Ryosuke Yamada

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Ryosuke Yamada
Native name 山田 涼介
Born (1993-05-09) May 9, 1993 (age 23)
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres Japanese Pop
Years active 2004–present
Associated acts

Ryosuke Yamada (山田 涼介 Yamada Ryōsuke?, born May 9, 1993) is a Japanese actor, singer, dancer, songwriter, voice actor and a member of two Japanese boy bands, Hey! Say! JUMP and NYC.[1]

Yamada came to prominence as a teen idol in 2007 following his role in the Japanese television series Tantei Gakuen Q. After launching his music career in 2007 as a member of boy band Hey! Say! JUMP, he released his number one debut solo single, "Mystery Virgin" in 2013. The fact that Yamada was in his teens at the time the single reached number one helped the singer set several records in the Japanese music industry and Yamada achieved wide fame as a solo artist. He became the first teenage male artist in thirty three years to have a number one debut single as well as being one of the only two artists in history to achieve this milestone.[2] As an actor, he is best known for portraying Hajime Kindaichi in the Kindaichi Case Files live action drama franchise and Nagisa Shiota in the live action adaptation movie franchise of Assassination Classroom. He has been cast to portray Edward Elric in the upcoming Fullmetal Alchemist live action movie slated to release in 2017.


2004–05: Career beginnings[edit]

Yamada began his career after entering Johnny and Associates at the age of 10. His mother, who was a fan of KinKi Kids, sent an application for an audition which recruited trainees for future male idols.[citation needed] The audition took place during the summer of 2004 and was aired in a segment of a Japanese television program, Ya-Ya-yah. Yamada made his first television appearance in August.

He began working as a backup dancer for Tackey & Tsubasa, NEWS, Kanjani8, and KAT-TUN and appeared regularly on The Shounen Club from autumn 2004.

2006–07: Tantei Gakuen Q and Hey! Say! JUMP[edit]

Following his success as a dancer, he began acting. In 2006, he made his acting debut in a 2-hour television drama episode, Tantei Gakuen Q SP , as Ryu Amakusa.

In April 2007, he was selected to be a member of a temporary boy band, Hey! Say! 7.[3] He made his CD debut on August 1, 2007, with a #1 single "Hey!Say!".[3] The band was created by Johnny Kitagawa and was stated that it will be active for 6 months until September 2007.

From July 2007, a 3-month series of Tantei Gakuen Q was launched and Yamada played Ryu Amakusa again as he did in the prequel.

In September 2007, the temporary boy band, Hey!Say!7 broke up. Johnny & Associates announced that a new boy band, Hey! Say! JUMP, would be launched. Yamada was selected as one of the ten members. He debuted on November 14, 2007 with a number one single "Ultra Music Power".[4]

2008–09: Acting and NYC boys[edit]

In 2008, Yamada furthered his acting career. From January to March 2008, he starred in a 3-month long television drama series, One-Pound Gospel with Kazuya Kamenashi. On April 12, he played a main role in a 2-hour drama episode, Sensei wa Erai, as Hayato Gunjou.

On June 14, he played the main role in Furuhata Chuugakusei, the sequel to Furuhata Ninzaburo, a famous Japanese drama series aired since 1994. Writer Koki Mitani had been planning a sequel for almost a decade but failed to launch one because he was unable to find an ideal teen actor who could play Ninzaburo Furuhata. Mitani spotted Yamada in One-Pound Gospel, in which his wife starred in and instantly contacted Johnny & Associates to offer Yamada the role.

From October to December 2008, he played the main role, Toichi Takasugi, in a 3-month long television drama series, Scrap Teacher: Kyoushi Saisei, along with three band members.

In June 2009, it was announced that Yamada will be working as the lead singer of temporary boy band, NYC boys.[5] The band debuted with a number one single, "NYC". On December 31, 2009, the band appeared on Kohaku Uta Gassen.[6]

In the summer of 2009, Yamada returned to acting and starred in Niini no koto o Wasurenaide, a 2-hour television drama episode aired as a segment of an annual television show, 24 Hour Television. On October 3, 2009, he played the main role in Hidarime Tantei Eye.

2010–12: NYC, The Smurfs, Perfect Son and Johnnys’ World[edit]

From January 2010, Hidarime Tantei EYE became a 3-month long television series and Yamada once again played the main role.[7] His band mate Yuma Nakayama guest starred in the first two episodes. Hey! Say! JUMP's fifth single "Hitomi no Screen" was used as the theme song for the series.

In March 2010, it was announced that Yamada and two other leading members of NYC boys will form a new boy band called NYC, leaving behind the remaining four members.[8] NYC released a number one single "Yūki 100%" on April 7, 2010.[8] From this point on, Yamada began performing as the lead singer of two boy bands, Hey! Say! JUMP and NYC.

In September 2011, he played the voice of Clumsy in the Japanese-dubbed version of the film The Smurfs.[9] Hey! Say! JUMP's eighth single, "Magic Power", was used as the theme song for the film.

In 2012, Yamada returned to acting for the first time in two years. He played the main role in Yamada Akiyoshi Monogatari, which was aired on January 2.[10] It was his first time to star in a jidaigeki. From January to March, he starred in a 3-month long television series, Perfect Son, with actress Kyoka Suzuki.[11] Hey! Say! JUMP’s 9th single "SUPER DELICATE" was used as the theme song for the series.

From November 2012 to January 2013, he played the lead role in a musical, Johnnys’ World.[12]

2013–2014: Mystery Virgin and Kindaichi Case Files[edit]

On January 9, 2013, he made his solo debut with a number one single "Mystery Virgin".[13] The fact that Yamada was in his teens at the time when the single reached number one helped him set several new records in the Japanese music industry. The single debuted at number one in its debut week on the Oricon chart, making him the first teenage male artist in thirty three years to have a number one debut single as well as being one of the only two artists in history to achieve this milestone.[2]

On January 12, 2013, he starred in a two-hour television special for, Kinda'ichi Shōnen no Jikenbo titled Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo Hong Kong Kowloon Zaihou Satsujin Jiken (The Hong Kong Kowloon Treasure Murder Case).[14][15] He played the main role as Hajime Kindaichi. The show was created to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Japanese broadcasting company, NTV.[16] Yamada’s "Mystery Virgin" was used as the theme song for the show.

It was later revealed that Shin Kibayashi, writer of the Kindaichi series and Tantei Gakuen Q had visioned creating a new Kindaichi series with Yamada as Hajime Kindaichi for almost five years. They met on set while filming Tantei Gakuen Q in 2006 and 2007. After filming the show, Kibayashi asked Yamada in person if he could play the role of Kindaichi in the future, for Yamada was only 14 years old at the time, too young to play the role of a high school student.[17]

In early 2014, Ryosuke Yamada reprised his role as Kindaichi and starred in another special titled Kindaichi Shonen no Jiken bo Gokumonjuku Satsujin Jiken (The Prison School Murder Case)[18]

After the specials, Ryosuke was then approached to continue starring as Kindaichi for a new serial drama for the Kindaichi series. The new series will be titled Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo N (neo) and started airing in July 2014.[19]

2015–present: Movie debut and 24 Hour Television[edit]

In March 2015, Yamada made his movie debut as the hero, Shiota Nagisa, of the live action movie adaptation of the popular manga, Ansatsu Kyoushitsu. The movie was a major hit, topping the box office of Japan on its first opening week.

August that year, Hey! Say! JUMP was chosen as the TV personality of NTV's annual 24 Hour Television, which was a program to raise awareness for all the people that are going through hard times, alongside another Johnny's group V6. Yamada portrays the hero, Sasaki Ryohei, in the 24 Hour Television drama special called Okaasan, Ore Wa Daijoubu, along with other JE members Masuda Takahisa and Yoshihiko Inohara as cast members.

Yamada had been casted in another movie that was released on November 9 called Grasshopper along with Ikuta Toma. The movie was ranked #2 on its opening week. Yamada received positive reviews due to his acting as a knife-wielding assassin in this movie, including from his veteran co-stars, Ikuta Toma, Tadanobu Asano, and Murakami Jun. He won the Newcomer of the Year category in the 39th Japan Academy Prize for his portrayal of Nagisa Shiota in Assassination Classroom, and Rookie actor of the year in Japan Movie Critics Award for his portrayal of Semi in Grasshopper.

Assassination Classroom had a sequel called Assassination Classroom ~Graduation~ that was released on March 25th, 2016. The sequel was a major success, topping the box office chart on its opening week in Japan, with 544,641 admissions and ¥639 million in total. It was number-one again on its second week, with US$3.5 million in total.

On May 24, 2016, it was announced that Yamada will star as Edward Elric in the Fullmetal Alchemist[20] Live Action movie that is scheduled for a 2017 release. Filming began on June 2016 in Italy and was expected to finish in mid August 2016 in Japan.



Release date Title Peak position Sales Certification
January 9, 2013 "Mystery Virgin" 1 219,871[21] RIAJ:Gold

Music video[edit]

Year Song Artist
2005 "Seishun Amigo" Shuuji to Akira
2006 "Venus" Tackey & Tsubasa
"Fever to Future" Kitty GYM
2013 "Mystery Virgin" Ryosuke Yamada
"Moonlight" Ryosuke Yamada


Year Album / Song Artist Credit
2010 JUMP NO.1 / "Shinku" Hey! Say! JUMP Writer
2012 JUMP WORLD / "Hana Egao" Hey! Say! 7 Writer
2013 "Gin no Sekai ni Negai o Komete" Ryosuke Yamada Writer
2014 "Smart" / "Candle" Hey! Say! JUMP Writer
2015 "JUMPing CAR" / " Sangatsu Juuyokka~Tokei" Ryosuke Yamada, Keito Okamoto Writer


Year Release date Title
2006 February 15 Endless Shock
June 28 Dream Boys
August 30 Takizawa Hideaki Arigato 2005 Sayonara
2007 July 18 Takizawa Enbujo
2008 January 23 One! The History of Tackey
September 3 One-Pound Gospel
December 3 Furuhata Chugakusei: Shogai Saisho no Jiken
2009 March 4 Tantei Gakuen Q
April 22 Scrap Teacher: Kyoshi Saisei
October 28 Niini no koto Wasurenaide
2010 March 17 Hidarime Tantei Eye SP
May 26 Hidarime Tantei Eye
2012 February 3 The Smurfs
July 18 Perfect Son
2013 March 13 Kindaichi Case Files
2015 September 25 Assassination Classroom
2016 April 28 Grasshopper


For Hey! Say! 7 or Hey! Say! JUMP-related appearances, see Hey! Say! JUMP.


Year Title Broadcast Role Notes
2006 Tantei Gakuen Q SP[22] NTV Ryu Amakusa Supporting role; TV movie
2007 Tantei Gakuen Q[22] NTV Ryu Amakusa Main role; 3-month long series; sequel
2008 One-Pound Gospel[23] NTV Katsumi Mukoda Supporting role; 3-month long series
Sensei wa Erai![24] NTV Hayato Gunjou Main role; TV movie
Furuhata Chugakusei[25] Fuji TV Ninzaburo Furuhata Main role; TV movie
Scrap Teacher: Kyoushi Saisei[26] NTV Toichi Takasugi Main role; 3-month long series
2009 Niini no koto Wasurenaide[27] NTV Yuji Kawai Supporting role; TV movie
Hidarime Tantei EYE SP[28] NTV Ainosuke Tanaka Main role; TV movie
2010 Hidarime Tantei Eye[28] NTV Ainosuke Tanaka Main role; 3-month long series; sequel
2012 Yamada Akiyoshi Monogatari[29] TBS Akiyoshi Yamada Main role; TV movie
Perfect Son[30] NTV Daichi Suzuki Main role; 3-month long series
2013 Kindaichi Case Files[31] NTV Hajime Kindaichi Main role; TV movie
Kyou no hi wa Sayonara[32] NTV Nobuo Harada Supporting role; TV movie
2014 Kindaichi Case Files[33] NTV Hajime Kindaichi Main role; TV movie; sequel
Kindaichi Case Files Neo[34] NTV Hajime Kindaichi Main role; 3-month long series; sequel
2015 Okaasan, Ore wa Daijoubu[35] NTV Sasaki Ryohei Main role; TV movie


Year Title Role Notes
2011 The Smurfs[36] Clumsy (Voice) Japanese-dubbed version
2015 Assassination Classroom[37] Nagisa Shiota Main role
Grasshopper[38] Semi/Cicada Main role
2016 Assassination Classroom: Graduation[39] Nagisa Shiota Main role
2017 Fullmetal Alchemist[40] Edward Elric Main role

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Broadcast Role
2004 - 2007 Ya-Ya-yah TV Tokyo Himself
2004–present The Shounen Club NHK Himself
2006 - 2007 You Tachi! NTV Himself
2007 - 2008 Heisei Families NTV Himself
2008 - 2009 Show wa Heisei NTV Himself
2009–present School Kakumei! NTV Himself
2011–present Yan Yan JUMP TV Tokyo Himself


For post-debut tours, see Hey! Say! JUMP.


Year Month Artist Title
2004 August NEWS, KAT-TUN Summary of Johnnys’ World
December - January 2005 KAT-TUN Live Kaizokuban Tour
2005 March KAT-TUN Spring 05 Looking Concert
March Ya-Ya-yah Spring Yokohama Arena Concert
May - June KAT-TUN Looking 05 Tour
July - September NEWS, Ya-Ya-yah Johnnys' Theater Summary Digest
August KAT-TUN Looking 2005ing Concert
December Hideaki Takizawa Arigato 2005 Sayonara Concert
2006 August Johnny's Jr. Daiboken Concert
September - October Johnny's Jr. You-tachi no Ongaku Daiundokai Tour
December Tackey & Tsubasa Christmas Concert
2007 January Johnny's Jr. Kingashinnen Johnny's Jr. Daishugo Concert
February - April NEWS Concert Tour
April - June KAT-TUN cartoon KAT-TUN II You Tour
August Johnny's Jr. Daiboken Concert
September Johnny's Jr. Hey Say 07 in Yokohama Arena Concert


For post-debut musical appearances, see Hey! Say! JUMP


Year Month Lead role Title Notes
2005 January - February Koichi Domoto Endless Shock
2006 January KAT-TUN, Kanjani8 Dream Boys
March - April Hideaki Takizawa Takizawa Enbujyo
September Hideaki Takizawa One!-the history of Tackey-
2010 April - May Hideaki Takizawa Takizawa Kabuki Guest appearance


Issue Title Magazine
April 2008 – present Yamadas Duet
April 2013 – present Shinku no Oto -Think Note- Myojo


Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2016 40th Hochi Film Awards Best New Artist Assassination Classroom and Grasshopper Nominated
2016 39th Japan Academy Prize[41] Newcomers of the Year Assassination Classroom Won
2016 25th Japan Movie Critics Award[42] Rookie Actor of the Year Grasshopper Won


  1. ^ Hey! Say! JUMP Profile Johnny's Net. Retrieved 2007-12-07. (Japanese)
  2. ^ a b 山田涼介ソロデビュー曲初登場首位
  3. ^ a b Hey!Say!7が男性グループ史上最年少1位
  4. ^ 「Hey!Say!JUMP」メンバー全員平成生まれ!ジャニーズ最多10人グループ誕生!
  5. ^ ジャニーズ新ユニット結成、KAT-TUN田中聖も太鼓判
  6. ^ ジャニーズ下剋上だ!NYC知念「嵐に負けない」
  7. ^ 「左目探偵EYE」連ドラ化決定。山田涼介「とてもうれしい」
  8. ^ a b 限定ユニット「NYC」が活動継続の新曲
  9. ^ 世界キャラ「フマーフ」山田&知念が声担当
  10. ^ Hey!Say!山田涼介が幕末志士に 時代劇初挑戦
  11. ^ 鈴木京香:母親役で山田涼介とW主演 野島伸司脚本ドラマ「理想の息子」
  12. ^ 過去最大規模!帝劇で「ジャニーズ・ワールド」
  13. ^ 山田涼介 主演ドラマ「金田一少年」主題歌でソロデビュー
  14. ^ 『金田一少年の事件簿』 Hey!Say!山田涼介主演で7年ぶり復活
  15. ^ "Yamada Ryosuke to be 4th Generation Kindaichi Hajime in Latest Drama SP". 2012-07-24. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
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  17. ^ 金田一少年 4代目に山田涼介
  18. ^ "Hiroki Narimiya, Ryosuke Yamada & Wu Chun Go To Malaysia To Film New NTV Drama SP". 2013-11-16. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  19. ^ "Yamada Ryosuke's 'Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo' to get a serial drama". 2014-04-29. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  20. ^ http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2016/05/23-1/with-filming-about-to-begin-live-action-fullmetal-alchemist-cast-confirmed-and-expanded
  21. ^ Oricon Weekly Charts for 1/7 ~ 1/13
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  23. ^ 初共演!山田涼介が亀梨見下す The Hochi Shimbun, 2007-11-25. Retrieved on 2007-12-07. (Japanese)
  24. ^ 先生はエライっ!公式ホームページ
  25. ^ 「え~復活です~」古畑任三郎が一夜限りで帰ってくる! Sankei SPORTS, 2008-05-08. Retrieved on 2008-05-24. (Japanese)
  26. ^ スクラップ・ディーチャー公式ホームページ
  27. ^ にぃにのことを忘れないで公式ホームページ
  28. ^ a b 左目探偵EYE公式ホームページ
  29. ^ 山田顕義物語公式ホームページ
  30. ^ 理想の息子公式ホームページ
  31. ^ 金田一少年の事件簿公式ホームページ
  32. ^ 今日の日はさようならホームページ
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  35. ^ お母さん,俺は大丈夫ホームページ
  36. ^ 世界キャラ「スマーフ」山田&知念が声担当
  37. ^ http://otakumode.com/news/5443aa597b206a995e3b9616/Assassination-Classroom-Movie-Coming-Spring-Break-2015-Release-Set-for-March-21
  38. ^ http://variety.com/2014/film/news/toma-ikuta-tadanobu-asano-to-star-in-japanese-revenge-thriller-grasshopper-1201258470/
  39. ^ http://otakumode.com/news/55ed1fcdf530ebe963a57c5c/%E2%80%9CAssassination-Classroom%E2%80%9D-Movie-Sequel-Titled-%E2%80%9CGraduation-Edition%E2%80%9D
  40. ^ http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2016/03/29-1/live-action-fullmetal-alchemist-film-works-its-magic-in-2017
  41. ^ http://aramajapan.com/news/39th-japan-academy-prize-association-announces-nominees-and-winners/54059/
  42. ^ http://jmcao.org/

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