Name: Rena Ryuguu
Title Series: When They Cry - Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni

Voice Actor: Mai Nakahara


4th Place - Saimoe Japan 2007

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There are many sides to Rena Ryuguu.

A great detective – her sharp eyes pick up on subtle hints for her bright mind to piece together. With a knack for seeing through people and their true intentions, Rena can easily solve seemingly baffling mysteries.

A kind girl – she comforts and helps others in need, noticing their feelings and supporting them even if their best interests conflict with her own.

A cunning competitor – she puts up an innocent front, but is ready to do anything she needs to win in the games the Club plays, be it finding loopholes in the game rules or simply abusing her female charm.

A true friend – for those she believes in, Rena could face death with a smile on her face.

Yet two of her sides are burned into people's memory in particular.

The Kaaii mode – a near- orgasmic berserk state induced by contact with anything she considers to be "Kaaii~" (a corruption of "kawaii" – cute). This usually involves taking the targeted objects or people home, leading to her infamous exclamation of “Omochikaerii”. Even tying her up in rope has proven ineffective at stopping the Omochikaerii dash, and the things that qualify as "Kaaii" may sometimes be incomprehensible (e.g. the statue of the KFC Colonel). This fixation means she likes to rummage around in the garbage dump for hidden treasures.

The Oyashiro mode – eyes glazed into a strange hypnotically cold stare and voice no longer sunshine cheerful but a quiet, creepy semi-flat tone, lecturing you or mumbling something, with explosive denouncement or chilling laughter following through. Beware of her trademark Cleaver – a large hatchet blade slightly hooked at the end, and never ever lie to her, she knows your secrets. All of them.

Beneath the cheerful everyday life and exclamations of “Hauuu”, Rena hides a dark past and a troubled personal life. But what else would you expect from a resident of Hinamizawa, especially one so fanatically loyal to the Demon Village and its guardian god Oyashiro?

Incidentally, the anime conservatively tweaked her casual outfit to have her stockings go all the way up. Originally, that is a Zettai Ryouiki slit.

Past Saimoé History

There are just so many sides to Rena that probably nobody could keep up with her ever changing modes.  Yet, it is her many sides that have given her her ups and downs in Saimoe.

2006, however, wasn't Rena's year.  After failing to make the top 32 in Korea's tournament, Rena attempted Saimoe Japan, and her performance seemed promising, dominating the first round, but then having trouble in the second round against Athena Glory (ARIA).  Despite progressing further from the second round, Rena lost to eventual runner-up Fate Testarossa (Nanoha) 1216-1143.

In 2007, Rena turned her efforts to Japan and Japan only, and it was then that she truly shined under the spotlight.  Entering the first round with something to prove, Rena was fast from the get go by once again dominating the first round.  Then in the second round, she had to face both Shiori Misaka (Kanon) and Yue Ayase (Negima?!).  Though the battle was fierce, Rena defeated both with a vote total of 825, and progressed forward to the round of 32, where she met heavy favorite Kagami Hiiragi (Lucky Star).  In one of the most offensive battles in Saimoe history, Rena pulled off a huge upset with a 1901-1768 victory.  She followed this up with an 1183-1047 victory over Yuno (Hidamari Sketch) to make the round of 8.  There, she squared off with 2005 Saimoe Japan champion Nanoha Takamachi (Nanoha), and unbelievably upset the champion by a margin of 38 in a 1474-1436 match.  But as her margin of victories indicated, she was slowly slipping, and she would eventually give in to Nagi Sanzen'in (Hayate no Gotoku) in the semi-finals, losing with a final score of 1301-1209.

Rena and her multiple personalities will be returning to Korea in addition to competing with Japan, but this was an opportunity she couldn't pass up.  With an invitation to the International Saimoe League, Rena will be doing her best to take her opponents home.  Who knows?  Maybe she can end up taking home the first International Saimoe League tiara.

2008 Regular Season Schedule