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

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

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

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

    4 years ago
    • rj

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

      4 years ago
  5. yaye to adding kdrama reviews~

    4 years ago
  6. rocket girl is amazing <3

    4 years ago
  7. rocket girl is amazing <3

    4 years ago
  8. rocket girl is amazing <3

    4 years ago
  9. rocket girl is amazing <3

    4 years ago
  10. rocket girl is amazing <3

    4 years ago
  11. 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.

    4 years ago
  12. 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

    4 years ago
  13. 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!

    4 years ago
  14. 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.

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

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

    4 years ago
  17. Seo In Guk. Is. Awesome.

    4 years ago
  18. 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

    4 years ago
  19. 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.

    4 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. 

      4 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.

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

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

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

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

    4 years ago
  24. 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.

    4 years ago
  25. 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. 

    4 years ago
  26. Jen

    No Super Junior album?  :O

    4 years ago
  27. 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…

    4 years ago
  28. 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 ^^)

    4 years ago
  29. 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!

    4 years ago
  30. 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 ..”

    4 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*

      4 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 -_-

        4 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

        4 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*

      4 years ago
  31. i love protect the boss

    4 years ago
  32. Thought so. It’s romanised with the French spelling, too.

    4 years ago
  33. Ps-> This is Martina!

    4 years ago
  34. Ps-> This is Martina!

    4 years ago
  35. Jaejoong can touch my mango anytime

    4 years ago
  36. Jaejoong can touch my mango anytime

    4 years ago
  37. Jaejoong can touch my mango anytime

    4 years ago
  38. 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….

    4 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

      4 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!! ^ ^

        4 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.

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

          4 years ago
  39. 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 

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

    4 years ago
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