Fresh Release, Korean, KPop, Music, Seventeen, Uncategorized

Fresh Release: Don’t Wanna Cry by Seventeen

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On May 22nd, Seventeen dropped the latest single, Don’t Wanna Cry, from their 4th mini album titled ‘Al1’. I highly anticipated for this. I don’t know why and where the feeling came from but I really felt that this song (and basically the album as a whole) will be good.

Yet Seventeen exceeded my expectations.

If you haven’t heard and seen the M/V for Don’t Wanna Cry, do yourselves a favor and watch it HERE. I guarantee you that your eyes and ears will be blessed by the art they have created. Sometimes it takes me two or three times to listen to a certain song before I can decide if it’s a great one or just okay. With Don’t Wanna Cry, I became hooked with it the moment I heard it’s opening line and fell even more as the song continued to play. I don’t even know who’s who were singing (only knew a few members from the group) but I love it. It has been days now since it was released and I still can’t stop listening to it. Don’t Wanna Cry just hooks you in and basically causes for you to have a last song syndrome. It is addicting. Very.

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Maybe the first few times you listen and watch the M/V, you’ll just be in awe with them. Like who wouldn’t? The MV and their choreography are aesthetically pleasing and suited the song perfectly. But as I repeatedly listened to it, I heard and felt the sadness injected in the song. Even though their track was an EDM (with a basic-like beat), Seventeen managed to let the message of the song transcend through the vulnerability of their voices, its progression and the choreography. Notice even the littlest of their movements because it tells a narrative.

Once the English translation was out, I read the lyrics and it made my heart ache more.

With Wonwoo and Mingyu’s 울고 싶지 않아 (ulgo shipji ana), I know I’m going to stay and continue listening to the song. But when that choreography in the GIF above was shown, I knew that I made a great decision. Seventeen’s synchronization is definitely something and their choreography catered to it by highlighting it several times. The choreography showed creativity and complexity and they were able to execute it flawlessly. It truly showcased that they move together as one team. I legit had goosebumps whenever group shots of them dancing were shown in the M/V. It’s so good.

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Korean, Korean Drama

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon: How This Drama Bulldozed Its Way To My Heart

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Remember my recent Korean drama related post in which I have mentioned that I’m doing a marathon for Strong Woman Do Bong Soon? Well, I’m back and fresh from finishing the said show. Aside from I was itching to know what happened next after I paused on Episode 9, the main reason why I was keen on finishing it was because of my mother. She’s been bugging me to continue it because as she said, “It’s so good, especially Episodes 15 and 16”. Also, she just won’t stop talking about it and watching Youtube videos. I even have to shush her to stop her from spoiling me. It’s weird, cute and I’ve created a monster. She’s actually new with Korean dramas and SWDBS is the second one (after WFKBJ) that she finished from its first episode up until the last one. Enough about her, though.

I’ll walk you now through the things that made this show so dear to my heart. If you still don’t have any idea as to what this drama is about, here’s the synopsis as posted on its Wikipedia page and read it first before proceeding:

Synopsis

“Do Bong-soon (Park Bo-young) was born with superhuman strength. Her strength is hereditary and passed along only to the women in her family. Her dream is to create a video game with herself as the main character. She desperately wants to become a willowy and elegant woman, which is the ideal type of her crush, In Gook-du (Ji Soo), a police officer. Thanks to her strength, she gets the job of a bodyguard, to a rich heir Ahn Min-hyuk (Park Hyung-sik), the CEO of a gaming company, Ainsoft. Contrary to Gook-du, Min-hyuk is an odd man who is playful, a little spoiled, and has no regard for rules, and dislikes policemen. He has recently received anonymous threats, blackmails, and has even been stalked at an occasion.

One day, a series of kidnapping cases break in Dobong-dong, the district Bong-soon lives in, and she is determined to catch the culprit after her friend was targeted. Under the help and training from Min-hyuk, she manages to control her strength to use it for good causes.”

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Strong Woman Do Bong Soon has a solid plot with a balanced mix of fantasy, suspense, action and romantic comedy. I do think that they did well in dealing with the kidnapping arc of the plot. With the mind games, creepy-looking suspect, hair-raising sound effects and clever camera works, they were able to capture it with a very disturbing and eerie vibe. I don’t fair well when it comes to shows with suspense but the romcom in it made it bearable for me. I enjoyed Bong Soon and Min Hyuk’s characters so much. I’ll talk more about them later. 

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Korean, Korean Drama

4 in 1: Feast on Korean Dramas

I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’ve been blogging more about books and Kpop these past few months and you may seem to think that I’m completely neglecting the other quarter of what this blog is for – Korean dramas. Well, no. I haven’t. I do watch Kdramas whenever I have free time but just didn’t have enough time to write a blog post or reviews about it. But now that I have, you might just be in for a treat. In this post, I’ve decided to talk about dramas that fit into four of my categories: 1) Finished, 2) On-Going Dramas, 3) Currently doing a marathon and 4) Highly Anticipated Dramas. So you see, this is bound to be an explosion of Korean drama titles that you might want to list down some and watch it for yourself.

Let’s get started, shall we?

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Finally, I was able to finish MBC and Naver’s Three Color Fantasy series. It’s actually a three-part series with a total of six episodes each. It consists of the titles: The Universe’s Star, Queen of the Ring and Romance Full of Life. Based on its series title, Three Color Fantasy, the genre of this drama is fantasy and so things deemed impossible to happen – happens and brought in the excitement in all three stories. I knew about this drama because of Kim Jun Myeon’s (Suho of EXO) involvement in the first part, The Universe’s Star. Even watched it when it started airing and just decided to catch up on the other two on a latter date.

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The Universe’s Star

The Universe’s Star follows through the story of singer-songwriter, Woo Joo (Kim Jun Myeon), and Byul (Ji Woo) – a Grim Reaper.

When you think about Grim Reapers, you’ll probably picture them out as all serious and all business characters or be reminded of Lee Dong Wook’s portrayal in Goblin. But SotU injected its own fun spin to it. Can you imagine a Grim Reaper who fangirls as well? Yes, you’ve read it right. Before being a Grim Reaper, Byul is a typical student and teenager who fangirls over idols and Woo Joo is her ultimate love. On her way to school, she met an accident and died. UnLuckily for her, she wasn’t directly sent to heaven but dying resulted in to her being one of the Grim Reapers. Byul’s current status definitely didn’t diminish and change her fangirl ways. We are treated with hilarious scenes of Byul wearing her Grim Reaper attire going to Woo Joo’s location, holding a light stick and the production taking it further by incorporating a scene wherein they are participating in a concert ticketing. Fangirls can definitely relate to those scenarios.

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Korean, KPop, Music

On My Radar: Neo Culture Technology (NCT)

TVXQ, Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, SHINee, EXO, Red Velvet and now with Neo Culture Technology aka NCT. Huh, SM fully knows how to hook me and claw its way in to my ears – and heart.

I’ve been gone from the Korean pop music scene for several years and it was just last year when I started getting reacquainted with it. Big changes and tons of new groups welcomed me back. Like, BlackPink. Weirdly enough my curiosity and excitement spiked when YG Entertainment started dropping teasers for their debut. So when their D-Day came, I found myself streaming the debut showcase, watching the two M/Vs that they released and instantly became a fan. The power and edge that they are channeling through their music and image are definitely not the common ones we get from girl groups. In which makes them stand out more. I told myself that I would just stick with them and nothing more.

But EXO, who has been trying to catch my attention for the most part of 2016, strikes once again.

EXO members Chen, Baekhyun and Xiumin (now EXO-CBX) participated in the original soundtrack of Scarlet Heart: Ryeo with the song “For You” which immediately made me fall for their voices. ChenBaekXi’s voices and Chanyeol (whom I encountered through his Chinese movie, So I Married an Anti-Fan) became the nth straw.

I caved in.

EXO stood out from the all the boy groups, hauled my lazy behind and roused my dormant heart. For a month or two, I poured my attention into everything EXO. I learned about the ins and outs concerning them and their fandom. Almost five years to catch up? I breezed through it because I had fun getting to know about their members, the glorious (and miserable) events that transpired, the inside jokes and basically everything that I must know. At first, I was hesitant if I’m going to do the entire fandom thing because ain’t I too old for that? But with them it was truly impossible not to. There are a lot of things happening to EXO and I felt the ultimate need to communicate with my fellow EXO-LS. They’re the ones who’ll be able to understand me and what I’m feeling. Read some of the blog posts that I’ve written about EXO here.

With being exposed to Korean music daily, I little by little started opening up myself for more, encountered other groups, started listening to them and appreciating their craft. Just like AKMU, Seventeen, GOT7, K.A.R.D and more. Even solo artists.

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I’m knowledgeable of NCT’s existence. They’ve been on my radar since I’ve attached myself to EXO and with how today’s fandom power work, you cannot just miss NCT. They performed during the year-end award shows and won some rookie awards too. In which I’ve seen some cute interactions that they had with EXO. I adore their sunbae-hoobae relationship because I can feel the love and respect that they have for each other. The only reason why I had a hard time convincing myself to 100% check NCT out is because I’m thoroughly overwhelmed by them. With the SM Rookies thing, their sub-units and the unknown definite number of members – I feel like I won’t be able to take everything in.

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Baekhyun, Fresh Release, KPop, Music

Fresh Release: 바래다줄게 (Take You Home) by Baekhyun

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If we’re Facebook friends or you’re one of my Twitter followers, then you must know that Byun Baekhyun is my ultimate bias from my favorite group, EXO. I post, tweet and talk about him every time I get an opportunity to do so. I just love him so much. There are a lot of reasons why I swerved into his lane and I think that’s good for another blog post. But among my pool of reasons is his vocals.

Fun fact: He ended up as my bias because of this certain Don’t Go fancam. I don’t know how someone can watch that and not end up being his fan.

With every note he hits and every lyric he utters, you can hear and feel the exact emotion that he wants for his listeners to feel. His voice is able to perfectly translate the desired emotion of the song. Emotionally-packed voice, as I liked to refer to it. I’m vulnerable when it comes to him because he has this power of turning me into a mush. My heart just instantly fills up with various emotions. 어떻게?

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So upon the news of SM releasing a song in which he took part of, I was over the moon. Fans were highly anticipating it because it has been for quite some time now since Baekhyun released a solo song. For me, I experienced double the excitement because it’s the first solo song that he’s releasing wherein I’m already an EXO-L and his fan.

April 14th, D-DAY, SM finally released the song and music video. As expected of Baekhyun, he made his charming-self appear in the MV in full force and sang the song into perfection. Never did I doubt that his song for SM Station 2 would be anything but that.

Take You Home (바래다줄게) music video is aesthetically pleasing and thoroughly captured the message of the song. People who doesn’t understand Korean will be able to at least guess the gist of it. But don’t be too fooled by its happy vibe because it actually masks the tinge of sadness of its lyrics. Read the English translation here. It’s about an unrequited love and the guy still choosing to be there for the girl even if he is not her man.

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