|“||Books don't know everything. So I have to study more in the real world...||”|
|— Yuriko Nanao, Online Character Profile|
Yuriko is a girl who loves books very much. She loves reading any genre of the book as long as it’s interesting to her (she reads Bradbury, Dazai, Tolkien, and Poe, for example), though her favorite genres seem to be fantasy and mystery. Like most bookworms, she's not good at sports and dancing. Although she still enjoys dancing. Yuriko trusts in the knowledge that she learns from books, but also realizes that she must learn more from actual experiences than just reading about them.
Yuriko can be shy around strangers, but when among her friends, or any book-related topic (or just something that stimulates her quite wild imagination) comes up, her energetic and cheerful side will come out and she will often talk about books non-stop. She once wrote a review of a book that was over 100 pages long as homework and is feared at the library as the “Wild express train of the library”.
Similar to Kotori Otonashi, Yuriko has a habit of getting lost in her daydreams sometimes, except that while Kotori's daydreams are all about shipping the people around her, Yuriko's are more of the “what if something from a fantasy novel happened to me” kind of daydreams. This leads her friends to call her an old-type Chuunibyou.
Once she becomes close to the Producer, she’ll become very attached to him, even unconsciously replacing the protagonists of every book she reads with the Producer.
In addition, Yuriko can be very lively on stage, or while acting. She is also a gamer, which leads to her friendship with another quiet gamer, Anna Mochizuki. They often play MMORPGs together, in which she seems to play a more supportive role while Anna is either the Tanker or the Damage-dealer. Her in-game name is lillyknight.
Yuriko's goal as an idol is to become an idol who, like a great book, continues to move people even a hundred years after the author is gone.
- It is hinted that Yuriko is writing her own autobiography in her talk track on THE IDOLM@STER LIVE THE@TER PERFORMANCE 02 CD.
- She's nicknamed “Yuriyuri” by her friends.