Somaek Confessions: Romanticization of Toxic Relationships

It's 2021, and thankfully, coming across abusive relationships in Korean dramas is becoming less and less. We have graduated from the annoying phase of normalization of toxicity and violence among lead characters. I'm not saying we've eradicated them completely, but we now see an improvement in storytelling in terms of main couple interactions. This gives…

In Spotlight: Kim Bum Filmography

Perhaps one of the most well-known Korean stars by international fans, Kim Bum has definitely made his mark into legitimate stardom back in 2009 when he played as one of the Korean F4. But behind that angelic face and perfect dimples, lies a versatile actor who is willing to take on even the most annoying…

Oppa+Oppa: Top 12 Best K-Drama Bromance

This was originally posted on our Facebook Page in 2017. A great drama won't be complete without these oppas' cute brotherly love. ♡♡ And because it's too hard to trim it down to 10, here's our Top 12 Best K-Drama Bromance. Ahjummamshie, what's your favorite bromance? The Tenant and the Landlord (Goblin: The Lonely and…

K-Culture: Korean Broadcasting Networks

International Korean drama fans have no qualms on which TV channel will broadcast a series they would want to watch as they mostly sourced it from different online streaming sites. However, this non-Korean with a curious mind writer still want to know more about the difference between these media brands familiar to all drama lovers.…

Forget Me Not: Top 10 Actors and Actresses Viewers Often Forget Were Idols

Before Suzy, Hyungsik or EXO's D.O., idols have already transitioned to the K-Dramaworld. Let's review a list of K-Pop singers who viewers tend to forget were once K-Pop singers. Yoon Eun-hye - Baby V.O.X Before she became everyone's Coffee Prince, Yoon Eun-hye was known as the maknae (youngest member) of girl group Baby V.O.X,  shortened…

Escaping Nugudom: Top 10 Rising Oppas of 2017

Nugu (누구) - this term literally means "who" in Korean but is often used to describe those who are unpopular or unknown. Let's list down our Top 10 Oppas who escaped nugudom this year. Though some of them may be familiar or a bit known to us, their popularity reached new heights this 2017.  Jung…

K-Drama Rewind: Boys Over Flowers

Based on the Japanese shōjo manga series Hana Yori Dango, this week's Grumpy Flashback feature is the fifth TV adaptation of the manga following Taiwan's Meteor Garden and its sequel Meteor Garden II, and Japan's Hana Yori Dango and its sequel Hana Yori Dango Returns. It created the second Korean wave and helped to launch career of Lee Min-ho as the ultimate Hallyu star not only in…

K-Culture: Lesson 2 – Korean Kinship Terms

The infamous Korean term 'oppa' has been used by so many fangirls that a rookie K-Drama fan is probably confuse of the word's proper usage. In K-dramaverse, there are a lot of other ways a character addresses his/her interlocutor and determining what term to use highly depends on age, seniority, and social status. There are tons…