Erika Ayuhara (鮎原 えりか,Ayuhara Erika) was a student at Eitoku Academy. She was best friends with Yuriko Asai and Minako Yamano, collectively known as the Lilies. Erika and friends hated Tsukushi Makino, whom they were jealous of. They bullied her on several occasions, though they sometimes pretended to be nice to her.
Some days after Tsukushi received her first red card, the Lilies wrote a nasty rumor on their classroom's blackboard. Tsukushi saw Erika and her friends wipe away the words. They acted friendly and invited her to a party. There they made fun of her and her outfit and revealed what they had done earlier. Their attention was pulled away from her by Kirishima. Erika later made a negative comment about his appearance. Yuriko told her to "accept [men] as they are" so they will buy nice things for her. Having assumed that Tsukushi had left, they were shocked when she later humiliated Yuriko. The next day, the girls got revenge on Tsukushi by telling her about Rui Hanazawa's love, Shizuka Todo. Tsukasa Domyoji showed up and threatened to give them red slips if they did not leave her alone.
A couple days later, Tsukushi's friend Kazuya Aoike was given a red card, inciting a new wave of bullying. Erika and her friends found the two hiding in some bushes and promptly announced their location to the others. The Lilies went with the F4 and some other students to Atami a couple weeks later for summer vacation. Upon arriving on the beach, they were annoyed to see Tsukushi there. The girls were also shocked when Shizuka invited her to that night's party. The next night, it was revealed that Tsukushi had kissed Tsukasa during the party. Erika was annoyed by the news, telling her "Desperation is an ugly thing." That night, Erika and the other students were all invited by Tsukasa to his cookout on deck. She looked very happy at the chance to hang out with F4 some more, even if Tsukushi was there.
The fall term started some days later. Erika and her friends bragged about their trip with the F4, embellishing the details. They later overheard Tsukasa saying Tsukushi liked him, which particularly annoyed Erika. Yuriko then decided to show him a video she had taken of Tsukushi and Rui during the trip. When they did so, Tsukasa broke the camera in anger. Erika gathered the broken remnants of her camera. Yuriko attempted to gain Tsukasa's favor and touched his arm. He slapped her away, causing her to fall to the ground. Erika and Minako promptly ran to her side. A few days later, a picture was posted on the bulletin board, leading the school to believe Tsukushi and Tsukasa were dating. Erika and her friends were civil with her but were unable to fully suck-up to her like their other classmates.
Erika: "God! Can you believe someone so cheap is representing the junior class? It doesn't get any more embarrassing!"
Yuriko: "All it took was for Tsukasa to demand it. I wonder what she did to wheedle him into it?"
Several weeks later, Erika and her friends were annoyed by Tsukushi not knowing about Tsubaki Domyoji. As such, they were shocked when Tsubaki walked right up to Tsukushi, already being acquainted with her. A basketball game was later held to determine whether Tsukushi and Rui would be expelled or not. Erika, Yuriko, Minako, and Sakurako Sanjo were cheerleaders for Tsukasa's side. Neither ended up being expelled, since Tsukasa called off the match at the last second. A few weeks later, the girls were angry that Tsukushi had been chosen to represent the second-year class at Teen of Japan. Erika said "It doesn't get any more embarrassing." Tsukushi overheard them, but only said "Good morning, ladies." Erika then reluctantly admitted "She does look a little more elegant with her hair layered like that..."
The girls attended Teen of Japan together. They badmouthed Tsukushi while sitting in the audience. Erika and Minako thought she would not last long. Yuriko was incensed when Tsukushi passed the first round. Erika tried to calm her down, while Minako assured her that Tsukushi could not possibly pass the knowledge category. During the second round, they cheered when it appeared that Tsukushi was not faring well. She ultimately became a finalist in the contest. Two days later, the girls were talking about the F4 at a café when they overheard Tsukushi and her friend nearby. She talked about borrowing money from Tsukasa and an upcoming trip with the F4 to Canada. They were annoyed by the news. Some days later, the girls booked the same flight to Canada as Tsukushi and the F4.
In Vancouver, Sojiro Nishikado told the girls stop following them. Erika and Yuriko lied by saying "Tsukushi invited us!" They then hit her with their suitcases to stop her from denying it. The next night, Tsukushi was looking for her friend while a blizzard was going on. Yuriko told her that she saw her go outside. Rui confronted the girls an hour later, yelling that Tsukushi could die. They started to bawl after Tsukasa had left to go find her. Erika said "We didn't think this would happen to Tsukasa, too!" When they returned to the house, the girls apologized. Tsukushi said that they could stay, despite Tsukasa wanting to kick them out. Later, they revealed that they were being insincere. Erika even insinuated that Tsukushi was not in any real danger, saying "You played that perfectly, didn't you?"
Yuriko: "How'd a dog like her ever get that job?"
Erika: "If I know her, she pulled something dirty!"
A few days later in January, Erika and her friends saw Tsukushi on the cover of a magazine with the model, Jun. Yuriko wondered how Tsukushi got the job, leading Erika to say "If I know her, she pulled something dirty!" A couple days after Tsukushi received a red card, Yuriko informed Erika that it was not the F4 who sent it. She responded "Whoever did is asking for--" just as Tsukushi passed by with a strange new haircut. Some days later, the girls said mean jokes about Tsukushi. They were a little disappointed that Tsukushi ignored them. Yuriko and Erika later noticed an angry Tsukushi. Erika speculated that she had "snapped" because Tsukasa "got a girlfriend." Tsukushi threatened to stab them with her broken pencil, sending them fleeing in terror.
Several days later, Erika and the others heard about Tsukushi being a live-in maid for Tsukasa and called her "shameless." The following day, Erika and her classmates were informed about Tsukushi and Tsukasa dating. They did not believe it until Tsukasa came to pick her up for lunch. Everyone then yelled in shock after they left the room. Some days later, the girls saw Tsukushi walk by with someone who looked strikingly like Tsukasa. Much later, Erika and the others had seen Tsukushi on television and attempted to approach her at school. They were annoyed at being ignored. A few days later, Erika and Yuriko were upset at Tsukushi sleeping so easily, despite Tsukasa being gone. The three girls later attended Eitoku's prom. Erika was shocked when Tsukushi arrived in casual attire.
A year later, Erika and her two best friends graduated from high school. They moved on to Eitoku University, where they were shocked to see Tsukushi again.
Erika looked very different from her friends, who were much taller and had oval-shaped faces. Her looks were more similar to Tsukushi, whom also had a round face. She had short, curly brown hair. Erika did not style it much, usually choosing just to leave it down. She paid special attention to her appearance to attract men, such as wearing a lot of make-up and dressing in name-brand clothes.
Personality and traits
Her innocent looks were deceiving, leading Tsukushi to think Erika was more in her "league" than Yuriko or Minako. Erika's personality was almost exactly the same as theirs. She was extremely materialistic, pursuing men purely for their money. Erika was also vain and refused to date men she thought were ugly. She and her friends became jealous of Tsukushi for catching the attention of the F4, whom they were interested in for their money and status. They often bullied her though they were occasionally civil with her.
Erika (えりか,Erika) is a popular female given name in Japan. It has a number of spellings in kanji, but in Erika's case she uses hiragana. Her surname, Ayuhara, means "freshwater trout" (鮎),(鮎) and "field, plain" (原),(原). Both kanji utilize the kunyomi pronunciation.
Sahori Kajikawa is the voice of Erika in the anime, Boys Over Flowers (1996), and the film, Hana Yori Dango: The Movie (1997). She is a regular antagonist to Tsukushi and never appears outside the company of Yuriko and Minako. Her portrayal is similar to that in the manga, though she and her friends appear slightly more often. One small difference is that they are willing to pretend to be friends with Tsukushi at one point. Eventually there is too much bad blood between the girls, leading them to leave her alone for the most part.
She is portrayed by Momoko Otaishi in Hana Yori Dango: The Musical (2016).Cho Youn-hwa plays in the 2017 Korean version. Erika, along with Yuriko and Minako, perform the numbers "Cut Down Tsukushi" and "Chance." They show a small amount of animosity towards Tsukushi, though not as much as in the manga. Erika and Minako often bicker about which F4 members are the best.
She is a minor character in the Takarazuka musical Hana Yori Dango (2019), in which she is played by Moeka Wakakusa. Along with Yuriko and Minako, Erika bully Tsukushi and just generally dislike her.