Occupation: Singer, Voice actor, theatre actress
Favourite colour: Pink
Favourite Animal: Hamster
Favourite Music: OASIS, Bonnie Pink
Maaya Sakamoto is a singer/voice actress who hit fame with the role of Hitomi in the anime series 'Tekuu No Escaflowne' and with the soundtrack of the series, composed by Yoko Kanno. The opening for the show 'Yakusoku wa Iranai' has been a fan favourite since she performed it for the series at the age of 15. Maaya began acting at 8 with theatre roles and going on to foreign movie dubs. Her first animation voice role was with a series called "Little Twins" when she was 12 years old in 1992. Before that around the age of 8 Maaya appeared in the dub on NHK of "OUR HOUSE" and also had a role in the dub of "The Land Before Time"
Going on, she performed even more characters: for animes, radio dramas and Japanese dubs of films e.g 'Star Wars - Episode 1' (Amidala).
Her singing career is also going well, and for a long time she worked with the composer Yoko Kanno, who she is great friends with. Maaya has been quoted as saying that she views Kanno as a sister. Maaya has produced creative and original albums and singles which are loved by her fans and continues to work on original pieces and anime soundtracks. Maaya has recently begun to produce her own music with others since moving away from Kanno in order to expand her music beginning with LOOP. She has been widening the range of people she works with while keeping it uniquely Maaya.
Maaya has handled many radio shows which have come and gone. Recently she is running her personal show Vitamin M and also a radio show about food "Key of Dish". Maaya also does the narration of a Planetarium show in Japan. Right now Maaya is also doing a weekly show available for podcast called 'Chizu to Tegami to Koi no Uta' which takes a word as a theme for the month and listeners mail in their stories for discussion on that theme.
'Chizu to Tegami to Koi no Uta' is also the name of Maaya's first lyrics and photobook with photos taken from her trip to Finland and containing Maaya's handpicked lyrics of songs she has sung that she felt she wanted to keep as a record. She has also written an essay book called 'I.D'.
Her official fanclub is IDS which stands for Idoling Stop.
In 2010 Maaya celebrated her 15th anniversary since her CD debut with the release of 'everywhere' a two disc best collection, a concert at the Budokan in Tokyo and a new original album called 'You Can't Catch Me'. With YCCM she achieved her first number one on the weekly album chart Oricon. Her second essay collection 'from everywhere' was released February 2011.
Official homepage: http://www.jvcmusic.co.jp/maaya
Official fanclub: http://www.fc-ids.com/
Official Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/maayasakamotoCh
Unofficial International Fanclub: http://maayas.net/
Sakamoto Maaya.com: http://sakamotomaaya.com
Log-in ID Maaya: http://maayasakamoto.blogspot.com
Maaya Sakamoto.net: http://www.maayasakamoto.net
Nostalgic Lavender Maaya lyrics: http://www.nostalgic-lavender.net/maaya/index.html
Maaya Sakamoto translation archive by Frecklegirl http://www.delicious.com/maayas
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