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TVXQ! – Spellbound

  1. THIS SONG MAKES ME SATISFIED. I like this video (y)

  2. This song, video, and dance make me so happy. I can’t help but smile while I watch it. And the fact that Yunho, Changmin, and their backup dancers smile as well. So enjoyable.

  3. I really want to see their opinion of this video/song. I’m in love with everything about it.

  4. I can’t believe this song hasn’t been reviewed! (OoO)/

  5. I think Changmin out dances Yunho in this video. Yunho’s movements seem a bit exaggerated at times. Only mention this because I always felt like Yunho was the better dancer. Over all I really love the performance in this video especially from the back up dancers. My favorite part of the dance was around 3:57 – 4:22. And I also noticed and liked seeing Changmin having fun dancing with his dance partner around 3:35 – 3:46. Also did anyone else notice that they seemed to switch hair colors from Something to Spellbound. In Something Yunho has the dark hair and Chagmin the honey color. In this video it’s the opposite, LOL.

  6. Like the one location only video… Magic being that they can produce women out of thin air? Loved Yunho’s dance sequences… though his continuous staring at the camera was a bit scary, prefer Changmin’s kinda flirty glances =P

    Felt that at the end the lady kinda grabbed my attention more than TVXQ… was that the purpose so that I can concentrate on that last ‘TVXQ’ card instead of staring at the 2 hot suit wearing guys (read: Yunho and Changmin)?

    Also, felt that 2nd version was cooler because Yunho was not staring the whole time, left me kinda wanting more? (Oh me, make up your mind…) Also liked that house of cards room =) And the 2 King cards set =D

  7. Have to say, I’m super disappointed that Orange Caramel had to come back now and stop TVXQ from getting a review for the first time in years. I suppose they’re not cute and fun enough for S&M to consider…

  8. Oh no this MV is on #2 now. Keep Voting guys! We can’t lose to Orange Caramel!! How could this video lose to that weird Catalina MV

    • of course this will lose to a weird MV. It’s weird > quality here.

      • tbh, That Catalina MV is cool & yeah, better than Spellbound. But still.. i’m Cassiopeia & i want TVXQ To be Reviewed!

      • I actually didn’t dislike the Orange Caramel vid/song as much as I thought I would (they are very hit-and-miss with me…) but I think this video really deserved its own review. TVXQ has been putting out stellar songs and videos this year, and I’m saddened that they aren’t getting their chance to shine here. Though I’m sure S&M would just think it’s a boring “sexy boys in oddly-lit rooms” concept and just leave it there… so maybe it’s for the best.

    • Cyber_3

      I really like Orange Caramel and their songs/videos and I’m was not a particular fan of TVXQ but I would like to see a review of this song even just based on the fact that there are two versions of the video and the second one is finally something sexy-fun for a change. I also really like the new sound of TVXQ on this album so far, makes me actually want to listen to the whole thing. I could wish that they will stick with this fun sound but I’m not getting my hopes up since it’s kpop (crossing my fingers though – if they keep it up I am a fan!).

  9. S&M if you review this please consider version 2, even though both versions are freaking awesome! <3

  10. Sakura Chan

    reminds me of…… ahem seungris vvip…
    please dont kill me

  11. this mv and song are really meh for me. even the dance wasn’t that memorable imo. its like something minus the good parts.

  12. I have loved many TVXQ songs in the last while, but these two are so on their game right now it’s insane. Keep Your Head Down has been the pinnacle of TVXQ title songs for me since I got into them, but Something and Spellbound are now definitely entries 2 and 3 on my top 3 TVXQ singles list. *___*

    The retro, big band, jazzy sound. The incredibly well-choreographed and deliciously performed dancing (GODDAMN Yunho is out of control). The smooth, sexy vocals. The hair and wardrobe choices, a perfect blend of class and cute. And this one has some super fun touches, like them throwing the cards in the air. And the GIRLS! Hot as hell, great chemistry with the boys, danced WITH Yunho and Changmin instead of just “on” or “around” them… I literally have stars in my eyes.

    The only thing I’m not super happy with in “Spellbound” is that they had the boys sing it almost entirely in chest voice. This is fine for Changmin, but while Yunho has a beautiful falsetto and a strong lower register, but I feel like this key wasn’t great for him. Especially when I watched the live performances where they are singing live, Yunho was having a hard time. This song’s just in an awkward place in his range, and I wish the song’s key could have been just a few semitones lower, so that Yunho could have sung with more power. Maybe the songwriters are Changmin-biased… come on guys, give Yunho a chance to shine!

  13. I love this song so much. It’s so fun to listen it. I wanna dance around playing this song. And those dancers are gorgeous!!

  14. The more I listen to this song and the more I watch them dancing to it the more I get obsessed with it!!!

  15. Alicia Davis 알이샤 데비스
    Alicia Davis 알이샤 데비스

    Okay so for me this has been their catchiest comeback in a while! Yunho’s dancing made me fan myself and say woooo out loud like I use to, when I first saw Mirotic! Damn that man has some moves on him <3 I dig the energy from the back up dancers too!

  16. Skye Walker

    I have to say…backup dancers stole the show on this one IMO. They look like they could be their own group. Loving the song too!

  17. This really gotta be reviewed!I am totally hooked onto this song!

  18. Sakura Chan

    amazing song that kinda reminds me of seungris vvip
    (just me???)
    love the outfits and love how they are confident and are not afraid to show what they got but……
    the mv is kinda…. meh….
    the song kinda throws me off at some points and i love their new concept dont get me wrong…
    minnie is growing up and i dont like it T_T

  19. The best video dance
    The good’s.

  20. i actually like the dancers more than i like them. lol. those girls look like superstars themselves. like they’re from a hot girl group.

  21. Oh, simon and martina please do review this, i loved this song so much and i would be really glad if you can do a full review of this T.T

    • I love the second one more, personally :)

    • is it strange I still prefer the first one no fancy sets/clothing changes just amazing performers

    • Cyber_3

      Wow! While I originally thought that the first video was good, it looks kind of boring after seeing the second version. While I focused more on the dancing in the first version, I think that I prefer the second just because it is so much more dynamic. I can’t be sure without watching a bunch more times, but there seems to be even more interaction with the backup dancers (which is cool) in the second version? At first I was wondering if the entire video (even the first version) was done using green screen and no sets at all, but they seem to really be there in both cases. Those cards sets from the second version are pretty cool (and new to me) so the set change really helps to perk up the video towards the end. So, I guess that I focused more on the interaction with the female dancers and the sets in the second version rather than on TVXQ itself but……….the 2nd version seemed sexier to me because it looked like it was a lot more fun and the interactions/smiles less contrived and well, I’m too old and happily married to find those boys sexy all on their own. Thanks for posting the link ^_^v

  22. As a whole from Something and Spellbound, TVXQ didn’t disappoint this year. The whole concept was thoroughly though out and there were not any misses in the whole concept. I have accepted that SM MV’s will always have a box set but this mv was so brilliant. It was not boring at all and the whole atmosphere of the whole music video was intensely entertaining. I loved Changmin and Yunho’s hair in this music video and how Yunho looks great and really handsome with the gray colored contact ( 2nd version mv). The oneshot of them smiling to the camera was so wonderful and i loved how the back-up dancers was more incorporated into the mv instead of being only the background. Though i do must say that i am intensely jealous of them, i sincerely wished that i was their backup dancer also so i can grope them however i want (oops :P). In all, great job TVXQ in your tenth anniversary year ! Keep bringing us great music for many decades :) <3<3<3

  23. Dorian YunJae Fujoshi

    Los mejores <3

  24. Maybe it’s just a problem in Chrome, but is anybody else finding that all of the voting buttons have vanished.

    Anyway, does anybody else want to know what happened with the casino plot? I was really digging the beginning….


  26. i like how this is a jazz feel for a song. it’s nice and different’ but it really goes with there image. there starting get me to like them. i don’t normally listen to TVXQ! but i actually like this alotand my fav part is 2:20 min in when the hand appear on his body

  27. Dorian YunJae Fujoshi

    La coreografia es cool y de otro nivel. #수리수리 #동방신기 me gusto. n_n

  28. Those backup dancers are fine as hell. I love this song, it’s so catchy, and really I think that a box set was actually perfect for this song because the dance is one of the best parts and I think a slapped together plot(that SM is sort of famous for) would take away from the amazing dance, dancers and our boys.

    I like this song more than something and i feel that this song is their best one so far!
    Love the song and the dance!
    It is just so awesome and perfect!
    Can you please review this?

  30. TVXQ just proved themselves that they have indeed debuted for 10 years by yet another AMAZING song. In my opinion TVXQ is WAYYYYYY underrated then what they should be credited for. Instead of being like mainstream K-Pop, they’re keeping their own style of music but never afraid to explore and try out different genres of music. The concept this time is probably the only one I’ve seen in the whole of K-Pop unless some random group that I don’t know has already done it. AND YOU HAVEN’T DONE A KMM SINCE 2012 SOLELY BASED ON TVXQ T.T I’m sure you’ll have lots to talk about it, and trust me, that chorus *수리수리마수리수리사바* is gonna get stuck in your head.

  31. Puffycake

    The video reminds me of Seungri’s VVIP

    #MrBrohohoComeback ;D

  32. Yay, sexy dancers, not sexy props!

  33. when do people think the second MV will be released?

    Why do you think this one, which must be the dance version, was released first?

  34. The way Yunho moves his body in this MV is magical~

  35. at some point of the video, I imagine Simon in the middle of the backdancer girls and damned! the feeling was different but sooo funny ! lol

  36. i love how the choreography is lively, suave and continuous. it was amazing and fun to watch and listen to!
    love love YUNHO AND CHANGMIN <3

  37. The dancers are so hot!

  38. The video is or has the image of one-shot sequence without ever changing the cam like exo’s growl and I really like it. Along with the dance moves and the shooting angles that matches the music, the video is kind of hypnotizing, which goes along well with the song’s chorous “Suri suri ma suri susuri sa ba” (I guess some kind of abracadabra/hocus pocus phrase) It seriously needs to be pointed out that it is the first time TVXQ used girls in their video at this level. Choreography is awesome, fun to watch and sexy at the same time, but unlike other Korean groups that use overly-sexy erotic stuff in their dances and videos nowadays, this wasn’t at an alarming level even for an overly-obsessed and jealous fan like me. :P I think whatever they do, TVXQ manages to remain classy. The song is hard to catch at first, you can’t really guess how it will continue, and it feels messy but after listening to it a couple of times it sounded genious to me. Yoo Young Jin is a great composer.

  39. I loooove the outfits of the backup dancers! They just look so beautiful and classy. And I’m really liking TVXQ’s new songs! :)

  40. Is this happening for anybody else — the vote, tweet, facebook share and google plus buttons have vanished along with all the statistics… how do I vote?!

    Also, loving the song :D

  41. The very first time I heard the song I wasn’t totally impressed by it but after the second time it totally grew on me and I’m loving it! not to mention the choreo is great, they look fucking awesome, classy and sexy UNF

  42. I didn’t really mind the box set at all because the way it was shot was
    pretty dynamic and kept my focus more on TVXQ and the dancers rather
    than the background. The choreography was awesome, the song was catchy
    and groovy and I absolutely love love love how the background dancers
    were emphasised in this MV. All the girls were so gorgeous and they were
    really in sync with Yunho and Changmin! Same thing with Something, all
    the dancers were super immersed into the song and enjoying themselves :)
    Both Something and Spellbound were amazing, classy and mature, which is
    definitely what I expected from TVXQ. Something has more of a plot and
    the horns plus bass sounded really good, but at the same time Spellbound
    does have a fantastic choreography and really showed the performance
    level of TVXQ. :) All in all, great job Yunho and Changmin! I’m looking
    forward to the live performance!

  43. hapagirl

    Gonna say it now, my fangirl heart can’t take anymore. This, 2NE1, and hearing about Block B making a comeback, it’s too much.
    I really love the song and the video. The dance is amazing, loved the girls. Also I gotta ask: did TVXQ call dibs on the female dancers or with seniority you get more than one person of the opposite sex in your video? Seriously I’ve never seen this many people of the opposite interacting with idols in another music video. The only thing I don’t care for is the glaring lights in the background, but it’s not an SM video without bright lights.

  44. TVXQ can do no wrong in my totally biased opinion. I couldn’t quite figure out on my initial watch of this m/v why this song was called Spellbound, and then when I found myself hitting the replay button several times and starring, almost without blinking, at the way they danced- I could see how I was left spellbound. The choreo was so sharp and on point that I was almost expecting Yunho and Changmin to break out into a tap routine at 3:55 which would have been epic given the jazz, big band feel of this song. My favorite part, hands down, is the funky chicken couple dance that Yunho does with the backup dancer at 3:45-3:49. As silly as one would think moving your legs like a funky chicken would be, it was such a sick routine that had me wishing I could cluck the backup dancer out of the way and be Yunho’s partner.
    Sometimes, I miss them being a larger group…but when they pull routines out like this TVXQ as a duo act is pretty rock solid.

    • hihi that chicken dance was actually a very popular move back in the 40′s or 50′s.

    • I agree with you, though I am not a huge TVXQ song, but their body of work is always impressive. Sometimes I wish they got back together with JYJ, their voices always sounded amazingly in harmony together. I liked this mv more, compared to Something, but Something was more of a catchy song.
      Great job as usual, TVXQ!

  45. Kind of sad that the really interesting beginning of a plot before the song started never ended up going anywhere. I don’t know why I expected something more than a dance video from SM, but I guess I’m just a dreamer T.T And what is up with having so many female back up dancers for TVXQ?! I would rather see Yuhno and Max by themselves dancing than have all those girls filling the video. They take way too much attention away from TVXQ and, I don’t know, it just made the video feel awkward.

    The first part of it was really my favorite. I know that they can dance. I would have liked to see where the card game was going instead. I don’t know if it’s just me, but it seems like the fun is leaving a lot of Kpop videos. You know? Like, what happened to fun videos where things *happened* during them? Even when they didn’t make sense *coughballoonscough* they were awesome.

    Anyway, on a positive note, I loved the song itself. They did a lovely job with it. And their suits looked much better than in Something! ^_^ And I kind of like what Yuhno did to his hair. I almost didn’t recognize him, but I could get used to it.

  46. Not to be totally cheesy, given the song’s name Spellbound, but that was kinda mesmerizing. Boring box set, of course, but the choreography was really exciting for some reason, the little bits of swing-style dancing thrown in here and there, the way Yunho and Changmin manipulated the backup dancers’ movements, how the ladies would pop up from behind and around them. I don’t know, I found that I kept smiling and going “oh that was neat!” Plus the one shot style is always impressive, especially when contrasted with all the quick cuts in the opening of the video. I’m not 100% sure, but it seems like (as with Exo’s vid for Growl, funnily enough) there was a cut around the middle of the video, when Changmin throws the cards at the camera. Not that I’m complaining. It’s a pretty long song and one shot dance vids are hard! I don’t like the song quite as much as Something (at least not yet, I’ve only listened to it a couple times and Something also took a few listens to really grab me) but I’m definitely still digging the retro swing sound, especially the horns. (And just to be completely superficial for a second, I’m so happy Changmin changed his hair again. Dark tresses look so much better on him than the blond hightlights (which I can’t help but read in the Suju Spy voice – thanks for ruining another word for me, kpop.))

  47. Not to be a drag, but is SM coming out with a new girl group? I think there were more shots of them than the guys themselves. Hell, the end didn’t even have them in focus! It was on the girl holding a TVXQ playing card.

    They are definitely bringing it with the amazing dance, but I see a lot of issues that might come from it, like Yunho possibly slipping and falling from that box or someone tripping on a loose card, if they even use cards at all. They’ll look mighty awkward with some moves if they don’t.

    All in all, it was awesome with reality stomping it back down in my mind.

  48. lady_kire

    I find the song to be good, just not as good as Something. It still has that retroness to it though.

    Does anyone know if after the gambling opening, most of the song and dance were done in one shot or not? I really can’t tell, but most of the scenes look like a one shot and they look really good. It’s kind of unusual to see TVXQ do something like that and it works really well. Usually we see them in a single close up shot, or they cut to a plot, or a different room and costume, so this is really interesting… Maybe it’s a part one shot? For what it is, it’s really good. The backup dancers using props, they look gorgeous and sexy (without needing to wear lingerie, or move their ass).

    My only complaint is that the mv has way too much lens flare from the bottom of the doors/windows. I really dislike lens flare in media (I’m glaring at you JJ Abrams) and it’s number 2 on my biggest media pet peeves.

  49. AgentMidnight

    The video reminds me a little of U-KISS’s Stop Girl, with the black-and-white room, and some of the dance formations with the female dancers.

    Speaking of, was anyone paying more attention to the female back up dancers? They looked like they were having fun, smiling and everything, and they were really pretty (and I’m a girl, too).

  50. Personally, I like “Something” more than this song, but their dance moves in “Spellbound” look really complicated, and of course, they KILLED it. TVXQ does not disappoint.

    • Please share more than just the name of their group, or your comment will likely be removed for spamming. ^_^ We’re all happy to see TVXQ again, so share your thoughts. There are tons of excited fans who would love to spazz with you.