Rica Matsumoto born November 30, 1968 is a Japanese voice actress and J-pop singer who was born in Yokohama, Japan. Her name is also sometimes romanized as Rika Matsumoto. She was one of the original members of the popular vocal group JAM Project. After the way of the stage, she embarked on voice acting and a singing career. The most popular role by Rica is Satoshi (Ash Ketchum), the main character of the anime series Pokémon (Pocket Monsters). She especially likes to take on roles for young boys.
Matsumoto is another widely-heard voice artist, both in her music recordings and her work in anime, where she has had lead or supporting roles in dozens of series. She has also had a radio show in Japan and does some dubbing work for translations of American films and TV series into Japanese. While she is still active in voice acting, her major performance now is with the group JAM Project, which performs songs for and from anime; one of their famous performances was a 24-hour marathon during which members of the group sang excerpts from one thousand anime songs. Matsumoto's CD "Mezase Pokémon Master" (Pokémon Japanese theme song) has sold over 1.85 million copies in Japan.
She will surely come back someday! I believe in it! Then, on JAM Project Official Site there is still her message. On that message she says clearly "this is a pause, and I will do my best to return back a powered-up Matsumoto Rica!". Then... When Rica left JAM Project, Makkun written on her Blog "Now I'm the only one female member of the group... until Rica will come back, I will do my best!". Fukuchan also said "we have to do ours best in 5, for a while". A little worrying is what Dany said in his Blog: "Mizuki-san... Sakamoto-san... Matsumoto-san... thank you very much".
However, this silence about Rica's situation is a little strange... But "if" Rica will not come back anymore, I think that JAM Project should make it clear with a Conference. The Fans also are waiting for her to come back. Then, the secession of a member is a very important thing, Rica's "pause" cannot become a "secession" without official declarations. Let's wait and pray, but I believe in her. However, I think (maybe) we will know more on the next Conference.