We are now counting down to the final two CIRCUS release events before we officially end the CIRCUS period of MADKID’s year. For the first five months of 2019, the boys have been very busy, almost non-stop. And then, after the end of their CIRCUS live tour in the last week of May, we don’t get to hear any new announcements on what’s to come. That’s what the last What’s Happening? post was about.
But in this edition of What’s Happening?, something new did emerge. It isn’t just new, but also big as well. First, let’s talk about what they’ve been up to as of this writing.
Final CIRCUS Release Events: Fukuoka and Miyazaki
It’s almost becoming a bit of a tradition that SHIN’s beloved hometown of Miyazaki would be the final spot to end their release events. And another bit of a tradition is that once after their Miyazaki release event is over, Shin stays behind for a few days to be with family and make guest appearances at local radio stations and TV shows while the rest of the group head back up to Tokyo.
The schedule for the final release event weekend are as follows:
- 6/29 – Fukuoka (Kashiihama (1:00 p.m. JST) & Hakata (4:00 p.m. JST))
- 6/30 – Miyazaki (2:00 p.m. JST & 4:00 p.m. JST)
- 7/1 – SHIN will be guesting at the local Miyazaki (MRT) radio show GO! GO! WIDE
Summer in Okinawa
Earlier this week, the guys made a 5-day summer break in Okinawa. If you’re a bit familiar with the geography and lifestyles of Japan, Okinawa is one of Japan’s popular destinations, especially during the summer, if you can’t afford Hawaii. 1 We were able to learn about their retreat when some of the members began posting photos and video clips mentioning where they’re currently located. These few days became one of their few chances for them to unwind, rest, and also do some reflections and brainstorming on what they’re about to do during the rest of the week.
Just remember, we’re nearing the end of June, and June is also the sixth month of 2019. Once we hit July, we are now halfway near the end of 2019.
During that Okinawa week, Axcels across the globe were at a buzz when SHIN finally posted a photo of himself in his IG Story in Okinawa…
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[OKINAWA SUMMER] The guys (well, SHIN and YOU-TA anyway…) are soaking up the sun at the sea in Okinawa. For many of us, this is the first time we've seen Shin without his shirt on. Is this the right time for me to say 「めっちゃやばいだよ!!」or something? Y'all be the judge. 😏 #MADKID #MADKIDSHIN #SHIN #OKINAWA #SUMMER
… without his shirt on.
There’s no denying that gazing at the visual and physical attributes of your favorite biases is simply natural for every fan(girl). Among the members, SHIN was the only person who hasn’t posted a single photo of himself shirtless until that day. Personally, I expected he’d have somewhat of a chiseled, muscular body because he mentioned a few times on his livestreams that he does work out in the gym every morning as part of his daily routine. Despite his androgynous visuals and stature, he showed to everyone how 100% male he really is since birth. He’s a natural athlete 2, so everything you see here is simply natural.
The day after the guys flew back home to Tokyo, a very huge and overwhelming surprise suddenly came for the Axcel Fam. I’ll get to that in a bit.
Summer Festivals All July!
… and August. Tentative schedule.
- 7/5 – BREAK OUT FESTIVAL 2019
MADKID, M!LK, ONE N’ ONLY, and ONEUS 3
- 7/11 – BUZZ-UP J 2019 Summer
BuZZ, Cool-X, Kouta Shinri, JUNON SUPERBOY ANOTHERS, MADKID, TOKYO TRICKING MOB
- 7/15 – SHIBUYA SUMMIT
Supported by SWISH, DANZEN FEST, and JOL FEST
- VENUS FES 2019 SUMMER
- 7/22 @ TSUTAYA O-EAST (Tokyo)
- 7/23 @ BIGCAT (Osaka)
- 8/15 – SHIBUHARA FEST
Okay, I got that out of the way. And now, that super huge announcement I mentioned earlier….
Crunchyroll EXPO 2019 (San Jose, California, U.S.A.)
MADKID’s appearance at the 3-day Crunchyroll EXPO 2019 marks the group’s first-ever live performance OUTSIDE JAPAN.
For the Axcel Fam, this is huge. One of MADKID’s goals since their formation back in 2014 was to be able to perform at a live audience around the world. Many of us global Axcels haven’t been fans that long, but for those who were just jumping in the Fam via The Rising of the Shield Hero, this is a huge treat for all of us!
In a way, it would only make sense because Crunchyroll, the anime streaming service that aired Shield Hero to the global audience, holds a huge anime convention located in San Jose. The Rising of the Shield Hero just ended this week (hopefully just for this season), therefore anime cons from around the world are now open to inviting the cast, crew, and those involved in producing and airing the anime version of one of my personal favorite light novel series.
Right now, it’s a bit difficult for me to write a bit more about this because I’m personally stoked. You see, I’m a local. I live around 25 miles north of San Jose. It would only take me a freeway drive just to get there. Of all places they could have come to do their first international live, it would have to be in a city only famous among techies and tech buffs and nerds altogether. 4
I’ll write more about my personal take on their upcoming Crunchyroll EXPO performance on The AXCEL Side.
That’s it for this post. Till next time, Axcels!
- I’ve been to Hawaii numerous times and even though those chain of islands is thousands of miles away from the mainland U.S., they’re not cheap.
- former baseball player in middle school and now currently a dancer
- Yes, that K-Pop boy group ONEUS…
- San Jose is not like Akihabara. Hard to explain or compare to another Japanese city, but it is a very nice city to visit. It’s a lot larger and in some ways, a lot more technologically advanced than San Francisco or Oakland.