Although each members of KAT-TUN have continuously appeared in TV dramas and movies, their activities as a group have dwindled. Fans are voicing their apprehension about KAT-TUN’s future after their namesake program have gone off-air last year and no formal announcement has been made about a concert tour or an album…
Though no official announcement has been made, KAT-TUN fan club members have waited since the end of May for news about the group’s tour schedules. However, those who managed to catch a glimpse of the said schedule at the FC page on Johnny’s net were surprised that the contents were immediately disappeared. “The tour should have started by now. The first con should have been in Niigata on July 20 and after the tour schedule have disappeared from the site, many fans were depressed about it,” according to an avid fan of KAT-TUN.
The original tour should have started by July until September, and though it was cancelled for some reason, the next schedule is expected around autumn to winter.
There are some rumors surrounding the lack of decided tour for the group, like: (a) Tanaka Koki* is being penalized after he opened a bar without permission from the office; (b) dwindling record sales; and (c) there are doubts that KAT-TUN can pull in customers. Their last single, “FACE to Face“, only sold 150,107 copies, which is 23,000 less than their earlier single- “Expose“.
Due to an undecided tour before the year ends, dwindling record sales, and no regular program for the group, it’s no wonder that fans are uneasy about the group’s future.
Despite KAT-TUN’s lack of group activities, the members have their individual projects. Junno Taguchi has appeared with Higashiyama Noriyuki in NHK’s “Nanatsu no Kaigi” that started last July 13th; Nakamaru Yuichi will also appear in a drama special with Higashiyama for “The Partner ～itoshiki hyaku nen no tomo e ～” on TBS. Ueda Tatsuya has appeared regularly in TBS “Honoo no taiiku tai TV” and will also appear in V6′s Okada Junichi movie, “Eien no Zero” this December. Kamenashi Kazuya, who is the most popular figure in the group, have appeared in “Ore Ore” movie last May and will star in “Tokyo Bandwagon” this October on NTV. Lastly, Tanaka Koki, who has been criticized for his self-centered behavior, will appear in “Bakushō! dai nippon akan keisatsu” on Fuji TV and in a movie “Sanbunnoichi” next year.
“Even though each member is playing an active part, their activities as a group is also substantial,” according to a magazine reporter.