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This article is about a character in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Mei.

Rintaro Okabe (岡部 倫太郎 Okabe Rintaro) is a character appearing in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Mei in a collaboration event with Steins;Gate.

Appearance

Okabe has short black hair and yellow eyes. He wears a white lab coat over a white shirt. A red pen is in his shirt pocket.

Personality

Okabe is a self-proclaimed mad scientist and is prone to fits of maniacal laughter. He has delusions of grandeur and likes to gives nicknames to others. Not only does he call Kurisu "Christina" and Luka "Lukako", he calls Miyuki "Sidetail", Nao "Mini-Christina", Rika "Frederica", and Satoko "Satonorichalcum".

Okabe has a lot of knowledge about Higurashi's world as a fan of the game and shows confusion at the many things that are different, like Miyuki being a teenager instead of a child and the existence of tsukuyami.

Okabe will sometimes show a compassionate side.

Background

In Okabe's original world, he built a VR machine allowing anybody to enter the world of any video game. He and his friends enter the world of the game Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and wind up traveling to a supposedly virtual Hinamizawa.

Relationships

Role in the Story

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Mei

Okabe puts the finishing touches on his VR machine, the "PhoneWaveRevision (Name subject to change) VR". He explains to Kurisu and a newly-arrived Luka the plan to enter the Higurashi world, showing off a rereleased version of the game that came with Rika and Satoko telephone cards. When they put on the VR helmets, Okabe briefly enters the Sea of Fragments where a voice tells him to stay away.

The trio enters Hinamizawa in June of 1983, with Okabe amazed since the machine worked better then he expected since everything feels so real. However, he has no idea how to get out, which results in Kurisu getting angry and beating him up a bit. The club hears the commotion and breaks them up. They ask who these new visitors are, readily accepting their story of traveling here from another world.

Okabe tries to leave the virtual world by calling Daru on his smartphone and activating the VR app, but it doesn't work. Kazuho gets a message from Tamura and takes the lab crew alongside Miyuki and Nao to a payphone to talk with her. Tamura explains that those three have come to this world through a gap between worlds created by a foreign object, a tsukuyami, and they need to defeat it otherwise the world will fall apart. However, they can only defeat it by using objects from the same world as them, and Kurisu reveals she still as the Rika and Satoko telecards, which are transformed into Role Cards.

Satoko, Rika, and Satoshi appear and overhear the conversation. Satoko is saddened at the thought she'll have to say goodbye to her Nii-nii in order to protect the world, and Okabe tries to console her since it's not an easy choice. Satoko agrees to it after Satoshi's encouragement, and the group sets off to deal with the tsukuyami. They go to the Furude Shrine where Okabe declares a Hinamizawa branch of the Future Gadget Lab after seeing everyone's interest, and they soon fight tsukuyami.

After the monsters' defeat, Satoshi disappears, and the lab crew disappears soon after since the world line has been restored. Okabe wakes up back in his lab to find Daru working out some bugs in the VR machine. Kurisu and LUka wake up, with Kurisu finding that the telecards are gone. Okabe asks Daru where the Higurashi game case is, but he insists it's not a real game. Okabe begins to think that it might not exist since the events inspiring it never happened, and those girls must have done something to cause that. Okabe compliments his new lab members for their success.

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References

  1. According to in-game bio.
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