15 October 2012
Nakayama Yuma profile
Nakayama Yuma (中山優馬)
Blood type: A
Admired sempai: Kondo Masahiko, Yasuda Shota
Previous groups: Top Kids, Nakayama Yuma w/Hey! Say! 7 WEST, Nakayama Yuma w/B.I.Shadow
Current groups: NYC
Dramas: Battery (2008), Samurai Tenkosei (2008), Koishite Akuma ~Vampire Boy~ (2009), Hidarame Tantei EYE (2010), Honto ni Atta Kowai Hanashi (2011), Tsubasa yo! Are ga Koi no Hi da (2012), Piece (2012)
Yuma joined the agency's Kansai branch as a Kansai Junior back in 2006. In his early Junior days he was placed in the group Top Kids.
Tops Kids would later become Hey! Say! 7 WEST, created to be the Kansai version of the Hey! Say! 7 Tokyo Junior group around the time Hey! Say! JUMP debuted.
In 2008 he got his break through role in the drama series Battery, where he played the lead with Tokyo Junior Takada Sho. From there his popularity shot up and he began to receive heavy pushing from the agency.
In 2009 he landed his next lead drama role in Koishite Akuma ~Vampire Boy~. For this drama he got to sing the theme song, Akuma na Koi, with the temporary group created for it, Nakayama Yuma w/B.I.Shadow.
With the single announced another group that Yuma would be placed in was created, NYC boys. NYC boys had the same members as YuBIS plus Hey! Say! JUMP members Yamada Ryosuke and Chinen Yuri. After the single was released the group continued though without the boys (BIS).
With NYC boys he was able to perform on Kohaku Uta Gassen, the popular year end program for the 2009 show. Since then he has been a regular on the show as a member of NYC.
In 2010 he joined the regular cast of the annual PLAYZONE musical production and has been one of the main leads with Imai Tsubasa since.
He began being a regular in Takizawa Hideaki's annual Shinshun Takizawa Kakumei musical in 2011.
In early 2012 when NYC released the single Wonderful Cupid it was a double A-side with the other track being Nakayama Yuma's solo song from the 2011 PLAYZONE production, Glass no Mahou.
Also in early 2012 he graduated from high school then moved to Tokyo to begin attending university.
Later in 2012 it was announced that Yuma would be starring in the late night drama, Piece. It was later learned that he would be making his solo single debut by singing the opening and ending theme songs of the drama. The single is titled Missing Piece and is scheduled to be released October 31st, 2012.