D-Boys

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D-Boys
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Occupation(s) Actors
Years active 2004–present
Labels Watanabe Entertainment
Website www.d-boys.com

D-Boys (stylized as "D-BOYS") is a young male actors group under the management of Watanabe Entertainment. The D in the group's name stands for "Drama" (acting work), "Dream", "Debut", "Discovery" and "Development" (growth and advancement).

Although the D-Boys are promoted as a group and members occasionally work together on the same projects, each actor develops his career independently from his fellow members in their own television, cinema and theatre projects. New D-Boys members are regularly selected through public audition events with interactive participation of fan club members.

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

Former members[edit]

D2 members[edit]

Group projects[edit]

In addition to their individual careers, the D-Boys are also involved in collective projects, as part of the group promotion work.

DD-Boys[edit]

DD-Boys was a drama-documentary variety series, featuring the D-Boys members as themselves. Each episode had a short staged section following the plot of the members living in the fictional D-House and seeking ways to raise money for rent, followed by a documentary section showing the members undertaking tasks or challenges to raise that money. Some tasks were inspired by the actor's own personality -e.g., a member who was known to enjoy singing or dancing would have a task related to that hobby, etc. The show was 23 episodes long and aired from 10 April 2006 to 25 September 2006 on TV Asahi.

Stage works[edit]

Series Title Year / date Stage Info Cast
D-Live 1st D-Live 2004 Live entertainment show All members
2nd D-Live 2004 Live entertainment show All members
3rd D-Live March 2005 Live entertainment show All members
4th D-Live May 2006 Live entertainment show All members
Out of Order Out of Order March 2007 Live entertainment show Regular Performers:
D-Boys Stage Vol 1. Kanba Onrei June 2007 Musical All members with guest performers:
Vol 2. The Last Game June 2008 Musical All members plus guest cast A: All members plus guest aast B:
Vol 3. Karasu 04 April 2009 Musical Cast A
Karasu 10 October 2009 Musical Cast B
Vol 4. Now Loading April 28, 2010 Musical Cast A
The Last Game August 26, 2010 Musical Cast B
America November 3, 2010 Musical Cast C

Fan club events[edit]

The D-Boys hold special events where fan club members have the opportunity to meet the actors in person and interact with them in camp activities and games such as cook-offs, tug-of-war, etc., in which the members are split into teams, leading groups of fans to compete with each other.

  • Official Fan club Day Camp Bus Tour (November 13, 2005)
  • Official Fan club Limited Bus Tour (August 25 to August 27, 2006)
  • Official Fan club 3rd Anniversary Bus Tour (September 6 to 8, 2007)

Live tours[edit]

During the summer of 2009, 19 D-Boys members, including Yu Shirota participated in performances for fans at Akiba Plaza called "Kotoshi no Natsu wa Mainichi Dokoka de D-Boys Uki-uki Yatta Hohohoy" or for short, Natsu Doko. There were 49 performances in total of dances, songs and skits. New D-Boys member, Yusuke Yamada, was introduced to fans during these performances. Three CD+DVD sets featuring different recorded audio theater by separate groups of D-BOYS members and footage of Natsu Doko were released on December 16, 2009.

Due to the success and demand of Natsu Doko, a live tour called Fuyu Doko 2009 was held in the winter of 2009 with 19 D-Boys members and Yu Shirota visiting major cities in Japan to promote the Natsu Doko 2009 CD+DVD release. It was the first live tour around the nation for the group.

Radio[edit]

  • Marvelous Radio Vibration (May 5, 2005 - April 1, 2006) - weekly radio show hosted by Yu Shirota, Kotaro Yanagi and Yukki.
  • D-Radio Boys (October 2007/present) - weekly radio show hosted by Masato Wada and Shunji Igarashi, featuring guest D-BOYS members.

Other[edit]

Media[edit]

D-Boys members have released merchandise in the form of photobooks, DVDs and CDs individually, or in relation to a work project (e.g. character image CDs/photobooks). As a group, they have released a calendar featuring all D-Boys members and the following items:

Official photobooks[edit]

Year Title Description Publisher Release date ISBN
2005 D-Boys D-Boys First Photobook Tokyo News Agency April 27, 2005 ISBN 4-924566-42-X
2006 Start! D-Boys 2nd Photobook Gakken Co., Ltd. March 15, 2006 ISBN 4-05-403035-1
2008 Dash D-Boys Third Photobook Kadokawa Marketing Co., Ltd. December 2008 ISBN 978-4-04-895035-0
2010 Darling D-Boys Fourth Photobook Shufu-to-Seikatsu Sha, Ltd. March 2010 ISBN 978-4-04-895035-0

DVD series[edit]

Series Title DVD info Members Release date
D-Boys Boy Friend Series No Fiction Volume 1 Shunji Igarashi June 24, 2009
Self-Discovery Volume 2 Yuichi Nakamura August 21, 2009
Peacemaker Volume 3 Hiroki Suzuki September 18, 2009
Sugao Volume 4 Hirofumi Araki October 23, 2009
Tomorrow Volume 5 Tomo Yanagishita November 26, 2009
Yu Channel Volume 6 Yu Shirota December 23, 2009
7 Heroes Volume 7 February 24, 2010
Super Rookie Volume 8 Ryuki Takahashi March 25, 2010
Tight Rizm Volume 9 Taito Hashimoto April 21, 2010
Set Out' Volume 10 Koji Seto May 26, 2010
Natsu Doko 2009 Natsu Doko 2009 Kaze - Team Wind version DVD for D-Boys Natsu Doko 2009 All members with Yu Shirota December 16, 2009
Natsu Doko 2009 Yama - Team Mountain version DVD for D-Boys Natsu Doko 2009 All members with Yu Shirota December 16, 2009
Natsu Doko 2009 Kawa - Team River version DVD for D-Boys Natsu Doko 2009 All members with Yu Shirota December 16, 2009
Haru Doko 2010 Haru Doko 2010: Momo DVD for D-Boys Haru Doko 2010 Momo members July 14, 2010
Haru Doko 2010: Sakura DVD for D-Boys Haru Doko 2010 Sakura members July 14, 2010

Discography[edit]

The D-Boys have released on December 16, 2009, three CD+DVD sets featuring different recorded audio theater by separate groups of D-Boys members on CD and footage of Natsu Doko on DVD. Natsu Doko 2009 debuted on the Oricon Charts in 11th.

Year Title CD info Members Chart debut Track listings
2009 Natsu Doko 2009 Kaze - Team Wind version Audio Theater album by D-Boys Team Wind members 11 D-Boys CD and DVD
  • Natsu no Kakehashi
Natsu Doko 2009 Yama - Team Mountain version Audio Theater album by D-Boys Team Mountain members 11 D-Boys CD and DVD
  • Natsu no Kakehashi
Natsu Doko 2009 Kawa - Team River version Audio Theater album by D-Boys Team River members 11 D-Boys CD and DVD
  • Natsu no Kakehashi

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