[Review] BLONOTE by Tablo

Wow, just wow! This book as simple as it is, is really something I needed. I happened to buy the Korean and English set with a CDC0BkylnUQAQqsrE

So, The Pink and Blue cover is Korean, and the Black and Grey is English. The CD is of Tablo explaining what BLONOTE is; and what it means to him. He reads some of the notes inside, though he admits he finds reading out loud a big awkward for him, as he is used to rapping things he writes. He then ends the small podcast saying “This is your book now, how it translates into your life is how it helps you.” He wants this to be a book you can find simple answers to. At first I thought it sounded very cheesy and almost like one of those Hallmark cards; but when I started to actually get into the books, that thought changed so much.

These notes aren’t just simple sayings or silly little things you hear everyday, they are real things to bring thoughts. There is also 19 written pages from artists, directors and even students; one of those people being G-Dragon himself. Tablo picked notes that he felt fit those people, or just were ironic things for those people to write. I feel like this gives a personal touch on these quotes and brings them to life a little bit more.

“Unattained love is still called love. Why do we call unattained dreams, failure?” 

A lot of the quotes talk about learning to love and accept yourself first, finding your own paths and dreams, and simple coaching on life. The book almost reminds me of a few snapchats Tablo put of out, but on a more serious note, then what was said in the snapchats.

Overall, I’m extremely thankful for this book, it wasn’t something I knew I needed, till I had it in my had. I really hope you all get a copy, and maybe a copy for someone you feel needs it; even if they don’t know Tablo. Don’t forget to read Tablo’s other books as well!

Stay Epik!

 

 

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MinJoon
Co – Founder

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[Review] Nobelesse

Let me start with saying this is a fifty-fifty series. You’ll either like it or you wont. I am in love with this series so much and because I have not yet finished the entire manhwa this is all to tell you lovelies to give it an honest try. So please bear with my personal fangirling and try to enjoy the information below. Then by all means you are welcome to share your own opinions and thoughts about it.

This is a manhwa written by Jeho Son and Kwangsu Lee. As you read you will notice the art subtly changes as the artists and authors skills become more and more developed.  Is English not your preferred or first language? No worries it’s been officially translated by professionals into several other popular languages and the fans have even done unofficial translations into even more different languages. This series has gathered enough popularity to earn a short thirty minute Aeni going very quickly through the key points of only  the first chapter. It’s not in English but there are subtitles. The manhwa first debuted in 2007 and is still on going, so far as to be past six volumes. Also happy to say they have a prequel story about Raizel and Frankenstien called “Noblesse: Rai’s Adventure”. Maybe I’ll do a review about this one as well soon. As I am merely 212 pages in I felt it time to share it with all of our readers. Mystery, suspence, action, all sprinkled with a lovely layer of comedy. Supernatural beings roam the shadows of the human world with us none the wiser. Vampires aren’t all what the stories say they are and the more you read the more is revealed to you, like most well written works. These aren’t your regular vampires either and as beautiful as they are this is no where near like ‘Twilight’. It’s not so easy to explain without giving too much away, but even the strongest of creatures need protecting from time to time, that’s were the Nobelesse come into play (please do not ask me how to pronounce this. I try and I swear I am saying it wrong cause I just sound plain silly).

Follow Cardis Etrama Di Raizel (Our main character and my cover art favorite). after he has awaken from his mysterious 820 year nap. Meet is gorgeous and loyal servant Frankenstein who is equal parts beautiful as he is terrifying. Shinwoo, Yuna, Suyi, and Ikhan, four high school students caught in the middle of all this mayhem still kept in the dark about the truth. Along with more beautifully developed characters to come. My personal bias being M-21(silver hair and scar on his lip, top left corner). In order from M-21 would come Seria and Regis, followed by Tao and Takio. Here’s the catch, you have to read past the first chapter to meet that top row of characters, but they are important and truly well developed. I am honestly so excited to keep reading more and more. It’s well worth the wait to meet everyone, in the first chapter and after.  nobelesse main characters

(In left to right order the characters names: M-21, Seria, Regis, Tao, Takio, Frankenstien, group picture, Cardis Etrama Di Raizel (Rai), Shinwoo, Yuna, Suyi, and lastly Ikhan. )

Each chapter is set up rather similarly till the end of chapter three; meaning here’s the good guys, some conflict, bad guy that’s too powerful to beat, then the ever predictable triumph, and repeat. You’ll come to learn more about who Cardis Etrama Di Raizel is and how powerful he is further into the series. Till then just enjoy his clueless and equally hilarious moments trying to adapt to modern society, followed by how much of a badass he and his servant really are. Small warning you may find similarities to Ciel and Sebastian between Raizel and Frankenstien. Frankie is more than just one hell of a butler, and there is a real, strong, and caring relationship between master and servant here, making it heartwarming and entertaining.

Our authors surely know how to throw a wrench in your suspenseful cliffhanger with some form of domestic hilarity, which has to be the main reason I say give this a read. Even though these characters aren’t all human anyone can easily relate to one or more of them. By now you must be asking where can you read this masterpiece? Easy, most manga/manhwa reading sites carrying it, but it’s home site is webtoons.com (links will be provided at the end,) or as I read it on the webtoons app.Nice and comfy on my phone. That Aeni I mentioned back at the beginning can be watched on Crunchyroll and Youtube. Bonus good news you don’t need to pay to read or watch on any of these sites, but if you do like it you can always give your support on their patreon.
So here is my big question for all of you, What do you think of it? What are you looking forward to seeing more reviews on?

Noblesse Manwha 

Noblesse: Awakening

Shelby
Former Admin

Hyuna THE QUEEN’S BACK Tour in LA

When you think about March, one of the things that may come to your mind is March Madness which occurs in sports. However music, specifically K-Pop, also has had its share of madness this month with the amount of concert tours K-Pop fans are getting. One of those concert tours that began late last February and concluded last weekend was Hyuna’s first North American tour titled THE QUEEN’S BACK. It was so awesome that I had to take a week off before getting around to typing up this recollection. haha.

#Hyuna ‘s message to North American fans! Halfway through the tour #NYC tomorrow night. #HyunaTour

A post shared by KPOPME (@kpopme_ca) on Mar 2, 2017 at 11:57am PST

I will be reviewing the tour from the Los Angeles stop perspective since that is the one me and my good friend, Pat Fu, experienced. The Los Angeles leg of the tour was held at The Novo which is located in downtown LA party hot spot LA LIVE which is next to major attractions such as the Staples Center and Los Angeles Convention Center (where KCON LA is also held annually). Before the concert, I have never been inside The Novo before so I wondered how big and cool the venue would turn out to be. When I walked inside though I found it really cool as my first impressions were it reminded me of what an inside of a Las Vegas club might turn out to be like. There was a cool, ambient lounging area; but people were not looking to really chillax in it, because they were ready to see their queen Hyuna. Inside the lounging area was a bar. Since me and my friend are over 21, we wanted to get hyped even more and we bought drinks before heading into the seating/stage area. The staff at the bar and throughout the rest of THE NOVO were friendly and gave above average service in my opinion. We had someone escort us directly to our row, so we wouldn’t have trouble trying to find it in the dark. My favorite staff’s person though was the restroom attendant. They had someone actually hand out soap, like actually squeeze it into your hands, and pass you paper towels before even going for it yourself. That’s how you know it’s high class. hahaha. There was only one thing I caught up on that threw me off about the staff a little. I heard one of the ushers tell fans to calm down, because we were too excited. I thought by now, considering how many K-Pop concerts LA has had already, that they should know that most of us K-Pop fans have no chill and are so dedicated to our artists.
Anyways, onto the happenings of the concert. Someone actually told us before the show that there were rumors that there was going to be a 30 minute delay. To me though, the concert started good on time — or maybe it might have been because I was so excited to finally see Hyuna in person that I didn’t actually notice when me and my friend got into our seats. Before the show they had renowned dance cover group UCLA Koreos come out to open the show with a cover to Hyuna’s latest hit song 어때? (How’s This?). It was cool getting to see them perform as I missed them perform last year at KCON in the morning which I really wanted to see. Hyuna’s dancers then came out and started Roll Deep followed by the queen herself marching out with the unique swag she could only pull off herself and jumping into the first verse. The crowd went nuts as Hyuna was finally in person in front of our eyes!  Hahaha. After she performed Roll Deep she introduced herself and welcomed the Los Angeles crowd. She then gave fans a photo opportunity of her as she strolled around stage for a few minutes doing cool and cute poses giving fan service to us lucky crowd while lounge music played — which was kind of awkward but at the same time was just so right! She then thanked us for coming again and went back to performing. Throughout the show she performed more of her hit songs such as How’s This, RED, and Ice Cream. Man, this one male fan wanted her to perform Ice Cream, that he screamed out for her to perform Ice Cream and she was taken aback for a second in a funny, in a surprised way. It made us all crack up. She also promoted her latest album A’wesome more and performed songs off of that such as Do It! (for the first time on stage she said), Freaky (which me and Pat Fu were bumping to), and U&Me (my top favorite song of the night I think). She also brought back Change! A lot of fans felt nostalgic once she performed that hit from the good old days. Throughout the night she also had personal fun with her fans which is the reason why me and my friend like her a lot. She not only has her hot media image side, but she also has a down to earth, cool, friendly — real side of herself as well. She let fans ask her questions or even fulfilled some of their wishes such as take a selfie with them in the crowd. There were games played between Hyuna and her fans throughout the concert as well. One of the games was ‘How Compatible Are You With HyunA?’. Some of you might have seen it being played between idol group members on variety shows. The emcee would name two opposite things from a category, such as heels or sneakers, and at the same time after a countdown if you said the same thing as HyunA you would get a point. If you got 3 out of 5 rounds correct, you would win a prize. There were 3 people playing and they all won, so they got polaroid pictures of HyunA which HyunA kissed herself! So lucky! Another game was a dancing game where she called up 5 people to the stage and whoever was the best dancer and showed their love for HyunA the most through dance would win. The song they danced to was her latest song once again, 어때? How’s This?. I guess the prize was a back hug, because this girl got a back hug from HyunA and she was declared the winner. The show was then closing up and like other K-Pop concerts it felt so short. Me and my friend didn’t want HyunA to leave after finally seeing her in person. The show I would say ran for a good hour to an hour and thirty minutes. Like every other K-Pop concert, which makes me love these people I like to classify myself as — a K-Pop fan — people were chanting, “Encore, encore, encore…!”. There was only one song she didn’t perform that me and my friend were saying that she just HAD to perform or it wouldn’t feel right … Then after a few minutes dressed clad in her own tour merch was the queen HyunA coming out and performing the song that made her the queen that she is — BUBBLE POP! At that moment, at that closing moment of the show, me and my friend partied and sang together and knew, and appreciated, that we did it and came all the way out here to LA to show love for our homegirl, our queen, HyunA. …And that’s all I got to say. In the words of my good friend … “It was a good trip.” –in my own words now, a memorable trip that I will never forget (Thanks Pat Fu. ). ONTO KCON LA 2017!!! Where we will party even more – me and these other K-Pop fans out here! Thank you HyunA for being A’wesome. A-ing (Also her newly named fandom name)!

RD

 

–  RD
Vegas Admin/ Concert Reviewer

[Music] Top 10 of 2016

Wow, it’s hard to believe 2016 is already over. It’s been 2 whole years with Unordinary Fans! So since it is the end of the year, we would like to announce our favorite songs of the year! IT WAS HARD choosing only ten songs each, but we managed! Please tell us what your top ten 2016 songs are!

Note: * songs are Japanese 

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Patty’s List~
10. さよならひとりTaemin *
9. Playing with FireBlackpink
8. Save MeBTS
7. Please Come BackKIXS
6. QueenHISTORY
5. All InMonsta X
4. Full HouseMOBB
3. HomeAilee
2. I Am You, You Are MeZico
1. ToyBlock B

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MinJoon’s List~
10. I Love too MAMAMOO
9. Stuck Monsta X
8. NEWAAA *
7. I’m Young WINNER
6. Me Like Yuh Jay Park
5. Youth(Night)OOHYO
4. Mistake Drug Resturant
3. Take Me Now FTIsland
2. DamnRa Ravi
1. ReflectionBTS/Rap Monster

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Kat’s List~
10. This LoveDavichi
9. Oh NaNaK.A.R.D
8. Can’t Help MyselfEric Nam
7. 11:11Taeyeon
6. PrismSHINee
5. Hello Bitches CL
4. FXXK ITBIGBANG
3. さよならひとり  – Taemin *
2. Tell Me What To DoSHINee
1. MoonJongHyun 

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RD’s List-
10. RibbonBEAST
9. Hey Mama! EXO-CBX
8. Not the same Person You Knew One, G2, BeWhy ft. Simon D 
7. Last DanceBIGBANG
6. Very Very Very I.O.I
5. Full House MOBB
4. LOTTOEXO
3. NavilleraGFRIEND
2. FXXK ITBIGBANG
1. I Like ThatSISTAR

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Shelby’s List~
10. All InMonsta X
9. Very NiceSeventeen
8. Making it RainBlock B – BASTARZ
7. FlyGOT7
6.  RibbonBEAST
5. I am You, You are MeZico
4. OvercomeNu’est 
3. Feel AliveTOPPDOGG
2. Get DownBoys Republic
1. StalkerUKISS 

 

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[Review] This Boy Suffers from Crystallization.

This one episode short series has to be the cutest thing I have ever seen. It stars a high school boy, Ayumu Tamari, trying to graduate after being held back a year due to his illness of crystallizing whenever he is stressed, nervous, or anxious. Finding it hard to relate to his classmates due to what they will think of him he often makes the crystallizing worse. Till home room teacher Kouya Onihara tells him just how beautiful his crystallization really is. With his sensei’s help he learns to cope with his illness and start to love himself and possibly another?

In the short half hour there is so much relatable content of detrimental but entirely normal feelings everyone face and even has a cute love story for us to follow. One almost wishes there was more than just thirty minutes to it. I have to highly recommend this to everyone. It is rated PG-13 for the suggestive content. I say this is perfect for anyone interesting in high school, drama type series, but in reality just anyone who wants to watch something that has a feel good ending. It’s inspired myself to work a little harder even if I fail from time to time all currently while fighting off the flu.

The animation may throw you for a loop as it is not the greatest quality of work, though it is no less beautiful; has an artsy tone to it. Like one is watching it through a crystal of their own. It came out in December 3rd, 2014 by CoMix Wave Films; making this holiday season the perfect time to watch it, even though the short has nothing really to do with the holidays. Having it air in December is a good enough reason for this viewer. Last but not least it is on myanimelist as well as crunchyroll for those of you interesting in giving this a try. After all don’t we all need a little break from the serious shows out there playing with our feels and making us wait week after week for an update. (I’m talking about you Yuri on Ice!!)

-Shelby
Former Admin

Korean Rock – Music History

Korean Rock, the genre that is not often talked about among Hallyu fans. Now you may have heard a few of these names or heard some of these songs, but lets get into other groups and how it all started.

shin_jung_hyun_webAccording to wikipedia, Korean Rock music started back in the 1950s with Shin Jung Hyun aka Korea’s “The Godfather of Rock”. So Shin Jung Hyun, set out to make music, and created a very distinct style of Rock music. To a lot of people, his style was very similar to the American Rock group, The Doors. In the 1970s, Shin was arrested on drug charges and the Government was censoring a lot of music, which put Rock music on a huge hold in Korea.
Listen to Beautiful Rivers and Mountains

the-brothers-of-sanulrimSo in the late 1970s a trio by Sanulrim made their debut saving Rock before the Pop wave came. Their songs were all over the place, some being children songs to some more 70s – 80s psychedelic rock. The group was actually all blood brothers, Kim Chang-wan, Kim Chang-hoon, and Kim Chang-ik. They started in University, and have released 13 albums. The group broke up in 2008 when the maknae of the group, Chang-ik died in an accident. The eldest brother, Chang-wan, went on into do other work, such as acting, and was in the popular drama, Coffee Price as Hong Gae-shik.
Listen to Will You Arrive in Autumn

1980s rolled around and Rock music got a bit heavy! With 3 major rock groups, Boohwal, Beakdoosan, and Sinawe.
Boohwal was 22005-boohwal-teuzsaid to have more Korean-style melodic rock ballads, than the other two groups. Throughout the years they have had many group member changes. They produced 13 albums and won Best Rock Performance in 2009.
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Beakdoosan, may sound similar due to the Japanese fighter game, built by Namco, Tekken 2. Unfortunately that isn’t the person we are talking about. Beakdoosan came out with 9 albums. They are very similar in sound to American Glam Rock, not so much style. When listening to them, my mind went straight to Motley Crue and KISS.
Listen to The Moon on BeakDoo Mountain
hqdefaultSinawe is your Korean Glam Rock. I do find them a lot more similar to Beakdoosan than to Boohwal, but I also see why these were the 1980s big 3. Sinawe is considered to be the first heavy rock group in South Korea. Shin Daechul is actually Shin Jung Hyun’s son, and formed Sinawe in 1986. Just like Boohwal, they also had a LOT of members leave and go. The released 12 albums, and also was featured on several albums.
Listen to 희망가

In the early 1990s Korea took a change in leadership and Korean youths discovered more
and more music from around the world. This is the first time Punk music was fully introduced in Korea. Our first couple groups were, Crying Nut and No Brain. Around the time we had Sum 41 and Blink-182.
Listen to 넌 내게 반했어 by No Brain
crying-nut-2013-2Crying Nut has been around since 1995, but didn’t get famous till 1998 with their debut album Speed Up Losers. They are considered the Godfathers of Korean Punk music, A lot of Godfathers of music here! They also recorded 2002’s Fifa World Cup‘s Song for Team Korea. Which is actually, according to my mother, was my second World Cup. Korea and Japan hosted this World Cup, making it the first time in Asia, and Brazil one that year. Later Crying Nut was in a law suit against CNblue for the song Deadly Offside. Since then, as of 2014, they have 7 full length Albums!
Listen to Speed Up Losers

23326-lazybone-cmkqLate 1990s Ska Punk was really pushing forward. For those who don’t know, Ska is a type of Jamaican music, Similar in sound to Sublime. So Ska Punk is just a fusion of the two, and this produced Lazybone. Debuting in 1997. Due to their Ska sound they were very popular with TV commercials.
Listen to SanoRamen 

220px-%ec%88%98%ec%a0%95_%eb%8b%a8%ec%b2%b4_%ec%97%ac%eb%a6%84%ec%a0%95%ec%9e%a5_2Soon came along 2006, we have Dickpunks! Coming in Second place on Superstar k 4, in 2012, they hoped to gain more fans! Now Dickpunks is one of my favorites! They all participate in writing and creating their music. They have a total of 6 albums, and actually don’t have a guitarist. Hyun-Woo, the Pianist, thought the group would sound much better being a Piano based group.
Listen to We Young

Let’s get into our FNC Rock groups, FTisland, and CNblue. FTisland debuted back in 2007, and 2008 in Japan! They have 6 Korean albums and 7 Japanese albums, along with Solo albums. ft-island_1465625286_af_orgThey are one of the bigger known groups, due to countless promotion idea FNC as thrown lead vocalist Lee Hongki into. Hongki has been on many TV shows, and acted in many dramas. He often talks about his members, sex and drinking, almost like your typical rock star, but stays humble to his true being. Compared to their brother group, CNblue, FTisland considers themselves the Companies guinea pig group; and rather not be compared to CNblue. Hongki has stepped forward and has said the Company puts FTisland through things they would never put CNblue or AOA through, making them FNC’s experimental group. With Lee Hongki acting in dramas such as You’re Beautiful as Jeremy, and being a guest star on We Got Married, the group has gained more popularity.
Listen to Take Me Now
A couple years later, CNblue was formed! CNblue has a more Jazz Pop feel than FTisland. Lead vocalist Jung Yonghwa, has done many duets with other artists and also acting! Releasing only 2 Korean albums, they have released 7 Japanese albums! Their CEO said he would most likely leave the company in the hands of Jung Yonghwa instead of Lee Hongki starting a controversy among the groups.
Listen to You’re So Fine

Rock music in Korea has gone a long way! There are still so many groups to talk about and so much history behind each group! I hope you learned something new today, I know I did. I’ll make a list below of some other groups you got to give a listen! Tell us your favorite Korean Rock Band!

Mistake by Drug Restaurant
Congratulations by DAY6
Cherry Blossom Ending by Busker Busker
Wiing Wiing by Hyukoh
Everything by The Black Skirts
The Ship Going Down by SkaSucks
Run Away by Royal Pirates

 

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MinJoon
Co – Founder