(G)I-DLE ((여자)아이들)– Uh-Oh: MV Review

We are now up again in reviewing (G)I-DLE, with their newest song Uh-Oh.

Before we review the MV, I have a joke:

(G)I-DLE members while singing Senorita:

[Pre-chorus] Shuhua:

Uh-Oh. Uh-Oh. Uh-Oh.
Uh-Oh. Uh-Oh. Uh-Oh.
Uh-Oh. Uh-Oh. Uh-Oh.

[Chorus] Miyeon:

They go. I’ll show, you’re naked. Oh!
I love this second talk.
I’ll go ship her but you…

Having another release this year is good news. Recall that the author gave a failing grade in their past track (Senorita). Now that they are up in their new comeback, have they considered some improvements laid here? Let’s see in this review:

The group haven’t provided clear storyline, though it’s clear that they are in the West. Even 1theK did not provide clear storyline behind it, which for me seems strange. Anyway, the American feel is consistent throughout the whole video. Viewers will get a glimpse of America’s past, as (G)I-DLE brings them to pioneer cars and motorcycles, and will learn how the people lived in the 90s.

Review from other sites

TheBiasList noted that the lack of admiration for Senorita necessitates follow-up song, which somehow is on a right track.

It viewed the instrumentals as “appealing” and “fierce”, particularly on the mix of beats from different genres. Though this steers the song to a standstill, that is tolerable. While at the start, the melody appears boring, the chorus have been added flare, moreso with the “free-form” second verse. While not at par with debut tracks, it’s much better than Senorita.

KPopReviewed also noticed the essence of 90s music present, like “disc scratching”, “urban beat”, and TV/VHS effect. It liked how they channel this kind of genre to show to present generation.

Particular interest was Soyeon, who quite surprised the blogger with her vocals and raps.

As a whole, the track was quite catchy, bold, and contains attitude that defines (G)I-DLE. This is another track that must be added to the portfolio of the group.

Review as a whole

Although I disliked how Soyeon changed her looks, she nevertheless energized me when she was the first to sing (0:13 – 0:23). Also, Soojin still stood out with her daring moves, especially at 1:48 – 1:58. It is given that these moves might clash with conservatism of some Koreans, but they still have to continue. Anyway, nothing lewd or gross is featured here.

Netizens noticed that Shuhua got more lines in Uh-Oh (0:45 – 0:55). That alone is a great improvement. It can be recalled that she herself requested less lines in previous song. This is because some Koreans laughed at how she speaks their language. So, those who laughed at her must have felt ashamed, since she got it flawlessly this time.

I was not disappointed with (G)I-DLE’s newest song. Their upbeat and their vocals were very energetic and refreshing, and this is what I also wanted personally. However, while they improved on some aspects like that of music, some improvements must be done further. This is more on providing clearer storyline, injecting moral lesson, and adding funny scenes in the video. Also, they have to add the 1theK logo, even as a small icon.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 80.00%

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 1
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful 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 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 1
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 5
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor 4
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 2
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 5
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19 Uploads the video to 1theK 5
Features the 1theK logo 0
Sexiness is present 5

SATURDAY (세러데이) – Gwiyomi Song (귀요미송): MV Review

This will be the second time reviewing my new favorite group called SATURDAY.

With their popularity quite pulled up with their song Wi-Fi, we may wonder on their next project. But as we see it later, this is their soft comeback.

Their second release is a special album titled To Sunday Gwiyomi, with Gwiyomi Song as their lead track. It was not clear what the song is all about. But by looking upon the album name, this might be dedicated to their fandom, Sunday.

Gwiyomi Song is a remix/rebranded version of Gwiyomi (by Hari), taking the cute song by adding more cuteness in the MV. And being a full-pledged Sunday, it was equally exciting for me to review their work. They also have to be featured in the sea of K-Pop, hence this MV Review. Let’s start!

While their storyline lacked enough cohesiveness, they somehow tell that they are expressing ways on how to be cute. This concept is consistent throughout the whole video.

Probably the moral lesson is on being happy, which while they expressed it clearly, did not bother to feature another moral lesson. Meanwhile, they are raising consciousness for the viewers to engage in landscaping. This MV has potentials, only if they add more things that will benefit viewers.

The MV is so funny enough to merit perfect score. Funny scenes were on Ayeon (0:30 and 2:46), Haneul (0:41), Juyeon (1:35), and the group’s mood (1:47). Look at how they reacted.

As a whole, I liked this stuff very much, as it is energizing. All members are my biases, so it’s difficult for me to define who is the most outstanding of them all. For now, the focus would be on Ayeon (0:23 – 0:30), Chohee (0:47 – 0:54), and Yuki (0:55 – 0:58), who made the most outstanding aegyo. I find also Chohee’s reactions attractive.

Some things can be noticed in this MV. First, it is Minseo’s first performance with the group, since former member Sunha left them to focus on her own career. Second is on recalling their debut song (Mmook Jji Bba), where Haneul and Minseo played it once (1:48 – 1:50).

Finally, Juyeon has now more lines than their previous song (1:28 – 1:35). That is a good move on their part.

This song (and the group) is definitely underrated. If they placed this video to 1theK, this will get more views and promotions.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 91.58%

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 4
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful 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 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 10
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 1
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19 Recalls previous song 5

Red Velvet (레드벨벳) – Zimzalabim (짐살라빔): MV Review

It’s ten months since their last release of lead song “Power Up.” After that, they focused on promotions in Japan (with Sappy as lead song) and on soft collaboration (with Ellie Goulding and Diplo). Now that they are back in their usual side, now is the chance to review their song called Zimzalabim.

(For a bit info, I only reckon the time they released that song. I did not factor their song last November called Really Bad Boy, as I disliked it very much.)

From the title itself, it speaks of weirdness. Because so far, I haven’t heard anyone chanting this. But the ability to feature something different speaks of the identity that is Red Velvet. With them long gone for many months, will they return with an outstanding performance? We’ll see it in this review:

(Side Note: Since my application last February to become Reveluv hasn’t been approved, my being fan of the group is suspended for now. This leaves me with Wendy as my sole bias.)

Storyline

Their story revolves on them purchasing tickets for them to ride in a rollercoaster. Upon riding, they go through ups and downs till they reached the end inside a cup. Them being in an amusement park (possibly at night) is consistently featured in the video.

In fairness to them, they did not feature anything related to horror. I do hope this will be their move in next projects.

Lessons

The moral lesson implied on this MV is never to give up despite challenges. This is seen with members journeying in the roller coaster against dark clouds, but still kept going.

Meanwhile, viewers will benefit as they will be engaged to try amusement rides (0:40 – 1:10, roller coaster; 1:17, swirling cup; 1:35 – 1:37, photobooth). Though it seems a bit conventional, they still offer the different side of fun and rush.

Other Matters

I find the members’ reactions funny when they were at the photobooth. This is the case at 1:37, where we can see how Seulgi, Joy, and Irene reacted.

At 1:38, it’s Seulgi again, but with other two members doing a wacky pose.

Review by other sites

KPopReviewed rated highly the MV and the group.

First of all, the blogger was amazed on the MV, telling that the sound was full of energy, and settings are colorful. As compared to RBB, Zimzalabim was more impressive. The turning point was on Joy, Seulgi, and Wendy at the bridge.

It also liked the order in the video, though it was random in nature, as seen in transition from rollercoaster to teacup. The only negative point was on their outfits, which were “odd-looking”.

TheBiasList noted that with their last release (RBB) being the most “polarizing”, they should have released better this time.

Percussions and bells dominate the song. Still they used their conventional tunes on the pre-chorus, but then splashes down to nowhere at the chorus. And unfortunately, though the latter part was not bad, it was monotonous, and conflicts with the preceding verses.

The final chorus was awakening as the girls are adding explosive factor to it. But taken as a whole, it lacks the “dynamic centerpiece” that would have placed it at par with their previous tracks.

Review as whole

As a whole, the MV presents itself as fun upon its face, though it was dark enough to be considered as such. If they wanted to show the “fun side”, they should have done it during daylight, not during nighttime. Aside from that, the added excitement (that should have given the song a big bang) was lacking here. They should have also tweaked the chorus so as not to end up like boring, like that of Power Up, or consider borrowing concepts from (G)I-DLE (Senorita) and CLC (No/Me).

The members that stood out for me were Joy and Irene, while Wendy did not. I disliked the latter’s short hair, and I actually was not impressed on how she dress. I find her only beautiful when she declares, “Are you ready for this?…” On the other hand, I also noticed Seulgi donning her outfit like what she did in Bad Boy.

Most notable was their energetic dance at 2:03 – 2:13, which I hope that this dance will trend.

Red Velvet incorporated some concepts from other groups. For instance, at 1:25 – 1:26, they got inspiration from Momoland’s famous song. The chorus almost shares tune of BLACKPINK’s underrated track See You Later. Most conspicious is the members riding on a rollercoaster, which draws from TWICE in their final chorus of Fancy.

They also featured science, which can be seen at 0:37. There it shows the members at zero gravity, and it is illustrated quite perfectly.

Finally, there were special effects in the video, as was the case at 2:54 – 2:55 (with animals), and at 1:47 where Seulgi dances with flying instruments.

The song, like RBB, is highly polarizing. Reveluvs and others like it, but some disagree with it. Given the image of discovering new concepts, let’s see how far this venture will go.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 89.09%

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 5
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful 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 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 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 3
Other Matters 19 Shares concepts from other groups 5
Features science 5
Has special effects 5

Stray Kids (스트레이 키즈) – Side Effects (부작용): MV Review

For the first time, we will feature another boy group called Stray Kids, with their new lead song Side Effects.

The storyline tells of the boys travelling on the bus. To reach their destination, they have to rent a car, until they reached the dead end. This started the fight among the members, who later left in despair during the night. They finally reached the bus, where they supposedly rode back to where they started. The travel theme is consistently featured throughout the video.

On the music, I find it exciting, but not enough for me to hear it till the end. Not because that was deafening or whatever reason, but in essence that was chaotic.

The moral lessons that can be seen here is on persistence. They don’t give up till they reach the desired destination. If the first destination turns to be a failure, they tried to look for another way. Second is on handling issues, as we see that some members managed to pacify two hot heads. Finally is at 3:39 – 4:00, where they helped a friend in need.

The only thing I find it funny was on their fighting scene. Just look at their reactions.

Review by other sites

KpopReviewed finds the song fitting for this season, where energy is being unleashed. Aside from their usual “boldness and bass,” it also added short stops serving as rest. Nevertheless, momentum was being carried on. If we wil talk about their voices, they showed their potentials.

On the instrumentals, it’s as if it slaps one’s face due to the strength of the track. It shares similarities with their previous song (Miroh), where both fighting scenes are featured, and at their debut (District 9), on various equipments.

The song’s message deals with insecurities and worries as a state of mind. How do we say this? Commenters pointed out the back-up dancers acting as “whisperers”, telling each member what to do. In this case, they are being told to worry.

TheBiasList thought of the song as baffling, frustrating, and thrilling at the same time. Furthermore, it also views the song as “album intro or dance showcase.” Positive points were on the rap verses, which reflects clearly the group’s passion, and on full use of pop melody, as the blogger describes the ingredients used.

Negative side points out to their growl in the video, and on their unpredictability. In essence, this genre Stray Kids is showcasing is hard to understand, but they liked this.

Review as whole

From what I see here, they really tried to explain the real meaning of the title – that is, the side effects of music. This is expressed from the start of the song till 1:08, where they will confuse us on line between verses and chorus. Same goes with last chorus.

I was about to dislike the MV for they are disorganized. But since they did it well, I eventually have to give full points to them. While the usual music we hear from K-Pop (and other songs) is orderly, this explains the other side/side effects of music, that is, chaos. In addition, they also expressed tension between themselves in the whole MV.

If we will try to compare it with their previous song (Miroh), the latter song fares well, especially if we will talk on the song being exciting.

In a little way, they shared the moon concept (at 0:40) from GOT7 in their first chorus of Eclipse.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 88.00%

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 5
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Color conveys emotions presented 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 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 4
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

ATEEZ (에이티즈) – Wave and Illusion: MV Reviews

Major revisions on TweetNewscaster’s MV Reviews will be made starting from this review. It will affect how we present reviews, but not how we rate K-Pop groups. This is done to (1) save more time, (2) simplify reviews, and (3) align ours with the leading MV reviewers today.


This is the first time I will make a review on ATEEZ, another boy group to watch out for. And this is the second time I will combine several tracks in one review. Would their new performances pass the author’s tastes? We’ll see it later.

For simplicity, we’ll refer to the songs Wave as the first video, and Illusion as second.

ATEEZ has been improving considerably on concepts, shifting from their usual strong personality concept. This time, their new songs like Wave and Illusion show their different side.

The storylines of two videos revolve on journey they face. While in Wave, they illustrated it by going to different places – from beaches to supermarket, in Illusion they were on a floating shop. The summer theme in the first video and the pirate/treasure hunting themes in second are consistent throughout.

Dances can be learned easily in Wave, except at 1:11 – 1:16. Same case goes with Illusion, where exception lies at second chorus.

Moral lesson on the first song is on enjoying summer, seen on the whole video, and at 1:39, where they helping each other in lifting a chair. Meanwhile, on the second video, this is seen at 2:05, where it implies the value of time.

Viewers can learn something beneficial on these videos. On Wave, they are making us appreciate the beauty of nature, featured in most parts of video. They are featuring also the following items: radio (0:48), camcorder (0:51), basketball (2:28), and skate (2:29).

Meanwhile, in Illusion, they are making viewers aware that imaginations are endless. Not counting classical items they also feature, like the map (1:03), globe (1:08), and binoculars (1:18).

Funny scenes in these videos can be seen in first song (2:01), where they are having fun in the supermarket. Second song has 0:38, where the two boys read a map, but nothing was written there. Imagine staring on a blank piece of paper to seek directions.

Review by other sites

Finally, KPopReviewed has returned. And this time, he/she immediately reviewed Wave.

The blogger also noticed the overused theme that fits in the season. However, it does feature some things that makes it different from other summer tracks, notably the strong style they have. They striked the balance between it and the bright side of summer. Added to the lightness was the guitar tunes and the vocals. He/she finally liked how they danced while smiling.

TheBiasList was not suprised with the vibe ATEEZ is giving, as it reminds that of BTS in their first years. What impresses him is that the group can turn dislikable music into something that would be “galvanizing.” Though the summer concept has been overused in Wave, they managed to turn it into something amazing via their performance.

For Illusion, TheBiasList praised the group for its wise move sticking with the team for its various tracks. It also called the song as “straightforward” and “aesthetic” track. Though it finds the vocals annoying, it nevertheless was “appealing” and catchy.

Not-so-good points include overuse of concepts and lack of melody, though it has been intertwined with their strong personalities.

Review as whole

As a whole, I find these two songs having a dynamic upbeat and are refreshing, and they seek to show their fun side in these songs. Between the two, the second song is lighter and less serious. The member that stood out for me was Mingi, at 0:30 (Wave) where he still displays his strong voice.

Added points for the first song was that they shared the grocery concept (2:14) with TXT in their song Cat and Dog (at 2:16 – 2:20).

At 3:11, they share the landscape with that of TWICE’s Signal (at 0:28).

Finally, the scene at 1:28 shares striking similarities with Momoland’s Japanese version of Bboom Bboom (at 2:03). 

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating (Separate):
Wave: 90.00%
Illusion: 91.58%

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating (Consolidated): 90.77%

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Wave Illusion
Storyline 1 Storyline 5 5
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5 5
Appearance 3 Colorful 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 5
Music 9 Exciting 5 5
Music 10 Not too deafening 5 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners 3 3
Dance 12 Not too sensual 5 5
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 5 5
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 5 5
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor 6 8
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 1 1
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 5 5
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5 5
Other Matters 19 Shares concepts with other groups 5

Memoirs: Remembering Jea

Dear Jea:

Habang tinitingnan ko ang picture mo noong bata, napapaisip ako. Noong mga bata pa tayo, pinipilit nating matuto sa mga simpleng bagay, at hindi natin alam kung ano ang mangyayari sa atin pagdating ng araw. Paano kaya kung ikaw pa rin ay buhay hanggang ngayon? Paano kung iba ang sitwasyon natin? Paano kaya tayo ngayon kung pareho tayong pasado sa exam?

Natatandaan ko ang mga panahong nagrereview pa tayo. Bumaba ako para tumaya sa lotto, dahil malaki nga ang jackpot noon. Doon mo na rin ako nahuli, pero tumaya ka pa rin sa ibang laro. Ako pa nga ang naging cheerleader mo sa pagtaya, kahit hindi ka pinalad. Natawa pa nga ako sa expressions mo pag natatalo ka sa ScratchIt.

Marami pa tayong pinagsamahan noon. Sabi mo pa nga, hindi ka muna kumuha ng board exam dahil kailangan mo pa ng dagdag review. After a few months, hindi namin agad nalaman na nagkasakit ka na. Kaya sobrang sakit nang huli kong malaman na wala ka na.

Ikaw na ang isa sa mga inspirasyon ko noong CPA Board Exam. Ipinangako ko sa sarili, na pag nakapasa ako, dadalaw ako bilang pasasalamat. That’s the least na magagawa ko para sa iyo.

Nito lang Sabado de Gloria, tinulungan ako ng mga kaibigan mo sa pag-locate sa iyong puntod. Laking pasalamat dahil sobrang bait nila sa akin, at pinaliwanag sa akin nang maayos kung nasaan iyon. Ang layo pala sa kabayanan, pero sulit din dahil tahimik, at nakakapagmuni-muni pa ako.

Nang makita ko nang malapitan ang puntod, hindi ko naiwasang umiyak. Ang bilis kasi talaga ng panahon. Mahigit dalawang taon na pala tayong di nagkita nang personal. Doon ko na ulit ibinuhos ang lahat ng galit, sakit, at frustrations na nararamdaman ko maipasa lang ang exam. Ito yung mga panahon na wala akong nagawa kundi tanggapin ang lahat ng sitwasyon.

Umiihip ang hangin, at sumasabay na ang mga halaman. Binalikan ko ang mga moments kasama ka. Maikli lang ang oras para dalawin ka. Time to go. Pero kahit paano, magaan na ang pakiramdam ko.

It has been two years since you’re gone. Masakit para sa akin ang nangyari, pero isa lang ang sigurado: Buhay ka pa rin. Sinabi mo rin iyan sa akin. Totoo iyan, kasi ikaw ang kaibigan ko, at mananatili ka sa aking puso habambuhay.

Salamat sa lahat. Kahit na maikli lang ang oras na pinagsamahan natin, binago mo ang buhay ko, at buhay ng mga taong nagmamahal sa iyo.

fromis_9 (프로미스나인) – FUN!: MV Review

For the first time, we are now featuring another group called fromis_9.

Since this is their first song for this year, I am now excited on reviewing their work. While I haven’t considered their work last year, hope this will be enough for them. You may watch first their MV before proceeding to review proper:


Storyline

  1. Video must have a storyline – 5 points

The storyline revolves on how they play and show the word “fun” throughout the whole video.

The official statement from fromis_9 presented their storyline as follows:

Fromis_9 is back with an upgraded sound and performance! Through their 1st Single Album [FUN FACTORY] and its title track “FUN!,” fromis_9 sends a message saying, “let’s get out of our dull routine and have fun! Everything will be joyful and fun with us.” Fromis_9’s pure energy looks to present a refreshing vibe this summer.

The title track, “FUN!” is an up-tempo dance track with a house and disco rhythm that highlights fromis_9’s unique and lively energy.

As fromis_9 seals their identity as “refreshing” icons, they seek to melt the hearts of fans with their fun and unique lyrics that yearn to bring.

  1. Theme must be consistent and clear – 5 points

Themes that are consistently featured in the video were on commercial ads.

Lessons

  1. Moral lesson must be clearly stated – 5 points

The moral lesson primarily is on having some fun.

  1. They must impart something beneficial for their viewers – 5 points

Their various ventures will somehow spark interest for viewers to try various hobbies:

At 0:42 – 0:45, on orchestral music. Hope this feature of classical music will let viewers enjoy it.

Another case follows for 1:12 – 1:36, where they feature various sports in the dark. This might inspire viewers to take the fitness challenge.

Other Matters

  1. Inject sense of humor in the music video – 10 points

I have to give full points, as the whole MV in itself has some funny scenes:

At 0:16, we can see a member endorsing their own kind of ion drink. Maybe they want to compete with TWICE on endorsing this product?

Look at 1:46. I find this quite funny as they made their own stylized noodle pack.

Other funny scenes related to it was on two members posing as eggs at 2:00.

Also, at 1:49 – 1:57, we can see some members sleeping at the rim of the cup. Maybe they see the noodles as kind of boring?

At 2:42, they wanted to prove that they can beat another well-known make-up brand.

Finally, at 2:01 – 2:18, they provided their outtakes. This best describes the title of their new lead song.

  1. Ability of the song to make it to mainstream media – 1 point

If we will look at the music itself, this will merit attention from the media. However, owing to lack of popularity, this might not make it.

  1. Review by other sites – 3 points (updated)

We are now losing MV reviewers for this season.

First is Obsessed and Assessed, which stopped doing MV Reviews starting May, which I wonder as of this moment. Still, the last he/she reviewed was TWICE’s Fancy, and the last calendar posted was on May.

Second is KPopReviewed, who apologized for not posting many reviews today, due to delays and lack of time. I understand his/her situation. While the blogger finishes requirements for academics, I am finishing my monthly reports. Also, I will limit MV Reviews next month to focus more on misheard lyrics and Annual Blogsite Report. To the blogger, good luck on your final assessment!

We’ll update this once he/she makes it up. For now, no choice but to use our sole reviewer, TheBiasList, to rate this.

TheBiasList rated negatively the MV, noting that the title doesn’t live up to his expectations. It defined that the previous song was successfully executed, and that the present song robs all of possible potentials with the group.

He disliked the song upon initially listening to it. Primary reason was that being fun, it is not good to be shouted several times on the chorus, like a jackhammer pounding on the road.

Few highlights include the pre-chorus, which was a bit of fresh air, and the “addictive” second verse rap. Positive note was on the instrumentals. While this fits the group, it should have been improved further with various twists.

It ends with a note that while some will love it, but for him, that was the worst production in the whole of K-Pop for this year.

(Update: Since KPopReviewed came back, we are now factoring his/her review of previous songs we made earlier.)

The blogger agrees that the song is colorful, whimsical, and energetic, aptly justifiying the title. Also, the chorus stands out with its spiraling tunes, ending with “punchy” hooks everytime they shout “Fun!” These factors, among others, are the reasons why the blogger enjoys every part of the song.

It further describes the video as “cutesy” and “cool,” and loaded with commercial ads which he/she tries to define all of them.

Some points for improvement were on the instrumental break, which should have been lengthy.

  1. Review of the music video as a whole – 5 points

I find this music video very refreshing, full of energy, and full of fun. The music video holds true to its promise of describing the title very well.

As can be noticed, they easily defined fun as making fun out of various commercial ads they watched in Korea.

Considering that their instrumentals are simplified, I find it not too deafening.

  1. Other factors
  • Shares concepts with other groups – 5 points

This refers to 1:12 – 1:26, where they shared the dark scene plus rapping concept from MOMOLAND’s Bboom Bboom, where Daisy and JooE raps. They both feature it while rapping:

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 94.00% (Updated)

Final Words

I may have rated it high, but still they deserve this score. Had our sole reviewer rated it positively, and barring external factor (mainstream media), it would garner almost perfect score.

This rating reflects the fun vibe being shown to us, merits being considered. Hope this will also inspire fromis_9 members to improve themselves in the coming months.

Mgt. Advisory Services Problem No. 1: KAPA Community Ministry

Ito ay follow-up problem na sinosolve natin regarding sa KAPA.

Maiiwasan sana ang reklamo ng ibang miyembro na hindi pa nababayaran, kung may budget sila. Dito nila makikita kung saan nagkamali ang grupo, at magagawan nila ng paraan para maging “realistic” ang kanilang pangako sa mga miyembro.

(Pahabol: Congrats sa mga nag-oath taking kanina ng mga bagong CPAs! Wish you all the best of luck!)

Kung may promise ang management ng KAPA sa mga miyembro nito, ano ang dapat gawin para matupad ito? Use all of the skills that you learned in Management Advisory Services. Solve this problem:


You were hired by your firm to conduct consultancy services to KAPA Community Ministry. Your task is to give recommendations to management.

In connection with the engagement, SEC provided you the business’ financial statements:

Required:

  1. (Cash Flow Statement) Provide Statement of Cash Flows for December 31, 2017. Assume that this is their first year of operations.
  2. (Financial Mgmt.) Provide computation for these ratios:
    • Liquidity ratio
    • Solvency ratio
    • Debt ratio
    • Equity ratio
    • Profit ratio
    • Asset turnover ratio
    • Return on investment (ROI). This will be computed as: Net Income divided by Members’ Equity, Beginning Balance.
  1. (Budgeting) KAPA claims to have five million members. Provide Budgeted FS (Budgeted Financial Position, Comprehensive Income, Cash Flow Statement) for Dec. 31, 2019. Assume the following:
    • All five million members will invest P5,000.00 each, and will pay P100.00 membership fees.
    • Four GenSan fishing boats with P300,000.00 each will be included in Noncurrent Asset as: “Equipment and other NCA.”
    • Farms dedicated to lobsters, bangus, poultry, mango, rice, and mining have 1,200 hectares each (12 million sq. meters). Fair value per square meter is P300.00. Include in cost of land.
    • Their cryptocurrency is valued at P50 million; and heavy equipments at P100 million. Include these in “Equipment and Other NCA.”
    • A member claims that there’s 1,200 hectare banana plantation, or a total of 12 million square meters. That’s almost as large as Navotas City. Assume fair value of P250.00 per square meter.
    • Hospital building amounted to P70 million. Their school, convention center, and hotel amounted to P50 million each. Admin building is at P5 million. Place all of them under “Buildings” account.
    • All disbursements on non-current assets are deducted against Cash on Hand.
    • Journalize entries and post it to respective accounts.
    • A member claims that income from mining runs to P10 billion. Include in Revenues.
    • Revenues from other businesses were at P800 billion. Include in Revenues under “Other Income” account.

Budgeted schedule of expenses were as follows:

Communication, Light, and Water 81,050,000,000.00
Community Services 40,525,000,000.00
Fire Victims Assistance 48,630,000,000.00
Honorarium 96,000.00
Salaries and Wages 397,000.00
Solicitation 8,105,000,000.00
Spiritual Upliftment 120,000.00
SSS, PhilHealth, HDMF 27,790.00
Thanksgiving 500,000.00
Transportation and Travel 40,525,000,000.00

Accounts Receivables totalled P591,664,029,210.00. Total liabilities will still remain the same.

      1. (Financial Mgmt.) Compute for the financial ratios stated in no. 2, this time, on budgeted FS.

Discussion Questions

      1. What will be your analysis of financial ratios on their actual and budgeted FS?
      2. As computed, total compounded interest to be paid to members would be at P582.5 billion. State positive and/or negative effects to KAPA using compounded interest instead of simple interest.
      3. What would be the required revenue to meet the promised 30% “love gift”?
      4. Based on these assumptions, what will you recommend to the management?
      5. (Time Value of Money) Assume that P25 billion “donation” is invested in ten years, 30% compounded monthly interest. Determine the maturity value for (1) all members, and (2) each member.

Suggested answers will be available via e-mail, upon request.


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WJSN (우주소녀) – Boogie Up: MV Review

For our music video review, we are featuring this time WJSN, with their newest song “Boogie Up”.

They have a dual name: WJSN and Cosmic Girls. For purposes of formality, we’ll opt for the former name. But as we discuss them, “Cosmic Girls” will be used.

Since summer is here, and the weather is favorable, would the author give favorable rating for them? You may watch their MV first before proceeding to the review proper:


Storyline

  1. Video must have a storyline – 5 points

The storyline revolves on them in a room, engaging themselves to sleep together. Upon sleeping, they dream of going outside to various places.

1theK, in its official YouTube page, provided a storyline for this MV:

Summer is running with the blue sky, clear clouds and the members playing around the beach. Pure and mysterious and therefore more fascinating WJSN presents an unexpected season this time. This is a special new song of WJSN, which will be the background music of this summer.

Title track “Boogie Up” has the clear and refreshing charm of WJSN, who is going to spend the summer with roommates. The song develops fast with magnificently arrangement, providing a refreshing and comfortable relaxation instead of extreme exception and transformation. It is a uniquely charming party music stimulating the band’s cheerful energy and soft flow instead of the strong energy overwhelming the audiovisual side.

  1. Theme must be consistent and clear – 5 points

The summer theme is clearly featured throughout the whole video.

Lessons

  1. Moral lesson must be clearly stated – 5 points

We can see some moral lessons here, especially on friendship. Also obvious is on going out and enjoying the summer.

  1. They must impart something beneficial for their viewers – 5 points

Viewers will find some things featured that will benefit them. This is more on fitness.

At 1:37 – 1:38, where they feature skates…

At 1:59, where they featured basketball…

And at 2:48 – 2:49, where they featured parlor games:

Other Matters

  1. Inject sense of humor in the music video – 10 points

Some scenes are funny enough to merit perfect score.

First at 0:31, where one pops a bubble gum.

Second is at 1:35 – 1:36, where the four members pose as bowling pins. These four “fall apart” upon being hit by basketball.

  1. Ability of the song to make it to mainstream media – 1 point

I don’t see any compelling reason for it to be featured on TV and radio.

  1. Review by other sites – 5 points

TheBiasList noted that Cosmic Girls established their style that is “spacey” and “synth-dripped”. Get off that style, and see the girls suffer. This might be the case for them featuring summer, which the blogger doesn’t like.

The groove present is sustaining them throughout the whole song. On the music, it was very energetic, providing the well-known disco-type beat. For the verses, they define the lighter side of the girls “without totally abandoning” their style. The build of the instrumental hooks can be seen here, but it would have been stronger given an actual chorus.

The girls wonderfully made an impact with this video by following “energy over substance.”

(We’ll update this to factor another missed review of Boogie Up.)

KPopReviewed considers it to be his/her most favorite release, and desires to replay it. This is a “summer track with a retro sound.” The essentials that make one be amused are there, considering that it fits with Cosmic Girls’ image as young girls. Only pull-down factor for it was that it was typical.

  1. Review of the music video as a whole – 5 points

Look at 0:39, where we see how they sleep, arranged in a different way. This is the only case where we can see them sleeping like that.

One might notice that three of their members are not there in the MV. That’s the second time we see some members absent in MV. The reason is that they are promoting their own group in China, but still remain with the rest of Cosmic Girls. And their reason is very justifiable. Being the case, I will not take this as pull-down factor against them.

On outfits, I don’t have to rate it negatively. Since this is summer season, these outfits are appropriate. Dances can be learned more easily, as this revolves more on freestyle dance.

  1. Other factors
  • Shares concepts with other groups – 5 points

At 0:41 – 0:43, they share the fruits concept from Red Velvet in their song “Power Up”:

At 2:39 – 2:40, they drew inspiration from TWICE in “Dance The Night Away,” particularly on the clothes:

  • Striking similarities with other mainstream bands – 5 points

This refers to them at 1:29, while they are walking in a bridge. Seems that they shared this with Beatles in their famous pedestrian walk here:

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 92.17%