|Native name||坂本 真綾|
|Born||March 31, 1980|
|Origin||Itabashi, Tokyo, Japan|
|Occupations||Singer, lyricist, actress, voice actress|
|Labels||Victor Entertainment, Flying Dog|
|Associated acts||Yoko Kanno, Shōko Suzuki, Yūho Iwasato, School Food Punishment|
Maaya Sakamoto (坂本 真綾 Sakamoto Maaya , born March 31, 1980) is a Japanese singer-songwriter, actress, and voice actress who 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. She released her debut single Yakusoku wa Iranai, in collaboration with Yoko Kanno under Victor Entertainment on April 24, 1996.
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 voice actress, she has also had several successful releases; despite initially only modestly selling, 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 #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 #1. She held a concert at the Nippon Budokan on March 31, 2010, her thirtieth birthday. She is also considered to be the official Japanese voice dub-over artist for Hebrew-American actress, Natalie Portman.
Born in Tokyo, Sakamoto grew up within a family of 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 in the TV anime series The Vision of Escaflowne in 1996. In this anime she also made her debut as a singer under the production of Yoko Kanno, who was in charge of the soundtrack of the same anime. Under Kanno's production she made her debut as a singer with "Yakusoku wa Iranai", her first single released on April 24, 1996 that was also used as Escaflowne's opening theme. Since then, she would start singing music for several anime series she would be working on as a voice actress, with its production being exclusively in charge of Yoko Kanno and her music crew, which includes a selected number of lyricists and composers, as Yūho Iwasato, Gabriela Robin, Shanti Snyder, Tim Jensen and a few others. For her singing career she would be working almost exclusively with Yoko Kanno for almost a decade. In October 1996 she began her first radio program on Nack 5, becoming a radio personality. Her first album, entitled Grapefruit, was released on April 23, 1997.
In 2003 she made her debut as an actress in the Japanese version of Les Misérables, in which she played Éponine Thénardier. She starred the TV drama Suekko Chnan Ane San-nin, and also played the leading role in the short film 03+. This year also, her single "Tune the Rainbow" became her first Top 10 single in Japan, peaking at number 9 in the Oricon weekly charts. On October 12 of this same year, Sakamoto's fourth album Shōnen Alice was released, which became her first Top 10 album, and also her last one to be produced exclusively by Yoko Kanno, for after this she would start to become more involved in the music making process and the production of her records. Thus, Yūnagi Loop, her fifth album released on October 26, 2005, was co-produced by herself and musician Mistuyoshi Tamura, whom she would continue working in her subsequent records. The album's lead single "Loop" peaked at number seven in the Japanese charts, becoming her highest chart peaking single at that time.
In 2008, Sakamoto and Kanno worked together again in "Triangler", song that was used as opening theme for the TV anime series Macross Frontier. "Triangler" was a massive success, becoming a Top 3 single in the Oricon charts, and also her biggest selling single to date. The song was later included in Sakamoto's sixth album, Kazeyomi, which was released January 2009. For promoting this album, Sakamoto began her first low-scale national tour, on which she held a three concerts at the Nagoya City Art Theatre, the Osaka Welfare Pension Hall and the Tokyo International Forum. The tour was later released as her first live DVD on August 11, 2011.
In 2010, she celebrated her 15th anniversary in the industry releasing the greatest hits album Everywhere, and also giving a concert at the Nippon Budokan both on March 31, the day of her 30th birthday. In 2011, her seventh album You Can't Catch Me became the first number one record of her career in Japan.
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, will feature 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.
Awards and nominations 
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.
Personal life 
Her favorite colors are blue and gold, while her hobbies are performing, reading, and singing. 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 and announced their marriage on her official site five days later.
Studio albums 
Compilation albums 
- TV anime
- .hack//Sign - Aura
- .hack//GIFT - Aura, Molti
- Code Geass: Akito the Exiled - Leila Malcal
- Diebuster - Lal'C
- El Hazard - The Magnificent World - Qawoor Towles
- Ghost in the Shell: Arise - Motoko Kusanagi
- Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - The Laughing Man - Motoko Kusanagi (young)
- Hellsing Ultimate - Rip van Winkle
- Kenomoto no Chat - Chacha Kenomoto
- Kita e. Pure Session - Tanya Lipinsky
- Little Twins - Chifuru
- Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny Final Plus: The Chosen Future - Lunamaria Hawke
- Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny Special Edition - Lunamaria Hawke
- Nasu: A Migratory Bird with Suitcase - Hikaru Toyoki
- Saint Seiya: The Hades Chapter – Elysion - Pandora
- Saint Seiya: The Hades Chapter – Inferno - Pandora
- Saint Seiya: The Hades Chapter – Sanctuary - Pandora
- Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas - Previous Generation of Athena
- Shin Kyūseishu Densetsu Hokuto no Ken: Toki-den - Lin
- Tsubasa Shunraiki - Princess Tomoyo
- Theatre animation
- .hack//G.U. trilogy - Aura
- Cardcaptor Sakura: The Sealed Card - The Hope
- Clover - Sū
- Escaflowne - Hitomi Kanzaki
- Rebuild of Evangelion - Mari Illustrious Makinami
- Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children - Aerith Gainsborough
- Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos - Julia Crichton
- Ghost in the Shell - Motoko Kusanagi (young)
- Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence - Motoko Kusanagi (young)
- Kara no Kyōkai: The Garden of Sinners series - Shiki Ryōgi
- RahXephon: Pluralitas Concentio - Haruka Mishima, Reika Kamina
- Tsubasa Chronicle the Movie: The Princess of the Country of Birdcages - Princess Tomoyo
- Shin Kyūseishu Densetsu Hokuto no Ken: Raoh-den Gekitō no Shō - Lin
- Shin Kyūseishu Densetsu Hokuto no Ken: Raoh-den Junai no Shō - Lin
- Sword of the Stranger - Hagihime
- xxxHOLiC the Movie: A Midsummer Night's Dream - Princess Tomoyo
- Tekken: Blood Vengeance - Ling Xiaoyu
- Trigun: Badlands Rumble - Ameila
- Web animation
- Panda de Mafumafu - Narrator
- 28 Days Later - Selena
- Alice in Wonderland - Alice Kingsleigh
- Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus - Barbie
- Barbie: Fairytopia - Barbie
- Barbie: Mermaidia - Barbie
- Black Swan - Nina Sayers
- Brandy & Mr. Whiskers - Brandy Harrington
- Brilliant Legacy - Go Eun Sung
- Casper - Katt (TV Edition)
- Cold Mountain - Sara
- Dark Angel - Max
- The Day After Tomorrow - Laura Chapman
- Doctor Who - Rose Tyler
- Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief - Maya Dolittle
- Fantastic Four - Susan Storm (TV movie)
- Flight 29 Down - Taylor Hagan
- Garden State - Sam
- Glee - Rachel Berry
- Grey's Anatomy - Bonnie (Season 3)
- Hart of Dixie - Dr. Zoe Hart
- Heat - Lauren Gustafson
- Hesher - Nicole
- High School Musical - Taylor McKessie
- Jumong - Lady Soseono
- Jurassic Park - Lex Murphy
- King Kong – Ann Darrow
- Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium - Molly Mahoney
- My Blueberry Nights - Leslie
- No Strings Attached - Dr. Emma K. Kurtzman
- Pan Am - Laura Cameron
- Paris, je t'aime - Francine (DVD release)
- Piranha 3D - Kelly Driscoll
- Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time - Princess Tamina
- Restless - Annabel "Annie" Cotton
- Romeo + Juliet - Juliet Capulet
- Snow White and the Huntsman - Snow White
- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace - Padmé Amidala
- Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones - Padmé Amidala
- Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith - Padmé Amidala
- Star Wars: Clone Wars - Padmé Amidala
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Padmé Amidala
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Padmé Amidala
- Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines - Kate Brewster
- The Land Before Time - Cera
- The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure - Cera
- The Raccoons - Julie
- Thor - Jane Foster
- Tinker Bell - Fawn
- Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue - Fawn
- Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure - Fawn
- Under Siege 2: Dark Territory - Sarah Ryback
- Your Highness - Isabel
- TV drama
- Suekko Chōan Ane Sannin - Emi
- Short films
- 03† - Zero Saint Cross
Appearances in other media 
Drama CD 
- All Around TYPE-MOON - Shiki Ryōgi
- Kiss - Kae Kogawa
- Matsuri Special - Matsuri Hanyū
- Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Suit CD vol.6 "Shinn Asuka×Destiny Gundam" - Lunamaria Hawke
- Ouran High School Host Club - Haruhi Fujioka
- The Vision of Escaflowne - Hitomi Kanzaki
Video games 
- .hack series - Aura, Natsume
- .hack//LINK - Cubia
- 428: Fūsa Sareta Shibuya de - Sadaka
- Ar tonelico III: Sekai Shūen no Hikigane wa Shōjo no Uta ga Hiku - Tilia
- Black Rock Shooter: The Game - Black Rock Shooter, White Rock Shooter
- Bujingai - Yohfa
- Dancing Blade 2 ~Tears of Eden~ - Suzuna
- Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII - Aerith Gainsborough
- Dead or Alive: Dimensions - Lisa Hamilton/La Mariposa
- Dead or Alive Paradise - Lisa Hamilton/La Mariposa
- Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 - Lisa Hamilton/La Mariposa
- Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball - Lisa Hamilton/La Mariposa
- Dead or Alive 4 - Lisa Hamilton/La Mariposa
- Dead or Alive 5 - Lisa Hamilton/La Mariposa
- Dengen Tenshi Shangri-la - Mirin
- Devicereign - Shione Yūnagi
- Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy - Lightning, Aerith Gainsborough
- Dragon Slayer Jr: Romancia - Serina Leby Laura
- Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2 - Lunamaria Hawke
- Fate/Extra - Shiki Ryōgi
- Fantastic Fortune - Mei Fujiwara
- Final Fantasy Type-0 - Diva
- Final Fantasy XIII - Lightning
- Final Fantasy XIII-2 - Lightning
- Fullmetal Alchemist 3: Kami o Tsugu Shōjo - Sophie Bergmann
- God Eater Burst - Alisa Ilinichina Amiella
- God Eater 2 - Alisa Ilinichina Amiella
- Giga Wing - Aisha
- Jeanne d'Arc - Jeanne d'Arc
- Kanon - Mishio Amano
- Kingdom Hearts - Aerith Gainsborough
- Kingdom Hearts II - Aerith Gainsborough
- Kōyasai - Risa Hashinoto
- Kita e. ~White Illumination~ - Tanya Lipinsky
- Kita e. Photo Memories - Tanya Lipinsky
- Kuroshitsuji: Phantom & Ghost - Ciel Phantomhive
- Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII - Lightning
- Little Lovers - Yui
- Little Lovers - 2nd - - Yui
- Melty Blood: Actress Again (PlayStation 2 version) - Shiki Ryōgi
- Mahoroba Stories - Suzu
- Missing Blue - Siena Areel
- Mobile Suit Gundam series - Lunamaria Hawke
- Napple Tale - Poach, Arsia
- Okaeri!~Yūnagiiro no Koimonogatari~ - Nagisa Shinohara
- Ouran High School Host Club - Haruhi Fujioka
- Panzer Dragoon Saga - Azel
- Persona 3 - Aegis
- Persona 3 FES - Aegis
- Persona 3 Portable - Aegis
- Persona 4 Arena - Aegis
- Panzer Dragoon Orta - Azel
- Project X Zone - Ling Xiaoyu, Alisa Ilinichina Amiella, Aura
- RahXephon Sokyu Gensokyoku - Reika Mishima
- Rune Factory 2: A Fantasy Harvest Moon - Kyle
- Saint Seiya: The Hades - Pandora
- Suikoden Tierkreis - Marika
- Sonic the Hedgehog - Princess Elise
- Super Robot Wars series - Reika Mishima, Lunamaria Hawke
- Tales of Xillia - Agria
- Tales of Xillia 2 - Agria
- Tail Concerto - Princess Terria
- Tekken Tag Tournament 2 - Ling Xiaoyu
- The 3rd Birthday - Aya Brea
- The Vision of Escaflowne - Hitomi Kanzaki
- White Knight Chronicles - Princess Cisna
- World Destruction - Morte Āshera
- Angel Touch - Rin Otō
- Bangare - Nin Sasaki
- Daddy Long Legs - 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
- Sakamoto Maaya no Manpukuron (坂本真綾の満腹論) – Currently in Newtype.
- A monthly column
- I.D. (アイディ。) – December 9, 2005
- An essay collection (out of print)
- Chizu to Tegami to Koi no Uta (地図と手紙と恋のうた) – April 18, 2008
- A photo and lyrics book compilation
- from everywhere. – February 21, 2011
- An essay collection
- "Official profile". Victor Artists website. Retrieved January 14, 2011.(Japanese)
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- "Cast list @ Bandai's Escaflowne Official Website" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-11-27.
- "Oricon past rankings for Yakusoku wa Iranai" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2009-12-24.
- "Tune the Rainbow Past Rankings" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2009-09-21.
- "Loop Past Rankings" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2009-09-21.[dead link]
- "Ame ga Furu Past Rankings" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2009-09-21.
- "Triangler Past Rankings" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2009-09-21.
- "Shōnen Alice Past Rankings" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2009-09-21.
- "Yūnagi Loop Past Rankings" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2009-09-21.
- "Maaya Sakamoto earns first no.1 album on weekly chart". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2011-01-18.
- "CDデビュー15周年を記念して、坂本真綾の武道館ライブが決定!!" (in Japanese). Famitsu. 2009-09-11. Retrieved 2010-01-04. "2010年3月31日（水）、坂本真綾の誕生日当日に武道館でLIVEが開催される。"
- "the id, March 2002" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2011-03-23.
- (Japanese) "坂本真綾のプロフィール・ヒストリーならオリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved August 27, 2012.
- (Japanese) ""坂本真綾×菅野よう子"が再び！TVアニメ『マクロスF』OPテーマがシングル・リリース" (in Japanese). CD Journal. March 5, 2008. Retrieved August 27, 2012.
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- (Japanese) "坂本真綾、8thアルバムは「シンガーソングライター」" (in Japanese). natalie.mu. January 1, 2013. Retrieved March 2, 2013.
- "http://www.jvcmusic.co.jp/maaya/triangler/index.html". Retrieved 2008-04-18.
- "第23回アニメグランプリ" (in Japanese). Animage. Retrieved 2008-11-03.
- "各部門ランキング 中間発表" (in Japanese). Seiyu Awards. Archived from the original on 2007-01-16. Retrieved 2010-01-04.
- "1995→2010: Seems like things haven't changed, but maybe they have? Looking back on 15 years!". Retrieved 2011-03-23.
- "みなさまにご報告させていただきます" (in Japanese). Retrieved 13 August 2011.
- "スタッフ＆キャスト／貧乏姉妹物語" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2007-10-19.
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- "スタッフ・キャスト" [Staff & cast] (in Japanese). nisemonogatari-anime.com. Retrieved February 15, 2013.
- "Kemono to Chat's OVA official website" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2009-08-13.
- "Maaya Sakamoto to play new character in Evangelion 2.0 film". 2009-04-17. Retrieved 2009-10-15.
- "キャスト - チョコレート・アンダーグラウンド" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2009-04-22.
- "ぱんだ ｄｅ まふまふ サイト" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-01-04.
- "03＋" (in Japanese). Kinokuniya. Retrieved 2010-01-04.
- "Character information: ジャンヌ・ダルク" (in Japanese). Level-5. Retrieved 2010-01-04.
- "http://tekken-bloodvengeance.com/cast.html" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2012-12-14.
- "Vitamin M radio info @ Official Website" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2009-04-11.
- "Chizu to Tegami to Koi no Uta Radio Official Site @ TBS Radio" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2007-04-10. Retrieved 2009-04-11.
- Maaya Sakamoto, Take, ufotable on Galactic Railroad Project - Anime News Network (September 13, 2010)
- "坂本真綾PHOTO&エッセイ集「アイディ。」発売！" (in Japanese). Victor Entertainment. Retrieved 2011-02-07.
- "地図と手紙と恋のうた" (in Japanese). Kinokuniya. Retrieved 2009-03-18.
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- Maaya Sakamoto's Official Homepage (Japanese)
- Idling Stop ~ Official Fansite (Japanese)
- "Saizensen" Maaya Sakamoto's Full moon Recital (Japanese)
- Maaya Sakamoto at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia
- Maaya Sakamoto discography at MusicBrainz