Annyeonghaseyo chingu! Jennie here, taking over the blog to talk about one of my favorite groups, VIXX.
Let’s be real for a second, if you know me, you know my first pick always is and always will be SHINee. But since the Maknae is still new, and since it’s my fault SHINee is also her bias group, I took one for the team and let her have that fangirl privilege. However, VIXX is my #2, and dang they do it good.
A few weeks ago I got to see VIXX in person at Kcon, and I still get dizzy thinking about the experience. This was my second time seeing them live, but my first high-touch.
Before I go on, I need to mention that looking into Cha Hakyeon’s eyes was like having my own personal Kdrama close-up. That man is unreal.
*ahem* Moving on…
Hyde was my first VIXX MV. I was fairly new to Kpop at the time, and I was instantly blown away. How could they convey good and evil so well to someone who didn’t speak a word of Korean?
Not only that, but their dancing, singing, and rapping was all on point! They even delivered the concepts live with their excellent choreography. Other than Ravi’s interesting prologue, the whole thing was perfection. They almost derailed my devotion to SHINee with a single MV. Little did I know that was only the beginning.
The number one reason VIXX has stayed relevant despite other groups getting more sales, is that they’re not easy to pin down. One second they’re delivering a macho-European concept like Only U and the next they’re robot-aliens. They’ve covered everything from time-travel to video games and they still surprise.
There are times when I’ve felt like they can’t hold up next to groups with bigger fanbases, but then they release a new video and I’m in love all over again.
As an author I’m constantly looking for inspiration, and VIXX is my fantasy story go-to. Error, which managed to shove a Romeo-and-Juliette-as-robots plot into less than six minutes, is fanfic fetter worthy of publication. If only I could attach the MV to my books.
Few groups have survived as long as VIXX, and I don’t see them disappearing anytime soon. Maybe the don’t get BTS numbers, but that doesn’t make them any less worthy of adoration.
Cha Hakyeon, otherwise known as N, is the leader of the group and one of the main dancers. You might recognize him from dramas such as Cheer Up and Tunnel, but he has yet to play a leading role. Please, drama gods, give him something more!
Ken, my personal bias, is one of the lead vocals and the aegyo king. *Warning, if you ever see him in person, his cuteness can be fatal. Evidence listed below.*
He’s also tried his hand at a drama, but I can’t even remember the name of it because it was terrible and I couldn’t stand to see Ken that way. It shall remain unnamed.
Hongbin is the visual for good reason. Look at his jawline! And he has dimples! You may have watched him in Moorim school, which, admittedly, is the only reason I gave that drama a shot.
Ravi is the rapper, and not hard to miss in the MVs. He has his own style and swag, which he showcases best in the LR subgroup. I also love how he whispers his name before rapping. Seriously, I get giddy every time he does it.
Hyuk is the maknae. Although he spent a bit of time as the leader of Big Byung…but that’s a different story for a different day. He’s cameo’d in Glorious Day, and although I didn’t watch the drama, I did watch his clip and I’d like to see him do more acting in the future.
I saved Leo for last because I know how many people are crazy about this stone-expression-ed hunk. He’s gotten better at smiling and laughing more recently, but there’s something about a man who doesn’t show too many emotions that’s alluring. I’m not in that camp, but I can totally understand the appeal. As the main singer, he’s the other half of LR and his fans are completely devoted.
Hopefully you found an appreciation for VIXX and will support them in the future. VIXX, fighting!