This Month On Patreon: July 2022

Hi everyone! Welcome to the second half of 2022, y’all! 🤯 Surreal, that we’re really here.

Because it’s the 1st of July, it’s time for another This Month on Patreon post!

This is my monthly post on:

1. What’s happening on Patreon in a given month,

2. Exactly when you can expect to see various Patreon-related reviews in the month,

3. What shows I’m considering for coverage on Patreon, to replace shows that have completed their cycles, and

4. What you can expect, as a patron.

I hope you guys find this helpful &/or informative, and I hope you’ll consider supporting me on Patreon! ❤️

Click here to go directly to my Patreon page!

Why I’m on Patreon

My work has been on hold indefinitely, because of the pandemic, and this is my way of trying to create a viable alternative source of income. As it stands right now, it’s murky and uncertain, whether work can resume for me, and if so, when that might happen.

I love this blog and if I had to switch careers, I would most likely have to quit blogging (those of you who’ve blogged before, or are still blogging now, would know what I mean when I say that blogging takes up a LOT of time 😅).

Rather than quit the blog, I decided to try blogging full-time, and that’s where Patreon – and everyone who values what I do on this blog – comes in.

I am very grateful for all the support that has already been given (thank you to all my existing patrons, you guys are the best! 😘).

At the same time, the amount raised each month isn’t quite enough to cover my living expenses, and is still quite far from being a proper income, which is why I do hope that my Patreon page will be able to continue growing.

If you value the work that I do here on the blog, please consider supporting my work on Patreon. ❤️

Psst! If you’re curious about the nuts and bolts of the work that goes into maintaining this blog, here is a Dear kfangurl post about this very topic; I hope you enjoy! 

Patreon tiers and their current benefits

Foundation Tier (US$1): Yumi’s Cells 2 + k-ent news and other tidbits + E1 notes of all shows covered on Patreon

Early Access (US$5): +Our Blues

Early Access Plus (US$10): +Why Her

VIP (US$15): +Bloody Heart

VVIP (US$20): +A Dream Of Splendor [China]

Ultimate (US$25): +Alchemy Of Souls (with the occasional bonus show!)

* Just to be clear, the tier benefits are cumulative, so if you sign up for the Ultimate tier, you wouldn’t only receive episode notes for Alchemy Of Souls, you’d receive episodes notes for all the other shows as well!

* I publish one set of episode notes each day, so each show’s episode notes will publish once in 5 days, since I usually cover 5 shows on Patreon.

For example, Yumi’s Cells 2 E5 will post today (1 July 2022), and Yumi’s Cells 2 E6 will post in another 5 days, on 6 July 2022.

* For actual examples of episode notes, you can go here and here. 😊 These are my E1 notes for Bloody Heart and Love All Play.

When Patreon-related reviews will post this month

This month, several of the shows I’m covering on Patreon will finish their cycles. Here’s when you can expect to see the reviews:

Bloody Heart: 18 July 2022

Our Blues: 31 July 2022

Do stay tuned for that! 😃

Replacement shows I’m considering

This isn’t yet cast in stone, because I’d need to check out the shows to make sure I like them enough to cover them on Patreon, but here are the ones that I’m considering:

Bloody Heart: possibly to be replaced by Extraordinary Attorney Woo

Our Blues: possibly to be replaced by Today’s Webtoon

* Other back-up shows I have in mind (in case the shortlisted shows don’t make my cut): Adamas, Cafe Minamdang, Dear.M, Shooting Stars, Because of Love [China], Anna.

If you have other great shows to suggest, do let me know in the comments! Please do remember to bear in mind their airing schedules, though!

Patreon Highlights

If you’re new to my Patreon page, here are a handful of things you might like to know:

1. ALL tiers receive my episode 1 notes for any show that I’m covering on Patreon. 

Therefore, if you’re curious about my notes for Alchemy Of Souls, but aren’t sure whether you’d like them enough to want to join the Ultimate tier, joining the US$1 Foundation tier will give you immediate access to Alchemy Of Souls E1 notes.

After this, if you wish to upgrade to the Ultimate tier, Patreon would simply charge you the difference, while immediately unlocking all the posts that your new tier entitles you to. That’s exactly what Michelle did with Vincenzo, and I’m happy to report that it worked out really well! 😃

2. The Ultimate tier also receives E1 notes for all shows that I’m watching (or have checked out), INCLUDING shows that I’m NOT covering on Patreon.

This has included E1 notes for shows like:

True Beauty, Lovestruck in the City, Sweet Home, Shanai Marriage Honey (Japan), Must You Go?, Love In Between (China), A Thousand Goodnights (Taiwan), Zombie Detective, Here’s My Plan, Hello, Me!, Taxi Driver, At A Distance Spring Is Green, Monthly Magazine Home, Takane and Hana, You Are My Spring, The Witch’s Diner, D.P. (Deserter Pursuit), My Name, Forecasting Love and Weather, The One and Only, Everything and Nothing, You Are My Hero (China).

I call these posts Early Access Extras, and as a patron on the Ultimate tier, on average, you can expect to see about 2 of these posts each month.

In case you’re wondering, whether I eventually review these shows on the blog, really depends on how my experience with the various first episodes works out.

I’ve carried on to review a number of the shows listed above, but I’ve also chosen not to continue watching a handful of them as well.

I’ve also introduced the occasional bonus show for this tier, starting with My Name, Hellbound and Soundtrack #1.

3. You can interact with me and with one another, on Patreon.

There is a comment feature on Patreon, so, much like here on the blog, you’d be able to comment on posts and share your thoughts with me and with other patrons.

There is also a private message function, so you’d be able to message me directly on Patreon, if there’s something you’d like to talk with me about, but you feel isn’t relevant to the posts on Patreon themselves.

Aside from a web browser, you can also access my Patreon posts and messages on the Patreon app. You can find the Patreon app on Apple’s app store here, or on Google Play here.

4. You can feel safe to pause your subscription, or move between tiers at any time.

Moving between tiers

Because you are charged upfront on the 1st of each month, that tier’s privileges will continue to be open to you, even if you choose to move down a tier sometime during the month, or if you choose to pause your subscription.

For example, if you were on the Early Access Plus tier, and on the 15th of the month, you decided that you’d like to move down one tier, to the Early Access Tier, you can make that change right away.

But because you’ve already paid for Early Access Plus privileges, those will remain open to you until the end of the month. And then you will be charged your new tier rate, at the beginning of the following month.

If you choose to upgrade your tier, you can also do so at any time, and you will simply be charged the difference, eg, US$5, if you’re moving from the Early Access tier, to the Early Access Plus tier, and the additional privileges will be immediately unlocked for you as well.

You will then be charged the new rate on the 1st of the following month.

Pausing your subscription

If you choose to pause your subscription on the 15th of the month, you will not be charged on the 1st of the following month, and your Patreon benefits will remain open to you until the end of the month. Thereafter, feel free to reactivate it at any time.

Please let me know if this explanation isn’t clear!

5. There’s now an annual subscription option available!

I only activated this option recently, because someone expressed interest in it. I just.. hadn’t realized that you guys believed in me enough, to want to sign up on a yearly basis. 😅

With the yearly subscription, you receive a 5% discount, and you will be charged on each anniversary of your join date. The only downside to this, is you don’t have the flexibility to move between tiers from month to month, according to which shows spark your interest.

6. The Patreon page has become a cool little community!

Besides the episode notes, there are lots of other conversations going on, on the monthly Drama Exchange posts that I create.

One is the Drama Exchange: Spoiler-free zone, where you can safely exchange drama recommendations and chat about other things, without the danger of encountering a spoiler, and the other is the Drama Exchange: Deep Dive Zone, where you can discuss other shows that you’re watching, that I’m not covering on Patreon, in all its spoiler glory.

Since these posts have been introduced, literally hundreds of comments have been exchanged, on each one!

ALSO. As part of the Patreon community, you’ll get various updates from me, including personal updates that I don’t share elsewhere. I’m very blessed that the Patreon community has turned, effectively, into my inner circle. I’d love for you to join me, if you can! ❤️

I suppose it goes without saying, but just in case it isn’t clear, these conversations are open to all patrons at all tiers.

What about one-time contributions?

If you prefer, you can also support the blog through easy one-time contributions by clicking on this other cute lil icon below.

I’m told that you don’t need to have a Paypal account in order to do so, but if that changes, or is different in your region, a Paypal account is pretty easy to set up; there are no sign-up fees involved, and you don’t have to keep a balance in it, unless you actually want to.

You can choose to link a bank account, a debit card, or a credit card, to facilitate your contribution.

Click here to go directly to my Paypal.Me page!

Thank you!

..And that’s about it, for this month’s updates! If you have suggestions for other things that you’d like me to include in these monthly update posts, do let me know in the comments, and I’ll see what I can do, to incorporate them into future posts.

I aim to publish future update posts on the first of each month.

Thanks for reading, thanks for your support, and thank you for being here! Big hugs to ya! 🥰❤️😘

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Elaine Phua
Elaine Phua
1 year ago

I’m just curious if anyone is watching Money Heist Korea? Is it very violent/dark? It has been popping up on my Netflix top 10 so I’m curious how it is shaping up.

1 year ago
Reply to  Elaine Phua

@Elaine — I watched the first episode before I got sidetracked (finishing binge watching One Spring Night, then various other shows I’m following). I also was a little thrown off in my plans to jump in when I found out they’re breaking it up into two six-episode releases, with no word yet on when the second block will be released.

But I found the first episode interesting, not too violent or dark yet, and definitely planning to go ahead with it at some point.

1 year ago

Ooooh. I’m surprised you’re covering Alchemy of Souls (because you weren’t keen on the last few releases by the Hong Sisters). While I have enjoyed their fantasy series, I realize I miss their older series that involved regular humans (like You Are Beautiful and The Greatest Love).

As for the replacement shows in your list, I have finished the show already and I have a feeling you’ll like Sh**ting Stars nearly as much as I did. If you enjoy the first 2-3 episodes, then I can guarantee you will enjoy it til the end. There’s a short dip in the happy stuff for a few episodes but given that the show is all about the issues around our “stars” then I understand the need to cover these “cloudy” topics too. And Kim Young Dae (acting range and charisma) is such a pleasant surprise.

1 year ago

Fangurl – Adamas sounds interesting and I am hoping Viki gets the license for this. A big yes for Extraordinary Attorney Woo as I trust Sean’s analysis. I am also a ittle interested in Anna simply because it is only 6 episodes.

1 year ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

— I’ve enjoyed the first two episodes of Atty Woo. Park Eun-bin is following in the footsteps of Oh Jung-se in It’s Okay to Not be Okay, at least as far as outward portrayal of someone on the autism spectrum. And her way of seeing things can definitely be interesting.

I hadn’t realized Anna was so short. Might be worth taking a flyer on just for that, and to see how Suzy is improving 😉. Now the trick is to figure out how to access it…

1 year ago
Reply to  Trent

Trent – An excellent point, in that it has become a bit of a struggle to watch the dramas that I find interesting since Disney+ got into the market and VPN is not a viable option at my house. What is odd is that Pachinko was available to me while it was dropping episodes, yet it has now disappeared.

I am watching a few now, but over on the dark side. Even though @Beez (thank you Miz B) hooked me up to watch the dark side through my FireStick, I constantly have to clear the cache. But it will do in a pinch. I still want to see Bloody Heart and Doctor Lawyer and I am enjoying Kiss Sixth Sense.

FWIW Trent – Anna is over on the dark side and has 4 episodes available. I am also curious to see if Suzie is improving. I fully intend to catch Attorney Woo and may delay it to see if Fangurl will cover this over at Patreon and follow it there.

1 year ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

Just to add my 2 cents: For Pachinko, Apple TV+ subscribers (active paying ones or free trial for new 🍏 product owners) have full access to it anywhere in the world (but it can get buried by the newer shows now). If not yet a subscriber or subscription has expired (like me!) only the first episode is free for viewing.

I’ve recently subscribed to NordVPN and watching shows is much easier now. I’m sharing it with a friend and a family member so it doesn’t feel as pricey. And I can still use the free ones (like ProtonVPN) but half or more of their I.P. addresses are marked already by Disney+ and Viki and 🍏+ (screen says you’re using a vpn!) so I have to refresh the connection many times to get an I.P. address that they don’t know yet. It’s something I can manage but much harder for my mom who wants to watch too. Hence, I ended up paying for VPN.

1 year ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

Ah, @beez, I hope all is well with her. I have missed her commentary on the Grapevine watch, for sure.

1 year ago
Reply to  Trent

Trent – Eda mentioned she was moving. I really miss her as well and I hope her health is good. I may send something via Fangurl if she does not poke her head out soon.

1 year ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

I’m caught up with the 4 episodes of Attorney Woo that have been released so far. It is right up my alley, I think they are really getting right aloy of heart things and definitely being respectful to autism and how it really is a varied spectrum. The Internet commentary has been very thoughtful too. While some found her mannerisms over exaggerated, many autistic people said they felt represented.

1 year ago
Reply to  Elaine

Elaine – absolutely 😊😊😊

1 year ago

What more can I say about Extraordinary Attorney Woo. It’s a beautiful, beautiful show. I had tears in my eyes and in a good way 😊😊😊

1 year ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

Sean – that is high praise. I am a little swamped right now but I am definitely going to take a look at this.

1 year ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

Yes, Phl – definitely worth a look. As Trent mentions, Park Eun-bin is delivering a fine performance.

1 year ago

Happy New month🙏🏿🎈

1 year ago

I think your Our Blues review plan might be just a wee bit optimistic, since it has 20 episodes?

As far as shows, I don’t see much on the immediate horizon to tempt me too much, which if for the best. Already feeling a bit overextended… (I did check out first episode of Extra Atty Woo and it was reasonably fun; quirky as expected).

1 year ago
Reply to  kfangurl

Hmmm. Definitely on the fence-ish about Adamas, but I perk right up when I see Heo Sung-tae on the cast list, and also Lee Si-won, who I liked a lot in Uncle, even though she was almost criminally underused…