Three things you should know about me:
- I adore the Lunar Chronicles–it’s probably the book series I talk about the most these days.
- I’ve spent much of the last year of my life watching lots of Japanese dramas in my spare time.
- Conversations with my best friends (including an Arashi fan) and fellow U_M girls always end in posts like these.
I’m sure I’ll feel much more grateful when I find a guy who thinks complex wiring in a girl is a turn-on.
–Mew is best known for her portrayal of Sailorjupiter in the live-action Sailormoon drama. She’s also Marissa’s inspiration for Cinder!
Not that I have anything against dancing. I can dance. If you want to dance.
–Sho’s professionalism and serious nature is a perfect match for the thoughtful Prince Kai.
Normally I like gushy things, but it’s different when it’s real people. I prefer the net dramas.
–I really enjoyed Maki’s vulnerable performance in Tokujo Kabachi!, and her comic timing in variety shows is lovely to watch.
And then he’ll recognize me at the ball, and I’ll dance with him–and Pearl will be livid!
–Shida Mirai is a delicate actress, and there’s a freshness to her performances that would work wonderfully for Peony.
You can’t be serious! Her? Go with us?
–Kiko’s wide eyes can express innocence as well as danger, both useful for playing Pearl. I also really like how she and Shida Mirai share the same eye shape.
You have much to learn about politics. I think you will soon discover that it is all about give and take, my dear handsome prince.
–What sold me on Meisa as Queen Levana was her skills at sword-fighting: she’s deadly and gorgeous and never quite what she seems.
Well. We don’t need consciousness. Let’s go ahead and get started.
— So he’s not exactly white-haired, but Ohno Satoshi is excellent at playing characters that are seemingly detached from the world (and insanity) going on around them. Dr. Erland fits well among his other roles.
Well, they call me Scarlet. Yes, like the hair, what a clever observation.
–Scarlet is sarcastic and clever, but quick to hope as well. Karina captures all of those qualities perfectly, and her chemistry with the actor I chose for Wolf doesn’t hurt either.
It came from a fight. Just another pointless fight. All of them.
–Jun is well-known for his portrayal of jerk-with-a-heart-of-gold Domyouji Tsukasa in Hana Yori Dango, and Wolf certainly shares similarities with Domyouji in Scarlet.
I can see that you’re in need of an accomplice. And lucky for you, I happen to be a criminal mastermind.
–Good-looking, flirty and more cheerful than an escaped convict has a right to be? Aiba Masaki is your man. Er, well, if you can find him.
I am an explorer, setting courageously off into the wild unknown. My life is an adventure. I will not be shackled to this satellite anymore.
–Mao may look demure and quiet, but that only hides a teasing and enthusiastic personality. She’d play off against Aiba’s Thorne with some seriously amazing line delivery.
Don’t try to push your swoony psychodrama on me. I’m sworn to protect her.
–Ninomiya Kazunari is nothing if not brilliant at playing characters that have twelve different layers to their psyches.
Cress is now available in bookstores everywhere, along with Cinder and Scarlet.
**All images taken from original magazine scans and Google Images.