Beanie level: Errand boy

Confession: I read @azzo1 ‘s Sticky Note Adventures from 1 to 8 whenever I’m feeling low. Instantly brings a smile to my face.

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Ok DB was gone for so long. I legit panicked but I also got some work done lol.

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    Me too! Productive and nerve-wrecking hours indeed.

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Hello guys. I’m not sure of DB is going anywhere or not but just in case I wanted to know if the community here is frequently uses another platform too. Are there any discord channels (which welcome all beanies and aren’t only for closer beanie friends) or any other site which many of you go to?

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Finally watched Parasite . While it was great and a very intelligent depiction of a capitalist society, where there are Parks, Moons and Kims all around us and we are one of them, I don’t think it was outstanding. Several people liked it immensely so I thought it would be mind blowing but maybe I had my hopes too high. Nevertheless it was uncomfortably realistic and has me pondering now. What does one do to end or deal with this huge socio economic difference that exists in most capitalist socities?

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    Vote! Vote and encourage everyone you know to vote as well for candidates who support your views.

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Random question but was there ever a kdrama male lead that you guys thought was very close to real? I like how now we don’t always have alpha males but beta too but honestly they are quite ideal too. I mean the male lead is always likeable in k and also c dramas. I think there will be examples in J or T dramas. But do some come to your mind? Any male lead that looked believable enough to be a guy we have met in our lives. I think when it comes to female leads, there is still a wide range but very short range for ml.

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    Yong sik from When the Camellia Blooms. I would never call them country bumpkins for being earnest and wearing their heart of their sleeve. But you know who they are and what to expect and that is great.

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      This came to my mind when I was writing it but you know he was still very ideal. Well maybe you have a met a guy like Yong Shik.

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        Quite a few later in life. There are some that are other there with a IDGAF attitude and how who they are and who they are is pretty awesome.

        Not everyone is looking to be the coolest person in the room when they know they already are and not have to work at it.

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          That’s awesome. I thought Yong Shik wasn’t all that real either because he fit the” too good to be true “category for me.

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    Ban Do from Go Back Couple
    Dong Baek from Accidental Couple

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      I hesitate to add this, but Lee Hwa Shin from Jealousy Incarnate felt painfully real to me, too. Not very normal maybe, but very real.

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        Ohhh Ban Do is a really good example. I had totally forgotten about him. This guy definitely had a range, didn’t we all hate him in the beginning? Then slowly begin to like him and see him fully. Ban do was a very real husband in his 30s.
        Haven’t seen accidental couole, will check that out.
        I love Lee Hwa Shin but idk if I will call him real. I mean, he was, they were, everybody in JI was real to some extent. Maybe I haven’t met someone like him so I can’t really connect the dots.

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          Well no, I may be the only person who loved Ban Do from the very first minute. I cried with him every time he cried. I love the show but I struggle with watching his wife’s scenes whenever I am rewatching the show.

          Yeah, I guess one can’t think of a character as real if one hasn’t met a person at least a little bit similar. My heart broke for him like it might break for someone in my own family.

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            I had strong SLS in Go Back Couple and came to like Ban do when the show revealed itself slowly that he was always the best choice. Seems like you have met a Hwa Shin. I think his wackiness is hard to find but the rest, the jealousy and family issues included Hwa Shin was very real. In all honesty, I would love to meet someone like him for his comedic timing alone.

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    Kang Ho Rim from The Man Who Dies to Live. Despite the wacky drama, him, his wife and his daughter felt real.

    Ban Do from Go Back Spouses.

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      Haven’t seen Man who dies to live but Band do definitely fits, so I’m guessing Kang ho Rim does too. I am seeing a pattern here, it is mostly the married men, no? Are the single men only supposed to be ideal?

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    Goo Dae Young in Let’s Eat. He reminds me of a guy liked years ago, especially in the third season seeing him as a college student. A very social guy, a good friend that’s always there to help those around him. He’s just a nice guy to everyone.

    Jo Suk in the sitcom/webdrama The Sound of Your Heart. He may not be the most clever, rich or handsome guy but he always tries his best in everything he does. There are fails, there are successes in both family and love life and it makes him real. I encountered people who sometimes fail or achieve their goals and they keep going. The fact he’s in a sitcom explains why this character is more real.

    Jo Seok Moo in Matrimonial Chaos. He’s not the perfect husband (there’s definitly a pattern ha!) and not the most likable person on earth but I somehow could relate to him. Mostly his way of not getting involved with people’s bussness.

    There must other dramas but I can’t think of more right now.

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      Yes to Jo Seok Moo in Matrimonial Chaos.

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      Totally agree on Go Dae Young. I have only seen season 3 of Let’s eat and I was surprised to see GDY being your very real everyday neighbourhood boy lol. Also his college self was very similar to boys I knew in college. I did see one episode of Sound of Your heart, I think Jo Suk fits in too. He was a beta male but not ideal at least. By Jo Seok Mo you mean Cha Tae Hyuns character? Cha Tae Hyun and Bae Doona’s character were both like a real life couple, again I have only seen an episode and I remember being irritated by him lol.

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        Goo Dae Young could be any guy we know/knew. I cheered for the romance in Let’s Eat 3 because I felt like seeing myself having a crush back then haha

        Since The Sound of Your Heart isn’t romance centered and more of a slice-of-life, we see Jo Suk as a real human. I recommend to pick it up again, it’s really entertaining.

        Yes, I meant Cha Tae Hyun’s character. It’s normal to be irritated in the first episode and as the drama episodes go, you will grow attached to him or be less irritated lol

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    I always thought it was the other way around? The guys are always allowed to have flaws and feel more realistic while the FLs have be almost perfect or at least very nice people. I can’t really get them kkkk.

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      Maybe because although MLs are allowed to have flaws, but the flaws are not normal everyday flaws you see about?

      For my own choices, apart from LHS, the other two felt just very normal everyday guys. No matter what flaw or merit they had.

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        Agreed. The flaws in male leads are usually his jerk attitude, his family problems, hardly sometimes his submissiveness. But in all cases they are still very ideal. They are shown in a way that the audience does end up liking them. That doesn’t go for the female lead and there is a wider range of female leads where being “the ideal woman” is far from reach. Only recently we have had shows like WWW where you could think that these women are far from normal/are ideal/or girl crush type. But that’s almost always the case with men. Dramas are mostly catered to women hence, the writers do make male leads that are far from your normal, everyday guy even if they have flaws. Otoh I think even an irritating candy exists in the real world and looks normal.

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If someone wanted to hear this!
If Talking Paid
P.S. I didn’t know DB had a 5 picture limit.

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    I should take that advice. Is this drama done?

    Also, you can go around the limit if you use the img code

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      Yes this advice is also for me. Unfortunately, no there are 8 episodes available and subbed and I think usually j dramas have 10 or 11 episodes so they’re left plus subbing takes long too. I regret watching it before it’s finished becuase you end up sweeping through the episodes.
      Oh is that an html img code?

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Oh Hello, Xu Kai of Japan.

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    He looks more like SHINee’s Taemin to me 😅🤔🤔

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      Ha I am seeing Joo won

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        Lol he will be famous (or maybe already is) but he does resemble so many people. I think even Xu Kai doesn’t have an uncommon face, I see some resemblance with NCT’s Lucas.

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My three 2019 favorites from Taiwan, Korea and China respectively appearing on Viki together. Won’t call it a great drama year because there were hardly any shows watched but those that I did get around to watching were amazing.

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    That is awesome!!

    2019 was def the year of Chinese dramas for me. I am fairly new to its industry as I just started last year with Meteor Garden 2018, but I definitely enjoyed what it showed me when I was once again not impressed by Korean dramas.

    As per my MDL – I finished 6 Kdramas this year so far (7 if SKY Castle included) vs 10 Kdramas in 2018

    I have finished 7 C-Dramas that aired this year, but I have also watched older series such as As Love So Beautiful, Because of Meeting You, Suddenly This Summer, Unexpected to name a few…. As per MDL, I saw 15 C-Dramas (a couple TW-dramas including) between post-Meteor Garden 2018 to now. And I can see myself leaning towards C-Dramas more in the future.

    Hopefully 2020 will give us more interesting K-dramas that don’t go downhill halfway the show -___-

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      I don’t know how many kdramas or cdramas I’ve seen this year, but I am definitely more into cdramas lately. At this point in time I’ve not seen a full kdrama on my own for months. I only watch them with my mom when I visit her every other weekend. If I wasn’t watching with my mom I probably wouldn’t have seen any kdramas.

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        Does your mom like what she’s seeing with K-Dramas? Perhaps convert her too to watching C-Dramas! Huehhehe but then again you won’t be watching kdramas at all if that happens. 😖

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          Arg. I wrote a huge reply and it got erased because of an ‘inappropriate word’. No clue what word it was because I didn’t use anything wrong.

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          Ok. Let’s try this again 😣

          We actually watch both together, we just watch more kdramas than cdramas because of the shorter length, it makes it easier to finish series when you only watch every-other-weekend, plus we’ve been watching kdramas together for years. But we have seen Ashes of Love, Bloody Romance, we rewatched The Untamed, and Go Go Squid. She also watches cdramas on her own. She actually started watching The Untamed before me and has now rewatched it about 6 times and read the book. I am not even kidding.

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            Your mom’s amazing. C dramas are crack, sometimes also no brainer crack. So it kind of helps to get entertainment from them. Kdramas have been lacking the entertaining fa tor recently. Maybe because they are going for realism, which I absolutely adore but sometimes you need to run away from that too.

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            Your mom is amazing! Mine doesn’t know anything about the drama world. Wish I had somebody irl sharing this madness for dramas.

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      Ikr. Looking at a list of kdramas in 2019 made me realize that many had lackluster second halves. Other than Be Melo I only watched Kingdom, Sky Castle and Extraordinary You fully. I enjoyed Sky and Kingdom and first half of EY but Be Melo is better than them all for me. I unintentionally (i.e. I wasn’t willing to drop them but sth came and I forgot about them) dropped Tale of Nokdu and WWW and intentionally dropped MotA and Top star yoo baek. However, I caught up on many c dramas and ventured into T dramas. Also started a J drama right now to fill the void of Arsenal but it’s hard. C dramas are crack. It’s harder to marathon the others but the 40 min episodes of a cdrama are easily binged even if I have to stay in bed for 5 days 😂. You are lured by the 40 min to watch “one more episode” leading to 5 more by 4 am. But I would say I didn’t like the overall story of Arsenal that much. It was good but patriotism is done better in many shows so the comparison remains, still it was cracktistic. Not to forget obv, there is hardly a male lead like Gu Yanzhen in dramas. Either they are straight up jerks or the nice guys like Shen Junshan but not a wacky, silly but loveable male lead like Yanzhen. It still surprises me how I came to like him despite the first 3 episodes showing him a proper harrasser, the writers and Xu Kai did some magic there. Still trying to look for another probably c-drama to get over Arsenal. Only crack beats crack.

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        Ikr. I’ve watched the modern drama Bai Lu was in and I kept comparing the main lead to Gu Yanzhen. I kept mumbling to myself that ‘Gu Yanzhen would have done this done that if it was him’ >.<

        I started When We Were Young but the female lead isn't grabbing my attention so I'm not sure if I'll continue it. How do we move on from the Gu Yanzhen spell???

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          Huehehe You watched the World owes me a first love, neener???

          Gu Yanzhen is one of a kind. I’m glad Xu Kai played his role. I couldn’t see anyone else playing this role. He was a natural. It maybe hard to top this role too for Xu Kai. I liked his character, Mo Qing, too in the legends but it’s not the same! I still go back to Gu Yanzhen for my fix. I can’t believe he used to have criticism before about being a green actor. He improved so much in a short amount of time when he is still a rising actor!

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            I saw it in one of the comments and was trying to get over AMA, I finished it with a few skips. Male lead couldn’t beat Yanzhen. He’s the best. He actually on par with Joon-young from Weightlifting or probably better. But different times, nonetheless, Yanzhen is awesome and we both know the reasons why he is the perfect man for XX.

            I’m not a fantasy fan even on Kdramas so I’m still thinking if I should watch The Legends. Maybe the next drama that they will do? I also want to check out how Xu Kai acts other than Yanzhen.

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            Xu Kai played him quite well. I was checking the bts and it seems like there have been several times he has ad-libbed the expressions. When you’ve got an ott character to play, you can go anywhere with that. I wish they used his real voice ( his real voice seems more husky and deep, the one in the show has a higher pitch but I’m wondering if it isn’t dubbing all over just auto tuning the same voice). He must have been green in the beginning of his career, as much as I know he is still new in the industry. But his and Bai lu’s micro expressions were great here. I think he still needs to tone down a little in emotional scenes but that was also Gu Yanzhen’s character to be extra emotional. Now YouTube has been recommending me his clips, they clearly know I have a celeb crush but idk if it’s on Xu Kai or Yanzhen 😂

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          Gu Yanxhen is hard to forget. I watched 2 to 3 hours of him yesterday, going through episodes finding all the cheeky scenes.

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        It still surprises me how I came to like him despite the first 3 episodes showing him a proper harrasser, the writers and Xu Kai did some magic there.

        Wapz I was appalled too by how he manhandled a woman and wondered if I should keep going. I wish his “jerk” phase was written differently, but what made Gu Yanzhen an amazing character was we did see him changed over the course of 48 episodes. Compared to his old self, Yanzhen wasn’t controlling over Xiang Xiang; he loved her the way she is, doesn’t matter how wore her clothes or how she acted. We also saw him very patient in turning Manting down even when she wasn’t listening to him. He was never an a.hole to Manting since those early episodes. And since then, he also had gained respect for people in general.

        The patriotism story in this drama wasn’t that great, so yeah we come back to AMA because of these characters who felt so real and who saw their journey to their growth. It def feels like we were there with them as they go through life changes.

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          The growth in this show for each character was amazing. But yes I still think his jerk character in ep 1 to 3 was just way too much. Due to which maybe many people wouldn’t have gone beyond the first episode.

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    Those two are definitely good! I’m gonna start watching the first ep of Yong-jiu Grocery Store since the Cdramas I’ve watched haven’t caught my attention. I always go back to AMA rewatch >.<

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      Yong Jiu is great. I’d say probably the best slice of life drama I have seen. But idk if it’s the right mood rn. YJGC does rope one in but Arsenal was very crack and addictive. Yong Jiu isn’t but you’ll keep coming back to it hopefully. Give the 1st episode a try and maybe you can see if it’s the right thing to get over a crack drama. Otherwise watch it when you might be in a slice of life drama mood. I am saying this because I tried to beat Arsenal crack by slice of life J drama. Even if that show is good, I feel that, though great and my favorite genre, slice of life is hardly addictive so I keep rewatching scenes from Arsenal as well.

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        I just finished the first ep. I’ve never watched a slice of life drama outside Jdrama since they do it so well. The first ep and I’m assuming the rest have the same feels as how Jdramas are handled. I’m in a mood for romance or like AMA right now but I feel like I can watch this drama one ep at a time. I liked what I saw 😉

        I do have a question, what language are they speaking in? It sounds Mandarin but not really hihi

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          Yes Yong Jiu is like Japanese slice of life shows and is done equally well. It is also long and heavy so it’s watched best one at a time. I actually used to watch it before sleep because it was calming but it does get some thought process triggered so might affect sleep as well lol. It is the same language but different dialect. The dialect is unique to the place Haichao village I suppose. I’m not sure though, I read this somewhere. But again i think this dialect is way more calming that the usual language.

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            Yes, it needs to be one ep a day or one ep a week. I’m in a mood for fluff and crack these days >.<

            It does sound like a dialect. It's interesting!

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            I’d suggest you put it off for now. Because I get how after Arsenal we’d like to watch an addictive fluff show. Slice of life dramas in general and Yong Jiu too is watched best when one is in the mood to see sth heavy. That way we can get to appreciate them more too.

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            Yes, it’s definitely on the list. Thank you~~ I’ll definitely give an update once I finish or start the drama

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Sooo, what does one do to get over an addictive show? Literally stuck after watching AMA because 1. I don\’t rewatch (I usually can\’t, if I do it\’s just some scenes and not the whole thing) 2. There aren\’t any kdramas interesting me in the new crop.
I had missed being invested in dramas and after Be Melodramatic, I had a good time watching Yong Jiu Grocery Store, EY and AMA but now it\’s all stagnant again. And no, I don\’t want to face my real life problems rn, so recommendations are welcome.

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    Find another drama to watch ASAP … It’s what I did in order to stop myself from obsessing over and doing a rewatch of “The Untamed”

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      I always go for this option but nothing looks appealing rn. Except I did start a J drama, If talking paid or My story is long. It’s quite good but all episodes aren’t released yet and j dramas take soooo long to sub. After I’m done with a show, obsessing over it and watching bts actually makes me sad because there is no more show 😭😂

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        Maybe try something that you see the Beanies spazzing and spamming about in the Beanie Section??

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          Untamed? I tried. Will try again to get past the 1st ep this time. Maybe there was too much information to process in that episode.

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            It doesn’t have to be “The Untamed”, it can be something else lol I know that the new round of spazzing is for “Arsenal Military Academy” 🙂

            Yea, “The Untamed” definitely throws a lot of information at the viewer from the get-go but doesn’t explain it thru until a little while later XD

            I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again:
            A definitely flaw of “The Untamed” lies in it’s choice of storytelling/unfolding of the plot– it throws information at you and nothing gets explained until it has to be and it’s all done in retrospect/flashback, and by that time, depending on the viewer, the pay off may or may not seem as fulfilling anymore and things may or may not feel anticlimactic at that point DX

            I’m not sure if it was like this all along even with the novel, or if it was just a choice in the directing and/or writing from the drama as it was being transitioned from novel-to-drama

            I sat myself down and watched the first 7 episodes like a snail (I think it took me ~ 5 days, if not the entire week), and then dropped it for a good 2-3 weeks before all the spamming on the Fan Wall made me pick it up again, and I just held on and kept relying on Beanie feedback to keep me interested and invested until I actually hit the point in the drama where things actually began to pick up in the plot (around the Episode 15 mark), and then I was hook, line, and sinker after that (around the Episode 20-21 mark)

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    Rewatch an old beloved show

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      I really wish I can do it someday. Rewatch, unfortunately, never worked for me. I could never bring myself to rewatch any show ever. Also doesn’t help that my favorite shows are heavy (Misaeng, JBL, MA). So twice the watch is twice the pain.

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        I always enjoy the shows twice on rewatch and after many rewatches they become like comfort food to me.

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        @wapzy Now that I see @midnight‘s comment and that we like similar shows… Have you seen LOOKOUT? It’s outside my usual comfort zone (action thriller) but it combines fun with some heavy themes, and has wonderfully rounded characters. It was my favorite kdrama bingewatch this year.

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          THANK YOU! I’m coming from a Lookout rewatch and straight on into a Romm No. 9 one. Am I very weird that I sometimes look forward to my rewatches with much more anticipation than new shows??

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          I didn’t check out lookout because it did seem like sth out of my comfort zone and one i usually don’t watch. But will check it out now.

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        I do cameos to pass the time. You might try that if you like. I was the island in that show about an island. I am the STRANGE WIND in Crash Landing. I am instrumental to the whole plot. Without me, there would be no story, and no crash landing. @wishfultoki , @bbstl and @msrabbit know how committed I am. Last night I blew all the way to @bbstl and @hebang ‘s windows on a whim. Then I blew right back. I feel strange, but fluid. Like I am everywhere and nowhere.

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    Maybe this one could help 😉

    soompi.com/article/1367329wpp/feeling-empty-after-extraordinary-you-heres-what-you-can-watch-next

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      It actually did. Thanks. I have actually not seen few of them, maybe they deserve a go.

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    My unhealthy habit – keep rewatching scenes that I loved until a new drama comes along to keep me busy and steal my heart.

    This year had been a great C-Drama spazzfest for me! In spring I was obsessed with Momo and Gu We Yi from Put Your Head On My Shoulder…… over the summer, Li Xian stole my heart and I was crazily gushing over Squid and Gun from Go Go Squid…… Then Arsenal came in the fall and I was roped into this rabbit hole again of drama obsession. It’s a cycle, wapz. I’m really dreading the day I’ll be over my love for Gu Yanzhen but until then, I’m stuck here with 😍😍😍😍😍 only for him!

    Hwaiting wapz👊

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      I was recommended by fellow beanies to check out When We Were Young. That was my plan this weekend that just passed but AMA spazzfest on DB had me go off tangent again 🤣🤣 I’m not complaining!

      So yeah I’ve got to have a goal this week and try When We Were Young which totally sounds like my comfort zone genre – first love, highschool romance/coming of age, fluff, light – yeah I really need to get back to that!

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        I have been on a c drama role this year too. Eternal love, love 020, a love so beautiful then I live watched go go squid and now right before arsenal i also checked out put your head on my shoulders. I’d actually say amongst the list, I enjoyed PYHOMS the most as a show but all the characters of Arsenal. I’m also on the rewatch few scenes ship. I can’t watch entire episodes but few good funny scenes can be watched several times. Ep 6 bar scene will never not be funny. I love the leg pulling Yanzhen there but he cares equally too. Wth dramas, destroying our real life expectations since forever.

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          Yep I don’t want to watch entire episodes and go through Xianrong and friends’ scenes again especially her character disappointed me in the end. I go back to the squad, MantingXTingbai and of course OTP scenes.

          I wholeheartedly agree that episode 6 will never be not funny. That episode also ties to episode 9 pub scene which gave me excessive crack ups as well. Like seriously! Yanzhen was just in the background listening to all talks about the romance going on between Xiaojun and Xiang Xiang but his face was everything there. Even when he was blurred out, he was still all I saw! He was just there sitting in the back and I’m LMAO. I’m not normal okay! 🙉

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            Xianrong probably had the most interesting background story of them all. I did think there was some way of redeeming her but maybe no. I actually also want to check out a Japanese show about that time. I have seen a lot of hate from China and Korea towards them in this time periods shows, should check out their view/side too.

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        While watching When We Were Young (2018) just remember it will be more friends and family oriented 🙂 Also, I can’t wait for you to fall for Hua Biao :3

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          Ahhh…. thought it had romance in it too? Or was that not the highlight of the show. Thanks for the heads up! I’ll def try this week to make a progress with this show!

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            It does have romance… but don’t expect a clear cut full on highschool romance. It feels more like the Reply series.

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      Shameful self-promotion here, but, would you like to watch me cameo in Crash Landing? I play a STRANGE WIND (note that I type this in caps, I cannot emphasize the importance of me to the plot), and one of the most stirring scenes has me blow Hyun bin’s buttons – all of them – clean off their buttonholes. @bbstl @wishfultoki @hebang @msrabbit are really excited about my role. Thanks, guys! What would I do without you?

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        No, we should thank you, YY. What would we do without YOU? 😁

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        Dang, we thank you for giving us this preview notice ☺️ I look forward to much button-blowing. I hope Song Ye Jin is ready for this!

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    My therapy is to make gifs. It takes me so long that I get my fill of favorite AMA scenes without having to watch the whole thing again LOL

    If you’re not already watching it, I recommend PEGASUS MARKET for a smart and funny watch. It finishes this coming weekend, so you already have 11 episodes available to binge. 🙂

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      Thanks for all the gifs, WishfulToki 💘💘 uri spazz club needs some more 😘😉😘

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      That is actually a smart thing to do. It’s always hectic to go back and search a particular scene in an entire episode 😂
      I have been hearing a lot about Pegasus, it is in my list for sure, was waiting for it to end.

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        I second Pegasus Market.
        You’d want to watch something different, and Pegasus Market fits the bill.

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    Boy, I’m with you on there being nothing to watch right now. Racking my brain for an old show to rewatch.

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      Ikr. The new crop is disappointing or unappealing. I may check out crash landing on you, to see how ridiculous it is. Otoh I started a J drama which is quite good. Weirdly enough if I’m not watching a kdrama, I fee like I’m in a slump.

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        I feel the same way, kind of aimless, if I don’t have at least one drama going 🙁 ! But I’m definitely going to watch Crash Landing, I love HB and … well, I just love HB 😄

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          A strange wind will be blowing in too, in less than 2 weeks!

          I don’t feel aimless because I have a huge list of older shows to watch, but none that feels like crack drama material. Arsenal was the crack show I waited for all year… it was fun and breezy, with memorable characters and a decent number of serious moments, and… oh no, I feel I may have to go and make more gifs now. : P

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            Yes, an excellent point! I must also watch Crash Landing to see @yyishere‘s breezy performance!

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            @wishfultoki @bbstl Just so you know, I will have my own story in the shadow, with stirring lines and appropriate sound skills – not easy, mind you, but hey, I’m a pro, so. *SHRUGS* *BEAMS* I stayed up all night and am very pleased with my humming and hissing skills. Will keep you posted on new skills.

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            That’s great to hear because earlier today I wondered whether you’d be making your own sounds or if you have your own Foley team. At least you don’t have to worry about being subbed (or dubbed! 😧) badly.

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            Oooops, forgot to add @yyishere

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    Broken recorder is here. Watch “Untamed”
    I didn’t want to watch BL
    I didn’t fancy 50 EPs
    C period esp wuxia or xianxia are super confusing
    I didn’t get the hype…. initially
    But thank goodness,I gave it a shot.

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      I did try. But I also had the same concerns as you. The first episode confused me a lot and I wondered if I really wanted to see creepy supernatural things. Any idea when does one get sucked in? Also it gave me NIF vibes which unpopular opinion, i didn’t like. So I am not sure if praise is enough for it to work for me because NIF didn’t either despite always being praised.

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        I don’t like or watch supernatural stuff and I had the same concerns. However there’s very little on occult or the creepy. The earlier episodes might have a bit of these because the villains were from a sect who practiced the unorthodox demonic arts. But nothing to the extent that I got creeped out. If anything the zombies irritated me. And even those didn’t hang around for too long.

        I think most got sucked in around ep 10+. C dramas do get a while to get into. And by ep 20 onwards, most start bingeing.

        NIF is a totally different type of show. It’s my top C drama but I like it for a different reason from Untamed.

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I really want to enjoy Extraordinary You as a simple romcom and the mild mystery it has, but the existential crisis portrayed in the form of Dan Oh and Haru is getting to me. I almost see a double meaning behind the dialogues, situations and their lack of control in their own lives. Maybe even the real writer didn\’t intend that lol but I suppose they did. Other than that, the worst thing is that you have to wait a WHOLE week for the next episode. If anyone of you hasn\’t watched it yet and is intrigued by the love it gets on the fanwall, I advice you, do not give in to the temptation. Wait for the show to end and marathon it, unless you really want to discuss it on DB (which is a fun experience in itself).

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    I am almost giving in… thank you for this firm advice.. *must refrain from clicking “play”*

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@azzo1 were there no more MeetCute Wednesday entries? Otoh I found an instagram page that could fill the gap.
https://www.instagram.com/thewaywemet/

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Be Melodramatic made me more happy than let\’s say melo. While the sad parts were heart wrenching, I have also been smiling ear to ear through all episodes. Similarly, as much I am sad to let it go, I am more satisfied and happy to have watched something fulfilling and wholesome.

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Be Melodramatic\’s ep 13 is so Meta. We already know that Jinjoo\’s drama is basically Be Melo but now we also have a high rated actress Chun, JJ\’s character description on why only she has no pain and also the Gong Myeong bit lol(i was low key glad that Jang Ki yong is considered a big star too now). Only 2 more episodes to air and I have no idea where all this time passed when Be Melo aired. I am so glad to have that invested experience again from a live watched show. I was in a partial slump since Jan 2018 and I still don\’t know if I\’ll face one when Be Melo ends. I loved it with all its flaws, and all its greatness with all my heart.

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    I’m with you, fam.

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    I feel the love too. Usually I’m relieved when shows end, even when I love them. This is the first time I’m a little reluctant to say goodbye. I hope it ends well! It’s been a treat.

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    I was laughing SO hard when Director Son complained about the Massage Chair PPL and Rookie Cutie Pie Choo cleverly narrated a complete 5mins of not only the Eponymous Massage Chair but ALSO the Branded water !!!
    SOOOO META!

    Best of all, when they all met at Jin-Joo’s appartment, Director Son telling Cutie Choo to “quit it” when he handed Jin-Joo a bottle of branded water. pppfff ! HA HA HA ! that was the end of that bottle label’s screentime!

    Loved it!

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Confused between what I want to do and what the audience enjoys *cries*. The show is too good but the director clearly looks disappointed that people didn’t enjoy it. Slice of life is a genre that people find difficult to watch because clearly it’s not escapism. There have been people who had to switch to writing sth that only pleases the audience (KES anyone?) but that erases the creative freedom one has. While I also love to write slice of life, I know it doesn’t sell. But seriously here is an early tween who loves the show, who were the ones who couldn’t relate? The cast is positive thankfully but I hope the 1 percent does not discouarge them for writing such amazing, witty, relatable dramas.

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    I am a late teen and i LOVE LOVE it.

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    Thx for sharing the link. Oof—1% ratings? Perhaps Korean audiences will soon look back and recognize Be Melodramatic for the gem that it is.

    It’s depressing to remember but broadcast TV exists for the benefit of its sponsors. The audience is lucky if we get original storytelling out of it. I work for a local PBS affiliate and ratings matter even for us.

    I love this show so much and feel fortunate to be watching it live. It would’ve completely missed my attention if not for the Beanies here!

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    I remember Age of Youth having low ratings but that didn’t stop the writer, director, the cast, and the crew to make a second season happen! This show might not be a popular right now, but I believe it’ll turn out to be a fan favorite like what happened with Age of Youth. Also, Melo is getting mostly positive comments and praises! I hope it gets to the 2% mark before the finale!

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Non drama related but It is time we get our laws for harrasment, assault and other crimes against women/minors either of sexual nature or not to be revised. While Goo Hara\’s case was messy I agree with her lawyers that her boyfriend was spared on way too less punishment. For some cases either it\’s the law that does not understand the extent of damage crimes of sexual nature cause women and children or I won\’t be astonished if the male judges can\’t understand it either. I might sound stupid but who actually makes the law? Is it the state? We need a worldwide revision.

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So where is Be Melodramatic being discussed? And why don\’t we have OT recap of it yet? Plus why does Viki take so long to sub and release the episodes? There\’s so much to discuss!

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    Some how the viki team has less volunteers, would you like to volunteer? And also they speak a lot, really a lot (usually there are around 100 subtitles in each 10 min part but for this there are over 170 in each 10 min part ) and the choice of words in not easy (and is very varied), I can usually understand 80% of the episode but even in episode 1, I only understood around 40% of it, even though there where no technical words or so.

    Definitely there is a lot to also discuss in this show, maybe we can take over ep 1 recap thread.

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      Oh I shouldn’t have mentioned subbing but releasing because the subbing speed is fine but viki releases both epsidoes raw to sub on sunday while the show airs on fri and sat. Hence the fanwall is already full of spoilers from subs released by viu or other illegal sites by the time viki doesn’t have it subbed.
      Plus yes I thought we’d have an OT recap of it like Rookie Historian but we don’t as of yet and it is a kind of show that needs to be discussed ep by ep. I thought some would’ve already been discussing at ep 1 recap but apparently i don’t see anything.

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    I discuss the show on Team DB What We’re Watching and my fan wall but we can discuss it on the ep 1 recap or the teaser posts here on DB! I’m willing to create comments for every ep! 🙂

    Also, I watch the show on VIU so I can watch with subs 8 hours after the show was aired in KR. Hit me up if you’re interested. Hehe (Or we can post here on the fan wall to ask other Beanies where they want to discuss the show!)

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“When your shows are aired, you guys will also become current boyfriends” 😂😂 he knows us well. Plus didn’t know it was his real voice, I thought Cdramas still dub separately.

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    He is really funny!

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    Yang Zi is boss when it comes to pranks. 😂

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      Yang Zi has the same kind of interview too on this channel but I guess that’s an old one. She is a total mood maker, in terms of being hyper very similar to Tong Nian 😂

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        Yes. I recently saw a BTS of her driving Shangyan’s Jeep and omg she’s so hyper, too much sugar intake.

        And another BTS where they were practicing a scene together but she was speaking at a high pitch voice and all Li Xian can do was crack up.

        I’m glad to see they had so much fun at filming this drama.

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        I did watch that, too and yeah, it was an old one because Ashes of Love wasn’t broadcasted yet. I love that she’s very comfortable with herself and that she doesn’t seem to mind what people think of her that much.

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    Huehehheheh he turned not just a boyfriend, I immediately married him 😍😍

    And yes that was his real voice. He got a lot of criticism at the beginning of the show for not using a voice actor. Apparently his sexy husky voice wasn’t suitable in the show 😡 I hope that criticism had changed over the course of the show. He shouldn’t ever see the need of a voice actor, am in love with his voice…. am in love with everything about him 😍😍😍

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      That reasoning is so stupid. I have issues with dubbing because unless they’re real good, voice actors don’t real capture what was done in the moment the actor was acting out a scene. Dramas are different from animated movies where you can adjust facial expressions in a snap. I don’t even watch English-dubbed animé because of the stark difference between Japanese seiyuu and American voice actors.

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        Yes. No to English-dubbed anime!

        Same. I’m never a fan of dubbing. Still bitter to this day that Dylan Wang and Shen Yue’s voices were dubbed in Meteor Garden 2018

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      Oh what?!? I loveee his voice. That was the first draw for me and honestly the first 3 episodes were a little boring and I kept watching because of good reviews from you guys and his voice 😂. Yang Zi I suppose used her real voice too maybe the other actors as well. I was thinking that I hope Chinese reaction to the drama and him is as good as on DB because he deserves some recognition, I am glad to hear he is everyone’s current boyfriend.

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        I was close to dropping this show at the beginning of ep 2! I couldn’t get passed it. A beanie said it got better after ep 3-ish, but I was really struggling to get pass ep 2. I eventually did and now the reaping the benefits for sticking around 😍😍😍

        Yes I believe no one was dubbed except for some Xiao Bai scenes. He sounded too different in a couple of his scenes but bebe mentioned it could be because of an audio issue that they had to dub him with a voice actor (probably how he delivered his lines wasn’t that audible)

        . I was thinking that I hope Chinese reaction to the drama and him is as good as on DB because he deserves some recognition, I am glad to hear he is everyone’s current boyfriend.

        Yes! I read on twitter how Li Xian was a nobody before and now he’s the talk of the town!!! His followers on his SNS jumped to 15M followers! Insane. The TV ratings for this drama were pretty high too despite the leaked episodes.

        https://twitter.com/midnightbliss01/status/1154225599612719104?s=21

        https://twitter.com/midnightbliss01/status/1153026846151176192?s=21

        https://twitter.com/ndd0815/status/1156593170991288325?s=21

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      I love his voice too. C netizens aren’t better or probably worse than knetz. There’s also fanwars so we can take all these with a pinch of salt.

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    He’s so swoony!!!

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      And cute!

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        I like how he is not atypical pretty boy. He also has some sharp manly features.

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          He’s got a unique look which sets him apart from the dime a dozen pretty C drama boys. I like the versatility. He can be styled into anything from cool and swanky to a rough country pumpkin.

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            And he has the best cheeks, lol.

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            I love that he is excited to play a role that is the ultimate villain!

            And please, don’t let anyone persuade you that you look better paler. I love your beautiful tanned skin!!!

            Thanks for posting this, @wapzy!

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    I’ve been trying to stop myself from watching his interviews every day. There are so many because of his recent popularity. He’s very witty and great at answering questions, absolute joy to watch. Yang Zi is very good too but she’s a veteran.

    I stopped watching and reading interviews of kdrama stars after I realized many were scripted and they kept asking the same questions. I’ve never bothered to check up on C stars until now. I maybe wrong but I find that the reporters and tv programs seem to ask more difficult questions.

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      I wish all of his interviews were subbed but even without subs, I watch them. I connect with all of his interviews and drama BTS just fine,

      He seems genuine in answering these questions. I cracked up when he talked about his crazy laugh being a top search. Well, it’s the truth and he should be proud of it, I fell for him more because of it.

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    Tony Leung is like….my dream man.

    I seriously flip back and forth between him and Takeshi Kaneshiro.

    Those two just do things for me.

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      I just saw Takeshi Kaneshiro for the first time in a quirky little Netflix movie I watched on a whim . It was This is Not What I Expected.

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        I LOVE that movie.

        Hero was okay, but he still had a younger looking face in it.

        House of Flying Daggers though, was when I fell in love and never looked back.

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Do we have any Turks here who can give me an idea about a certain university in Turkey?

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    Ask away 🙂

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      Hi, have you heard about Istanbul University? How good is it?

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        Depends on the department but it’s the oldest and one of the top universities in Turkey. The only two Nobel winners from Turkey are alumni.

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          That will be communication/media department. Plus do you have any idea how well could one learn Turkish from scratch in a year. I mean the degree is entirely in Turkish so how eaay is it to grasp from an academic pov?

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            Well, I’m from STEM field so I can’t really comment on the department. As for Turkish, it also depends on your first language, other languages you learnt and whether you’re comfortable practising with people. Turkish is related to Central Asian languages so its grammar is closer to Korean, for example, than it is to Indo-European languages. But it has a lot of Arabic/Persian/French loan words. Verb is conjugated for each person and at the end of the sentence. It’s also an ‘agglutinative’ language; prepositions etc. are added as suffixes. It’s very logical actually, sort of like lego blocks thus children can grasp it very quickly but it can be hard for adults. If the degree is in Turkish, you would need to learn a bit beforehand. I think there are English degrees in some universities, you might need to check them.

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Silly question but is Go Go Squid completely free on Viki? I have the app downloaded and I keep thinking it will ask me for money once I finish an episode. I haven\’t used Viki b4 & didn\’t sign up yet.

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    It is free, I’ve watched several episodes on it. It just has ads, like 4 cycles of 4 ads sandwiched in the episode.

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      That is what is bothering me. When I watched using my laptop it showed me ads but isn’t doing so on the mobile application. I can see the yellow marks but no ads appear at that time.

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        I just downloaded the app and used my Google account to register. I played an episode and saw the ads, one in the beginning and when I skip past the yellow marks. Don’t know if it’s a lucky glitch on your end.

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    I believe the eps you have to pay for are locked and you cant watch until you register.

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Was My Ahjussi never on Netflix? I swear (I thought) I saw it there but can\’t find it anymore. Was I day dreaming? Where are good shows when I need them!

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