Maaya Sakamoto

Maaya Sakamoto (坂本真綾 ,Sakamoto Maaya, born March 31, 1980 in Itabashi, Tokyo) is a Japanese seiyū and singer-songwriter who made her debut in 1996 as the voice of Hitomi Kanzaki in the hit anime series The Vision of Escaflowne. She also sings on the soundtrack album for the film. She sings songs in both Japanese and English.

She is set to voice Alphard alongside Miyuki Sawashiro who voices the main character Canaan. The series is currently in production.

She also does the voice of Padmé Amidala in the Japanese dub of Star Wars Episodes I, II, and III. She reprized the role in the current ongoing anime series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

She won the Anime Grand Prix in year 1999 under the song category, for Cardcaptor Sakura’s opening theme Purachina. She won the award for two consecutive years.

Her latest single Ame ga Furu was released on October 29, 2008.