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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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shibaru11 19th-Apr-2013 01:33 am (UTC)
i just wanna laugh and laugh in front of whoever decided this....
why? because they can't think about the future at all....
believe me, one fine day Sexy Zone will become more popular and NOT because of those three....
p/s: this will definitely apply to Kisumai too....
jeugd1 19th-Apr-2013 02:48 am (UTC)
That's fucked up, there is enough room for 5
dead_dimension 19th-Apr-2013 03:20 am (UTC)
-the fuck happened while I was away from SZ fandom?!!
aquacraze 19th-Apr-2013 03:33 am (UTC)
I've been watching Shokura and even I noticed (not a SZ fan) that they always split the band for the trio to have a separate performance whereas the duo will have to join "Sexy Boys". Yes, they are the forerunners in the Sexy Boys group but I was wondering already what's up with them being with Juniors and not performing with the full band for awhile. In fact Sexy Zone's performances are generally only the 3 of them for awhile in Shokura.

No matter what, I never expected the unfair treatment to be this bad.
Yes, Yamada gets more exposure in HSJ, Akame gets a bunch of exposure too in KAT-TUN.
Oh how I hate Kisumai for having uneven exposure with different colour clothes and no lyrics for the rest of the band (I was already pissed about that, and I don't like Kisumai as a band at all).

THIS, is a whole new level. There's no damn way anyone would think there's 5 of them in a group.
Especially after I've been watching Shokura and I can see the effort the duo put in, it feels so sad...
himitsu_17 19th-Apr-2013 10:37 am (UTC)
Totally that ! :)(Well I do like Kisumai through, but I agree with everything else!)
umbrellaphone 19th-Apr-2013 03:39 am (UTC)
I was under the impression Marius was one of the more popular member too.
xanithofdragons 19th-Apr-2013 03:43 am (UTC)
Yeah, I really got the impression they were promoting him pretty hard. I'm not particularly a fan of SZ, but I watch Shokura regularly, and they always seemed to talk to him during the MCs.
xanithofdragons 19th-Apr-2013 03:42 am (UTC)
I just gotta believe that even the anti-internet Johnnys management will look at the internet enough to see the backlash over their decisions. -_-

Not that they've really paid attention to fan backlash up till now... T_T
whited_79 19th-Apr-2013 06:31 am (UTC) much as I've criticized Kisumai's covers for the 4/3 separation, at least they're always 7...but these are much worse! Wow, just wow!
ashiya25 19th-Apr-2013 06:39 am (UTC)
I'm not a big fan of SZ, downloading their songs, that's all, but honestly, I'm actually really shock seeing how they treat SZ lately. This is much worse than Kisumai but at least Kisumai have 7 members (many), SZ, they only have 5 members for heaven sake~

Plus, seeing how they make such unfair effort on promoting the juniors these days start to make me lose some interest in them(juniors). Sub-group, dramas~~

Edited at 2013-04-19 06:43 am (UTC)
whited_79 19th-Apr-2013 06:47 am (UTC)
the jimusho seems to me is trying to replicate Golden Age Jrs...but IMO that's never going to happen...there's a reason why the Golden Age Jrs were as popular as they were, and I'm seeing none of that in the current Jrs, not even Shintaro or Hokuto...
sakinah95 19th-Apr-2013 06:54 am (UTC)
Not shock by this. This is Johnny we're talking about. He's getting more ridiculous in his old age.

KAT-TUN - They ship Akame like crazy. At least the other members have their own unique point and speciality. More fair now.
HSJ - Pretty fair at first. Then they realized Yamada is getting more famous and shoved him to the fans face. Getting near 6 years but can't see any future for them because of the stupid, ridiculous management.
NYC - Can't see any point for them to continue this group. Obviously just for money.
Kisumai - Not really fair. But since they have kinda similar history with KAT-TUN, I'll say they'll getting more better in the future.
Ya-Ya-yah - Maybe one of the longest running Jr group, tons of original songs, then kick out Taiyo and Shoon for HSJ.

For the Junior members, they keep having the same trend. Form new group, push one or two members, then slowly breaking the group without any special announcement and slowly the unwanted members will vanished.

So yeah, I'm glad I'm resting from Johnnys now. Their stupid management upsets me. Personal opinion.

gray_fairy 19th-Apr-2013 11:06 pm (UTC)
I disagree in HSJ. There was a time (2010~2011) when Yamada got 90% of exposure but the group eventually became more balanced. Kisumai and Sexy Zone are definitely the worst now. At least in HSJ videos all of them get close-ups and most of them have lines, but Kisumai look like a group of 3 singers and 4 backdancers.
And this SZ thing is straight out terrible.
emiichan 19th-Apr-2013 09:33 am (UTC)
Not amused at all :(
This is JE bad traits tbh.
sawsan88 19th-Apr-2013 10:18 am (UTC)
This is really terrible!
I feel really bad for the other two :(
arashisamon 19th-Apr-2013 12:09 pm (UTC)
i'm not much into i'm not even a little in junior group..
but as i see such thing it makes me go sad.. because man you are one group.. not solo artist.. and whole power is as one.. such unfair treatment ends on pushing in front of camera (kat-tun ms) bad mouthing and all.. and makes un-healthy air in group..

all wants to make 2nd arashi...(as JE see it too Arashi is top since 2007..6 years now..and they don't have good successor for them..k8,kat-tun,news - got old with arashi and in kind arashi king can be only one)
Arashi moves as one..all together..if one has project other support him..together are strong.. i know sometimes group need a kick (like J hyd) but he made great success and whole group win on that...
"only when we all success its fun" -SCP
xxotakuchiceexx 19th-Apr-2013 12:27 pm (UTC)
As a MariSou fan this upsets me. I'm also a Jr. fan so normally I'd be overjoyed to see them getting some recognition but this is unfair to MariSou. Just what are they trying to do anyway? I understand that MariSou aren't as experienced and make some mistakes but how else are they going to learn? I'm kind of a die-hard SZ fan so I probably won't go as far as to not buy the single all together but I was originally going to buy B but after seeing these covers I think I'll get A or regular.
arashic5 19th-Apr-2013 12:32 pm (UTC)
Jimusho is getting weird, see what the more publicly known groups like smap, arashi, eito, and tokio have in common? None of this whole front row back row shit... Kisumai seriously needs to stop with that and HSJ needs to expose the other members too, if not, they won't get that national recognition that smap, arashi have - and I'm thinking eito about to- achieved
shunluv 19th-Apr-2013 05:07 pm (UTC)
the group that stay strong is group with equal treatment with all member no matter they have the more popular members in each group but none of other members receive such bad treatment like this
lady_ryora 19th-Apr-2013 12:51 pm (UTC)
Im not Sexy Zone fan but seeing unfair treatment like this annoys me... How can have all members have equal exposure if its own management didn't want to give it to them? maaaah!
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