The Fangirl Verdict

Completely biased reviews and fangirling

ABOUT KFANGURL

Hey there!

I’m kfangurl. Or kfangirl. Whichever works. And I love kdrama.

I started my love affair with kdrama in 2007 when my sister brought home a box set of Goong, and announced we were going to watch it. I so did not know what I was in for. I was properly and completely hooked. Hook, line and sinker hooked.

Since then, I’ve watched lots and lots of kdramas, probably way too many – or really, is there such a thing as too much kdrama? The jury’s still out on that one!

This is just my little corner to share my thoughts, opinions and recommendations on all the dramas that I’ve loved, hated, enjoyed or endured. I like to try out some of the older dramas as much as I like to keep up with the new ones, so you can expect my list of reviews to grow in more than one direction.

I enjoy most types of dramas, though I do have a soft spot for a good romance. Good acting is a top priority for me. I can forgive a lot if the actors are really bringing it. Good writing and good cinematography are also high on my list. A well-crafted, well-applied OST also does a lot for me. And of course, a hot male lead is always a welcome bonus ๐Ÿ˜‰

My reviews are purely my own opinion, and yes, I’m probably biased.. Aren’t we all? This also means that some reviews are shorter, while others are longer. That doesn’t always mean anything in terms of whether it’s a good drama. It just means I have less to say.

I don’t aim to be necessarily very in-depth or systematic, but hopefully these reviews are informative and helpful to some degree.

Lastly, just in case anyone is wondering, I’m not Korean. I have learned a fair amountย of Korean, though, in all my drama-watching years.. Picking up new words and phrases with each drama still gives me a thrill today. I still watch my dramas with subs, but I’m not as dependent on them as I used to be. My target is to one day be so fluent in Korean that I won’t need subs, heh.

Please feel free to comment and poke around!

Oh, and just so you know, comments don’t close around here, coz I like to believe that a drama is timeless & so is its review. I often check out dramas long after they’ve aired myself. So if you leave a comment, I will see it!

POST-SCRIPT:

1. For more about me than you might ever need to know, you can check out my Liebster postย hereย ๐Ÿ˜‰

2. Forย even moreย about me, my second round of Liebsters isย here.

~ kfangurl

66 thoughts on “ABOUT KFANGURL

  1. I just read your awesome epic review of SLA. Thank you for saying so well things I was feeling but could not express AND for digging so much deeper than I could. I’ve watched it 3 times, but now will do so again with the greater insight that you have given!

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    • Thank you for your kind and encouraging words, Ann! I’m so glad that you enjoyed my SLA review. It certainly is a meaty show, isn’t it? I watched it just the one time, and I’m sure if I watched it again, that there would be more things to notice. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s definitely a show that stays with you, too. After I finished watching it, I just had so many feels. It felt like such a full, textured, rich experience that I couldn’t quite write about it straightaway. I allowed the inspiration to come when it was ready, and I’m so pleased that other SLA lovers like you have found it worth the wait! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Hey there Matt, welcome to the blog! ๐Ÿ™‚ I personally haven’t checked out Angel Eyes, but I’ve heard good things. I think you’d need to be in the mood for melodrama though; I don’t think it’s a lighthearted sort of show. Hope that helps!

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      • True, melodramas are heavy.

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        • Oh yes, they can get really heavy, although some are warmer and lighter than others. I’ve seen some heavy melodramas that I genuinely liked. I think you just need to be in the right mood for it. I’ve had friends praise Angel Eyes pretty highly, so if you’re in the mood for melo, you might end up liking it ๐Ÿ™‚

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          • I have watched 3 episodes of “Angel Eyes” and loved it. The actors playing the main characters as teens are superb. I loved the warm way in which the family welcomes the lonely blind girl. There is a lot of humor in the third episode – and who can resist Lee Sang Yoon’s dimpled smile and laughing eyes? I chose this drama because of Sang Yoon, but fell in love with Kang Ha Neul as the teen and now want to see everything he has been in. From a devoted 82-year-old fan. Ann

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          • True…
            I’ve watched a few melodramas–in both the right and moods–and for me, they tend to be ‘agonizing’–if I can say that– but in the end, I always like ’em.

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  2. have you seen City Hunter?
    http://www.dramacool.com/drama-detail/city-hunter-drama

    personally ending for me was not satisfying but loved the story

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    • Hey Matt, yes, I’ve seen City Hunter. I was a little underwhelmed by the ending as well, but I hafta confess that I was quite mesmerized by Lee Min Ho in the show. The matter-of-fact fight choreography was a win in my books too, it made everything seem so effortless! ^^

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  3. ya i finished it
    i like it a tad better than master’s sun

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  4. what are your thoughts on Golden Cross?
    i find it kinda annoying in the beginning, but that may be because i find the whole premise kinda generic
    should i stick with it?

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    • Hey there Matt! I personally haven’t seen Golden Cross, but I’ve heard on pretty reliable authority that it’s a good show. You’d have to be in the mood for revenge melodrama though. And those generally don’t stray too far from a central formula. I say if you’re not the mood for revenge melo at the moment, that it’d be better to save Golden Cross for another day ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. hiii ! I just randomly ended on your page and boy am I glad! Have you tried Kill Me, Heal Me?

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    • Hi there kiraahhh!!! Glad you found me! Welcome to the blog! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you enjoy poking around my little corner of the interwebs!

      Yes, I’m watching Kill Me, Heal Me, and liking it well! Ji Sung is AMAZING in it, and completely surpassing my expectations. I plan to write a review for it after the show wraps, but in the meantime, I’ve designed a pair of KMHM shirts to celebrate the awesome. You can check out the shirts here. I’d be super grateful if you could also help to spread the word about the shirts, to other KMHM fans. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks much!!

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  6. I am a new fan of yours. Just started watching KDrama and I am really engrossed! Because of that, I searched on the reviews and I am happy to bumped on your blogs. Truly, I enjoyed and loved your “unbridged” and “sincere” reviews! Keep up!

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    • Hi there Lariza! Welcome to the blog, and to the wonderful world of kdrama! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m so pleased that you’re enjoying the reviews on the site – I promise to post more reviews! I’ve got a stack of reviews waiting to be written.. it’s like doing laundry, you’re never ever COMPLETELY done! ๐Ÿ˜„

      What dramas have you been watching? Also, which was your first kdrama? I’m always curious about stuff like that! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. First of all, I am 43 years old and a working mother with 2 young kids. Just like you I dont have the patience and time to watch KDramas through our local network so I am buying DVDs and I started with Boys Over Flower, The Heirs and Rooftop Prince. Only recently that I had the chance to watch them and I was totally blown away!!! One of the good qualities of KDramas is on how it depicts romance. It is so endearing and wholesome that I am not worried if my kids watch along with me or they watch on their own.

    Among the three, the Rooftop Prince lingered on me the most! It’s so hilarious and the lovestory of Park Ha and Lee Gak was very touching and so real! I like the development of their romance and their dates were so natural and sweet. The lead actors Han Ji-Min and Park YooChun have strong chemistry and they portrayed their respective roles very well. In fact, I developed a crush on Park YooChun —he is sexy, good looking and a very promising actor I think. The 3 sidekicks were very effective in providing humor. The villains? Nevermind. While it is true that there were potholes in the plot, but overall it was a fine and entertaining drama.

    My Love from the Star is my latest and watched it online for 2 days! It was a delightful, glossy, and funny rom-com, but it did not linger on me and at some point it was an overacted drama. To start with, I hate the character of Song Yi. I find her rude, air headed and childish. She is indeed pretty, sexy but dumb — a perfect opposite to Doo Min Joonโ€™s persona. IMO the major flaw of the story was its failure to explain well the โ€œreincarnationโ€ theme that should establish the connection of the 2 characters in their present lives. It is unforgivable because this brought confusion on what the writer really intend to convey about love, was it the โ€œopposites attractโ€ or the โ€œreincarnationโ€ thing or maybe both. So regardless of the many sweet moments/incidence shown, those simply did not connect on me (sigh) and not to mention that Song Yi looked much older. They look somewhat odd together. Sorry!

    The plus factor about the drama is more on the technical side. The โ€œstory tellingโ€— the epilogues, and the sequence, is one of a kind! It made the story more interesting and watchable since it provides clearer view about the charactersโ€™ feelings/intentions and even the direction of the story. Whoever thought of this technique is a GENIUS! The special effects were flawless and I feel like I am watching a Hollywood sci-fi movie (X-Men, Matrix, etc).

    Overall, the drama is funny and will watch it again maybe in the future to appreciate it better. KSH is very new to me and I appreciate his โ€œorganicโ€ (natural) acting. I intend to watch the Moon Embracing the Sun to see the other side of him. As to Jun Ji hyun, she is very pretty and I think an excellent actress capable of doing anything that is thrown to her.

    Sorry I made this very long and I am truly glad that I met someone who would help me understand and appreciate KDrama better. Thanks so much for your time!

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    • Hi Lariza, it’s great to know you better! And yes, the wholesomeness of kdramas is something that I enjoy too. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Of the dramas you mentioned, I actually enjoyed My Love From The Stars the most. Yes, it was flawed, but it captured my imagination and my heart, and that’s the most important piece, for me, when it comes to drama-watching. I also really enjoyed Rooftop Prince. That one lingered with me more than I’d expected it to.

      I enjoyed The Moon Embracing The Sun quite well when I watched it, but that was mainly for the fact that it gave me regular doses of Kim Soo Hyun being regal as king. His leading lady was a little too one-note for my liking, and there’s a big logic fail at the end, and the beats do feel a touch repetitive at times, but the cliffhangers were effective, and the politics kept to a minimum to allow the romance more room to shine. If you can ignore the show’s flaws, you might enjoy the show quite well. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Yeah I can always ignore flaws in any drama especially if Park YooChun is there…hahahaha! Btw, how do your find him? Based on news, he is not as popular as KSH and Lee Min Ho in Korea.

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        • Oh, KSH and LMH are huge stars in Korea and the region, so it’s no surprise that Yoo Chun doesn’t get as high a billing. I like him as an actor – I’m not much into kpop so I know him more as an actor than an idol – and have enjoyed him in the shows in which I’ve seen him. I loved him in Sungkyunkwan Scandal. So melty and adorable. ๐Ÿ™‚

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        • Lariza, I am late finding your post about Park (Mickey) Yoo-Chun, but it made me wonder if you have watched “Miss Ripley.” I really liked him in that. It was the first Kdrama I saw – and I was hooked!

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    • Lariza! Have you tried Dramafever or Viki.com? They are free and paid sites to watch kdramas. Maybe a better alternative to buying DVDs. Welcome to the wonderful world of kdramas!

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  8. Hi there! Just dropping by to let you know I love the newest artworks to grace your headers…Woobie and Wookie.

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    • Aw, thanks kaiaraia! It’s always nice to know the banners are being, er, enjoyed ๐Ÿ˜‰ Although I must admit, I don’t actually know which ones you’re referring to. I haven’t added any new ones of Woob or Wookie recently, and both guys have quite a handful of banners rotating on the blog. Coz just one is not enough for their awesome ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  9. Hello, kfangurl! I don’t know if you vaguely remember me a long while ago, as I commented long comments to you about Jang Hyuk. I know you must have many other fans that have commented about him as well but, just wanted to let you know I miss coming on here and commenting on your blog. I kept forgetting. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Sorry for that, as my regular place is on my FB wall daily.

    Anyway, I’m Reiko Kawana and I still am stuck on watching the last 2 episodes of ‘Tree With Deep Roots’ w/Jang Hyuk! For some reason, the dvd box set I bought, the Eng Subs to it is all jarbled and now I’m unable to finish. And, since I now have Viki membership, it’s even more weird I hadn’t finished watching it yet. lol *sighs* I know…I’m so bad. Don’t worry…I’ll get to finish watching it. ๐Ÿ˜›

    Do you know my husband liked watching TWDR w/me too? O.O And he normally doesn’t watch any K-dramas whatsoever either…which is really saying something re my hubby. (and, about Mr. Jang, who’s also captured my hubby’s attention w/his acting abilities) He also told me I’m finally attracted to a ‘REAL’ man. lol O.O So, he says my so-called Kpop idol group I’m into (TVXQ/Tohoshinki) is considered ‘pretty boy’ to him. hahahaha But he said at least even TVXQ is 100% better-looking than the Johnny’s group I used (notice, I said ‘past-tense’) to be into…Tackey & Tsubasa. :/ (oh well) ๐Ÿ˜› Most Japanese idol groups I know of in Japan, are like that. (too ‘pretty boy’-looking… :P) I’m no longer into T&T anymore. (the JE idol grp)

    But, changing the subject now back to Jang Hyuk…I’ve also still yet to watch ‘Chuno’ (The Slave Hunters) too. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I know, I know. What am I waiting for, right? Well, turns out currently, I’m already watching my K-Pop idol group’s dramas that’s airing as we speak on Viki: a) ‘I Order You’ (starring U-Know Yunho; aka Jung Yunho) and b) ‘Scholar Who Walks The Night’ (w/Lee Soo-Hyuk, Lee Jung Ki, and Shim Changmin) (aka Max Changmin from TVXQ/DBSK; Dong Bang Shin Ki) Now, I’ve also still yet to finish watching c) The Night Watchman’s Journal too on Viki (also Jung Yunho of TVXQ), which I still haven’t done. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ That’s why, I still hadn’t gotten to finishing the last 2 episodes to TWDR. Don’t worry, I’ll get to it though. I also started watching ‘King of HS’ too w/Lee Soo-Hyuk. OMG, LEE SOO-HYUK IS TOTAL SEXINESS in that drama, and won me over too, besides Jang Hyuk! *dies* I never paid attention to Lee Soo-Hyuk until I watched this drama. ๐Ÿ˜› lol I stopped at Ep 10 to this one. I have a bad habit of not finishing dramas. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ lol

    And, I still have to watch BADLY ‘Dance of the Dragon’ movie Jang Hyuk acted in. I know you mentioned it was so-so but I still want to watch it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ โค I'm lured to it by his romanticism and sexiness in it. lol *clears throat* โค ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I've also been meaning to ask if you had any other platforms you go on, besides this blog? (i.e. Twitter, Insta, FB, etc.) Just thought I'd ask, because I'd like to continue keeping in touch, since I always keep forgetting to come here. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Thank you so much, and again…keep up the awesome work you have going here on your blog! *thumbs up* I enjoy reading your postings and writings. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Hey there, Reiko! It’s great to see you again! I did see your message on the blog’s FB page, not sure if you saw my (late) reply ๐Ÿ™‚

      And, YES, you should totally finish Tree With Deep Roots! It’s an ending that you, uh, sorta need to steel yourself for, but Jang Hyuk kills it, as usual! I found Tree a fascinating show, and I’m not surprised that your hubs also managed to enjoy it. It’s that kind of show that would appeal to men as well, I feel. As for Chuno, it is brilliant, and Jang Hyuk is brilliant in it. And so charismatic and sexy, seriously. I was impressed with him in Tree, but he completely took my breath away in Chuno, both times that I watched it. He’s that good! So yes, do make time for it on your drama schedule, you won’t regret it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Lee Soo Hyuk does have that languidly sexy vibe, so I totally understand your squee ๐Ÿ˜‰ I didn’t love High School King as a drama, but I definitely noticed Lee Soo Hyuk’s brand of sexy in it!

      And yes, I’m on Twitter and FB.. you can find the links on the blog’s sidebar. I’d love to keep in touch with you there too! Of course, when you can pop by the blog, that’s very cool too! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Good evening, kfangurl! *hug* So gr8 to see your reply once again. ๐Ÿ™‚ I always LOVE replying comments, esp. when it’s w/dramas I love watching. ๐Ÿ˜› And, I dun have to worry about others backlashing at me through comments here either. (thank goodness) ๐Ÿ˜› That’s why I find coming here more appealing to me. It’s not the mundane, every day fangirl-squee I get on my FB wall about TVXQ, or getting backlashed in public forums or communities. So, I no longer belong to them anymore. I used to get it in the old genre of Jpop music I used to like. Thankfully, it all stopped once I got into TVXQ. lol *knock on wood* I only had 2 anti’s that came after me and I simply automatically blocked them right away. Didn’t even deal w/them. Other than that, here is much more ‘intellectually stimulating’ for me. ๐Ÿ˜›

        Ok, I’ll check your reply. I saw it finally in my emails. :/ lol

        Re TWDR: I plan on finishing it tonight already. I shouldn’t put it off on it, since that was the one that came precedent over all other newer dramas I’d been watching. So, technically, I SHOULD finish TWDR now. And, I will. (no excuses anymore…lol) *thumbs up* I’ll let you know what I thought on it, once I’m finished. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, I also figured that this particular drama w/him in it, probably appeals to both females and males. (compared to, say, dramas that are more ‘chick-flick’ romance types, high school/young themes, girly-girl types, etc.) I found since it also had some martial arts to it too, it also appealed to me (besides the storyline itself) more too.

        Wowwww…ok…I’ll watch ‘Chuno’ directly after TWDR. If you say it’s a brilliant drama and Jang is brilliant in it…it MUST be THAT GOOD. (which I’ve read on many of your previous comments and postings, just how good it is) Thank you so much for all the accolade info on it! (and him ๐Ÿ˜› โค )

        Yeah…I found "King of High School" 'blah' to me from Ep 1. lol (which isn't good for any drama if I feel that) O.o I just wanna watch it because of Lee Soo-Hyuk! lol (eye candy for me) ๐Ÿ˜› Well, and his sophisticated acting as well.

        Oh great! (re Twitter & FB) I think I've added you already to FB. Not sure if I actually messaged you or not either. (I forgot again, whether I did that or not) ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Awesome…let's keep in touch. โค

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        • Aw, sorry to hear about your unpleasant experiences on fan forums, Reiko. I don’t hang out on those, but I’ve heard what a tough crowd it can be, especially when the other fans don’t feel the same way you do! No worries about that here.. While there’ve been one or two antis popping up in the past, by and large everyone here seems to be really nice and well-adjusted. Feel free to get to know other readers here, if you like. I’ve no problems with hosting conversations here ๐Ÿ™‚

          I suppose you’ve probably finished Tree by now.. How did you find it? The ending’s not an easy one to get through, but the sense of higher purpose is really strong, if memory serves. I know Jang Hyuk killed it. As for Chuno, it’s got glorious cinematography as well as excellent fight choreography. When you combine the two in a scene, AND you throw in Jang Hyuk’s swift reflexes and muscled shirtlessness, the end result’s pretty much a work of art, I think! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I also think your hubs might be able to enjoy Chuno.. It’s the kind of show that would appeal to both men and women, I feel. ๐Ÿ™‚

          I’m currently watching Scholar Who Walks The Night, and Lee Soo Hyuk’s putting his languid brand of sexy to good use as a powerful vampire. The show itself isn’t as good as I’d hoped for, but I will say that I like it more than I liked High School King! ๐Ÿ˜„

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          • Oh geezโ€ฆI wrote you a TON of paragraphs to your reply here, and because I didnโ€™t know what my password was to WordPress to this blog, I completely lost EVERYTHING I wrote here to your comment! *dies* ๐Ÿ˜ฅ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ฅ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Now I have to re-write everything from scratch all over again, what I was gonna say. *sighs* Too bad my Apple comp doesnโ€™t remember either where I left off, and theyโ€™re always good about doing that. But, I guess not w/WordPress and making comments to a public forum like this. >< Damn! Sorryโ€ฆI'm just so frustrated and at the same time, sad I'm unable to remember anything what I wrote now. A complete BLANK in my brain. :/

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          • Re unpleasant experiences to forums: Well, I’ve only had 2 so far on my FB that had come to me in PM and I just ignored them both. All there is to it. I reported it to FB and blocked them. Now, what happened to me in 2007, was actually on someone’s fan website like yours here. The bullying done to me was done in comments, and 5 girls ganged up on me. It was really bad what happened too, and I still have unfortunate negative memories of it. Now, w/your site here, it’s so refreshing and I’m comforted to know that. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think a lot of these Kpop idol fandom FB pages…a lot of the fans are still very young and immature, so, there’s that possible bullying that always occurs compared to websites like yours. I also can’t wait to get to know more ppl here, including getting to know you much better as well. ๐Ÿ™‚ *hug*

            Re TWDR: Noooooo, I’m so sorry I still hadn’t the chance yet in finishing watching it. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ *dies* *gets bricked* lol You know what postponed it for me? Watching Scholar Who Walks The Night drama w/Shim Changmin in it as Lee Yoon (Crown Prince); that’s why! (ugh) ๐Ÿ˜› I’ve watched only ‘some’ of it, yet again as usual…and I still have yet to finish watching that one. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I also started watching ‘I Order You’ too w/U-Know Yunho in it as the main character, since he is also one of my favorite Kpop idols in TVXQ. (my bias Kpop grp) So, naturally I was watching 2 dramas at the same time. But, like I always end up doing in the end, is postponing finishing watching and I’ll get side-tracked watching something else. >< I stopped at Ep 3 or 4 in SWTN drama and stopped at Ep 7 or 8 in I Order You. *sigh* lol So much dramas, so little time…is my motto. :/

            Now, you said Jang Hyuk's martial art skills again in Chuno…but, don't forget also, I highly suggest you watch NWJ (Night Watchman's Journal) drama too w/U-Know Yunho's martial art acting skills as well. Found out Jung Yunho has a blk belt in Taekwando and he's also a 2nd degree blk belt in Hapkido in real life. So, in NWJ he put some of his martial art skills into the mix, which I also found fantastic to watch on screen! I love watching any kind of martial art movies and dramas, and NWJ is not one to take lightly on the subject. Some may find it different views on my take on NWJ, but, that's just my opinion on it; nothing more. ๐Ÿ™‚ Just take it with a grain of salt. ๐Ÿ˜€

            Also, I've always had a 6th-sense to these things when it comes to dramas or movies, and buying cd's and dvd's, and for some reason, I got that too from just looking at your photos on Chuno, in regards to it appealing to males as well as females. I can tell it might appeal to my hubby and my father. I should mention this drama to my father. He's the one that got me hooked into watching K-dramas in the first place all those years ago. lol He'll only watch historical/period types though. (not modern)

            Now, Gwi in Scholar drama…DAAAANG, he sure makes for a sexy vampire at that, like you said! (sort-of) ๐Ÿ˜› Seriously! When I watched the teaser trailers in the beginning, just before it aired on Viki, I was just WHOAAA staring at Lee Soo-Hyuk being 'bad' once again, w/blood on his mouth n'all. O.@ lol I was like, 'yeahhhhh baby!' ๐Ÿ˜‰ โค But, I also noticed he has a knack for playing 'the bad guy' though in dramas, doesn't he? *wink* ๐Ÿ˜› Even in King of HS drama, he played a 'bad' character too, sort-of. (hehe) He was seriously SEXY in King of HS, esp. Ep 10 when he was SHIRTLESS and took a shower, soaking wet! (DANG) @@@@@ Just throw me to the wolves at him, why dun he! hahahaha j/k

            Actually, whom I REALLY think this way (throw me to the wolves at him), is Shim Changmin. โค (hella sexy n'shirtless) He's not only my #1 bias in TVXQ (Kpop idol) but…the fact he was starring in Scholar drama w/Lee Soo-Hyuk and Lee Yoo-bi! O.@ โค When I saw he was gonna act in that drama, I was like, 'Hello!' lol Now you got me perked up and wanting to watch. ๐Ÿ˜›

            In essence, I HIGHLY recommend you watch 'Flying with the Gold' Japanese movie w/Shim Changmin in it. He not only won a Hashida Award for his role as the first foreigner to act in a full-fledged Japanese movie (he won Best Newcomer Foreigner), but the fact he also had to learn how to speak fluent Osaka dialect (another dialect in Japanese lang), being a foreigner and Korean to boot. He said it was very difficult to master but, I thought he was brilliant and exquisite in his acting skills for the part. I LOVE watching his dramas, since Paradise Ranch days. (his very 1st K-drama when he started) He's also such a brilliant, young actor as well. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think some day, when and if he ever decides to not continue to be an idol anymore in S.M. Entertainment, I'd REALLY like to start seeing him venture into the acting world, for both Korean & Japanese dramas and movies. He has what it takes to 'be up there' w/the big leagues. He has the knack and potential to really go far in it. (Yes, he also knows fluent Japanese and English) (and even start seeing him w/his own rock band some day, off the side 'for fun' when he's much, much older in age)

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            • Hi there reiko! It’s great to see you again! ๐Ÿ™‚

              Sorry to hear that you lost your comment the first time, but yay that you decided to write it again. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sorry to hear about the negative fan forum experiences you had.. It must feel disconcerting and uncomfortable to be targeted by other fans who disagree with you. I personally dislike fan wars, and generally stay away from fan forums because of it. I hope you’ll enjoy your experience here much more! ๐Ÿ™‚

              Heh. I can totally see your kpop interest surfacing in your drama choices! Almost all the stuff you are drawn to feature idol actors. I must say, though, that it isn’t often that I’m impressed by idol actors. There are several good ones, and sometimes, I’m happily blown away by what they’re capable of, acting-wise. Often, though, I feel quite underwhelmed. I thought Changmin was excellent in Scholar, even though I didn’t think the show itself was that great. And I dropped I Order You.. I just couldn’t get into it, even after 10 episodes.

              I must confess that Night Watchman isn’t really on my list (which is a pretty long one!), so I don’t foresee myself checking it out anytime soon. I didn’t hear much positive reaction to it as a whole, and I am not a fangirl who would watch a show just for Yunho. But I’ll keep what you said in mind. I do think your dad would enjoy Chuno – it’s very good, even though I wouldn’t call it a traditional sageuk.

              Thanks for recommending Flying With The Gold.. I’ll keep that in mind. I did like Changmin’s performance in Scholar very much, and wouldn’t mind seeing him shine in something else. ๐Ÿ™‚

              PS: Your DVD collection sounds large! And I can only imagine how large it will eventually get, if you keep buying DVD box sets of all your favorites!

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              • Heyyyy, same here to you too, gurl! *hugs*

                Well, w/all those negativism w/my fandom life, thank goodness those times were just only twice, and never came back again. ๐Ÿ˜› I’ve never had to deal since. I think they must’ve been one-time-flukes. lol ๐Ÿ˜›

                Oh…I finally am happy to announce to you, that I’ve FINALLY started a new website, dedicated to my idol, and it’s on WordPress! (yaaaaaay) I’m hoping to come on WordPress often, and start blogging on my website, so I can FINALLY start coming on your site too more often as well. Problem is, I’m having serious trouble in figuring out my way around her. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I’ve never known how to manage my own website before, much less know how to work WordPress either. So, if you have ANY suggestions and/or instructions on what I’d need to do to operate mine and get it going, by ALL means, I’d LOVE to hear it from you. Feel free to tell me or message me now on WordPress.

                Ayyyyyy does it show? *meakly asks* (re my idol actors, etc.) Gomen for that. ๐Ÿ˜›

                Ohhhhh gosh, now that I’m in Ep14, I’m TOTALLY LOVING ‘Scholar’ drama! *dies* I’ve been busily watching this vampire drama he’s acting in, and I must say, I’ve been very much captivated by this one so much, so far. As much as I’d like to wish Changmin had a more powerful and compelling character in this series, he still did an exquisite and amazing job w/his character and acting skills, and portraying his slight naive-vulerable side to it all.

                awwwwww that’s too bad you felt that way about ‘I Order You’. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I know what you mean though. lol I guess you must’ve thought it was too slap-stick-silly of a drama to ‘like’ it. And, I can’t blame you; I agree. As much as I also love U-Know Yunho, to ME…he should still stick to being an idol more, and not so much branch out into the acting world. He still has a long way to go in that arena. BUT, I think he MIGHT have redeemed himself to being a better actor in ‘The Night Watchman’ drama. But again, you’re absolutely right though w/him. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Oh well…I ‘tried’. lol Can’t win’em all, so they say…right? hahaha

                Oh, and btw, I HATED ‘Yawang’ drama. (ugh) Even though Yunho acted in that one too, I seriously found it BORING, even from Ep 1! And that’s pretty BAAAAAD if a drama ends up being boring from the get-go. O.o lol I hadn’t finished watching it, and to be honest, I’m leaving it at that. (unfinished) I don’t even have an ounce in my body to finish watching it, PERIOD. u__u;; Oh well. lol Sometimes, certain dramas are meant to be left unsaid. hahahaha (or, in this case, unfinished)

                Ooooooh, I still have yet to watch Chuno on my list of dramas.

                OHHHH! I forgot to mention to you, I’m also HAPPY to announce…my hubby FINALLY bought the Chromecast device for our HD TV! (yaaaaay) Since where I live in San Diego (CA) doesen’t have Asian TV channels whatsoever, and we don’t even have digital cable like HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, etc…those paid channels…we bought this device specifically so I can start watching ALL of my Asian dramas on our TV w/Eng Subs. All you have to do is attach it to the back of your TV in a usb port, hook it up to WiFi w/the Chromecast app on your comp or phone (good w/both Windows, Mac, iPhone, Android, iPad, laptops, etc.), and you’re good to go. I also added Netflix, and I can watch all my Asian dramas on our TV using Viki and DramaFever apps too! Chromecast also works w/Hulu and YouTube, etc. So, whatever you’re watching on YouTube, Viki, or DramaFever, I can now watch on our big TV screen. I no longer have to resort to watching stuff on a laptop anymore.

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              • I think my father would also love watching ‘Chuno’ too though.

                Btw, sorry to sound dumb but, what’s ‘saegeuk’ mean? (sry) ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

                Oh gosh, Changmin’s ‘Mimi’ drama was actually astounding for me! And, I’m not just saying that because he’s my bias in K-Pop either. That drama had a VERY intricately intellectual storyline to it, which I love. And, it also had some intrigue, mixed w/slight complicated understanding. It kind-of left a lot of my fangirl-friends out in left field, just because of the fact it’s that highly detailed of a storyline to begin with. lol I love that type where you have to ‘think’ at times. I don’t like the types where it’s like ‘I Order You’ and you really don’t necessarily have to think about anything. lol (cuz it’s so dumb, or too school-girl-silly, etc.)

                ‘Flying with the Gold’…Changmin’s character is supposed to be a N.Korean spy as a bomb expert in the Jpnse movie.

                Re my DVD box sets: I know. O.o lol

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                • Congrats on your new site, Reiko! ๐Ÿ™‚ How exciting, that you’ve now got a spanking new home on the internet! I’m not sure what sort of help you’re asking for.. Maybe if you have specific questions, I might be able to offer an answer or two? It’s actually really hard to give suggestions or direction without knowing what you’re trying to do, and what problems you have trying to do it.

                  Yay that you now can watch all your Asian dramas on a larger screen! ๐Ÿ™‚ How fun, to have all the dramas AND all the pretty amplified ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hope you’ve been having fun with it. And yes, I do think Chuno would appeal to the male audience as well, so I’m fairly confident your dad would enjoy it. ๐Ÿ™‚ To answer your question, “sageuk” refers to Korean period dramas, ie, all the various eras before more modern times. I hope that helps to clear up any confusion! ๐Ÿ™‚

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                  • Thank you so much for the warm welcome to WordPress btw. *hug* Makes me feel a lot like home here, rather than any other social networking site to be honest. Yaaaay, now we can throw confetti! j/k ๐Ÿ˜›

                    Re the help, well…it would seem I’m still stuck on FB somehow and still isn’t able to get off from that place. (ugh lol) I don’t know why I’m glued there, but I’ve completely forgotten all about turning my website into a Kpop one or a Changmin one. Still haven’t decided on what I plan on doing yet w/it. But, the more I think about things, the more I plan on continuing to keep this website exclusively for Changmin of TVXQ…just because of their finished service from being in the military, in 2017 next year. (April & August respectively)

                    Omgosh, you’ve no idea how much I’ve waited so long to watch all my dramas on the big screen now. *dies* It’s like this whole new world that opened up for me now, instead of just watching dramas through a comp screen. lol MAJOR difference there! *hi-5*

                    And, thank you for teaching me new Korean lang terms. Appreciate it! ๐Ÿ‘

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                    • Oh, I think definitely give your website a good think, about what you want it to be, and how you would like it to look and work. Otherwise, you risk having a messy site that’s not friendly to navigate. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, glad you’re enjoying your big screen drama watching! I’m sure that amplifies the experience by a lot! ๐Ÿ™‚

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          • I also forgot to mention one more thing about my ‘fetish’ in loving to watch K-dramas. I bought a lot of dvd box sets through the years of the favorites I’ve loved so far:

            Paradise Ranch (Shim Changmin)(VCD-DVD), Yawang (U-Know Yunho)(VCD-DVD)(not my favorite, really, but just bought it because of U-Know lol); Rooftop Prince (dvd box set); Sungkyungkwan Scandal (dvd box set); Protect The Boss (dvd box set); Poseidon (Siwon & U-Know Yunho)(VCD-DVD & dvd box set); Heading To The Ground (U-Know Yunho)(dvd box set); The Princess’ Man (dvd box set); Moon Embraces The Sun (because of Kim Soo-Hyun)(dvd box set); My Love From The Star (because of Kim Soo-Hyun)(dvd box set); and Tree With Deep Roots (dvd box set).

            Toldya I’m crazy over watching dramas to the point where I’ll end up buying them if I REALLY fall for the ones I love most. โค ๐Ÿ˜› (or, just because my #1 Kpop idols (TVXQ) are acting in it…lol)

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        • Reiko, I LOVED “Tree WDR” also and so was looking forward to seeing the new “Six Flying Dragons,” which I heard will occur some years before, when the man disguised as a butcher was an influential scholar. But whatever it is about, I will enjoy seeing Yoo AH In again in a sageuk. I have seen 2 episodes on Dramafever, with 2 more coming this week!

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          • Hello Ann! So nice to meet you here. ๐Ÿ™‚ *bows* Oooooh, so you liked TWDR too, huh? Awesome! โค So, let me ask you first…who's your fav character in that drama? Is it Jang Hyuk too like me, or someone else? ๐Ÿ˜› *I'm all ears* ๐Ÿ˜€

            As for 'Six Flying Dragons' drama: You know what's so uncanny? The fact my father also suggested I watch this drama too! (no kidding) *hi-5* Yes, he mentioned over the phone to me one night I should watch that one, since he's watching it currently on TV in Hawaii as I'm writing this. (I think; not sure) In Hawaii, they get live feeds from KBS n'stuff so, all the Asian dramas that airs in Hawaii gets automatically subbed into various languages for them to watch. (so lucky) ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I live in San Diego, CA so, we don't get anything here on our digital cable except TV Japan, and even that channel is a Premium one. (paid) ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I know. Totally sucks for me.

            But yes, getting back to 'Six Flying Dragons'…I want to watch it too. It's also on my list of dramas to watch. My father told me the synopsis to it, and it really sounded interesting.

            OHHHHHH WAIT!!! You said, Yoo Ah-In, right? Ok, I just looked him up on Wikipedia who he was and what he looked like, and it said he acted in Sungkyungkwan Scandal drama too! I LOVED that drama so much, I bought the dvd box set to it long ago! Yup. *hi-5* I also LOVE that actor. I've always wanted to know what his name was in SScandal, and now I know. ๐Ÿ˜› Thanks! Man, I'd better start watching his dramas too. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜› I really thank you for 'indirectly' reminding me about him. hahaha How could I have forgotten about him, man?

            I hope to get to know you better here as well. ๐Ÿ™‚ R u on other social media platforms too like me? (i.e. FB, Twitter, IG, your own personal blogs, etc.) I'm on all 3, including more. ๐Ÿ˜› My username on FB is Reiko Kawana and my profile icon is Shim Changmin and my profile cover banner is TVXQ. (just the 2 Kpop idols) My Twitter: @reikomin (feel free to add me) Let me know yours as well, if you're on both. *hug*

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          • Actually, my Twitter username changed: @ReikoMin218

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  10. Found you through your Ji Soo post (Bokdong-iie! <3)
    Absolutely adore your writing style and voice.

    I just read through most of your Pure Pretty posts and a few of your reviews. I really like how much we think alike, definitely since you're able to write it in such a great way that it almost arranges my own thoughts for me. Does that make any sense? Probably little.

    Hope you keep up the awesomeness! Subscribing on all your channels. ๐Ÿ™‚ – Sophie

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    • Hi there Sophie!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ YAY that you enjoy the blog – and Ji Soo too, of course ๐Ÿ˜‰ Welcome to my little corner of the interwebs, it’s always so much fun meeting and getting to know fellow fans. And don’t worry, you totally make sense, and what a lovely compliment that is! Lookin’ forward to chatting dramas with ya, going forward! ^^

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  11. Hiii we absolutely LOVE your reply 1988 review! It was so well thought through and an absolute joy to read.
    Please email me back we would love to ask you for some advice and help regarding this drama.

    And how awesome is it that you love Miku too? Lol

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    • Ooh, I’m intrigued. As in, I’m super stoked that you enjoyed the review so much! I’m also curious about who’s “we” and what help you think I can offer. I’m no expert, but will drop you an email to hear more ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. Yo Kfangurl! I am completely enamoured with your kdrama site:) Your reviews are eloquent, insight and well-crafted! I’ve actually used some of your writing in an English lesson! And your eye-catching banners on the top of your webpages are visually stunning! Love the structure of your site and the way you rank and grade and review kdramas. Thanks for putting in the time and effort; it’s very much appreciated by this kdrama fan!

    Eddie from Canada

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    • Hi there Eddie from Canada! It’s great to meet you! ๐Ÿ™‚ And, I’m so stoked that you enjoy the site. Your kind words on the reviews have definitely given me a shot of motivation to keep on writing ’em! I’m also extremely intrigued when you say you used some of my writing in an English lesson! (Particularly since I sometimes break grammar rules on purpose ๐Ÿ˜› ) Tell me more??

      I’m also super pleased that you enjoy the banners, since I’m self-taught with the banner-making, and actually have somewhat limited image-editing skills. As in, I think I can now probably do more than the average person, but am far – oh-so-far! – from being a pro. To know that the banners are well appreciated definitely makes my day! ๐Ÿ˜€

      Thanks for enjoying the site as much as you do, AND for taking the time to let me know! I look forward to chatting with you some more, around these parts! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. You put words to all my thoughts and feelings!! Reading your reviews and your personal answers, it feels pretty weird how similar we are…. Scary… When is your birthday? Be happy girl!!

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    • Awww โค Thanks flu77!! I'm so glad you're enjoying the reviews, and hi5 that we feel so similarly about the shows! My birthday's in June.. But I'm not sure if that's the reason we feel like we're on the same page! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  14. Btw again, my hubby said he agrees with a lot of what you think/say about dramas in general. Like, some being melodrama types, etc, and how alot of them lack storylines, depth to them, etc. What also irks him is when dramas re-play over n’over the same song so many times, he gets sick n’tired of hearing the song already. (replay overload) ๐Ÿ˜ž So, in the end, he never wants listening to some OST drama-theme songs I’ve downloaded off the net. Too bad, since there are a lot of sageuk dramas with fantastic OST theme songs in them! For instance, here is a link to d/l a song I really love listening to from SWWTN drama:

    [Single] Eun Gaeun โ€“ ‘Scholar Who Walks The Night’ OST Part 2 (MP3)

    My idol, Shim Changmin of TVXQ, also sang an OST theme song to this sageuk drama. Love this song so much!:
    [Single] Changmin (TVXQ) โ€“ Jeon Woo Chi OST Part 2
    (์ตœ๊ฐ•์ฐฝ๋ฏผ [Changmin TVXQ]) โ€“ ์ „์šฐ์น˜ OST Part 2)

    It’s songs like these my older friends and parents like listening to, including myself. So I’m more old-fashioned when it comes to loving sageuk dramas more. ๐Ÿ˜›โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‰

    *Links removed to stay on the safe side of the DMCA bots
    ~kfangurl

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    • Aw, I’m so pleased that your hubs and I are in agreement! It also implies that he’s watching dramas with you, which is very cool ๐Ÿ™‚

      As for the OSTs.. for me, it depends on the show. Mostly, if the OST brings back lovely memories of a wonderful show, I’m happy to listen to them over and over again. But if it’s one of those over-used OST tracks that drove me batty during the show, I would hate to have to listen to them again. ๐Ÿ˜

      PS: Sorry I had to remove the download links. DMCA notices are dangerous things, and even a simple link like that could trigger a DMCA notice. I love the site too much to risk it. ๐Ÿ˜

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      • My hubby: awwwww, that’s great. ๐Ÿ‘ Yes, I was also happy to find he agrees with you in A LOT of what you’ve written to a lot of the dramas you’ve watched. (as I read some of your reviews to him aloud…lol) He also found your writing amusing, when I read some of them to him. ๐Ÿ˜› (so do I โค๏ธ) Like I said, he only watched a ‘few’ dramas with me; not all of them. But yes, he’s watched some of them from afar while I’m already mid-way into them, or by the time I’ve reached up to Ep 4-6 on some, etc.

        OST songs/albums: Yup, I agree with you on your last sentence. lol Take for instance Moorim School drama. I actually don’t mind ‘a few’ of the OST songs from it, but…I’ve already put off to the side for the moment continuing to watch it now, because I REALLY want to start watching ‘Love In The Moonlight’ drama FIRST. Since I read your review on Park Bo Gum tonight (9/17), you SWOONED ME OVER completely enough to put off to the side Moorim School, just so I can start watching PBG on my TV screen! *hi-5* ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ˜Žโค๏ธ And, I’ll make a proper comment on your PBG post instead of here, thank you. ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘

        D/L MP3 links: Don’t be sorry. ๐Ÿ˜‰
        Really? ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ฏ Thank you for the indirect reminder about that then. I didn’t know; thanks. I’ll also make a mental note-to-self with my own WP fansite regarding this info. ๐Ÿ‘

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        • Tee hee! I am picturing you reading reviews out loud to your hubs, and I find it the cutest thing!! ๐Ÿ˜„ It’s really cool that your hubs is engaging with your drama hobby, even though it sounds like it’s not 100% his thing. That’s sweet. โค

          And yes, those DMCA bots are annoying. Other blogs have had DMCA notices served to them, sometimes for the most innocuous, ridiculous things. One of my friends had her blog taken down and deleted by Blogger because of DMCA notices served against her blog. What a nightmare! So yeah, now I try to stay as safe from the DMCA bots as possible. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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          • Re my hubby on my drama-hobby: awwwww thanks! *blushes* โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜…โœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜› And yes, you’re absolutely right…about dramas not being his ‘thing’, per se. He kinda-sorta watches, but not really. lol๐Ÿ˜› Let’s just put it that way. ๐Ÿ˜„

            But, he said if he does find a certain drama interesting, and with a really great storyline to it, (i.e. like ‘Moon Embraces The Sun’…he REALLY liked watching that one A LOT) and if it’s dramas he’ll end up liking, or w/Jang Hyuk or Lee Soo Hyuk in it, then he’ll watch it. But, I also really think he’d like the older actors more (as well as the younger ones too), such as: 1) Shin Hyun-Joon, Shin Sung-Woo, Lee Joon Ki, Song Joong Ki, Lee Moon-Sik, Jung Il-Woo, Seo Ye-Ji, Lee Jae-Yong, Kwon Sang-Woo, Soo-Ae, etc.

            Can I ask you what’s ‘DMCA’ stand for? ๐Ÿ˜ฏ๐Ÿ˜ณ Sorry I don’t know acronyms too well. ๐Ÿ˜ž I do know what bots are though, esp on Twitter. (ugh) I know…they are annoying. *rolls eyes* ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜ฃ Omg, I don’t think I’ve ever come across a notice like that on my Blogger fansite. I have a TVXQ Fansite on Blogspot. (http://reikotvxq.blogspot.com) Man, I hadn’t gone on that one in so long already, the bg photo is considered OLD now. *dies* ๐Ÿ˜–๐Ÿ˜“๐Ÿ˜ญ I know, I’m such a ‘bad fan’ already, I can’t keep up w/my fansite anymore. ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ฉ (so sad)

            I’m also so sorry to hear about your friend’s Blogger site being taken down as well. ๐Ÿ˜ญ(wow) Geez, I didn’t know it was that bad. Yup, staying away from sharing any type of mp3 link then, is the best bet. ๐Ÿ‘ Now, let me ask you another question then. Are we allowed to share (or embed video coding) video links we find off the Net, and just share the links on posts we make? I didn’t use mp3 links. I just share video links from YT if I share stuff, and I’ll copy/paste the embed coding to make my posts. Is this ok still? Cuz, I hadn’t received any DMCA notices yet about anything of the sort.

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            • DMCA is the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which you can read about here. Basically, it’s an Act that enforces the fact that you cannot use other people’s digital property eg photos, videos, music etc, without permission. So, if you’re linking to a licensed source, eg, putting a link on your blog to iTunes or DramaFever, that’s fine. But if you put in links to unlicensed sources of videos or music, eg, the site links that you posted previously, or an unlicensed drama streaming site, that could potentially result in your account (your blog, your twitter account etc, depending on where you posted those links) getting served a DMCA notice. You will first receive a warning, but there is a limit to the number of warnings you can receive, before your account (blog, twitter account etc) would be forcibly taken down. It’s not fun to receive a DMCA notice, so it’s just safer not to post links to unlicensed sources.

              Embedding/sharing YouTube links is fine, because if the video gets taken down, it affects the YouTube account holder, but should not affect you, from what I understand.

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              • Re the DMCA thing: ah…ok. *note-to-self taken* Thank you so much for all your help & info on the issue. I haven’t shared unofficial blogs/posts where ppl have shared unreliable sources, etc. I always try to share links I find or deem ‘official’. Perhaps that’s why I haven’t received notices on my own fansite to begin with, even from Blogspot, etc. *hi-5* I’ve ‘lived n’learned’ from the past through the years in having blogs, and having my own friends have their blogs or fansites shut down because of unofficial stuff they’ve shared. U just live n’learn, u know? (as they say)

                Re YT: Yes, you’re absolutely correct. It affects the YT account holder; not personal blogs or fansites. The video just won’t show up on your post anymore if that happens, that’s all.

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  15. Hello!

    I just fell in love with gong yoo. Or more precisely, 11 Sept 2016, after watching train to busan.

    I’m watching coffee prince now, and omg do I want to download this in HD to swoon over Mr Gong! Do u know where I could do so?

    I already watched S diary and love his part on it!

    I have lots of gong yoo questions, could u make a Q&A post about him pls?

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    • Hi there! You’re not alone in falling for the GY awesome after Train to Busan, that’s for sure!

      I don’t know all there is to know about him, but you could join us in this Facebook group, and you’d be able to talk with everyone there about him, as well as receive updated news. ๐Ÿ™‚

      As for downloading Coffee Prince in HD, you could do that at this private torrent site. If you’d like an invitation to it, drop me an email and I should be able to help you out. ๐Ÿ™‚

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