Many people, when they saw Ueda for the first time, thought he was strange. He doesn't say much, wears some odd clothes, is adorned with spikes and seems to be lost in another world. He goes through some different stages: sometimes he'll be very serious and hard-working, giving his all to the performances he does. Other times, he'll seem sullen and unattentive, and his work looks half-hearted. These are not just the mood-swings of some celebrity. Ueda is a complicated person, and those who can't see his good side are just not looking closely enough.
Ueda has gone through some changes since joining KAT-TUN. He used to be quite depressive and had a bleak outlook on the future. He was concerned that he didn't have much of place in the band - not because of any ego, just because he wanted to belong. People often asked him what his role was in the band, what he planned to be in the future, and what he would bring to KAT-TUN. This troubled him, because he didn't know.
As fans, we don't know for sure what went on during that time, but we saw the transformation. It seemed like Kamenashi Kazuya took Ueda under his wing, befriended him, and tried his best to protect him. It didn't take long for Ueda to start coming out of his shell, and soon he was an optimistic, important member of the group. Now he has the brightest smile in the whole of the Johnny's and a renewed confidence.
His band-mates all agree that he is an interesting character, and many describe him as "pure". He has also been described as the "cool" member, but this isn't the typical kind of "cool". Ueda is not a huge follower of fashion, he isn't pretentious or "tough", doesn't try to fit in with the crowd, and has a sensitivity that most "cool" people would look down on. Ueda has a style and smoothness that cannot be summed up in words. He is unique, and that is what his fans truly admire about him.
2000 - Kowai Nichiyoubi (NTV, episode 8, episode 15)
2001 - Shijou Saiyaku no Date
2009 - Konkatsu! (Fuji TV) - Kuniyasu Amamiya
2011 - Runaway ~Aisuru Kimi no Tame ni~ (TBS) - Kuya Takimoto
2012 - Boys on the Run (TV Asahi) - Ryuu Andou
2013 - Eien no 0
MILLENNIUM SHOCK (2000)
SHOW geki SHOCK (2001, 2002)
SHOCK is Real Shock (2003)
Hey! Say! Dream Boy (2005)
Dream Boys (2006)
Romeo and Juliet (2009)
Toumin Suru Kuma ni Soine Shite Goran (2014)
Aoi Hitomi (2015)
* TATSUYA UEDA LIVE 2008 『MOUSE PEACE』- September 8 - 21,2008, at Johnnys Theatre
* MOUSE PEACE uniting with FiVe TATSUYA UEDA LIVE 2010 - August 4 - October 3, 2010, 7 performances in 5 cities
While reading "One Piece" in the bathtub, he came over a line of character Sanji which seemed to have left such a deep impression on him that he had to write about it in his latest J-web entry:
The cook I earnestly respect said a wise remark.
"More than continuing living for a long time without fulfilling my dreams, I want to die looking at the sirens with perverted eyes."
Apparently he was so touched that he almost dropped the manga in the bathtub.
He also interpreted the words into his own life with the following result:
"If I can't continue living as KAT-TUN, I want to die looking at women with perverted eyes."