Bleach Got It Right With Life Is Like A Boat

Rating: 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 (perfect 5 grins)

There are songs that you grow to love by hearing it repeatedly, but there are songs that you love immediately upon hearing it the first time.  Life is Like a Boat by Rie Fu (リエ フゥ) is one of the songs that I loved immediately upon hearing it for the first time.

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Of course, as an avid anime watcher, I discovered this song by watching Bleach by Kubo Tite (久保 帯人).  It’s the first ending song in the anime series.  I remember my reaction when I first heard it.  I was like, “Oh, they used an English song as the ending.  Nice.”  Then the singer suddenly sang in Japanese, and I was surprised.  So this was a bilingual song?  I was like, “Damn, this singer’s English is really good.”

I really admire Rie Fu’s fluency in both Japanese and English, and how she sings in both languages smoothly.  Life is Like a Boat is one of my favourite songs, and I often listen to it on my phone.  The melody, especially the piano, is beautiful, while Rie Fu’s voice is soothing.

However, what I love the most in this song are the lyrics.  They’re just so meaningful and inspiring.  I think that the analogy “life is like a boat” is very appropriate, not only for the series Bleach but also to our own lives.

We row our own boats of life, while trying to stay afloat while the strong waves try to repeatedly sink us.  We can choose to row alone, but we can also choose to row together, encouraging each other to continue rowing even if we think that we couldn’t anymore.  The message contained in the lyrics is beautiful, and it never fails to cheer me up whenever I listen to this song.

I think that Life is Like a Boat is too sophisticated to be used for an action-packed series like Bleach, but I shouldn’t complain much because I love both.  I just don’t think that they match well.

Overall, Life is Like a Boat by Rie Fu (リエ フゥ) is an absolute favourite.  It’s a beautiful song in melody, vocals, and message.  If half of the songs in the world are like this, then the world will be a better place.


Bleach Website (Japanese)
Rie Fu Official Website (Japanese & English)

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  1. Love, love, love Rie Fu! Everything I’ve ever heard of hers is just gorgeous, with spot-on enunciation whether in English or Japanese, great lyrics, and a fun inclusion of random jazz in some of the pieces that reminds me surprisingly of Vince Guaraldi. She’s an absolute gem, and “Life is Like a Boat” is a great example of her work. 🙂

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    1. I haven’t really listened much of her other songs. Any recommendations?

      Indeed. She’s a great musician. Particularly, she appeals people outside Japan because of her bilingualism.

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      1. What I’ve listed to most is her “Tobira” album; the entire album is excellent. It includes Dreams Be (from Darker than Black), which is a favorite of mine. But I’ve yet to hear anything I didn’t love. 🙂


  2. Love at first hear with this song. It’s actually what helped me love BLEACH a whole lote more. Even after an awesome episode ends, the ED let me reflect on the events and on the characters and their courses of actions. It’s a sweet, gentle melody. Definitely in my favs. :3

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    1. I agree! So rare for me to love a song upon hearing it for the first time. I usually start to like a song by hearing it again and again, but this song is just so beautiful and memorable the first time around. I agree, that it makes you love Bleach more. It even makes you look forward to every ending of an episode. I just wish that they used this song for more episodes.


      1. So rare for me to love a song upon hearing it for the first time.

        Really? Love at first hear is a kinda common occurrence for me. Maybe you’re more “picky” with your music than I am, Arria-chan!

        Most anime change EDs after 12 or so episodes, so it was inevitable. The 2nd ED was not that bad, don’t you think?

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      2. Maybe I am pickier than you. It’s true. It’s very rare for me to love a song upon hearing it for the first time. What kind of songs do you love upon hearing it for the first time? I’m curious.

        Yes, I agree. The second ending theme song of “Bleach” is good, too, but I didn’t “love” it the first time I heard it. I was like, “Oh, this is a nice song.” Unlike when I first heard “Life is Like a Boat”.


      3. Hmmm, I guess I fall in love with any song (I only usually listen to Japanese/Korean; English songs are exceptionally rare instances) as long as it has a beautiful intro. Since I pay close attention to the instrumental, how the instruments are played and the change(s) in pace (if present), the songs may be in rock or pop. I’m featuring one of my “love at first hear” songs in a few minutes, so you’ll see/hear it.

        Oh, I have those moments, too. There are songs you can only appreciate if you hear them again (and again, if it’s pretty immemorable).

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      4. How about Tagalog songs? I like listening to Japanese songs when I’m riding the bus or walking alone. I like listening to English songs when I’m washing the dishes or eating a meal. When I’m in the car with my dad and he’s driving, he’s usually playing some Tagalog songs, and I like those, too. When I’m inside my room, wanting to relax, I listen to instrumental music—no words, no percussion.

        Do you have any musicians (Japanese or Korean) that you absolutely like?


      5. Oh yeah, I do listen to OPM (Tagalog songs) hehe, but not as often as I do Jap/Kor songs. Oh, and I’m currently on an English song streak on my iTunes, for some unknown reason. I just felt like listening to them. Hehe

        Wow. That activity-song assignment is very like you. Haha. Sasuga desu yo.

        I like a lot of artists from Japan, the sheer number of them overwhelm the handful of personal favorite Kpop artists I listen to. Perhaps my is handy to look at for questions like this. 🙂

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      6. Ooooh. Interesting. There are many annoying songs that I wish they wouldn’t play on the radio, but since they keep on playing again and again, I end up liking them. Haha!

        Well, there are people who call me a neat freak and sometimes obsessive. They’re all wrong, of course. I’m just a very organized person and that includes the songs I choose to listen to for every activity that I do. 😉

        And thanks for sharing your profile. Will certainly look at the kind of songs you’re listening lately. So you like Beyonce & Taylor Swift &. . . .

        (busy looking through songs)


      7. Speaking of annoying songs, there’s this song played on every radio station in every street and corner I pass. Even though I don’t like it, I ended up knowing the melody and lyrics! UGH! This is agonizing, in a way…

        Yep. I like It’s interesting to see any patterns after listening for quite some time. It keeps track of my scrobbles at different timestamps. Pretty cool, right?


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