Will While You Were Sleeping be the cure for my Korean drama slump? Possibly.
If you remember my blog post that included my anticipated dramas for 2017, you’ll know that While You Were Sleeping was mentioned there. Ever since Lee Jong Suk was casted for the lead role, I was already anticipating for it.
So was the pilot episode worth my anticipation? I could confidently say, yes.
While You Were Sleeping’s pilot episode completely gave the viewers a taste of what is in store for them and showcased so much potential on where this drama could veer off. In turn, earning my full attention.
It opens with a scene wherein Hong Joo (Suzy) dreamt of herself hugging an unknown guy. With a blood streaked cheek and snow falling around them, she uttered “I believe in you. Because it’s me, I can believe you.”. Why did she say those words? Why did she hug that guy? What happened?
Waking up puzzled with what she just dreamt of, she jots down everything that transpired. Deep inside her, she knows that it is bound to happen because that’s what normally happens with her dreams. Hong Joo’s dreams truly happen in reality. Though, it only tell a portion of what soon would happen. She doesn’t have a clear sense on what would and what could cause her dream (or the end result) for it to fully materialize. She could warn those people involved but would they believe her? They just might think that she is insane.
Planning to go about her day, her mother informs her that there are people moving in across their house. Only to be surprised that one of the guy is the same guy from her dream. Seems like the events that will lead up to what she saw is starting to fall in place…
I didn’t saw it coming. It just happened. One moment, I was chillin’ and the next thing I know…I slipped.
To be honest, before Don’t Wanna Cry was released I was just a casual listener of Seventeen and do so to keep myself updated. I saw their comeback teasers floating around on my timeline but I didn’t gave it much attention since I still have no idea with their members and the could be existing theories connected with their comeback. But I just have it in my mind that I’m going to anticipate for their MV, this time around, and see if their song is going to stick with me.
When they released the highlight medley for their mini album, I made sure to listen to it so that I have an idea on what to expect from them. Quick run through the album, I was impressed by all the snippets and it made me anticipate for it even more. But them releasing their Don’t Wanna Cry Special Spot was the game changer. For real. Just a few seconds of hearing some of their members sing and I loved it already! (Wouldn’t you know it but that part from the special spot is one of my favorite parts of the song?) My instinct told me that it’s going to be a good comeback for their group.
I was right and I’m glad that I witnessed everything during their Don’t Wanna Cry promotion period. From their comeback performances to their wins, I’m glad that I cheered them on.
The day of their comeback and Don’t Wanna Cry M/V release (May 22, 2017) marked the date of me slipping into their fandom. Into the Carat life. How can I not end up stanning them? I love Don’t Wanna Cry during my first listen. (I even blogged about it here and said all kinds of praises for it. Because it deserves to be praised.) I love the M/V.I love the choreography and how synchronized they are when they move. Furthermore, how can I not stan them? When they write their own lyrics, produce their music, make choreography for it and more. Seventeen has so much to offer and I’ll gladly give them my love and support.
The next thing I know, I was watching their variety shows, Youtube videos and listening to their songs repetitively. (Shoutout to Kim (@anoganap) for supplying me with links and educating me about Seventeen). Tip: Watching variety shows is always a good way to get acquainted with the members of the group you like. Through that you’ll be able to match them up with their names, faces, voices and bonus with their personalities. I decided to do a marathon for One Fine Day 13 Castaway Boys and One Fine Day in Japan. I fell in love with them even more.
What am I doing to myself? I seem to have an affinity towards groups with lots of members. EXO (9), NCT (limitless??) and now Seventeen (13). Oh how I love giving myself a bit of headache. Did I struggle getting to know them? Actually, I expected that I would have a hard time pinning who’s who but I easily get a hang of them. I enjoyed the process of learning about them individually, as a unit, as a group and as ships. Yes, I was educated (Hi, Kim!) early on about the ships that exist in the group. Meanie… 😆
Now that my Carat story is out of the way. It’s now time to talk and show you the first Seventeen album that I bought.
I’m the kind of person who’s big on meanings and memories. So it was truly a must for me to buy a copy of their 4th mini album. It comes in three different versions – Alone (01), Al1 (03) and All (13). How did I choose which version to buy first?
Seven months since Square Two, BlackPink makes a comeback with a track titled ‘As If It’s Your Last’.
As If It’s Your Last is definitely different from their previous releases. It’s more of an upbeat song that gives you the feel of making you want to jump and dance along with it. Also infused with synths in places. It’s a total bop!
The music video is a splash of bold colors and captured three sides of BlackPink: their sophisticated, school-girl type and fun side. The play of colors and how they were styled perfectly fit the sense of the lyrics since it revolves around someone’s excitement and bold take on love. You can check the English translation here. (Though, I just have to say that this song and MV gave me a 2NE1 vibe…)
Cherry Bomb comeback marks the first one that I’m on board with all the NCTzen (our just announced fandom name)! To say that I’ve been highly anticipating for their M/V and mini album to drop is totally an understatement.
When SM entertainment started releasing comeback teasers (first wave was of Doyoung, WinWin and Taeyong), the impression that it left me were NCT Dream-ish and Pop. It got me thinking, would they be taking on a NCT Dream kind of concept with a 127 twist? Are they going to release poppin’ songs because of how bold the colors used for the teasers? The video teasers weren’t that big of a help at all since it was mostly a montage of the M/V. Well, if you consider having Na Na Na NaNa stuck in your head and yes it worked. But still I’m at wits end because I couldn’t really grasp what the song will sound like and its overall vibe.
… And just a few hours ago, I got my answers for those thoughts and questions.
NCT 127 made a poppin’ comeback with Cherry Bomb as their title track.
It’s been over a week now since Seventeen dropped their 4th mini album and the M/V for their comeback track, Don’t Wanna Cry, and here I am still so obsessed with it. Whenever I space out, the lyrics to that song just pops up in my mind and I end up mentally singing it. I don’t know how I can move on from this. Visually appealing music video, the rawness and remnants of sadness in their vocals and clever upbeat tone, what’s up? Don’t Wanna Cry is just so catchy and obviously have a lasting effect. To all the artists who are planning to make a comeback this year, for me this is definitely the one to beat.
Seventeen is currently promoting Don’t Wanna Cry along side another track, Crazy in Love, in various music shows and has been gracing us with powerful performances. Despite the insane choreography, numerous formation changes and the level of synchronization that it requires their vocals remain to be so stable. You can even check some MR Removed videos on Youtube. I’m beyond amazed with them. They just tick off a lot of boxes as to why they’re so stan worthy. I decided to make a compilation post so that you can join me in checking them out and their comeback stages. At this point, I’m hoping that they get several wins in music shows for Don’t Wanna Cry because they (and that song) deserves it. Seventeen deserves more recognition. Okay, I’ll leave you now. Just click on the pictures below and you’ll be directed to its corresponding Youtube videos.