We are now halfway through the year 2019, and even if we’re spending this year’s summer season with rest, relaxation, and silence after the hectic first six months of new releases from RISE, The Rising of the Shield Hero, and their debut full-length album CIRCUS, we all deserve some vacation while preparing for the next big thing. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the guys haven’t been working. Usually at a silent period like this, they’re busy cooking up something fresh and new, and they won’t say anything until they’re done.
But, this doesn’t mean they’re not doing some relaxation of their own. In fact, a few of the members do keep in touch with their fans with their own ways of relaxation. Two of the members, for the first time, have flown out of Japan to do their own overseas vacations… for a few days.
SHIN @ Seoul, South Korea
Just about a week before MADKID Official Twitter announced their live appearance at Crunchyroll Expo 2019 back in June, SHIN made his first short trip outside for the first time by himself. Sure, it may sound insane that you’d fly out to a country you’re barely familiar with, but SHIN is the type of guy who loves to take on challenges and tackle them on his own. 1 At that time, many Axcels were curious for his reasoning for visiting Seoul aside from having a vacation, but for me, I just thought that he was simply having a mini-vacation and simply wanted to go overseas. By distance, South Korea is the closest country he could fly to. It would only take him a few hours to get there by plane. 2
He wrote about his Seoul trip on their LINE Blog while he was still there and mentioned he’ll only be there for two days. He also mentioned how lost he was at that time because he now realized how intimidating it can be in a foreign country on your own with signs you’re unfamiliar with and a language that you’re not so familiar with. 3 Even if it was a few days, you can easily tell from his blog entry how much he was enjoying his trip, even if it’s a few days.
When he returned home, he mentioned also that next time, he would have to travel with someone who is more familiar with the country. In fact, someone already offered to travel with him to S. Korea next time: his close friend and hyung, 4 Jin of fellow brother group UNIONE. 5
YOU-TA @ Cebu, Philippines
Unlike SHIN, who pretty much had very little to no clue on what he should be doing or where he should go during his Seoul trip, his leader YOU-TA was very prepared for his first overseas trip to a country where he may be somewhat familiar with: Philippines.
His Instagram posts and tweets clearly showed that he went all-out during his almost-a-week vacation in Cebu by being a daredevil at a famous spot in Kawasan Falls.
He even wrote his blog entry while he was chillaxin’ at a beach somewhere in Cebu like he owned the world.
On his last day in Cebu, he even tweeted a bizarre discovery that you can probably find only in the Philippines: brand-name knockoffs like this one:
Supremo, a knockoff of Supreme. Some may find themselves screaming that this is illegal, but in the Philippines, this is common. 6 At least, this isn’t exactly a ripoff, as YOU-TA mentioned that it only costs about $5.00 USD, and was even tempted to buy it himself too.
With two members making their first trips outside Japan, do you think MADKID as a whole is ready for America? We’ll see what happens.
New Photos for August 2019
When MADKID releases new photos featuring new fashion and new concept, it usually means something new and big will be announced soon. That can either be a new single, a new live tour, and even a new album. However, these photos are the only ones we got and nothing else… so far.
Still, enjoy the new photos!
Some other news…
A few minor things I want to indicate. I thought about writing another The AXCEL Side opinion post about this, but decided to just make a small addition to this post.
MADKID Official LINE Account Gone?!
On the last day of July, just before midnight JST, the MADKID Official LINE Account has been deleted. A lot of Axcels begin to wonder what on earth was going on behind all this. Some say it may be an accident or a mistake, but if that was the case, the MADKID staff hasn’t announced it yet.
On the other hand, the deletion did not affect their LINE Blog because the members are using their personal LINE accounts to write their blog posts instead of the official MADKID LINE account. 7 It also did not affect SHIN’s LINE LIVE account also, as he is using his personal LINE account and not the MADKID official account. However, their LINE LIVE/MAD MUSIC episodes from early this year and last year are long gone.
But now it does makes us wonder what MADKID is really up to. Are they going to create a brand-new LINE account? Or are they moving to a new platform? As an Axcel, I would be very anxious, but as a dev, all I can say is that we’ll just have to wait and see.
FC Site Under Construction
Also a few days ago (8/1/19), MADKID Staff also announced that the FC site will be going through a site renewal.8 For those who are interested in joining the MADKID fan club and be a legit Axcel, you will have to wait until the site is relaunched. The devs gave themselves the deadline date of 8/3 JST for the site relaunch.
This isn’t much of a secret, since MADKID Twitter tweeted it before, but one huge change in the FC site would be an internal messaging system where FC-only Axcels can communicate with each other. Speaking as a fellow dev myself, I am curious how their devs built this messaging system and how they’re going to implement it to the membership site. 9 In addition, I’m also curious how often do FC Axcels are going to use this messaging system when they can use more discreet social media accounts and other messaging systems like Twitter DMs, Instagram DMs, and LINE Messenger.
Again, let’s all just wait and see.
AXCEL STYLE Theme #5
Since they’re doing a lot of revamping on their end, I decided to do my own revamping as well by changing the theme appearance and other things for this site. My habit of changing themes is when MADKID releases new photos so that I can generate a sample color scheme that I can use for the theme’s colors.
This new slate grey-indigo blue theme that you see right now was derived from one of their group photos shown above. There are also a few things I’ve done for this theme:
- Removing the single post-view sidebar and moved all the widgets to the footer.
- Added a new section: sFAQs. 10 I opened this section based on the huge number of YouTube comments coming from both the RISE and FAITH music videos. To be honest, I don’t count that a lot of these people would be coming to this site and learn more about MADKID, but I do know that hopefully, this section and the site as a whole, can generate new Axcels, especially global ones.
- Added a new footer widget that lists all the Twitter and Instagram accounts of all five members.
Other than that, not much significant changes. I did move my social media account links to the slide-out sidebar navigation, but that’s all for the changes.
August just started, so maybe we can finally have more news and updates coming from the guys. Aside from Crunchyroll Expo 2019 that’s coming up at the end of the month, they only have five events (so far anyway…) that will take place this month. As always, just keep an eye out for MADKID Twitter (links at the footer below) for any news/updates, and if you know very little to no Japanese, you can also follow me on Twitter as well.
Till next time, Axcels!
- It could be that he has been overseas before, but with other people with him.
- His hometown of Miyazaki is only about 2-3 hours flight to Busan, South Korea, so this flight is like a “walk in the park” for him.
- SHIN showed us his simple ability to speak Korean and ability to read Hangul, but he’s like me also – proficient but not fluent.
- Korean equivalent to aniki, or “big/older brother.”
- It also helps that Jin is also Korean.
- I had a knockoff Michael Kors shoulder purse years ago given to me by my aunt in the Philippines…
- Otherwise we still wouldn’t be able to receive any blog entries from the guys themselves.
- Japanese English term for a site revamp for us devs…
- I still think they need to work on implementing an SSL Certificate for the membership site’s security, which I think is a lot more important…
- “Some FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONs”