Maaya Sakamoto is a renowned Japanese singer and voice actress who has performed many songs for anime and video games. In 2011, she held a live concert titled "In The Silence" at the Tokyo International Forum Hall A, which was later released on Blu-ray Disc in 2012. This concert showcases her versatile and expressive voice, as well as her charming personality and stage presence.
The concert features 21 songs, including some of her popular anime themes such as "Yakusoku wa Iranai" from The Vision of Escaflowne, "Triangler" from Macross Frontier, and "Loop" from Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle. She also sings some of her original songs, such as "Hemisphere" from RahXephon, "Kazemachi Jet" from Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, and "Magic Number" from Kobato. She is accompanied by a band of talented musicians, who add depth and richness to her music.
One of the highlights of the concert is her duet with fellow voice actor and husband Kenichi Suzumura, who joins her on stage for the song "Sayonara Santa". The two share a playful and sweet chemistry, as they sing about their love for each other and their hopes for the future. Another highlight is her rendition of "Gravity" from Wolf's Rain, which she sings with a powerful and emotional voice that conveys the sorrow and longing of the song.
The concert also features some special guests, such as Yoko Kanno, who composed many of Sakamoto's songs and plays the piano for "Yubiwa" from Escaflowne: The Movie. Sakamoto expresses her gratitude and admiration for Kanno, who has been her mentor and friend since her debut. She also invites Chiaki Ishikawa, who is a singer and songwriter from the duo See-Saw, to sing "Kimi ga Ita Monogatari" from .hack//SIGN. The two harmonize beautifully, as they sing about a story of love and loss.
The concert ends with a medley of Sakamoto's songs, which she sings with a smile and a wave to the audience. She thanks them for their support and love, and promises to keep singing for them. She also encourages them to live their lives with courage and joy, as she sings the final song "Gift".
Maaya Sakamoto Live 2011 In The Silence is a wonderful concert that showcases Sakamoto's talent and charm as a singer and performer. It is a must-watch for fans of her music and voice acting, as well as for anyone who enjoys beautiful and heartfelt songs.
The Blu-ray Disc of the concert was released on June 20, 2012 by FlyingDog, a subsidiary of Victor Entertainment. The disc contains the full concert footage, as well as a making-of documentary and a rehearsal footage of the song "Chikai". The disc also comes with a booklet and a special photo book that features Sakamoto's photos taken in Iceland, where she recorded her album "Driving in the silence". The disc has a high-quality video and audio, with a resolution of 1920x1080 and a FLAC format for the sound.
The concert received positive reviews from fans and critics, who praised Sakamoto's vocal performance, song selection, and stage presence. Some of the comments from the fans were: "She has such a beautiful voice and a great range. She can sing any genre and make it her own.", "She is so charming and funny on stage. She interacts with the audience and the band members very well.", "She sings with passion and emotion. She makes me feel happy, sad, excited, and moved by her songs.", "She is a legend. She has been singing for so long and she still surprises me with her talent and creativity."
Maaya Sakamoto Live 2011 In The Silence is a testament to Sakamoto's career as a singer and voice actress, who has been active for more than 20 years. It is a celebration of her music and her fans, who have supported her throughout her journey. It is also a reflection of her personality and her philosophy, who values silence, nature, and simplicity. It is a concert that will make you appreciate Sakamoto's artistry and charisma.