The Ultimate SEVENTEEN x NCT Fanchant

K-Pop fans are now thinking of future collab between Seventeen and NCT.

This kind of collab between the two groups is very special and funny. Special, since this involves 13 and 21 members respectively. Funny, since fans doing a combined fanchant would get exhausted with immense number of members. Or the fanchant would be longer than the actual songs.

Since some K-Pop fans are curious if this really happens, here’s a fanmade chant for all of us.

Take for instance, NCT Dream’s Boom: 

Chenle, Dino, DK, Doyoung, Haechan
Hendery, Hoshi, Jaehyun, Jaemin, Jeno
Jeonghan, Jisung, Johnny, Joshua
Jun, Jungwoo, Kun, Lucas

[Work]

Mark, Mingyu, Renjun, S.Coups
Seungkwan, Taeil, Taeyong, Ten
The8, Vernon, Winwin, Wonwoo
Woozi, Xiaojun, Yangyang, Yuta

Come on
Sumsorijochado eumakgateun stage (Let’s go!)
Naui ttambangureun negen heavy rain (Woo!)

Or that of SEVENTEEN’s Hit:

Let me drop the eumak!

Chenle, Dino, DK, Doyoung, Haechan
Hendery, Hoshi, Jaehyun, Jaemin, Jeno
Jeonghan, Jisung, Johnny, Joshua
Jun, Jungwoo, Kun, Lucas (Let me drop the eumak!)

Mark, Mingyu, Renjun, S.Coups
Seungkwan, Taeil, Taeyong, Ten

The8, Vernon, Winwin, Wonwoo
Woozi, Xiaojun, Yangyang, Yuta (Hit hit hit hit, hit sound!)

Saa!

K-Pop Annual Report 2019

At this point, we will start telling what happened to K-Pop this 2019, covering from January to November.


The events in K-Pop for the year 2019 is perfectly summed up in one phrase: Rookies and Scandals.

Positives

More positives happened this year. This includes creating a special celebrity challenge called Queendom. In this show, select girl groups are given tasks and are to experiment on different genres. This helped some underrated groups rise to fame, as is the case with AOA and Oh My Girl.

For the first time in K-Pop, SuperM was created out of different groups. The select members from EXO, SHINee, and NCT were combined to form a supergroup.

Enlistments are still ongoing, with Hongki, D.O., and Xiumin joining the corps. Meanwhile, some military discharges are happening like that of Super Junior and Bigbang.

This has been also the Year of the Rookies, with so many new groups debuting and garnering attention. Listed were Cherry Bullet, AB6IX, TXT, ITZY, VeriVery, BVNDIT, Hinapia, and others. For TXT, ITZY, and AB6IX, they bagged awards, got promotions, and endorsements in a short span of time.

Another positive aspect was on proactive approach of fandoms in various issues. With the power they have, fandoms are going to be less beholden to unresponsive agencies. Take the case of Monbebes, who are taking collective efforts for Wonho to return. They even launched a fundraising to install posters at Times Square. To a lesser extent, this is happening on Merries and Produce 101 fans.

On dating scandals, some succeeded in this hurdle, but many failed to go through. Famous success stories were on TWICE’s Jihyo and Kang Daniel, and Hyuna and Dawn. Failures include that of Jennie and Kai, and Daisy and Yunyeong.

Some pioneer groups are trying to go back to the K-Pop scene. This we see with Fin.K.L, Brown Eyed Girls, Ladies’ Code, and Super Junior with their respective comebacks.

Negatives

More sad news are surfacing in the industry. First is on disbandment, namely that of f(x), Wanna One, B.A.P., Myteen, Boyfriend, Hello Venus, and Pristin.

Second, but equally painful, was the scandals. Scandals that made major impact on K-Pop were on Seungri’s case and Sulli’s death. The Burning Sun, in which various artists were involved, later crippled YG Entertainment, even if Seungri and Yang Hyun Suk were kicked out.

Sulli’s death highlighted the dark side of K-Pop, primarily pressure from agencies and hate remarks from netizens. Her death prompted several stars to suspend or cancel various engagements as sign of respect.

More and more members are going to rest due to health reasons. This is the case with Choi Yoojung, Dino, Yanan, and Minari. If not on hiatus, they part ways mainly on career change, retirement, and scandals. Notable cases were on B.I., Woojin, Hwall, Laun, Kangin, AOA’s Mina, and Wonho.

This year characterized several hiatus with Momoland and Cherry Bullet. Both have two members on hold for unspecified reason. And as of this writing, their agencies are silent on this lingering problem.

The voting scandals of Produce series are now casting doubts, not only on future shows, but also on groups born in it (IZ*ONE and X1). There have been petitions to ban these groups from future engagements.

In the next article, we will discuss on the future of K-Pop ten years from now.


Featured Image Credit: KMania Channel

MAMAMOO – Hip: MV Review

Reviews for WJSN, ASTRO, and South Club will be published some time.


For the third time, we will review a rising group MAMAMOO, in their latest lead track Hip.

As TheBiasList pointed out, this year has been the most profitable one for the group, thanks to RBW. We’ll discuss this as we rate the agency at year-end. But for now, we will look at them first.

(Side Note: Congratulations also to Mamamoo for being the winner in Queendom!)

Storyline as whole

The story tells of the group having various roles they are playing. Solar doing boxing, being a singer, and dressing as a fairytale princess, Moonbyul doing an acting, Wheein as drummer, doing art and protesting, and Hwasa as president.

Based on the various roles they play, they might want to impart us that regardless of our hobbies or businesses, we have to be fashionable.

Some noticeable aspects can be gleaned here. First, I find Moonbyul’s raps very fast, and is repeated thrice. That gives the air of silence everytime she does it.

While the group managed to be swaggy and strong, they still did not abandon the funny and cute side, apparent since Gogobebe. Hwasa being dressed as president is one of the funniest with the way she reacts, and her being with the child gives a bit of cuteness in the otherwise strong vid. Because of this, it will be an added point to them.

Hwasa and Moonbyul this time definitely became the stars in this MV.

RBW is consistent in featuring the 1theK logo, as seen at the end of video.

Review by others

KPopReviewed deemed the group’s track as worthy of discography. The strong side of them is being pulled off elegantly, and it is moderate. While it was not their strongest to date, their elements that defined them are still present. He gone far to interpret it as the group in three universes.

TheBiasList pointed out how effortless and direct the group is when it comes to chosen genre. Instrumentals combine synths and strings, pointing out the groove and setting direction straight. While restrained and monotonous, they got the charisma needed to sustain Hip the whole time.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 94.55%
Grade: A+
Assessment: Excellent

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 3
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits emotions 5
Appearance 4 Good taste 5
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 5
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 5
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 5
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 4
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 5
Music 10 Not too deafening 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners 5
Dance 12 Not too sensual 4
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 5
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 5
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 8
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 1
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 4
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19 Uploads video to 1theK 10
Features 1theK logo (Bonus) 5
Prominently features 1theK vid (Bonus)
Shows cute and fun side 5

WINNER (위너) – SOSO: MV Review

This will be the final review for all MV releases of October.


For our roll of reviews, we will feature again Winner, in their song Soso.

This recent comeback presented the newer side of the group. They’ve gone far, from being a “band-image” type to becoming a real group like other stars. Let’s see if they are catching up all the way despite being given limited releases. Let’s start!

Storyline

The story starts with them travelling in the desert just to attend a party. Being lost in direction, some of them gave up on finding sense of purpose, and others try to destroy some things like chandelier and artworks. The MV ends with them embarking on different journey.

Review as whole

The title might recall that of heartbreak, with a name that should’ve not been mentioned. He denies that they have a breakup, and he tries to feel not good or bad about it. Instead, he tried to be pokerfaced.

Some things are worth noticing. Member is being tied all the way to the top, extras are being blindfolded in a table, breaking artwork, shouting in a mirror, and trying to find a way as his other friends are in a party. These represent loss of focus and need for freedom.

As for some lying on the floor and others kicking chandeliers, these tells of them losing sense of direction. From that point they deem light as being worthless.

Most conspicuous is on a member being naked. This is the first time we see a member on that state. This might represent naked truth on the heartbreak, which he did not accept.

The upbeats from the start till pre-chorus was their most upbeat of all the sounds I heard from Winner. These should’ve been added also to the rest of the song, just to maintain the momentum. After that part, it becomes slower for the rest of the song. Screeching tunes can be heard in the final chorus.

On a final note, the dances featured are very easy to learn.

A bit awkward

We wish to point out that Filipinos might find the title awkward. Why?

Some K-Pop songs unwittingly refer to private parts when played in Philippines. For instance:

TWICE: TT
CLC: Pepe

Both refer to genitals of man and woman, respectively.

As for YG Family, here’s a running joke referring all to breasts:

Review by others

Since TheBiasList started its reviews, he focused his critic on “song structure, energy, and momentum”, a requirement Soso somewhat failed to achieve. Positives lie on being experimental and having vocal effects on chorus. Instrumentals also give proper buildup to paint the bursts. On the downside, it was “lethargic,” and its refrain was dead. Worse, its unbalanced music fails to give a very outstanding performance.

KPopReviewed wrote that even if the set-up was promising, the performance didn’t go well due to the slowdown placed in chorus. This slowdown killed any momentum, and repeated “So So” made it worse. He meanwhile enjoyed the verses and the rest of track. In fact, Mino’s starting lines were the best.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 82.11%
Grade: C-
Assessment: Needs Improvement

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 4
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits emotions 5
Appearance 4 Good taste 5
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 5
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 5
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 5
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 5
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 3
Music 10 Not too deafening 4
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners 5
Dance 12 Not too sensual 5
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 3
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 4
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 7
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 1
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 3
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 4
Other Matters 19    

NU’EST (뉴이스트) – Love Me: MV Review

For our another roll of reviews, we will touch on Nu’est in their song Love Me.

As this is the chance to review them, and being the brother group of SVT, we will tackle what’s in them. Let’s start!

Storyline

In its official YouTube page, Nu’est described their storyline as follows:

Through their 7th Mini Album, [The Table], NU’EST attempts to show a different side of themselves from their original color.

The album revolves around the theme of “love,” and expresses a variety of emotions and memories that anyone can encounter throughout their lives. The tracks are like relatable stories that you tell at the dinner table with friends and family members. [The Table] is an album that will melt the hearts of many by displaying NU’EST’s distinct style and emotions.

At 1:51 – 1:54, a member scoops a part of a cloud, only to get a bunch of popcorns. This was funny, since this implies that popcorns are made out of clouds. The next funny scene (1:58 – 2:01) was on one member who missed eating a kernel of it.

Viewers will have a good time as the group features a globe at 0:15, old equipments (such as old TV and recorders) at 0:43 and 0:48, and galaxies flashed on flatscreen TV at 1:43. And for the first time, they featured another recipe, where they placed eggs and milk in a blender. (We don’t really know what they’ve cooked.)

Review as whole

Nu’est tries to follow the fun trend, as if they’re breaking the ice. I liked them featuring plush toy at 0:04, which made my heart melt. It’s good to feature them somehow, as we need cute concepts even once in a while.

I find the tunes very simple, but exciting enough. Upbeats were moderately done to reflect their being carefree. And the music uses whistling tunes at the start. This resumes before going to the second verse.

The pink cloud concept shares with that of ATEEZ in their song Illusion.

Review by others

KPopReviewed thought of this song as bright, fresh, and colorful unlike their previous tracks. This is quite catchy especially on chorus, and repetitions served to enliven the song as whole. They have to improve more on vocals and rapping, which was quite lacking. Not to mention that it was fast and bland, to the point that it made less impact.

Nu’est tracks have been always defined by Pledis’ in-house composers, which did not impress TheBiasList. The exception emphasized in this song is its “streamlined, upbeat” nature throwing “addictive hooks.” These things render Love Me at par with SHINee’s Good Evening.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 90.00%
Grade: A-
Assessment: Very Good

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 5
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 4
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits emotions 5
Appearance 4 Good taste 5
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 5
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 5
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 5
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 5
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 5
Music 10 Not too deafening 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners 5
Dance 12 Not too sensual 5
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 4
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 5
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 7
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 1
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 4
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19 Shares concepts from other groups 5

DAY6 – Sweet Chaos: MV Review

As we review tracks, we will touch on Day6 with their song Sweet Chaos. Barely four months passed since they hit it right with Time Of Our Life, and now they are releasing new track. This lead song is part of their new album The Book Of Us: Entropy.

Given enough promotions from the agency, they made steps to catch up with the rest of the groups. Would this next comeback propel them upward? Let’s see:

Storyline as whole

The title is quite defined well in the special effects pictured at the end of MV, as if imitating the black hole. There’s chaos.

Sweet Chaos was as equally exciting as Time Of Our Life. First, the striking of cymbals is very consistent. And finally, the choruses looked like the song would end by using a shift in tone. It is but normal that the immense energy is released at the final chorus, but they did it throughout all choruses.

Visuals started with monochromatic colors, but progresses on to become colorful on the second verse. Meanwhile, special effects were on them featured being gone to dust.

Review by others

TheBiasList loved the way Day6 integrated various genres in their core rock band sound. The song highlighted Dowoon’s percussion and skills of its vocalists. While the chorus did dirty by being repeated heavily, the group is more than willing to try and experiment new sounds.

KPopReviewed told that the previous lead track is difficult to beat, even if Sweet Chaos is a good follow-up song. Only the group could do punk genre, which gives beauty to the song. The rush is definitely identifiable to DAY6, which he enjoys. Only that the color was rather “cheap.”

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 84.71%
Grade: C+
Assessment: Improving

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 5
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits emotions 5
Appearance 4 Good taste 5
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 5
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 5
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 5
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 5
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 5
Music 10 Not too deafening 4
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners  
Dance 12 Not too sensual  
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 3
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 3
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 7
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 1
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 4
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19    

How To Improve Produce 101 (?)

With recent vote-rigging scandals on Produce series, some weak points are being revealed. In this essay, we will attempt to present improvements on these shows. Side comments also included.


Overview

IZ*ONE recently suspended their comeback, which was supposed to be on November 11. X1, on the other hand, had to shy away from some engagements. Reunions of Wanna One and I.O.I are being halted.

These are happening amidst vote manipulations in Produce series, led by PD Ahn Joon Young. Producers picked talents even before actual vote began. Worse, appearances and scenes are edited to make other talents look good (which even GFRIEND’s SinB noticed when she appeared there, and Produce took her words out of context).

It led to trainees’ parents and fans to clamor for improvements, or them pressing charges against producers. While we see some fans now taking proactive approach, this revelation is definitely one of the worst events in K-Pop for this year.

To disband IZ*ONE and X1 or not, the author is strictly neutral on this. What matters for us is on how to improve these kinds of programs.

Produce series are intended to “produce” talents for K-Pop, and give fresh blood to the genre. Winning trainees are debuted for a limited time, and afterwards go back to their respective agencies.

Improvements

TheBiasList made some good points on how Produce is stifling the K-Pop industry. From that point, the author will supply the blogger’s write-up with some matters to be considered.

From the title itself, the meaning is pretty obvious. At least in theory. But if the new group turns out to be so popular, it has to be given a permanent place. Not one year or five years contract. If they are intending to debut groups for a limited time, it must be given to other shows, not for Produce.

It’s unwise to “produce” groups if they are only given short lives. More than supposed profits that might be foregone if the project group disbanded, many fans will get hurt and dismayed.

As to the nature of Produce focusing more on popularity, it must develop mechanisms to emphasize talent. This must not be overlooked. Especially that we reviewers are sensing some downturn on quality of performances unlike in the past.

Finally, voting results must be vouched by a third-party, preferably auditing firms (like EY, KPMG, Grant Thornton). Aside from vouching for truthfulness of results, it verifies integrity of voting process.

It’s already apparent that Produce lacks internal control, with overrides like vote puffing, cooking show, and “nightlife” to manipulate votes.

Final Words

Prospects for Produce series point to its ultimate demise. Nevertheless, these points are very helpful for networks and agencies who want to replicate the show’s format.

It is sincerely hoped that future shows which follow Produce will learn lessons from latter. Repeating mistakes like that today is very costly and damaging.


Featured Image Credit: Soompi

Dawn (Money) and HyunA (Flower Shower): MV Reviews

This is the first time we featured combined reviews of work done by couples. We are referring to Hyuna and Dawn, who made comebacks this season.

While reviewers tend to give separate assessments, the author decided to put them in a single article. Not only because they are in a relationship. Moreso, this is because their storylines are interconnected, noticed in the flower shower commonly seen in them. Let’s start!

Storyline as whole

Money tells of Dawn’s story after being kicked out from Cube. With him being broke in money, he searched for work. He reflected, did introspection, and woke up with shower of flowers.

As a whole, I am not getting used to Dawn’s way, as I only knew of him as part of Pentagon. For comparison’s sake, his strong personality radiated throughout in Shine, while in this MV he portrayed himself as the opposite. That lack of luster proves to be very fatal, noting that he is starting a new journey.

The tunes used were reminiscent of dramatic tunes in Korean dramas, but is rendered in a fast pace.

The story of Flower Shower revolves is split into two: a girl waking up in the middle of the night, being surrounded by petals and butterflies. Second story revolves on her in a palace, trying to travel to various places.

Hyuna’s moves are very daring. Not surprising, as she did it during a college party. Instrumentals combine various techniques like echoing, bumping tunes on choruses, and drumbeats on pre-chorus. While these instrumentals are simple, this complements the low vocals Hyuna employed. Taken as whole, the music is exciting and mild, which relies on echoing voices.

Given the nature of her MV, it’s something that is relegated primarily to calm playlists.

A YouTube commenter interpreted Money (and latter’s song) as follows:

Hyuna’s song is called Flower Shower and she says she is a flower and wants to paint the sky with her own colors.

DAWN says that he paints flowers so they don’t die. It’s a reference to the struggles they had when people knew about their relation, Dawn is trying to say that he helped Hyuna and Hyuna helped him. It’s so beautiful how they kinda connected their songs, really goals

Joketime

Honestly, I thought Dawn will borrow some lines from Bangtan’s BST:

Want the money, money? Yeah!
Money, money? Yeah!

Review by others

KPopReviewed did not really enjoyed Money, as it was “boring” and not captivating. It would’ve been better if he continued with Pentagon vibe he had. But piece by piece, vocals show his potential, and the song was more dynamic. The visuals remind him of G-Dragon’s fiercer side, albeit improved a bit.

As for Hyuna, she takes on completely different sound, compared with her previous tracks. Her music is simplified and has a playful vibe. This song tends to give highlight to her best aspects (vocals and raps).

TheBiasList made some similar observations on Dawn’s aspects like music and concept borrowing from YG. On the other hand, he pointed out the nature of it as fusion between “melodic pop” and hip-hop. The groove is present, and moderately satisfying.

Flower Shower presents a missed chance for the girl to take the lead. The chorus instrumentals got a dose of deadly points, and its centerpiece takes on wrong path doing repetitive loops. He likes the way vocals are arranged, and how she performs with ease. A stronger material is needed for artists like Hyuna.

To sum up, the blogger got disappointed over minimal releases from PNation, pushing artists to senseless directions.

Final Words

With Hyuna and Dawn getting over the dating scandal, we might see exciting prospects for other artists. Given that the society treats it negatively, let’s see if this will force them to change their attitude on stars dating. (We’ll do ratings on CUBE and PNation with regards to these sometime.)

This is a good start, considering that TWICE’s Jihyo is now receiving so much hate for being in love with Kang Daniel. (And don’t forget Momoland’s Daisy and JooE too.)

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: (Separate)
Money: 86.32%
Flower Shower: 83.16%

Grade: B-/C+
Assessment: Satisfactory/Improving

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 84.74% (Consolidated)
Grade: C+
Assessment: Improving

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Money Flower Shower
Storyline 1 Storyline 5 3
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits emotions 5 5
Appearance 4 Good taste 5 5
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 5 5
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 5 5
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 5 5
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 5 3
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 5 4
Music 10 Not too deafening 5 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners 4 5
Dance 12 Not too sensual 5 4
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 4 3
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 2 5
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 7 6
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 1 2
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 4 4
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5 5
Other Matters 19      

TXT (투모로우바이투게더) – Run Away: MV Review

For the third time, we will review again TXT (Tomorrow x Together) in their song Run Away.

With so many endless Run Aways that we hear in K-Pop, we might wonder which K-Pop group might use this title next. But for now, we will focus on the group, who are gaining popularity as rookies. Let’s start!

Storyline

The story starts with boys aiming endlessly as they are entering the school, like kicking a ball, scribbling something, or doing something at the book. There they are describing how they are doing during their high school days. Bored on usual studying, they are trying to sneak on swimming during the night.

As they are going underwater, they discovered an opening which led them to the forest, the fields, and eventually, to the burning door. The story ends with a member remaining, discovering a lion doll.

They featured how to burn a paper using the sun and glasses. I suppose this is rarely being done, out of danger viewing this experiment. It features a member also putting fires out using fire extinguisher, thereby teaching viewers how to put out small fires on their own.

At 2:24 – 2:28, they are featuring students in a library, while one is reading. Hope this sparks interest to rediscover their own libraries.

Review as whole

The way how TXT plays the music is worth noting. It uses strutting tune at the start of the video, which guides them throughout. Sparkling tune is added next at start of video and the first verse, only to hide throughout the second verse. On the other hand, the rock tune is visible in the chorus. The first verse and interlude jumps into a different tune, as if telling a fairytale story.

Dances were simple on the chorus, except on the moving of shoulders and on jumping, which they have to improve later on. Special effects are used when a member shoots colorful lights using a fire extinguisher.

The setting where they first dance share striking similarities with Lim Jimin’s Loveholic, which I find it very amusing:

Lim Jimin
TXT

Review by others

TheBiasList noted that TXT was being branded as the lighter version of BTS, and is worth waiting for. Good points include the “rock-infused” arrangement retaining elements that made them successful. Vocals are refined, strong, bright, and upbeat. Most of all, the “true star” is its chorus. The only thing that was pull-down is on the breakdown at the second verse, which he deems unnecessary.

KPopReviewed gradually liked the song as being “catchy and vibrant,” with melody as its advantage. Added energy is on the instrumentals. The weak point is on the bridge which did not pick up the intensity. He gone way beyond to interpret the confusing storyline, which is what BigHit usually does.

Joketime

Let me share the joke again, this time including mainstream tracks:

The Corrs: Runaway
Sebastian Yatra: Runaway (Ft. Jonas Brothers)
AURORA: Runaway
Bon Jovi: Runaway
Kanye West: Runaway
Sasha Sloan: Runaway
Maroon5: Runaway
PENTAGON: Runaway
Bobby: Runaway
Super Junior: Runaway
Tiffany Young: Runaway (Ft. Babyface)
Royal Pirates: Runaway
Eric Nam: Runaway
Teen Top: Run Away
IN2IT: Run Away
TXT: Run Away

Am I that ugly?

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 88.00%
Grade: B+
Assessment: Good

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 4
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits emotions 5
Appearance 4 Good taste 5
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 5
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 5
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 5
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 5
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 4
Music 10 Not too deafening 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners 4
Dance 12 Not too sensual 5
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 4
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 5
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 6
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 1
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 5
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19 Shares concept from other groups 5
       

Brown Eyed Girls – Abandoned and Wonder Woman: MV Reviews

This year, we witnessed several comebacks from K-Pop pioneers like Super Junior, Fin.K.L, and this time, Brown Eyed Girls. It’s pleasing that after four years of hiatus, they are resuming activities. And to wit, they doubled their comebacks. Let’s review them in this article, referring to Abandoned as first, and Wonder Woman as second:

Storyline

Wonder Woman starts with a man who finds a grave marker, only to find a girl in a room. As he searches, he sees mirrors, some of them broken. He sits only to hide from the blinding light. Later on, the wind blows building up the tenseness in the final chorus. The video ends with the man abandoning the house, never to return.

In the case of the second song, they made the storyline simple. It tells of the girls in a wedding party, but this turned out to be wild. Even the banquet table had been wild too with their way of eating.

0:20 features old-fashioned rooms, which might arouse interest in historical rooms used. Now, look at 0:29, where Gain is surprised with her guests. Her reactions are kinda very funny. Also, the guests provided funny scenes by how they react.

Review as whole

Abandoned is essentially a sad song. The music builds up in the second chorus, and then goes more intense in the final chorus. While I find the tunes as not as outstanding, I find it very ideal for any OST in any Korean drama. However, I disliked some of the creepy portraits hung in the wall, at the final chorus.

For the second song, the first verse was taken as cool, calm, and mild. This is the consistency I want also in the MV. The slender tunes can be heard some of the time, which adds beauty to the song.

Some things are noticed here. First, it can be noticed that girls are only present in the scene. Essentially they barred the boys from attending a “wedding” party, turning it into all-girls one.

For both tracks, I hate to see another pumpkin being featured at every end of video.

Review by others

KPopReviewed described the first song as a fantastic ballad, haunting and giving chills at the same time. These are due to their layering vocals and instrumentals, plus their nice progression. As for Wonder Woman, the retro tunes were a bit catchy and appealing. The only holdback was on not giving clear-cut definition of their chorus.

TheBiasList gave separate assessments on the two songs. He summed it up first as drawing from songs before K-Pop, only to be infused with modern styles. The blogger likes stars who steps out of the boundaries, something the group forgot in these.

The first song borrows theatrical concepts, which gives a steady buildup till the end. Downside is on lack of factor that will let viewers understand the MV. For the second song, they converted the bossa nova original track into a disco one, making it bubbly, appealing, and addictive. By the nature of the song, it limits greater potential for the group despite having right ingredients.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating (Separate):

Abandoned: 74.74%
Wonder Woman: 87.62%
Grade: F/B-
Assessment: Failed/Satisfactory

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating (Consolidated): 81.50%
Grade: C-
Assessment: Needs Improvement

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Abandoned Wonder Woman
Storyline 1 Storyline 5 5
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits emotions 4 5
Appearance 4 Good taste 2 4
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 1 0
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 5 1
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 1 4
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 5 5
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 5 5
Music 10 Not too deafening 5 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners   5
Dance 12 Not too sensual   5
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 1 3
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 1 5
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 7 10
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 1 2
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 5 4
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 3 4
Other Matters 19 Uploads video to 1theK 10 10
    Features 1theK logo (Bonus)    
    Prominently features 1theK vid (Bonus) 5 5

(G)I-DLE ((여자)아이들) – Lion: MV Review

At this point, I am considering limiting MV Reviews for December releases. This is to focus on misheard lyrics, and year-end write-ups on K-Pop.


We are now up with a special release of (G)I-DLE in their song Lion. For a bit of info, this is a soft comeback that was given a music video. To add, the song was their final piece in Queendom.

We will touch on the group as it has proper MV, and since this serves as their memorabilia of engagements with the show. Being a new Neverland, how will the author rate the group? Let’s see:

(Side Note: At this point, I am also stanning (G)I-DLE, with Soojin as my ultimate bias, and Soyeon to be my bias wrecker.)

Storyline

The storyline best speaks of the girls performing as lions, with such attributes. For instance, Soyeon got wild inside jail, Soojin shows her claw marks at the back, and Miyeon showing her claws.

Being the king of the jungle, the lion takes the lead by showing its being wild and fierce, something the group wants to tell us. Soyeon mostly exemplifies this by posing wild in an iron jail.

Review as whole

The final moment defined the group as queens in full regalia. To add, they all wear crowns starting from Minnie.

(G)I-DLE is maturing at this point. The buildup can be heard abruptly starting at the first verse. Soyeon’s lines were progressive, but short to garner attention. While the final chorus would seem to end abruptly, Soojin’s lines ends the song, which give a definite finish. The only improvement would be on “baa baa baa”(?), which should’ve been replaced with lyrics related to roar.

Meanwhile, I am impressed with Shuhua gaining more lines. It can be remembered that this was our issue raised on Senorita and Uh-Oh.

The author earlier emphasized how Cube is consistent on schedules. Cube releases first CLC’s comeback, followed by that of (G)I-DLE one month after. Though expected comeback is October (as CLC released Devil on September), it pushed a month further. It’s understandable since they are joining Queendom at that time.

Review by others

TheBiasList noted that the group got its “bluesy” appeal. Music takes a proper build-up of percussions which opens the chorus. Not to mention the lack of traps that plague most of K-Pop discography. The only concern would be on longevity of the track.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 92.00%
Grade: A+
Assessment: Very Good

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 5
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits emotions 5
Appearance 4 Good taste 5
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 5
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 5
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 5
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 5
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 4
Music 10 Not too deafening 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners 5
Dance 12 Not too sensual 5
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 4
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 5
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 7
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 3
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 4
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19 Sexiness is present 5

Monsta X – Someone’s Someone, Find You, Follow: MV Reviews

For our another set of reviews, we will touch on Monsta X with their release of three lead tracks.

Some reviewers only touch on Follow, as it is their proper comeback for this month. But the author included the other two since the group released these during October. For clarity and brevity, we refer to Someone’s Someone, Find You, and Follow as first, second, and third respectively.

As they are on international promotions, they gone mainstream. In fact, their song got its way to Vevo, the English counterpart of 1theK. As this is catered to wider audience, we will review them. As to Find You, we will review it too since this underrated track has proper MV.

(Side Note: Wonho being out of Monsta X adds to list of saddest events in K-Pop this year. Since this has direct effect over the group, Monbebes, and K-Pop as whole, we will rate Starship at year-end.)

Storyline

Someone’s Someone starts with the boys in the seaside, relaxing. They then traveled in search for someone.

The second music starts with the guys playing a game and singing till the night. Upon going home, they spotted a car, where the driver and his wife invited them to join in the ride. An accident happens, where the couple died. Only the members survived.

Upon realizing that the couple were dead, a member who undergone surgery did not accept this fact. He thought it over till it pushed him to commit suicide.

Finally, the members in Follow are situated in a time grotto, then looks upward as the eclipse approaches. During the dark, they enliven the desire of following the light. This came to reality when the eclipse ended, giving light again to the members.

They made a good deal featuring Kihyun standing at 1:48 (and same with the group at 3:02), serving as the longhand of sundial. This tells people what clocks were used before grandfather clocks and quartz ones were invented.

Review as whole

While the first song is short, I felt the mainstream element in the song. Liked the calm and light-hearted approach on Someone’s Someone. This shows that they can manage to do some works normally done by British/American artists.

The thumping upbeats, added with the howling and echoing sound, sustains the song throughout. Felt amazed too on how beats and silence (aided with snaps) are placed properly in the verses leading to chorus. The howling and echoing sound resumes at the end, giving a definite closing for the song.

Someone’s Someone tells that we all want to be with someone completing us. Them being in rain highlights sadness, the need to be with one they loved, and being alone. The bar is also being featured, with similar meanings as with the rain. Finally, the group featuring birds reflects the lesson of finding a partner who will help.

Find You itself tells of a boy who longed to find the couple who cared for him and his friends. As explained by various netizens, the music shares tunes with ones commonly heard in K-Dramas. Regardless of reference, this may be deemed as one whole movie or drama, instead of a proper comeback.

The scene of third song at 2:11 – 2:28 casts a shadow on what happened in Garden of Eden. There they are highlighting the value of following orders.

Somehow, the thumbnail at the video made me think of something. A member with halo is being considered a saint, where his/her good deeds are to be followed.

A bit of Indian tune can be sensed in a bit at the start of the video before they sing. It is also integrated in the choruses, mixed with usual upbeats. The exciting side only recedes with Joohoney suspending the momentum then resumes with his raps.

Review by others

KPopReviewed explains that the third song follows ONEUS in fusing traditional and modern music, which somehow is inviting. Added to the appealing energy was the raps of I.M and Joohoney, integrated as strong element in the performance.

TheBiasList was surprised over the “jam-packed” and energetic instrumentals of the third song, setting apart from cluttering EDM tracks. They made some parts of the song as if it engages people to listen, especially on raps which do not distract the song. However, the weak spot is on its repetitive chorus. This song is solid enough to stand out among other tracks.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating (Separate):

Someone’s Someone: 93.75%
Find You: 90.00%
Follow: 89.52%
Grade: A+/A-/B+
Assessment: Excellent/Very Good/Good

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating (Consolidated): 90.91%
Grade: A-
Assessment: Very Good

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Someone’s Someone Find You Follow
Storyline 1 Storyline 4 5 5
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5 5 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits emotions 5 5 5
Appearance 4 Good taste 5 5 5
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 5 5 5
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 5 5 5
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 5 5 5
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 5 5 5
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 5 4 4
Music 10 Not too deafening 5 5 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners     3
Dance 12 Not too sensual     5
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 5 5 4
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 4 3 4
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 8 8 8
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 4 1 2
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites     4
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5 5 5
Other Matters 19 Uploads video to 1theK   10 10
    Features 1theK logo (Bonus)      
    Prioritizes 1theK vid (Bonus)      

N.Flying (엔플라잉) – Good Bam (굿밤): MV Review

For the first time, we will feature N.Flying with their newest song Good Bam.

I just only knew the band when they released the song Leave It. This was my most favorite song of them, as it was very energetic. With their newest release Good Bam, I listened to their album teasers. I find the title quite funny, which we will discuss later.

It’s worth noting that FNC is listening on remarks of TheBiasList, by being generous with comebacks. The question is this: Would N.Flying attain the same status it had during the Rooftop era? Let’s see:

Storyline

Good Bam starts with the group waking up. They received a call, supposedly a date or event. While waiting at a restaurant, they do selfies, and sing at a karaoke bar. They take group pictures, play baseball, and shoot for toys. Tired of entertaining, they went home and rest to watch TV. The video ends with boys going outside again.

The lead track mainly teaches the lesson of enjoying life together with friends. This is the best way they illustrate the good life. It features various arcade games, which provide viewers alternative recreation. Added to that is on reviving the karaoke (Korean: 노래방), which sadly is declining in Korea.

At 1:07, Pink Panther toy is featured. I do hope this stirs consciousness for viewers to watch it.

On funny scenes, I find their difficulty of waking very funny, up to the time they wear dresses.

Review as whole

I did not find Good Bam as very exciting as Leave It, but I enjoyed it more than the hit song Rooftop and Spring Memories.

N.Flying is veering away from usual rock tracks they engaged in, trying to pull out a comfortable, easy-going song. The music can be categorized as soft rock.

I find it as toned-down when it comes to vocals unlike their previous tracks. That’s okay, and I appreciate that. Much better if they return next time to energetic beats like what they did in Leave It. That’s what I want in this group.

Review by others

KPopReviewed expressed that Good Bam is merely a follow-up song to describe their other side. Positives include the upbeat vocals and rapping that complements each other. It’s also exciting that the guitarist sang for the first time. All in all, this is an average song, but this is great.

TheBiasList told that N.Flying gained control of music since Rooftop era. While this song is fun, it acts merely as their follow-up song with their “straightforward” structure. It strikes balance between “breezy” melody and lazy songs and verses. While hip-hop influences can be heard, it could’ve been more exciting had they gone a bit “adventurous.”

Joketime

The title reminds me of Momoland’s song:

(Good) Bam! (Good) Bam!

Or that of GFRIEND:

Hey, sunny summer!
I’ll be a Good Bam…

Or that of Mamamoo’s Starry Night:

Now, did she haggle? My bitter.
Girl living a Good Bam
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Girl living a Good Bam…

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 87.37%
Grade: B-
Assessment: Satisfactory

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 5
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 4
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits emotions 4
Appearance 4 Good taste 5
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 5
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 5
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 5
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 5
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 4
Music 10 Not too deafening 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners  
Dance 12 Not too sensual  
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 4
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 5
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 7
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 1
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 4
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19 Uploads video to 1theK 10
    Features 1theK logo  
    Prominently features 1theK vid (Bonus points)  

Love Advice No. 112

Narito naman tayo sa isa pang serye ng Love Advice sa site na ito. Sa totoo lang, ang susunod na love problem ay na-encode ko pa last April 2017, more than two years din.

Long overdue na, at mukhang hindi na ito applicable sa kanilang dalawa. Napakahaba ng love problem, pati ng advice. Kung naiinip ka, puwede ka nang dumiretso sa aking love advice. Sige, simulan na natin!


From University Secret Files:

“Kabit”

SPG

Bakit kapag ang lalaki may kabit natural na lang? Bakit kapag babae ang may kabit, parang sobrang baboy mo na? Sobrang laking issue? Sobrang hindi na makatarungan? Why?

Meron kasi akong loyal na boyfriend. As in loyal, may disiplina, guwapo, may diploma, may maganda nang trabaho, galante, nagiisip ng future kasama ako, at alam kong mahal ako. First love ko, first kiss, first sex. First niya din ako kaya that makes it extra special. Sabi nga ng mga tropa ko, suwerteng-suwerte na ako. Husband material na ang nabingwit ko.

Pero hindi lahat ng relasyon na akala niyo masaya, eh masaya talaga. Sobrang opposite kami ng boyfriend ko, as in lahat. Tahimik lang kasi siya at sobrang seryoso, well-organized at masinop sa pera. Walang bisyo at very brilliant pero mahina sa joke. Artistic sana pero masyadong sukat pa din ang gawa. Kumakanta siya pero hindi masyadong mahilig sa musika. Sayang daw sa oras, ika niya. Kailangan daw niyang magtrabaho. Hindi naman siya yayaman [sa musika].

Ako naman, on the other hand, ako ang type ng babae na makulit, madaldal, at baliw. Kumbaga sa classroom, ako ang laging nangungulit, tropa ng lahat, yung sa mga dulo umuupo, ganorn, at ganorn ako. Talented din daw ako. DAW. Ewan, nagbabanda ako dati. At saka, artistic talaga ako. Ako din ang tipo na maloko pero laging mataas ang grades. Ibang-iba sa boyfriend ko. Pero dahil mysterious ang boyfriend ko, doon ako na-inlove sa kanya. Iba kasi sa akin kaya nae-excite ako sa buhay niya kahit hindi [siya mismo] exciting. Humanga ako sa pagiging responsable niya. Sobra. Wala akong mapintas sa boyfriend ko. Sa sarili ko lang meron.

Nakilala ko si other guy nung sumapit ang 4th year namin ng boyfriend ko. Pinakilala siya ng tropa ko sa akin. Una pa lang, amoy ko nang fuckboy. Didiskarte pa lang siya, pero tinabla ko na. Pero ayaw paawat si gago, sanay na sanay lumandi. So kinulit ako. Ayoko talaga sa kaniya. At never talaga akong nagcheat sa boyfriend ko. Gwapo si other guy pero hindi ko talaga siya trip kasi mukhang babaero. Pero sabi nga nila, you can’t resist a playboy.

One time, nagkalabuan kami ng boyfriend ko. Nabadtrip ako sa kaniya. Lagi niya kasing kausap ang bestfriend niya. As in lagi. Minsan pinupuntahan niya pa yun agad kapag tinawag siya at umiiyak so automatic na cancelled ang date namin kapag nag-inarte si bisprin nya! (Ta@#$*!) Hindi naman ako selosa. Alam ko lang talaga na may gusto sa kanya bestfriend nya, KINGINA. Babae ako, alam ko ginagawa ng kapwa ko babae. So, dahil malabo kami ni boyfriend, pinagtyagaan ko na si other guy. Then that’s the start of it.

When I started knowing the other guy, dun ko napansin na madami kaming nakakaWTF na similarities. Una, yung nunal sa leeg at nunal sa kilay. Both on the very same spot. First time kong nakakilala na parehas ko ng nunal. Weird lang. Tapos pati mannerisms, mga ilang beses kaming nagkasabay nagpisil ng ilong and naghimas ng tyan Haha parehas din kami may birth mark sa binti. Hndi naman parehas pero halos parehas yung spot. NakakaWTF lang. Then, habang nagfofoodtrip kami sa bahay ng tropa nya, nag patugtog sya ng indie bands at put*ng*n* kami lang dalawa nakakaaalam ng kanta. Nagulat sya dahil sumabay ako sa kanta at kami lang nagsing along. Drummer din sya dati ng banda. Kaya nagclick kami parehas pa kami genre. At gumawa pa kami cover ng kanta, na nicompose nya. Pinasa namin yun sa himig handog pero hndi umubra e hahaha. At ako ang nagdesign ng pinatattoo nya sa binti. Marunong din pala si g*g* sa mga arts kaya mas lalo kaming swak. Sobrang parehas kami. Parehas talaga. Witty din sya. Parehas kami magjoke. Parehas kami trip. Parehas kami ng takbo ng bituka. Nung una talaga naging maayos kming tropa. Tropa talaga as in, murahan, g*g*han, bigla bigla magchachat skn para sabhing ang panget ko. Pag nakatambay kami sa dorm ng tropa ko, dadalhan ako ng ipis ng p&$/(&@!! Aasarin ako ng walang sawa. Huhusgahan lahat ng suot ko. Pipintasan yung ilong ko. Itatago yung mga gamit ko tapos ilalabas nalang kapag umiiyak nako. (T#$^#/^a, tinago nya iphone ko. Iyak talaga ko eh kala ko nanakaw ampota haha) makulit talaga. As in kaugali ko. Walwal talaga sya sobra pero may maayos na work. Graduate na din.

Eventually, nafafall talaga ko kay other guy, alam ko maling mali. Alam ko gago sya kasi pinormahan nya ko kahit may boyfriend nako. Alam ko niloloko ko na boyfriend ko. Alam ko sinungaling nako kasi minsan ssbhin ko mag OT ako, pero manunuod lang talaga kami ni other guy ng gig o kaya ppunta kami exhibit.

Lahat ng bagay kasundo ko si other guy. Ewan ko. Alam ko mali pero ngayon lang ako naging masaya. Yung totoong masaya. Nalabas ko yung side ko na matagal kong tinitimpi sa buhay ko dahil ayaw ng boyfriend ko pag madaldal ako at nakakahiya ginagawa ko sa public (e.g., nangungulangot) At nalaman ko pa sa tropa ko, nagka long term relationship naman daw yun. 5years. Kaso nga nagbreak na lang daw hindi nila alam dahilan tapos nagsimula ng magwalwal. As in nakikipag fubu daw si other guy. As in one week lang. Matagal na yung 1month. Nagulat nga daw sila nung una kasi loyal daw talaga yun sa ex nya. Pero eventually nasanay na silang fuckboy na talaga ang tropa nila. Aaminin kong nagulat ako sa kanya. Para sa kagaya kong isa lang ang nakasex ko. Boyfriend ko lang talaga. Kaya ako nagulat kasi he never initiated sex pagdting sa akin. Oo lagi kami magkasama pero tangina, nagmumurahan kami, nagjojoke kami about dicks and pussy. Pero he didn’t tell something about sex. He didn’t even kiss me. Hindi nya ko minanyak. For someone na sobrang fuckboy, hindi nya ko minanyak. Hello girls!!! Alama nyo naman pag nagpapahiwatig ng sex ang guy diba!? But hell no he didn’t.

Tumagal yung secret hangouts namin ni other guy, mga around 1year. Pero may mga times na bigla bigla syang maglalaho then lilitaw ulit. Fuckboy nga kasi diba? Di na nakakagulat. Pero pagnagkita kami..i can’t contain my happiness. Si boyfriend? Ayun. Laging kasama bestfriend nya. Napapaisip na nga ko kung meant to be ba talaga kami eh. Naiinggit ako sa bestfriend nya, nagkakasundo silang dalawa sa work dahil parehas sila ng linya. Parehas silang mahilig sa anime at na-oop talaga ko sa uspaan nilang mga putangina sila. Hindi nila kilala yung mga bands na gusto ko. Tangina. Feeling ko hindi ko kilala yung sarili kong boyfriend. Naaawa ako sa sarili ko.

Then until one day, pumunta ko sa apartment ni boyfriend. Papakita ko sana sakanya yung art work ko na ipapasa ko sa isang client. Pero nasurprise ako at andun yung bestfriend nya. Kumakain sila together. Wtf diba? Ako? Wala lang nag beso pa kami ng malandi. Umalis ako don then punta kay other guy. Baka kasi masubsob ko bestfriend nya sa sushi nila!!! Tangina. Parehas sila ng favorite na sushi!!! Ayoko non! Malansa!! Malansa kagaya nya.

Kinwento ko kay other guy, at di ko na din napigilan umiyak. Dun na din umamin si other guy na talagang seryoso na sya skn. Bakit ba daw hindi na lang kasi sya? Ngayon lang sya nakahanap ng taong sobrang katulad nya. As in. Tigang na nga daw sya eh. Dahil mula nung nakilala nya ko at naghahangout na kami, di na sya nakikipag sex sa mga kalandian nya na only one call away. Hahaha kadiri amputa. Haha tsaka umiyak sya skn. As in he confessed that he’s already in love with me. Ngayon na lang daw sya nainlove and alam nyang mali dahil may boyfriend ako pero mahal na nya talaga ko and he’s so sure about it daw dahil alam nya yung babaeng panglandi lang at hindi daw ako pang ganon pero mali lang talaga. Tangina. Ako? Ayun walang masagot. Naguguluhan din kasi ako. Tama bang ipagkatiwala ko ang puso ko sa ganon klaseng lalaki? May assurance ba? Iiwan ko ba yung long term boyfriend ko para mag take ng risk sa lalaking to? Pero very wrong, dun may nangyari samin. First sex sa ibang lalaki. Wtf. Di ko din alam pero yung gabing yon..ibang iba eh. Iba talaga nararamdaman ko kay other guy. Mahal ko na ata. Oo. Mahal na nga ata yung right word. He made me the happiest that night. A night that I will always look back to. Alam kong maling mali yun pero I can’t resist. I’ve drown myself into his.

Pero alam nyo yung ending? Kay boyfriend pa din ako. Kasi natatakot akong mag take ng risk. Natatakot akong baka bigla na lang akong iwan ni other guy at bumalik sya sa dati nyang gawi. Natatakot ako. Kaya after may mangyari smin, sinabi ko sakanya kalimutan nya na lang. Tangina. Ang playgirl ko sa part na yon. Feeling ko ang badass ko. One night stand naba tawag don? Tangina. Kaya eto, patuloy pa din ako sa boyfriend ko.

Sabi nila perfect relationship? Kasi matagal? Sige. I’ll post as many pics as you want para lagi kayong kiligin sa love story namin ng boyfriend ko. Kasi alam ko kapag nagpost ako ng pic namin ni other guy…everyone would judge me. Everyone will tell me na ang tanga tanga ko para iwan yung long term ko at palitan ng fuckboy. Sa panahon kasi ngayon, people believe in to what their eyes tell them.

Saklap. I was born in a very mad world.

Saklap. I was born to be so coward. Saklap. I was born in a judgmental era.

To the other guy, kung nababasa mo to alam ko malalaman mong ikaw tinutukoy ko. sorry hindi ako nagtake ng risk. Sorry hindi kita napaglaban. Sorry nakilala kita sa maling panahon. Sorry sinayang ko yung pagkakataon. Sorry tanga ko eh. Sorry at kinulong ko na naman ang sarili ko sa relasyon na hindi na ko masaya.

Sorry that I have to keep you as a secret. Sorry. But that was one hell of a journey. You’ll always be the best thing that I never had. You made me the happiest. Thank you. Hindi man kita napagmalaki sa ibang tao, hinding hindi naman kita makakalimutan. Pinaramdam mo sa akin na merong isang taong kagaya mong sobrang kaparehas ko.

If only we’d live in a different time; in a different place. Baka naging tayo. Baka sa past lives natin naging tayo na, or baka sa susunod na life natin maging tayo na. Sorry that I let you down. Tandaan mo, hindi mo ko karma don’t consider me as your karma. Dahil minahal kita hindi nga lang kita naipaglaban.

If magkita ulit tayo sana may babae ng magmamalaki sayo. Yung hindi ka itatago. Yung hindi ka gagawing kabit. Sorry.

You are the saddest playlist I’ve ever played.

-Babaeng Hindi Blooming

CEU-2015 

My Advice:

Wala namang masama kung piliin mo ang the other guy. Pero wag mo namang lokohin ang boyfriend mo.

Puwede mo din itong ikonsidera:

You: Alam mo, hon, feeling ko, kailangan nating maghiwalay.

Boyfriend: Ha? Bakit naman?

You: Alam mo kasi, napapansin ko na nagiging close kayo ng bestfriend mo. Bakit ba tuwing may kailangan siya, sugod ka agad na parang spaceship? Ano ba ang meron sa kanya, ha?

Aaminin ko na nung time na nakita ko kayo sa apartment mo, naiinis ako. Sana ako na lang ang nasa posisyon niya.

Hindi naman kita pinipigilan, pero dapat mo ring isaisip na ako pa rin ang girlfriend mo. Alam mo ba na mayroong nagkagusto sa akin, pero ayaw ko pa rin? Kasi iniisip kita. Mahal pa rin kita. Pero kung uunahin mo pa rin iyang bestfriend mo, wala na akong magagawa. Mas mabuti nang maghiwalay na tayo.

Isa pa, dapat mong pagsabihan iyang bestfriend mo. Dapat siyang matuto na maging independent. Maghanap na siya ng ibang masasandalan niya. Kayang-kaya naman niya, siya pa kaya?

[Bahala na kayong mag-usap, pero pag-usapan na ninyo kung ano ang problema niya sa iyo, at ang problema mo sa kanya.]

Sa pagkakataong ito, parang “magbabanta” ka na hihiwalayan mo siya. (Pero wag mong gagawin iyan kung ayaw niya.) Dito mo makikita kung ano ang naging ugat ng problema ninyong dalawa. Mas lalo mo ding makikita kung talagang mahal ka niya o mahal na niya ang bestfriend niya.

O puwede mo na siyang diretsahin kung gusto mo talaga ang future boyfriend mo. May basehan ka rin naman kung bakit kayo nagkakalabuan, dahil siya ang may kasalanan. Puwede mo na rin siyang hiwalayan. Mas makakabuti ito sa iyo para malaya kang magmahal.

(Side Note: Curious lang ako. Since may similarities kayo, mula sa nunal hanggang sa mannerisms, baka nga magkapatid kayo?)

Your problem?

Samantala, maaring sa parte mo ay nagkulang ka sa relationship ninyo. Tanungin kita:

  • Ipinaliwanag mo ba sa boyfriend mo na mali ang ginagawa niya? Kasi baka hindi niya namamalayan na nauubos ang oras niya sa bestfriend, sa halip na sa iyo. Maaring sumobra siya sa limitasyon nang hindi niya alam ang ginagawa niya. Pag nagmatigas pa rin, doon mo na siya hiwalayan.
  • Ginawa mo ba ang lahat para mas makilala ang boyfriend mo? Kasi kung tutuusin, mahigit apat na taon kayo, at marami pang time para mag-usap kayo. Pero sabi mo nga, “Feeling ko hindi ko kilala yung sarili kong boyfriend.”
  • Naiintindihan mo ba na kasama sa isang relasyon ang pagdaan sa maraming pagsubok, tulad ng pagpapansin ng bestfriend ng bf mo?
  • Nung dumating sa point na parang namemeligro ang relasyon mo sa existing bf, meron ka bang ginawa upang ipaglaban siya?
  • Kinompronta mo ba ang bestfriend niya? Kasi kung tutuusin, mas may karapatan ka kaysa sa bestie niya.
  • Nag-effort ka ba para ituon ang pansin niya sa iyo? Hindi talaga uubra sa akin ang alibi na “iniwan” mo siya dahil “iniwan” ka niya, lalo pa’t meron pa namang paraan para akitin si boy.

Kung susundin ko ang katuwiran mo, dapat mag-effort ka rin. Dapat ka nang dumiskarte. Hindi lang si guy ang lagi nang manunuyo at mag-eeffort sa iyo. Isa pa, sa panahon ngayon ay lalong tumitindi ang tukso sa paligid.

  • Tama ba ang reaksyon mo nang nagkakalabuan kayo? Kung ganyan ang diskarte mo sa pag-solve ng problema, hindi malabong maghiwalay din kayo ni the other guy, lalo pa’t kung may higit pa sa kanya.
  • Wala na ba talagang paraan para magkaroon kayo ng similarities? Kasi, kung ito ang major problem ninyong dalawa, aba’y gawan mo ng paraan. Maghanap kayo ng similarities ninyong dalawa, na mapapansin mo habang unti-unti mo siyang nakikilala. Baka mahilig kayong pareho sa ganyang pagkain o pelikula.

If you choose…

Isa pang tanong: Paano kung iniwan ko siya para sa the other guy? Ngayon, paano kung dumating ang panahong naging kayo na, tapos eh dumaan din ang ganyang pagsubok? Lilipat ka na naman sa iba? Wala namang ganern, bes.

Kung sa ngayon ay medyo okay pa kayo ng future boyfriend mo, darating ang panahon na lilitaw at lilitaw ang iba pang mga problema na hahamon sa inyong dalawa.

Take a risk

Sa kabilang banda, may pagkakamali din naman ang boyfriend mo. Di niya narerealize na kailangan mo siya. At wala din siyang ginagawang paraan para ipakilala ang sarili niya sa iyo.

Malinaw na personal choice mo kung gusto mong maging kayo ni other guy. Pero maiintindihan ko kung kay present boyfriend ka pa rin, dahil iyon ang tama since kayo pa nga that time.

Kung hiniwalayan mo na ang boyfriend mo, ngayon na ang panahon para maging masaya ka. Dahil kung sakaling pinili mo si the other guy, hindi na siya magiging “kabit”.

Isa pa, kung mahal mo naman si the other guy, bakit ka matatakot na sumugal? Dahil ba sa sasabihin ng ibang tao? Prove them wrong. Ito na ang pagkakataon mo para patunayan na ikaw lang ang magpapabago sa buhay niya.

Bakit? Nakikita ko na maingat din siya sa iyo, at nirerespeto ka din niya. Hindi ka niya itinuring na parang balewala, tulad ng ibang babae na nakasama niya. At mukhang malabo na bumalik siya sa dating gawi – kung tutulungan mo siyang magbago.

Base sa kuwento, naging fuckboy lang siya after ng breakup nila. Naiintindihan ko naman ang pinagdaraanan niya. Dahil may mga sitwasyon na kayang baguhin ang ating pagkatao, at ang masakit pa, dito siya naligaw ng landas.

So, take the risk. Kasi mas malaki ang tsansa na maging kayo. Mahal mo siya, at ibinabalik naman niya ito sa iyo. At kung may masabi ang ibang tao sa inyo, eh anong magagawa nila? Lalo na’t may trabaho din pala siya. May direksyon na siya pagdating sa trabaho at career niya. Ang kailangan lamang ay direksyon pagdating sa pag-ibig, at kailangan ka niya dito.

(Isa pang risk na dapat din ninyong i-focus ay ang pagkakaiba ninyong dalawa. Baka kasi dito ang magiging reason ng hiwalayan niyo, if ever. Kahit may similarities kayo, lilitaw din ang differences niyong dalawa.)


Additional Note: Gender issues

Ngayon, sa tanong mo, “Bakit kapag ang lalaki may kabit, natural na lang? Bakit kapag babae ang may kabit, parang sobrang baboy mo na?”

Hindi pa rin kasi uso noon ang “gender equality” gaya ng nakikita natin ngayon. At dahil sa panahon lang natin ito nangyari, di basta maiaalis ang pananaw na “kapag ang lalaki pag may kabit, natural na lang.” Kapag may kabit ang babae, parang “sobrang baboy” daw, dahil hindi tayo sanay sa ganitong sitwasyon.

Actually, wala namang masyadong problema kung pagsasabayin mo sila. Haha. Pero seryoso, meron akong nakausap na babae na hinayaan na maging Syota No. 1, No. 2, o No. 3. (Hindi ko na matandaan kung sino siya.) Kung sa iba na katulad niya ay okay lang, walang problema. Hindi pa naman kasi kasal ang magsyota. Kaya lang, mahirap ito dahil hahatiin ng bf niya ang oras at pagmamahal.

Pero may problema kung gusto mo nang magpakasal, which in this case kailangan mo talagang pumili ng isa.

Sa isang banda, mapa-babae o mapa-lalaki man, mali din naman na magkaroon ng kabit. Wala itong pinipiling kasarian. Yun nga lang, dahil nakasanayan na lalaki ang may kabit, nagiging normal na ito. Pero muli, mali din iyan.

Updating My Bias List (November 16, 2019)

For November, the author now follows additional ten groups, raising the total number to 29 groups and soloists under my bias list. There I will define the groups and some reasons why I have to follow them. This change will also be reflected in My Bias List page, serving as masterlist of all the groups I follow.

In the past months, the author promoted GFRIEND to be one of three most favorite groups, and demoted/downgraded Momoland as such, albeit still remaining as Merry. As to TWICE, I have to add remaining five as biases due to their attitude. With additional acts being reviewed, there are some which I liked and wanted to follow.

The author plans also to stan Cherry Bullet. But considering how FNC handles the two missing members – Kokoro and Linlin – I decided not to follow them till this issue is resolved. Why? The agency is beginning to copy wrong responses from MLD Entertainment.

If FNC resolves this with the two still remaining till December, I’ll follow the group and pick all members as my biases. Otherwise, I won’t even consider stanning them. We will discuss this further as we rate agencies at year-end.

As I write this, you may compare our own preferences to these groups.


CLC:
Yeeun and Seungyeon

  • Her cute side, plus being an emcee in The Show gave chance to know her more. As for Seungyeon, she knows how to play cute and fierce at the same time, not to mention her being very responsive to issues.

Ultimate Bias: Yeeun
Bias Wrecker: Seungyeon

(G)I-DLE:
Soojin and Soyeon

  • I take particular interest on Soojin due to her sexiness shown in Senorita and Uh-Oh. As for Soyeon, I deem her as my bias wrecker for the group, since she also entails sexiness and added strong charisma.

Ultimate Bias: Soojin
Bias Wrecker: Soyeon

FANATICS:
Doah, Sika, Doi

  • While Doah has special beauty, Sika grabbed my attention with her aggressiveness on talents and visuals.

Ultimate Bias: Doah
Bias Wrecker: Sika and Doi

Rocket Punch:
All members (Juri, Dahyun, Suyun, Sohee, Yunkyoung, Yeonhee)

  • Sensing that picking biases in this rookie group is difficult, as they project well their visuals and talents, I decided to pick all members as my biases.

Ultimate Bias: Juri
Bias Wrecker: Dahyun (till further notice)

Weki Meki:
Suyeon, Sei, Yoojung

  • Started appreciating them on Picky Picky, and picked biases on Tiki Taka.

Ultimate Bias: Suyeon
Bias Wrecker: Sei and Yoojung

Oh My Girl:
Hyojung, YooA, Seunghee

  • The group’s performance of Bungee, plus the positive responses over this song, convinced me to follow them.

Ultimate Bias: Hyojung
Bias Wrecker: Seunghee and YooA

ITZY:
Yuna and Lia

  • While I am predisposed to like groups with cuter concepts, I am still okay with other groups leaning to fiercer ones (such as ITZY and MAMAMOO). Attitude and performance convinced me to stan them also. (Indirectly I have to pick the group also to replace Cherry Bullet).

Ultimate Bias: Yuna
Bias Wrecker: Lia

fromis_9:
Saerom, Jiheon, Hayoung

  • Even if I have to know them more as a group, their fun side on performance of Fun proved attractive to me.

Ultimate Bias: Saerom
Bias Wrecker: Jiheon/Hayoung

BVNDIT:
Seungeun and Songhee

  • While I do critically review their debut song (Hocus Pocus), I find it very cute, colorful, and entertaining. Their moves convinced me to follow them.

Ultimate Bias: Seungeun
Bias Wrecker: Songhee

HINAPIA:
All members (Minkyeung, Gyeongwon, Eunwoo, Yaebin, and Bada)

  • As Pristin fans are dismayed over the group’s loss, and since I did not follow them previously, here comes the chance. Picked them all as consideration for the members continuing the journey in K-Pop.

Ultimate Bias: Eunwoo
Bias Wrecker: Bada

BTS (방탄소년단) – Make It Right (feat. Lauv): MV Review

For our another review of BTS, we will touch on their recent release called Make It Right.

For a bit of info, the song is essentially composed by the group, in collaboration with Ed Sheeran. The group later performed it with Lauv, a rising singer-songwriter. This song is part of underrated tracks under the album Map of the Soul: Persona.

As this is their special release, and since reviewers did not touch on this, we will review it. Let’s start!

(Side Note: We wish to mention BigHit’s swift responses over Jungkook and the tattoo shop, plus the car accident. It’s not surprising that responses like this are one of secrets for group’s success and agency as well.)

Storyline

The story tells of a boy and a girl strolling together. Sensing that the boy needs comfort and protection, the girl transforms herself into a cape. This was the case as the boy travels in different places, till they encountered a dragon. Story ends with the boy defeating a dragon, and thanking the girl, who later transforms to old self.

This part intertwines with BTS interacting with fans in a concert.

Review as whole

Essentially this is another song dedicated to their fans. The title as for the BTS speaks of their desire to do right, together with the fandom.

The modified flutey tune is heard in most parts of the song, especially at the chorus. On the first verse, second part, the percussion can be heard. It resumes at the second verse before the bridge.

Symbolisms can be seen here. As interpreted by others, cartoon represents the story of BTS strolling with ARMYs together, as they travel various places like desert, snow, and cave.

Most conspicuous is on the cape, which represents ARMYs. As for BTS, they view their fans as shield and protection.

Message of thanks

As military service is looming upon the members, BTS focused its time on thanking ARMYs and making them feel special. This was the case starting with Boy With Luv, and then again on this special comeback.

The boy lying amidst the desert reminds us of RM’s line at Boy With Luv. There he stated that “their suffering is our suffering too,” clearly emphasized in this MV.

Joketime and reward

The most common joke on this has been recognized also by Lauv himself:

The author will add ten additional points for BTS, as reward for complete attendance in virtually all engagements. They deserve long breaks and this incentive, since they really worked hard.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 94.44%
Grade: A+
Assessment: Excellent

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 5
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits emotions 5
Appearance 4 Good taste 5
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 5
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 5
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 5
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 5
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 5
Music 10 Not too deafening 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners  
Dance 12 Not too sensual  
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 5
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 4
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 8
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 3
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites  
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19 Completeness of members 10

Taeyeon (태연) – Spark (불티): MV Review

For our another round of review, we will touch on SNSD’s Taeyeon, in her recent song Spark.

It was reported that she is also doing a rendition for OST of Korean Frozen. Wishing all the best on her new journey!

(Side Note: This track was pushed a bit as sign of mourning over Sulli’s death. With Taeyeon still struggling from depression, her situation should not also be taken lightly.)

Storyline as whole

Spark features the red-orange hues shown by the fire and sunset, which describes better the title. While dancing, she goes to the raised platform and finally to a construction crane.

On visuals, 2:03 illustrates very clearly the title. Interpreted loosely, added fire in the scene tells of love as it progresses from simple spark to a raging fire.

Taeyeon’s work sits on borderline between exciting and sad tunes. The music starts with guitars and tambourines, proceeding with added thumping beats afterwards. Soothing tones are mixed with the moderately strong voice she has.

It felt like this song won’t last for me, but I am starting to like the song as it becomes moderately fast in pacing. To add, her soothing lines add comfort as she goes daring in her vocals. The fun side of the dance and music starts at 1:06 and ends at 1:24, albeit made in serious manner.

Review by others

KPopReviewed noted that Spark resembles Adele’s Rolling in the Deep, particularly on music. He enjoys the vocals being focused equally, and chorus being smooth. While it was fine, it lacked build-up and it looks low-budget as compared to other solo releases.

TheBiasList deemed it as fun and energetic, and shares same observation on resemblance with Adele. Instrumentals are in pace and has momentum, which gives “effortless polish”. A bit of improvement would help, namely on it being a bit dirtier.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 86.32%
Grade: B-
Assessment: Satisfactory

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 3
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits emotions 5
Appearance 4 Good taste 5
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 5
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 5
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 5
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 5
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 5
Music 10 Not too deafening 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners 5
Dance 12 Not too sensual 5
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 4
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 3
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 7
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 1
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 4
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19

BVNDIT (밴디트) – Dumb: MV Review

The author decided to add BVNDIT on its list of reviewed performances this month. The lead song is called Dumb, which is included in their first mini-album [BE!]. With new concept rolling on, would they make us stand in awe? Let’s see.

(Side Note: From this day, the author is stanning the rookie group, with Seungeun as ultimate bias, and Songhee as bias wrecker.)

Review as whole

Fortunately they considered also some points here earlier. We refer to Hocus Pocus, which borrows some tunes from Chungha’s Gotta Go. Now that they have a second comeback, no trace of Snapping can be heard from this.

Let’s go to music. The beats used are typically heard in some tourist promotions, which I find it very amusing. If a typical fan would look up for a mature side, this is apparent in their visuals and dance.

Let’s then talk about visuals. Special effects are shown at 0:39. At the next second, some fruits are featured. Wondered why Red Velvet still hasn’t featured it in any of their comebacks?

Shades of red and orange are featured in the video, especially when the curtain is being removed to reveal the sunset. The fragile crossing tape and the modified amphitheater can also be seen here. Summing up the message:

We are finding ways on entertaining the one we love, even if it leads us to be dumb. As we are enlightened on our status, we nourish ourselves and declare that we are going to be a better, wise lover tomorrow.

The camera movement amidst the curtains was the most confusing of all. While the meaning was quite understandable, better if it’s fixed.

Review by others

KPopReviewed got happy upon knowing this song, and wrote that it’s pretty good. The tropical plus Latin beats got a taste of being generic, but Dumb goes mature as compared to past comebacks. The generic side went too far to the point that visuals and choreo suffers, and he hoped a little bounce and vibrancy would give color to the whole MV.

TheBiasList got similar observations on the nature of song. And as you guessed it, nothing unique can be heard. It’s dangerous to do similar stuff, as it loses luster. Positives include their mature, polished performance.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 83.81%
Grade: C+
Assessment: Improving

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 4
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits emotions 5
Appearance 4 Good taste 5
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 5
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 5
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 5
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 5
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 4
Music 10 Not too deafening 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners 5
Dance 12 Not too sensual 5
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 4
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 5
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 6
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 1
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 4
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19 Features fruits 5

GOT7 – You Calling My Name: MV Review

Reviews for Hyuna & Dawn, South Club, (G)I-DLE, MAMAMOO, and others will be done some time.


For our another round of review, we will still touch on GOT7 in their latest comeback. Let’s start!

Review as whole

On the first listen, I only understood the terms “calling my name” and “giving another chance.” This might imply that he seeks a second chance, and if granted, be called by his name again.

The music utilizes more on acapella, and then proceeds to simple instrumentals. The only buildup can be heard on the second and final chorus. While the hand moves are a bit complicated, it’s simple enough to be learned. This set up of music helps them, as their vocals do stand out, especially on raps.

While You Calling My Name was not exciting, this was equally calm to begin with.

It took a while for me to understand the oracle bone inscription circling the two members, if not for an Ahgase interpreting it as character for “name.” On the other side, GOT7 utilizes some special effects, particularly on them forming a hexagon, breaking glass, and specks.

Dark settings suggest a sad state of relationship; in which he desires to be granted another chance.

Review by others

It’s not surprising that TheBiasList put GOT7 in its complaints list, till he liked the lead track. The song is bursting with “rhythmic staccato” chorus filled with adlibs and synths. The next chorus being fleshy became a definite point for him to like it. Melodies are excellent, and dynamics are used fully.

KPopReviewed thought that the group veered away from its usual tunes, leaning to a funky beat that reflects their maturity. While the structure of elements that defined GOT7 is still the same, it tweaked a bit on visuals, making it more appealing. Summing up, it is “alluring” and “captivating”.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 86.32%
Grade: B-
Assessment: Satisfactory

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 4
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits emotions 5
Appearance 4 Good taste 5
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 5
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 5
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 5
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 5
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 5
Music 10 Not too deafening 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners 4
Dance 12 Not too sensual 5
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 4
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 3
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 6
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 2
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 4
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19    

HINAPIA – Drip: MV Review

With incoming work I applied for next year, and with few reads, I might limit MV Reviews from that point.

Also, since seasonal misheard lyrics are not yet featured highly by YouTube, I’ll shift gears next year.


For a bit of info, Hinapia is composed of former Pristin members, namely Minkyung (Roa), Gyeongwon (Yuha), Yebin (Rena), and Eunwoo. A fifth new member, Bada, is also included in the group.

Even if Pristin attained relative success, it gone hiatus and later disbanded, leaving members in disarray. Four members then signed contract with OSR (then called as AlSeulBit) and redebuted as Hinapia. We’ll discuss this further as we rate Pledis and OSR at year-end.

At this point, I am going to stan them as a group, and pick them all as my biases. This is a way of making up for missed times following the four as Pristin. Let’s start!

Storyline

The storyline tells about the four being under Pledis, and how they were trapped during their long hiatus. This is best explained by Bada in a bubble, and Eunwoo in jail, holding a boat while soaking in bathtub. Later the group finds ways for other members to escape, like cutting a wire and serving as rope, destroying the iron jail, and lending a hand to Bada.

Viewers will find beneficial, being taught to put out fires using extinguishers.

Review as whole

Drip uses popping tunes at start of video. It becomes progressively leaning to rock before pausing a bit. This is repeated on the second verse. Totally, this music reminds us of Dreamcatcher’s Piri, albeit with lesser whistles. This should’ve pulled them off higher had they chose more daring tunes.

I find the ending a bit scary, as they featured a skull. While this represents death, I’m still puzzled on its relation to MV as whole.

Hinapia undergone so many changes, from choice of concepts to name changes. In fact, the first three used their real names as stage names. On concepts, Drip continued what Pristin’s Get It left off.

As a whole, the girls maybe considered the whims of many viewers, particularly on leaning with mature tracks. And to be honest, this kind of maturity is one of the most daring, and I liked it very much. Finally, I find Eunwoo and Bada beautiful in this MV.

Review by others

TheBiasList liked the song itself, being polarizing between cute and wild concepts. Though not convincing as well, Drip goes direct to the point and moderates what would be a very wild aesthetic. Points for improvement are on short hooks, chorus being not impressive, and weak verses.

KPopReviewed noted that female groups this year have no time for cute concepts. That’s the case of Hinapia, which continues mature concepts that trended so far. He found the hooks as very “addictive” and smooth, plus beats complementing the music. For improvements, that would be on the song not showcasing much what’s in a group.

Joketime

A public joke tells us what Hinapia means:

(H)appy
(I)’m
(N)ot
(A)
(P)ledis
(I)dol
(A)nymore

The name might’ve been chosen as sign of disgust how Pledis neglected the former group.

Others revealed the word (or sound-like of it) in other languages:

Filipino: Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus), a fish commonly eaten in PH
Indonesian: Hina (disgrace) and Pia (cookies). Hence, “disgrace cookies”.
Malay: Hina (expression used as insult) and Pia (beer). Insulting a beer?
Japanese: Hina (doll) and Pia (peer). Hence, “a group of dolls,” like Hinamatsuri (Festival).
Portuguese: Ri na pia (Laugh in the sink.)

One reads the group’s name as Humana Insurance.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 92.38%
Grade: A-
Assessment: Very Good

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 3
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits emotions 5
Appearance 4 Good taste 4
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 5
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 5
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 4
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 5
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 5
Music 10 Not too deafening 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners 5
Dance 12 Not too sensual 4
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 5
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 5
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 7
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 1
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 4
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19 Uploads video to 1theK 10
Features 1theK logo (Bonus points)
Prominently features 1theK vid (Bonus points) 5

VICTON (빅톤) – Nostalgic Night: MV Review

With so many tasks at work, other November releases might be reviewed a bit late or next month.

Honestly, it’s very difficult now to crunch time, considering that’s measly given to me. Again, our sincerest apologies.


 

For our another short review, we will feature Victon, in their song Nostalgic Night.

It can be remembered that Victon lost in the spotlight, as it did not have enough attention wanted to keep going. With survival show going on, their fans are also growing, such that the venue became insufficient to hold a fanmeeting.

With 17 months of hiatus dragging them, added with Seungwoo leaving the group for X1 a while, would this comeback bring outstanding performance? Let’s see:

(Side Note: Congratulations to VICTON for their first win!)

Storyline as whole

In a night, where it’s raining, the members are reminiscing moments with friends amidst memorable places, now wrecked or abandoned.

With regards to music, the pulsating tunes is hidden but can be heard throughout the video. It is best described as balance between the happy side (as demonstrated by instrumentals and raps), and the sad side (represented by the storyline and the night itself).

In this case, it felt lacking in another final chorus to give it a definite ending and an explosive finish. I find it surprising that the song ended abruptly.

It’s good to note that PlayM is also featuring the 1theK logo consistently. Not only is it featured at start, but also at 0:13, where the same served as signage.

victonnostalgic1thek

Review by others

Out of frustration for Golden Child’s long hiatus, TheBiasList researched on other groups’ similar fates. It revealed that Victon got into hiatus for 17 months. And still, the comeback really did not compensate well. Points lacking include downbeat verses, uncharming instrumentals, and slow energy. On a bit of positives, Night has speedy tempo, and its EDM has potentials.

KPopReviewed deemed the song as picking up what Time Of Sorrow left off, but it stands chance of shining among other recent boy group releases. The melodies were dynamic and light, and raps moderated the supposed gloomy mood of the song. He went even far to explain the storyline behind it.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 93.33%
Grade: A+
Assessment: Excellent

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 4
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits emotions 5
Appearance 4 Good taste 5
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 5
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 5
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 5
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 5
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 5
Music 10 Not too deafening 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners 5
Dance 12 Not too sensual 5
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 5
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 2
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 7
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 1
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 4
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19 Uploads video to 1theK 10
Features 1theK logo (Bonus points) 5
Prominently features 1theK vid (Bonus points)

 

 

Featured Image of the Day (November 13, 2019)

We’ll save these screenshots for future reference.

Momoland celebrates its 3rd Anniversary – this time without Daisy and Taeha:

If MLD Entertainment still goes unresponsive, we’ll save these pictures for future reference. Also, we will retype the statements.

The first statement reads as follows:

[Dabin] found another way through acting, but I feel sorry for Daisy and Taeha. They worked hard as the main vocal and main rapper, but they are taking a break by force. They have a contract so that’s the reason why they can’t protest this situation. I will cheer only Daisy and Taeha.

The second statement is retyped as follows:

My daughter is crying and they live calmly and shamelessly. I feel hot under the collar. I want to say don’t forget that the sky is looking at you. There is no peace in my mind. It’s just sadness and anger.

I want to find Daisy’s smile on her face again. Daisy is very sad now, but she will have a lot of power in your worries and love.

(Photo credits from various sources.)

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VAV (브이에이브이) – Poison

We will feature another underrated boy group named VAV, in their song Poison.

For a bit of info, they debuted last 2015, and currently has seven members. On how to pronounce it, this is called as V-A-V. Let’s delve more on the group as we review them:

Storyline as whole

VAV’s video starts with a member chanting Spanish numbers, but I find the storyline lacking. This is something they need to improve, since I find it difficult to decipher the storyline of the song.

Viewers might find caring dogs beneficial, as seen in 1:31.

The raps and upbeats sustains excitement throughout the whole song, only to end with melodramatic tunes. The climax part of the song can only be heard at first verse, which descends a bit upon the first chorus. There they did not the music drag too low, thereby sustaining the beats needed to keep the song alive.

Poison features consistently smoke, which might represent their hazy state. The most startling is at showing the snake, which normally is featured as poisonous creature.

Many similarities are apparent in their MV. In various instances, 0:11 shares similarities with BTS’ Blood, Sweat, and Tears. 0:23 – 0:25 reminds us of CLC’s Me, where Sorn is sitting together with the plants. Meanwhile, 2:21 and 2:59 shares similar alley with TRCNG’s Missing.

Review by others

Despite being underrated, VAV consistently receives promotions, which TheBiasList noted. However, they did not stick to their chosen genre, if any. Bad point is on the song being gloomy, only to be trapped with standard beats on opening. Also, they should experiment further on “rubbery” electronic sounds that would’ve made them stand out.

KPopReviewed told that Poison still does not garner attention, and it’s easily forgettable. Going further, the instrumental techniques now “lost the appeal…of the piano” that should’ve set direction. Some good elements not used makes song like this typical.

For visuals, same disappointment happens. The video would’ve been darker, which is ideal for a track like this. He only enjoys musical aspect, which stroke balance between verses and chorus hooks.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 84.00%
Grade: C+
Assessment: Improving

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 3
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 4
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits emotions 5
Appearance 4 Good taste 5
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 5
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 5
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 5
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 5
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 4
Music 10 Not too deafening 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners 4
Dance 12 Not too sensual 5
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 4
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 5
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 6
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 1
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 3
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19 Shares concept from other groups 5

1THE9 (원더나인) – Blah (속삭여): MV Review

For the second time, we will review again 1the9, in their song Blah.

It’s October, and it’s good that they are catching up. They have to rush fast, as we have only five months remaining before their contract expires.

Storyline as whole

The story features a man walking aimlessly with a car going round and round. Another still features a man sitting down in a fence. Another holds lights and raises it. Meanwhile, they feature fireball, and fire scattering all over. Seeing it in a symbolic way, this means that they, having burning desires, are seeking the light to escape from despair and aimlessness.

1the9 made good deal featuring small TVs at 0:34. They also include traffic lights, which will tell the lesson on traffic rules.

The music uses high upbeats at the start, then goes quietly as they sing. And in fairness, I find it heartening when they made their dances in chorus simplified.

The author sees this as following the likes of SF9, SVT, and other groups who follow similar format. However, I have to see another factor that will make them stand out. Hopefully this be done as their last act before their contract expires.

1the9 also has to come up with better title, as I don’t see what’s in the title with respect to their performance. Another point for improvement would be on their storyline, which should’ve been explained in the descriptions.

As for 1theK, it should’ve focused more on providing a bit of storyline like in the past.

The scene at 2:43 – 2:49 shares similarities with IN2IT’s Run Away.

Review by others

TheBiasList is not surprised with 1the9’s near-expiry, and commented that this might be their last song. To add, this was really “blah blah,” without sense of purpose and direction. Despite all these, they manage to have decent melodies.

KPopReviewed backtracked a bit to review the group. He hadn’t reviewed it yet due to its being bland, unimaginative, and typical, lacking elements to stand out. This is also the result of conceptualizing inside the box. Breaking down, vocals and raps are fine, and the only saving grace is their moves.

Joketime

This title reminds me of ITZY:

They do Blah Blah!
Show my manner…

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 89.52%
Grade: B+
Assessment: Good

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 3
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits emotions 4
Appearance 4 Good taste 5
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 5
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 5
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 5
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 5
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 5
Music 10 Not too deafening 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners 5
Dance 12 Not too sensual 5
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 4
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 4
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 6
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 1
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 3
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 4
Other Matters 19 Uploads video to 1theK 10
    Features 1theK logo  
    Prominently features 1theK vid (Bonus points) 5

The Best of K-Pop Misheard Lyrics for 2019 (Autumn Edition)

After some setbacks, we are now up on misheard lyrics for Autumn 2019!

In this regard, we tried to cover most of tracks from start of the year till September. At that point we are sifting out some lyrics that might be funny. At least. But for missed tracks beyond that month, don’t worry. Releases starting from October to December will be covered on the succeeding video next year.

You may play this video with less stress. Enjoy the best of misheard lyrics for Autumn 2019 from TweetNewscaster!

ARIAZ (아리아즈) – Moonlight Aria: MV Review

As part of helping underrated groups, we will feature Ariaz in their song Moonlight Aria.

As what a reviewer pointed out, the timing for the group was perfect. This was due to lack of girl group performances for October, giving them the chance to stand out for a month. But with the agency being inactive for several years, how would it ensure that ARIAZ will stand out among the rest? Let’s see in this review:

Review as whole

The way how the music video is presented – from outfits to settings – reminds me of IZ*ONE’s Violeta or Lovelyz’s Beautiful Days.

I appreciated the song at the first 39 seconds. They started from echoing sounds, then proceeded to tweaking EDM. This is something new for me. Sparkling percussions can be heard at the first chorus, and at the seconds leading to end of music. The music is quite flat, but it’s okay. It’s rare for any group to handle consistency just like this one.

On visuals, their interaction with the plants and flowers is a bit fascinating. Meanwhile, Dawon shares similar appearance with AOA’s Jimin.

Gleaning from the MV itself, they are describing how they are interacting with the nature, using it as their background. The video starts and ends with them featuring a leaf with a simulated dewdrop. This setting represents them as a group reflecting sunshine even if they are only a rookie group.

For a bit of info, Aria possibly stems from Italian word for “air.” From this point, we might wonder what kind of air they will show to us in their next projects.

As what the author emphasized in previous reviews, they have to provide even a bit of description. This is written in Korean on their page, making it difficult to understand.

Review by others

TheBiasList wrote that Ariaz combines the best in both LOONA and Cosmic Girls, and uses “glitch hop,” which is something new. While Moonlight Aria was not outstanding, somehow it tells us what more they could show to us in the future.

Final Notes

Considering how Star Empire handled 9Muses and ZE:A, Ariaz stands greater chance of failure in the future. This is despite the group being under sub-label of the said agency. We’ll discuss this as we rate agencies at year-end, and they have to prove this statement wrong.

As one commenter puts his response on this:

Guffaws in 9Muses and ZE:A

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 86.00%
Grade: B-
Assessment: Satisfactory

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 4
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits emotions 5
Appearance 4 Good taste 5
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 5
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 5
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 5
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 5
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 4
Music 10 Not too deafening 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners 5
Dance 12 Not too sensual 5
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 3
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 5
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 6
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 1
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 4
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 4
Other Matters 19 Shares resemblance with other groups 5

 

ATEEZ (에이티즈) – Wonderland: MV Review

We are now on our second review of ATEEZ, this time in their newest release called Wonderland.

So far, they provided four comebacks for 2019, which is a great move (Say My Name, Wave, Illusion, Wonderland). After reviewing their double lead track this summer, they are now embarking on another comeback. I’m pretty sure this approach will guide them in what they want in the future. Let’s start!

Review as whole

Music was on heavy beats and synthetic beatdrops, especially on the chorus. On vocals, it’s surprising that Mingi’s voice was quite hidden in the song, and only apparent in the chorus.

The upbeat was exciting on the first verse, then slows down on second verse. Afterwards it cliffhangs before chorus, then proceeds to heavy drops. It regains upon raps, proceeds to slower beats afterwards, then goes beating again on second chorus.

The music video features old lamp and the three members locked in an elevator, harking back to old times (0:24 – 0:26), and also 1:16 – 1:18 on band. The stairs represent desire for growth and ascendancy. The door being opened represents light that is being opened to them as they journey. Finally, a member being chained up and elevator represents struggle and liberation.

An interpretation can be drawn from these things:

If we struggle to be free, willing to grow, and seize opportunities available, we can attain the Wonderland we want to be.

The staircases featured at 0:52 and at 1:05 – 1:07 shares inspiration from GOT7’s Eclipse.

Review by others

KPopReviewed deems Wonderland as a return to their usual stronger past, and exceeding it. By “suspense-building,” they managed to maintain a lot of energy. Outstanding aspects were on the rappers and vocals. Also added to that were the camera shots, which illustrated the fierceness and intense nature of the song.

TheBiasList noted that Ateez having a steady stream of music bears sense of focus. While they might copy stronger concepts from other groups, they manage to pull something that is theirs. Particular instance was on music, where they used every instrumental as if it’s their last. Best parts were on their pre-chorus and lifting-up of disappointing parts. As a whole, the blogger liked it very much.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 84.21%
Grade: C+
Assessment: Improving

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 3
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits emotions 5
Appearance 4 Good taste 5
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 5
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 5
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 5
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 5
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 4
Music 10 Not too deafening 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners 5
Dance 12 Not too sensual 5
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 4
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 4
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 6
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 1
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 4
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 4
Other Matters 19    

Super Junior (슈퍼주니어) – Super Clap: MV Review

We are now on our second review of Super Junior, with their reunion song Super Clap.

We discussed thoroughly the group in an earlier review. Since they provided another comeback for them as a complete group, will they still astound us after several years? Let’s see:

(Side Note: This release was pushed several days later as respect for Sulli. And unfortunately, as KPopReviewed stated, we would not see Heechul, Sungmin, and Kangin reuniting with them due to various issues.)

Storyline

The storyline tells of them practicing their dance. In line with this, they are giving invitation to the office. This is to see them perform and dance at the airport. Later they are given red carpet.

The music video features settings in the office, dinner, and tennis court. This helps viewers see what is happening in these places, and how people there behave. Beneficial is on featuring what’s happening inside office, featuring arcade dance and for tennis (for exercise).

Funny scene was on the secretary who always takes notes. Added to the fun are on officemates who throw paper, and on members as they react on using the arcade dance.

Review as whole

Brassy beats are played at the start before they sing. The rest of the music prefers to be funky, and is upbeat in a special way. And to note that they did not use Latin beats this time. This is the kind of music I did not see with Super Junior as far as I know.

With regards to dance, the group prefers less energetic dances, which I also understand as they age. However, they managed to keep the moves as uplifiting as possible.

Some symbolisms can be seen here in Super Clap. The red carpet represents their return to the K-Pop scene. It can be remembered that they had been incomplete for eight years due to military service. This time, they are beginning to fly again, as represented by plane flying at the end of the MV.

Final joke

As an Elf, you will also agree that it’s awkward, but fun to see Super Junior still performing after several years. This is something you won’t see from any agency except from SM. Added 10 points will be given to the group for this.

As such, I have a joke:

2009: Super Junior
2019: Super Senior

Review by others

KPopReviewed noted that the group uses “catchy and groovy” songs in their instrumentals, which adds to song’s being polished. This is not seen in them during their heydays. While the MV was plain, and their performance was constricted, at least they did well.

TheBiasList pointed out that the group is going to a retro “disco funk” beat, which does not disappoint him. The straightforward music does not waste time doing tempo shifts, and claps are plenty. Arrangement is also done to give extra sexiness. The only pull-down factor was that of music being lighthearted.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 90.48%
Grade: A-
Assessment: Very Good

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 5
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits emotions 5
Appearance 4 Good taste 5
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 5
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 5
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 5
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 5
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 5
Music 10 Not too deafening 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners 5
Dance 12 Not too sensual 5
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 3
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 4
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 7
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 2
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 4
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19 Longevity of Super Junior 10

Lovelyz’s Kei (김지연) – I Go: MV Review

On our roll of reviews, we will pick another soloist, this time Lovelyz’s Kei in her song I Go. This is the first time we review a soloist from that group. Sorry also for not reviewing Babysoul, but we will do it this time with Kei.

Using her real name Kim Jiyeon signifies her readiness to embark on solo projects. Will she cling on to the styles used by her group, or attempt to draw her own style? Let’s see here:

(Side Note: As of present, Queendom recently ended its episode. There they tried different genres, and showcased their talents. This helped a lot also for them to be known more. Wishing the best of luck to the group!)

Storyline

As she goes backward with time, it becomes dark, and as she finds out later, she is being thrown in a series of flashbacks. This kind of throwback tells of her in a paradise, later being trapped in a dark dimension in the other side.

The throwback recalls her visiting various beautiful places, the latest touching a painting of the other place. Meanwhile, the cloud arrow tells of her going to fields where auroras can be seen. The story ends with the girl holding a bright orb. As she holds the sun, everything shines brighter.

Viewers will have a good deal on MV as it features clocks, nature, and piano. Hope this sparks interest for viewers to be nature lovers and be time-conscious.

Review as whole

Gleaning from the MV, its meaning can be drawn up from the broken pieces of time. This meant that time is not being of importance, or that we desire to be free, and not being bridled by time.

I do appreciate her hollow voice, which carries us throughout the whole MV. Also, the finale proved to be moderately tuned even if it started with her high note. However, even in slower mode (unlike that of Lovelyz), she won’t convince me to cry for it unlike their previous lead track.

For a bit of improvement, they have to provide a description in Woolim Ent or 1theK YouTube page.

Advocacy

Noteworthy was on Woolim always featuring 1theK logo at the beginning and end of the MV. As of now, Woolim and RBW (and to lesser extent FNC) are consistent in this act.

We will add some changes starting in this review: (1) Uploaded vids featuring 1theK logo will earn extra five points, and (2) if said 1theK video is prominently featured in YouTube, extra five points will be given also. If these are not complied, no points, but these will not be pull-down factors.

Joketime

On the other hand, I find the title a bit funny. If it be misheard in Korean, that would be awful. I Go, if misheard, will be Aigoo (아이구). It’s as if you go, then later on tell “Geez!”

Review by others

TheBiasList has a particular interest over Kei, being the member who gives more than required effort. Being more like Lovelyz’s b-side track, it would’ve been better if Woolim gave more solid material for her, like doing a pattern from BoA’s work. Worse, this wastes her pleasant voice and lacks sense of direction as the song paints her as very serious.

Being a vocalist of Lovelyz, KPopReviewed told that Kei has to add some spice to stand out, which she did. While instrumentals are “classic,” the “fantastic” feel from Lovelyz is present in this MV. Had she picked a very serious performance, this will drag her down. Negative point was on too many spoilers at the end, which tend to be messy.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 90.53%
Grade: A-
Assessment: Very Good

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 5
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits emotions 5
Appearance 4 Good taste 5
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 5
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 5
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 5
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 5
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 4
Music 10 Not too deafening 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners
Dance 12 Not too sensual
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 4
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 5
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 5
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 1
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 4
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 3
Other Matters 19 Uploads video to 1theK 10
Features 1theK logo (Bonus points) 5
Prominently features 1theK vid (Bonus points)

SWOT Analysis: CPA Board Exam

Sa isang inspirational message, doon natin inilagay ang mga tips na specific para sa May/October 2019 CPA examinees. Dito natin isusulat ang SWOT analysis, na malaking tulong din para diskartehan ang pagpasa sa board exam.

So far, ito ang aking SWOT analysis, from the time na kinuha ko ang October 2016 exam till naipasa ko last May 2018. Ang Strengths and Weaknesses ay tungkol sa iyo lang, at iyon ang aspeto na kaya mo pang i-improve at baguhin (Internal Factors). Ang Opportunities and Threats ay hindi mo hawak, at manggagaling iyan sa ibang tao. Mahirap baguhin iyan (External Factors).

Feel free to add or subtract sa mga nakalista diyan, depende sa estado ng buhay mo ngayon. Sana makatulong ito para pagplanuhan ang life-changing goal sa buhay: ang maging CPA in the future.


Strengths:

  • Establishing linkages sa mga kapwa reviewees.
  • Laging nakikinig sa lectures at perfect sa attendance
  • Faith in God
  • Having general knowledge

Weakness:

  • Mahinang kalooban
  • Mahina pa ang kakayahang i-absorb ang concepts sa accounting
  • Laging bumabagsak sa mga quizzes at exams
  • Medyo disorganized sa pag-aaral
  • Nahihirapang makahabol sa lectures

Opportunities:

  • Di pa updated ang coverage ng CPA board exam sa ngayon, kumpara sa susunod na board exam.
  • Maraming reviewees na handang tumulong
  • Magandang review centers sa Maynila
  • May trabaho related sa accounting
  • Laging exposed sa reyalidad at sa kung paano gumagana ang sistema.

Threats:

  • Low passing rate
  • Changes on accounting syllabus
  • Malayo ang bahay sa review center
  • Kakulangan sa oras
  • Kahirapan/kakulangan sa pera
  • Teknolohiyang hawak ay kulang para makaagapay sa itinuturo (outdated cellphone at camera di tulad ng ibang reviewees).

Featured Image Credit: HR Journal of Myanmar.

Limesoda (라임소다) – Wave: MV Review

For variety purposes we will include another underrated group Limesoda with their latest comeback called Wave.

For a bit of info, it is composed of three members named Jangmi, Hyerim, and Seungji, under D Maker Entertainment. We are adding underrated girl groups to help in promoting them, albeit in small way.

Storyline as whole

While the storyline was quite unclear, as it did not define exactly what the title is all about, viewers can make a good deal out of things featured. These include old radio (1:47), sparkling globe (1:57 – 1:58, 2:09), and old phone (3:07).

With regards to music, popping tune dominates most parts of the song. Usual instrumentals were used in the chorus. For its choreography, I find the steps very simple and easy to learn.

For such a comeback of rookie groups like this, some improvements must be worked out. First, it is suggested that they create more bop tunes to keep them afloat. That would possibly help in making them stand out in the sea of K-Pop.

Second is on providing a clearer storyline. As of this moment, it’s difficult to figure out what does the two clear cubes represent. Also, the storyline is written in Korean, making it difficult to understand what the music video is all about.

Review by others

Just like the author, TheBiasList only reviewed the group for the first time. The good thing was that albeit it attached to Blackpink’s success, they managed to come up with different concept. The vacuum of instrumentals allowed them to use their voices, and the chorus uses “addictive”, beat-heavy energy. Points for improvement are on build-up needed at the second verse, and refinement of chorus to make it stand out.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 83.16%
Grade: C+
Assessment: Improving

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 2
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits emotions 5
Appearance 4 Good taste 5
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 5
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 5
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 5
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 5
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 3
Music 10 Not too deafening 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners 5
Dance 12 Not too sensual 5
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 4
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 5
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 6
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 1
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 4
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 4
Other Matters 19    

ONF (온앤오프) – Why: MV Review

It’s the first time we will review ONF, in their song Why. For a bit of info, their name suggests two states: On and Off. They are composed of six members, divided into two sub-groups, and are under WM Entertainment, same agency that handles Oh My Girl.

Meanwhile, it’s sad to hear that another member, Laun, left the group. This happened during their promotions, and therefore, they need little adjustments before giving comebacks. We’ll see if ONF will recover on this, as we rate agencies at year-end. Let’s start!

Storyline as whole

Their story tells of them visiting nature and old buildings. Sensing danger, they run to avert the supposed crime, or investigate on it.

The quirky tune at the chorus suggests the fun side it may bring to the MV, albeit not apparent in the visuals. On the other hand, the verse before second chorus suggests that of Stray KidsSide Effects.

Special effects are employed, like falling meteorites and time-warp door. Meanwhile, they made a good deal featuring Eiffel tower (0:25).

Some symbolisms are used in the MV. First, hiding with mask represents using it to escape accountability while committing crimes. Second, the key being held by member represents authority. Finally, the gun represents threat. Summing up:

Being in authority has its own power. Oftentimes some abuse it, while hiding in the mask to escape accountabilities.

For a bit of improvement, they have to provide a storyline. This is something unclear, being written in Korean.

I consider them still as a rookie group, even if they debuted three years ago. In fact, being less familiar to K-Pop fans, this is also being advertised, which I understand.

Review by others

KPopReviewed dissected the performance with respect to previous track We Must Love. While the latter exudes vibrancy, the newest track is reserved and heavy. Vocals were polished, and song gives different vibes. Dynamic instrumentals hold the song together, and that was their mature track so far.

TheBiasList noted the “sparse” schedule for a rookie group, since they only released a single comeback this year. Why has an “interesting” composition, and its tunes are placed in context. In a way, this track really stood up to the phrase “quality over quantity.” For a bit of improvement, the second verse should’ve been used to color the second half of the song.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 85.56%
Grade: B-
Assessment: Satisfactory

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 4
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits emotions 5
Appearance 4 Good taste 4
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 5
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 5
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 5
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 5
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 5
Music 10 Not too deafening 4
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners  
Dance 12 Not too sensual  
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 4
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 5
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 7
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 1
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 4
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 4
Other Matters 19    

Condensed Tips for CPA Board Exam (Inspirational Message)

Hindi ko maiwasang isipin kung ano ang lagay ng 12,417 examinees na hindi nakapasa sa CPA Board Exam nitong October 2019. Ito ay dahil sa sobrang baba ng national passing percentage (14.32%).

As promised, sinulat ko ulit ang tips regarding sa CPA Board Exam. May mga tips din na tinipon ko from netizens sa Accounting Coach PH. Pero ito ay specific sa mga bumagsak nitong May at October 2019 exam, na kukuha ulit next time. Sana makatulong din kahit paano.

  1. Assess yourself. Ano ba ang strengths at weakness mo? Ano ba ang mga opportunities at threats na available para sa iyo? Importante ito dahil doon ka didiskarte sa board exam. Ididiscuss ko sa isa pang artikulo kung ano ang mga iyan using SWOT analysis.
  2. Be always prepared. Aminin din natin na hindi talaga masusunod ang nasa TOS, dahil ito ay guide at overview lamang kung ano ang magiging laman ng exam. Isa pa, computer din ang pumipili ng mga tanong out of thousand questions na inilalagay sa test bank. Which is a technological limitation. Tinetest din ng ganitong sistema kung gaano tayo ka-prepared sa exam.

So, treat every subjects equally. Mag-focus sa mga mahihirap na lessons, at pasadahan na lamang ang mga madadali.

For instance, sa AFAR. Madali lang ang Partnership at Corpo Liquidation, so iyon ang pinasadahan ko. Focused lang ako noon sa Conso problems at Forex. Sa lahat ng subjects, madali ang theories since plain common sense lang naman iyan. Doon na ako nag-focus sa problems.

  1. Analyze, analyze, analyze. Paulit-ulit kong ineemphasize ito, since malaking factor ang analysis sa passing/failing score sa board exam. More on memorization, kailangang intindihin din kung paano gumagana ang mga accounting topics. Learn the “hows” and “whys” of most concepts sa accounting subjects.

Nang nagrereview ako, pumupunta muna ako sa basic concepts ng isang topic, let’s say PPE o intangibles. Saka na nakikinig maigi sa mga specifics like cash-generating unit o PPE swap. At that point inaalam namin kung bakit iyon ang tamang sagot, at kung anong specifics ang ginamit.

  1. Take notes and listen. Malaking tulong din ito lalo na sa mga working reviewees, granted na lagi tayong naghahabol ng oras. Eat full breakfast, and have snacks kung alam mong aantukin ka.

Consider also having index cards, lalo na sa mga complex topics. Ilista kung ano ang summary ng understanding mo sa isang topic. Depende na sa iyo kung ilang index cards ang gagamitin.

  1. Be creative. You are free to make up your own understanding of concepts. Or take weird concept form your reviewers/teachers. Nung time na nahihirapan ako sa interpretation ng Currency Translation sa AFAR, tinake-up ko ang concept ni Sir Ngina. Na pag Peso to Peso, ito ang gagamitin. Pero pag Peso to Oppa (meaning other currency), ibang method naman.
  1. Have fun. Marami sa mga reviewers ang makuwela at palabiro. Malaking tulong din ito upang mabawasan ang stress. Kung tumawa ang buong batch, kailangang tumawa ka rin.

Kung ikaw ay nasa ReSA, sagana diyan si Sir Gor. May inside joke nga na inabot ng 5-10 minutes ang tawanan. Sabi niya (non-verbatim):

“FLO (Financial Lease Obligation) ang gagamitin natin. Kay Chris, anong ginamit? Fl…Flower?”

Matindi ang itinawa namin, to the point na lumuha ako sa katatawa. Kahit paano, nabawasan ang stress na dala-dala namin.

  1. Do what you love and relax. Nalulungkot din ako sa isang examinee na sinakripisyo lahat, pati ang oras para sa good time, para lang maipasa ito. Tumanda na siya sa pag-aaral. Pero di pa rin pasado hanggang ngayon.

Darating din sa punto na hindi kailangang sobrang seryoso habang pinaghahandaan ang CPA Board Exam. No need na ikulong ang sarili o itigil ang lahat ng mga bagay na gusto mo. Dahil tuloy pa rin ang buhay.

Sa kaso ko, as usual pa rin ang ginagawa ko kahit nagrereview pa, tulad ng paglalaro ng computer games, Candy Crush, o blogging sa site. Nanood pa nga ako ng Jang Geum, Team Yey, Peppa Pig, at Pleasant Goat. The point is: Iisa lang ang buhay na meron tayo.

  1. Always pray. Nung mga time na nahihirapan ako sa review at sa paghahanap ng trabaho, wala akong makapitan. Doon ko na-realize na dapat laging humingi ng tulong sa Diyos. From that point, nagdadasal na ako. Hanggang ngayon.

Darating din sa punto na ipagkakaloob ng Panginoon ang matagal na hinihiling. Basta laging kumatok sa Kanya.

Yun lang ang mga simpleng tips para maipasa ito. Maikli ito dahil alam ko na iyon ang mas nakatatak sa marami sa atin. Good luck and God bless sa lahat ng kukuha ng board exam!

Heize (헤이즈) – Falling Leaves Are Beautiful: MV Review

Due to IZ*ONE suspending their comeback, we will not review them. Instead, an essay to improve Produce series will be published some time.

Stay tuned also for reviews of Hinapia, GOT7, Victon, and BVNDIT.


For the first time, we will review Heize in her song Falling Leaves Are Beautiful. For brevity, we will name this as Leaves.

I only knew of Heize through Goblin OST (Round and Round). These kinds, like that of Ailee, have a special place in my heart. Till now I cry everytime I hear this. Round and Round also reminds me how hard it is for me to pass the exam. That’s why I wanted to review her work.

As much as I wanted to review her works (No Reason/We Don’t Talk Together), I failed to do so. On first vid, it was too late. Second vid was full of horror, and I dislike that. No choice then but to wait for another.

Now that Heize is releasing another work this year, this time we will prioritize it. Let’s start!

Storyline

Leaves best describes the girl’s sojourn and the random event of finding a man. They were lost in the midst of fields, and later on she builds a mound. In the midst of nowhere, she later knew that she fell in love with the man beside her.

Viewers will find it beneficial travelling to other places. Nowadays many people have done this, as they don’t want to confine in a room or in offices. There one can feel refreshed and relaxed at the same time.

Review as whole

For comparison’s sake, we will use Round and Round as reference, since that was her only work I knew very well.

The music was plainly calm, and that allows her voice to stand out. She just uses her voice, which I also find it raspy. Although surprised that her voice wasn’t hollow enough, I still enjoyed how she played her voice. This can be deemed as a lesser version of her OST.

For some improvements, that would be on adding description on what the MV of Leaves is all about. How could we relate the title to what they are doing? That’s the thing they have to answer by providing description in YouTube page. Another thing would be on adding moral lesson aside from love.

Review by others

TheBiasList commented that Leaves might be helpful for people who hate K-Pop. This is not to mention that her vocals make the song go up. And perfect timing for the autumn solidifies the need for comeback like this.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 82.35%
Grade: C-
Assessment: Needs Improvement

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 4
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits emotions 5
Appearance 4 Good taste 5
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 5
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 5
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 5
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 5
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 4
Music 10 Not too deafening 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners
Dance 12 Not too sensual
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 3
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 4
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 6
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 1
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 3
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19

 

Stray Kids (스트레이 키즈) – Double Knot: MV Review

Reviews for November releases will be continued next week.


For the second time, we will review Stray Kids, in their song Double Knot.

Their performances proved to be different from the rest of other boy groups, by providing its own sense of identity and approach. We reviewed their previous performance, where we are quite ambivalent on it due to chaotic nature of the song. This time, will they return with an outstanding performance for us? Let’s see.

(Side Note: Sad to see Woojin leaving due to personal reasons. As such, the album release will be moved a month later.)

Storyline as whole

The storyline was quite confusing. The story starts with members always running. The final story features a member picking the key to the door, which he opens.

Stray Kids made the performance less fearful as compared with Side Effects, and with that I am very pleased.

Double Knot’s special kind of EDM impressed me the most. The buzzing, looping sound is heard in most parts of the video, and the build-up of music was becoming tense at the final chorus.

Let’s look on the visuals. The settings are American, and may be mistaken for ordinary American MV if not rendered in Korean. Special effects are fully used at 1:35 – 1:38, where they made duplicates of themselves. Key symbolizes authority, and unlocking possibilities.

The concept of featuring the moon is still present at 0:07, which reminds me of Special Effects, which in turn, copies from GOT7’s Eclipse.

Review by others

KPopReviewed noted that Double Knot combines the energy of Miroh and intensity of Side Effects, yet being toned down. It also posed a different side of them being more masculine. The raps, dances, and vocals are nice. However, it held itself back on its potentials.

TheBiasList noted that this is a pre-release track, and so it being toned down is justifiable. Deep inside, it borrows concepts from Monsta X and adds every autotune available. Aside from that, it benefits from learned experiences on music experiments. Raps are arranged closer to pop than hip-hop. While this was not quite outstanding, hope this be their prelude to upcoming track.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 85.00%
Grade: B-
Assessment: Satisfactory

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 3
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits emotions 5
Appearance 4 Good taste 5
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 5
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 5
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 5
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 5
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 5
Music 10 Not too deafening 4
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners 4
Dance 12 Not too sensual 5
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 3
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 5
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 6
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 1
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 4
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19 Recalls previous songs 5
       

LADIES’ CODE – Set Me Free: MV Review

This is the first time we review another underrated girl group, called Ladies’ Code. At present they are packed with three members: Ashley, Sojung, and Zuny. They are under Polaris Entertainment, and debuted on March 7, 2013.

I only knew of the group when they released a song called Feedback, which we tackled already on our misheard lyrics videos. Later on, I felt saddened by the death of their two members RiSe and EunB.

The long-time hiatus proved too much for them. Now that they are back, hope this review will help them in their re-entry to K-Pop scene. Let’s start!

Storyline as whole

The story tells of three girls doing a hold-up in a casino. Out of the money, they used to buy car, dresses, and wine, luxury items that few can afford. The supply of money proved to be limitless. As they are about to be arrested they strategized on ways how to get out.

At the last part of the video, they take off their clothes, setting the tone for another future release.

Set Me Free just features how people play at the casino, and the moral lesson is lacking in here. Meanwhile, I find it funny that Zuny threw a play gun, and it turned out that it was just a banana. Set Me Free’s symbolism of casino might represent love as big gamble, wishing herself to set free from this big gamble.

Some peculiarities on music can be seen here. For instance, the tempo was set moderately fast, and the structure of the song was set akin to TWICE’s Feel Special. This is more on skipping two lines on the verse leading to chorus. Aside from that, the second part of the chorus is a bit reserved on the members’ lines.

On a final note, I prefer to embed a copy of MV from the official group page itself.

Review by others

TheBiasList actually liked the instrumentals used in Set Me Free, which returns to their previous songs. This could’ve been used throughout the whole video. It helped that the instrumentals guide the song throughout. A bit of downside was on their vocals, particularly at pre-chorus where it is strained. Overall, it was a “nice little production.”

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 87.06%
Grade: B-
Assessment: Satisfactory

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 5
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits emotions 5
Appearance 4 Good taste 4
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 5
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 5
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 5
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 5
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 4
Music 10 Not too deafening 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners  
Dance 12 Not too sensual  
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 4
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 4
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 8
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 1
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 4
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19    

AB6IX (에이비식스) – Blind For Love: MV Review

For our added feature of reviews, we will include AB6IX, with their third comeback titled Blind For Love.

As AB6IX is one of the boy groups who immediately were recognized – though being a rookie group – it’s best to review them.

(Side Note: Congratulations to them on their win on this comeback!)

Review as whole

Particular interest lies on the music. I liked the raps being played to keep the consistency of the song. While it was not as pumped-up as it was with Hollywood and Breathe, it was equally exciting. The chorus plays steady beats, borrowing some mini-shouts from Breathe’s chorus.

Blind For Love presents orbiting globe at start of video, representing being part of world. Fire represents burning desire for love. A member being blindfolded best describes the title. From these things, the message can be understood as follows:

How do we tell that we are blinded with love? If we keep blind on her shortcomings or mistakes. If we always use passion when loving. And finally, if we deem him/her as the one who rules our world.

The banquet at 2:03 shares relationship with KARD’s Dumb Litty

Review by others

KPopReviewed told that their previous track Breathe set the bar so high for other rookies to beat. This time, the Blind For Love follows the same track even if phased differently. While clinging to Breathe, it lost the “wow factor” Breathe and Hollywood possessed. Other aspects like visuals and appearance were good enough.

TheBiasList also agreed that their song Breathe was one of the most impressive. This time, Blind For Love served to continue the momentum. Unlike previous track, it does not falter but instead collects the necessary energy needed to keep going. While their strong points were on melodies, the verses are forgettable. Viewed overall, the song was enjoyable the whole time, and it is destined well to be played in the long run.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 89.47%
Grade: B+
Assessment: Good

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 4
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits emotions 5
Appearance 4 Good taste 5
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 5
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 5
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 5
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 5
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 4
Music 10 Not too deafening 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners 5
Dance 12 Not too sensual 5
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 5
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 5
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 7
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 1
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 4
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19    

Criteria on Rating K-Pop Agencies and Groups (Republished)

With the recent passing of Sulli, plus other events, agencies need to respond better to various issues. Hence, this article being republished.


This time, we are going to rate K-Pop entertainment agencies and select groups. Why are we doing this? This is to recognize their hard work in promoting and caring their K-Pop artists, and to impart some things for improvement. Ultimately, an agency must be responsive and mindful of its talents. It also has to let the groups reach their fullest potential. These things will be our focus as we rate them.

(Side Note: We’ll publish this now to let the agencies prepare and respond to issues till November 30 this year, in which afterwards we will evaluate them.)

To a lesser extent, the author will tackle some financial aspects. However, this has no major effect on ratings, since generally, if agencies are responsive, fame and financial success will just follow.

How do we rate K-Pop entertainment agencies? This is based on another set of criteria, and each criterion is assigned 5 points (except for Criteria No. 5 to 7, 10 points each). In this regard, I also decided to follow that of TheBiasList, but this is an assessment of performance in another angle. They are as follows:

  1. Promotion of groups. This appraises the ability of the agency to promote its groups through fanmeetings, various comebacks, and concerts. It is important, especially that rookie groups are being formed, drowning many others in the sea of K-Pop.
  2. Rolling out of comebacks. Preferably, groups have to be given various quality comebacks, especially when many people tend to forget them and their performance. At a minimum, one comeback per group is enough. This is also anchored on the premise that “the more comebacks, the better.”

Comebacks, as defined here, exclude Japanese comebacks (as this is intended primarily for Japanese) and OSTs for K-Dramas, but include comebacks via commercials.

  1. Handling boy groups. The biases in favor of boy/girl groups over the other cannot be avoided. Hence, rating them separately helps in tracking the agency’s treatment of them.
  2. Handling girl groups. Same reason as of Criterion No. 3.
  3. Assessment as whole. The rating gives an overview of how the agency acts and performs. Assigned ten points to this to reflect how the author perceives the company as a whole. This shall be explained further when we are now ready to rate them.
  4. Longevity of groups. In general, agencies are to be responsible in keeping their groups’ permanence. Groups are ideally not to be given limited life, as is the case on some groups today. I see this also as very important, hence the greater weight assigned.
  5. Handling issues and responding to it. Greater weight is also assigned to it, as agencies need to be mindful of various issues and ways on resolving it. Otherwise, expect lower quality of performance, lesser sales, net loss, and other negative effects, plus angry/dismayed fans.
  6. Other factors. This shall be explained further in separate assessment.

But wait, there’s more! In grading the K-Pop agencies, there will be a twist:  A separate assessment for select groups will also be provided, each criterion with rating of 5 points (except for Criteria No. 4 and 5 with 10 points each). Here they are laid as follows:

  1. Health issues. This does not mean that the group must not have any health issues. Absences due solely to health issues are acceptable. But if this gravely affects the group’s performance, we have a problem.
  2. Dating issues. This also does not mean that groups are barred from dating or having a boyfriend/girlfriend. In fact, they are free to love and be loved. However, if this affects the group’s performance, we also have a problem.
  3. Other issues (Internal). This shall be further discussed, if there’s any.
  4. Attitude. Greater weight is assigned, as this focuses more on their behavior, like absenteeism, time management, handling other commitments, concern for fellow members, and quarrel between themselves. It also includes how they treat their fans, whether in Korea or overseas. Proper attitude sets the groups to right direction and fame.
  5. Attendance in concerts, meet-ups, and overseas TV shows. Greater weight is also given in this criterion. It is given that groups do have limited opportunity to hold various concerts every day. Members who are absent without justifiable reason do miss greater chances to meet, greet, and win over non-fans.
  6. Review as a whole. This shall be discussed in separate ratings.
  7. Other factors. This shall be explained further in separate assessment with them.

All agencies and groups not mentioned in various rating articles are presumed to have rating of 85.00% (B- or Satisfactory), unless otherwise stated.


Featured Image Credit: Logo of K-Pop agencies from aminoapps.com.

Super Junior (슈퍼주니어) – I Think I: MV Review

So far, if you’ll ask me on the longest-running groups, Super Junior (and TVXQ) will be the best answer.

I only knew them when they released first songs like Sorry Sorry and Bonamana, which were lead tracks for third and fourth album respectively.

Time flies so fast, and they’re still active for 14 years till now! I’ll share some possible tips on how to last like SuJu in a separate write-up.

To add, this is just an introductory song for their comeback reunion song Super Clap, which we will do a separate review for that. As an Elf also, how would the author review and rate the group? We’ll see it here:

Storyline as whole

The storyline starts with a member playing piano, with boys doing various things. Their moves were partly inspired by usual acts in airport like use of x-ray machines, luggage, and ticketing booth.

SuJu will take us back to the past, as it features old phone, and shows us the form of subways. What’s funny is that it features a sign expressed as 14st (at 1:48 and 1:50).

While the basis of I Think I borrows from Latino tunes, it did not dominate the whole song unlike previous comebacks. That’s okay. In essence they are veering away from Latin-based music that once defined them last year (as with Lo Siento and Otra Vez).

Visuals used were striking enough. They are using the picture-frame concept as special effects, which I really liked. They made a good deal also using cramped spaces. It can be noticed that they dance less, which is given considering that they are growing older.

Summing up the travel scenarios being featured (plus the title), here’s the message:

We go different places, but one thing is sure: I think I like you.

Reward for SuJu

Additional ten points will be given to Super Junior by virtue of being in K-Pop for more than ten years. This is to reward them (and their agency) for necessary measures made to last that long. Hope this pushes other agencies to do the same with their groups.

As of present we are being fed with various groups, some of them having short lives. Take the case of X1, 1THE9, Wanna One, and IZ*One.

Review by others

KPopReviewed noted that SuJu did not sprinkle much overlays into the music unlike their Latino tracks. Added to the appeal was on less use of this genre, making it a different one. The blogger liked the repetition of English lyrics, the interesting visuals, transitions, and subtle brass features. This makes him excited on return of them as K-Pop legends.

TheBiasList noted the group being incomplete, setting a template for boy groups as they undergo military training. As all members finish service, they are polishing the pre-release. Still it uses Latin sound but is fused with tunes that are distinctively SuJu. Strong points were on chorus and brasses. Not so good points were on instrumentals being specific instead of widening its base, and the “awful triplet-flow rap” at the bridge.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 90.53%
Grade: A-
Assessment: Very Good

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 4
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits emotions 5
Appearance 4 Good taste 5
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 5
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 5
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 5
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 5
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 5
Music 10 Not too deafening 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners  
Dance 12 Not too sensual  
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 4
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 5
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 6
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 3
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 4
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19 Longevity of Super Junior 10

SuperM – Jopping: MV Review

After being inactive out of respect to Sulli, we will now publish MV Reviews for October, alongside existing November releases. Please be patient as we release the articles one by one.

Expect surge of reviews. To prevent too many Pingbacks, some links are removed for reviewers’ convenience.


For a bit of info, SuperM is a supergroup composed of select members from different groups: Baekhyun and Kai (EXO), Taemin (SHINee), Mark and Taeyong (NCT), and Ten and Lucas (WayV).

I rarely do reviews on K-Pop MVs rendered in other language, if it caters to limited audience. In this case, we will review Jopping since it caters to wider audience – the West.

We are fortunate to experience this kind of setup. This is the first time in K-Pop that members from different groups merge to form a single supergroup. Let’s see how far this can go, as we go on reviewing them.

The storyline tells of them having different adventures like driving helicopters, cars, and heavy vehicles. As the story goes on, they have been met at the single stage, where they exert high efforts.

Likes

I appreciate that SuperM is bringing K-Pop near the West (and adjusting language preferences), something other groups and acts rarely do. Gleaning from the lyrics itself, it has a large chunk of English, with few Korean phrases unlike normal K-Pop songs.

Other positives need to be mentioned too. SuperM made a good deal introducing a new concept called Jopping. This is a combination of the words “jumping” and “popping”.

They also made good use of special effects. This can be seen at start of the video. Effects featured include long lines, moving lights, and sparking lights. Added to that, the dance steps at chorus is also easy to learn and energetic at the same time.

SuperM features Dubai and Burj Khalifa, where a member dances in the middle of Arabian desert. It features also a complete Colosseum, where ancient games were being held. In essence, they are telling us the message that like the gladiators, and amidst hardships they face, they will show something spectacular like this SuperM project.

Dislikes

The only problem is on repeating “Jopping”. Why? It reminds me of similarly sounded track Shopping (셔핑) by Ryan Bang (방현성). There the word “Shopping,” is also oft-repeated in the chorus.

Back to the unwitting mistake made, especially at 3:30, where the drone’s shadow is seen above the members. I don’t know if they included it by mistake, or it was intended.

Another particular thing that I dislike is on how they underlined the “U” in SuperM’s branding. If one might not be careful enough, some will interpret it as removing the U, and that would be awful. Actually, Kai made this true as he unwittingly misspelled it.

The breaking point is on the final chorus. I disliked some attaining high notes, since that is not the way to finish it with an impact. Aside from this, the final chorus do irritate with that sprinkle of high notes.

Review by others

KPopReviewed took on a different outlook on SuperM. The track provided an epic and superb performance as it progresses. A lot of tension can be seen, and special effects were fully used to highlight this. Beats were fast and energetic, and provided enough impact to make it more memorable for him.

SuperM’s concept raised eyebrows of TheBiasList, who preferred that fans come to K-Pop, rather than the other way around. But the blogger liked the track. On the positive side, it did not attempt to imitate what’s existing in American music. It uses wild tunes, with the intention of giving polarizing remarks. And it’s okay as it sprinkles more Korean lyrics in the music.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 89.47%
Grade: B+
Assessment: Good

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 4
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful/color fits emotions 5
Appearance 4 Good taste 5
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 5
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 5
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 5
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 5
Music 9 Exciting/Expresses emotions 5
Music 10 Not too deafening 4
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners 5
Dance 12 Not too sensual 5
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 3
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 5
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 6
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 5
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 4
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 4
Other Matters 19    
       

Notes and Reflections on Sulli’s Death

Dedicated to Sulli, her fans, and family.


성경에도 이렇게 기록되어 있습니다. “생명을 사랑하며 행복한 생활을 원하는 사람은 악한 말이나 거짓말을 해서는 된다.
베드로전서 3:10 (KLB)

The author created this site with primary aim to spread the fun and other side of the news. To this end, the author focused more on K-Pop, as it is a genre where many are enjoying it.

Sulli’s recent death exposed the dark side of K-Pop, that is, pressure and expectations from agencies, fans, and netizens. This mostly pose health hazards for many stars. Worst, this can lead to depression and death, as is the case with Jonghyun and the young girl.

As sign of respect to Sulli, the author made this site inactive for several days. Again and again, depression is no joke.

What if…

What if Sulli did not enter the K-Pop scene? To put it into perspective, let’s intertwine her life story with that of mine, since we are of the same age:

Sulli once revealed that she left for Seoul alone during her fourth grade. Six years later, she was once featured in a show, doing taste test. While she battles the hurdles of life, the author struggled on the loss of parent and on final moments as tenth grader.

She continued her college studies by attending one in her later years. This entailed her efforts to be just a simple college girl. At the same time, the author struggled for professional degree and in managing the actual work.

Afterwards, I would’ve traveled on that school, study again, and just ignore her even if her smile was so genuine. I would try to copy notes from her if our subjects are so hard. But eventually, as I learned that Sulli once dreamed to be a mother before she dies, I would’ve offered myself to fulfill her ultimate wish.

Summing up, her dreams are simple: Be a good student, and someday a mother. Now, her dreams vanished with some netizens killing her. I wonder now if haters had slept peacefully, as they succeeded in killing the young girl with their words.

Words can kill

Words can hurt and kill, and we must admit that we can’t avoid statements that hurt. If that’s the case then we have to issue apologies. But if done out of hatred, then we have a problem.

While nasty comments can actually help improve their performance, on the downside this can lead to depression, suicide, or worst, death.

Sulli’s death further affirmed two realities: (1) We only live once, and (2) life is fleeting. If we endlessly attack our fellow people and idols with malicious remarks, we not only waste our lives, but that of others too.

Effect on reviewers

This also gravely affected us reviewers, who tend to give brutal and frank assessments on performances. With her death, we have to rethink on the way we choose our words. If we have to be brutal and frank, we have to do these out of desire for improvement. But if we have to compliment them, we also have to do so.

The author tends to settle down and review write-ups before publishing. And if there’s a beef against anyone, there’s a justifiable reason, and is not usually repeating it (unless necessary). Because they will anyway face consequences of their wrong actions (Galatians 6:7). It’s senseless and a waste of time if I always hate any group, agency, and/or fandom.

Usually, the negatives on author’s reviews would be on horror, astrology, lack of excitement of music, difficult dances, and lack of storyline. Other than that, negative reviews on artists are rare.

Enjoy without hate

Now, peoples’ attitudes are going worse, for instance with Han Seohee over Monsta X’s Wonho. Even with Sulli’s death, some netizens still do not learn their lesson. It’s not actually surprising, as they are going to be:

“unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good”
– 2 Timothy 3:3 (NKJV)

In Korean:

“사랑이 없고 용서하지 않고 남을 헐뜯고 자제하지 못하며 사납고 선한 것을 싫어하고”
– 디모데후서 3:3 (KLB)

These attitudes gone worse, and it spilled to K-Pop. It reached the point where Sulli have to carry all these insensible hate remarks. Same goes to other stars like Suga and Jihyo.

Enjoying K-Pop without the hate remarks is still possible. We made it during 2NE1, Wonder Girls, Super Junior, and Big Bang eras. Back then when K-Pop was young, fanwars and “hate comments” exist, but fans do these out of fun. In the end, fans get along with each other.

But look at us now. Fanwars and toxic comments are everywhere, and are getting worse. These came to a point where one have to die, to let us realize what went wrong.

With success of K-Pop today, the industry must undergo changes for the better. K-Pop as whole should then consider managing artists and fans to prevent another disaster from happening again.

What to do?

It’s sad to think that actions are taken only when Sulli died. Hope that the actions to resolve this would not be futile.

Agencies and fans share the burden of protecting the remaining artists. For agencies, this includes programs to help them cope up, and pressing charges against malicious commenters. It is in the same principle that we will rate agencies at year-end.

For fans, we have to protect and defend our favorites against attackers in the best way possible. It’s better if we send our artists some messages to cheer them up, or praise them for good work. If we take our part, then K-Pop is on a best path.

For “He who would love life, and see good days,
Let him refrain his tongue from evil,
And his lips from speaking deceit.”
– 1 Peter 3:10 (NKJV)