There's a touch of the raw -
and unexpectedly-wondrous -
in grey days and stained faux-Victorian gold paint-edged walls and graffiti under bridges.
Sometimes I think this would never be home,
other times I think home could never be like this.
The RMPW tag on tumblr is a glorious mash of kiss gifs and 'I DON'T WANT IT TO END's.
Can't wait for the subs;
straight-up romcoms aren't usually my thing
(neither is the wishy-washiness of this particular romance)
but the characters populating this are so awfully endearing.
My fondness for WGM has been reawakened, hahaha.
SunhwaXKwanghee are hilarious.
I still can't stand the 'aww-look-how-much-they-love-each-other-already' commentators
or the overly-scripted couple-y stuff
(e.g. overdone bickering
[though it IS funny that most pairs would be facing the opposite problem],
that airport goodbye scene)
but they are absolutely awesome when they're mucking around bff-style
and so obviously on the same wavelength. <33
And there's JoonXOh Yeon Seo.
I don't particularly fancy the fated-couple angle they're playing up
but I like Joon, and I like how she messes with him.
And how they decided to call each other by their real names -
which should be less adorable than it is, really. :3
JOON/LIZZY JOON/LIZZY JOON/LIZZY JOON/LIZZY.
PLEASE BE ON WGM -
THEY CAN SET YOU RIDICULOUS TASKS TO COMPLETE TOGETHER
AND YOU CAN BE INSANE + HILARIOUS + ADORABLE
AND I CAN HAVE HAPPY!TIMES GIGGLING IN GLEE IN FRONT OF MY COMPUTER SCREEN.
EEEEK IF YOU HAVEN'T HEARD THE 3 MIN PREVIEW OF WILD AT HEART YOU ARE MISSING OUT.
It is really, really good and awfully catchy -
so excited for the single right now, you have no idea. <3333
AND: I am pretty sure the PV will be awesome.
It's just that sort of song.
Watched the Christmas special
and... the couples are so forced it's actually painful to watch.
Jangwoo and Leeteuk are creeps
(and someone needs to tell the latter to stop being such a tryhard).
Eunjung is annoying.
Sora is clearly uncomfortable with (a) variety, and (b) Leeteuk. ><
And the how-well-do-I-know-you games/quizzes/performances/etc. are a farce
given that you can tell they're just mugging for the camera.
Where is the chemistry,
that whiff of could-be romance that made me like WGM in the first place?
The only thing keeping me watching was Brave Couple,
who are absolutely adorable
and should totally get together irl.
(How amazing was Won Jun's self-composed song, seriously?
And So Hyun tearing up during it?)
Three reasons why I already love Running Man, 15 episodes in:
1. Yoo Jae Suk is adorable and hilarious and awfully, awfully nice.
First-rate emcee, essentially.
It's so lovely to see regulars liking their leader so much.
2. The regulars.
Who don't mind losing their dignity/reputation for variety's sake -
and are mind-blowingly-funny in the process.
I find it mildly hilarious that I like everyone so much
that I essentially ship everyone X Ji Hyo
(Gary, Haha, Gwangsoo, Joong Ki, Jong Kook...lol, even Ji Hyo X herself.)
3. THE STAFF.
I love how they keep changing things up - the show never gets stagnant.
Also: they have the best taste in BGMs.
And Yonghwa is all sorts of awesome.
And Joong Ki is forever hot.
Oh, RM, have my heart.
On another note,
isn't it interesting how IU and Hyuna are only a year apart
(and goodness, Hyuna is younger than I am),
yet one is infantilised and the other sexualised?
Mayonaka no Arashi, Ep 9:
This episode is absolutely, absolutely hilarious.
And awfully endearing, to boot.
Inadvertently trespassing into matsutake land,
being an inept guard,
halting matsutake growth (and not feeling sorry about it),
AND catching a matsutake thief -
all in a night's work for Aiba. xD
The boy may be many things, but 'conventional' is definitely not one of them. :)
I'm also watching SHINee's Hello Baby,
but... nah, I don't know.
I still prefer Arashi's shows to the K-idol brand of variety.
(I felt the same about Beast's MTV shows.)
I wonder if it's just me? Or if the fans of these shows would feel the same way if they watched other sorts of idol shows?
Am I generalising here?
I just wish the idols would be forced out of their bubble MORE/
be subject to less-contrived contexts/less editing/
less milking of the most insignificant actions&words for entertainment value.
Less (or less-obvious) image-manufacturing.
Edit: I admit it. I was wrong.
It started off slow, but Hello Baby is amazing. xD
Less the interactions with Yoogeun,
more the inter-member back-forths.
Jonghyun's comebacks are lovely ('IS THIS THE REALITY YOU WANTED?!'),
and SHINee's ad-libbing is firstrate.
They're not always the nicest people, but it makes for enjoyable watching.
I need to stop putting off the things I need to do.
ARGH I AM SO INERT IT ISN'T EVEN FUNNY.
Met up with R before I left - first time in a while, haha.
Still that sense of loss, 'what could have been'...
but less now, I think.
I don't know how I should feel about that, tbqh.
As it turned out though, he retains that ability to make me think more deeply about things I take for granted
(why I thought that would change, I have no idea).
Have asked Dad to get me a book on apologetics -
hopefully this marks a turning point in my faith.
I want to be convicted afresh.
BEAST's Beatoy photoshoot is gorgeous.
The clothes, the boys...
how Dongwoon can look so amazing even with hair that awful colour is mind-boggling.
I really hope SHINee/BEAST stick a member on WGM
now that Khuntoria are leaving.
(Personally, I think Hyunseung would be hilarious.
Just saying. xD
Though I wouldn't mind Onew either. :D)
EDIT 2 OCTOBER: APPARENTLY IT IS LEETEUK + ACTRESS WHOM I DO NOT KNOW.
WHYYYY, PD-NIM. >:(
Lol obviously I have too much free time on my hands.
FIRST EP OF IMMORTAL SONG 2 IS OUT.
WOOOT LOVELY SINGING AND EMOTING!
AND EVEN THOUGH I CANNOT UNDERSTAND A WORD OF KOREAN SOME PERFS MADE ME CRY ANYWAY.
Loved Yesung, Changmin, Yoseob.
Changmin is a FLAWLESS singer.
And the song was so fun. :D:D:D
Yoseob is not flawless,
but argh the whole performance was so gorgeous/moving.
Great song choice - and such emotion.
(EDIT: I just watched Yoseob. Again. And cried. Again.)
Didn't like Jonghyun's, actually.
Emotive? Yes. Dramatic? Yes.
But he doesn't know how to play to his strong points/cover up his weak points,
which leads to him missing a TON of notes in the high range.
(In an unfortunate edit,
the camera lands on Yesung when Jjong goes offkey on a particular note,
AND YOU CAN SEE HIM WINCE. I DO NOT KID.
I FEEL YA, YESUNG.)
Hyorin and IU were middling for me.
Technically not as accomplished as Changmin,
emotively not as winning as Yoseob.
I think Hyorin picked the wrong song, actually? Too low?
(Her voice is lower, but still. Too low.)
Jonghyun: >< Vast improvement on the first perf, though.
(SERIOUSLY - I DON'T GET THOSE OMONA PEEPS SAYING HE SANG WELL.
IT WAS AVERAGE AT BEST,
especially when you compare him to the better singers.)
IU: So-so again. I think she needs to (a) calm her nerves,
and (b) do a stripped-down acoustic cover, the way she's used to.
Hyorin was AMAZING. WORK IT, GIRL.
That performance was all kinds of fierce.
Yoseob wow-ed me. <33
Respect! THIS is what stage presence can do for you, kids.
Changmin: Awe-inspiring. Oh man, this guy is such a good singer.
There were times during this performance in which my mouth just dropped open.
You can also see the audience really enjoying the (excellent) music here,
which was lovely.
...arresting. That's the word.
This guy deserves more love/recognition, seriously.
However good Hyorin is,
she definitely does not hit this level on the technical front.
OVERALL: Changmin and Yoseob were the best, in my personal opinion.
But in such different ways -
which of course makes things all the greater.
LOVE; looking forward to the next episode.
Having to beat down this insane urge
to rewatch Shukudai-kun from start to end.
D:D: I wish the exams were over.
Also, I can't believe myself. ><
No, Z, the songs Kwon/Ga In sang for Shim Shim Ta Pa
the day they made the announcement that Adam Couple was leaving WGM
do not call for full-out sobbing.
ARGH but the way Ga In broke down halfway just breaks my heart,
no matter how many times I listen to it. O___O
And I kind of really want that I Can't cover Kwon/Khun recorded.
Everything is so messy right now;
I've got the equivalent of 3 more strands to revise...before next week.
I wish I could feel more optimistic about this entire situation.
I suspect I am suffering from some serious Jo Kwon X Ga In withdrawal.
After spamming all of their WGM episodes over the past few days -
and weeping buckets over the second half of the last episode (WHYYYY) -
I now have We Fell In Love and Happy Me on repeat.
Not that I have much experience with Korean reality TV,
but based on WGM alone:
it's incredibly interesting
how much Korean shows blur the line between fantasy and reality.
Not just because of the standard *psst*are-they-really-dating business,
but also because the whole couple thing just spills over
(and over, and over)
into so many spheres -
bandmates, family, staff, career.
They release SONGS based on the show, guys.
They also meet each other's PARENTS!
Imagine the impact:
you have this show,
which presumably takes up copious amounts of time
(and, if you're a proper celebrity, you don't have much of this in the first place),
and invades your privacy like nobody's business (haha),
but which can also bring your popularity to new heights
(as the Adam Couple would no doubt attest to).
You even get the chance to quash gay rumours deemed unbefitting of an idol. xD
(Off-tangent, but I don't actually think Kwon is gay?
I think a lot of the flamboyance is there because he is a huge attention-whore, lol.
And he knows what exactly to do to make himself memorable.
Though my gaydar is not exactly known for its accuracy,
so I reserve the right to take back this statement if he ever comes out.)
But, back to Jo Kwon/Ga In.
I loved the balance they had -
and I loved the fact that the balance didn't come absolutely naturally.
Yes, they were friends before WGM,
but they had to learn to grow round each other.
They're such disparate personalities,
so much so that you'd never expect to see them get together
but wholeheartedly root for them when they do
because their old-married-couple dynamic is just too adorable+hilarious.
I like that the two of them would never have gotten close if not for the show.
I don't believe Jo Kwon and Ga In are in love
(that's another thing -
the show throws words like 'love' around so frivolously!),
but I do believe that there's sincere affection/friendship there,
and I love that the show managed to get them to explore that.
I hope they pursue their relationship (whatever it is!) beyond WGM,
because that would just be the cutest thing ever.
I liked that no part of the relationship
(the growth process, the interactions, the physical bits)
ever felt scripted, even if it was
(the result of good acting? Of good directors/screenwriters?).
Whatever naysayers say,
believable chemistry doesn't just fall out of the sky with pretty words and skinship.
(In fact, this is the very reason why
I couldn't get through Khuntoria episodes -
I just couldn't buy them as a couple.)
I just wish the annoying commentators back in the studio
had avoided reading so much into everything.
That's the biggest thing I disliked about the show:
it's so awfully in-your-face
about its mission to make you think the two celebrities in question are dating.
GUYS. Not every look/gesture has to be an expression of someone's undying love.
Or jealousy, or ecstasy,
or whatever emotion you think
best fits the burgeoning ~romance of a thousand centuries~.
If you overdo it, you make the relationship seem even less genuine -
it's that simple.
Oh and 2AM must be the most hilarious bunch of overgrown teenage boys EVER.
How are these people idols, seriously. <3