Maaya Sakamoto (坂本 真綾 Sakamoto Maaya, born March 31, 1980) is a Japanese voice actress and singer. She made her debut as a voice actress in 1992 as the voice of Chifuru in Little Twins, but is better known as voice of Hitomi Kanzaki in The Vision of Escaflowne. Other major roles in anime include Riho Yamazaki in Nightwalker: The Midnight Detective, Moe Katsuragi in Risky Safety, Princess Tomoyo in Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, Haruhi Fujioka in Ouran High School Host Club, Sayaka Nakasugi in Birdy the Mighty, Ciel Phantomhive in Black Butler, Shinobu Oshino in Monogatari, Shiki Ryōgi in the Kara no Kyōkai film series, Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost in the Shell: Arise, and Ruler in Fate/Apocrypha. In video games she voices Aura and Natsume in .hack, Lisa Hamilton / La Mariposa in Dead or Alive, Aerith Gainsborough in Kingdom Hearts, Aigis in Persona 3, Lightning in the Final Fantasy XIII games, Ling Xiaoyu in the Tekken series, and Alisa Ilinichina Amiella in God Eater.
|Native name||坂本 真綾|
|Born||March 31, 1980|
Kenichi Suzumura (m. 2011)
She has also branched into singing, performing songs in both English and Japanese. She released her debut single "Yakusoku wa Iranai" in collaboration with Yoko Kanno under Victor Entertainment on April 24, 1996. Her singles "Tune the Rainbow", "Loop", "Ame ga Furu", and "Triangler" have all reached the top 10 Oricon singles chart: "Triangler" in particular charted at number 3 and remained charting for 26 weeks. Her albums have had similar success, with Shōnen Alice and Yūnagi Loop both reaching the top 10 Oricon albums chart; and her album You Can't Catch Me, released on January 12, 2011, became her first release to ever reach number 1. She held a concert at the Nippon Budokan on March 31, 2010, her thirtieth birthday. In the Japanese localization of overseas dubs, she has voiced Padme Amidala as presented in the Star Wars films and cartoons, as well as being the dub voice for Natalie Portman on numerous films.
Born in Tokyo, Sakamoto grew up in a family formed by her parents and her older brother. She started working as a voice actress in a very early age and the first leading role she was given was in the 1993 OVA Little Twins.
In 1996, she was given the role of Hitomi Kanzaki, the leading role in the TV anime series The Vision of Escaflowne. For this anime she also performed the opening theme, which was released as her debut single on April 24, 1996. The single was produced by Yoko Kanno, who was also in charge of the soundtrack for Escaflowne. Her first album, titled Grapefruit, was released on April 23, 1997. Since then, Sakamoto would perform theme songs for several anime series, including Clamp School Detectives (1997), Record of Lodoss War (1998) and Cardcaptor Sakura (1999). Since her very debut, all of her music was produced by Yoko Kanno and her music crew, which includes a selected number of musicians including Yūho Iwasato, Gabriela Robin, Shanti Snyder, and Tim Jensen. Since her debut, Sakamoto worked almost exclusively with Kanno and company for almost a decade. Apart from her work as a voice actress and singer, in October 1996 Sakamoto also debuted as a radio host presenting her own program, Sakamoto Maaya no Naisho-banashi, on radio station Nack 5.
In 2003, Sakamoto made her debut as a theatre actress on the Japanese version of the musical Les Misérables, playing the role of Éponine. This year she also starred in her first TV drama Suekko Chounan Ane San-nin, and also played the leading role in the short film 03† directed by Hidenori Sugimori. On the other hand, Sakamoto's 11th single "Tune the Rainbow", released on April 2, 2003, became her first Top 10 single in Japan, peaking at number 9 in the Oricon weekly charts. Her fourth album, Shōnen Alice, released on December 10, 2003, became her first Top 10 album on the Oricon charts and also her last record to be produced exclusively by Yoko Kanno; since this release Sakamoto would involve further in the music making process and production of her records. Her fifth album, Yūnagi Loop, released on October 26, 2005, was her first co-produced by herself along with musician Mistuyoshi Tamura, whom she would continue working in her subsequent records. This album's lead single, "Loop"—ending theme for TV anime series Tsubasa Chronicle—peaked at number seven on the Oricon charts, also becoming her highest chart peaking single at that time.
In 2008, Sakamoto and worked once again with Yoko Kanno for her 15th single, "Triangler", which was used as opening theme for the TV anime series Macross Frontier. "Triangler" became a big hit, peaking at the Top 3 single of the Oricon charts. The single ended up becoming Sakamoto's biggest selling single to date, with more than 90,000 copies sold. The song was later included in Sakamoto's sixth album, Kazeyomi, which was released January 2009 and also peaked within the Top 3. For promoting this album, Sakamoto began her first low-scale national tour, on which she held three concerts in Nagoya, Osaka and Tokyo. The tour was later released as her first live DVD on August 11, 2011.
In 2010, Sakamoto celebrated her 15th anniversary in the entertainment industry, releasing on March 31—her 30th birthday—her greatest hits album Everywhere, and also holding a concert at the Nippon Budokan. In 2011, her seventh album You Can't Catch Me became her first album to reach the first stop of the Oricon charts.
Her 2012 Mitsubachi tour concluded with an announcement at her New Year's Eve concert of a new full-length album of songs written and composed solely by Sakamoto, as well as a short concert tour to support it. The album, titled Singer Song Writer, featured two new versions of Sakamoto's previous compositions "Everywhere" and "Chikai", as well as eight original tracks.
Sakamoto first teamed up with composer Yoko Kanno in her 1996 debut single, "Yakusoku wa Iranai" ("Promises Not Needed"), which was used as the opening theme for the anime series The Vision of Escaflowne. Kanno collaborated with Sakamoto up until her fifth album, Yūnagi Loop, which has no songs composed by Kanno. Sakamoto also performed three songs for the series Wolf's Rain, for which Kanno was the composer: "Gravity" (which is sung completely in English), "Tell Me What The Rain Knows" (with lyrics by Chris Mosdell) and "Cloud 9". She performed "Hemisphere", the opening theme of the series RahXephon, as well as two songs for the series' theatrical version RahXephon: Pluralitas Concentio: "Tune the Rainbow" and "The Garden of Everything" (duet with Steve Conte). In 2008, Sakamoto and Kanno collaborated again for "Triangler", the opening theme song for the series Macross Frontier. She also performed the song "cream" with HIDE, which was featured in the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex mini album be Human. She was one half of the voice acting duo Whoops!!, alongside Chieko Higuchi.
|Karakurizōshi Ayatsuri Sakon Volume 2 "AdashigaHara suicide crow hell"
|Audio drama masterpiece election Wizard of Oz
|M Kimi wo Tsutaete||Kaori Musashino||Radio|||
|Ouran High School Host Club||Haruhi Fujioka||podcast and other recordings|||
|Pathway for Santa Claus -Santa ga kureta okurimono-||Child|||
|1997||The Vision of Escaflowne||Hitomi Kanzaki||PS1|||
|1998||Panzer Dragoon Saga||Azel||Sega Saturn|||
|1998||Tail Concerto||Princess Terria||PS1|||
|1999||Kita e series||Tanya Lipinski||Dreamcast|||
|2000||Boku no Natsuyasumi||Moe||PS1
Also Portable in 2006
|2000–07||Kanon games||Mishio Amano|||
|2000||Napple Tale||Poach, Arsia||Dreamcast|||
|2002||Kingdom Hearts||Aerith Gainsborough||PS2|||
|2002||Boku no Natsuyasumi 2||Patient Yasuko Sagara / hospitalization
Also Portable in 2010
|2002||Panzer Dragoon Orta||Azel||Xbox|
|2003||Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball||Lisa Hamilton||Xbox|||
|2003||Rahxephon: Blue Sky Fantasia||Reika Mishima||PS2|||
|2005||Fullmetal Alchemist 3: Kami o Tsugu Shōjo||Sophie Bergmann||PS2|||
|2005||Kingdom Hearts II||Aerith Gainsborough||PS2|||
|2005||Dead or Alive 4||La Mariposa (Lisa)||Xbox 360|||
|2006–07||Persona 3||Aigis||Also FES, Portable|||
|2006||Jeanne d'Arc||Jeanne d'Arc||PSP|||
|2006||Armored Core 4||Fiona Jarnefelt||PS3|||
|2006||Sonic the Hedgehog||Princess Elise||PS3, Xbox 360|
|2007||Saint Seiya Hades: Zodiac chapter||Pandora||PS2|||
|2007||Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix||Aerith Gainsborough||PS2|||
|2007||Ouran High School Host Club||Haruhi Fujioka||PS2|||
|2007||Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII||Aerith Gainsborough||PSP|
|2007||ASH: Archaic Sealed Heat||Emu||DS|||
|2008||Rune Factory 2||Kyle||DS|||
|2008||Armored Core: For Answer||Fiona Jarnefelt||PS3|||
|2008||God of War: Chains of Olympus||Eos
|2008||Sands of Destruction||Morte Asherah||DS|||
|2008||Ace Combat 6||Matilda||Xbox 360|||
|2008–09||428: Shibuya Scramble||Sadaka
|2008||White Knight Chronicles||Princess Cisna||PS3|||
|2009||Bamboo Blade ~ challenge of "it from" ~
|2009||Final Fantasy XIII||Lightning||Android/iOS/PC/PS3/Xbox 360|||
|2010||Ar Tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel||Tyria, Tokesakiria
|2010||God Eater||Alisa Ilynichna Omela||PSP|||
|2010||Dead or Alive Paradise||Lisa||PSP|||
|2010||White Knight Chronicles II||Cisna
|2010||God Eater Burst||Alisa Ilinichina Amiella||PSP|||
|2010||The 3rd Birthday||Aya Brea||PSP|||
|2011||Star Driver#Star Driver shine of tact Galactic Bishounen legend
Star Driver 輝きのタクト 銀河美少年伝説
|2011||Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy||Lightning, Aerith Gainsborough||PSP|||
|2011||Dead or Alive: Dimensions||La Mariposa||3DS|||
|2011||Gundam Memories: Tatakai no Kioku
|2011||Black Rock Shooter: The Game||Black Rock Shooter, White Rock Shooter||PSP|||
|2011||Tales of Xillia||Agria||PS3|||
|2011–12||Tekken Tag Tournament 2||Ling Xiaoyu||Arcade/PS3/Xbox 360/Wii U|||
|2011||Final Fantasy Type-0||Diva||PSP|
|2011||Final Fantasy XIII-2||Lightning||Android/iOS/PC/PS3/Xbox 360|||
|2012||Bakemonogatari Portable||Shinobu Oshino||PSP|||
|2012||Project X Zone||Ling Xiaoyu, Alisa Ilinichina Amiella, Aura||3DS|||
|2012||Tales of Xillia 2||Agria||PS3|||
|2013||Monster Hunter Frontier G||Utahime||PC/PS3/PS Vita/Wii U/Xbox 360|||
|2013||Resident Evil 6||Sherry Birkin||Special Package|||
|2013||God Eater 2||Alisa Ilynichna Omela||PSP|||
|2013||Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII||Lightning||Android/iOS/PC/PS3/Xbox 360|
|2014||Sengoku Basara 4||Ii Naotora||PS3
Also Sumeragi in 2015
|2014||Granblue Fantasy||Arulumaya, Dark Angel Olivia||Android/iOS/PC|
|2014||Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth||Aigis||3DS|||
|2014||Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold||Aigis||PS3|||
|2014||Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Masō Kishin F – Coffin of the End||Premier-Zania Val Halle Vere
|2014||Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water||Rui Kagamiya||Wii U|||
|2015||Dead or Alive 5 Last Round||La Mariposa||PC/PS3/PS4/Xbox 360/Xbox One|||
|2015||Captain Earth Mind Labyrinth||Moco||PS Vita|||
|2015||Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth||Kyōko Kuremi||PS4/PS Vita|||
|2015–17||Tekken 7||Ling Xiaoyu||Arcade/PC/PS4/Xbox One|||
|2015–16||Fate/Grand Order||Alexander, Jeanne d'Arc/Jeanne d'Arc Alter, Leonardo da Vinci, Shiki Ryōgi||Android/iOS|
|2015||Arslan Senki × Muso||Farangis||PS3/PS4|||
|2015||Project X Zone 2||Ling Xiaoyu, Alisa Ilynichna Omela||3DS|||
|2015||Dissidia Final Fantasy||Lightning||Arcade/PS4|
|2016||Yakuza Kiwami||Yumi Sawamura||PS3/PS4|||
|2016||Zero Time Dilemma||Mira||3DS|||
|2016||World of Final Fantasy||Lightning||PC/PS4/PS Vita|
|2017||Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony||Maki Harukawa||PC/PS4/PS Vita|||
|2017||Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia||Lightning, Aerith Gainsborough||Andriod/iOS|||
|2017||Itadaki Street: Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary||Lightning||PS4/PS Vita|||
|2017||Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux||Zelenin||3DS|
|2018||God Eater Resonant Ops||Alisa Ilynichna Omela||Android/iOS|||
|2018||Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night||Aigis||PS4/PS Vita|||
|2018||BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle||Aigis||PC/PS4/Switch|||
- Angel Touch - Rin Otō
- Bangare - Nin Sasaki
- Daddy Long Legs ~Ashinaga Oji-san Yori~ - Jerusha Abbott
- Les Misérables (Japanese production) - Éponine Thénardier
- Letter ~ Bring to Light - Ritsuko Nonomura
- Mizuiro Jidai - Natsumi Kugayama
- Sakamoto Maaya no Vitamin M (坂本真綾のビタミンＭ) - Bay-FM
- Sakamoto Maaya Chizu to Tegami to Koi no Uta (坂本真綾 地図と手紙と恋のうた) - TBS Radio
- Broadcast date: April 7, 2007 ~ March 28, 2009
- Konica Minolta presents Night on the Planet - Tokyo FM
- Yellow tail music tail - Tokyo FM
- Sapporo Beer Key of Dish - Tokyo FM
- Sakamoto Maaya no Naisho Hanashi (坂本真綾のナイショ話) - Nack5
- Girls' School Fantasy – NACK5
- Sakamoto Maaya I.D. (坂本真綾 I.D.) - Nack5, FM Osaka, FM Aichi
- Sakamoto Maaya no Who Is Lucy (坂本真綾のWho Is Lucy, Sakamoto Maaya's Who Is Lucy) – FM Fukuoka, Sendai City-FM, FM-Nigata, K-Mix
- Sakamoto Maaya I.D. Night Flight (坂本真綾 I.D. Night Flight) - Nack5, FM Osaka, North Wave, Cross FM
- Sakamoto Maaya no Escaflowneeyes (坂本真綾のEscaflowneeyes, Sakamoto Maaya's Escaflowneeyes) - Nippon Cultural Broadcasting
- Sakamoto Maaya no Lucy's Radio Show (坂本真綾のLucy's Radio Show, Sakamoto Maaya's Lucy's Radio Show) - Nippon Cultural Broadcasting
- Maaya Sakamoto's Full Moon Recital Hall (September 23, October 23, November 22, December 21, 2010) -Ustream
- 1997: Grapefruit
- 1998: Dive
- 2001: Lucy
- 2003: Shōnen Alice
- 2005: Yūnagi Loop
- 2009: Kazeyomi
- 2011: You Can't Catch Me
- 2013: Singer-songwriter
- 2015: Follow Me Up
Awards and nominationsEdit
In addition, in the first Seiyu Awards, she was nominated for "Best Actress in a leading role" for her portrayal of Haruhi Fujioka in Ouran High School Host Club as well as "Best Musical Performance" for Tsubasa Chronicle's ending theme Loop.
|2008||Triangler||13th Animation Kobe Theme Song Award||Won|
|2013||Daddy Long Legs||38th Kikuta Kazuo Theater Prize for Theater grand-prix||Nominated|
- Sakamoto Maaya no Manpukuron (坂本真綾の満腹論) – Currently in Newtype.
- A monthly column
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