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Native name  坂本 真綾
Name  Maaya Sakamoto
Instruments  Vocalsguitar

Genres  Popanison
Years active  1988–present
Role  Singer-songwriter
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Born  March 31, 1980 (age 35) (1980-03-31) Tokyo, Japan
Occupation  Singer-songwriteractressvoice actress
Website  www.jvcmusic.co.jp/maaya/
Spouse  Kenichi Suzumura (m. 2011)
Movies and TV shows  Ghost in the Shell, Macross Frontier
Albums  Kazeyomi, FOLLOW ME UP, Shounen Alice, Single Collection+ Mitsubachi, Everywhere
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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, and Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost in the Shell: Arise. 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 Ilynichna Omela in God Eater.

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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.

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Biography

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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 —day of 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.

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. 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.

Personal life

Sakamoto graduated from Toyo University with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology in spring 2002. On August 8, 2011, she married fellow voice actor and frequent co-star Kenichi Suzumura.

Musicals

  • 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
  • Radio

  • 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
  • Webcast

  • Maaya Sakamoto's Full Moon Recital Hall (September 23, October 23, November 22, December 21, 2010) -Ustream
  • reading of Japanese literary works
  • one of the special projects offered by a Japanese online magazine "Saizensen"
  • Studio albums

  • 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
  • Compilation albums

  • 1999: Single Collection+ Hotchpotch
  • 2003: Single Collection+ Nikopachi
  • 2010: Everywhere
  • 2012: Single Collection+ Mitsubachi
  • Awards and nominations

    In the 23rd Anime Grand Prix, she ranked tenth place under the voice actress category with 126 votes.

    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.

    Serialization

  • Sakamoto Maaya no Manpukuron (坂本真綾の満腹論) – Currently in Newtype.
  • - A monthly column

    Books

  • I.D. (アイディ。) – December 9, 2005 – Essay collection
  • Chizu to Tegami to Koi no Uta (地図と手紙と恋のうた) – April 18, 2008 – Photo and lyrics book compilation
  • from everywhere. – February 21, 2011 – Essay collection
  • References

    Maaya Sakamoto Wikipedia