What I’m Listening To This Week – Kpop, English Covers, and Other Music

I thought it might be fun to share like a weekly top 10 of songs I’m listening to each week. It can be a new feature on my blog. The music won’t always be new songs, it will be very eclectic.  Here’s what I’m listening to this week. I have been listening to a lot of Kpop, including some awesome amazing English covers from talented amateur youtube performers. Check them out below!

1.) Goblin – OST – Beautiful (Crush)

Ok so Goblin is one of my favorite Kdrama, like in the top 3 for sure. This is the opening song, and there are dozens and dozens of English covers of this song. Someone should make like a US version of this drama, and use one of these covers for the opening song lol. But I know it’d never be as good as the Korean version, but then I could get more of my friends and family to watch this show because it’s so good. Le sigh – lol. I seriously kinda want this song to be like my first dance wedding song. It’s nice and slow, and most of the lyrics until the last verse are appropriate. Even then, the last verse, although it is sad, especially if you’ve ever watched Goblin, even still taking it away completely from the context of Goblin, you could analyze the lyrics to be like either, you need someone when you have a sorrowful day, their love gets you through those days, or well sadly, life is cruel and in the end, you will be parted from those you love, because one of you will pass away first, leaving the other person with only memories, and since it’s the last verse, it could be after a long life together. Thus even though it’s sad, still symbolizes a life full of love and memories together. And the first few verses – depending on whose cover you’re listening to, have lines like “It’s a beautiful life. I’ll be the one to cherish you. Now and forever girl I’ll stand by you.” which definitely could apply to a wedding. And it’s just so beautiful – I tear up every time I hear this song.

So first I want to share with you the original korean version because if it wasn’t for that version we wouldn’t have any of these covers. Here is the original song from the Goblin Kdrama:

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0cs6ciCt_k%5B/embedyt%5D

Next, I just found this English cover version on youtube when I was searching for the other cover(s) I’d been listening to, and this one has almost 11 million views… His lyrics are different than the covers I’d been listening to this week. He’s very talented. Check it out. This cover is by Daryl Ong. I just subscribed to his Youtube Channel.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUo9WMPmEpE%5B/embedyt%5D

And onto the English versions which I’ve been listening to all week. So good.

I started with Eric Nam’s cover here.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dx-BBq4LQu0%5B/embedyt%5D

Then I discovered this beautiful duet with Eric Nam X Somi which is my favorite cover of this song.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KIyxXrZbdE%5B/embedyt%5D

And this very talented young Korean girl. Her English pronunciation is good and her voice is so emotional. Her lyrics are also a little different and I really like it!

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogLCIVGc1eg%5B/embedyt%5D

And this version by another Asian girl. Her voice is so pure and strong too. Her lyrics are a little bit different, sadder I think.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpZl2FMqG4g%5B/embedyt%5D

2. Goblin OST – Stay With Me

So why not another Goblin song to take the number 2 spot. Again let’s start with the original Korean version. The English covers just can’t compare for me, the original one is so much better. I love the girl’s voice, and the guy’s voice is so deep, and they both have so much emotion and great chemistry singing together. Perfection.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcKR0LPwoYs%5B/embedyt%5D

And now some English covers, Because it’s always fun to have a version to sing along with:

This girl has that cutesy high pitch mariah carey thing going on.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDGc7Ch1ICk%5B/embedyt%5D

This next cover is by Ysabelle Cuevas – I am a fan of a lot of her Kpop covers, especially some BTS covers which I’m going to be sharing shortly. I think she has such a unique voice. Kinda deep and raspy for a girl. She also sings some parts in Korean. I can’t tell if she is Korean with a hispanic name, or half and half, or hispanic, in which case she’d be singing in 2 non-native languages. My favorite cover by her is The Truth Untold. I have listened to it probably 20 times. lol.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxTVvkgV7LQ%5B/embedyt%5D

This version is by Jason Chen. Uhm why is his dog walking on his computer desk? lol. I like this version but it’s only about like 30% English, and the other 70% korean.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUxWN0cDSms%5B/embedyt%5D

And this version is so good too, it has a duet and full English rap version too. Also great chemistry and high production values, just like the original! This is probably my favorite of the covers. The lyrics are completely different from any of the other covers. The girl’s voice is so good. She could be a professional singer, seriously.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MU8yN98HWs%5B/embedyt%5D

I can’t tell if this is the exact same version as the one above… I think so… It has the rap and the girl’s voice sounds very similar. Which means someone is stealing/plagarizing and since I dunno which one is the real artist’s youtube channel, I’ll just put both of them here and let you decide. This one has many more views and subscribers, so I’m assuming that this is the real version.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLAAYJiGZyI%5B/embedyt%5D

And while doing this blog post and seeing what other covers of this song are out there, I found this young man, and it might be my new favorite version of this song (aside from the original of course). Were you as surprised as me when he started singing? I wasn’t expecting such a deep and powerful voice.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oo9fhiDiIEY%5B/embedyt%5D

I don’t know about this next cover. Completely different lyrics. I do like that it’s a duet. And they even tried to recreate the official music video from a visual sense. But I feel like their timing is off or something. Or maybe it just lacks the emotion of some of the others. Something doesn’t “sound” quite as nice in this version. I like the rap parts which very few of the covers have.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaMVDppkzHk%5B/embedyt%5D

This girl is not very popular, with only 500 views, but I really like her voice. She claims the song is too high for her, but I think she did a great job.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0UFHPdGVNY%5B/embedyt%5D

And another talented young woman also with only 500 views

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTwf4g5zcFU%5B/embedyt%5D

And this last one, is not English, but I accidentally stumbled across it. It’s a Tagalong version. She does a great job even though I’ve no clue what the lyrics actually are. She has a beautiful voice.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nD9PxhtPQCU%5B/embedyt%5D

3. Regular – NCT 127

I discovered this song, and this band, a few weeks ago and can’t stop listening to it. It’s so good! By the way it’s in English so even if you don’t like Kpop, you might like this one!

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gj-VU9oK2Yo%5B/embedyt%5D

4. We Go Up – NCT 127

This one sadly isn’t in English, but it’s still good. Very catchy. I feel like the chorus parts could be a one direction song LOL. These boys are way cuter than 1D though and they’re more edgey – with lots of rap parts.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LV1Es22E0RI%5B/embedyt%5D

NCT 127 is just so cute. They seem to have a lot of chemistry and a lot of fun together which makes them fun to watch on or off the stage. Here are some more candid interviews. And most of them speak like PERFECT English, without even an accent. These interviews are in English.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54WNkruOIJY%5B/embedyt%5D
[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6UErI23gY8%5B/embedyt%5D

Cute right? lol. For having just found this band, I’m already a big fan. I hope they do more English versions too in the future!

5. Monster – Henry

I also just discovered this guy. This video is a year old now with over 4 million views. It might be one of my favorite Kpop songs ever. It’s so good. I prefer the English version because obviously I can understand the lyrics and sing along. But the Korean one is good too.

It’s very interesting how different the lyrics are. It completely changes the whole meaning of the song. In the English version the character singing is a good person in love with a person who treats him poorly. Lying to him, leaving him, hurting him, not listening to him, etc. In the Korean version, the character singing is trying to apologize to someone he loves (and who has been loyal to him) for having hurt them (maybe physically? that’s the vibe I get, but it could be emotionally too) and begging her to forgive him and take him back. So it’s completely flipped from the English version.

I have no idea which version is the original one. They are both by Henry, and neither of them are covers. If i had to guess though, I’d say the Korean version was probably first. He has a great voice. The first time I discovered this song I think I played it about 6 times in a single day lol.

Here are both versions of the song below. Which one do you prefer? I love both of them so much!

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfeEwt5_jsQ%5B/embedyt%5D
[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQ3EVAR5EA4%5B/embedyt%5D

6. Play it Cool – Monsta X & Steve Aoki English Version

This song has such a great beat, as to be expected from Steve Aoki. This is the first time I’ve heard of Monsta X, but I love them, they’re all so cute! 🙂 Great dancers and singers too.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7IXKQzmpK4%5B/embedyt%5D

7. Waste it On Me – BTS & Steve Aoki

And then since I heard that great Kpop Collab, I had to re-watch Waste it On Me. I remember hearing this song on Sattelite Radio Hits 1 last year, and liking it, but it wasn’t til a few weeks later when I looked up the video that I realized it was BTS and a Kpop song. (kinda one of the sad things that happens to digital radio, you don’t have DJ’s for most of the stations so you don’t hear who the songs are by anymore. – But I also don’t like Talk radio and the commercials and so on, so overall I think Sattelite Radio is amazing. I cancelled my subscription recently which actually is what has led me to exploring more music on my own this week. There are lots of alternatives to get your music, such as spotify, pandora, youtube, amazon music, google music, apple music, the list goes on and on. But I think this was the first ever English Kpop song I’d heard, especially one so popular on American radio stations. The music video is so funny too!

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIv16itYi_0%5B/embedyt%5D

8. TXT – Cat and Dog

Ok excuse me while I geek out for just a minute…. I literally just now as I type this… just now… discovered there is an English version of this song… It’s not a cover… it’s the real deal. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am freaking out right now. I can’t handle this cuteness!!!!!!!!! I just discovered the original Korean version a week or two ago… and now THIS!!! They just put the English video up 4 weeks ago and it already has almost 7 million views. I am geeking out soooooooooooooooo much. This should actually be number 1 on my list, because it’s that good. It’s SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :squeals:

Ok though after watching it… I still have no idea what they’re saying like 30% of the time lol. Maybe it’s too fast and their accents are throwing me off a little. Or maybe some parts of it are still in Korean? lol. Maybe it’s just me? My hearing isn’t that good anyways. I still really like it though 🙂 I came on here just to share the Korean version with ya’all, so I was so shocked to see an English version. Even if I can’t understand a third of what they’re saying lol.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvO17uPanBY%5B/embedyt%5D

Here’s the original Korean version.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaKrke1EL1A%5B/embedyt%5D

9. Eyes, Nose, Lips – Taeyang Originally, and Lydia’s Answer, and some covers.

So this one actually has a REALLY interesting story behind it. Taeyang was dating his manager (I don’t know if Lydia is his manager or if she’s just doing an English cover of the manager’s version of this song… but I digress… for the purpose of this blog post, let’s just say they’re one and the same…) Taeyang then cheated on her with another famous Kpop artist. Taeyang regretted his bad decision and wrote this song to try to apologize for his behaivor and hopefully get back together with his manager. His manager then released a cover of his song, which she changed the lyrics, and posted it to youtube and got more views and more positive feedbacks than Taeyang, basically telling him to screw off. Some comments said things like “When the manager sounds better than her band”. And then the song became very popular because of the sad drama/history behind it and spawned a lot of covers, including an English cover by Eric Nam and this really great Korean duet on some show that must be similar to American Idol, like a Korean version, that has even more views than Lydia’s version. All I can say is, the story is crazy, and the song is good. I love all the versions, but I think Lydia’s is my favorite. Check out all the versions below.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bjm920Fyo34%5B/embedyt%5D
[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRs_B_O2ZbU%5B/embedyt%5D
[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5IlECpDJ-g%5B/embedyt%5D
[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxMvQkcdPl8%5B/embedyt%5D

10. BTS – Truth Untold ft Steve Aoki

I hinted at this song up above when I shared some of Ysabelle’s covers of Goblin’s OST. So I thought it only appropriate to end with this song. It may be the saddest song of all time. First, the original Korean by BTS.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JVytJm8X2g%5B/embedyt%5D

And now Ysabelle’s Cover, it’s so good. I love her lyrics and her voice.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugYWg9d_dTE%5B/embedyt%5D

There’s also this cover by Emma Hesters. It has a lot more views, I suspect part of the reason why is because she’s a pretty blonde girl. Although she does have a lovely voice too. I just prefer Ysabelle’s version more, but my grandma likes Emma’s voice better and disagree’s with me which one is better. What do you think?

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0ycjuNCiyE%5B/embedyt%5D

There’s a lot more covers of this song also on Youtube.

This one by Michigopyon doesn’t have nearly as many views, only 20k, but I think her voice is really soft and sweet.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yABzzTg7Krs%5B/embedyt%5D

The lyrics to this one are different. Her voice is deep and unusual too.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59Nc0D1gJ2c%5B/embedyt%5D

Another one with completely different lyrics. I like when people write their own lyrics instead of just using Ysabelle’s lyrics, although Ysabelle’s is still my favorite. It’s neat to hear other people’s works.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zakP3Wjy1WA%5B/embedyt%5D

I really like Joytastic Sarah’s version and her lyrics that she wrote seem to fit the song super well – She has a lovely voice too.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LP-LP75p8rw%5B/embedyt%5D

This one by a girl group is interesting… I like the lyrics they wrote. I always wondered why Ysabelle’s version changed sandcastle to “mess of thorns” 3 syllables. Sand Castle is also 3 syllables and closer to the original korean version which uses the korean word for Sandcastle. I also also thought (and sing when I sing along) that the line after “Don’t smile at me” should be “Lie to me” instead of light on me – although light on me is the same as the korean version, but Lie to me just sounds better in English – even though its in English in the korean version too. Anyways this is a great cover 🙂 Props to these ladies.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOQIAj3JNP4%5B/embedyt%5D

And some more covers:

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lAQGxggS-8%5B/embedyt%5D
[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t68_PCzfUPI%5B/embedyt%5D
[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pdn42tke_tQ%5B/embedyt%5D

Men are even getting in on covering this one –

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7alGNQQJS8%5B/embedyt%5D
[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hJZQE27DSI%5B/embedyt%5D

I did not know the story behind this song. I had never heard of this Italian story. Recently also a map has been discovered, and it was at one time a real city. La Cita De Smeraldo. It may be the true story that led to fairy tales such as Beauty and the Beast. There was a duke who fell in love with a gardener’s daughter, and bore a child out of wedlock. Because he was born out of wedlock, the duke sent the child to a far away place. The child was also rumored to be extremely ugly, and wore a mask at all times and locked himself away in his castle. One day a girl breaks into his garden and steals a flower. He is very angry and so he wears a disguise and follows the girl and discovers that she is very poor and stealing flowers to sell in her village in order to survive. He immediately feels bad for the girl, and he again locks himself away in his castle in order to research new flowers that will sell for a higher price that he plans to give to the girl. But the girl never returns to his garden. After some time, the boy returns to the village and discovers that the girl has died. He feels regret for never telling her his true feelings, but because he was ugly, he felt that the girl could not accept him as a man. He returned to his castle where he died alone. A very sad, and apparently true story.

I tear up every time I hear the song “Truth untold” by BTS or all of the English covers of this song that exist. But now that I know the legend behind the song, it makes it even sadder. The Smeraldo flower no longer exists in this world – the secret of how to grow the flower passed away along with the man in his castle. You can easily see the similarities to beauty and the beast. Belle’s father stole a rose from the beast’s garden. The beast was ugly and hidden away in a castle, but he wanted to reveal his true self to Belle once he fell in love with her. And the fading magical flower. Disney’s version of beauty and the beast has a happy ending, but I’m sure there are versions out there more true to the original Italian legend. Just like in the original little mermaid, the mermaid turns to seafoam in the end. I still prefer that sad version over the Disney version. I have always deeply loved sad stories, even as a child, and still to this day as an adult. They touch my heart so deeply. That’s why I love Korean Dramas so much. They should make a Korean Drama about the legend of Smeraldo.

So that’s what I’ve been listening to this week. Check back next week to discover more great music. What are you listening to these days? Or maybe you’re creating your own Kpop covers. Leave us a comment below with a link to your favorite videos and maybe we’ll feature them in an upcoming post.

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Where to Watch Kdrama Now That Dramafever.com is Closed

If you’re like me, maybe you were suddenly shocked when you went to watch this week’s episodes of your favorite Kdramas only to be met with the disastrous news that Dramafever is now and forever shut down for good. Dramafever owned the majority of “Exclusive” titles that could only be viewed by having a premium membership on their site.

Furthermore, Dramafever handled their shuttering of their service so poorly it makes my skin crawl. I had 4 episodes left to watch in one such “exclusive” series… But Dramafever.com did not even have the decency to email or alert their PAYING premium subscribers about their plans to end their service. Had they sent out an email a week or even 48 hours in advance, fans would be far less pissed than they are right now. Because that way, we could have at least finished watching whatever show we were in the middle of watching at the time.

To top it off, I have heard rumors on other sites, that Viki tried to purchase the “exclusive” rights from Dramafever for many of their shows before the closing of the site, and they were denied. I have heard other rumors and rumblings that Warner Brothers who purchased Dramafever just one year ago, has plans to bring out their own streaming service similar to netflix or disney, and that is why they do not want to release the rights to their shows, because they will capture some audiences who will pay to join their streaming service just for their kdrama fix. But that is merely a rumor… So in the meantime, what are the fans of Korean Pop Culture left to do? There already exists a number of alternatives to Dramafever, but none were quite as good in my opinion, and with Dramafever having several titles on lockdown, many fans are left feeling upset that they can’t see how their favorite dramas end.

I have compiled a list of places to watch Kdrama, but many do not have the exclusive Dramafever titles. However, there are a few pirate or fansites that have managed to scrape content from Dramafever over the past 9 years, so if your drama wasn’t a currently airing drama, there may be hope for you to find the drama on this list.

For me, I ended up purchasing a DVD on Ebay of the drama I was trying to finish. I liked it enough to own it anyways. I wonder if I will be disappointed in the quality of the translation. I guess we will find out once the DVD arrives in the mail. Earlier, a few weeks ago, I had added this very DVD set to my Amazon wishlist in preparation for the holiday season and people inevitably asking what I’d like for Christmas. At the time – prior to Dramafever closing – the DVD set was 20-30 bucks… However… 3 days after Dramafever shut down… It’s now $74. I found mine on Ebay, for $34 (close to the price Amazon had it for prior to the shutdown) However, it said 10 people were watching the listing and very few in stock. I struck immediately buying it in an instant.

KDrama are already obscure and hard enough to find. There are special sites like PlayAsia, but they are pricey, and older dramas that are out of print are notoriously hard to find. I have heard that the reason they are so expensive is because they are illegal in North Korea, and they think the high price tag will detour people from purchasing them there in that country. But it does make it difficult for fans who legitimately want to purchase and support their favorite series.

Still, your best bet is to buy the DVDs NOW, before prices go up even further – especially if your drama of desire is one that Dramafever had exclusive rights to.

I purchased Goblin on Ebay, and would recommend checking there first since it was much cheaper than Amazon, and both are usually cheaper than PlayAsia.

Speaking of Amazon, they fed most of their “Prime Video” streaming Kdrama through a partnership with Dramafever – I checked there to see if I could watch Goblin since I am a Prime Video customer. It still comes up in the search results, but it says this video is currently unavailable.

If anyone has enough money to pick up the licenses, it’d be Amazon – but will Dramafever let the licenses go? The future is unclear at this time as to what will happen to Dramafever’s exclusive titles.

If you really don’t want to purchase the DVDs, there are still several options for you to watch KDrama, it just may mean that you have to give up the drama you were watching and find something new to watch instead.

Here are several websites and apps, to get your Kdrama fix. As always please practice safe browsing – I cannot vouch if these sites are safe, and many streaming sites are notorious for having malware. I take no responsibility and am not affiliated in any way with any of the following sites. I can vouch that Viki is safe, but I have not yet tried these other sites.

Alternatives to Dramafever:

Be sure to read the whole list – the best ones are not necessarily at the top, as I’ve researched and written this post on the fly.

Viki Rakuten – Viki is a good site with Roku and other popular streaming media player apps available. Or you can watch it right on your computer. It is free with ads, or you can purchase a Viki Pass to gain premium access without ads. They have thousands of Kdrama, but they do not have Dramafever’s exclusive titles. They do have exclusives of their own though (So I have already subscribed to them for that) And after Dramafever’s closing, they were able to arrange a partnership with Kocowa, which gives them rights to many series on popular korean broadcasting networks such as KBS, SBS, and MBC. However, shows like Goblin, are still not available in North America due to Dramafever holding the license.

Asiancrush – Haven’t tried this one yet, I saw they have a Roku Channel, so that’s a plus for me. I had bought a Roku just for Dramafever when they mysteriously cancelled their playstation app earlier this year. My first sign that something was up with Dramafever was when I went to turn on my Roku this week and it said channel no longer available – thinking they had just cancelled their roku app as they had done with their playstation app, I went to their website and was shocked to see they had shut down.

OnDemandKorea – is another “new and noteable” roku app – I have yet to check it out, I’m not even sure if it will have English subtitles, but here’s hoping. You can also watch kdrama on their website.

Netflix has a small but growing collection of Kdramas, and also has exclusives created just for them – I have found most of their kdrama exclusives to be a bit cheesy but that’s just me – you might like em, so check it out, especially if you already have a netflix subscription – As other bloggers have pointed out, Netflix makes you wait until the series has finished airing in Korea, before adding it to their platform for North American viewers. – And in some cases they buy rights to a show and do not release it at all.

Amazon Prime may still have a few kdrama available, but they lost the majority of their catalog when Dramafever closed down this week.

http://gooddrama.net – has a lot of ads, probably malware… But they DO have a lot of the previously “exclusive” Dramafever titles. Use at Own Risk. Also similar sites over the past 2-3 years have been issued cease n desist orders such as dramafire, dramacool, dramanice, etc. So watch it while you can, before it gets taken down too!

http://newasiantv.ch/ – Have not used prior to just clicking around for this blog post – it has been around since 2015. Seems cleaner/less ads than the one above. Still quite a few ads – They do have Goblin among other Dramafever “Exclusives” with English subtitles. The site seems slow, video stutters a bit. Might be worth checking out if you’re wanting to watch a Dramafever Exclusive title. – As mentioned, a lot of these sites are being shut down, so watch while you can!

http://kissasian.sh/ – This site is sister to kissanime – the kiss family of sites are very popular with fans – and also very dangerous – they are often spoofed with different domain names like kissanime.ru (I believe that one is the official real one) vs kissanime.me (a clone site full of malware and viruses) (i believe or I could have it backwards lol). A quick google shows similar case in store for kissasian.sh – I got the url from mydramalist forum, it was kissasian.ch which redirected me to the sh… They do have Dramafever Exclusives like Goblin, but they have tons and tons and tons of popups and popunders and banner ads… Seriously Use At Own Risk

Youtube can be a good source of Kdrama, but they get taken down super quickly! I was issued a cease and desist  even for making a music video using clips of one Kdrama, Angel Eyes. And Youtube isn’t the easiest to search, and quality isn’t the highest. You also run into scams such as click here to watch this video which take you to unsafe malware full sites.

https://www.kocowa.com – This looks like a nice clean site with no ads and no bullshit – They also now have a partnership with Viki as I mentioned at the beginning of the list. They offer networks such as SBS and MBC. They do not have any of the Dramafever exclusives.

Hulu has quite a few Kdrama but they are hiding from you. If you look at Genre, you won’t see Korean right away, however a page DOES in fact exist for it… You can bookmark this page and hope Hulu doesn’t change their page structure lol. https://www.hulu.com/genre/korean-0ad5098f-58aa-41ae-baf3-1292970bf8c8

http://www.dramawall.com/ – has a lot of ads – and their search function absolutely does not work. They may or may not have dramafever exclusives. I type in Goblin into search and it instead lists every show, over 200 results, and Goblin isn’t on the first page – so if I had to guess, I’d guess it does not work and that they do not have dramafever exclusives and therefore would not recommend this one.

https://tubitv.com/category/foreign_favorites/s/korean_drama – looks like a nice clean site but they do not have the Dramafever exclusives either.

https://www.hancinema.net/korean_drama_Goblin.php – Hancinema may have some Kdrama, but as you can see, they do not host their own shows, and their links are still pointing to sites such as Dramafever and others which have long since been shut down.

http://www.koreantvshow.com/ – seems clean but does not have dramafever exclusives.

http://www.dramago.com – Has a lot of ads but does have the Dramafever exclusives. Use at own Risk, also as I’ve mentioned many of these sites are being taken down at a rapid pace, so hurry and watch your show before it’s gone.

https://viewasian.tv/country/korea/ – Has a lot of ads – but appears to have most of the Dramafever Exclusives. I did notice that for Goblin they only list 16 episodes when there are in fact 18 episodes… and it is a series that is 2 years old… so it’s not like they’re waiting on episodes to air… so it may be hit or miss in which dramas you’ll be able to watch there. And I’ll reitterate that these sites that do have the exclusives are being banned and removed quickly, and as more people ask, and more people answer with blog posts like this, these sites will be at greater risk of being discovered and removed.

https://www.viu.com/ – This one is not available in North America, but looks like a really nice clean, legit, and free way to watch Kdrama. Their site says “Stay Tuned” so maybe we can hope for a North American release in the future.

https://dramafull.com/ – This seems like a beautiful clean ad-free site – Sadly they do not appear to have the Dramafever exclusives either.

http://reddit.com There is a certain reddit user who has made a certain channel that they ask not be shared outside of reddit — if you feel brave you can go search there (on reddit). I just discovered it when researching this post so it’s not impossible to find on your own. I will not link here – and will not give you link even if you ask me, because this person has so kindly made his site adfree and in HD and it does have the Dramafever exclusives. 🙂 It is very nice.  Let us hope it lives a long time and does not get taken down by oversharing and/or cease and desist orders.

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Vote for Your Favorite KPOP and KDrama Stars in 13th Annual Soompi Awards

Rakuten Viki Joins Forces with Twitter for the 13th Annual Soompi Awards as Voting Opens

Big Hit Entertainment’s BTS and Globally Acclaimed Series ‘While You Were Sleeping,’ and ‘Goblin’ Lead Nominees from Korean Television and Music

SAN FRANCISCO – January 24, 2018 – Soompi (@Soompi), a division of Rakuten Viki and the leading source for Korean pop culture news and fandom, today announced the nominations for the 13th Annual Soompi Awards, a yearly celebration of the best and brightest television and music that emerged from Korean entertainment this past year. This year’s Awards will also mark the first collaboration with Twitter, which will include both the highly popular #TwitterBestFandom Award and the first-ever Twitter emojis tied to Awards-related hashtags during the voting period from 23 January to 20 February 2018 PST.

This year, the Soompi Awards will get its very own Twitter emoji for the first time. The official emoji is the symbol of the Soompi Awards, and it will appear in Tweets throughout the voting period when fans use any of the following hashtags: #SoompiAwards#13thSoompiAwards, or #SoompiAwards2018.

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The Twitter Best Fandom Award allows fans to vote for their favorite K-Pop groups on Twitter by Tweeting the #TwitterBestFandom hashtag along with the #Team hashtag followed by the name of the group. For example, to vote for BTS, fans can Tweet #TwitterBestFandom #TeamBTS. There are two separate 24-hour voting periods for the Twitter Best Fandom Award: from 3am, 27 January to 3am, 28 January 2018 PST and from 3am, 3 February to 3am, four February 2018 PST. The official list of team hashtags can be found here. Soompi will give away special Twitter Best Fandom boxes to 20 lucky voters, and Twitter will launch another emoji for the #TwitterBestFandom hashtag. Last year, Soompi Awards-related hashtags trended worldwide on Twitter for more than eight consecutive hours, with #TeamGOT7 coming out on top.

Last year, the Soompi Awards gathered an incredible 100 million votes on Soompi.com and on social media platforms like Twitter, more than doubling the 2016 totals, and underscoring the massive global fandom around Korean entertainment.

“Every year, we’re amazed by the passion and support of the global fans of Korean entertainment,” said Susan Kang, Founder of Soompi and Head of Marketing at Rakuten Viki. “This year, our goal is to blow previous online voting numbers out of the water. With our incredible partnerships in place, I’m confident we can show the world just how popular K-Pop and Korean TV is becoming around the globe.”

“Goblin” and “While You Were Sleeping” lead this year’s nominees in the K-Drama categories with 11 and 10 nominations, respectively. Boy group BTS tops the K-pop categories with eight nominations. Nominees are calculated based on Soompi’s weekly music chart and an expert panel comprised of Soompi staff. Other categories include “Actor of the Year” and the “Fuse Music Video of the Year.” The full list of nominations can be found below and online at www.soompi.com/awards.

Global powerhouse K-pop group MONSTA X will be this year’s emcee for the K-Pop categories and Oh My Girl will be the emcee for the K-Drama categories.

Fans will be able to vote in the 30 K-Drama and K-pop categories until February 20 on Soompi.com. Winners will be determined by votes from the web and from the Soompi Music Chart. Voting can be found atwww.soompi.com/awards.

Since 2005, the Soompi Awards has been the platform for international fans to celebrate and honor the best in Korean entertainment. Last year’s winners include Lee Min Ho, EXO, and more.

To learn more about the global content available on Viki, please visit Viki.com.

About Soompi

Soompi, the publishing division of Rakuten Viki, is the leader in online communities, news, music and more for K-pop and K-entertainment. Rakuten Viki is a global streaming destination for Asian entertainment, where millions of people watch their favorite TV shows, movies, original Viki productions, as well as curated lifestyle clips and influencer videos — translated into 200+ languages by a community of avid fans. Together, we’re breaking down barriers that stand between great entertainment and its fans, no matter where they are.

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Peach Girl Anime Review

This review was originally published on anime-planet. My username over there is Xenokitten. (You can find me here: http://www.anime-planet.com/users/xenokitten) Why not come say Hi! ? 🙂 Anime-planet.com is an awesome website that provides user generated recommendations and reviews to help you find the next anime you want to watch. For example, if you liked Chobits, you can go to the Chobits page on anime-planet and see other shows you might like, with an explanation of why the series are similar to eachother. It’s really nifty. I use this site all the time. Also you can watch the latest episodes of your favorite or hard to find anime on their site as well. But perhaps the coolest thing about anime-planet is it lets you generate a “Life spent on anime” tracker for forum signatures, or websites, etc. And you can track not only games, but also anime. Here’s my tracker (which happens to be a pic of Momo from Peach Girl):

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And look what we have here, a review for Peach Girl (anime) (There’s also a Taiwanese Live Action series, I couldn’t get into it, despite liking Taiwanese and Korean Drama :*( — They changed too much from the original manga and anime. I dropped the Live Action after episode 2 lol.)

For this review, I’ve changed the scoring system a bit, from my original scores on anime-planet, to make characters and story more “weighted” compared to animation and sound which I feel are less important, especially given my target audience here on Geeky Sweetie. I’ve made story and characters both worth 10 points, and animation and sound both worth 5 points. This more accurately reflects my enjoyment of this series as a whole.

When converted to the scoring system used here on Geeky Sweetie this show receives a rating of 36/40 90% A- “Excellent Anime For Girls”

I wrote this review on April 22, 2015.

This is my favorite anime of all time (and I’ve watched over 220 completed series at time of this review’s writing) The reason why I love this anime so much is due to the character development and progression throughout the series. The characters are so well written and their dynamics are so intriguing. They make you feel very passionately, either strong like, or dislike, for each character.

This show has a lot of mature themes such as suicide, rape, depression, bullying, etc. This really sets it apart from any other shoujo I’ve ever watched. The characters feel more alive and real because of their flaws.

I also love how every single episode ends on a huge cliff-hanger. It keeps you watching more and more. AND it keeps you guessing. It’s not until the VERY final episode when Momo FINALLY decides which of the two men she really loves/wants to be with. Throughout the whole series she is pingponging back and forth between them, and the way in which she decides at the end is so dramatic and heart-racing.

Kyrie is pretty much one of the best anime characters I’ve EVER seen. He loves Momo so much that he sacrifices his OWN feelings (and happiness) to do anything to make her happy. He tries to help her repair her relationship with Touji time and time again, and helps her try to clear her reputation at school.

But Momo is conflicted because Touji was her first love, and they’ve been through so much together.

And meanwhile, Sae is pretty much the “worst” character ever (although that is the intention here), I’ve never felt such feelings of RAGE towards a fictional character before or again in any other anime. She just feels SO REAL. I know so many women, superficial, like this, nice to your face, then backstab you EVERY chance they get.

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I could relate to almost every single character and circumstance in this show! It touches me deeply and the tension/drama and NOT KNOWING who she will pick ultimately, really keeps the show interesting from complete start to end.

It’s a story about young/first love, friendship, and “coming of age”. A story very real and relateable for many women in this world who have experienced love, bullying, pain, hurt, and eventually have grown through all of it, to be incredible strong independent women. I love this story and the characters.

10/10 for story and 10/10 for characters.

Animation is old. I know most people on this site don’t like older series. And I’ll admit the character designs look weird too, 3/5 Animation

Sound, was just alright, both in terms of music and voice acting, nothing too remarkable, 3/5 here.

10/10 overall for having such a dramatic intense and moving story with such a delightful (or hateful) cast of characters.

10/10 story
3/5 animation
3/5 sound
10/10 characters
10/10 overall

When converted to our traditional scoring system on Geeky Sweetie it results in a rating of

36/40 90% A- “Excellent Anime For Girls”

Peach Girl Anime Review was originally published on GeekySweetie.com – Geeky & Kawaii Anime, Tech, Toys, & Game Reviews & News