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Ren Tsuruga
Kanji 敦賀 蓮
Rōmaji Tsuruga Ren
Real Name ヒズリ 久遠 Hizuri Kuon [1]
Live-action Name Dun He Lian (敦賀蓮) / Jiuyuan Xishili (久遠希斯利)
Personal Information
Gender Male
Age 20 (Year 1)
21 (Year 2)
Birthday February 10th[1]
Status Alive
Occupation Actor[1]
Company LME
Affiliations R'Mandy, Dark Moon
Manga ACT.001
Anime And the Box Was Opened
Game PS2 Game
Live-action Episode 1
Drama CD Voice Actor Ken Narita
Seiyū Katsuyuki Konishi
English Voice Actor Robbie Daymond
Live Action Actor Choi Siwon

Ren Tsuruga (敦賀 蓮 (つるが れん) Tsuruga Ren), real name Kuon Hizuri (久遠・ヒズリ Kuon Hizuri), is an actor working for the entertainment company, LME. He is currently ranked Japan's most desirable man.[2] Ren is a very strong-willed person. He can be childish and short-tempered when his real personality slips out. Ren is a people-pleaser and often hides his true feelings behind his "gentleman smile", which works most of the time.[3] He is labeled by many as "The Co-star killer" for his ability to make his leading ladies fall in-love with him[4]. He is also a model for a clothing line called R'Mandy.


Ren is very serious about his work, and will not act seriously with nor respect anyone who does not take pride in acting. Hence, he disliked Kyoko Mogami at first, because her motives for joining showbiz were "impure," as Kyoko herself puts it. Both Yukihito Yashiro and Lory Takarada noted that most of his past relationships were shallow. Lory points out that Ren has never really fallen in love before. Despite being in relationships with a number of girls from a young age, Ren was shown to be completely oblivious to his growing feelings for Kyoko until his conversation with Bo the Chicken, who ironically is Kyoko in a chicken costume.

Regarding Kyoko, Ren becomes increasingly possessive and dependent on her, fighting an invisible battle of will with Sho to take center stage in Kyoko's mind. He is seen as childish at many times, such as when he kissed Kyoko's cheek [5] because he was angry that she was only thinking of Sho. Ren routinely skips or opts for convenient meals and is regularly chastised by Kyoko for his poor habits.

Ren works hard to maintain his "gentlemanly" image, so he does not let his temper get the best of him when Sho Fuwa knocks over an ash tray in front of him, nor ask for help when he doesn't understand lines (because he is not a native Japanese speaker). It is also shown that Ren acts indifferent and calm when extremely happy. In times of extreme anger, he has been known to excuse himself from the room to collect himself.

It is later revealed that Tsuruga Ren is a mask for Kuon Hizuri. Ren is deeply disturbed when Kuon breaks free on the set of Tragic Marker. This split personality he calls "Dark Kuon" controls his actions in a violent and disturbing manner. So far, Kyoko is the only one able to break him out of this state with her voice or actions. Lory is aware of this side of Ren and warns Kyoko of it without directly telling her about it. Yashiro also knows nothing of this personality, though he suspects Ren had a past that is different to his current facade.

Although Ren dislikes and even fears Kuon, his true personality is not entirely bad. He drops his Ren facade in Guam and interacts with Kyoko as his true self for a full afternoon. She instantly recognizes him as "the fairy prince" she met as a child. And the two of them reconnect, as if no time has passed. As Kuon, Kyoko is less guarded around him. Because Kyoko is so open with Kuon, Ren finds himself wishing on one occasion that he had not dyed his hair back to brown.


Ren has a muscular build and is very tall, at 190 cm. He is described as having long legs that other top models desire.[6] He has a light skin tone with dark brown hair and brown eyes. Ren's athletic reflexes are excellent, much like his father's. He is talented in martial arts and is light as sparrow. When he stands, he radiates an aura of dignity.

Physical Description
Height 190 cm (6'3")[1][7]
Weight N/A
Eye Color Brown (Naturally Green)
Hair Color Dark Brown (Naturally Blonde)

Ren's facial expressions changes at unusual times. For example, when he is angry, rather than showing a frustrated face, he radiates his smile more instead, making it shinier. He also shows a blank expression when he is confused, rather than obviously showing it. [8]

To keep up with his gentleman character as "Ren Tsuruga", he wears simple, but elegant clothes like a white tuxedo or a coat with polo matched with simple pants. When he wears pants, a notable feature is his long-legs, which various high-profile people admire.

However, as Kuon he has natural green eyes, that changes momentarily to reddish brown when sunlight shines through them[9] and blonde hair which he got from Juliena Hizuri (Ren's mother).


The public knows nothing about Ren's past and background. Only his parents and Lory Takarada know about his real background. Ren is revealed to be Corn, a 10-year old boy Kyoko Mogami met when she was six years old.

Ren told Bo the Chicken that he used to get fired all the time when he was starting in showbiz. Ren also used to have plenty of girlfriends and started dating at the age of 12 but never truly loved them. [10]

In truth, Ren's real name is Kuon Hizuri. He is the son of Kuu Hizuri and Juliena Hizuri, who are popular personas in showbiz in America. He was raised in America up to the age of 15. Kuon always lived in the shadow of his father's greatness. He tried to break into the show-biz world, only to suffer many rejections. Because of this, a darker side took over Kuon 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. Lory brought Kuon back to Japan when he was fifteen. It was then that he adopted the stage name "Ren Tsuruga" and went on to become the most popular male actor in Japan.

Kuon has a Russian, American and Japanese mix heritage [11], which explains why he could speak Japanese, English and Russian fluently.


Information below are from Skip Beat! Fanbook - Love Me!

Year 1

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Year 2

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Main article: Ren Tsuruga/Relationships


Main article: Ren Tsuruga/Filmography


Image Name What they call Ren What Ren calls them
KM - Thumb.png Kyoko Mogami Acting - Real Life

Corn (when Ren is Kuon Hizuri)
Demon Lord (when Ren is angry)
Emperor of the Night (when Ren shows "Kuon")

Acting - Real Life

Kyoko-chan (as Kuon Hizuri)

SF - Thumb.jpg Sho Fuwa

Pretty-boy face

Show off boy

Image Name What they call Ren What Ren calls them
LT - Thumb.png Lory Takarada



YY - Thumb.png Yashiro Yukihito Ren Yashiro-san
MT - Thumb.png Maria Takarada Ren-sama[14] Maria-chan
Jellythumb.png Jelly Woods Ren-chan[15] Miss Woods[16]

Image Name What they call Ren What Ren calls them
KK - Thumb.jpg Kanae Kotonami Tsuruga-san Kotonami-san
HI - Thumb.png Hikaru Ishibashi Tsuruga-san ???
SI - Thumb.png Shinichi Ishibashi Tsuruga-san ???
YI - Thumb.png Yuusei Ishibashi Tsuruga-san ???

Image Name What they call Ren What Ren calls them
Momosethumb.png Momose Itsumi Tsuruga-san Itsumi-san
Ooharathumb.png Airi Oohara Tsuruga-san Oohara-san
Kijimathumb.png Hidehito Kijima Tsuruga-kun Kijima-san
Ogatathumb.png Hiroaki Ogata Tsuruga-san Director


Main article: Ren Tsuruga/Gallery


  • (about Kyoko Mogami) However... the sensation—their touch...their fragrance... never made my heart ache. I never... found them... so adorable like this.[17]
  • (to Kyoko Mogami, about kissing) Shall I... teach you how?[18]
  • (to Reino) Ren Tsuruga. That's my stage name. So what of it?[19]
  • (to Kyoko Mogami) When a man gives a woman a gift of clothes it means he's got ulterior motives. He wants to have his way with her.[20]
  • (to Kyoko Mogami) Shall I have my way with you right now?[21]
  • (to Sho Fuwa) Too bad for you, but I have no intention of going along with your foolishness or your diversions. Now leave.[22]
  • (message to Lory Takarada) As far as I can see, neither light nor darkness exist in my life. The future I now see is full of splendor.[23]


  • Ren's heritage was revealed to be Japanese, American and Russian.
    • Since Kuu Hizuri (Ren's father) only has American-Japanese heritage, Juliena Hizuri (Ren's mother) is mostly American with Russian descent.
  • Choi Siwon (Ren's live-action actor) has the same birthday as him.
    • The live-action actor had his voice dubbed over by two different seiyu. Xie Kun Da for episodes 1 and 3, and Nylon Chen for episodes 3-15.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Skip Beat! Fanbook - Love Me!
  2. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 1, Chapter 1, Page 15
  3. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 17, Chapter 97, Page 24
  4. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 13, Chapter 76, Page 19
  5. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 25, Chapter 149, Page 29
  6. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 2, Chapter 8, Page 15
  7. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 2, Chapter 8, Page 17
  8. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 12, Chapter 72, Page 19
  9. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 35, Chapter 205, Page 25-26
  10. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 9, Chapter 54, Page 11
  11. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 31, Chapter 184, Page 3
  12. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 26, Chapter 156, Page 4
  13. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 26, Chapter 156, Page 17
  14. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 3, Chapter 16, Page 20
  15. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 19, Chapter 113, Page 9
  16. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 29, Chapter 174, Page 13
  17. Skip Beat! Manga Series Viz Media (3-in-1 Edition): Volume 12, Chapter 71, Page 508-510
  18. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 12, Chapter 71, Page 518
  19. Skip Beat! Manga Series VizMedia (3-in-1 Edition) :Volume 17, Chapter 99, Page 255
  20. Skip Beat! Manga Series VizMedia (3-in-1 Edition): Volume 29, Chapter 172, Page 257
  21. Skip Beat! Manga Series VizMedia (3-in-1 Edition): Volume 29, Chapter 173, Page 282
  22. Skip Beat! Manga Series VizMedia (3-in-1 Edition): Volume 32, Chapter 193, Page 316-317
  23. Skip Beat! Manga Series VizMedia: Volume 36, Chapter 213, Page 34