I… am way late. For Ryo’s birthday, at least. Forgive me, Ryo. TT-TT Real life’s been a bastard.
So. Let’s do this properly. On November 3, I was supposed to have wished a
happy 26th birthday to Nishikido Ryo!
Oh boy. Where to start with this guy? When I first entered the world of J&A, Ryo was everywhere. It didn’t take me that long to recognize his face; I just looked for the not very Asian-looking one. :D
Last year, back when I actually had a numbered order of favorites within NEWS (Tegomass hold a special spot in my heart now, and I love the rest of NEWS equally), Ryo was, um, my least favorite, IAMSOSORRY. D: That was due to the fact that I already knew Yamapi because of Toma and I majorly shipped TomaPi, I liked Tegomass’s music, and I learned to love KoyaShige through fics.
Where, then, did that leave Ryo?
He scared me, to be honest. I had seen a bit of Last Friends before junior year jammed up my schedule, and Sousuke ruined whatever positive image I had of Ryo at the time. It’s just a character he was playing, but he was so convincing, wasn’t he? In fics, he is portrayed as overly snarky and sometimes borderline evil. So what was I supposed to think of him?
Then came 1 Litre of Tears.
Obsessively watching that one drama changed everything. I remember thinking, “Who is this cold sweetie?” before realizing that Asou-kun = Sousuke = NISHIKIDO RYO. I gave Ryo another chance, and that was when I came to love him.
Underneath that pseudo-aggressiveness is a shy man with an unexpectedly gigantic smile, who is hilariously bad with his female co-stars, works so hard to learn songs/dance steps for both NEWS and Eito, has one of my favorite speaking voices in NEWS, is decidedly NOT shy with the fanservice :Db (i.e. making out with Massu’s neck and probably leaving a huge hickey there; indecently messing around with Tegoshi Yuuko and forcing Koyamama to intervene), stirs up trouble with his outside-of-work antics (and yet we dismiss them with dainty waves of the hand, just because it’s Ryo) and gives such epic answers in interviews.
He’s 26 now, just a few more years until 30 — and regardless of whether I’ll still be a NEWS fan by that time, I’m sure he’ll be a great guy then too. :D
I’ll end this entry with a recent picture of him.
The dark, slightly grungy, pining-for-you look works so well on him. :D
Until next time,
~ Mimi :P
P.S. Tego’s b-day post will come in a few hours. :D Can’t guarantee it will be on time, but it’ll come. Real life entry will come some time after that.