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FOCACCIA! FOCACCIA! IT’S SO DELICOUS!

 

That’s what we thought the song was about. Focaccia. Or maybe we thought that because we’re really hankering for some good bread lately. Korea doesn’t really have good bread. Well, they do if you like white bread, but if you’re into Rye bread, or pumpernickel, or focaccia, you’re out of luck, unless you’re willing to travel for the bread. That’s kind of why we did the skit with the croissant: we couldn’t find focaccia, so we used the next best thing: croissants. Anyhow, Super Junior, being Super Junior, and thus immensely wealthy, can easily afford these luxurious breads, and fell in love with Focaccia, and sang their latest song in tribute to the bread. No? Well then, we’ve made a terrible mistake.

Otherwise, we’re a lot happier with this video than we were with Mr. Simple, though by we I mean me, Simon, since Martina likes Mr. Simple as a song better. We’re starting to think that, yes, every Super Junior video from now on will just have well dressed guise dancing in oddly lit rooms with cheesy sound effects. Don’t believe us?

Sorry Sorry:
 

Bonamana:
 

Perfection:
 

And the list goes on. But we’re starting to think that it’s redundant for us to expect any more from a Super Junior video, and we have a theory behind this. Our theory: SM wants you to stop thinking of Super Junior as regular people, and think of them more as gods.

SM is really taking the idea of “idols” very seriously. Super Junior are idols, and to be treated as gods; these music videos, in turn, are meant to show off their godliness. The rooms that they’re in are meant to be as non-distracting from their godliness as possible. Look at their faces up close, look at them dancing meticulously. Don’t focus on anything else, but the awesomeness of Super Junior.

For their music videos, they’re not to be shown in mundane, human situations, because they’re to be thought of as above humans, as idols. So forget a story to their videos. Forget a plot. They’re in situations that no one would ever be in (seriously: if I found myself in a weird room with flickering lights, I’d do my best to GTFO rather than dance and make sexy faces).

Being a Super Junior fan becomes a religion; Super Junior fans spread the word of Suju, and freak out over people who say bad things about their gods. It also might explain why some people ask us how we didn’t break down into a heap of tears and start screaming when we met Super Junior on Star King. I mean, why would we? To us, Super Junior are just good singers and dancers, not idols, not icons, not gods. So we talk to them like we would talk to other people.

To those Super Junior fans who are getting offended by this: we’re just trying to figure out why so many of their videos are so similar. How many more oddly lit rooms are we going to see? Why can’t we have a cool music video, where things happen, where the video can stand on its own as an interesting video? A story, a mini movie, something? SM has the money for it, and SJ certainly has enough members to create a wicked m-ni-movie video, but it seems SM either doesn’t have the desire, or there is some other secret reason we can’t think of. Is it maybe just too time consuming with the boys all off doing different things on different shows and adventures?

Are we off in our reasoning? Is SM doing a good or bad thing with not having any substance to Super Junior videos apart from face closeups and dancing? I mean, we know SJ themselves have substance, they’re one of the few boy bands who will joke about themselves and their height on TV, openly talking about their height creating insoles or about getting eye surgery (Shindong recently had his eyes done), so we’re not saying the MV videos directly relate to SJ as personalities. Hrm. What to do. Let us know what you think, we need some input!!!

Also, let us say that we’re only talking about the videos here. We like Super Junior’s music, which is why we put them as our Kpop Album of the week for two weeks in a row. If you haven’t picked up the new Super Junior album, you can do so by clicking the link here:

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Otherwise, we’d like to thank everyone for taking part in our Brown Eyed Girls Sixth Sense album giveaway contest! We picked two winners: one from YouTube, and one from the comments on our site. If you’re the winner, send us an email and we’ll send out your giant sized album ASAP. Woot!

 
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  1. That sandwich ordering choreography was almost as good as Taeyang’s sushi dance, lol. Great job Martina!

  2. I consider myself a real hardcore ELF, but I really think that it’s BECAUSE they seem like such normal guys. I love their old TV shows, like Full House, where they’re just silly and normal and they make mistakes and aren’t all attractive all the time. I like that they’re hobbies aren’t all “Omg Dancing and singing and sports!”, but stuff like video games, writing, martial arts, and traditional drums. I like their twitters, with awkward photo-shopped pictures of each other and bad puns.

    Super Junior started out as SM’s throwaway pile of misfits, but they were funny and unique. Now that they’re so popular, they get the full Idol treatment, which is SM’s way of trading personality for godliness. Their individuality is covered up, so they have to look for other activities and outlets to shine.

  3. Well, think of it this way too: if there WERE other people in their MVs but them, especially girls, they would probably be slaughtered by the fans – honestly, if they’ve been relentlessly picking on Henry and Zhou Mi ever since they were added to Super Junior M (the number of fans who have done it), then I can only imagine what they’ll be doing to the actresses (specifically) who were to star in the MV. This may be one of the reasons why they only have Super Junior on screen – a small, albeit valid reason.

  4. I’m a Super Junior fan myself, and to tell the truth, I wasn’t offended at all when I watched ur video.
    Most of the music videos SM have made for SJ are in “boxes”. Only Happiness, It’s you, No other,.. have some meaning in the video. Super Show 4 just started tonight, and we can all see how creative SJ members are. I’m sure that SJ can make much much better MVs, if only they’re allowed to do so.
    I just can’t stop myself from thinking that SM doesn’t appreciate SJ enough. They don’t put much money in the boys’ MVs

  5. Sorry Sorrry(3rd album), Bonamana(4th album) , Mr.Simple(5th album)
    This are songs from the “SJ Funky” line . And Mr.Simple is the last on of this line , so I think the next SJ MV will not look like this videos …

  6. I know a lot of SJ’s recent videos have been boring, but if you watch some of their older ones/ videos from the subgroups, there’s definitely some variation — No Other is a recent one with at least a bit of a story, and It’s You, Super Girl, and SJ-H’s videos (<3 Pajama Party) do too. 

  7. I personally love Suju’s music, but I really wish they were a bit more creative with their music videos. I’d like to see more video’s such as “It’s you”…. maybe for their next comeback they’ll do something more creative.  

  8. Over the weekend, I went to a cafe in Seoul called Stone Coffee (www.stonecoffee.com) and they had FOCACCIA! I was eating their ham sandwich when I realized, hey this bread is delicious, what is it? And lo and behold! It was focaccia. Then I was reminded of this video and figured I’d share haha

  9. A- Cha is better…. I think?? 

  10. first off i have to say that i absolutely LOVE Super Junior, but i didn’t really like Mr. Simple as much as I loved A-CHA. so I’m voting for A-CHA and their love for sandwiches. :)

  11. hello! i just found your blog! seems interesting but i can’t even see the videos because they are blocked at work, haha… so maybe i am just talking through my hat here, but i wanted to make a comment anyways.

    when i was young and stupid, i used to be really in love with the Backstreet Boys… lol. and i (along with a slew of other fans) would get really pissed off whenever they released a “story” video. first of all, there were always girls in those, which sprung intense feelings of jealousy, but mostly, i just wanted to stare at the faces of my adored ones for ages on end, which you couldn’t do very well in a concept video… i think those SM people are banking in on that by making videos where you’re pretty much just seeing them dancing with no other distraction. now that i’m older, i do enjoy videos that have a bit more variety, but i think the production managers are probably spot on with their target audience…

    end of my newbie rant. 

  12. Monique Byars

    MR. SIMPLE

  13. I love Super Junior no matter what other people would say <3 Big love for SJ! Siwonnieeee <3
    I love your videos, guys! So much! The highlight of my week :)

    Blow your mind! A-Cha! <3

  14. Lol Foaccia Focaccia! It’s so delicious!!  Loved the Super Simon Segment! Loved Martina in that bunny suit hopping after simon singing the mr simple song :) I know im way late in this but i preferred A-Cha over Mr. Simple.

  15. Anonymous

    Uhh!! I definitely prefer A-cha

  16. I prefer A-cha! :)

  17. Kisa YuffYuff

    I wonder what that would look like? A SuJu vid with a legit plot like U-Kiss’ 0330 or B2ST’s Fiction.
    Well ELFs don’t get any mini movie music videos, but we did get a full length Super Junior movie. xD
    I love SJ’s Attack on the Pin-up Boys!

    Anyways, I vote for Mr.Simple. It was just so colorful and upbeat and I missed Heechul and Siwon in A-Cha. I mean sure they were in the video for a bit, but they didn’t get to dance with the well dressed group in their oddly lit room!

  18. I just saw this a week after so..my comment would be late. xD Anyways….

    The reason why SJ’s MV genres are all the same is not because SME wants the fans to take SJ as gods, but rather, SME just doesn’t want to spend a lot for SJ. Seriously. Look at the places they’ve been shooting at…THEY’RE ALL THE SAME! Also..the dances, the genre, EVERYTHING! If only ELFs could produce SJ’s MVs then we would have surely attracted a lot of people’s attentions. -_______- Our ideas are a lot more wider than those of the producers.

    SME doesn’t think of SJ as anything..really. Because they have their favorites. Yeah, that.

    Ok..so this was some kind of a rant.. Sorry ’bout that. ^^
    And, no. I’m not mad. I’m just clarifying things.

    And I agree with Luff Kpop. Could you please do a review for SJ’s Neorago? It’s the best MV they had (in my opinion) Please??? I’ve been waiting for that. But I don’t think you will…since you’re reviews are based on people’s choices. Oh. Whatever.

    I love your reviews, by the way. YOU GUYS ROCK!

    • I wouldn’t think that. Sure, SM has the reputation of being stingy, however making MVs with storylines isn’t so hard. A lot of the profits of SM comes from either Girls Generation (from males) and SuJu (from females), but to tell you the truth, neither one is treater better than the other.
       
      SM has a very strict “idols are not allow to have relationships” rule for a reason. They want their fans to be their ‘girl/boyfriend’. They are the fans’ wonderful fantasy. And as time passes, they become possessive. Since so many things happened to Super Junior, many of their fans are VERY protective of them. I too wish they will actually change the trend and make a MV with a plot, but I believe SM have their reasons. Having a storyline usually means a girl actor would be in it. I guess, SuJu being so popular, they don’t want to make such an outburst.Unlike 2PM or BigBang, where a lot of their MVs have female actors, we as an audience are use to them interact with other females. SM’s idols on the other hand, not many interact with opposite sex. Unless they are helping another group within the company (which only show a few clips of the girl), how many MVs do you recall seeing SuJu do something affectionate to a girl.If they do, I bet the girl will get bashed by SuJu’s fans.

  19. Luff Kpop

    For the poll, I gotta say A-CHA is cooler than Mr. Simple but the camera sucks big time, oh I hate how the camera moves in this video. It’s like, not Super Junior was the dancing ones, but the CAMERA WAS DANCING. Oh, great SM.

    About the plotless video issue, it’s just…lame to be talked, we can’t expect any plot/story for SJ’s MV from SM. It’s just….they won’t work a story for SJ videos.

    Simon and Martina, can you do a review for Super Junior’s Neorago (It’s You)? Yeah, it’s an old video (was released in 2009) but hey I think that’s the best Super Junior video that SM had ever produced. Can? Can? Can?

    /throws various types of bread to you guise, ENJOYYYY! LOL

  20. DeAnna Caiati

    why are the videos all the same!! when you put up the two videos from SJ that we are voting on.. they looked like the same video…lololol.. its cheaper i guess.. one white room one fir hat your good to go!

  21. kissmykimchi teachers on walka

    I will never be able to look at that video without thinking of subs! Bravo! Though SJ still doesn’t quite do it for me. I keep thinking which one would go first if they crash landed in the Himalayas.

  22. Anonymous

    that costume simon was wearing looks like thunder outfit in the mv cry O:<!

  23. Kelly Allen

    Both songs are awesome, but I like the video for Mr Simple better than A-Cha.

  24. Anonymous

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  25. sigh… it’s because SM sucks. that’s what SJ fans have decided. Or rather, it’s a combination of SM sucking/not caring about their breadwinner group and the boys legitimately being too busy with all the other things they do. I love them, but i definitely get the sense that their moving in a lot of different directions at this point. It wasn’t always like this, I was really hoping they’d have at least one MV with a plot this album like they did with noraego and no other, but sadly twas not to be. I definitely though this song was more immediately catchy than mr. simple and the video had a smiiiiidge more going on, but yeah… SM, y u no spend monies on suju? if snsd’s new MV comes out and is as gorgeous as the preview looks so help me GOD, Lee Soo Man! *shakes fist* anyway, you guys are great, thanks for not focusing on how plotless the video was, beleive me ELFs are butthurt about it enough as it is…. oh and I vote A-cha for better MV!

    • I wouldn’t think that. Sure, SM has the reputation of being stingy, however making MVs with storylines isn’t so hard. A lot of the profits of SM comes from either Girls Generation (from males) and SuJu (from females), but to tell you the truth, neither one is treater better than the other.
       
      SM has a very strict “idols are not allow to have relationships” rule for a reason. They want their fans to be their ‘girl/boyfriend’. They are the fans’ wonderful fantasy. And as time passes, they become possessive.Since so many things happened to Super Junior, many of their fans are VERY protective of them. I too wish they will actually change the trend and make a MV with a plot, but I believe SM have their reasons. Having a storyline usually means a girl actor would be in it. I guess, SuJu being so popular, they don’t want to make such an outburst.Unlike 2PM or BigBang, where a lot of their MVs have female actors, we as audience are use to them interact with other females. SM’s idols on the other hand, not many interact with opposite sex. Unless they are helping another group within the company (which only show a few clips of the girl), how many MVs do you recall seeing SuJu do something affectionate to a girl.If they do, I bet the girl will get bashed by SuJu’s fans.

  26. lol next week Martina and Simon will receive lots and lots of FOCACCIA in their email box LOL~

    ^^

  27. Anything with Siwon is good with me, but I like A-Cha better as a mv.

  28. I think Mr Simple & A Cha are very good songs.  I really like these two songs.  I can not say particularly fond of that first.

  29. Debra Chang

    Yo SM (hope you don’t mind I call u this for short haha) I guess it’s too bad the MVs of the main SJ songs are as such… but like I previously emailed to you guise, you can check out their other “non main” song MVs like “No Other”, “Sorry Sorry Answer”, “It’s You”etc, these are the not so typical SJ MVs which I really really like and I hope you did too =) Cheers! I’ve always enjoyed ur objective reviews! ^^ HWAITING!

  30. INCONCEIVABLE! …LOL….ah, I loved that word since I first saw Princess Bride as a wee lass. *looks of into yonder memories*

  31. i have to say Mr Simple is better ^.^

  32. Anonymous

    not every music vid should have a plot! i agree its nice 2 have a story but most of the time its hard to understand. =O anyway its music isnt it? wouldnt it mk more sense if they were dancing  o_o dats how music works right?
    not everything has to have a plot simon and martina! =D

  33. Martina I agree!  I like Mr Simple better!

  34. hi there!

    i think that their mv’s don’t really have plots because plots would involve girls and idk, it just seems like super junior is really sensitive to ELF’s reactions, and they dont want to make them unneccessarily jealous? idk just a theory..

  35. Anonymous

    A-Cha ^^

    OH dear me……simon and martina..why oh why do you have such good vids? 

  36. Anonymous

    What were they talking about Diarheea again?

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