I know that made little sense, but what can I say? I am like this. Before I start, though, I want to say that they're technically ABC-Z, but ABC takes less time to type. XD so I call them ABC. I also don't have any ABC-Z mag scans (if there are any?) because I am very, very behind on such things. XD Besides, when I got consequences into ABC, HSJ hadn't even debuted yet. [:
...anyway, I guess I'll start now. 8D
ABC stands for Acrobat Boys Club, which is a fitting name because they are the "dance and acrobatics unit" of the Johnny's Juniors. They've been in SHOCK with Domoto Koichi (KinKi Kids), PLAYZONE with Shonentai, and Takizawa Enbujou with Takizawa Hideaki (Takki of Tackey & Tsubasa). They have also backdanced for KinKi Kids, Tackey & Tsubasa, and KAT-TUN at their concerts. The group is a regular on the junior show The Shounen Club (shokura) on which they backdance for guests, other junior units, and perform original songs.
There was a group called ABC in 1997, but it did not have any of the current members we know and love today in it. The first time we see them is in 2000 when ABC became a five-member (5nin) unit consisting of Tsukada Ryoichi (Tsuka), Totsuka Shota (Tottsu), & Kawai Fumito (Kawai), and two current MAD members, Tatsumi Yudai and Koshioka Yuki. In 2001 the two MAD members left (presumably they were put into MAD) and Goseki Koichi (Gocchi) was put into the unit. And so ABC was 4nin from 2001 to 2008 except a brief period in 2002 when the group was known as "Toushin Yoshikazu & ABC" because they performed with Toushin Yoshikazu (Toushin; currently undebuted and without a unit).
On August 29, 2008, during the encore of SUMMARY 2008, it was announced that Hashimoto Ryosuke (Hasshi), formerly of the junior unit J.J. Express (which had been dissolved following the debut of Hey!Say!JUMP), would be joining ABC. The unit was renamed ABC-Z. Hasshi's joining the group was a subject of some controversy among fans (Hasshi's age in relation to the other members', the states of other juniors, &c.), but it is hard to say what will happen at this point regarding any of the junior groups and the possibility of a 2008 (very slim) or 2009 debut for anyone.
In any case, prior to Hasshi's joining it had been announced that ABC & fellow junior unit Kis-My-Ft.2 (kisumai) would be holding joint concerts in October (and later they had two more performances in early November). Naturally, Hasshi performed with them. As for future plans, the only thing I know of is that they are going to participate in Takki's upcoming butai (stageplay) in January.
ABC has thirteen original songs, three of which are collaborations with kisumai, Question? (junior band unit), and Yamashita Shoon (junior, formerly Ya-Ya-yah, now without a unit), one is from when they were with Toushin, and one is an ABC-Z original.
I think that's it for history/general info! Now onto member profiles. (:
name 五関 晃一
romaji Goseki Koichi
nickname(s) Gocchi (mostly by fans & stuff; other juniors usually call him "Goseki-kun" though they've recently started calling him "Goseki-sama" XD)
date of birth June 17, 1985
height 165cm (about 5'5")
blood type A
date joined je June 20, 1998
past groups Secret Agent, BAD, BIG, BBA, Toushin Yoshikazu & ABC, ABC
current group(s) ABC-Z
Oh, Gocchi! How I love thee. This boy is hilarious and squishy and makes the game segments on shokura very, um, memorable. XD He and Yara have this weird gay thing going on, and apparently he & Yonehana Tsuyoshi are having a silent battle to see who can be cuter. That is, Yone said that "[he] will not lose to Goseki in cuteness!" um. yes.
name 戸塚 祥太
romaji Totsuka Shota
date of birth November 13, 1986
height 170cm (about 5'7")
weight 57 kg (about 126lbs)
blood type B
date joined je April 25, 1999
past groups ABC, Toushin Yoshikazu & ABC, Kitty, Kitty GYM
current group(s) ABC-Z
Tottsu! Tottsu is adorable and kind of slutty. He has a pretty voice (I could srsly listen to him all day) and once played a rumor man on shokura and it was, um. Special. XD He was also part of the temporary unit Kitty (with Kitayama Hiromitsu of kisumai, Inoo Kei of J.J. Express (at the time; currently Hey!Say!JUMP), & Yaotome Hikaru of Ya-Ya-yah (at the time; currently Hey!Say!JUMP); the other "T" was apparently supposed to be Tommy Mao) that backdanced (?) for GYM, the 2006 temporary unit consisting of Thai brothers Golf & Mike and NEWS member Yamashita Tomohisa during NEWS's hiatus.
name 塚田 僚一
romaji Tsukada Ryoichi
date of birth December 10, 1986
height 170cm (about 5'7")
blood type O
date joined je November 8, 1998
past groups ABC, Toushin Yoshikazu & ABC
current group(s) Butoukan, ABC-Z
Tsuka-chan! My baby! (pets him) He's really buff and is an intense acrobatic muscley beast. On shokura a few years ago Koyama was babbling about how the ABC boys are such great acrobats and he asked them something along the lines of 'how do you learn all that stuff? it must take a lot of time' to which Kawai said that when Tsuka teaches them the routines, they learn it all in five minutes. XD That is, Tsuka would learn the choreography and teach the rest of them and they'd know it in five minutes, hahaha.
name 河合 郁人
romaji Kawai Fumito
nickname(s) Fumi-kun (Fumikyun), Kawai-chan
date of birth October 20, 1987
height 168cm (about 5'6")
blood type A
date joined je May 9, 1999
past groups J2000, ABC, Toushin Yoshikazu & ABC
current group(s) ABC-Z
Kawai! Not kawaii. He sings pretty well but always seems to have unfortunate hair. ): sad. At the moment he's well known for his monomane (impressions/impersonations) of senpai, notably Matsujun (Matsumoto Jun, Arashi) and Massu (Masuda Takahisa, NEWS). XD his Love so sweet & Wish monomane of Matsujun are some of the funniest things I have ever seen in my life! omgggg. XD
name 橋本 良亮
romaji Hashimoto Ryosuke
date of birth July 15, 1993
height 177cm (almost 5'10")
weight 58kg (about 128lbs)
blood type B
date joined je September 8, 2004
past groups J.J. Express, TOP3
current group(s) ABC-Z
And now, the baby (by a lot). tbh I know pretty much nothing about Hasshi because when I got into the juniors mid-2007, I didn't know or care about JJE (J.J. Express). It wasn't until mid-2008 that I noticed him, and I decided that TOP3 was cute soon after. XD Then ABC-Z happened and there was no way I could escape him. I'll admit that I was wary of his joining, but I have since gotten over that and now I love him. XD He's really weird and ABC had to learn Hasshi-speak and they had to "translate" for kisumai during the ebikisu (ABC + Kis-My-Ft.2 = AB-Kiss (ebikisu)...yeah) con fervor. yeah. XD oh hasshi.
...why are tottsu & hasshi the only boys I have weights for? XD
So I hope all of that information didn't put you to sleep! cause now? now it's time for some lulz. 8D Through interviews because some of the things they say are golden. Let's start off with some gay!
Kawai about Tsukada:
"Tsuka-chan's ass got in any case great flexibility (laughs). There was the time last year's "SHOCK" when the whole cast played around and was touching Tsuka-chan's butt in the changing room. Even Tegoshi was astonished and said "Great muscles!"
Tsuka-chan's muscles in his butt is something somehow people get fascinated with. Probably (laughs)."
Tsuka's buns rival Massu's. (from that article where they have little flowers drawn on their faces)
- WU 0608
Tottsu: Goseki-kun, you and Bun often communicated by telepathy didn’t you? I’d glance at these guys, and they’d be sitting at a bit of a distance from each other, but they’d be staring into each other’s eyes and nodding in some sort of agreement (laughs).
Goseki: Ah, we were. We were like, “You can use telepathy too!”
Bun = Hamanaka Bunichi, Kansai Johnny's Junior (kanjuu) & Butoukan member. I love Bun. XD idek gocchi.
- Duet 0610
To KAWAI (from Tsuka)
I'm sorry for aiming the rocket firecracker at the mountain right by your house when I went over to play. I didn't know back then that it could have caused a wildfire. I'll take note from now on!
Tsuka-chan! Only YOU can prevent forest fires!
- Jr. no Daibouken! 2007
Goseki: That scene happened to be right in front of me. And "Vigorous" was right in front of me...
Kawai: Hold on. Why are you calling me "Vigorous" (laughs)?
Tsukada: Also, Kawai is always boosting the mood. That's what I like about him. It's really great to have him around when you are feeling down.
Goseki: He'll get you cheered up and vigorous.
Goseki: Yes, I've been Teacher Goseki backstage recently.
Kawai: If you are late for your standby at the stage wings, a person called Gosekimaru-sensei appears and smacks your butt, and Goseki-kun's serious expression when he's doing that is just the best... That's what it's about (laughs)
I think we should have started calling Kawai "Vigorous." XD I wonder whose butts Gosekimaru-sensei was smacking.
- Duet 0805
Totsuka: Kitayama also comes to our dressing room.
Kawai: Couldn't it be that we're the two of A.B.C. who have a relaxing effect on others?
Goseki: Nope, it's the TV.
Apparently everyone from kisumai would come into Tottsu & Kawai's dressing room, and Kawai likes to think it's because of his amicable personality but Gocchi lets him know the hard truth.
- Duet 0809
Apparently none of them can swim. XD
- Duet 0811
Kawai: No, but like, we now have Hasshi and we’re fresh, so our costumes are white too (please look at today’s pictures). Till now, we’ve never worn anything totally white! Even if it looked whitish, it was actually a really light gray!!
Totsuka: Yes. Those are actually gray.
Tsukada: Thanks to Hasshi, we got a new color added.
Hasshi: Adding more colors to the ABC rainbow (re: "We want to be like Arashi too!" I know they're thinking it.).
- WU 0812
Yokoo: Kisumai had Miyata and Senga as the funny characters… and that was a strong point of ours, but these days Gocchi and Kawai have started to be funny characters on “The Shounen Club” and stuff too. Tsuka-chan’s hilarious without trying to be either. Now with Hashimoto added to that, I kind of feel like ABC has higher quality idiots (laughs).
Yokoo is jealous because his group has less dorkery than ABC. ): That's sad, Yokoo. kisumai has plenty of dorkery! but I must admit, I lol'd at "higher quality idiots." XDDDD
"But where's the media, gsama?" is what you are probably thinking right about now. And "Right here!" is what I will tell you. 8D
Hopefully these links still work cause it took for-freaking-ever to find these. ]: ABC is almost as unsearchable as NEWS. Don't forget to click "watch in high quality" where applicable!
- [perf] ABC & Question? - Naked
CAN WE PLEASE TALK ABOUT HOW AMAZING THIS IS? Fujiie & Akun rap at us and then ABC flies in and flails around with their acrobatics and Q is there like YEAH WE'RE ROCKIN' and they sing and stuff and what the heck did you just do Tsuka-chan? It's too bad it's kind of small. sad.
- [perf] Toushin Yoshikazu & ABC - Beat Mind
Thought I should throw in a Toushin perf! The song is pretty upbeat and they all look cute and they all also sing. Then there's a random kisumai perf! With Iida, even! ;; oh iida. we miss you.
- [perf] ABC - Bulldog
SO THIS IS MY FAVORITE FOUR LEAVES SONG. And ABC sings this while ripping off their jackets and revealing skinny little twiggy man arms. akdfjklsf but still! NICCHI MO SACCHI MO DOU NI MO BULL DOG RAWR! I also didn't know there was a Bull Dog dance before watching this. :o
- [perf]ABC - Sayonara BOX
So in this perf they dance around/on top of a sparkly box.
Are you watching yet?
- [perf] ABC - Crush
CRUSH CRUSH ON YOU BABYYYY
I can't remember who it was, but someone in kisumai was making fun of them like CRUSH CRUSH CRUSH!! and stuff and it was really lolarious but I cannot remember the setting at all. ): sad. Kawai has a terrible perm. Ignore it.
- [perf] ABC-Z - Ashita no Tame ni (SC, 2008.10.12)
I thought I should include something by ABC-Z in this post. XD Their costumes are hideous. x:
And finally, pictures! ((:
And lastly, the credits.
First of all, thank you to all the translators from I whom I stole these interviews! Got everything from crazy_accel, spider_monkeys, boys_paper, Hadaka no Johnny's, or the internet.
I hope you all enjoyed this! ((: It took me seven hours to do. ;;