On/Off – Does Idol Culture Dehumanize KPOP Stars?

Idol culture is KPOP culture. It’s funny how societal trends are reflected in music culture. America’s individualistic nature is reflected in the sheer amount of solo artists we have in comparison to our groups. On the flip side, idol groups are hugely popular in Asian nations, where the power of community and family is strong. Groups offer more security than trying to make it solo, and the security of working under a company gives many artists needed experience in the industry. Yet, the pedestal of … Read more On/Off – Does Idol Culture Dehumanize KPOP Stars?

Table Talk: How Gundam Build Fighters Does Marketing Right

Gundam Build Fighters is a guilty pleasure of mine. It’s definitely a kids’ show, but like Dragon Ball, it still manages to get me hyped. Maybe that’s just a symptom of me being a kid in an adult’s body, I dunno. From the characters to the plot to the fights, everything fits together in this oddly satisfying way. Even as a newcomer to Gundam, it still captured my imagination, and watching it parallel to Gundam 00 made me really appreciate the attention to detail the … Read more Table Talk: How Gundam Build Fighters Does Marketing Right

Her Soul’s Rebellion

How do I love Madoka? Let me count the ways! I love her pastel hair. I love her gentle voice. I love her love for others. I love…well, I think it’s obvious. Puella Magi Madoka Magica is an anime near and dear to my heart. It has all the elements I love in a story: interesting characters, a gripping narrative, and a lot of ideas to chew on. If Madoka were a game, it would be one of those indie RPGs with several endings: a … Read more Her Soul’s Rebellion

Doin’ Good

Expectaitons are made to be broken. Hopeful dreams fly high, only to be stripped of their wings. Stained by dark thoughts, laid waste by cutting remarks. Imprisoned by our thoughts, cell doors locked with keys hidden in bloodstained hands. Gazing into a mirror darkly, each anxious breath a ripple that shifts the image ever so slightly. Heavy is the head wearing the mask, clutching strips of truth, anxiously swallowing hollow words. “Hello. How are you?” “I’m doing good.”

Centaurs, Communism, and Creation, Oh My!

Do you ever people watch? Not stalk, that’s different, but just watch? In-between classes, I sometimes enjoy sitting in a public area on my campus and enjoying the view. People are funny. Some people take their day seriously, charging full speed everywhere they go. Other people are chill, taking everything and everyone in their stride. You can tell when people are friends, and when people aren’t on the best terms. There’s so much diversity, a surprising amount of unity, but not everything is peachy. We … Read more Centaurs, Communism, and Creation, Oh My!

A True Hero

Not all heroes wear capes, but do they at least give good speeches? That’s the vibe I’ve been getting form My Hero Academia lately. Shounen anime shines in delivering that classic “coming-of-age” story, and the recent increase in mentorship has really solidified that. Todoroki and Endeavor, Deku and Gran Torino, even Bakugo is learning little by little how to be a true hero. Yet, what does that really mean?

She

Confession time: I’m not emo. Or at least, I’m not as emo as you might think. Looking back, most of my posts here on KPOP Fridays have been based on sad songs. I don’t see that as a bad thing, but I do want to clarify: that’s not the only emotion I enjoy in songs. There’s a lot that can be learned from sadness, but happiness and joy hold their own unique lessons too. So, let’s try talking about her, why don’t we?

I’m Good…?

You know what makes life and restaurants so similar? People come and go, but aren’t always satisfied. Someone might come in looking for a steak, and find it undercooked. The tablecloths might be dirty, or maybe the atmosphere isn’t what they expected. Either way, dissatisfaction is usually one-sided. Which is weird in real life, given that relationships are two-way streets. Or at least, they should be. Life Is a shared path, and the people we walk alongside tend to either help or hinder our journey. … Read more I’m Good…?

A Heize of Sorrow

Good connections are hard to come by. Wifi, people, it’s not easy finding the right spot, is it? Sometimes it’s up, sometimes it’s down. Most of the time it works, but it can be a bit slow. What makes or breaks a connection is how it affects you, and the way you live. Maybe it helps you work better? Sometimes it shines when you need to relax. Most of all, a connection is remembered for the way it makes you feel when you experience it.