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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 :)

  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 :)

  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 :)

  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. 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 :)

  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 :)

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

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

    thanks for the awesome recommendation =)

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

    thanks for the awesome recommendation =)

  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!

  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!

  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!!

  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

  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

  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.

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

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

  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 :)

  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.

  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.

  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

  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!

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

  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!! ^_^

  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??

    • 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!

      • 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.

      • 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).

      • 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).

  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!)

  27. 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.

  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!

  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

  30. “he dies”

    “simon. what the hell?!”

    u gais r teh LOL’rcakes

  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. 

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

  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!

  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.~

    • 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!

  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!! :]

  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.

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

  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 :(

  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 :(

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

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