Yamada Ryosuke Stars in his first Romantic Love Story in new Getsu9 “Cain and Abel”

It took a while before the official casting news came but here it is! This announcement also completes the line up for next season’s primetime dramas.

Hey! Say! JUMP’s Yamada Ryosuke will star in FujiTV’s new getsu9 (Mondays, 9pm) drama for next Fall. This is his first starring drama for the network as all of his lead dramas have been with NTV (Saturdays, 9pm).

There are many ‘firsts’ for him in this drama. It’s Yamada’s first drama with a romantic love angle though it will be a bit darker and complicated than fans would expect. He will also be wearing suits for the first time in a drama. He is also the first Heisei born from Johnnys to star in a getsu9. Filming for his upcoming movie “Full Metal Alchemist” has wrapped up and Yamada has since dyed his hair from Edward Elric’s blonde to black for the new role. Shooting will start in a few days.

For this new challenge, Yamada comments “I want to deliver a new Yamada Ryosuke”. It doesn’t sound like your typical getsu9 romantic story so read on for details!

The theme is the story of “Cain and Abel” from the Bible’s Old Testament and Yamada will be playing a salaryman who falls in love with his brother’s girlfriend and is hungry for the affection of his father.

The previous rumor for this drama (initial title “Aniki Kanojo”) is that it will be a remake of the US classic film “East of Eden” starring James Dean, also a retelling of the biblical story of brothers Cain and Abel. In the original movie, the younger brother contends against his brother for the attention of their father while reconnecting with his estranged mother and falling for his brother’s girlfriend.

“Cain and Abel” will have the same underlying theme as it follows the protagonist through the conflict of complicated romance, sibling feud, and parent recognition.

Other cast for the roles such as the older brother and the girlfriend will be announced later on! The drama starts airing in October.

(via Sanspo, Livedoor)

  • Comments

    • mio

      this 12 year old lookin twerp in a getsu9…

      • Kalia

        I would’ve preferred Yuto TBH

        • anony_mous

          So agree! Yamada really does look like a twerp who thinks he’s soo cool…

          • Kalia

            Yeah. It’s cute now but not so much when he hits 30+.

            • Aichan

              You probably haven’t seen pics of his father, the guy looks foreign.

              • Kalia

                So? Foreign people can’t age…? lol

                • Aichan

                  I meant he hasn’t aged badly, omg lol.

          • Aichan

            I don’t get you guys, how come every time its a Yamada drama you people complain that you rather it be Yuto? Why must his success be on the expense of Yamada’s? I’m pretty sure he is capable of carving out his own career. Like are you following anyone’s career at all almost everyone in Jump is getting loads of jobs and this drama follows right after Yuto’s ends? Why would he star in two FujiTV special slots back to back? What makes you think you know better than the casting team/company.
            Secondly, and take no offense to this; while I agree sweet innocent Yuto is a gifted actor, he was supposedly going out with an actress much older than him they made a big deal about it on national TV, while i dont pretty much care because its none of my beeswax but they made a huge fuss about it and people were shocked lol, you really think they are going to cast him in a love story with an older woman when so many fans are still bitter about that affair? He’s already done more romance than all of Jump combined and more is yet to come anyway.
            Thirdly if u think Yamada’s crime is that he acts cool and you don’t like the way he looks than that’s just your opinion.
            Like apparently no one in Jump still has a baby face
            -_-‘

            • yatta

              Eventhough I defended Yamada above, Yuto is the better actor. Its not a surprise people wanted him to have more roles despite his scandal. Yamada being constantly pushed also leaves a bad impression. You are right that no one’s success should be on the expense of others, but bringing up Yuto scandal just shows your saltiness.

              • Aichan

                I’m not being salty, it’s a fact, it happened and it shouldn’t hurt you if its mentioned because I personally believe there was nothing wrong with it. How is that me being salty lol. But I see some of his fans still mention it sometime so I assumed his company is going to be careful. Its funny Yuto is my bias in this group.
                I also never defended Yamada as a better actor, the people who said they wanted Yuto dont like Yamada. I actually called Yuto gifted so I’m sorry if I hit a nerve. And most people who want a better actor would not pick a Johhny, this Yuto-Yamada thing is getting old. Like he’s following up after Yuto’s FujiTV main!? Why are we still doing that Yamada being over pushed?

                • yatta

                  I’m not a Yuto/Yamada/jump fan lol. I’m just equally respecting them as actors. Being aware of Yamada over pushed or Yuto scandal does not effect me (or others) from being objective of their level of skills. Also people has preferences.
                  Reading your reply, its pretty much a confirmation you’re salty yamada fan. Its alright to admit your saltiness. Fyi, I am looking forward to Yamada in this drama. No hater here :)

                  • Aichan

                    Dear I’m a Yuto bias but I love every member of Jump and yes I am a big fan of most members of this group. I just have no problem with small random things like my idols getting into relationships because it happens everywhere else in the world. I don’t consider it a “scandal”. I was hoping you wouldn’t reply because this feels like an immature attack now on me stating an opinion. You can label me whatever you want it won’t change anything and I’m not quiet sure what being salty is anyway. The comment section is like that, you dont always like what you read. I think i apologised for offending you since you seem offended. But yeah let’s just be happy an interesting drama is coming out and just end this okay?

                    • yatta

                      Well..I was not offended before (like i said, their scandal/gorioshi does not effect my judgement on them as actors) but the way you’re talking down on me in this particular reply is offensive :)

                      • Aichan

                        Well yeah you weren’t very pleasant in yours either what did you expect lol?
                        But honestly I’m not having fun doing whatever this is, I respect your right to an opinion just I have a right to mine. I’ve heard you loud and clear and I’m sincerely sorry for the offense. Thank you for the dialogue.
                        Bye :)

                • Meutia S Aishah

                  I want Yuto (or Yabu and Hikaru) not because I hate Yamada (since he’s my bias)
                  I just don’t think that kind of role suit him right now.Yabu and Hikaru are good actor too,and it will be nice to give them a chance too

                  • Aichan

                    Yes the fact that we don’t know how Yamada will do here in true, even I can’t see him in this role. And yes it’s been so long since we’ve seen Yabu Hika act I would like to see them in more roles too. I agree with you here completely.
                    Although it’s good to see Inoo out now, I’m excited to see him in his coming projects :)

                  • Niña

                    I think Yabu’s more focused on stage acting though? He has quite a few stage plays under his belt, and seems to prefer them over drama/movie acting, so it’s sad because we don’t get to really see him harness his skills that much :( But at least he’s acting!

            • M

              Calm down. He looks 12, that’s why it’s unappealing to see him in romantic scene. Kawaguchi Haruna isn’t that tall and made him look like fried shrimp.

              • Aichan

                I see

              • Niña

                So apparently, going by your logic, when you’re not tall, and you look young, you can’t be involved in any kind of romance whatsoever. Ok, sure. Good luck to all the actors out there below 5’5″ with a baby face who want to star in romance dramas/movies/roles, because apparently they’re not allowed to do that.

                I still don’t get why people, in any industry whatsoever, think that acting roles should be based on looks and not skill. Huh.

                • M

                  Stop, lol. His love interest is rumored to be Kurashina Kana who is almost 30. People would say the same thing about a female actress that looked 12 with a baby face in a drama with a man that is 30. People were uncomfortable enough watching Takei Emi and Takizawa Hideaki even though Takei looks her age.

                  • Niña

                    She is almost 30. 6 years old than him, to be exact (compared to Takei and Tackey, who have an 11 year age gap). But isn’t that what the role is supposed to be? I mean, she is the older brother’s girlfriend. I think the whole point is for her to look older.

                    Well yea, which just goes to show how much people do think acting roles should be based on looks and not skill. It’s not like these actors/actresses really are young, they just look like they do. But people’s auras can change with the way they carry themselves with their acting skill. Skill goes a long way. I’m not really familiar with Takei’s work, I’m sorry, but maybe the reason people were uncomfortable with watching her and Tackey is because of her skill? If not, and it’s because of her looks, well then that still further proves my point of people judging actors by looks instead of skill.

                    • K.Y.

                      Yeah, Takei’s acting is terrible, and her high-pitched voice doesn’t help her.

                      • Niña

                        Yikes.

                  • yatta

                    She is playing an older character than Yamada’s. The slight age gap is part of the plot.

                    Just curious, where are you from? I’m asian and Yamada look like a typical man in his early 20s to me.

                  • K.Y.

                    Takei and Tackey’s age gap is 12 years. Yamada and Kurashina are only 6 years apart, it’s not uncomfortable at all. And Yamada looks fine to me. I don’t get that hate to short people in arama…

        • Meutia S Aishah

          Me too,or Yabu and Hika is fine too

          • yatta

            Yabu and Hikaru are ok actors too but they don’t have Yamada’s developed brand name. People should give Yamada a chance to play an adult (honestly never seen his adult roles). If not limited by his looks and height, could be as talented as Yuto. I’m not a Jump(or yamada) fan but can tell the guy is naturally talented.

        • Hailee s.

          Lol the only advantage yuto has over yamada is his height. Talent wise, yamada is still more versatile. Yuto can’t even sing to save his life.

          • yatta

            This is about acting, not singing. Acting wise Yuto is more flexible.

            • Hailee s.

              Well he hasn’t acted as a psycho killer yet right? Or a dying teeenager. His roles are practically the same. I don’t know where I can base this versatility you are talking about.

              • yatta

                After watching HOPE, Yuto can easily play a dying teenager. He had several catatonic scenes in Pink & Grey so its easy to imagine him in a psycho killer role. Its a bit harder to imagine Yamada as a loser like Yuto did in HOPE.

                • Hailee s.

                  I think the way yamada played the loser in scrap teacher is better and more interesting than the loser yuto in hope.

                  And don’t discount the fact that THE asano tadanobu praised yamada for his performance in grasshopper.

                  • yatta

                    Never said yamada wasn’t good in grasshopper. I agreed with asano tadanobu. Like I said Yamada is a talented actor & he deserves this East of Eden adaptation. I want to see more from him

                    Ahh.scrap teacher was so so for me. His performance was a bit literal. I was more impressed by Yuto’s subtle acting in HOPE.

    • Taima-kun

      i hope the rumor is true that Kiritani Kenta is the older brother

      • Reileen

        I like Kiritani too!

    • I’m interested in knowing who the female lead(?) or his love interest is.

      • Taima-kun

        it’s rumored that it’ll be Kurashina Kana

        • oh. I’m not really familiar with her :/

          • Meutia S Aishah

            She’s female lead in yorozu uranaidokoro
            And if I remember correctly,she is the teacher in yuto’s rival school in suikyuu yankee (can’t remember the name,sorry~)

    • Alva Starr

      I love East of Eden.

    • james

      congrats to Yamada

    • Niña

      So great to finally have this confirmed, everyone’s been dancing around the rumour for so long. Really curious to see who the older brother and girlfriend are going to be, and how dynamics are going to play out, especially since they said it’ll be darker. SoshiDare is nearing its ending so I thought I wouldn’t be able to watch new dramas for the fall after that and HOPE. But this starts right after HOPE ends too, so yay to more JUMP dramas! Congrats, Yamada!

    • ???

      So is he one of the 3 ikemen from a super popular group who had forced 4P with a 17yo girl?

      • Kalia

        I’m so shocked no English site has reported about this since the girl is supposedly pregnant. Yikes!

        • ???

          I wonder how popular that “super popular” group actually is. I wish they’d just spill the names…

          • Kalia

            They use that term super loosely so watch it be someone from like DISH or something smh…

            • ???

              omg, I forgot they even exist, lol

        • Wth

          The 3 non celeb guys already said they are not the father…
          No condom were used too…
          Poor girl

      • Meutia S Aishah

        I never heard this news,so can anybody explain it to me ^^?

        • yatta

          Its a brand new tabloid scoop. Here’s the girlschannel thread http://girlschannel.net/topics/876009/

          • Um

            It’s from Tokyo sports… You might as well get your news from fanfiction.net

            • Kalia

              Tokyo Sports has been right about a lot of scandals they reported first as well. Aska’s drug rumor, Okada Junichi and Miyazaki Aoi affair, Akanishi going to US…loads of others too.

      • anonnn

        forced?

      • Meh

        And the girl is underage and they made her drink..
        Tsk tsk

      • anonnn

        no one knows if its even him

        • lulz

          This girlschannel person knows:

          http://i.imgur.com/5eNCKQz.jpg

          • anonnn

            it’s a vague silhouette it can be literally anyone that fits in description…

            • lulz

              duh?

              • anonnn

                then why are you trying to pin it on him?

                • lulz

                  I’m not though?

          • شيماء Shaimaa

            The silhouette of yabu doesn’t fit at all lol

      • lmao do you guys really want a post about this? i think blind items can be interesting to talk about

        • yatta

          Yes. Why not. Lets live a bit.

        • ???

          Pretty please!

        • haro

          yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaasssss it’s like the johnny’s drama from the old days

      • شيماء Shaimaa

        is it official that it’s yamada?

        • ???

          even this article isn’t official yet what do you mean Yamada? it talks about 5 guys and 3 idols -_-; a lot of boys involved in bringing an underage girl home and getting her drunk. Also that college girl… why is she innocent? She’s probably the one that knew her friend’s real age (such a manga cliche btw) and she didn’t even try to prevent this. How did it all come down to ONE guy?

          • شيماء Shaimaa

            Yeah I’m 100% with you on this. I only responded to someone. I’m a huge fan of HeySayJump my self.

          • شيماء Shaimaa

            Yes you’re 100% right. I’m with you on this, I just answered to the first comment. I even deleted it now not to misguide even more people ^^

      • Konori

        I’m pretty sure if he was one of them, he wouldn’t be starring in a new drama, and they’ll have to re-do FMA with a new Edward Elric actor. Besides, I don’t think it was any of the HSJ members. The silhouettes resemble the JUMP members, but I highly doubt it was any of them. That’s just my opinion, though.

      • Gigi

        You work for Tokyo Sports do you? Shady…
        thanks you sparked a phenomenon lol.

    • What

      Yay! Im so excited for this, he’s really grown his acting skills so i’ll be anticipating!

    • nothingsover

      Scrolled to the comments to see if anyone had opinions on the drama story (I love East of Eden) and instead see a bunch of people saying sht about Yamada. Welp. I have zero opinion of him since I’m pretty sure the last drama I saw him in was Tantei Gakuen Q.

      • Miko

        THIS
        I literally face palmed
        East of Eden is a classic

      • Nic

        I’m surprised at how much hate he gets since the FMA thing broke out. Nevertheless I think I’m super interested that they’re gonna remake East of Eden, can’t wait how this one’s gonna turn out! I hope they don’t stray too much from the original, I need Cal to be dark and emo as much as he is in the original. I don’t mind Yamada’s gonna play him, I honestly think he’s a decent actor. He’s getting so many pressure on this one too as much as when he gets the Ed role. I hope he’s not gonna dissappoint me in both of them

        • Gisselle

          I think he’ll be able to pull off that dark role! Excited to see this version

    • Reileen

      lol HSJ fans, never change
      that Yuto – Yamada thing really doesn’t get old huh

      • Niña

        when will ppl let it die srsly. if the two can reconcile then why can’t the fans ugh

        • yatta

          reconcile? so they were really competing with each other?
          lol i seriously don’t know there was an actual rivalry. no wonder so salty

          • Niña

            yup, almost broke the group apart lol. yamada wanted to be on the same level and challenge yuto, so they can be equals, and yuto didn’t want anyone stealing his spotlight. yamada felt guilt for wanting to try in the first place and sparking the feud, and yuto realized he was being selfish so they reconciled around 2011/2012.

            • yatta

              So fascinating! I really enjoyed their acting (and they are cuties). I don’t like how the management pushed only one member at a time back then. Its never a good strategy. Groups like SMAP & Arashi gotten more success after all (or most) the members gain public attention. Now its more equal between these two.

              • Niña

                Yea, it’s more of the management’s fault too. They took advantage of Yamada’s growing popularity because they obviously noticed how much money he reels in lol. If they had just decided to give equal opportunity in the first place, then HSJ would have been more famous earlier on, compared to just recently. At least they’re gaining momentum now. And eh, it’s hard when they members themselves felt separated when they were first formed. You can’t push unity when the group itself wasn’t willing to. And I think it is kind of difficult to give equal opportunity when you have 10/9 members.

                Yea, I’m glad things are more equal between them now. And the other members are also getting recognized, so that’s good.

                • aqua88

                  Nah I honestly think its necessary for them to promote Yamada at that time.
                  You gotta push who you gotta push. If they split the promotions equally, not one member will gain popularity, because there’s not enough awareness amongst the public. When you have at least one popular member, it draws the attention to the group in overall.

                  This has always been how JE operates. Nakai mentioned it before once, saying Johnny Kitagawa forms groups by identifying the ‘Giants’ as the ones that will push the group to stardom.

                  • Niña

                    Yea, I agree, hence the “They took advantage of Yamada’s growing popularity because they obviously noticed how much money he reels in,”. They picked a target and went with it. It just so happened to be Yamada. And like I said, it is pretty difficult to give equal opportunity when you have tons of members.

                    • aqua88

                      Although, fans are never happy when Management takes a stand like that.
                      People have to understand, some members will forever be more popular than the rest. I mean look at SMAP. All of them are popular, but the most popular member is still KimuTaku.

                      HSJ is heading to a good direction right now and I’m happy for them.

                      • yatta

                        Why not have TWO (or more) popular members. Hsj has a lot of talented members. I mean look at Arashi. Their most popular member actually has a rotation. It was once Matsujun, later Ohno, and now Sho. Nino is always in the top two while Aiba has the most cm deals.

                      • aqua88

                        As sad as it may sound, it doesn’t always work that way… :(
                        I follow the K-pop industry as well.. and even though members are all pushed equally (sub-units, variety shows, solo debuts, musicals, dramas).. sometimes.. one member is just unparalleled at the top. Examples: Yoona from SNSD, L from Infinite, Hyeri from Girls’ Day… list goes on.

                      • yatta

                        but with HSJ it CAN work that way. Yuto rise is still happening despite him screwing up with the drunk molesting scandal. Yamada popularity is not sacrificed if demand for Yuto (or others) increases. Its really a bunch of wasted talents if the fans themselves are too comfortable with this fixed center you guys are so used to. I’m fond of Yamada too but he is not that high of a wall to climb (literally and figuratively). Its so weird for me as a non-fan to have a stronger faith in HSJ abilities than you do.

                        Kpop & jpop industry is not the same and I’ve seen how Arashi & SMAP managed to make this work. Kimura might be the most popular but there was a time Shingomama, Tsuyopon & Nakai were at the same level as him. Even 4nin NEWS is getting a huge popularity boost by following the balanced popularity formula. Kanjani8 too has more members recognition and now its not just Ryo.

                      • Mio

                        If you ask me the one member of HSJ that is very center worthy now is Inoo. HSJ is not just about acting.
                        Yuto is being pushed a lot, he got a solo corner in their last concert when no one else did and that concert was produced mainly by Hikaru and Yamada. It’s not just the management, the group seems to be working around promoting every member in whatever way they can. There is A lot of Keito if you are a Yamada fan. And I see Yuto’s appeal in dramas. Yamada took my attention as a powerful entertainer during concerts. Inoo on the other hand seems like a very promising rising star. I’m pleasantly surprised at what he is now capable of and the work he is putting in everything he is doing. These boys seem to work exceptionally hard. Yuto… I dunno I feel like he still has issues which a waste really. The group’s dynamics have become exceptionally smooth and tightly knit in comparison to the awkward bunch they used to be. Also Yamada might be their visual center, but the rest aren’t just back dancers anymore. The camera pans on everyone they all have lines, they get broken down into smaller groups to perform every year so each member can shine. They all have some form of creative independence. And they are in a formation thay they are comfortable with. You don’t see Yamada sulking when he moves to the back. They all are always smiling and goofing around even while performing. The more popular ones continue working hard so the others can rise at their own pace and that has happened and will hopefully keep on happening.
                        This group has come a long way… and it’s been really good this year. Yamada isn’t a wall to climb for them. He’s a part of their hard won formation.
                        This is from a HSJ fan that has been with them since debut and still has faith. I’m invested in them, and each member seems to be keeping me invested in the rest. I adore them for that.

                  • yatta

                    But they pushed him way too long and too hard.
                    It was the same problem with Kat-tun, 6nin NEWS.

                    SMAP momentum only grew after the rise of Nakai, Shingomama, Tsuyopon drama leads and them as a group being freaking awesome in SMAPXSMAP. Same situation with Arashi.

                    • aqua88

                      I guess JE realised their mistake now? Other members are starting to get the push and individual projects. But the push for Yamada should always be there.
                      The rule in the business world: Don’t neglect your cash cows to push for potential profits.

                      • yatta

                        I’m all not for neglecting cash cows. That would be very stupid. I’m not saying we should sacrifice Yamada lol. I’m a fan of Kimutaku & Matsujun and have witnessed how important they were at getting their group at legendary level

                • araara

                  the difference with arashi was the members fully aware their gaining momentum was because of Jun..so they felt one member got good promotion it will benefit the group too,,,
                  until they got big break in 2008 ohno and aiba didnt have any regular drama..aiba got his lead role at their 20th anniv

                  • yatta

                    uh you mean hsj is not fully aware yamada popularity is important?

                    Jun’s popularity + hanadan is what baited the general public but they started gaining momentum after the other members backed it up with their significant solo jobs. Don’t skipped the part when Nino got Iwo Jima, Sho got ZERO and Aiba got Shimura Daibutsuen on the same year Hanadan aired and straight go to Ohno. Maou is a big break for Ohno but the ratings is not that high to be considered Arashi’s big break. I do know Ohno is considered the last ammunition since he also impressed the public with FREESTYLE exhibition. It’s a double whammy. All of them contributed TOGETHER from Hanadan in 2006 to their all out 10th anniversary hijacking in 2009.

          • aqua88

            They actually explained their rivalry in their 10,000 words Myojo interview.
            Yuto was the star pre-debut and during their debut song (Ultra Music Power). During pre-debut, Yuto was really popular, being the center of the Juniors, compared to Yamada, who has always been at the back end.
            Yamada only gained attention after shooting the drama Tantei Gakuen Q and suddenly felt like he is finally on par with Yuto.
            Then Yamada kept gaining fans and they decided to give him the center position in Dreams Come True (seems like it was an impromptu decision as well), and he cemented his position as the Ace/Center of the group. Yuto suddenly felt really challenged, like he lost his position in the group. They never talked to each other for a long time, until 2011 when they reconciled.

        • Reileen

          I’m tired of fans saying it should be Yuto every time Yamada has something. When was the last time Yamada had a full drama again? It’s 2014 Kindaichi for goodness sake. And Yuto has one airing right now. It’s like to make someone level up to him, Yamada should not do anything.

          That’s very counter productive for the group to as he is the most popular member. and it’s not how J&A works.

          Some fans like to demand major projects for all members as if they are already Arashi level /facepalm

          • Niña

            EXACTLY THOUGH. I love Yuto, I’m so happy he’s getting so much recognition now. But just this 2016, he has had Keiji Ballerino, Pink & Gray (and ppl were RAVING at how good he was in that, which I agree with because he was fantastic), and HOPE. All while being the lead role. Yamada only has Ansatsu for this year, it’s not like him having a drama will suddenly get rid of all of Yuto’s (and Inoo’s!) recognition or something.

            Yea, people forget that this is a business too.

            UGH IKR. And people never considered the fact that maybe the members themselves decline offers?

          • yatta

            If they want to be as successful as Arashi they should utilize each and everyone of the members talents and not just rely on already popular members. I think Hikaru is an ok actor and his teeth are memorable. They should get him more work.

            Yamada’s roles might be limited by his physical appearance. He has too specific look and is short while Yuto aesthetics is flexible.Yuto is easier to cast. I’m happy there’s finally a production that took on a gamble and cast Yamada in an adult role like this. He has the talent to carry this off.

            • Reileen

              Arashi worked their way up. It took a Hanadan hit and a few more years before they break out and got to the level where the Jimusho can already give major projects to everyone. The Matsujun bait to the Arashi fandom was strong.

              And as some has said, the members are already given several projects. It takes time like let’s not expect Hikaru to suddenly be starring in a getsu9. I don’t know why some would question this. Getsu9 kind of dramas are given to the most popular members first. It’s not even like everyone in K8 even got to do this. Only Ryo. Some HSJ fans expect way too much, and too fast.

              • yatta

                Yes hanadan junbait was strong but at the same time in 2006 Nino got Iwo Jima, Sho got Zero. Ohno prepared for his art exhibit a year later unleashed Maou+Freestyle in 2008. See the pattern?

                I wasn’t talking about Hikaru getting a lead role lol but I don’t see him in dramas as supporting (?). More jobs, any job. Its almost their 10th anni (? not an jum fan lol). Its really time to unleash the rest.

                • aqua88

                  TBH…. It could also be that Hikaru/other members failed auditions… No offense though. Not all roles are decided by Management.
                  The production houses/directors probably cast the roles based on suitability as well…

                  • yatta

                    Johnny’s rarely do auditions though. Most roles are arranged by their management, this is fact. True the production chooses the actors based on suitability but their management has the power to suggest/push them for projects.

                    • Miko

                      But there have been mentions of them doing auditions, it’s like they get considered and asked to audition, for some roles at least.
                      Yamada apparently auditioned for the roles of Akabane Karma and nagisa for ansatsu, that’s the last I heard.

                      • yatta

                        Yamada already had a confirmed major role in ansatsu, they were only determining which character he will play. He’s just calls it an audition.

                    • aqua88

                      I’ve heard a lot of Johnny’s saying they go for auditions. Didn’t pay attention on the roles they audition for, but a lot of them do, especially when they are kinda ‘unknowns’.

                      Management definitely can play a role here to push/suggest talents for a project, but in the end, the final decision falls in the hands of the director/producer. Irregardless of suggestions from Management, if you don’t fit the image, you just won’t get the job.

                      Just wanna highlight some other possibilities.

                      • yatta

                        With Johnny’s talents its a whole different kind of game. The production will request the jimusho for a list of their available talents and they in turn will get endorsements for their dramas which are linked to Johnny’s umbrella. The production will have a choice within that list. The final say is on the production but the talents that are pushed is on the management. This is mostly for the lead roles. Auditions are still conducted for extras.

                • Niña

                  Inoo has had a recent surge in popularity, Chinen is everywhere now what with promotions and two movies coming out, Yabu has stage plays under his belt. Yuto’s gained so much critical acclaim from Pink and Gray, JUMP has a total of 5 movies slated for next year (Yuto’s romance film, FMA, Peach Girl, Daiki’s horror movie, Chinen’s movie with Ohno). Hikaru and Daiki are regulars on Hirunandesu, Hikaru, Yamada and Chinen are still regulars on School Kakumei, Inoo’s a regular in Mezamashi, Meringue no Kimochi, and mostly Tensai Shimura Doubutsuen (not to mention he’s had a magazine cover every month for this year), HSJ are getting their own magazine covers, Yuto had a drama special, movie, and drama this year, Inoo had a drama special and drama this year, Yamada had a movie and is going to get a getsu9 drama, Takaki and Daiki have a radio show, Hikaru and Inoo have a radio show, the whole group are regulars on Little Tokyo Life and have their own show, Itadaki High JUMP. Their recent single was number 8 in the top ten charts for the first half of the year, and DEAR. sold way better than their previous two albums. And… lots more I probably forgot about.

                  HSJ are going to be fine. They’re on a good path now, and if they just keep going where they’re going, it’s just a matter of time.

                  I guess Keito does need a little more recognition, but then he does have his Dad and his family name, so it can help him get remembered by the general public. Forgot where I heard this, but his merch was recently sold out at a con, so that’s good.

                  • yatta

                    I like what they are doing with Inoo but they need another active (not necessary lead) actor thus my emphasize on Hikaru. Or Yabu. I don’t know much about Keito acting chops. Acting is where the public (none-fans) recognition came from. The news and variety helps but not much if its not at Tegoshi ItteQ level.

                    JUMP is doing fine, I agree, but if they want to be the TOP they need to throw more bait for the crowd to bite.

                    • Niña

                      Yabu does a lot of stage acting. Seems to prefer it, even. So I guess that’s where he puts his acting into. As with Hikaru, he’s really more suited for variety though. He slays in variety shows. I mean, he did have his chance at the acting spotlight with Ikemen Desu Ne and Dark System, but he seems way more fitting in variety shows. Tbh, I think it should be Takaki they need to give more acting roles to. His last drama was in 2014, and he wasn’t even the lead. He’s a decent enough actor.

                      That is true, but they are still getting there, slowly and surely.

                      • yatta

                        See. I totally forgot Takaki is a jump member.
                        HSJ has a lot of talented members. It’s a waste of resources. Like I said, their timing & balance doesn’t quite align with SMAP/Arashi formula to success. They should up their game because they have the potential to be a game changer.

                        Also if they keep with this heavy reliance on only a couple of members, the same problem with NEWS and Ka-tun might occur. I’m seeing the same pattern.

                      • Niña

                        They should up their game, I agree. But I think their timing and balance doesn’t quite align with SMAP/Arashi I think is because they HAVE more members. It’s way harder handling 9 people scattered in terms of height and age, as apposed to just 5 who pretty much already knew each other. HSJ didn’t even know all their members at the time of their debut. It was like only the J.J.Express members knew each other, the two Ya-Ya-Yah ones. Yamada and Yuto knew each other, and they knew Chinen. No one even knew who Keito was.

                        Tbh, I think they only have 3 background members now, and even those members are starting to gain attention. Their balance now is a far cry from Yamada + others. Now, it’s more like, Yamada, Yuto, Chinen, Daiki, Inoo, Hikaru + Yabu, Takaki, Keito. But the other three have started gaining attention too. They’re going to get there. It took Arashi and SMAP time to get to their status. If fans can wait out HSJ, like they did Arashi and SMAP, then I’m pretty sure they can prove themselves. Well, I sincerely hope they do. Because if not, I’m going to have to eat all my words LOL.

                        That said, am I really the only who notices how sharp their choreography is? Like???? How is no one as impressed????

                      • yatta

                        Yeah I’ll wait but still…next year is their 10th(?). Arashi & SMAP achieved their targets at 10th. They are younger though, I think, so that can be a leeway. Since they have double the members they should double the effort imo. Hopefully they won’t end up losing members because of the unbalanced popularity (ie Kat-tun & News).
                        Or maybe I can stop waiting and place my bets on Sexy Zone instead lol. But I like Yamada & Yuto as actors more than SZ members.

                        I did noticed. They are the best synced dancers compared to other groups in Johnny’s. I want to see them tackling more advance choreographies with cooler single songs.

                      • Niña

                        They are younger, so they still have loads of time. Well yea, they should double the effort true, but sometimes you can’t really give all 9 members all the attention all at the same time. It’s harder because there are so much more of them. It takes two times the effort to even film a PV of theirs because of the height differences, and what more to give singing lines because a song only has so much lyrics.

                        Hopefully they won’t, seeing as they’ve survived 9 years with 9 members already. NEWS already lost one member not even 1 year into debut, and KAT-TUN already lost Jin for 6 months not even one year into their debut too. Sure, he came back, but it was kind of obvious that he would leave again. The fact that HSJ has survived 9 years with all remaining 9 members should be a sign that they’re doing something right with member dynamics. And, imo, it’s the popular ones that leave first. And I doubt Yamada would want to leave, seeing as he didn’t even want the solo CD debut before.

                        Maybe, if you want to? Your choice. For me, I feel like I’m the only J&A fan who doesn’t like Sexy Zone. Like, at all. Idk why, maybe because they’re too young for me lol.

                        They are! If they can get any more advanced than their Ride With Me choreo, then that would be groundbreaking. They already have so many intricate dances, if they do one that is unreal, I think that can help them make their mark.

                      • yatta

                        I was not saying to have ALL 9 members getting pushed but relying only on 2 members (now 3 with Inoo) is really not enough. To be the top of their game thay should have at least half of members with strong presence in the industry. They got to push 2 more members or the members themselves should take their initiative to push themselves. Sho was the one who suggested to Johnny’s that he’s interested in journalism and it so happen ZERO had an offer. With Sho’s support, Ohno requested Johnny’s for a FREE art exhibition for his fans. One thing I realized is Chii doing well by associating with Ohno/Arashi. That’s a smart member and he rightfully should aim high for JUMP’s sake.

                        JUMP did lose that little kid morimoto? Such a cutie lost…and he regretted it too. I just have a feeling like Yabu or Takaki might want to leave. They were grossly under utilized. Hikaru too but the kid has good humor to remain chill.

                        I prefer JUMP to SZ too although SZ is really starting to look like a contender. They’ve been recently promoted with Arashi and West which made them look so lovable. Their name upon debut was unfortunate though but now they only need Darius/Marius/? to be legal.

                      • Niña

                        But they have been pushing Hikaru and Chinen, along with Yuto, Inoo and Yamada. And Daiki’s always been a popular member, that’s why he always gets lines and gets to be in front. And he gets a lot of drama projects too, and he’s usually the MC in JUMP. But yea, Chinen is smart for sticking to Arashi.

                        I mean, they did, but at least it was like 4 years after their debut, and (I’m going to sound super mean here LOL) it’s not like he was that much of a loss. I’ve been their fan since their formation, and I was sad when Ryutaro left, but I realized that it became some sort of a wake-up call to them. The group themselves admitted to not really putting that much effort into what they were doing during their early years. They said they just always listened to whatever the hell people told them to do. But then during 2011, they started taking initiative, hence the improvements in dance. I feel like it’s because they lost a member, the youngest one to boot, and are afraid it might happen again. So if the whole Ryutaro debacle never happened, I doubt they’d be as united as they are now. Takaki already attempted to leave, I doubt he’d attempt that again. And it was Yabu who stopped him from leaving, so I doubt he’d want to as well. Plus, he’s more of a behind-the-scenes person because he writes tons of songs for the group. The song he wrote in their third album is one of my favorites. Hikaru, nah. He gets enough attention, and he gets to utilize his bass and rap. He wouldn’t.

                        The thing that puts me off with SZ is the fact that they’re so young and because they have a name like “Sexy Zone”. Who thought that was a good idea? SRSLY PPL. And I just.. ugh. The youngest member is too young for me, I just can’t bring myself to become a fan because it feels wrong. I feel more comfortable with SixTONES, at least they’re not too far from my age. And I never really knew SZ as Jrs. I watched Kis-My-Ft2, ABC-Z, JWest and SixTONES all during Jr. days. Idk anyone from SZ during Jr. days lol. (And Fuma puts me off because he’s like a discount version of Akanishi, lol).

                  • Nobuyuki

                    I know that’s a long list of jobs.

                    But Arashi created new paths for the idols genre. Jun’s high rated dorama, yes, but Nino’s Hollywood involvement (at his young age was a plus). Sho’s regular as a caster and Ohno’s art exhibitions was something new. It was big news within the entertainment industry.
                    It’s not just because Jun was in a dorama, idols get variety, movies and dorama jobs every day. Unless they pull off something like Arashi, I’m afraid other than the fans, it’s hard for the public to acknowledge them.

                    For what it’s worth I’m saying this as a HSJ fan.And I sincerely wish they’ll make a breakthrough. (if not, I’m fine with them just being where there are now, if they are happy with it, lol)

                    • Niña

                      I agree that they need to do something groundbreaking. Doing something different would definitely put them on the map.

                      But like I keep saying, they had just started to gain momentum. They’re going to be fine if they keep going, and if they keep one-upping themselves in different ways. It’s just that, people seem to expect them to be all high and mighty and BIG now when even Arashi took time to make it. I keep saying, “It’s only a matter of time,” and “If they just keep going,” because they ARE going to get there IF they just keep doing what they’re doing right. There is somehow this need from people for HSJ to just hurry up AND BE BIG ALREADY when they have just started. Like, guys, chill. I know, okay, I get it. We all want the group to be successful, we have a common goal here. I want them to be as big too. But they just started their step one. Probably on their step two now. They’re going to get to the other steps as they progress. And everyone’s going to be probably be like “Oh, but it’s there ninth year now,” and okay, yea, it IS. But Arashi truly made their mark during 2008, which was also their ninth year.

                      HSJ has a long way to go. And if fans can just wait it out, then I’m pretty sure they’re going to prove themselves. It’s even a miracle that they’re keeping themselves together. I mean, look at what happened to NEWS and KAT-TUN, and they had less members. And yes, I agree. I do wish they make a breakthrough, too. Otherwise, I’m going to have to eat all my words LOL.

                      That said, am I really the only who notices how sharp their choreography is? Like???? How is no one as impressed????

              • Niña

                I agree. And idk if other ppl have noticed, but HSJ are actually following the same pattern as Arashi now. Arashi got their first strike of popularity with Hanadan, which was like 2005/2006, during their 7th year. Like how HSJ gained momentum during the latter part of 2013/whole of 2014, also their 7th year. And then Arashi kept growing, and ultimately stapled their place in the industry with their 10th anniversary. HSJ kept going, onto 2015, onto now, until next year for their 10th anniversary. They’re going to be fine.

                • yatta

                  They are following the same trajectory but the balance and timing is off.

              • aruaru

                THIS! This is just my personal opinion as a fan but one of the reasons that made Arashi so big is that how they’ve started from the bottom and being the highest now. It took only 1 month for HSJ to conquer Tokyo Dome, it took only 18 days for Kisumai to conquer Tokyo Dome, It even took only 5 days for KAT-TUN to conquer Tokyo Dome. Arashi took 7 years, 5 months to conquer Tokyo Dome. Before the Hanadan hit, their cd sales were declining, they were in the least of priorities, low variety ratings, etc, and thus known as the dark years of Arashi. In case of HSJ, it didn’t even took 1 year for them to be well known.

                Sorry this is long and may go out of topic but I’m really biased so pardon =))

                • light

                  Actually i think that their variety ratings were good enough in general for the late night slots. That’s why people seemed to think they would have gone the TOKIO way,more variety shows oriented.

              • whatever

                I agree with what you say, really. But I think the part that irks so many about HSJ is the fixed center. It didn’t happen in ANY other group, not to that extent (and to be honest, I was shocked when I saw the power ranking at the beginning of the year) Management should react fast and use Yamada’s popularity to make the others popular too (like they normally do it with their bands)

                That said, I think Yamada deserves this drama. He is popular, and not bad in his job. Why shouldn’t he get a prime time drama? Of course producers and agencies would invest in the ace first.

                • Niña

                  Am I the only who notices that the fixed center isn’t as prominent now as it was before? Or do people all still really think that? Pure curiosity, btw.

                  • GratefulToSMAP

                    Yeah it’s starting to balance out a little now in terms of variety shows! But dance formation wise, it’s still fixed center :/

                    • Niña

                      Eh, but it’s slowly getting there too though? He wasn’t the “star” of the PV in Maji Sunshine, and I’m pretty sure Kimi Attraction is the most I’ve seen him be in the back/sidelines for the dance. I do understand why he’s in the middle for some of them, seeing as Hitomi no Screen, Ride With Me, Weekender and both Sensations singles are all for his dramas/movies, Magic Power he shares with Chinen and Super Delicate he shares with Yuto. But they are starting to put him in the back/side too.

      • شيماء Shaimaa

        My favourite hsj actor is Chinen in what I’ve seen so far, but I don’t get such a behavior especially if it’s pushed to hate: non sense

    • whatever

      The scandal thing worked on me. I’m here to check out his drama *lol*

      • Niña

        LOL A+++++

    • GratefulToSMAP

      The long-awaited Yamada Ryosuke romance drama.

      Storyline sounds interesting and the line “I want to deliver a new Yamada Ryosuke” makes it sound like it’s going to be savage. Cool. It’s really time for HSJ to break out of that little boy cutesy image.

    • Sio

      Good! That`s our center!

    • Sio

      Good! That’s our center!

    • *reads comments*
      Uh, yeah, I’m looking forward to this. Yamada is alright in my book.
      *slinks away*

    • Reileen

      Yamada’s drama is on FUJI WS now and he promotes with his new hair
      So this is how he’s gonna look huh

      Check out @ymomocry’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/ymomocry/status/772551705741320193?s=09

      • yatta

        yummy~
        is he going to wear that earring in character? yes please

      • GratefulToSMAP

        Black hair Yamada is SOOOOO much better!!! *cute cute cute*

    • Mio

      The story seems so different than the usual romance dramas! He did pretty well playing a regular dude in that 24hr TV drama so might actually pull this off well!
      Good for him.

    • Lisa

      Looking forward to this!!

    • شيماء Shaimaa

      The plot is interesting. I’m excited to watch this and Full Metal Alchemist too even if I have never seen the animation. I guess it’s even better like this.

    • レン