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Mao Ichimichi (市道 真央 Ichimichi Mao), formerly known under the stage name Rio Minami (南 梨央 Minami Rio), is a Japanese actress and former model who portrayed Luka Millfy/Gokai Yellow in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger. After Gokaiger, she began pursuing a voice-acting career under the stage name M•A•O (まお Mao) and voiced Pasco in Ressha Sentai ToQger: The Movie - Galaxy Line SOS, Raptor 283/Washi Pink in Uchu Sentai Kyuranger, and Kishiryu Chibigaroo in Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger.

Personal Life

When Ichimichi auditioned for Luka, she viewed the character as the ideal type of woman and deepened her vocal range to match Luka's personality. According to her, there is a noticeable difference in her voice between calm Luka and excited Luka. Additionally, Luka's character had a strong first impression on Yasuhisa Furuhara, who portrayed Sosuke Esumi in Go-Onger and guest starred in Gokaiger, who was immediately surprised by how polite Ichimichi was in comparison to the brass yet rude Luka.

Ichimichi decided to pursue voice acting after enjoying performing ADR for Gokai Yellow more than physically portraying Luka. Despite so, she still wanted to return to Sentai in her capacity as a voice actress and did for Raptor in Kyuranger, with both of her characters meeting face-to-face in Kyuranger vs. Space Squad.

It was difficult for Ichimichi to voice Raptor as the character was the embodiment of "cuteness", but the name obviously wasn't.

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