MVs

Yesterday, while procrastinating over paper-writing, I decided to give Windows Movie Maker a shot, and here are the results – the first two fan MVs I’ve ever made. I can’t say they’re great but they were fun to make. I plan on periodically continuing the attempt so if you want to subscribe just click on the video to go to Youtube.

A mix of American and Asian television.

Note: This one’s HIGHLY spoilerish for Proposal Daisakusen, especially the final parts, so I definitely recommend skipping it if you haven’t seen PD, otherwise you’ll see all the best parts 😦

Boys Before Flowers 23


Download from Arashi-vox(this time I’m linking directly to the file because she has a  huge spoiler in her post right before the link, which I was highly annoyed to have to read before getting to the file). Change the file name from “GBN23.avi.dumb” to “GBN23.avi” so that you can watch the video. Or watch online at Veoh or at Youtube.

I posted a comment in response to the Dramabeans commentary on this episode, and this is essentially what I said-
“It’s very odd because the Makino character is written as a highly spunky, self-sufficient, mentally and emotionally courageous character who doesn’t need anyone else, whether friends or a boyfriend, to get by, but this rendition of her portrays her as almost the exact opposite; she falls apart as soon as Junpyo breaks up with her and doesn’t really get it back together until they’re together again. She doesn’t ever even really stand up to Mama Kang, for heavens sake! Both Junpyo and Jandi are frustratingly and consistently passive however; their relationship is defined and propelled by other people – everything they do, from breaking up to getting back together, is as a result of the efforts of other people, their friends and family. Personally, I find Junpyo’s passivity more widespread and frustrating – Jandi has more reason for it in my opinion – but both are far, FAR too weak in general – I consider them as characters essentially ruined. It’s a pity especially since the manga characters they’re based on are defined by their driving(sometimes even over-done) forcefulness.


I’m all about Jihoo and Jandi in this series
even their reactions to everything show how much better of a man Jihoo is than Junpyo. Jihoo reacts to his grief over Jandi’s absence by throwing himself into work for his grandfather and looking after his grandfather, while Junpyo goes out and starts drinking and toying with girls and eventually ends up arrested. Which is the more mature? Jihoo would be deeply awesome in and of himself – the ultimate best friend/amazing boyfriend material – even without the contrast with Junpyo, but the contrast with Junpyo only highlights even more all of his amazing qualities. He and Jandi have such a warm, deep friendship – so many of their interactions are so Main-Couple/OTP-like. One the one hand, we have Jandi/Jihoo, who frankly have many more scenes together, showing them doing fun, happy, ordinary things and integrating into each other’s world’s perfectly, and on the other hand we have Junpyo and Jandi, out of whom we get a few big splashy scenes(is it must me or is there always fireworks/stars going on around them) and some nice little touches like how they look back at each other as Junpyo leaves their date in this episode – but overall precious little time together and 80% of that time taken up by fighting/bickering/angsting. It’s no wonder, given this and what a disappointment Junpyo’s character is and how awesome they made Ji-Hoo and how much time they spent building up the Jandi/Ji-Hoo relationship, whether friendship or no, that so many of us have gone over to supporting the Jandi/Jihoo pairing”

Lots of caps. And yes, I did cap the Junpyo/Jandi part as it was adorable and I’m not going to miss the chance to cap two gorgeous people in a gorgeous setting, even if I personally am not in love with them.

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Star Bites: Goo Hye Sun, Rain, Epik High, Big Bang, Kim Hyun Joong..

Roenal kindly commented and sent me a link to another lovely BOF music video, but embedding is disabled, so I’m just linking to it here (the song is almost eerily appropriate).

Billasub, a new music video/drama subbing group, is looking for translators; she’s collaborating with Jcjjica to sub To Get Her, which I’m quite excited about, and I’ve volunteered to be blog manager for Jcjjica so we’ll see if that works out.

I haven’t had a chance to watch Boys Before Flowers 16 yet , but you can download Episode 16 at Arashi.Vox(Youtube & Veoh links also) or at Aja-aja as usual.

Entertainment Bites:

Goo Hye Sun of Boys Over Flowers and SeungRi of Big Bang to perform Duet together – how…random. I suppose I’m excited to see the actress from a drama I’m very much enjoying and a member of my favorite Korean band performing together however

Epik High‘s new album comes out in March, and Se7en makes his American debut(*hollow laugh* I’m not even excited anymore. There’s only so many times a debut can be announced and then retracted before it just becomes stale) with a teaser clip on March 4th and the full “Girls” MV March 10.

Rain releases “Recollection”, a repackage of his 5th album “Rainism”, on March 5

Those under 19th won’t be allowed to purchase Big Bang‘s 2nd album Remember, due to the suggestive lyrics of Seung Ri’s solo “Strong Baby” – also known as, why I’m glad I don’t live in Korea

And, in Kim Hyun Joong news(mm!) from least to most important:

– his new hairstyle on BOF hot topic

-he went to a DBSK concert to support his friend Jaejoong

-he is to further his studies in America!!! While I’m slightly disappointed to see he’s only coming for 6 months, I’m still excited for him to learn English so he can meet me and fall madly in love and it’s most likely that he’d come to Los Angeles, which is where I live.

-he won the popularity award!! Lee Min-Ho got the newcomer award at the 45th Baek Sang Arts Awards yesterday, but Kim Hyun Joong displaced him for popularity award for male artistes in the TV category

K-Bites has red-carpet photos of him and the other F4 members(it’s almost eerie seeing them in real life, because they project the same image of charisma, togetherness, and sheer good looks in real life as they do in the drama) at the Arts Awards.

Hanfever has the complete list of winners as well as more photos(other highlights included So Ji-Sub winning Best Newcomer Award along with Kang Ji Hwan).

Boys Before Flowers Music Videos

To assuage my need while waiting for the newest episodes to come out, I went and scoured Youtube for good BBF vids. These are what I found(mostly Jandi/Ji-Hoo)

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Boys Before Flowers Episode 13

Believe it or not, I have been watching this drama, in the midst of midterms, but didn’t get excited enough about it to write about it until episode 13(due to having seen both other adaptations, I remained sufficiently emotionally detached. Around episode 13, however, that ended *sad face*)

By far my favorite episode so far. The first one to simultaneously really make me squee AND tug at my heart-strings. I totally disagree with Dramabeans on this drama so far – my opinions are pretty much the opposite of hers. This one had such delicious themes/moments…

You can download this episode subbed from Aja-aja or Arashivox.com(it’s titled GBN)

Read more-Ep 13 Liveblog: The Flames Go Out

Eyecandy of the Day: The endlessly pretty Matsumoto Jun


Matsumoto Jun is an hugely popular Japanese singer and actor, best known as a member of J-pop group Arashi and for starring in Hana Yori Dango, the Japanese adaptation of the manga Boys Over Flowers.