NCT 127‘s Yuta reportedly addressed the rumor that he will be leaving NCT 127 for NCT Tokyo in a recent social media update.
Last month, it was reported that SM Entertainment had plans to debut not one, but two new NCT units: NCT Hollywood and NCT Tokyo. The former was announced in 2021 as a project in partnership with the American media company MGM Television Worldwide Group and Digital, while NCT Tokyo was first revealed to be in the works in May 2022.
NCTzens received the news of the two new units with very mixed reactions, particularly since they had already expressed their lack of interest in NCT Hollywood upon its announcement last year.
As news of the two new units spread, many NCTzens began to voice their concern for what they would mean for NCT’s existing 23 members. The company’s treatment of Sungchan, Shotaro, and the members of WayV, in particular, has been an issue for many fans, as they feel that SM Entertainment has failed to give these members enough opportunities and appropriate management.
Sungchan and shotaro are floating in space, wayv has been unemployed for 70 years, they still haven't discussed that lucas situation and they can barely maintain their most active groups, sm got way too much dip on that damn chip https://t.co/85lSS7z5CO
— ً (@MajorMigoz) May 30, 2022
The reception of NCT Tokyo, however, was more positive than that of NCT Hollywood. Many fans had fun “imagining” what NCT Hollywood will be like…
nct hollywood pic.twitter.com/cvWrnarmrp
— 𝐣𝐮𝐥𝐢𝐞.◡̈ (@mklarchivee) May 30, 2022
…seemingly making NCT Tokyo the preferred option.
I'M FINE WITH NCT TOKYO BUT NCT HOLLYWOOD….. pic.twitter.com/knDMvfQqAw
— riz (@woaahdaebak) May 30, 2022
Yet, despite the fact that news of NCT Tokyo was better received than NCT Hollywood, the new Japanese unit also presents other concerns to fans of NCT 127’s Yuta.
Ever since the two new units were revealed to be in the works, it has been rumored that Yuta will leave NCT 127 to debut in NCT Tokyo, or maybe even lead it. While some believe that this would give him the recognition he deserves, many fans feel that this would actually be unfair to him.
I’ve said this before and i’ll keep saying it… SM can debut NCT Tokyo or NCT Japan or whatever they’re gonna call the unit, that’s fine. It’s the brand’s concept after all. BUT. Leave Yuta out of it. If he’s going to debut again in Japan, it will be as a solo artist.
— syl 🍒 (@____volpe____) May 30, 2022
Yuta has worked hard as a member of NCT 127 for years now, so NCTzens believe that it would work much better if Shotaro, who is also Japanese and still does not have a fixed unit in NCT, were to lead NCT Tokyo.
i’m glad they will not separate yuta from nct 127 and i’m really hoping shotaro will be the new designated leader for nct tokyo omfg ?!!? but what about sungchan ? sm you better don’t leave him behind or else i will riot-
— moon ★☽ (@moontaeillegal_) May 30, 2022
In a recent Dear U. Bubble update, Yuta was able to address the subject of him moving to the new Japanese unit when it was brought up by a fan. But while he did not get into details, he did give a very straightforward answer: He is still a member of NCT 127.
Some fans found this not only amusing but also encouraging…
hahaha yuta directly debunking the leader of nct tokyo allegations 😂
— octbr🍒中本悠太俳優デビュー (@octbrcherries) June 13, 2022
he said fuck nct tokyo? pic.twitter.com/zoqhLckXOQ
— ๑🦋๑ (@freenayuta) June 13, 2022
…especially now that SM Entertainment has announced it will hold global auditions to find members for its new NCT units. Yuta’s statement comes as reassurance of his place in NCT 127, even though his move to NCT Tokyo was only an unconfirmed rumor to begin with.
Additionally, given that SM Entertainment is looking to debut members who were born in 2001-2008, fans have pointed out that there would be too much of an age discrepancy between Yuta (who was born in 1995) and the new members, were the move to actually happen—making it even more unlikely that Yuta would move to the new unit.
Yet, with that and Yuta’s statement in mind, we have yet to see what SM Entertainment’s plans for NCT Tokyo are. Hopefully, they will do justice to all the members, including Yuta, Shotaro, Sungchan, and the new members alike!