Rika Minami is a sniper in the Japanese SAT and a weapons expert. She's a close friend of Shizuka Marikawa.
Rika Minami is a skilled sniper of Japanese SAT (Special Assault Team) (特殊急襲部隊,Tokushu Kyūshū Butai) Platoon 1, and one of the top five cops in the nation. She's a good friend of Shizuka Marikawa, the school doctor of Fujimi High School in Tokonosu City. She keeps a variety of illegal weapons in her home and customized her US military grade Humvee. The source of her money for her lavish lifestyle is unknown. Due to her frequent traveling for her work. Shizuka would take care of her house. When the outbreak of Them (the title given to the zombies) hit Japan, Rika and her partner were stationed to guard the offshore airport that was being used by VIPs and vital airport maintenance workers.
Rika Minami is a supporting character of the manga/anime series Highschool of the Dead that was written by Daisuke Sato and illustrated by Shouji Sato. The series first began serialization in Fujimi Shobo's Monthly Dragon Age magazine in July 2006.
Her first appearance was in Hightschool of the Dead Volume 2 CH. 5 "Streets of the Dead", and her first anime appearance was in Highschool of the Dead - Episode 5 "Spring of the Dead". Her character in the Japanese series is voiced by Junko Takeuchi, and the U.S. dub produced by Section 23 is done by Melissa Davis.
When the outbreak hit, Rika was ordered to the Tokonosu island airport, with her partner Tajima, to secure the area to allow flights to leave. The airport as mainly only filled with either VIPs of the area or maintenance workers of the airport. There was a partial infection of Them on the island, despite the airport being an island. Someone among the families had been infected when arriving. She spent most of the day on her belly sniping Them off the runway to clear flights. She spent so much time on her stomach that her breasts were feeling numb. She told Tajima that she wanted to head back into the city. Not for a lover but for her friend.
The days went by and all the airliners were gone. She couldn't understand why they were sniping these infected and not bombarding. They were called back by their team leader and regrouped to form a plan. They had a huge arsenal of weapons, but not enough people with training to use them. A plan was formed to use one of the fuel tankers, drive it through the undead spraying fuel, and set it on fire. Rika and Tajima took on this mission. She drove the tanker, using skills in hot wiring a car she was taught while in traffic division; and Tajima sprayed the fuel. Once further away, she became suspicious why she hadn't been hearing from Tajima. She was shocked to find that Tajima had been bitten in the leg. She asked him if he had any last request, commenting on how they don't have the room for sex; but he admitted he no longer even had the energy to feel up her breasts. He gave her his MP5 and was going to stay to ignite the fuel, taking himself out with the tanker. She saluted before she left and told him he was a great partner. She fought alone to return to the terminal 1 kilometer away.
Back at the airport, she reported what had happened and requested if they survived the outbreak that Tajima be posthumously promoted. Surprisingly, Rika received a phone call from Shikuza near the end of the second day. She was on the run with some of her students and they had taken some of her guns. Before Rika could find out where Shizuka, her cellphone suddenly fried in her hand. Looking to the bright light in the sky, she quickly realized the cause. A nuclear bomb launched by some foreign nation had been detonated in the atmosphere and sent out an EMP blast. All the electronics in the area had now been made useless. A panicked civilian asked her for help, but all she could only say that the nights were only going to get darker now.
She continued to defend this position until the JSDF arrived, and she was credit as one of the only reason any humans survived. Her mission was complete. The only thing left for her now was to head into town and find Shizuka.
As a police officer in the SAT, Rika Minami has access to a large variety of firearms, some of which that she collects are highly illegal in the Japan and have been specially customize. The weapon she uses professionally is the Heckler & Koch PSG-1. It's made in Germany and developed for the police and based off the militaryG3 Rifle.It's 1208mm long, weighs 801kg, and 7.26mm x 20 caliber. Her sidearm is a 9mm Sig Sauer P226 pistol. It's equipped with a red-dot sight and mini-flashlight.
Other weapons she owns are the Springfield M1A1 Super Mach rile, the Knight's SR-25 Type Armalite AR-10 V rifle, Itthaca M-37 shotgun, and Barnett Wildcat C5 crossbow. All of these weapons were kept locked at her home and were taken by the survivors with her friend, Shizuka.
In the anime that was produced by Madhouse, the events of Rika and Tajima's mission for the tanker was cut from the story. It quickly skipped to the scene just before the EMP.
Rika has a very brief appearance in the Highschool of the Dead OVA titled Drifters of the Dead. It was originally released as a Blu-ray and packaged with a special edition of Highschool of the Dead Vol. 7 on April 26th 2011. She appears in the hallucination of Shizuka Marikawa, and has no spoken lines. She and her students had accidentally burned hydrangea leaves in a cooking fire. The fumes sent them all into a hallucinogenic state. Shizuka had mistaken Saya Takagi as Rika. In her imagination, Shizuka and Rika were laying in bed together when Rika suddenly started to remove her clothes and cuddle.
Highschool of the Dead: Drifters of the Dead
Highschool of the Dead: Drifters of the Dead is an OAD that was included in the special edition of the seventh volume of Daisuke Satō ...