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Maaya Sakamoto (坂本 真綾 Sakamoto Maaya?) (born March 31, 1980) is a Japanese singer-songwriter, actress, and seiyū.[1] She made her debut as a voice actress in 1992 as the voice of Chifuru in the anime series Little Twins, but is more well known for her role as Hitomi Kanzaki[2] in the hit anime series The Vision of Escaflowne. She released her debut single Yakusoku wa Iranai, in collaboration with Yoko Kanno under Victor Entertainment on April 24, 1996.[3]

Since her 1996 debut, she is among the more popular voice actresses who have also branched into singing, performing songs in both English and Japanese. As well as being a prolific seiyū, she has also had several successful releases; despite initially only modestly selling, her singles Tune the Rainbow,[4] Loop,[5] Ame ga Furu,[6] and Triangler[7] have all reached the top 10 Oricon singles chart: Triangler in particular charted at #3 and remained charting for 26 weeks. Her albums have had similar success, with Shōnen Alice[8] and Yūnagi Loop[9] both reaching the top 10 Oricon albums chart; her newest album, Kazeyomi, released on January 14, 2009, also peaked at #3.[10] She held a concert at the famous Nippon Budokan on March 31, 2010, her thirtieth birthday.[11]

About

Sakamoto graduated from Toyo University with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology. Her favorite colors are pink and brown, while her hobbies are performing, reading and singing. Her blood type is A.[12] She was one half of the seiyū duo Whoops!!, alongside Chieko Higuchi. She has been called onee-sama (お姉さま onee-sama?), a respectful way of saying "older sister" by her Ouran High School Host Club co-star Ayaka Saitō.

Collaborations

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.[13] She also performed the song "cream" with HIDE, which was featured in the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex mini album be Human.

Awards & nominations

In the 23rd Anime Grand Prix, she ranked tenth place under the seiyū category with 126 votes.[14]

In addition, in the first Seiyū 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.[15]

Discography

Studio albums

Compilation albums

Filmography

TV animation

Note: Lead or important roles in bold

OVA

Theatre animation

Web animation

DVD

  • Panda de Mafumafu - Narrator[24]

Dubbing

TV drama

  • Suekko Chōan Ane Sannin - Emi

Short films

  • 03†[25] - Zero Saint Cross

Documentary films


Appearances in other media

Drama CD

Video games

Musicals

Radio

  • Sakamoto Maaya no Vitamin M (坂本真綾のビタミンーM?) - Bay-FM[28]
  • 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[29]
    • 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


Publications

Serialization

  • Sakamoto Maaya no Manpukuron (坂本真綾の満腹論?) – Currently in Newtype.

- A monthly column

Books

  • Chizu to Tegami to Koi no Uta (地図と手紙と恋のうた?) – April 18, 2008[30]

- A photo and lyrics book compilation

References

Specific

  1. Doi, Hitoshi. "Sakamoto Maaya". Seiyuu Database. July 5, 2010. Archived by WebCite July 8, 2010.
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  19. Katoh, Hidekazu et al. "Tsubasa - Reservoir Chronicle". (May 2007) Newtype USA. pp. 26-33.
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  22. "Maaya Sakamoto to play new character in Evangelion 2.0 film". Retrieved 2009-10-15. 
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  26. Daniel Robson (2009-02-14). "Painting pictures from an artistic lyrical palette". The Japan Times. Archived from the original on 2012-07-15. Retrieved 2010-01-04. 
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External links

Official sites

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