July Kpop Additions

So, I added a whole heap to my collection in July – blame the perfect storm of a lot of releases in both Japan and Korea, some items that FINALLY arrived from June, and my birthday allowing me to indulge…

Somehow it adds up to like 21 things – no wonder my shelves are in crisis mode and I’m living on potatoes!

Japan Albums

(which continue to bankrupt me because I can’t stay away from them and they aren’t cheap compared to Korean albums AT ALL)

Infinite – Last Romeo – Type A and Standard First Press Editions (single)

VIXX – Darkest Angels – Version A (album)

SHINee – Lucky Star – First Press Limited and Standard Editions (single)

I got all 3 versions of Infinite both versions of SHINee and restrained myself to only one of VIXX and covered these in a previous post. Basically they are all amazing OMG!

BTS – Boy in Luv – Standard Edition (single)

BTS have really put in an effort for their Japanese market this year, releasing all of their Korean hits as singles. I collect this group, so this was an auto buy for me. I decided on the standard edition because I wanted a photocard! Their record company releases the full PV on youtube, so I didn’t feel the need to get the DVD version. Again this is a standard CD with lyrics sheet insert – nothing too exciting so essentially it’s a big excuse to get a photocard.

The CD has 3 singles from their latest Korean album – “Boy in Luv” “N.O” and “Just One Day”. Their Japanese is pretty cute, not awful but a bit shaky in some spots. I’m hoping that at some point they will release some original songs in Japan *crosses fingers*

UKISS – Love on U – CD/DVD combo (single)

Congrats U-KISS! I finally cracked and ordered a Japan single… This is of course inviting disaster, because now I’ll feel the need to collect the rest of them and I had resisted so well up until now! I justified it because:

1) I really liked the song (yay all the Kevin and Soohyun!)
2) Jun.. and I can totes collect everything post Jun right?
3) I knew the behind the scenes video would be AMAZING

The CD has the single “Love on U” and B Side “Feel It” both of which I liked a lot. UKISS are in my top 5 for a reason! They both have an R&B feel and have gone on my Japan playlist. Alas no photocard or photobook – just a lyrics sheet insert.

The DVD has the full PV (hooray! Avex are sucky and only ever upload short versions to YouTube) as well as the AMAZING behind the scenes video. Ahhhh so many Jun feels! The boys have about the same level of Japanese that I do (ie. basic and high school level) so I had no problems understanding everything. Not that you really need subs to enjoy the ridiculous amount of cute…

Boyfriend – Start Up – CD/DVD Version A First Press Limited (single)

Ugh… so much cute! I officially locked in these boys at #9 in my top 1o this month (waaaah only one more slot free, and I need to TARDIS, like, at least 30 groups into it). This was a really cute PV – which I made many gifs from! Clearly the single was also on my buy list.

This comes with a super cute mini photobook with lyrics as well as a CD sized postcard. I got Hot Boyfriend Leader Donghyun! Yay! I have a few of his postcards now. The single “Start Up” and B side “DO-DO-DO” are both bright happy j-pop songs and quite typical of Boyfriend’s Japan discography

Boyfriend – Seventh Color – CD/DVD Limited Edition (album)

And I was very good and bought only one version of this! Which was hard as they all had slightly different bonus tracks and photobooks too! I shall covet Aimee’s extra HMV version when I visit next month. I loved the title track “Here” from this – the short version was released almost a month ahead of the album, so I had plenty of time to anticipate it. Ahhhh so many cute moments in the PV as well! (all the GIFs!)

This is a CD sized release with a slipcover. The photobooklet is SUPER adorable as well with lots of cute pics. I got Minwoo as my postcard (cute maknae of cuteness) as well as Donghyun as a magnet from HMV (OMG I want like all 6 of them SO BADLY). Being a full album there are a lot of tracks to cover! Boyfriend also release completely original songs in Japan, so it’s extra impressive that they are promoting two almost polar opposite concepts at the same time in two different countries. My crush on Donghyun continues apace (I looooove his vocals!), so it’s hard to choose a favourite track. They’re all cute and bright pop songs though.

Next year I am determined to go to a concert for this group – preferably in Japan so I can really go to town and fit in with the crying fangirls.

Korean Albums

BAP – Unplugged (mini album)

Yay! It finally came! (mostly because I bundled it with other Kpop released much later). The poster is also adorable, so I need to find room for it somewhere. This had a gorgeous photobook – it’s styled a bit like a photo album with “polaroids” from a trip to London – all with a completely hipster instagram filter applied to them! I got a Zelo photocard and died from happiness (my bias!)

I liked this MV and single. It’s certainly a departure from their better known style, but it was a lot of fun. And all that cute aegyo didn’t make me completely fall in love with it immediately or anything like that…

Bigflo – First Flow (mini album)

I broke my Rookies rule – and it was the best decision ever

JJCC (Double JC) At First – Signed edition all members (single)

More Rookies! But technically a present (Thanks Aimee!!) I liked this debut a lot, it’s a great laid back track and has had a fair bit of play on my 2014 playlist. I have side-eyed a few of the member names (Simba… Prince Mak…) but I am sure that they will grow on me. They have a fair bit of potential as they are backed by Jackie Chan, so I look forward to their follow up (hopefully soon)

Eric Nam – Ooh Ooh – signed edition (single)

Another one that FINALLY arrived. I love Eric a lot – probably because we watch his show ASC every week and he’s such a great host. He and Kevin (from UKISS) have a great bromance going! Apart from that, the track is super cute and catchy and definitely fun to dance along to! It has a great brass big band swing feel and has an ear worm chorus as well.

We got this one as an MNet Meet and Greet. Eric read my message out and made my day! Aimee fared even better and got like a whole conversation as a reply to her ‘Come to Australia please!’ comment.

The single has a mini photobook with cute pics and also came with a photo postcard.

Beast – Good Luck – Version A and B (mini album)

Sooooo don’t judge that I got both of these… One was a birthday present! Technically this is the same album, just both versions. However they are COMPLETELY different, in fact they open in opposite directions – a small detail that I really appreciated. Both photobooks are HUGE and filled with pics from their dual photoshoot concepts. I finally had a photocard double up with Hyunseung in both albums, but have since traded one for Hot Leader Doojoon.

As with all Beast albums, it’s really beautifully presented and constructed. My inner print nerd had a lot of fun going through it all. I might slightly prefer the black version, despite my bias having some decidedly derp photos!

I really loved all the tracks on this mini album (well done to Junhyung with the composing and lyrics) but best of all they included “Sad Movie” as a Korean release! I nearly cried when they performed it as their goodbye stage on all the shows because it’s one of my most favourite of their Japan tracks.

MBLAQ – Broken – signed edition all members (mini album)

This took AGES to get here. But I finally have my super hot MBLAQ boys! Hooray! There’s a lot of eye candy in this photobook. I have a bit of a thing for suited up hotness and this comeback is definitely in my Top 10 so far this year. Joon was my photocard (more cheering! yay my bias!!)

The album also takes up a fair bit of shelf real estate – being gigantic OMG. I had to spine all of their other albums and shift Ajax to another shelf to fit this in. But saying that it’s also a nicely presented album with a box case, perspex CD plate and perfect bound photobook. Bonus Joonie evison advert insert – abs are always appreciated!!

I liked all the tracks on the CD too – it’s a really great album to put on in the background if I have work to do. I feel like they have really matured vocally – and the added hotness for this comeback was a bonus. (Seungho, you really levelled up! Well done!)

History – Desire (mini album)

I have already expressed my adoration for the title track “Psycho” MV. The album is also a great addition to my collection as I love me a box style case! It’s also huge, but I forgive that because they included such a great photobook. I really appreciate that they took the styling and the concept to the nth degree here. There’s some really clever photos here that have a decidedly unhinged and obsessive feel to them. Yijeong has this great photo where it has been scratched out in a spiralling pattern around his eye *shivers*

The songs are also great – all centered around ‘Desire’ I really like 태양은 없다 (There’s No Sun) and Blue Moon. This group have really fantastic vocals and I pretty much added the entire album to my faves list.

Boyfriend  – Obsession – Signed Edition Hyunseong (mini album)

Soooo lots of Boyfriend this month! This time their Korean comeback which it feels like I was waiting FOREVER for. We got 2 MVs and dance practices out of this mini album and a bajillion amazing live stages, so I was a very happy fangirl.

This mini album is a nice addition to my now extensive Boyfriend shelf. It’s the standard mini-album configuration with the photobook affixed to the inner left and the CD on the right, no photocard but a group postcard was included. I’m not a huge fan of the hip hop styling in the photobook, but I will console myself with the Hot Boyfriend Leader implied abs on page 5.

I did love this comeback though. It’s a slight change in direction vocally for them and I’m not at all opposed to them growing and changing as a group. My fave track was ‘Alarm’ which I just adore.

VIXX – VIXX box (DVD and goods)

Damn you VIXX! *shakes fist* Thank goodness it was my birthday otherwise I really could not have justified buying this! I’m glad that I did though, because it was crammed with all sorts of goodies that a hardcore fan of the group (like me!) will really adore.

  • Pin Set – that will never come out of the wrapper LOL like all my other pin sets
  • Photocards – too big for my holders, will have to work on a solution to this
  • Giant Postcards – soooo many – where will I put them all???
  • Diary Planner with stickers – can be adapted to any year. Not sure if I will use this as I plan on getting more end of year calendars which also come with planners but I love all the cute pics!
  • DVD

I love how it’s all put together as well – the box has some neat compartments. I’m a bit of a bad fangirl and haven’t watched the DVD yet – I have this MASSIVE backlog of Dramas and cute reality shows to get through first!

VIXX – Voodoo DVD set (DVD and goods)

This was bundled with the VIXX box and as I had neglected to buy it when it first came out (and regretted it) I was pretty happy to be able to add this without significantly breaking the bank.

This came with some postcards and has a fab additional photobook as well. The DVD is also in my ‘to be watched’ queue!

My Updated Current Stats! *shame*

Albums – 270
DVD Concerts etc– 18
Photobooks and Other – 9
Posters – 127
Photocards – too many… (LIES! there is no such thing as too many)

April Acquisitions

AKA all the CN Blue!

NO REGRETS! (Except my credit card statement and my overall bias list because my overwhelming love for all their music is threatening to overtake my top 5!)

So all the fruits of my CN Blue buying spree came to me midway though April – necessitating some pretty ruthless shelf re-arranging (which is what happens when you suddenly add like 8 albums of one particular group). It makes me a bit sad, because I like to display at least one album from each group facing outwards – but now due to the lack of space there are quite a few groups that are ‘spined’ 😦

I’ll just really have to add that other shelving unit – who cares that I won’t be able to shut my door! I can sacrifice for the Kpops!

Due to the sad events in Korea with the Sewol ferry accident, a lot of comebacks have been postponed, so understandably there hasn’t been a lot of activity in the KPop world this past month. I’ve chosen to bundle most things that were released in April with other albums due out in May / pick them up in person when I’m at the BAP concert in Melbourne next week.

New to my collection this month

‘Can’t Stop’ CN Blue – 5th Mini Album

20140502_154221Ahhh CN Blue – forever one of my first KPop loves! I loved the featured single ‘Can’t Stop’ as soon is it was released and especially loved having the boys all over the music shows as a part of their comeback promotions. Yonghwa does also get +10 hotness points for his live piano playing skills (not quite enough to make him my bias, but he’s a very close second).

Being an actualfax band who play instruments, it helps that they’re all total flower boys as well. The mini album has a nice photobook with loads of photos with the members looking pensive and dreamy in what I can only presume is an American city as well as wearing cute white sweaters and lounging around on beds (cue all the slash ficcers going crazy). It also came with a standup card with a randomly chosen member. I got Jonghyun (yay! my bias!). I like all the tracks on the CD too – so I’d definitely recommend buying if you’re a fan.

Also added to my collection from CN Blue:

First Step
First Step + 1 – Thank You (OMG the photobook on this one… *dies*)
Bluetory
BlueLove
Ear Fun
Present (Japan Singles)
Blue Moon Concert DVD

Now I can get collecting on all the Japan discography…

‘The Origin’ Infinite

I already made a post about this one!

‘Skool Love Affair’ BTS (Bangtan Boys)

20140502_154322Hahahaha remember when I was all “I will never succumb to this group because a) hip hop b) super ridiculous member names I mean ‘Rap Monster’ ‘J-Hope’??? Please??? c) OMG there are so many underage members I’d be a pedo noona” *hollow and bitter laugh* Yeah… so the inevitable happened. Damn them and that catchy song we were singing all New Years with it’s ‘Such a liiiiiiaaaaaaar’ hook in the English. *sigh*. Also I blame Tumblr for like brainwashing me with gifs and picspam to the point where I somehow learned all their names by osmosis. Leading of course, to the infamous MV watching on gchat with the girls where I was putting my member identifying skills to the test with ‘Boy in Luv’  – AKA this MV

And I suddenly decided that I really really liked the cute one JongKook that reminded me a bit of Woohyun from Infinite. I believe that the words “He’s like a baby Woohyun” were uttered / typed followed by “I think I might make him my bias” and then “NOOOOOO BEC HE’S THE MAKNAE* NOOOOOO HE’S 15 OMG!” from Emily and then immense horror and a meltdown of epic proportions ensued (I COULD BE HIS MOTHER WAAAEEEEEE – technically a teenage mother but it could have happened), but it was too late *sobbing all over the place*.

*maknae = the youngest member

And that is how I came to have a ’97 liner in my bias list.

I will never again commit to a bias without checking profiles that list dates of birth. 🙂

Anyway this is a fab album with a HUUUUGE photobook and extra goodies (a sticker set and a bookmark. Yay I got J-Hope, who is technically over the age of 20) and they are well deserving of all those ‘Rookie of the Year’ titles they won last year.

Also added from BTS:

2 COOL 4 SKOOL
O? R U L8 2?

Which also have some great goodies like posters, stickers and photocards. I’ll just live with myself somehow for making yet another maknae a bias…

‘Peter Pan’s Kiss’ – A-PRINCE

20140502_154714Move over ‘Boyfriend’ there’s a new cutie boy band that might just unseat you with the excessive display of aegyo. Yes – I have a problem… 😦

Also – they are in Pyjamas in the MV – I am helpless *cannot deal nosebleed* The teasers for this MV were hilarious as well – what’s not to like about cute boys being slapped in the face? A-PRINCE have a fab Youtube channel because they sub ALL their behind the scenes stuff in English and it’s all adorable as hell! This was a super cute single too.

Also added to my collection due to the overwhelming adorableness:

Hello
Mambo

‘Mitaiken Future’ – FT Island

20140502_154744More Japan FT Island! (and they’re releasing yet another single later this month – not that I’ve already pre-ordered it or anything along with Boyfriend…)

This one is an upbeat and catchy song – I have version B of the album which includes a DVD of the MV and performances from their Freedom 2013 arena tour. I quite like the B sides on the single too – not that it’s hard – i do adore pretty much all of FT Island’s entire discography…

‘No Mercy’ B.A.P (Japan)

20140502_154514Awww yisss! My feeeels!!! (Due to going to their concert next week) One of my all time faves from this group as a Japan release. The MV was pretty good (seeing as I did gif-spam it)

I may have got ALL the concert goods on offer so I will have the whistle to go along with this song… (also because I can’t resist concert goodies, and you know a 1 in 5 shot at the high touch event.)

This was the limited edition version from Japan and the dog tags are a cute touch! The CD has a small photobook and a photocard (Yay Zelo! my other totally inappropriate maknae bias *more ugly sobbing*)

So only 16 albums added this month – not too bad (hehehehe)