Known for her magical and extraordinary voice, Japanese native Rikki has performed as part of iconic anime and gaming projects that have attracted worldwide attention.
She is probably best known for singing the theme song “Suteki da Ne” of the hit video game Final Fantasy X (re-released in 2014 as Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD) that sold nearly 7 million copies worldwide.
She was featured on the soundtrack to the Hayao Miyazaki film “Spirited Away,” singing “Shiroi Ryuu” written by Joe Hisaishi. In addition, she sang the theme song “Tabidachi no Toki” at the 1998 Winter Paralympics in Nagano.
She is also a member of Sound Horizon, a fantasy band that releases music suites to accompany anime and game software, and performs live concerts and tours.
Producers of these projects have often cited her voice as representative of an almost-lost Japan: high, soaring and drenched in emotion. This quality is due to where Rikki is from in Japan, the Amami Islands, and her immersion in a folk tradition from an early age.
She has been invited to perform at many events around the world. In 2014, she performed at the expo Magnificon XII in Kraków, Poland. In recent years, she has performed at the Masala Weltbeat Festival in Hanover, Germany, and the City of London Festival in the United Kingdom.