On a more serious, though not much more as this is idol-dom after all, is that there are now clips from the various usual morning news shows covering the announcement. From these a few more things have surfaced about the group. They are indeed set to have their debut single to release in November (and I will still stand by my prediction that it will be November 16th for reasons I've stated before). And Nakajima Kento is the leader of the group, they even have the word leader by his name on the programs when he talks. Also it looks like the members have assigned colors:
Nakajima Kento - orange
Kikuchi Fuma - purple
Sato Shori - red
Matsushima Sou - blue
You Marius - green
You can see these colors on the arm bands the boys wear for their debut performance.
The song has that volleyball support song sound to it. It's kinda hard to explain except to go find all the other songs by the other volleyball support units and listen to those. They all just have a certain sound to them and of course since A. Ra. Shi have the group name worked into the lyrics.
|From their Imperial Theatre performance.|
And as you can see they've divided the group up by age, with the two older wearing red and the younger in blue. Though watching the performance I think it's easy to see who are the more experienced as Nakaken and Fuma really show how comfortable on stage they are. Shori isn't bad and when it's his turn to talk is a natural with it. Sou is okay for the performance but like Shori comes off as being another who's natural at talking in front of an audience which I think goes to help explain his selection for the group. And the fact he's only been in Johnny's for three months really shows with Marius. But while he beats Tegoshi Yuya's record of four months in the agency Okada Junichi will probably always hold the record of joining to debut immediately.
Marius is also getting a lot of attention for not only being the youngest but because he's from Germany and that he struggles with Japanese a bit. Though now that he's debuted I'm sure he'll be using Japanese much more often and get much better at quickly. In fact I'm sure by the end of the volleyball tournament all of them will show signs of improvement all around as all these units do.
Also in other news though not in any of the news clips Sou and Marius will be in a CM with Kansai Juniors Shigeoka Daiki and Kaneuchi Toma. The commercial airs starting today and is for Tongari Corn, a snack food that Arashi has done a CM for in the past. So Johnny's has made sure that they waste no time getting these boys' faces out there.
I think now after seeing these clips and how the group stands I'm beginning to get excited for this debut.