The big news to come out of the Tokyo Dome Johnny's World concerts so far is the announcement of a group that will debut in seven years, 2020. The unit is being called Twenty Twenty (I'm just going to type it out as 20 20 from here on out in this to save time.)as of now. It has no official members but there is some information about the group's makeup. It will be divided into two groups of 20, with members being picked from both the Tokyo and Kansai Juniors with the age range being from 7 to 20 years old.
It does seem unnerving to realize that if they do indeed have a seven year old as a member of this group then it would mean he would be born in this year. That and with the age ranges then the oldest member(s) would have to be born in 2000.
I am glad to hear that they will not snub the Kansai Juniors with this group, because honestly to debut 40 Juniors means you are taking all the Juniors that are better known (like the ones that perform on Shounen Club regularly) and that just does not seem like it would work, so pulling from the Kanjuu would makes more sense as at least there would be some of the better known Juniors left over this mega group is created.
It makes me wonder what will become of the 2019 FIVB (Federation International Volleyball) debut group. I guess this group could be the 2019 FIVB supporters but not have their debut single tied into it or perhaps have a temporary group be the FIVB supporters and that group will be a part of 20 20.
Honestly I have no idea how to take this. Johnny Kitagawa has said things before that have not come about, like Hey! Say! JUMP focusing on Hey! Say! BEST's activities to let Hey! Say! 7 focus on studies or the whole A.B.C-xyZ thing. But then again he has also announced things that seemed doubtful at the time but came about, like A.B.C-Z debuting so soon after Kis-My-Ft2 and Sexy Zone.
Then I have to wonder how this group is going to be managed. Looking at how poorly HSJ has been managed over the years and being the biggest group Johnny's has debuted so far does not give me much hope for this group overall. I can only hope they at least have more than one member as the face of the group.
In the end right now I am not going to get too wrapped up in this announcement until something starts coming of it. Instead my focus is on hoping for a Kansai Junior debut in the near future, the 2015 FIVB group debut and hoping that the Bakaleya6 members will be debuting well before 2020/20 20, whether as a group or with other groups, as even Morimoto Shintaro would be too old for this group.
And I know there seems to be information saying that there will not be anymore debuts until this unit is but I am sure it will end up being as true as no Showa born Juniors debuting after HSJ debuted. So I stand by keep my hopes alive on the debuts I want to see before 20 20.