A Japanese pop singer-songwriter. She was raised in Maryland in the United States and attended college in the UK, so she can speak English with a native accent. Her songs sometimes combine English and Japanese.
Probably her most famous songs are:
- "Life is like a Boat", used as an ending theme in Bleach.
- "Tsukiakari" (Moonlight), used as an ending theme in Darker Than Black.
- "For You", used as the ending theme to Wandering Son.
Tropes Associated with Rie Fu's works:
- Butterfly of Transformation: The song "Butterfly" on I is, rather appropriately, about personal transformation. The official music video even features clips of women holding up signs with advice that they wish they knew when they were young.
- Concept Album: Her Milestone Celebration duology "I" and "O" are both concept albums:
- I is short for "Inside," describing her influences and experiences "inside" Japan.
- O is short for "Outside," describing her influences and experiences from "outside" Japan, including her considerable time in English-speaking countries.
- Milestone Celebration: Her I and O albums were released to celebrate 10 years in the industry. Put them side by side and they look like a "10."
- Mood Whiplash: She has some soft songs have been used as ending themes to action-packed anime, leading to severe whiplash as they go from a high octane action sequence to an incredibly calming song.
- Self-Titled Album: Her first studio album is simply titled "Rie Fu."
- Surprisingly Good English: She attended school for a time, thus the Gratuitous English in her songs actually sounds like English rather than something resembling English warbled by a non-native speaker.