Monthly Roundup – June

Well honesty hour.. This month’s round up was started on June 29th because time is a social construct and I just wasn’t vibing with KPOP for the whole month of June, you know? BUT a promise is a promise and I said I would do these roundups every month and I will dammit. So what was June like in the world of KPOP?

Black Lives STILL Matter and please arrest the cops that killed Breonna Taylor.

All By Myself

Punchnello – US (feat. Meenoi)

I mean we all know that all these songs are the same right? It just has to have the right charisma or vibe that you’re aiming for at the time. It’s added to my late night drive vibez playlist.

HA SUNG WOON – Get Ready

Dipping into his Taemin bag. Boring. Next.

Heize – Lyricist / Things are going well

It’s funny to me how her bsides and OSTs are way better than whatever she releases as her title track. Like how sway? Let’s take for example, THIS GEM.

Baek A Yeon – Looking For Love

I think she’s so underrated… Did she do something to her face? Mmmm.. I can’t tell. Anyways, song is coffee shop music.

Ash B – Fake Friend

Oh wait. I can bop to this… Heyyyyy.

Nada – My Body

Oooo two toned hair like Jennie! Nice. Anyways..

Sunmi – Pporappippam

I think the last song that I remember by Sunmi is NOIR.. I don’t know if she released anything between that and this one. I love the MV here, matter of fact, I have loved all of Sunmi’s MV. The song doesn’t immediately jump at me, but there is a certain nuinace to it that I enjoy. I think that this will end up growing on me significantly. Yeah.. Imma end up loving this for sure. Hahaha.

Hwasa – Maria

Girl can you color in your damn eyebrows. You look scary as fuck without them.. Anyways TWIT was deffo better. Will listen to the album eventually I guess.

Woodz – Love Me Harder

Personally I love that X1 disbanded, now I can get all the solo Woodz content my heart desires. 😀

Three’s A Crowd

TWICE – MORE & MORE

So this is actually one the songs I have actually listened to when it came out.. ahahah. When I first hear the song, I definitely did not like it, but ofc now it’s grown on me. Leave me alone! I straight up was so annoyed by everything about this song, but now I occasionally catch myself singing the hook. Also wow @ the controversy that happened with the singing. Yikes.

VICTION – Mayday

*jaw drop* Wait.. I like this. I don’t really fuck with Viction like that but it was like immediately added to my playlist. Maybe I have gotten boring and less picky???

TXT – Puma

Yes, I’ll admit it. I don’t care for TXT and will likely never care for them. So this song does nothing for me. Zzzzz.

N.Flying – Oh Really

Listen idk either, but I like this. It just feels refreshing to hear right now. I should listen to more of this band.

WJSN – Butterfly

Wow. They still haven’t topped Secret after four years? Now that’s sad. Song is okay. Idk maybe this is what happens when they do that equal line distribution shit. Anyways Meiqi will never go back to this group inshallah!!!

Momoland – Starry Night

Gift songs are so stupid unless they are As If Its Your Last or To The Sky.. No, there aren’t any exceptions. Hahaha. Fuck off. Shout-out out to Jooe’s plastic surgeon though.. Send me their digits queen.

IZ*ONE – The Secret Story of The Swan

I genuinely forget that this group exists from time to time. LOL. Mm.. idk I think I like it? I definitely can see it easily growing on me, but not enough Sakura visuals for me tbqh.

Stray Kidz – God’s Menu

I know we say Stray Kidz is just noise, but I think they’re valid. Well.. they’re only valid when they release something as good as Miroh.

Nature – Girls

Idk.. I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it… It’s just there. It feels like a grower. The MV is nice though.

Cravity – Cloud 9

Boring and lifeless. To pull of this style you need charisma….

Weki Meki – Oopsy

Mm.. it’s okay.. I think I preferred Dazzle Dazzle.. It felt more vibrant..

Seventeen – Left & Right

This is a poor man’s Cupid Shuffle… I am mad because it’ll definitely get stuck in my head.

Golden Child – One (Lucid Dream)

This may be my second favorite boy group release this month? Mmm.. Interesting….

Blackpink – How You Like That

Doesn’t Jennie look so pretty! There is a difference between these fancams! I swear!! Hehehe. MY SUN, MY MOON, MY STARS! #LETJENNIERAP

3YE – Yessir

Is it now Beetlejuice and I have to do my hair two-toned as well because this is now the third person on this post with the style? HEHEHE. Bringing emo back. I love the MV, but I don’t know if I am necessarily vibing with the song as much as their other ones.

AB6IX – The Answer

Is this the group with the drunk driver? Such a feature for a rookie group.. tsk tsk. Song isn’t bad. Here are two pity streams.

New Kidz On The Block

Bang Yedam – WAYO

Bang Yedam. YG Entertainment. Member of soon to be debuted boy group ‘Treasure’. The song is fine. He actually sounds better than I thought he would.. Anyways it is still fuck them kids.

Weekly – Tag Me

Weeekly is a seven-member girl group under Play M Entertainment home to APINK and Viction, yes I did just find out that Viction is under the same label as Apink.. Fight me.. LMFAO. I liked this until the trap breakdowns.. Overall I would say that this is a pretty good debut. I will actually listen to the debut mini in its entirety.

Lazy Unnie’s Playlist: Stray Kids – GO LIVE

TITLE: GO Live (GO生)

ARTIST: STRAY KIDS

LABEL: JYP ENTERTAINMENT

RELEASED: June 17, 2020

FINALLY Stray Kids have released their first full studio album. You would assume with the amount of comebacks this young group has had that they would at least be on their second studio release. Alas, this is their first and let me tell ya, I dropped some bread on this one. Now lets see if it was worth it.

God’s Menu – Title Track

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Holy….. shit. The title… I’m on sure of. But the song… STRAIGHT BOP! Makes me want to shake my ass and fight a bitch at the same time. There are so many things that I love about this song. From the beginning with Changbin and Han laying that verse flat with their flow. Speaking of flow, Han’s way of off beat rapping really makes love him. Following that is the contrast of the sweet pre-chorus with Chan and Seungmin is heavenly. And the star of the song is clearly my new bias wrecker, Felix! His killing line of “Cooking like a chef, I’m a 5 star Michelin” FIREEEEE. Is this basically Double Knot’s sister? Did they kinda switch out Da Da Da Da for DU DU DU DU? Now ask me if I give a fuck, cause I don’t! As for the MV… the visuals alone have me giving this 5 stars. Hyunjin’s princess hair paired with dark haired 3RACHA. It’s like JYP came and granted all Stay’s wishes. Is there a concept? Jobs? Don’t know… don’t really care!

GO LIVE

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I swear I love Stray Kids’ intros as much as their full tracks. Setting up this whole album up to be pure fire. I’m not even sure I can categorize this fast paced and intense track as an intro. There are just so many levels to it. You can just visualize Bang Chan going to town on the drum machine to make this.

Easy

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

3RACHA DONE DID IT AGAIN! The vibe of this is so addicting. The beginning is completely haunting but what I like that it continues throughout the song with slight changes that don’t take away from the song. Only thing I don’t like is the slight overuse of autotune. Otherwise, the hook can get stuck… it’s so easy.

Pacemaker

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I really like this sound. The beginning feels like I’m in the middle of Crash Bandicoot level. Doesn’t feel like a ‘typical’ Stray Kids song but still in their wheelhouse. The chorus has a more R&B pop groove but mixed with futuristic sound leaves it sounding super fancy.

Airplane

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This is a fun light bop. On first listen it immediately reminds me of My Pace but groovier. Very bouncy but could be forgotten among the other tracks. Either way, it’s really a nice summery track.

Another Day

Rating: 3 out of 5.

So sweet! The acoustic guitar is a nice switch up. Putting it after a few consecutive heavy hitting songs was a nice interlude.

Phobia

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I can see this become one of my favorite tracks. It has a different vibe from the first half of the album but gives a precursor to the rest.The pre-chorus and the Felix and Hyunjin rap might be my favorite. But the hook is another ear worm. It’s a nice blend of a futuristic Rock-Rap with a nice melody.

Blueprint

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I’m in love. This is such a fresh playful track. I know I said Phobia is a fave track but this might go head to head with it. The little hints of funk is calling my soul. The chorus and bridge are so pop I am living. I can’t even find words for how much I like this dance track. The MV they released for it def gives me NCT127 Highway to Heaven vibes and I ain’t mad at it.

TA

Rating: 2 out of 5.

This sounds a bit like it was mixed with a Flo Rida song and I don’t really care for it. The song feels very one note and doesn’t have the levels I craved. I think I just didn’t like that the verses and chorus felt like one continuous thing.

Haven

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

I remember this from Chan’s Room. I remember thinking it was very club and I was right. Weird, what I didn’t like about #TA is what I like about this. The vocals in the second verse really grabbed my attention more than anything which is surprising! But at the same time… skippable.

TOP

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I admit, I only heard this once before now. And when I did I wasn’t really about it since I’m not really an anime fan. However, the more I listen the more I appreciate it. I’m not sure how it fits with the actual anime but as a release, it’s what you expect from a Stray Kids song. Powerful rap verses mixed with slowed down melodies in the chorus and bridge.

SLUMP

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Another release for the anime “Tower of God”. I’m liking this more than I anticipated! The rock elements really stand out and make the song likable. Only thing I could do with is the voice distortion. Gives the song this inauthentic vibe I don’t think is needed.

Mixtape: Gone Days

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

When this came out in December, I admit I didn’t pay much attention to it. But now that it’s been added to this I reallllly like it. It’s one of their more playful songs. I can see this being performed with fan participation at their next tour… whenever that will be.

Mixtape: On Track

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Again, I didn’t listen to this when it came out cause actually a friend of mine said it would make me sad. And they were right. Listening to this song that was basically to the fans, mixed with the drama filled MV, my heart is bursting. It’s a ballad in a way Stray Kids make ballads. You still have your rapline doing what they do best but with an emotional melody that makes you feel all the things. Also, someone cast Hyunjin in a drama ASAP!

BONUS:
God’s Menu Studio Choom

Rating: 5 out of 5.

From the fire song, amazing styling and hard hitting choreography (except that weird salting move), this video just highlights one of Stray Kids’ best title tracks to date. Watch it in 4K, you won’t be disappointed in the visuals.

FINAL THOUGHTS

This is a 95% no skip album! As far as first studio albums go this is a really good one. They stayed true to the sound they have started to form but at the same time experimented in a way that didn’t seem off-brand. It shows their growth as artists. The kids definitely cooked up a 5 Course Meal!

PRODUCTION : 3 / 5
VOCALS / RAPPING : 3.5 / 5
VISUALS / CONCEPT : 4 / 5
OVERALL: 3.5 / 5


Least Favorite Track(s): TA, Haven
Favorite Track(s): God’s Menu, Blueprint

Asian Drama Bingo : June Check-In

We both forgot that the end of June was approaching… our bad! But we have excuses, it’s been a trying month on our ends. Twitter came after us and we had to go underground. Either way, we have a new twitter as well as some new boxes on our bingo boards! Read below and follow us!

Happy Hour is every hour in quarantine

Lazy Unnie’s Card

Three dramas?! How’d that happen?! I’m doing better, I promise. Thank you Netflix Party™

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Yay! I feel like this array of choices perfectly encompases my weird ass tastes. LOL! Yes, I was purposely trying not to bingo.. Lowkey mad I did and I hadn’t noticed… 😐🤬


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To All The Oppas and Unnies We Loved – Second Quarter 2020

These last three months have been a whirlwind of protests, cancellations, reparations, and it keeps on coming. But at least we didn’t forget to do this post… 😏 Either way, see who’s been on our minds in the second quarter of 2020.


Sugar Baby’s ‘Oppa’

Zhang Xincheng aka Steven Zhang

Dear Steven,

I know looks can be deceiving, but I think I got a thing for you….. Nah, but like sir… why did you just come snatch my soul like that? I was sitting minding my business, but you said no and now here I am. I knew I was a goner the very first time I saw you in Shuttle Love Millennium even if I didn’t complete the drama. I was so intrigued and needed to know more about you.I found out that you are quite talented playing musical instruments and you have such a voice on you and can sing… like sir!!!!

If it wasn’t enough that you were good looking, a good actor and a musical genius, you said “Hold my drink” and picked up dramas with some of my favorite people to watch. You completely won me over as Li Yubing in Skate Into Love and you are nailing the expressions in Symphony’s Romance. I will definitely be bingeing everything you have to offer me and I can’t wait for Go Ahead. I hope that we continue on this stedfast path and that you gain even more recognition because you deserve it.

Sugar Baby’s ‘Unnie’

Lee Kaixin aka Eleanor Lee

Dear Ellie,

I just think its funny how I didn’t include you in my Ruled by Venus post hehehe. But now you get to shine in the spotlight outside of those. Words can’t even describe how much I enjoy seeing your acting. It seemed like it was just the other day that I first stumbled upon The Big Boss. You are so lovable and a very strong actress, it was quite easy for me to become enamored.

At this point in time I have watched almost every thing that you have had to offer and I still need more. You are a server! You just stay serving me looks and dramas. I think that a little nepotism won’t hurt as long as someone like you is the result. Hehehehe. I sense big big things in your future and I will be here beside you every step of the way!

PS- Please tell me that you’re dating Leon Leong! I ship it so hard!!

Lazy Unnie’s ‘Oppa’

Ji “Q” Changmin

Dear Q-Tpie,

You’re not old enough to be my Oppa but you get that name for the sake of it. You have always been in the background as I casually stanned The Boyz but it wasn’t until I started watching Road to Kingdom that you danced your way into my vision line. Your freakishly long neck and amazing dance skills hypnotized me into wanting to put you in my pocket.

It was when I delved deeper and found your adorable quirks that I decided to pull a Casper and keep you. I admit, I have spent more time than necessary watching the clip of you saying pigeon and each time it brings a smile to my face. Then watching you command the stage with your persona was equally enjoyable. I mean, the performance of Danger alone was enough for me to stan. Either way, now that you and The Boyz are in the Kingdom, wear that crown baby giraffe!

Lazy Unnie’s ‘Unnie’

Lee Da ‘Kween’ Hee

Dear Kween Hee,

If it feels like I’ve been crushing on you and singing your praises for months, that’s because I have. Since first getting a glimpse of you on Running Man and seeing your hilarious side and interactions with that cast to finally seeing you in Search: WWW I knew there was something special there. From the way you carried the character to your undeniable good looks. I quickly became obsessed and needed to go further down the rabbit hole. Then I watched Beauty Inside and was again mesmerized with you.

So with my crush already in place, when I watched Road To Kingdom this last month or so and watched you as the host I knew you were going to be one of my top entertainers. You showed empathy and excitement when you interacted with the nervous idols and you could see that you actually gave a shit. I can’t wait to watch you in your new drama when it premieres and further my crush.


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Lazy Unnie’s Couch: Mystic Pop-Up Bar

“Mystic Pop-Up Bar” is based on a popular webtoon of the same name and tells the story of a mysterious pojangmacha (outdoor drinking establishment) run by a prickly woman and an innocent part-timer who visit customers in their dreams to help resolve their problems.

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  • Starring: Yook Sung Jae | Choi Won Young | Hwang Jung Eum
  • Episodes: 12 (1 Hr. 8 Min.)
  • Aired: May 20 – June 25, 2020
  • Network: jTBC Netflix


I must be in a fantasy mood or this spring/summer is overrun with these kinds of dramas. This 12 episode Netflix drama is the next one on list that I wasn’t even planning on watching but I’m really glad I did. I didn’t know what to expect but just as the synopsis says, it’s about one of those tent bars and Weol Ju who is basically a dream walker is serving out a 500 year sentence there, made to help people settle their grudges. Cause she went all scorned daughter and lover when her mother was murdered because Weol Ju and the Crown Prince had a thang going on, and hung herself from a tree. First episode was heavy. Anyway, I’m not sure if she is a ghost or whatnot but humans can see her. Then you have Han Kang Bae, an orphan who was nicknamed the Cursed Boy. He has the supernatural ability that if you make contact with him you have no choice but to divulge your secrets and thoughts. Then there is Guibangjang (or sexy Oppa as me and my friend call him), he’s the manager of the pop-up bar and once worked as an afterlife cop. These three are on a mission to help Weol Ju complete her sentence of helping 100,000 souls.

What I liked most about this was the procedural aspect of it. Each episode had a new soul to help and basically I could have jumped in on any episode and knew what was going on. That mixed with bureaucracy of the afterlife, it kind of felt like a Korean supernatural version of Law and Order.

Even the conflict didn’t seem overly thought out which was a good thing. There was your big bad that loomed over the whole series. Then you had the questions about which was the crown prince reincarnated into, Kang Bae or Sexy Oppa. All of that melded well and the romance that was injected wasn’t overwhelming. While watching I saw all the dots but by the end all of them connected in a neat way. What took the cake here was the chemistry and the dynamic between our lead three. You really felt as if they were a family and really would go to the ends of the world for each other.

I loved these three

Overall it was a nice, short drama that doesn’t require too much brain power. No one out shined another as far as casting goes. Some things were predictable but in the same way that you know dips and loops are coming in a roller coaster. It was really nice to see Sungjae in something while I know he’s off in the military for the next 17 months. And Hwang Jung Eum’s new face is gorgeous as was her wardrobe! Choi Won Young…. call me 📞

Acting : 7/10
Story : 8/10
Music : 7/10
Overall : 7.5/10
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Fave Song : ‘Dive’ by Jung Jinwoo

Lazy Unnie’s Couch: The King: Eternal Monarch

Lee Gon is the third Korean emperor of his generation. His citizens regard him as the perfect leader. But behind this flawless appearance, hides a deep wound. When he was eight years old, his father was murdered before his eyes following a coup. Today, instead of respecting his filial duty, he prefers to escape the palace to attend university conferences. During one of his escapades, he sees himself propelled into a parallel world where he meets Jung Tae Eul, an inspector with whom he teams up with to defeat the criminals but also close the door between their two worlds.

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  • Starring : Lee Min Ho | Kim Go Eun | Woo Do Hwan | Kim Kyung Nam | Jung Eun Chae | Lee Jung Jin
  • Episodes : 16 (1 hr. 10. Min)
  • Aired : April 17 – June 12, 2020
  • Network : SBS Netflix


Let me preface this by saying, I love fantasy/sci-fi/time travel things. I’m a Doctor Who fan damnit. With that said… what the paradox was this show? Yeah I’m not going to say I hated the show but about 75% of the time I was left confused and questioning motives of many characters.

This show was Lee Min Ho’s grand return to the small screen after his military service and the hype was real. When I did my first impression of the show, I had all intentions of going on with this show. The initial premise was great; parallel worlds where they are almost identical except one is ruled by a monarch and the other is basically the universe we know. Due to this magic stick, a portal is opened between the worlds and travel can happen. But because humans are greedy a coup happened and some bang bang shootem up stuff went down and the stick was broken and travel was as difficult as going through JFK TSA during rush hour. Throw in some doppelganger subplots and of course the grand love story and you have the plot hole laced show.

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There were just so many things set up and dropped down without any further explanation that it kind of made me want to give up. It also bothered me how some of the characters had arcs that made no sense. For instance, Jeong Tae Eul. She started off as a badass cop and I was all here for it. She took no shit from anyone and when she first met King Lee Gon, she wasn’t having anything he was giving. Definition of Independent Woman. Then all of a sudden, she starts this “relationship” and becomes so dependant on him. It was hard to watch at times. Anyway, going into full detail about the things that bothered me would give away all of the plots (that went nowhere) so I won’t. Instead, I will discuss what I liked. WOO DOHWAN! And others.

For me, the savior of the show was Woo Do Hwan and his portrayal as both The Kingdom of Corea and Korea’s Jo Yeong and Jo Eun Sup. The characters were so different but the core of both were so pure. His onscreen pull was so strong, I found myself not even caring about the main love story between Lee Gon and Jeong Tae Eul. Standing ovation for Woo Do Hwan carrying the whole show on his broad sholders.

Other standouts include Kim Kyung Nam as Korea’s Kang Shin Jae. Most of the time he looked like a puppy who got their bone taken away when Tae Eul was concerned but there were so many crumbs dropped about his past that I was constantly intrigued throughout the series. He didn’t give me the second lead syndrome that I’m sure he was placed there for but he was nice to look at.

Another bright spot was Kim Young Ok as lady Noh. I’ve loved her since Coffee Prince so whenever I see her in a drama I get excited. I wasn’t let down either. Though Lady Noh wasn’t always there, I felt her role was pivotal. Unfortunately, her backstory was one of this plot holes I spoke about. #JusticeForLadyNoh

Even though the love story between Lee Gon and Jeong Tae Eul mostly left me confused and angry, there were times of nice chemistry that I appreciated. By the end of the series, I wanted a happy ending for the couple. In general, I felt the ending kind of wrapped up things nicely but for a show that basically dealt with time travel, there were a lot of paradoxes that I felt that Writer Kim Eun Sook had some influences from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Steven Moffat’s Doctor Who seasons.

Acting: 7/10
Story: 5/10
Music: 8/10
Overall: 7/10
Recommended For: People who don’t mind being confused but like action scenes.


Fave Song: ‘Please Don’t Cry’ by Davichi


Sugar Baby’s Review Corner: My Love, Enlighten Me

My Love, Enlighten Me


Genre: Comedy, Romance
Origin: China
Episodes: 24
Air-date: May 13, 2020 to May 27, 2020
Starring: Eleanor Lee as Liu Nuan Nuan, Leon Lang as Han Che, Xiong Yu Ting as Han Xue, Li Ming Jun as Gu Li, Tim Pei as Fang Han Chen, Li Xi Meng as Li Jia Yi

Girl group trainee Liu Nuannuan lost everything when she lost the chance to debut. When she no longer had a dream to chase, nor a roof over her head, nor a means to make money, she runs into Han Che, a man who has all sorts of disorders, thus starting a sweet romance that began because of a ‘burglary’.

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Wow guys. Just wow. It’s been so long since I have gotten and enjoyed an honest to God “feel-good-drama”. The way I devoured this drama when it first started airing, I am actually surprised to see that I have completed my watch feeling the same way I did when I first started. In life there are times when you just need a nice, cute fluffy drama and this delivered it perfectly with very small flaws.

This drama is very simple, Nuannuan fails to debut as a girl group member due to the actions of our male lead, Han Che and the betrayal of her fellow group mate, Li Jiayi. Han Che recognizing his mistake, tries to make it up to her because she’s the one he should’ve helped in actuality. The plot then proceeded to give me a trope that I enjoy so much—cohabitation. Listen, a good cohabitation drama just gets me every single time and this was no exception. Even though the story was very standard in that we had people who tried to sabotage the female lead constantly, the jealousy in work, the love triangle, and the miscommunication, it was nice to see that these issues didn’t last beyond an episode and a half at most. I enjoyed the quick turnover for certain incidents because the story felt more compact. I also liked that there were repercussions to actions.

Speaking of the female lead, Nuannuan was quite a treat and Eleanor’s portrayal was delightful. I enjoyed how loud and bold she was. I loved that she was a hard worker and even though she was nice, she wasn’t a pushover. She always stood up for herself and even within her relationship with Han Che, she didn’t hesitate to tell him when he was wrong. I also appreciated how she was honest and kept drawing the line between her and Hanchen even when he couldn’t take a hint. It was refreshing to see a down on her luck female lead not get constantly kicked down cause if it was a kdrama we would’ve probably gone 22 episodes of her having a shitty time. LOL

I enjoyed the dynamics of the friendships and romances in the drama. Nuannuan, Han Xue and Jiayi were all members of a predebut girl group so they had a friendship that was interesting to see. However, the true sismance was between Han Xue and Nuannuan who eventually did become sisters-in-law. Hehe. I also loved Han Che and Gu Li’s brotherly bond even though they did have a bit of a power imbalance as Gu Li was his employee. I don’t even need to touch on the romance between Nuannuan/Han Che and Gu Li/Han Xue tbh because if anything that’s the reason a majority of us stayed watching this drama!! We stan all the hugs, kisses and pointless fights that lead to more kisses. Hehe.

I was torn between wanting to rate this drama a 8.5 or a 9, as it is by no means perfect. In the end I decided that there were more moments that I enjoyed than hated. This drama is just so fucking sweet guys. Like it literally is just so damn cute and I might have diabetes now that I’ve completed. I would absolutely recommend this as something fun and fluffy to binge. 😊👌🏾


Story: 7.5/10
Acting: 8.5/10
Music: 8/10
Rewatch Value: 9/10
Overall: 9/10

Sugar Baby’s Review Corner: Good Casting

Good Casting


Genre: Comedy, Romance, Action
Origin: South Korea
Episodes: 16
Air-date: April 27, 2020 to June 16, 2020
Starring: Choi Kang Hee as Baek Chan Mi, Yoo In Young as Im Ye Eun, Kim Ji Young as Hwang Mi Soon, Lee Sang Yeob as Yoon Seok Ho, Lee Jun Young as Kang Woo Won, Lee Jung Hyuk as Dong Kwan Soo

Baek Chan-mi, Im Ye-eun and Hwang Mi-soon are NIS agents who start working undercover at Il Kwang Hitech. They must find out who, among CEO Yoon Seok-ho, K-pop star Kang Woo-won and director Tak Sang-gi, is linked to Michael, a man who killed one of their own three years ago. They are led by team leader Dong Kwan-soo.

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It’s a little sad when you see a drama that had so much potential make a mess of itself. Especially when said drama was one of the winning scripts along with Stove League, a personal favorite. In theory I should have liked this drama a lot more than I did however, there are just some things that make me get frustrated the more I think about it. This review is spoiler free and only a tad bit ranty.

I enjoyed the overall chemistry of the cast. I thought that there was a good synergy and everyone complimented each other well. By now you know that I am someone who is very entertained by a harmonious cast and I think that I notice a lot when that doesn’t happen which makes me turned off from a drama. I also appreciated how absolutely stunning Choi Kang Hee was in this drama. I swear every time she came on screen I was mesmerized.

Another positive of the drama for me was the comedy. I did genuinely laugh a few moments even though some of it at times was a bit over exaggerated and corny and went against the logic that was present usually in action dramas. It was nice to see a drama like this being female centric because it is often an anomaly.

Unfortunately this brings me to what I didn’t like in this drama and that’s the plot and characterization. This drama had more plot holes than a Julie Plec CW show. Listen, I’ve said it before, I am usually very easy to please when I watch a show—most times all I require is just decent acting and an interesting plot. The inconsistency of the characters was blatant. Personally, I would assume that if you are hired to work for the NIS, you would be good at your job? Like they’re not just hiring any regular old Jane off the streets? These are people that have been working with them for YEARS. Don’t even get me started on how the difficulties that arose were just a means of comedic relief. Where was the common sense?? Where was the logic?

I know the romances were selling points for a lot of people, but to be honest, I didn’t like either of them. I thought that Chan Mi and Seok Ho were boring even with the million of flashbacks of them that we were treated to. I thought that Woo Won did not deserve Ye Eun at all (Yes I know this one is the fan favorite but like idgaf). Like would Woo Won is an immature child. Ye Eun raising two children. YOU CAN’T MOTHER YOUR BOYFRIEND. I think I would have preferred to have more scenes with the women all together—nah, I KNOW I would have.

I tethered between giving this drama a 6.5 or 7 and eventually settled on a 7 because Choi Kang Hee looked so damn hot and was so charismatic. Like damn girl, can you chill?? I felt like the ending brought more questions than it did answers and apparently there’s to be a second season so idk… I think this drama in essence is just an average run of the mill rom-com action drama that offered me a nice cake, but it wasn’t particularly tasty even if I do remember how it looked.


Story: 6.5/10
Acting: 8.5/10
Music: 7/10
Rewatch Value: 5.5/10
Overall: 7/10

Fave Song:  Cheetah – Feel It

Lazy Unnie’s Couch: Love in the Moonlight

Hong Ra On disguises herself as a man and counsels men on dating. Due to a love letter she wrote for a client, she meets Crown Prince Hyo Myeong. Ra On is unaware that he is the Crown Prince and Hyo Myeong is unaware that Ra On is a woman. The Crown Prince becomes interested in Ra On. His eunuchs become aware of this and attempt to get Ra On to become one of them.

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  • Starring: Park Bo Gum | Kim Yoo Jung | Jung Jin Young | Kwak Dong Yeon
  • Episodes: 18 (59 Min.)
  • Aired: August 22 – October 18, 2016
  • Network: KBS2


I dislike historical dramas. Every time I find myself watching one, I say the same thing. I find them slow and confusing most times and lacking what keeps me interested. At the same time, each time I watch one it happens to be one that is light on the historical aspect and heavy on the comedy and or romance. I found Love in the Moonlight to be a pleasant balance between what I dislike and like about historical dramas.

Since this is an older drama, everyone probably knows the plot already so I won’t go into much of it. Basically it’s a story surrounding the Crown Prince and the difficult love story between him and his eunuch. What?! Yeah, no. Said eunuch isn’t actually a man but a woman who is cross dressing as one and was sold to the palace. Along with the love story there is a tale of revolution and uprising among the people and the royals. A historical drama isn’t complete without the scheming political subplots involving murder, embezzlement, spies and even some baby mama drama. If that wasn’t enough, lets sprinkle a little love triangle in the mix.

After all of that, there were things that I loved and things that I could have done without. Some of the subplots just felt unnecessary. There was one with princess and her secret admirer. I mean, it was cute and all and a break up from the seriousness between the Crown Prince and Hong Ra On. However, I think it was the fat suit they put the princess in that had me disinterested. I also found the love triangle between the Crown Prince, Ra On and Jo Ha Yeon, the daughter of one of the King’s officials, not needed. We already had one triangle going on between the main couple and Kim Yoon Sung, so why add another? Her character got the shortest end of the stick because its purpose was so small.

Now to the things I loved. Lee Young, the crown prince. Kim Byung Yeon, the crown prince’s right hand man basically. These two made it really hard to focus on what was going on because one, so attractive. Two, their on-screen presence really commanded any scene they were in. Add in the dynamic between these two and Hong Ra On, they became my favorite trio of the show. The love story grew naturally to me and reminded me a lot of Coffee Prince. I felt the cross dressing was a little stupid because she was obviously a woman but I guess if you’re not looking for a woman among a bunch of eunuch’s then I can see how someone could be fooled.

On the whole, the show was pretty easy to follow plot wise. There were times where I would get a little confused and at one point I stopped watching all together but that was mostly due to my own drama ADHD. What I think is this drama’s strengths are is the chemistry between the leads, the romantic plot and the unfolding of the political aspect. I’m not sure how close to reality this is but I will say this is how I like my historical dramas from now on. Now lets look at how beautiful Kwak Dong Yeon looks in long flowing locks.

Acting : 7.5/10
Story : 8/10
Music : 7/10
Overall : 7.5/10
Recommended For : Those who like their historical dramas with a heavy dose of fluff.


Fave Song : ‘Misty Road’ by Ben

Lazy Unnie’s Playlist: SEVENTEEN – Heng:garae

TITLE: Heng:garae

ARTIST: SEVENTEEN

LABEL: PLEDIS ENTERTAINMENT

RELEASED: June 22, 2020

This summer is filled with releases left and right… but Seventeen are fearless when it comes to releasing things in a jam packed month. All I wish is that they didn’t make so hard to pick favorite tracks. My My… let me get it together and review this bitch. (Couldn’t find a way to fit in Kidult)

Left & Right – Title Track

Rating: 4 out of 5.

YAS! The underlining beat reminds me of the Cupid Shuffle but in a good way. I immediately want to dance. It was really nice listening to Wonwoo’s singing voice. I was really feeling Vernon’s verse surprisingly. It’s definitely an ear worm that’s fun and playful without being sugary. I would compare it to eating a slushy on a hot day. I need that Hana Dul Set Net as my new alarm so I can wake up to Wonwoo. The MV… funny, cute and again playful. I was dying by the end of it with S.Coups and his car.

Fearless

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I love how hard and rough this feels for SEVENTEEN. Not in the same way Closer was. A more Imagine Dragons vibe. But the sweet pre-chorus gives the song a nice transition. Then the return of whispering Jeonghan from HIT!! Here for it!!

I Wish

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is so smooth and easy listening. I actually wouldn’t have expected it from SVT. On first listen, I was really down with this. After a few listens, it kind of down grades. I still like its retro aspect but it really sounds like it should be the theme song to a 1975 sitcom. I just want to keep saying “I’m Robert Leech and this is the lifestyles of the rich and famous!”

My My

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I usually don’t like tropicpop songs but I really like this one. As a pre-release track, I was expecting the whole EP to kind of be in this sound and I was a little disappointed because I feel like they did something similar last summer. But the more I listen the more I find I like about this one. It’s groovy and the raps are very trendy. But its Seungkwan and Seokmin’s adlibs that make me swoon.

Kidult

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I truly love the title of this song cause I too am a kid adult but by the time the pre-chorus starts and I realize that this is going to be a power ballad, my heart soars in crescendo. The song felt like it was going in one direction and wouldn’t have any levels but vocal team laid their funk on it and owned the hell out of it. The rock pop feel has me reaching to the sky and swaying along by the bridge. And the falsettos give me goosebumps! I absolutely love.

Together

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I feel like I’m listening to the fluffiest OST when I listen to this. And I’m surprisingly not entirely hating it. Some of the pre-chorus reminds me of early SVT. But the chorus is my favorite part of the song. It feels the strongest. It’s not a song I would listen to all the time but not a skip every time.

BONUS: Snap Shoot

Rating: 5 out of 5.

No real reason why I’m posting this other than LOOK HOW CUTE THIS IS! A whole MV done by Mingyu while they were on tour. I loved watching them in the different cities. And my heart swelled when Dino danced in Times Square. My New Yorker was proud. Plus, the song is a straight bop.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Just when I didn’t think SEVENTEEN could give me another no skip, they do, well almost. It’s really perfect for the season without being overly bubbly. It’s a little bit of everything you could ask for without sounding disjointed. They aren’t all home runs but some round the bases really nicely. Vocal team really shine and I’m also really happy that S.Coups is back and they’re back to a full 13. Now I just have to wait for my 5 albums to get to me.

PRODUCTION : 4 / 5
VOCALS / RAPPING : 4.5 / 5
VISUALS / CONCEPT : 4 / 5
OVERALL : 4.5 / 5


Least Favorite Track(s): I Wish
Favorite Track(s): Kidult