|Occupation||Former violinist, student, waitress|
|Anime debut||The Girl Genius' Challenge|
|Japanese voice actor||Chisako Tatsumi (game)|
(drama CD, anime)
|English voice actor||Rozie Curtis|
Rie Nishina (仁科りえ, Nishina Rie) is a minor character of Clannad. Rie is a second-year student at Hikarizaka Private High School who once played the violin when she was young, and won numerous competitions. She had a lot of talent and was supposed to go to study abroad, but she was involved in an accident. As a result, the strength of her grip became weak and she was not capable of playing the violin as well as she had formerly been able to. Her plans to leave Japan were terminated, and she entered a phase of depression, having lost her main goal in life. However, when she entered high school, Koumura taught her about chorus, and she found that she could sing very well. Thus, having found a new purpose to live on, she chose to assemble a chorus club with her friends. Her best friend is her fellow club member, Sugisaka.
We first see Rie when she lends Kotomi a violin for her to practice with it. Later, while the members of the Drama Club go to Koumura to ask him to become their advisor, he tells them that he had already been asked by Rie to be the advisor of the chorus club. Rie decides to give Koumura to them, but her friend Sugisaka sends a threatening letter to Nagisa and tells the Drama Club about Rie's situation. Despite Sunohara's fury, Nagisa decides to give up on Koumura. However, after Yukine reads his fortune, Youhei comes up with the idea of challenging the Basketball Team to a match so the Choir Club will be moved and will agree to give them Koumura. After they win the match, Rie and her friends decide to share Koumura, something which Tomoyo agrees to once she becomes student council president.
Rie is in the same grade as Nagisa when she is forced to repeat her third year again, and is one of the few friends she has. She does not join the Drama Club because she is too busy with the Choir Club, but still talks to Nagisa at school. She attends her fake graduation ceremony, and starts working at a family restaurant with Sugisaka, where she eventually gets Nagisa to work at too. She is last seen living with Sugisaka at an apartment.
- Rie Nishina closely resembles Rika Furude from .