A Talented Voice Actress
Rie Tanaka is a Japanese voice artist (seiyu) and a singer who has played many important roles in anime, video games, and radio dramas. She has also done some opening and ending songs for various shows, and released a few CDs.
If you enjoy watching anime, you probably heard Rie Tanaka's voice already: she had lead roles in popular animated series, like Chi from Chobits, Suigintou from Rozen Maiden, or Lacus Clyne from Gundam SEED. You can find her bio and a longer list of her roles in various anime shows below.
Biography of Rie Tanaka
Rie Tanaka was born on January 3rd, 1979 in Sapporo (Hokkaido, Japan). As a child, she took singing classes and performed in a number of concerts. After graduating from high school, Tanaka joined a popular animation company in Tokyo and started her career as a voice actress.
She is quite popular in Japan, having had a dedicated fan club named "Cafe de Rie" until 2012. She has also released three albums: "24 Wishes", which contains some Chobits songs and a few new tracks, "Garnet", which contains a jazz version of "Kiss Kara Hajimaru Miracle", a song she performed for Steel Angel Kurumi anime, and "Kokoro". Tanaka is also a member of the Steel Angels, a singing trio composed of the three lead seiyuu of said anime, which besides her include Atsuko Enomoto and Masayo Kurata.
She is 1.62 m tall, enjoys Indian cuisine, likes writing lyrics for music, and keeps a few pets (a cat and a dog). If you understand Japanese, visit Rie Tanaka's blog for more info!
Rie Tanaka as Chi from Chobits
Chobits is one of the most popular anime with Rie Tanaka, where she voices the female lead, Chi. She also does both opening and ending songs of this anime (you can watch the music video of those below). Here's a short summary.
Hideki Motosuwa is an average farm boy who moves to Tokyo to try to get into a college. A lot of people there have persocoms (computers shaped realistically like humans); Hideki wants to get one badly so he could do all kinds of stuff, especially access the porn sites. Of course, he cannot afford to buy one, but amazingly, he finds a persocom in the form of a cute girl, just lying in a heap of garbage.
Hideki carries the heavy persocom home and turns her on. It seems, however, that something's wrong with her: the only thing she's capable of saying is 'Chi'. Thus, Hideki names her 'Chi' and starts teaching her all kinds of things. Chi is really clueless, but a fast learner; it also seems she is even more unique than anyone would have guessed...
Contains both English and Japanese soundtracks; in both versions, the cute opening and beautiful ending songs are sung by Rie Tanaka. Enjoy!
Rie Tanaka: Let Me Be With You (Chobits OP)
Rie Tanaka: Ningyo Hime (Chobits ED)
Anime Series Where Rie Tanaka Voices the Lead Role
The following are some of the most popular series with Rie Tanaka as the main character.
Azumanga Daioh is a light comedy anime about six school girls and two of their teachers. Rie does the voice of Koyomi Mizuhara, a smart, mature and athletic girl who is dissatisfied with her weight and is always trying various diets.
Gundam SEED Destiny
In this extremely popular mecha series, Rie Tanaka does the voice of Lacus Clyne, an interesting female character who is a singer nicknamed "The Songstress", and a co-leader of the Clyne Faction.
One of the soundtracks Tanaka did for this anime, the "Fields of Hope", is particularly well-known.
Jun Sakurada is a hikikomori (a person who almost never leaves his house) and spends most of his time ordering items from the internet. One day he is delivered a strange enchanted doll and ends up being her servant. Later in the series they encounter more Rozen Maiden dolls. One of these is Suigintou (voiced by Rie Tanaka), who is the first in the collection, and also sadistic, spiteful, and arrogant.
You can really appreciate Rie Tanaka's talent when she acts a unique and different character like Suigintou. She also reprises the role in the 2013 Rozen Maiden series.
Steel Angel Kurumi
In Steel Angel Kurumi Rie Tanaka does the voice of Saki, one of the female battle androids called Steel Angels. Saki is a kind and sweet character who's in love with another Angel.
Kimikiss: Pure Rouge
There are several developing relationships in this high school romance anime. Tanaka does the voice of Futami Eriko, a genius and somewhat arrogant girl who has no friends. But there's this one guy who seems to be interested in her...
Anime Where She Voices a Secondary Character
In these shows, Rie Tanaka stars in a supporting role.
UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie
When Princess Valkyrie crashes on earth, an ordinary teenager gives her half of her soul to save her life. A comedy anime with lots of cute girls.
Tanaka does the voice of Sanada, chief maid of the royal family of Valhalla (the planet of Valkyrie).
Sadamitsu the Destroyer
Rie Tanaka does the ending theme and also voices Yayoi Kamishiro, a mysterious girl and a controller of Vulture.
Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure
This anime takes part in two alternate universes: one is our usual world, and in the other, giant mecha battles take place. The main character is an otaku in our world, and an ace mecha pilot in the other.
Rie Tanaka does the voice of Mitsuki Sanada, a girl who gets sent to the parallel world together with Kazuki. Turns out she's a good robot pilot as well...
Shuichi Shindou and his band 'Bad Luck' try to become famous in Japan. Rie Tanaka does the voice of Ayaka Usami, a girl who was betrothed to a guy named Eiri and liked him a lot. Eiri, however, is in love with Schuichi... (Yes, this is a shounen-ai, or yaoi anime).
Rie Tanaka's Audio CDs
She has released three albums in total, although they didn't enjoy high popularity, whether in Japan or outside it.
Chara De Rie
The CD contains 6 tracks, featuring Rie versions of three Chobits songs, two songs from Gundam Seed, and one new track.
This CD includes all the amazing soundtracks from Chobits sung by Rie Tanaka, as well as a few new tracks.
Rie Tanaka in Video Games
She has played numerous supporting roles in games like Persona 3, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and Drakengard 3. Perhaps most notably, she is the voice of Neptune from the Hyperdimension Neptunia series.
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