Ryuhei Maruyama

Maruyama Ryuhei

  • Name: Maruyama Ryuhei
  • Native name: 丸山隆平
  • Also Known as: まるやま りゅうへい, HANNYA MAN, Maru, Maru-chan, マル, 丸ちゃん
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: November 26, 1983
  • Age: 40
Maruyama's career as a Johnny's idol has interesting beginnings. He was among 3 fresh Johnny's Jrs selected at an audition on September 22, 1996 (along with fellow member Subaru Shibutani) and appeared in an idol magazine announcing their selection on the same day. After not hearing from the agency for close to half a year, his parents decided to reapply in 1997. At his second audition, he met future fellow members Shota Yasuda, Ryo Nishikido and Tadayoshi Okura. Maruyama tells the story of how, when president Johnny Kitagawa was surprised and asked what he was doing at the audition when he had already joined. Apparently his paperwork had been misplaced or lost.

His most notable prominence as a Jr was winning the Johnny's Half-marathon in Hawaii in 1998. He also had some appearances in Jr. dramas, the biggest being a role in J Ke Hanran, a Johnny's Jr vehicle with several popular Jr's. His closest Jr. friends growing up were Shota Yasuda and Ryo Nishikido.

In 1999, he was grouped into a band called V.WEST ("five-west") as its bassist. This Kansai Jr. band was a parallel unit to the pre-existing Tokyo Jr. band, FIVE. The band enjoyed a good level of popularity among fans; they were chosen to perform on Music Station once and also got their own TV show, Shuukan V.WEST (Weekly V.WEST), on Kansai TV. They held their only concert, V.WEST First Live at Zepp Osaka, not long before Kanjani8 was formed in 2002.

Maruyama carried over his role as bassist to Kanjani8 as well as its subunit, SubaruBand. Maruyama and Shota Yasuda (the guitarist) exhibit spirited and energetic performances in concerts, frequently leaping and running about while simultaneously playing their instruments.

Maruyama and Yasuda usually sing the rap portions of Kanjani8's songs, besides doing most of the back-up harmonizing, with Maruyama doing the low parts, and Yasuda, the high notes. The two are solid in both respects, having an excellent flair and good grasp of beat and harmony, making them the main rappers and harmonizing voices in the group.

Maruyama and Yasuda also form a Manzai duo, Yamada. Maruyama plays the boke, Yasuda the tsukkomi. The two partners discuss and come up with their own material. Yamada have been performing since their Jr days. During their active days, Maruyama has been said to carry a notebook around with him wherever he goes to jot down ideas that come to him at anytime. However, Yamada has not performed since 2005.

In the acting sphere, Maruyama earned occasional minor roles in TV dramas, mostly drama specials. His biggest role to date was in TV Aichi's drama special Jitensha Shounen ki (Bicycle Boys Chronicles) in fall 2006, as co-leading stars with Shota Yasuda. It earned promising reviews from the press. His latest appearance is anticipated in August 2007 when he will appear in a period drama special alongside Aya Ueto and Ito Hideaki.

In Kanjani8, Maruyama's enjoys playing the role of the fool. The members frequently acknowledge and appreciate his efforts to cheer up the atmosphere around him usually by performing gags and cracking silly jokes to make other people laugh, often, at his own expense, which he deems the greatest pleasure. He often comes up with strange yet comedic expressions, both facial and verbal. His trademark, and a fan favorite, is "PAAAAAAN!!" a word which bears no meaning and performed in a loud 'slamming down' voice, while throwing down and spreading one's palm. It came about in 2004, when Maruyama jumped upon Kansai Jr. Nakama Junta's slip on a sentence, twisting Nakama's sentence to "Kokoro ga paaaaan!" As he used it, it gradually shortened to "Paaaaan!!". Another nonsensical sentence made up by Maruyama is his "I love you so much, TO YOU!" which, performed with a serious face, sets off members and fans alike into fits of giggles. Maruyama is capable of amazing facial gymnastics and does a near perfect impression of a Hannya.

On February 4, 2024 it was officially announced that Kanjani8 has changed their group name to SUPER EIGHT.
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Drama
Year Title # Role Rating
2021 Kikazaru Koi ni wa Riyuu ga Atte
Japanese Drama, 2021, 10 eps
Terai Haruto [Share house resident] (Support Role)
10
Terai Haruto [Share house resident]
Support Role
8.3
2021 Shitteru Waifu
Japanese Drama, 2021, 11 eps
[Motoharu's friend in Osaka] (Ep. 11) (Guest Role)
11
[Motoharu's friend in Osaka] (Ep. 11)
Guest Role
7.8
2020 Oedo Great Journey
Japanese Drama, 2020, 6 eps
Tatsugoro (Main Role)
6
Tatsugoro
Main Role
7.6
2019 Yotsuba Ginko Harashima Hiromi ga mono mosu! - Kono Hito ni Kakero
Japanese Drama, 2019, 8 eps
Katou Akihiko (Support Role)
8
Katou Akihiko
Support Role
7.4
2014 Jigoku Sensei Nube
Japanese Drama, 2014, 10 eps
Nube / Nueno Meisuke (Main Role)
10
Main Role
7.3
2013 Strawberry Midnight
Japanese Drama, 2013, 4 eps
Yuda Kohei (Main Role)
4
Yuda Kohei
Main Role
7.4
2013 Nakuna, Hara-chan
Japanese Drama, 2013, 10 eps
Tanaka (Support Role)
10
Tanaka
Support Role
7.5
2012 Boys on the Run
Japanese Drama, 2012, 9 eps
Tanishi Toshiyuki (Main Role)
9
Tanishi Toshiyuki
Main Role
7.1
2012 Papadol!
Japanese Drama, 2012, 10 eps
Himself (Support Role)
10
Himself
Support Role
7.2
2012 O-PARTS
Japanese Drama, 2012, 4 eps
Kakizawa Yuichi (Main Role)
4
Main Role
6.7
2012 13-sai no Hello Work
Japanese Drama, 2012, 9 eps
Watanabe Daiki [2012] (Ep. 9) (Guest Role)
9
Watanabe Daiki [2012] (Ep. 9)
Guest Role
7.3
2012 Strawberry Night
Japanese Drama, 2012, 11 eps
Yuda Kohei (Support Role)
11
Yuda Kohei
Support Role
8.0
2010 Freeter, Ie o Kau.
Japanese Drama, 2010, 10 eps
Toyokawa Teppei [Laborer / Part-timer] (Support Role)
10
Toyokawa Teppei [Laborer / Part-timer]
Support Role
7.8
2009 0 Goshitsu no Kyaku
Japanese Drama, 2009, 22 eps
Shuu [2nd Story] (Support Role)
22
Shuu [2nd Story]
Support Role
7.1
2009 Uta no Onii-san
Japanese Drama, 2009, 8 eps
Saito Mamoru (Support Role)
8
Saito Mamoru
Support Role
7.4
1999 Kowai Nichiyoubi: Shinshou
Japanese Drama, 1999, 13 eps
{From Africa} (Ep. 3) (Main Role)
13
{From Africa} (Ep. 3)
Main Role
6.7
1999 Shichinin no Samurai: J ke no Hanran
Japanese Drama, 1999, 74 eps
Jounouchi Ryuuhei (Support Role)
74
Jounouchi Ryuuhei
Support Role
8.0
Movie
Year Title Role Rating
2017 The Stand-In Thief
Japanese Movie, 2017,
Onuki Hajime (Main Role)
Main Role
7.6
2014 Eight Ranger 2
Japanese Movie, 2014,
Main Role
7.3
2014 Round Table
Japanese Movie, 2014,
Jibiki-sensei (Support Role)
Jibiki-sensei
Support Role
7.2
2012 Eight Ranger
Japanese Movie, 2012,
Main Role
7.4
2011 Wild Seven
Japanese Movie, 2011,
Pairou (Main Role)
Main Role
7.4
2010 8Uppers
Japanese Movie, 2010,
Gum (Main Role)
Gum
Main Role
7.6
Special
Year Title # Role Rating
2018 Yuukai Houtei: Seven Days
Japanese Special, 2018, 1 eps
Utsui Hideki (Main Role)
1
Main Role
7.1
2013 Yo nimo Kimyo na Monogatari: 2013 Spring Special
Japanese Special, 2013, 1 eps
{Sekiyu ga Deta} Yumoto Yoshihiro (Main Role)
1
{Sekiyu ga Deta} Yumoto Yoshihiro
Main Role
7.2
2013 Strawberry Night: After the Invisible Rain - Special
Japanese Special, 2013, 1 eps
Yuda Kohei (Support Role)
1
Yuda Kohei
Support Role
7.5
2011 Kasai Chosakan Kurenai Renjiro 11: Shobo vs. Kanshiki Professional Shin Hannin to wa!? Nido Yakareta
Japanese Special, 2011, 1 eps
Harada Yuichi [Hoshiko's half-brother who died a year ago] (Guest Role)
1
Harada Yuichi [Hoshiko's half-brother who died a year ago]
Guest Role
0.0
2011 Freeter, Ie o Kau. Special
Japanese Special, 2011, 1 eps
Toyokawa Teppei [Laborer] (Support Role)
1
Toyokawa Teppei [Laborer]
Support Role
7.6
2011 Ikiteru Dake De Nankurunaisa
Japanese Special, 2011, 1 eps
Kentaro Okajima (A friend of Eisaku) (Bit part)
1
Kentaro Okajima (A friend of Eisaku)
Bit part
7.5
2009 The Case Files of Tax Investigator Madogiwa Tarou 18
Japanese Special, 2009, 1 eps
Kakiyama Yusuke [Sosuke's son, deceased] (Guest Role)
1
Kakiyama Yusuke [Sosuke's son, deceased]
Guest Role
2.0
2007 Wachigaiya Itosato
Japanese Special, 2007, 2 eps
Okita Soji (Support Role)
2
Okita Soji
Support Role
5.0
2006 Double
Japanese Special, 2006, 1 eps
Maruyama (Support Role)
1
Maruyama
Support Role
6.7
2006 Jitensha Shonenki
Japanese Special, 2006, 1 eps
Sota (Main Role)
1
Main Role
6.5
2006 Meitantei Catherine 15: Kyo Yuzen no Nazo ~Hana no Misshitsu Satsujin Jiken~
Japanese Special, 2006, 1 eps
Tsuchida Shiro (Support Role)
1
Tsuchida Shiro
Support Role
0.0
2005 Kunitori Monogatari
Japanese Special, 2005, 4 eps
Ronmaru Mori (Support Role)
4
Ronmaru Mori
Support Role
0.0
TV Show
Year Title # Role Rating
2021 Lie or Truth Season 2
Japanese TV Show, 2021, 100 eps
(Ep. 10) (Guest)
100
(Ep. 10)
Guest
0.0
2020 Ride on Time Season 3
Japanese TV Show, 2020, 21 eps
(Ep. 1) (Guest)
21
(Ep. 1)
Guest
8.2
2020 Kanjani Chronicle F
Japanese TV Show, 2020, 83 eps
(Regular Member)
83
Regular Member
8.0
2020 CDTV Live! Live!
Japanese TV Show, 2020, 102 eps
(Guest)
102
Guest
8.5
2015 Love Music
Japanese TV Show, 2015, 350 eps
(Guest)
350
Guest
8.5
2015 Kanjani Chronicle
Japanese TV Show, 2015, 236 eps
(Regular Member)
236
Regular Member
8.0
2015 Kanjam Kanzennen Show
Japanese TV Show, 2015, 400 eps
(Regular Member)
400
Regular Member
0.0
2015 Buzz Rhythm
Japanese TV Show, 2015, 380 eps
(Ep. 93, 115, 124) (Guest)
380
(Ep. 93, 115, 124)
Guest
8.5
2014 Sakurai Ariyoshi the Yakai
Japanese TV Show, 2014, 500 eps
(Ep. 300, 301) (Guest)
500
(Ep. 300, 301)
Guest
7.9
2013 Ninosan
Japanese TV Show, 2013, 550 eps
(Ep. 513) (Guest)
550
(Ep. 513)
Guest
8.4
2013 Premium MelodiX!
Japanese TV Show, 2013, 500 eps
(Guest)
500
Guest
0.0
2012 Ningen Kansatsu Variety Monitoring
Japanese TV Show, 2012, 400 eps
(Ep. 19, 248-249) (Guest)
400
(Ep. 19, 248-249)
Guest
8.0
2012 Getsuyou Kara Yofukashi
Japanese TV Show, 2012, 557 eps
(Ep. 41, 125) (Guest)
557
(Ep. 41, 125)
Guest
8.5
2011 Nazotoki Battle TORE
Japanese TV Show, 2011, 54 eps
(Ep. 4, 16, 21, 27, 29-30, 39, 45, 47, 54) (Guest)
54
(Ep. 4, 16, 21, 27, 29-30, 39, 45, 47, 54)
Guest
0.0
2010 Arashi ni Shiyagare
Japanese TV Show, 2010, 460 eps
(Ep. 57, 101, 193, 196) (Guest)
460
(Ep. 57, 101, 193, 196)
Guest
8.5
2009 Dasshutsu Game DERO!
Japanese TV Show, 2009, 39 eps
(Ep. 13) (Guest)
39
(Ep. 13)
Guest
0.0
2009 A-Studio+
Japanese TV Show, 2009, 810 eps
(Ep. 273) (Guest)
810
(Ep. 273)
Guest
10.0
2008 Shabekuri 007
Japanese TV Show, 2008, 600 eps
(Ep. 118*, 229, 450) (Guest)
600
(Ep. 118*, 229, 450)
Guest
8.3
2008 Vs Arashi
Japanese TV Show, 2008, 561 eps
(Ep. 265, 418) (Guest)
561
(Ep. 265, 418)
Guest
8.5
2008 Himitsu no Arashi-chan
Japanese TV Show, 2008, 211 eps
(Ep. 106) (Guest)
211
(Ep. 106)
Guest
8.5
2007 Kanjani8 no Janiben
Japanese TV Show, 2007, 706 eps
(Regular Member)
706
Regular Member
7.8
2006 The Shonen Club Premium
Japanese TV Show, 2006, 156 eps
(2008.09.21) (Guest)
156
(2008.09.21)
Guest
8.8
2005 J-Melo
Japanese TV Show, 2005, 576 eps
(Guest)
576
Guest
0.0
2005 Suka☆J
Japanese TV Show, 2005, 74 eps
(Main Host)
74
Main Host
7.0
2005 Mugendai no Gimon
Japanese TV Show, 2005, 25 eps
(Main Host)
25
Main Host
7.9
2004 Urajani
Japanese TV Show, 2004, 50 eps
(Main Host)
50
Main Host
7.4
2003 Honjani!
Japanese TV Show, 2003, 206 eps
(Main Host)
206
Main Host
7.7
2002 J Cube Kansai
Japanese TV Show, 2002, 25 eps
(Regular Member)
25
Regular Member
7.0
1998 Hatchi ji da J
Japanese TV Show, 1998, 55 eps
(Regular Member)
55
Regular Member
7.8
1986 MUSIC STATION
Japanese TV Show, 1986, 1328 eps
[Performer] (Guest)
1328
[Performer]
Guest
8.1
1964 Music Fair
Japanese TV Show, 1964, 3000 eps
(Guest)
3000
Guest
7.0
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Maruyama Ryuhei

Ryuhei Maruyama
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  • First Name: Ryuhei
  • Family Name: Maruyama
  • Native name: 丸山隆平
  • Also Known as: まるやま りゅうへい, HANNYA MAN, Maru, Maru-chan, マル, 丸ちゃん
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: November 26, 1983
  • Age: 40

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