He may be 82 years old now, but he's still up and about. An entertainment industry insider comments: "He's still so full of energy. He's really young. He still watches the Junior kids perform on stage, and his theatrical producing ability is still irreplaceable. And the thing that he's concerned about the most right now is the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. We still don't know what he has in mind for it, but we're sure that he's all pumped up for the event. People have been talking about who will succeed him for the longest time, but the guessing games seem to have died down as of late due to this new goal that they have.".
There have already been numerous reports made about a couple of Johnny's executives struggling for control within the company, and it seems that these reports have momentarily taken a backseat thanks to this enthusiasm that Johnny himself has been showing. But the main reason why it's said that "Johnny's will cease to exist without Johnny-san himself" is because of his excellent eye for talent.
All Johnny's talents need to go through the process of becoming Juniors and build up experience through theater plays and concerts until they make their CD debut, and Johnny himself selects those Juniors.
A certain industry insider reveals: "No one in Johnny's immediately makes his full-blown debut after passing the auditions. They all get accepted with the premise that they need to undergo a development process, which naturally means that children in their pre-teens to early teens are the ones who take these auditions. But it's not easy choosing boys in their early teens as people's faces develop and change through the years. It's the same with all these former child stars who were once popular but aren't having as much luck as adults. But people have been saying that only Johnny-san has the ability to foresee how these boys will look like when they become adults. And this is a talent that no other top brass within the company possesses.".
This is also why it's said that "in the case of an unfortunate event, the agency will have no other choice but to keep on doing their business with the current crop of talents that they have, since they won't have the ability to discover new talents through auditions anymore".
The recent abundance of ugliness in Johnny's is really horrible
I guess what we have right now is the result of his deteriorated eyesight
> But people have been saying that only Johnny-san has the ability to foresee how these boys will look like when they become adults. And this is a talent that no other top brass within the company possesses
So he doesn't have a successor.
The recent level of these Johnny's faces is just too horrible.
Prepare guys on the level of Okada.
SMAP, TOKIO, and guys from those generations are carrying the company right now.
All the rest are just bartered along with them.
This is just about homo Johnny Kitagawa choosing his type of boys
When you think about it calmly, everyone that came after Arashi have been lame.
It's probably because he's gone senile already.
If he really had an eye for talent, then this agency wouldn't have spawned so many troublemakers.
It's the same as AKB's method, just go for quantity as something's bound to become a hit.
It's amazing how he's kept using TOKIO and how they've managed to succeed.
I guess it's just a succession of chances and the result of their own hard work, though.
It does seem like he's been gathering all these ugly guys lately.
Has his taste changed?
So he's 82 already.
I want him to keep doing his best.
It's quite abnormal how many Johnny's talents we've been seeing these days on NHK's programs
The only ikemen from Johnny's are Hiromi Go, Mayo Kawasaki, and Motoki.
Nagase's an ikemen too.
Okada's too small.
KimuTaku's got bad style and figure, and he still looks too androgynous despite becoming an oldie.
Between Tackey and Tsubasa, Tusubasa's more of an ikemen.
Tackey is too small.
He always includes kids who look like they came from Southeast Asia. That must really be his taste.
The answer is simple, really.
Because Mr. Johnny himself possesses the heart of a young girl who goes "Kyaa- kyaa--" when she sees male idols.
There really are a lot of small guys.
Does eating something weird when you're in grade school or junior high really hamper your growth?
SMAP was the highest point, and no decent newbies came out after Kinki, TOKIO, V6 and Arashi
It's not about his eye for talent, it's about his sexual desire.
(It's probably gone dry now physically)
He sets out to find the boys that he likes.
There's no way anyone can match up to him since for him, it's a fun job that combines his passion with business.
And I actually think that there should also be a lesbian president counterpart who manages a bunch of female idols.
Rather, anyone would just choose people based on what he or she likes, right?
If I were to judge an idol group's audition, I would definitely choose my type of girls.
Who are the ones who became ugly once they turned into an adult?
I wonder who's "better", this geezer or Takuya-san...
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So does he choose the talents depending on the hole or the pole?
I find this 5-member group with 4 offenders pretty amazing
11位 佐藤勝利（SEXY ZONE）
12位 堂本光一（KinKi Kids）
14位 堂本剛（KinKi Kids）
Johnny's 30 Best Ikemens I randomly came up with
1. Masahiro Motoki (Former Shibugakitai)
2. Tomoya Nagase (TOKIO)
3. Junichi Okada (V6)
4. Mikio Osawa (Former Hikaru GENJI)
5. Kenichi Okamoto (Former Otokogumi)
6. Hideaki Takizawa (Tackey and Tsubasa)
7. Takuya Kimura (SMAP)
8. Tomohisa Yamashita
9. Mayo Kawasaki
10. Atsuhiro Sato (Former Hikaru GENJI)
11. Shori Sato (SEXY ZONE)
12. Koichi Domoto (KinKi Kids)
13. Toma Ikuta
14. Tsuyoshi Domoto (KinKi Kids)
15. Jin Akanishi (Former KAT-TUN)
21位 山田涼介（Hey! Say! JUMP）
16. Hiromi Go
17. Susumu Yanagisawa (Ninja)
18. Kazukiyo Nishikiori (Shonentai)
19. Jun Matsumoto (Arashi)
20. Tadayoshi Okura (Kanjani8)
21. Ryosuke Yamada (Hey! Say! JUMP)
22. Noriyuki Higashiyama (Shonentai)
23. Sho Sakurai (Arashi)
24. Shigeaki Kato (NEWS)
25. Koji Kita (Four Leaves)
26. Go Morita (V6)
27. Hiroki Uchi
28. Masahiro Nakai (SMAP)
29. Yuya Tegoshi (NEWS)
30. Koyo Maeda (Former Otokogumi)
I don't think Johnny's talents are that special.
I think that they can still discover potential talents of the same level even when Johnny dies.
But no one can replicate that ability of making the agency grow this huge.
The reason why there are a lot of ugly guys these days is because of Johnny-san's deteriorating eyesight.
All these boys just look pretty in Johnny-san's eyes.
In the past when you say "Johnny's-kei", they would automatically be the cute and ikemen types. But nowadays, Johnny's-kei = ugly.
Please debut proper ikemens for a change.
"You, yacchai na yo" is his most classic line
Johnny's wouldn't have succeeded as a company if it wasn't for Johnny-san's heaven-sent sexual drive.
Johnny Kitagawa (82)
82!? He's a monster.
I thought he was only around 70. So he's 82, huh.
He's got about as much failures as Akimoto, but he's the typical example of the person who only has his success stories revealed to the public.
I'm amazed at how he even extended his reach to the busudoru (ugly idols) genre like Kis-my-something.
He's a distinguished person who has reclaimed the demand for ugly idols.
So he's 82? w
His sex drive is monstrous w
So will there be a war once he passes away?
He should do it like Tsunku♂
and interview the kids together with their parents, and only accept kids with a proper family background.
I'm amazed at their strategy of including 1 iffy member in each group like TOKIO's leader and V6's Asaichi announcer.
One of the students that my dad had was a member of Johnny's Jr.
And that boy's mother told him,
"Please look after my son properly especially during PE class and break time so that his face won't have any scars". And my dad complained, "That fool! Boys are much healthier if they have a scar or two on their face!".
The agency has been finished after Arashi so the end is coming soon
Johnny's are of lower quality compared to K-Pop. They should try to go international. But their looks are better than K-Pop.
I want Johnny's to make me think that they're awesome.
Sorry, but I think that Johnny-san's eyesight has deteriorated quite a lot
I'm a girl, but never have I found Johnny's talents to be any good.
Aren't their fans just in a hypnotic state thanks to this so called Johnny's filter? w
Johnny's boys used to have bright and healthy images attached to them, but it all turned weird around the time NEWS and KAT-TUN came into the picture
They should increase the number of "only one"-type members like MatsuJun and Nagase who have deep features.
Now, all they have are guys who have faces and hairstyles you can see around the corner, and you just can't feel the strength in the brand anymore.
They should properly decide on who will succeed the company.
But if they don't give a damn about what happens to them after he kicks the bucket then just let it be w
Let me christen him:
The king of anal business
Oh, a smokescreen article after the one made by Bunshun
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In the case of females, Sweet Power's got quite a good hit rate. Even the girls who didn't make it big are cute.
When I saw Arashi's picture during their Jr. days, I thought that everyone was so ugly, and was amazed at how they were able to make a bunch of kids like that make their debut. But they've actually gotten popular (regardless of whether they're actually ikemens or not) so Johnny probably does have the eye to see these talents.
When Johnny Kitagawa is no more, I get the feeling that Johnny's will be filled with pretty boys with model-like statures, and will eventually lead to the drop in their popularity
I want the Johnny's and Sweet Power presidents to come out with a book that has their know-how, titled something like "this is what to look for".
If it's an industry secret, then I recommend that they inscribe these in scrolls instead.
I do think he's amazing for making people like Kusanagi, Aiba, and Masuda idols.
Wrong. Johnny's is where it is because of women who do not have an eye for men.
No matter how you look at them, Johnny's has more ugly talents.
I think this person can't properly decide a boy's potential unless he makes love to him, so he's probably lying low after losing the lawsuit case, therefor only the horrible ones have been making their debut these days.
A homo of Guinness proportions
What the heck is up with this governing power and his untouchable status?
He's definitely the one moving Japan (´ω｀)
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