October was a pretty loaded month in terms of debuts and comebacks, but more than that, it seems like October 2019 and the first few days of November were not good to the industry at all. If you are a Kpop fan, I’m pretty sure you know what I’m talking about.
I honestly don’t know if I have any right to talk about that here, but it’s been hitting pretty hard. For me, I think this feeling started right after that sudden announcement of Laun leaving ONF, and then things have been happening one after the other, member departures (to be honest, I found Stray Kids’ Woojin’s departure pretty sketchy. Laun’s was, at first, but I think I saw somewhere on Twitter that people have been seeing him around and that he looks good and happy, so that’s a little bit of closure, for me, just a little bit. With The Boyz’s Hwall, I am pretty sure we will still see him in the entertainment industry, he just needs to rest and recover well from his leg and health problems first), Sulli’s passing, and then now the whole issue with Monsta X just right after they came back.
To be honest, I’m still processing a lot of these things, and I’m really hoping that the rest of the year will be kinder to Kpop, but more importantly, I do hope that the members who have left their respective groups are alright, and I wish them all the luck; I hope that the remaining members continue receiving the love and support they need so that they can be strong and continue on; I hope that Wonho and Shownu know that their fans still love them (I myself am not a fan, but still…) and that they and Monsta X stay strong also; and I hope that because of what happened to Sulli, that things do change for the better, and I hope that her friends and family are receiving the love and support they need as well during these trying times. To Kpop stans in general, October hasn’t been our month, but we can see this through together. If you need to rant, to talk to someone, my comments section is open to you as well as long as everyone is respectful of each other.
EDIT: It has also come to my attention that some ATEEZ members are also dealing with health problems as well and I think Mingi wasn’t able to participate a lot in the promotions for their full album comeback. I hope ATINYs stay strong too! 😀 I also apologize if I’ve left out any other things that happened in October in the Kpop world, but I hope everyone, most especially the artists, stay strong. 😀
Other things that happened in October that left an impact for me is that Infinite’s Woo Hyun has now enlisted, leaving L as the only member who hasn’t enlisted yet. (Remember he only left Woolim, not Infinite.) I think he’ll be enlisting sometime next year, and I have a feeling that his upcoming 2020 drama might be his last before enlisting. FT Island’s Lee Hong Gi also enlisted on September 30, and I can’t lie, during the first few days, when I saw pics of him smiling in the military and after reading his handwritten letter to us Primadonna’s, I got teary eyed, but I’m glad he’s doing well. Also, G-Dragon was just discharged from the military, and I cannot wait to see what he will do next.
As for comebacks, in October, the ones I was really anticipating were ONF’s 4th Mini Album “Go Live”, AB6IX’s “Blind for Love”, Stray Kids’ “Double Knot”, N.Flying’s “Good Bam”, and in a way, Day 6’s “Sweet Chaos”. I was waiting for “Go Live” and the title track “Why” for some months know, and I think Laun’s departure not only made the members have a stronger bond with each other, but us Fuses got stronger as well. The album didn’t disappoint, and I’m so proud of all of them. AB6IX’s comeback solidified me as a fan of theirs, as well as N.Flying’s and Day 6’s comebacks as well. “Double Knot” was my first comeback with them as a newly converted Stay (although I still haven’t gotten deep into them yet), and further solidified me as a fan. (I still have to check out VIXX’s Hyuk’s song though, I have no idea how I’m going to keep up with things now that I have so many groups I’m stanning.)
As for November, I was really looking forward to Stray Kids’ full comeback and even pre-ordered the Limited Edition of “Cle: Levantar”, but I do understand why everything had to be pushed back. I am VERY much excited to see Golden Child’s comeback, which, is a WHOLE FULL ALBUM, and I’m over the moon as we are not only getting a Joochan and Y solo, but there are “unit songs”, which means every member is covered. I’m also a very newly converted EXO-L, I love all their songs, but have yet to get super into them, so I’m excited for their upcoming comeback (and yes, I did get both versions of their upcoming album). I’m also a bit excited for CIX’s upcoming album, as this will show me if I really do like them. Also, I still have to check out The Boyz’s Japanese MV “Tattoo”, which I’ll talk about next time.
As for collection plans, a lot of stuff that I already paid for will be arriving in November, and I did slightly work on my Infinite photocard collection. I think the end of November moving into December will be mostly trades in terms of photocards due to album releases, seasons greetings, lightsticks I want to get, the upcoming Seventeen concert here next year, and it was just announced that L will be having a fanmeeting in January and all ticket holders will be able to avail of the hi-touch. He’s my third ultimate bias in all of Kpop, so I am just so excited for it. So, starting now, I’m on a very strict photocard ban.
I really hope I stick to it!
I apologize for the lengthy intro, so now, let’s get into the actual haul itself.
1.Golden Child Photocard- TAG Goldenness Red Back
I didn’t expect to work so much on my Golden Child collection, but I honestly didn’t mind. At first it was because I thought it would be really hard, but thankfully it’s not. Of course, not as easy as collecting Seventeen, but I’m glad that the Goldenness community here in my country is a lot. Anyway, this was a photocard I’ve been eyeing to get for a month now, as I do need to work on the photocards of my other Golden Child biases, and I’m so happy I have this.
2.Golden Child Photocard-Donghyun Goldenness Black Back
Among all the Golden Child members, I think finding Dong Hyun’s photocards is a little bit harder, so I got this one as soon as I saw it. This one arrived in great condition, and the seller also included a Dong Hyun uchiwa, making it my first Kpop related uchiwa ever.
3. Golden Child 3rd Mini Album “Wish” (Version A & B)
Ordered these from Cho Da Bi Trading, one of the bigger online local shops that I trust in my country. A little bit disappointed that there was one side in both that were a little bit dented, but I really can’t blame them as it is very big. I got Joochan’s white back in one and Jibeom’s orange back in the other. I also got Jibeom’s and Seungmin’s little booklet. I’ll be trading off Jibeom’s stuff and Seungmin’s for my biases later on.
I also feel that I went the wrong route with my Golden Child collection, so I’ll be replacing them with brand new copies and selling the pre-loved ones I have; and in the case of “Wish”, I might get myself another copy maybe via YesAsia or when I actually go to Korea to avoid having a dent in it like this one.
4. Verivery Photocards- Veri-Us (Yellow Back) & Hoyoung Veri-Chill Black Back
Finding Verivery photocards online are pretty rare for me, so when I saw someone selling and trading, I jumped at the opportunity right away. I still don’t know whether I’m going to collect all of the members yet, but I am focusing more on my top three, which is why I decided to get Hoyoung’s Veri-Us Yellow Back card and his Veri-Chill Black Back photocards. These came with really cute freebie fanmade stickers that are now in my binder as well.
5. ONF’s 4th Mini Album “Go Live”
This is the album I was really waiting for this month because of everything that happened with Laun leaving and all. I absolutely LOVE this album, especially as the members participated a lot in making this happen. I’m especially proud of MK as he co-composed “Why”, and I am so glad that they got to sing the song he made for their second anniversary, “Promise U”,during the showcase. I’m also glad that the boys are staying strong and are doing well, especially U, who also helped co-choreograph “Why”. Also, that MV! I did a lot for them during this comeback too, including streaming and voting for them on the pre-voting on M Countdown on the Mwave site. These boys deserve to be known more! Plus, all their songs are good, and I especially love that “Moscow Mosocow” is a bit different from their usual songs.
For my pulls, I freaked out as I pulled BOTH my biases, Hyojin and E-Tion’s photocards! I also got E-Tion’s store receipt thing, Wyatt’s photocard, and a group photocard. (Anyone want to tell me what these mean in Morse code?)
However, I am disappointed that the photobook binding got out, so I think I’ll get myself another copy as well.
6.Infinite 2nd Repackaged Album “Be Back” All Member Signed
When it comes to ultimates, sometimes, I break my own rules, and it happened when I saw someone selling an OT7 signed copy of “Be Back”. As Infinite are one of my ultimates, I knew I had to get my hands on this and I’m glad it came to me in good condition.
7.ONF 2nd Mini Album “You Complete Me” All Member Signed
Me buying this OT7 signed copy of “You Complete Me”, yes Laun’s signature is on this one, made me realize that this is one of my ultimate rookie groups. I was disappointed that the slip cover was a bit dirty, so I switched it with my existing copy for now. Thank goodness the signatures were on the photobook and not the slip case! So, for me, the only signed copy of an ultimate group I’m missing as of right now is Seventeen, and maybe Golden Child. I’m actually thinking of getting myself another copy of this album (not signed), as the photobook binding in my first copy got out, and to get more photocards, as it is VERY hard to get ONF photocards here.
8. Lee Jae Jin’s 1st Japanese Mini Album “Scene.27” (Regular Version)
I honestly didn’t expect for this to come right away, so this was a pleasant surprise. I knew I was going to get this one because FT Island is one of my ultimates and Jae Jin is my second bias in the group. The album itself is great, and I’ve always liked the songs that Jae Jin composed for FT Island. I hope that he can release a Korean solo album as well before he enlists as he’s the next member to go after Hong Gi.
And that was it for my October Kpop Haul! I hope that everyone in this community stays strong based on what’s been happening, and if you ever need to talk or rant about it, again, my comments section is always open.
‘Till the next haul!