Ryōgi Shiki and Kokutō Mikiya got hitched for REAL!

Breaking News! Sakamoto Maaya & Suzumura Kenichi just got married. Rejoice~!

Doesn’t your heart go aflutter when you hear a heartwarming romantic story IRL? Well, recently, I’ve been bombarded with a few and have actually been one of the people who played a part in honing it to the 50% mark (which is marriage in my books). My best friend recently got married and being the best (wo)man for the occasion was just the cherry on top because the constant counseling since last three years, I’ve seen them shape things up to something brilliant. As I’m I’m delighted for them all hitched and happy, this news of Maaya and Kenichi hooking up came as a surprise, which turned into a wave of total fangasm. I mean, the seiyuu voicing my all time favourite pair (Shiki and Mikiya) got married for real, how else I’m supposed to feel? I can’t express in proper words but truckloads of congratulations are due for these two awesome people.

Interestingly, they are not just your off the line voice actors, but pretty popular in what they do. Both of them sing as well and have released popular singles/albums. They announced their marriage with some very emotional words, which I’ve translated with the help of google translation, along with rephrasing and corrected grammar to make more sense of it.

 

I, Maaya Sakamoto, was married to Kenichi Suzumura on August 8. In my life so far I have been reasonably happy but I feel as per my priority actions, I’ve always connected more to the future. So for marriage, the feelings just flowed and I would simply like to sincerely follow this path.

Being together with the kind person that Mr. Suzumura is, has brought me a very peaceful feeling. I think everyone needs a reliable partner to survive, who is warm and soothing. Just to clarify, I will continue to sing, play, and voice act. My heart warms with all the best wishes received and we promise to be even more diligent in our future work.

Thank you. Sakamoto Maaya.

 

Today I borrowed this place to report to you that Kenichi Suzumura married Ms. Sakamoto Maaya on August 08, a person who is simply beautiful, brilliant and full of energy. I laugh better now, almost like a drunkard with extreme happiness. How precious is the time for this deliverance as I’m about to complete seventeen years as a voice actor.

This job requires a lot of emotion with complete understanding of instantaneous movement of daily life; it needs to be relevant for better portrayal with ever changing representation. Usually, the more we are hard on ourselves for personal goals, it leads to an even better and happy future. I guess, it’s just hard to express myself as overloaded with happiness as I am. I’m looking forward to the future to bring great fortune in my life with this event. We will be even more devoted towards what we do now. Yoroshiku.

Sincerely, Kenichi Suzumura.

Some interesting personal info:

  • Kenichi (37) is six years older to Maaya (31), but even being the younger one, Maaya will be finished two decades of career as a voice actress next year, while Kenichi is just reaching the seventeen year mark this year.
  • Their first major work together was in Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny, voicing the main roles of Shinn and Lunamaria.
  • Maaya has been singing since ’96, while Kenichi recently started in ’08.
  • Since her debut, Maaya is among the more popular voice actresses who have also branched into singing, performing songs in both English and Japanese. Her Singles and albums have always sold modestly but her newest album, You Can’t Catch Me, became the first to reach #1 on Oricon.
  • Kenichi has won two major awards: “Synergy Award” (Kamen Rider Den-O, together with Toshihiko Seki, Koji Yusa and Masaki Terasoma) in the 1st Seiyu Awards and “Best Radio Personality” in 2nd Seiyu Awards. In addition to performing many different character songs, he signed under the Lantis label in 2008 becoming a solo artist, writing all the lyrics himself. He has released six singles and five albums till now.

Joint Voice Acting Roles in chronological order:

  • Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny – Shinn Asuka (Main) and Lunamaria Hawke (Main) [2004-2005]
  • Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children – Zack Fair (Supporting) and Aerith Gainsborough (Supporting) [2005]
  • Ouran High School Host Club – Hikaru Hitachiin  (Main) and Haruhi Fujioka  (Main) [2006]
  • D.Gray-man – Lavi (Main) and Lou Fa (Supporting) [2006-2008]
  • Kara no Kyoukai – Mikiya Kokutou (Main) and Shiki Ryougi (Main)  [2007-2011]
  • Tetsuwan Birdy Decode – Satyajit Shyamalan (Supporting) and Sayaka Nakasugi (Main) [2008]
  • Soul Eater – Kilik Lunge (Supporting) and Crona (Supporting) [2008-2009]
  • Naruto – Utakata (Supporting) and Matsuri (Supporting) – One off roles
  • Kuroshitsuji – the Canterbury triplets (of the Trancy household) and Ciel Phantomhive(Main) [2010-2011]
  • Star Driver – Tsukihiko Bou (Supporting) and Sarina Endou (Supporting) [2010-2011]

Again, many congratulations to these two! They definitely deserve it and may they live happily ever after together. While I was fangasming on twitter while compiling the above list, @lvlln from Borderline Hikikimori put up an interesting question of there being more VA couples? Well, I don’t have the resources to find that out but Hashihime has written an interesting article about it. Read this with a grain of salt of though because they are supposedly rumours except for SuzuKen and Maaya, who are wonderfully and officially committed! So, what are your thoughts on this breaking news? Are there any seiyuu pairs that you hope would hook up? Let’s hear it.

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18 Responses to “Ryōgi Shiki and Kokutō Mikiya got hitched for REAL!”

  1. Tofu says:

    WOAH! I didn’t know they played so many roles together but I wish these two a happy life as a married couple~ It’s quite ironic as their characters would either fall in love or hint love towards the other and now they actually love each other in real life! XD

    • Kyokai says:

      This is so sweet and it was a journey just to see how many roles they did together. :3

  2. Amutofan123 says:

    Awww, that is so cute! Congrats to those two.

    I was first introduced to their marvelous voice acting in OHSHC and I think it’s adorable that she played Haruhi and he played Hikaru even though Haruhi totally belongs with Tamaki <3333.

    I still have to watch Kyara no Kyoukai… if I can find some good time.

  3. fathomlessblue says:

    I was about to start a rant about how Kenichi has made of powerful enemy this day, then I saw joint Zack/Aeris collaboration in Crisis Core and Advent Children. I just can’t fight against that.

    Congrats!

  4. Foshizzel says:

    Whoa this is awesome! Then again this happens with movies as well two people working together for months eventually get close well not always but still! Awesome news xD

  5. BlackBriar says:

    Wow, that’s amazing!! So many joint roles in so many animes. Congrats to the newly weds!!

  6. Overcooled says:

    THEY WERE IN BIRDY THE MIGHTY DECODE? I DID NOT KNOW THAT.

    Anyways, omedetou gozaimasu to the newlyweds! =D

  7. anaaga says:

    dude, AERITH AND ZACK.

    AERITH
    AND
    ZACK
    Zack is le shiz.

    Anyhow, congrats to both! May they make wonderful babies with beautiful vocals.

  8. Reaper says:

    Whoa, didn’t expect this! I don’t keep up with the personal lives of seiyus but I think this is actually awesome, though I wonder if they share awkward moments especially over some parts like in KnK; ala, is Sakamoto Maaya a bit of a stundere in real life and Kenichi somewhat submissive? Haha, it’s funny to imagine that :) Good luck and a bright future to the pair of these kickass seiyus! :)

  9. Alynn says:

    Wow, that’s just amazing!

    Congratulations to them both!

  10. amado says:

    well congrats to them. though I barely take note of seiyuus anyways…

  11. KP-X says:

    My favorite seiyuus that voiced my favorite characters (Shiki and Mikiya) and consequently my favorite couple of all time just married! Best day of my life as a fangirl!

  12. Moni Chan says:

    awww there so cute together. I wish them the best of luck :)

  13. Joojoobees says:

    Very cool. I certainly wish them the best.

  14. Yvoon says:

    N-NANIIII?!

    wow, big news!

    Aaaaw, congratulations to them and which them all the best! <3333

    to co-work in so many roles together, they were fated to be together!~~

  15. Jakzz says:

    MYGOD!!!!! THE BEST NEWS I’VE HAD FOR A WEEK!
    Best wishes to the two, may they have a blessed future together. :)

  16. sakura_fai says:

    Congrats to them!!! May it be a successful marriage. I wonder if any mangakas will draw pictures of the two married?

  17. Toori-chan says:

    Gratz to both of them. I didn’t realize they have been working side by side in so many series. Hope they have a blessed marriage.

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