“Hi, guys~!” “What’s up, guys?” You may probably be wondering why I started off this entry with those two simple, very casual and informal greetings as a way to break the ice as a visitor to a country they’ve never ventured on in their lives. If you have been paying attention to the MADKID members’ IG stories from a few days ago, 1 the first words YUKI and SHIN said towards the camera when they finally revealed themselves walking down the streets of San Jose, California, U.S.A.
Those words somehow caught on among Japanese Axcels, and “Hi, guys~!” and “What’s up, guys?” have become an (unofficial) English greeting to one another and even towards MADKID. Low-key trends begin usually at huge conventions such as the annual Crunchyroll Expo and with the power of social media, it will eventually catch on. So, hi guys!
If you happen to stumble upon this site because you’re curious about MADKID, then please spread the word about our boys. Just sharing/plugging this site is a start, but also share all of the fancams and official videos from their MVs to their live performances to the masses. As current Axcels and new Axcels, let’s help MADKID of making their dreams come true, 2 as they, in turn, would give an awesome performance of a lifetime to all Axcels and the curious alike.
But first, a few upcoming events for the month of September and October. I have to scourge around Twitter to find the upcoming events because MADKID Twitter hasn’t been quite active in announcing confirmed live events. I may have missed a few, and if I have, I’ll be sure to update the list.
- 9/16 – Yokohama Precious Day (14:00 JST)
- 9/23 – AXCEL MEETING vol. 14 (18:00 JST)
- 9/27 – Ocean Wind 2019
- 10/13 – GIRLS MEETING Live Edition 2019 Autumn (12:00 JST)
Alright, now that we got out of the way, let’s move on to the real happenings from this past week.
Animelo Summer Special 2019 (Anisama)
I want to touch base on this particular event, just a few days before their debut live performance overseas at the Crunchyroll Expo 2019. The reason why I mentioned this is because there are a few different things that went on with this one:
- Anisama is a huge event for all the artists who participated in the singing of the opening and ending themes of the currently aired anime in Japan and around the world. Thinking this may hinder their health in California (because of time zones and jet lags), it was a surprise that their slot is early in the morning and it only takes 45 minutes. They performed RISE and FAITH and other songs I can’t remember.
- We’re used to seeing fancams from their release events where the audience remains silent as they perform. On Anisama, on the other hand, it was the first time that we’ve seen a live video of a MADKID stage completely hyped up.
- The audience watching MADKID became one of the most diverse audiences I’ve ever seen in a MADKID live video:
After their stage was over, they leave the venue and back to their respective homes, doing their last-minute packing for their long 10+ hour trip to California for their first-ever overseas live event!
Crunchyroll Expo 2019
After becoming an Axcel back in April 2018, thinking that watching a MADKID live of any kind would remain as a dream or a figment of my own imagination. I’ve seen fancams floating around Twitter and YouTube, seen photos of Japanese Axcels posing with the guys, showing off a few items being autographed by the guys, you know the deal. Then on my 2nd year of being an Axcel, things suddenly happen in my life.
After waiting for the long two months since the announcement of the Crunchyroll Expo, it’s finally here! I’m going to leave out the “personal experience” bit from this entry, but instead, I’ll just write out the facts that I’ve gotten from this day.
The Rising of the Shield Hero Special Stage Panel
Because of CRX restrictions, we were not allowed to take photos or video during the event. I did capture a video of MADKID’s RISE performance in the beginning, but that’s about it. I’ll be using the video for research/blog write-up source purposes only. However, here’s how the scene looked like before MADKID entered the stage.
The panel started off with MADKID opening the stage with their performance of the anime’s first opening, RISE. Like in Anisama, the guys appeared in their RISE outfits, as it seems that many fans have become accustomed to the outfits they were wearing on the RISE MV. After their performance, they had a brief interview with the host and with help from an interpreter 3 about their composition, lyrics, and their performances to the opening themes. The O-Network Twitter account, an online magazine network dedicated to Asian Pop, has a good summary of the questions being asked, as well as the Shield Hero English Twitter account.
After the interview, MADKID performed their second opening theme, FAITH. When they were finished, they exited the stage for the other Shield Hero guests 4 to make their panel interviews. In general, it was more about the behind-the-scenes productions and moments of the movie, as well as other small details such as ratings, feedback, and so on.
Finally, near the end of the panel, new announcements came, and we (the panelists) were the first to hear about this awesome news. Both Season 2 and Season 3 have been officially confirmed and are now in production. They even showed us a few sneak peeks of some screenshots already drawn out. The best part about these announcements is that we present at the panel were the first to hear of it before the Japanese fans (and other fans not present) have done. The producer admitted that Shield Hero wasn’t quite doing well with the ratings on Japanese TV, but the huge impact of the global/non-Japanese fans saved the series from ending its anime run early. The news and the feeling of the global fans being truly recognized by the industry is simply amazing.
After the announcements, MADKID was called back out on stage. Right then, we took a group photo. It’s the top featured page I’m using for this post. There was no mention if MADKID would be chosen again to compose the opening (or maybe ending?) themes for Season 2 and Season 3, but if Shield Hero is the main key for MADKID to be able to perform concerts outside of Japan, then we all do hope the guys are chosen to compose and perform again.
The nightclub section of CRX is a huge chamber with a stage in which selected performers will have at 15-30 minute slot to give special performances to those who were just chillin’ and hanging out for some awesome music. MADKID was given a 15-minute slot in the late afternoon to perform RISE and FAITH.
The difference between the panel version and the nightclub version is that the latter is a little more “personal.” According to my friends who have attended many of MADKID’s lives back in Japan, the nightclub reminded them a lot of these lives scenario where the venue is standing-only. The only difference is that there is a gap barrier between the audience and the performers in Japan. The CRX nightclub has none.
Rather than giving you all the details, I’ll let you watch the fancam I recorded here:
Apparently, according to YOU-TA on their CRX post-live video, this is probably the biggest turnup audience they ever had in any of their stand-alone one-man lives. It’s also surprising because they only performed two songs. Not only that, just like with the audience in their Anisama event, the audience at CRX is heavily diverse – girls, guys, “in-between,” all gathered together to watch and party with MADKID. From all of this, I pray that one day that they will have a live tour here in the States. Please, make it happen.
CRX officially ended and closed at 5:00 p.m., which was rather a sad ending. For the personal experience part of this entire event, I’ll write about all that in another blog entry.
I’ll leave this video to your enjoyment. Till next time!