Beanie level: Noble idiot

Saw this article about Sky Castle on Soompi.

โ€โ€œSKY Castleโ€ will also soon be available with English subtitles on Viki.โ€

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For the BTS lovers out there. I laughed so much.

P.S. I’m sorry for all my non-K-drama related posts lately. 😢

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New K-pop group: ONEUS. Literally love everything about the song and the vocals and the choreo. ๐ŸฅฐThe rap-line sounds amazing (and rap usually isnโ€™t my thing). Why must Spotify take forever to upload new releases!?

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    This song is really good!

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    Thanks for sharing! This is such a fantastic debut song. The vocals, rap, and choreo are really good. The group, with this concept, somewhat reminds me of SHINee (Lucifer era) and 2PM.

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      I’m totally digging this song, so I’ll definitely check those two groups out. I vaguely remember Lucifer, but I wasn’t much into K-pop then.

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        I’m a 2nd gen K-pop gal so those are the groups that I grew up with. 😅 2PM is one boy group that for me is unique as not a lot then were doing the manly and subdued sexy concept as well as they do.

        SHINee is one group that I consider very inventive when it comes to songs and concepts. Their choreo is probably one of the most difficult in K-pop. Aside from Lucifer, you may also want to check out Everybody and Sherlock. (Though my personal favorite would be View.)

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          I remember getting into SHINee a bit when Fantastic Baby (Big Bang) came out and really liked Lucifer and Sherlock. I didn’t realize I’d actually gotten that much into K-pop then, haha. SHINee’s newest album is really great too, though quite a different sound.

          Are there any other groups I should check out?

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            @rusnicam and @hades recently did a 2018 year-end K-pop list on their fan walls that you may want to check out. There were also a lot of very good suggestions from other beanies. As for me, the groups that I listen to currently are iKON, Red Velvet, EXO, BLACKPINK, and IZ*ONE. I mainly got into K-pop though because of SNSD/Girls Generation, 2NE1, and SuJu.

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            @doublefault I’ll be sure to check them out!

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            Please do, there are a lot of good posts on there!

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    I like the play on words with balkhiri and valkyrie! It’s not a bad song at all really. Nice beat and I like the guitar.

    On the other hand, I’m getting a little annoyed with all the autotune though. Then there’s that whole unnecessary matrix thing. It could be that they’re forced to play that game because that’s what sells. Don’t get me wrong, they did do badly really. It’s just that I want something new from a debut.

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      they didn’t do badly really* 😂

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        I personally really liked it because it seems different rom the couple other debuts I’ve seen since I’ve started to really follow K-pop. Most seem to be cute/fluffy concepts and this is more the kind of music I listen to. I don’t seem to notice much of autotune in songs (unless I’m watching a live performance) so it’s not a big deal for me. But of course if every song had it then it would quickly get irritating.

        Then, I’m also really biased. They’re under RBW Entertainment which also manages Mamamoo and Vromance which are two of my favorite groups. So I’m expecting these guys to have a good handle on their vocals. And they seem to from the few performances I’ve seen!

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          RBW is Mamamoo’s label?! Cool! I had no clue about the label tbh. I thought they were new. 😅

          Regarding the difference in style for a debut, I think they remind me of Stray Kids in that way. They had a harder image at the beginning and got much much softer a few months after that. It wouldn’t surprise me–but actually it kinda will–if a group like ATEEZ does the same thing.

          Then you have groups like NCT which somehow strike a nice balance had hard and soft.

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            The group is new, but I think some of the members have done different shows (like Produce 101, MIXNINE, etc.). Not familiar with those, but there is a bit of a fanbase already.

            I really like all of those groups you mentioned (and was obsessed with Stray Kids debut). Not as familiar with ATEEZ, but it looks like they’re having a comeback in a few days so we’ll see.

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Just noticed Thirty But Seventeen is back on Viki!

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Really great trailer for Kingdom! Warning though, graphic images of zombies.

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    Oh yes. This is gonna be gnarly af. But I can’t wait.

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    Ugh, I hate zombie, but it’s Bae Doo-na. I’m in a real dilemma here.

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      I’ll wait for Bae Doo Na in a non zombie world.

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        As much as I love Gong yoo, I can’t get myself watching Train to Busan.
        If I watch Kingdom, then it’s confirmed, I love Bae Doo-na more than Gong-yoo 😄

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      Exactly. I can still somewhat endured 2 hours watching zombie movies for Gong Yoo and Hyun Bin, but this is multi season drama, which means hours of these scary things popping out on my screen. To watch… or not to watch…

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        Multi season?? Okay, that’s it. I follow @ndlessjoie lead and wait to meet Doo-na in non zombie world.

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          Don’t let me talk you out of it.

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            Don’t worry, I’m just really not in to zombie 😄
            But who knows, I never thought I would watch horror, but I really enjoyed The Guest more than I expected.

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K-Dramaโ€™s Completed in 2018

This ended up being pretty much my first year watching K-dramas. I had watched parts of shows like Coffee Prince, Boys Over Flowers, and City Hunter years ago but never finished them. This year, I finished a total of 23 dramas (including specials). I had a total of 9 beans for 2018 dramas.

* = dramas I would rewatch
dramas that came out in 2018
my most-liked dramas released in 2018

*A Poem a Day 🐊
Because This is My First Life
Come and Hug Me
Dramaworld
*Goblin
*Healer
I Am Not a Robot
*My ID is Gangnam Beauty 🔬🔬
*Kill Me, Heal Me
Last Minute Romance
*Misty 🗞🗞🗞
My Love from Another Star
*My Mister 🎧🎧🎧
My Only Love Song
Page Turner
Part-Time Idol
Splash Splash Love
Thumping Spike
*W
Whatโ€™s Wrong With Secretary Kim?
Where Stars Land
*While You Were Sleeping
You Drive Me Crazy!

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My Favorite Korean Songs Released in 2018

This was surprisingly more difficult than I thought it would be. A lot of great music came out this year! This list is a mix of the songs that I listened to the most and the ones that I loved the most.

(18) Honestly – Eric Nam
(17) NO AIR – THE BOYZ
(16) NANANA – IMFACT
(15) LOVE BOMB – fromis_9
(14) Love Line – TVXQ!
(13) Baby Donโ€™t Stop – NCT U
(12) Heroine – SUNMI
(11) 5TAR (Incompletion) – A.C.E
(10) Airplane mode – NOIR
(9) My Youth – GOT7
(8) Way Back Home – SHAUN
(7) Shine – PENTAGON
(6) Hellevator – Stray Kids
(5) La Vie en Rose – IZ*ONE
(4) Euphoria – BTS
(3) Starry Night – MAMAMOO
(2) Monochrome – Bily Acoustie
(1) Forever Young – BLACKPINK

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    Just have to say, I’m really happy to see a GOT7 song on your list! My favorites of the solos were JB’s Sunrise, Jinyoung’s My Youth, and Youngjae’s Nobody Knows 💚

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      I remember liking those other two as well when I first listened to their last album. They have a great chill vibe for these songs.

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    Sunmi is a diva through and through. I loved all her releases this year. Honestly is a song which should have gotten more love and recognition

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Looks like Viki\’s got the license for Devilish Joy!

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All my posts for the recent Children of Nobody recap has gotten me the prestigious title of \’noble idiot\’. It\’s weird how excited I got when I saw I\’d leveled up. 🎉

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New Kingdom trailer. Looks intense, though I hope it won’t be too gory. But what zombie show isn’t? 😞

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    The goriness (plus zombie!!) is exactly the reason I decided not to watch this despite my love for the writer’s previous works.

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      I’m still planning on checking it out, but binge-watching really isn’t my thing anyways, so it might take me a while to get through it.

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    I am actually so excited for this ahhh

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    the scenery is lovely do, lol.
    “Zombies in picturesque landscape”

    hahaha

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      Sounds like the title of a (very odd) painting, haha.

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        “Room with a zombie.” “Zombie and sunflowers.” itยดs a series. “Zombie with a pearl earring.”

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Got a quick question about Just Between Lovers. Will post in the comment section so as not to potentially spoil it for someone.

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    I’m over halfway through episode 3 and just wanted to clarify that Kang Doo recognized Moon Soo from the accident, right? Though she won’t remember him as she’s lost some of her memories about it.

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Some of you will be very happy to know that I have finally decided to start Just Between Lovers. I\’ve watched most of the clips of this drama Viki has on YouTube, so here\’s to hoping that my interest stays (even though I know some of what will happen)!

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Does anyone know how long it takes to upload Korean albums to Spotify? I need this song. Seriously, it’s pretty much perfection.

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    Spotify got the new Highlight album out in a couple days recently.

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      I guess I’ll try to refrain from checking every hours then. 😅Thanks!

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        It may have been closer to 24 hours. But definitely on YouTube first.

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Love the whole sound of this. Very retro. The song “days gone by” gives me Stranger Things vibes.

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Absolutely insane choreo, and they’re so incredibly in sync! I’m literally in awe right now.

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This is the title song for Where Stars Land. I was really hoping it would be a full-length song. 🙁

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Ah, I’m so excited! The vocals are so on point.

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@mary Just wanted to give you a heads up that the layout is messed up in the Beanies tab for me and in blog view for @transient and @ndlessjoie.

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I didn’t realize this drama had a sci-fi/fantasy side to it. Suffice to say, it is now my most anticipated drama for the rest of the year! 😍

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Someone please tell me what happened in The Smile Has Left Your Eyes finale! Spoilers in the comments, so beware.

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    Check out vee’s recap:
    https://www.dramamilk.com/the-smile-has-left-your-eyes-episode-16-recap/

    I’m not watching this show but I also wanted to know what happened ๐Ÿ™‚

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      So were they siblings or not? Wasn’t clear to me from the recap, haha.

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        They were not. Jin-kang was the daughter of the two other cult members killed by Moo-young’s father.

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    Last Warning: Spoilers!!!!

    MY and JK are not siblings. JK is the daughter of the couple that MY’s dad killed (as far as I understood).

    The chaebol dad (who we haven’t seen before) send the secretary to kill MY. JK is in the way so they both die. MY tells JK he loves her for the first time and they die in each others arms.

    JG comes in after the fact and is totally bereft at seeing them both dead on the floor.

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      ๐Ÿคฆ then why play the siblings game at all?

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        1. give MY an incentive to kill SR to protect JK from the horrid truth, so it gave them a reason to kill him in the ending
        2. have an element of the original and ALSO deceive the viewers.

        Honestly this whole narrative worked so well in the original drama maybe because they really went with it. The fact that they were siblings was so disturbing and disgusting Ryo wanted to protect Yuko from that truth and not let it destroy her life like it did his. He always “killed” people without actually killing them, but this time he crossed the line and killed Se Ran with his own hands for love (irony)

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