While I had been expecting an exciting announcement from the Kis-My-Ft2 w/ Juniors concerts this week I was thinking more in line with a Kisumai announcement for their next single or something, not this. But this is definitely exciting.
This year will have a volleyball unit debut and this time they're going for a smaller unit with 5-member Sexy Zone. The members are Nakajima Kento (17), Kikuchi Fuma (16), Sato Shori (14), Matsushima Sou (13) and Yu Marius (11).
Oricon article. (Japanese)
I guess if they had to debut anyone from JaPAnese Hi! I would have picked the same boys. Shori has been showing a lot of promise and the other two at least are among the number that have been getting a lot of attention. And on an interesting note Marius will not be only the youngest Junior to debut for such a unit but I do believe he's the first mixed Junior to debut as well, unless there were any in the early Johnny's groups that I'm unaware of.
Even though we've had the mess that was NYC boys before in relation to being a new volleyball unit this time the timing would be right and they don't have members of other debut groups mixed in with the line up. So put me down for believing this is a career debut group.
It'll be nine years before the group and their fans can rest easy about not getting caught in underage smoking and/or drinking scandals, but with so few members of the group maybe Johnny's can keep them busy enough that they won't have the time to get into trouble. So I wish them good luck with that as it will be incredibly noticeable if a member drops out this group for any reason.
Again we're stuck with Sexy being a part of a new name, though I'm sure Sexy Boy will now drop to the wayside now that this group has been announced. The one thing I do like about the name is the Zone part as it immediately reminds me of the girl band group ZONE, who I am a fan of. And rather like this group they debuted with some really young members as well so I like those parallels. And if I must talk to others about this new group I'll just go with S. Zone whenever I can as it's too embarrassing to do so otherwise.
I'm sure I could double the length of this post going on what I'm unhappy about with this debut but I'm going to save that for a later post once the shock passes a bit more. In fact I'll probably return either later this evening or sometime tomorrow with a lengthy post about my thoughts on the whole matter and what I see that's good and bad about it. But for now I'll be happy for the boys that are debuting, especially Nakaken and Fuma who already had come so close to debut just to be moved back to Juniors again with the whole Nakayama Yuma w/ B.I. Shadow/NYC boys/NYC mess.