SATURDAY (세러데이) – Bbyong (뿅): MV Review

Since VIXX did not release their MV on comeback date, we will not review them.

Stay tuned for upcoming reviews of KARD, TWICE, AKMU, and ONEUS.


This is the third time we review SATURDAY, with their song Bbyong. It’s exactly seven months since we reviewed their bop song WiFi, and it’s still exciting to critique it today.

So far, their agency is one of the most responsive this 2019. They promoted the group well through Makestar, and provided replacements for members who already left. We’ll explain these further as we rate agencies and groups at year-end.

Honestly, I regularly check for updates on the group like viewing photo throwback, concept photos, and MV teasers. As I heard the title, what comes to my mind was “Just feel it Bbyong Bbyong!” Kidding aside, how will a full-pledged Sunday review their performance? Let’s see here:

(Side Note: Chohee was my ultimate bias then, and Ayeon as bias wrecker. With Chohee gone, I promoted the latter to be ultimate bias, and Yuki to be my bias wrecker.)


The only storyline that was clear was that they are travelling to the future with their car. As they proceeded to the future, they are peeking what happened to them in the past.

I find Ayeon funny at 0:30 – 0:32, where she does her signature surprise pose. Afterwards at 0:36 – 0:39, she made a deal with the seller, this time being Yuki. Viewers would consider stargazing with 1:57 featuring shortly the planets, and 1:58 the old equipments like radios and camcorder.

Review by others (updated)

TheBiasList deems the group as in a search of “novelty hit”, trying to hit with a fad. While asides and “bratty sing-talk” give life to it, the song suffers from the “easy route” taken by many tracks instead of utilizing fully the pop track inside. Worse, the rap part at the interlude inhibits the group’s potentials to find their own voices.

KPopReviewed noted that the song started with colorful, vibrant, and brassy tunes that hooked him in first few seconds. Vocals were nice, and chorus is more enjoyable. Looks like they are influenced by Momoland and ITZY when it comes to concepts.

However, the overall aspect was not memorable, and the rest of performance was “dull and boring” for the song.

Review as whole

Essentially, Bbyong is a mixture of the past and the present, with the future as their theme. The settings, equipment, and cars used hark back to the 80s. Meanwhile, the video uses the funky tune at the start of music. Haneul’s raps are given heavy beat drop, and jazz tune can be mostly heard on chorus and verses.

Most outstanding member for me was on Haneul, on her voice and raps. Most attractive would be Ayeon. Meanwhile, Juyeon and Minseo were given more lines, and that is worth commending.

Another scene worth noticing is on Yuki picking soap (?) containing random words, then pressed in the blender. This means that they jumbled up with words available to describe their time travel.

Missing two members

I felt shocked and dismayed on Chohee and Sion, since they just left without any explanation. Had they decided to remain, Chohee’s solo dance would have added a bang to the song.

While the agency’s future is very promising, the group’s future is very bleak. We are down with original three members, and we are unsure if they will continue in the long run. This is something members must work it out if they want to succeed in this line.

Points for improvement

With change of concept comes change of group’s styles from cute to near-badass. It’s okay, as they are attracting wider audience. And it’s quite tempting to do it, as more fans want mature and badass concepts. But to attain the goal, some improvements must be kept in mind.

First is on uploading the music to 1theK, like what it did to WiFi. Why? As underrated group, it would be difficult to promote it and gain attention if that’s not the case. It can’t be denied also that WiFi was a hit due to this (2.3M views), which is explained in separate article.

Second is on engaging in various promotions, from Queendom to Mask Singer. They can also promote overseas, where they can make a great deal on bop songs. It’s up to them, but this will help in achieving the popularity they need.

Finally, provide clear storyline or tell in its MV what Bbyong is all about. As of now, they haven’t provided description in YouTube page, making it difficult for me to understand the MV.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 86.32% (Updated)
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 4
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 4
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor/expresses emotions 9
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 4
Other Matters 19

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

News and Tidbits (April 29, 2019)

For this year, we will introduce another feature to this site called Tidbits. This refers to pieces of news and opinions of the author it wishes to tell. Let’s start!

K-Pop in general

Last March, the industry suffered setbacks on sex scandals by some K-Pop stars (Hello, Seungri!). It was foretold that it will put an end to the industry, but events tell otherwise. This season was full of new groups and debut songs, and schedules are full of these. The biggest challenge for the newbies is on how to stand out.

Also, last March was full of comebacks like Heize, DreamNote, MAMAMOO, and KARD. As the saying goes, “The show must go on.”

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Some Korean fans scoff at international fans who follow more than one group. They must know how to respect preferences from multi-fandomers, especially if the latter also purchases albums from different groups.

While their preference is respected, they are expected to do the same to multi-fandomers. They are not the only ones who stan their respective groups. We will discuss this in detail in a separate article.

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Talk about groups

BTS and BLACKPINK topped the mainstream charts and became popular.

It helped that Rosé, Jennie, and Lisa have working knowledge of English, as many viewers of The Late Late Show With James Corden can relate with them. Funny moment is that Jisoo, though not fluent on English, told that “I’m not scary,” meaning she was not a horror character.

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BTS, though not fluent on that language, used non-Korean staff to get their message across in their comeback song Boy With Luv. They were also featured on that show,and I have to watch it later.

The group is very popular in North Korea, such that fans there would devise a secret code for BTS. This is due to their government’s ban on K-Pop. But even this policy will not hinder the spread of Hallyu in the country.

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TWICE will have their concert in Manila this June. Would they go to It’s Showtime? Definitely no. Consider: Many will go to the studio, and hence be crowded. Not to mention their sasaengs (though not Filipinos) who follow the group wherever they go. If at KMJS or Rated K, that would be possible.

*****

It has been almost a month since IZ*ONE released their second lead song Violeta.

Seems that Produce series can’t make up its mind, especially on maintaining talents. Honestly, with the demise of other groups under Produce series like I.O.I and Wanna One, we can surely tell that this group will not last for long. We can actually project that they will last till next year or 2021. Is this possible? Yes.

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Sunha left her group SATURDAY to focus more on her career. It was a sad day, since they now only gained enough popularity in their song WiFi.

Their agency afterwards named Minseo as her replacement and at the same time, new maknae of the group.

And since all of SATURDAY’s members are my biases, Minseo is now included in my bias list. As to Sunha, her being my bias will be suspended for now.

How about Chaerwon, their former member? No, unless she joins again with her group.

*****

GFRIEND recently came with their “soft comeback.” Instead of uploading their song to 1theK, it did the same to Genie Music.

I felt uneasy on them uploading to a different video channel, not having enough rest, and not having a definite comeback. Their uploading might confuse Buddies (if they intend to use it as their new song), as not all their music make it to a single channel.

*****

Fantagio Entertainment, the agency which also handles ASTRO, announced the disbandment of girl group Hello Venus. It was suprising, to say the least.

*****

We may wonder on what happened to Daisy and Taeha of MOMOLAND since they were not included in I’m So Hot and Banana Chacha.

*****

(G)I-DLE is supposed to have another comeback soon, but we don’t know when. Hope they consider some points for improvement.

*****

On the other hand, AOA is planning to renew their contract with FNC Entertainment, after speculations that it might disband.

Since their last performance of Bingle Bangle about a year ago, we haven’t heard any news of them anymore, except for Jimin. Seems also that the group can’t live without Choa, who left the group due to depression. With the future renewal of contract, hope they can do another powerful comeback next month.