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Introduction
Rikka Takanashi
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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 12 (Gemini)
Age 15 (S1) 16 (S2) 17 (Movie)
Blood Type A
Height 150 cm (4'11")
Weight 47 kg (104 lbs)
Relatives Tōka Takanashi (older sister, Anime only)
Mrs. Takanashi (mother)
Mr. Takanashi (father, deceased)
Unnamed grandfather (paternal grandfather)
Unnamed grandmother (paternal grandmother)
Unnamed Brother-in-law
Yuuta Togashi (boyfriend)
Title High School Freshman, Tyrant's Eye
Status Alive


Rikka Takanashi (小鳥遊(たかなし) 六花(りっか) Takanashi Rikka?) is the female protagonist in the Japanese light novel series and anime, Chūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai!.

She is the founder and leader of the club she formed named as Far Eastern Magic Napping Society of Summer.


She is voiced by Maaya Uchida in the anime. In the English Dub, she is voiced by Margaret McDonald.

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 or eighth-grader syndrome. She believes she is a sorceress possessed by the "Tyrant's Eye" 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

Appearance

Rikka Takanashi was described as having black hair and black eyes in the novel, yet 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. Her idiot hair (ahoge) occasionally reacts to her mood, in a comedic matter, sometimes moving with sound effects.

At school, she is primarily seen to be wearing a school uniform that consists of standard school blazer that has a white shirt underneath it, tied with a red ribbon tie,she also wears a frilly skirt and long black knee socks, to which that she does not wear the uniform up to school standards. She also has her fantasy weapon of choice a frilly parasol which she wields as a sword attached on her left leg. On other occasions, for instance during her delusional operations, she often dresses in a mostly-black gothic lolita dress.

Personality

Rikka is a classic case of chuunibyo, 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 destines, 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 your mana so as to avoid eating. Though she does her best to commit to her fantasies, there are a few moments when Rikka will break character, such as when getting flustered or getting hit in the head by Yuuta or her sister. She is alienated by her classmates due to her weird outbursts, and doesn't try too hard to make friends. Though she acts like a cool and mysterious sorceress, Rikka is in fact extremely clumsy, 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 his death and tearfully says her goodbyes. 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", etc.

Background

Rikka and 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 them and thus reach him. She moved to her sister's apartment and is currently living with her.

Plot

Season 1

Takanashi Rikka Kai ~Gekijou-ban Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai!~

Season 2

Chuunibyou Demo Koi Ga Shitai Movie -Take On Me-

Etymology

  • The name Rikka means "six" (六) (rik) and "flower, blossom" (花) (ka), which literally means "flower of six (edges)" altogether.
    • It also has the meaning of "snow" since snow is a Hexagon, in which her mother named Rikka as such because she was pregnant with Rikka during the winter.
  • 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.

Trivia

  • 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 2 number 2 and no number 3).
  • 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.

Quotes

  • "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 they use 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 it's just 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 okay.
  • "Reality be rent... Synapse break.... Vanishment 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... synapses shattered... be banished from this world!" (S1 Ep8,dub)

References

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