This week we review Kara’s new song “Jumping” and try to figure out what’s the deal with all of the non-jumping in the dance. I mean, really: for a song about jumping you’d be surprised at the lack of jumping in it. They try to do a bit of a jump during the chorus when they say “Jumping, jumping, jumping up” but they just scoot their feet and get no vertical whatsoever. Definite lack of jumping in the video.

Also, I don’t know about you, but the video just didn’t do it for us. Girls’ Generation recently came out with “Hoot” and it was a similar video of good looking girls dancing around, but they were more playful in that video. They had the whole James Bond thing kinda going on in black and white, and the girls were wearing different costumes at least. Kara’s “Jumping” doesn’t really have that much going on in the video. A girl sits on the bed and then the rest of the girls dance and kick water. That’s about it. The Japanese version of the video has a lot more going on, even if it’s really confusing. At least it’s got something!

Another thing: we’re not sure about what’s going on in the song with the whole “Jumping” bit. The English lyrics aren’t terrible, but when they’re paired with the Korean lyrics it’s just totally confusing. “Jumping” isn’t really the word Kara’s looking for if they’re trying to get back into someone’s heart. Bah! The song’s pretty good on it’s own, though, and it’s jumping, jumping, jumping in my head. That’s another way of saying it’s stuck in my head. Anyhow, if you’re a Kara fan, and want to get your hands on the CD, we don’t have a giveaway this week (sorry!) but you can Buy the CD here if you’re interested :D

By the way, we’d also like to say that Simon’s actually awesome at basketball, but he’s a good actor so he made it look like he sucks in the video. Don’t believe it? Check out our Facebook page tomorrow and you’ll see some behind the scenes mad skillz. On another side note, the end of the year is nearing. You know what that means, right? Christmas? Yeah, but not that. New Years? Yeah, but not that either. We’re talking about How to Dance Kpop 2010. We’re starting our preparations for that, so really sorry if this episode was a bit lamer than usual :( Also, as always, big thanks to JB and Annie from [닉쑤] Enjoy Your Happy Life~* for the Korean subtitle translations! They’re always spot on :D

  1. Can you please do lalala by bigbang

  2. Please do Irony from Wondergirls!

  3. recent korean girl group trend is sex appeal
    and all time japanese girl group trend is being super cute (like AKB48 you know)
    altho in like a decade ago, korean girl group trend was also cuteness..

    you guys mentioned about aegyo in other posting
    and I was surprised to see how foreigners think of it as.. I don’t know, creepy?
    well I think you know this too, but in japan it gets way beyond korean aegyo
    now I think about it, some over the top japanese aegyo creeped me out few times, 
    so I think I can understand how western ppl think about korean aegyo

    well they still wear very revealing clothes tho
    like burumas(super short gym pants) or mini skirt
    but they want to keep the whole image cute and innocent
    order ladies, which is very hot right now in japan (they are called jyuku-jyo which literally means mature women) and they appeal their sexiness but still remains very submissive..

    anyways the difference of the theme of two videos are because of this..
    they adjust it to suit their market

  4. please do secret – Shy Boy!

  5. You guys are hilarious! I'm definitely inlove with you! Tickle me please :)))

  6. this song was a movie inspired song. If you watch the japanese anime movie "the girl who lept through time." you will understand it more. The girl can travel back to time via jumping.

  7. You should review this video next, lots of english:

  8. Oh my gosh! that was hilarious! My sister and I were laughing so hard we cried. xD Good job guys!!

    KARA definitely gets my vote!!

  9. It's easier for people at YouTube (who leave most of the votes) to simply type in the 3-6 letters for their vote and submit it, rather than having them enter the poll's URL, then waiting for that page to load, then voting and then clicking submit. I know, I know, it's not that big of a difference, but the more steps you put between someone and their task the less likely they are to do it.

  10. 2am! love the song and love the video/ its concept.

  11. I love you guys and I love KARA but you guys got it TOTALLY wrong.

    1) The Japanese PV you guys were talking about in the vid was NOT the official Japnese PV/MV for Jumping. That video was an ad in Japan and that video is more like a CF.
    Official Japanese Version of Jumping MV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2yPhKLzn0s

    2) Also, 2AM vs KARA and the baby come back concept? That's not right cause KARA's Jumping is not about having someone back. It's more like going back in time when they were in love.

    3) They wouldn't really jump in the song since they would waste energy on stage and after jumping for a while, they would be out of breath and mess up the performance on live. Also, they do kinda jump in the chorus. If you look closely at their feet, they are doing a little jump but it's better than nothing.

    4) I don't know why you said "A girl sits on the bed and then the rest of the girls dance and kick water." They do kick water but I don't know why you guys are saying that's bad or not the concept at all. SHINee kicked water too in Ring Ding Dong. I don't know why you are saying that but okay…

    5) I really can't believe you guys are comparing them with Girls' Generation. SNSD and KARA concept is COMPLETELY different.

    My vote go to none since this video and review was very unfair. I hope you guy redo it. I still love you guys though! But you guys are lacking in reviews since you gave out false information (about the Japanese Jumping Video).

    • Lexi,

      Thanks for the thorough reply. Sorry you didn't like our review this week. We do understand that Kara and SNSD are completely different. We weren't trying to compare them as bands, because – yes – they are totally different bands. We were trying to compare their videos, especially since we recently reviewed Hoot and it would be fresh in our audience's minds. Our reason for comparing the two is because we thought that Hoot had a lot going on for it in the video. It was fun, and related to the song in what we thought of as very clever ways. Kara's "Jumping" video didn't really have that much depth to it at all.

  12. orange caramel's A-ing~ pls!

  13. what about one of MBLAQ's videos. What would you say about one of their videos?

  14. I concur with the 2 AM sentiment! They sort of leave Kara in the dust. Now the question becomes why are all these girl groups and boy bands segregated! Where are the boy/girl groups?

  15. 2AM all the way <3
    and yea by the way .. I really love ur vids xD !
    Just keep it going ^o^/

  16. 2AM all the wayyy!
    Love Kara but 2AM got this one in the bag!

  17. two-AMMMMMMMMMM >.<

    I want taeyang's ill be there,its really cool and halloween-ish !!

    i love simon and martina ! -fly kiss from brazil-

  18. That's really cute of you couple :) to demonstrate such jazz to us lol :P
    I would love to choose 2am because of songwise,their song seems to be in my head for quite awhile.
    Many songs nowadays push down one another instead of good songs,all I get was catchiness.
    I will like to request Park Bom – you and I,it is a really awesome song packed with 2 different versions of MV.
    One is the story concept while the other is the making or like "bloopers" of the MV.
    The song is nice and the lyrics is awesome.
    Hope that will help you and have a nice week ! :D

  19. OMG i love how you rate with your own views and not like,omg they have a huge fan club so i better not get bashed
    anyway i love the "tickle me" than take on me too,i agree with you that sometimes english words can be heard in the video but it sounds totally weird
    My Request – Big Bang – Beautiful Hangover , Taeyang – Just a feeling(the live performance is really awesome) , Nell – Drifiting away , Son Dam bi – Queen , Hyori Lee – Chitty bang x2 , Hyori Lee – Hey Mr Big .
    PS : BTW im korean living in US maryland :) I'm glad you are so open out to us as foreigners.Kudos xD

  20. 2AM!!

    by the way,about the review..

    how about Ga In (Brown Eyed Girls) Irreversible?

  21. 2AM all the way! I loved "I did wrong"….it always ends up stuck in my head T_T. As well I would much rather have 2AM come back into my heart than Kara….as there are just too many of them…I might have a heart attack from lack of room or something……mind you they probably aren't allowed to eat much so wouldn't be that big……hmmm whatever I'll stick with my original vote.

  22. definitely 2AM because I like jo kwon. :p
    and good video as always!

  23. For the win :)

    My vote will definitely go to 2AM! I'd take them back any day! <3

    I'd love to see you review any of the videos by Co-Ed :)

  24. Nice and funny video as usual!

    The Japanese version you included is actually new smartphone commercial video for Japanese cellphone carrier KDDI. It's taking 2nd place in domestic market share like KT in Korea, though it's weak in smartphone market(Softbank has iPhone and number 1 carrier NTT docomo launched Galaxy S recently against iPhone). As mentioned by Olliver, there's official Japanese version which is almost same as Korean one.

    My vote goes for Kara!

  25. Review Co-Ed's Bbiribbom Bberibbom & Rainbow's Mach (: I didn't think I would like Co-Ed's song but it has a really catchy beat ^-^

  26. well, if i had to make choice, i would vote for 2AM. they have better voices and stronger group work.

  27. I d like to see your reviews on replay for SHINee! or gee for snsd~

    btw 2 AM is better!

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