Is New Netflix ‘Love Alarm’ Like Black Mirror?

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Title: Love Alarm 좋아하면 울리는

Country: Korea

Episodes: 8

Release Date: August 22 2019 Netflix

Starring: Kim So-Hyun, Jung Ga-Ram, Song Kang

So here’s the scoop!

Netflix is releasing a new kdrama on August 22 2019- and after watching the trailer, it looks like something straight out of black mirror!

While I’m not really one for high school romance, this drama looks like it will be addressing our whole concept of dating.

The concept seems simple: what if you could tell when someone liked you? How would that change your life?

I have really high hopes for this drama and am excited about the thoughts and solutions it will explore.

Whether it will be any good, or whether it will be a twist on the classic Pride and Prejudice, we’ll have to wait to find out. I for one will eagerly be tuning in on August 22!

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Is Arthdal Chronicles Korea’s Game of Thrones???

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The highly anticipated Korean Drama Arthdal Chronicles was just released through TvN and Netflix on June 1, 2019.

And after just the first two episodes, there has already been some backlash with some viewers complaining that the show is copying the high profile show which just recently came to an end: Game of Thrones.

I have to admit that the moment I began watching, Game of Thrones immediately came to mind even before I heard about the controversy. While there are some definite similarities, after completing (lol like the only 2 available episodes) I don’t think it is fair to make such assumptions.

Lets take a look at why people are saying this, and debunk the arguments.

The Visuals

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Tagon = John Snow
So what? They are both wearing fur.
John snow wears fur for two important reasons. Firstly its damn cold in the north and secondly, his house’s sigil is the wolf.
Tagon wears fur because fabrics would have been expensive, taken a great deal of time to create and, is not as durable as leather. Early people wear leather and fur, that’s all there is to it.
For both men, the fur gives them distinction as leaders. It is a common trope that the leader is strong and fierce. The fur symbolizes who is the head of the pack by drawing on wolf behavior.

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Taealha=The Red Woman
Red is a symbol of power and sexuality. Caeser and his armies wore red.  Jessica Rabbit? Red. The Moulin Rouge? Red.
Put a woman in a red dress and the viewer instantly knows that this woman is confidant, powerful, sexy and a force to be reckoned with.
As for the “hood” well,
The Red Woman the hood keeps her out of the cold. She only wears red- so what other color would her hood be?
Taealha these are early times and if you look closely, clothing / sweing/ tayloring is kept pretty simple. What could be more simple than draping a square cloth around yourself? Nothing I tell you. we are evoking the elegance of Greece- which hasn’t even happened yet. fairy.PNG

Flower Crowns=Children of the Forest
Why is this even being compared?
Children of the Forest they are thier own kind of being- they are like fairies or nymphs or something
Flower Crowns you’ve got a tribe of humans dressing up for a festival. No fairies. This is not everyday wear.

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Neanderthals=White Walkers
To be honest- I think that opening the show with this as an introduction is what started this whole comparison in the first place. Game of Thrones is just so fresh in our minds after the final season, that we can’t help but see the comparison. I think we’ll all be afraid of our blue eyed friends after the trauma GoT gave us.
BUT belive it or not- piecing, glowing eyes, blue or any other color for that matter, are NOT NEW. GoT did not invent this. Lets look at superheros for example.

We could play this game all day.

Take a look at the visual comparisons yourself and see what you think:

The Plot

The Battle For the Throne

Groups struggleing to be the leader is not exactly a revolutionary idea. That is how cilvization works. Look into recent history and you’ll see imperialism- how is that any different?

While in Game of Thrones you have different houses fighting for the throne, here we have tribes seeking to dominate one another- and to be honest, that seems a lot more plausible. Driven by a desire for wealth, comfort and resources, the tribes fight hopeing to build a more stable nation- its not all politics and title seekers like GoT.

We’ve got to agree with Forbes that “battles at the dawn of time do not make the Arthdal Chronicles Game of Thrones“, in fact the Arthdal Chronicles takes place eons before the world of GoT would ever have existed.

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The Wall

I have to admit that if anything- this one is a bit of a struggle. But I’m going to attempt it anyways.

I can definitely understand that the wall- isn’t really NECESSARY and that it seems like a GoT copy. BUT while it may have visually been inspired by GoT, you can’t deny that big walls like that are part of many other stories and shows (Think of Attack on Titan, Donald Trump etc)

The concept that a civilization builds/uses a wall to protect itself from the ‘other’ is not new. What do you think moats are for in castles? If anything, this wall is different since it is a natural barrier to unexplored territory rather than a deliberate attempt of protection.

But yeah- I’ll give it to you- this aspect does ring Game of Thrones.

The Point?

Lets not get carried away by trying to find similarities between the two. Its complicated to do worldbuilding and creators often resort to classic tropes and symbols as ways of organizing ideas and to imply character traits etc.

Think about how the Divergent series are organized- organized traits given to different groups. Game of Thrones does EXACTLY the same thing (see this video If you don’t believe me).

Think of colors- black is usually associated with evil or mystery and is usually worn by men, whereas white is usually associated with goodness and is often worn by women. Since your Game of Thrones fans, think of John vs. Dany- black and white right there.

My point is, it is easy to find similarities when these authors are trying to express and convey a lot of information in s short period of time. They are definitely playing off what you as an audience already know.

SO? Don’t get too worked up. The tropes you see repeated from GoT- arn’t exactly Game of Thrones originals anyways.

Overall, we really wouldn’t say that Arthdal Chronicles is Korean Game of Thrones.

 

Have you watched this new TV series yet?

Do you agree or disagree with us?

Let us know in the comments below we’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

 

 

 

NCT127 New Album “We Are Superhuman”

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NCT 127 came out with a new mini album “We Are Super Human” on May 24 2019.

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The album is comprised of six tracks:

  1. Highway to Heaven
  2. Superhuman
  3. Fool
  4. Jet Lag
  5. Paper Plane
  6. Outro: We Are 127

A New Style

After listening to the album in its entirety, we can’t help but feel surprised- this is not the NCT that we are used to. The songs have a very different vibe. We are used to NCT as bad boys in songs such as “Boss” and “Stop Baby Don’t Stop”, but here we’ve been pleasantly surprised with a more relaxed, and cute repertoire. Click here to listen to “Fool” to get an idea of what we’re talking about.

‘Superhuman’

‘Superhuman’ is spearheading the album and is in the spotlight with its own music video.

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Visuals

‘Superhuman’ is a throwback to the 90’s. We can’t help but feel Star treck, Star wars and Spy kids echoing throughout the video.

The costumes are appropriately out of this world as the idols dance, defying gravity. Nods to space suits and moonwalks are scattered throughout, and we can’t help but smile- it feels new yet familiar, new and vintage all at once.

We especially like the close attention to detail, the bubbles floating upwards as well as the subtle and not so subtle silver accents.  AI and lasers paired with familiar ‘robot’ moves completes the song’s feel.

All we can do is nod and say bang on.  Well done.

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Sound

Enter Candace and your brilliant musical knowledge

 

 

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/international/8513025/nct-127-we-are-superhuman-ep-review

Drama Drop: My First Love 첫사랑은 처음이라서

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Title: My First Love 첫사랑은 처음이라서

Language: Korean

Episodes: 8

Release Date: April 18, 2019 Netflix

Starring: Ji Soo, Jin Young, Jung Chae-Yeon, Choi Ri, Kang Tae-Oh and Hong Ji-Yoon

I have been waiting with great anticipation for Netflix to air My First Love!

Ji Soo in the Lead

I was first introduced to Ji Soo through Strong Woman Do Bong-Soon and saw him again in Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo- both in which he plays the diverted love interest. Here, FINALLY he gets the limelight he deserves and I am so thrilled!

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Plot

Tae-O (Ji Soo) is given his own house for his 20th birthday with the one condition that he is not allowed to have girls over. This plan goes awry when several of Tae-O’s friends show up at his door step, desperately needing a place to stay. This is the story of a group of five friends who are support each other through ups and downs which becomes a tangle of love triangles.

Tae-O and Song-Yi have known each other their whole lives and are best friends. They have each harbored feelings for each other at some point- but they never seem to align. When they each find love interests elsewhere, they hesitate to wonder if they should have been together with each other after all.

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While this show had now great plot, nor great action – it is FANTASTIC.

I am not usually a fan of the every-day-life style drama, but this one is a bit of a roller coaster. While most couples are pretty clear cut from the beginning of the drama- this one will leave you guessing – you heart torn besides the two leads who fight for Song-Yi’s affections.

With only 8 episodes, its a fast watch that is perfect for unwinding.

GO WATCH IT RIGHT NOW I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I do!

 

Have you Watched this Drama?

What do you think of it?

let us know in the comments below! We want to hear from you!

 

 

 

Pentagon Releases New Album ‘Genie:us’ 펜타곤

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Pentagon released their new mini album ‘Genie:us’ on March 27 and we are loving it!

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The album consists of 6 tracks

  1. Sha la la
  2. Lost Paradise
  3. Till…
  4. Alien
  5. Spring Snow
  6. Round 1

Check out their newest music video

Pentagon has mixed it up producing some serious songs along with their usual adorable selves ❤

‘Round 1’ is playful and super cute – just what you’d expect from the Pentagon that brought us ‘Shine’ and ‘Naughty boy’ and we LOVE IT

https://www.soompi.com/article/1042177wpp/pentagons-hui-responds-called-genius-songwriter

Head to this link to get detailed member profiles!

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Who is your Pentagon bias?

Do you have a favorite song?

What has been your favorite kpop song so far from 2019?

We want to hear from you!

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TXT Releases First Album: The Dream Chapter featuring ‘Crown’

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TXT just made their debut with their new song “Crown”

This song will be part of their first album The Dream Chapter: Star

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Here’s the album preview which will be released shortly

Update: Here’s the new album!

Big Hit Entertainment, best known for their band BTS, has put together fresh faces and a fresh sound.

This is Big Hit Entertainment’s first new group since the debut of BTS in 2013.

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Here’s the translation of the lyrics.

The song is a fun synth-pop track that highlights each of the members’ unique charms.

What can we say? they are absolutely ADORABLE!

What You Need To Know About the Band

TXT stands for Tomorrow X Together

The boy band has five members:

Soobin:

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-Leader, Vocalist
-December 5, 2000

Yeonjun:

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-Rapper, Vocalist, Dancer
-September 13 1999

Beomgyu:

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-Vocalist, Dancer
-March 13 2001

Taehyun:

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-Vocalist
-February 5, 2002

Hueningkai:

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-Vocalist, Visual, Maknae
-August 14, 2002

Moving On?

BTS made their debut in 2013 and its members, Jin (26), Suga (25), J-Hope (25), RM (24), Jimin (23), V (23) and Jungkook (21) have reached their prime.

As the members age, we can’t help wonder how long they will continue to produce music together- will they continue to be the boy band we all know and love even well into their 30’s?

Will their popularity drop as the demographic changes? Will these sexy men continue to appeal to teenagers?

Maybe TXT is Big Hit Entertainment’s way of phasing in a new group before BTS phases out- carefully sculpting a group that the next generation of kpop fans will adore.

 

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Given how huge BTS has become, we’re sure that Big Hit Entertainment could only have chosen the best for their new group- and we are excited to watch them grow!

No matter how cute TXT is, BTS will always be in our hearts #BTSArmyforever

 

Who is your TXT Bias?

What do you think of Crown?

 

MONSTA X Releases New Album ‘We Are Here’

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We are huge fans of Monsta X and are so pumped that they have released their new album We Are Here.

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The album contains 10 songs

  • We are here
  • Alligator
  • Ghost
  • Play it cool
  • No Reason
  • Give me Dat
  • Turbulence
  • Rodeo
  • Stealer
  • Party Time

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The new album is a response to their previous 2018 album, Are you There? which included

  • Are you there?
  • Underwater
  • Shoot Out
  • Heart Attack
  • I do Love U
  • Mohae
  • Oh My!
  • Myself
  • By My Side
  • Spotlight

The new album’s Alligator is featured with its own music which shows MONSTA X in all their gory, fire, water- everything you want to see.

Ahhhh- I am so in love with this song

This album is darker and sexier than their previous album- they certainly pull out all the stops and #bringit to the table.

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We’ve found our new playlist that will be repeating constantly.

Everyone seems to be going crazy over rodeo, stealer and play it cool– we are curious to see which will make it to the top- they are all so good!

I just can’t stop listening to party time right now #mood. Loving the juxtaposition that one of the chillest songs in the album is called “party time”.

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK BOYS WE LOVE YOU

Also- I know I’m not the only one when I ask- PLEASE COME TO NORTH AMERICA ❤

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Which is your favorite song in the new album?

Who is  your favorite MONSTA X member?

 

Drama Drop: Romance is a Bonus Book 로맨스는 별책부록

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Title: Romance is a Bonus Book, 로맨스는 별책부록

Language: Korean

Episodes: 16

Release Date: January 16- March 17 2019

Starring: Lee Na-Young, Lee Jong-Suk, Jung Eugene, Wi Ha-Joon

If you love Kdrama, and you love books, than this is the PERFECT show for you!

Netflix is releasing new episodes of Romance is a Bonus Book, every Saturday and Sunday in Canada and its got us on our toes!

See the Trailer below:

The Drama revolves around Kang Dan-Yi (Lee Na-Young), and her “little brother” Cha Eun-Ho (Lee Jong-Suk).

Dan-Yi is a recent divorcee and is desperate to find work in order to support her daughter. She eventually finds work at her best friend/ honorary “little brother”‘s publishing company.

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Cha Eun-Ho, an English professor, genius writer and chief editor at a publishing company is helplessly in love with Dan-Yi and fights to find his way out of the friend-zone.

Things become complicated when the charming Ji Seo-Joon (Wi Ha-Joon) begins to show interest in Kang Dan-Yi, filling Cha Eun-Ho with jealousy.

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While I’m sure Eun-Ho will win Dan-Yi’s heart in the end, I can’t help but love Seo-Joon’s character. I can’ decide who suits Eun-Ho better!

Who do you want to see as a couple?

Can’t wait to see how this drama plays out!

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On Publishing:

As a bookworm, I absolutely love the publishing atmosphere and how important literature is to the characters within the drama.

While i’m usually not one to cry during dramas, my heart was torn to pieces when the publishing company takes its new employees to view the shredding process.

Their goal to have their books make a difference in the lives of their readers is beautiful.

 

 

New Release BTS “Scenery” by V

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BTS just released a new song! If your a Kpop fan, you’ll have heard all about it!

A 20 second teaser was put up last week and has had the BTS army on the edge of its seats. The song that was just published today, is no disappointment!

V’s (Taehyung) talent really comes through in this track. V composed the music and lyrics himself and even took the photograph for the single’s cover. 

V’s airy voice is accompanied by a piano in this mellow song.

 

We’ve been listening to it on repeat all day long.

The track is a heartfelt song that will warm you up on this cold January day.

The sound of cold, blowing wind and the subtle crunch of snow is all to familiar to us here in Canada. We especially love these sounds in contrast to Taehyung’s soft voice with the piano keys twinkling.

The lyrics to the song are really beautiful as well. Take a moment to read the lyrics below while you listen to the song.

Here’s the English Translation:

In the street filled with flowers I see you today as well
would it be possible to carry it inside me

I’m putting my feelings in the park after the early morning moon
this song is headed for you
I hear the sound of film is lit up by the moon in the night sky

I still wonder wonder beautiful story
still wonder wonder best part
I still wander wander next story
I want to make you mine

that you missed that moment of time and my heart is sad that it missed
I regret it, I hope [to] have that chance again
I will create a light by gathering the moonlight piece by piece
so please come to my side the same way that you did yesterday

I still wonder wonder beautiful story
still wonder wonder best part
I still wander wander next story
I want to make you mine

I still wonder wonder beautiful story
still wonder wonder best part
I still wander wander next story
I want to make you mine

If you leave, leaving your footprint behind, I will keep that warmth safe
I’ll leave it in black and white

-lyrics by https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcTezuLIuhUpSG_KVtgbEgQ

What Does it Mean?

This is a song about memories – those snapshot moments that stay with us forever. If you listen carefully, you will hear the sound of a camera focusing (1:46), and eventually snapping a picture (2:02). As the singer reminisces on fleeting moments, he looks ahead to the future, “wander[ing] [to the] next story”.

If you close your eyes and really listen, you can see Taehyung standing in in a peaceful scene as big snowflakes(notes of the piano) gently fall around him. A camera in hand, V wanders through the winter scene snapping photos, thinking back to favorite memories, looking forward to the possibilities the future holds “I want to make you mine”.

Should his mission fail, the singer urges that his love will still have left her “footprint behind” in the snow, and that he will capture it “leave[ing] it in black and white” – a snapshot in his memory.

We invite to you crank up the volume, and become lost in the calm, snowy scene V paints. Sit back with a hot cup of something and let V warm your heart and serenade you into February.

What do you think of the new single? Let us know below in the comments!