Beanie level: Eunuch in drag

Pfft. Blackpink on Flinch just made me go rewatch BTS on Flinch &, J-hope & Jin’s flinch will never not be funny (Jin legit looked like James just killed him & he was looking at them all from the other side). Also, as @therevels pointed out, V & Jisoo should totally be called back together for this game (this will never happen. Fans will riot). Better yet, make them take turns being the ones pulling the trigger and trying to distract the other by teasing them….and I don’t know why but my brain might have just shipped them a little while typing that sentence, even though I am neither a Blink nor an Army. Brains are weird.

J-hope, Jin & Jennie (wow look at all the Js) won’t even need to go behind the glass. They will be shaking like a leaf just by watching Jisoo & V do their challenge.

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    Welp Jisoo and V once MC together (along with Jinyoung GOT7) here’s the link for your reference https://youtu.be/GSmLu3x-P3k

    Also LMAO at J-Hope & Jin, they sold me with that gag reaction, even Corden acknowledged them😂 V & Jisoo will surely looks cute while bantering and it will be exhilarating to see J-hope, Jin, Jennie & Rose reacts.

    I hope the US TV shows can managed to invited BTS & BP at the same time for turning these scenarios into reality😂.

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Idols:

Fans: SLIUDHFELIRUSH OPPAR SARANGHAE WAE U ATTAC US LYK DIS

Me: cringe cringe cringe cringe cringe

The same idols: “ooh! Vroom vroom vroom”

The same fans: *calmly chant along*

The same me: REKILUHJFLCOZWI-

I swear, I get attracted to the strangest of things. Why am I like this.

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I had a dream last night about a top secret facility where experiments were being conducted in order to find cures for various diseases….by infecting captive children with said diseases & making them go through tests. The girl I was seeing through was part of a super assassin squad that goes around cracking down on such facilities. From what I remember, most of it was this epic sequence of them breaking into the building & beating everyone up as they tried to not only get to the confidential files that will serve as evidence, but also rescue the children. By the time they reach the children, things have calmed down because everyone has pretty much been immobilized. They reach the children, & their hearts ache to see just how horrible their conditions are. They are deformed, paralyzed, etc., things I will not go into detail cause I myself don’t really remember it that much (thankfully). So then they open up the operation rooms, keep a few people on guard &….get ready for performing surgery on the kids. Because these people were not just fighting assassins, but also genius, unconventional, doctors & surgeons (à la the ML in Doctor Stranger). That was pretty much where I woke up.

I don’t know how this dream came about because, not only have I not had dreams in years, I have also not seen Kill It (which has the common thread of illegal science experiments) in almost two weeks, neither have I thought about it. But well, here we are.

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It is amazing to see just how many discussions digging deep into the kpop industry Her Private Life has triggered. Seems to me like this show could have gone much darker & the insight would have been much appreciated.

I am also glad to see that I am not the only one who was uncomfortable with HPL’s premise, what with their word play on “sasaeng” in their title. The word has a very negative connotation attached to it (idols themselves have routinely said how much they dislike them & that they are not considered to be fans by them), so I was surprised to see a show use that in such a light-hearted fun manner. Surprised & uncomfortable.

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    I wanted to highlight some of the think they sad in the pres con. Just to understand what they wanted to tell in the drama.

    PD Hong Jong Chan began the press conference by explaining the drama. He said, “This is a story about a person who fangirls over idols, and two men who fanboy over the fangirl. I myself wasn’t very familiar with the concept of a fangirl, and I used to think that such a concept was far from the real world that we live in. However, while preparing for the drama, I realized that this could be a story about all of us. It’s about people who live passionately by loving and cheering passionately for someone else.”

    The actress said, “There’s a character named Cindy that appears in the drama. She is very charming and she will definitely show growth throughout the drama, but she makes mistakes in the beginning. By doing so, she addresses some misconceptions and common mistakes of real-life home masters. Sung Duk Mi is a character that portrays the correct example of a home master who puts the safety of celebrities first.”

    I think did they want to show a positive light on being fan, but also show how to do it right as Min young explained.

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    I’m not watching the show, but from all the reviews and Beanies’ posts about the show thus far is only pushing me further and further away from watching it, and a large part of it is because of the lighter tone of the show in general, and how the show seems to be making light of problems and issues that I— and many of the idols and artists themselves who experience these things daily— think and feel are serious and just don’t find it appealing and can’t bring myself to appreciate it all being made light of

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For those who don’t want to read the whole thing (DB just saved you guys from another one of my rants), basically, I was infuriated by this clip from EXO’s concert where their own damn fans tell them they like their handsome faces more than their music (something ironically similar to what their haters say), followed by another clip of them talking about their image & music, & how, yes, it does affect them. I have had it up to here with fans. Regardless, I will use this opportunity to post some EXO music, because clearly their fans’ priorities are different.

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    Considering fans was shorted for the word fanatics, I mean………is this really alllll that surprising.

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    That’s awful that they said that. The EXO guys are very handsome but to say that that is their favorite thing about them is ridiculous. They don’t deserve EXO’s music.

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    I didn’t have them on during my entire 4 hour road trip the other day just to listen to their faces. *continues bopping to their music*

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    It’s upsetting, but I’m not…. surprised??? The Korean society itself, let alone their entertainment industry, is all about appearances and keeping up appearances first and foremost, and “fake it ‘TIL you make it “ second… It is for this very reason that the entertainment industry has such a big influence on the S.Korean society and why—in the words of veteran actor, Lee Soon Jae, but paraphrased— ‘actor’s are not formal public figures (much like politicians are) according to societal standards, but they (entertainers) hold the same influence as public figures toward the audience and youth’

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      Oh for sure. It’s just that I expected at least their own core dedicated fans (who are not outsiders or new fans or passing fans) to appreciate their music a little bit more than their face. But clearly that is not the case, seeing how they had the confidence to say to their faces how their hotness >>>> their music.

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    Sadly once musicians began appearing on television looks began to count as much as, or more than, musical talent. I think many talented people are considered commodities (valued for the money they bring in). It’s always bothered me.

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I would like it if EXO stops making me break my own rules. I hated ballads but EXO changed that & now I love their ballads. I don’t listen to japanese releases (it’s a ballad on top of that too, so it’s like a double whammy), but damn it EXO made me break that again with this. THAT CHORUS! OH MY PLANT! I hate them & their voices. I. HATE.

P.S. D.O not being a part of CBX will haunt me for life. No hate on Xiumin but, I have said this before & I will say it again, D.O Chen & Baekhyun together are on another level entirely. It’s indescribable, the magic they create together. IMAGINE this with him! Maybe, with Xiumin’s enlistment, D.O can fill in for him temporarily? (asdfghjkl just the thought-)

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    Xiumin is my bias and I love him (!!), but I definitely agree this song would have been magical with Kyungsoo. EXO-CBX has mostly been releasing (really amazing) non-ballad songs though, and I think Xiumin is a perfect part of the sub-unit.

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    If D.O. did replace him for a bit they’d need another unit name…haha

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So. I did a thing. I was listening to Home by BTS when I was suddenly hit by the thought of how sexy the love shot body wave, with that shirtless suit getup (& Kai’s smirk), would look set to this chorus. It was midnight, I was tired, & yet I sat down & made this. I don’t even….I have stopped trying to figure myself out.

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    this is done so brilliantly… though i never seen EXO song but this edit looks so perfect n natural…. 👏👏👏👏👏
    btw which software you use to make it ?
    and which EXO it is ?

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      Thank you!! I used Adobe Premiere Pro to make this one. & the MV is Love Shot by EXO 😂

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        you did a fab job here with the edit… its fantastic… and am so glad to find someone who does editing even just once in a while….as i a doing it as my work these days so your edit looks amazing to me looking forward to more such edits.

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          TT_TT kumawo! & yes I saw your post about that! Honestly, respect. I can NEVER become a full time editor. I. Just. Cannot. It tests my patience to no end. I just cannot sit still like that, doing one thing, for hours. It drains me so much more than physical work =.= Its better when you get inspired & are in the zone, but once that flow gets broken, it’s hard to go back in. You need mad dedication & patience to be a full-time editor, since the kind of projects you get then (more on the film side) are longer in duration, need more focus, more checks & rechecks, more fine tuning, etc., all of which equals to more time spent editing it. Nope. At least for me. Maybe it’s different for the ones who actually like editing as a career & are ok with all the hardships it comes with (how).

          “looking forward to more such edits” -…..well damn, now I have to.

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            i know i know…. its exactly what you said… i love editing so so much, be it photography or video, that i cant explain in words.
            I am so impatient but the moment i sit with my laptop i completely lost sense of time… i even forget to look at time or drink or eat….
            and its tedious way beyond understanding but as an introvert it suits my liking of being in my own corner with no human around. and may be thats the reason i am able to survive this so far (no idea how long it will last but i am hoping things will go in better direction for me).
            and am really waiting for ur next one…

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          wow. that sounds awesome. that it can make you feel this way, & most importantly, that you are able to chase something you feel so passionately about! i hope you never tire of it!!
          & kyaaa! @ayaan both of you! i have no ideas lined up but you can bet I will try & make more!! ❤️❤️

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    This is everything I never knew I wanted!
    Do you edit videos for work or is this a hobby. It’s so cool, how long did it take for you to create this?

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      “This is everything I never knew I wanted!” asdfghjkl thank you! Well…it’s neither work (technically) nor a hobby. But I do know how to edit (& by that I mean really just knowing how to use professional software. The rest just depends on your own creative sense of cuts, beats, etc.) & I was suddenly hit with a need to see this mashup happen, so I ran with it 😂 I have no idea how long it took me to make this cause I didn’t check the time. Maybe around an hour or two? DON’T JUDGE ME FOR THAT OK! The actual MV is way shorter than the song so I had to cut the MV up into tiny pieces & manipulate their speeds one by one based on what’s happening in the song. It’s why it looks more sloppy in the second half – because I was too tired & did a less thorough job of syncing & timing them OTL I should have just waited & finished it properly the next day but I was too impatient 😂

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        no way its sloppy… its PERFECT..
        i loved it.

        and that impatience… i know it very well. when you start work on an mv and do a rough cut and then final cut but when comes to finishing the peice there is no way one can wait another day to see the final product…. i had been up without sleep for almost 13 hours (when i used to create MVs for my hindi tv shows) just cause i couldn’t wait…..

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        Yes, I know what you mean, when inspiration strikes, I lose track of everything else and I’ve stayed up all night!
        I dont think its sloppy, it looks amazing! The clips you put together match the song perfectly!

        If you do another edit, please post it I’d love to see it.😁🤩

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    I have been listening to Home for the last hour and I just saw this and it’s _amazing_ *still reeling from when Kai does that first body wave*

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      asdfghjkl IKR!!! There’s a reason why that was the main objective, & inspiration, for making this! Initially I was only going to do that part, but then thought might as well do the whole MV so that it feels more complete & is uploadable somewhere 😂

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        yes!! please continue to act on thoughts like these! 😂 *goes back to watch that one love shot live perf video with kai focus for the 10000th time*

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Map Of The Soul: Persona – BTS, Review:-

I had a hard time judging this album because, to do that, I need to be able to hear everything clearly, which I couldn’t, cause of the god-awful mixing. WTF is this atrocity. WHO did this & how did it get approved. They need to get fired. Have you no sense of levels, layers, & clarity? My ears actually hurt, this entire album is just noise. No matter how good a track is, it all amounts to nothing if the mixing sucks.

As for the overall sound of the album, this is not it. First of all, this is the most vocal heavy album of theirs, & it works against them. BTS has always been carried by their strong rap line, their sound depends largely upon them. Their vocal line is just not strong enough to carry an entire album. Second of all, the songs themselves, omg. BTS, what have you done! Here’s the thing, none of the songs are bad at all. The problem is that they are just not distinctive. This album is very generic western pop (with lyrics & album cover to match), made for the radio. Here, BTS has completely lost what characterized them (though Dionysus comes close to….what BTS used to be). These are not the kind of songs I expect, or want, from a group of their calibre & position. This also does not bode well for their future releases as this is the start of their new series, & each new series of theirs has heralded a new sound for them. I used to crib about their last series being a departure from their sound, but in hindsight, at least they still sounded like BTS, albeit more westernized. This one though? Not BTS at all. The company should have just given this album to NCT Dream or TXT instead.

A special shoutout to the MV version of Boy With Luv for being especially horrendous. WTF was that & just what did they do to Suga’s rap. Why is this whole thing so haphazard. I liked V’s solo song, Scenery, 100x more than this entire album.

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    I normally disagree with you on most things Kale, but here I’m of a similar view (though I don’t hate it as much as you seem to). I think they needed more time with the production, or possibly even time to come up with better songs. Some of these songs should not have been on a BTS album.

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    I agree this is probably their weakest album but I think they’ve reached a point in their career where they’ve earned the right to be experimental with their sound- I can see why people think this sound is a step back because it screams boyband pop music. Boy With Love is definitely bubblegum pop but it’s bubblegum pop done right IMO.

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      This is on point christina! Thanks for bringing this perspective.

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        Also maybe some of them have found love and their music is reflecting how much lighter and happier they are feeling

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      I definitely agree they’ve reached a point where they can comfortably experiment. But whereas in the past, they’ve put their own spin to Western genres (think of “Save Me”‘s enchanting take on tropical house, “Fire” using trap to explosive effects), their recent music lacks that same blend of trendy and distinctive.

      It’s not even boyband pop music–pop music, whether in K-pop or the West, generally has very strong vocal lines and melodies. It’s with bubblegum pop that a lot of K-pop groups shine (think of Astro’s debut series, “Hide and Seek”, “Breathless”, and Seventeen’s title tracks, as well as SNSD’s “Gee”, amongst many other examples). BTS has also done a version of bubblegum pop excellently (“24/7=heaven” off Dark&Wild). In this album, though, there are a lot of future bass elements, but the overall production doesn’t pull it together, so it ends up sounding like a weak version of something The Chainsmokers or Ed Sheeran might release. And to top it off, the vocals are processed in a way that sound very tinny and unflattering.

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        You made some solid points. I agree the vocals for this cd aren’t on par with their past releases- they seem to singing using that breathy technique Selena Gomez seems to prefer. Suga’s rap in Boy In Luv also seems to dip into mumble rap which is not my fave but don’t hate it either. Maybe BTS will surprise again with a whole new sound in the next album of this series

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          That’s what I’m hoping, too. It’s worrying me that on top of leaning too closely into recent future bass trends, the production for this album is nowhere on par with previous ones (even though the LY albums had more future bass, “Euphoria” for instance was much better produced). Even though I love their sounds from HYYH and before best, I also like the surprises when they step out of their comfort zone, like when their solo tracks on Wings explored a range of genres.

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    … lol I like NCT dream more than this album.

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    I used to crib about their last series being a departure from their sound, but in hindsight, at least they still sounded like BTS, albeit more westernized.

    This. It’s my nightmare come true. It has been a trend in K-pop overall, this shift towards a generic American radio sound. K-pop has always been influenced by American music, but in the past, it used to have its own distinct take. What disappoints me is that BTS and their in-house producers have the resources and the skills to NOT cave in to trends, and yet they did.

    On first listen, I had the impression that the rap had quite a welcome, stronger presence compared to the LY albums. I don’t think this album is necessarily more vocal heavy, but the vocal melodies and verses are much weaker in composition, and the mixing/ over-processing is a nail in the coffin. You note rightly that the BTS vocalists aren’t the strongest of K-pop vocalists. But the true problem is that the album doesn’t work with the range or vocal qualities that they possess–I’ve seen better production make competent, though not strong, vocalists shine.

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My Fellow Citizens Ep 3-4 (5-8):-

Ghosh Kim Min Jung is killing her role in this drama. I am in wuv. I could watch her & the ML bicker & fight all day long. Their cat & mouse game is hilarious. Lee Yoo Young is also doing well with the FL, but its just that all the other characters are so zany that she gets overshadowed. After the first ep, her character has been so straight, comparatively, & whenever the focus shifts to her, the show becomes more serious, less crazy, & a little melodramatic. Which I understand, but I feel like it is bogging down the story this early in the game. I am just more interested in the show whenever we move to the ML & the chairman. Hence why I find myself shipping them a little. I have to admit, when the ML first touched the chairman’s arm casually to interrupt her & talk to the ex-assemblyman, I squeed a little. That gesture was, in no way or form, meant to attract attention, but squeeeee that was the first time!! And the chairman didn’t murder him for it either!!! kyaaa- *cough* Did I say I ship them “a little”? Clearly, I misspoke.

Also, as the outro song calls him, “nappeun oppa” sure looks deliciously good in that suit.

P.S. Why do I always get on ships that will never sail.

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My Fellow Citizens Ep 2 (3-4):-

HAHAHAHA that old man saving scene. STAHP! Other than such laugh out loud moments, this show also has so much understated humor, I cannot. I also just cannot stress enough how refreshingly all the characters in this drama have been constructed. I like all of them, though I am a little sad (& a little worried) that the villainess & the ML’s antics overshadowed the FL in this ep. Please show me more of why our FL is the FL in this crazy story lest I start shipping the villainess with the ML.

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    Sorry to be so prescriptivist here, especially as a linguist…😅 but I’m guessing you mean ‘villainess’, as in a female villain, instead of ‘villainous’?
    I kept looking for a noun after each time you mentioned ‘villainous’ and didn’t find it and thought it was finally time to renew my eyeglass prescription!😅

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My Fellow Citizens Ep 1 (1-2):-

I don’t normally make posts for just the first ep of a show but, I just had to for this one. I actually enjoyed it a lot. I wouldn’t say it made me laugh throughout, but it’s execution is pretty lighthearted & humorous nevertheless. The show knows that their premise is ridiculous & are not afraid to really run with it, instead of bogging the show down by trying to make it feel more real. The first ep was engaging & fun, didn’t irritate me in any way, & I actually like both of our leads, which is a very (VERY) rare occurrence in kdramaland these days. I especially love how the FL has been constructed. The show didn’t give her unrealistic character traits, such as being extremely cold, or being extremely bubbly, etc. She is just a girl-next-door who is great at her job (that happens to be that of a police officer) & has normal everyday struggles of her own, just like everyone else. Also, woot! We see her only for a few secs at the end, but I already can’t wait to see more of the villainous in the coming episodes! Man, I feel bad for the ML already. Someone book him an appointment with a cardiologist, cause oh my plant he will need it 😂

The show had me with their choice of music too, both, when they played So What by Pink as the ML sees the FL fabulously beating up three sleazebags at the club, & the outro at the end with lyrics that go “Oppa nappayo!” HAHAHA cheeky, & I love it!

P.S. If you don’t know what someone who doesn’t yet know they are royally screwed looks like, it’s this

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The Psychometric Guy Ep 7-8:-

1) I am dropping this. From the start, Lee An, the ML, had been the only thing that I liked in this series (& hey! Maybe even the noona who is played by Dasom). Everything else just fell flat & I couldn’t care less. But now, even the oh-so-adorable Lee An can’t keep me from dropping this show completely. I spent much of these eps just fast forwarding through everything, which happened last week as well, but this time I also FF’ed through Lee An’s scenes, which is new. Most probably cause these are the eps when the romance finally starts, & I am not here for it. The romance hadn’t worked for me right from the moment that the FL started interacting with An as if what she thought he did (secretly spying on her in the women’s washroom while she changed her clothes) wasn’t that much of a big deal. Something like boys being boys? Sure, we know An didn’t do it. But she didn’t, & yet was pretty cavalier about it all considering the weight of such a crime. She just pretended to be angry for the sake of fulfilling the “ML & FL must hate each other at the start” trope. So, since all this happened right in the first ep itself, its safe to say that the romance didn’t work for me from day one. The kiss also came out of nowhere, with horrible dialogues by the ML after it happened (WTF show). As if all this wasn’t enough, they just had to go & make the brother fall for the FL & *surprise surprise* she is the one who makes him feeeeeel despite having alexithymia. Just ew. Miss me with that bullshit.

2) I will come back if, somehow, the show makes an about turn & pairs up the noona with Lee An. Which is next to impossible, hence this statement XD But there was an odd scene in this week’s eps. It was odd how the drama showed her friend asking the noona – “Since when did you start depending on Lee An more than me?”. It wasn’t even done in a light hearted manner or shown as the friend just being jealous about it. It was shown as if it meant something more. So…..you never know? 😂

3) I do appreciate the drama for showing the women in the police force actually doing their jobs properly (wink wink nudge nudge Kill It). Especially the fight scene against the gangsters. I fully expected the ML to be doing 99% of the fighting & the FL just standing there getting hurt. So it was surprising to see that they made the FL just as badass of a fighter, & both of them fought together, next to each other, punching down equal number of gangsters. It would have been more realistic if the FL’s hair hadn’t stayed so perfect through it all 😂 No band can keep hair together after even half of the stunts she pulled 😂

4) The villain is psychic apparently, seeing how he bypassed the brother’s childhood friend, & the ML who he actually lives with & treats as his younger brother, & targeted the FL who….the brother has only met a handful of times. The villain probably read his mind & figured out his crush on her. The Psychometric Guy: A Dark Retelling of I Can See Your Voice.

So anyways, this & so many more other problems with this show, just makes it not worth it. Not even for Lee An (*sniff*), especially since now most of his scenes will revolve around romance.

P.S. Just when will dramas stop with the whole girl-says-no-but-is-actually-thinking-yes thing? It irritates me to no end, both, cause of how that shows what the world expects women to be like, & cause of how that fucks up the importance of CONSENT. Damn it if she likes him or wants to kiss him, just fucking let her kiss him first. Or not if she doesn’t want it! Let a woman’s no be a no, & a yes be a yes.

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    The first episode really rubbed me the wrong way, but all the rave reviews had me thinking that maybe I misjudged it. Thanks for confirming my thoughts. Definitely not continuing with it.

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    I’m loving it. I see it much differently than you do though. We’ll see what I think once it’s over.

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I can’t believe that EXO did this, & nobody is still fangirling over it. It’s unfortunate that Chen wasn’t here cause of the whole K & M system still existing then (which, ugh =.= can you IMAGINE what this would be then!), but ghosh D.O! I don’t even speak the language but I can tell that his pronunciation was the best out of them all. Also, his emotions were spot on. It felt like he was singing in his own language, as if he understood what he was singing. Baekhyun, honey, you are still second, don’t worry.

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Kill It 3-4:-

As expected, this show continues to be a train wreck, with illegal biological science experiments as the cherry on top.

1) Kdramas blow me away with their ability to take what appears to be a strong FL on paper, & turn them into the damsel-est of damsels. This heroine is supposed to be a high ranking officer, part of a special investigative team, & an expert markswoman. She is the boss, basically. And yet, when faced with that russian criminal on the rooftop, she was shivery & nervous, acting like a god damn civilian, prompting our hero to swoop in & take the bullet for her. Which, if he had that much time to cross all the way over to her & turn her away from harm’s way, he had more than enough time to just shoot the guy from whatever position he was initially in. *rolls eyes* When he was being all melodramatic with his friend over the phone, going “why would someone try to save someone else even if they could be harmed”, I almost puked from the cringe. SHE IS A COP. THAT IS HER DUTY. And then showing that whole getting-coffee-for-elderly-lady thing. Someone just stab me. Save me from this this atrocity of the healing, martyr, vagina in a show that is supposed to be the opposite.

2) The assassin team gives me stress. How can they be so bad at their jobs?!

3) I can’t believe the hero has a gunshot wound, & yet everyone is going boo hoo over this tiny little scratch on the FL’s face as if someone slashed her whole face apart. If you don’t believe me, I have evidence!

the hero actually brought a whole lot of tools & sat her down saying, “I may be a vet, but I can at least treat this much”. Yeah, no kidding genius. Even a kid can. And if she didn’t even put a bandaid on, then it means that she didn’t want to ruin her look, so get a damn clue.

4) The confrontation between the hero & the russian criminal made me laugh. The dude actually thought that telling the hero to “calm down” would save him after he tried to kill someone close to him. For a major criminal, his survival instincts suck. And HAHAHA “wait! don’t kill me! don’t kill me!” hero: K. *shoots through the head*

5) Because this show is shitty enough, I am going to choose to ship the assassin with the young building owner. It started off with the whole whistle thing, & then the “she knoooows” moment solidified it. I hope the leads turn out to be siblings in the end, cause I want this show to take it all the way into WTF territory. It will be fun in the way train wrecks always are.

6) If the hero doesn’t turn into a werewolf later on, I will be sad.

7) Kiss

P.S. The FL’s “older sister” behavior towards the building owner just comes off as nosy & patronizing. Which is irritating cause I like her way more than the FL. I would have been pissed if I were her – “Lady, we have hardly spoken a few lines with each other & I own the land you are standing upon. So keep your age elitism to yourself, thank you very much. Also, can you do your job properly? K. Thnx”

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    That is why I’ve been calling this show absurd from the very start. It’s absolutely ridiculous. 🤣

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    Agree with almost all, except

    “Someone just stab me.”

    If we tried, he would just swoop across the room and take the knife in his back 🙂

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    I just finished watching and that’s my thoughts exactly, shame that pair of actors I actually like a lot are wasted in this mess.
    ML as a killer is frustratingly, why did Russian mob take three tries, he had a GUN and still chose to engage in fistfight first, whyyyyy.

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    Re: on point 6
    LMFAOOOOOOOOO, thankyouverymuch my thoughts weren’t too far from that as well.

    Literally agree on everything else. This is so bad, that I actually can’t stop watching it. 😂

    I might need to have a rant of my own, bc I just can’t with this show. 😭😂

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IT’S JUST AN AD, HEART! IT’S JUST A DAMN AD! I can’t believe I am this happy over just 30 new secs of PBG

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Man, I rephrased this so many times. I am pretty sure it is still going to sound all wrong.

NOTE: This post is KPOP related. Also, I have mentioned BTS for comparison purposes, but that is not meant to encourage the whole stupid EXO vs BTS thing, or to throw shade at BTS. BTS just happens to be the only other very popular group that is active right now. This is not about comparing who is more well known or whose music is better. Both the groups are great in their own right & have very different sounds that honestly cannot be compared. There’s nothing wrong with liking either of them, both of them, or heck, neither of them. It’s all personal taste. This is more about perception & the power of marketing than anything else.

It’s official. I really really love EXO’s songs. I actually started giving their music a chance only very recently, & I am mad that I didn’t do it earlier. If I had gotten into their music earlier, then I could have spent that much more time enjoying their music. However, this post is not a gush post about them. It’s more about the way that, when I first thought of making a post with the above statement, my knee-jerk reaction was to start it by insinuating that I am “not an Exo-L” & that I was not influenced by their looks in any way, so that my opinion would be seen as more objective & valid, rather than getting it dismissed as delusional rants of a fangirl. This got me thinking about the way that I have seen EXO being perceived by people in general. They are seen as these brainless pretty boys who are popular because of being popular, & of course, because of their looks (which, how does that even happen. As someone famously put it – “yeah, I buy their albums to listen to their face”), which also extends to the views people have about the ones who say that they like them. Heck, I was the same. I knew & liked some of them because of their variety show appearances or drama appearances, but that was pretty much it. I was always meh about giving their music a chance. It wasn’t until recently that one thing led to another & I finally sat down to actually give their entire discography a listen. I didn’t try to just find whatever songs I liked the most, & delete the rest. I listened to all of their albums as a whole, treating each one as a whole entity, instead of a collection of songs to pick & choose from. And I was really surprised to realize that they were not what I thought they would be. Their albums are actually fucking solid. Even the songs that I previously hadn’t liked, made sense to me this way. They fit perfectly into the narrative of the particular album & they sounded so good now! Even the full ballads that I have never been a fan of, regardless of who releases it! And they had been releasing such solid albums for years, especially after the K & M nonsense was done away with & the group finally came together as a whole, also thankfully reuniting their absolutely amazing trio of vocalists – Chen, Baekhyun & D.O (whose voices, together, is eargasm honestly. I lose my breath when they start singing). They participate in their albums as much as they can, construct their albums themselves (famously after the way that their super-hit Growl was not going to happen but, against their companies wishes, the group insisted on it. The rest is history of course), have developed their own distinctive sound which is a rarity in this super-produced saturated industry, have vocalists that can only be matched by other singers under SME itself, & a harmony that can currently not be outdone by any other idol group. They are also not scared of pushing the envelope & being experimental, the latest example being that of Tempo, which had me going WTF on first listen, but after coming back to it a few hours later, I saw it for the absolutely amazing & daring act that it was. EXO is known for their signature harmony, created not only by the three strong vocalists, but also by the other members who, while not anything special as singers, still somehow come together & manage to support the three very well, helping the whole thing go up a notch, instead of destroying it. And Tempo plays right into this. Its a ballsy song with no recent precedent & could have, honestly, only been pulled off by EXO. Its actually nice to see a group trust their strengths & use their popularity to constantly try & go out of their boundaries, evolving, instead staying within the lines for fear of messing something up. SO. Back to my point. Its interesting that even though EXO has all of this to back themselves up, the strong discography, the vocalists, the performance, they are still not taken seriously as musicians. They are seen as a passing fad of pin-up boys, instead of a group with a solid musical presence. It tells a lot about perception, how it can be manipulated & just how big its effect is. For example, BTS. EXO & BTS have almost the same level of credited participation in their albums producing-wise (a perusal of the song credit list on wiki or their physical albums will show you that). However, while BTS are hailed as genius songwriters & given praise for their involvement, with people seeing their popularity as, henceforth, being justified, EXO are not. To put it even more into perspective, right now neither of the two groups can hold a candle to musical acts like BIGBANG, iKon, IU, & Sunmi in the producing department, because they almost always work alone or with only one or two other people, & even then, their names are mostly credited first or second. It shows just how much of the final product is their original material because the larger of a crew you work with, & the lower you are on the credit list, the less is your participation. Of course, this shouldn’t dictate who you decide to listen to, because music has always been a collaborative effort. Yes, some people have a talent for songwriting as well, but that does not mean that the ones who are not as brilliant in it are any less deserving of standing on the stage & having their voices heard. After all, letters scribbled on paper would just be poetry without a good singer or rapper to give voice to it, without a performer to present it, & without instrumentalists to round out the song. But I digress. My point was that this shows a lot about the power of marketing & its a little sad to see how reliant an artist’s worth is on it. The reason why I used BTS as an example is because their popularity is on the same level. It would be understandable if there was huge difference between them that way. Some groups hit it big, some don’t. There’s nothing that can be done about it. But seeing such a big difference in the perception of two groups who are on the same level, is interesting.

Also, I have said this before & I will say it again, Bighit is doing GREAT at marketing, & SM & JYP really need to take lessons from them on that. The two companies have great acts under their belts that are going to waste because of how much they suck at that one thing.

P.S. I am really not hating on BTS. Nowhere have I said that BTS are any less than EXO or undeserving of their success. It’s only about what people think. I do have some songs I like from them. And this post happening so soon after their comeback news is completely coincidental. I could wait & post this later so as not to put a damper on anyone’s excitement, but I really don’t have the patience for that 😂

P.P.S. I have also now lost the ability to just pick one song from their discography, depending on my mood, & play it. I can now only listen to an entire album at a time.

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    I LOVE THIS. YES TO EVERYTHING YOU’VE SAID!
    EXO’s discography is one of my favourites in kpop. <3 And I'm almost always listening to EXO if I'm playing music. That's just how it is. Their B-sides are like title tracks for me tbh

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      That’s why they are so good at selling physical album than the digital. From the MAMA era until they hit the peak at Growl, and now, they still hold the King of million seller in SK. Their live performance, specially at live concert. always playing nice that can’t be compare with any Idol. They have solid fanbase that growing up along with them. And it’s so nice to see that in Kpop world.

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        Their live albums are AMAZING. I didn’t even know why I needed two versions of the same song till EXO came along. And everything you’ve said is absolutely correct.
        Watching EXO grow in this industry has made me so happy. EXO’s only comparison is EXO. <3

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Kill It Ep 1-2:-

If this show doesn’t get itself together by the end of ep 4, I think I will actually cry . I had been looking forward to this show so much, it was the only one from this roster of kdramas. It has everything it might need to be good (the casting for the leads is especially perfect, given the characters’ background), but the team behind this show needs to be less scared of the lower number of episodes & stop trying to fit in a hundred different things into an hour, compromising on character establishment in the process, which makes it all look contrived. They also need to be less heavy handed with the sound design. Yes, I get it. Cold-blooded killer. You don’t have to shove it down my throat by playing the customary dangerous music every time the ML is onscreen (except, go figure, when he is the FL. At which point, it turns into a romantic piano number *facepalm*), even when he is doing something as non-threatening as opening or closing a damn door. Finally, I appreciate the cinematographic approach which is different from other kdramas. I do. I really do. But my, reign in your ambition a little. The lens, the filters, oh my plant. My eyes are so disoriented. It is just too much.

So…two more eps. I really really REALLY want this show to be good. And who knows, The Light In Your Eyes also got itself together after two episodes, phenomenally so too. So there IS hope (nobody tell me otherwise. Let me live for one more week at least).

P.S. Who else rolled their eyes at the end of Ep 2?

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    There’s always hope for the first four episodes. That’s why I try reign in judgement till then hehehehe.
    I totally rolled my eyes. Like why would he save her? Idk lol. This drama is weird. I’m enjoying it but I agree with all your points and then some.

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      I wasn’t going to watch this and the general first impression was so negative I was happy with my choice.

      But… the way people are talking about this almost makes it sound like a kdrama trope trainwreck. I’m getting really tempted to pick it up, especially since I’m not watching anything at the moment.

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        Look, let’s put it this way- I was scrolling back through my comments today and realized how much fun I had hating MOA, and so far Kill It already has two minor shitposts written about it on my phone, so there is a high possibility it will turn into a hate-troll watch that I end up enjoying by shitposting … And it’s only 12 episodes long and has hints of good moral conflict underneath the draggable tropes.

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          I just love the notion kdrama writers have that a “strong” female lead is one who barges into a situation with inadequate knowledge and starts yelling at people. Like aggressive incompetence is a trait women should aspire to.

          “She may be a judgmental idiot, but she’s a LOUD one that nobody will mess with”.

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            *snorts* A loud one that throws pens into people’s mouths…
            Oh you’re gonna make me rant now.
            I said I wasn’t gonna.
            TOO BAD.
            I’m just gonna go with the feeling you don’t care about spoilers.

            So in Episode 2 there’s this situation where Pretentious Cop Chick saves Arrogant Orphan Building Owner Teenagers life but then looks too far into Teenagers personal life and both Hot Hired Killer and Teenager tell Pretentious Cop Chick to Back Off Out Of Their Lives They Didn’t give you Permission to Insert Yourself Into. And then the Cop Chick kinda gets pissy again, being like I was only trying to help, I relate to her situation, I don’t find pleasure in other people’s pain BLAH BLAH BLAH.
            And I THINK they intended to have this situation because it was supposed to make the Cop Chick look sympathetic because there’s this whole line about helping strangers and fighting for strangers, and then there’s a flashback showing that Cop Chick is also an Orphan like the Teenager.
            And eventually the Teenager is like “she saved my life but we’re just mocking her woops my bad”.
            But the way it came across was just— not sympathetic. At all.
            I think they were trying to write her as this tortured female cop with a terrible past that makes her want to stand up for people and justice, so she’s kind prickly or whatever because of that, but mostly she’s just kinda a pretentious entitled b*tch… *ahem* or at least that’s currently how I find her. I tolerate her though. Because she amuses me. Or rather Hot Hired Killer’s non reactions to her amuse me. I just don’t get where the show thinks its taking her though. I get she has to be involved in their lives for Plot but it was just so badly done.

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            See I knew you’d make me want to watch it… even though I know I’d hate it, rant about it, remember it’s my Year Of Dropping, and drop it.

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            And because I am notoriously chaotic neutral… *starts chanting* watch it watch it watch it *end chanting*

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            Now I just want to sit back and read the pair of you being snarky about the show.

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      Didn’t mysterious lady send him the photo of detective with the umbrella? Or did he have this photo because she was his next target? Either way it wouldn’t benefit him to see her get killed by random villain

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        Yes that’s exactly the conclusion I also came to actually- that he knows she’s related to his past in some way and therefore can’t afford to let her die, I completely agree.
        But if they try and explain it with some emotional reasoning, whcih yaknow, this is dramaland, I’ma be like, too soon bro, too soon. Ofc we never really know what SH is thinking… at all… so…

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          I still have no idea if what we are seeing is supposed to be romantic. Are they siblings? Should I ship them? Should I not? Am I crazy for thinking that hard about this show?

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            Ship them anyway and then the payoff, either being burnt or satisfied, is more fun and dramatic, right? Right??
            Lmao. Idk I kinda lowkey ship them. I don’t really like her but I like moral conflict his real job is gonna throw up hehe. I doubt and hope they’re not siblings though, can’t handle another HMS ye ken.

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The Light In Your Eyes Final Thoughts:-

I think the saddest part of all this, for me personally, was how, just like Joonha, none of his descendants had happy childhoods. Its a fact that would have pained Joonha to know. Having come from an abusive, abandoned, background himself, he would never have wanted that for his kids. But it ended up happening anyways. He, himself, passed away right when he was starting to become happy & heal all his scars by coming to love & cherish his child, by giving him what he never had. His son grows up without a father, bullied & ostracized because of his disability, & pushed away by his mother. He never receives any care, comfort, or love from her. It makes him grow up alone & filled with resentment & hatred towards his mother. It’s a hard life he had to lead. This also ended up affecting his relationship with his wife & his own son again, who we can guess also hates his father. This was further nailed in by that outburst we saw from Hyeja’s son when he is a teenager. The stuff he said to her in his anger, echoes what Joonha had said he felt like, all those years ago. I feel very strongly about children growing up mistreated by their parents, so all this was really sad for me to see. So many things about his expressions make sense now. Like the way that he would look confused or uncomfortable, every time Hyeja would be nice to him. I had thought that was just because he was trying to hide how much her deliriums were hurting him, but now I realize that that really was because it was all so unfamiliar to him. Because he had never received that warmth from her. It adds yet another layer to that scene where Hyeja comes to his defense, & his dialogue afterwards, that it felt reassuring to have her on his side. It was heartbreaking to see how finding out about the snow clearing, just that one act that showed her care for him, was all he needed to forget all those years of neglect & forgive her. For him to move on. We immediately even see a small change in the way he interacts with his wife. It’s not that I hate Hyeja, but that I don’t agree with her actions. I may even feel disappointed in her a little, because its not like she hadn’t seen how such things affect people through Joonha. But I don’t hate her because she is, after all, human. And humans are deeply emotional beings that make mistakes, & not everyone has the strength to acknowledge & overcome them.

I don’t really have much else to say about this show. All in all, it may not have been a perfect show, but it was still a pretty good show overall. Yes, there are inconsistencies (especially the last 2 eps which felt like a different show that was still just as sad & beautiful), which HAD bothered me in Ep 11, when I realized they were not marks of a genius. However, by the end of Ep 12, I found myself…not caring about them. Because it didn’t matter, truly. It was just not the point of the show. It was not trying to make a statement about the philosophies of reality. The show did what it wanted to do, and told a very daring story that I applaud it for. Besides, when I thought about it, not clearly knowing what was real & what was fantasy even in the end, puts us even more in Hyeja’s shoes, which I like. I also liked that the message of this show was not that Hyeja could only have been happy with Joonha, à la romantic love trumps all. No. But just like what Hyeja narrates in the end, Hyeja was the one who chose to live in guilt, grief, & regret. Which led to her leading a very unhappy life. It was only in the end, when she started losing pieces of herself through her memories, that she learned to live in the moment. Learned to live while thinking of all the things that made her happy.

Finally, the real MVP of this show is the wife for me. She has had to live a very difficult life, working hard & giving love, even when she doesn’t receive it back. I just wanted to give her a big hug, and I hate hugs! I will just imagine that after the end of Ep 12, the husband finally fully opened up his heart to her & gave her all the love that she deserves. They also managed to repair their relationship with their son, & all three of them lived happily ever after.

Bonus:

Aigooo you softies! How could Hyeja have ever made you the villains of her story?!

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    Your commentary on the sad childhoods really broke my heart. Because you’re right, that is the greatest tragedy of this story–that Hye Ja was the one who helped Joon Ha move on from his miserable past, but could not offer the same to her son. Yes, Joon Ha would have been heartbroken to know that his son did not live a happy life. And I also resent Hye Ja for not realizing that the best way to honor the life Joon Ha lived was to give her son all the love she could not give Joon ha. But also, like you, I understand grief is complex, and I appreciate that she was allowed to be a flawed human being.

    I can only hope that this change in the relationship the son had with Hye Ja can be passed along to HIS son, and that they will be able to mend their relationship in the future, and not miss out on any more happy years.

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    I’m not completely sure the mom was too cold to her son. Yes, we saw glimpses of his childhood with a cold mom. But I think he only saw what he wanted/or was able to see. I don’t think Hye Ja would’ve been cold then all of sudden kinda in her dementia. (Dementia tends to show the most sincere thoughts and habits of a person). I, however, do believe the mom was flawed, but not so completely. And she did feel guilty towards her son, otherwise she wouldn’t have had the imagination sequence of saving him over and over on the bike. I’m also not so sure her son lived a completely sad life. I have nothing to back it up, but I do believe it…. Or im convincing myself this so I dont feel sad. I relate to Hye Ja’s son way too much.

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The Psychometric Guy Ep 1-2:-

I was surprised. So, a little backstory. I am very low on dramas to watch. I don’t want to rewatch anything. The only shows I followed from the last crop were Romance Is A Bonus Book (because, LJS *sniff*) & The Light In Your Eyes (ASDFGHJKL). And I was not at all interested in the new crop of dramas, with the only exception of Kill It. So it’s safe to say that when I started this show, I was 99.9% ready to drop it at first notice. Heck, the only reason I gave this a chance was because I had been cribbing about needing to watch something for DAYS, & thought that I should at least give some new ones a try, just to ease my conscience. Plus, I had also seen other beanies say how it was weird or boring.

But then I pressed play, and suddenly I was at the end of ep 2. It had been….FUN! I do get why beanies found it weird. It has been structured & treated in a way that is not the norm in kdramas. That’s because it has been made in a way that I can only describe, in short, as a teenage hollywood superhero film, done well of course. Think, Spider-man: Homecoming. And I have no problem with that. It was such a fun, light, zippy watch. I think not having checked out any of the promo materials also helped me in immediately being able to adapt to a different lens. From this perspective, everything gels well. The actor who plays the ML is doing great. The ML himself is so much fun to watch, & a refreshing character in kdramas, where the MLs always start off being too much of something – too broken, too nice, too devil-may-care, too mean, etc., you get the point. The FL hasn’t turned into a pot plant yet. I also wonder if, going forward, the ML will not only try to solve the big crimes, but also team up with the FL to solve school mysteries! They could make a detective club! À la japanese mangas/animes! It will be so much fun!

So yes, clearly I enjoyed it. Time to add a new show to my MDL! YAY!!! I wonder if this a sign for me to be more optimistic about the other shows, & to give them a chance. Now that my Mon-Tue & Sat-Sun are sorted out, maybe Possessed for Wed-Thurs? But man….I haven’t had a great track record with ghost dramas. Plus, its OCN, & I don’t want another gritty drama, what with Kill It being on my list as well. Any suggestions, beanies?

P.S. I hope the brother doesn’t turn out to be someone completely different later. It would break poor An’s heart.

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I…am disgusted. I can’t believe that the rookie group ATEEN openly talked about being sexually abused by their company’s CEO & his wife (in front of their daughter!!!), & publicly asked for help, but it failed to make much of a splash. If you guys haven’t yet, then I urge all of you to read their testimonies here: https://www.allkpop.com/article/2019/02/ateen-kpop-group-asking-for-help

I also just found out that the age of consent in Korea is 13. 13!! And that there are no laws against sexual crimes done towards males who are legally of age. To put it into perspective – the CEO & his wife in the case of ATEEN, will not/cannot be punished. Because according to the law, they have done nothing wrong, if the members are older than the international age of 19. Also, they are considered to be of age even if their 19th birthday hasn’t come to pass yet. They are considered to be 19 right from January 1st.

Nice world we live in.

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    I’ve been following this. It’s disappointing that none of this has made a splash amongst the kpop fandoms. They’re not famous, so no luck for them.

    DKDKTV discussed this here – presenting both sides of the argument i.e what the company is saying & what the ATEEN members are saying:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkYNtNx8shc
    You’ll find some discussion on twitter under the hashtag #JusticeForATEEN

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    I didn’t even know!! Disgusting!!!

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    Seungri’s scandal is definitely the tip of the iceberg.

    By the way, *waves hi*. Long time no see! 🙂

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