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Celebrity News
And the first celebrity couple outing of 2008 is…
by | December 31, 2007 | 36 Comments
“Kim Jong Min at Hyun Young’s fan club meeting. There’s something unusual about the embrace.”   …Hyun Young and Kim Jong Min?? It’s still 2007 here in the States, but it’s the new year for Koreans, and the first celebrity couple of 2008 have confirmed their relationship. It’s one that may seem a bit odd... More »

Drama Casting & News
Which 2007 dramas were the most watched?
by | December 31, 2007 | 22 Comments
Jumong I put up my list of top dramas without regard to their overall popularity or ratings, and I feel safe saying that my guest bloggers did so as well. But in case you’re curious to know which dramas topped the ratings charts in 2007, here are all the big ones, drawing in viewerships in... More »

Poll results for the curious
by | December 30, 2007 | 20 Comments
Since a few of you were curious about poll results, here they are (the rest beyond the jump), arranged in descending order of votes cast. I expected Coffee Prince to lead the pack, but I was still a bit surprised at the extent of its lead. Therefore I find it more interesting to see not... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
The Year in Review, Part 4: The Rest of 2007
by | December 29, 2007 | 54 Comments
Yes, my last post was “The Best of 2007,” but rather than put up a Worst list, I’m lumping them all together with The Rest. Not all the dramas I’m mentioning here are bad; they’re just dramas I watched that didn’t belong in the Best list. SONG OF THE DAY War of Money OST –... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #10
by | December 28, 2007 | 27 Comments
One holiday down, one more to go. Anyone have big New Year’s Eve plans? I’ll have limited internet access over the weekend (but I’ll still be posting — the rest of Year in Review series will be up in the next couple of posts!). Anyone getting wasted as New Year’s Eve tradition dictates? (Are you... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
The Year in Review, Part 1: The Best of 2007
by | December 26, 2007 | 58 Comments
A month ago, I asked y’all, How was 2007 for you? I was thinking of the year-end wrap-up I would be writing, and wanted to see how you thought the dramas were this past year. I’ll be rolling out my year-in-review posts over the next few days (because one post just isn’t enough!). I also... More »

Drama Casting & News
Pictures speak louder than words…
by | December 26, 2007 | 37 Comments
  I’m really, really looking forward to Hong Gil Dong. More than any other series in recent memory. If it sucks, I think I will cry. Or break something. (Or exaggerate.) As Hong Gil Dong premieres on the same day (next week) with Bulhandang (Robbers), both shows have just held their obligatory pre-premiere press conferences.... More »

Kpop News
The future of kpop
by | December 25, 2007 | 36 Comments
The “Oricon Comet” Younha The Korean pop music industry, like the recording industry worldwide, has been in a constant downward slide in recent years. The reasons for that are all the usual suspects: General sales slump for the CD market, rise of digital media, and, oh yeah, suckiness of the product. Personally, I think kpop... More »

Merry Christmas
by | December 25, 2007 | 25 Comments
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! (Happy Hanukkah? Kwanzaa? Generic seasonal holidays?) Hope y’all have a nice, relaxing, energizing, kdrama-filled holiday. As for me, my day is entirely booked — I have lots of sleeping and reading and vegging to do. Phew. So much lazing about to do, so little time. SONG OF THE DAY House Rulez –... More »

Celebrity News
No celebrity good deed goes unpunished
by | December 24, 2007 | 32 Comments
Actress and bone marrow donor Choi Kang Hee   Alls I’s gotta say is: Anti-fan culture is ridiculous. Even supposing a celebrity donates money or performs an act of charity purely for the attention, the bottom line is that worthy causes are benefited. As far as I’m concerned, that’s what we call a win-win situation.... More »

WITH S2 fansubbing policy
by | December 23, 2007 | 230 Comments
The admins of the fansubbing group WITH S2 asked if I could post up a notice of their recent decision to stop subtitle releases temporarily, and I thought I’d also take the chance to explain the stance a bit. It’s quite frustrating to see people who don’t understand the situation just jump to the conclusion... More »