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Johnny’s Database Update – Junior Photo Profiles

Posted on: June 22nd, 2013 by tylerraiz No Comments

Hello everyone!

I’ve added photo pages for the juniors similar to the ones I already had for the debuted groups in the Johnny’s Database. The pages are organized by surname alphabetical order and you can see them either by using the menu above, or by the following links: Juniors Born Before 1994 – Photo Profiles, Juniors Born Since 1994 A-L Photo Profiles, Juniors Born Since 1994 M-Z Photo Profiles.

For more information about the scope of the database and my plans for it, check out this post: Johnny’s Database (WIP).

I sort of view these photo profile pages for the juniors as the most useful part of the database, since I can recognize the members of the debuted groups on sight, but really needed a reference for the juniors. I’ve managed to get photos for most of them, but there are a few for which no photo was available, and I’d be thankful if anybody could help fill in those gaps, or provide updates to any of the information (especially the heights, since that’s the most helpful thing in terms of recognizing juniors except for their portraits). You can comment to this post, or on the various pages.

As always, suggestions and corrections are welcome, and I’ll do my best to incorporate new features. I plan to include drama appearances and better cross-linking next, and I’m also compiling information on non-Johnny’s TV talents that are mentioned in this blog (all 580 of them so far, so it’s going to take a while before I can get that database in order).

I hope these pages prove useful.

Johnny’s Database (WIP)

Posted on: June 9th, 2013 by tylerraiz No Comments

If you take a look up at the menu bar, you should see a new item next to “Variety Shows” called “Johnny’s Database”. Eventually, I plan to make a general talent database for all the people I mention in the articles on this site, but I’ll start off with this section. Under Johnny’s Database, there are four pages – Johnny’s Dai-senpai, Johnny’s Senpai, Johnny’s Juniors – Born 1993 or earlier, and Johnny’s Juniors – Born 1994 or later. These are just tables listing all the individuals I know in order of birthdate. I wanted to make the tables sortable by users, but it turns out that doing so requires javascript, and wordpress.com doesn’t like javascript, so that’s not an option for now. If you hover over Johnny’s Dai-senpai or Johnny’s senpai in the menu, you’ll see group profile pages that include pictures.

My plan for the Johnny’s Database is to have picture profiles for all the current members of the agency as well as any member who had more than five minutes of screen time on Shounen Club, whether they’re still with the agency or not. So far, I think I’ve got the debuted groups ready, and I’ve got info tables for all the debuted acts and juniors that I know about, but I haven’t finished with the pictures for the juniors, so I don’t have those profile pages up.

The division of the debuted individuals into “Dai-senpai” and “Senpai” groups is really just for my convenience and based on my own age – the Dai-senpai are all substantially older than me, while the Senpai are around my age or younger. It’s not meant to imply anything further – it’s just to keep the databases easy to manage.

By the same token, using Jan. 1, 1994 to split the juniors is arbitrary. It means that the older juniors are all roughly contemporaries with Hey! Say! Jump or otherwise older, and that they will all be at least 20 by the end of this year.

My main motive for constructing this database is to deal with the juniors and to figure out who’s who on Shounen Club. For now, I just put the basic identifying information – the stuff that’s easiest to find on the internet – and will plan to add more later. I hope this is helpful to other fans, as well.

If there are any omissions, mistakes, or changes that need to be made (as the juniors grow, their height will need to be updated, for instance), please either comment here or on the pages themselves. I’ll need all the help I can get to make this database as useful as possible.

Suggestions are welcome, but there’s a limit to the kind of information I’m going to include. I want to include all dramas and variety shows each person has participated in on their picture profile pages, but I’m not going to include stuff like favorite color/food/animal etc. I doubt I’ll include family details except in cases where a family member is also in show business. There are certain interesting facts – like if a member knows other languages or plays an instrument – that I will eventually want to include, but that’s a little way off yet.

I need particular help in figuring out which juniors have left the organization – sources are notoriously bad about making that clear because there’s rarely a clear announcement. Even if a junior has left, as long as they had Shounen Club appearances, they’ll stay in the database.

Please Vote in the Spring Drama Poll!

Posted on: May 7th, 2012 by tylerraiz No Comments

You may have noticed the poll in the sidebar. We’re getting close to a statistically relevant number of votes, so I urge everyone to vote to have their opinion heard.

The reason for the poll is simple. I have a lot of shows that I’m interested in and want to write about, but it’s impossible to cover all of them without the quality of the reviews suffering. For every review on this site, there was another one I planned to write, but didn’t have time for. The results of the poll will not change what I’m covering this season – I’ve already committed to certain dramas. Going forward, though, I think it’s a good idea to take what my readers want to read about into consideration. I hope I can also improve the articles so you have more fun reading them, and get more information out of them.

If you don’t see your preferred drama, please choose “Other” and specify your choice in the comment. The write-in votes are important to me. The choices listed are only there because those were the shows I planned to cover going into the season – it’s not any reflection on shows not listed. For instance, I’ve since decided to ignore Kazoku no Uta and Mirai Nikki, but started watching Papadol, so I’m not making any statement about the choices listed, and definitely respect other options.

I know picking just one can be difficult, but I only know how to understand polls like this. If I allowed multiple choices, I’d have no idea how to read the result.

I’ll keep the poll open until we get to the halfway point of the drama season (in three to four weeks). After that, I’ll post the results, and put up a variety show poll (one of many, probably, since there are a lot more choices there).