Rie Tanaka is one of the most well recognized seiyuu among the industry. Because her vocal talents allow her to voice a diverse range of characters, she is capable of playing the roles of subservient women, idealistic women, Badass
women, sadistic women, clueless kids, and Yomi.
While she was initially not that well known early in her career (through Chobits)
, Gundam SEED
certainly shot her to extreme fame with her role as Lacus Clyne, one of the most popular characters in anime media. She gets to talk to herself
, SEED Destiny
, and as a guest star in Hell Girl
It has become something of a Running Gag
for her characters to be bad
, despite her actually being a successful singer. To date, she has released four albums (Garnet, Kokoro, Chara de Rie and 24 Wishes). The latter two are compilations from her anime roles.
She's now married
to fellow seiyuu Koichi Yamadera
, and should not be mistaken for the gymnast of the same name
Notable roles by Rie Tanaka: