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Rie Tanaka

Updated on October 20, 2014

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...

Chobits: The Complete Series
Chobits: The Complete Series

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

Azumanga Daioh: The Animation
Azumanga Daioh: The Animation

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

Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny, Vol. 1
Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny, Vol. 1

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.

 

Rozen Maiden

Rozen Maiden, Vol. 1: Doll House
Rozen Maiden, Vol. 1: Doll House

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

Steel Angel Kurumi - Angel on My Shoulder (Vol. 1)
Steel Angel Kurumi - Angel on My Shoulder (Vol. 1)

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

Kimikiss: Pure Rouge Complete Collection
Kimikiss: Pure Rouge Complete Collection

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

UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie: Season 1
UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie: Season 1

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

Sadamitsu: The Destroyer - The Complete Collection
Sadamitsu: The Destroyer - The Complete Collection

Rie Tanaka does the ending theme and also voices Yayoi Kamishiro, a mysterious girl and a controller of Vulture.

 

Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure

Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure Collection
Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure Collection

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...

 

Gravitation

Gravitation: The Complete TV Series
Gravitation: The Complete TV Series

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

Chara De Rie
Chara De Rie

The CD contains 6 tracks, featuring Rie versions of three Chobits songs, two songs from Gundam Seed, and one new track.

 

24 Wishes

24 Wishes
24 Wishes

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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      David Gardner 6 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Interesting info. Taihen omoshiroi desu ne! I've liked, favorited, thumbs-upped, and lensrolled your masterpiece! Congrats on a great job!

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      moonlitta 6 years ago

      Interesting anformative reading on a pretty exotic subject to me... But I like the voice! Adding it to my "favorites " colllection of female beautiful voices...

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      Cynthia Arre 6 years ago from Quezon City

      Excellent tribute to the seiyu Rie Tanaka! I've seen some of those animes you mentioned and wouldn't have guessed that the characters were voiced by one person. Feel free to add this lens to the plexo on my Japanese celebrities lens. ~Blessed~

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      kauro 7 years ago

      hi im so happy cause i join her. Im a fan of gundam seed and also i love rie tanaka im totally addicted to her song. when im sad i just listen to her songs. She is so preety and i love her voice. Fields of Hope and Quiet Night are one of my favorite songs, if i had one wish, i wish that i could see her face to face maybe i will just goin crazy. I LOVE YOU RIE TANAKA TAKE CARE ALLWAYS...... : )

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      It's been a year already and I am STILL A HUGE FAN OF RIE TANAKA AND LACUS CLYNE!!!! OMG Tanaka-sama's song totally inspired me to write fanfics dedicated to LACUS and Kira hehehehe love those couple so much! If you wanna read some of them, visit my profile in Fanfiction.net... same username as this!

      Fields of Hope and Quiet Night (Shizukana Yoruni) are still my main inspiration for all of the things I do as a hobby, school, and more!!!!

      Aside from being overly fanatic with Lacus (I have no regrets, I'll love her until I die!), I love how Rie is the voice actress of the main female protagonist from Dual! God that anime brings back good ol' and fond memories... OH and that cat-girl head maid from UFO ultramaiden valkyrie and the maid from Hayate Combat butler.... ooo and no to mention CHOBITS!!!! LOVE YOU RIE!!!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      wawa~~!!

      So good !

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      she has a lovely voice

      i've only ever heard her from Chobits

      and Felids of Hope, but I've never watched gundam SEED haha

      she has such a wonderful voice, and like her, if I sounded like that

      I would too be doing voices for anime and singing =)

      but I don't XD

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      weew! i really love rie tanaka so much! i am fond of listening her songs so much! her songs are really warm, sweet and very convincing.. she, too, is very pure and angelic..

      Go..go..go..I am a certified rie tanaka fan! and a lacus fan as well!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      weew! i really love rie tanaka so much! i am fond of listening her songs so much! her songs are really warm, sweet and very convincing.. she, too, is very pure and angelic..

      Go..go..go..I am a certified rie tanaka fan! and a lacus fan as well!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I Love Rie Tanaka what a good singer she is, I wonder if she can tour world wide for us to watch her live ^^

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      rie tanaka is the best japanese singer I know! (Not that I know a few)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i like rie tanaka's song and i hope rie tanaka can visit indonesia and concert in indonesia he...he...he >_<

      ^_^

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I think Rie Tanaka is one of the most perfect girl ever to be born... If by any chance I can meet her in person face-to-face, I can die with no regrets!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      RIE TANAKA IS HEAVEN SENT!!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      wohhhhh.....i like her very much........shes voice of course......and how she voice lacus clyne in gundam seed...........i like her songs fields of hope,shizuka youruni etc,,,,

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      OMG! Lacus, er.. I mean, Rei Tanaka is seriously my idol in many levels! She's pretty, charming, wonderfully nice (in my opinion), has a beautiful voice, and well... she's overall a GODDESS! I mean like she's an icon in many things, peace, love, music, many more! I LOVE YOU RIE TANAKA!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Rie Tanaka's voice in Mega Man Zero video game series is perfect for voicing Ciel! And I really love her voice in the song Freesia (RTRZ Physis) that I studied the lyrics even if I don't speak Japanese XD and now I can sing Freesia with all the lyrics almost no mistake! It's true believe it! Freesia and Rie Tanaka always make my day every single day! :D

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Rie Tanaka have a beautiful voice! And I love Chobits over and over, I must get her album 24 wishs.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I love Gundam Seed. My fave char is Cagalli but I like Lacus too. Rie's voice jives well with Lacus's personality. P.S.:She's a good singer too!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I like song `field of hope` and `emotion`.I like Rie Tanaka because she voice actress Lacus Clyne.

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      starlitparlit 9 years ago

      she has an amazing voice. I think she is very beautiful also.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      hye rie tanaka! i love ur songs escpecially"fields of hope",which it make me cry!anyway keep it up!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      she´s wonderful, prety, candy, etc. she like me very much

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      Arizona-Snow 9 years ago

      OMG what a great lens. She has got such a nice voice.

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      JAV010 9 years ago

      nice work ! good luck