Today, we have the privilege of sitting down with Maaya Sakamoto, a renowned artist who has captivated audiences with her mesmerizing voice and stunning performances. Maaya's illustrious career spans across various mediums, from music to voice acting, making her a multifaceted talent in the entertainment industry. With enchanting songs like "Platinum" (from Card Captor Sakura) and "Mameshiba" (from the anime film The Girl Who Leapt Through Time), Maaya has left an indelible mark on the music scene. Beyond her musical achievements, Maaya has also been praised for her contributions to anime series, lending her voice to beloved characters and bringing them to life. Join us as we delve into the world of Maaya Sakamoto, exploring her artistic journey, her inspirations, and her profound impact on the industry.
This is the first time we have interviewed Maaya-san for Honey's Anime, so we are very excited.
First of all, congratulations on the release of your 11th album! The album title "Kioku no Toshokan" (Library of Memory) is a beautiful title that is very impressive and at the same time makes us imagine many things. Please tell us about your thoughts behind this album title.
I heard that the 8 newly recorded songs on this album were written based on an original story shared by Maaya. I had a chance to look at the concept story, and I was intrigued by "a memory repository that manages the memories of all the people in the world" and "a boy who recovers 'discarded memories.'" How did you come up with this concept?
Maaya-san, you are not only a singer but also a lyricist, and you always create wonderful lyrics. You have written lyrics for 8 songs for this year's "Kioku no Toshokan (Library of Memory)." What do you keep in mind when writing lyrics and what is important to you?
Also, if you have any lyrics or words that are particularly special to you among the 8 songs you wrote this time, we would be very happy to hear them.
You also included four anime tie-up songs in this edition of "Kioku no Toshokan". (“Sumire,” the opening theme of the TV anime Deaimon; “Kotoba ni Dekinai,” the ED theme of the third season of the popular anime Ascendance of a Bookworm; “Mada Tooku ni Iru,” the ED theme of the WOWOW original anime Hikari no Oh; and “un_mute,” the theme song for the TV anime REVENGER.)
When you are in charge of writing lyrics for anime tie-up songs, do you take inspiration from the anime? Please let us know if there is any difference between writing lyrics for tie-up songs and songs that are not tie-up songs.
What did Maaya-san think when she took another look at the completed album as a whole? Please tell us your honest impression of the album after its completion!
You had a child in April 2022. Sincere congratulations!
When this wonderful news was announced, there was a lot of joy and congratulations among your international fans.
Is there anything new you have noticed as a creator before and after the birth of your child? Or has anything changed in the way you express your work? If you have made any wonderful discoveries, please let us know.
Please let us know what you enjoy doing in your free time, and if there is something you have been into recently.
Have you already started planning any future activities? Please let us know if there is anything you can share with us! Or, if there is something you are not planning to do now but would like to try in the future, please let us know!
We are very much looking forward to Maaya-san's future activities. Finally, I would appreciate it if you could give a message to the many Maaya fans overseas!
Connect with Maaya Sakamoto
Memory Library special site