☄ First Impressions
♚ VISUAL: Rika is a rather short 137cm (4'5") girl with bright violet eyes and blueish-purple hair with rather childish features. Due to her training as a miko along with the game club activities, while she may have a slim build, there is some muscle to her.
♚ FASHION: In Ukimiya, Rika will be initially arriving in her ceremonial miko outfit with sandals.
♚ DEMEANOUR: Rika shows herself off as her physical age over her mental one; childish and almost always smiling. She puts on an air of confidence befitting of the Furude heir and tends to wear her 'mask' rather well. She doesn't slouch at all, if ever. She will sometimes make gestures to match the onomatopoeia she's doing as well, depending on the situation.
♚ SOUND: Rika is voiced by Yukari Tamura in the Japanese versions of the anime and visual novel, which is what I will be pulling from for her voice. Rika herself puts out two personalities - her 'childish' personality and her 'mature' personality. With her childish personality, Rika will often use onomatopoeia such as 'mii' and 'nipa', inserting them into her sentences as appropriate. In Japanese, she uses the pronoun boku when referring to herself while using this personality and speaks in a generally high pitched, almost stereotypical 'cute, small, anime girl' voice. When she switches to her more 'mature' personality, however, her voice will deepen, and she'll drop all the verbal tics. In Japanese, she switches from boku to watashi here and will even reference the Frederica Bernkastel poems. Her speech becomes more refined, but she will get more visibly annoyed and frustrated while speaking using her 'mature' personality. She also tends to be a little more cocky and will even verbally abuse or bully people, too, although her form of bullying tends to be more in the line of teasing.
In terms of Japanese honorifics, Rika tends to drop them altogether unless she's referring to Oyashiro-sama or kami-sama, tacking '-san' onto animals, or speaking to children even younger than she is.
From Himatsubushi-hen: This and this gives a good idea of what she sounds like in both her childish and mature personalities.
♚ SCENT: Clean, generally. Upon arrival, however, she will smell a little sweaty due to coming in right after the Watanagashi; there's also a bit of dirt and water to be smelled on her, but nothing too heavy.
♚ MENTAL INFORMATION: Given that Rika displays two different personalities, telepaths will most likely notice that Rika's thoughts don't exactly match her childish personality.
♚ MAGICAL INFORMATION: For those who can sense death, it's pretty much plastered all over Rika. She also has the ability to see otherworldly beings, too.
♚ BACKTAGGING: I'll pretty much backtag until the thread feels finished in general if necessary, but for Ukimiya, I'll most likely be focusing on things by week. If you want me to continue an older thread though, feel free to ask me!
♚ FOURTHWALLING: No, thank you!
♚ PHYSICAL AFFECTION: Go right on ahead. Rika likes hugs, although please do not smother her too much, considering how small she is. Also, this should be obvious, but no physical affection that's 18+ rated for her, please.
♚ PHYSICAL VIOLENCE: Ask me first so we can work things out! Rika's pretty much a stick compared to others who are probably more powerful than she is, but she's definitely willing to fight if her life depended on it.
♚ RELATIONSHIPS: GOOD LUCK trying to ship her...... you can try, but it's possible you might have to deal with Hanyuu, first. She's also physically twelve, so that's a thing you have to deal with, too.
♚ NOTE: While the series is pretty much over ten years old, Rika herself is a bit of a spoiler for the answer arcs, several of which aren't even out on Steam yet! While I shall be doing my best to avoid any major endgame spoilers, such as the true culprit, events in a certain arc, or what is going on in Higurashi, in terms of how Rika herself acts, especially towards Hanyuu, will practically be unavoidable. I will be tagging for any spoiler past Himatsubushi-hen whenever I have the chance, though!
She comes from near the end of Minagoroshi-hen, which is the seventh arc in the series which is currently not available on Steam as of this writing.
In terms of content warnings, I would like to give a heads up in advance that Rika canonically drinks wine, which means that whenever any sort of alcohol comes out, she will most definitely be drinking it. Other things that I should mention is that Rika's backstory has the potential of the following: family death, sororicide mentions, torture, suicide and gruesome murder.
If there is anything that you would like me to avoid, please feel free to give me a heads up either by replying to this post or shooting me a message privately either via Plurk (endlesseight) or Discord (Len#0139). All replies to this post are screened for privacy.