I actually spent a bit of time yesterday trying to figure out if I could tell which region of Canada she's in, no luck though.
That actually reminds me, one of Vancouver's anime conventions is held at a convention center right next to cruise ship terminal that handles a lot of Japanese tour groups that time of year, I sometimes wonder what they think of all the cosplayers walking around.
Did a bit of googling, the picture is from an album released on her 32nd birthday in 2008. Everything I've seen suggests she's still pretty good looking, though that's definitely a studio photo that's probably had at least a bit of post processing applied.
I think any big name voice actress who is agressive about pursuing work is going to end up in a lot of guilty pleasure type crap. Even Yuuki Aoi does some and she gives off some serious "don't corrupt the puppy" vibes.
I followed one of the Kuroneko links and found another set of Inami Yuri… and in the right hands, she just might be the best Kuroneko of them all: http://emily00cp.jugem.jp/?eid=122
Good balance between realness/surrealness + heartstopping cuteness.
It occurs to me that I didn't really do a good "plainclothes" Kuroneko yet. I didn't look that closely at Mashiro Yuki's stuff since I find many of her photos sets overly long and/or softcore-y, but she actually does this plainclothes Kuroneko pretty well: http://behoimi.org/post/show/410066/
Ririchiyo… I'm not going to sift my sources as comprehensively for this one since Ririchiyo is so popular as a cosplay that I'd be swamped. I've photographed at least eight different Ririchiyo cosplays at local cons, which is quite a bit higher than I'd expect from the show's profile.
And since she's such a good Kuroneko, I'll throw in the one Ririchiyo cosplay I know is her (though the last one looks a bit like her, actually - can't tell since the models aren't labelled): http://behoimi.org/post/show/381194/
I should throw in some locals whose cosplays I like:
DarkenedXStar is pretty solid, perhaps even a bit more so than this photo suggests. Short in real life too, she's done a damn good Taiga in the past (seems to be a popular choice among Vancouver area Ririchiyo cosplayers who also do other characters for some reason): http://darkenedxstar.deviantart.com/...vice-330044842
I feel like this girl is cute in a "girl next door" kind of way compared to a lot of others here - granted, that may be partly my lack of postprocessing work. http://tinypic.com/r/2mpl9hu/5 http://tinypic.com/r/nbfdd5/5
Really wish I didn't have people in the background in the first shot but I wasn't the one who set it up (a decent number of my photos come from joining shoots other photographers have started).
BTW, for reference Ririchiyo is 145cm (4'9") tall, the same as Kud in Little Busters and well known voice actress Yuuki Aoi, pictured hear wearing substantially heeled boosts with her 187cm (6'2") Gosick co-star Eguchi Takuya: http://hashihime.blogspot.ca/2011/04...ami-saori.html
(Okay, that's the last of these I do for a while... in concept, these posts are easy for me to write but in practice it takes me a while to dig up all the requisite links.
Kuroneko is hard because I think you kind of have to strike a balance between otherworldly and realistic for her in gothloli mode (which the swimsuit actually takes some cues from), or at the very least wear pronounced makeup and make it look plausible. And for schoolgirl or casual mode you have to be able to pull off the traditional Japanese beauty thing convincingly. I haven't seen a lot of cosplayers who can do it.
The one in question there is listed as Shion Akira on Behoimi (which often uses a different name order than other sites I use, note that it's more than likely an alias as well): http://mrsktokei.exblog.jp/i54/ http://behoimi.org/post?tags=shion_akira&commit=Search
(scroll down in the first link, there's more than the Kuroneko one there link)
I feel the photographer did well giving her an otherwordly look here, which is unusual. It's obviously shopped, but unlike far too many cosplay photos I see, the effect isn't "this looks over airbrushed and fake".