Johnny & Associates to debut new group “King & Prince” in spring!

Rumors of an impending Johnnys group debut have been rampant since last year, which had fans guessing who among the current roster of popular Johnnys Jrs will be selected for debut. It was finally announced on January 17 that Johnny & Associates will be debuting a new group “King & Prince” consisting of 6 members. The members are from the Johnnys Jr unit Mr. KING (Hirano Sho, Nagase Ren, Takahashi Kaito) and Mr. PRINCE (Kishi Yuta, Jinguji Yuta, Iwahashi Genki). The group will be releasing their debut CD in Spring under Universal Music. The new Johnnys group debut comes 4 years since Johnnys West debuted in 2014.

As it seems, Hirano Sho might take on the role of frontman for the group given the push he’s given in movies, dramas, and CM. He is cast as lead in two movies to be released this year and is rumored to star in the TBS drama “Hana Nochi Hare: Hanadan Next Season” with Sugisaki Hana, the supposed sequel for the popular Hana Yori Dango drama. It is reported to be slated for spring, right in time for the debut.

The group and its members have been busy in several dramas, films and shows. With the help of Wikipedia and some more research, relevant information have been gathered! Get to know their profile below!

A new music label “Johnny’s Universe” was established in collaboration with Universal Music and the group will be the first artist to release under said label. The establishment of a new music label in conjunction with a debut follows the pattern of KinKi Kids (Johnnys Entertainment) and KAT-TUN (J-One Records / subsidiary of J-storm).

In June 2015, the six members were formed under the unit “Mr.King vs Mr. Prince” to serve as supporters for “TV Asahi Roppongi Hills Summer Festival SUMMER STATION”.

Member Profile

Hirano Sho  (20)

    • Birth date: January 29, 1997
    • Date of entrance: February 2012
    • Height: 171 cm
    • Hometown: Aichi


  • Ui Love (2018) – lead
  • Honey (2018) – lead
  • Ninjani Sanjo! Mirai e no Tatakai (2014)


  • RUMOR: Hana Nochi Hare: Hanadan Next Season (TBS / 2018)
  • Shark (NTV / 2014)


  • Otsuka Foods Company “Vitamin Tansan Match” (2017)
  • Thirty One Ice Cream “GW 31% Off Campaign”, “Happy 4 You Campaign” (2013)

Nagase Ren (18)

  • Birth date: January 23, 1999
  • Date of entrance: April 3, 2011
  • Height: 173.5 cm
  • Hometown: Tokyo


  • Nobunaga no Chef 2 (TV Asahi, 2014)
  • Nobunaga no Chef (TV Asahi, 2013, ep2,7-8)


  • Ninjani Sanjo! Mirai e no Tatakai (2014)

Takahashi Kaito (18)

  • Date of birth: April 23, 1999
  • Date of entrance: June 16, 2013
  • Height: 173.5 cm
  • Hometown: Kanagawa

***I can’t seem to find any movie/ drama listings, except that he’s in a ton of stage plays and concerts and the trivia that he’s a winner of All Japan Super Kids Dances Contest 2012

Kishi Yuta (22)

  • Date of birth: September 29, 1995
  • Date of entrance: July 20, 2009
  • Height: 167 cm
  • Hometown: Saitama


  • Kurosaki-kun no Iinari Nante Naranai (2016)
  • Gekijoban Kamen Teacher (2014)


  • Oniichan, Gacha (2015)
  • Kinkyori Renai ~Season Zero~ (2014)
  • Kamen Teacher (2013)


  • Tongari Corn (2015)

Jinguji Yuta (20)

  • Date of birth: October 30, 1997
  • Date of entrance: October 30, 2010
  • Height: 175 cm
  • Hometown: Chiba


  • Seishun Tantei Haruya (2015)
  • SHARK 2nd Season (2014)
  • 49 (2013)
  • Kasuka na Kanojo (2013)
  • Sprout (2012)


  • 31 Ice Cream Baskin Robbins “Challenge the Triple” (2013)

Iwahashi Genki (21)

  • Date of birth: December 17, 1996
  • Date of entrance: October 31, 2010
  • Height: 165 cm
  • Hometown: Tokyo


  • Guard Center 24 (NTV, 2016)
  • SHARK ~2nd Season~ (NTV, 2014)
  • Kasuka na Kanojo (Fuji TV, 2013)


  • 31 Ice Cream Baskin Robbin (2013)

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