5:56 pm - 12/10/2018

SHINee's Onew enlist in the military

SHINee's Onew enlisted quietly today, Dec 10, with his fellow members there to see him off.

Yesterday photos and videos of Onew cutting his hair in preparation was shared on SHINee's official homepage, along with a handwritten letter to fans bidding them farewell. Earlier today, Onew also shared another handwritten letter to the SWJ fan club bidding the Japanese shawols farewell as well.

SM entertainment previously announced that they "we're not going to reveal the date and time of his entry as he wants to keep it private" and further that there was no planned event "to bid farewell to his fans".

Onew is expected to return from his military service in July 2020.

Official twitter account
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Letter & pictures to fans
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SWJ fanclub letter
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Sources: SHINee @twitter, @official homepage (1, 2), @ SWJ
Translation: @MINHOLE, @pearlypetal
lydzi 10th-Dec-2018 01:20 pm (UTC)
It feels so odd ;___; Have a good service Onew!
greasetastic_x 10th-Dec-2018 03:34 pm (UTC)
Honestly how have i been into this group so long to be able to see this????

Well here goes a good like 4-6 years before they're back together
volume1995 10th-Dec-2018 04:15 pm (UTC)
Serve well and return safely! We'll miss you.
Honestly, I never understood why agencies just send out full groups to the army or just split them in half. That way we'll have the full group back way sooner than just sending them off one by one. Ofcourse the hype around the group would be gone and a lot of money would've been missing but damn, the next time Shinee will be back as 4 (5!!!!), I'll probably be 30 lol
carmine_pink 11th-Dec-2018 01:23 am (UTC)
The answer is probably money, in SHINee's case especially with Japan touring money. I can see SM wanting to keep at least Taemin from enlisting too early to keep that yen coming while the group is inactive.
volume1995 12th-Dec-2018 08:35 am (UTC)
Yeah Taemin is currently swimming in that yen and won so I figured they'd keep him active for at least two more years but damn, we wont really see the shiners back until 2030
sacryde 12th-Dec-2018 04:13 am (UTC)
To keep peoples interest. IIRC Shinhwa did exactly what you suggested a while back, but when they came back they didn't really get a big reaction because a lot of people had forgotten about them or moved on to other groups. With other members active and reminding people about the groups they like, it's less likely that the groups will be forgotten especially with new groups debuting all the time.
volume1995 12th-Dec-2018 08:42 am (UTC)
Very true. I just wanted them to enlist all together so they'd have each other in there and we'd see them back sooner lmao Olivia_Hye_-_Egoist.mp3 but damn, was that when Shinhwa came back with Venus?
sacryde 12th-Dec-2018 10:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah I totally feel you on that, I would love to see them all back together again more quickly. But more than that, I want them to be successful and release amazing music for years to come, so I'm willing to wait. And yes, Venus was the song! I had honestly forgotten the details and just remembered that they came back and it was supposed to be a big deal but then it kinda fell flat.
neongoldtooth 10th-Dec-2018 04:19 pm (UTC)
It's so weird because I remember them coming out with Ring Ding Dong and Juliette and Lucifer being SUCH a big deal. I remember being 19 and just playing that album every day! It really doesn't feel that long ago. But time passes so freakin fast.
And now Onew is going off to the military. It felt like the coming of the end when Big Bang started enlisting but it truly feels that way now that my Shinee bbs are starting to go in.

I'm so glad Key got his album this year, and that Onew released his, Minho did his movies and Taemin toured Japan. December is still going to be a very sad month but damn Shinee did so much amazing things this year.

Edited at 2018-12-10 04:20 pm (UTC)
psharp10 10th-Dec-2018 04:21 pm (UTC)
it's v strange feeling seeing this
most of the bgroups i care abt have enlisted/are done w enlistment
but this one feels the strangest
i'm glad the rest of the members came ;; serve well, onew!
cosmicdaze 10th-Dec-2018 04:35 pm (UTC)
wow, it's finally time for my faves to start enlisting. as someone who got into kpop in 2011 because of shinee this is truly a strange thing to experience for the first time.
au9042 10th-Dec-2018 07:44 pm (UTC)
Shinee were my first kpop group, so I have the same feeling.
yejun 10th-Dec-2018 06:25 pm (UTC)
I wish they would have let him postpone until January... can't be easy spending December w/o the members.
I hope his time in the military will fix his drinking problems.
Come back safely!
kenziekinz09 10th-Dec-2018 06:53 pm (UTC)
Actually I think it might be helpful having the structure of the military. Depends on the individual but sometimes having something to do will help you keep moving.
modestgoddess79 11th-Dec-2018 12:57 pm (UTC)
I hope you’re right
undeniablysarah 13th-Dec-2018 11:06 pm (UTC)
I agree and I wonder if the date of starting service was picked for that specific reason
921227 10th-Dec-2018 09:31 pm (UTC)
I hope he serves well!! It definitely is odd seeing him enlist like, i cant believe hes almost 30??? Insane. Ill be so happy to see him back!
sciencebottle 10th-Dec-2018 09:44 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, you know you've been in kpop long enough when your favs as a teenager start enlisting....

Such a bittersweet time. I'm sure we'll hear from him though.
thebloomroom 10th-Dec-2018 10:25 pm (UTC)
I feel old as hell. All the idols my age are enlisting T-T Anyway, Lucifer is iconic and so are Shinee
aeipathy 10th-Dec-2018 10:59 pm (UTC)
well i hope his time in the military helps him out, like others have said sometimes that structured life is helpful. i've been a fan of shinee since 2009 and i always imagined my feelings when members started going off for their enlistment to be somewhat different, but lots of things have changed.

as someone who got into kpop during the rise of 2nd gen groups this has definitely been the time of all my 1989/1990-line favs leaving. i wonder when my bb dongwoo's gonna go.
carmine_pink 11th-Dec-2018 01:26 am (UTC)
I'm glad they are there to see him off. Hope he stays healthy.
lightframes 12th-Dec-2018 06:11 am (UTC)
Oh, I hadn't seen the picture with the others there.

This is weird.
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