|千秋 理子 (Chiaki Riko)
|Japanese: Hikaru Akao
|Release Date (JP):
|October 09, 2018
|Release Date (NA):
|March 19, 2020
Riko Chiaki is one of the original characters in the 2017 mobile game Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story: Magia Record. She first appeared in June 2018 in Chapter 8 of the main story and was made playable in October 2018.
|Blue circle (barrette holding triangular bandanna)
|Powers and Abilities
|“I want big sister to get married.” (Referring to a girl she knew to be able to marry a boy from a different ward)
|Unnamed parents, Mameji (マメジ) (pet dog)
|Kosho Academy, Fifth Grade
|Kamihama Magia Union
|Spirit Enhancement Data
Riko is like a little sister to the other Magical Girls. She often can be found working at her parents' bento shop and is a warming presence for the customers. Though still quite young, she is considerate to her elders and has an admirable work ethic.
The Doppel of thread-reeling. Its form is a moonlit matchmaker. The master of this emotion does not acknowledge that this Doppel lurks within her heart. It appears under a thick sheet of ice that it spreads under her feet. When attacking, it switches places with its master, trapping her beneath the ice, and reels in all interpersonal connections to steal them. It tries to collect all those she had formed in an attempt to restore things to their original state, but cut connections only sink to the bottom of the ice. The more the master uses this Doppel, the more feelings that she had given up on become dredged up and disperse.
|Warning, this section contains spoilers.
The following is a summary posted on 4chan's /pmmm/ general by Summary Anon.
Riko's family bento shop is always busy and while they love her, her parents had no choice but to have their neighbor's daughter babysit her. Riko's childhood memories are mostly spending time with this cheerful and kind elder sister who teaches her homework, gives her gifts when she performs well or during festivals, and taking her out to play. They are as close as sisters.
As Riko grows older, she begins helping out at her home shop, but since her parents often need to work overtime, 'Sis' still took care of her at night when she returned home first. One day, Riko noticed Sis has puffy red eyes, but she refused to share her troubles, but still took good care of her as usual. A few days later, as Riko is helping out at the shop, she heard Sis and her father arguing at their metal shops.
That night, she managed to pry from Sis the reason: she is about to marry far away from the district, and her dad who is worried for her refused to accept it, which is a sudden change of attitude since he was approving of the relationship this whole time. Sis is sad that her beloved father refuses to trust her judgement. Riko wants to help, but has no idea how to. Later that night, Kyubey visits Riko and manages to have her make a wish in which everybody will give their blessings to Sis's marriage. It works, and Sis is happily married and moves out of the district.
In the present, Riko realizes that she is very lonely without Sis and not even her pet dog nor Magic Kirin can ease the loneliness and fear she has when waiting at home for her parents to come home. Rationally, she can understand her parents are working hard for a living, but as a grade school kid, she can't accept this reality.
One day, Riko's parents have to work overtime again and send her home first. After finishing her homework, Riko goes out for witch hunting and is dismayed that her parents are still not back at 2230 after her easy victory. She decides to help set their futons so they can rest after a hard day's work. They call back and explain that they can only return after midnight due to the huge order placed by Tsukasa's dad since he wants to advertise their good food to his customers visiting the next day to expand their market. They promise to take Riko out after this huge order and have a family outing. Years spent being lonely and emotions that have stacked make Riko snap as she calls her parents liars since they have made many promises before and broken all of them. She said they were never there for her like Sis was and claims that she hates them, hanging the phone up at the same time.
Riko goes witch hunting to vent stress. While she manages to win, she almost died since the witch was stronger than expected. She realized that no one will be there to comfort her in the future and she will have to face her troubles and problems alone and gets crushed by despair and helplessness, even thinking she should have not made the wish so Sis would still be with her. Take, a disciple of Tsukasa's dad notices the crying Riko and tries to comfort her and bring her home. But his tactless methods frighten the poor girl since she thinks he is a creep and is trying to sexually assault her. Luckily, Tsukasa comes to the rescue and scolds Take since he is delaying their work.
Consumed with fear and loneliness, Riko confides in Tsukasa, a regular at her shop, about how she feels and the affair with Sis. Speaking from experience, Tsukasa thinks being separated is no excuse for breaking contact, since it is easy to do so if you have the heart. She recommends Riko to speak to Sis on the issue and escorts Riko home after seeing her accepting her advice. Riko messages Sis and falls asleep from exhaustion at home. Her father carried her back to bed when they came home after work.
The next day, Riko receives Sis's prompt reply. She explains that she wanted to contact Riko and visit her as well, but she left home after arguing with her father, and even though he eventually gave his blessings, she is not sure how to face him yet, and thinks it will be awkward if they meet when she visits Riko. Another reason she cannot visit is because she has been hospitalized and is only out today. She invites Riko over instead. Riko asks for permission to visit Sis, but she thinks they will not give it since they are too busy to bring her out (Sis is married and lives in another district and is too far for a grade schooler to make the trip). However, her parents gave the permission as they sincerely apologize to Riko for making her feel lonely and promise to make it up to her for real this time.
The next day, they visited Sis at her place, and she introduces her husband and her baby daughter to them. She was hospitalized since she needed to give birth, and she hopes Riko can get along with her daughter, just like how she got along with her. Riko fondly remembers how Sis was always there for her, and makes a promise to herself that she will be a good sister for this child, just like how Sis is for her. She looks forward to the day when she can eat her bento and her shop's bento, and aims to grow into such a fine lady.
Riko’s parents have closed their bento shop for a day so they can all spend the day together as a family. This is the first time they’ve closed the shop in a long while. After spending the day at the aquarium, Riko’s family have gone to a restaurant to eat. Riko’s parents already know what they’re going to order and assume that Riko will have the kid’s lunch set, but Riko tells them not to treat her like a kid. Instead, she wants to order the hamburger combo. Her parents ask her if she’s sure she can even finish such a big plate of food but Riko insists she’s very hungry and can eat all of it. They let her order it and the food soon arrives. Riko begins to chow down but soon she begins to get full and she has trouble finishing the plate. Her mom asks if she’s ok and tells her they can finish it off for her but Riko is adamant about finishing the plate. Her dad asks if she isn’t going to save room for dessert and tries to tempt her with chocolate ice cream, but Riko won’t budge no matter what.
Later, Riko is walking down the street with her parents and begins to shiver a bit from the cold. Her mom offers to get them all hot cocoa to warm up but once more Riko tells them to stop treating her like a kid. She’s an adult now, and adults don’t need hot cocoa to warm up. Riko then notices something nearby and points to the brochettes in the store nearby. She says the brochettes look just like her dog Mameji. Her dad asks if she wants one but her mom says that Riko can wait patiently since she’s an adult now. Riko nods her head but almost immediately begins to fidget. She finally admits she wants one. Her father chuckles and they buy her a brochette. When they get home Riko shows the brochette to Mameji, who is bewildered by this comparison.
- It's Okay to Be Clumsy
- Mitama's Festive Feast
- A La Carte Valentine 2nd ~What If That Girl Took the Lead Role On This Day?~
- Rondo of Oblivion Sleeps for Eternity
- Kamihama Kawaii Collection
- Angels on the Road ~Reindeer Santa Prospering Season~
- Where is Ashley Taylor's Japanese Horror!?
- Kamihama Armageddon
Magical Girl Story Appearances
Powers and Abilities
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- The characters in her last name mean "thousand" (千) and "autumn" (秋) respectively.
- The characters in her first name mean "reason" (理) and "child" (子) respectively.
- Her illustrator is Ragho no Erika, who also did the illustration for Sae Kirino.
- Her Doppel's name "Yuerao" is derived from the god of marriage and love Yue Lao (月老) in Chinese, while her Doppel shape "月下氷人" (Gekka Hyoujin, lit. "ice man under the moon") is a Japanese variation of Yue Lao's full name "月下老人" (Yuè Xià Lǎorén, lit. "old man under the moon").
- Her Doppel's wings are heart-shaped. Due to them each forming the half of a heart, they can be said to be a 'broken heart'.
- Kinpira is a Japanese cooking style that can be summarized as a technique of "sauté and simmer". It is commonly used to cook root vegetables such as carrot, gobō and lotus root, seaweeds such as arame and hijiki and other foods including tofu and wheat gluten (namafu), and even meat. The dish features the use of soy sauce and mirin, as well as often slivered chili peppers.
- Riko makes a cameo appearance in Magia Record Episode 16, as one of the "Doppelfied" Magical girls enclosed by Mitama.
- The "mame" (マメ) in her dog's name, Mameji (マメジ), is a homophone of both the Japanese words for "beans" (豆) and "loyal" (忠実).
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|**Unique to Riko Chiaki**
I feel like even if I’m clumsy, I can make anything with this knife Miss K gave to me! Simmered vegetables, meat and potato stew, sauteed burdock root... What should I make first?
|I’m bad with a knife, and I’m still pretty crummy at cooking, but I’m really good at seasoning and packing bentos now! So I’m gonna bring color to everything so it’s super cute and yummy-looking. I won’t let witches or familiars do whatever they want!
|She always has a cheery smile and is quick to help out at the shop. Just seeing her can pick up your mood. Beloved by everyone, she’s the Kosho Ward bento shop girl. “Thanks for waiting! Here you go, one fried chicken bento, our signature dish!”
|Miss K was always happy for me when I did well, and there for me when I was sad. I want to do the same for her child. I hope one day you’ll think of me as your “amazing Big Sis”, little one.
|The doubt that sprouted in my heart is all gone. I remembered what’s important, something I can never forget. I won’t panic or get scared anymore. I’ll go far, even if it’s just one step at a time, all the way to becoming like Miss K!
|Bad memories, copies of me, Familiars, and Witches... It all seems far away, now that I’ve woken from that scary dream. The older girls here are kind and strong, and this place, which I found by becoming a Magical Girl, calms my heart.
|"Fyu!? It tickles...!"
"Playing with older sister, Mameji is so happy." "That's good~! I am happy to play with Mameji-kun too.""WOOF!"
|When you need a little more courage
You can take the last step by squeezing your favorite KAWAII! Everyone has something that's KAWAII...!"Of course, my KAWAII is Kumanosuke!"
|"Riko, are you looking for something?"
"Uh, um... that's not it... ehehe..." A gift that drifted far out to sea and washed up on the shore, because it's special.Don't tell anyone until you find it!
- Recording of Riko's Transformation Video on Youtube (JP)
- Recording of Riko's Magia Video on Youtube (JP)
- Recording of Riko's Doppel Video on Youtube (JP)
Side Story and Costume Story Videos
- Recording of Riko's MSS on Youtube (JP): Episode 1/3, Episode 2/3, Episode 3/3
- Recording of Riko's Winter Outfit Story on Youtube (JP)