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Rikka Takanashi
Name in Japanese 小鳥遊 六花
Romaji Translation Takanashi Rikka
Debut (Anime) Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! Episode 01 - An Encounter with...the Wicked Eye
Debut (Light Novel) Chuunibyou Demo Koi Ga Shitai! Volume 1
Appears in Anime, Light Novel
Voice Actor (Japanese) Maaya Uchida
Voice Actor (English) Margaret McDonald
Personal Info
Gender Female
Birthday June 12th (Gemini)
Age 15 (S1) 16 (S2) 17 (Movie 2)
Blood Type A
Height 150 cm (4'11")
Weight 47 kg (104 lb)
Relatives Tōka Takanashi (older sister)

Mrs. Takanashi (mother)
Mr. Takanashi (father, deceased)
Rikka's Grandfather
Rikka's Grandmother
Yuuta Togashi (boyfriend)

Title High School Freshman, Tyrant's Eye
Status Alive

Rikka Takanashi (小鳥遊(たかなし) (りっ)() Takanashi Rikka?) is the female protagonist in the Japanese light novel/anime series Chūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai!.

She is the founder and President of the Far Eastern Magic Napping Society of Summer.

She is voiced by Maaya Uchida in the Japanese dub, and Margaret McDonald in English.

Character outline[]

Rikka Takanashi is a chūnibyō practitioner who enrolls in Icho Private High School, the same school as Yuuta Togashi. Unlike Yuuta, she still suffers from chūnibyō (eighth-grader syndrome). She believes she is a sorceress possessed by the "Tyrant's Eye" ("Eye of the Wicked Lord" in the English dub) that will reveal destinies. She wears a medical eyepatch over her right eye to seal her "Tyrant's Eye". Those who have seen her "Tyrant's Eye" are considered as completely signing a contract with her. She moved into the apartment above Yuuta's apartment to stay with her sister, Tōka Takanashi.


Rikka was described as having black hair and black eyes in the novel. In the anime her hair was drawn as a dark purple-blue and is tied with a yellow ribbon, with cyan colored eyes and wears a yellow color contact lens on her right eye, over which she wears a medical eyepatch. She often wears a pair of roller shoes, which she uses in order to increase mobility and make tricks. Her idiot hair (ahoge) occasionally reacts to her mood, in a comedic matter, sometimes moving with sound effects.

Throughout the series she is primarily seen to be wearing a school uniform that consists of black school blazer with a white dress shirt underneath it, tied with a red bowtie, wearing a red tartan skirt with small while frills embellished with a cross hanging on the left side of her skirt to which that does not follow up to school standards (once mentioned in the movie by her teacher), she then switches to a sleeveless version due to it being summer. She also has her fantasy weapon of choice: a frilly parasol which she wields as a sword remains concealed on her left leg. When outside of school or during her delusional operations she often dresses in a mostly-black gothic lolita dress.


Rikka's case of chuunibyou is common among chuunibyou cases, constantly living out her fantasies and exhibiting strange behaviors as a result.

She is very dramatic and theatrical, claiming to possess the "Tyrant's Eye" which allows her to reveal destinies, even wearing an eye-patch to "seal its' powers". Her delusions tend to reflect her feelings in real life, such as how she professed that tomatoes burn away one’s mana so as to avoid eating. She likes to make references to other anime and fictional works related to her chuunibyou fantasies. Though she does her best to commit to her fantasies, there are a few moments when Rikka will break character. An example of one of these moments could be seen when she gets flustered or gets hit in the head by her boyfriend, Yuuta, or her sister, Tōka Takanashi. She is often stared at by her classmates in a rather rude fashion due to her weird outbursts, and doesn't try too hard to make friends. Although she acts like a cool and mysterious sorceress, Rikka is in fact extremely clumsy, usually receives poor grades, and failed miserably when she tried to join other clubs such as cheerleading.

Later, when Yuuta lashes out at Rikka for using her delusions as an excuse to run away from her problems, she becomes much more somber and mellow. It is revealed that when Rikka's father passed away, the suddenness of his death was so shocking that Rikka refused to accept it, instead inventing a fantasy world which would allow her to see her father beyond "the invisible boundary lines" (不可視境界線 fukashikyoukaisen - "Ethereal Horizon" in early subs). With the help of Yuuta, she eventually comes to terms with her fathers’ death and tearfully says her goodbyes to him. She reverts back to her chuunibyou state, though this time at peace as she begins developing feelings for Yuuta.

She often brings her main “weapon” around, which is the Schwarz Shield Prototype Mark-II, a spring-loaded umbrella. With it, she can cast special attacks such as "Gungnir", "Schwarz Schild", "Wicked Twinkle", "Dark Matter Blaze", "Judgement Lucifer", "Laplace-Sphere", and such.


Rikka and and her sister Tōka lived together with their parents when they were young. Everything was fine until their father died. After his death, Rikka went to live with her grandparents. She had some hard times when living with them because her grandfather was strict and did not approve of Rikka's chūnibyō behavior. Rikka still cannot accept the fact that her father died, because it was too sudden. She believes that she can see her father again if she can find her way beyond "the invisible boundary lines", and is on a quest to search for the supposed “invisible boundary lines”, and thus reach her father. She moved to her sister's apartment to begin living with her.


Season 1[]

Rikka is the protagonist, she befriends Yuuta and wishes to find the Invisible Boundary Line with his help, later falling in love with Yuuta.

Takanashi Rikka Kai ~Gekijouban Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai!~[]

She dreams about marrying Yuuta. Upon waking up, recaps the story of S1 to Dekomori, and now lives with Yuuta.

Season 2[]

Once again she is the protagonist of the story, she plans to awaken the Dark Flame Dragon within Yuuta while getting closer to him.

Chuunibyou Demo Koi Ga Shitai Movie -Take On Me-[]

Touka wishes to take Rikka to Italy to live with her there, but both Yuuta and Rikka do not want that to happen, they rebel and elope together. Rikka gets even closer to Yuuta while running away from Touka on a journey across Japan. This closeness "drains" her "powers". Because of this she is worried that Yuuta will not love her anymore.


  • The name Rikka means "six" (六) (rik) and "flower, blossom" (花) (ka), which literally means "flower of six (edges)" altogether.
    • It means "snowflake" since snowflakes are hexagon-shaped, in which her mother named Rikka as such because she was pregnant with Rikka during the winter, and she wanted her to be unique just like how snowflakes are all unique.
  • Rikka's surname Takanashi means "little bird, small bird" (小鳥) (taka) and "play" (遊) (nashi).

Magical Girl[]

  • Her Magical Girl alter ego is Jaou Shingan (邪王真眼). This is sometimes translated as a title, "The Eye of the Wicked Lord" (used in the dub), and other times as a proper name, "Wicked Lord Shingan" (used in the subtitles). An earlier fansub used "Tyrant's Eye" as the translation, referring to her yellow eye itself, with Rikka being known as Wielder of the Tyrant's Eye. A literal translation of "Jaou Shingan" is "True Eye of the Evil King" (邪 ja "evil", 王 ou "king", 真 shin "true", and 眼 gan "eye").
  • 不可視境界線 (fukashikyoukaisen) = "Invisible Boundary Lines" . An earlier fansub translated to "ethereal horizon"
不可視 = invisible/unseen, literally 不 (fu) is "not" and 可視 (kashi) means "visible" or "able to see". (Not ethereal)
境界線 = boundary line; (not horizon)
So overall, invisible boundary lines is a good translation.
視地平 is visible horizon so 不視地平 is invisible horizon.


  • Rikka's character concept i.e: wearing an eye patch, having indigo hair and a fondness over a character, etc., may have been a reference to Chrome Dokuro from Katekyo Hitman Reborn!.
  • Rikka's Wicked Eye maybe a reference to these following anime characters' third eyes: Rokudo Mukuro's Six Paths of Reincarnation from Katekyo Hitman Reborn!, Sasuke Uchiha's Sharingan and Neji Hyuuga's Byakugan from Naruto, Hiei's Jagan Eye from Yu Yu Hakusho and Starjun's third eye from Toriko.
  • Rikka shares her birthday (June 12) with her English voice actress, Margaret McDonald.
  • Rikka was ranked as the 4th cutest girl in her class by her male classmates (there were two number twos and no number three). In the light novel she was ranked 4 only because one person voted for her, which was Yuuta.
  • She became a chunibyo after watching Yuuta/Dark Flame Master since she and Toka moved into their apartment in episode 10.
  • Rikka is the club leader of the Far Eastern Magic Nap Society (of Summer).
  • Rikka has the same voice actress as Koito Minase from the Musaigen no Phantom World series, another anime produced by Kyoto Animation.


  • "So our paths have finally crossed at last."
  • "I am the eye of the wicked lord, member number zero, Rikka Takanashi!"

Let's look at the spell which Rikka uses when beginning a battle. It has several different translations in official and fansub editions.

  • For "reality be rent" they say (爆ぜろ reality). (爆ぜろ) hazero means to bomb, pop, burst or shatter
For "synapses shattered" it's actually the same wording as for reality, just (爆ぜろ synapse). So the phrases has as much the same meaning for both, as in "shatter reality, "shatter synapses". It just sounds better to have a different verb, but all of the translations are suitable to be understood.
  • "Reality be rent... Synapse break.... Banishment this world!!"
  • "Blast the reality, Burst into shreds, Vanishment... this world!!"
  • "Be destroyed, real... Blow up, synapses. Banishment This World!" (S1 Ep 8, Crunchyroll sub)
  • "Be destroyed, real... Blow up, synapses. Vanishment This World!" (S1 Ep 8, Netflix sub)
  • "Reality rejected... synapse shattered... be banished from this world!" (S1 Ep8,dub)