Yowakutemo Katemasu is not over yet Yuto will be starring in his first-ever lead drama for summer. As a huge fan, I feel like dancing from happiness. Oh, did I mention speedos?
It was announced that Hey!Say!JUMP‘s Nakajima Yuto will be starring in Fuji TV’s late night drama, titled: “Water Polo Yankees” (Suikyu Yankis). The said drama will also star fellow Hey!Say!JUMP’s member Takaki Yuya and Nakajima’s Yowakutemo Katemasu co-star, Yamazaki Kento.
The said youth drama will feature Water Polo, which is a first in Japanese drama. It tells the story of Inaba (Nakajima), a student returnee, who have always wanted to become a yankee so he decided to transfer to Japan for his last year in high school. Inaba sees yankee as heroes with chivalrous spirit after reading Japanese yankee comics overseas. However, due to some unexpected turn of events, Inaba ends-up playing water polo after losing against Takaki, the rival school powerhouse captain. Yamazaki will play Nakajima’s own water polo captain who has stopped playing the sport due to some reasons.
The games and underwater combat scenes will be the highlight of this drama, so Nakajima and others strive to be physically fit. They did strength training and received intensive training from an active water polo player before the filming starts this June.
Playing the lead role hasn’t sunk in yet for Nakajima who commented that he wants to get used to it especially after his senpai, Arashi’s Ninomiya Kazunari, advised that he will be alright on his own.
“Water Polo Yankees” will air this July every Saturday at 23:10 (JST).