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K-Crunch August 2011

August 31, 2011

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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. 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 :)

    5 years ago
  2. 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 :)

    5 years ago
  3. 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 :)

    5 years ago
  4. 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 :)

    5 years ago
  5. 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 :)

    5 years ago
  6. 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 :)

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

    5 years ago
  8. I’ve been downloading Protect the Boss like crazy since this morning!

    thanks for the awesome recommendation =)

    5 years ago
  9. I’ve been downloading Protect the Boss like crazy since this morning!

    thanks for the awesome recommendation =)

    5 years ago
  10. alfkjalkfdjsl ;asjl;sdja slkfjsdl; kj l;f oh my god keyboardsmashing so hard right now…. not even literal keyboard smashing can express how much martina’s review of protect the boss makes me feel inside! I started watching it about 2 weeks ago and i’m so freaking in love with it and it’s hilariousness!! everything you say I agree with 100% eun sol is my favorite heroine I’ve seen in any kdrama I love that she doesn’t take shit from anyone and deals with problems directly and early on (and I totally agree about the secret garden thing)! I love how immature all the characters are bahaha like jaejoong’s character, Muwon is supposed to be the reserved second lead guy, and he is… but then he regresses to grade school antics everytime he’s around his cousin and its flippin hilarious! i love those boys. whew…

    Okay I’ve calmed down enough to talk about the rest of the video. Heartstrings. Despite the fact that I completely adore Jung Yonghwa, and I shipped the hopeless ship so very hard in You’re Beautiful (how perfect was he?), I found this drama very disappointing. They tried to make everyone too good, so there was no true conflict, it just could have been a lot better. The only “bad” person was the mom who mysteriously would go from one extreme to the other, and the scheming drama teacher, who started out as interesting and just got super one dimensional and pathetic. ugh… but hey, the soundtrack was A++ and despite JYH’s character being a little too perfect, he’s always nice to look at.

    I’m really happy you guys made this segment because I actually didn’t know about a few of the MVs you talked about and I’m excited to go watch them now. Eric cracks me up (speaking of him, Martina, are you watching Spy Myung Wol at all? Because a) it’s pretty funny and eric is awesome in it and b) there was huge drama with Han Yeseul which i feel like was a pretty big deal for the drama industry. also… Eric made an account for is character and had a twitter war with himself a couple weeks ago… this is why i love him.) Anyway, I really really love this new segment and I think it’s better than the one you did last month due to the talking about the MVs that you havent reviewed. HIGH FIVE OF AWESOME. yay!

    sorry this is so long, but you covered a whole lot!

    5 years ago
  11. Thank you, Stellar, for putting the happy-dance-tym Lego heart back into its rightful slot in the wall. We can all dance properly now. =D

    And thank *you* Eat Your Kimchi for making me smile on a bad day!

    5 years ago
  12. in that MV choColat it looks like their moving sweat from there armpits in that one dance part hehe
    but there all hot ;)

    i got BEIBER FEVER!! 
    SIKE!!

    5 years ago
  13. when I first heard Choloat was a bi-racial, I was honestly praying for a group that had a white, black and indian member along with the Korean members. That would make sense to market that kind of group based on race but instead they give us Chocolat which is not that good and are even worse live

    5 years ago
  14. when I first heard Choloat was a bi-racial, I was honestly praying for a group that had a white, black and indian member along with the Korean members. That would make sense to market that kind of group based on race but instead they give us Chocolat which is not that good and are even worse live

    5 years ago
  15. Is there any possibility to visit the shooting of episodes? I know that there were a bunch of Japanese fans that visited ParkShihoo and actually fed the entire crew of the set princess man. Not that people on here would actually want to do that but at least check the sets out.

    5 years ago
  16. Martina and Simon,
    you know you could have done a parody of the secret garden kiss scene with the milk mustache? right?
    *G*

    5 years ago
  17. Martina and Simon,
    you know you could have done a parody of the secret garden kiss scene with the milk mustache? right?
    *G*

    5 years ago
  18. I LOVE K-Crunch (wish it was longer!!) I have to say my back was up against chocolat cause of the bi-racial thing, it is so against my ethos to market people on ‘race’ and in the end their son was absolute crap anyway… Cause of you guys I bothered to watch stellar and they weren’t half as bad, but I agree with you on the video and I knew you would complain about poor Eric (though I think this time you critique is justified lol). Pray MV is brilliant though am not 100% sold on the song. And like everyone else I think I will watch protect the boss :)

    5 years ago
  19. About “ChoColat”, indeed it comes from the french language. So it’s totally normal if there is no “e” at the end ^^’ And the final “t” is mute. Concerning the capital “C” maybe it’s supposed to be in fashion?
    To me it is stunning that they’re known for being bi-racial artists instead of being acknoledged for their music. I have to admit that I don’t really get the point here.

    5 years ago
  20. About “ChoColat”, indeed it comes from the french language. So it’s totally normal if there is no “e” at the end ^^’ And the final “t” is mute. Concerning the capital “C” maybe it’s supposed to be in fashion?
    To me it is stunning that they’re known for being bi-racial artists instead of being acknoledged for their music. I have to admit that I don’t really get the point here.

    5 years ago
  21. now, i feel like watchin “Protect the Boss”! cuz i like d male lead n find Eunseo’s character pretty interestin 2 watch. as 4 Jaejoon, i heard he’s doiin pretty good innit 2

    5 years ago
  22. OMG Martina! I Gave PTB to a friend who has never ever watched any Kdramas or listened to Kpop in her life. I told her that she should at least watch one episode out of courtesy and that she couldn’t judge me and she emailed me the next day saying she had watched all the episodes which were subbed up until that point and she LOVED IT!! I was so shocked. She loved EunSol and she thought JJ looked strange! (LOL). she asked me if I had any other suggestions for her So I gave her Heartstrings, She thought it was okay ( I gotta agree with you about the convoluted storyline. Also YongHwa cries the for the entire first half of the drama) I am going to give her secret garden and Sungkyunkwan Scandal next! I love K-crunch! and Eat Your Kimchi. And JYJ and Spudgy and Ice cream!

    5 years ago
  23. Thank you for K-Dramas reviews and I’m wishing for more!! I’m totally a K-Drama addict.

    5 years ago
  24. Seriously, I’m loving this new segment! Last month was cool, but this one was AWESOME!! ^_^ I love the drama reviews, non-music Monday mv reviews, and especially the intro/exit music you use for this segment! Did you guys mix it yourselves? If so, you may need to get into mixing/composing music, cause it’s totally daebak!! ^_^

    5 years ago
    • Thanks! I (Martina) made the music on garageband, I was going for a kind of 80’s feel with a twist. 

      5 years ago
  25. Awww, I really like Chocolat… for some reason I don’t see them as the same as all the other groups and their debut song is one of my fav’s all year. I think that part of it is that I think they dance better than a lot of rookies… their live perf’s need some work though. But overall I don’t get why some people don’t like ’em??

    5 years ago
    • I don’t think it’s a matter of not liking them for doing something wrong.  I think it’s maybe like the Super Junior “Mr. Simple” deal.  We expected a lot more, after the mass amount of hype around it.  Not that Mr. Simple is bad, nor is Syndrome bad.  Just maybe not as satisfying considering the promotions for it.
      COME AT ME ELFS!  I KNOW HOW TO FIGHT!

      5 years ago
      • I’m not part of ELF so you’re safe. I was also disappointed with Mr. Simple; didn’t even bother watching the whole video but it grows on you. After hearing it again and again, I find myself singing it unknowingly. I swear there must be some subliminal message in that song.

        As for Chocolat, it’s a french word thus it shouldn’t have an “e” at the end. I saw their debut on youtube and I was really surprised to see alot of negative comments. C’mon, give the kids a break. It’s their first time on stage and they must be scared as hell.

        5 years ago
      • Since there are so many girl groups, I take it being bi racial isn’t necessarily the way to set themselves apart. However in a way I wish them to be successful so that people can be more accepting of biracial people(I know it is wishful thinking on my part given the image that they’ve had traditionally).

        5 years ago
      • Since there are so many girl groups, I take it being bi racial isn’t necessarily the way to set themselves apart. However in a way I wish them to be successful so that people can be more accepting of biracial people(I know it is wishful thinking on my part given the image that they’ve had traditionally).

        5 years ago
  26. i’ve been watching Heartstrings…i didn’t mind it too too much compared to many other kdramas that i couldn’t even finish watching cos of the high frustration level (baby faced beauty, ahem) but as i reached the end of episode ten i found that i’m satisfied to stop watching it.

    however, i will now indulge in martina’s recommended Protect The Boss!  :)
    i look forward to having all my strangling fantasies fulfilled!  lol.
    (seriously, is korea filled with that many horrid women that you just want to strangle them, cos somehow i doubt it…but the dramas make it seem that way!)

    5 years ago
  27. rj

    LOL – Rocket Girl!   Isn’t that the video that appears on the tv while Joo In Ah is  faking a breakdown at the hospital in the series Spy Myung Wol?  Another reason to keep loving that show. Thanks for sharing.

    5 years ago
  28. AHAHHAH! XD Simon i love you! “your gross!” “i love you!” “you have any food?””I love you” “your gross!” “how about now!” ” :O “. and oh my gosh! Jaejoong!!!! :D Im off to watch it! BUT i waited till the video finished! Cant wait for the WTF to come out! Good job guys keep it up!

    5 years ago
  29. hey what about city hunter? i’m starting it now and it’s only the kdrama i’ve been able to sit through… in fact it’s so addicting! :D

    5 years ago
    • City Hunter was last month, wasn’t it?

      5 years ago
      • but boy is it awesome and kind of a must mention for summer korean popular culture if you ask me. I think honorable mention is due for it’s gloriousness. Unless you talked about it in the last k-crunch… idk it was a whole month ago! *goes to rewatch* 

        5 years ago
      • rj

        The “when” is not important…what is important is that IT WAS AWESOME!

        5 years ago
        • Ha!  Next month, then, we’ll review Coffee Prince as well!

          5 years ago
        • rj

          I know you read this all the time…so, here it goes again: YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST! 
          Not only City Hunter but also Coffee Prince – can’t wait.

          5 years ago
  30. “he dies”

    “simon. what the hell?!”

    u gais r teh LOL’rcakes

    5 years ago
  31. yes.. protect the boss is awesome. choi kang hee (eun seol) is awesome. you should check her out in PETTY ROMANCE and SWEET BUNS. 

    5 years ago
  32. by the way, did anyone notice that the swing girls cover had the ‘single’ spelled wrong? no? just me? okay. .____. ENGRISH FAIL! 

    5 years ago
  33. HAHA you know what, that’s what i did when watching kdrama that act so stupid and irritating sometimes, just like martina!!! But the silly thing is even they act stupid and unbelievable fake, we watching more and more… so who the real stupid?? i ‘m gonna watch protect the boss right now!

    5 years ago
  34. I actually quit on ‘Heartstrings’ I liked it but I also felt she fell in love too quickly with him. I was dissapointed after ‘You’re Beautiful’…
    I love ‘Protect the Boss’!! I originally watched it only because Jaejoong was in it but (like Sungkyungkwan Scandal) iI ended up loving it! It’s funny and I love the girl she kicks butt! When she used her shoe as a weapon I had a flashback to ‘City Hunter’ and the spoon scene.~

    5 years ago
    • lol me too. I quit on hearstrings after like ep 10.. and I had to force myself to get to that point. too much of a cutesy, typical drama. City hunter was aweseome though! I loved this video. I actually knew about all the references and i’m glad “pray” was noticed! it’s such a great song!

      5 years ago
  35. YESSSSS!! THANK YOU!! OMGAHHHHH!! I really really wanted you guys to review “Pray” for such a long time because it’s such a deep meaning music video. It really made me cry. ]: But yes, other than that, THANK YOU, SIMON AND MARTINA AND SPUDGY FOR REVIEWING “PRAY” EVEN FOR A LITTLE WHILE!! KAMSAHAMNIDA!! :]

    5 years ago
  36. Yeah, as a biracial Korean, I was a little “Ok.. What’s the big deal?” when they were pushing Chocolat the way they were. My fellow biracial Korean friend thought the same way. Although, I wasn’t as WTF about it as I was about how they appeared to be promoting Swing Girls, despite the, “Oh no~ Don’t mind that we openly stated we have D-cups, just listen to our music” statement they recently made.

    I like the video for “Pray.” I was glued to my computer while watching it, trying to figure out what’s going to happen to the “monster,” and I felt REALLY bad for the character – was talking to my screen and everything, I was that invested.

    5 years ago
  37. I love this new segment! Protect the Boss is absolutely worth to watch. I love Eun Sol. Her character is soo refreshing.

    5 years ago
  38. PTB <33333 You've Fallen For Me was okay….I got bored and dropped it around ep 5 but i heard it did pick up……I thought you guys would talk about myungwol in correlation to rocket girl + han ye seul's disappearing act….I also wanted u to talk about scent of a woman! sigh….. so many dramas to review :(

    5 years ago
  39. PTB <33333 You've Fallen For Me was okay….I got bored and dropped it around ep 5 but i heard it did pick up……I thought you guys would talk about myungwol in correlation to rocket girl + han ye seul's disappearing act….I also wanted u to talk about scent of a woman! sigh….. so many dramas to review :(

    5 years ago
  40. OMIGOD! Is your pic from chobits??? I loved that anime! <3

    5 years ago
  41. OMIGOD! Is your pic from chobits??? I loved that anime! <3

    5 years ago
  42. OMIGOD! Is your pic from chobits??? I loved that anime! <3

    5 years ago
  43. Review the drama The Princess’ Man! It is SUPER DUPER awesome! :D

    5 years ago
    • rj

      Yes. It is one of those wonderful dramas no one seems to be reviewing or watching…so sad for them.

      5 years ago
  44. yaye to adding kdrama reviews~

    5 years ago
  45. rocket girl is amazing <3

    5 years ago
  46. rocket girl is amazing <3

    5 years ago
  47. rocket girl is amazing <3

    5 years ago
  48. rocket girl is amazing <3

    5 years ago
  49. rocket girl is amazing <3

    5 years ago
  50. Pray is so beautiful and deep. I really love it.

    Protect the Boss is really awesome and I HATE  romantic comedies. But PtB is really ingenious and funny. Hope that stays that way until the very end.

    5 years ago
  51. Hahahaha I totally love your comments XD Chocolat… Maybe it’s because we are occidentals, but it seems that for Koreans is very “different” and cool that they are bi racial XD Because I don’t know, since they are half caucassian they have everything that is “pretty” for a korean (as you said in your video).

    About Stellar, I love Eric but I just heared about 3 sec of their song and they fail, seriously, just because they are Eric made groups, it does mean they are good? :(

    I JUST LOVE HOW MARTINA IS A FANGIRL OF YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL!! For me, that drama sucked at their final episodes, but is EPIC because Geunsuk, Yonghwa and Hunky are there :D I was waiting for Heartstring to finish so I can watch it at once (yay super fangirl) but now since you said it wasný that good and she was all drama doing aegyo… I’ll think again…

    And I’ll totally watch Protect the boss! And I can say proudly that’s not because of Jaejoong *O* (don’t like him, yay, I’m not super totally a fangirl XD)

    Greetings and love from Chile <3

    5 years ago
  52. I loved sunny hill’s “ballad” since the first time I saw/hear it, It’s a shame they are not that popular. They are incredibly talented, even midnight circus was a great song!

    5 years ago
  53. Awesome video!! But, no mention of all the crazyness surrounding Myung-Wol the Spy? I feel like the leading actress leaving was a huge deal even in the States, must have been crazy in Korea lol.

    5 years ago
  54. Protect the Boss is THE BEST !!!!  Cha MuWoniem <333 =3 i love you

    5 years ago
  55. i looovvve that the khun on running man clip is in the intro =D
    khun <3

    5 years ago
  56. Seo In Guk. Is. Awesome.

    5 years ago
  57. I have to agree with you about protect the boss, I totally love it :) and I have been wanting to start heartstrings for a while now… maybe soon haha when my teachers stop harrasing me with ridiculous amounts of homework… Still, I always make some time to watch your video. You are so funny!! I toatlly love you~! X3

    5 years ago
  58. The august was not so good regarding music stuff. I´m quite dissapointed, the july was much better.
    Thanks for reviewing K-Dramas. I would like to watch Protect The Boss, but there aren´t subs yet and I watch only dramas with all episodes subbed. It´s because when I start watching I can end watching in 2-4 days if it´s pretty addictive stuff so I wouldn´t be able calmly wait for new episodes and subs :)
    Actually Heartstrings drama was watchable, but nothing special. I don´t like You Are Beautiful also so I didn´t have high expectations from Heartstrings too.
    My opinion is that regarding acting both dramas were pretty bad, but I understand that You Are Beautiful was pretty popular because of actors among ladies, but for me as a guy it was quite boring and even though Park Shin Hye is quite nice, her acting is not so good and that´s why I was quite tired of watching it.

    5 years ago
    • Protect the Boss is on Viki.com with subs..they are really fast as well, usually mostly done in 24-48 hrs after it airs.  The only problem is they might not have licences for all regions. 

      5 years ago
      • @cloiebuggeater:disqus  (I hope that this reply will be posted correctly under your post)

        Thanks for your reply. I´m aware of that web page, but as I´ve mentioned above I´m able to finish watching one K-Drama TV series in 3 days :)
        It will be very hard for me to wait for 2 episodes week by week that´s why as I´ve mentioned above I start watching K-Dramas when all episodes had already been aired with “hard subs” available (or soft subs which are easy to download).
        “Hard subs” because I don´t usually watch K-Dramas online with “soft subs” on pages like viki.com. There are pasages of the episodes which I move forward (if it´s boring) and backward (if it´s important or I misunderstood them). That´s why I usually download TV series because for me it is more convenient this way. That´s also why I need subs which I can download and that´s complicated with web page you have mentioned.

        5 years ago
  59. ROFL :))) I love how you were totally spazzing about PTB haha 

    5 years ago
  60. ROFL :))) I love how you were totally spazzing about PTB haha 

    5 years ago
  61. ROFL :))) I love how you were totally spazzing about PTB haha 

    5 years ago
  62. Sounds like I need to watch Protect the Boss. We need more female leads like that…

    5 years ago
  63. Cofffee Prince was my first K-Drama TV series I´ve ever seen and with this TV series have started my passion for K-Drama :)
    Before I watched some K-Drama on Arirang TV, but then there was a blog on the web where some guy praised K-Dramas and wanted a help with transaltion in our language so I helped him and started to watch K-Dramas permanently :)
    But under my opinion the best K-Drama is………..The Snow Queen (maybe also because it was my second K-Drama TV series and I was not aware of clichés of K-Drama)
    (this post should be an answer for Martina below but apparently reply button even when psuhed is still pissing me off as so many times before.

    5 years ago
  64. I just prepared myself a bowl of kimchi fried rice and discovered there is a new kimchi video… *YAY*

    Martina, you perfectly acted out how I behave while watching (annoying) dramas. 

    5 years ago
  65. Jen

    No Super Junior album?  :O

    5 years ago
  66. AHHHHH because of you I know I’ll have to start watching dramas!!! dahhh :( I tried to avoid it cuz I knew I would get addicted but now you leave me no choice…sigh…

    5 years ago
  67. yeah i figured u like YAB Martina xD You sang another OST in your last bloopers “What can I do” by Jang Geun Suk xD I loved both dramas ^^ I hope you guys make drama parodies too! I would love to see your humour combined with some famous scenes from BOF or Secret Garden or Full House (which is my ALL TIME favorite drama ^^)

    5 years ago
  68. Oh I really want to see those dramas! Especially the Protect the Boss one! I love strong female characters. I saw “Pray” when it first came out and I swear I was crying at the end, it’s just so sad but it was amazing!

    5 years ago
  69. Yay for reviewing Protect The Boss :D  Only drama where I’ve had to watch each episode twice .. cuz .. yeah .. I can’t keep the eyes glued to Jae-Joong AND watch the subs at the same time … ohtahkae …  Martina you look just like me camped out on the couch watching drama’s on my laptop .. only thing you’re missing are my kids walking by now and then with comments like “geez mom .. you’re so weird ..”

    5 years ago
    • Don’t worry, I get that from Simon and Spudgy…and pretty much all my friends who have ZERO interest in Korean stuff. *hugs fellow K-drama/k-pop fans*

      5 years ago
      • Yeah… I don’t understand people’s aversion to things not in English?? You miss out on so much if you don’t like subtitles -_-

        5 years ago
      • I’ve managed to brainwash my daughter into enjoying kdramas and kpop!  But everyone else finds it strange that I like Korean stuff.  The consensus is that people find it hard to understand why I’d like something if I don’t speak/understand the language it originates in. “that’s inconceivable!” lol

        5 years ago
    • Don’t worry, I get that from Simon and Spudgy…and pretty much all my friends who have ZERO interest in Korean stuff. *hugs fellow K-drama/k-pop fans*

      5 years ago
  70. i love protect the boss

    5 years ago
  71. Thought so. It’s romanised with the French spelling, too.

    5 years ago
  72. Ps-> This is Martina!

    5 years ago
  73. Ps-> This is Martina!

    5 years ago
  74. Jaejoong can touch my mango anytime

    5 years ago
  75. Jaejoong can touch my mango anytime

    5 years ago
  76. Jaejoong can touch my mango anytime

    5 years ago
  77. I liked heartstrings – it’s not the most amazing drama you’ve ever seen in your life, but I found it entertaining. I found it a little amusing that when Han Hee Joo was doing her dance scenes where, I’m assuming, we’re supposed to be impressed with her mad dance skillz.  I think she missed the mark on the dance skillz – she was just OK.  It did seem like they didn’t know how to end the series so they had the devoted boyfriend break up with her for a long period of time, and would have stayed broken up had he had his way, just to avoid letting her know he had surgery on his wrist. And, of course, it all works out in the end.  But it just seemed like a lame way to bring conflict between the 2 characters who were totally devoted.  Makes no sense.  Ah well.  I liked “You’re Beautiful” also.  I’m still waiting to find a drama that I love as much as Princess Hours….

    5 years ago
    • I think Princess Hours = Goong right? I also watched and read the manhwa, and the manhwa is always better since it adds more and more details. I recommend it! My die hard drama of choice is Coffee Prince which I’ve seen at least 3 times. :D

      5 years ago
      • I enjoyed coffee prince also!  Yeah – it’s also called Goong.  I had heard it was based on a manhwa, hmmm I wonder if they have stores for that in Korea town here in NYC that would sell manhwas – but I think it’s mainly filled with restaurants and grocery stores.  I’ve been looking forward to seeing Protect the Boss – primarily because JaeJoong is in it, I admit.  But now I’m more eager to see it since you like it so much.  I’m hoping drama fever releases it soon – otherwise I’ll have to resort to a site that breaks episodes up into 5 different videos (a little annoying).  Glad you’re also reviewing dramas now – yay!! ^ ^

        5 years ago
      • Coffee Prince <3 <3 <3

        I'm actually holding off on watching the last few episodes because I want to buy the box set if I can :)  Goong was also amazing. I wish they'd done a second season instead of bringing entirely new characters, but apparently only one of the cast members wanted to.

        5 years ago
        • * signed up for the second season, that is.

          5 years ago
  78. Protect The Boss is such a good drama! At first I was only watching it to see Jaejoong, but afterwards I realized how good of a drama it is! :D 
    Martina, I feel the exact same, I always just scream at my computer, “JUST KILL HER ALREADY!” when I see those girls who are crying and have their mouths hanging open while this stupid, selfish girl is like making fun of her :P Eun Seol is awesome! Thanks for reviewing it! :D 

    5 years ago
  79. so awesome! I can tell a lot of time and research was put into it. 
    *tears* I luve you guys so maaaach *hugs*

    5 years ago