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10:31 pm - 04/18/2013

Sexy Zone Fans Annoyed Over Latest Jacket Covers


Looks like unfair treatment among members isn’t limited to Kis-My-Ft2, Sexy Zone fans are now enraged over the jacket covers released for the groups 4th single, “Real Sexy! BAD BOYS“.

As reported,

The said treatment inequality started last summer and with the recent jacket cover release, some fans who have made a reservation wanted to cancel after seeing the cover.

Sexy Zone’s upcoming single will be available in 6 editions (3 LE, 1 RE, 1 Venue LE, and 1 Shop Version). However, in those versions, Limited Edition B & C only has three members on the cover- Nakajima Kento, Sato Shori, and Kikuchi Fuma. While in the other versions, the three are obviously placed in the center while fellow members, Marius Yo and Matsushima Sou, were relegated at the background together with the featured Johnny’s Jrs.

Even though this is Sexy Zone’s single, not one jacket cover has the 5 members only. Moreover, Nakajima, Shori, and Kikuchi got more exposure for BAD BOYS while Marius and Matsushima were made to blend with the rest of the Juniors.

“I know that Johnny wants to put the juniors in the market but I really don’t understand what the office is doing,” according to one Sexy Zone female fan.

While the Juniors exposure may delight some fans, fans of Marius and Matsushima aren’t particularly pleased. Moreover, Matsushima’s absence during Sexy Zone’s 1st day of National Tour last Mar 26th became a hot topic and no explanation was given by the office.

Fans could only hope that Sexy Zone will continue their activities this year with all 5 members.


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ichigobanana 18th-Apr-2013 05:12 pm (UTC)
As KisuMai-fan I have to admit... those covers are way worse than the KisuMai-ones D: I actually was pretty shocked when I saw them right now for the first time.
chii1571 18th-Apr-2013 05:14 pm (UTC)
They are much worse than kisumai ....
I mean a cover without all active members should never been done!
inachan89 18th-Apr-2013 05:24 pm (UTC)
Wow,if i was a fan i would be annoyed as well,i thought those two weren't even there until i read they were mixed with the juniors.
ttalktomesoftly 18th-Apr-2013 05:24 pm (UTC)
Putting active members in the background with the Juniors? Wtf? Totally unfair.
mizumi10 18th-Apr-2013 05:30 pm (UTC)
not a fan either and i literally cringe looking at them. i wonder who designed the jacket....
rim1789 18th-Apr-2013 05:38 pm (UTC)
As a fan of Marius, and in SZ mostly for him ( So and Shori being the only other reason --')the treatment the two youngest have been getting lately from the agency deeply annoys me.

We could see it many times through lives and songs ( I mean, none of them were in Johnny's World ? Really JE? It s not like the three oldest did much in the show, or than boys, younger than them, were not in it --'), but it surely increased in January/February SC episodes and on TV program only the three oldest began to guest...

So's absence :During JW more than once (debuted) Johnny's missed the show, and noone from the agency had said anything or commented. Here, some fans got worried, because clearly So is unhappy with the situation...

That being said, I m not unhappy with them being with Sexy Boyz again. I prefer that rather than not seeing them at all, as it happened for a while...And the boys did comment how they would love SB to become a subunit, few months ( or was it 6 month-a year ago ?)

I m still NOT paying for anything of these sorts

mikarocker 18th-Apr-2013 05:44 pm (UTC)
Not a fan but this is definitely worse than Kisumai. Not only are 2 of them excluded but to be in the back with the juniors is kind of just a big no.
jossejunjin 18th-Apr-2013 05:44 pm (UTC)
I'm a casual Sexy Zone fan(own one single) and these are the saddest covers I have seen. I feel really bad for Sou and Marius! :O

They kind of remind me a bit on how Tonisen(older tre) of V6 was treated in the early days. They would always appear much smaller and far away than Kamisen(younger tre). Which thay(Tonisen) have said sucked pretty much. But at least they appear on the covers... -.-

Here are some of the unfair V6 Covers:
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Edited at 2013-04-18 05:45 pm (UTC)
joyeuxnoel 18th-Apr-2013 05:49 pm (UTC)
I was also reminded of V6. This type of marketing slant is nothing new, sad to say. Though at least with V6, none of them got left off the covers completely though (as far as I know?) Though there were probably less limited editions back then?
yuui1010 18th-Apr-2013 05:44 pm (UTC)
I'm not a fan. Don't know much about the group. However, seeing the covers. I'll say, it's a 3-person group, not 5 person.
joyeuxnoel 18th-Apr-2013 05:51 pm (UTC)
Only a very, very casual fan, but it's obvious this is biased and wrong and a huge disservice. If they wanted to do something like this they should have sucked it up and released at least five individual covers with one for each guy and then adjusted print run to speculation not marginalized two of the members entirely.

Not to mention the fact that this becomes a self defeating cycle. Less exposure/less publicity turning into more justification for for even less exposure, etc.
littleplastikme 18th-Apr-2013 05:56 pm (UTC)
As a fan of female idols groups, I see this kind of unfair exposure all the time. Having three members of a group (or even a single member) on a cover is nothing new. I kind of always just assumed that it was the same for male idol groups.

Edited at 2013-04-18 05:58 pm (UTC)
myharu 18th-Apr-2013 06:16 pm (UTC)
not really when it comes to JE, usually all members have equal exposure. Well at least that's how I've seen it with groups like Arashi and Tokio. I'm not sure with larger groups like Kisumai or HSJ. Seeing how SZ is just a 5 member group I would expect the covers would look more like an Arashi cover, not this.
aibada 18th-Apr-2013 06:15 pm (UTC)
I love shori so w/e bitches!!
myharu 18th-Apr-2013 06:21 pm (UTC)
These covers saddens me and I'm a NakaKen fan, but leaving out the bbs like that seem unfair. Also does shori have any parts in Bad Boys? I've only heard fuma and ken. I'm just gonna assume he's center because he's the shortest.
monokorobo 22nd-Apr-2013 08:39 pm (UTC)
Shori has a solo~
In the SC live he sings ONE solo line... (apart from the yeah in the begining)But the camera isn't focusing him so it seems he doesn't have one. About min 2 in the live^^
eevaleena 18th-Apr-2013 06:30 pm (UTC)
I've complain about this unfair treatment on my twitter in January (I think) after seeing Marius & Sou keep getting different costumes than the older three and even got left out in Shokura performance. I even questioning something like, "Since when Sexy Zone is a 3-members group?" Like everyone else, I'm not a huge fans of them. I'm just a casual and happy fans of Marius coz we shared the same birthday. And with these covers, I'm really shocked. More like, WTF, Johnny's Jimusho?
heroismine 18th-Apr-2013 06:32 pm (UTC)
pissed when I saw it, I feel for Marius and of course Sou too, since Marius is one of my favorites T_T
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