• attempted kpop reviews

    Favorite Kpop #20: Twice

    Twice (Korean: 트와이스; RR: Teuwaiseu; Japanese: トゥワイス, Hepburn: To~uwaisu; commonly stylized as TWICE) is a South Korean girl group formed by JYP Entertainment. The group is composed of nine members: Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyoung, and Tzuyu. Twice was formed under the television program Sixteen (2015) and debuted on October 20, 2015, with the extended play (EP) The Story Begins.Twice rose to domestic fame in 2016 with their single “Cheer Up”, which charted at number one on the Gaon Digital Chart, became the best-performing single of the year, and won “Song of the Year” at the Melon Music Awards and Mnet Asian Music Awards. Their next single, “TT”, from their third EP Twicecoaster: Lane 1, topped the Gaon charts for four consecutive weeks. The EP was the highest selling Korean girl group album of 2016. Within 19 months after debut, Twice had already sold over 1.2 million units of their four EPs and special album. As of December 2020, the group has sold over 10 million albums cumulatively in South Korea and Japan, becoming the highest-selling K-Pop girl group of all time.

    Twice is most notable for their consistent employment of “cute” concepts which was further supported by the group’s bubblegum pop sound, which was seen as a departure from the usual retro style of music that was seen in their predecessor labelmates and fellow girl groups Wonder Girls and Miss A. The group had come to develop a signature “color pop” sonic style described as a combination of rock, R&B, and hip hop coupled with notable hooks in their music. Their “cheerful” musical base is employed alongside a colorful style in terms of the members’ fashion, and while they have gained notability for emphasizing their youthful image, Twice has since adopted a more mature style which was first seen with the release of “Fancy” and “Breakthrough” which saw the group perform more sensual choreography for the former while employing a brassier electro-pop sound in the latter. They have since experimented with EDM, synth-pop, and retro soul among others in their eighth EP Feel Special; tropical house, Latin pop, and new jack swing in their succeeding EP release More & More; and retro-synth, dance-pop, Japanese city-pop, and contemporary R&B for their second Korean studio album Eyes Wide Open. Source: Wikipedia

    I’m not super familiar with the group but it’s cool they’ve accomplished a lot since their debut days. I just enjoy their two songs TT and Fancy. I don’t listen to girl groups all that much. I like their outfits when they perform on stage and their singing skills even when they dance. Not sure what else to say but check them out if you’ve never heard of Twice before.

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  • attempted anime reviews

    Favorite Anime #21: Pokemon

    Ash Ketchum is 10 years old and lives in Pallet town, he is ready to start his journey in the world of Pokémon and dreams of becoming a Pokémon master, but on the day he is to receive his first Pokémon, Ash oversleeps and wakes up in a panic, running into Gary Oak, who becomes Ash’s rival. Professor Oak, the local Pokémon researcher, has already given away the three Pokémon (Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle) he entrusts to new Pokémon Trainers when Ash finally reaches Oak’s Lab. The only Pokémon that he has left is a Pikachu, which he gives to Ash. Determined to make it on his journey, Ash does his best to befriend Pikachu, but it refuses to trust him and chooses to stay out of the Poké Ball, even attacking Ash with its electric powers. It is only after Ash protects Pikachu from an angry group of Spearows that Pikachu realizes how much Ash cares. Ash Ketchum has the Thunder Stone, and he wants Pikachu to evolve into Raichu, but Pikachu refuses to evolve. Along the way, Ash makes many human and Pokémon friends as he works his way through the ranks of the world’s many Pokémon Leagues.

    Through the Kanto Region, Ash befriends Water Pokémon trainer and former Cerulean City Gym Leader Misty, and Pokémon Breeder and Pewter City Gym Leader Brock. Together, the three trainers thwart the plans of Jessie, James, and Meowth, low-ranking members of the criminal organization Team Rocket who want to steal Ash’s Pikachu and any other rare Pokémon they come across. Giovanni, Team Rocket’s Boss introduced three new high-ranking members of Team Rocket; Cassidy, Butch, and Raticate, who want to kidnap Pokémon so they can use their moves. Ash wins eight badges from Gym Leaders in the Kanto region to compete in the Indigo Conference League. Gary loses in the fourth round, placing him in the Top 32. Ash makes it to the Top 16, but loses to Ritchie in the fifth round. Also, Ritchie loses to Assunta in the sixth round, placing him in the Top 8, and an unnamed trainer becomes the winner in the Indigo Conference League.

    Pokémon, also known as Pokémon the Series to Western audiences since the year 2013, is an anime television series based on the Pokémon video game series. It was originally broadcast on TV Tokyo in 1997. More than 1,000 episodes of the anime has been produced and aired, divided into 7 series in Japan and 22 seasons internationally. It is one of the longest currently running anime series. The anime follows the quest of the main character, Ash Ketchum (known as Satoshi in Japan), a Pokémon Master in training, as he and a small group of friends travel around the world of Pokémon along with their Pokémon partners.
    Various children’s books, collectively known as Pokémon Junior, are also based on the anime. An eight part anime series called Pokémon: Twilight Wings aired on YouTube in 2020. The series was animated by Studio Colorido. In July 2021, it was announced that a live action Pokémon series is in early development at Netflix with Joe Henderson attached to write and executive produce. An eight part anime series in celebration of the Pokémon 25th anniversary called Pokémon Evolutions aired on YouTube in 2021. Source: Wikipedia

    What I think of the anime:
    Pokemon is definitely a big franchise from the card games, video games and movies other than the anime version of it. I watched it during my childhood days but I never finished watching any of the other series. I only stopped watching from after the first season of it. I never thought much of watching the other series but maybe some day I’ll try. I’m sure they’re enjoyable to watch too. I don’t have a specific favorite pokemon but pikachu is cute with growlith and eevee.

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