Maybe you are not familiar with the name of Maaya Sakamoto but I could say that I am your fan since ’96. And it was common to see on television several Anime series such as Sailor Moon, Card Captor Sakura, Pokémon, Slam Dunk, among others. So I started watching an anime called ‘Escaflowne’ and I got hooked too, especially the music. It was because of that curiosity that I searched more than the singers and composers and I found Maaya Sakamoto and Yoko Kanno.
Maaya was born in 1980 and gives voice to various Anime characters or voiceovers in films as well as being a singer. One of his first works was in Escaflowne and being the voice of Hitomi Kanzaki, the protagonist of the series.
He has participated in other projects such as Evangelion (Mari), Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle (Tomoyo), Ouran High School Host Club (Haruhi) and Ghost in the Shell (Motoko). He has also participated in several video games such as .hack, Dead or Alive, Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy XIII, among others.
On the other hand, he focused on his music, in constant collaboration with Yoko Kanno (whom I also admire very much for his compositions in Escaflowne, Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell, Gundam, among others).
And now that you know a little more about her, I’ll tell you about my experience at the concert. This one was carried out by its new single, which has the opening song of Card Captor Sakura: Clear. I found out a bit late about the event but I was able to get tickets in Osaka and it was a nice touch from my partner. So we took advantage of seeing the city of Osaka and going to the concert.
It was in a closed theater and it seemed so full that I did not see empty seats. It was an unforgettable experience and I did not get to imagine it but yes, I cried a little bit with some songs. And it was because of the same thing that I wanted to absorb the moment that I did not take pictures, although it was because it was not allowed, hehe.
It will sound weird but it was at that moment that I felt in Japan that I dreamed as a young man. Since I devoted a lot to my studies and my work I could not do other things. But I was determined that I would not leave here without attending one of their concerts. And at last, it was fulfilled.
Questions: Who would you like to see in concert? What has been an unforgettable concert for you?