The third installment for the unnecessary “Best Girl in Aqours” series has arrived!
And this time we’re going to be talking about Sakurauchi Riko. The usual disclaimers apply, of course. So please don’t lynch me if you disagree with my reasons. Or at least do it after I finish the series.
No catchphrase here since Riko is actually a relatively well-adjusted girl compared to everyone else.
5. Riko is reliable and serious.
What I mean here is that she’s usually the one who keeps Chika in check. This is pretty important considering how Chika is the leader of Aqours and is the one who writes the lyrics for most of their songs. If Riko doesn’t make sure Chika stays on-point, then the group will probably get nowhere considering how lazy Chika can get.
4. She’s a graceful city girl.
Riko ain’t like the rest of these country hicks, okay? Her modest, mature, and refined aura really makes her stand out (even though she initially believed that she’s a boring, plain girl who couldn’t be a school idol).
Plus she plays piano! She’s so cultured!
3. She’s also a dork.
Alright, look. That aforementioned aura of hers is genuine. But sometimes Riko acts differently and comes across as being more, er, down-to-earth by revealing her shortcomings.
For instance, she claims to have an interest in drawing (according to Dengeki G Magazine), but then she draws this beauty while thinking of a dog she had grown attached to.
She also used to have a fear of dogs, but after S2E5 Riko has mostly gotten over the cynophobia that plagued her in S1. But in return, she started acting like Yoshiko…
Riko’s voice sounds amazing whenever she freaks out, by the way. A very good job by Aida Rikako !
2. She has a playful side.
Remember how she called Chika “weird” and insists it’s both a compliment and an insult? Or how she reveals the juicy details about Yoshiko that her mom heard from Yoshiko’s mom? Or how she gets Yoshiko to accidentally refer to herself as Yoshiko instead of Yohane? Or how she squeezes Chika’s cheeks in S2E10 (don’t forget that’s how Chika woke her up in S1E10)?
Riko is actually quite the tease!
1. Riko is a yuri fangirl.
One of us! One of us! One of us!
Alrighty, that’s Riko in a shutnell. That’s 3 down, 6 left to go. But I don’t know who to cover next. I would really appreciate suggestions!
That’s all, folks!