Maaya Uchida (内田 真礼, Uchida Maaya, born December 27, 1989) is a Japanese actress, and singer who works for I'm Enterprise. She won the Best Rookie Actress Award at the 8th Seiyu Awards. She is best known for her roles such as Rikka Takanashi in Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions, Ranko Kanzaki in The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls, Norman in The Promised Neverland, Sharo Kirima in Is the Order a Rabbit?, Lililuka Arde in Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, Hiyori Iki in Noragami and Katarina Claes in My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!.
She debuted as a singer in 2014 under Pony Canyon with the song "Soushou Innocence". Her best-selling single is youthful beautiful. With her rising success, she also participated in many music festivals and held one-man lives in large venues such as Yoyogi National Gymnasium two days with 13,291 capacity and Nippon Budokan with 14,471 capacity.
As an actress, she debuted in Unofficial Sentai Akibaranger with the role of Hakase Hiroyo. She is the older sister of Yuma Uchida. When she was in elementary school, she had a strong interest in gaming. At the time she entered middle school, she joined the Theater Club and later on realized that she wanted to voice game characters and she soon then discovered the profession of being a voice actor. In the autumn of her third year in high school, she decided to become a voice actress. Afterwards, she went on the internet and read magazines to decide on which university for voice acting she was going to enter and later on decided to join the Japan Narration Acting Institute (日本ナレーション演技研究所 Nihon Narēshon Engi Kenkyūjo).Uchida completed her studies in narration school during 2009. Upon graduation, she made her debut as a voice actress in the OVA Boku, Otari-man as an office employee. In April 2010, she signed to voice talent agency I'm Enterprise.As a voice actress, she admires veteran voice actress, Kikuko Inoue, and is close friends with fellow voice actress and singer, Sumire Uesaka. She is a fan of the baseball team, Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks. Her nicknames include "Marei-chan", "Mayayan", and "Mareitaso".In 2011, she made her first appearance in a video game in the game Gal Gun with the role Kaoruko Sakurazaki. In 2012, she starred for the first time in the anime Sankarea with the role Rea Sanka. In the same year, she debuted as an actress in Unofficial Sentai Akibaranger with the role of Hakase Hiroyo.
Among the works in she appeared, she mentions that the work she especially has strong feelings for is Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions (as Rikka Takanashi); and the works that were a big challenge in her voice actress career are Charlotte (as Yusa/Misa Nishimori) and Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (as Ayame). Since the early years in her career, she always hoped to voice a male character and her wish was finally realized in The Promised Neverland as Norman.
In 2014, Uchida debuted as a singer with the single Soushou Innocence, under the label Pony Canyon. Same year, she won the Best Rookie Actress Award at the 8th Seiyu Awards. Her first photobook Maaya (まあや) was also released on December 24, 2014.
Since 2014, she has been setting a goal for herself every year, which can be seen on her official website. In 2014, "holding a live in a big venue"; in 2015, "working on things one by one, carefully"; in 2016, "doing my best while joining forces with everyone"; in 2017, "communicating with many people"; in 2018, "pursuing being like myself"; in 2019, "releasing my feelings"; in 2020, "improving Maaya Uchida"; in 2021, "continuing to convey 'like'"; in 2022, "giving back".In 2015, she participated in Animelo Summer Live for the first time. She has continued to participate every year since then, except 2020 (which was canceled).
On December 24, 2017; she announced the opening of her official fan club "LIFE IS LIKE A SUNNY DAY" at Maaya Happy Birthday & Xmas Party!! 2017.Her second photobook étoile was released on March 25, 2019.
On February 7, 2020 she appeared in the live action movie Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku with the role of herself. In the same year, she made a guest appearance in a detective drama for the first time in the sixth episode of Keishichou Sousa Ichikachou 2020 with the role Rika Oita.On May 8, 2022, her agency announced that Uchida had tested positive for COVID-19. She returned to work on May 17, 2022.