Rikako Aida was born on August 8, 1992 in Tokyo Prefecture, Japan. She has used a variety of stage names, switching out her family name with Momoi (桃井) & Itou (伊藤). Her nickname is "Rikyako." She voices Riko Sakurauchi in Love Live! Sunshine!!.
Her image color during concerts is light pink. Her call-and-response is "Biichi, Sukecchi" to which the audience replies "Sakurauchi!", after which she asks "Suki na tabemono wa?" ([Her] favorite food is?), and is finished with the audience replying "Sandwich!".After the appearance of Riko Sakurauchi's signature line "Riko-chan beam!" in Episode 2 of the second season of the anime, Rikako occassionally uses it as part of her call and response.
Rikako Aida's family consists of her parents and herself. She owns a dog named Koushi.
As a student, she was more concerned with her hobbies.
Her childhood dream was to be a singer, and she idolized Hamasaki Ayumi ever since she was young. She also liked Sailor Moon since childhood and her favorite character is Sailor Venus, also known as Aino Minako. She has liked Sailor Moon until now and has merchandise of the series. She said that she used to dress up as Sailor Moon at an age as young as 6 years old.
In high school, upon watching a certain anime, she thought that it would be nice if she could voice act as well. She realized that becoming a voice actress would not be easy, so she started giving it her all to become one.
Before becoming a voice actress, she acted in movies and stage plays.
Her current agency is Ken Production.
Being an only child, Rikako gets envious of people who have siblings. She always played with dolls, origami, Sylvanian Families, and simple games such as Cat's cradle. But if she were to have siblings, she would play professional wrestling with them.
She appears to be an indoor-type of person. She has a weakness towards insects and painful things such as injections. She describes herself as a sloppy person who does not mind minor details much. Her room is extremely tidy and is filled with lots of PET bottles.
Hobbies & Skills
She is working hard at making cooking one of her talents and specializes in egg dishes. Her specialty dish is tomato curry. She likes mango-flavored food and sour food. She drinks liquor in moderate amounts, and she likes a drink called Sangria which often contains alcohol. Her favorite ice cream is Yukimi Daifuku. Her favorite fruits are pineapple, peach and grapes.
Her favorite school subjects are arts and crafts, and music. She dislikes other subjects. Her interest in art seemed to continue from her childhood. She usually scored around fourth place in art class. Despite these bold claims it is evident she lacks artistic talent in certain areas - however she actually said she has never looked at any of her drawings and thought they were bad despite even her manager acknowledging her art was horrifying. Her infamous elephant can be seen in a second year panel  where Shuka even states that it is scary while the staff laugh. Rikako herself seems to to be grinning and smile whilst hiding herself a little behind the sketch pad.
Her talents include speaking English and playing the guitar. She also claims to be good at table tennis. She has taken Judo lessons as well.
Her ability to speak English might have been due to the fact that she lived in Pasadena, California (a nearby suburb of Los Angeles) for three years. Rikako says that she feels as if she’s forgotten most of her English; she can follow movies but struggles with real life conversations. She can read, write and understand English however speaking it is a bit difficult. According to Anime Expo reports, her English pronunciation is said to be pretty good. There is also a video of her describing Riko in English floating around the internet.
Besides Los Angeles, she has gone to South Korea as well. She had said that if she was to go on an outing, her ideal place for it would be Los Angeles and New York. A country she wants to visit is France.
Marugoto Rikako is a radio and talk show hosted by Aida Rikako herself. Marugoto Rikako translates to “All About Rikako” and is indeed what the show is about! She begins with an opening and reads fan mail for the first half of the episode, and then completes a challenge for the second half. She states in episode one that she came up with the logo and the title herself which she is quite proud of.
- For a collection of translated interviews and videos, please refer to Translated Voice Actress Content.
|Dengeki G's Magazine September 2016 - Special Interview|
--- First off, please tell us your reason for wanting to join the Love Live! Sunshine!! Project.
--- Riko-chan really is Aida-san’s favorite, huh?
--- Aida-san was a transfer student during her school days, right? Riko-chan also has that feeling of being confused about being in a place she’s not used to... I understand it very well! Riko-chan also came from Tokyo, so she’ll definitely be anxious if she transfers to Numazu, Shizuoka, which is a place she knows absolutely nothing about. As for me, when I moved overseas from Japan, I suddenly felt bad [about leaving] my high school back home, so I was plagued by a lot of anxiety. Anyway, I remember my affinity with Riko-chan. While dubbing episodes 1 and 2 for the TV anime, I was like “I get you, I get you,” as I intensely expressed my agreement in response to Riko’s scenes and behavior. That’s why Riko-chan seems to be the one who understands the “me” inside and someone I can compromise with. Really, this is a fateful encounter, and I’ll always come to Riko-chan’s aid. That’s why I feel even until now that Riko-chan and I are of one body. Indeed, when I was like “if I dance the routines and sing the songs, won’t I be able to be more like Riko-chan” during my trial and error phase, that was when I felt most rewarded. Even at the dubbing session of the TV anime, I would often think about the things Riko-chan would say, that when I converse with the sound director and the others, I’d still be acting the part. At the beginning, when I felt idle, I also had come up with voices for different people. However, I received this advice from the staff; “since Rikako has a lot in common with Riko-chan, then if you act like yourself, it still would be like Riko-chan, wouldn’t it?” From then on, I acted using my own plain voice with my all. I feel like I am more honest and face to face with Riko-chan [now], more than when I [first] met [her].
“Hearing the voices from the venue saying ‘thank you’ encouraged me.”
--- Moving on, we’ve been hearing about Aqours’ activities. It’s been a year since the CD debut. Looking back from your days until now, what is the impression left in you?
--- We’ve heard that fans loved your singing and dancing during the 1st Single Limited Purchase Event.
--- We’re in our final question. What does it mean, for Aida-san, to be a member of Aqours?
|BLT Voice Girls Vol 27 Interview |
Among the Aqours members, I may be the one who is teased the most. Somehow, during work, I encounter a lot of rainy days, which ends in (Komiya) Arisa and (Furihata) Ai-san teasing me by giving me the nickname “Rain Woman”. I’m not naturally an airhead or teasable, but I always end up getting teased like this. I don’t know, but I suspect this has something to do with my drawings… At the beginning, I think that in order to unite the members, I had to pull myself together. But I was afraid of strangers, and liked to do things my own way, so maybe now I stand behind the others and protect them even more. As for my responsibility of leading everyone forward, I handed it over to the capable Anchan (Anju Inami). But, if there was a time that everyone was nervous while recording, I would step in and talk to everyone around there excitedly; after all, I think that if we want to be able to do good things, we need to start by creating a good atmosphere. Compared to the beginning, the members have all gotten much closer to each other; all of us would also go out together on our off days. Everyone has no more guards in their hearts, and act like a bunch of good children. Ever since we met each other, everyone has been motivated by the thought, “We must try our best as one!”, and we became familiar with each other very fast. I am playing the role of the transfer student (Sakurauchi) Riko-chan who moved from Tokyo. At first glance, she gives the impression that she is serious in her work, and is mature, but in reality, she can actually be quite stubborn, and is someone who can be quite blunt about her opinions. I also have a side of me that refuses to compromise after making a decision, so we are quite similar in this matter. Our names are also similar, so I feel that this was fated to be (laughs). I had experience acting on stage before this, but this was my first time receiving such an important role as a seiyuu. As a result, this was also the first time I had to say so many lines during dubbing, so I also ran into many difficulties. At first, even just reading out all the lines took up all my strength. But, I gradually began to think, “How should I convey the emotions from the script?”, and experience Riko-chan’s point of view, so I dug out the meaning of every line from the script. After I started doing this, I slowly began to capture Riko-chan’s variety in emotions as well as her thought process, and incidentally, dubbing also became a lot more fun. My voice is considered to be of the deep variety, so there are times that I am envious of the people with cuter voices. But, Riko-chan is also a cool-headed and composed person, so I guess it’s quite similar to my voice. Because of this, during the dubbing, rather than needing to force out a voice, I just strongly used my natural voice, which I want to value. Of course, this doesn’t mean that I put my ego above all during my expressions; I will always respect and place Riko-chan’s feelings as number one. This work has many fans everywhere, which puts a lot of pressure on me, but recently, I’ve had stronger feelings of “I can do it!”. Even the Aqours members also continuously encounter setbacks within their story, and confusion and worry to go with it. Seeing them in their plight, we will also feel pain in our hearts. But they will never give up, instead facing all their difficulties and overcoming them. I would like everyone to see their hard working side. There are still many ways that I can improve in my singing and dancing, and also many things that I still cannot do. All this requires me to do my best. Even though we are still lacking in many ways now, in order to overtake the accomplishments of our predecessor μ’s, the 9 of us will work as one. Together as Aqours, we will make our work even livelier. Anyway, Riko-chan is in the Art club. Exactly opposite the me who is terrible at art? But, the anime has not shown Riko-chan’s artwork yet; I am looking forward to that (laughs).
- Her favorite Aqours character is Yoshiko Tsushima.
- Her favorite part of the "Kimi no Kokoro wa Kagayaiteru kai?" PV is when Riko and Chika Takami cuddle in the bus at the end.
- She believes in ghosts.
- In an amusement park, her favorite ride is the roller coaster.
- She is the oldest in the group.
- Her favorite Disney character is Alice. (From Alice in Wonderland).
- During her appearance on Kane-Tomo Seiyuu Laboratory, Rikako is interrogated and asked about information sent in by those close to her - in this case her mother. It is revealed that she actually sleeps with her eyes open. She claims to close them when she goes to sleep and they somehow open afterwards.
- Rikako admitted herself that she used to get into intense fights with her mother probably due to their smaller than usual age gap and she said that hair-pulling was even involved.
- The choice to do Judo was not her own. Rikako says her mother took her into a dojo one day without warning.
- Her favorite move in Judo is tripping her opponent's leg and then sweeping their other leg so they lose balance and fall on their backs. She demonstrates this maneuver in her episode of Kane-Tomo Seiyuu Laboratory on Kaneda.
- Due to living in LA for three years, upon returning to Japan Rikako found herself forgetting her schoolbag because she never needed to take one with her whilst in America. She forgot it consistently for a week and a half before finally managing to correct herself.
- Her favorite food is umeboshi (pickled plums!). Arisa Komiya and Aina Suzuki mention during UraRaji Episode 15 that Rikako has a ridiculous plum intake and could probably be lured away by ume the same way Ruby was baited with candy by Chika in the anime. They state that before a live performance, Rikako absolutely annihilated a packet of umeboshi backstage in no time at all, leaving Arisa very concerned since it has a high salt content.
- Rikako also made her debut in the Gundam franchise (also animated by Sunrise) as a young Chall Acustica, a character from Mobile Suit Gundam 00P debuting in SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays as a voiced character. She is also the second voice actress to be featured in the Gundam franchise since Kubo Yurika, who voiced Eco Turbine in Mobile Suit Gundam IRON-BLOODED ORPHANS.
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