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About the Main Characters
Instead of staying home and attending High School in Kyoto, Kyoko travels with her childhood friend Shō Fuwa to Tokyo to help him while he makes it big as an idol. When she finds out that he only invited her so she could be his maid, her heart and innocence are shattered. More vengeful than depressed, she swears to avenge herself. Shō comments the only way to do this would be to beat him in show business, so that's what she decides to do. She changes her hair style and begins the task of applying to Shō's rival company (Akatoki Agency), L.M.E. While her audition stood out, the president of the company realized that she lacked the key point needed to become an idol: love, as without genuine love for this profession and for the audience, she cannot make it far in this world. However, despite her failure, she had such an interesting and impressionable audition (she did katsura-muki as her talent portion) that Kyoko is given a second chance. The L.M.E. "Love Me" section is thus founded. Lory makes a deal with Kyoko that if she whole-heartedly completes all the jobs given to her as a Love-Me employee to the client's satisfaction (which is determined by how many points they stamp onto her record book), by the end of certain period of time, when she has accumulated enough points, she will be given a grand debut. Thus begins her journey into the show business world.
As an actress, Kyoko is unrefined but creative and spontaneous, able to impress talent scouts with her unique talents and improvisations. In her earlier jobs, she utilizes the skills she learned from working in an inn in Kyoto Prefecture (like cooking, walking "properly," and performing a traditional tea ceremony) to act the part of a wealthy, cultured lady. Though passionate and hot-tempered, Kyoko is able to show impressive professionalism and discipline when it comes to acting, even to the point of putting the job before her health. When forced to perform a tea ceremony in a movie scene with Ren, she is able to keep a serene face and act her part while kneeling on a badly fractured ankle. Yet despite the pain, she refuses to get up or stop until she the scene is completed. Because of this, the director and everyone else was incredibly awed by her determination and strength. Later on, Shuhei (Kuu), Ren's father, says she was a "scary kind of actress," much like Ren. Her debut is for a soft drink commercial and her first major role was Mio, the antagonist in the television drama Dark Moon.
When she is in her room in "Darumaya" she is often seen explaining how she would exact revenge on the two men that make her life miserable to a large poster of Shōtaro and a small photo of Ren, the picture becomes much larger as the story progresses (the size of the picture reflects her level of hatred towards the person on it). She also carries with her many curse dolls of Ren and Sho, which she uses to vent her anger and perform curses. The dolls, incredible in the attention to detail, are handmade by Kyoko. They feature Sho and Ren in various state of fear, distress and submission. After her relationship with Ren improves, she often 'consults' her Ren doll during times of stress.
She becomes a regular in a show wearing a chicken suit for the character "Bo". She assumes this character on several occasions to talk to Ren, because he won't open up about his problems to anyone he knows. She likes to cling to Kanae and calls her "Moko" (it is seen in volume four that every girl hated Kyoko for her familiarity with Shou). Kyoko never liked to drink soda (even as a child) but she made herself drink it for an important commercial audition. Kyoko seems to have a bad relationship with her parents. Her mother, Saena, was a strict and emotionally distant parent who eventually left her with the Fuwa family when Kyoko was still six. The effects of Kyoko's difficult childhood can be seen throughout the series, particularly in her acting. For example, when Kyoko was acting with Maria, she stated that parents that despise their children really do exist. Kyoko's father has been absent throughout the series.
Kyoko has a noticeable crush on Ren, but she mistakes it for respect sometimes and even denies it since she "couldn't possibly let herself fall in love again". After seeing the certain scene where "Katsuki" (played by Ren) is looking at the girl he loves in the play, Kyoko remembers the smile (he has shown it for her a couple of times before) and comes to the conclusion that Ren might not hate her or dislike her, as she thought before. It is shown that Kyoko does not know that Ren is "Corn" her "fairy-prince". Recently, she was the caretaker for Kuu (aka Shuhei), an actor who played in the previous version of the drama "Dark Moon". He is also Ren's father, although Kyoko does not know this.
Kyoko has a fondness for cosmetics, fairy tales and anything magical. However being betrayed by Shō has left her cynical, especially about love. It seems that Kyoko's birthday is on December 25 as Ren gave Kyoko a rose saying "Happy Birthday" as the clock struck 12:00 midnight at Maria's birthday party (whose birthday is the 24th), and the rose is also very special, as the rose is very large and contains a gemstone (purposely put there by Ren, which Kyoko later uses as part of her necklace in Act 128).
After Dark Moon started airing, Kyoko was cast in a high school drama as Natsu, which is a "Bully Role"; however Kyoko runs into the problem of being type-cast, as the director asks her to do her "Natsu" role based on "Mio". This is in spite of the fact that two roles should be different, as Mio is an extremely embittered rich young heiress, while Natsu is a relatively normal girl from a normal family who merely likes to pick on her classmates. But after some training from Ren on "how to act like a model" she stuns the cast with her new appearance and attitude for the role of Natsu, easily impressing the director with this new representation of Natsu.
However, later on a cast member, jealous that Kyoko was able to bounce to another role so easily where she never could, pushed her down a flight of stairs. Though she fractured her hand and knows who did it Kyoko doesn't tell, but instead has that cast member be her "right hand" with her bullying.
On February 10th, Ren received a lot of presents and she asked if they were for Valentine's Day. Instead, all the girls said that today was his birthday. Kyoko was shocked because she thought it was the 19th. She had ordered him a present and she asked Ren if he would take it on the 14th. Ren said he would but he would like to have her smile for him on his birthday.
Around Valentine's Day, Reino cornered her and demanded that she made him some chocolates for Valentine's Day. When she refused, he threatened that he'll torture one of her apparitions that he caught. He said he'll only take them if she has her love baked into them. While she was in her dressing room, she began making a list of people for who she was going to give chocolates to. She wrote down, her boss and okami-san for Darumaya, Mouko-san(Kanae), and a few others. She wrote down Tsuruga-san but then crossed it off because she remembered that Ren seldom eats and didn't want a repeat of an earlier incident where he caused himself to be sick because he forced himself to eat more than he should have. Later on she was invited to Kanae's house to make chocolates. Kanae was surprised to hear that she didn't make any for Ren.
The next day, February 13th, Kyoko ended up carrying her box of chocolates for Reino around with her. When she was leaving her dressing room, she accidently dropped the chocolates on the floor. Ren and Yashiro came by just then and she quikly picked them up and ran away. Ren became very angry after seeing "Hatred" written on one of the chocolates because he knew who she was giving the chocolates to.
Kyoko runs into Sho and he takes the box of chocolates from her and looks inside. Kyoko accidentally scrambled them which made Sho think that it said, "Picture of a beagle, man, then a heart". He got so mad that he threw it into the parking lot and it got run over by a car. Kyoko got very angry because she was scared about her demon. Sho thought that Kyoko liked Reino and asked if she really loved him that much. Sho got into a fight with Kyoko then stormed off calling her a stupid, boring girl with nothing but love on her mind. Reino then told Kyoko to take back the chocolates and give them to him on Valentine's Day, which was 6 hours away. She told him that she will but only if he was willing to go to the set of Dark Moon the next day since she had work, and only if he didn't care that Ren was there. He took the chocolates and left, but he won't take them like this next year.
When Kyoko got back to Darumaya, her lady boss told her that a package arrived for her. She ran to her room happily and started wrapping the package, Ren's birthday present.
On Valentine's Day, she arrives on Dark Moon's set and gives Ren his birthday present which she asks that he not open until he is alone. Then she give Yashiro some chocolates as thanks for all he's done for her. This shocks him as he was sure that Kyoko would give some chocolates to Ren. When Yashiro asks if there was anyone else she wanted to give chocolates too, she dashed off to give chocolates to the director and her other co-workers, completely misunderstanding Yashiro's question.
As she is talking to the director, Sho shows up with a huge bouquet of flowers. She is very dazzled by the beautiful decorations but soon throws the bouquet on the ground when she finds out it is a congratulations for her so-called relationship to Reino. When her co-workers also start to congratulate her, she becomes even more upset, calls Sho stupid, and explains to everyone via drawings on a blackboard that the chocolates were supposed to spell "Go to hell, Beagle." At this point, Kyoko finally realizes that Ren overheard everything and now she worries that Ren will hate her for being weak against her enemy. Sho then walks up next to her and says that she is pathetic and that she could never get a guy. Sho says it's sad that the only person she had to give chocolates to was the beagle. Kyoko retorts that she gave chocolates to a lot of the people working on Dark Moon. Sho becomes upset and asks if she gave chocolates to Ren. Kyoko says she did not give any chocolates to Ren but he deduces from her words that she did give something else to Ren. When he asks her what she gave, she blushes and tells him it's none of his business. Soon after this, while everyone else is turned away and heading back to set, Sho grabs Kyoko's collar and forces a kiss on her. Ren, who turned back around to get Kyoko, witnesses the kiss - as does Yashiro, the director, and two female co-workers.
Ren is, in outward appearances, an extremely nice and polite star. However, he shows his true self whenever he deals with Kyoko. He was originally unhappy with Kyoko, because she joined show business for revenge. However, he gradually warms up towards her. Realizing that she isn't just trying to become an actress for revenge, and supports her growth as a budding idol. Although at times teasing, he is in love with Kyoko. For example, he does not allow himself to be near her alone sometimes, because the urge to hold her is increasing. (In volume twelve, when Kyoko falls, after trying to get a pot from the cabinet and, instead of crashing into the chair she was standing on and then the ground, Ren catches her and hugs her despite himself). He quickly recovered so that Kyoko would not discover his mistake. He has also hugged her in Act 98-99 after Reino, Kyoko's stalker, tells her that "Corn" might be dead; not wanting to see Kyoko cry and, as a result of another one of his urges, he holds her tight and tells her that Corn, her childhood friend, is fine. He also hates Sho Fuwa, because of his ties to Kyoko. Some of the people closest to him have begun to notice his feelings for Kyoko, namely, Ren's manager, Yashiro and the agency's president, Takarada.
Although he has frequently dated and has had a lot of girlfriends, he actually had zero experience with love. This fact caused him to struggle a great deal while defining his character's role in Dark Moon.
Interestingly, at the age of twenty, Ren has lived a large portion of his life in America. In fact, he began his acting career in the United States, albeit disastrously. Although he gained experience, he was fired so often that he has lost count, an experience which is in sharp contrast to the staunch and disciplined actor he is today. Fortunately, his past in America is unknown to the public as Ren Tsuruga is only a stage name. He is the son of a famous actor named Kuu and his mother's name is Julie. Although there are hints of a dark past, his earlier years are shrouded in mystery (though it is noted that when he was in his teens, he felt a lot of pressure from his parents and therefore escaped from America to Japan). Recent chapters show that his real name is Kuon Hizuri. Back when he was a kid, he became friends with Kyoko. But to this day, Kyoko still pronounces his name wrong, calling him "Corn".
Ren's birthday is February tenth, but Kyoko thought it was the nineteenth, because of a typo. She had ordered a present for him and asked if he would still accept it on the fourteenth. Ren said, "Of course, but I would be very happy Mogami-san smile for me as a present." Around this time, Ren received a lot of Valentine's Day chocolates that he decided not to eat because he'll feel like he'll have to eat all of them. Yashiro-san said he liked his fair attitude, but what if Kyoko made him chocolates, what would he do then?
His real name is Shōtarō (松太郎?). He keeps it a secret because he finds it a very old-fashioned and traditional name. He is a typical stuck-up star, and is also very ruthless. Shō had no qualms about tricking Kyoko into going with him to Tokyo so she could be a free servant for him. He also had even less qualms about being extremely cruel to her when she discovered this. Shō eventually figured out that Kyoko was in L.M.E., and was surprised to see her transformation. It is also revealed that he has more feelings for her than he originally thought, such as in Act. 82 when he personally brought some medical cream for the cut in Kyoko's face (caused by him), and apologised sincerely. Most notably during the Dark Moon shoot over a resort, Kyoko's stalker Reino announced in front of Sho, that he plans to steal her away from him. Reino from the band Vie Ghoul had stolen one of Sho's music sheets/songs previously planning to use it for their own success. When Reino chased Kyoko through the forest, Sho followed pursuit and was the one who protected Kyoko even calling Kyoko "his woman". However this moment was not witnessed by Kyoko. Despite his ruthless and cold personality, Sho has a sense of humor that he keeps buried deep down, nearly busting a gut laughing in private to Kyoko's misprouncing Vie Ghoul as Beagle. As Kyoko once commented, Sho has loved comedy shows on TV since they were both kids.
Though most of these lean toward a general possessiveness for Kyoko, who had been his constant companion and servant since childhood. Further on in the series though, Shō begins to show a kinder side to her and hints that he has real feelings as opposed to just possessive feelings. Once he finds out that Ren Tsuruga is in love with Kyoko too, he gets really mad. Shō thinks of Ren as his rival and is extremely petty at times when they meet, even going as far as to pick a fight with him. Shō is also a big flirt and can be very shallow. He tends to like older woman, but he is fine with women with big breasts and oozing pheromones. Shō has disliked Ren because he is the coolest guy in Show Biz. Shō says he's going to steal all of Ren's fans and the title of "The Coolest Male Celebrity" from him.
Despite his nature, Sho's talent as a singer is in fact, quite good. Sho's original songs of course, attracted many fans as well as his looks but that did not stop from these fans to quickly fall in love with copy-cat band Vie-Ghoul. With the sudden revelation that indeed, Sho could be surpassed so easily and that his fans could easily leave him for another band if the sound was the same, was deeply troubled. With some unintended help/lecture from Kyoko, Sho realizes the deep feelings he has had for the situation and decides to put his heart into his singing. His new songs have hit so far that he is rising to the top of his singing career, devastating Kyoko. He has gone so far as being "untouchable" by the Vie-Ghoul, as their spy had stopped stealing Sho's lyrics due to new found respect and love for his job and Sho's determination to become a star.
Currently, Sho has been extremely jealous (yet constantly denies this) after the order of Kyoko's chocolates got mixed up into saying that she loved the leader of Vie-Ghoul (where they actually stated she was annoyed at him). Because of this, he believes that Kyoko is in love with the Leader, someone he considers worse than Ren and is "unacceptable". Sho has gotten so angry that he takes on the appearance of Japanese demons. So in an effort to prove he is not jealous, he buys a very large bouquet of flowers as a "congrats" present to them. However, after discovering that Kyoko does not in fact love Reino, he forcefully kisses her, stunning the Dark Moon cast.
When Kyoko yells at him and pushes him away, Sho smirks at Ren. Ren is very angry but manages to keep his emotions under control. According to Sho, he wanted a taste of the expensive chocolate he gave her and kissed her to get a piece of it from her mouth. Sho then walks away, confident that he has reassured his place in Kyoko's heart
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