Some days after Tsukushi received her first red card, the Lilies wrote "Tsukushi Makino - only girl in her school who had two abortions" on their classroom's blackboard. Their role in the incident was unknown to Tsukushi, who only saw Erika and her friends wiping away the words. They acted friendly to Tsukushi and invited her to a party in Roppongi. When she arrived, they made fun of her clothes and treated Tsukushi rudely, eventually revealing themselves.
Unlike her friends, Erika had a round, plain face, similar to Tsukushi's. She was also the shortest of her friends. Her most distinguishing feature was her short and curly hair, which she rarely styled. Erika's wardrobe, when not wearing the Eitoku High uniform, consisted of the latest name-brand fashion.
Personality and traits
Before knowing her true nature, Tsukushi believed Erika to be more in her league than Yuriko and Minako. Erika, like her best friends, was greedy and bullied Tsukushi, because she caught the attention of the F4. She pursued men for their money, but refused to date bald men, unlike Yuriko.
Erika does not appear in the Hana Yori Dango film (1995). Her role being filled by Yuriko and Minako, since Sakurako is the leader in the movie.
Aki Fukada portrayed Erika in eight episodes of the drama, Hana Yori Dango (2005). In the first episode, Erika and her group bully Tsukushi after she receives a red card. They paint the school's cafeteria with graffiti calling Tsukushi a "nasty slut". The girls pretend to be Tsukushi's friend and invite her to the party, where they make fun of her. Shizuka sees the girls bullying Tsukushi and sprays champagne on them, causing them to fall into the pool. In the last episode, Erika and her friends attempt to sabotage Tsukushi in the Teen of Japan contest.
Fukada returns as Erika in Hana Yori Dango Returns for eight episodes. Her role is reduced, only appearing periodically with few lines. Her and her friends animosity toward Tsukushi continue, however they treat her more civilly, even congratulating her on her engagement to Tsukasa in the final episode.