Ni-ki is winning viewers over in the newest episode of Mnet‘s I-LAND.
Some I-LAND contestants, like Ta-ki and Sunoo, have quickly become fan favorites. Ni-ki, on the other hand, has been the talked about trainee since Episode 1, and not in a good way,
In Episode 1, Ni-ki entered I-LAND with Ta-ki, a fellow 14-year-old who also hails from Japan. Viewers fell in love with their friendship, only for Ni-ki to vote in favor of Ta-ki’s elimination.
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“Niki votes Taki out of I-LAND” pic.twitter.com/WXMpeOYSmP
— karish 🧁🍭 (@dalkrshma) June 26, 2020
Although Ta-ki understood the reasons for Ni-ki’s vote, viewers were much less forgiving.
— jes ♡ iland layouts 📌 (@sunoodles) July 3, 2020
Last week, viewers accused Ni-ki of having a selfish attitude and focusing on himself at the expense of the team. He was also criticized for not treating Kyungmin kindly during practice in Episode 3. At the time, Kyungmin was feeling sick and could not dance his best.
im sorry but i didn't like Niki's attitude here ksksksks yes ik they have a deadline but he could've talked to him calmly😕 pic.twitter.com/xJTugK5ELV
— ⟭⟬⁷𝙢𝙖𝙭𝙞𖧵⁵ (@prkjmnssiii) July 10, 2020
I literally have no sympathy for NIKI. If you are going to debut, you have to learn how to be more empathetic towards others and to work as a team, not just for yourself. Let's just say, it was time you got demoted to Ground. #ILAND_EP3 pic.twitter.com/BAad5XWPIN
— Zach⁷ ⟬⟭𖧵 ᴬᴰ² #BLM (@taeluxurious) July 10, 2020
Other fans came to Ni-ki’s defense, claiming that he is another victim of Mnet‘s “evil editing”. “Evil editing” purposely portrays cast members in a negative light to villainize them for the sake of adding drama.
seon stans niki stans
having to deal with their pick being evil edited every single episode
— ً (@nikifIrt) July 17, 2020
don't take this the wrong way but I'd rather niki have less screen time than be evil editing every single fucking episode. I hate mnet so much its obvious they hate niki.
— dipali²³⁺¹ 🥚manifesting jaynichohoon debut (@cntrljay) July 10, 2020
After watching I-LAND‘s latest episode, Ni-ki is still a fan least-favorite for some, but others are beginning to understand and love his straightforward personality. At just 14-years-old, Ni-ki speaks his mind honestly and decisively, without sugarcoating, to improve the team.
i think everyone’s failing to understand that niki is only 14 and he’s already being completely honest and transparent with the team if he sees something wrong within it. he doesn’t sugarcoat anything and that’s not something a lot of 14 year olds can do
— ً (@nikifIrt) July 17, 2020
niki is such an honest kid he will gives opinion and straightforward tell them that they’re doing this and that wrong so i think people who dislike niki are those who will get butthurt and easily get offended when their friends being honest towards them THAT’S KINDA WEAK LUV
— lin ♡ niki (@020305kr) July 17, 2020
Am I the only one who understands where Niki is coming from? I was also hurt when he chose Taki but others were so fast on judging him that they looked past Niki's intention. From the way I see it, he just really want the best team so the more I watch, the more I understand him+ pic.twitter.com/nHRK2aftlc
— sayyestomilk_🐬𖧵 (@whippedformilk) July 17, 2020
Ni-ki is also earning praise for supporting Hanbin and believing in his abilities. Even though Hanbin felt anxious about performing, having needed more practice, Ni-ki encouraged him.
Look how supportive and caring Niki was when the producers asked if there is anyone wanted a position for vocalist ❤️❤️😭 pic.twitter.com/Njb4eGGEuR
— Hanbin the pudding (@Hanbindecutie) July 17, 2020
The way Niki wanted to encourage Hanbin to sing when the producers asked if someone wanted to try omg??? it’s because he knew he could do it, you know what it means right?? Hanbin is a good singer and he showed it on fire performance, he only need to be more confident omg.
— Sol🌟 I-land (Daniel, Niki, Taki & Yoonwon) (@iland_dream) July 17, 2020
Hanbin don't worry, Niki will help you. He trusts you completely. Just be confident and you will do great! It's your time to go to I-Land.
Niki in the previous episodes might have some "attitude" problems but you can't deny the fact that he is a great dancer. #ILAND_EP4 pic.twitter.com/xPvg59I3Dp
— 🤫 (@braxis_jj) July 17, 2020
When Ni-ki suggested that Hanbin should take Jaeho‘s place, it broke some viewers’ hearts. Even so, Ni-ki fans feel that his actions reflect his desire to do what’s best for the team, not his personal feelings.
mad respect to Hanbin when he declined Niki's offer to take Jaeho's part because he saw how hard jaeho practiced. and when he said 'It will just break my heart' if he take it, that's when I knew he deserve to debut. HANBIN DEBUT. we need someone like him on I-Land #ILAND_EP4 pic.twitter.com/dHCJGmUti7
— jake debut⁷⟭⟬𖧵 (@sshanekim) July 17, 2020
Niki: "can you switch up performing with jaeho?"
Hanbin: "but jaeho was practicing hard since yesterday.. it will just broke my heart."
— jasmin❄️ || ILAND GA PINNED (@forparksunghoon) July 17, 2020
For more, find out why Ta-ki and K‘s friendship is making everyone cry. Hint: plot twist of the century.