Characters / Nurse Angel Ririka SOS
Characters from the manga and anime series Nurse Angel Ririka SOS
Ririka Moriya - Nurse Angel
Voiced by: Kaori Asoh
The main character; a 4th grade student at White Dove Academy. She receives a present on her 10th birthday that transforms her into Nurse Angel, a heroine with the power to fight an invasion by the evil organization Dark Joker. She's plucky, but is she up to the task?
- Action Girl: If Ririka can't save the day, no one can.
- All-Loving Hero: She's the linchpin of her group, she's kind-hearted and compassionate, and she wants everyone to be happy. But you'll regret it if you make her mad.
- Betty and Veronica: Ririka is Betty in the triangle between Ririka and Mimina for Seiya's attention.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She's so cheery and friendly, and as the closing theme assures us, everyone loves her. But Ririka's temper is nothing to scoff at. She hates it when people are mistreated, and her powers get stronger when she's angry.
- Big Damn Heroes: Ririka appears out nowhere, stopping evil in its tracks and saving her friends from certain doom! This sort of thing happens at least once every couple of weeks.
- Calling Your Attacks: Inevitable, right? "Angel Aid Bomb Beeeeeam!"
- Emerald Power: Nurse Angel's power source is the Green Vaccine, so her attacks often take this color...with the alternative being pink. She does fire off a lot of pink energy too.
- Emotional Powers: Ririka's attacks are more dramatic when she's angry or has tapped into a new well of heroic resolve.
- Frills of Justice: The Nurse Angel costume features a poofy skirt and similar sleeves.
- Hair Decorations: Typically ties her hair into a ponytail using a red ribbon.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Ririka jumps at the call at first, unaware of how high the stakes are. Before long, Ririka is involved in some very trying and tragic events and Nothing Is the Same Anymore. Being a magical girl isn't all it's cracked up to be.
- Messianic Archetype: A Chosen Girl faces trials that she does not deserve, including betrayal by friends. She has to voluntarily give up her own life in order to save the world. And then, after her Heroic Sacrifice, she comes back to life.
- Naïve Everygirl: In the beginning. Hardship develops her into a All-Loving Hero.
- Oblivious to Love: All of Ririka's friends know that Seiya wants to be more than friends, but Ririka never catches on to their hints.
- Plucky Girl: She barely even bats an eye at weird monsters. Personal loss does get her down, but she always gets back up.
- Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Her civilian form hair is about shoulder length. As Nurse Angel, it falls halfway down her back.
- Ring of Power: Nurse Angel's Angel Ring originates some of her attacks. Angel Ring Force Shield, for instance.
- Scarf of Asskicking: Nurse Angel sports one, seemingly invoking wings and Kamen Rider at the same time.
- Shaking Her Hair Loose: Her transformation shows her hair ribbon coming undone to let her hair down.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Ririka/Lyrica/Lillica
- This Is Unforgivable!: A pronouncement of this sort frequently proceeds the transformation sequence. Or the final attack sequence.
- Took a Level in Badass: It is not discussed, but Ririka's attacks get bigger after Kanou-senpai dies.
- In the novelization, Dewey actually reflects on how she starts to outclass him at that point in the story.
- Wholesomeness Hand Grenade: Her attacks are devastating to Dark Joker, but good people seem to withstand them pretty well.
Ririka's next-door neighbor, classmate, and childhood friend. He is a joker and something of an attention seeker, but he is very sincere in his affection for Ririka. He would do anything to help her, no matter how rash.
- Afraid of Blood: Despite his aspirations to become a doctor, Seiya all but passes out at the sight of a skinned knee early in the show. As the show progresses he learns not to let it slow him down.
- Beware the Silly Ones: His Leeroy Jenkins antics are funny, but give him the power to back up his fearlessness and awesomeness will ensue.
- Class Clown: Of course he makes jokes when the teacher asks questions. He tends to end up in the role of Butt Monkey in every classroom scene.
- The Cassandra: when Kanou is revived brainwashed into serving Dark Joker, Seiya is the only one who shows any suspicion, and quickly comes to confirm the truth. However, Ririka refuses to believe him no matter how hard he tries to tell her, choosing instead to believe that Seiya just hates Kanou and is trying to hurt him and keep her from him out of spite.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has Meta Guy tendencies, and as the show progresses he becomes a font of one liners.
- Declaration of Protection: "I'll protect you, Ririka" is like a mantra for him.
- Defence Mechanism Superpower: On several occasions Seiya spontaneously uses an Area of Effect energy attack when he is angry or running out of options. It's effective, but it leaves him completely drained.
- Distressed Dude: Gets tied up fairly regularly.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Wants to be more than Just Friends with Ririka, but Cannot Spit It Out.
- Dork Knight: A hyperactive, clever, absolutely fearless goofball. Villains actually refer to him as a knight.
- Emotional Powers: His powers may function entirely on this principle.
- How Do I Shot Web?: Once Seiya joins the team it takes him a while to get the hang of his new powers. This generates some welcome comic relief when Kanou weakens and dies.
- Hot-Blooded: It's almost like his powers are triggered by yelling. It may just be a coincidence, but he does yell a lot when he uses them.
- No Pronunciation Guide: Seiya mispronounces Herb's name as "Heebu" (the actual Japanese rendition of the word is "haabu".) Seiya gets corrected by his dad, but it doesn't stick.
- Not Wearing Tights: Once he becomes an Empowered Badass Normal, he throws around energy projectiles and gets into aerial battles wearing jeans and a hoodie.
- Plucky Comic Relief: His role in the early parts of the story. He has nigh impenetrable Plot Armor.
- Properly Paranoid: In general, Seiya's pretty inclined to suspicion.
- He's suspicious of Kanou-senpai from the beginning, but Ririka ignores him. This leads to a Crying Wolf situation later on, when Kanou is suspicious and malicious.
- When Seiya gets let in on the secret, he almost seems to relish the possibility of danger around every corner.
- Reckless Sidekick: Seiya - perhaps the awesomest 10 year old boy ever - does not know the meaning of "in over your head" and has a penchant for attacking large monsters armed with conveniently placed mops and brooms.
- Took a Level in Badass: Hallelujah! After much mucking around, Seiya joins the team! And gets super-powers!
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Sorry to break it to you Seiya, but you're not in a sentai show and you aren't going to get to transform.
Nozomu Kanou - Kanon
Voiced by: Hidehiro Kikuchi
An alien from the planet Queen Earth, in disguise as a transfer student at White Dove Academy. He gives Ririka the Angel Cap as a birthday present, and mentors her in hopes that as Nurse Angel, she will stop Dark Joker and free his home world.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: The reason behind his Face–Heel Turn. Eerie in that he's a sincerely evil Smug Snake while brainwashed — he's simply miming his original personality. It only waivers when he's severely weakened.
- Broken Tears: He's typically very steady and reserved, but the angst is way too much for him in the final episode. He barely manages to compose himself at any point.
- Clueless Chick Magnet: His single-mindedness makes him a functional Chaste Hero. He has a lot of grade school girls smitten with him, but he only has eyes for Princess Helena.
- Evil Costume Switch: His Queen Earth duds go from primarily white to primarily navy when he belongs to Dark Joker.
- Foreign Exchange Student: When he comes to White Dove Academy, he poses as a exchange student from a sister campus in England.
- Game-Breaking Injury: He is blinded in a fight and dies shortly afterward.
- Implacable Man: While possessed, he barely speaks and shrugs off everything the heroes throw at him.
- Lady and Knight: He has this dynamic with Princess Helena.
- The Mentor: He guides Ririka in her role as heroine — she never becomes as self-sufficient as he wanted, but then again she operates on the Power of Friendship.
- Princely Young Man: He gets chauffeured to school, he lives in a mansion, he has a loyal butler. Everyone treats him like nobility.
- Scarf of Asskicking: Kanon's got one that verges on Badass Cape.
- School Idol: Excels in academics and athletics equally, according to his transcript. Everyone at school seems to be in awe of him.
- The Stoic: He's polite, but distant. He rarely smiles, and is unflinching in the face of hardship and injury.
- Transfer Student Uniforms: Wears a purple jacket to school even though the White Dove boys uniform has a blue one instead.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Uses this ploy all the time while brainwashed.
Anna Kazami and Karin Mizuhara
Voiced by Azusa Nakao and Kaoru Suzuki
Ririka's best friends and classmates. They're very supportive, but they aren't in on her secret.
Voiced by Emiko Matsuoka
A snobbish and elitist White Dove Academy student who doesn't think that Ririka and Seiya meet the school's standards. She started a fanclub for Kanou and is constantly frustrated that he pays more attention to Ririka than to her.
The (apparently sovereign) princess of Queen Earth; she is suffering from an illness caused by the invasion of her world by Dark Joker, but she struggles to maintain her realm nonetheless. She sent Kanon to Earth to find Nurse Angel.
Voiced by: Noriko Namiki
Princess Helena's younger sister; she travels to Earth to help Nurse Angel save her home world. She idolizes Nurse Angel but she treats Ririka with disdain, and she has a crush on Seiya.
- Betty and Veronica: Veronica in the triangle between Ririka and Mimina for Seiya's attention. It's pretty one-sided on Mimina's part.
- Convenient Replacement Character: The show introduces her the episode after Kanou-senpai gets back on the bus.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: She fits the princess model visually with the Ojou Ringlets and frilly dresses, but is hardly the Princess Classic in personality.
- Foreign Exchange Student: She decides to attend White Dove Academy and poses as Kanou-senpai's younger sister. Like him, she develops an Instant Fan Club mostly of boys awed by her cuteness.
- Hero-Worshipper: Mimina to Nurse Angel. Toward Ririka, she's condescending.
- Human Alien: Comes from Queen Earth. She can read people's thoughts through physical contact, but it never really comes in handy.
- Irritation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery: Made herself a Nurse Angel costume complete with baton, and tries to invoke Nurse Angel named attacks. It doesn't work, of course.
- Kawaiiko: The squeaky voice, hair ribbons and frilly dresses are calculated to overwhelm people with how cute she is. And it works.
- Love at First Sight: She takes a shine to Seiya right away and tries to win him over. It doesn't work.
- Royal Brat: Mimina. She aims for Plucky Girl, but she's still bossy, insensitive, and more likely to create conflict than resolve it.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Leader of Dark Joker; he considers goodness to be weakness and has little regard for his underlings. Has a looming, imposing appearance combined with effeminate mannerisms.
- Bad Boss: His subordinates are really, really scared of disappointing him, and with good reason. When Buros is angry at one of his lackeys, they go crazy and then they die.
- Big Bad: Leader of the evil organization that aims to end life on earth.
- Demonic Possession: When he's near-death courtesy of Ririka, he performs a body hijack on Kanou-senpai.
- Human Alien: A member of Dark Joker; by far the tallest member of the cast, and demonstrates an assortment of Evil Sorceror powers.
- Living Shadow: Produces an amorphous, black doppelganger from his shadow in episode 24 and uses it to hunt Dewey. When Ririka destroys it, Buros gets a nasty scar across his face from the magical blowback.
- Made of Evil: Buros is the Black Vaccine; the stuff kills plants and animals, causes fatal illness in humans, and it can turn people evil in some cases. His eerie, pale appearance may be a reflection of his nature.
- Manipulative Bastard: Big Bad Buros gets tired of his minions' failures and makes an example of the less successful Keto, telling him, "You Have Outlived Your Usefulness"...and actually gets a bit more productivity out of the poor sap via his subsequent Freak Out.
- The sole survivor Mook Lieutenant after this event is terrified when he has to report failure to Buros. But Buros pulls a 180 and responds in a supportive and consoling manner...with the intent of encouraging the desperate, grateful minion to work himself to death trying to get back into Buros' good graces.
- My Death Is Just the Beginning: Buros turns out to be a Disk One Final Boss, and the evil Phlebotinum itself is the Bigger Bad. As promised, things get worse.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Buros. What does he want? Silence in the universe.
- Rage Breaking Point: The tide turns against Buros around episode 24. He loses his base and his stock of Black Vaccine...and then he gets disfigured. Laughing Mad ensues.
- Revenge Before Reason: Buros is way pissed at Dewey since Dewey got him to accidentally destroy his own base and his power source at the same time and pursues him single-mindedly. Eventually Buros catches Dewey, but he takes some time out for Evil Gloating, giving Ririka an opportunity to come to the rescue. This is not the end of the vendetta — it just broadens to include Ririka as well.
- Sissy Villain: He's a towering Evil Sorcerer type, but he has some effeminate traits — a high-pitched voice complete with Noblewoman's Laugh, a habit of giving flowery speeches, hosts a murderous Masquerade Ball...and did he just say "If I Can't Have You..." to Dewey?
One of the Dark Joker sub-commanders; a swordsman with a blithe attitude who treats the attack on Earth like a game. Over time, he comes to view Nurse Angel as a worthy opponent. When the leader of Dark Joker turns on him, he joins up with Ririka.
- Action Fashionista: Once he switches over to Earth clothes, he develops an interest in fashion. His outfits run the gamut from sweatshirt and jeans to three-piece suits and classy cravats.
- Badass Cape: White cape with a red lining. He gets a nice Cape Swish or two.
- Big Damn Heroes: He gets some gems, involving such feats as the Bare-Handed Blade Block and the skylight crash.
- Canon Immigrant: Dewey, the Ensemble Darkhorse of the TV series, got imported into the manga.
- Deadpan Snarker: He thinks nothing of danger and quips, especially ones at the expense of more cautious characters, come easily to him. When he does start worrying about danger he switches to "What Could Possibly Go Wrong?"-type snark.
- Friendly Enemy: He grins and waves when the heroes show up; "Hi, Nurse Angel!" is a minor catchphrase of his. His default state is cheery, but he's ruthless. He loves testing his mettle and lives to prove himself.
- Fauxreigner: Ririka and Seiya claim Dewey is a non-specific foreigner to excuse his odd attire when Ririka's parents let Dewey drop in for dinner. It's not ''not'' true...
- Feel No Pain: Dewey gets a power-up, that, (unbeknownst to him,) prevents him from feeling pain. The results are unpleasant.
- Florence Nightingale Effect: Dewey falls prey to this after Ririka heals fatal injuries he's suffering from.
- Heel–Face Turn: Faux Affably Evil Dewey gets set up by the Big Bad, but Nurse Angel takes pity on him. After going to great lengths to repay her, he becomes the team's Sixth Ranger.
- Human Alien: His origin is left vague, but it is implied he's not from Earth. In his manga cameo he's native to Queen Earth.
- Humanity Is Infectious: He develops empathy thanks to the heroes. Mostly. It's maybe 25% Curiosity Causes Conversion, 75% having his corruption removed.
- I Have Your Brother: He kidnaps Ririka's little brother in one of many ploys for drawing Ririka into fights. He lets the kid go as soon as she shows up, though not in the safest of manners.
- I Owe You My Life: He does effectively say this, but not to the person to whom he owes the debt.
- Jerkass Façade: Once he gets healed and starts to care he tries to put on an indifferent front, but he has a Hidden Heart of Gold.
- Loafing in Full Costume: Does this in the first arc — He can be seen chillin' out, playing chess solo while taking verbal pot shots at Keto.
- Noble Demon: He's not 100% honorable, but he does prefer to fight fair.
- Not Afraid of You Anymore: Even after his Heel–Face Turn, it takes him a little while to shake his fear and servility towards Buros. But once he confronts his fear, it's on.
- Redemption Demotion: Inverted - he seems a whole lot stronger when he joins the good guys.
- Scarf of Asskicking: He gets an outfit that has one.
- Shouldn't You Be In School Right Now?: Based on his appearance, he is about the same age as Kanon. But unlike Kanon, he doesn't go to school.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Look at that blue-white hair, that boyish build and perfectly formed face...he suits this trope to a tee.
One of the Dark Joker sub-commanders; a schemer who uses spies, traps, and deception to get the drop on opponents. He is eager to prove his superiority over his colleague Dewey.