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|Surname Name||Rokuhara Rika|
|Birthday (Age)||September 23rd (42)|
|Type of Character||Side|
|Height||5′ 7′′ (171cm)|
|Job(s)||Club Advisor at Kumon-Mi High (Back on Track)|
|Affiliation||Light Music Club (Advisor)|
Rika is the daughter of two unnamed parents and grew up in an extremely accepting and tolerant household. This resulted in her having loads of personal freedom, which she used to experiment romantically, get involved in numerous protests, and get in constant trouble with law enforcement. Perhaps because of this wild behavior, Rika never had a good relationship with her mother, never having the time to patch things up before her death. At some point, she met a woman named Rie, who she'd go on to marry and, together, adopt a daughter.
Rika's backstory is part of a running joke in Lessons in Love. She often makes allusions to ridiculous or baffling tales, all of which she doesn't elaborate on. According to her, she's been in a cult, traveled the world with nothing but a shopping cart, been arrested for vandalism, and never even finished high school.
Rika bears a lot of similarities to her daughter, Rin. The two share the same off-beat but charming charisma, the same punk aesthetic, and the same emotional intensity. Unlike her daughter though, Rika is much more gullible and not nearly as intelligent, often finding herself as the butt of a joke when her ignorance is exposed — She makes up for this in her life experience.
While her general light-hearted demeanor would lead most to believe otherwise, Rika is among the oldest members of the cast, and has decades of wisdom she often shares when the moment calls for it. Additionally, while most write her off as empty-headed, she's very emotionally intelligent, easily picking up on people's social cues and harboring a surprising amount of hidden melancholy.
Rika meets Sensei during a post-heartbreak trip she takes to the Dive Bar. Imani invites her to join their drinking group and the three, along with Osako and Wakana become recurring drinking buddies from then on. They don't interact much on-screen though until Rika ends up moving in with Rin into the dorms. After giving him her number during Nodoka's book signing, the two begin to hang out, eventually becoming co-workers when Rika is hired onto staff at Kumon-Mi High.
Rika seems to enjoy Sensei's company, feeling comfortable enough to vent to him emotionally and also let him see her in humiliating situations. Their relationship is entirely platonic, devoid of the usual shallow flirting Sensei's other relationships have — This is partly due to most of his pick-up lines flying over her head. While they have a healthy relationship, the two become somewhat awkward around each other after the two discuss his love life, a conversation in which she points out how he doesn't seem to care about her.
Due to his similarities to Rin, she affectionately refers to him as a "goober".
Imani is one of Rika's drinking buddies and later co-worker. The two have a mostly friendly relationship, although Rika enjoys teasing her about her general inexperience.
Rin is Rika's adoptive daughter, and the two have been family for so long that Rika often finds herself forgetting they're not biologically related. Despite this, the two have a good relationship, often playfully picking on each other whenever they're together. Rika often worries about how to properly parent Rin, feeling wildly inadequate as a role model.
Rie is Rika’s former partner. Both met during a protest she attended, though both were on opposite sites at the time. They somehow ended up in a room together, started a relationship after one eventful night, and adopted Rin a few years later. While their relationship was very strong for a long time, at some point they realized that the spark between them didn't exist anymore, but they tried to stay together for Rin’s sake. Once she entered middle school, though, they knew that this relationship was beyond saving and the next big argument will be the end of them, which happened around the same time Makoto’s father was declared dead. Rie kicked her out shortly after and, given the context, completely cut contact with her as well.
Rika is shown to like Futaba during their few interactions. The two seem familiar with each other, openly hugging each other when they meet again after Rika moves into her dorm.
- "Hey, I may occasionally make out with random people I have only known for several minutes, but I'm certainly not a prostitute."
- "Aw, my girl's a little disaster lesbian just like her mom."
- "All signs point to me being an easy target. I’m not gonna blame you for trying to take a shot. [...] I just don’t want to be that kind of person anymore."
- Rika names music as one of her strengths, something that was confirmed by Otoha, because according to her she can play pretty much every instrument.
- Rika used to read often when she was a small child, and keeps a collection of various children's books she used to have. Despite this, she's not much a reader nowadays, preferring music.
- Despite living together for many years, and raising a child together, Rika was never officially married to Rie. This is due to Japan's ban on homosexual marriage.