Shiina Yumiko, more commonly known by her stage name
Shiina Ringo, is a Japanese singer-songwriter, composer, and producer. She is also the founder and lead vocalist of the band Tokyo Jihen.
Shiina Ringo solo album discography:
- Muzai Moratorium (1999)
- Shouso Strip (2000)
- Utaite Myori ~Sono Ichi~ (2002, covers album)
- Karuki Zamen Kuri no Hana (2003)
- Heisei Fuuzoku (2007, soundtrack project for the film Sakuran, based on the manga of the same name)
- Watashi to Houden (2008, B-side compilation)
- Sanmon Gossip (2009)
- Ukina (2013, collaboration compilation)
Tokyo Jihen album discography:
- Kyouiku (2004)
- Adult (2006)
- Variety (2007)
- Sports (2010)
- Daihakken (2011)
- color bars (2012, EP)
Shiina Ringo and her music provide examples of:
- Alliterative Name: Her first two albums, Muzai Moratorium and Shouso Strip.
- Animated Music Video: The PV for "Mayonaka wa Junketsu" is completely animated apparently because at the time Shiina was pregnant.
- The PV for "Tsugou no ii Karada" features Shiina dancing around with animate inanimate objects.
- All of the PVs for Heisei Fuuzoku are animated in some form or another.
- The a cappella intro of "Ikiru."
- "Hatsukoi Shoujo" has Ringo's voice synthesized.
- "Netsuai Hakkakuchu", being a collaboration between Ringo and Nakata Yasutaka.
- Big Rock Ending: "Denpa Tsuushin" has this.
- Brother-Sister Team: She has done some duets with her brother Junpei, notably for "Kono Yo no Kagiri".
- Calling Your Attacks: Shiina calls out "Gitaa!" before guitar solos in "Ringo no Uta" and "Himitsu", the opening tracks of Tokyo Jihen's first two albums.
- She calls this out during the concert performance of "Handsome Sugite" as well.
- Cleavage Window: One of her outfits in "Netsuai Hakkakuchu".
- Cover Album: Utaite Myori ~Sono Ichi~.
- Creator Thumbprint: Symmetry. Just look at the track listings for most of her albums to see an example.
- It's worth pointing out that not only are the number of characters in each song symmetrical, but frequently the scripts used are symmetrical as well. For example, the first and eleventh tracks on Kalk Samen Kuri no Hana have two Kanji characters in their titles, while the second and tenth have eight katakana characters, and so on. Even when the characters themselves aren't symmetrical, she'll sometimes make the track listings symmetrical in other ways; for example, the even-numbered track titles on each disc of Utaite Myōri ~Sono Ichi~ are written in English, while the odd-numbered ones are in Japanese (which does not always match with the language(s) sung in the songs).
- A Date with Rosie Palms: The PV for "Tadanaranu Kankei" certainly has... suggestive imagery. Nothing explicit, but considering the large amount of wasted tissues and Ringo's penchant for Double Entendre...
- Deliberately Monochrome: The PV for "Handsome Sugite".
- Distinct Double Album: Shiina's cover album Utaite Myori ~Sono Ichi~ has two discs, Mori-Pact and Kame-Pact, produced by Toshiyuki Mori and Seiji Kameda respectively.
- Everything Is an Instrument: Guitarist Ukigumo is specifically credited as playing the vacuum cleaner in the intro of "Yattsuke Shigoto."
- The PV for "Kono Yo no Kagiri" combines this with Mickey Mousing, resulting in such interesting combinations as bread being played like a violin and leeks as trumpets.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Noudouteki Sanpunkan (literally "An Active Three Minutes") is exactly three minutes long.
- Fake-Out Fade-Out: Inverted by "Izonshou," the last track on Shouso Strip. The song ends with a three-minute instrumental section, which begins to fade out over the last minute—and then the music is cut immediately, when the album reaches the 55:55 mark.
- Fanservice: "Honnou".
- Four Is Death: Kalk Samen Kuri no Hana is 44:44.4 long (and the last song is titled "Souretsu," translated "Funeral").
- Genre-Busting: Kalk Samen Kuri no Hana is a little... unique to classify, even for Shiina Ringo standards.
- Grand Finale: For Tokyo Jihen, the "Bon Voyage" concert. It had a total of 30 songs.
- Gratuitous English: Notably averted, partially thanks to a two-month stay in London.
- Though her pronounciation on "Yer Blues" is still a bit off in places.
- Gratuitous Foreign Language: She has, aside from English, also sang in French, German, and Portuguese.
- Heartbeat Soundtrack: A very quiet one can be heard in the beginning of "Shuukyou".
- Iconic Item: Her mole. It was still part of her character long after she got one of them removed.
- Live Album: The first CD of Zeccho Shuu, Tokyo Collection, and Mitsugetsu Shou.
- Loudness War: Except Muzai Moratorium, practically every album she's made (solo or with Tokyo Jihen) is brickwalled in some way or the other, with Shouso Strip being the worst offender. Considering the amount of control she has over her music and her eccentric personality, it can be argued that she does it on purpose.
- Lyrical Dissonance: Considering the broad variety of her songs, this was bound to pop up. "Aisaika no Choushoku", "Zettai Zetsumai" and the album version of "Yattsuke Shigoto" are particularly egregious offenders.
- Market-Based Title: Tokyo Jihen's album titles and the band's name is translated as Tokyo Incident's on their album covers.
- Medium Blending: As noted above, the PV for "Tsugou no ii Karada" is part animated and part live-action.
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Goes between rock, j-pop, classical, jazz, electronica, and various other genres at the flip of a hat.
- New Sound Album: Kalk Samen Kuri no Hana. It performed worse than its predecessor commercially (dropping from 2.3 million to 400,000 in sales) but better critically.
- No Export for You: There are official Youtube channels for both Ringo and Tokyo Jihen, but they're unavailable outside Japan. Interestingly enough, the newer videos for Ringo are available for international audiences, but the older PVs are sill Japan-only.
- Ominous Pipe Organ: Halfway through "Souretsu".
- Pop-Star Composer: Shiina was asked to do the music for Japanese film Sakuran.
- Scatting: Shiina did this often in her earlier solo career.
- Sideboob: Her outfit without the jacket in "Tsumi to Batsu" shows some.
- Something Completely Different: In the middle of their "Bon Voyage" concert, the other band members take the stage in singing "Ice Cream no Uta". Right after that, they play the bonus stage music from Ice Climber.
- Spelling Song: Tokyo Jihen's song "F.O.U.L."
- Spell My Name with an S: Invoked. Her stage name is now most commonly romanized as "Shiina Ringo," but it has also been officially romanized as "Sheena Ringo," "Sheena Rinngo," and "Shéna Ringö"
- Stage Names: Her first name, Yumiko, is changed to Ringo, which means "apple" (referring to the color her face would turn when embarrassed as a child).
- On another note, many of the Tokyo Jihen members went by stage names as well, save for Kameda Seiji. (A few of them just went for Alternate Character Reading.)
- Theme Naming: Each of Tokyo Jihen's albums is named after a television genre (Kyouiku means "education" and Daihakken means "discovery").
- Translated Cover Version: On occasion, Shiina will do covers of her own songs in English e.g. "Yokushitsu" and "le salle de bain", "Kuki" and "Stem", etc.
- Trrrilling Rrrs: She's toned it down since Shouso Strip.
- Video Full Of Film Clips: Shiina's PV for the song "Stem" contains clips from her short film Tanpen Kinema Hyaku-Iro Megane.
- Woman in White: The PV for "Shuraba". Also invokes Ascetic Aesthetic, as the only other colour in it is red.
- Zettai Ryouiki: "Netsuai Hakkakuchu" mentions it by name. Ringo wears a Rank A in the PV as well.