weekly roundup // 10.20.19

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Since I had a three day weekend, I had a little bit more time to be able to forgo the bi-weekly posting schedule I’ve been doing on these lately. There was also a good bit of news to talk about, so I’m glad I was able to get it in this week.

SCHEDULE▹▹

Dramas starting this week that I’m interested in: None

Music I’ll be checking out: NU’EST, VAV (21), Day6, Taeyeon (22), Winner (23), Goo Hara, Jackson (25), Jessica (26).

ENLISTMENTS▹▹

Lee Hyun Woo was discharged on the 19th.

CASTINGS▹▹

-Song Ji Hyo is in talks for JTBC drama, Begin Again.

-Kim Tae Hee confirmed to have been considering offer for a tvN drama. If she accepts, it’ll be her first drama in 5 years.

-Kim Soo Hyun might be? starring in new tvN drama, Psycho But It’s Okay.

-Yoo Seung Ho in talks for mystery drama, Memorist.

-Lee David to join the cast of Itaewon Class.

LINKS▹▹

-SuperM the Beginning

SuperM will be releasing a show that will include behind the scenes content from their preparations and performances here, and include their first Korean concert. Looks like it’ll be done kind of in the style that KBS used to do when following debut groups, which I always loved and will be definitely watch.

-Sulli

I don’t want to talk much about this, as it is something I don’t feel like I can mentally do, but I did want to leave this piece that Jeff Benjamin wrote for Billboard about Sulli. She deserves to be known for what she contributed to this world.

-Brown Eyed Girls

Since their comeback is soon, I thought this article was a good one for anyone who doesn’t know the group that well.

-Caution Hazardous Wife

There will be a movie of the jdrama, Caution Hazardous Wife. I didn’t watch the drama because I was spoiled to basically every plot of the first season, but I know that a lot of people really enjoyed it.

-Webtoon

Webtoon and Crunchyroll have teamed up to produce new animated content based on Webtoon’s catalog.

-SuperM Interview

A fun interview with SuperM.

-Park Na Rae Comedy Show

Park Na Rae will be hosting a new standup comedy show that will not only feature comedians, but actors and other professionals.

-Studio Ghibli

It was announced that all of Studio Ghibli films will be available for streaming on HBO Max in spring of 2020

-Busted Season 2

Busted is coming back and I can not wait. The first season was a lot of fun.

-Aggretsuko

The great Sanrio cartoon, Aggretsuko, is getting a comic book series!

-Korean Female Filmmakers

Nice article about how female filmmakers from S Korea are finally having their works being recognized

-Live

The kdrama Live is getting an American adaption.

-Lee Chan Hyuk

Lee Chan Hyuk (AKMU)’s debut novel tops bestseller lists

VIDEOS▹▹

-A+ to the editor of this Extraordinary You compilation. Perfect.

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bi-weekly roundup // 10.11.19

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Had a really busy week/weekend and wasn’t able to catch the news for the past couple of days, so I hope I’m not missing out on some major things. I also feel that all I’m seeing is music news. It could be because of the sheer insanity of this month, and that it’s really all I’m focused on right now.

SCHEDULE▹▹

Dramas starting this week that I’m interested in: None

Music I’ll be checking out: Heize (13), Super Junior (14), N. Flying (15), NU’EST, VAV (21), Day6, Taeyeon (22), Winner (23), Goo Hara, Jackson (25), Jessica (26). Seriously October. Seriously.

ENLISTMENTS▹▹

None that I saw

CASTINGS▹▹

-Kim Hee Ae & Park Hae Joon for JTBC’s The World of Husband and Wife.

-Namgoong, Park Eun Bin, and Park Sojin (Girl’s Day) confirmed for the upcoming SBS drama Stove League.

-Joo Sang Wook, Kim Bo Ra, Han Da Gam, and Lee Tae Hwan confirmed for Channel A drama, Touch.

-Kim Seo Hyun and Ryu Deok Hwan are confirmed for SBS drama Nobody Knows and it’s one of the best news I’ve received.

-B1A4’s Gongchan will be lead in Playlist web drama, and will also make film debut in the movie Wish.

-Park Seo Joon confirmed for new movie, Dream.

-Krystal confirmed for movie Sweet and Sour.

-Jo Seung Woo and Park Shin Hye confirmed for sci-fi mystery drama Sisyphus: The Myth.

-Han So Hee confirmed for JTBC’s Couples World.

-Jo In Sung will not be in Not Hee Kyung’s drama, Lee Byung Hun to replace him.

-Choi Jin Hyuk confirmed for lead in OCN’s Rugal.

-Jung Hae Jin, Chae Soo Bin, Lee Han Na, and Kim Sung Kyu confirmed for tvN drama Half and Half.

LINKS▹▹

-Celebrities Reading

MBC Radio has announced a new program where listeners will be able to hear a celebrity read a book.

-Amber Liu

Good interview with Amber following her departure from SM. She talks about her new single, and a little bit about f(x)

-Gen Hoshino

Gen Hoshino is a Japanese artist I enjoy, and has just announced he will be releasing an English single.

-Luna

Luna, from f(x) has signed with a new agency. I’m super excited, her voice is really incredible and I hope we get more ballads from her. I just want to hear her voice consistently!

-Leverage

I didn’t watch the American version, and don’t intend to watch the Korean remake, I didn’t realize that the Korean Leverage was being produced by a Hollywood based studio.

-MBC

I keep talking about all these stations changing their lineup and can’t get it straight, but MBC after suspending the Mon/Tues time slot has decided to reinstate it and discontinue the weekend dramas?

-Arashi

If you know anything about Japanese music, it’s that sometimes it’s really hard to find their music outside of Japan. Arashi is one of the groups where it was a nightmare trying to find their music. Not anymore my friends, they have finally come to Youtube.

-YA Novel

Jessica (formally of Girls Generation) will be coming out with a two-part YA novel about the kpop industry. It is also slated to become a movie.

-Hani

Hani (EXID) has finally signed a contract ahead for her upcoming film debut.

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bi-weekly roundup // 9.29.19

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I don’t know if it's my busy schedule, or just the time of the year, but it seemed like here wasn’t that much in the way of news these past two weeks until I actually started making the list. It must be because of the amount of music comeback news we’ve gotten in comparison. Lots of casting news.

SCHEDULE▹▹

Dramas starting this week that I’m interested in: Extraordinary You (2), Aku No Hado (6), Sherklock (7), Analog Trip (9)

Music I’ll be checking out: Chen (1), Super M (4), ONF (7), ATEEZ (8), Ladies Code (10)

ENLISTMENTS▹▹

-Lee Hongki (FTISLAND) enlists tomorrow, the 30th

-B Bomb (Block B) enlists on the 10th of October.

CASTINGS▹▹

-Park Min Young and Seo Kang Joon are confirmed for the JTBC drama I’ll Go to You When the Weather is Nice.

-Shin Ye Eun and L confirmed for KBS2 drama Welcome.

-Lee Jong Hyuk cast in the US movie Treadstone.

-Lim Ju Hwan cast in The Game: Towards Zero.

-Youngsaeng (SS501) was cast in the musical Every Moment Was You.

-Hani (EXID) making acting debut in movie Elders Don’t Know, also in talks for a web drama.

-Lee Sung Min and Nam Joo Hyuk cast in film Remember.

-Jun (UKISS) and Stephanie Lee cast in KBS drama Na Rae Kicking Out.

-Oh Ji Ho, Ye Ji Won, Park Se Wan, and Kwak Dong Yeon cast in KBS’s No Second Chance.

-So Ji Sub And Kim Yoon Jin star in movie Confession.

-Park Shin Hye and Cho Seung Woo in talks for JTBC Sisyphus: The Myth.

LINKS▹▹

-OST-Book Variety Show

JTBC announced a new variety show where they will challenge guests to write an OST for their favorite books. Sign me up, I’m going to definitely track this one when it comes out.

-Superfly

Superfly is a great Japanese group and have just announced that they are coming out with an album in January of next year. One of their song’s was featured in a jdrama I had been watching and it made me miss them even more.

-Serial Killer

The serial killer who had been uncaught for more than 30 years, and the inspiration for charcters in drama like Signal, has finally been found.

-King Gnu

I’ve REALLY gotten into the Japanese group King Gnu this past year. They just won Best Video Award at the MTV VMAJs

-Netflix Original Drama

Netflix announced that they will be producing a new medical kdrama, Made to Heaven, written by Yoon Ji Ryun (Boys Over Flowers) .

-Youtube

It’s Youtube corner again! This time it’s Kyla from the group Pristin, Hyuna, and my ult bias Solji from EXID

-Busted 2

We know the premiere date for the second season of the Netflix variety show, Busted!

-Tune in For Love

The movie will be airing on Netflix

VIDEOS▹▹

None, but have you seen my last music post?

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weekly roundup // 9.15.19

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I’m very sporadic on these weekly roundups, and I feel like I’m explaining that every time I post. I’m going to be trying out doing these every other week to see if that fits into my schedule more. I enjoy doing these, because it forces me in a way to really keep on top of what’s out there and I do enjoy that aspect of being able to see what’s going on news wise in Hallyuland.

SCHEDULE▹▹

Dramas starting this week that I’m interested in: Secret Boutique and When Camellia Blooms (18)

Music I’ll be checking out: Seventeen (16), Dreamcatcher (18), VIXX (19)

ENLISTMENTS▹▹

Didn’t see any.

CASTINGS▹▹

-Daniel Henney has been cast in the newest Wheel of Time adaption.

-Momoland’s Yeonwoo will join Channel A’s Touch.

-9.9 Billion Woman has confirmed cast with Cho Yeo Jeong, Kim Kang Woo, Oh Na Ra, and Yoo Young Jae.

-Kim Jaejoong announced that he had to pull out of the Korean remake of Jane the Virgin.

-Son Ho Jun to start in comedy movie Stella.

-Lee Sung Kyun in talks to star in second season of Romantic Doctor Kim.

LINKS▹▹

-Youtube

Another day, another couple of new Youtube channels. This time it’s Ji Chang Wook and Ha Ye Seul’s turn.

-Black Culture in Korea

This is an interesting article taking a look at South Korea’s entertainment system and it’s appropriation of black culture.

-Stranger Season 2

Stranger/Secret Forest was announced that it would be returning for a second season. At this point, everyone has been confirmed onboard for the project except for Bae Doona.

-Academy Awards

The film Parasite has been officially entered for International Film award at the Academy Awards.

-Victoria

Along with Amber, Victoria announced her departure from SM.

-Netflix Content

Netflix is set to release a good amount of Korean content soon that includes some Originals and some specials like Park Na Rae’s comedy special and Busted season 2.

-SKY Castle Remake

There is talks for US remake of the drama SKY Castle. I know most are mixed, but this is one of the few remakes that I’ve heard of that makes sense. Not only do I think it can play directly or slightly with what is happened in the news with school scandals, it is a story that just can be adapted really well to a Western culture that to me just works.

-Viki Dramas

In case you missed it, Variety put out an article about Viki’s lineup. While the article’s information is almost entirely dated (there’s a list of new dramas that include things that Viki already has completely subbed and no new to me upcoming shows), it does provide a little more insight as to Viki’s reasonings and business choices in what they’ve been picking up.

-Monsta X

This is a really thoughtful and well written article about Monsta X and the journalist’s experience with them.

-Episode Cap

The NRTA has announced plans to cap cdramas episode numbers down to 40 episodes to combat dragging seasons. I’m not a Chinese drama watcher, but I do know that a lot of times the amount of episodes can effect the overall drama.

-Analog Trip

YT Premium show Analog Trip with the guys from TVXQ and some of the members of Super Junior has been announced premiering on Oct 9th

-Seoul Drag Queens

Interesting article on the growing number of drag queens in Korea and their role as activists.

VIDEOS▹▹

-This is a really sweet video from the React Channel that had ATEEZ coming to surprise some of the reactors after they reacted to their music. A lot of the reactors were fans, and it’s just a really sweet moment seeing them interact

-Wheenin’s Goodbye MV and song are both gorgeous

-More Monsta X and Oli goodness

-Dreamcatcher released the MV for their newest Japanese single, Breaking Out

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weekly roundup // basically all of august

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I’ve been slacking on updating all the news that I’ve found interesting for the past couple of weeks, between starting back at work (and my life of unlimited free hours went away), the Monsta X concert/Noonas camping trip, and just general life stuff I haven’t been able to find the rhythm of incorporating the news posts and let it slip last month. BUT I have been keeping up with the news this month fairly regularly so I figured I would do a post of all of the especially interesting ones to catch up on everything (and I can clear out all of these bookmarks).

On to the news!

SCHEDULE▹▹

Dramas starting this week that I’m interested in: None

Music I’ll be checking out: Simon Dominic (2), Mamamoo’s WheeIn (4), CLC (6)

ENLISTMENTS▹▹

-100% Hyukjin began on the 26th of August.

-Lee Hong Ki from FTISLAND will enlist on Sep 30th,

-Crush mentioned that he would be enlisting some time next year.

CASTINGS▹▹

*I know I said I was moving them to links last post, but I figured I would still separate them out. However I’m still only talking about those that interest me and not every casting I see.

-Park Min Young and Kang Seo Joon

The two are in talks to lead a JTBC drama. This information was released at the beginning of last month, but no new word.

-Nichkhun Horror Film

I couldn’t find a proper English link so the announcement on twitter will have to do. Nichkhun from 2PM is currently filming in the Thai-horror film Cracked.

-Kim Seul Gi

The adorable Kim Seul Gi has signed on to the upcoming show, People with Flaws.

-Jung Hae Jin and Chae Soo Bin

The pair has been cast in the new tvN drama Half of Half.

-Lee Sang Yeob

Lee Sang Yeob has confirmed casting for the kdrama Good Casting.

LINKS▹▹

-Naver Manipulation

Basically ripped out of Search WWW, Naver potentially manipulated searches during the YG scandal. Important note: Naver is a YG investor.

-Jimin Park leaves JYP

Finally Jimin Park is free of the basement that is in JYP and has left the company after her contract expired. If you haven’t listened to her I highly suggest you do. She has a really great voice and her songs are great. Check out her parting MV down in the videos.

-Monsta X Jimmy Kimmel

The day I got back home, Monsta X performed on Jimmy Kimmel which is really great and wonderful, except for the fact that French Montana, who is on their English song ‘Who Do You Love’ forgot his part during the performance. There have been talk about how he was also drunk, showed up late, and generally being a terrible person with no respect to Monsta X nor the staff of Jimmy Kimmel. The worst part about this is second rapper (legitimately talented-English-speaking), I.M, literally has no part in this song because of French Montana. Sigh.

-S Korea/Japan Trade

I’m going to be completely honest as I don’t follow this international news much, but I did want to bring this up in the list. South Korea has removed Japan from it’s list of trusted trading partners. There is a good article up on Japan Times that incorporates what this could mean in terms of kpop and how the fans are reacting

-Youtube

So many more YouTube channels are coming out. Dowoon from Day6 has opened up a YouTube channel. Jisoo also opened up one. He’s our podcast mascot, how am I not going to bring up Jisoo’s youtube? And finally Ryeowook from Super Junior announced he would be opening up one soon.

-BTS Drama

BigHit announced that BTS’s universe is being turned into a drama. The coming of age drama will not be starring the boys.

-Monsta X I.M

This is a really great piece that highlights I.M’s position while the boys have been touring in the states. As the most fluent in English member, he’s had to step up. It’s a good piece and I.M deserved the shoutout.

-Taiwanese Dramas

Netflix has officially announced the dates for the Taiwanese dramas Triad Princess and The Ghost Bridge airing on their platform. Both have a card up on Netflix (US) so no worries on finding them. Always down for more Jasper Liu dramas.

-TMI News

There was an episode of the Korean show TMI News that had some idol guest on talking about invasion of privacy and how horrible it can be. This twitter thread has a good translation of it. Earlier in the month Heechul talked about what he has to do because of the invasion of his privacy and how much it effects his life.

-Lee Jong Hyun

The trash is out my friends. The trash has been taken out.

-Top 10 Static Shots of Power Lines With Cicada Noises

Really, this is the content I want to see.

-Amber Liu

Amber from f(x) officially has ended her contract with SM after ten years. While I love f(x) and always wanted them to comeback, this is the best move for her. SM has been doing nothing with the group, nor with Amber and she’s been having to do all the work. Excited to see what she does in the future.

VIDEOS▹▹

-Jimin Park’s ‘Stay Beautiful’ MV.

-Video of 2NE1 practicing that Kanauru took back in 2010.

-IU’s hair stylist talks about the looks she’s doing for her in Hotel Del Luna.

-Siyeon’s cover of ‘Eraser’ is too good.

-I really need you all to be listening to Tablo’s podcast. Here’s a clip of the most recent episode.

-Want to die of Monsta X with adorable kid cuteness?

-I don’t watch Bollywood (or any Indian content), but this series on Netflix India is so good that you don’t need any background to enjoy.

-This Dreamcatcher stage mix is insane.

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weekly roundup // 8.4.19

First week back at work, so I’m sure I missed some news and didn’t get to see them. Especially with twitter being annoying and not showing all my followers on my phone. Makes things harder. I’m moving back to only linking and commenting on castings that I personally care about as opposed to keeping up with all of it. I don’t have much time and I enjoyed that format better. Look in the links section for them.

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weekly roundup // 7.28.19

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SCHEDULE▹▹

Dramas starting this week that I’m interested in: When the Devil Calls Your Name (31)

Music I’ll be checking out: None

ENLISTMENTS▹▹

-Jonghwan from 100PERCENT enlisted on the 22nd

-Bang Youngguk of B.A.P announced his enlistment for August 1

CASTINGS▹▹

-Simon Liu and Akwafina in Marvel’s Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

-Kim Jae Joong to star in Jane the Virgin Remake. Kim Bo Ra in talks to star as Jane

-Ji Seung Hyun confirmed for JTBC’s My Country

-Lee Dong Hwi, Jung Hye Sung, Park Ho San, and Kim Byung Chul for Cheap Cheonlima Mart

-Son Dam Bi in When the Camilla Blooms

-Lee Yoo Ri confirmed to star in the movie, Singer

-Kim Dam Mi in the movie, The Witch

-Seo In Guk and Lee Soo Hyuk for the movie, Pipeline

-Lee Sun Gyun Jung Ryeo Won confirmed for the drama, Civil War of Prosecutors

-Jo In Sung and Bae Sung Woo considering drama by It’s Okay That’s Love writer

LINKS▹▹

-Aimer

I love the Japanese artist Aimer and will always be excited for new music

-Tablo Podcast

Tablo from Epik High has been hinting towards doing a podcast since he was on Eric Nam’s and not it looks likes it’s coming soon.

-One Piece

It’s been announced that the manga, One Piece, will be adapted into a live action drama for Western audiences and written by Marvel’s Matt Owen.

-KBS Program Cut

Because of a deficit, KBS plans to remove some of their long running programs, which could include my beloved Drama Specials. They suggested also reducing drama lengths down to 50 minutes, which is much needed anyways. Rarely dramas need that length.

-Weathering With You

The Japanese animated film, Weathering With You, premiered last week and now it’s headed to Tronto’s International Film Festival

-MTV Music Categories

Good article on the look at the way MTV categorizes their categories, specifically for International music that is popular and how it separates them.

-JYP Distribution

I missed this when it first came out in March, but JYP signed a deal with The Orchard for their artist music to be sold in stores here in America. I have a pretty sizable 2PM collection, but it’s still not their entire discography. Making it easier for me to have access to it won’t help my wallet.

-Hotel Del Luna Filming Locations

This article shows some of the filming locations for Hotel Del Luna. The Seoul Book Bogo is now on the top of my list if I ever visit Seoul (I didn’t know it was a real spot. Book lovers paradise!)

-Park Seo Joon YouTube

Honestly, at this point I should just have a YouTube corner.

VIDEOS▹▹

-Really loving Yuki Akira’s newest song, Lone Wolf

-JeA (Brown Eyed Girls) was in this adorable video where she was paired with kids to talk about her career (which most of them weren’t alive for).

-Monsta X did a Jenga Truth or Dare. It’s great

-So Jung’s song for the Love Affairs in the Afternoon is out

-EXO-SC’s Closer to You is a pretty good song

-Dreamcatcher did a cute video where they cover popular boy band dances

-Did we expect Taemin’s Famous to be anything but great?

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Weekly Roundup // 6-16-19

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Lots of things happened this week. I’m going to start trying to keep up with enlistments/casting news that I come across in their own sections.

The video, if you’d rather watch, is at the end of the post.

SCHEDULE▹▹

Dramas starting this week that I’m interested in: None

Music I’ll be checking out: Yesung (18), Red Velvet, Stray Kids (19), JeA (20th)

ENLISTMENTS▹▹

-Chansung left and it was super adorable and Jun.K, Taec, and nichkhun were there as proud parents.

-Park Hyung Sik, ZE:A, “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon”, officially enlisted on the 9th.

-Actor Kim Soo Hyun (“My Love From Another Star”) will be officially discharged on the 1st of July.

-Taeil (BlockB) enlisted on the 10th.

-Lee Won Geun (“Jugglers”) enlisted on the 12th.

CASTINGS▹▹

-Goo Won & Kim Seul Gi in talks for “People With Flaws”

-Choi Kang Hee (“Queen of Mystery”) in “Miss Casting”

-Kim Tae Woo (“Black”, “Romance is a Bonus Book”) and Jung Joon Ho (“Sky Castle”, “Iris”) cast the drama, “The Joseon Romantic Comedy Tale of NokDu”.

-Kim Hye Yoon (Sky Castle), Ro Woon (Sf9, “Where Stars Land”) and Lee Jae Wook (“Memories of the Alhambra”) in the coming of age drama, “A Day Found By Chance.”

-Song Jae Rim (“Clean with a Passion for Now”) and Kim Seul Gi (“Oh My Ghostess”) cast in JTBC surfing reality show.

-Lee Min Ki (“Beauty Inside”) and Lee Yoo Young (“My Fellow Citizens”) for the OCN drama, “Everyone Lies”.

-Jisoo (BlackPink) and Nichkhun (2PM) in “Arthdal Chronicles”.

LINKS▹▹

-Sulli Solo

Sulli (former member of fx) has announced that she will be making a solo comeback. I don’t follow Sulli closely, but she has been targeted with a lot of unnecessary hate and I’m glad to see she is picking up new projects.

-BI of iKON

I don’t want to talk much about this, but this whole situation is a mess and if you need to learn more I urge you to do so.

-Yoo Jae Suk Variety

Yoo Jae Suk is confirmed to star in variety show on YouTube called “Relay Camera”. I’m a Youtube person, so I find this super interesting as it will be airing on YouTube. And I’m a fan of Jae Suk.

-Kim Go Eun in Film Musical

Go Eun will be starring in a film musical based on the play Hero. Although all reports say that this is the first film musical Korea has produced, I don’t think is accurate. I don’t think I’ve ever heard Kim Go Eun sing, but hopefully this will be subbed somewhere that I can watch it.

-Misery

The main posters for Misery are out, and I’ve never wanted to see a show more.

-Aggretsuko

Aggretsuko season 2 trailer is out, and the show is officially up on Netflix. I highly recommend this show, it’s adorable and touches on things that you wouldn’t expect. Can’t wait to find the time to watch the second season!

-Season 2 of First First Love

Netflix is finally releasing the (not really season but a forced break that was entirely not written into the show so seemed abrupt) two of My First First Love on July 26. It had already been reported that they had filmed the entirety of the show, and I’d love to see the numbers for the second season vs the first, because I’m positive the not needed break hurt them. Thanks Netflix, I hate it.

-On Netflix

The article talks about some of the Asian content you can be looking forward to on Netflix, it doesn’t explain why Netflix is purposefully forcing a weird model of breaking them into seasons if the shows have not been set up to be that way, just for their Asian content. Also more news can be found here.

-YG

Well, would you look at that. Stocks are still plummeting, it will be interesting to see how YG the company will be able - if they can - to comeback from these controversies. YG and his brother were trash, but their artists and workers still there that depend upon their salary to live and who have nothing to do with what happened and I feel for them. Vote for CEO Dara. More info here.

VIDEOS▹▹

-Sorn from CLC reacts to…CLC:

-Ken Kamikita’s released a tracklist teaser for his album “Arche” dropping on the 26th:

-U-KNOW “Follow” is out and I love it:

-ATEEZ came out with new music, I’m enjoying “Wave”

-Been really into this new-to-me jrock group, The Winking Owl. Here’s their music video for “君のままで (Stay with You)”

-Nine Chen ft Shi Shi “北京的夜晚 (Beijing Night).” I really enjoy this song (and of course Shi Shi!) and now want to listen to more Nine Chen:

Here’s the news in video form:

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Weekly Roundup // 6-10-19

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Hello friends! Sorry that I’ve been MIA for the past couple of weeks, life got in the way and I’m hoping to jump back into doing consistent posts, and I have a lot of other projects that are in the works.

One of those projects is to do a video to accompany these posts, I won’t talk about all of the links that I post here on the blog, but will expand upon them some more. If you are the video type as opposed to the reading type, this might be for you:

I’ll be back to more updated news next week.

SCHEDULE▹▹

Dramas starting this week that I’m interested in: None!

Music I’ll be checking out: Ateez (10), TVXQ’s YunHo (12), Monsta X (14)

LINKS▹▹

-Lee Min Ho and Kim Go Eun

This is old news, but I do want to briefly talk about the casting of Lee Min Ho and Kim Go Eun in Kim Eun Sook’s new drama. I think it’s interesting that both actors have worked with her before (Lee Min Ho in Heirs, Kim Go Eun in Goblin) and speaks to them agreeing to work on a show again. I’m excited to see what is in store with this production, even the if the drama itself doesn’t sound like something that I would be into initially. I’m willing to give everything a try.

-Pristin Disbands

While Pristin wasn’t a favorite of mine, I had been following them to see what they were going to do after what seemed to be a great debut. It’s sad that issues behind the scenes has forced this, but honestly I had been expecting this for a while. At least the girls are finally free from that tie and can start pursuing other projects.

-Enlistment News

Another lot of enlistment news: Chansung (2PM) will officially enlist on the 11th of this month, Junho (also from 2PM) made a surprise enlistment announcement and went at the end of May, and D.O. from EXO surprised everyone by announcing he was going to enlist in July. While Chansung and Junho were to be expected (they have to enlist this year no matter what), D.O.’s was a surprise. I think it’s a smart move, and that he’s in the perfect spot in his life to leave now and not only guarantee acting projects afterwards (which looks to be his main career goal), but also be young enough to be able to get a variety or roles.

-Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin

In other casting news, Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin look to be joining the writer from Legend of the Blue Sea in a production. I’m super interested in this decision, because I feel it could be a powerhouse coupling. Not only are the seasoned actors even in the drama world, they also had great chemistry in The Negotiation and think it’s a solid and wise move for the drama and the actors.

-SS501

I’m a fan of SS501, or at least what it once was, they were my first kpop boy band that I followed and enjoyed, so I figured I would leave this link here so you can see a bit of their history. I will say, it’s not the best list, as it ends abruptly and almost like it’s supposed to have a second part (they are missing some much of the newer stuff that the members have been doing since they all have gotten out of military), but they will always have a place in my heart.

-Joon Lee Comedy

If you didn’t see it, you have to check out Joon Lee’s Instagram for a ton of really great and funny videos. His kdrama that was done entirely on Instagram with filters is a work of art, honestly.

VIDEOS▹▹

-Donghae and Eunhyuk are my favorites of Super Junior:

-Xcalibur the Musical made this really great behind the scenes video where they interviewed the creative team that is worth a watch:

-I love React to the K (it’s the only reaction channel I follow). Here they are reacting to Henry’s newest song:

-I’m one of those people who tend to favor Girl’s Generations solo music more than group, and Yoona just came back with a good song for the summer:

-I found this MV off of another site, I wasn’t a fan of t-ara, but I’m digging this new Japanese single from Eun Jung:

-Young Saeng also came out with a new mini album:

-CL was also featured on a song by PKCZ with Afrojack

-And Lee Hi is back (!!!!)

Next week I’ll be back to normal and talking about some more recent news. Check out my channel if you are interested!

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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!

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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)

LINKS▹▹

-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 // 5-5-19

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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.

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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)

LINKS▹▹

-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"