Rio Kanzaki (神崎莉央) is the center and a member of the IDOLY PRIDE unit LizNoir. Her image color is purple.
Rio has ash gray hair and velvet eyes. She wears a black choker with a star and a purple and black dress with the black part with crystals embroidered on the top and bottom of the dress. On her hands she wears half-gloves, a black doilies around her right hand and a black bracelet, black stockings, and black high heel shoes.
Rio is LizNoir's absolute center with an aggressive style and an insatiable appetite for victory. After a hiatus, she came back to break her ties with a certain person. She aims to stand at the top of the idol industry with the strongest determination.
|First of all, I'd like to ask you a few questions about your personal life. What is the first thing you do when you get up in the morning?
I'll take a shower and then make a cup of coffee.
Yes. It's simple, but I make hot sandwiches in the pie iron.
Yes. I've always made a lot of meals by myself. If I'm at home, I'll just cook what I want to eat in the evening, like Chinese or Western food.
This is the kind of work I do, and of course I try to count calories and eat healthy foods.
I know that's not what you said earlier, but it's pancakes... I've conquered all the restaurants that are known for good pancakes in Tokyo.
In the morning, I'll go to the gym or run for about 10 kilometers. After that, I'll go home and watch a movie or read a book, which is surprisingly low-key.
There's a running course in a large park nearby. There are a lot of students in the track and field club that run there, so it's very inspiring.
I sweat a lot, so as long as I have two towels and my phone, I'm good to go.
I think I might prefer the nature and the old townscape to the city.
It's not that I'm avoiding it, but... I often go there for meetings and events, and not so much in my free time.
Forgive me for being boring, but before I came here today, I bought some new running shoes from online. I'm secretly looking forward to running in them.
There is a female photographer and editor who is very knowledgeable about this, so recently I've been listening to Western music that she taught me about. I don't have a favorite.
It would be singing.
If I could make this song my own, I felt like I'd be one step closer to the peak of idols.
LizNoir's style. This is the music that you can feel it the most.
"Don't stop dancing, we all have pain. They want to see people they'll never see again". It's very much linked to how I felt when I was going through a lot...
Fufu, that's a secret indeed. You can take a guess from the lyrics.
It's probably a bit deeper than colleagues... it's more like a partner that has your back.
When I'm having a hard time, both physically and mentally, it's strange to have one of the members next to me. When that happens, you can't help but feel a bond with them.
I don't think the term "best friend" is quite appropriate, but we've known each other for a long time, especially Aoi (Igawa). I don't know how she feels about it, though.
The goal is to become the top of the idol world with these members. That's all I want.
My mother, who has always supported me.
To put it nicely, we have a group of unique members, so it's hard to train them so that they don't have any rough edges.
Initially, it wasn't for a reason that I can say here... but in this industry, it's all about winning, no matter what the reason is.
Hmm... I've been working as hard as ever since before my debut. I work hard to make sure more people can see our performances.
I always aim for the best performance to satisfy my fans. For that reason, I pay a lot of attention to my daily lessons and conditions. Aoi and Kokoro (Akasaki) are not good at it sometimes, so I scold them.
There's no doubt that they're the most important people in our lives. Also, our fans are very remarkable. That's why I have to stand up straight, and I can't show them how sloppy I am.
It's hard to decide what's the best. But sometimes when I receive a bouquet of flowers, I feel very energized. Maybe it's not really my style, but...
I never want to lose to other idols in terms of singing, dancing and overall performance at the live shows.
I think I may have been trying to be strong, thinking that this was finally going to happen. When I watch the video now, I'm reflecting on a lot of things. If you think about it that way, LizNoir is evolving more and more.
It's a place where you can connect with your fans. It's like a conversation through a live concert.
I can't imagine, because I ran at full speed to become an idol. But I might have still been with my mother in my hometown.
My parents' house is a coffee shop, and my mother would be tending the counter. When I came home from school and opened the door, the bell would ring. I remember the sound of the bell.
I think I was quite a precocious child. I was tall and fashion-conscious, and my mother got mad for playing with her cosmetics.
I was already interested in idols. But until I got serious about it, it may have felt somewhat distant.
I've enjoyed running since those days, and I was on the track club. We competed against each other every morning and night, running all day long, so I think my competitive nature may have been formed at that time.
I'm good at studying, I think. I was good at it, and I didn't slack off in my studies.
There was a time when I took a break from performing, but when I saw the members who had been waiting for me and believed in me again.
That was the first time I saw a certain idol. To be honest, I didn't want to admit that they existed.
A rival... yes, I guess that's right. It's safe to assume so.
Idols that will remain in the hearts of everyone. I think there are only a few idols like that out there.
Is it true that you've already retired? Either way, I'm sure you're making your dream come true with all of LizNoir.
I think we need to create a space that fans can only experience at that time and place, and make them happy.
Thank you for your support. LizNoir tends to be seen as a rather hard-core band, but we hope that people who haven't seen us perform live will feel free to come and enjoy it.
- The name Rio means "white jasmine" (莉) (ri) and "center" (央) (o).
- Rio's surname Kanzaki means "god" (神) (kan) and "cape, peninsula" (崎) (saki/zaki).
- Please refer to this character's Image Gallery.
- Rio Kanzaki Q+A on the LisAni website.