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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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shunluv 19th-Apr-2013 05:05 pm (UTC)
wow i thought Kisumai is bad but this is so much worse *_*
they only have 5 members is it that hard to put all of them in cover equally.
Iijima did great with SMAP but she really doing so unfair with Kisumai and Sexy Zone..
why debut all of them if they only gonna favor and promote certain members only while the other gonna join the junior.

this make me grateful group like Arashi or Tokio is not having this kind of BS even there is member more popular than other.
stbluemoon 19th-Apr-2013 10:41 pm (UTC)
I'm just a casual follower of Sexy Zone, and while those covers are eyebrow-raising, it would also be kinda weird if the younger two had to put on leather jackets and sexy stares along with the older three with the words "Bad Boys Real Sexy!" as a caption. XD I'm gonna lol at all the fuss being kicked up now if the next single is an irresistibly cute song like "Ame datte" with Sou and Marius fronting and the other three in the back.
gray_fairy 19th-Apr-2013 10:58 pm (UTC)
And then people say that HSJ has the worst distribution...At least they've NEVER done this kind of thing with them. It's even worse than Kisumai :/
nuizzz 20th-Apr-2013 12:48 am (UTC)
i don't know i just extremely too happy over the moon now to see kishi there!!! <<<3
citrine047 20th-Apr-2013 08:49 am (UTC)
calling bullshit.
JE never learns
janinebr 20th-Apr-2013 01:31 pm (UTC)
I just hope that they wont do this again after all the complains ... I liked SZ (since I have a crush on 5 member groups).. I liked the Group until now since it seems all 5 are equally .. but after this I can just hope they wont end like kisumai with this splitting of members .. they started as a 3 member group and they should stay one .. ( I hoped they will follow Arashi path) .. but this is too much .. some covers without 2 members and for the others only in the background should be a NoGo .. I would complain too and cancel my order if I had done one ...
ujiemo 21st-Apr-2013 12:46 pm (UTC)
reminds me of H!P..... it's almost never fair :/
kokoromaix 22nd-Apr-2013 02:01 am (UTC)
I don't even follow Sexy Zone, but that's just wrong. Fans of the group have every right to be upset. And the boys are and should be most definitely bothered by this. I know Johnny's does it (giving certain members less exposure) often to lots of groups, in various ways, but this is an all-time low. I mean, dressing certain members in bright clothes while dressing the rest in plain, light clothes is one thing, but completely eliminating the rest of the members from a jacket cover is completely unfair and thoughtless. Did they even think of how the boys or the fans would feel about this?
I think it's stupid that Johnny's seems to allow only certain members less exposure than others, because it means they're less likely to gain popularity and opportunities, which Johnny's uses as an excuse to avoid giving them more exposure.

toshinyan 16th-Jan-2014 09:44 am (UTC)
dressing certain members in bright clothes while dressing the rest in plain

ikr, even Oh-chan's Arashi get jealous when he saw his senpais wearing those kira kira clothes
hhhhh eventhough Mari and Sou's dance have improved D:
nakabibighani 22nd-Apr-2013 03:18 am (UTC)
I am not sure but is it not the tendency that when a group has a lot of members, the spotlight is focused on only a few. I know Kis-My-Ft2 and Sexy Zone are not as numerous as AKB48 but isn't there quite a number of them in the group, too? Here's to hoping that they be given equal opportunities as artists, though.
aquacraze 22nd-Apr-2013 03:08 pm (UTC)
Sexy Zone has 5.
Kis-My-Ft2 has 7.
AKB48 has 2xx with a focus on Kami-8.
So I forgive AKB48 for not giving equal opportunities. There's only this much u can do for all the members.
But when there's 5 in a group and JE chooses to omit 2... well that isn't acceptable anymore :)
nakabibighani 23rd-Apr-2013 01:33 am (UTC)
Ah gomen, and thank you for explaining it :)
delikizzz 22nd-Apr-2013 06:36 am (UTC)
i love kisumai and i think the 4 members get treated pretty badly but wow i am glad its not as bad as sexy zone wow i would be pissed
arashi_sugoi 27th-Apr-2013 10:58 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's terrible D: What the hell are they doing?! As a member, that's humiliating and so unfair! It doesn't even make sense! If I was a fan, I would be furious, even if the younger two weren't one of my favs! Dx
naoster 28th-Apr-2013 07:12 pm (UTC)
To be honest, I am not having much negative thoughts regarding the difference in the covers. Yes, it's unfair and all, but think of it this way: at least they get to be in a debuted unit, and it shows that they are standing above tons of juniors who are still working hard to be successful in JE. A few of them (the juniors) dropped out because they see themselves going nowhere after a few years of hard work.

I'm just glad that Nakaken are in Sexy Zone. :p
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