NCT will now have 27 members as a full group.
In the finale episode of SM Entertainment’s reality survival show, “NCT Universe: LASTART,” aired on September 6, 2023, the newest line-up for NCT’s final sub-unit had been revealed.
“NCT UNIVERSE: LASTART” saw 10 different trainees competing for the chance to debut as part of the newest NCT unit, which is also the last of the group’s concept expansion. The name “LASTART” is a reference to the final lineup being the “last” in NCT’s infinite expansion, and the “start” of a new team and unit.
The show initially stated that 4 trainees out of the 10 will be chosen to debut in the newest NCT unit, making the original unit to have 6 members. However, during the finale, the program announced that the new unit will now have 7 members, and that 5 trainees will then be chosen.
The 5 trainees that will be making their debut alongside SM Rookies Sion and Yushi, who were first introduced in June, as the newest NCT lineup are the following: Riku, Sakuya, Daeyong, Jungmin, and Ryo.
Following their announcement as the newest members of NCT, the selected trainees said, “As NCT is a name with great global influence, we will do our best to become the people worthy of it. We are grateful to the members (trainees) who participated in this program and everyone who helped us.”
The NCT unit is still currently unnamed, but they are speculated to be called as NCT Tokyo. NCT’s Haechan, who was part of the judges for the finale episode, announced that the new unit will be having a pre-stage at the “NCT NATION: To The World” concert in Tokyo.
NCTzens, who were largely unaware of the fact that they would be welcoming 7 new members into the NCT lore at first, congratulated the soon-to-be NCT unit. There were however, some NCTzens who also started throwing hate for no apparent reason, though some were still bitter over how now-RIIZE members Shotaro, Sungchan, Eunseok, and Seunghan, and SM Rookie Shohei were “removed” from the original line-up.
— pannchoa (@pannchoa) September 7, 2023
haechan announced that the new nct team will have a pre-stage at nct nation in tokyo!
nct tokyo final line up (7 members): sion, yushi, riku, sakuya, daeyoung, jungmin, and ryo pic.twitter.com/LFOMKpSMtA
— da ᵔⰙᵔ (@haechanprints) September 6, 2023
NCT NEW TEAM FINAL LINEUP 🤯
7 members for NCT Tokyo (instead of 6, like how they announced at first) pic.twitter.com/oCynqMQZw8
— 킨 (@itsnotkinkin) September 6, 2023
STAN TALENT STAN NCT TOKYO 🗣️☝🏻pic.twitter.com/Rijv7umdhz
— ana (@aishitaeryuu) September 2, 2023
“As NCT is a name with great global influence, we will do our best to become the people worthy of it. We are grateful to the members (trainees) who participated in this program and everyone who helped us.” — NCT NEW TEAM (TOKYO UNIT). pic.twitter.com/Z0W8Hy0ZDc
— ash for 헤이숑섴🌸 (@969901z) September 6, 2023
It’s true that everyone can speak their thought about everything but throwing hates towards the line up of NCT Tokyo without even tuning in NCT Lastart is such a meh behavior like you really miss a moment where all those trainees showcasing their talent each week
— Ruby says… (@rubysays_) September 6, 2023
Yushi really coming for the title of my nct tokyo bias I fear. Been watching his stages and the way he transforms ughhhh 🤌 pic.twitter.com/ROdP2XoDrP
— m (@myhunna) August 30, 2023
wym nct will have 26 members next week pic.twitter.com/pJ0PinXCTT
— local sonezen saw aespa (@homososhis) September 6, 2023
Initially I wasn't going to support nct tokyo cause I was bitter about sungtarorookies, but I've seen pictures and clips of them on the tl and 🥺 they look so happy!! The neos have also showed them sm support!! I can't be mad. pic.twitter.com/pH3q7dNAbp
— Zi (semi-ia) (@getemgetemgetem) September 7, 2023
14 – SMROOKIES (w/ Hansol)
18 – NCT 2018
23 – NCT 2020
26 – NCT + SR22B (Shohei, Eunseok, Seunghan) 
20 – NCT 2023
27 – NCT 2023 + NCT Tokyo
If we add the former members = 30
If we add the pre-debut members = 34 or 32 (w/o Seunghan & Eunseok)
— aoi 🌥️🌞🌻🌅 (@AozoraBlueSky7) September 7, 2023
nctzens jumping on the hate train whenever a new member of the group is revealed is too exhausting. new members are being bullied by their own group’s stans like you all did to luwoo, xiaohenyang, sungtaro, and the trio sm rookies. now with nct tokyo, y’all still doing it https://t.co/VaafMcTjYE
— ven🧋 (@youriize) September 7, 2023
shotaro being japanese and the leader for a korean group riize while sion is korean but the (likely) leader for the japanese group nct tokyo is rly funny to me
— neovan 💚 get a guitar (@NEOVANCT) September 3, 2023
y’all don’t have to stan nct tokyo (still deciding if i will) but keep it cute pic.twitter.com/Rg4l4UBUk8
— aaliyah birthday month! (@sunsprang) September 6, 2023
sm ditching shohei only to put 07 liners in nct tokyo is sick n twisted
— katie ✨ military wife era (@bfjohnnysuh) September 6, 2023
Welcome NCT ot27 era 💚. Congrats new 7 members for NCT Tokyo 💚 pic.twitter.com/5DIAtIDu5h
— SEND MENFESS CHECK LIKES (@nctzenbase) September 6, 2023
I’m honestly really happy that NCT Tokyo is mostly for j-nctzens.
Because really, some part of i-nctzens don’t deserve these boys. pic.twitter.com/ydYjqoO8br
— neo lazy 🐼 (@neolazypanda) September 7, 2023
OH LORD 4 EXTROVERTS IN NCT TOKYO 😭😭😭
— yubin ♡ (@yushibeans) September 7, 2023
If you made it this far, damn, I'm impressed and I am grateful you gave my words a chance. I'd like to thank @yushibeans for helping me realize a lot of what I wanted to say. Let's give NCT Tokyo our full support!! pic.twitter.com/YpcjhWyh4v
— owly アウリー 🌊💫 (@yusionvision) August 31, 2023
I still believe RIIZEand Shohei were supposed to debut under NCT Tokyo but SM 3.0 happened so the other trainees were pushed forward https://t.co/Dc6R0Frh7b
— ALPHAZTEUME (@sawolshibchil) September 7, 2023
i’ll never forget what they took from us..💔🕊️ pic.twitter.com/kDNt8qSCS1
— j²⁹ (@ANALBEADJ0HNNY) September 6, 2023
MINJAE?? LASTART THE FINAL?? NCT TOKYO?? RIKU?? ON THR TRENDING LIST???? IS IT THE OF THR WORLD pic.twitter.com/8DUEeHKdvl
— yubin ♡ (@yushibeans) September 6, 2023
idky people are shocked about nct tokyo and their debut. like they were announced at the same time as riize (SM 3.0 video), so them joining nct and debuting this soon shouldn’t be a surprise.. as if ‘NCT’ UNIVERSE : LASTART hasn’t been airing for the past month pic.twitter.com/4p63ctQ5w6
— saleha (@xingsbeiker) September 6, 2023
NCT TOKYO INCOMINGGGG https://t.co/mQntawouSE
— yubin ♡ (@yushibeans) September 5, 2023
nct tokyo centers yummpic.twitter.com/C5OEFoPeQF
— ☄️ (@sunsilverlining) September 7, 2023
Congratulations to NCT’s newest members! The neos will surely have your back, don’t you worry.
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