Asano Rika (浅野里佳 Asano Rika, あさの りか Asano Rika) is a 2nd Year student of Nekketsu High School who was first introduced in Downtown Nekketsu Baseball Monogatari: Yakyū de Shōbu da! Kunio-kun. Before the start of that game, she was the manager of the baseball club, which was led by her boyfriend Tachibana. After he gave up playing due to his injury, Rika became ill with shock. Kuniko replaces her as the baseball club's manager. Sugata has feelings for her and that is his main motivation for reviving the baseball club.