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Ok, so last month we started a new monthly segment called the K-Crunch, in which we attempt to do a monthly news wrap up of Korean media stuff. We can’t cover everything, but from what people suggested last month, we’ve gleaned that you’d like us to talk about the songs we haven’t reviewed for Music Mondays, as well as talking about some K-Dramas. Ask, and ye shall receive!

We’re actually a lot happier reviewing the songs we haven’t reviewed before, the ones that didn’t get nominated, because there are some songs and videos that we wanted to talk about, both favourably and unfavourably. Especially Sunny Hill’s “Pray”

 

What…a…freaking…awesome…song! Some people might say “oh, you guise don’t like ballads! You say so all the time!” Which is true, but we don’t really consider this in the same genre of ballad that we dislike. This doesn’t have the feelings of a pop song ballad. It just really seems like really talented people singing a really beautiful song, with a really profoundly sad video accompanying it.

Next on the list is a video we really wanted to talk about, but not because either the song or the video are really at all interesting.

 

ChoColat’s “Syndrome” is very formulaic: cute girls singing and dancing in funky rooms, occasional zoom ups of their faces to show how pretty they are. Utterly forgettable as a video. The aegyo at the end of the video is also really nausea inducing. But we’re not saying this as anti-fans or anything like that. This is a video that we should have been able to avoid, to not pay attention to, but it kept on being brought up. Why? At least from the comments we read, so many people said “They’re bi-racial! Review them!” Who cares if they’re bi-racial? Sure, in the context of the Korean music, being bi-racial is impressive, since Korea is pretty aggressively homogenous. But music needs more than a race-card to be relevant in our opinions. On an international scope, no one should care that they’re bi-racial, and we’d like to think of Korean Pop as being able to stand up as an internationally appreciable genre. This song…just doesn’t really bring anything new to the table. Ah well. The girls are pretty, though! Especially that one girl that hogs 90% of the video. Could have sworn there were 5 members in that band, not 1 singer and 4 backup dancers…

Third on the list is Stellar’s “Rocket Girl,” which we wanted to review, not because it’s a particularly good song, but because it’s a particularly odd video, in that fun kind of way. In fact, it seems so bizarre that we doubt that it actually took itself seriously. It’s so…weird, that it’s good. It’s hilarious, and we were vastly entertained by the ridiculousness of the worst gunfight we’ve ever seen in a Kpop video. Eric also makes us laugh, because of our past experience with him as a Pedobear. This time he’s not being a pedobear. He’s just napping, and then taking a very long time to wake up, and then having a really difficult time figuring out if he wants to wear his glasses or not. Oh Eric. You amuse us. And PS-> we’ve been singing his rocketship rap line ALL DAY.

 

We also reviewed two K Dramas, but to be fair, “we” should = Martina. Starting off with Heartstrings, which I wasn’t immediately impressed by. It picks up after a really slow start by episode 4, but even then I couldn’t get into it. It seems to be a 50/50 drama, some people really seem to like it, and other hates it.

Puffy Cheeks

Stop puffing your cheeks already. That does not make for good acting.

I really am losing patience for the super over acting and weird faces the directors get the actresses to do. The only time I’ve ever seen a male character “overreact” was via Jeremy in “You’re Beautiful”. That kind of puffed out lip/puffed out cheek, huge bambi eye acting can only take you so far before I just feel annoyed. Maybe I’ve just watched way WAY to many kdramas/jdramas and now I have a huge amount of dramas to compare. Anyways, it is what it is, a really light and fluffy drama so don’t be too discouraged to not watch it, I guess just in my opinion, she falls in love a bit too quickly.

Next up is Protect the Boss, which is still airing and so far, is ROCKING!!! You might argue the male lead in this drama is overreacting too, but I don’t find that he is since his character is supposed to be inherently childlike, and stuck in a state of childlike behaviour (such as sticking out your tounge or shoving someone obviously who shoved you a litle). Eunseol (the female lead) is really refreshing. She is a strong character but she’s not as stubborn as say, Gilaim in Secret Garden who seemed to say “NO” to everything. Eunseol is still able to bite her tounge and continue her work in a professional manner despite all the b*acthes that work around her. Anyways, I don’t want to give ANYTHING away, just that it’s got some quirky characters and 3 strong main leads (including Jaejoong from JYJ who is AWESOME…even better than Mickey in Sungkyunkwan Scandal, which is also awesome, although drags on a little near the end). OKAY! GO WATCH IT! NOOOOOOW!!!!!

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  1. Bluesh Fai

    pray is an awesome song :)

  2. wow…the rocket rap suuuuuuper reminds me of LMFAO. with the beat and the shuffling..

  3. You can’t really tell when someone in a Kpop group is bi-racial if they’re mixed with white. And asian over powers white (sorry not trying to sound racist). But if you look at the close-up shots of 3 of the girls you can see that they’re bi-racial. Because they some-what look asian I don’t really think it should matter. I’m also mixed with white, but you can’t tell that I’m also part Korean because I’m also mixed with Indian & African-American. My little sister has asian eyes and is mixed with less races than me (me: 5, my sister: 4).

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    Seriously, that’s all I’ve been hearing all day.

  5. xroshni034

    If you want to see how much aegyo can induce you to hang yourself, I’ll suggest “Playful Kiss” or “Mischievous Kiss.” I had never wanted to throw my laptop at a wall so hard until I watched the lead girl constantly pout her lips and lick her lips with her teeth. 

    The only thing that kept me going was sssss501’s Kim Hyun Joong (or maybe Kim Hyung Joon?). 

  6. ChoColat is not only bi-racial but 2 of the members ( Melanie and Tia) are younger then me!!! (im 15 as of 9 day ago) they just turned 14!!!! but they dont look it right Right RIGHT!!!! >w< and now Rocket Girl is stuck in my head…

  7. Stellar’s “Rocket Girl” is actually a cool music video! Well I’m
    russian.. You know.. But it’s a really good one! Thanks for bringing it
    here..  Also here is an idea for your future ‘tube-shows.
    You’ve never ever mentioned korean office culture in your shows. But
    this is a very
    huge and totally separate part of korean life. Office is the place where
    koreans act the way you’ll never see them act like this anywhere else.
    And
    it’s soooooooo funny! Especially when it’s a branch office abroad where a

    manager considers himself as a missonary of light in a kingdom of
    darkness… Paka. (“Bye”)

  8. May I just remind the general public that “ChoColat” is not the first bi-racial group. Super Junior was one of the first bi-racial groups with Hankyung before he left the group. They made huge changes in Korean media, such as actually changing laws so that Hangeng could appear on more tele. Other bi-racial groups include U-Kiss, 2PM, Miss A, MBLAQ, 2NE1 and far more that I can’t think of at the moment, all of which have far better records and music. If you think about it, it really isn’t that big of a deal anymore.

  9. May I just remind the general public that “ChoColat” is not the first bi-racial group. Super Junior was one of the first bi-racial groups with Hankyung before he left the group. They made huge changes in Korean media, such as actually changing laws so that Hangeng could appear on more tele. Other bi-racial groups include U-Kiss, 2PM, Miss A, MBLAQ, 2NE1 and far more that I can’t think of at the moment, all of which have far better records and music. If you think about it, it really isn’t that big of a deal anymore.

  10. Nina Wang

    OMGG, you guys should totally do a video on city hunter.

    one word: EPIC.

  11. Nina Wang

    OMGG, you guys should totally do a video on city hunter.

    one word: EPIC.

  12. Megan Maliczak

    okay Martina…YOU GOT ME HOOKED ON PROTECT THE BOSS, I love the bad-a girl attitude no eun seol has haha, makes me laugh all the time. Plus, I don’t find myself skipping through the episodes like I do for other dramas, this one actually keeps me pretty entertained…(:

  13. OMG Protect the Boss is sooooooooooo gooooooooood ><

  14. thisisjustforfunval

    Still working on catching up with Protect the Boss, barely on episode 8, but you now who I really love in that show…the grandma! She is also a very strong minded woman, just like Eunseol. On a side note I would never be able to pick between these two guys. It really is different than most of the Korean dramas I have watched, and the main characters aren’t annoying me, especially the lead girl.

    I’ve only seen a few Korean dramas and my favorite two are Boys Over Flowers (it is the reason I am addicted to Korea and K-Pop) and City Hunter. A show I could never stand to sit through again and just wanted to stop watching a few episodes in was Playful Kiss (or Mischievous Kiss, I’ve heard both titles). I truly peeved me.

    Thanks for the Music and drama reviews. Great job as alwasy :)

  15. thisisjustforfunval

    Still working on catching up with Protect the Boss, barely on episode 8, but you now who I really love in that show…the grandma! She is also a very strong minded woman, just like Eunseol. On a side note I would never be able to pick between these two guys. It really is different than most of the Korean dramas I have watched, and the main characters aren’t annoying me, especially the lead girl.

    I’ve only seen a few Korean dramas and my favorite two are Boys Over Flowers (it is the reason I am addicted to Korea and K-Pop) and City Hunter. A show I could never stand to sit through again and just wanted to stop watching a few episodes in was Playful Kiss (or Mischievous Kiss, I’ve heard both titles). I truly peeved me.

    Thanks for the Music and drama reviews. Great job as alwasy :)

  16. thisisjustforfunval

    Still working on catching up with Protect the Boss, barely on episode 8, but you now who I really love in that show…the grandma! She is also a very strong minded woman, just like Eunseol. On a side note I would never be able to pick between these two guys. It really is different than most of the Korean dramas I have watched, and the main characters aren’t annoying me, especially the lead girl.

    I’ve only seen a few Korean dramas and my favorite two are Boys Over Flowers (it is the reason I am addicted to Korea and K-Pop) and City Hunter. A show I could never stand to sit through again and just wanted to stop watching a few episodes in was Playful Kiss (or Mischievous Kiss, I’ve heard both titles). I truly peeved me.

    Thanks for the Music and drama reviews. Great job as alwasy :)

  17. thisisjustforfunval

    Still working on catching up with Protect the Boss, barely on episode 8, but you now who I really love in that show…the grandma! She is also a very strong minded woman, just like Eunseol. On a side note I would never be able to pick between these two guys. It really is different than most of the Korean dramas I have watched, and the main characters aren’t annoying me, especially the lead girl.

    I’ve only seen a few Korean dramas and my favorite two are Boys Over Flowers (it is the reason I am addicted to Korea and K-Pop) and City Hunter. A show I could never stand to sit through again and just wanted to stop watching a few episodes in was Playful Kiss (or Mischievous Kiss, I’ve heard both titles). I truly peeved me.

    Thanks for the Music and drama reviews. Great job as alwasy :)

  18. thisisjustforfunval

    Still working on catching up with Protect the Boss, barely on episode 8, but you now who I really love in that show…the grandma! She is also a very strong minded woman, just like Eunseol. On a side note I would never be able to pick between these two guys. It really is different than most of the Korean dramas I have watched, and the main characters aren’t annoying me, especially the lead girl.

    I’ve only seen a few Korean dramas and my favorite two are Boys Over Flowers (it is the reason I am addicted to Korea and K-Pop) and City Hunter. A show I could never stand to sit through again and just wanted to stop watching a few episodes in was Playful Kiss (or Mischievous Kiss, I’ve heard both titles). I truly peeved me.

    Thanks for the Music and drama reviews. Great job as alwasy :)

  19. thisisjustforfunval

    Still working on catching up with Protect the Boss, barely on episode 8, but you now who I really love in that show…the grandma! She is also a very strong minded woman, just like Eunseol. On a side note I would never be able to pick between these two guys. It really is different than most of the Korean dramas I have watched, and the main characters aren’t annoying me, especially the lead girl.

    I’ve only seen a few Korean dramas and my favorite two are Boys Over Flowers (it is the reason I am addicted to Korea and K-Pop) and City Hunter. A show I could never stand to sit through again and just wanted to stop watching a few episodes in was Playful Kiss (or Mischievous Kiss, I’ve heard both titles). I truly peeved me.

    Thanks for the Music and drama reviews. Great job as alwasy :)

  20. hahaha you two make me so happy :) I swear people in my dorm must think I’m nuts! I’m sitting in a completely quiet room (due to headphones) laughing my ass off! Love it!! Keep up the good work guys!!

  21. Anonymous

    Good to see that you guys aren’t sticking with them stereotypical idol kpop groups. Nice… I really like it. But i don’t like the part where you guys diss 박신혜’s acting skills; you are forgetting that the ‘teenage drama’ part. 박신혜 for the world. yes i am hating cuz you dissed her.

  22. Anonymous

    Omg! Martina’s version of that song from You’re Beautiful was LOL funny! Always almost laugh my head off everytime I watch your videos!

  23. Awesome K Crunch this month you guys!!! Totally loved it.

  24. really agree, about Protect the Boss! despite being a fan of JYJ and current TVXQ, I tend to be really harsh when ot comes to criticizing, specially dramas: story and acting!
    I wasn’t expecting too much from JaeJoong-ssi, actually was really worried he may not make it. but when I started watching the drama he really passed all my expectations and proved to me that he could really do very well! (guys, don’t judge the book by it covers really!)
    and I also agree that I find his acting better than Yoochun-ssi, well.. not so sure, maybe if the last got to act a more suitable role or a better story his skills may shine, who knows
    more importantly, so far, the story itself is really AMAZING! better than any comedy drama I’ve ever watch! there is something special and deep about the characters, making you enjoy your time figuring out their thoughts. I find almost all the characters so cute, whether they were evil or good xD!
    and my best favorite character is Mr.Elevator, LOL xDDD!
    hope the story and the actors continue doing well till the last :D

  25. Pallavi Sambasivan

    Does anyone know where simon and martina are? They’ve been invisible since tuesday….i hope nothing happened to them :(

    • Sorry for not being active this week.  We posted on Twitter and Facebook that we’re not making TL;DR and WTF for this week, just because we have good friends leaving the country, and we wanted to say goodbye to them.  Next week things will be back to normal :D

  26. Man when I finish watching Spy Myung Wol, Protect the Boss is def. next on my lists of dramas.

  27. I just finish wathing CAn you hear my heart?” totally awesome drama!!!! I recommend it

  28. omg Martina, i’m going to love ya even more because of the k drama
    reviews XD recently i’ve been lacking of the ideas ‘what i should watch
    next’ (well ok, i stuck at ‘pasta’ because i wanted to hear kyuhyun’s
    song… XD ). ur reviews will help me a lot, thank u dear~♥ also this
    new segment overall seems to be pretty cool, so keep up the awesome work
    guys~!! ah and btw… since i’m a total dummy, i’ve posted the info
    about a fan art i’ve made (yay~!! cuz i’m fangirling ya soooo very much
    right now xD and i couldn’t help myself… had to make one xD also next
    ideas are coming ohohohoho~ ) under one of ur older vids. and since i
    don’t really know how ur message box works, maybe u won’t see the info,
    so here it is: madziavelmadzik.deviantart.com/#/d48jb1d hope u’ll
    like it~♥

  29. PROTECT THE BOSS IS AWESOMEEEEE, JAEJOONG IS SO AMAZINGLY HOT ESPECIALLY HIS WET SHIRT SCENE. But screw the kiss scene in episode 5-.-  Just saying(: 

  30. PROTECT THE BOSS IS AWESOMEEEEE, JAEJOONG IS SO AMAZINGLY HOT ESPECIALLY HIS WET SHIRT SCENE. But screw the kiss scene in episode 5-.-  Just saying(: 

  31. Rachael Volk

    Hm, you’ve gotten me intrigued with Protect the Boss. I’m always on the lookout for some non-Candy characters for when I’m sick of them and crazy ladies won’t work (oh Flames of Desire….) so great to hear. Whoa to the Pray MV. Definately one of the better ones I’ve happened to see. Otherwise, much improved compared to the last one with videos not reviewed and drama reviews. Though this makes me wish you’d get a timeslot (and paid for crew) so this could be done for an hour.

  32. Anonymous

    Haha since you guys are such…uh…fans of Eric I think you need to watch Spy Myung Wol (dramawise I would say it is above Heartstrings but far below PTB), he actually had his bit in the MV worked into the drama :P.

    I agree the PTB is amazing. Finally something with some funny without plain stupidity + 1-dimension style. I personally think the main Jiheon is way better than Secret Garden’s Joowon, however. I felt SG just really pushed all the inappropriate “love” concepts in Korean dramas; Joowon was abusive physically, sexually and emotionally. Later on in the drama he mellowed out, but I didn’t like/understand how (outside of drama world) he became Top-Amazing-Marry-Me-Now-Fictional-Man.
    That’s why I like PTB, I feel like Jiheon isn’t just pure selfishness, but tries to improve himself and he doesn’t just make his woman mold to fit him.

    PTB>SG jes’ sayin’. *coughiddenjaejoongbiassuccesscoughcough*

  33. Anonymous

    This video really made me want to watch k-dramas; I wonder why? :v But this is also the first time I don’t wholeheartedly agree with a review, namely the one of SunnyHill’s Pray. I think the MV’s concept is rather trite and plays into the “evil seductress crushes nice guy’s heart and soul for the hell of it” trope which is way more prevalent than I’d like for it to be. It’s a more eloquent way of saying “(beautiful) women are scheming b*tches, amirite” – at least that’s what it feels like to me.

    And now I’ll go google me some Jaejoong, aw yeah.

  34. Anonymous

    Haven’t watched “Protect the Boss” but they say it’s really good.  Heartstrings doesn’t have much of a plot but I still watched it because of Yonghwa. :)

  35. I’m gonna check out that drama! I’ve heard about it before, and thought it sounded interesting^^ I’ve also wanted to see Sungkyunkwan Scandal… Hmm…

    I absolutely LOVE that song by Sunny Hill!

  36. I’m gonna check out that drama! I’ve heard about it before, and thought it sounded interesting^^ I’ve also wanted to see Sungkyunkwan Scandal… Hmm…

    I absolutely LOVE that song by Sunny Hill!

  37. I LOVE PROTECT THE BOSS! I love how NONE of the characters are stereotypes and how they chop up ALL the chaebol cliches into tiny itty bitty bits. The Parents actually love their kids for one and even the second female lead is okay. Totally not evil and when it comes down to it choosing to defend and bond with NES. Umm…just one sad part…no shoutout for Heechul leaving the spotlight for two years? Sure he’s going to public service but he won’t be on my screen.  Actually I’m kind of sad he’s not going to to regular army since I’m getting stationed there in a couple of years LOL.  

  38. I will promise you …dadadaadada….I WILL PROMISE YOU…..lalala XD 
    I was the same really best drama!!
    and I agree Protect the boss was the first drama where I didn’t wonder how awkward and annoying the girls are sometimes in korea and hoping that they aren’t like that :D 
    I haven’t seen the end because I have to wait for the eng subs in the Internet but every time I see jaejong  I have to force myself to look at the subs to understand something because I am just starring at his face:P
    good job Martina and Simon nice video like always

  39. Muggledore

    I’ve been downloading Protect the Boss like crazy since this morning!

    thanks for the awesome recommendation =)

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