Being a newbie tobikko, I would just like to share my first impressions on the HSJ members given the limited info i have on them as of this time :)
i think it would be fun to look back on this once i get to know them better and follow them more closely^^
Note: As of this writing, I've watched all their PVs + Makings, around 2 episodes of Itadaki High Jump, 2 episodes of JanJanJUMQ, 4 episodes of JUMParty, an episode of School Kakumei, all episodes of Yuya and Yuri's France Trip, and 5 of their concert DVDs (2007-2012). So ... yeah. I have veeeeery little knowledge xD
Alright! so without further ado, let's get right to it :)
For me, Yabu-san is the "official unofficial" leader of HSJ :D i really think no one else fits the bill but him^^ i know that Ryosuke is the center but i dont really think he's very ... leader-like. hehe xD Yabu-san gave off the feeling more.
Also, i think Yabu-san is the main vocalist of the group. and rightly so! His voice is very clear; so whenever he sings his lines, he demands attention which is very admirable :)
Personality wise, i think Yabu-san is always cautious. He seems very carfeul of everything he says. Of course he goofs off like everyone else but i can always feel that he's holding back to some degree. Whether that means he's keeping an eagle eye over the other members like the leader that he is, or another reason entirely, i will never be sure... but thats ok i guess :) He's awkward but charming just the way he is ^^
Right off the bat, i knew that Yuya was the cold/cool character of the group. You know, the never smiling, always glaring kind of cold character. Well ... at least in PVs he was ... everywhere else, he's just the dorky, silly guy who everyone pokes fun at xD haha! and that's actually one of his charm points! :)
You would never guess at first glance that this guy is an adorable Mama's boy who is afraid of heights and is really awkward around strangers xD
I can honestly say that I am a closet Kei bias LOL! xD He's definitely my ichiban in BEST and although Ryosuke is my HSJ bias, Inoo Kei is like ... slowly picking away at that pedestal with his pretty princess hands ISWEARTOGOD!! xD
I can't really explain why i'm so drawn to him. He's basically a total loser haha (no offense, really) xD during their JUMParty episodes, he's mostly last and everywhere else, he spews the randomest crap I CANT EVEN WITH THIS GUY!! hahaha! xD despite all this, im am still sooooo attracted to him! ... or maybe thats exactly why! maybe his unpredictability is what makes him so charming to me <3
The very first thing that struck me about this guy was his toothy smile^^ hehe and soon, i found out he's the clown of the group who always makes everyone laugh with his antics :D he's awesome, really. I think he's doing a great job at being HSJ's mood maker. He's really cool when playing the bass too^^ all of the instrument-playing members are :)
Dai-san is ... hmmmm ... i don't really have much to say about him xD lol ... that doesn't mean i dont like him, i do^^ he's just very down to earth ... he's probably the only normal person in their group lol xD ... he reacts quite appropriately to situations and carries himself well during live perfs :) i like it when some of his jokes or laugh attempts fail and theres an awkward pause haha xD but some of his puns actually work tho! and its really funny hehe ...
Hey! Say! JUMP's "english gentleman" hehe xD ... i'm actually quite glad there's an english-speaker in this group^^ that's very rare in jpop groups and is a very good thing for HSJ especially for international fans like me :)
Well ... i may be wrong ... but i think Keito is like ... the object of torment for the other HSJ members xD hahaha! they always like to poke fun at him and he likes to tease back by speaking in straight english only to be showered with complaints and jeers and the cycle just goes on and on, its really amusing to watch xD ... I also like how kind of airheaded Keito is ... his b;ank expression is hard to read and is always commented on by the other members. I notice in a lot of concerts that he tends to fall back in choreography. I figure its probably just nerves. He covers up well tho and the misses become less drastic^^ P.S. I laughed so hard at this boy in their Fall Physical Test JUMParty xD his vertical jump had me wheezing! that frustrating airhead! hahahaha! <3
Ahh. Yamada Ryosuke. Where do i even begin with Yamada Ryosuke? xD
First off, needless to say ... Ryo is my HSJ ichiban :D <3 He's the reason I got into the fandom and the reason why i liked the live adaptation of Ansatsu Kyoshitsu hahaha ;)
One doesn't need to be a informed fan to know that this guy is the center. He has the most screentime in PVs and is literally mostly at the center of formations in their choreos.
I like how his given image is the sexy, seductive character but in reality, he's just the sassy, perfectionist diva that turns into a precious baby when exposed to heights (i.e. roller coasters & paragliding) hahaha!! xD
This guy is just a mass of a lot of things, i never get bored watching him. His immensely handsome face just adds delight to the experience ;) hehe if only he were taller tho hahahaha xD (sry bby i still love you <3)
This guy's face is just .... art. HAHAHA! xD ... no, really! it's like his face is a friggin' sculpture!
Yuto is also up there on my HSJ bias list not only due to his looks but his dorky personality as well^^ In most of the PV makings, he's just holding the camera and filming funny scenes i love that about him. Other times, he's the one goofing off and causing laughter!
I just find it really cute that he's the tall, statuesque kind of guy but in reality he's silly and crazy like a hyper kid x) <3 adorable!
Tbh, my views on Chinen changed after I watched his and Yuya's france trip^^ at first, i just saw him as the cutesy factor of the group and rightly so! did you see this boy in their very first PV?? mygod!
anyway ... after watching said france trip, he appeared more ... manly to me! :D hehe! idk! he was just reliable and open-minded, it was beautiful to watch them turn from unreachable idols to down-to-earth idols who may experience the same travel worries/problems any average person does! it was refresing, seriously^^
Thereafter, i've been looking at Chinen in a different light :) now, the cuteness is just a wonderful extra to this beautiful person's package and i love him for it :D
Bonus: Morimoto Ryuutaro
I never really got to know Ryuu all that much. I only saw him in the earlier PVs and concert and that was it. What i will say about him i that he had sooo much potential :) He lacked a lot of lines and screentime back then and if he was still with the group, that probably would have improved and made him better.
But oh well! things happen for a reason and I really do, sincerely wish Ryuu all the best. I hope he is happy and healthy wherever he is now^^