Johnny Kitagawa wants to make Nakayama Yuuma the next big thing
( Japanese online gossip source: Uraurageinou) It kinda sucks that he’s born in 1994, cos this jus rubs it into my ageing face that youth is power and mine is slowly ebbing away.
In any case, Nakayama Yuuma is from Johnny’s Kansai division, part of a group called Hey!Say!7 west and currently the main actor of NHK drama “Battery”, which has something to do with baseball and very young people born in 1990s. -.- . After the drama ends (so far only 2 episodes have been screened; it started screening on 3rd April 2008) Nakayama Yuuma is rumoured to have movie and CM projects coming up too; at least that’s what’s going around in the Geinou circles.
Kanjani8’s Yokoyama Yuu (26) has also fuelled + boosted the veracity of these rumours by making these comments on a variety show: “Now, the scariest guy is this one. (Nakayama Yuuma) He is the one that Johnny-san is pushing forth.”
Some people have even gone as far as to say that they see him going on the same trajectory as Hideaki Takizawa has. Thus is the power of Nakayama Yuu, whose name by the way literally means (Good Horse. Yuuma).
I don’t think he’s as cute as Takky though — and where IS he now? okay doing some butai acting as a girl. ok i didn’t do an entry on that i think but I’d read it on Sanspo. So sad though he had such a pretty face.
Also, if Johnny Kitagawa really wants to push this talent he should start by disseminating photos of the guy. I couldn’t find ANY on google, yahoo.co.jp, OR baidu! So these two photos you have are from Wikipedia. And believe it or not EVEN the NHK website for the dorama “Battery” DOES NOT have his face! Check it out here. Why draw a cartoon there if he’s your main character? His Kanji name is 中山優馬 by the way just in case you can’t locate WHICH cartoon figure he is.
*update, 130408 9.29PM: Thanks to duldicine who helped explain the cartoon-stand-in for Nakayama Yuuma (which was prob common knowledge to more experienced Geinou-kai-watchers :p )
The reason why he’s not on the NHK website is because he is in Johnny’s Entertainment, and Mr. Kitagawa has a monopoly on EVERYTHING that has to do with his boys. Therefore NHK would be sued if they showed a picture of Nakayama Yuuma without JE’s permission.
It’s the same thing if you look at Hana Yori Dango’s official website, MatsuJun isin’t there either, just a cartoon image.
I do have another question though – is there then a hierarchy of johnny’s idols like, the top rate ones get cartoon stand-ins (Nakayama Yuuma in Battery), people like Ikuta Toma get water-colour representations (Hachimitsu to Clover), people like Nishikido Ryo get their faces taken but only half of it (Last Friends) — though his face does not appear in the r/ship chart thingthing. Any information will be kindly appreciated!! ^_^
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