First and foremost, Maaya Sakamoto is a seiyuu who's probably better known for her singing career than her acting resume, even though her debut/big break was voicing Hitomi Kanzaki in The Vision of Escaflowne
. Which was, well, a bit of beginner's luck: she was only supposed to voice Hitomi, but Yoko Kanno
suggested that they have her sing the OP song and some others.
Sakamoto has many collaborations with the aforementioned Yoko Kanno
. Her star as a seiyuu is still rising, even landing her parts in stage plays, including a multi-year run as Eponine in the Japanese production of Les Misérables
and the leading role of Jerusha in the 2012 musical version of Daddy-Long-Legs
. She often dubs over Natalie Portman
. She has done several of her roles alongside
with Mamoru Miyano
, Akira Ishida
, and Kenichi Suzumura
. On August 8, 2011, she and Kenichi got married. Congratulations to them both!
Some of her roles include:
- Aerith Gainsborough in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII and the Kingdom Hearts series
- Agria in Tales of Xillia
- Aigis in Persona 3 and Persona 4 Arena
- Akashi in The Tatami Galaxy
- Alice Kingsleigh in Alice in Wonderland
- Alisa in God Eater Burst
- Ann Darrow in the Japanese dub of King Kong
- Alphard in Canaan
- Aura in Dot Hack
- Aya Brea in The 3rd Birthday
- Cera in the Japanese dub of the first 4 films of The Land Before Time (her debut role)
- Ciel Phantomhive in the Black Butler anime
- Cisna in White Knight Chronicles
- Crona in Soul Eater
- Elise in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)
- Emu in ASH: Archaic Sealed Heat
- Eto in Tokyo Ghoul (uncredited) and Tokyo Ghoul √A.
- Fawn in the Japanese dub of the Tinker Bell series
- Hamona in Wolf's Rain (she also sung the ending song "Gravity", which was entirely in English!)
- Haruhi Fujioka in Ouran High School Host Club
- Hitomi Kanzaki in Vision of Escaflowne
- Ii Naotora in Sengoku Basara 4
- Titular character of Jeanne D Arc
- Julia Crichton in Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos
- Juliet in Baz Luhrmann's William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet
- Karin Junmai in Medabots
- Kiyomi Takada in Death Note
- Kyle in Rune Factory 2
- La Mariposa in Dead or Alive
- Lal'C Melk Mark in DieBuster
- Leila Malcal in Code Geass: Akito the Exiled
- Ling Xiaoyu in Tekken: Blood Vengeance.
- Lou Fa in D.Gray-Man
- Lunamaria "Luna" Hawke and Mayu Asuka in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny
- Machi in Blade of the Immortal
- Mari Illustrious Makinami in Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance.
- Masako Yoshi in Bunny Drop.
- Matsuri in Naruto
- Maya Dolittle in the Japanese dub of Doctor Dolittle 4
- Mei Ranshe in Macross Frontier
- Mishio Amano in Kanon
- Moko in Captain Earth (with husband Kenichi Suzumura cast as her teammate Amara)
- Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost in the Shell: Arise; she also provided the voice of child-body Kusanagi at the end of the original Ghost in the Shell.
- Nino in Arakawa Under the Bridge
- Dub voice of Padmé (Natalie Portman) in the Star Wars prequels
- Pōchi in Napple Tale; she also sings the opening song, closing song, and the majority of the insert songs.
- Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) in the Japanese dub of Glee
- Reika Mishima in RahXephon
- Riho Yamazaki in Nightwalker
- Rikako Ōryō in Psycho-Pass
- Rin Suzuki in Bamboo Blade
- Rip Van Winkle in Hellsing
- Rose in the Japanese dubbed Doctor Who
- Sarina Endou in Star Driver
- Sayaka Nakasugi in Birdy the Mighty: Decode
- Scheherazade in Magi – Labyrinth of Magic
- Shiki Ryougi in Kara no Kyoukai and Melty Blood: Actress Again, as well as in her hidden boss cameo in Fate/EXTRA
- Shinobu Oshino in Bakemonogatari
- Snow White in the Japanese dub of Snow White & the Huntsman.
- Stella Bonnaro in Cowboy Bebop
- Sumika Juutilainen, Fiona Jarnefeldt, and Frances "Fran" Batty Curtis in the Armored Core games (Project Phantasma, 4, For Answer, and V, respectively).
- Suu in Clover
- Tilia in Ar tonelico III
- Tomoe Amamiya in Tiger & Bunny.
- Tomoyo in Tsubasa Chronicle