Ani-Music: Sakamoto Maaya
This time, I hope many of you have heard of Sakamoto Maaya! I could go on and on about how amazing and lovely she is, but I will try to be concise :P She has established herself within the music industry as a singer-songwriter, working on long-time collaborations with famous producer Yoko Kanno!
Not only that, she is a seiyuu of several notable roles such as Princess Tomoyo in Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, Ciel Phantomhive in Kuroshitsuji I/II (my personal favourite) and her most recent role, Rikako Oryo in hit anime Psycho Pass!
As a seiyuu, she has diversity and number in her role selection/acceptance, changing her voice to suit the character and differentiating every character she has voiced! Scrolling through her list of characters that she has voiced over the years, I was surprised to find that she was the one who voiced them O:
Her debut single, Yakusoku wa Iranai, marked her debut into the anisong industry and her first collaboration with Yoko Kanno. However, my first interaction with this lovely singer was from Cardcaptor Sakura, where she sang Purachina (Platinum), the third opening song for the series. I watched this series more than 10 years ago, goes to show how long Maaya has been in the anisong industry (17 years and counting)!
Following that, I 'rediscovered' her music again when she performed Triangler for as an insert song for Macross Frontier. In addition, she sang Tsubasa Chronicle's ending theme Loop, which was nominated for Best Musical Performance in the first Seiyuu Awards in 2007.
Not only has she performed several anisongs, she even wrote some of them! In 2008, she penned the lyrics to some of Ranka Lee's songs (voiced by Nakajima Megumi), such as Sou da yo, Ao no Ether and Aimo O.C. for anime Macross Frontier.
Not only has she branched into pop/anime singing from being a seiyuu, she has also sung in theatre! She played Eponine in the Japanese version of Les Miserables in 2003! O: Check out her version of On My Own here!
Just a few months ago in March, Maaya has released her 8th studio album, Singer-Songwriter, with all songs sung, written, composed and produced by herself! It also has a remix of the sweet song, everywhere. It is also her first studio album after You Can't Catch Me, her studio album released in 2011 which attained #1 in the Oricon Charts.
I am sure that she will keep on producing more wonderful songs and bring many more intriguing, fascinating characters to life!
Want to find out more about her? Check out the links below!