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Welcome to another installment of random remarks and me lamenting about some ongoing things…or if I’m late, the recently past things 🙂

What to do with Monday and Tuesday?

So recently I started to write down all the shows I’m watching and on what weekdays I can expect some new episodes. I really need it because I watch to much and already lost total control of my calendar I guess. Well, so I started this calendar and soon realized…why do I have almost nothing to watch on Monday and Tuesday? For some time I had one (!) show to watch but since that ended I’m pretty much screwed at the beginning of the week. For now I have spend my time re-watching already released stuff or to finally finish a few shows I had stopped watching for some time.

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So if you know any good shows airing on Mon/Tue, feel free to write it down in the comments.

It’s gonna be an interesting Phase Four…

Whether you are a Marvel fan or not, if you like superhero movies at all, you probably have heard of the dispute between Marvel and Sony.
For those who do not know, Marvel (which belongs to Disney) and Sony have made a pretty amazing deal in the last few years, something not seen before. Sony owns the rights to Spiderman while Marvel wanted to add the friendly neighborhood hero to their highly popular MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) and integrate him into the world of their other superheroes. If you have ever entered the world of licensing, owner rights and so on, you’ll know it’s messy and pretty much a world of “i have something you don’t have, hehe”. So, this deal… Marvel and Sony decided to cut a deal, where Sony would pay and produce the movies but Marvel would take the lead on the creative side. Of course, the income would go to Sony too. I mean, let’s be honest here: if you are not an avid comic fan and totally for “the original comic creators should be able to do what they want with their hero”, then this does sound pretty reasonable considering Marvel/Disney were the ones who wanted to include Spiderman into their universe. I mean, yes, Sony got the lucky end with the movies considering only (I think) 5% of the movie profit went to Marvel but…everyone…you DO KNOW HOW MUCH money Spiderman made, right? The first one got pretty much 7-8 times its original budget and the second made around 9-10 times its original budget.

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A little bit of math: if I can believe wikipedia, Spider-Man: Far From Home made around 1.111 billion US Dollars. Even if we minus the 160 million for its budget, 5% are still around 47 million dollars. Ever heard of the phrase: “if you don’t respect the little money, then you don’t deserve the big one”? and Marvel finally got a deal that allowed for them to get to use Spiderman in their MCU.

In general, I understand why Marvel asked for more money, I do. I do not understand why they asked for 50% though. Let me be honest, if I was in Sony’s position I would’ve trashed the deal too. I mean, Sony DID buy the Spiderman rights and now they are being slandered for actually doing what they want with it…that’s as if I bought a house, painted it pink and now everyone is complaining that I should give back the house, JUST because I colored it pink. I mean Sony already saw that it was smarter to let Marvel take the creative lead because they are far better at that than Sony, but asking for half of the money, it’s pretty much Marvel asking whether they can have their hero back. I’m totally for Marvel getting their hero back…but maybe don’t ruin your own story on the way. So many people already doubted the MCU could survive without Iron Man and this definitely does not bode well for the MCU’s future.

So yes, I’m actually on Sony’s side here…I do hope they reach a new deal with Disney and Marvel though, because Tom Holland as Spiderman is just amazing ^.^

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And fall brings us back to the wonderful world of BL…

For BL there are these phases I think. During the year there are like 3 or 4 phases where there are 2-3 BL shows airing at the same time. Then suddenly it stops and we are left with nothing. Before 2Moons2 we had such a sad phase. Well, another one is coming soon. September brings another dry phase considering 2Moons2 ends in September and Dark Blue Kiss doesn’t start until October. The same with the highly anticipated (at least by me) series Until We Meet Again, that one is supposed to start in November. History3 Make Our Days Count (the second story of the HiStory3 series) is also set to air from October 1st. So prepare for some sad weeks of not being able to watch anything. Do not be too sad though, since we are getting Dark Blue Kiss, Until We Meet Again, HiStory3 Make Our Days Count and maybe finally the also long awaited series The Effect (although we may not know whether that show goes the dark or happy road)

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Since I already mentioned it, I cannot wait for Until We Meet Again. I’m currently reading the novel and it is absolutely awesome. I mean seriously, it’s tragic and sad, but at the same time so lovely! And considering the trailers/teasers and the pictures I have seen I think they did a good job with the cast ^.^ so excited for it. For those who do not know: UWMA is about Korn and Intouch, who fall in love and promise each other to always be together and find each other. But their love is not supposed to last and ends tragically. 30 years later, Parm starts his university life and meets the swimming team captain Dean. And strangely, both of them have the feeling of having met each other before…as if they remembered each other from a previous life.
I am seriously so excited for this series!

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As for 2Moons2, let me be honest, if the ending is as good as the show is right now, they totally top the previous season. The show has the chemistry, the cast, the stories, the design and camera work and gets better each episode. I’m definitely gonna post a review after it ended, so yes, you’re gonna hear my full review then.

So, is there anything else? Not really I guess…I am planning to release a review on Theory of Love soon 😀

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Top 10 K-Pop Centers (Member)

Before I start, I’m not talking about something like a K-Pop institute or so but like it says in the title, I’m talking about the members (position). For everyone who does not know: K-Pop groups normally have positions and roles for each member. The standard is: the leader, the main dancer, the main vocal, the visual, the maknae (youngest) and the main rapper. Normally the best dancer or the visual gets the center position most often. Of course, there are exceptions and of course, the center can not always have the center position because the others have lines too. But during the chorus we mostly see the center position. This was highlighted a lot in the idol survival show series Produce 101 where the trainees had to assign positions in their groups. It’s funny how it got more attention there, while in the groups themselves it is mentioned less and less.

Well, in this post I’m am gonna share my own opinion about the top 10 members in groups who have center positions (or who are in the center a lot and suit the role well) and who are doing a great job. My judging criteria are:

  • they do a good job at dancing, singing, etc. and do not mess up in the front (at least not regularly)
  • they pull your gaze to them and make you focus on them
  • they have good facial reactions to the song and whatever is going on
  • they are put in the center a lot

Note that this is my opinion, so if you want to add someone, just tell me in the comments below, I love exchanging opinions 🙂

Note: some members/groups may not be mentioned because their center changes quite often depending on the song or sometimes just because there are a lot of members.

10 – Jungkook (BTS)

BTS is known for giving great performances and having a great stage presence. So, of course, the center has to do an amazing job. Jungkook does just that. He is good at singing, dancing and giving good reactions. There’s a reason why people say he is pretty much perfect. The reason why he’s at number 10? Because he does not stand out as much. Meaning: BTS as a whole is a presence you won’t see regularly and all of them have a great aura but regarding stage presence, Jungkook is not the top contender in his group. Still, he has the official center position for a reason and is one of the top talented idols out there.

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9 – Soyeon ((G)-Idle)

(G)-Idle is a newer group and not as known as some others on this list, but still Soyeon deserves to be here. While I did not really watch her pre-debut, she manages to catch your eye and delivers some of the best gazes and stage energy ever. She catches your interest for the future. Let’s see where it goes…

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8 – SinB (G-Friend)

SinB is another member on this list who does actually have the official center position in her group. And she has it for a reason. She delivers performances with such a confidence and energy, you get the feeling she knows exactly what she is doing and she is doing it perfectly. She matches every song and feeling and while she is more on the back bench in the music videos, she stands out even more in the live performances, making her an unbelievably good center.

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7 – Yoona (Girls’ Generation)

Girls’ Generation is one of the few groups where the center position changes over the years depending on the song. Whatever song it was, though, if you put Yoona as a center, she proved she could do an amazing job. She pulled your gaze to her and engaged you into the song. While she may not be the best dancer or best singer in her group you could just see her take you on a ride with the song and make you listen even more closely, whatever genre the song may be.

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6 – Hani (EXID)

This choice is pretty clear, I think. I mean the fancam of Hani made the group more known and gave them some recognition and they actually managed to keep the fame which is not always the case. Hani, though, while she does not really stand out in her group since EXID in total and the other members have a big stage presence too, she does deliver all the right feelings and faces for the songs. She looks sexy when it needs the sexy concept, she looks lovely, when she should look lovely and she looks fierce, when it’s a strong and cool song. She matches the songs and stages and gets you even more engaged into the song.

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5 – Ayno (VAV)

This name may come as a surprise but it is a deserved spot in the list. I was surprised myself. Ayno is mostly in the center for his group and there is a reason for it. He knows how to pull you in. He makes the chorus even more catchy and he has the gaze and the dancing and knows how to use it all to be a great center. I admit even if someone else is singing the chorus, your eyes are gonna be on him. I don’t know if he has the official center position but I do think so. He definitely deserves it :)(VIDEO)

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4 – JooE (Momoland)

The next four spots are taken by idols who know how to make themselves known and who know how to deliver a performance. For JooE it is less her adapting to a song but more her stage energy, though. She does every single song with an energy that makes you notice her and watch her. Her energy makes you enjoy the song more and have more fun with the upbeat Momoland songs. It doesn’t even matter if she is in the center or not, she shows an energy you don’t see every day.(VIDEO)

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3 – Kai (EXO)

I have to admit, I’m not a Kai fan. I don’t know why, don’t ask me. At the same time, I do have to admit that he is great as EXO’s center. He is a great dancer and good singer and shows everything he’s got as the center. I still remember he already stood out in their debut song Mama and it only got better and more amazing over time. He definitely deserves to be called on of the best K-Pop centers out there.(VIDEO)

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2 – Taeyong (NCT)

I was no NCT fan when they debuted. Their music isn’t my style (whatever sub-unit it may be) and I wasn’t into their concepts either. Well, I’m still not their biggest fan but even I see that Taeyong is…well, different than most idols. He has a stage presence that you can rarely see anywhere. He delivers the right gaze and the perfect energy in every video and every live performance. It was seriously surprising how calm he seems in real life (or real life as portrayed in reality shows and so on). He seems rather shy there while on stage he seems more like a force to be reckoned with. An idol like Taeyong definitely shows what a performance has to look like.(VIDEO)

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1 – N (VIXX)

Talking about stage presence and performance, let’s take it to the kings of concepts, VIXX, and their leader, N. While he may get some of his talent from studying dance and whatever not, there is just no real explanation for his over-the-top stage presence. The group in general lives off of pulling you into their songs and concepts but N has the talent to just take you in even more and focus on him like no one else out there. Whether it is a video, a performance on TV or a live performance in front of you, he takes it all. I still remember showing a VIXX music video to friends and one of them just went like “Who. Is. That?” when seeing N. His little smirks, winks, smiles, waves and all the other little moves support his and VIXX’ stages and make you enthralled in their music. I’ve never seen anyone who could pull you in as much as him whether it is in Korea or anywhere else. He is someone who keeps your eyes on him whether he’s your bias or not. And while he manages to get your attention all the time, he knows how to make the other members shine too and supports them. I guess, that’s what a performer and leader can do. I hope we see more of him and VIXX when he is done with his military service. (VIDEO)

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So these are all my top choices. For me a center is someone who can keep you watching and who improves the performance even more. One thing I do think that every group needs is someone with a specific stage presence to fill the center position. If you don’t have that it is gonna be hard to make people notice you.

Who are your favorite choices for center whether it may be the official center position or just a member who mesmerizes you?