My resistance to the cute is crumbling

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빅플로(BIGFLO) TV episode #12 유성 & Z-UK TV – Gif Set

In which Yuseong went to Jeju and frolicked in a field and with flowers (like a giant, but angelic-looking dork).

He’s pretty much too cute to live!

(The episode with his 3 pet hamsters was the most adorable thing that I have watched all week, but making GIFs of that might just kill me)

The best thing is that we wrote our group name in the sand at that EXACT same spot when we stayed at the Shilla as well.

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Watch the episode below – or subbed in English

BigFlo (빅플로) – Delilah (딜라일라) – Teaser

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More cute Rookies!

I discovered them just today, seeing as the teaser came up on my feed. I’m always a fan of colourful hair, so after mainlining their subbed YouTube episodes and getting to know the members a bit, I think I might have to make an exception to my rookies rule and buy their mini album when it comes out.

Their debut stage was on M-Countdown tonight and Aimee and I livewatched it – it was fun to be able to pick out our favourite members already. (Yep! totes picked out our biases already).

BigFlo are a hip-hop group, and their debut song has a suuuuuuuuper catchy hook line. I’m looking forward to the MV* when it comes out and will follow this group, seeing as they have managed to steal my heart already.

*and the MV is fantastic! Watch it below…

Note to KPop groups: if you film your members in cute 1o minute segments and put them on YouTube you will attract ALL THE FANS (also if you subtitle in English, we will love you more *cough* like A-Prince *cough*) Alas BigFlo have unsubbed vids on their main channel, but they have picked up a subbing group – hooray!

Siiiigh – another maknae for me! Hightop was basically just too adorable to live! He has a very deep voice as well. Also for SERIOUS Yuseong and his hamsters was possibly the cutest thing that I have watched all week.

BIGFLO Member Profiles

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ALL THE PROFILES MUAHAHAHA! I levelled up in their fancafe! Go me!!

Jungkyun 정균
Real Name: Jeong Junkyun (정정균)
Position: Leader, Vocal
D.O.B: 27.11.1987
Bloodtype: A형

Yuseong 유성
Real Name: Jeong Yuseong (정유성)
Position: Vocal
D.O.B: 08.10.1992
Bloodtype: O형

Ron
Real Name: Cheon Byunghwa (천병화)
Position: Vocal (low parts)
D.O.B: 22.01.1991
Blood Type: B형

Z-UK
Real Name: Jung Jiwook (정지욱)
Position: Rap, Main Dancer
D.O.B: 27.01.1993
Blood Type: A형

HighTop
Real Name: Im Hyeontae (임현태)
Position: Main Rapper, Maknae
D.O.B: 19.03.1994
Blood Type: AB형

 

Boyfriend – ‘Here’ PV Teaser

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*instant nosebleed*

So this is pretty much my ideal kind of cute MV – with the sun, beach setting, cute boys and LOTS AND LOTS of ridiculous playing around for the camera and aegyo. (It doesn’t hurt that the song is also super cute too.)

And applause to Boyfriend for successfully promoting two polar opposite concepts at the same time, in two different countries.

Hot Boyfriend Leader continues to be very pleasing to the eyes – I saw that glimpse of shirtlessness there! There even appears to be a vague kind of plot what with the treasure map – who knows! Truthfully, I don’t really need a plot when cute is involved…

This PV should drop with the release of their album ‘Seventh Color’ which is due out on July 23 (wae so far away??) Then again, Japan are very fond of only releasing short versions (aka like ALL of the TVXQ! totally forcing me to buy the versions that come with the DVD) There are 3 versions available, and I am seriously considering getting two (because I’m a bit obsessed like that). I normally only get one, but this is going to be very hard to resist.

Beast – ‘Good Luck’ – Teaser

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It’s the Beast with two comebacks!

And aren’t they all looking FINE!

A Japan single and a Korean mini album in the same month makes me a very happy fangirl.

Cube have stepped up their promo cycle for the Beast Boys and over the past week have given us 6 individual teasers and at midnight last night, we got the group one which gives us a closer look at the dance and a longer snippet of the song. It’s looking pretty amazing so far! And although I’m not a huge fan of the hip-hop outfits (I prefer suited up hotness) I think this is going to be great! I’m always a fan of piano and strings 🙂

‘Good luck! Baby good luck to you!’

There is possibly a bit of cheatery mccheaterson action going on, seeing as there is only one girl and a lot of angst from Dongwoon after presumably sleeping with her as Hot LeaderTM lurks menacingly outside the door (my maknae NOOOOO!).

And what’s with the Junhyung as Jesus complete with spilled gold coins and a stabbing? (Or is he the Judas in this scenario?). I do not want to have to add this to my ‘idols and DEATH Nooooo!’ YouTube playlist.

I’m now super excited for this to be out already!

Taeyang’s continued commitment to shirtlessness – Eyes, Nose, Lips MV – Review

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And it is truly appreciated!!

The MV starts on a tight focus on Taeyang’s jawline and neck tattoo and then slowly pulls back, revealing his shirtless state (nice!) and building to a crescendo of fire (literally burning a giant picture of the girl he’s singing about in a spectacularly dramatic fashion).

All MV’s should have dramatic fire.

And shirtlessness (with abs).

It’s certainly different to most MV’s out there, as there’s no dance or plot to be seen, rather you’re forced to focus on Taeyang and he puts in a very emotional performance. He has some really fantastic small movements that make repeated watching of the MV a must. My favourite part would have to be the sound of the fire that you can hear over the song – it’s a real asmr moment.

The song is like the MV – stripped back and bare, but it’s such a lovely track. I liked it a lot! I’m considering getting the album ‘Rise’ as I loved so many of the songs that are on it. I don’t currently have a lot of Big Bang in my collection (only 2 albums, and G-Dragon’s solos) but there’s a lot to like here.

I’m looking forward to a Big Bang comeback at some point this year, but all of the member’s solo efforts have been stellar A+

ZE:A – Breathe (숨소리) MV – Review

My take on this MV is that ZE:A are secretly Timelords who failed in their mission to prevent the apocalypse on Earth and so they rescued the only survivor who must now repopulate all of humanity with cute Korean pop stars. I VOLUNTEER AS TRIBUTE

ZE:A are back! It’s been nearly a year since ‘Ghost of Wind’ and ‘Illusion’ and I have missed them! Not that they’ve been inactive, seeing as several members are ALL OVER various variety and radio programs.

The new mini album is called ‘First Homme’ and the title track is called ‘Breathe’ (숨소리). The teaser last week (or so) had me pretty excited – alas the MV release was delayed by a couple of days and we had a 1 minute ‘preview’ as a placeholder. My reaction was pretty much: ‘What is this…are we in JAPAN and experiencing its obsession with short PVs?’ – I’m kidding! I was totally OK… (though antsy and obsessively refreshing my youtube feed even on pathetic 2G coverage in rural Victoria)

Instead I downloaded the album (Yes, I have pre-ordered an actual copy through MNet, but it’s a meet and greet and so I won’t get it for months… I am impatient when it comes to KPop)

The album – I LOVE – seriously every single track is excellent. This is one of my favourite albums so far this year – and that’s facing some pretty stiff competition from groups that are higher up my bias list. This is a solid album with some great vocals, mixed with an R&B feel. Quite a few of the members have contributed to the song writing and composition – particularly on my favourite track ‘One’.

‘One’ is an anthem kind of song, but definitely on the pop side of the spectrum – the chorus is in English – so handy for belting out at the top of your lungs in the car / shower / street while you are walking the dog (not that I did that at all…)

I really feel that ZE:A have grown a lot with this album, so I’m hoping that they can now boost their profile both domestically and abroad.

Back to ‘Breathe’! This was produced by Brave Brothers, so has some of his hallmark sounds – but it’s still got a distinct ZE:A feel to it. They’re a bit like Infinite, in that I can pick their songs out because of the pop fusion with synth hooks – the difference being that ZE:A have more of a harmony line as opposed to power vocals. ‘Breathe’ has some really lovely lyrics – it reads more like a ballad than a pop song because it’s about the melancholy you feel for a lost love – about longing for the sound of their breath and the sadness that recalling happier memories brings.

The MV came out when we were in Bendigo, so I tethered my phone to stream it to the TV and we subjected all of our friends to the SUPER confusing plot that really doesn’t reflect the song all that well. So, I like the dance, the costumes, the TARDIS and the song – I’m just a bit meh on the overall plot.

Cracked out Fanfiction Interpretation

9 Timelords from Gallifrey Korea who are skilled in song and Dance

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Note the significant blue colour and fondness for tweed and check patterns – no bow ties… yet! but maybe in the live stages.

Lonely Timelords

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In their lonely spaceship / TARDIS – being cute idols clearly not fulfilling.

Telescope with the power to look into the past due to light waves and physics and SCIENCE

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Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey and all that – clearly it shows the girl before the world went to hell and they fall into forbidden lurve with her. Because like all KPop MVs there is only one girl and lots of boys. Reverse Harem!

Brief segue into creepy Twilight-esque staring / stalking a girl while she sleeps (or is possibly in a coma)

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Please note that several members do this. This is not ever cool. Even if you are an immortal Vampire-Timelord.

TARDIS

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On the planet of snow and sparkly trees where ZE:A now live. (also their TARDIS has some nice rooms for fancy dancing with balloon ceilings)

I feel like their plan to prevent the apocalypse involved paper planes

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Maybe with messages or their signatures? – like most idols do for concerts – leading to fangirl battles for souvenirs.

Clearly this was a BUST

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Not well thought out there ZE:A. Though I do treasure my own Infinite KPop paper plane (and totally have a shrine for it because of Woohyun), I feel that a signature is not much of a harbinger of DOOM and END OF THE WORLD IS NIGH.

Running through alleyways of the apocalypse…

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This could also just be a run down part of town and they’ve just rescued a girl who was having a mild panic attack at the beginning of the MV and really have it all wrong…

More cute dancing

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Interpretive-dance-of-sorrow? IDK – but I like it 🙂

It was all a dream

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Or this girl is now super happy in her reverse harem bliss

 

UKISS – Quit Playin’ and Mono Scandal – Review

Well…

I think my reaction to this MV can be summed up with the Kakao conversation meltdown / shocked speechlessness that I had with the girls as I watched it…

Me: OK UKISS let’s watch this!
Mmmm Hot Boys!
OMG
Did… did that just happen?
It did
It totally did
*so hot Xiumin emoji*
Just saying… I’d be totally OK with a threesome with Hoon and Kiseop
I cannot believe they showed that in an MV

Emily: WELL OKAY UKISS
So basically they made an MV that Jun is not allowed to watch kekekeke
I feel like mono is the least of their worries

Me: Lolololol
I’m still not sure that I am OK with that UKISS
but damn those boys are super hot

Emily: Kekeke
I liked Kevin’s hair!
Blue is clearly in right now

Me: I spent most of the MV alternating between mmmmm hot boys and OMG wait… what get your hands off! Ahhh Jun is cute… Don’t touch him like that he’s 17. OMG nekkid boys! WHAAAAAT threesome nooooo omg how is this getting past the censors gaaaaaah Eli is so damn fine! OK and now I need to watch again and this time listen to the song


Kakao Chat, Monday June 2, 2014

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So, UKISS are back with 끼부리지마 (Quit Playin’) and with a scandalous concept that involves:

1. A threesome
2. Yes, there was totally a threesome in a Kpop MV
3. Nothing more needs to be said – except that Eli was looking FINE! (Sorry Soohyun, I’m going to have an affair for a while but you’re still totally my bias)
4. HAHAHAHA 1st ever boy group to have their choreography BANNED from live shows for being unfit for broadcast! *hands them all the prizes*

Admittedly, this MV did take me a while to process, because even after the teaser and multiple warnings (ie: a 19+ rating) I wasn’t quite prepared. I’m not especially conservative, but I was momentarily taken aback with some of the more explicitly implied moments – but then I got over it, and I’m on board with this comeback and whole new version of UKISS. (Though, I totally have to laugh a bit at the fact that technically Jun is too young to even watch the MV that he is actually in!)

Once I went back and watched again – this time actually listening to the song, I was really happy with it. My favourite UKISS song is ‘Someday’ – one of their more mellow ballad tracks and ‘Quit Playin’ has some elements in common with it. ‘Someday’s Piano is replaced in ‘Quit Playin’ with an acoustic guitar – the songs certainly don’t sound the same (seeing as Someday is totally a power ballad), but they share a similar almost melancholy feeling and showcase their voices. What I love about this group is that they have a great vocal harmony and each individual voice can be picked out.

I really like this new direction for UKISS! 끼부리지마 has racked up quite a few plays on my i-Pod already. They just sound so great!

On a side note AJ is sitting this round of promotions out as he is currently recovering from heart surgery in hospital! (btw, that is totally NOT ‘studying in America’!!) I hope he gets well soon!

MV Moments

5 seconds in, and Kiseop rips off his shirt

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(hooray!) WAIT WHAT IS HE DOING? HOON IS THERE TOO OMFG! I was so shocked that I had to rewind this on my first viewing (hehehe!!)

Eli gives me FEELS

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aish! Yeah… negl, he’s preeeeeeetty attractive throughout this. I’ll just call him a bias ruiner and deal with it. Also, I TOTALLY appreciate the suited up hotness that the live stages have thus far produced.

KEVIN!!!!!

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I can’t say that this wasn’t something rather new… (lol forever at the Tumblr comments about him going to church after shooting this. PLEASE – he is a grown man, and this isn’t for real)

Hoon gets slapped

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HAHAHA! Pretty sure he deserved that. No means no!

Soohyun – well ALL the lip rubs

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Always appreciated! If I made a lip rubbing MV playlist, there would be a bajillion videos on it.

NASTY!

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Seriously this is the best 10 seconds of the MV, also great use of the English line here! Super appropriate!

Jun gets close to the ladies

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Sort of…there’s not too much inappropriate touching here… Jun’s voice is really nice and he’s a great addition to UKISS! (also, super cute and only 17…)

Just in case you forgot

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YEP – it’s most definitely a threesome!

Mini Album – Mono Scandal

I bought the album while we were in Melbourne (hence the SUUUUPER lateness of my post) as it had just arrived and I need to keep up with my UKISS collection. It’s a softcover wraparound, so won’t be easily displayed on my shelving as it won’t stand up by itself. However the photobook is chock full of eyecandy and lots of abs / various stages of undress / splayed on beds with come hither eyes / more abs / Yay, Jun is fully clothed! *feels less like a creepy noona* / Eeee Soohyun! I saw that bit of your stomach / aaaaaaaabs goodness.

I may need to track down the hi-res scans of this… for reasons.

I enjoyed all the tracks on this mini album.하나 (One) and 다시 내게로 와줘(Come Back to Me) being my favourites. Those voices! AISH! (Just sayin… I would like MV’s for both of these)

There are 4 songs and 2 additional instrumental versions. I recommend buying it!

If you have time, you should also check out their appearance on ASC (After School Club). Kevin is a regular host and I adore him! We get to know Jun a bit more and they’re all pretty adorable as well. Eli is still killing my bias list. Extra bonus behind the scenes footage in their after show as well.

A-JAX – 2nd Anniversary

Awww – More cutie boys!

Not that they started that way… Their debut song was extremely abalicious! They’ve shown a variety of styles since then too!

It’s now their second anniversary and I have made a playlist of their MV’s, dance practices and a nice bonus video too – hehehe! If you watch ‘Dream Team’ or the idol olympics you may recognise the leader Hyeongkon (though he is a bit faily – I love him a lot)

A-JAX will also be starring in a drama soon – called ‘Vampire’s Flower’ (LOL) – apparently it’s a bit Twilight-esque and is based on a manhwa. I’ll be watching it for sure!

I like their music a lot and they came on my radar during their promotions for ‘Insane’ – it was a great song, and I have ended up collecting all of their albums for both Japan and Korea.

Their last album ‘Snake’ was RIDICULOUSLY cute – the live stages filled me with glee. Boy scouts… AISH!

I made the cheat sheet for this group – as they can be a little difficult to figure out who is who – seeing as they change their styles so much!

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jaehyung

Hyojun

Yunyoung

Sungmin

Seungjin

Seungyub

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Boyfriend Megapost – ‘Start Up!’, ‘Obsession’ and ‘Seventh Colour’

Boyfriend are definitely one of the busiest groups in KPop right now, with back-to-back-to-back promotions in Japan and Korea lined up for the next few months.

This evening they performed one of their ‘Love Communication’ showcases in Tokyo promoting their new single ‘Start Up!’, next week they will be back in Korea for their comeback ‘Obsession’ and on July 23 their second Japan Album ‘Seventh Color’ will be released kicking off yet another set of concerts and performances.

*phew* I don’t think those poor boys will be getting much sleep at all in the upcoming weeks!

Boyfriend are a group that I definitely love. I’ll admit to resisting them for a while as soon as I found out their overall concept of cute, more cute, piled on top of even more adorable and compounded with more than a few underage members… There was a big NOOOOOO followed by a period of denial of all cutie boys. Then Teen Top wormed their way into my heart and the cutie boy deluge began.

Yep – I can safely say that I definitely have a thing for cute boy bands – even back to my teenage years.

That’s not to say Boyfriend are permanently adorable – they do try different concepts, and now that their youngest is finally 18, they are about to branch out into a more mature look (more on this later – expect DENIAL and crying kekeke).

スタートアップ!’Start Up!’ – Japanese PV

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Well aren’t they just adorable! This isn’t anything drastically different for Boyfriend – it has all the hallmarks of several of their previous PV’s. It’s very similar in plot to ‘Pinky Santa’ where the Boyfriends all group together and help a girl with her love problem and then romp cutely for the camera.

I’d like one of those magic keys in my life as well – particularly if it’s hand delivered by one of these cute boys!

I always like how positive and bright their PVs are – and they make me happy to watch them. They always make a lot of eye contact with the camera, so it feels like they are singing directly to you. Boyfriend like to show a lively, cheerful, happy image and this PV delivers that in spades (in metric tonnes actually).

The song has an upbeat tempo and all members share the lines pretty equally. The lyrics are also pretty sweet – as they’re all about giving encouragement and love and starting a bright future together. The chorus is also fairly catchy – lots of 愛してる (aishiteru – I love you). If I translated the line right it means ‘I love you, that word only makes me stronger‘ Awwww!

I have ordered the First Press Limited Edition of this single – and it’s going to be just adorable!

Obsession – Teaser

Aaaand this is a 180 degree shift!

My cutie boys NOOOOO! Hehehe! I had this exact same reaction last year, when the adorable BtoB went with a mature concept for ‘Thriller’. At the time those teasers came out Aimee and I were in China, away from high speed internet and incidentally YouTube – as it’s blocked on the mainland. Emily smuggled us the teaser video uploading to a private google video and we painstakingly streamed it on the patchy internet in the foyer of our hotel in Xi’An watching it in 5 second increments (along with the dance version of Teen Top’s ‘Rocking’). I expressed dismay at the ab-eriffic display of boyflesh and tried to avert my eyes. I failed, went through all the stages of grief and totally bought the album by the time we got to Korea. That abalicious poster is on my wall right now *stares at Hyunsikkie some more*

So… I’m actually pretty OK with this! I like it when the groups that I follow try out new things.

From the looks of things, this might be a ‘Lost Boys’ concept – seeing as Peter Pan is featured on the “Wanted” sign. I definitely like the sound of the song – I have a lot of hip hop and rap in my faves list now. Hyunseong was also looking pretty fine – thank goodness he’s over 20 and I can at least not feel quite so pervy appreciating his abs there.

Also how amazing does that library look? *covets it*

I hope that Boyfriend do well on the charts with this song! I’ll be cheering them on in all the live performances as well. AISH music shows are on 7 days a week and in my timezone – this is a sacrifice I’m prepared to make…

Seventh Colour – Second Japan Album

Hooray! I wasn’t expecting this announcement until much later in the year! At this point only a few teaser images of the album covers and concept photos have been released on their official page.

There will be 3 editions. A CD/DVD combo, A HMV special Edition and a regular CD – Pretty sure I might need at least 2 of these…

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Here are the super cute concept photos:

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Pretty sure that this is going to be a combination of my two favourite Japanese PVs of all-time. SHINee’s ‘Boys Meet U’ and Infinite’s ‘She’s Back’ what with the beach setting, bicycles, cute hats and summer theme!

I CAN’T WAIT!!!

I’ll leave you with those cutest PV’s ever – just to give you an idea of just how adorable this is likely to be…