Maaya Sakamoto Sakamoto Maaya, born , 1980 in Itabashi, Tokyo) is a Japanese seiy? and singer who made her debut in 1996 as the voice of Hitomi Kanzaki in the hit anime series The Vision of Escaflowne. She sings songs in both Japanese and English.
She also does the voice of Padm? Amidala in the Japanese dub of Star Wars Episodes I, II, and III. She reprised the role in the current ongoing American 3D CGI animated television series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
She is also voicing the lead character Chacha Kenomoto in the upcoming OVA, Kenomoto no Chat.
Her upcoming single is set to be Kobatos opening theme, releasing on , 2009.
Maaya is a graduate from Toyo University (Bachelor in Sociology). Her favorite colors are pink and brown, while her hobbies are performing, reading and singing. Her blood type is A.
She was one half of the seiy? duo "Whoops!!", alongside Chieko Higuchi. She has been called (Onee-sama), a respectful way of saying "older sister" by her Ouran co-host Ayaka Sait?.
Nothing much is known about her family except that her father, Yoshimi Sakamoto, is an expert in stage lighting. When she was at AnimeFest in 2005, she said that her favorite Western bands are Oasis and Maroon 5. She also has had at least one song, that appeared on the NHK program, Minna no Uta.
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, Y?nagi 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" (with lyrics by Chris Mosdell), and "Cloud 9". More recently, Maaya and Kanno collaborated 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. She also performed the song "cream" with HIDE, which was featured in Ghost in the Shell's mini album, be Human.
She also first collaborated with Sh?ko Suzuki in 2005 for the music and lyrics of "No Fear / Ai Suru Koto" and the composition of "A Happy Ending", both which appeared in her fifth album Y?nagi Loop. Later, she composed the title track of Sakamoto's 13th single "Kazemachi Jet" in 2006. The following year, she wrote the music and lyrics of "Kioku-there's no end" and composed "Universe" in the mini album 30Minutes Night Flight. The title track of the 14th single "Saigo no Kajitsu" was also composed by Suzuki. For album Kazeyomi, there was a album version of "Kazemachi Jet" with composition by the same person.
She also worked with composer, h-wonder in a few occasions, with songs such as "Honey Come", "Fuyu Desu ka", "Loop", and "action!". She covered the Beatles song Here, There and Everywhere, but this cover does not appear in any of her albums or singles to date.
Maaya typically writes her own lyrics but occasionally uses lyrics written by or in collaboration with others. Frequent collaborators include Y?ho Iwasato for Japanese songs and Tim Jensen for English songs. She also wrote lyrics with Gabriela Robin for two of Megumi Nakajima's songs. Lyricist Chris Mosdell, well known in Japan particularly for his association with Yellow Magic Orchestra, has also written lyrics for her, including "Kingfisher Girl" on Sh?nen Alice and "Another Grey Day in the Big Blue World" on Easy Listening.
In the 23rd Anime Grand Prix, she ranked tenth place under the seiy? category with 126 votes.
In the first Seiy? Awards, she was nominated for "Best Actress in a leading role" for her protrayal of Haruhi Fujioka in Ouran High School Host Club as well as "Best Musical Performance" for Tsubasa Chronicle?s ending theme "Loop".
Participation in CLAMP's works
Her first participation in anime and OVAs adapted from works by CLAMP was in CLAMP School Detectives. She sang "Bokura no Rekishi", which was the theme song to its radio drama. She also provided the anime's second ending theme song, "Gift". 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. She also voiced S? in Clover's OVA.
More recently, she voiced Tomoyo in Tsubasa Chronicle, and sang several songs for the soundtracks, as well as the ending theme from Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle's OVAs, Tokyo Revelations and the upcoming new OVA Tsubasa Shunraiki.
She also sings the opening theme, action! for CLAMP in Wonderland 2.
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