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I generally like both.

don't read the elitism from both sides and don't read the h8ers who are against the genres

I started with oldies Jpop then gradually moved to Jrock and Kpop along with inklings of Korean rock. It depends by the level of infectiousness you are aiming for. But lately the K has been calling out to me. I think it partly knows how to target an international audience (mostly on this side). But both J and K have their way of easing their way to music listeners. I think K is easier to reach out to the urban music fans whereas like with Jrock and Jpop the indie is slightly underground but has its own popularity scale and is probably too 'out there' for an average person...otoh Kpop is the same.

You just have to know what your chill is and respect what others listen to. None of this elitist bullshit on who cannot sing/compose/dance/play instruments etc etc. What you may hate i.e anything popular may somehow have helped somebody. You get help from the weirdest places (I know I did).

If I didn't go back to the K side after numerous divorces with the Hallyu, I wouldn't have gotten into the EXO!OT12 family and I wouldn't have gotten that epiphany China Line triggered two years ago. While treading on Korean music lightly after leaving Jrock fandom I went through a few artists but wasn't massively hardcore to the point of splashing my cash on them. X Japan made me do that back in the day and while they've gone through ups and downs their music still speaks to me. The current K music on my music collection is Bangtan Sonyeondan and EXO (yes they've been through shit and back and still getting shit on but I do keep my ears and eyes on them - or try to). I also miss B.A.P. BIGBANG we had a thing, Super Junior we had a little thing but I'm leaving them for various reasons. Thanks for the music from a few months although we're done.
[Error: unknown template qotd]Anything to do with the Hallyu Wave. As someone who has struggled to find her place and sort out an ongoing ethnic identity (BBC/banana/英国华裔), I owe it to Hallyu and I guess the J-music fandom for bringing me the Asian music, for preventing me from doing something incredibly insane when I was 16 years old (although that particular thought does creep up now and then and I'm much older now). In Hallyu...I owe one particular group a lot of things, even though yes they're no longer the full team.
chyeah )
That's what happened while watching Kuroshitsuji season 1. Now I had heard SID's music before watching the series and loved their song Monochrome no Kiss which is the main OP. The second ED is Lacrimosa by Kalafina a group consisting of three girls who specialise in chamber pop and classical music. I seriously love this song. It's been so long since I got feels from a Japanese song.

Lacrimosa is the kind of song I look for when I'm browsing for music. It's got that Gothic feeling and captures the Kuroshitsuji atmosphere so well. Think of their songs like slower Nightwish or Within Temptation tracks.

I think what I particularly like about Kalafina is how they can sing harmonies very well. You've got the main vocalist who sings the high notes then the other two provide the lower notes and tend to take it in turns with the chanting vocal before all three join together and have a choir moment.

Going through their current discography right now :)

aka why I could possibly never genuinely befriend elitist/purist and rabid fans of any genre or fandom. I thought my British Born Chinese ethnicity had too many predicaments. What about personal interests and passions? T_T

this is why I avoid daily fandom contributions )
I got inspired by this fandom post on Asian Junkie and another post discussing International and Korean fans in Kpop fandom. Even the UnitedKpop post on race got my brain buzzing.

As someone who used to be a regular contributor in many kinds of fandoms ranging from Rurouni Kenshin, Heroes to Jrock music fangirling and a lot more in the days (yes I used to be a rabid fangirl who did those bad things like bashing characters and regretted it), I have recently developed an understanding as to why a large number of native Asians tend to be...selfish and not always wanting to share their fandom culture. Mainly because it's started to happen to me as I get older. I think this is a bad sign.

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I think I realise why I have a hard time taking Jpop groups seriously. Or modern Jpop that's post noughties era in general (I think my old brain is showing). Naturally there are some fabulous Jpop tunes from 80s and 90s and I discovered them through the power of Anime but I have yet to sit down through a pop singer or pop band's discography religiously. I should amend this issue when I'm not too tied down by metal.

dansu )
Incomprehensible post warning ^_^;;

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I still want more tracks like Oh My Friend or Oh Mom. Ya hear me GD?! XD
On the subject of Asian female 'cuteness'...

Aegyo, Kawaii, 可爱 {kěài} etc

I'm going to hell for this )
I think this video applies to ANY fandom idol and not just the one being discussed below. I did leave a comment but it got rather "tldr" so I had to cut it down completely and thought I'd blog about it here instead.
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I was going to rant blog a little about more Chinese-related articles I had recently come across (already gone through the UCLA and CSUN library stories. If you go a few posts back you'll see them) but this came up instead.

Asians dying their hair )
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Any Josh Groban songs or happy tunes from the land of Kpop and Jpop ^_^;;
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  • 10:07 @Selfridges thanks for arranging @the_overtones signing session. Was my first time meeting the guys and have now become a bigger fan of them #
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  • 12:46 Pc seems to be close to completion. I am relaxing a little while the tech guys do they need to do. Got a new mouse and keyboard only #
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  • 18:24 Starting to get nauseous on the way home. The hunger near end of the day has given me a side effect. Had a sugary snack to calm my shaking #
  • 18:26 Typically the line i use has been delayed and now i have had to resort to a painful but quicker route home from king's cross again #
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I would probably start with X Japan since they changed my music perspective. In actual fact I'd like to invite a lot of Japanese musicians to my talk show to prove to people that Jpop or Jrock isn't as bad as they think it is. I might as well add other famous Asian musicians too for the hell of it. Bring on the Kpop and Cpop eh?
1. Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
2. List (and upload) 5 songs you love that begin with that letter.
3. Post them to your journal with these instructions.

[ profile] danigirl1992 gave me the letter H

Don't know why but H lead me to some Michael Buble songs haha.

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I think this quiz suits non-Asians because one of the questions was whether you dyed your hair black. What if your natural hair was the colour black anyway? {hello Asian here XD} My result is weird because it shows my 'Wapanese' has crossed the line and I am almost close to being that type. I have no type whatsoever. So weird

You Scored as as a person who has to check his score him/herself

0-10%? Not at all

20-30%? Still acceptable

40-50%? This is getting out of hand

50-60%? You have crossed the line...

70-80%? Yep, you are totally wapanese.

90-100? Ultra-wapanese. Poor bastard.

as a person who has to check his score him/herself


Well it's been a while...
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Some of the questions were quite daft tbh


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