The Absolutely Astoundingly Amazing Awesomeness That is Secret Garden and Hyun Bin

 

Okay. So I REALLY have been dying to write about my current craving for Secret Garden, but I wanted to wait until I was a little deeper into the series before I decided to delve into it. Or should I say, delve in Hyun Bin.

In all honesty, this drama IS Hyun Bin. I swear Ha Ji Won is just there for color commentary and a dosage of a pretty girl. But, I swear, almost every scene is reserved exclusively for Hyun Bin, and the character I thought to have been the main (Gil Ra Im)is proving less adorable than the male lead. Hard to believe? Allow me to explain.

First of all, let me start by saying that when I read the synopsis for this drama, I was less than impressed. A story about a guy and girl who switch bodies, and the twisted form of so-called “romance” that develops from it? No thanks. I like my men as men, and my girls as girls. Not the other way around. OR SO I THOUGHT.

This plotline is BY FAR, the most unique, hilarious, and fantastic of anything I have ever watched. I have NEVER laughed so hard during a Korean Drama. It builds with several episodes with the characters (Poor, sweet Gil Ra Im and snobby, rich-guy smartass Joo Won) who meet as their “normal” selves and battle between class differences and their growing attraction to one another. You think it’s just going to be your cookie-cutter sugary little K-drama romance, and then BAM! An accident causes them to switch bodies.

I kept waiting for it to happen, thinking to myself “this drama is going to be SO lame when they do the stupid switch up”.  But, OH MY, did it make things fun. I never thought this kind of thing could work in a K-drama, but it DOES!

Now we have the smart-ass, snobby, selfish personality of Joo Won in the pretty body of Gil Ra Im, and the soft, girliness of her in the body of Joo Won (Hyun Bin). Sure the whole “take a walk in another’s shoes” concept is big (especially since she is poor and he is rich), but better than any morale-teaching, self-discovery plot, is the acting.

This drama PROVES that personality overpowers appearance, and, even moreso, how cute Hyun Bin is as a girly, clueless, bashful feminine character. I was never a big Hyun Bin fan; he always seems to play the dominant, rich, snoody kind of alpha-male. I hated him as Joo Won in this, he was annoying as hell, and then BAM he turns into a soft, darling girl character, despite still looking like a man. And then, suddenly, I absolutely LOVED Hyun Bin. Personality can COMPLETELY change a person. Gil Ra Im is cute and lovely when she is herself, and then she becomes Joo Won, with that arrogant, sarcastic attitude, she suddenly doesn’t seem cute anymore.

Sounds weird? Trust me, any potential weirdness is completely overruled by how incredible of an actor Hyun Bin is. Regardless of which character he is (Joo Won or Gil Ra Im) It’s still Hyun Bin, one guy, playing the part of two strongly opposite characters with such a natural grace, you feel like he IS the character. Ha Ji Won, also, manages to completely make you believe she is both a guy and a girl. However, Hyun Bin, being a giggly, innocent, sweet character is too adorable to bear. I laugh SO hard. In fact, I do truly believe that Secret Garden takes the prize for the most I have laughed over the course of a K-drama.

If this were the Academy Awards, and I was the Committee, this guy would get my vote:

 

Hyun Bin, You Rock.

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Super Junior: Mr.Simple (Rant)

 

So, the moment I have been waiting almost all summer for has finally come. SUPER JUNIOR COMEBACK!

Me, as well as most of the asian population, has waited a year and a half for this moment. When I saw the released teasers, and listened to every track on the album, I was more than impressed.

I was expecting what I traditionally expect from Super Junior, beautiful faces, endless charm (KYUHYUN!) but with music that was mediocre, but bearable because it was from THEM. But, this time, I am genuinely enjoying these tracks.

Not to mention all the amounts of Kyuhyun I am soaking up from these songs.  He is my bias, and I do believe these comebacks would not mean close to as much if he wasn’t in so much of them. (Is it just me or does he seem to be getting more parts and a greater emphasis?) Well, he is perfect, so why not?

So I was screaming like a crazy fangirl when the album was released. I thought I was going to explode from excitement, and I felt like one of those Beatles fangirls from the ’60s. You’d think I was meeting Suju for god sakes, I was that crazy.

Right now I am MAD for the track ‘Feels Good’, it my new favorite song, and I can’t seem to stop listening. However, the album in general is REALLY amazing me. The Super Junior babyness seems to be fading, and there is this new maturity they have, which was also present in their Bonamana comeback. I loved Bonamana, I did, and I loved ‘Sorry Sorry’ and ‘It’s You’ as much as every crazy fangirl, but I just feel this album is especially great. Maybe it’s because I’ve been waiting so long, or maybe it really is above and beyond! Who knows.

And, another thing. Please, someone tell me, why Hangeng, Kangin and Kibum are ALWAYS gone, yet still counted as the original 13? I was somewhat suprised to see 10 in this comeback (particularly Heechul, who is usually off in his own world) but feel like the whole concept of “Super Junior, largest group, 13 members” has become distorted. They are betraying that emphasis with every video.

OH WELL! Super Junior could probably commit a crime and I’d still think they were awesome. I don’t care what anyone says, they ARE K-pop, and k-pop would not be anything without THEM.

Here’s to you, Kyuhyun, Dongahae, Eunyeuk, Leeteuk, Shindong, Siwon, Sungmin, Ryeowook, Heechul, Yesung, Hangeng, Kangin, and Kibum! KEEP IT UP! I’ll be an old wrinkled woman who still cherishes the greatness of your many singles and comebacks and rocks out to ‘Sorry Sorry’ in many years from now.

Annyeoung! ^_^ (I’ll certainly be back with more Suju updates when the music videos are released! >_<