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This article is about a character in Higurashi When They Cry.

Ritsuka Furude (古手 葎花 Furude Ritsuka) is one of the main protagonists of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Oni. She is Ryou Sonozaki's friend.

Appearance

Ritsuka has blue hair in a hime cut.

Personality

As a child, Ritsuka was very playful and hyperactive. She has a habit of saying nikah (にか). As an adult, Ritsuka can't handle alcohol very well.

Background

As a child, Ritsuka was part of the Hinamizawa games club and played with Ryou, Souhei, and Seiji.

Relationships

Role in the Story

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Oni

In 1923, a young Ritsuka plays tag with Ryou, Souhei, and Seiji at Furude Shrine. Ryou loses and is made to enter the shrine's ritual storehouse at night alone, but Ritsuka and the others join her anyway. Ritsuka says she can allow it since she's a Furude family member. Inside the storehouse, they discover a picture scroll behind the Oyashiro-sama statue talking about "demon descending".(Higurashi Oni Chapter 1)

Ritsuka performing the Watanagashi ritual dance.

15 years later in 1938, Ritsuka has become an adult and serves as the Furude family's priestess. Souhei reunites with the club when he returns to the village, but notices that some villagers don't like Seiji hanging out with Ritsuka. The group attends the Watanagashi Festival that night, where Ritsuka performs a ritual dance. When Souhei sees that other villagers are leaving instead of doing the cotton drifting, Ritsuka explains they had to postpone it due to wartime supply shortages.

The group drinks sake together afterwards. Souhei asks his friends to join him tomorrow, wanting to know everything that happened since in Hinamizawa since he left.(Higurashi Oni Chapter 2)

Trivia

  • The second character in Ritsuka's name is the character for flower (花), like with many other female Furude family members.

References

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