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Rika Orimoto ( (おり) (もと) () () Orimoto Rika?) is a character in the Jujutsu Kaisen 0: Jujutsu High prequel series. She was the childhood friend of Yuta Okkotsu who tragically died when she was hit by a car. Her spirit was cursed, transforming her into a powerful special grade vengeful cursed spirit worthy of the moniker "Queen of Curses" ( (のろ) いの (じょ) (おう) Noroi no Joō?). Rika spent years haunting Yuta as a curse until he attended Tokyo Jujutsu High where he learned to unravel the curse on Rika's spirit, finally allowing her to pass on to the afterlife.

Appearance

Rika was a young human girl with a small fragile frame, long black hair that reached her shoulders, soft eyes, and peach-colored skin. She wore a sleeves black dress with a white collar decorated with hearts and black shoes.

Rika's appearance as a vengeful curse was completely different. She was a larger monstrous curse with a large muscular upper body, long arms, and a tail-like shadow that served as her lower body. She had a single cycloptic eye that was normally hidden behind a shell that looks similar to a brain. Extending from her head were several tendrils, and she had long untrimmed fingernails as well as a mouth full of thin sharp teeth.

Personality

Rika was an innocent young girl and childhood friend of Yuta. She shared a special connection with Yuta and believed that she loved him. These continued on even after death. As a vengeful spirit, Rika desired only to protect Yuta, but her great power often caused her to harm others in the process. While she had curse-like instincts to attack anything that was a threat, Rika still listened to Yuta and restrained herself because of her love for him.

After being freed from her curse, Rika was still able to forgive Yuta and leave him behind despite his promise to pass on with her. Before leaving, Rika even told Yuta that she was happier spending time with him as a curse than when she was alive.

Abilities

Rika fully manifesting in her vengeful spirit form.

Overall Skill: As a special grade vengeful cursed spirit, Rika's power was unmatched. Fully manifesting Rika was considered a grave threat by the jujutsu higher-ups. By only manifesting her arms she could easily bring harm to non-sorcerers and jujutsu sorcerers alike. Once Yuta trusted his connection with her enough to allow her to fully manifest, Rika power eclipsed that of nearly all other curses.

Suguru Geto, a curse manipulator with well over four thousand cursed spirits in his possession believes that Rika is without a doubt the undisputed Queen of Curses. He risked everything to gain her power and had he been successful, Geto expected to have exactly what he needed to destroy all non-sorcerers.[1]

With Rika's aid, Yuta Okkotsu was able to defeat Geto and overpower all the cursed spirits he threw at them. She supported him with physical attacks and used her speed to keep him from danger. To counter Geto's Maximum: Uzumaki, Yuta broke the limits on Rika's cursed energy, making her more powerful than ever before.[2] However, following the bout, this resulted in the curse unraveling from Rika's spirit completely after she decided not to punish Yuta for severing the bond.[3]

Jujutsu

Cursed Energy Manipulation
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Immense Cursed Energy: Cursed Rika's cursed energy was endless, making her extremely powerful, to the point that it was near-impossible to exorcise her. Yuta could only access a small amount of her power at a time while he was cursed. Fully manifesting Rika allows her to copy cursed techniques, making Yuta capable of utilizing them despite his inexperience. She is a spirit of immeasurable cursed energy that can take the shape of any cursed technique.[4]

Full Manifestation
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As a fully manifested cursed spirit, Rika can use physical attacks as well as jujutsu. In her first manifestation, she tore apart a gigantic spirit with her bare hands. In her second full manifestation, Rika was able to take a slightly smaller form to more properly aid Yuta directly in battle, making it a two-on-one fight against Geto.[5] She can fight alongside Yuta, increase his mobility by carrying him, block incoming attacks, and even carry his injured allies using a dark sack made of cursed energy.[6]

Cursed Energy Beam: By promising Rika his life and to join her after death so can be in love for eternity, Yuta planned on sacrificing himself to surpass the limits of cursed energy. This opened Rika's eye and transformed her into an even more powerful state capable of unleashing an energy beam of "Pure Love", the strongest curse of all. Rika's final attack successfully overpowered Geto's Maximum: Uzumaki and his special grade vengeful spirit Tamamo-no-Mae Incarnate.[7] (Unnamed) Pure love cursed energy beam.png
Copied Cursed Techniques
Rika copying Cursed Speech.png Cursed Speech: Rika can summon a megaphone marked with the "Snake Eyes and Fangs" of the Inumaki Family. This allows Yuta to speak into it and emulate the abilities of a cursed speech user of the Inumaki Family, reinforcing his words with cursed energy to increase the compulsion of his commands.[8]
By commanding several of Geto's centipede-shaped cursed spirits to "Die", each and every one of them in the swarm violently exploded.[9] Yuta commands Geto's curses to die.png

Trivia

  • Rika's surname contains the kanji for "prayer" ( ori?) and "origin, base" ( moto?), and her first name contains "logic, reason" ( ri?) and "fragrance" ( ka?).
  • Rika's mother died suddenly when she was five from unknown causes.
  • Two days before Rika went to elementary school, Rika and her father got lost while mountain climbing. A week later Rika was found alone and rescued by a shelter near the summit.
  • While at the hospital she met Yuta who was being treated for pneumonia.
  • Her father was never found and his death was never confirmed.
  • Aware of how her appearance is perceived, Rika sometimes manipulates adults.
  • Rika's grandmother from her father's side took her in. She strongly believed Rika killed both her parents.
  • Rika stole the ring she gave to Yuta from her grandmother's dresser. It was her mother's wedding ring.
  • When she was human, Rika was very friendly with Yuta's younger sister. However, after becoming a vengeful curse, she became aggressive, which is why Yuta distanced himself from his family.
  • She dislikes everyone besides Yuta- especially girls and older guys.
  • The thing she dislikes the most in the world is her grandmother's stewed eggplant.
  • She loves Yuta.

References

  1. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 0-4 (p. 37).
  2. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 0-4 (p. 35).
  3. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 0-4 (p. 44).
  4. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 0-4 (p. 11).
  5. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 0-4 (p. 18).
  6. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 0-4 (p. 4).
  7. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 0-4 (p. 29-36).
  8. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 0-4 (p. 9).
  9. Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 0-4 (p. 10).

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