ɾiɾika̠ pɯᵝɾizɯᵝmɯᵝɾiβa̠ː (♫)
Lyrica in Phantasmagoria of Flower View
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Performing on musical instruments without hands or feet, performing illusionary notes
Keyboardist of a musical performance ensemble
"Rainbows are the bass sounds of this world.
Exceeding the rainbows are illusionary sounds. That's where I come in."
— Lyrica Prismriver (Phantasmagoria of Flower View)
Lyrica Prismriver (リリカ・プリズムリバー Ririka Purizumuribaa) is a member of the Prismriver Sisters who performs magnificent music as part of the "Prismriver Ensemble" along with Lunasa Prismriver and Merlin Prismriver.
Lyrica has a very clever attitude. Normally, she is the one convincing her sisters to fight because she doesn't like to battle alone. Making the minimum effort to get the maximum benefit is the only thing she thinks of. She knows herself every well. She doesn't act without being 3 movements ahead 
- Performing on musical instruments without hands or feet
In Perfect Cherry Blossom, this is the ability that all three sisters have been specified to have. This probably derives from the ability poltergeists have, put to specific use in performing with musical instruments. By manipulating the spirits of instruments, they're able to manipulate the spirits of notes to create sounds. Since they needn't have direct contact with the instruments, they're able to play music impossible to play by hand.
Since the three sisters' musical performance is something that they have learned themselves after Layla's death, their previous ability was probably along the lines of "moving things without hands or feet" or "performing notes without hands or feet". The former is because poltergeists in general can move things and made them float. The latter is because in the general phenomena of poltergeists, they can be heard from anywhere, like a rapping noise for example.
- Performing illusionary notes
Illusionary notes are notes that don't exist in the natural world, the "dead" notes of the outside world, so to say. It integrates "melancholic" and "maniac" notes and has an effect of making them easier to hear. The added effect of making the three sisters' performance more tolerable to its listeners is due to her help.
As the keyboard is like an illusion, it seems like a symbol of an instrument that performs notes that have been lost (become dead) in the outside world. It has no effect on the mind and spirit, but perhaps since it does not directly resound in the mind and spirit, it seems that according to Marisa Kirisame, although her performance has technique, it doesn't resound with the heart, and is therefore dull.
Also, due to playing notes of this characteristic, even if she wins in Phantasmagoria of Flower View, she has, unfortunately, no special production unlike her older sisters.
Although strictly speaking, poltergeists and phantoms seem different, upon some principle in Perfect Memento in Strict Sense, they have been categorised as phantoms. They're not what has become of living people and animals after death, but rather have an existence created by Layla Prismriver. Generally, it may be more proper to call them magic beings or spirits. It is known based on their official profiles and from comments by Eiki that none of the original four sisters are still alive today, though it is unknown how long ago the events were that spawned these three poltergeists occurred.
Her full name is Lyrica Prismriver (リリカ・プリズムリバー). "Lyrica" is likely to have derived from "lyric" (リリック), relating to musical drama and opera, or "lyrics" (歌詞 kashi), the words to a particular song (or other vocal music). Although, "lyrics" can also be a plural for "lyric", meaning that the non-plural refers to one line within a song. In the data files for Hopeless Masquerade, her name was romanised as "ririka", rather than an actual translation.
Sometimes "Prismriver" is translated as niji-kawa (虹川), which means "rainbow river", even though "rainbow" does not mean "prism". Thus, she and her sisters are sometimes referred to as the "niji-kawa sisters" (虹川三姉妹). The middle dot (・) in the middle of her name is used in foreign names to show where the next word begins.
Lyrica wears red clothing, is a keyboardist, and is the third sister. She has brown eyes, short light brown hair, and is always seen with her winged keyboard floating nearby. The keyboard has "L.P." (her initials) written. Her band uniform is red, with pink and black trim. She is sometimes depicted as wearing shorts due to the way her portraits appear in Perfect Cherry Blossom and Phantasmagoria of Flower View, but her sprites from PoFV and Antimony of Common Flowers depict her wearing a skirt. Her hat has a green shooting star decoration at the peak. Her alternative outfit in Phantasmagoria of Flower View is the same as her normal outfit, except her hair is lighter in colour, her clothes are yellow, and her hat's shooting star is blue. Her keyboard has "Prismriver" written on it. According to ZUN's E-mails, she's also the shortest of the three.
- Perfect Cherry Blossom
During the events of Perfect Cherry Blossom, the three Prismriver sisters are preparing to play a concert for the flower viewing at Hakugyokurou. They attempt to stop the player from entering the Netherworld together, and the progression of the battle is affected by which sister the player decides to focus on attacking during their first spell card. The dialogue they bounce back and forth between each other and the player is actually quite comical, and shows their very individual personalities. Lunasa is mature and mellow, Merlin is happy-go-lucky and clueless, and Lyrica is a sly smart-alack.
- Phantasmagoria of Flower View
In Phantasmagoria of Flower View, Lyrica goes around Gensokyo because the only thing Lyrica is interested in is finding a good place for a solo performance and to find new sounds to use. However, she just keeps bumping into weird people while looking for a place to play until she gets more and more lost. Finally, she ends in Higan against Eiki Shiki, Yamaxanadu, who reveals that her sisters, Lunasa and Merlin, were following her her throughout her scenario because they were interested on what she was doing and to come out when things got dangerous.
- Hopeless Masquerade
- Antinomy of Common Flowers
Lyrica has two other sisters, Lunasa Prismriver and Merlin Prismriver, who all three were created by their fourth sister Layla Prismriver, who is now deceased. They perform music and festivals as a trio. Because these three sisters are created Poltergeists who were made by Layla to have the appearance and personalities of her three older sisters from whom she had been separated, they're technically all the same age since they were presumably created at the same time. They only act out the roles of oldest, middle, and youngest sister based on whichever one they were made to resemble.
Raiko is now a member of the Prismriver band, and she performs with the Prismriver sisters at festivals. It's unknown what exact relationship Raiko has with the sisters.
Lyrica artwork from Perfect Cherry Blossom
Lyrica artwork from Phantasmagoria of Flower View
Alternate outfit from Phantasmagoria of Flower View
Lyrica's cameo from Antinomy of Common Flowers
Illustration of Lyrica in Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red
Lyrica with Lunasa and Merlin from Who's Who of Humans & Youkai - Dusk Edition
Lyrica, Merlin, Lunasa and Raiko in Visionary Fairies in Shrine
Lyrica's Sigil in The Grimoire of Marisa
- Her spell card background has an image of a score for Last Spring, from Two Elegiac Melodies by Edvard Grieg.
- Lyrica, along with the other Prismriver Sisters, Mystia Lorelei and Yuuka Kazami, are the only first-Windows-era-spell card-capable characters not to appear in Shoot the Bullet.
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