RIIZE are giving fans a preview of their upcoming webnovel series, a collaboration between SM Entertainment and Kakao. The illustrations show members Anton, Eunseok, Seunchan, Shotaro, Sohee, Seunghan and Wonbin as animated versions of themselves. The project is part of the agency’s plans to expand its K-pop IP portfolio
The group is preparing to make their debut on Sept 4, 2023 with their first single album Get A Guitar. The album contains the title track, as well as a pre-release single Memories, which drops on Aug 21. RIIZE will perform the song during their first international performance at KCON LA.
About Rise & Realise
Created to celebrate the rookie group’s upcoming debut, the eight-episode webnovel Rise & Realize chronicles RIIZE’s ongoing journey. Each episode will appear on the Kakao Page platform beginning Aug 19. The webnovel was written by Kim Hoe-Ae, with special illustrations by artists Nak Di and Dogan.
The novel is based on the group’s identity and name, which means “a team that grows together and realizes dreams.” It is a youth drama that depicts the characters’ stories as they overcome growing pains, and the challenges of being in a K-pop group.
The characters in the webnovel will also be based on RIIZE group members. Fans will be able to read about their personal experiences, and learn a bit more about their vibrant personalities. The webnovel is just the latest achievement for RIIZE, who are SM Entertainment’s first boy group in seven years.
Check out the stunning illustrations below: