Official image from Rina Koike’s 2007 DVD, “Her Friends Are Billion Year Old Ghosts.” Which are apparently dinosaurs. Anyway, according to Moon Chase, it features Rina playing the piano (so that’s two instruments she can play!) and telling stories to children. It sounds adorable and I kind of want it.
I have news! Rina Koike not only pretends to play the drums, she does in fact actually play them. She just got 1,000x more awesome. Anyway, this image comes from a live event from Rina’s 2007 anime series “Phone Girls.” It was apparently the first time Rina played drums in front of an audience, and I’m sure she was smashing. Hohohoho… yeah, sorry.
In 2009, Rina Koike was appointed ambassador to the city of Oyama in Tochigi prefecture, where she was raised. She received a letter from the mayor at city hall, and she was chosen as ambassador because of her love for the city and her happiness.
She said: “I am glad to be elected as the ambassador to this city I love, Oyama. I will work hard for Oyama and will try to get to know as many people as I can!”
Rina is the 32nd ambassador to be named to the city and was, at the time, the youngest. It wouldn’t surprise me if she still is, though now she has grown to the ripe old age of 18.
Anyway, according to Moon Chase, Rina’s appointment meant that she was to take part somehow in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and possible the 2010 Summer Olympics in London! I haven’t heard anything about the former, but I may have to watch some of the London stuff just to be sure I don’t miss any Rina, ha.
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Rina Koike’s header from her blog. IS IT NOT THE CUTEST THING IN THE WORLD? This is from a photoshoot in 2010, and other pictures from it can be found here. She doesn’t update her blog very much - probably too busy to - and has unfortunately not remarked on her birthday yet. I’ll keep an eye out for something!
Rina Koike on the cover of Sabra, January 2010. YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW LONG I HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR A PICTURE OF HER ON THE COVER OF THE BLOODY MAGAZINE. I keep being told she’s on the cover, but then I could never find the stupid thing.
Anyway, Rina Koike being on the cover of Sabra is a big deal. It’s one of the premiere men’s magazines in Japan (which is saying something because apparently she was also on the cover of a photography hobby magazine, where they promised ‘better than nude,’ hopefully not of my dear sweet Rina). And as we all know, Rina joins the likes of past cover models Hikaru Utada, Yuko Ogura, and our very own Ayaka Komatsu!
The first episode of Rina Koike’s 2011 series “Onegai Kanaete Versailles.” And it looks as though you can continue to watch the series, although there are no subtitles. However, it is really good quality, and from what little I watched, you can basically follow what’s going on.
There’s also a “Episode Zero” in English, but they mispronounce Versailles so horribly that I refuse to link it. The gist of it describes that is that in 2007, a visual-rock band, Versailles, became famous by being really pretty and theatrical, claiming to be the descendants of roses. They then moved to Europe to become famous everywhere and changes the concept of beauty all over the world. Rina - who I guess is in Europe? - is so poor that she’s never heard of Versailles, but she really loves roses, so she’ll presumably have something in common with the band.
Oh, and for some reason they go babysit an actual baby. It goes about as well as you’d expect. xD
A very 80s Rina Koike for Up to Boy in February 2010.
The two covers of Rinard, Rina Koike’s 2011 trading card collection and boxset. I have to say, I never understood the point of trading cards… but cute girls makes way more sense to me than Pokemon or baseball. :P
Rina Koike in an internet pictorial for Bomb.TV in 2009. Fuzzy orange hat, yay!
Rina Koike for Sabra, proving that Ayaka is not the only one they make wear weird shit. It’s not so bad on it’s own, but is that some kind of lace bib? Gothic Lolita for people who spill their lunch a lot? I don’t get it. But I get Rina! <3