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The Asia Reviewer Maniac Awards 2013 – Part 2 of 2

Hey everyone and welcome back to the second part of the Asia Reviewer Maniac Awards 2013! This part will be focusing on the remaining areas that aren’t related to Kpop, which includes dramas and music from other countries, such as Japan. Hope ya’ll enjoy! For those who wanna check out part 1, click on the link below to go and see:

Asia Reviewer Maniac Awards Part 1

Once again, this list in simply based on my own personal opinion and what I have discovered over the past year. Hopefully next year (by the time this is posted up, it will be this year…EEEEKKKKK!) I will venture out more and discover more fantastic content to share with you all! Sooooo let’s do this! (By the way, clearly this list is less lengthy than the last part, and I do apologise for that! I’m just very passionate about K-pop, ya know?) Continue reading

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Psycho-Pass is proving to be something unexpectedly enjoyable, until they literally dropped the plot twist right in my face halfway through

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Alright, I’ve been eyeing this series ever since it finished broadcasting back in March this year, but due to uni, work and life in general, I never had the chance to seclude myself from society and actually start to watch it. Now that I have, I can finally give a nice chat about what I’ve thought about it from my initial impressions, what I come to conclude after reaching the halfway point, and what I hope to see in the future with the remaining half to go.

And hopefully, it is to recover from the unsatisfying plot twist that was just thrown in my face about 10 minutes ago.

…Let’s start, shall we?

By the way, it may contain some slight spoilers; just a heads up eh?

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Super Junior’s “Blue World” Short PV is released, blinding us literally with blue lights

Blue World: Great song, not so great PV

Blue World: Great song, not so great PV

So, Super Junior is finally back (at least in Japan) with their release of “Blue World” through a short PV, which has gotten both my brain and eyes blinded by the blueness of the video, literally.

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Day 1: Songs from my iPod (shuffled?!)

Day 1: Put you iPod on shuffle. List the first 10 songs that play and how feel about them.

Alright, day number 1! But before I begin, let me just say that this list does ABSOLUTELY NO JUSTICE in expressing the songs that I commonly listen to. With 4710 songs on there (yes, you did read it right!), my poor dear iPod couldn’t have possibly chosen songs that I feel really passionate about, as there are songs in there, that have there, for a very, long time.

But enough of that, let day number one BEGIN!

1. Beautiful You – Dong Bang Shin Ki 

This album overall is TO DIE FOR >_<

This album overall is TO DIE FOR >_<

This was a song back when the group still had 5 members together AND I miss them so so much. Their harmony and the melody in this is just…sndfl[orgalskng345bjapsfudg[qgf;lagw]]hihg pintsg5yae4edifv egs5[06w7a2w/xmnji[r=0yb3] qa7g==axfbgrf;vm;ifvcjw] (you all know what I mean…)

It is really a style of music that I love and adore. Like I said in my post about Kyuhyun, give me a guy that sings ballads ANY DAY, especially if it were 5 young, handsome men singing lyrics like “Such a beautiful woman”. Swoon *collapse*

So, if anyone of you are desperate for 5 guys to serenade to you, go ahead and click on the link below to watch/listen to their voices in all of your glory ^^~

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrj6FDPY75k

2. Lucky (feat. Colbie Caillat) – Jason Mraz

Loved this song since forever~~ And will continue to do so

Loved this song since forever~~ And will continue to do so

Wow, it’s been ages since I have heard this one. Due to the amazing influence of my bias (EUNHYUK OPPA!!), I downloaded this song after hearing him sing it in an old Music Bank interview.

Loved this song A LOT back then, and I still do. It’s just one of those songs that you can NEVER get sick of, despite the depressing message behind it all.

The beat/guitar strumming in the background is so calming, and its the type of song that I would love to listen to on a long bus ride, while reading a thick-ass book 🙂

P.S the ooooooooooooo~~ bits are soooooo catchy 😀 Am I the only one who thinks that?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acvIVA9-FMQ

3. Baby Maybe – Girl’s Generation (SNSD)

The whole album is pretty awesome - this song in particular is damn good :)

The whole album is pretty awesome – this song in particular is damn good 🙂

It’s a really nice and upbeat songs that will make you stand up and keep moving. It really keeps you busy, and definitely not a good song to be standing still while listening to (that should be a good thing right?)

The song kinda makes me feel a bit cheerful – very positive-like. Also, it allows me (and most other fans) to really admire and adore their vocals as the song really compliments their voices very well.

Perfect song to be blowing out of your speakers while you are cooking or cleaning. What do you think?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkrwULkaq7M

4. My lifestyle (feat. Dok2) – Jessica (SNSD)

Nice song to make you feel a little better on a really slow day

Nice song to make you feel a little better on a really slow day

Once again, a song that I haven’t heard in a while. It’s an upbeat song once again, but in a different style. This song seems more hipster (is that the right word?) and seems to fit more with a workout rather than a cook-off in the kitchen.

It also has a cutesy/old Britney Spears feel to it, which I can’t help but smile while listening to it. Seems to be a suitable song to listen to when you are feeling a little under the weather.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmPCuAv0eow

WE ARE HALFWAY THERE PEEPS!! JUST SO THAT YOU CAN HAVE A REST (Credit to Dickon Johnstone for creating this picture!) :

Is this worth a like now?

Is this worth a like now?

Anyway…LET’S CONTINUE!

5. Why so serious? – SHINee

Though not as great as their previous album, it's still alright...don't kill me

Though not as great as their previous album, it’s still alright…don’t kill me!

A song that definitely has me top-tapping, butt-wagging, tongue-lic– (ummm, I’m getting a bit carried away >_<…hehe sorry)

Anyway, though I think that it is slightly lacking in comparison to their previous album (please don’t hurt me…) with the hit single “Dream Girl” (played that song to death…but it has resurrected AGAIN!), it still isn’t a bad song. Maybe a great song for waking up to on a early morning,  or a song that would be blasting through your earphones while you were walking somewhere

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgeAmF7bgoE

6. 클레멘타인 – 문채원 (From the “It’s Okay, Daddy’s Girl” OST)

btw, the singer of the song is a girl, no the guy on the cover though...I love that man XD

Btw, the singer of the song is a girl, not the guy on the cover though…I love that man XD

As peaceful as a lullaby – a song that will leave you in a drowsy/sleepy mood *yawn*

(I did literally yawn when I was typing that…how embarrassing ><)

Very calming and very soothing. And Moon Chae Won sung the song! Her voice is so nice to listen to 🙂

I don’t listen to it very often though; seems like a children’s lullaby to me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-QTUXBoEig

7. I Need A Girl (feat. G-Dragon) – Tae Yang

I need a girl~ I need a girl~ catchy but just not my style

I need a girl~ I need a girl~ catchy but just not my style

A nice song to be listening to anywhere. It’s another top-tapper, but still allows your butt to stick to your seat.

I feel slightly disconnected from this song, maybe because I prefer his other songs over this one (give me Wedding Dress any day)

It’s still alright though just, it’s not my cup of tea. Once again, please don’t hate me for this because I am a HUGE Big Bang fan!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWq4evFjYrU

8. Where You Are (Eng. Ver.) – CNBLUE

Ahh Yong Hwa...your voice is heaven~~ take me there anytime ;)

Ahh Yong Hwa…your voice is heaven~~ take me there anytime 😉

Both versions of this song are great! This version in particular is super special awesome because their English is UNDERSTANDABLE!!! THANK YOU KPOP GODS!

It is a fantastic song to be listening to while walking to work/uni or just whenever you feel you need a beat to your step. I always feel really pumped after listen to it. For some reason, it leaves me with a feeling of freshness 🙂

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knp6__AY_PY

WE ARE ALMOST THERE GUYS!!! TWO MORE TO GO!

 

9. Stand Up! – f(x)

Stand up, wake up! The whole album is AMAZING!

Stand up, wake up! The whole album is AMAZING!

Just as the title states, STAND UP!

This is such a great song for anyone who needs a boost or motivation to start their day. A nice wake-up call for any morning, especially here in Sydney. Recently, mornings are just becoming harder and harder to wake up to (oh, how I despise you WINTER! ><‘)

But waking up to f(x) is a bonus to any day of the year, I believe. It leaves me with a great impression that today is going to be a great day, especially with the repition of the lyrics “Stand Up, Wake Up, hello~~”

Love, love, love this song!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9T-zSw-53vY

 

10. Venus Flower – alan

alan - beautiful, talented and CAN SING! What else can you ask out of an artist?

alan – beautiful, talented and CAN SING! What else can you ask out of an artist?

A Japanese track that is suitable to be played whilst you wait for your coffee to be brewed.

The catchy beat gives the song a really urban feel, the sort of songs that you would hear playing in a cafe. It can really make a difference in your day, by making it brighter and warmer. As alan (that’s how it is spelt, without a capital ‘A’) sings about sunshine and good mornings, it’s no wonder that I feel more cheerful after listening to it, especially after listening to ‘Stand Up’.

[Btw, the link provided is a live performance. I couldn’t find an audio track of it on YouTube.]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9eAcF9ioGA

 

SOOOOOOOO that comes to the conclusion of day 1! Now, let all of us sigh in relief *inhale*

*EXHALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLEEEEEE*

Seriously, I wouldn’t even care if you just skipped all of it just to reach to the bottom. Either way, CONGRATULATIONS!!!

I promise that the future entries won’t be as lengthy as this has been. The next couple of questions isn’t as demanding (thank goodness for that hehe)

So, I hope you all enjoyed and please, leave a comment about your favourite track out the 10. Otherwise, share your opinions about what you think some tracks make you feel.

Hope you all have a wonderful day (for me, evening) and I’ll catch up with you all soon~

❤ Yami Hyunnie ^^~