Beanie level: Noble idiot

I started Chicago Typewriter yesterday and I’m already on Episode 9 and

This may just be the drama I’ve been waiting for my whole life. Holy crap I’m so in love

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    One of my very favorites.

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    Wonderful story with a wonderful cast. A favorite.

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    Every Kdrama fan should watch this at least once in their Kdrama viewing life. An absolute masterpiece! Even the OST!

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After hearing how wacko this episode was, I decided to do a live commentary of Extraordinary You Episode 14 as I watched it.

https://thekdramacloset.wordpress.com/2019/11/16/ks-live-commentary-extraordinary-you-episode-14/

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GAH Extraordinary You is why I don\’t like to think about my dramas too much, because it\’s always much better in your head than canon

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Maybe it’s because I’m a sageuk trash, or that that entire segment of Extraordinary You is just more interesting, better acted and more emotional, but the Flower scenes might have been the only stuff I enjoyed in Extraordinary You today. UGH I WISH THIS ENTIRE SHOW WAS TRUMPET CREEPERRR

Okay maybe not. Self-aware Jooda had me ROLLING. Do-Hwa’s precious face at the end had my heart beating on the floor (God this guy has the best facial expressions)

Something tells me Jooda’s going to be a playa playa and toy with both Namjoo and Dohwa’s hearts for her own benefit (WE STAN A TWO TIMING GOLD-DIGGING CANDY) Ugh what I don’t get is why they’re bringing in this plotline so late into the game, when we could’ve had this gem 4 episodes ago. I can’t fathom how they’re going to wrap up this in 3 episodes with so many strings hanging.

I love DanHaru but for some reason they’re getting way too childish and bouncy for me. All they do is make cheesy moony eyes at each other, and for some reason their chemistry isn’t coming across as genuine as it used to. Hye Yoon can pull off extreme aegyo MOST TIMES, but with Rowoon it’s just cringy maaaan. Give me more heartfelt moments like the ones at the end of Episode 8 and 10. I like them best when they’re heartfelt and calmly enjoying each other’s presence. Or maybe I’m too old for this, LOL.

Less noble idiocy. Less alpha male love triangle nonsense. More genuine DanHaru conversations instead of cutesy fluff. And always, always, MORE DOHWA.

Also, am I crazy for STILL FAILING TO HATE BAEK KYUNG? I just…I just understand his selfish, messed up intentions, and I find them SO fascinating. Everyone expects a self-aware character to WANT to make their own fate and break out of their mould. But Baek Kyung doesn’t. Here’s a guy who doesn’t have the capacity to explore what he is beyond his set-up, unlike everyone else, and refuses to believe that the Stage is fake, because that’s all he’s known his entire life. And why *should* the Stage be fake? After all, those are the events that ACTUALLY take place in their universe, not the measly happenings of the Shadow that no one else remembers. He’s willingly submitted himself to the writer’s whim, and can’t fathom how someone who’s been created by that same writer, has feelings of her own.

I do agree that the show spends way too much time getting us to sympathize with him instead of focusing on other characters (*ahem*DoHwa*ahem*) but I like what his character brings to the show.

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    Yoooo… I haven’t even watched today’s episode yet and I’m feeling all of this. I was thinking about it today – how the pacing of the show has slowed to a crawl the past two weeks, focusing on Haru and Dan oh maybe a little too much without any forward momentum anywhere else.

    Don’t even get me started on Kyung. I could talk about him and how he’s the most compelling character for daaayyys.

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    Finally, someone who feels the same way as me about Kyung. Now I don’t feel too weird for being able to sympathize and understand him well. I think he is the most fascinating character in that drama, even if I don’t like many of his choices.

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What the hell was that

– EY episode 13

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“She’s pretty, awesome, and successful. I’m no match.”
“Hey, don’t be ridiculous. No matter how pretty or awesome she may be, you’re younger than her”
— Melting Me Softly Episode 14

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My man comes back from the military with a \”dope discharge congratz\” WE STAN THE RIGHT GUY HAHAHA


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Dope discharge… congratz!!!
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Aaaahhhhhhhhhhh

Before anyone continues, Episode 12 minor spoilers

Going to make a more detailed post later but just dropping in to say that with 4 more episodes to go Extraordinary You has been AMAZING.

Just like I wanted, we’re now focusing on Danoh’s terminal illness, and the sageuk storyline is slowly coming to a wrap.

It felt abrupt to have our E3 back in the game after Danoh being so hesitant to change things for so long, but since I wanted it so bad I’ll forgive the awkward transition.

ALSO MORE SELF-AWARE JOODA PLEASE. We didn’t have enough of thattt

Baek Kyung is a wonderful antagonist.

Yes Webtoon BK was nicer and less aggressive, but to be honest it makes perfect sense for him to be possessive over Danoh, since they’re the couple that’s meant to be. I understand his reasons for clinging onto her when all he’s ever known is her chasing after him.

Gah, love me some star crossed lover angst. This is probably the best kind I’ve seen

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Alright, alright. We’re back to regular programming. I.e. obsessing over the crackfest that is Extraordinary You

Last week’s episodes didn’t cut it for me, but this week, I think I’m back to wholeheartedly loving this show. Somehow the tone struck just right for me, and I’m finally on board with Eun Danoh’s choice to make the most of her last days.

Also love love LOVED the sageuk portion

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    It put a lot into perspective, didn’t it?

    Also, not only is the writer lazy, they are kind of a douchebag. My heart is breaking for what these characters they created are going through.

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      It’s the saddest thing :'(

      I almost laughed cynically when they made Kyung’s father and stepmother’s wedding anniversary the same day as his mother’s death anniversary. Like OF COURSE he got married right away, it’s such a manhwa cliché, but you don’t realize how much it must’ve hurt Kyung.

      The repetition of storylines, especially by the same writer, makes SO MUCH SENSE even irl. I remember when Are You Human Too was airing, some people were saying how the plot is like a modern day sageuk, which wasn’t surprising considering the screenwriter wrote The Princess’s Man previously.

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        But you know what doesn’t make sense, the math. Or maybe it does. His stepbrother is what 15, 16 years old. So that is also eluding to the fact that Dad and Stepmom where involved before his Mother died and the Stepbrother was born and had infant and toddler years before her death.

        Or were his parents divorced by then and that is how he was able to marry on the day she died.

        See, douchebag.

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        I understood it as they were on the same “day” but not the same “year” (the father got remarried later on and it happened to be on the anniversary of the mom’s death). But yeah, of course, the father was so eager to erase BK’s mom that he got married then. And he has the nerve to get mad at BK’s reaction.

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    I loved last week’s episodes! But I also think this week has cranked everything up to 11. My heart is breaking for Dan-oh and Haru, and this weird repetition stuff is dredging up so much vicarious existential anxiety. Is their love real if it’s all just a repetition of what happened before? Dan-oh is really eager to disclaim the stuff that happened during the stage because she says she had no control over it and so it wasn’t her; but, by the same logic, if everything she has with Haru is preordained, then isn’t it all fake as well? The deeply ironic thing here is that Kyung and Haru may not have very different relationships with Dan-oh in this sense.

    I love the stuff with Joo-da. Hopefully, something breaks in the story and both of our aware couples (Haru and Dan-oh; Do-hwa and Joo-da) get to be together. I also love that she’s dumping that that lousy arrogant dirt-bag Nam-joo. Serves his entitled ass right.

    For me, this drama is just hitting all of the bases right now. The acting is great (seriously, Hye-yoon is an amazing actress and Rowoon is a pretty good actor as well, plus all the supporting characters – especially Jae-wook! – are clearly showing their chops), the chemistry crackles, the episodes are a good combination of light-hearted and emotional, the characters are well-written and portrayed, and the plot is mostly cohesive. The show is also hitting on deep ideas and I feel like there are many scenes in this drama where the only word I can use to describe what the show is ‘beautiful’.

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It’s not even close to the sensuality and passion that characterize kdrama kisses today, but this will still go down as one of my favorite kiss scenes of all time.

I don’t know what it is about it that makes my heart hum with warmth.

Their inexperience and innocence just radiates off the screen and I think that’s what makes it so special.

Drama kisses have become so mechanical and choreographed, so when you have two rookie actors, neither of whom have mastered the art of onscreen kissing yet, you get young love in its most raw and natural form.

I’ve never seen a kiss where both actors are equally naive to the kdrama kissing business. Usually the rookie of the two (mostly female) will be paired with an older or more experienced partner who knows what he’s doing and will take on more of the weight (e.g. every single actor paired with Kim So Hyun *no shade intended*)

Although I know Rowoon has kissed on-screen before, he still wasn’t experienced enough to completely take the reins on this one. They both pulled their weight equally and evidently gave it their best. The outcome, although imperfect, was nothing short of organic and heartwarming.

GAH, just look at my wittle babies. So precious.

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Getting my Extra You criticism out of the way before bed so I can sleep on it and go back to loving the show when I wake up:

I think the one thing I really learn to do is to stop holding kdramas to such high expectations. Gah can you blame a girl when they show you what they can be and then fail to keep up that potential?

I pretty much predicted that Danoh would slowly shed her fiesty and autonomy-craving persona as the series progressed. It’s a kdrama rule at this point that a female lead can never retain her individuality when she falls in love as her world starts to revolve around the male lead thereon after. I was hoping we wouldn’t get to see that here because of how refreshingly determined Danoh was in the beginning, but I don’t think we’ll be getting that Danoh back.

I understand that she’s given up on changing the stage, but she’s not even remotely interested in the workings of her world anymore. The one person who started this entire movement is no longer at its forefront, having been replaced by two brawling males who see the stage as a battleground to establish their dominance

What happened to Danoh and Haru against the world together?

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    I think it is because the lines and story are coming from the Jesoen comic that the cook burnt. Haru is having the memories now and Do hwa was talking alot about subconscious. That conversation, to me, is gonna be important down the last stretch. Dan oh and Kyung , I believe, are gonna start having those memories as well.

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    I can’t even remember why I liked her in the first place. Kyung is still a handsome interesting jerk though. Haru could go and come back dozens of times and I’d not care.

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      LMAOOOO DONT HURT ME LIKE THIS

      I think Danoh and Haru make a great couple and I’ve really enjoyed the progression of their romance.

      BUT Baek Kyung fascinates me to no end and was the more interesting part of this episode ngl. LJW is killing it and idc if he turns evil or not, just watching his derailment and moral dilemma was awesome

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    Kyung’s the only one still trying to puzzle everything out. He’s definitely not to be underestimated. His brain wheels be tuuuuuurning.

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      That’s true! I realized how Haru isn’t doing much either, but he at least has more of an idea through his flashbacks. Maybe there’s good reason they’re keeping Danoh in the dark for now – because whatever happened might’ve involved her the most and she’s the final piece of the puzzle.

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    You know, the original premise in the manhwa was that she wanted to change the story, but then she found Haru and she focused her entire energy on making the best out of their limited time together, and making the best out of the situation they were handled. And I am ok with that. It was realistic and relatable. By setting up the premise here as Dan Oh trying to change her fate, and then suddenly kinda forgot about it, it really makes Dan Oh seem less consistent :/ sigh. Kdrama, the highs are really high and the lows are really lows lol

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      Oooh now that you mention that I don’t feel as mad about this. I did read the manhwa first and I remember how she went from just a rebel to a rebel with a cause after she found Haru because their ‘rebellion’ would be trying to spend time together, which, like you said, is more realistic.

      I think the reason why they emphasized on the fate-changing part here is because they wanted to avoid the insta-love trope that was used in the manhwa. Danoh met Haru with the sole purpose of finding her own love interest, but I think they didn’t want drama Danoh to prioritize love to that extent, and have another purpose to work towards. So she stalked Haru because he was the key to changing her fate.

      It’s an interesting change which I actually quite appreciate because I’ve enjoyed the slow progression of their romance so far.

      I totally agree with you on the inconsistency, and while I get her reasons for abandoning her mission because (a) there’s no point and (b) it caused her lose Haru last time, the fact that she was portrayed as so driven in the beginning causes these recent developments to make her character look so fickle.

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    To be honest, the drama is starting to show its cracks the more it strays from the original webtoon. In a way, Danoh’s world also revolved around Haru in the webtoon, but it was understandable because Haru was a true insignificant extra without a name nor anyone with him. Even when he came back as a named extra, he was so insignificant that he might as well have not come back. But in the manhwa in the drama, they’re gradually making his role much bigger, from Baek Kyung’s lackey to potentially usurping the latter’s role. I don’t know, I think I liked it much better how desperate their relationship felt in the webtoon because they barely had time together (did they even have screen time together in Heads?), and they learned to treasure their moments in a place as mundane as their secret hideout in the library. And because of that, I found their love story much more meaningful and sweeter in the webtoon. I just don’t feel moved in the drama especially now that there’s a star-crossed aspect to their romance with the sageuk manhwa.

    Ugh I hate that Haru and Baek Kyung are fighting over her. There’s barely a love triangle in the webtoon, and it robs us of much better and poignant scenes of Haru and Baek Kyung working together for her, Baek Kyung and Danoh actually being friends and bonding over their loneliness and shared memories together (I still like drama Baek Kyung but I want webtoon Baek Kyung back!), and Haru being understanding and even smiling for Danoh when Heads forces her and Baek Kyung together.

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    I think that’s my biggest critic of Extraordinary You. In the first episodes, Dan Oh was very proactive about figuring out what the hell was going out and the inner workings of this new world. This side of her completely disappeared once she fell for Haru.

    I am not saying we need to get rid of the fluff but you can have cute scenes while still working together to figure out how the comic works and how it might be changed.

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what a tease

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    I hope they’re not trolling us and this isn’t a stage, I don’t think it is but if it is I’ll be flipping some tables!

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I haven’t watched Episode 9 of Extraordinary You and based on the what I’ve heard go down, I don’t know if I want to.

I don’t know why I’m so against the idea of Haru and Danoh being the leads of Flower, instead of Danoh and Baek Kyung (But I haven’t watched Episode 9 so I don’t even know if this fact is true or not)
Maybe because it just…downplays the intensity of their romance

Like, whatever they have between them is just the stupid remnant of a past plot rather than something of their own.

I wanted a love that transcended time, space and fate (i.e. the writer’s will) The fact that Haru and Danoh were in love in a past manhwa because they were set up to be that way contradicts the entire point this show is trying to make.

Show spent 8 episodes having Danoh say that she’s not in love with Baek Kyung because that was just her setup and not her freewill. What makes Haru any different if he was also a writer-determined love interest for her?

For the sake of my sanity, please don’t let Haru be the main lead of Flower.

I want tragedy. I want angst. And I want Haru and Danoh to be characters who consistently choose to be together while giving a big F U to the manhwa writer.

In a way they’re destined to be together, not because of fate, but because they’ve always been the same people they were when they fell in love the first time, so that’s why they still gravitated towards each other.

And now I must end this post before I get carried away. DAMN YOU EY

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    I think we’re going to get the angst and the tragedy you want (and I want), to not spoil ep9 for you, I’ll use ep8 as reference. When Baek Kyung found the Flower Manhwa in ep8 and read Dan-oh’s lines, the character she was saying those to was not Haru, it was Baek Kyung. I believe both Dan-oh and Haru became self-aware and fell in love, but couldn’t run away from the fate the writer had written for them, I also think one of them must’ve died (Dan-oh most probably, seeing that it is in her set-up), that’s why Haru is here trying to fight that fate and protect her!

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    We don’t know yet. I agree that them being the leads of Flower may ruin the fun of the plot for me, but as of right now, there’s no reason to suppose they were. In fact, its more likely the opposite – that Danoh & Kyung were the leads. From last week’s episodes, Flower also had a scene where Danoh says she’s ready to get married right now – and the guy on the page was Kyung not Haru. SO from that & today’s episode (I won’t tell you what happened), it seems that Haru was Kyung’s lackey/loyal man in Flower (same set up as Haru here) & he ruined the story by falling in love with Danoh.

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      And Kyung’s temper was at a max in today’s eps. I mean to the point where it should not be ignored. I think in Flower he had a strong hand in Haru and Dan oh’s tragedy.

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    I feel like Haru was the second lead on Flower though! If not, an extra serving as Kyung’s lackey.

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Halfway through Nokdu Episode 8 and the fact that the head of the village is still hung up on Nok Du even after finding out he\’s a guy IS KILLINGGGG MEEE

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    This is comedy done right. It doesn’t detract from the story but adds levity so you don’t drown in tears.
    Plus it was set up so well. When he popped up next to the island trio I chortled.

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    I mean…can we blame him? Nok Du is lovely.

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    HAHAHAHA I got Do Hwa.

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      Hahaha I got Haru too 🙂 it also shows you “extent” of compatibility? My second wifh a big gap was Do Hwa, then none at all. I approve. I must have done something right

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        My second with a considerable gap was Nam Joo. Am I Joo-da or what? I do not approve hahahaha. It must be because I said I like free food and the music room.

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          🤣🤣 reveal your intentions now Joo-da! Are you really just a candy or are you secretly plotting to take us all down in the near future?

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            Give me a strawberry milk and maybe I’ll tell you 😂

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            So, as a nameless, faceless & formless extra who hasn’t even been drawn or imagined by the Writer, I failed to acquire any. Don’t have Dan-oh’s skills. 🙁

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This isn\’t fair.

I was planning on skipping this because I\’m mad at PMY for picking a third romcom in a row and the plot sounds super mediocre but then THIS happens. How am I supposed to sit on the sidelines NOW?!

https://www.soompi.com/article/1361958wpp/lee-jae-wook-confirmed-to-join-seo-kang-joon-and-park-min-young-in-upcoming-drama

I was expecting him to choose a lead role after EY considering his post-WWW fame, but this seems like a wise move for someone who just debuted this year

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    Aw man, noooo…. I don’t want to sign up for second lead syndrome! It sounds like he’ll be a marshmallow in this.

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    GDI I WAS SO READY TO SKIP THIS ONE (we really DON’T need another What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim/Her Private Life)… but now I have to tune in… devastated… (but happy our boy is getting roles alongside prominent stars)

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    Wow bb, you’re not stopping! One after another drama. Don’t overwork okay.

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      Hardworking puppy 😭😭

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      I have to say it…..working non stop, more similarities to his senior ㅋㅋㅋ *runs away*

      Anyway…I want them to be in a drama together as bros or maybe a son-young dad pair. They have a 16 year age gap. I won’t mind a drama with both LJW and SSR navigating life together. Both will be leads, the best of both worlds tbh. Hahahaha!

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    I was already watching because I love both leads, but I was excited enough by this news that I guess I like him more than I thought. Yay for a talented cast! Please be good…

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My head’s been bursting at the seams with thoughts and emotions about Extraordinary You. Tumblr is certainly not helping (in the best way possible)…
I’ve been desperate to get emotionally invested in a drama all year because none of the ones so far did it for me, and now that I have (to an unhealthy extent) I don’t know what to do with my life since my obsession is rendering me incapable of doing anything else besides rewatching Episode 8, reading and writing theories and stalking Tumblr for GIFs LMAO. The fact that this drama has a predominantly young audience is DANGEROUS because tumblr is on fire right now and the thriving fandom is MAKING EVERYTHING WORSE.

Anyway, on that note I discovered this beautiful piano cover of the BGM that plays whenever something happens between Danoh and Haru. Hits me right in the feelz

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    Felt compelled to let you know you’re not alone. Now… must go lurk around Tumblr.

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    You’re not alone. I can’t tell you how eagerly I wait for Wednesday nights/Thursday mornings. AND at nearly 30 year old, I’m not even the intended audience I think. 😣

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    Beautiful! I’d love to play this but I’m no good at picking up tunes by ear. I need the sheetmusic.

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      This is “funguypiano” and he does have music for his covers! The goblin cover I learned is his, with some tweeks from me!

      Here’s his website if you want to take a look! https://funguypiano.com/

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Me: I. DO. NOT. SHIP. DANOH. WITH. BAEKYUNG.

Also me: *spends 3 hours making a GIF of Kyung being soft with Danoh*

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Let me pretend
One more time
That your smile for me
Is not a lie

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