Beanie level: The Goblin’s underpants

Money Game is so ridiculously hammy.

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I’m sort of excited about this? The concept seems very promising.

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If these people are so dyspeptic over him getting married, they weren\’t fans in the first place. https://www.allkpop.com/article/2020/01/exo-l-ace-planning-a-physical-protest-to-kick-chen-out-of-exo

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    I like that the international fandom is stepping up. I read somewhere that they were planning their own protest and petitions to keep Chen in the group. They pointed out in their documents that the international fandom are the ones who provided the most profit for the group. Dont know if its true. Its sad that their fandom seems to be at war with each other but I hope that Chen knows and sees that for all of the brats out there trying to keep him out that theres another group that love him enough to try and keep him.

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Korean EXO-Ls are cray-cray. Somebody needs to break it to them that they don\’t own these boys or this group. https://ddwa7012.blogspot.com/2020/01/chen-of-exo-asked-to-leave-group-by.html

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    What about the industry that sold them as objects for such a long time. These fans are more fanatics than fans but the blame is in the culture itself.

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Ugh, Dr Romantic 2 sucks. I hate all of these characters and the plot is absurd.

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    I disliked everything about season 1, so I can easily believe this.

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    Lee Sung Kyung’s acting and character is what I can’t stand! I just need to see n hear Han Suk Kyu

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      I strongly second this. Dr. Cha is annoying and I partly fault Lee Sung-kyung for making this a character that is difficult to sympathize with. I also think all of Lee Sung-kyung’s characters are the same (i.e. the way she acted as Kim Bok-joo in Weightlifting Fair is remarkably similar to how she is acting as Cha Eun-jae, which is astonishing given how different these characters putatively are).

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Midway through episode 8 of Diary. This is a really good episode. The casual sexism at the Jinyeong office is appalling.

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    I really enjoy that the show is not afraid to go there with these topics and just be well executed.

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    Yes, this show is just sooo good and not afraid.

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I\’m so happy for him! I hope K-netz don\’t pull a Sungmin. https://www.soompi.com/article/1376624wpp/exos-chen-announces-marriage-fiancees-pregnancy

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    Too late. They’ve already started a petition to remove him and closed a bunch of his fansites.

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      Ugh. But I heard congratulations trended on Twitter? IDK, I hope the positive response crowds out the negative stuff.

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Diary of a Prosecutor: Is there no rule against prior consistent statements in SK? I would have thought diary entries written by the victim detailing the bullying would be inadmissible.

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Diary of a Prosecutor: Who\’s Hee-joon??

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Bak-ha, no!!! How could you do this to Hae-jun?! T_T

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Started Stove League. It\’s wildly unrealistic (ex: why are the managers in America alone, without any coaches or trainers?) but so entertaining. It\’s basically a live-action sports anime.

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    I know nill about baseball so I don’t even know what’s realistic and what’s not. I just know I’m wildly enjoying this drama 😂🤷‍♀️

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      My dad watches a lot of baseball, but I’ve never been a fan. It’s too slow for me (I often joke that you could fall asleep at the end of the 2 inning and wake up at the beginning of the 8th inning without missing much in most games).

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        Baseball isn’t part of our culture so I don’t even know the basics. Cricket and then football is what’s wildly followed in my part of the world.

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          My parents also watch cricket (they are from South Asia). For me, cricket is sort of like baseball; both are very slow and unbelievably boring for me, but my dad loves both.

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            Yes cricket is slow. No one’s a hard-core cricket follower in my family, we usually just follow it during World Cup season🤷‍♀️

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Triad Princess is an attempt to make a drama work based entirely on the charm of its actors. Predictably, it doesn\’t work.

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    That’s Taiwanese dramas in a nutshell after the “Autumn’s Concerto” era

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      I’ve never watched Autumn’s Concerto. Is it any good?

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        The last good TW of the last decade, imho…

        Disclaimer: Make sure you prep your tissues to be handy before you watch

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          I have seen only one episode of Autumn concerto so I can’t tell how good that is (I heard it’s too good) but there have been two shows this year that were liked by people, one The World between us and the second Yong Jiu Grocery Store. I have seen the latter myself and it’s incredibly good (near or even better than Misaeng my personal favorite) so there are good T dramas lately.

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        Ah Autumn’s Concerto! My favourite Taiwanese romance and maybe romance in a drama of all time.

        It looks like a typical melodrama but the cast and the chemistry between the leads are superior to any melodrama I have watched. The drama did a good job in not antagonizing every “bad characters”. The second leads were really fine too. I even thought if the OTP never met each other, they could have been happy with the second leads. It just proves that they did a great job balancing the story’s heaviness and the characters development.

        The World Between Us (with one actor of Autumn’s Concerto), Yong Jiu Grocery Store had good reception. I haven’t finished them but I only read positive feedback. Five Missions and Iron Ladies are recent dramas I’ve enjoyed.

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          “Autumn’s Concerto” is definitely one of—if not THE— my favourite TW dramas 🥰🥰🥰 Yes, to everything you said about it 👌🏻👌🏻

          I haven’t been able to approach a TW drama since “Murphy’s Law Of Love”, but even with this one, each re-watch just makes me analyze the drama more and makes me realize even more just how unbearable—not in the good “it hurts so good” sort of way but the eye rolling inducing way— it is 🙄🙄🙄

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            It was – or is still(?) – on my watchlist but I have read it wasn’t that good when you really paid attention in the second half. Older Taiwanese romance dramas had a peculiar charm I don’t find anymore in newer ones.

            A friend is watching all BOF versions and she has a hard time with Meteor Garden. BOF and MG2018 are her favourite adaptations and comparing to them, MG2001 pales in comparison. From the acting to the character development, she just doesn’t feel it. I’m trying to convince her Vaness Wu can act and that she needs to see him in Autumn’s Concerto xD

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            @mango

            You’re right about TW dramas nowadays giving off a feeling of missing something and just not being as good in the overall feeling 🤔🤔That’s why I was so curious about why last year’s TW drama “Before We Get Married” had such a cult following 🤔🤔

            Hahaha
            Van Ness Wu gets better and better as the episode go by in “Autumn’s Concerto”, but he was actually good in the Chinese period drama “The Princess Wei Young”, costarring Tiffany Tang Yan & Luo Jin 👌🏻👌🏻

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            Everyone’s enthusiasm for Before We Get Married made me curious. I don’t know if I will ever watch it tho.

            I only knew him as a singer and
            first saw his acting in The Princess Wei Young. I hated his character haha I wondered why so many people still swooned over him even as an antagonist. Well, I got my answer with Autumn’s Concerto ^^ There were some cracks here and there, especially his crying scenes, but he got better.

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    I’d like to know how decided to put a 24 episode drama into 6 episodes and how we can get that guy fired.

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      This is 100% spot-on. Everything in this drama after the first episode is compressed and sped-up. In two episodes, these characters go from barely acquainted to dating, with barely any explanation in between and no real opportunity for us viewers to appreciate the process by which these two became close and the early moments of their incipient relationship. For a drama that is billed as a pretty standard cliche, completely fast-forwarding this stuff completely deprives viewers of the only incentive they have to watch this show and it precludes the writer from actually taking advantage of any of the charms which these actors possess and any chemistry which they may have with each other.

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This is hilarious. Bang Chan is charming enough to make me want to listen to their music (tbh, only song I know is “Miroh”, which is, to use the youngins’ language, a bop).

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Rowoon and Chani are on Knowing Bros next week! Fighting!

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The world-building in Crashing Landing on You is very absorbing. I don\’t really care about the truthlikeness of NK; the way it is depicted makes it feel real, even if it isn\’t.

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I feel you, Jeong-hyeok. The capitalist heart really is lousy and cheap.

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As usual, got7’s B-sides are stunners.

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I don’t know this group, but they did a great job. Watching this makes me a bit weepy, both because of Jong but also because seeing this performance makes me feel a little old (it’s been 10 years!).

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    This is a very good cover. Another cover that I like is ASTRO’s version. Really nice to hear this song again as it transports me to the time that I first got into K-pop.

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      This was a very different take from what I expected. Although the song’s lyrics aren’t the happiest, this performance felt too polished. I felt more life from the ASTRO performance. Probably because the live locals are stronger there too. Don’t get me wrong though. I like TXT.

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        I don’t know anything about TXT other than the fact that they come from the same label as BTS (for context, I don’t really like BTS for various reasons, so I’ve mostly avoided stuff from their label). I agree though, there is a very polished quality to this one which is different from how it’s performed by SHINee (especially nowadays). I still thought it was pretty good though. I was especially impressed by the blue-haired guy.

        I couldn’t tell how much of this performance was lip-synced vs sung live. I thought the vocals were decent, although not to the quality of SHINee.

        I don’t know much about ASTRO. I’ll have a look at their cover though!

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          I don’t know the guys really. I listen to them more for their music than their performances–given how young they are. Thankfully, at this point, I can still watch their performances here and there because they haven’t objectified–in a sexual way–the members, yet. Then again, Big Hit doesn’t show skin and do all of the hyper-sexualization stuff as other groups do, so they should be good.

          URGH!!! One of the things I hate most about K-Pop live performances is not being able to tell if an artist is singing live or not. It annoys me to no end.

          ASTRO is awesome. They have vocals for days. Maybe not SHINee level, but still, really dang good. And their choreo is some of the best in the business. Rocky is a badass.

          Thinking about it, I feel badly that I was a Debbie Downer with my comment. I remember someone doing that to me on here when I was stating how much I loved something and I hated when they did that. I apparently had to satisfy my need to comment. Sigh.

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            I didn’t mind the comment and I don’t think you were a Debbie Downer. I like when people offer views different from mine; it usually results in conversation, and I like talking to people about their reasons for liking or disliking things (as well as my reasons for liking or disliking things). So don’t feel bad at all!

            I think BigHit does do *some* sexualization, no? That’s sort of what they’ve done with Jungkook, no? I’m not sure that they do it in the same way as other labels or groups (e.g. I don’t think BigHit would ever give BTS a song like “Love Shot”), but I think that has more to do with clever marketing than anything else. As with most aspects of their approach with BTS, I think BigHit has sort of tried to distance from some key aspects of K-pop to make BTS seem distinctive and maybe a bit more sophisticated/mature while not deviating too much from the norm in K-pop.

            In fairness, SHINee or EXO or Super Junior are sort of exception re their vocal lines. Comparing most K-pop groups to them is maybe holding them to too high a standard.

            I haven’t really paid much concerted attention to ASTRO, but I’ve always found their dances awesome. Rocky is a rare talent indeed. I’m hard-pressed to think of other dancers who are as good as him.

            Figuring out what parts of a K-pop performance are live is frustrating with most groups. Thankfully, a lot of the vocally oriented groups try to let their main singers do their thing without too much MR. For new groups, though, trying to figure out what aspects of a performance are live vs lip-synced is terribly tough.

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LOL, even the cams focused on the others briefly switch to Taeyong during a certain part of \”No Manners\”. Eg: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3t33kZrEHLI, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbEz8jxUHXo .

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