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Rena Ryuugu (竜宮 レナ Ryūgū Rena) is one of the main characters of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. She is a member of the Hinamizawa after-school games club and a firm believer in Oyashiro-sama.

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Rena is the main heroine of this story. She’s a classmate of Keiichi’s.

She is quite interested in his everyday life, possibly because of an inherent urge to look after people.

She comes with the standard-issue honesty, earnesty and blushes that you find in many heroines. However, her only reward for taking care of Keiichi is an incessant series of pranks. It really is unfortunate for her.

She likes anything and everything she considers adorable, and this is also a very typical trait in a heroine. But that is also her greatest weakness...

(Taken from the MangaGamer website, which is translated from the 07th Expansion website.)

Keiichi's classmate. She has a caring personality and is Keiichi's best friend, always walking to school with him every morning. She loves anything that's "kyute,"and has a bad habit of trying to take "kyute" things home with her. When she goes into "kyute" mode, she goes out of control and all physical laws cease to apply to her.

(Taken from the Gou website.)

Appearance

Rena has short orange hair and blue eyes. Her school uniform consists of a light blue sailor uniform with a yellow bow. Her casual outfit is a white dress with purple bows, a white hat and long black boots.

Personality

Rena is a friendly, honest, earnest, and caring young girl on the surface view. She has a habit of saying "hau" and "kana, kana?" which in the latter's case is translated as her repeating the last words that she said. She also loves "kyute" things and talks about taking them home with her whenever possible. Despite her silliness, Rena sometimes shows great intuition and responsibility.

Whenever Oyashiro-sama is mentioned, Rena's personality changes such that she insists that he is real and is fiercely defensive. She is also terrifyingly perceptive, being able to read people and situations with a mere glance. She can be warm and comforting one second, then cruel, cold, and calculating the next. Rena hates lying, becoming incredibly hostile when being lied to, especially if it is a friend who is lying.

Background

Rena was born and raised in Hinamizawa and moved with her family to Ibaraki. Rena steadily went insane at her new school, believing that she had angered Oyashiro-sama by leaving the village. At one point she went around destroying windows and attacked three students, even permanently blinding one of them in one eye. Rena's family eventually moved back to Hinamizawa, and Rena has calmed down ever since.

Tsumihoroboshi reveals some more about Rena's past. Her mother started seeing another man, and her parents started going through a divorce. Rena became depressed and resorted to self-harm, believing that she was seeing maggots crawling around in her blood and was submitted for psychiatric evaluation. She was given medication however Rena's state worsened, and she eventually heard Oyashiro-sama telling her to return to the village. Her father, now single, agreed with Rena's request and moved with her back to the village.

Minagoroshi reveals that much of Rena's problems in Ibaraki can be attributed to her developing Hinamizawa Syndrome because of the stress from her parents' divorce. Hanyuu briefly intervened and was able to cure her symptoms temporarily, giving her the message to return to Hinamizawa.

Relationships

Overview

The Club

Other

Keiichi Maebara

Keiichi and Rena always walk to school together, as Rena makes a point of picking him up every morning. Onikakushi introduces their relationship by showing their enormous closeness through Keiichi's flirtations and Rena's strange but amusing personality. As the arc progresses, this relationship is shattered due to Keiichi's suspicions and distrust of her. The ending of Onikakushi's introduction points out that at some point, Keiichi really loved Rena. On Rena's part, as revealed in Tsumihoroboshi, her efforts to help Keiichi during Onikakushi's events even as she's being beaten to death make clear the strength of her feelings.

Keiichi and Rena have strong teamwork, especially in Minagoroshi, Matsuribayashi and Outbreak, which describe Keiichi as burning with a red fire while Rena burns blue. According to Shion, Rena is Mion's romantic rival for Keiichi's heart.

Keiichi, however, does not seem willing to advance a relationship. In Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU's fifth arc, it is shown that in 1988, they both attend the same university as Mion, and their dynamics suggest that no relationship other than friendship has developed between them.

Satoko Houjou

Satoko is sometimes a target for Rena's kyute mode. Satoko will use this to her advantage during club games and leap into Rena's arms when cornered, prompting her to punish the other club members. Similar to Shion, Rena can be very protective of Satoko.

Other Club Members

Rika is sometimes a target for Rena's affections when she enters kyute mode.

Rina Mamiya

Rina is dating Rena's father in Tsumihoroboshi, and so the two of them start to know each other better as Rina spends more and more time with her dad. Rina treats Rena kindly but doesn't do much else.

While they may appear to be on good terms, Rina's relationship towards Rena is not genuine as she's only dating her dad just to get at his money. She knows Rena doesn't approve of her, and when Rena explicitly tells her this Rina drops her kind facade and starts acting like her true, vulgar self.

In Higurashi Sotsu, Rina begins to sympathize with Rena's situation since she was also raised by a single parent and tries to break things off with her father.

Role in the Story

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Question Arcs

Onikakushi

Rena is first introduced. She shows up at Keiichi's house waiting for him for them to go to school together. It's established that they're both very good friends, eating lunch together and going treasure hunting at the garbage dump after school. During one of their treasure hunts, Keiichi is briefly surprised by Rena bringing a hatchet to the dump.

After Keiichi learns of Satoshi's existence and Rena and Mion's awareness of Tomitake's murder, Keiichi confronts her while going home from school, accusing her and Mion of hiding things from him. Rena responds violently, calling him a liar, and accusing him of being a hypocrite for doing the same. Keiichi is horrified at this change in Rena's behavior, almost believing that she was replaced by someone else. Rena smiles and asks for Keiichi's understanding. Leaving Keiichi with his knees on the ground, she walks home ahead of him.

After almost getting ran over by a van, Keiichi, now convinced that someone is trying to kill him, starts carrying around a baseball bat. This causes a worried Rena to have another conversation with Keiichi. She angrily asks Keiichi why he's copying all of Satoshi's actions from last year, and worries that Keiichi will end up "transfering" just like Satoshi.

On a rainy afternoon, during one of Keiichi's phone calls with Ooishi, Rena visits Keiichi. Worried that he won't have anything to eat because his parents aren't home, she offers to make him dinner. Keiichi witnesses another violent outburst from Rena, and slams the door on her fingers over and over, causing her to apologize profusely. Keiichi ignores Rena and heads back to his room, and looks over at Rena in the rain, still apologizing.

The next day, Keiichi while going home from school, finds Rena following him around with a hatchet. Rena chases Keiichi around the village, saying that she will listen to Keiichi and save him, and that she won't let Keiichi suffer the same fate as Satoshi. During the chase's climax, Keiichi witnesses Rena holding up the hatchet, and in desperation asks Rena who in the village is making people disappear. Rena tells Keiichi that he's misunderstanding something, and that there is no human culprit, and that it is all done by Oyashiro-sama's will. Keiichi, scared for his life, pushes Rena to the ground and runs away.

Rena later finds Keiichi unconscious and brings him back to his house, nursing him. She tells Keiichi that she's called both Mion and the "manager." Mion arrives at Keiichi's room, then Rena proceeds to hold Keiichi, while Mion pulls out a syringe from her skirt pocket. Mion tells Keiichi that he's going to suffer the same fate as Tomitake. Just before the syringe is able to touch Keiichi's body, Keiichi breaks free from Rena, grabs his bat and beats Mion to death. Keiichi then turns around and does the same to Rena, while confessing his love to her, shown in the game's opening scene.

During the epilogue, police investigation determined that Keiichi planned on killing both of the girls when he invited them to his house, with no mention of his acts of self-defense.

Watanagashi

A games tournament is held at a store owned by one of Mion's relatives, and Rena is given a doll by Keiichi after he wins one.

Sometime after the Watanagashi Festival, Satoko and Rika go missing, and Rena helps Keiichi and the other villagers search for them. They investigate Rika and Satoko's house where Rena determines that the two of them went to Mion's house to get soy sauce and were asked to have dinner there.

The next day, Rena and Keiichi head to Mion's house to confront her about Satoko and Rika's kidnapping. Mion admits to torturing and killing them and explains much of Hinamizawa's past. Mion asks for Keiichi to follow her into the underground torture chamber and Rena lets them go, planning to contact Ooishi and the police nearby in 30 minutes.

After the incident, Keiichi's parents plan on moving away from Hinamizawa. Keiichi says his farewells to Rena, and Rena says that she'll be lonely, as she's the only one left.

Tatarigoroshi

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai

Meakashi

The credits say that Rena resides in Shishibone City as of 2004.

Tsumihoroboshi

Minagoroshi

Matsuribayashi

Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU

Onidamashi

Watadamashi

Tataridamashi

Nekodamashi

Satokowashi

Other Appearances

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei

Hirukowashi

Rena accidentally swallows the red Bead of Fuwarazu and falls in love with the holder of the white bead, which keeps swapping hands.

Saikoroshi

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Hou

Outbreak

Kamikashimashi

Console-Exclusive Arcs

Tsukiotoshi-hen

Miotsukushi-hen

Miotsukushi-hen Ura

Design Origin

Evolution of Rena's design from Visual Fan Book.

The design of Rena Ryuugu traces its origin to Ryukishi's fan-rendition of Lenna (レナ Rena) from Final Fantasy V in her Dragoon (竜騎士 Ryūkishi, lit. Dragon Knight) outfit with a spear. In this guise, she appeared in multiple Leaf Fight expansion packs put out by 07th Expansion. This version of Rena has become a mascot of 07th Expansion - it is used during the intro of main Higurashi releases along with their logo and currently the profile picture of their official Twitter account - while this outfit later became the uniform of Angel Mort waitresses.

As shown on the image on the right, this design was called (竜騎士 レナ, lit. Dragon Knight Rena). Notably, the surname of Ryūgū Rena (竜宮 レナ) literally means "Dragon Palace".

Trivia

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 http://07th-expansion.net/higu_hou/02.htm
  2. At a special Higurashi event, Ryukishi07 answered questions from fans and gave age ranges for the main characters. While audio and video recordings were not allowed, secondhand reports indicate that Rena is in second-year middle school.(1)(2).
  3. Ryukishi07 blog post