is a female Japanese seiyū
and singer who made her debut in 1996 as the voice of Hitomi Kanzaki
in the hit anime
series The Vision of Escaflowne
Later on, she has had many subsequent voice roles in anime such as Record of Lodoss War, Kanon, RahXephon, Gundam SEED DESTINY, .hack//SIGN, and others.
She also had voice roles in video games such as Panzer Dragoon Saga, Kingdom Hearts, Fullmetal Alchemist 3: Kami wo Tsugu Shoujo, Napple Tale, and Suikoden Tierkreis. She also does the voice of Padmé Amidala in the Japanese dub of Star Wars Episodes I, II, and III and Max in the television series Dark Angel.
Her latest album 30 minutes night flight was released on March 21, 2007.
- Blood type: A
- Favorite colors: Pink and brown
- Hobbies: Performing, reading, singing
- She is a graduate from Toyo University (Bachelor in Sociology).
- She has been called , a respectful way of saying "older sister" by her Ouran co-host Ayaka Saitō.
- Nothing much is known about her family except that her father, Yoshimi Sakamoto, is an expert in stage lighting.
- When she went to the AnimeFest in 2005, she said that her favorite Western bands are Oasis and Maroon 5.
- She has had at least one song, that appeared on the NHK program, Minna no Uta.
- She was one half of the seiyū duo "Whoops!!", alongside Chieko Higuchi.
Maaya first teamed up with composer Yoko Kanno
in her debut single, Yakusoku wa Iranai
in 1996. Kanno collaborated with Maaya up until her fifth album, Yūnagi LOOP
, which has no songs composed by Kanno. Maaya also performed three songs for the anime Wolf's Rain
, for which Kanno was the composer: "Gravity", "Tell Me What The Rain Knows", and "Cloud 9". More recently, Maaya and Kanno joined forces again for Triangler
, the opening theme song for the anime Macross Frontier
. She performed "The Garden of Everything" for the anime RahXephon
with Steve Conte
Maaya occasionally writes her own lyrics but mostly works with others. Frequent collaborators include Yūho Iwasato for Japanese songs and Tim Jensen for English songs.
She also worked with composer, h-wonder in a few occasions, with certain songs such as Loop and action!.
In the first Seiyu Awards
, she was hi for "Best erete Character (female)" and "Best Single".
Participation in CLAMP's works
Her first participation in anime and OVAs adapted from works by CLAMP
was in CLAMP School Detectives
. Later, Purachina
was used as an opening song for Cardcaptor Sakura
and she lent her voice to a Clow Card (the Nothing) in the second Cardcaptor Sakura movie.
More recently, she voiced Tomoyo in Tsubasa Chronicle, and sang several songs for the soundtracks, as well as the ending theme from the upcoming Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle's OADs, TOKYO REVELATIONS. She also sings the opening theme, action! for CLAMP in Wonderland 2.
| Album Type
|| Chart Position
|| Sales Total |
|| April 23, 1997
|| 3,980 |
| December 14, 1998
|| 13,400 |
| March 28, 2001
|| 43,080 |
| August 8, 2001
|| 32,060 |
| December 10, 2003
|| 51,992 |
| October 26, 2005
|| 45,552 |
| March 21, 2007
|| 30minutes night flight
|| 29,219 |
|| December 16, 1999
|| 60,130 |
| July 30, 2003
|| 69,966 |
| April 24, 1996
|| Opening song for the anime series The Vision of Escaflowne. |
| March 21, 1997
|| Theme song for the radio drama CLAMP School Detectives. |
| September 22, 1997
|| Ending song for the anime series CLAMP School Detectives. |
| April 22, 1998
|| Opening song for Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight. |
| November 21, 1998
| October 21, 1999
|| Third opening song and the last episode ending song for the anime series Cardcaptor Sakura. |
| June 21, 2000
|| Ending theme song for Escaflowne: The Movie. |
| August 23, 2000
|| Theme song for the game Napple Tale |
| December 16, 2000
|| Ending theme song for the anime series Earth Girl Arjuna. |
| February 21, 2002
|| Opening theme song for the anime series RahXephon. |
| February 21, 2002
|| Ending theme song for the anime series Wolf's Rain. |
| April 2, 2003
|| tune the rainbow
|| Ending theme song for the Pluralitas Concentio. |
| May 10, 2005
|| First ending theme song for the anime series, Tsubasa Chronicle. |
| June 14, 2006
|| Second ending theme and insert song for the anime series Tsubasa Chronicle. |
| November 21, 2007
|| Ending theme song for the anime OVA Tsubasa Tokyo Revelations. |
| April 23, 2008
|| First opening theme song for the anime series Macross Frontier. |
| October 29, 2008
|| Ending theme song for the anime series Linebarrels of Iron. |
These are soundtracks on which Sakamoto has worked, listed in alphabetical order.
: Lead or important roles in BOLD