Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A Little Advice to American KPop Fans on "World Tours"

As a fan of the jrock universe, I've already interpreted and ranted about supposed "world tours". Many American jrock fans know how to do this too and kpop fans are moaning and groaning over the sad truth of what a world and even American tour really means. So, to help you kpop fans out with the heartbreaking reality, I'm doing another post on the "world tour" topic.

Most thoughts can be found in the previous post, but this topic was brought to light when YG did the usual crime of creating false hype around Big Bang and 2NE1 by mentioning they would be touring the world with a special emphasis on America. Now when you see these warning signs, immediately interpret them as California and New York (or New Jersey, because apparently it's the same state in the kpop industry now).

After reading said announcement, automatically believe that's their only American stops and you should either 1. start planning an out of state trip to see your idol or 2. accept the sad truth that those two locations are the only ones that matter. If you go with option 2, then you have to remember to keep your expectations low when idols announce these tours. You will still feel a hint of disappointment and sadness, but the blow will be lessened and won't sting as long.

Eventually, Asia will learn that there are other places that need love and attention too. As North American fans (yes, all of North America), we need to constantly let them know that there is a demand in locations outside of California and New York/New Jersey.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Top 5 Recommended Music Videos

"Lights Out (Go Crazy)" by Junior Caldera feat. Natalia Kills & Far East Movement
You should all know that I'm in love with the underrated Ms. Kills and I like Far East Movement too. I don't know how I missed this fantastic song, let alone music video. Thanks to the Prophet Blog, I've purchased this little gem and abused the replay button for the past couple weeks. The video is pretty simple, but has just the right impact to match the mood and pace of the song. Looking forward to more music from all three artists.

"Shot You Down" by Florrie
I've only heard one song by her through and this was also posted on Prophet Blog. I wasn't sure whether I'd like it or not since I haven't really explored much of her music. It's a simple down beat dance track with repetitive lyrics, but it's somehow effective for the genre. The delivery and execution is powerful, artistic, and intriguing. Very modelesque~

"Pretty Enough" by Verbal Jint feat. Sanchez of Phantom
I know I just said that I'm in love with Natalia Kills, but I'm sorry that a different, perhaps emotional part goes to Verbal Jint and his newest masterpiece. I already fangirled to a certain friend on how beautiful and creative this song and video is. I love the concept and lyrics so much that I almost was brought to tears on the shear beauty. The last song that made me feel that way was Daichi Miura's "4am" and that sealed the deal for me to buy his latest album. Sanchez's voice also compliments Verbal Jint's rap and I hope there's a Phantom debut in the near future. Definitely looking forward to listening to this album. I'm sure it's flawless.

"Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!" by BABYMETAL
The jpop/metal girls are back with a "bangover" of a song for the fans (and haters). They're still quite unpredictable, but still entertaining in my mind. I instantly fell for this new release from the sweet beginning transitioning to the hard rocking handbanging moment. I was so tempted to join! The guitars are pure love to my ears and I think I want to see these girls live one day. Maybe even learn a dance or two. I feel a little guilty, but it can't be helped. Japan is so odd sometimes.

"Love Again" by 2BiC feat. Ailee
I've never heard of these guys before, but I'm truly impressed that this is the first song I've heard of theirs. I'm slowly boarding the Ailee train and I was shocked that was her rapping in this song. It sounded like a totally different girl like one of those idol rappers (one of the good ones). Anyway, these guys have amazing voices and the video is quite classy, despite a couple moments that could've been omitted. I think these guys could fit in in America with material like this.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Quick Movie Review

But I'm a Cheerleader (1999, USA) | Rating: 3/5

This movie was played in my Film Studies class, but unfortunately I dozed in and out of it. I don't blame the movie, just my poor sleeping habits. Anyway, I caught this on Logo and found it entertaining. A review I read said it abandoned the message it was trying to deliver, but honestly the message is very simple to understand. I enjoyed the camp and play on gender stereotypes, so I understand why this was a class choice.

Girl, Interrupted (1999, USA) | Rating: 3/5

Totally didn't know this was based off a book until Wiki and a friend told me. Apparently, the author was unhappy with a certain scene insertion that didn't exist in her book. Nonetheless, the actors were convincing and intriguing and I can understand why this movie had positive recognition. Although her role was a bit cliche, Angelina Jolie's performance was well deserving of an award. I enjoyed Whoopi Goldberg's character the most.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011, USA) | Rating: 3/5

Teens had Twilight and The Hunger Games to get excited for and adults were anxious over the Millennium series. I have not read the books, but the hype made me curious especially since the Swedish trilogy already existed on DVD. I didn't get wrapped up on the excitement, but I wasn't bored either. David Fincher was the perfect director for this project and there was one scene that really screamed his name. The controversial scenes are pretty short, but still had a subtle emotional punch. I don't know if it was just me or the movie, but the main characters' relationship seemed a little rushed. The ending may be a little unsatisfying, but it keeps you anxious for the next installment.

Winnie the Pooh (2011, USA) | Rating: 4/5

I love catering to my inner child so this was definitely a treat after all the adult content I've been viewing beforehand. It's a simple and cute film that people from any age can enjoy. It stuck to the Pooh I know and grew up with and I had the urge to cuddle Piglet and Eeyore all over again. I liked the story book and narrator interactions and those classic cartoon blunders that make certain audience members facepalm, but that's part of the film's charm.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

V-log: Updates, JRock Raffle, Miko 101, & Online Show

It's been a while since I've done a v-log on here, so I cover a bunch of news that's been going around on the Asian entertainment circuit. I'm also doing a jrock raffle and the details will be posted asap, so please take advantage of getting free autograph items guys. These opportunities don't happen often either. I'm also adding my Miko 101 question as well as answers concerning "The Duckie and Miko Show". There's a poll posted now on whether I should post them again along with the episodes I never posted, so please please vote. It's open for a month. Lastly, I'm throwing in a random unedited video I did with my friend back in my dorm before I came back home, so if you're bored, check that out too. Also, you can always send me questions, topics, suggestions, and requests: zetsu_nightmare2.0.9[at]hotmail[dot]com

+ Saleema & Miko Unedited: Part 1 | Part 2
+ My Influences & The Mystery Surrounding "The Duckie and Miko Show"

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Trigun vs. Monster

I've expressed a few times that Trigun is my favorite anime series and, normally, I would have a hard time choosing a favorite for anything. I have a lot of history attached to it, so it's been holding a special place in my heart like Miyazaki's Kiki's Delivery Service. I mentioned in my review for Monster that the stories for both of these series are similar in structure and character relation and that I was open to comparing the two if anyone was interested or I just felt like expressing my opinion to open your minds from silly Death Note.

Since I haven't reviewed Trigun on Muddy Cult, I'll give you a brief summary of what it's about. The series is set in the distant future on a desert planet and Vash the Stampede is the character we follow. He seems like a goofy, but nice guy to the viewers, but the citizens of the various towns we visit know him as an infamous criminal with a $$60,000,000,000 bounty on his head. Meryl and Milly, two insurance workers, step in to stop Vash from causing damage to the towns he visits, but end up learning the truth behind the chaos that follows the blonde gunman.

I won't retell the story of Monster, since the link is in the introduction to preview it. I also mentioned in that review that people have compared it to Death Note, but I've already put my two cents in about what I think about that in its own review. In this comparison, I will be mentioning some borderline spoilers, so if you haven't seen either series and you're interested in viewing them, I would wait until you're done before proceeding forward with this post. I will try my best to avoid them, but it is not guaranteed.

So, let's begin with our main characters: Vash the Stampede (Trigun) and Dr. Kenzo Tenma (Monster). Both characters are quite loveable and fairly easy to sympathize with throughout the series. They both go through a series of tests that challenges their morals of giving second chances to wrong doers and saving lives. They share a kind heart and stray from their main mission to help others they cross paths with along the away as well. Unfortunately, they are also both fugitives, but wrongfully so. Throughout the series, they are constantly stuggling to defend their innocence, but soon disregard it and let others defend their true status.

Coincidentally, the person that defends our main characters are strong female supports Meryl Strife and Anna Liebert. At first, they are hesitant around our leading males, but soon see the true nature of their character. As they follow our heroes, they develop an emotional attachment to them and want to risk their lives for them so they can reach their ultimate goal. Of course Anna has more to risk than Meryl does. Our female support also has support themselves through Milly Thompson and Dieter (somewhat). Viewers develop attachments to them also even if they have a somewhat smaller impact on our main characters. They still matter and if they were taken away, it would affect the story.

Another similarity is our other loveable male that apppears later in the series. I'm not sure what to properly call them but they come in the form of Nicholas D. Wolfwood and Wolfgang Grimmer. hehe They both have "wolf" in their name. Both characters kinda push the envelope or bend the rules of our main characters' morals, but generally they are good guys and are easy to attach yourself too. They both share their own dark secrets that intertwine with our main characters and their pasts reveal that they're not as good as you would think, but they're not completely evil either. Unfortunately, their journeys lead a similar path in the story.

Lastly, for the characters, we have our villians, Legato Bluesummers and Johan Liebert. Although, Legato isn't the main villian of Trigun, he carries out majority of the damage on Vash. Both main characters track their progress through these two villians and their morals are tested by them as well. They're ultimate goal in the story is to make our main characters suffer emotionally. Legato and Johan also question life and share the polar opposite beliefs of our main characters by making people around them physically suffer most times. They have high intelligence and know exactly how to make a mark in our minds.

As for the story structure is concerned, we are introduced to our main characters through a light-hearted manner for the audience to love and sympathize with which is very effective in both series. When trouble arises, we continue to root for them and feel every emotion they feel. At times it seems like our main characters have more against them than for them, a good example are some of the other support characters that cause trouble for them like the Gung-Ho Guns, Eva Heinemann, and Heinrich Lunge. Some of them experience a soft spot for our main characters for a moment, but then turn back to their vicious ways. The theme of both series are similar as well as it challenges what's good and evil and whether to offer second chances or forgiveness. It hits a reality that makes the audience think once the series is over and offers a high replay value to notice new things and acquire new perspectives on life.

In the end, I didn't want to do this comparison to choose which series is the best as it honestly frightened me that Monster nearly booted my favorite anime series from its top position. This post was made simply to prove a point that they are similar, but these similar qualities make them both interesting and worthy of watching and re-watching. They have their differences as well, so I encourage you all to check out both series and leave your opinions in the comment box below.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Review: The Craft

Starring: Fairuza Balk, Robin Tunney, Neve Campbell, Rachel True
Directed by: Andrew Fleming
Language: English
Rating: R
Running Time: 101 minutes

I know this is a fairly old flick, but it's a bit of a cult classic in my mind. Since I grew up in the wonderful decade of the 90s, this film brings a nostalgic feeling as well as memories of my elementary friends.

Sarah Bailey has a dark past of losing her mother at birth, suicidal tendencies, and hallucinations. Her, her father, and her stepmother move to California to start a new life. Sarah is enrolled in a Catholic prep high school. She has a hard time adjusting as the outcasts of the school giver a bit of a tough time. Bonnie, one of the outcasts, notices her natural powers and recruits her to join the outcasts' coven and journey through the occult. We learn the struggles of these three outcasts: Bonnie is bullied over her scars she acquired from a house fire, Rochelle faces racism from a popular playgirl, and Nancy is abused by her alcoholic mother and stepfather. Once all four girls join together, they learn the advantages and consequences of their strengthened power.

I might be a little blinded by nostalgia, but this movie has a lot of great things to offer. Why is this movie so close to my heart? Well, I went to a Catholic school around the time this movie was released, one of my friends were interested in the occult, and we tried out that whole "light as a feather, stiff as a board" game that actually worked. It has some great moments that are permanently engraved in my mind and at the time Skeet Ulrich was a pretty handsome guy.

So, the actual rituals and such involving witchcraft might be inaccurate, but it seemed believable to those unfamiliar with it. The characters were believable as well and had very distinct personalities that made you love them or hate them. The only thing that didn't seem to fit with these characters are the ages as they really don't look like high school students, but moreso college. Of course, there's hardly anyone who acts their own age in TV shows and movies. There also might be a couple over the top moments too. The director did an amazing job with the budget he was given and the effects are still effective today. This shows in the climax, my favorite part of the movie like the screencap above.

This is very simple little thriller that goes with that high school theme that was really trending in the 90s. If you need a little nostalgia and want to pull together a girls night or something, this is a great film to watch. I know my childhood friends would instantly reminiscent on the good ol' days of our friendship and take a break from our present relationship.

Rating: 4/5

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Review: Red Riding Hood

Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Lukas Haas, Gary Oldman
Directed by: Catherine Hardwicke
Language: English
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 100 minutes

It seems like fairy tales are making a small comeback and returning with a darkness surrounding it. Upon seeing the preview, the concept seemed intriguing, but seeing who the director was for this project hindered my financial support. So, I snagged this from work and watched it with my mom one night.

A young Valerie is introduced to us as we witness an immediate love connection, although mild and innocent, between her and Peter. We fast forward ten years later to see that their bond has not faded, but has grown stronger. The town becomes distraught when they view Valerie's sister Lucie's lifeless body from the sinister wolf. The wolf has been tearing apart families in the town quite literally and the townspeople are ready to fight back.

Before viewing, I openly predicted to my mother that the visuals will be good, but the story would be a flop and similar to that Twilight nonsense...and I was right. We constantly fought boredom for the whole 100 minutes and gained absolutely nothing from it. The story was slow and uninteresting and I literally applauded the poor, cliche efforts of the script writers. The "love triangle" was ineffective and at times didn't seem like one at all. I didn't care about the characters at all and I was crossing my fingers for the end to come sooner.

The visuals were decent, but nothing astounding and guessing who the wolf (or werewolf in this case) was a little entertaining. The conclusion was a complete throw away, "I don't care", predictable, and cliche. Spoiler, the werewolf in Red Riding Hood is Jacob. XD There's really no redeeming qualities aside from their try to hard dark visuals. Maybe they shouldn't remake these fairy tales into wannabe dark creations. I'm already hesitant to hand my money over for a mediocre dark rendition of Snow White with great visuals and a talented queen with lacking face time.

It's probably obvious that I don't recommend this movie unless you're a Twilight whore or insomniac. It is a complete waste of time, but it isn't the worse thing I've seen either. I'm not the only one who believes that as it has low scores from Rotten Tomatoes and Roger Ebert and Time magazine put it on the Top 10 Worse Movie list of 2011.

Rating: 1/5

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Quick Movie Review

Do the Right Thing (1989, USA) | Rating: 2.5/5

This movie was an option to watch and write about in one my film classes in the fall semester and since I started working again, I figured I needed a little more Spike Lee in my life aside from Jungle Fever and Malcolm X. The story was entertaining and thought provoking, especially the ending message. I admired the cinematography and colorizations of the scenes as well as the animated characters. It's definitely a movie you would have to watch again to truly absorb the message this movie has to offer. My only major complain is the language. Less profanity would've made this film a little more enjoyable for me. Otherwise, I might try out more Spike Lee films in the future.

The Haunting in Connecticut (2009, USA) | Rating: 1/5

I was tempted to do a full review for this, but I decided to leave this as a request to those who want a more in depth review of it, which is mentioned at the bottom of this post. Anyway, this honestly isn't my type of movie and I'm slowly becoming tired of all these exorcism/possessed movies. I will admit that the previews made this movie promising when it first came out, but I'm happy I waited to just rent it and not risk anything but some time. The movie was quite boring, I wasn't attached to any of the characters, and the story was a little unclear at times. There were a few moments I didn't know what was happening and, in the end, I honestly didn't care what I missed and just accepted my ignorance.

The Devil Inside (2012, USA) | Rating: 1/5

I won't reinterate my thoughts on this genre in the same post, but from what I heard from realiable sources, this movie wasn't that good or scary at all. I honestly agree. I haven't had a good scare in the theater since The Strangers and that movie pissed me off in the end. Anyway, once again, I didn't care about the characters in this one either, but the story was mostly easier to follow than the previous movie above. They had a somewhat interesting concept, but it was already done before in The Last Exorcism it was just a different point of view. The similiarities come from the whole idea of making it a documentary, but at times the camera angles didn't seem logical to me. I guess the camera crew really took some major time to set up all those angles, I honestly don't know. There are some jump scares that were proven ineffective to me and the ending is quite predictable and annoying.

Men in Black 3 (2012, USA) | Rating: 4/5

Another movie I was looking forward to this year stems from my childhood and I took my mother to see it as a thank you gift. I wasn't expecting much from it, but it definitely exceed my expectations which makes me happy. They tied in some small elements from the previous movies which made me happy, even little things like the pug portrait, the font type in the credits, and the music. The jokes were funny and not too cheesy, the effects were great, and overall I had a blast watching it with my mom. The ending was satisfying and made me feel like Toy Story 3 all over again, which is a great thing by the way. For all those MIB fans, I think this movie is worth your while in seeing and makes up for the sequel if you weren't satisfied with that.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Top 5 Recommended Music Videos

"Every Single Night" by Fiona Apple
It's been so long since I heard from this unique talent mostly known from the late 90s and I think she has perfect timing with her comeback. Unfortunately, the younger generation is going to be arguing with my generation over the newcomers such as Lana Del Rey or Adele, but Fiona was first. The song is quirky yet charming. The video is very artistic and abstract just like the Fiona I've grown up with. People who know her talent predict that she'll be conquering the charts and I'm really hope she will since her strong vocal talent and lyricism is still on par.

"Electric Shock" by f(x)
Despite my delay on posting this, I'm glad I could include this on my post. I haven't listened to the mini yet, but this gives me high hopes that SME wasn't lazy with the girls this time, especially since it's been so quiet. The video isn't anything elaborate. We still have those random brightly lit rooms but the choreography is on point and I am beyond happy that they pumped up the girls' image and gave Amber some individual singing parts as oppose to rapping. Now I'm wondering if they'll let her break out of her tomboy role a little too in the future. I'm looking forward to listening and possibly reviewing their latest release.

"Manashiki Sei no Guui almost equals Shi no Imi" by NEGA
Imagine Dir en grey's epic arrangement from "VINUSHKA" and the GazettE's serene "Chizuru" meshed together with the signature dark stylings of NEGA and you have their latest PV for their second album. I'm convinced that this band is near flaw free. The visuals can be a little on the low budget end, but it goes with the Under Code style. The music is very grand like "VINUSHKA" with its melodic sound and intense punch during the long journey of notes. I'm really pumped for this album and so far they haven't disappointed me.

"FRUSTRATE ME" by SoundWitch
I was trying out new bands that I've heard around the internet and ended up watching another PV by this band. It's female fronted and pretty wicked actually. They remind me of a mix of probably Lacuna Coil and Head Phones President. I could be a little off on that, but it's something like that and I like it. The video switches from a pole dancer, to the singer doing these photogenic shots in black and white, and the band playing in this atmospheric lit area. The sound is dark, distorted, and strangely alluring. I'm looking forward to trying more of their music soon.

"Iris" by cocklobin
I was on the fence about posting this one. Not because it's a bad PV, but because the advertisement for their first album blocks the bottom half of the video. It's very basic band centric sepia/natural tones that remind me of ClearVeil in a sense, but it's a great PV with a powerful sound. I'm glad they're getting their faces out there with videos. I thought it would be years before I would see a PV from them and I didn't know they had one before that. Nonetheless, I am really looking forward to their first album.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Review: Final Destination 5

Starring: Nicholas D'Agosto, Emma Bell, Arlen Escarpeta
Directed by: Steven Quale
Language: English
Rating: R
Running Time: 92 minutes

I started this series with my mom on Final Destination 2, but she saw the first one without me so I had to see that on my own. Anyway, we've watched every Final Destination together since then, except this one. We skipped out on it at the theater and I watched it recently from work.

Sam Lawton and his co-workers prepare for a company retreat. While riding the bus to their destination, Sam has a premonition of the bridge they're stuck on due to traffic would collapse. Once he snaps out of this horrible vision, he hurries to rush his girlfriend as well as his other fellow co-workers off to safety before the accident occurs. Just as predicted, the bridge collapses and there are some casualties. After the memorial service for his deceased co-workers, a familiar coroner makes a statement that death doesn't like being cheated and, from there, Sam's troubles begin.

As I mentioned before, I've seen every Final Destination movie in the franchise and this one I skipped out on in the theater. Like that previous movie, it was meant for 3D viewing which is highly overrated in my opinion and you can tell this was for 3D by the cheesy effects in the opening credits and certain shocking moments during the death scenes. The movie keeps its typical formula from the previous films, but the story and death scenes are highly lacking since the second sequel. Final Destination 2 is probably my favorite from the series. Anyway, I didn't feel sorry for any of the characters. At times, I was laughing when they were suffering, much like those girls who went tanning in the fourth movie that was also in 3D. That's probably a horrible thing to say, but these character personalities weren't very likable or just did incredibly stupid things in reality or in the premonition.

I will give the movie points for keeping me on the edge of my seat yet again during those chain reaction moments when you know something bad is going to happen, but it doesn't. Although those moments are kinda unlikely, it's a little creative too. The effects are a little cheesy and try too hard for those 3D in your face moments, but I wasn't expecting much after their first attempt at a 3D Final Destination that I actually did see in 3D...kinda. Even though I knew the conclusion, I enjoyed it and I hope with that the franchise is SAW. I mean there's not much they can do and you can clearly tell they're running out of ideas when you're laughing your ass off when people die. It's practically a parody of itself as oppose to something that might make you a little paranoid. I must confess that going on the highway and seeing 18-wheelers carrying a stack of pipes freaks me out a little bit when I'm driving.

For fans of the franchise, I think this would be decent to watch, especially with the conclusion. If you haven't seen the series, you might enjoy its parody gore ways, but you'll miss out on the connection to the previous movies. They all have a little connection to each other. This will not be on the same level as the first or second movie, but I had a good time laughing at people's suffering as cruel as that sounds. Once you see it and look back at the others aside from the fourth installment, you'll understand what I mean.

Rating: 1.5/5

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Review: IRIS

Title: IRIS
Starring: Lee Byung Hun, Kim Tae Hee, Jung Joon Ho
Language: Korean
Genre: Action, thriller, romance
Episodes: 20

I started this series some time ago and I finally finished it recently. I have a lot to say about it and my mind continues to race as I write this review.

Kim Hyun Joon and Jin Sa Woo are best friends in the special forces that share a brother like bond between them. They both meet a beautiful woman on separate ocassions and gush to the other about this mysterious beauty. They later learn that they have been admiring the same woman and that she's part of a secret national organization by the name of the NSS. Her and another agent recruit the two friends for the NSS and learn the ways of the top secret organization. Things slowly turn for the worse after Hyun Joon completes an assassination job and people begin to turn against him from both North and South Korea.

The reason I picked this drama up was because of my curiosities on Big Bang's T.O.P's acting abilities and the intriguing storyline. There was also a lot of buzz surrounding it when it was first released. When I started it, I was watching another drama starring Jung Joon Ho by the name of Last Scandal which is amazing. But as I mentioned earlier, I have a lot to say about this drama. I'll break this down differently into pros and cons.

I enjoyed the various characters and how they faced their own conflicts within the main story. I became attached or favored a couple of the characters. The story was intriguing and kept me wanting more with its cliffhanger endings. The visuals were quite stunning and I could lose myself in the intense action sequences and brain storming moments. Lastly, T.O.P's acting as well as everyone else was pretty decent.

Despite enjoying the story, I was quickly turned off by the frustrating romantic moments. I really wasn't expecting romance to be part of the story, so that threw off my perceptions of the show purely being action/thriller. Every romantic moment made me pull my hair out and/or gag. This factor also ties in with head desk feelings toward a lot of the characters as well as the stupid choices they made. Because of this it made me like a couple favorite characters less. I also had problems with the visuals from the start, namely the camera angles. In nearly every description about the drama I've read, they mention how much each episode costs, but the camera was borderline amateur. They had awkward zoom in moments on characters during intense, emotional scenes and try too hard shaky camera shots that took away from the moment of what was happening. There were also increasing moments of predictability as the drama progressed. Even if my guesses weren't completely spot on with what really happened in the drama, it was pretty close to it. I think a couple of my predictions would've made the show better. Last but not least, they should've executed or cut the awkward kissing scenes with T.O.P. It made me turn away and laugh or cover my eyes from the embarrassment. I can help you, dear. It's okay. lol

Overall, there's a lot they've could've done to make it epic in my eyes, but this was entertaining as is. I had a feeling there's a possibility of a sequel and maybe it's a good thing that Lee Byung Hun can't be in it. Most times his and Kim Tae Hee's characters' relationship annoyed me. I don't think I'll be watching the spin off show, but don't let that stop you from watching it either. IRIS is a good drama, but the surprise addition of romance deterred my high hopes for it. Please leave your thoughts on IRIS in the comments and if you haven't seen it, it's worth the trip.

Rating: 3/5

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