A.B.C-Z

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A.B.C.-Z
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres Pop
Years active 2005 (2005) – present
Labels Pony Canyon
Website http://abcz.ponycanyon.co.jp/
Members Ryosuke Hashimoto
Shota Totsuka
Fumito Kawai
Koichi Goseki
Ryoichi Tsukada

A.B.C-Z (エー.ビー.シー-ズィー ee.bii.shii.zii?) is a 5-member Japanese boy band under Johnny & Associates. The group's former name was A.B.C., which stands for Acrobat Boys Club. It was changed to A.B.C-Z after Ryosuke Hashimoto was moved to the group from J.J.Express in 2008.

The group was a former Johnny's Jr. unit. They debuted last February 2, 2012 with their DVD Za ABC ~5 Stars~.

History[edit]

2001–2008: As A.B.C.[edit]

Members:

  • Koichi Goseki
  • Shota Totsuka
  • Ryoichi Tsukada
  • Fumito Kawai

In 2002 they became A.B.C. with Yoshikazu Toshin.

2008-2011: A.B.C-Z pre-debut[edit]

In Summary 2008, it was announced that Ryosuke Hashimoto, who was a member of J.J.Express would join A.B.C., thus the group name changing to A.B.C-Z. Right after that they held a concert, along with Kis-My-Ft2.

In May 2010 they were allowed to hold their own concert at Theater Crea in Tokyo. It was also the first time they produced their own concert. They had their solo live from May 11 until 19th and then other units from Johnny's Jr. will take part in, and hold four different kinds of show in total until May 31.

On July 23, during the PLAYZONE'11 musical, Fumito Kawai broke his left leg, causing him not to be able to appear for the rest of the show. After PLAYZONE'11 A.B.C-Z was scheduled to be in the stage play Shonentachi Koushi naki Rougoku. Johnny H. Kitagawa was at the opening of this show and revealed a new group of seven, ABC-xyZ, centred on the already existing four member group A.B.C-Z. He also hinted that things could get going by 2012, but for that Kawai needs to get better first.

On November 6 they held their first one-man concert at Tokyo’s Yoyogi National Stadium for 26,000 fans. They also announced that in February next year they will be hosting a play, titled “ABC-za Star Kouen”, at Nissay Theater in Tokyo. Johnny H. Kitagawa commented that they may debut the next year.

On December 9 A.B.C-Z held a press conference for their upcoming stage play “ABC-za Star Kouen”. They also announced that they will be debuting in 2012 with a DVD. This would make them the first Johny's to do so. Thwy hope to release the DVD before the opening of their stage play on February 4. It is said that the DVD will be released under Johnny's Entertainment.[1] By the end of December the release date, February 1st, 2012, was then made public,along with the content of the DVD.[2]

2012-present[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Ryosuke Hashimoto - 橋本良亮 (born July 15, 1993 - red)
  • Fumito Kawai - 河合郁人 (born October 20, 1987 - violet)
  • Shota Totsuka - 戸塚祥太 (born November 13, 1986 - pink)
  • Ryoichi Tsukada - 塚田僚一 (born December 10, 1986 - yellow)
  • Koichi Goseki - 五関晃一 (born June 17, 1985 - blue)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Compilation Albums
    • [2010.07.28] PLAYZONE2010 ROAD TO PLAYZONE
    • [2011.07.20] PLAYZONE'11 SONG&DANC'N.

DVD[edit]

Original DVDs

Release Date Title Rank
1st 2012.02.01 "Za ABC ~5stars~" 1
2nd 2012.09.12 "Zutto LOVE" (ずっとLOVE?) 1
3rd 2013.03.06 "Twinkle Twinkle A.B.C-Z" 2
4th 2013.07.10 "Walking on Clouds" 1
5th 2013.11.20 "Never My Love" 2
6th 2014.07.09 "Legend Story" 1

Music Videos

Year Title DVD
2012 "Za ABC ~5stars~" Music Clip Za ABC ~5stars~
"Suna no GLASS" (砂のグラス?) Dance Clip
"Zutto LOVE" (ずっとLOVE?) Music Clip Zutto LOVE
"Bokura ~LOVE&PEACE~" (ボクラ~LOVE&PEACE~?) Dance Clip
2013 "Twinkle Twinkle A.B.C-Z" Music Clip Twinkle Twinkle A.B.C-Z
"Desperado" Dance Clip
"Walking on Clouds" Music Clip Walking on Clouds
"My Life" Dance Clip
"Never My Love" Music Clip Never My Love
"Like A Blow" Dance Clip
2014 "Legend Story" Music Clip Legend Story
"Bokura no Kotae - Here We Go -" (僕らのこたえ ~Here We Go~?) Dance Clip

Live Tour DVDs

Release Date Title Rank
2013.10.16 "A.B.C-Z 2013 Twinkle x2 Star Tour" 5

Musical/Stage Play DVDs

Release Date Title Rank
2012.07.04 "ABC za Star Gekijyō" (ABC座 星(スター)劇場?) 1
2013.01.16 "Johnny's Dome Theatre ~SUMMARY2012~ A.B.C-Z" 5
2013.03.20 "Shōnentachi Jail in the Sky" (少年たち Jail in the Sky?) 12
2013.08.14 "Johnnys' World no Kansha-sai in Tokyo Dome" (JOHNNYS’ Worldの感謝祭 in TOKYO DOME?) 1
2014.06.25 "A.B.C Za 2013 Johnny's Densetsu (The Digest)" (A.B.C座2013 ジャニーズ伝説 (The Digest)?) TBA

Other DVDs

  • [2010.09.22] "Takizawa Kabuki" (滝沢歌舞伎?)
  • [2010.11.10] "PLAYZONE2010 ROAD TO PLAYZONE"
  • [2011.04.13] "Shounentachi Koushi Naki Rougoku" (少年たち 格子無き牢獄?)
  • [2011.06.08] "Shinshun Takizawa Kakumei 2011" (新春 滝沢革命?)
  • [2011.11.02] "PLAYZONE’11 SONG & DANC’N."

Singles[edit]

  • Compilation Singles
    • [2010.08.18] ROAD TO PLAYZONE

Pre-debut songs[edit]

  • A to Z
  • Ashita no Tame ni Boku ga Iru
  • Attraction!
  • Crazy Accel
  • Crush
  • Daybreaker (with Kis-My-Ft2)
  • Dream ~Itsutsu no Negai~
  • Freedom
  • InaZuma☆Venus
  • Kodoku no RUNAWAY
  • Let's Go!! ~Mirai he Kakaru Hashi~ (TakiCHANnel opening theme)
  • Naked (with Question?)
  • Sayonara Box
  • Star Seeker
  • Vanilla
  • You&Me&Who? (Track on Shounentai's Playzone 'CHANGE' album, with M.A.D.)

Group activities[edit]

Variety shows[edit]

  • The Shounen Club 「ザ少年倶楽部」
  • ABChanZoo 「えびチャンズ」

Drama[edit]

  • Magical Boy Cherry's「魔法☆男子チェリーズ」

Radio[edit]

CM[edit]

Concerts[edit]

  • A.B.C-Z Kis-My-Ft2 First Concert (11-13 Oct, 8-9 Nov 2008)
  • Minna Crea ni Kite Kurie! (11–19 May 2010)
  • 年末ヤング東西歌合戦! 東西Jr.選抜大集合2010! A.B.C-Z+ジャニーズJr.選抜 VS 中山優馬+関西Jr.選抜 (26-27 Nov 2010)
  • Minna Crea ni Kite Kurie 2011 (29 March- 5 May, 13–18 May, 23–29 May 2011)
  • A.B.C-Z 2011 first Concert in YOYOGI (6 Nov 2011)
  • A.B.C.-Z. and Sexy Zone Johnny's Dome Theater ~SUMMARY~

References[edit]

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