Nishikido Ryo (錦戸亮) is not only an actor, but a composer and a singer in two bands. Born in Osaka, Japan in 1984, he is a well-known Japanese celebrity and stated as a heartthrob. Ryo first debuted in 2004 as a member of both NEWS and Kanjani8. Both bands are from Johnny’s Entertainment. Ryo is signed to Imperial Records.
NEWS is a 6-membered band consisting of Ryo, Yamashita Tomohisa (山下 智久), Koyama Keiichiro (小山 慶一郎), Masuda Takahisa (増田 貴久), Kato Shigeaki (加藤 成亮) and Tegoshi Yuya (手越 祐也). The group’s name is based on an acronym for the cardinal directions (North, East, West, South). Originally a 9-membered band, two members were suspended for underage drinking and one left. The first promotional single to be released was NEWS Nippon (NEWS ニッポン). This song was used as the theme song for the World Cup of Volleyball Championships. Their debut single, Kibou: Yell, made it very high on the Oricon charts. They later released two singles, Burning Red Sun (紅く燃ゆる太陽) and Cherish (チェリッシュ), both topping the Oricon charts. NEWS’s first album, Touch, sold 164,016 copies in its first week.
Kanjani8 is a 7-membered group hailing from the Kansai region of Japan. Their genre is a mix between pop, rock and enka. Apart from performing music, Kanjani8 also takes part in a variety of other activities such as: show hosting, television, movie, and stage acting, and radio talk show hosting. The band was actually a combination of two groups (V. West and the four top leading Kansai Juniors of the “junior golden age”. They had a slow start, enduring the wait for the debut to hit the big cities in Japan. When it did, however, their debut single, Naniwa Iroha Bushi, flew to number one on Oricon’s Enka Charts.
Ryo has starred in many dramas, the most prominent being 1 Litre of Tears (1リットルの涙), Attention Please (アテンションプリーズ) and Last Friends (ラスト・フレンズ). He won the Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix: Best Newcomer for Teru Teru Kazoku in 2003-2004, the 57th Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for Last Friends, the 18th TV Life Annual Drama Awards 2008: Supporting Actor for Last Friends, the 18th TV Life Annual Drama Awards 2008: Supporting Actor for Ryusei no Kizuna, the Fall 2008 Nikkan Sports Awards: Best Supporting Actor for Last Friends, and the Summer 2009 Nikkan Sports Awards: Best Supporting Actor for Orthros no Inu.