SM Entertainment reportedly has plans to debut two new units under NCT, according to Korean media; NCT Hollywood and NCT Tokyo.
Last year SM Entertainment announced it would be partnering with American company MGM Television Worldwide Group and Digital. Together they planned to produce a survival show in which NCT Hollywood would be formed. SM Entertainment’s founder Lee Soo Man would mentor the trainees throughout the show, along with some of the established NCT members.
When the announcement was first made, NCTzen reactions were mixed at best. A year later, it is now being reported in Korean media that SM Entertainment intends to debut not only NCT Hollywood, but a new Japan-based unit named NCT Tokyo. Yet, reactions continue to be mixed.
When NCT Hollywood was first announced, NCTzens felt that a new unit based in America was not only just a business ploy, but also unfair to the established members.
Fans claim that SM Entertainment debuting a new NCT unit is unfair when there are members that are still not managed properly, including Sungchan and Shotaro, who debuted in 2020 without a fixed unit…
sm ent already announced about the nct hollywood and nct tokyo but they cant give sungchan and shotaro fixed unit???!!! like wtf sm???
sungtaro fixed unit pls🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/izixdd30V2
— ani | stream Beatbox | (@bebujaemin) May 30, 2022
…and the members of WayV, who fans still feel have not been given enough comeback and promotional activities (their most recent comeback was more than a year ago, when they released their Kick Back album on March 10, 2021).
i rlly dont want nct hollywood or nct tokyo to happen yet :/ not when they still have a lot of managing to do w/ the other units. they are so bad at scheduling and can’t even release proper content for wayv. the visions are idols too, what about them? 🙁
— jwi ✰ (@onyourmarklys) May 30, 2022
NCTzens are now continuing to voice this criticism, claiming that SM Entertainment’s management of NCT’s members has already been wanting for a long time, making it less than encouraging for fans of these members to see new units being debuted.
The way SM only uses WayV as their tools to prove the globalization of NCT's system but when in reality, always mistreated them, excluding them from the brand most of the time, holding them back because they're foreigner, and WORST, ONLY PROVIDES 7 STAFFS TO MANAGE THEM ALONE.
— 👑 A R A 👑 (@thenamesiIove) May 30, 2022
WE NEED A UNIT FOR SUNGTARO AND A COMEBACK FOR WAYV NOT NEW UNITS 😭 WHY DOES SM KEEP DEBUTING NEW IDOLS WHEN THEY HAVE SO MANY TALENTED ONES WAITING FOR A COMEBACK AND A FIXED UNIT 🙁
— yowan (@yongxlfs) May 30, 2022
While NCT Hollywood was announced last year, NCT Tokyo has yet to be officially confirmed by SM Entertainment.