God Only Knows (Docrow Skull)
  • You're Under Arrest (Auntie Haramura)


  • .hack//Liminality (Old woman)

Theater animation

  • GeGeGe no Kitaro: Obake Naitā (Jun)


  • Chaos;Head (Katsuko Momose)
  • Kingdom Hearts series (Ursula)
  • Maken X (Kati)
  • Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal (Helga)
  • Shadow Hearts: From the New World (Mao)
  • Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World (Verius)
  • Tales of Vesperia (Belius)

Dubbing roles

  • The Wizard of Oz (Almira Gulch/The Wicked Witch of the West)
  • Gone with the Wind (Warner Bros. DVD edition) (Mammy)
  • Sesame Street (Whoopi Goldberg)

Tokusatsu Superhero

  • Kamen Rider Agito (El of the Wind)

Live action

  • Sansū Sui Sui (NHK Educational TV)

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