Weekly Roundup // 5-19-19

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Not a lot of links this past week, but a ton of great music was released!

SCHEDULE▹▹

Dramas starting this week that I’m interested in: Angel’s Last Mission Love (22)

Music I’ll be checking out: GOT7, Kyuhyun (20), Hyolyn (23)

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-Lee Dong Wook

Lee Dong Wook is confirmed for the upcoming drama, with Im Siwan. The teaser looks amazing.

-We Bare Bears

The Cartoon Network show, We Bare Bears, announced an appearance of the group Monsta X and it’s just as adorable as expected, and surprisingly spot on. The creators have done the fans right.

-Chungha

Chungha confirmed a June comeback. I love her voice, and her music so I’m excited to see what she puts out.

-Disney x Hulu

Disney made a deal with Comcast to take over Hulu. I don’t know much about what Hulu has in the Asian entertainment market, but I do know that I had seen previous articles about the second season of the jdrama Criminologist Himura and Mystery Writer Arisugawa which was attached to Hulu. Maybe they are gearing up as a competitor to the upcoming AT&T-Warner Bros streaming service?

-Taecyeon

Taec was discharged from the military this week, and Chansung came to see him and they are just adorable. He’s also already set up fan meetings, and started work with his new agency, 51K.

VIDEOS▹▹

The YouTube series, React, is always pretty good but they’ve started doing videos where they get the subject of the video to react to the reactors. This time, it was the jpop group Perfume, and it’s great.

Kyuhyun (Super Junior) officially releases music this week, but this past week released this adorable video that has all his favorite things. I’ve missed his voice since he’s been in the military.

Always on the hunt for new to me music, this song by Wetter is great:

Ladies Code’s comeback song is fantastic and I love every second of it. The part in the MV where they are sitting in the theater watching a clip of So Wonderful? Beautiful and perfect.

And because I can’t get enough of how great it is, here’s their first official comeback stage:

Soyou also came out with a new song with Ovan. I love her voice, and the music video is the perfect song for a rainy day.

Seriously, it was the week of awesome female comebacks, EXID was no exception:

And to round out the week of girl groups, Bom, Dara, CL, and Minzy of 2NE1 got together to celebrate their 10th anniversary and live streamed. I miss them so much, and didn’t expect to hear them say “What’s up we 2NE1” again.

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Weekly Roundup // 5-12-19

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Happy Mother’s day!

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Dramas starting this week that I’m interested in: Absolute Boyfriend, Angel’s Last Mission: Love (15)

Music I’ll be checking out: EXID, Winner (15), Ladies Code (16), Davichi (17)

LINKS▹▹

-How Netflix is Reshaping South Korean Entertainment

Interesting article on how Netflix is continuing to pursue content coming from South Korea, but begs the question as to how it will effect us as already long time viewers of the content.

-Remake of “The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil

Ma Dong Seok is having a pretty good year: the Hollywood remake has confirmed he will be reprising his role.

-Hyolyn’s New Single

Keeping up the tradition of being a queen of summer bops, Hyolyn has a new single coming out towards the end of the month and I can not wait.

-Lee Min Ho Comeback

I have been waiting to see what Lee Min Ho would pick up since he left the military, and he’s finally settled on a project. He’ll be working with writer Kim Eun Sook on her new drama: ““The King: The Eternal Monarch”. They last worked together on “The Heirs”.

-“Angel’s Last Mission: Love” Poster

I can’t get over how gorgeous the posters are for this drama.

-Military News

Super Junior’s Kyuhyun is finally back and 2PM’s Taecyeon has days left. Xiumin is the first member of EXO to enlist, and has started his training.

-Lay at Met Gala

Lay attended the event in a really awesome UFO blazer by Valentino.

-Puppy Adoption Variety Show

Is there any question Jessie would not be watching this show?

-EXID Japan

Last week I talked about EXID’s Hani and Jeonghwa leaving their company, but it looks like we’ll have at least one more year with the group in whole, as their Japan contract doesn’t expire until 2020.

-Won Jin Ah in “Melt Me”

I very much like Won Jin Ah’s acting, and while I’m not super interested in the drama, I think this would be a good project to pick up considering Ji Chang Wook is already confirmed. I guess this will be officially added to my “Planning to Watch” list.

-"Love Affairs in the Afternoon”

We got confirmation that “Love Affairs in the Afternoon” will be airing July 5th. I enjoy Lee Sang Yeob,. I wish I had finished the Japanese version of the drama before the DramaFever demise.

-Kang Daniel

After a legal battle, it looks like Kang Daniel (Wanna One) has finally gotten his contract with LM canceled. Judging by how LM has handled things, this probably won’t be the end of the legal battle, but it seems like this is headed in the right direction.

VIDEOS▹▹

Jun.K and Wooyoung are doing fine in the military.

I’m not going to lie to you, I really don’t think I’ll watch this movie, but here’s an nice interview about Henry’s role in “A Dog’s Journey” (looks like leaving SM was really good for him)

Epik High completed their North American tour and put out short clips in each city. Here they are in one glorious video:

The trailer for the movie “The Farewell” looks amazing.

Eric Nam’s new MV:

And might as well end with the MV for Nichhyun’s Lucky Charm in honor of his successful concert this past weekend.

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Weekly Roundup // 5-5-19

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The Weekly roundup is baaaaaaaaaack! These are just a few things I’ve found around as I start back up the series.

SCHEDULE▹▹

Dramas starting this week that I’m interested in: The Secret Life of My Secretary, Abyss (6), Save Me 2 (8)

Music I’ll be checking out: Eric Nam (8), Henry, Xiumin (9)

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-Ji Chang Wook

Ji Chang Wook is out of the military and has accepted his first role: Melt Me, a sci-fi romcom. I’m not going to lie, I’ll probably watch the first episode, even though it sounds super weird.

-Death Note the Musical

I grew up performing, and currently work professionally in theatre, so it will always be an interest of mine. I’m trying to make more of a conscious effort to find Asian-entertainment theatre news. I created a hashtag #wkdtheatre on twitter to keep all of it in a central location. I’ll be adding what I find around the web (whether it be news or random videos) on a semi consistent basis. It’s a little harder to find because of the language barrier, but I’ll try to keep it up.

-Pop Culture

Interesting read about the effects of pop culture and how it has become something that is a chore just to be able to be part of the conversation and feel included. It relates heavily to us as drama watchers and how you can feel ousted when you aren’t watching (or don’t like) what the popular show is and it’s effects on their ability to be part of true conversations.

-Fin.K.L Variety Show

There’s probably no way I won’t be watching this variety show. Fin.K.L has a place in my heart with Forever Love. Let’s also be honest, there is very rarely a time I’m not down with watching a variety show.

-MBC Mon/Tues Dramas

MBC has decided to get rid of the Monday/Tuesday (as well as the Saturday) drama slots after seeing drops in viewership. This effects us less as International viewers (who already have delays on airings because of subs, etc), but could lead to unexpected effects.

-Ladies Code Comeback

I love, love, love Ladies Code. Sure, we got a Christmas song and I loved both Sojung and Ashley’s solos, but I’ve wanted more, 2016’s Myst3ry was the last comeback. IT’S FINALLY HAPPENING.

-EXID

And in news that I knew would happen but still breaks my heart, Hani and Jeonghwa have decided not to renew their contracts with Banana Culture, putting EXID in “hiatus” after their May comeback. I’m excited for the future solo releases, but will be sad to not see them together. I don’t have any strong hope in them producing anything past this comeback together.

VIDEOS▹▹

Epik High did a video with Buzzfeed about “Their First Times” and it’s just as amazing and hilarious as you would expect from them:

Heechul finally has a solo out, Old Movie. He legitimately has a great voice, I just don’t understand why it’s taken this long.

Slightly obsessed with Reol’s song, Gekihaku:

I also became a huge fan of Band Maid (seriously, where have I been??). Here’s their newest song, Gion-cho:

Park Bom’s new song, 4:44 came out a couple of days ago:

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Weekly Roundup // 10-7-18

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It’s like throwing darts at a dartboard and hoping one will stick with my sporadic posting. I’m sorry it’s been over a month since my last post, but let’s start the week with a few links and videos, shall we?

NEWS

-New(ish) JDramas!

We finally have some new jdramas to watch on DramaFever, both being released this month. Black Leather Notebook was just released this past Friday, and Wise and Foolish will be released on the 12th. Both dramas were released last year, but at least it’s something. As a lover of jdramas, but not wanting to watch them on sketchy sites, I’ll take whatever I can get.

-God’s Quiz Teasers

I’m so excited for this fifth season, which starts in the beginning of November taking over The Guest’s spot. It’s an OCN show, so it’s going to be hard to find but it’s one that I can’t miss. The first four seasons are on Netflix if you haven’t seen them. The show is a procedural, and if you loved shows like Bones or Castle, this is right up your alley.

-Epik High Parts from YG

I’ve been a fan of Epik High for a while, and hope that this decision helps them continue to be successful in the future

-Solji is Back!

Ok, so this is slightly old news, but Solji is back with EXID and it makes me so happy. I’m unapologetically a huge fan of her, and she has been dealing with health issues for the past two years causing her to sit out of activities with the group. I was worried she wouldn’t be able to come back, but not only is she participating in recording she’s also doing promotions.

-Namie Amuro Retires

Namie Amuro has been around for such a long time, that it’s crazy to think that she is actually retiring.

-The Rose Comeback

If you haven’t listened to any of the Rose’s music you are missing out. I love their voices, and their newest song is worth a listen.

-Jackson is Great

To highlight some great humans in the kpop world, Jackson of GOT7 defended a fan who was holding an umbrella for him when a photographer pushed the girl because she was blocking his shot.

-YG Future Strategy Office

This show is FANTASTIC. If you are any bit a fan of YG go watch it now.

VIDEOS

YoungSaeng just released a new Japanese single, After the Rain

I’m in the middle of watching a Taiwanese drama called Love Myself or You, and the lead, Jasper Liu, is adorable. I found out he plays guitar in an indie band called Morning Call that is really great.

Amber is going on tour here in the States, and just released some more new music and it’s just fantastic. I’ve been loving all the music she’s been putting out lately.

I’m kind of in love with Tiffany’s new song.

And finally, those SuJu boys just won’t stop and are gearing up for a new comeback. Here’s their newest song, Animals.

Weekly Roundup // 8-26-18

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Listen. I know it's been two months since I've written anything and I'm very sorry. I'm back at work, and I am going to do my best to find a good schedule to stick with this site because even though it might not seem like it, I really enjoy it and want it to grow more than just a couple of posts. If you really want to know what's going on with me, I am most active on Twitter and it's the best way to know what I'm doing and what I'm watching, but am hopeful that I can stop procrastinating and write more.

I figured to get back into the swing of things I would bring back the Weekly Roundup posts. They were fun to do because it made me focus more on what's going on besides just watching shows or listening to music. Obviously a lot has happened in the past couple of months that I can't talk about it all nor remember any of it (I'm old, leave me alone) so here are a couple of news bits and pieces in the past week or so that I wanted to talk about.

NEWS

-Park Bom in the Studio

I still haven't gotten over 2NE1 going away and I am so excited about this. I need Park Bom back in my life, and it looks like my prayers have been answered. I'm hoping that with this we get to see her more, because if you have watched any of the old interviews or 2NE1 TV you know how crazy awesome this girl is.

-Korean Military Rules

I admit that I really don't keep up with a lot of the non-entertainment news coming out of South Korea, so even though I'm aware when someone leaves to fulfill their service that is the extent of my knowledge on the rules and regulations. Thankfully I have really awesome friends doing the work for me! Check out Drama Current's explanation of the new rules with military service that can effect males in the entertainment system and the way their year shapes up. This is especially important because it's leading to some very sudden shake ups in productions and entire groups being forced into fulfilling their service much sooner than expected.

-Yoon Doojoon Enlistment

This is one of the biggest (and most recent) effects the new military rules have created. Yoon Doojoon has been forced to enlist immediately (as in 2 days ago), even though he is currently in production as the lead in the drama Let's Eat 3. The production has been forced to shorten the show from 16 to 14 episodes to account for his sudden absence.

-BoA 18th Anniversary

If we are being technical about things, BoA is the reason I got into KPop. Granted, it was her Japanese music that brought me to her (I loved Inuyasha in high school and "Every Heart" was my belting out loud song). Congrats on 18 years in the industry! If you don't know much about her, you should really read up on her influence on Korean popular music as it is now. She had a significant impact on the popularity and spread of Korean music especially in other parts of Asia.

-Hyuna/E'dwan Drama

You know how when you are little and you do something bad, your parents will tell you that it's bad and teach you that so you don't do it again? Then you'd go to school and there would be that one kid in class that it was obvious that they didn't have the same upbringing so they didn't know what was right from wrong. When you don't teach people properly they feel that they have superiority over anything they don't agree with. The outcome in this instance is people being kicked out of a group.

-Crazy Rich Asians Sequel

Not really drama related, but congrats on the team for CRA! This is phenomenal, and as a white person who is trying to be conscious in promoting and putting my money towards the groups that are underrepresented I'm happy to see this news and am hopeful that not only will this create change in how Asians are represented in Western media but other underrepresented groups.

-Kim Jung Hyun

Kim Jung Hyun has stepped down from his role in the drama Time due to health concerns. I am not watching Time, but know that it must be hard on the viewers as they still have half the show left but I think that this is the best decision for him and hope that his health issues improve.

VIDEOS

I loved SISTAR and am really loving everything that Hyolyn is putting out since going solo. As a side note, her backup dances are not only talented but I love that they are so diverse. This song is also super catchy and a great summer song.

I have been gently nudged into the land of Taiwanese dramas and I'm afraid I'm not going to turn back. I've been watching Behind Your Smile and while I'm enjoying the drama, I'm obsessed with the opening song by Shi Shi. Good thing, since I hear it every 20 minutes in the show.

And lastly, what kind of Super Junior D&E fan would I be if I didn't make you watch their newest song?

Look out later this week for an updated currently watching list!

Weekly Roundup // 7-1-18

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I can't believe that it is already July!

My summer is wrapping up this month, and to finish off this month with a bang I have decided to do a massive drama marathon. I am going to watch as many dramas as I possibly can, and also catch up on my watchlist - hopefully. I'm sporadic and jump around a bit but my main goal is to watch as much as I can and focus on that.

Now, onto the news stories of the week that I thought were interesting!

Kim Hyun Joong Drama Casting

Last week I talked about how KHJ resigned with Key East and this week we get news that he has been offered lead in a new fantasy/romance drama. I don't know how to feel about this, I just keep thinking about how Sungmin from Super Junior was ousted from participating in the newest activies with the group just because he got married, and yet...

Ashley Choi Solo Debut

I'm a long time fan of Ladies Code, and when I saw this article I was excited. I loved all of Sojung's solo stuff from early this year and am excited to hear Ashley's. Ladies Code is so deserving of more love and attention. They had to go through such a tough time for a while, but they are all so talented and put out really great music.

Alter Boys Cast

Most probably don't know this, but I work in theatre and when I get to talk about that and Korean entertainment I'm excited. I'm assuming this Japanese version is from the musical of the same name and features a list of people that I already love, especially Yesung from Super Junior and Chansung from 2PM.

Mr. Sunshine on Neflix

The drama Mr. Sunshine will be premiering this month on Netflix, and will be airing at a normal simulcast with Korea here in the States. I probably won't watch the show, but this is huge considering Netflix has a great record of snagging dramas and then waiting till they are already to complete to put them up (I'm looking at you, Age of Youth Season 2 and Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food).

One Piece Joining Soccer Fans

After the Senegal/Japan game some fans came together through their mutual love of the Anime, One Piece. I just love this so much, I love when people come together through their love of something.

Utada Hikaru New Album

Utada Hikaru released her newest album, Hatsukoi, this week and it's just as amazing as I expected it to be. I've been a fan of her since high school (and that was a really long time ago) and get excited when I see new music from her!

Debunking Factory KPOP Article

This is a great and interesting read for everyone to read about the KPOP industry and invalidating others because we latch on to one story about the industry and how females are portrayed (and their subsequent real contributions are overshadowed)

Wooyoung Enlistment

All my 2PM boys are leaving :(

Jung So Min and Lee Min Ki Cameo

They are going to be in Secretary Kim! Ahhhhh!

Videos of the Week:

I love SHINee and their new stuff is just so great. They just released their newest MV for "Our Page" and it's great.

Also, the Epik High/Sekai No Owari collab is out!

I can't leave without sharing Amber's new collab on Justin Park's new song "XL Uber"

Weekly Roundup // 6-25-18

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I'm trying to get better at a schedule with posts, but I'm terrible with that sort of thing and it's been going slow. I still have a month left of my summer vacation (aka, off-contract at work) and so I'm hoping by the time I go back I have a better schedule and am not missing weeks of not posting things, so please bare with me.

I've been really impressed with the people who are on top of current events in Hallyuland, and I thought it would be fun to have a weekly post where I write about some of the things I saw during the week that I wanted to discuss more, and in turn make myself know more of what's going on, so each week I'll try to do a round up of some of the stories that I saw and comment more about them. I'll never be able to have the dedication to be so on top of current events, but I think it will be a fun exercise (and show you more about what interests me).

Let's get started!

-God's Quiz Season Five

I just heard about it this news through the newest Kchat Jjigae podcast, and I need to discuss it. I'm currently in the middle of season four of the show and have a love/hate relationship with the show. I really loved it the first two seasons, it's the type of show I normally lean towards, but season three threw me off with it's betrayal of characters and turned into a super campy mess that was terribly written. Season four is trying to make up, but the supporting characters aren't where they were in the first seasons. I have mixed feelings about having a season five purely because of that reason, and can only work if they don't do what they did in season three and definitely if Ryu Deok Hwan isn't in it (he's not confirmed to be in the show yet).

-Epik High/Sekai no Owari Collab!

I found out about this last night and may have freaked out slightly. I am a HUGE Sekai no Owari and this just feels like a dream. And while I'm not a super fan of Epik High, they are great and am beyond excited how this collab is going to turn out.

-G Dragon Treatment

I'm not really into looking into these "scandals" because there is more to care about in life if someone got a private bedroom or not, but when I saw this secondary article I just felt disgusted. This highlights the reason why someone as big as G-Dragon needs to have a private room because someone felt the need to describe every little speck on his body to send to his girlfriend who then put it online. I don't care who you are, that's disgusting behavior and scary. Also, what about the soldier who did this? If he doesn't get any repercussions from this, isn't that special treatment?

-Bad Boy in English at KCON NY

This past weekend was KCON NY (and Vidcon!) and I'm slightly sad that I couldn't go so I've been finding everyone's post on it, and stumbled upon this one about Red Velvet singing Bad Boy in English, which I think is a really great move on the team for them to do that and I really liked it. I'm always a fan when entertainers are tuned into their audience and play to that.

-Super Junior on Good Day NY

In other KCON-kinda-related news, Super Junior was on the New York morning show Good Day New York. Does anyone else get super excited to see Korean entertainment on American shows? Because I do, especially groups that I'm a fan of. My age is showing, but I get so proud of them doing well and winning over new audiences.

-Kim Hyun Joong Renews Contract

I will forever and always originally be a Triple S. I love SS501 to this day, they are my Korean Backstreet Boys and there is something about your first group that you fell in love with that will stick with you forever so I'm always looking for more information from the boys. While my love has wavered from Hyun Joong because of probably obvious reasons, I still peek to see what's going on. I still am waiting for a reunion once Kim Hyung Jun gets out of military, at least with the other four.

-Yunho Return to Home Alone

Home Alone is one of my favorite variety/reality shows and I loved Yunho the last time he was on the show (and how different he was from Changmin) so I'm excited he's returning.

And to end this post here are two videos that I feel you need to see:

I'm not a fan of NCT 127, I literally can't even tell you if I've actually listened to any of their songs, but this video they did with BuzzFeed is just too adorable not to share.

I'm sure everyone has seen it by now, but this behind the scenes video of the cast and crew watching some of the cringy moments of What's Wrong with Secretary Kim is probably the best thing I've seen all week.