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Maaya Sakamoto (坂本 真綾 Sakamoto Ma'aya, born March 31, 1980) is a Japanese seiyu (voice-actor) and singer who made her debut in 1996 as the voice of Hitomi Kanzaki in the hit anime series The Vision of Escaflowne.
In addition, she sang the opening song "Yakusoku wa Iranai". She has since teamed up with composer Yoko Kanno and has had many subsequent voice roles in animes such as Record of Lodoss War, Kanon, RahXephon, Gundam Seed Destiny and others. She also has had voice roles in video games such as Panzer Dragoon Saga , Kingdom Hearts, and Napple Tale . She also does the voice of Padmé Amidala in the Japanese dub of Star Wars: Episodes I & II, and Max in the television series Dark Angel. She plays the role of Eponine in the Japanese production of Les Misérables.
She has released four solo albums, numerous singles, and two singles collections. In December 2003, she released her fourth original album, Shounen Alice, and a DVD of a short original movie from the director of 'Mizu no Onna' called '03 CROSS'. Maaya occasionally writes her own lyrics but most often works with others. Frequent collaborators include Yuho Iwasoto for Japanese songs and Tim Jenson for English songs. Composer Yoko Kanno has worked with Maaya since her debut. In 2004 Maaya's new fanclub 'Idling Stop' opened.
- Easy Listening is the name of a mini-album by Maaya Sakamoto. Like her previous CDs, the music is composed by Yoko Kanno.
- Blind Summer Fish
- Doreddo 39
- Afternoon Repose
- Bitter Sweet
- Another Grey Day in the Big Blue World
Notes: Inori means prayer in Japanese. Afternoon Repose and Another Grey Day in the Big Blue World are in English.
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