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10:31 pm - 04/18/2013

Sexy Zone Fans Annoyed Over Latest Jacket Covers

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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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herentas 18th-Apr-2013 06:40 pm (UTC)
I just hate that Johnny's use young groups to promote juniors, creating big dissatisfactions in fandoms. Just make them debut if you want to give them exposure. If I'm a fan of a group, I don't give a damn about random juniors on covers or during concerts or whatsoever, I want to see my biases.
urufuchinen 19th-Apr-2013 07:00 am (UTC)
If I'm a fan of a group, I don't give a damn about random juniors on covers or during concerts or whatsoever, I want to see my biases.
THIS
love323able 18th-Apr-2013 06:42 pm (UTC)
i'd be upset too.
tho management pushing or making someone center isn't really new tho.
it sucks for those groups that are relying on 2-3 ppl, and they aren't given the rest a time to shine
monokorobo 18th-Apr-2013 06:47 pm (UTC)
I ordered LE B before the covers came out and now I'm like WTFG ~.~
If Mari and So had their own cover I wouldn't mind so muche the separation but they should get some promotion, even if it's separated, at least more than THAT! And the juniors thing in the back I don't like it... if they are a unit make a single for them and let them have their own spotlight but in another group cover~.~
Well let's just wait till the full MV is out and then we can see if in the end Real Sexy! has some more of Mari and So~
sharksuju 18th-Apr-2013 07:03 pm (UTC)
errr I don't have any favourite in sexy zone... well I'm not even a fan but dude... WHAT THE HECK WAS THE COMPANY THINKING?! The Kisumai 3-4 differentiation is not enough? ughhhh this is too wrong! I can't believe they actually approved this. homg =..=

/major facedesk/
asweetsymphony 18th-Apr-2013 07:08 pm (UTC)
When are they gonna learn that the popularity and longevity of an idol group depends on the equal exposure and overall dynamics of the group? They're hurting the group when they divide the fans and resentment starts to build over the promoted members.
blackdevil2722 18th-Apr-2013 07:21 pm (UTC)
I can understand how pissed some of the SZ fans are, especially those whose favourites are So or Marius. This isn't a BAD BOYS J single, it's a Sexy Zone group effort single. Who even approved this design srsly.

I was just about to pre-order this myself and hoping to get LE B, but after seeing these covers, I'd rather save the money for a better release.
gambareletsgo 18th-Apr-2013 08:28 pm (UTC)
Ugh I hope this doesn't turn out to be like NYC Boys where they boot out the other boys. I love my Fumatan, but I love babies Marius & Sou too.
deslycious 18th-Apr-2013 08:32 pm (UTC)
I really upset for the comments here :(
As a SZ fan,there is nothing to do than keep supporting them.
I will not disturbed with just a cover. Yeah i sad about MariSou, but maybe the company have a better plans for them.

I'm sure, if they put MariSou on bad boys, i'll hear some of you will say "What the heck the company putting a boy underage pretend to be a bad boys?". Well enough, i tired for hear some people bad mouthing about their band name bla bla bla..
l_no_sekai 19th-Apr-2013 03:35 pm (UTC)
I'm sure, if they put MariSou on bad boys, i'll hear some of you will say "What the heck the company putting a boy underage pretend to be a bad boys?"

This.
nozo_rin 18th-Apr-2013 08:51 pm (UTC)
I'm pressed. Not going to lie. The covers are terrible and I thought Kisumai had it bad... \
If they pull a NYC boys to NYC I will flip shit.
Sexy Zone.. to maybe just sexy?!
verdict9 18th-Apr-2013 09:19 pm (UTC)
I really hate this. I mean if they knew this (I guess they didn't come up with this like "oh let's separate the younger ones the fans will love it") why did they made them debut as a 5 member group? D: Don't push Marius and So away after they made them debut in Sexy Zone as well D:
I will support them anyway but make this whole thing clear!
hanakimmie 18th-Apr-2013 09:59 pm (UTC)
I'm not a SZ fan but I am a Kisumai fan & things like this frustrate me because I feel it limits them. All the younger Johnny groups must want to get to SMAP & Arashi level-where everyone knows each member of the group, but the longer these splits persist, the more I can't even imagine them reaching that high level.
egoisticmacchan 19th-Apr-2013 02:44 am (UTC)
the longer these splits persist, the more I can't even imagine them reaching that high level.

ikr. the promotional strategies are just...too wrong.
taciturndream 18th-Apr-2013 11:53 pm (UTC)
Whoa! Akame's old exposure now seems like such a playgame. Kisumai is already awful (really, it's the same thing, I don't care if they all appear in the covers, it's 3 idols, 4 backdancers), I never thought they would do this to Sexy Zone somehow. It's amusing how companies think at times.
eevaleena 19th-Apr-2013 03:02 am (UTC)
Whoa! Akame's old exposure now seems like such a playgame.
ikr? When I saw Kisumai's debut, I kinda like, "Oh gawd. This is worse than akame hogging the spotlight before! At least, all 6 of them still got similiar color costume!" And seeing these covers made me facepalm even more. WORSE than Akame and Kisumai ever had!
dramaticsurgeon 19th-Apr-2013 12:17 am (UTC)
Haven't heard much about SZ. But honestly, how are their fans supposed to win in this? If they show their disapproval buy not buying the CDs/merchandise, JE will say "Oh, they're not selling, better not promote them too much." But if the fans decide to support their fave group anyway and DO buy the CDs, JE will say "Perfect, the fans love this! Let's separate the group even more." Just let the kids perform, k? All of them. They all do the work, they all deserve to have their face plastered on the cover.
ocha_suki 19th-Apr-2013 12:21 am (UTC)
hmm..i'm not a fan of them as a group, but I like them all as an individually, so seeing this thing is kinda sad.
but maybe jimusho thinks that the theme for this single isn't quite appropriate for minors, thus they want to protect Sou & Marius innocent image for this time?
eevaleena 19th-Apr-2013 02:56 am (UTC)
Maybe. I did think that too. But the thing is, Marius and Sou had been 'casted' away by getting different costume and didn't get to sings with the older three far too often in Shokura since... Dec/Jan. Maybe earlier too? I can't remember ^^; That's why I'm pretty upset with this.
jump2narnia 19th-Apr-2013 12:42 am (UTC)
I'm a huge SZ fan and Marius and Sou are my favorite members. Gah, they're just so cute and I adore them. I was pretty pissed when I saw the PV preview and even more pissed when I saw these covers. Since their sudden management change, the babies are now treated like crap. I really hope this is just a one time thing because if it persists, I don't think I can support SZ anymore.
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