Archive for November, 2008

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Just a little PSA

November 30, 2008

Listen up, people – I’d like to inform you about something that every international fan should know but that some don’t seem to. I would expect that it would be common knowledge by now but that doesn’t appear to be the case so here goes…

Translators/Fansubbers are doing us a favour, okay? They are regular people just like you and me – they go to school or university, they work, they have lives and they don’t benefit in any (financial) way from what they do. They take an extraordinary amount of time and energy to translate articles or cyworld/iple entries and to sub videos and then upload them and make them available for us, non Korean/Japanese/Chinese speaking fans, to read, watch and/or download and they do all of this out of the goodness of their hearts. They don’t have to do what they do, they could just leave the rest of us to scramble around and beg someone to explain what’s going on but they don’t. They translate and sub these things because they’re good people and they want to help the rest of us fans by making these shows/interviews/articles completely understandable to us, okay?

So please, please do not go to a fansubbing account and complain because you think that they’re too slow or you don’t like how they sub their videos or whatever – I’m not saying don’t say something constructive, like if they use a font colour that makes the subs really difficult to read, well, then sure you can say that – but please don’t go and complain or berate the people. We should be nothing but super grateful towards translators and fansubbers and if you have to tell them anything, please try to be encouraging and supportive and express that you appreciate what they do. If it takes them awhile to sub a show you want to watch or to translate an article, don’t go over there and whine about it, please just try to be patient and bear with them because they’re doing the best they can – and they don’t have to do it in the first place.

That concludes my public service announcement for the day.

Maki

(By the way, I’m not trying to sound like a know-it-all or anything when I write posts like this- it’s just that I see these things and they bother me so I want to address them here. That’s all.)

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“I love you, girl!”

November 30, 2008

You know I find myself wondering more and more these days why there are so many people who like to hate on Big Bang. Dude, I love those boys soooooo much it’s not even funny. Honestly if it weren’t for SHINee’s uber-cuteness, I would probably be a VIP all the way. Anyway, I just watched their Sunset Glow performance for their M!Countdown comeback and now I’m wondering why I don’t watch more of these. I LOVE THESE PERFORMANCES! The boys look so cute and happy and upbeat and they have so much energy and you can really tell that they’re having loads of fun and I’m so happy about that, you know, because it means that they get to end their promotions on a good note, because they can loosen up and really enjoy these performances – they don’t have to worry so much about getting the choreography just right or hitting all the perfect notes (even though I’m sure they still do because they’re just hard-working like that).

Anyway I watched all of the comeback stage performances actually and the Sunset Glow one was by far my favourite. Even though I love seeing them perform the intro, the not-so-great camera work towards the end  plus the weird stage set-up kind of killed it for me, then while I love the Korean version of Remember, I’m not feeling the performances of it because (as usual) they’re dancing to a song that doesn’t really need any dancing. It’s slow enough that choreography isn’t really necessary as far as I’m concerned. It was a good performance though and TOP was super cute towards the end. Ah, I actually ended up watching this comeback stage because I wanted to see their Number 1 performance but then Daesung looked (and sounded) really tired there – I could tell he was trying his hardest but he didn’t have his usual energy and you could still sense his fatigue (darn you, Cats!) and since Dae-Dae’s my favourite one to watch all the time during these performances, I was too busy staring at him and feeling bummed that he was so burnt out to really enjoy the performance – it wasn’t bad though from what I could tell.

And then I watched Sunset Glow – and I cheered right up! because Dae-Dae had his smile back (I seriously cannot stand to see that boy not smiling…he’s like Dubu, I’m just used to him always grinning) and TOP was just so ridiculously adorable – I know some people think he’s scary or intimidating and I’ll be the first to admit that at times, he is like that (it’s his eyes – they’re so intense!) but oppa can really pull off cute when he wants to (and sometimes without even trying) – I mean, hello, the man manages to look cute wearing a muzzle! that has got to be some sort of skill – and then of course, the whole feel of this song/performance is so cute and upbeat! I mean, I know this is supposed to be a sad song, lyrically and whatnot but I’m finding it really difficult to see it like that when the BB boys are bouncing around the stage, making cute faces and totally enjoying themselves. I mean, they didn’t do that with Haru Haru, you know? I think it’s okay though because I know they wanted to come back with an inspirational song and I think they really did that because whenever I hear this song, I just get excited and hyper and start smiling, especially during the chorus. TOP’s “I love you, girl!” gets me every time. So yeah, I really, really like Big Bang and Sunset Glow and their Sunset Glow performances and I think it’s a shame if you don’t and I think I’m going to have to start watching more of these Sunset Glow performances because I really like them. And if you haven’t watched any, then you can always start with the one below. Go on – watch it! I’m off to check out some Family Outing~

credit: BabyBongaholic on YT

Later!

a happy Maki

P.S: My BB bias is so obvious, no? I didn’t even mention Taeyang, Seungri-gun or Mr. G-Dragon (I really liked his hat in the intro!) Don’t worry – I really like them too, it’s just that I find TOP and Daesung (the two dorks of the group!) too adorable for words. I’ve actually been meaning to write a post about Daesung and why I love him now and do not think he’s the weakest member of Big Bang (even though he was initially the member I paid the least amount of attention to) for awhile now – it’s still coming so look out for it, okay?

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A name I call myself…

November 29, 2008

Random post time!

So you know it really annoys me when I see people say negative things towards certain K-pop fans just because they call themselves by their favourite group/artist’s official fanclub name. I see people say things like “you’re so silly/delusional/dumb calling yourself a VIP/Cassie/E.L.F., etc. when you’re not even Korean” and I think that that’s a really silly response. I mean, I understand that these titles were created for the official fan clubs of the groups/artists to use and so it’s perfectly fine if you, as an international fan, choose not to refer to yourself that way but ultimately I don’t think there’s anything wrong with an international fan calling him/herself by that name because in the end, we’re still fans and because we unfortunately don’t have the luxury of being able to be a part of that group or person’s official fan club, calling ourselves by the official fan club name allows us to feel a little bit closer to that artist/group and to the other fans as well. I mean, when the Wonder Girls say that they love all of the Wonderfuls out there, I think that they’re talking about all of their fans, respective of location and when you’ve got an official title for your fans, it just makes it easier for you to talk to them. I’m sure it means more to hear Big Bang thank the VIPs instead of just their fans – it’s the same thing, yes, but there’s a different feel to it when they use the official name, IMO. I can tell you that as a SHINee fan, whenever I hear Onew stick in a ‘SHINee World, saranghamnida!’ into an interview or something, I feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It means something to hear that, you know and I would never think “Oh well, he’s not talking to me because I’m not really a part of SHINee World”. The point is I’m a fan and I support them and that’s what matters. Ah, but that is just my humble opinion. Feel free to disagree.

Maki

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Is it getting hot in here or is it just me?

November 29, 2008

My titles are long, no? Sorry about that. Anyway, you know I remember a month or two ago while I was doing my usual browsing on LJ, I came across this icon made from a photoshopped picture of MinHo with the caption ‘hot much?’ and I suddenly find myself thinking the same thing.

MinHo, why so hot these days? I mean, I thought I saw his ~’Flaming Charisma’~ before but it seems that that was just a flicker or something but things are really heating up these days. (Lol, I love how many puns you can make off of SHINee’s names.) But seriously, I don’t know if he’s just becoming more comfortable in the spotlight or if he’s just coming out of his shell overall or if this was going on all the time and I just got wind of it – in that case, I am late to the party – but I find myself really taking notice of MinHo these days, and not just as my adorable, considerate dongsaeng either. I’m starting to see him in other lights – and I’d like it to stop, please! I was perfectly content only being attracted to one person in the group and very happy that that was one of the eldest of the five. So MinHo, you need to be toning down the sexy, okay? Flaming Charisma off. Please and thank you! (And if you were wondering where this all came from, I suggest you check out this Amigo performance – and by all means, do NOT check out SHINee singing Rainism. Do not. I mean that – don’t you go looking for that performance now but if you insist, the link’s in my previous post). *sigh* Now I’m going to go watch some Big Bang videos and hopefully the sight of TOP oppa and Daesung oppa will take away these questionable thoughts about Minmin.

See ya!

Maki

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*dies* Just – too – much – hotness….

November 28, 2008

SHINee SANG RAINISM AND IT WAS ONE OF THE HOTTEST THINGS I’VE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE.

Whoa, Rainism is now officially one of my favourite songs, thanks to them – Bling and Key singing and doing the high notes, (Bling – that hoodie – *_*), MinHo doing the sexy whispering and dancing, (Lol at his head bobbing at the beginning), Dubu STILL managing to look adorable even singing this! and Taemin – kind of just being there, he didn’t do too much. Anyway, hotness! Now go watch it! I only wish they’d sung the whole song. 😦

MinHo dancing smexily to Rainism – Judging from the last video and this one, MinHo really likes Rainism – or at least, he likes dancing to it. And I like him to watch him – smexyness alert~

Onew. Singing. Solo. At this point, I really don’t think I need to say any more to get you to watch this video. Do I need to say that he sounds incredible and OMG, I thought I was going to cry – no, I’m not exaggerating – I’m actually serious here? Do I need to say that he’s wearing a pink beanie and looks kind of tired and this performance is from today so yeah, you’ll be one of the first to see/hear it? Okay, so most of those weren’t good things but the point is Onew did another lovely, dreamy solo at a radio station – ShimShimTapa – singing some (most likely) heartbreaking song of heart-ache and sorrow and woe and yes, you should definitely watch it right now so stop listening to me and go watch it.

Oh, and while you’re there, make sure to watch Key’s solo performance – his first, OMG, I’ve been waiting for this! – he sang a rock ballad apparently. I don’t know the song so I can’t say much about how good a rendition it was but just from my limited knowledge, the vocals were inconsistent at times but the singing was good overall. For his first solo, it was pretty good – I’m sure with a little more practice, he’ll be blowing us all away (more than he usually does, I mean). By the way, the others, particularly Onew and Taemin are so adorable in this video – I’ve never seen so much cuteness in my life! I was so busy giggling at the two of them I forgot to focus on Key – as such, I watched it more than once. Oh, and did I mention that Key is wearing that super-cute piano key hoodie of his that I love? So yeah, this was just fun times all around, you guys. I seriously suggest you check out some of these videos or you’ll be missing out!

Maki

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An open letter…

November 27, 2008

SM, cancel your Bangkok concert, okay? Please just cancel it – you can always have another one when things get better but things are so unstable right now, why are you so determined to have this thing?! I mean, I know that it’s going to cause a lot of problems for you and all of the people who were planning to go but the point is that safety – your artists’ safety, the audience’s safety and the safety of all of the staff – is way, way, WAY more important than anything else right now. Please use your head, please cancel this concert. What’s going on in Thailand is not just going to go away in a day or two – you cannot have that concert. Please don’t put all of these people in danger, please.

I’m so scared right now – I really hope they don’t have this thing.

edit:

The concert’s been postponed until the 7th of February, next year. Thank God. – No, I mean, really do that. Cause I surely did. Ah, that’s a serious load off of my mind. 😀

Maki

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Bulabulabulablue! Peenkupeenkupeenkupink!

November 26, 2008

LOL, I’m hoping people will read this just to figure out my weird title. So in honour of the fact that my boys now have their first official CF, I’m going to make a list of my top five Korean CFs. (I’m assuming here that CF refers to just tv ads and not print ones as well – feel free to correct me.) Naturally these all involve celebrity endorsers because those are really the only kind of CFs I get to see (or that you can find on YT). And without further ado:

5. Big Bang’s CYON EDGE CF

Dudes, how could this not be on the list? I mean, hot boys in suits+a cool, floating phone always = AWESOMENESS. This one would have been higher but once you get past the hotness, it’s pretty boring. I mean, nothing much really happens in it besides BB standing around looking hot and feigning flinging that cool phone all over the place. As such as much as I like it, I can only watch it so many times before it gets kind of old. It is a must watch though – if only to see Tabi’s lovely, new pixie hair (I LOVE THAT!) and Dae-Dae’s adorable, random smile at the end of his commercial. (That boy just can’t NOT smile, can he? He’s so cute!) By the by, it’s split into two parts but that video has them both so never fear, you’ll be able to see them both there.

4. Wonder Girls’ Keroro Fighter CFVersion 1, Version 2 and Version 3

Ha, these ads are really cute and funny. I’m not particularly fond of Version 3 but the first one is adorable with the dancing and the second is my favourite by far. It’s so funny! SoHee is supposed to be playing Keroro Fighter while the unnies are trying to help her either by cheering her on or telling her what to do and it’s really frustrating her so eventually she just presses a key on the laptop and one of the characters from the game comes out and zaps the other four. Okay…so maybe it doesn’t sound that amusing when I describe it but trust me, it’s a riot when you watch it. So go on – watch it!

3. SNSD’s Gubne Chicken Dance Battle CF

I really have no idea what dancing has to do with chicken but it doesn’t matter because I can’t stop watching this video – seriously I watch it almost every day and I haven’t a clue why. It’s just a dance battle between eight of the members of the group (Tiffany’s only there for about a second) but I really like this ad – I’m not sure if it’s the dancing or the fact that the girls really look like they’re having fun or because it gives me a chance to see SNSD act some way other than so cute, OMG! (I really hope they drop that cute concept for their next album…) Anyway you might like it, you might not but I do suggest you check it out. I don’t regret it. By the by, this isn’t the entire ad – it’s just a preview. I can’t wait for the whole thing!

2. DBSK and SNSD’s AnyCall Haptic Scandal CFPart 1, Part 2 and Part 3

Okay, so they’re all nice ads but Part 3’s my favourite. Junsuuuuuuu!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Junsu makes these ads for me – he’s so funny! I love how he’s so out of everything like “OMG! You! Together – like in sets! Arm in arm! Oh, my blood pressure! I’m going to put this on Naver!” OMG, Junsu, marry me! I know I’d be entertained each and every day (if I could ever get him away from his brother, that is). The other DBSK members are hilarious in this as well, acting all lovesick over Yoona, Tiffany and Jessica. Those girls don’t know how good (or not so good considering how this all turned out) they have it, especially Yoona – ah, what I wouldn’t give for some skinship with Micky………he’s gorgeous. Love the fact that the second one has a narrator though – LOL. Narrators are win. XD

And finally…..*drumroll*

Number 1! SHINee’s SMART BLUE/PINK LINE CF!

What – bias, you say? There be none here! No way, this is seriously the most adorable ad! I love the song – had it stuck in my head all day, the jumping, the random poses – Key’s hearts, Jonghyun’s point and crane, Onew’s grin, Taemin’s super cool headphones and of course, the uniforms are cute too. Ah, and those girls seriously remind me of anime characters – their uniforms, their voices, their poses are all so anime like. OMG, am I lame because I keep watching this? I can’t help it – I just love this ad – it’s so random and cute! Please tell me there’s going to be more…XD

Oh, and some Honourable Mentions:

– The AnyCall Haptic Game CF

Yay, this one has all of the members of SNSD in it! And they’re singing and dancing and playing a game in an empty airport with all of the members of DongBangShinKi. It’s cute – it’s adorable – it’s funny and I love the losers – LOL at the losers! I’m so unsurprised that it was those two. Oh, and Yoona got to be with Yoochun again! Lucky~~~

Big Bang’s Baskin Robbin’s Ice Cream Cake CF

Okay, so this one isn’t actually out yet but I saw the making of it (unsubbed) and I can tell that it’s either going to be extremely adorable or ridiculously funny (or both!) either of which will make me very happy. XD And since the Wonder Girls’ equivalent from last year was pretty cute, I’m certain that this one will not disappoint. Ah, I feel for some ice cream cake now…

That concludes my list – I’ll just leave you with a picture from one of the aforementioned CFs. Adios!

Merry Big Bang!

Merry Big Bang!

TOP’s face…ROFL!

Maki