Kamis, 02 Juni 2011

Johnny's Junior


Question?
Formed: 2005
A new generation of band after fiVe. If fiVe are not available for senpai's concerts, they will use Question?. They're a pretty good band, though not nearly as good as fiVe yet. Most probably to debut compared to fiVe, because the members are still young and considerably more popular, though arguably not as talented.


Question? (also seen question?) is a group composed of 5 members of Johnny's Jr's, although it started off with a different 5th member (Noda Yuya) who was transferred to M.A.D and replaced with Igoo Akun. Question? is often on the show The Shounen Club and generally act as the band, although they have performed many times and have a number of original songs. The group appears often in Kanjani8's concerts, and in addition, some of the group's members also appear in concerts of other debuted Johnny's Entertainment groups, such as Ishigaki Daisuke (who is also part of the group fiVe) playing piano in KAT-TUN concerts.
Members:
DAIJIRO YONEMURA - 1984.8.8 (age 23)
YOSHIHIRO YODOGAWA - 1983.9.9 (age 24)
KAZUYORI FUJIIE - 1984.12.3 (age 23)
AKUN IGO - 1988.4.19 (age 23)
 DAISUKE ISHIGAKI - 1985.6.28 (age 22)

TOMA IKUTA



Birth name: Toma Ikuta
Date of birth: October 7, 1984 (1984-10-07) (age 23)
Place of birth: Noboribetsu, Hokkaido
Years active (in JE): 1996 - present


Toma Ikuta is a Japanese TV, stage actor and artiste under the supervision of Johnny's Entertainment Inc.


His family consists of a father, a mother named Hiromi, a younger brother named Ryuusei, and a dog named JAM-chan. His father wanted to name him Ikuta Tamegorou, but his mother changed it to Toma because it was easier to say. He used to be called Toma, Touma, or Toma-chan by his family and friends. Younger juniors in the agency used to call him Toma-san and that morphed to Tomasu. This name was used to be his “trademark” as he hosted a show named Meitantei Tomasu in the Shounen Club program.


Profile


Height: 173cm
Weight: 58kg
Birthdate: October 7, 1984
Birthplace: Noboribetsu, Hokkaido
Talent agency: Johnny's Entertainment
Former groups: M.A.I.N (with Arashi's Matsumoto Jun, Aiba Masaki & Ninomiya Kazunari), B.I.G (with NEWS' Tomohisa Yama$hita), FOURTOPS (with YamaPi, Shunsuke Kazama & Jun Hasegawa)
Education: Horikoshi Koukou, Art Course (graduated)
Siblings: A younger brother named Ryuusei
Horoscope sign: Libra
Blood type: A
Hobbies: Listening to music at deafening volume
Preferred Sport: Soccer (Midfield)
Favorite Food: Hamburgers, Curry Rice, Hayashi Rice
Favorite Colors: Black and White
Favorite Music Artists: X-Japan, GLAY, Mr.Children, ######llica, Guns N' Roses, etc.
Favorite Actress/Actor: Matsu Takako
Best Subject: English and Society
Worst Subject: Mathematics
Best Friends: Tomohisa Yama#a, Imai Tsubasa, Jin Akanishi, Yuu Shirota, Oguri Shun, Matsumoto Jun (and according to his JE site, Kazama Shunsuke, Hasegawa Jun, Yokoyama Yu, Murakami Shingo)
Special Skill: Dancing, singing and acting

Entertainment career



* He used to be in a variety show for kids, then was offered to enter Johnny’s Jimusho (Johnny's Entertainment) at the age of twelve, and started to participate under Johnny's Jr.


* Soon he was grouped with some members of the current J-pop unit, Arashi. Together, they formed a group called M.A.I.N. (which stands for each member’s family name: Matsumoto, Aiba, Ikuta, and Ninomiya).


* After M.A.I.N., Toma was grouped again with a Jr. unit named B.I.G. (Bad Image Generation) along with ten other popular Juniors of that time. This is the time when he met Tomohisa Yama$hita (NEWS), or YamaPi, with whom he is still very good friends. Soon, B.I.G. was reduced to just Toma and YamaPi.


* In 2002, upon Tackey & Tsubasa’s graduation from Johnny's Jr., the group 4Tops was formed in order to replace them as leaders. The group consisted of 4 members: Ikuta, YamaPi, Jun Hasegawa and Shunsuke Kazama. Their job was to host Shounen Club and to lead the Johnny's Jr.


* April 2003, NEWS was formed with YamaPi as the leader. This group debuted along with 9 members from Johnny’s Jr. so 4Tops became 3Tops, and not so long after that, they disbanded, and each member started working solo.


* As of June 2006, he became part of an unofficial group within Johnny's Entertainment called "No Border", which also includes YamaPi, Jun Matsumoto, Shingo Murakami (Kanjani8), Atsuhiro Satou (former Hikaru Genji), Koichi Domoto (Kinki Kids), Tatsuya Yamaguchi (TOKIO), and Hideaki Takizawa (Tackey & Tsubasa). It was formed when the 8 members from different JE groups met up for dinner and decided to name themselves "NO BORDER". They are known to interact freely, bypassing the senpai-kouhai relationships normally formed by Johnny's members. There is a 7-part round-robin on their J-webs about the formation of the group. Each member has a specific colour - White, Black, Red, Pink, Purple, Gold, Blue, and Grey. However, who holds which colour is still unknown.


* Ikuta has already participated in numerous performances of Musical Stage Plays. One of his biggest breakthrough was his first leading role in the Shinkansen*NEXUS stageplay "Cat in the Red Boots", as TOMA-sama. Furthermore, in October 2007, he's casted in a new stage play titled, "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" which will be held in Osaka and Tokyo.


* Ikuta had his own temporary J-web named Tomagoto (Toma’s words) where he could write his thoughts and experiences, but because it was temporary, it eventually came to an end. However, after a number of fan requests, they continued the series again and it was named “Tomagoto Returns” but read as “Tomagoto Hyper”. Being temporary, it ended last February 28, 2007. He also has a J-web collaboration with Musical Academy called KinToMA (Kindan no Tomagoto) and last June 7, 2007 they decided to continue Tomagoto, under the name "Tomagoto NEO".


* Ikuta also has his own corner on Wink Up Magazine titled “Ikuta Toma no Ikita Kotoba”. On this corner he used to talk about “heart touching” things, and he often writes about his mom. He still lives with his parents.


TV dramas


* Honey & Clover(Hachikuro) start January 8, 2008
* Hanazakari No Kimitachi E ~Ikemen Paradise~ (July 2007 - September 2007)
* Hana Yori Dango II (Returns) (Episode 1) (January 2007)
* Akihabara@DEEP (June - August 2006)
* Asuka E, So#e Mada Minu Ko E (October 2005)
* Dekabeya, Police Story
* Gekidan Engimono (Otoko no Yume) (2006)
* Hito Ni Yasashiku (Be Nice to People) (Episode 5) (2002)
* Neverland (2001)
* Kinou Wa Tomo Kyou no Teki
* Bouken Kazoku
* Engimono – America (2002)
* Aguri (1997)
* Kowai No Nichiyoubi
* Shijou Saiyaku no Date (Worst Date) – Episode Chocolate Valentine
* Love & Peace
* Nekketsu Renaidou
* Kinyou Jidai Geki
* Gekidan Engimono – Nemureru Mori No #ai
* Psycho-meter EIJI2 (Episode 5) (1999)
* J-Ke No Hanran
* Tuesday Suspense Drama
* Gozen 3Ji no Rooster

Musicals



* The Two Gentlemen of Verona - October 2007
* SHOCK – ENDLESS SHOCK 2007
* Cat in the Red Boots (Shinkansen*NEXUS volume 2) (2006)
* AZUMI RETURNS (Azumi 2) (2006)
* AZUMI on STAGE (2005)
* West Side Story 2005 (Arashi version)
* West Side Story 2004 (Shonentai version)
* Mama Loves Mambo III
* Edogah-san Yukuefumei
* Vacation (Shonentai Playzone 2003)
* SHOCK is Real Shock
* Another (Kansai Jr.2002 version)
* Susanoo
* SHOCK is Millennium SHOCK
* KYO-TO-KYO
* Stand By Me

Recognition



* 54th Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor (Hanazakari no Kimitachi e)


Trivia


1. Ikuta was the one who came up with the name NO BORDER.
2. He is a huge fan of Backstreet Boys. He even begged Music Station’s staff to let him in the studio to watch Backstreet Boys rehearse.
3. He loves to collect sunglasses and sneakers. Currently, he has about fifteen pairs of sneakers, and a cabinet full of his sunglasses collection. He also collects soccer uniforms and various toy figures like Gundam, Spider-Man, and Star Wars.
4. His ideal dream date is to drive at night to a hill top with his girlfriend and watch a city view from there. He and Yama#a Tomohisa attempted this together on one occasion, only to find they were the only non-couple there. They proceeded to shine flashlights at the other cars with couples in them, and both concluded that it wasn't too much fun to do with a friend.
5. He used to call his mother “Okaa-chan” when he was little, but after being teased by M.A.I.N’s members, he called her “Okaa-san”.
6. Toma is also a fan of X Japan, especially of popular guitarist Hideto Matsumoto. He once talked on the phone with Subaru Shibutani (Kanjani8) for an hour, just discussing X-Japan. He and his younger brother Ryuusei are fans of GLAY and they attend every single concert during his spare time.
7. He is a big fan of rock music. He often listens to ######llica, Guns N' Roses and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
8. Toma is right handed.
9. He looks up to Ken Miyake (V6). Toma even made an imitation of Miyake's voice in one of his appearances in Kanjani8's radio show, Reccomen.
10. He and Shun Oguri had to kiss 12 times for the drama, Hanazakari No Kimitachi E. Oguri said that Toma's lips were very soft and it was actually the first time he encountered such lips.
11. He and Oguri were the ones who came up with the nickname Horikittie for Maki Horikita who they acted together on Hanazakari no Kimitachi E.
12. He guested twice in Maki Horikita's occasional radio variety show in July. He told her that mixed feelings of excitement and nervousness overcame him during the two sessions because it's his first time having an in-depth and happy one-on-one conversation with a girl. However, he added that he was rather happy that he experienced it first with Maki, who was mutually glad to have him as a guest.
13. He and Eiji Wentz used to be in a kids band together, but when they got an offer to enter Johnny's, only Toma accepted.
14. He gained great popularity after starring in Hanazakari No Kimitachi E, winning Best Supporting Actor in the 54th Television Drama Academy Awards
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MUSICAL ACADEMY (MA)
n 1999, the Jr. group Musical Academy made their first appearance in the Shonentai stage production, PLAYZONE'99 Goodbye&Hello. The leader at the time was Yuki Kohara, who was really popular back then. When Kohara quit JE in 2001, Musical Academy remained with 4 members and Shingo Machida assumed leadership, though technically, Jun Akiyama is the oldest member. Though MA fans have hopes that MA will get to debut after 8 years together, many think that the group will never debut. MA focus mainly on stage plays, though they have continuously write and sing songs of their own.
Members :
  • JUN AKIYAMA - 1980.6.4 (age 27)
  • SHINGO MACHIDA - 1981.3.25 (age 26) - Leader
  • TSUYOSHI YONEHANA - 1982.10.5 (age 25)
  • TOMOYUKI YARA - 1983.2.1 (age 24)
YA-YA-YAH


Originally Ya-Ya-yah was formed with seven members and the first initials of their surnames were used for the group name (Yabu, Akama, Yama$hita, Ayukawa, Yoshida, Andou, Hoshino) however as the group evolved and members were added and removed, the name stayed the same. Andou Yasuhiro and Yoshida Yuuki were the first to leave the group for unknown reasons before the release of their first single. Soon, Yaotome Hikaru began appearing with the group though he was not officially added as a member until after Akama Naoya and Hoshino Masaki left.
Ya-Ya-yah has released two singles. One was recorded under the name YA-YA but only featured four members (Yabu, Akama, Yama$hita, Ayukawa). It was released in 2002. The other, also released in 2002, with five members, was Yuuki 100% / Sekai ga Hitotsu ni Naru Made. The song Yuuki 100%, which was originally sung by Hikaru Genji, was used as the opening theme song of the children's Anime, Nintama Rantarou and the other song, Sekai ga Hitotsu ni Naru Made, was the ending theme song.

Ya-Ya-yah has their own variety show that airs every Sunday on TV Tokyo. This show used to also often feature K.K.K. from the group K.K.Kity but when the group was split up with the formation of NEWS, the members' participation lessened. The show generally involves musical acts from the Jimusho as well as games and other features.

On September 24th, 2007, it was announced that Yabu Kota and Yaotome Hikaru would be joining the new group Hey!Say! JUMP. It is as of now unknown as to whether Ya-Ya-yah's activities will be continued. Soon after, J-Storm updated their website with the news that Ya-Ya-yah's long running TV program will be ending October 27 and replaced with one featuring Hey! Say! JUMP.
MEMBERS :
  • KOTA YABU - 1990.01.31 (age 17)
  • TAIYO AYUKAWA - 1991.01.18 (age 16)
  • SHOON YAMA$HITA - 1988.12.20 (age 19)
  • HIKARU YAOTOME - 1990.12.02 (age 17)
FIVE
The no.1 Jrs band as of now, playing live music for other groups/units as well as senpais like Kanjani8's Subaru Shibutani, who they're very close with. They've been playing live music together for 7 years now.

Members:
  • Rikiya Nakaegawa - 1983-6-6 (age 24) - Guitarist & leader
  • Ryota Uesato - 1983-10-22 (age 24)
  • Koji Makino - 1984-1-30 (age 23)
  • Daisuke Ishigaki - 1985.6.28 (age 22) Note: He's also being put into Question?.
Acrobat Boys Club (A.B.C.)
In 1998, Goseki, Tatsumi, and Tsukada joined Johnny's Entertainment. In 1999, Kawai, Koshioka, and Totsuka joined Johnny's as well.

The Acrobat Boys Club was created in 2001 with five members Totsuka Shota, Kawai Fumito, Tsukada Ryoichi, Koshioka Yuki and Yudai Tatsumi. They were dancing with J-Support. In 2002, Koshioka Yuki and Yudai Tatsumi left the group and were replaced with Goseki Koichi. Both boys finished in FM Tokyo, backdancing for ARASHI and Tackey & Tsubasa. Later, Tohshin Yoshikazu's group ING Shinkoukei disbanded and he was featured with A.B.C. where they were introduced as Tohshin Yoshikazu & A.B.C. Tohshin isn't an acrobat but the others members consider him as the 5th members of A.B.C. In 2005, after a last performance with A.B.C., Tohshin left ABC and started his new stage play and dramas. In 2006, Totsuka was chosen as a member of a new unit kitty GYM with Yama#a Tomohisa, Golf & Mike, Yaotome Hikaru, Inoo Kei and Kitayama Hiromitsu. In 2007, they made a big impression with their original song Star Seeker, where the boys choreographed the song themselves, mixing different dance styles, acrobats, sign language, etc.

A.B.C. boys are especially well known for their backflips, cartwheels, somersaults, dance skills and other things such as backflipping off of raised platforms.

MEMBERS :
  • KOICHI GOSEKI - 1985-06-17 (age 22) - masuk JE 1998
  • SHOTA TOTSUKA - 1986-11-13 (age 21) - join JE 1999
  • RYOICHI TSUKADA - 1986-12-10 (age 21) - masuk JE 1998
  • FUMITO KAWAI - 1987-10-20 (age 20) - - join JE 1999
Kis-My-Ft2 

In August 2005, two Johnny's Jr. units, Kis-My-Ft and ABC Jr, combined to form Kis-My-Ft2. The name comes from the first letter from each of their last names; Kitayama Hiromitsu, Iida Kyohei, Senga Kento, Miyata Toshiya, Yokoo Wataru, Fujigaya Taisuke, Tamamori Yuta and Nikaido Takashi ("ni" in Kanji is the number 2). They performed as a 8 member group until end of March 2006 when Iida Kyohei left Johnny's due to his studies, leaving Kis-My-Ft2 without its "I".

The unique feature about the group is that all its members do tricks and acrobatic moves with rollerskates. The unit is modelled after one of Johnny's Entertainment older groups Hikaru Genji and are known to perform their songs such as Sayonara no Jounetsu, Areno no Megapolis, Paradise Ginga, StarLight, Kaze no Naka no Shounen, Winning Run, and Garasu no Juudai.
MEMBERS :
  • K: HIROMITSU KITAYAMA - 1985-09-17 (age 22) - Entered JE: May 5th, 2002
  • s: KENTO SENGA - 1991-03-23 (age 16)
  • M: TOSHIYA MIYATA - 1988-09-14 (age 19) - Entered JE: February 4th, 2001
  • y: WATARU YOKOO - 1986-05-16 (age 21) - Entered JE: February 4th, 2001
  • F: TAISUKE FUJIGAYA - 1987-06-25 (age 20) - Entered JE: November 8th, 1998 (the most senpai in the group)
  • t: YUTA TAMAMORI - 1990-03-17 (age 17) - Entered JE: December 1st, 2002
  • 2: TAKASHI NIKAIDO - 1990-08-06 (age 17 - Entered JE: February 4th, 2001
B.A.D
B.A.D is the acronym for Beautiful American Dream. The unit was first conceived in 2006, although both members have been a part of a bigger B.A.D BOYS 2 years before that. They're currently the leaders of Kansai Juniors and the center of attention in KanJu (Kansai Juniors) activities.
MEMBERS :
  • JUNTA NAKAMA - 1987-10-21 (age 20)
  • AKITO KIRIYAMA - 1989-08-31 (age 18)
BOYS
BOYS is the acronym for Bokutachi Osaka Yankee Shounen. This group is also a fraction of former B.A.D BOYS, and became official in 2006. This group is known to carry the talk part of Kansai Juniors due to the ability of Daichi Nakata as a spokesperson, and considered to be the second most important unit among KanJu. However, the future of BOYS is still in question as Nakata was thrown into Hey! Say! WEST which was formed this year (2007) as a special Hey! Say! project representing West Japan (Kansai area).

MEMBERS :
  • DAICHI NAKATA - 1989-11-21 (age 18) - Entered JE: 2002.07.13
  • TAKAHIRO HAMADA - 1988-12-19 (age 19) - Entered JE: 2002.07.13
  • RYUTA MURO - 1989-05-25 (age 18)
  • KUNTA YAMASAKI - 1991-04-24 (age 16) - Entered JE: 2002.07.13
J.J. Express

J.J. Express (also seen JJ Express, J.J.Express, and JJExpress) is a group composed of members of Johnny's Jr's. It then has seven members as Nakajima Yuto and Morimoto Ryutaro were put into the group Tap Kids, though they still often perform together. J.J. Express often performs on the shows The Shounen Club and Ya-Ya-yah's show and generally performs music in the Pop vein. They also back up dance on occasion.

Now, the future of this group is undecided as leader, Nakajima Yuto, Inoo Kei, Takaki Yuya, Arioka Daiki and Morimoto Ryutaro are all now debuting with Hey! Say! JUMP, leaving the group with only 2 active members.
MEMBERS :

TAKU KAMEI - 1991-09-09 (age 16)
RYOSUKE HASHIMOTO - 1993-07-15 (age 14)

OSSaN - kANSAI JRS

OSSaN is a Johnny's Junior band prominent in the Kansai region. The name is formed with their initials, and is also a Japanese word meaning 'old man'. The members were selected by Kanjani8's Yu Yokoyama, and they have primarily provided backup dancing for his Kanjani8. At the Kansai Jr. concert 2007 they started playing instruments. Everyone with the exception for Satake were inexperienced by then.
MEMBERS :
  • O - HIROAKI OHTA - 1990-11-13 (age 17) - Entered JE: 2005.07.16
  • S - RYOTA SENZAKI - 1990-06-16 (age 17) - Entered JE: 2005.07.16
  • Sa - KOKI SATAKE - 1990-04-10 (age 17) - Entered JE: 2004.02.21
  • N - HIROKI NAGANO - 1992-02-14 (age 15) - Entered JE: 2004.02.21
Little Gangs - Kansai Juniors
MEMBERS :
  • HAYASHI MATORI - 1990-08-30 (age 17) - Leader of Little Gangs
  • HIDETAKA ISHIDA - 1991-03-26 (age 16)
  • YUUKI SHINYA - 1991-10-10 (age 16)
  • MASAYA UEMURA - 1993-03-31 (age 14) - Date of Joining JE: 2004.02.21
  • RYUYA YOSHIDA - 1993-04-23 (age 14) - Date of Joining JE: 2005.07.16
  • KENTA YAMAGUCHI - 1994-05-06 (age 13)
  • MYUJI ONO - 1994-08-10 (age 13)
  • JOUICHIRO FUJIWARA - 1996-02-08 (age 11) - Date of Joining JE: 2004.02.21
TOP Kids
MEMBERS :
  • TOMOHIRO KAMIYAMA - 1993-07-01 (age 14) - Date of Joining JE: 2004.02.21
  • YUMA NAKAYAMA - 1994-01-13 (age 13) - Date of Joining JE: 2006.10.08
  • RYUSEI FUJI - 1993-08-18 (age 14) - Date of Joining JE: 2006.10.08

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