(also, I can't get the blue boxes around the linked pictures to go away. D: sorry about that.)
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Birthdate: November 8, 1989 (21 years old)
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Height: 160 cm
Blood type: O
Hobbies: Making desserts, photography, classic ballet (began when she was in elementary school)
Profession: Actress and model
Talent agency: Hirata Office
In 2004, she was the image character for a TAKARA TOMY game. She began her acting career playing the daughter in Ichiban Taisetsu no Hito wa Dare desu ka. After that, she was in the movies ZOO (2005, the story "Gazari to Youko", a horror movie I'm too scared to watch), HINOKIO (2005, the cutest sci-fi movie I've ever seen), playing the class president Sumire, and Kamen Rider THE FIRST as Harada Miyoko, the Snake. She was also in a CM for the Pioneer DVD recorder, episode seven of the drama Dekabeya, and the story Atarashii Ikimono from Gekidan Engimono.
Trailer for ZOO:
In 2006 she was in the Tokimeki Memorial Online commercial (CM making of + interview). She was also in the movies Fugaku Hyakkei ~Harukanaru Basho (Kaeru Kafe) and Kogitsune Helen (which was an absolutely adorable movie, about a baby fox that's blind and deaf) and was also in the PV for the theme song of it, "Taiyou no Shita" by Remioromen (she's one of the violin players, I think).
Come 2007, she was in the drama Sunadokei playing the main character when she was in middle school (adult played by Sato Megumi). She was also in the first episode of Shikaku Ukeoinin. She starred in the musical CM for the Tokyo JR train line, where she showed off her dancing capabilities.
In 2008, she was in the drama Maou opposite Arashi member Ohno Satoshi and Johnny's Junior Ikuta Toma. This role as Sakita Shiori, a young librarian and psychometer boosted her popularity tenfold, and she won Best Supporting Actress for it in the 12th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix for it. She was also in the first episode of the second season of Shikaku Ukeoinin.
DL the bonus from the DVD where she gets her tarot cards read. credit: sableheart
All Maou DVD bonuses credit: sableheart
In 2009, she began the year guesting in the first episode of Hissatsu Shigotonin 2009 (image). Not long after that, she played Juliet in a production of Shakespeare's Romeo&Juliet opposite KAT-TUN's Ueda Tatsuya. (subbed news clips: Zoom In, Ohayou Asahi Desu; audio of Romeo's death).
Shortly after that, she guested in episode four of Meitantei no Okite. Later, she was in the drama special for Team Batista no Eikou. She starred in the CM for NIVEA's Watering Lip (a lip balm). In October, she began a role in the drama Samurai High School, starring Miura Haruma, (image) where she basically oozed adorable everywhere.
That year, she was also in the movie Wangan Midnight opposite Nakamura Yuichi and Katou Kazuki.
In 2010, she jumped straight into dramas, playing Yukime in the first episode of Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge (and was adorable doing it). Less than a month later, she played Morita Eri in Code Blue season 2 (which was probably her most tragic role to date other than Juliet ;___;).
Later, she was cast in the role of a model desperately in love with a photographer whose wife left him in the NHK Drama10 series Rikon Doukyo, a more mature role and her first antagonistic character thus far (as far as I know >__>). She kicks over a bike and generally acts a little malicious in the first few episodes (;A; I have yet to finish the series), and is also made fun of for her height by the wife.
She also appears in the music video for Ishikawa Chiaki's "Backlight", the ending theme to the game Sengoku Basara 3. The single was released on August 4, 2010.
Currently, she is playing Shigematsu-san in the drama "I am Noda" (「野田ともうします。」) on the NHK 青山ワンセブ２ channel, based off of the manga of the same name.
(This list is incomplete; for a complete description of everything she's been in, please refer to her Japanese Wikipedia.)
Ryoko began her career for the fashion magazine Nicola in 2003.
She appeared on the February 2008 cover of punk rock fashion magazine KERA, and has since been on five other covers, more than any other model in the past two years. She also models regularly for the magazine, and was on the cover of KERA MANIAXX vol. 13.
Other than KERA, she has modeled for magazines such as CANDy, CUTiE, and assorted others.
On occasion, she'll do runway shows.
She often appears in photobook collections.
Late in 2009, she was in the gravure magazine sabra. (this is one of my favorite shoots, because she never does these kinds of shoots and she looks oh so gorgeous. <3)
Making of and message:
In 2009, on her twentieth birthday, she released a photobook called Kobayashi Ryoko ~Croatia, a ten generation excursion~ (or something like that), which included special videos of her in Croatia (streaming one, two). She held an event the day of its release (video streaming).
Ryoko is adorable. She blogs about food, is gorgeous, a talented actress, and a great model to boot. She's got these classic looks that can be molded into anything, whether it be fresh or overdone. She has an interesting voice too, not exactly soft but not exactly brash either; it's not like a woman's, but not quite a girl's.
(Did I mention that she likes green tea blended cremes from Starbucks? Because anyone who does is A+ in my book.)
That aside, she's got great legs, a young, innocent face, and manages to look normal when she models in freaking KERA (just look at the people around her). She's charming, she's interesting (just watch her sabra shoot making of and photobook videos!), and her popularity is still rising.
But you know, you don't have to love her. Just know that if you don't, you're missing out on someone awesome.
Pictures used on this post: Picasa gallery
credits: asian-fanatics, baidu, sgno1.com, youtube, wikipedia, google, and other sources that I can't remember. Videos go to their original uploaders, pictures to their original scanners.
Now go spread the Ryoko love! :D