Sakurai Sho tops “Johnnys Face of the Year 2017”

It’s almost the end of the year so we are getting a lot of rankings for 2017, with yet another one for Johnnys.

Let’s talk about solo work! Johnnys idols are active not just with group activities but also with individual work such as dramas, movies, theater, variety and other fields. Modelpress conducted a survey asking “Which Johnnys talent is the most active in in 2017?” and readers vote on a Johnnys who stand out with their individual activities.

Have you seen solo work from Johnnys idols? Check out the voted top 10 for “Johnnys Face of the Year 2017”.

1. Sakurai Sho (Arashi)

Sakurai is active in a lot of areas including being a moderator and newscaster. He served as the MC of “THE MUSIC DAY” as well as the host of “Best Artist 2017”. He also served as special presenter for the “NNN House of Representatives Special Program ZERO × Election 2017”, and as main personality for the “24HR TV”. It was also announced that he will serve as a special caster for the “2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Games”

As an actor, he appeared in the Fuji TV SP drama “”Kimi ni Sasageru Emblem” last January and is starring in NTV drama “Saki ni Umareta Dake no Boku”. Sakurai will also be starring in a movie for the first time in 4 years in “Laplace Witch” (2018 GW release).

  • “Newscaster, MC, 24-hour television main personality, lead drama … Activity range is too wide, There is only this person!”
  • “He is active every year, lead drama, movie announcement, a newscaster, I think it is a year of big success”.
  • “There are a lot of solo activities, as well as activities with Arashi, so there was no time to rest”.
  • “There is not a day I can’t see Sho-kun”.

2. Kamenashi Kazuya (KAT-TUN)

In addition to appearing in the movies “P and JK” and “Beautiful Star”, he starred in the drama “Boku, Unmei no Hito Desu” last Spring with Yamashita Tomohisa. After 12 years, the duo reunited to release a new single “Senaka Goshi no Chance”.

He was also the main personality of the “24HR- TV” and the lead in the 24HR- TV drama special “Jidai o Tsukutta Otoko Aku Yu Monogatari”, the first drama SP to feature a celebrity.

Since KAT – TUN is currently in a charging period, Kamenashi also held his solo concert ” KAT – TUN KAZUYA KAMENASHI CONCERT TOUR 2017 The 1st ~ Follow me ~” this year. He also served as MC of a sports special program in NTV. In January, he will be starring in a new Fuji TV drama “FINAL CUT”.

  • “This year it’s Kame to Yamapi! The revival after 12 years was hot!”
  • “Drama, movie and solo concert, and being a 24HR TV main personality, I think it was a very busy year.”
  • “While the group is charging, solo activities and concerts entertained the fans. Thank you!”
  • “Kame-chan of 2017 was more active. Playing Aku Yu is also an opportunity to be seen by older people.”

3. Yamashita Tomohisa

In Spring, he co-starred in the drama “Boku, Unmei no Hito Desu” and reunited with Kamenashi in the unit “Kame to Yamapi”. In Summer, he starred in “Code Blue Season 3”. The revival of the popular series after 7 years has been met with voices of joy. With a final episode of 16.4% and an average rating of 14.8%, the drama took the top spot for Summer dramas and also gained a favorable reception. Next year, Code Blue movie will be released (July 27, 2018).

  •  “I was able to see Code Blue’s Aizawa sensei again. A movie has also been decided, it was a wonderful year.”
  •  “He appeared in 2 consecutive dramas in different roles. Being the ‘topic of conversation’ is great.”
  • “As I thought, Yamapi is an indispensable presence in Johnny’s”

4. Tamamori Yuta (Kis-My-Ft2)

In April, Tamamori appeared in the TBS drama “Reverse” alongside Fujiwara Tatsuya, Koike Teppei, Takahiro Miura, Ichihara Hayato and played the role of an older character as their classmate without a sense of incompatibility. It was also his first time challenging a mystery drama. His nickname “Asamin” became popular among viewers and it became an opportunity to widen his range of roles.

In October, he starred in TV Asahi’s “Juuyou Sankounin Tantei” and played the role of a handsome model who always became the “first witness” of a dead body.

  • “He gave a good performance in Reverse. I was surprised to hear he is from “Johnnys”
  • “In addition to making a mark in two drama appearances, he is also the primary member who spreads the name of Kis-my-Ft2”
  • “Other than drama, concert and lead stage “DREAMBOYS” DVD were also released. It was a year where various faces of Tamamori-kun can be seen.”

5. Yamada Ryosuke (Hey! Say! JUMP)

Last year, he received the Newcomer Actor award at “The 39th Japan Academy Awards”, and this year, two main movies are released. In the movie “Miracle of Namiya General Store”, he played the role of a delinquent and in “Fullmetal Alchemist” he challenged a powerful action with the role of Edward Elric. At the world tour of “Fullmetal Alchemist”, he also advanced abroad by visiting Los Angeles and Paris.

He was also in charge of the choreography for Hey! Say! JUMP’s 10th anniversary debut theme song “I/O”. Yamada will also star in NTV’s new drama “Momikeshite Fuyu: Wagaya no Mondai Nakatta Koto ni” starting January 2018.

  • “I was touched by his tears in the movie “Miracle of Namiya General Store”. I admire Yamada-kun’s acting performance everytime.”
  • “I think that starring in “Fullmetal Alchemist” will become his representative work.”
  • “Finally, Yamada-kun is discovered in the movie industry! I felt it this year. I think he’ll certainly join the “Johnnys acting division” following Okada-kun and Ninomiya-kun.”
  • “Aside from group activities, he has 2 lead movies. As an idol and an actor, he’ll continue to shine.

6: Matsumoto Jun ( Arashi )

– Narratage movie, “99.9 Season 2” drama announcement

7. Hirano Sho (Mr. KING / Johnny’s Jr.)

– Starring movie “honey” (March 31, 2018) and “Ui Love” (2018), CM lead

8. Aiba Masaki (Arashi )

– Kizoku Tantei” drama, ranked 2nd in CM appointment (male)

9. Arioka Daiki (Hey! Say! JUMP)

– “Kodomo Tsukai” movie, lead drama “Koshoku Robot”, Code Blue Season 3

10. Nakajima Kento (Sexy Zone)

– lead movie “The Anthem of the Heart”, solo concert, movie “Miseinen Dakedo Kodomo Janai” (release December 23)

Other Johnnys

Koyama Keiichiro – “24 hour TV” main personality

Murakami Shingo – moderator for “FNS 27 hour”, new regular program “Kon’ya, tanjō! Ongaku Champ”, MC for ” NHK WORLD presents SONGS OF TOKYO”

Ninomiya Kazunari – movie “Last Recipe – Kirin no Shita no Kioku”, movie “Kensatsugawa no Zainin” (2018) co-starring with Kimura Takuya for the first time, moderator of the 68th NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen

Model press readers choose “Johnny’s Face of the Year” Top 10

1. Sakurai Sho (Arashi) … 903 votes
2. Kamenashi Kazuya (KAT-TUN) … 785 votes
3. Yamashita Tomohisa … 751 votes
4. Tamamori Yuta (Kis-My-Ft2) … 386 votes
5. Yamada Ryosuke (Hey! Say! JUMP ) … 381 votes
6. Matsumoto Jun (Arashi) … 377 votes
7. Hirano Sho (Mr.KING / Johnny’s Jr.) … 360 votes
8. Aiba Masaki (Arashi ) … 351 votes
9. Arioka Daiki (Hey! Say! JUMP) … 244 votes
10. Nakajima Kento ( Sexy Zone) … 207 votes

Number of votes: 6,571
Period: November 23 – December 1

  • Comments

    • SsunShine

      You can’t not see Sho everywhere. Even if he is not there as actor, he is always there as a newscaster. What more if we add Arashi’s work, who are like the ‘ambassador’ of every television in Japan. I went to Japan once and only for few days, but Arashi’s CM, variety shows and TV appearance is already uncountable in a week.

    • Himi Tsu

      I’m so happy that Daiki got into this ranking ! ♥

      The presence of Hirano Sho is a surprise :o He’s in the middle of so many already debuted Johnny’s.

    • kebanyakan makan micin cin

      Nah I think Mr. King will hit big when they debut… :3
      I heard that Johnnys to debut group next year… It must be Mr. King?

      • siti samirah mohd nor

        I was hoping for Love-Tune to debut next…

    • kii

      I’m agree with Sho and Kame, Both of them were everywhere this year and Yamapi as well, even not as much works as Sho and Kame. Code Blue did great in ratings and awards.

    • Pipe’sIDIC

      Go Sho Sakurai! And everyone.

    • Reileen

      Sho is so busy, lol. When is he not.
      but really, Yamapi has revived his career this yr after a lackluster 2016.
      I also just finished watching Reverse, and Tamamori is impressive. I need to see him do meatier roles like this.

    • bailey darbii

      hirano sho? are we sure?

    • Hope he sleeps good cause jeezus I would die if I were him.

    • airi chan

      I agree with the rankings,sho is multi talented😍.y is nagase missing!!!

    • ʕ→ᴥ←ʔ

      Sho-kun. <3 Can't believe Arashi are still going strong man, how do they not burn out…

    • Dalooshe

      Yay for our favorite hardest working chipmunk!

    • AoZora

      Yay for Kame… It was wonderful seeing him in the solo tour.. Hope a DVD comes out… Very hectic year indeed..