Maaya Sakamoto

Maaya Sakamoto is a Japanese voice actress and singer. She 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. Other major roles in anime include Riho Yamazaki in Nightwalker: The Midnight Detective, Moe Katsuragi in Risky Safety, Princess Tomoyo in Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, Haruhi Fujioka in Ouran High School Host Club, Sayaka Nakasugi in Birdy the Mighty, Ciel Phantomhive in Black Butler, Shinobu Oshino in Monogatari, Shiki Ryougi in the Kara no Kyoukai film series, and Motoko Kusanagi in the newer Ghost in the Shell films and series. In video games she voices Aura and Natsume in .hack, Lisa Hamilton / La Mariposa in Dead or Alive, Aeris in Kingdom Hearts, Aigis in Persona 3, Lightning in Final Fantasy XIII games, Ling Xiaoyu in the Tekken series, and Alisa Illinichina Amiella in God Eater. She has also branched into singing, performing songs in both English and Japanese. She released her debut single "Yakusoku wa Iranai" in collaboration with Yoko Kanno under Victor Entertainment on April 24, 1996. 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 number 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 ...

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Ghost in the Shell (1995)

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In the year 2029, the barriers of our world have been broken down by the net and by cybernetics, but this brings new vulnerability to humans in the form of brain-hacking. When a highly-wanted hacker known as 'The Puppetmaster' begins involving them in politics, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mamoru Oshii
CAST:  Atsuko Tanaka  •  Iemasa Kayumi  •  Akio Otsuka  •  Koichi Yamadera

In the year 2029, the barriers of our world have been broken down by the net and by cybernetics, but this brings new vulnerability to humans in the form of brain-hacking. When a highly-wanted hacker known as 'The Puppetmaster' begins involving them in politics, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mamoru Oshii
CAST:  Atsuko Tanaka  •  Iemasa Kayumi  •  Akio Otsuka  •  Koichi Yamadera

Escaflowne: The Movie (2000)

Gaea is a mythical realm ruled by sword and sorcery and immersed in blood and violence. Thrust into a conflict she doesn't quite understand, Hitomi Kanzaki helps aid the young Prince Van as they embark upon a journey to fight the Black Dragon Clan. The battle over ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kazuki Akane
CAST:  Maaya Sakamoto  •  Tomokazu Seki  •  Mayumi Iizuka  •  Minami Takayama

Gaea is a mythical realm ruled by sword and sorcery and immersed in blood and violence. Thrust into a conflict she doesn't quite understand, Hitomi Kanzaki helps aid the young Prince Van as they embark upon a journey to fight the Black Dragon Clan. The battle over ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kazuki Akane
CAST:  Maaya Sakamoto  •  Tomokazu Seki  •  Mayumi Iizuka  •  Minami Takayama

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2005)

Two years have passed since the final battle with Sephiroth. Though Midgar, city of mako, city of prosperity, has been reduced to ruins, its people slowly but steadily walk the road to reconstruction. However, a mysterious illness called Geostigma torments them. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tetsuya Nomura  •  Takeshi Nozue
CAST:  Takahiro Sakurai  •  Toshiyuki Morikawa  •  Ayumi Ito  •  Keiji Fujiwara

Two years have passed since the final battle with Sephiroth. Though Midgar, city of mako, city of prosperity, has been reduced to ruins, its people slowly but steadily walk the road to reconstruction. However, a mysterious illness called Geostigma torments them. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tetsuya Nomura  •  Takeshi Nozue
CAST:  Takahiro Sakurai  •  Toshiyuki Morikawa  •  Ayumi Ito  •  Keiji Fujiwara

Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: The Sacred Star of Milos (2011)

After a mysterious prisoner with only a few weeks left on his sentence breaks out of prison in Central City, the Elric brothers attempt to track him down. The search leads them to Table City in the southwestern country of Creta, where Alphonse rescues a young ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kazuya Murata
CAST:  Rie Kugimiya  •  Shin-ichiro Miki  •  Fumiko Orikasa  •  Romi Park

After a mysterious prisoner with only a few weeks left on his sentence breaks out of prison in Central City, the Elric brothers attempt to track him down. The search leads them to Table City in the southwestern country of Creta, where Alphonse rescues a young ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kazuya Murata
CAST:  Rie Kugimiya  •  Shin-ichiro Miki  •  Fumiko Orikasa  •  Romi Park

Space Pirate Captain Harlock (2013)

Space Pirate Captain Harlock and his fearless crew face off against the space invaders who seek to conquer the planet Earth.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shinji Aramaki
CAST:  Shun Oguri  •  Haruma Miura  •  Yu Aoi  •  Arata Furuta

Space Pirate Captain Harlock and his fearless crew face off against the space invaders who seek to conquer the planet Earth.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shinji Aramaki
CAST:  Shun Oguri  •  Haruma Miura  •  Yu Aoi  •  Arata Furuta

Ghost in the Shell Arise - Border 1: Ghost Pain (2013)

The story is set in 2027, one year after the end of the fourth non-nuclear war. New Port City is still reeling from the war's aftermath when it suffers a bombing caused by a self-propelled mine. Then, a military member implicated in arms-dealing bribes is gunned ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kazuchika Kise  •  Masahiko Murata
CAST:  Maaya Sakamoto  •  Ikkyu Juku  •  Kenichirou Matsuda  •  Kazuya Nakai

The story is set in 2027, one year after the end of the fourth non-nuclear war. New Port City is still reeling from the war's aftermath when it suffers a bombing caused by a self-propelled mine. Then, a military member implicated in arms-dealing bribes is gunned ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kazuchika Kise  •  Masahiko Murata
CAST:  Maaya Sakamoto  •  Ikkyu Juku  •  Kenichirou Matsuda  •  Kazuya Nakai

The Garden of Sinners: Recalled Out Summer (2013)

A side story of the original Kara no Kyōkai - the Garden of sinners movie series divided into 2 parts. In the first part, Shizune Seo, who finds her life too predictable due to her precognition, and Mitsuru‎ Kamekura, who uses his precognition to be a professional ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tomonori Sudo
CAST:  Kenichi Suzumura  •  Maaya Sakamoto  •  Takako Honda  •  Yuka Iguchi

A side story of the original Kara no Kyōkai - the Garden of sinners movie series divided into 2 parts. In the first part, Shizune Seo, who finds her life too predictable due to her precognition, and Mitsuru‎ Kamekura, who uses his precognition to be a professional ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tomonori Sudo
CAST:  Kenichi Suzumura  •  Maaya Sakamoto  •  Takako Honda  •  Yuka Iguchi

Ghost in the Shell Arise - Border 2: Ghost Whispers (2013)

Freed of her responsibilities with the 501 Organization, Motoko Kusanagi must now learn how to take orders from Aramaki. Someone hacks the Logicomas, and Batou enlists the help of former army intelligence officer Ishikawa and former air artillery expert Borma. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kazuchika Kise  •  Atsushi Takeuchi
CAST:  Maaya Sakamoto  •  Ikkyu Juku  •  Kenichirou Matsuda  •  Tomoyuki Dan

Freed of her responsibilities with the 501 Organization, Motoko Kusanagi must now learn how to take orders from Aramaki. Someone hacks the Logicomas, and Batou enlists the help of former army intelligence officer Ishikawa and former air artillery expert Borma. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kazuchika Kise  •  Atsushi Takeuchi
CAST:  Maaya Sakamoto  •  Ikkyu Juku  •  Kenichirou Matsuda  •  Tomoyuki Dan

Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning (2012)

Set on an alternative Earth, Superheroes are celebrities and a high rating TV show rates their achievements, awarding them points until an annual King of Heroes is crowned. Old-school hero Wild Tiger is assigned a new partner with very different views on the heroes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yoshitomo Yonetani
CAST:  Hiroaki Hirata  •  Masakazu Morita  •  Taiten Kusunoki  •  Go Inoue

Set on an alternative Earth, Superheroes are celebrities and a high rating TV show rates their achievements, awarding them points until an annual King of Heroes is crowned. Old-school hero Wild Tiger is assigned a new partner with very different views on the heroes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yoshitomo Yonetani
CAST:  Hiroaki Hirata  •  Masakazu Morita  •  Taiten Kusunoki  •  Go Inoue

Clover (1999)

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DIRECTION:  Kitarou Kousaka
CAST:  Maaya Sakamoto  •  Kisho Taniyama

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DIRECTION:  Kitarou Kousaka
CAST:  Maaya Sakamoto  •  Kisho Taniyama

Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress (2012)

Hamaji, a young huntress from the mountains, stumbles into the middle of a shogun’s vendetta against a group of human-dog hybrids, the Fusé. Rumors of Fusé murdering innocent people in the bustling city of Edo have sparked a bounty for their heads. Along with her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Masayuki Miyaji
CAST:  Minako Kotobuki  •  Mamoru Miyano  •  Kanako Miyamoto  •  Katsuyuki Konishi

Hamaji, a young huntress from the mountains, stumbles into the middle of a shogun’s vendetta against a group of human-dog hybrids, the Fusé. Rumors of Fusé murdering innocent people in the bustling city of Edo have sparked a bounty for their heads. Along with her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Masayuki Miyaji
CAST:  Minako Kotobuki  •  Mamoru Miyano  •  Kanako Miyamoto  •  Katsuyuki Konishi

The Garden of Sinners: A Study in Murder (Part 1) (2007)

August 1995: Mikiya first meets Shiki in a white kimono during a snowing day. Later on, at the high school freshmen ceremony, Mikiya sees Shiki in the crowd and chases after her, introducing himself to her. But Shiki hides a big secret: A wave of bizarre murders ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takuya Nonaka
CAST:  Maaya Sakamoto  •  Kenichi Suzumura  •  Jouji Nakata  •  Takako Honda

August 1995: Mikiya first meets Shiki in a white kimono during a snowing day. Later on, at the high school freshmen ceremony, Mikiya sees Shiki in the crowd and chases after her, introducing himself to her. But Shiki hides a big secret: A wave of bizarre murders ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takuya Nonaka
CAST:  Maaya Sakamoto  •  Kenichi Suzumura  •  Jouji Nakata  •  Takako Honda

The Garden of Sinners: A Study in Murder (Part 2) (2009)

February 1999. Both ceremonies disappeared before Mikiya Kuroiri. And a continuous hunting murder case that recurs to match it. Three years ago, he called himself a murderer. Mikiya vowed to continue believing. Mikiya begins investigating the murder case to prove ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hikaru Kondo
CAST:  Maaya Sakamoto  •  Kenichi Suzumura  •  Jouji Nakata  •  Ryotaro Okiayu

February 1999. Both ceremonies disappeared before Mikiya Kuroiri. And a continuous hunting murder case that recurs to match it. Three years ago, he called himself a murderer. Mikiya vowed to continue believing. Mikiya begins investigating the murder case to prove ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hikaru Kondo
CAST:  Maaya Sakamoto  •  Kenichi Suzumura  •  Jouji Nakata  •  Ryotaro Okiayu

The Garden of Sinners: Overlooking View (2007)

The story starts following an incident: a young girl jumps from the top of a building. The image provokes a certain dread, as the girl appears to have been a corpse even before she jummped. The case is dismissed, yet more and more of these suicides occur, and all ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ei Aoki
CAST:  Maaya Sakamoto  •  Kenichi Suzumura  •  Takako Honda  •  Rie Tanaka

The story starts following an incident: a young girl jumps from the top of a building. The image provokes a certain dread, as the girl appears to have been a corpse even before she jummped. The case is dismissed, yet more and more of these suicides occur, and all ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ei Aoki
CAST:  Maaya Sakamoto  •  Kenichi Suzumura  •  Takako Honda  •  Rie Tanaka

The Garden of Sinners: Oblivion Recording (2008)

January 1999: Apprentice mage Azaka Kokutou, Mikiya's younger sister, has been ordered by her mentor, Touko Aozaki, to investigate a certain incident in which fairies steal the memories of students at Azaka's school, Reien Academy. Azaka launches an investigation ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takahiro Miura
CAST:  Maaya Sakamoto  •  Ayumi Fujimura  •  Takako Honda  •  Jouji Nakata

January 1999: Apprentice mage Azaka Kokutou, Mikiya's younger sister, has been ordered by her mentor, Touko Aozaki, to investigate a certain incident in which fairies steal the memories of students at Azaka's school, Reien Academy. Azaka launches an investigation ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takahiro Miura
CAST:  Maaya Sakamoto  •  Ayumi Fujimura  •  Takako Honda  •  Jouji Nakata

The Garden of Sinners: Remaining Sense of Pain (2008)

July 1998 - After a group of delinquents is found dead in their hangout place with all their limbs twisted and torn off, Aozaki Touko receives a request to find the murderer and asks Shiki for help. The main suspect is Asagami Fujino; a girl who was the boys' ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mitsuru Obunai
CAST:  Maaya Sakamoto  •  Kenichi Suzumura  •  Mamiko Noto  •  Takako Honda

July 1998 - After a group of delinquents is found dead in their hangout place with all their limbs twisted and torn off, Aozaki Touko receives a request to find the murderer and asks Shiki for help. The main suspect is Asagami Fujino; a girl who was the boys' ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mitsuru Obunai
CAST:  Maaya Sakamoto  •  Kenichi Suzumura  •  Mamiko Noto  •  Takako Honda

The Garden of Sinners: The Hollow Shrine (2008)

June 1998: After spending two years in a coma caused by a traffic accident, Shiki Ryougi awakens with amnesia. She is visited by Touko Aozaki, a wizard and proprietor of a studio called Garan no Dou. Shiki has lost not only the memory of her accident, but also any ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Teiichi Takiguchi
CAST:  Maaya Sakamoto  •  Kenichi Suzumura  •  Jouji Nakata  •  Mamiko Noto

June 1998: After spending two years in a coma caused by a traffic accident, Shiki Ryougi awakens with amnesia. She is visited by Touko Aozaki, a wizard and proprietor of a studio called Garan no Dou. Shiki has lost not only the memory of her accident, but also any ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Teiichi Takiguchi
CAST:  Maaya Sakamoto  •  Kenichi Suzumura  •  Jouji Nakata  •  Mamiko Noto

The Garden of Sinners: Paradox Spiral (2008)

In the middle of October 1998, Tomoe Enjou is attacked by bullies from his old school and saved by Shiki Ryougi. He asks her to hide him at her place and admits that he killed someone. Several days after the incident there are still no broadcasts about the murder ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takayuki Hirao
CAST:  Maaya Sakamoto  •  Kenichi Suzumura  •  Jouji Nakata  •  Tetsuya Kakihara

In the middle of October 1998, Tomoe Enjou is attacked by bullies from his old school and saved by Shiki Ryougi. He asks her to hide him at her place and admits that he killed someone. Several days after the incident there are still no broadcasts about the murder ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takayuki Hirao
CAST:  Maaya Sakamoto  •  Kenichi Suzumura  •  Jouji Nakata  •  Tetsuya Kakihara

Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time (2021)

In the aftermath of the Fourth Impact, stranded without their Evangelions, Shinji, Asuka, and Rei find refuge in one of the rare pockets of humanity that still exist on the ruined planet Earth. There, each of them live a life far different from their days as an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hideaki Anno
CAST:  Megumi Ogata  •  Yuko Miyamura  •  Kotono Mitsuishi  •  Megumi Hayashibara

In the aftermath of the Fourth Impact, stranded without their Evangelions, Shinji, Asuka, and Rei find refuge in one of the rare pockets of humanity that still exist on the ruined planet Earth. There, each of them live a life far different from their days as an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hideaki Anno
CAST:  Megumi Ogata  •  Yuko Miyamura  •  Kotono Mitsuishi  •  Megumi Hayashibara

Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo (2012)

Fourteen years after Third Impact, Shinji Ikari awakens to a world he does not remember. He hasn't aged. Much of Earth is laid in ruins, NERV has been dismantled, and people who he once protected have turned against him. Befriending the enigmatic Kaworu Nagisa, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hideaki Anno
CAST:  Megumi Hayashibara  •  Maaya Sakamoto  •  Megumi Ogata  •  Takehito Koyasu

Fourteen years after Third Impact, Shinji Ikari awakens to a world he does not remember. He hasn't aged. Much of Earth is laid in ruins, NERV has been dismantled, and people who he once protected have turned against him. Befriending the enigmatic Kaworu Nagisa, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hideaki Anno
CAST:  Megumi Hayashibara  •  Maaya Sakamoto  •  Megumi Ogata  •  Takehito Koyasu
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