Kuon Hizuri or better know as his stage name, Ren Tsuruga is a very talented actor working for the entertainment company L.M.E. He is very popular among the girls, as shown in the first episode where he was rated number one in the poll. He is the son of the famous action star Kuu Hizuri and famous model/actress Juliena. However, this is not known to anyone except his family and the boss of L.M.E, Lory Takarada.
When Ren was ten years old (back when he was still referred to by his real name, Kuon, which Kyoko pronounces as "Corn") he met Kyoko in Kyoto (which was where his father originated) where she lived as a child. It was when Kyoko was finding a place where she could cry in secret because she could not meet the high expectations of her mother, she found Kuon standing by a river in the forest. They spent many happy memories together there but not long after, Ren had to return to the United States. Kyoko asked if they could keep in contact by writting to each othher, to which Ren refused because they lived in "different worlds" referring to the US. However, this made Kyoko thought he meant "Fairy Land". She began to cry and as a symbol of him accompanying her in stead of him, he gave her his most prized possesion, a color-changing stone. Kyoko takes it and calls it her "tre i l0ve u
Having always lived in the shadows of his father's greatness, Kuon tried to break into the show biz world, only to suffer many rejections. Because of this, a darker side took over Ren and he grew distant from his parents. Flashbacks from his teenage years imply a violent past such as acting in gangs and getting into fights. (It is also revealed that he smoked, but quit when he was seventeen.) At the age of fifteen, Lory Takarada, the LME president, brought Kuon back to Japan, where he took up the stage name Ren Tsuruga and later became one of the top most popular actors in Japan.
Kuon is Russian, American and Japanese mix as referred to in chapter 184 page 3.
Ren has a confusing personality due to the fact that he hides some of his personality in order to be a perfect actor. He is very strong willed, a bit childish and short tempered (something only Kyoko and Yashiro seem to notice). He is also a people pleaser, and often hides his feelings with his "gentleman's smile" which works most of the time (except for Kyoko who is able to see through his smile). Regarding Kyoko, Ren becomes increasingly possessive and dependent on her, fighting an invisible battle of will with Sho to take over the centre stage in Kyoko's mind. He is seen as childish due to him kissing Kyoko's cheek in chapter 149 because he was angry that she was only thinking of Sho, and became happy when he saw that her thoughts transferred from Sho to him after doing so. He also does not have a well-balanced diet, something that worries Kyoko deeply.
He takes a very serious attitude toward his work, and does not act seriously with nor respect anyone who does not take pride in their work. Hence, he disliked Kyoko at the start of the manga, as her motives for joining show biz were "impure", as Kyoko herself puts it. Also, he cares about his "gentleman" image, so he does not retaliate in incidents such as Sho knocking over an ash tray infront of him, nor asks for help when he doesn't understand his lines (as he is not a native Japanese).
He also has a double personality that he calls "dark Kuon", who appears frequently in the Cain Siblings arc. "Dark Kuon" controls his actions in a violent, disturbing, or dark manner, from which Kyoko is able to break him out of the trance with her voice or actions. LME head Lory Takarada is aware of this side of Ren and warns Kyoko of it, but his manager Yashiro knows nothing of this personality, though he suspects Ren had a past different to his current facade.
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Manager Yashiro Yukihito was the first to notice it in chapter 37 when he saw Ren's expression towards Kyoko when she thanked him.
L.M.E president Takarada Lory '' In chapter 77 in the limo.
Shō Fuwa 'realized it and send a challenge to Tsuruga subtly by saying only Kyouko can be his opponent in chapter 94.
Director Ogata became aware of the relationship between Ren and Kyouko in Chapter 96.
Kijima Hidehito pissed Ren off in Chapter 190 and Ren implied his feelings toward Kyoko.
One of the vie ghoul members (Reino)
Kotonami Kanae in Chapter 52.
10 years later, Ren meets Kyoko again when she was trying for an audition to get into LME. At first Ren didn't like Kyoko, because she explicitly told him she wanted to enter the show business 'to get revenge', but later on, he comes to admire her determination and his respect for her grew. Soon this respect blossoms into love, although Ren keeps this a secret. There are also times where Ren meets Kyoko when she is disguised in a chicken suit, Bo. Under such circumstances, he will confide with the chicken about his acting problems. On one of the occasions, he confided about his growing, yet conflicted, love for Kyoko. Completely oblivious to this fact, Kyoko (in the chicken suit) encourages him and still advises him to go for the relationship. As for Kyoko's feelings, she greatly admires Ren and wants to become an actress whom he can respect one day. She has made little dolls of Ren with startlingly precise accuracy and uses them to scold herself. This distresses Ren a little because he thinks that is the impresssion she has of him. For her 17th birthday he surprises her by giving her a huge rose (Queen Rosa) with a real crystal inside the rose – which Kyoko didn't discover until later. In order to prevent Kyoko from returning the gift, he made up a story that mystifies the crystal. This made Kyoko believes that it brings out her character as Natsu and insisted Ren to keep it when he was in trouble.Ren consistently holds back his affection because he knows that Kyoko has rejected the entire notion of love and she might reject him (both their senpai-kouhai relationship as well as their friendship) if she knew about it. He also holds back because he believes he doesn't deserve love and wants to keep her at arm's length to protect her from him. However, there are times where he briefly loses self-control and his affection leaks out, but he is able to regain that control fairly quickly. One such incident was when he and Kyoko were rehearsing for Dark Moon at his place. Kyoko was reaching for something on a high shelf and was about to lose her balance when he came in just in time to catch her and cushion the fall. Instead of letting her go, he held onto her even more tightly, leaving Kyoko very much bewildered by his actions. However, he managed to recover quickly and put on his 'Emperor of the Night' act to cover up.
He is also very protective over Kyoko and worries about her. Kyoko cares about Ren, and even has a small crush on him, (Which she confuses with respect) but it is only recently that she has started to admit to herself that she might be in love him. In the Valentine's Arc, Kyoko was kissed by Sho Fuwa that makes Ren jealous. After Kyoko calms down a little (Ren tried to convince her that it should not be considered as her first kiss), Kyoko asks for some of his time because she wants to give him something. At the dressing room, Kyoko gave him red wine jelly, a slippery and easy-to-eat dessert. The jelly serve in a crystal glass decorated with roses on vines that Kyoko bought which resembles the Queen Rosa. Ren resisted a little, believing that it is Kyoko's special treatment (he was the only one not to receive chocolates from Kyoko and she was excited and concerned about how Ren would receive her gift). But in the end, Kyoko made an ugly face because she suddenly remembered something that reminded her of Sho's kiss. This made Ren consider a plan of action to try to stop the indecision of Kyoko by doing the same thing as Fuwa did because he saw that every little thing is making her think of Sho. He wanted to repaint her memory because as long as she was obsessed with Sho, he thinks that Kyoko will never think of him. He thanked her but eventually just kissed her cheek; however, that was enough to make her lose concentration during the shooting and she was deeply affected. He explained his way out later on, telling Kyoko that it is a way of thanking her, something that he picked up after working with foreigners. At first she called him a playboy for that but somehow it calms her mind and she returns to the normal Kyoko. But in the corner of Ren's heart, he wished that a little bit of what happened would linger in Kyoko's heart.In the most recent chapters, he is acting undercover as an actor from abroad named Cain Heel in order to conceal is identity as Ren from the public (in relation to the new role he is playing). 'Cain Heel' came to Japan to take part in a movie where he plays a serial killer 'BJ', along with his little sister Setsuka, acted by Kyoko, although no one besides the president, Yashiro, the director of Cain's movie, Kyoko, and Jelly Woods (Ren and somewhat temporarily 'Setsuka's' makeup artist) knows that Cain Heel is him. Ren feels that Cain Heel is too much like his old dangerous self and sometimes loses himself while acting out as Cain. Kyoko is starting to realize Ren's past as a result of spending so much time with him, though she is only guessing that he may have been involved in someone's death so far. Since Kyoko is living with Ren as Setsuka (Or Setsu), this has resulted in many awkward situations, for example, Kyoko walking in on (a naked) Ren in the shower (though she swears she didn't see anything) and Ren pulling Kyoko into bed with him one night. Kyoko manages to free Ren from the bounds of his past (Kuon vengence) when Sho calles Kyoko during the Heel siblings act when he is completely controlled by Kuon. Kyoko later understands what is going on and kisses his forhead, ensuring him that he is stronger than that. This breaks the vengence in him. As the event escalated, Kyoko left a hickey on his neck. The next day Kyoko explains the reason as to why she unzipped Cains jacket as she states that she used it as a reference from an old adult movie that she had seen with Sho. She comments that maybe that was something that she should not have done because she is now overloaded with uncertainty because she doesnt know how to leave a kiss mark. She yells in her thoughts that she is now at her limit. Cain then tells Setsu that what she gave him was not generally called a "kissmark" but more like "teethmarks" because of Setsu biting his neck very hard in an attempt to give him a permanent kissmark. Setsu explains to Cain that if he wanted to have a permanent "Kissmark" then she would have to at least bite for it to last a lifetime like he wants it to. Cain states that it is true that a "Kissmark" has to be left where it can be seen before being cut off to Kyokos inner thoughts. Kyoko is freaking out mentally about being on top of "Tsuruga san's" body while carassing him and biting him. Kyoko begins having loud explosive sounds bursting in her ears as she is now having major trouble concentrating on her current task as Setsu. She tells herself that if she stops acting as Setsu because of the situation she will die as an actress. She manages to pull herself togethor and continues acting as Setsu. The conversation then goes back to Cain where he was cut off and he explains to Setsu that the type of "Kissmark" that he is talking about doesnt wear off for a lifetime but he also says that it isn't simply something that is visual. He points to where his heart is and explains that is where he wants the "Kissmark" to be. Setsu responds "Should I bite there too?" while a flustered Kyoko thinks that was an unnecessary thing to say. Cain explains that the mark isn't something where you bite but one where you suck on the same spot constantly and strongly as if to engrave your desire to monopolise. He then tells her that if she does that, it will leave him with a much more pronounced mark and that the skin will bleed internally and develop a bruise. He tells Setsu thats how you leave a "kissmark", Kyoko begins to wonder about how Ren/Cain can know about such a thing. She then realizes that he is most likely talking about his personal experience with other women. On the outside Setsu is showing Cain a sweet smile but on the inside Kyoko is angry at the thought of Ren having relationships with other woman that were with him before her. She calls Ren a secret playboy and thinks that is why he can look so composed. Kyoko hides her jealousy and continues on as Setsu, she tells Cain that she doesnt have to monopolise him because he already belongs to her. Setsu says that a kissmark that can't be seen will not make that known to other people. So says that maybe the side of his neck is a better place to give him a kissmark as a sign of being hers. Setsu proceeds to kiss and suck his neck at the same spot and then tells him to never forget that she is the only one that understands him completely and that her heart will always be with him. Cain responds that he will never forget and he promises her that he will never act unlike himself again or disappoint her until the movie project is over as long as she keeps watching over him. At this point Setsu looks up blushing, Kyoko realizes that she has the wrong expression on her face and tries to quickly revert back to Setsu. Suddenly she is flipped over by Cain who offers to also make a permanent kiss mark on her chest as proof of his promise to her. And he also offers to show her the "Proper Technique" as to how to leave a kiss mark but at this Setsu holds Cains face in frustration. Cain asks her why she is stopping him, Setsu looks at him coldy and says that she doesnt want to experience the techniques that he has used on woman that she doesnt know. Setsu pushes him away and gets off the bed. She grabs her jacket and says that since she is not the equal of niisan she will go and pratice on other men. Hearing this Cain stops her, Setsu looks at him and says that she was only joking and that she was only going out to buy breakfast. Cain says that he isn't going to let her go out by herself he drags her back to the bed and orders her to take a bath. Cain puts on a jacket as he points towards the bathroom, Setsu gets up from the bed and opens up the dresser as Cain leaves. Outside in the elevator Ren thinks about what had just happened. He thinks about how Kyoko was able to make him feel uneasy even though he knew that she was simply acting. It then goes over to Kuon who states that ever since he came to Japan he has never felt such manipulation during acting. Ren then agrees with him and then Kuon states that he wants to put on an enjoyable performance with Kyoko. Ren asks kuon if this could have been a pleasant experience, Kuon then states that he doesnt want to disappoint her anymore. Ren again agrees with Kuon and then says that he doesnt want to lose to anyone towards acting. He presses his hand against the mirror, Ren and Kuon merge togethor and a new Ren Tsuruga is born. Chapter 197 starts off with Kyoko standing on the edge of a cliff while being surrounded by a large of yakuza members. They demand her to take out whatever she is hiding inside her heart and that if she does they will spare her life but if she doesnt they will make her jump off the cliff. It then goes to setsu cooking breakfast. But in her thoughts it is kyoko, she explains that the metaphorical cliff is her current mindset and that she has never felt so cornered before. She says that she cannot believe that her feelings have led her this far and that it is a critical moment live or die. Kyoko goes on and explains that she doesnt want to die but she doesnt want to surrender to her feelings either. She begins to think about ways of escaping this reality which to her is an absolute nightmare. Such as a fictional secret society that has marked her for abduction and begins to wish that if they existed that they could manipulate her memory and erase it. She also wishes that if it was possible they could also change her appearence as well. Otherwise she will not be able to look at Ren squarely in the face ever again. Kyoko says that if she weren't playing Setsu that she would have already run away out overseas in oder to avoid seeing Ren. But she says that since her job, playing Setsu and reality would never allow her to do that she can't run away. She begins to think up of ways to try and get a passport but then is interrupted by the microwave signaling that breakfast is ready. Kyoko begins to have a panick attack about breakfast being ready. She wishes that breakfast could have tacken at least 100 years to cook, she then goes over to the bathroom and makes sure that she is in her role before opening the door. She tells Cain that breakfast is ready and that he should come out soon. Cain says that he will come out in a few minutes, Setsu then closes the door while having a distracted look on her face. It then goes to Kyokos thoughts, She begins to think about how warm Rens skin was when she was on top of him and she tries to throw the memory comletely away. It then goes to Cain who is now out of the shower drying his hair. He stands in front of the mirror and looks at his neck where the hickey is. He places is hand over the mark and continues looking at the mirror, it then goes over to Murasame who is pissed off that Cain and Setsu are late. He asks the director of "Tragic Marker" if he is even going to show up. The director responds that was what he heard while in his thoughts he says that's what Cain told him while he was there at their hotel three nights ago. He becomes even more irritated and states that Cain is over 2 hours late and that the "Wretch" had played hooky both yesterday and the day before. The director tells Murasame that he will try and call Cain. While in his own thoughts he says that the reason Cain did not come for two days was because he was taking a break for Tsuruga's work. Murasame begins to flip out saying that if he doesnt tell Cain off at least once that he will never be satisfied. The workers try and calm Murasame down while the director tries to call Cain. It is now 12:09 and Kyoko is now freaking out about how late Cain is to filimg and saying that they are already 2 hours late. Inside Kyoko wishes that she could urge him to go faster and hurry up going to the filming location. Cain then interrupts Kyokos thoughts and puts on a wolf hat on top of her head and it then cuts over to the director who suddenly remembers that Cain probaly will never talk to him properly, he then decides to try and call Setsu. It then goes back to Setsu who asks Cain what he put on top of her head, Cain says that it is Fenrir a wolf like monster. Setsu replies that it is cool and that she has never been interested in that sort of stuff until now and says that perhaps it fits her style very well. Cain responds that it does suit her well and that it goes beyond cute. Setsu then offers to also choose something for Cain and she picks up a Cerberus scarf and says that she doesnt know what it is but says that it looks cool. Cain asks her how he uses such an item since he has never worn one before. Setsu says that since it is a muffler and glove set that it should be wrapped around his neck and hands. Her cellphone then goes off, she picks it up and sees that it is the director calling her, it cuts over to the director and Murasame. Murasame seems to be losing his temper and asks about Cain again while the director explains that Setsu and Cain seem to be delayed hiding the real reason from Murasame. He thinks to himself that he cant tell Murasame that they said that after leisurely eating breakfast they began browsing around town and had not noticed the time. Murasame then states that since "The wretch" is a temperamental person, he was obviously sightseeing around the town instead of coming to work. The director thinks to himself that Cain Heel has certainly has his issues and is a hard to handle person but remembers that Tsuruga had promised him that he would use discretion while acting as Cain. He then states that he is counting on Tsuruga to follow through with his promise to use discretion during his performance, It then goes to Setsu who complains that it was too bad that they had to cut their date short since it was more fun to go on a date with Cain rather than going to work. Inside, Kyoko is freaking out because she knows that this is what Setsu would do & that she would consider a date with her brother more fun than work. Kyoko says that Setsu is not supposed to give up on an enjoyable date unless it is her brother who suggests it. Cain then states that he had heard that the Japanese were really uptight when it came to time. Kyoko is relieved that Cain is finally going to work despite being extremely late. Setsu then complains that they shoudn't treat this situation as a grounds for death just because the two of them were behind schedule. Since Setsu was "Lending" niisan to them for the shooting she says that she wants them to make this a concession and she then says that the Japanese are kill joys. Cain then states that when they have another break they should go on another date and take their time. Setsu then looks up at Cain with a gleaming smile on her face and she agrees with him. They then hold their hands tightly togethor as they walk across the street towards the studio, it then goes back to Kyoko's metaphorical cliff where she is now at the cliffs edge. The cliff begins to crumble underneath her feet as the Yakuza come closer towards her. It then cuts over to Jelly Woods having a conversation with Lory about Rens behavior when he went to see her the day before. Jelly explains to Lory over the phone that Ren had a "Cainesque" aura even before he started acting as Cain Heel/B.J. She explains that he didnt talk to her much or smile very much at all and that he seemed to be tired. She thinks that it was because he was nervous and she then asks Lory if Ren will be ok with his job. Lory replies that Ren is human and that he might say something very imprudent. Jelly then asks Lory if this is a right time for analysis and she then asks what if something were to happen to Ren during the job. She asks what if Cain Heel is unmasked and something happens because she knows that it wont be just ren that gets into trouble. Lory then tells Jelly that he himself will check up on Ren and make sure that he is ok. Lory thanks Jelly for the bit of information and he says that it really helped him and he also tells her that if he gets something he will tell her about it. He then thinks to himself that in the end Ren couldn't make his suspicious face. He then states that he wants to really avoid lending him his help as much as possible but knows that Ren will never ask for help on his own. It then goes to the studio where Cain and Murasame begin arguing about how late Cain is to the filming. Murasame yells at Cain that just because he may get away with being late to a job in his country he cant do that here in Japan because being late is not tolerated. He then shouts that if Cain really is half japanese then he should learn the spirit of wa. The director begins to freak out because he knows that Tsuruga will definitly play his character in a rage and he begs Murasame to stop. As Cain ignores him and begins to leave he shouts at him to come back. He then asks Cain if he has a heart that feels pain and states that Cain must not have ordinary feelings. He then calls Cain a moving corpse and a bloodthirsty killer and a murder that is a lifeless shell without any human feelings. He then states that Cain is a real life B.J. and that from now on that will be his name for the rest of his life and that people will never know his real name. Cain then responds that it is fine with him if people do not remember his real name. He says "if the guy who played B.J." is what my name will be then that is fine with him. He says that for him the worst possible thing is for people to forget the role that he played as Cain Heel/ B.J.. Setsu smiles at her brothers words, Cain then tells her that the Japanese really are a tiresome race and that they praise people even when they are angry. Setsu responds that because they seem to be shy while Murasame screams "Im not praising you!". At the begining of chapter 198 Cain/Ren confronts one of his costars named Manaka. When he stands in front of her he can see that she is extremely afraid of him towards the point of her whole body shaking. It is then cut to where Setsu is with the director, apologizing profoundly to him for Cains tardiness. Kyoko then wonders if something had changed inside of Tsuruga with the connection with his "Negative Self" who is neither Cain Heel nor Tsuruga Ren. The director then tries to ask Setsu about the "Thing" on Tsuruga's neck but then changes his mind. Since the day before all the director could think about was the "thing" on his neck even though he personally had not seen it until the day after.
After talking with the makeup team the director learns of the kiss mark. The makeup team tell him that Cain has a very distinct mark that looks something like teethmarks or a kissmark and they also comment that it is a sign of a very serious obligation to a woman. The director wonders if Tsuruga has a lover and he also wonders why he would not bother to hide the mark.The director then realizes that it was Setsu/Kyoko who gave Cain/Ren the mark. In the other room the other room Cain/Rens costar's also discuss about the siblings being intimate. One of the actors comments that the day that they arrived back on set the day before he says he saw Cain holding Setsu's hand as if they couldnt be seperated by anything, even 120 mph winds wouldn't be able tear them apart. He say's that it was because as soon as Cain and Setsu got off a taxi they had tacken they immediately locked their hands together.
Murasame then calls Cain a pervert and then one of the actors suggests that Cain/Ren is kyoushirou to which Murasame becomes furious and asks who dared call him kyoushirou.It then goes back to Setsu and Cain, inside Kyoko realizes what the director had wanted to ask her about and she starts to panic. Kyoko begins to wonder what she is going to do once her role as Setsu is finished will she be able to tell it as a joke or not. Cain looks at her and is worried he then approaches her and then holds her in his arms. He tells her not to worry and that if she needs new clothes then he will buy as many new ones for her as she wants, so many that she will ask him to return them. Kyoko forces herself to act her part as Setsu and she hugs him back. She then asks Cain if she really did have such a hopeless expression on her face. He replies that yes she did and that she looked like she was about to vanish into thin air, Setsu replies that would be fun to vanish like an invisible man. In her thoughts Kyoko says that she could vanish and disappear from this reality and run away but even if she could she could she doesnt know what to do. This time a metaphorical Tsuruga is standing before her on the cliff edge. Chapter 198 starts off with Cain being harrassed by Manaka who says that she understands why Cain is unable to make friends. She says that because he is shy he is not able to make friends easily. Cain ignores her and Manaka continues to say that in reality Cain is actually a nice person. He tells her to shut up and that sleepwalkers should only talk in their sleep he then calls her an eyesore and to stop hanging around him, for some reason this makes Manaka excited. Manaka then invites Cain to eat lunch with her much to Cain/Rens annoyance. Murasame then tells Manaka to face the fact that Cain is not in fact Kyoushirou but Manaka doesnt listen. Murasame then accuses Cain of doing an unneccessary kindness for Manaka. Setsu then asks him what he did to Manaka and Cain replies that he did nothing in particular to her to which Murasame accuses him of lying. He says that Cain made unneccessary advancements toward Manaka, Setsu looks at him with an irritated look on her face. Cain insists that he really didn't do anything to Manaka, it then goes to a flashback to yesterday where he was standing in front of Manaka at the vending machine. Manaka who was scared to the point of shaking made Cain visualize her as a hamster carrowing in a corner of a wall. Cain then walks over towards Manaka and places her coin on top of her soda can while giving her a gentle smile. He then strokes her head softly as if he is petting a small furry animal. Murasame then tells Cain that he stroked the top of Manaka's head. Setsu then asks him why he stroked her and why did he do it to another girl other than her. Cain then asks her if this is something that he wasnt supposed to do while inner Kyoko becomes angry and says, "Of course you're not supposed to! Nii-san is only gentle with Setsu isnt he?!". Cain then says that at least he has enough of a heart to protect animals and that he is especially protective with rodents. Murasame tries to get Manaka to see that Cain only thinks of her as an animal but Manaka only gets excited. She screams that he really is Kyoushirou and makes a jump for him wanting to be held by him but is caught by Murasame and is then carried off. Cain then asks Setsu if she is angry with him, Setsu replies that she is not angry to which Cain smiles and asks again "So you're not mad?". Kyoko suddenly realizes that as Setsu she should be very angry that niisan was nice to a girl other than herself. She realizes that she has broken out of character, Cain then asks her again if she is angry and she continues to say that she isn't. She continues to say that she isn't mad and that she is no longer a child. She tells Cain that she is going to go get some hot water and Cain responds that he will wait for her while smiling gently. Kyoko walks out of the room and begins to think, she thinks back to when she was on top of Ren and when she gave the hickey. She begins to explain that at that time she thought that she was only alighning herself with Setsu and that it was Setsu's feelings that she was feeling. However she now knows that it isnt Setu's feelings but her own. She says that she has felt this emotion before and that it wasnt supposed to be shown on the outside. Kyokos eyes are now completely black with despair, she says that she knows what this emotion is and where it's coming from. Kyoko is now at the very edge of the cliff metaphorically while Ren tells her to come to him and don't be scared. Kyoko shakes her head no and refuses to move towards him she then says that the hand extended before her will definitly expose what she has been hiding all along. She chooses to fall down the cliff and states to the metaphorical Tsuruga that he is the only one that she doesnt want to know of her feelings. Kyokos box is now open and she realizes that she is in love with Ren but she chooses to hide it as if her life depended on it.Chapter 200 begins with Lory Takarada in disguise on the set of the movie tragic marker and helps the construction workers move lumber into studio F. The construction workers wonder where he came from and what type of uniform he is wearing. On the way to studio F he walks past Cain and Setsu who recognise him immediately. Kyoko wonders if a normal person is able to buy such clouthes and she also wonders if there is a shop that is allowed to manufacture and produce the clouthes. She then thinks to herself that somehow he is similar to Lory in physique. But then she tries to reassure herself that it is not in fact the president but someone similar that just has weird hobbies. She begins to ask Cain about him but sees that he is not even paying attention and is only looking at the schedule. He complains about work finishing at midnight and says that since he is a sprinter his concentration will run out on the set. Kyoko screams in her mind that he is acting as if he had not seen anything at all. Kyoko realizes that she was in fact right about that person being the president Lory Takarada, Cain then states that they should not pay attention to him since they are not connected to him. In Rens mind he says that Lory probably came to check up on him. He thinks that Lory probably had heard something from Jelly such as his behavior being off. He says that he was most likely more than half Kuon when he went to go meet Jelly. Ren states that if he was still at the mercy of kuon and if kyoko wasnt around than it would be very risky for him. Setsu looks at Cain with a worried expression, he looks back at her and tells her not to worry and that he is ok. Setsu smiles at him softly and is happy that Cain/Ren is ok, Cain extends his hand and tells her that they have to go. Setsu looks at his hand and then sticks out her tongue at him Cain then asks her if she is still mad at him. kyoko begins thinking to herself and says that the one who is no good is her, she begins to explain that since she had called Lory on the phone she was able to fool him. But she says that if something were to happen and he were to be there in person it would be all over. In her imagination kyoko imagines Lory telling Ren of her feelings for him. In her delusion Ren accuses her of being an idiot, an anamoly and a masochist and is surprised that she would even have such feelings for him. He asks her about the time that she promised him that she would remain "Pure of heart" and asks if she was lying. Kyoko fervently denies having such feelings and tells ren that she will never have such perverted thoughts. Ren then calls her keiko or a wanton girl and then says that he is dissappointed in her. Kyoko says that she absolutely doesnt want Ren to know about her true feelings for him and also says that Lory can't know either. She secretly prays that Lory doesnt notice her feelings for Ren and hopes that he doesnt see anything. Suddenly Kyoko notices that Manaka is getting awfully close to niisan and wonders if she is dense. Cain flatly ignores her and goes towards Setsu and says that they are transferring to studio F and holds out his hand towards her. As Setsu is about to reach towards Cains hand Manaka suddenly holds onto his arm and says that she is his cute little hamster. Kyoko thinks that everyone who falls in love will act over excited and adore the person that they are in love with. She thinks that the emotion called love is disgusting and is scared that she will turn into what Manaka has become. Cain tells Manaka that his hand was not meant to be held by her and that he doesnt want her hanging around him. He decides that he will no longer speak in Japanese but in English from now on. He then looks for Setsu and is surprised to see that she has gone and walked away from him meanwhile Kyoko thinks to herself that seeing Manaka like that makes her think of her old self when she only adored Sho. She says that she doesnt want to return to that time and she tries to relock up her "Box" with stronger combination locks. As she is attempting to relock her "Box" Cain suddenly calls out her name and grabs her in a surprise hug. Cain apologizes saying whether it was out of kindness to an animal or on a whim he shoudn't have touched another woman when she wasnt around. He asks Setsu if she could smile for him again, in Kyokos mind she is completely freaking out. She knows that she is in a state where she has completely cast off her role as Setsu. As she blushes she sees Lory looking at the two of them, Lory takes off his sunglasses and has a serious look on his face as he observes Cain and Setsu's behavior. Chapter 201 starts off with Kyoko standing at her bedroom window looking out of it with tear stained eyes. She begins to complain that the morning sunlight is painful on her eyes and that the sun is blinding and hateful. She begins to walk down the stairs of the darumaya restraunt and thinks to herself that if she wanted to be blinded than a studio light would have been sufficient. Shen then wonders why the sun wasnt strong enough to "exorcise" her "impurity" and just what was it sending from space. Kyoko says that even if she were to bask in the rising sun after she climed historical sacred mountains the "impurity" in her body would not be "exocised". As she is thinking to herself the okamisan tells her "Good Morning" and shows her that she has made breakfast out of the leftovers of food that they had saved just for Kyoko. Kyoko does a dogeza and thanks her sincerely as her boss walks in towards the breakfast table. Kyoko apologizes to him and says that the reason she did not greet him that morning was because she had gotten home late during the "Small hours". Okamisan asks her what she means by the "small hours" and Kyoko clarifies that she had gotten home at "4 a.m." in the morning. The okamisan asks if she had come home by herself and says that is a bit worrisome. Kyoko tells her not to worry and that she was actually driven home by an L.M.E vehicle. Kyoko says that what she has to be afraid of is going to occur later that day, it then switches to a flashback of Kyoko and the president. The president asks her about her schedule for the day and asks her if she could meet him in his office early in the morning and says that he has something to discuss with her. Kyoko is terrified that she will be asked about the incident that occured the day before. It then goes to another flashback with Cain hugging Kyoko as she is completely out of charaacter. Kyoko says to herself that she musn't run away and that if she does then everything will be completely exposed. She tells herself that she has to do something "Setsu-Like", she begins to hug Cain back but as she begins to Murasame breaks them apart in a fit of rage and screams "HASN"T THAT GONE ON FUCKING LONG ENOUGH YOU PERVERTED SIBLINGS!!!!". As Kyoko leaves she thinks to herself that thanks to Murasame she was able to succesfully leave the issue alone. She says that since Cain and Murasame got into a fight she was able to return to being Setsu without any trouble. She says that she might have been able to decieve the president and that sort of thing was surely optimistic. She hangs her head in despair and says of course her opponent is that president and that at least she put up a useless struggle over whether or not the "Impurity" that was in her body could be exorcised even a little bit. She says that if she is questioned she will have nothing to do but to admit to her "Impurity" to the president. She begins to fantazise about the president celebrating her admittance of her love for Ren/Kuon and running and telling Ren/Kuon her feelings for him. And that when Ren/Kuon finds out that he will be dissapointed in her for not remaining pure of heart, she tells herself that she will not despair yet and that if she cant decieve the president she might as well admit her defeat with grace. And instead she will get him to promise that Ren/Kuon will never be told, she begins to wonder if there isnt something that she can threaten the president with. As she is thinking this to herself the president's assistant calls Kyoko into the presidents office. Kyoko begins to freak out because she says that she hasnt thought up of a good threat to tell the president. The assistant tells the president that Kyoko is there at the office, the president says that it was good timing because Ren/Kuon also arrived two or three minutes before her. Ren/Kuon greets her and as he greets her Kyoko has a look of terror and despair on her face. She then wonders why Ren/Kuon is there, Yashiro then points out to Ren/Kuon that she looks like that the world had just come to an end. Ren/Kuon then goes "ah" and begins to think to himself, Yashiro wonders why he went "ah". Ren/Kuon then thinks about the night that Kyoko gave him a hickey and that must be the reason why her expression is so filled with despair.He says that he wondered whether or not her expression would be rather guarded the next time they met. Yashiro then begins to freak out and asks Ren/Kuon if he had done something to Kyoko while living alone togethor. Ren/Kuon says that he did do something but that it wasnt outwright illegal so he had nothing to worry about. Yashiro blushes heavily and wonders to how far Ren/Kuon went with Kyoko, Ren/Kuon thinks to himself that he had no such expectations by this point. He says that he expects her reaction to surpass the one that she had at Valentines day the month before. He says that it would probably be better off if he doesnt pay her anymore attention than he already has at the moment. Yashiro then asks Kyoko if she is alright and if her consciousness is withdrawing or sinking. Kyoko who is lost in thought doesnt realize that Yashiro is talking to her and asking her if she would like to go over to where the president is. Kyoko simply stares at Yashiro and begins to wonder why Yashiro is not excited. she thinks that if the president had told everyone about her feelings for Ren then Yashiro would be excited and start dancing around like a little school girl. She then realizes that the president has most likely not said a word to Ren/Kuon about her feelings for him even though she has given up hope of everything being completely exposed. She asks herself if everything is still alright and then smiles at Yashiro and points towards where the president and Ren/Kuon are at. She then says that it is alright and that her life has been perserved by the bare skin of her neck, the president then sits everyone down and begins explaining why he brought all of them togethor. He says that he has something to tell Ren/Kuon about Kyoko. Kyoko begins to have a freak fest and starts to shake uncontrollably and thinks that it is suddenly a desperate situation. The president then tells Ren/Kuon that he is considering giving Kyoko a break from being his protective charm while Kyoko is thinking that he is about to tell him about Kyokos feelings for him. She screams in her mind that "She doesnt want this". Her face then turns a deep blue as the president continues on with the discussion, he tells Ren/Kuon that he is in fact giving Kyoko a break from the Heel Sibilings act and will have "Setsu" return to the U.K. for the time being. The president tells them that he had hid from them the day before and crossed examined the two of them. He says that the job of being the Heel sibilings is a job that involves intense pressure on both the body and mind but the two of them have been performing very well. The president asks Ren/Kuon if he will be ok while he is seperated from Kyoko for awhile. Ren/Kuon has trouble answering while both the president and Yashiro think to themselves that he has a poker face. The president then states that the cercumstances are unavoidable and that it has to do with kyoko's personal reasons. He then asks Kyoko if she hasnt told Ren/Kuon about something which makes Kyoko think that he means her feelings for him. She starts to stress out and wonders whether or not he will tell Ren/Kuon about her love for him after all and thinks the president was simply keeping her distracted from the "real" issue. The president tells Ren/Kuon that Kyokos school will soon begin it's final's period and that she has to study for her tests. Ren/Kuon asks her "Really" as he looks towards her. Kyoko jumps and blushes slightly as she tells him yes, she then quickly looks down so that she could not look up into his eyes. Ren/Kuon states that her expression is not as stiff as it had been and that a cooling off period is probably necessary. He says that if that is the case then a break is probably the best idea for her and that during that time her feelings should probably cool down. Kyoko turns blue again and thinks to herself that it's as if she is being put on standby at the guillotine by the president and being completely tortured. She wishes that if he is going to let go of the rope that he would simply release it. She wonders if she is being played around with since she contimplated something awful such as threatening the president. The president then tells everyone that he is sorry that he inconvienced everyone by summoning them to the meeting. Kyoko wonders to herself if the conversation is over and wonders why the heart of the issue has not been touched upon. As she gathers her things the president notices that she is the last person to leave and asks her to stay. He says that he still has the main topic that he wants to discuss with her, the chapter ends with Kyoko having a blank expression on her face and the guillotine being raised up above her head. Chapter 202 begins with Kyoko standing in front of an empty stage. She ponders as to what kind of story will be told and when will the curtain be raised and that the first scene hasnt even opened yet. It then goes to Yashiro and Ren/Kuon as they are leaving the president's office. Yashiro asks Ren/Kuon if the president would mention something for them, Ren/Kuon looks at him with a curious expression. Yashiro asks him "isnt today the repition of the holiday that the president loves?" and Ren/Kuon realizes that today is "White Day". Yashiro says that it didnt lead up to personal business being talked about inside the office and says that if the president had mentioned something related to it then it would have been a perfect time for Ren/Kuon to give Kyoko his thank you gift. Ren/Kuon says that it feels weird that the president didnt mention anything about "White Day" and says that he doesnt know that Kyoko gave them chocolates even though he had actually gotten wine Jelly. Yashiro then wonders if there is possibly something wrong with the presidents health. He also says that when there is fine weather it is a premonition of the earths destruction. Ren/Kuon agrees whole heartedly with him and says that it is terrifying and that once the president starts to plan something bad he becomes suspicious. Yashiro says that even though it was good timing that he got to meet Kyoko on White Day he wont be able to give Kyoko his thank you gift. Ren/kuon then smiles and tell's him that he had not even prepared a return gift yet. He then says that he was lucky that the president had ignored White Day and didnt discuss it at the meeting. Yashiro then remembers that Ren/Kuon is still doing the Heel Siblings act and that he probably has not had time to prepare a gift. He says that Ren/Kuon is acting rather frivolous and so he was convinced that he wouldnt be interested in giving a return gift. He says that in practice it is probably not possible to give return gifts to all the people that had given him valentine gifts since they are in the entertainment business and that most people dont meet up again.Yashiro thinks to himself that he is very glad that he is not Ren Tsuruga and thanks his mom for giving birth to him in the yashiro family as he imagines a countryesque landscape in his mind. It then goes back to Kyoko who has a terrified expression on her face. The president points out that it looks like she has her head stuck inside a guillotine. Kyoko looks up at the president who asks her if she did something to upset him like form a movement that is against Valentines day. Kyoko looks at him with a completely blank face and ponders as to why he would mention Valentines day and not her feelings for Ren/Kuon. The president then tells her that today is in fact White Day, Kyoko who still has a blank expression on her face realizes that there is such an event. In the presidents mind he thinks to himself that Kyoko is a girl that shows everything on her face and that it is simply pathetic. He says that judging from her appearence she had completely forgotten that today was White Day. Kyoko in her thoughts says that she had not expected to get a return gift. President then states that Valentines Day doesnt end until White Day ends and says that it was no wonder Kyoko's heart didnt throb even though she had met Ren/Kuon. Kyoko nervously asks him why he said because she met Ren why would her heart throb.The president said that if she had not done that then it would have been unusual when she thought she would get something from the man she is in love with. She then looks at him with an astonished expression and says in her mind that the topic was thrown down naturally. She then tries to think up of a reply to tell the president but cant think of anything. She then prepares to admit defeat when the president tells her that he has no intention of telling Ren about her feelings for him. Kyoko looks up at him in amazement and he makes it clear that he won't tell Ren of her feelings. At first Kyoko doesnt believe it and asks him " President dont you like other peoples love affairs whether they are real or not". The president tells her of course he does and says that for him it is like his bread and nutrients that give him life. Kyoko says that isnt that a good enough reason for the president to strip her of a layor of skin and completely expose her. She then says "To think that the number 1 love me member has fallen into such a funny situation." and then the president tells her that if only she requests it then he will certaintly act as their cupid but that he will not put togethor two people in order to simply amuse himself. He then explains that love is fostering while going through many trials, errors and overcoming difficulties. He says that just because he sees the lovers on par with the scenario he wrote he says that it is completely lacking in moe. He tells Kyoko that her love drama is completely filled with beautiful moe elements as she looks on with a stunned face. Kyoko then stammers that nothing has gone one between the two of them and that nothing has developed yet. The president says that the first scene hasnt even been opened yet and he asks her if she has any intentions to let it develop. She answers that she has no intention of ever letting Ren/Kuon know of her feelings towards him. The president then says "Even if Ren/Kuon were to become intimate with a lover and even get married" would she still be able to give him her blessing with a smile and wish him happiness. At first she hesitates and then says that she will give him her blessing but before she can finish her sentence she begins to break down. She then bursts into tears and says that it is the worst and that is why she was unwilling to "Love". She then says that "Love" will not only turn her into a fool but that it will also turn her into an inhuman wretch. She says that she is too hopeless when she does something like loving somebody. Lory pours himself a cup of tea and says that he understands the bit about how love turns someone into a fool but that he doesnt understand the inhuman wretch part. He asks her where on earth did she get that from and Kyoko then starts to say that Ren said that he couldnt have anyone important in his life no matter where he is. She goes on to say that it was as if he was saying that he is not entitled to happiness for himself. Kyoko shes that when she remebered that expression she could imagine how it must have felt when he was saying those words and yet she still thought to herself "That it's fine" "Thats why it's still fine" "Tsuruga san wont become somebodys man" "an occasion to give my blessing and maybe he will avoid being blessed all his life". Kyoko goes on to cry about the cruels things that she had thought about. Lory then signals to his assistant to bring something out, Kyoko continues to cry and says that was the reason why she was so unwilling to to fall in love. She says that because she has fallen in love she is a weak and hopeless person and that she is more of a fool than she was in the past. She tearfully says that she wished that she had resisted more if that this was going to be the outcome no matter how many times her locks were forced open. She cries that despite so much effort she had nothing but "Love" filled up in her love brain even though she was begining to love herself. She cries that something worse than regressing will most likely happen, as she continues to cry Lory tells her that he believes that she has laid her hands on the curtain of a very excellent love drama. He says that no matter how excellent the play is it is meaningless if the curtain is not drawn. His servant then puts a mirror out on the table in front of Kyoko as Lory continues to tell her that both opening the curtain and letting go of the curtain she held is completely up to her. The chapter ends with Lory asking her what she will do. Chapter 203 begins with Kyoko still in president Lorys office where it had left off, she is now staring at herself in a mirrror. Lory asks her what she will do, Kyoko looks at him and thinks to herself "He said that if I open the curtain doesnt that mean embracing these feelings for Tsuruga san and gradually growing them." She says that if she allows that then that means that the other feeling which is jealousy will also grow and that she will begin to think of even more crulier things than she had already thought of. She screams in her mind that she is terrified of thinking even more cruel things and that they might last forever. Lory then tells her to not turn her eyes away and that from her own ease that she gets from another persons unhappiness and that both the feeling of being aware of it and yet hoping that way in spite of herself and even the expression of despairing over such an ugly emotion, he tells her to look at them and commit them to her memory. He tells her that someday all of those emotions will be useful in her acting and says that a drama has a lot of things that can be mimicked through the imagination but that there are things that cannot be performed unless someone has the experience and that it's not something limited to only love. He tells her that since she aims to become a first rate actor that there is not a single thing in her life that is useless. Even the bad experiences which no one would envy are uselss. Lory then states that he remembers when she first tried to enter into L.M.E. and that she didnt even have a reason to want to enter showbiz. He says that when she left Tokyo she had come to L.M.E. and encountered Ren/Kuon and says that he believes that she is about to experience a love that is not possible while living as an ordinary high school girl in her hometown. Kyoko then says that their meeting was the worst and that because she was disliked she came to dislike him but unknowingly. She then thinks to herself that it was all connected just like stragetically placed stones that led directly towards Tsuruga san and that she had been stepping on them since childhood. She also states that is why that the likes of her could never fight against it, she then asks lory when she goes to hell if it will be ok. Lory then says that even enma san would tip off his hat to her, Kyoko then says that she can accept her punishment because atonement with her soul for her sins that she has piled up in her life is inevitable she asks them to be excused. She says that her face is unsightly and that her brazen feeling for Ren/Kuon within her heart must be forgiven, it then goes to Lory who is staring out of his office window. His assistant then walk up to him and says that Kyoko refused his invitation to drop her off. Lory then states that it is a deplorable account, his assistant apologizes and said that he should have forced her to let him give her a ride. Lory than states that it wasnt his account but his own account that was deplorable. He says that it is a shock and that he understands kuu's feelings a bit better now as he walks over towards a giant globe and begins to spin it. He says that the him he is now was never able to see it, it then goes to a flashback of Kyoko blowing her nose. Lory asks her when was the first time she had fallen in ove with Ren/Kuon, Kyoko looks down and blushes. She tells Lory that she didnt know exaclty when she had fallen in love with him but says that she had had a premonition of being caught in Tsuruga sans wicked spell. It then goes back to the time when Ren kissed "corn", it then goes back to Lory who now has an angry expression on his face. He says that it was right after Dark Moon during the Katsuki acting test and he is shocked that it had been that far back and he hadnt even noticed. He says that because he thought so his pride was only slightly bruised but that it was no comparison to how he currently feels. He says that when he got the phone call from Kyoko he had entertained suspicion but despite that he was completely decieved by her acting. Lory begins to snicker uncontrollably and says with just this much he was completely decieved by her altogether. He says that since Ren/Kuon is ignorant of the sublieties of a woman he will most likey not notice Kyokos feelings for him. He then says that it's promising and then says that he would rather not the current Ren/Kuon find out since there was nothing more pitiful than a dog that couldnt even get his meal even though he has gotten the ok signal. Lory then thinks about how he would like to turn Kyoko into a first rate international actress, he then spins the globe again and lands on either Japan or Guam. It then cuts to the outside where Kyoko is standing looking up towards the sky as a jet goes by, she is seen smiling as she continues to look up towards the sky and walks away.
His relationship with his parents is quite difficult. He really loves his family and respects his father a lot. However, it was hard on him as his parents' fame caused people to dismiss his own acting ability. He went to Japan and took on the stage name of Tsuruga Ren to get out from under his father's shadow. The lack of communication from his parents made him believe that his parents had given up on him. But during Kuu's visit, Ren came to understand their silence and sent a video to his mother.
- (to Kyoko)"Why are you making that face? You look like you discovered how the world really works."
- (to Mr. Yashiro)"So"?! I'm 20! I shouldn't get involved with a high school student! What's with that strange look?'! It'd be a crime! Please cut it out! I'm not open-minded enough to fall in love with a child!"
- (talking to himself) "Hmm. I can't tell which chicken is better. Well, the expensive one must be better. Can't go wrong with that. I'LL TAKE THE HIGH-GRADE ONE."
- (to Kyoko) "No way, no human being would summon someone late at night just for this."
- (to Kyoko)"So I made a mistake. Why don't you believe me? You've got work, right? You should leave, too."