Beanie level: Loan shark with a heart of gold

It’s been a while since I’ve watched some makjang, but Dr. Prisoner is really trying hard to be over the top dramatic and suspenseful.

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Would this qualify as meta? The actor is a K-Pop star who is singing a song from a K-Pop group that is signed to the same label that he is. He is purposely singing badly–really badly–to hide the fact that he, the actor, can actually sing well and would slay the song if he tried. But I wouldnโ€™t have figured him to even try before but he is doing it now for this role.

Or would this be meta in that some people think that K-Pop idols canโ€™t sing and theyโ€™re making fun of that in having Jinyoung as Lee Ahn sing the song.

Or is this meta in that we are aware that the crew is aware that Jinyoung can sing really well and the scene is all the funnier for it?

I donโ€™t think this is meta. If itโ€™s not, what is it then?

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    I think you are way overthinking it 😄 But I agree this scene was hilarious and I’m so glad you made a gif of it.

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    No it’s definitely meta. At very least the JYP label mate reference is meta. Dunno about the rest of it lol.

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    I don’t know this guy, nor the song, nor the other group – but it was funny when I watched it.

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      The guy is Park Jin-young, aka Jinyoung. He is a member of the K-Pop group GOT7. The song he is singing is “TT” by TWICE. GOT7 and TWICE belong to the music label JYP Entertainment which is one of the big 3 music labels in Korea–with the other two being SM and the presently infamous YG.

      Are you watching the drama or you’re talking about watching the scene here?

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    I think it would be funnier if he sang a song from JYP

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    Omg, he’s not even following the rhythm. This is hilarious.

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      That must have been so hard for him to do at first. lol.

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I\’m so not looking forward to tonights episode of RoS. Argh.

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    Let me say that n.i. was handled very well!

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      Did the Jenga block piece play a role?

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      Just finished it and felt all of it in my heart. ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™‚
      But honestly, thank you for Lawyers Choi and Dan to keep some lightness.

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        Agree, this time I wasn’t frustrated by the situation, but felt their pain, and I was glad for this.
        Actually, for the first part of the drama, I didn’t care about other characters, but then Choi and Dan grew on me, and now I find them hilarious and look forward to their scenes.

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      I makes sense how and why it was applied as a plot device, but it’s still stupid how it happened. It was the easy way to get what needed to be done in 16 episodes. Argh.

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        I agree, it was a stupid reason and he was a perfect noble idiot, but this time I wasn’t annoyed or irritated by the situation (it’s the first time, sometimes I got really mad), probably thanks to LDW’s performance, it seemed that JR didn’t have air to breath and I could feel his pain. And then, alleluja, his friend pratically told him that he was a stupid, above all because because he didn’t speak clearly with Yoon Seo.

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Spying not just in restrooms and residences but also in hotels. WTF.

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    This is just terrible.

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    That’s so scary. I used to want to go to Korea but now, I really don’t. I hope they get the spycam problem under control soon.

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      I shared this not to scare you guys into not going, but to be aware of what’s going on if you do go. In all seriousness, I wonder if they have a portable scanning machine for those devices?

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    I hope this story coverage blows up because I feel like the only way the Korean government is going to take this issue seriously is if they get internationally shamed into doing it and tourism takes a hit

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      I believe such things might have come to light if the local channels/journalists would’ve highlighted that. S. Korea earns a lot through tourism, honestly if this was to blow up, they would stop getting such news out. Obv if it does blow up there would be a pressure on govt but they would prefer saving their money.

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        I mean over 20,000 Korean women protested over spycams last year and I havenโ€™t heard one politician say there needs to be tougher laws and punishments for these criminals.

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I loved the way JB spoke about Jinyoung’s amazing results from working out. There is a respect and admiration there. Hahah. Jackson is usually the one flashing so everyone thinks he’s the best. Psh.

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They did a really good job with the editing on the preview video for Jeong Sewoon’s new LP.

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I’m not a huge fan of songs in Japanese by K-Pop groups because it rarely ever sounds like Japanese. My brain is like it’s not Korean, but kinda sounds like Korean, but that’s a Japanese word. This one wasnโ€™t that bad though. Also, is that EDM or Trap or something in there? @sicarius? Still, Iโ€™m looking forward to the Korean version.

Johnny actually looks really good with the long straight hair. Iโ€™m digginโ€™ it. I donโ€™t think Iโ€™ve seen that hairstyle on a K-Pop idol before. Iโ€™m gonna miss Taeyongโ€™s red hair. Itโ€™s like the death of an era. Hmmm…who would have thought there would come a day when I would be talking about guysโ€™ hairstyles.

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    Turns out Johnny’s long hair is a wig. WTF!!! How can you mess with people like that SM!?

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    I didn’t even realize it was in Japanese 😅 I miss Taeyong’s red hair too. I had trouble spotting him with black hair since he blends in a lot more. Johnny’s hair has to be a wig, right? Or did he actually grow his hair that long? I’m trying to remember how long it was before in their last MV.

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      *Taeyong? Blend in with that face? How?*
      *I’m just teasing btw :P*

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        😄 How’ve you been? Haven’t seen you around in a while.

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        Yeah, it was kinda hard to make him out especially since I’ve only really known him to have red hair. It’ll take a while to get used to.

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          I feel like he was the first person I noticed hahahaha

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            Hahaha! Maybe because he was the first member featured? lol

            It’s amazing what one can get used to. When there is change its amazing much time it takes to get used to that new thing–or how quickly one takes to it.

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            He’s also the first person I learnt from NCT at all and I really like his face structure so I tend to notice him haha

            Oh yeah I was gonna comment on the hair thing haha. You say it’s like the end of an era? It’s literally an end of an era. I know people, myself included, who measure kpop comeback eras by hairstyle. Many is the hairstyle on a certain person that I miss. I think once they start changing their hair like every other week, that’s when you get used to it kkkk

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            It is indeed the end of an era. NCT has swag though. I can see them becoming trend setters.

            P.S. I’m only 1yr old in K-Pop terms. Now that I know what I know, it will be interesting to see the changes over the years.

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    I will confess when I first tried to listen to this I turned it off half way through because it wasn’t really my style. But I’m listening to it again for you ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

    Trap is… such a weird genre to try and pin down and gets thrown around a lot when it shouldn’t. Also it’s evolved a lot from where it first started and basically crosses over with EDM now.
    EDM- most current kpop involves some form or subgenre of EDM. Like 80-90% of it. It just means Electronic Dance Music.
    So yes, this has EDM influences and although it’s kinda hard to tell I would probably say it has Trap EDM influences (that’s different from Trap and EDM apparently). But then what doesn’t in modern kpop.

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      Awe, shucks.

      Have you watched the K-Pop episode of the Netflix show Explained? I didn’t know just how many genres K-Pop borrows from until I saw that. I need to figure out that one dominant sound in this song though. Like what instrument or sound or whatever it is. It’s my least favourite part of the song, but it provides the foundation so, idk. I’m not a huge fan of this song tbh but it is very NCT and I like it because of that.

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        I haven’t but I was already aware. Kpop by definition is just a huge sub cultural phenomenon of hybrid genres. Started by crossing 90s hip hop with trot and now we’re here. (also can’t watch anyway cos Netflix)
        The one dominant sound… the problem is most kpop is made digitally, and they just mix lots of different sound samples on a music making program and unless it’s a real instrument I can’t really tell what they’re using. Plus you can make all these sounds on a synth anyway. Maybe wait till some “producer” reviews it? They might be able to tell you more.
        It’s your least favourite part of the song but it everywhere hahahaha.

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          How is there not a nodding emoji? Anyways, I nod to most everything you said.

          I’m a bit curious. Could you elaborate on your definition of K-Pop a bit?

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    (also yeah it never sounds like Japanese because most K-pop kids (with a few exceptions) have notoriously terrible Korean accents when they try sing Japanese. It’s amusing. )

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      It’s more annoying that amusing for me because I grew up listening to Japanese. It becomes a bit of a mindfuck. Who would you put on the list of good Japanese accents?

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        Are you Japanese or part Japanese? Or for some other reason?
        I was actually gonna ask you, because you shared Bump of Chicken and I found out they’re big in the anime soundtrack world, if you were an anime fan prior to getting into Kdramas…

        Ooooh I doubt I’m the best at judging what is a good Japanese accent haha. My sister in law might be Japanese but she speaks a dialect and my ear for Japanese is not that good yet.
        I was just thinking that T2U, and the Block B-1 Project Japanese stuff, sounds less Korean-y than some? (T2U is Block B’s subunit of Taeil and U-Kwon and they only promote in Japan). But I dunno… you listen and tell me. I might just be bias to Taeil’s voice no matter what he’s singing (highly possible) ^-^
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iedSv5Yi15I
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoxAsx7-Fio

        And I wanna say artists who promote a lot in Japan probably have better Japanese pronunciation (say TVXQ for example), but then Hongki’s is still awful and FTI been promoting in Japan for years and I don’t listen to TVXQ enough pffffft. There has to be exceptions though what with how many artists promote in Japan and how many artists are themselves Japanese. I, perhaps not surprisingly, do not listen to Japanese songs by Koreans that much. If I wanna listen to Japanese I’ll probably go listen to Wanima or Vickeblanka.

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          Sorry that second link is wrong. Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UemxIkIQn4

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            Both weren’t bad really. The first one has a Japanese singer though, so yeah…

            I don’t listen to K-Pop groups in other languages, except for maybe Chinese. I do like a few EXO songs. So I don’t think I’ve listened to TVXQ! in Japanese.

            No, I’m not Japanese. I grew up watching a lot of anime. I learned about Bump of Chicken from the OP for the anime version of Grandblue Fantasy. Yeah, I’ve listened to more than a few Japanese songs over the years. That by no means makes me an authority on the language though.

            I’m going to make a playlist of some of my favourite songs. I’ll share it with you when I’m done. Many of them will be quite old though.

            Wanima sounds like a lot of fun! I’m definitely going to look through their work. Thx!

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    Mark so busy……
    What’s wrong with Johnny hair?
    This song still has Kpop vibe, not Jpop.
    Try listen Electric Kiss from Exo, I like the energy and the song close to Jpop Vibe. And the dance remind me of anime scene.

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      I kinda get where you’re coming from with “Electric Kiss.”

      What’s wrong with Johnny’s hair is that one moment it is long and the next moment it is short. He should grow it out though.

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Today is a crazy day. NCT\’s new MV is out. There are new episodes of He is Psychometric and That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. Gikwang came out with a sexy M/V. YAY!!!

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Dear @raonah,

I usually donโ€™t watch behind the scenes footage at all really. Viki had this right next to the episodes and I ended up clicking on it. It wasnโ€™t like I was actively searching for it. Anyways, the footage that ended up in episode 2โ€™s shower scene doesnโ€™t do Jinyoung enough justice. Heโ€™s in way better shape than I thought.

Iโ€™m posting this because I know how difficult it is to even get close to that kind of shape. Any list of Korean male idols who are in fantastic shape that does not include Jinyoung at this point has clearly not done enough research, has blinkers on, and will be criminal. I might just sue.

Your fellow ahgase,
Hades.

P.S. There is also the happy bonus that this is all kinds of cute.

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For @umbrellaman and another beanie were sharing JANNABI music. They did a 100์ดˆ. I didn’t know I knew a song of theirs, “Hong Kong.” I love that song.

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Hey @greenfields. What do you think about this one. It reminds me of this one American band I can’t quite name atm.

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    They remind me of The Royal Concept (but theyโ€™re Swedish… I think), Smallpools (theyโ€™re American).

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    Talk about a low cost MV! That set wouldn’t have cost anything. Hehehe – plus everything else. VERY nice – where are you finding these K-indie songs? ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ They’re perfect for my current kpop break! <3

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      I needed a break from K-Pop when I did deep dives last year. Google search and YouTube searches and one click lead to another. I was reminded of these guys recently because I needed more variety at the moment. Mirrorball Music seems to be a very indie label. I only really started looking into them recently.

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How does this otaku pay the rent, especially given how nice that place looks?

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    To think the young guy starring in the MV looked like a normal person. o-o And not a beautiful god.

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      You like Star Wars?

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        I’ve watched all of it. I did like the 4th to 6th movies (the old ones) and the 1st one. But the rest fell flat. Now I don’t even remember Star Wars much tbh. XD Do you like Star Wars?

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          I prefer Star Trek 😂. I really liked Rogue One though.

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            I only watched a bit of Star Trek on TV. OR I watched a lot and don’t remember it. It was indeed very good. HOWEVER as far as these shows go, I was definitely more of a Whovian at some point.

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            (..don’t remember because I was too young. ๐Ÿ˜€ )

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            If ever you were to decide to get back into Star Trek, I highly recommend The Next Generation. I’ve been hearing ok things about Discovery

            I loved Dr. Who! I watched up until Matt Smith’s Dr. I think.

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            Recommendation noted. ^^ also – same! I loved Ten (David Tennant) and watched older doctors because of him. I also watched Eleven (Matt Smith) but after that it kind of became too much haha.

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Am I the only one getting J-Rock vibes from these guys? The frontwoman has a really beautiful voice. They have a very varied style too:
Check out these two songs too:
https://youtu.be/9qnyGaT9gv8
https://youtu.be/8HZwOIoP0lo

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@sicarius @greenfields I feel like I’ve been hit on the head over and over and over again by this song that I’ve been beaten into submission by it. #friggineverywhere

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With this song, I’m reminded of one of the many ways K-Pop creates and maintains a connection between groups and their fandoms. The song is directly aimed at their fandom UNIVERSEโ€”name dropping them makes it all the more special. The members talk about their struggles as then trainees and now idols. They make reference to the number of members and some of the member themselves. That number has all the more meaning for some fans given E-Dawnโ€™s departure. By itself, it is not a different approach to other artists around the world. As part of the bigger K-Pop picture, I think its at some point an almost essential element of it.

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    @estee @2:47, is that Jinho’s ridiculous vocals I hear?

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      Based on this, it seems to be Hui’s ridiculous vocals. 😃

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        OMO! I knew Hui was really good, but I didn’t think he could hit that Jinho note. #toogood

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    @0:36. “Hum to a song even if you don’t know the lyrics.” Ah, K-Pop.

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    This song makes me feel all warm inside. Knowing that Shinwon wrote it (together with Hui) makes it all the better.
    By the way, Pentagon is having a comeback in 10 days!

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      First comeback after E-Dawn’s departure. This will be interesting. I hope Yanan get’s more lines. Please remember to tag me incase I miss it.

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        Technically not the first one without E’Dawn – the whole Naughty Boy promotions were in 9 members. But yes, it will be the first one with officially only 9 members.
        Don’t worry, I’ll share and tag. 😉

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          I mean’t first album without E’Dawn–especially given how involved he had been in making the music till that point.

          Cool, thx!

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            Ah, you mean musically. Now that you mention that, I’m curious too!
            But I’m really liking the title’s sound so far.
            The piano reminds me of Energetic…

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For the cat loving beanies out there–and the non cat loving ones too. 😂 Part 1

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    This was a good Saturday. We binged the entire season in one day. And by We I mean my husband and I and our two cats 😃

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      😂๐Ÿคฃ Noice.

      I’m on ep 04. Will take it bit by bit. Thankfully some of them are very short. Did you like it overall? I hope they revisit ep 01 next season or it becomes it’s own thing. The same thing for this ep, ep 02. There’s actually potential there for their own spinoffs.

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        Yes we loved it. Or else who spends an entire day sitting in front of the tv 😃 I actually thought ep 2 would be a continuation of ep 1. It was really good!

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          Or else who spends an entire day sitting in front of the tv

          🙌🏾

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    This was great. What is this? Is it a series and where can I watch it?

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      It’s a new Netflix series called Love, Death, and Robots. Is a collection of stand alone short stories. Do note that while this is a CG animated series, it is rated R. Not kid friendly at all–some of the episodes at least.

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