This article is about the clone of Rika that appears exclusively in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Mei. For other pages titled Rika Furude, see the disambiguation page.
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This article is about a character in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Mei.
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This article or section contains untagged major spoilers for the original Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and possibly the console-exclusive arcs. Readers who have not completed the main story are advised not to proceed further.


Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Mei features an evil version of Rika Furude (古手 梨花 Furude Rika), known in the game files as Rika: Hanyuu Fusion (梨花:羽入合体 Rika: Hanyū Gattai), as one of the main antagonists. She is a tsukuyami that has been masquerading as the original Rika and fuses together with a tsukuyami clone of Hanyuu as the boss of Chapter 8.


Appearance

The fake Rika initially appears identical to the original Rika. In her fused form, she keeps Rika's blue hair but now has cracked horns like the original Hanyuu; differing in how her horns end in a red tip similar to the horns on other tsukuyami, with other red spikes orbiting around her.

She wears a similar shrine maiden outfit as Hanyuu except her sleeves flare out like fire. She also has glowing red eyes.

Personality

As a clone of the original Rika, the fake copies her mannerisms perfectly. Once she is found out, she starts acting more like a mature woman and not the little girl Rika normally is.

Abilities

The fake Rika is able to rewrite people's memories and control villagers in the terminal stages of Hinamizawa Syndrome, which she claims is as a result of her being the queen carrier.

Background

At some point in time, the real Rika was taken away to another world by some powerful entity. The fake Rika began taking her place, sharing many of the same memories. The fake seems to think she is the real Rika, mentioning that after escaping from June 1983 her friends were all killed by monsters later.

Fed up with looping through Fragments, the fake Rika sought to destroy the new world she ended up in by causing villagers to go crazy and rewriting the memories of others.

Story

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The fake Rika has been masquerading as the original for most of the story, causing trouble by rewriting the memories of people like Mion and spreading rumors to get Keiichi kicked out of Hinamizawa.

After the Watanagashi Festival, villagers start going crazy and attacking each other due to the fake's doing. She's collecting Fragments and making them larger by taking those infected with Hinamizawa Syndrome and infecting them again. The main cast determines that Rika was responsible for this tragedy and confront her, still believing her to be the real Rika. They try to help "Rika" when she expresses her anguish over being forced to relive June 1983, but she fuses with the fake Hanyuu and attacks.

After her defeat, she dissipates and leaves nothing behind. The real Hanyuu then appears and explains what happened to the real Rika, warning the group to escape since the tsukuyami have already begun devouring this world.

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