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Infinite – Be Mine: Kpop Music Mondays

August 2, 2011

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Infinite, keep it up. We only know three of your videos and you haven’t let us down yet. “Before the Dawn” was totally epic, and it’s a shame we didn’t get to review it. We finally got to review an Infinite video with “Nothing’s Over” a while ago, and we totally fell in love with the video. It wasn’t a serious badass video like BTD, but it still refused to fall into the lazy cheesy plotless fangirl video pattern. The video had a plot, had a really cool concept, and refused to degrade into a “look at me I’m so cute” kind of video. Awesome.

And then Infinite comes out with “Be Mine,” which shows that they’re not letting up at all. The song feels totally like an awesome anime action ass-kicking. Seriously! What a great song! And the video, although a wee bit confusing, doesn’t suck terribly. And that makes us happy. Seriously. Well done, Infinite!

Just…um, could someone come to a real explanation of the video for us? We know the lyrics are suggesting something about protection, that they’ll be there for you, they’ll protect you, so on and so forth, but…man, if that’s what the song’s about, then the video is kinda the totally opposite of protection. The MV begins with the female lead entering a taped off crime scene room where suspicious notes, pictures, and a 007-esque suit lay sprawled about indicating some secret hideout. Now this is already weird to begin with because usually a taped off room means a crime has already been committed so, either the police can predict the future, or she’s really stupid for returning to a crime scene. Suddenly a car crashes through the cement wall (okay) and bullets start flying from an invisible source. Of course, she starts screaming and crouches to the ground in terror (as the lyrics ironically blare about protecting her) as various Infinite members stand around looking sad.

Infinite Bad Defence

Here's the plan: you scream, and I'll just...stand here

If they’re supposed to be protecting her, they really seem to suck at it. Why is he standing back to back with her while she’s screaming her head off? And why is the other guy kneeling in front of her while she’s clearly terrified? Why not do something like, hey, flatten to the ground, and roll for cover. Standing and staring at a girl being shot at isn’t really in her best interest. Hey! If you’re as impervious to bullets as you seem to be, how about you stop that shooter from going nuts and shooting up the room so much?

We had a long winded theory that maybe they were all a part of the same mafia gang and Infinite was killed in that room, and so she re-visits the place only to be attacked by the same attackers *deep-breath-of-air* and they’re all hanging around as ghosts who feel sad to see that they ironically cannot protect her. Maybe they’re radiating an aura of protection that protects her from the bullets, but she’s unaware of this aura? I dunno. We prefer the vampire theory. Vampires aren’t afraid of your stupid bullets, angry gunman. Wait…who’s the gunman anyway? Why is the place getting shot up? And what’s up with those old movies that I’m sure the video producers didn’t get permission to use?

Romance Infinite Crime

Romance Infinite Crime

Just when we thought we figured it out, we saw “True Blood” in backwards letters on the other side of the wall that the car crashed through. In the crime scene, we see the front half of the car, while during Infinite’s dance sequences, we see the back of it. So…they are dancing around outside while a girl’s getting shot at inside? And why does the wall outside also say “Infinite Crime”? And something about Romance? Being shot at is not romantic. And last confusing point, where does the song title come into play? “BE MINE” = ?????

Oh hell, we’re too confused. Why are kpop videos so confusing? We’re used to the whole “wow that looks cool” premise in Kpop videos, but we’d just like to be able to follow along with the story of a kpop video now and not scratch our heads by the end of it.

On a side note: you know what the best thing about reviewing this video is? NOT GETTING ANY MORE VOTES FOR IT. Holy butterslaps! Infinite fans are really, really dedicated. This video got over 6000 votes in the past week alone via email. GADZOOKS! We don’t get those kinds of numbers unless Big Bang’s releasing a video. We’ve also been hearing from other people non-stop about Infinite. We spoke with some people this weekend and they said that they were at a Music Core performance, and when Infinite was on stage the fans lost their minds and screamed louder than every single fan group there that day. Not that we’re upset about all of the votes, or upset that their fans scream the loudest. We just didn’t know that Infinite were this big, and we’re also happy now that we’re gonna be able to finally have a less explodey inbox. That is, until the new Super Junior video comes out.

Anyhow, since this is an awesome song and album, make sure you pick up Infinite’s “Be Mine” album. It ships internationally. Woot woot!

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  1. Am I the only person in the world to notice that the woman in the cop show in the mirror of the car at 0:50 is CYBILL SHEPHERD FROM MOONLIGHTING? I instantly love this video.

    5 years ago
  2. ♥ Infinite has my vote

    5 years ago
  3. be mine comes in when they say naekkohaja in the chorus :)

    5 years ago
  4. Poor girl. She was probably so excited when she found out she’d be in an Infinite video. And then this happened.

    If you want my (rather made up) theory, it looks more like the girl snuck into Infinite’s “No Girls Allowed” clubhouse and set off their extensive set of booby traps. The boys are just upset that their root beer bottles are being shot up and they have to buy a new James Bond suit.

    5 years ago
  5. OMG. I so expected 2ne1 to win over Infinite! Good job inspirits!

    5 years ago
  6. Wow. Anime edition. Way to make everyone think it was gonna be Hate You haha. How did 2NE1 not win?? They had 2, TWO! amazing songs that could have been reviewed this week :/

    5 years ago
  7. The song lyrics are about a girl that they have seen get into all these relationships that always end badly with her hurt at the end. Seeing her always so hurt also hurts them and they are telling her to just be theirs b/c they are the ones truly love her/care for her/wants to protect her. So, the video is representing that pain that she feels in her bad relationship and how much pain they feel seeing her that way. 

    Crime Scene = bad relationship
    Bullets flying around everywhere = girl’s emotional state (hurt and in pain due to the bad relationship)
    INFINITE in the crime scene watching the girl with bullets flying around them = Infinite wanting to protect her from more pain and suffering and watching the girl in pain makes them suffer too

    5 years ago
    • That sounds ok but where do the vampires come in?

      5 years ago
      • LOL, my bad, I forgot to explain that part! Since they’re vampires, they’re basically trying to turn her so that she can leave these petty mortal emotions behind and live an immortal life with them.. so thus the “INFINITE CRIME” written on the side of the building.

        But shhhh, the girl doesn’t have to know that. ;)

        5 years ago
  8. ITS THAT TIME AGAIN! You already know it’s coming too. Super Junior is back! muwahaha! >:}

    5 years ago
  9. I’ll NEVER pick Orange Caramel. That song haunted my dreams ugh. >,<' So.. INFINITE!!! Plus that intro is perfect ..seriously…come on.

    5 years ago
  10. Darn, I was hoping for Teen Top to come on!

    But yeah, the more anime-ish song? I’d have to vote for Magic Girl, seems like one of those cute-sy anime openings or ending themes.

    5 years ago
  11. I love both songs but my vote has to go to Orange Caramel…
    Thanks for the awesome video, I was happy to see Mordney!

    5 years ago
  12. “We had a long winded theory that maybe they were all a part of the same
    mafia gang and Infinite was killed in that room, and so she re-visits
    the place only to be attacked by the same attackers *deep-breath-of-air*
    and they’re all hanging around as ghosts who feel sad to see that they
    ironically cannot protect her.”

    Hm, I thought the same thing… ish. I think it’s more like Infinite got killed at this crime scene and this girl (who likes them?) is visiting the scene to then “see” how they got killed (like time travel? I think it’s in black and white because it’s showing the past). I don’t think someone is trying to kill her but rather she’s seeing the bullets that killed each of the members.

    There are definitely inconsistencies w/ this theory, but then again, these videos probably don’t have the intention of making 100% sense.

    5 years ago
  13. Thank you for making Be Mine :D. I like 2NE1 but I think INFINITE deserves more attention because they’re great.
    Infinite fighting!! 

    5 years ago
  14. Infinite got awfully close to doing the adorable-MV-Cliche in “She’s Back”, but the song was good so it was acceptable. I like your guyses ghost aura theory haha. Glad to see Infinite is finally getting the recognition they deserve. I dug them way back when they did “Come Back Again”, and never stopped. Their crisp and unique choreography + legitimate vocals are great. I would describe their style as “quality”.

    Oh and my vote goes for Orange Caramel, it is just too Anime-y

    5 years ago
  15. I think it says Infinite romance infinite crime..
    XD

    5 years ago
  16. ahhhh infinite!! it sounds like an epic anime opening.. and while magic girl’s still pretty darn anime-esque, no one can deny the epic pwn of action anime over cutesy shoujo anime :D

    i’m so glad you guys did infinite’s be mine! hopefully those eatyourkimchi viewers that didn’t already check them out with nothing’s over will finally recognize the awesomeness known as infinite<3 i'll also come forth as a multiple voter HAHA but only maybe like 4 times… i'm a huge fan of 2ne1 but 1.) i've had a recent infinite craze and 2.) 2ne1's getting enough publicity for their badassery, might as well give it to a band that can really use the boost :)

    5 years ago
  17. Infinite for the showdown.
    I almost made it though Orange Caramel’s song..i really hate the cutsy cutsy girl band sound! It Sounds like the kind of song that would be a anime theme song for a high school romance…not my fav anime.Infinite’s song…wow…listened to it twice, looked up their channel on youtube, and subscribed. The middle dance part’s music sorta made me think of Super Mario Bros World.  This would be a theme song for an anime i’d watch. Defending the Universe from Evil :)  YAY INFINITE!

    5 years ago
  18. ok i think mv producers just go for oh this looks cool put it in the music video but the idea of the mv should really be. oh hey theres a girl getting shot why dont you go and oh i dont know protect her? or maybe bring down the shooter. like standing there looking sad aint helping anyone buddy.

    5 years ago
  19. This was a very tough decision, but I think Orange Caramel’s song is more anime. 

    5 years ago
  20. Acting supercute is going to cause me to barf. I guess I am allergic to that. I’m finding a disturbing trend in Kpop, Music Video concepts that don’t make any sense.

    5 years ago
  21. I think “Magic Girl” sounds more animeish. 

    OMG I never noticed the True Blood writing on the wall!! I love True Blood and Infinite so it just made my day lol. 

    And sorry about destroying your inbox heh heh i sent in votes for Infinite too.

    5 years ago
  22. Freaking vampires! Keep your hands out of my Kpop! hahahahaha!!!!!!

    5 years ago
  23. It’s wonderful to see u 2 interested in INFINITE
    INFINITE is sooooo underrated but the best part of it is INFINITE’s fans are super duper dedicated!
    *and i’m proud to be one of them ^^~*
    so, my vote goes to INFINITE
    –Hooray!!!–

    5 years ago
  24. Showdown: Orange Caramel’s “Magic Girl”. It maintains the Anime theme song feel throughout the entire song. It feels like “Be Mine” loses the Anime feel at times.

    5 years ago
  25. I don’t understand how Inspirits could take down your site……but we can’t get Infinite a win :(
    Lol, we are in a league with VIP’s now?  Good ^.^

    I will say Infinite’s Be Mine is more anime mainly because I am one of their super fangirls and will pick them over anyone (as long as the category isn’t insulting *cough*)

    5 years ago
  26. Martina, you’re cute with that pink wig? Just like a Charlie’s Angel. Or Simon’s Angel.

    5 years ago
  27. I’ve gotta vote for Orange Caramel, mainly because this Infinite’s song… for whatever reason… reminds me of Modern Talking! Especially the chorus. Very much XD. You can actually sing along ‘Brother Louie’, it’s just faster…

    5 years ago
  28. Yeah, you better be ready for the influx of requests that will come from Super Junior’s MV release.  Allkpop’s servers crashed multiple times when the teaser was released and then again when the selected audio tracks were uploaded.

    Not to mention that Super Junior’s official website had been down for DAYS before the teasers were released.

    5 years ago
  29. the song in the teaser is NOT the actual release….the album has been released online and you can hear all the songs. 

    5 years ago
  30. That’s too bad!  We’re looking forward to…analyzing the video :D

    5 years ago
  31. Showdown: two thumbs up here for Orange Caramel Magic Girl. When the music starts it screams anime to me. Love Mordney btw.  

    5 years ago
  32. i aldo did not get the video at first, but then i read carmendove review about it, it stated to make sense to me : “  At first I couldn’t figure out how the song and video related but after watching it a few times, it started making sense. The song is telling the story of a guy who watches the girl he likes get hurt over and over again. He wants to be there for her but instead of immediately swooping in, he waits and protects her from afar while hoping she’ll eventually turn around and see him. Like the scene where Sungjong is standing against/protecting her back and when she falls, he looks to make sure she’s okay but doesn’t do anything else. I think that’s a terrible message to be sending but Korea seems to love these “silent protectors who never ask for anything in return” type of characters.” ( all thsi belongs to dear carmendove , who subs asian videos, and shares these things with poor people( in knowledge side)) . the more i watch this video, the more i get it…thank you for your time

    5 years ago
  33. the teaser song is NOT actually mr. simple!

    http://ihoneydew.com/male-groups/1894-super-junior-mr-simple/

    5 years ago
  34. First I have to say I LOVE how Infinite’s getting the attention they deserved. Dedicated fans are dedicated. :)

    And as for the video, I think it fits well with the song, since its about a guy asking the girl he likes to come to him instead of getting hurt over again. 

    Like at the start of the vid, the girl dramatically yearns for this suit which represents the ‘other guy’, and immediately gets shot by bullets. While the Infinite boys just watch from afar, outside the ‘crime scene’. They make sure she’s okay, but don’t do anything about it. I think the video’s message is parallel to that of the song’. Horrible message to send imo, but I guess Korea loves the ‘silent protector’ type lol.

    And for the random movie scenes on the TV, I guess it portrays their thoughts, like wanting to shoot the ‘other guy’ and be with the girl (?). This is just my take on it of course, other people may interpret it differently. The whole MV is really really well made, and there’s a lot of meaning behind it.

    Hee hee, I’m really glad you reviewed this, you have NO IDEA how Inspirits were spreading the message everywhere to vote. And I litereally mean EVERYWHERE. ;)

    5 years ago
  35. YEAH INSPIRITS!!! WOHOOO

    5 years ago
  36. (also, i think mordney’s voice is sexy….)

    5 years ago
  37. wow I didnt know there were so many Infinity fans. Btw, Simon I love ur shirt again! Robot dancing contest, lol. Btw, what does ur computer’s wallpaper say? I couldnt make out the letters.

    5 years ago
  38. Thank you for doing Infinite XD

    5 years ago
  39. Thank you, i have been waiting for this video..
    and Martina i LOVE ur earrings!! so cute!!
    oh, and i think Infinite’s video sounds more animated.. ;)

    5 years ago
  40. Yay, thank you for doing Be Mine! :D

    5 years ago
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