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BL Thailand – Who To Know?

Some time ago I released a series of BL introductions and BL 101 if you’re new to the genre. I also included a Who To Know? then but I decided to make a new one, just because so many things have changed. 2019 was a great year for BL shows even if we had to wait a lot and there were some down phases. Overall it was a good year with many new shows, many surprises and one or the other gem down the line.

In this post I want to give you an updated version of who to know in the BL acting world, specifically Thailand because that is the one country where you see some actors return either for main roles or at least for supporting roles in other shows. Also because it is the one country with the most BL shows I know, so I decided to go with what I do know.

So here are some of the actors you should know and recognize when delving into the world of BL…enjoy…

Singto Prachaya Ruangroj (He’s Coming To Me)

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Born: 1994
Let’s start off with a name you should really know. He has been on the acting radar ever since he acted in the highly popular SOTUS series alongside co-star and friend Krist Sangpotirat Perawat and has been on the up-and-coming ever since. He has acted in multiple other shows including the U-Prince Series, Friend Zone and the touching series He’s Coming To Me alongside Ohm Pawat. In 2020 he will return with the non-BL show Turn Left Turn Right as well as in the second installment of Friend Zone, Friend Zone 2: Dangerous Area, both GMM shows. He has proven multiple times he can act well and can play different characters, especially with his character in He’s Coming To Me, he showed he can play the shy but playful character too and can adapt to his surroundings and co-stars. Definitely a name to be curious about in the future, especially because he didn’t seem to be against playing a BL character after SOTUS and is one of the few actors who played LGBT+ characters in more than one series. We fans definitely thank him for it because he really is one talented actor.

Mild Suttinut Uengtrakul (Love’s Coming)

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Born: 1993
You may not have known his name but you might have seen his face multiple times. He has appeared in some shows either as a main character or a supporting role. He has been part of the main couple in the charming Love’s Coming, as well as the kinda confusing The Best Twins. You may have also seen him in the movie Red Wine in the Dark Night, the messy series What the Duck and at the moment he is starring as Techno in TharnType The Series. He is one of the examples of seeing an actor develop. While in the beginning his acting seemed awkward and strange, he has really changed and learned over time and shows some good acting scenes in TT. I am very curious where his journey takes him in the future.

Mew Suppasit Jongcheveevat (What the Duck)

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Born: 1991
This actor has some scandals, issues and whatever behind him but I still want to mention him here. First because he seems to be really good at adapting to different characters and also because he was connected to the messy and confusing What The Duck. Seriously, even until now, I don’t get the series. But since he acted in that show, I decided to give him another chance with the new TharnType The Series. And while the show is quite on the edge regarding some of their content, this actor definitely delivers a steady and balanced acting job. Before it was hard to judge whether his acting made Pree in WTD awkward or whether it was the character itself. Well, TT proves it was the character itself (actually no real surprise there, the show is a full on crash against the wall) and I definitely hope Mew will continue delighting us with shows.

New Thitipoom Techaapaikhun (Kiss Series)

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Born: 1993
If you don’t know New, you are either totally new to the BL genre or you are just clueless, like totally. I count New Thitipoom as one of the three actors with the most BL shows on his record. The other two being Singto Prachaya (SOTUS, Friend Zone, He’s Coming To Me) and Gun Atthaphan (Puppy Honey, Theory of Love, The Blue Hour, and so on…). New has acted as Apo in Water Boyy The Series as well as Kao in the long running series Kiss, a series that is currently airing its third and highly anticipated installment, Dark Blue Kiss. But his roles also include a lot of non-BL roles, like as Singto Prachaya’s best friend in SOTUS, M. He was also part of multiple installments of the U-Prince series and had a main role in the 2019 shows Wolf and Love Beyond Frontier. Seriously, his acting record is quite long and it seems we will get to see more of him in the future. He has developed his acting and proven time and time again he knows how to do a scene well. I cannot wait to see more of this cutie and see where his future is leading him 🙂

Tay Tawan Vihokratana (Kiss Series)

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Born: 1991
New’s longtime co-actor and another GMM TV boy. Tay Tawan is another name you should definitely know. His acting record is pretty long too. He has acted as Pete in the long running series Kiss, a series that – as I mentioned above – is currently airing its third and highly anticipated installment, Dark Blue Kiss. He has also appeared as a supporting role in more shows I can count, and had a main role in Secret Seven and the 2019 drama series 3 Will Be Free. In 2020 he will have a supporting role in the GMM TV series Military of Love. Tay Tawan is steadily building his acting record with the one or the other BL show or character and I appreciate that he seems to be open to play more complex and complicated characters. I’m looking forward to seeing more of this great and charming guy in the future!

Saint Suppapong Udomkaewkanjana (Love By Chance)

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Born: 1998
Saint first came onto everyone’s radar with the highly popular and fanatically loved BL series Love By Chance. Even I have re-watched the series more times than I can count. In his more recent acting projects he has taken on roles different from the shy and quiet character Pete from LBC. Currently he set to act as Tutor in the 2020 BL series Why R U?, a series I’m looking forward to dearly. Different from a lot of actors on this list, he has almost only been acting in shows and no big movie projects. He did do some short movies/music videos that can be found on Youtube but otherwise he has taken to shows on television. I’m really curious what is coming for this young boy in the future, especially since he is only 21 this year, so we will see how he builds up his acting record and repertoire. He has already proven he can play tougher characters too. I hope after 2020 he will appear in more BL shows too and not leave the BL world behind him like some others did after some time.

Earth Pirapat Watthanasetsiri (Water Boyy The Series)

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Born: 1994
Funny enough, Earth is one of the actors most BL fans know the name and the face of. Mainly because he seems to appear everywhere. He had a main role in Water Boyy The Series and the second installment of the Kiss series – Kiss Me Again, as well as a supporting role in the popular shows Love By Chance and Theory of Love. Let me translate – he acted with New and Tay from the Kiss series, also with New in Water Boyy, he appeared with Saint, Perth, Mean and Plan in Love By Chance and also Off and Gun in Theory of Love. Whoever you are a fan of, at least one of their shows had Earth in them. No wonder why most fans know his face and name. 2019 and 2020 also showed he seemed to be open to playing LGBT+ characters, something I highly praise him for. He appeared as part of the surprise fan-favorite couple TwoUn in Theory of Love, with his co-star White Nawat Phumphothingam (Love Sick) and is set to appear in the BL series A Tale Of Thousand Stars in 2020. It seems like a dramatic but wonderful love story, so I am excited for it. I’m excitedly asking myself where he will pop up in the future.

Off Jumpol Adulkittiporn (Theory Of Love)

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Born: 1991
Another 91-liner, the oldest age group on this list. Off has been on the radar of BL fans ever since his role in Senior Secret Love: Puppy Honey. He played the cold but caring Pick and was first paired with his now long-time co-star and friend Gun Atthaphan. They have shown multiple times they have perfect chemistry and GMMTV has given them even their own shows like the talk show OffGun Fun Night (which is currently airing season 2) and the BL series Theory Of Love, where we could finally see Off and Gun as a drama couple again. In Theory Of Love, Off could finally show his matured and complex acting which didn’t really show in Puppy Honey. Even if TOL is a story full of bad timing and even worse decisions, the series is definitely one of the BL shows with the best acting. I really hope Off takes on more complex characters in the future, he has already appeared in a lot of non-BL shows too, and I’m excited to see how his acting develops to even better levels.

Gun Atthaphan Phunsawat (Theory Of Love)

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Born: 1993
There is a reason why people call Gun Atthaphan the king – or sometimes queen – of BL. First, he is 26 years old in 2019 and still has a baby face. Second, I don’t think anyone has acted as a LGBT+ character as many times as him: Senior Secret Love: Puppy Honey, Bittersweet Chocolate (and it’s second installment), Love Love You, The Blue Hour and Theory Of Love. And he pulls all of the roles off perfectly. Gun has shown steady and good acting from the beginning and has been known for taking on more complex roles and characters. He played tough bad asses, as well as cute and shy guys. He also appeared in non-BL roles, most known, he appeared as the straight A’s student Punn in the drama heavy and fan-favorite series The Gifted. In 2020 he is returning as Punn for the second installment The Gifted Graduation. I’m curious what projects he is going to do in the future but judging from his current acting I’m quite sure, he is the one actor I trust to pull of any role given to him.

Earth Katsamonnat Namwirote (Love By Chance)

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Born: 1996
This is quite a new name on this list. His acting record isn’t that long right now but I expect more in the future. He had a main role in the popular series Love By Chance and is set to appear in the dramatic BL series Until We Meet Again in 2019. He is definitely part of the cutie line on this list and seems to be really good at adapting to his co-stars and giving good chemistry. I’m excited to see him in UWMA and curious how his acting developed since his last project. I think we can expect more from him in the future, especially since he doesn’t seem to shy away from playing LGBT+ characters.

Fluke Natouch Siripongthon (Red Wine In The Dark Night)

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Born: 1996
Fluke Natouch is one of the few actors who has acted in as many movies as TV shows, although it seems his movie roles have been bigger than the TV roles he got. He appeared in the widely known movie My Bromance, where we still don’t know when the second installment is going to come out, also in the dark and moody movie Red Wine In The Dark Night and in the movie Ghost Ship. I still have no idea whether that movie is a comedy or a scary movie…it is a change from what I’ve been watching til now and Fluke definitely pulled of the role of Yorla in the movie. I really like him in the movie especially because the role was so different than what you might know from him usually. As for shows, he appeared as a main role in Part Of Love, had a few supporting roles and is set to appear as a supporting role in the 2019 non-BL show Blacklist, as well as the main character in the 2019 BL series Until We Meet Again. He has yet to appear in a highly popular BL series but I think UWMA has good chances and he is also one of the few actors where I don’t worry about his acting skills at all. He has proven himself multiple times and he can definitely pull of fun but also serious characters.

Ohm Pawat Chittsawangdee (He’s Coming To Me)

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Born: 2000
Say hello to the youngest actor on this list. He may be the youngest but his acting record is…well, long, especially considering he is only 19! He made his debut into the BL world with Make It Right and as part of the fan-favorite couple FrameBook. Ever since then he has a appeared in non-BL shows like War of High School but also reprised his role as Frame in Make It Right 2. In 2019 he also surprised everyone with the BL tearjerker He’s Coming To Me alongside Singto Prachaya and giving us a couple we didn’t know we wanted but we loved them nonetheless – seriously their chemistry was awesome. Currently he is starring in the series Blacklist and set to appear as a main role in the 2020 shows The Shipper and Military Of Love. He is definitely on the up-and-coming and considering he is so young, I think we can expect to see even more and even better projects in the future.

 

Special Mention:

Yacht Surat Permpoonsavat

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Born: 1997
He is the only one on this list, I think, who has not been a main character in a BL series. He has mostly been set as supporting and guest character but he has appeared in the widely known Love By Chance. Also pretty recently he acted in The Effect. And after watching I have to say, both times he has acted as the best friend you could ever wish for in life. I mean seriously, you just have to love him. He has not appeared in many shows and has not been a main character that is why I’ve only mentioned him on the side but I just wanted to get it out there, that his characters are really the best friends you could ever ask for. And his acting is also really natural, maybe because it’s similar to himself or because he is an amazing actor. Whether it is one or the other, I wholeheartedly compliment him and hope we see more of him in the future.

 

So this is my list of Who To Know and who to look out for. I hope you liked it. I tried to add actors who appeared in multiple shows whether as a main or as a supporting character. Let’s see how they will surprise us in the future, I hope we see more of them whether it’s BL shows or not! (although I’d appreciate the one or the other BL show 🙂 )

Review: 2 Moons 2

Before I start writing anything about this series: this review will contain spoilers. Not too many but it will talk about some plot points of the series so if you don’t want to know any spoilers at all, you should not read this. If you don’t care or have already watched it, have at it. Enjoy!

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GENERAL

2 Moons 2 is the second season or reboot or whatever you want to name it, of the popular 2 Moons series. Before it aired there was SO MUCH backlash for the new cast, I can only compliment them for working through it and doing their best 🙂 The series consists of 12 episodes and stars mainly newbie actors with some exceptions, I think.

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The story is mainly about Wayo, a college freshman who gets to attend the same college as his idol and high school crush Phana. Together with his best friend Ming and the engineering faculty senior Forth he starts pulling some heart strings in the popular college doctors-to-be gang of Phana, Kit and Beam.

THE NEW CAST

…is amazing. While in the beginning people had some problems getting on board with the new cast, we all totally went for them in the end. I mean they are not just adorable but really good and present us with our beloved 2 Moons 2 characters in a totally new way. I definitely loved it. We got new dynamics between the characters and saw sides to them we didn’t know about.

So sure, it had a rocky start. The acting was more than just a little bit awkward in the beginning but it got better and better. 2M2 is one of those shows that show you that believing in them and not giving up watching can also result in something great. The actors got better each episode and showed a big range of emotions. We got the famous scene where Phana realizes that Wayo is not just similar to his (secret) high school crush but is actually the guy he fell in love with years before (and immediately becomes depressed cause calling someone ‘shorty’ doesn’t leave the best impression on someone you might like). Since the producers retold season 1 in like the first four episodes of this one (so it is more like a reboot than a second season, I guess) we get some new content and a lot of the novel’s plot lines that have not been explored yet. Some serious drama I have to say and while we all disliked seeing our little cutie Wayo like this, you really have to praise Earth’s acting in Wayo’s break down scene.

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Big compliments to the producers and the actors for also including some serious time with Wayo’s Angel’s gang friends who were only comic relief before but had some serious story time in this one. However dramatic they may be, we all wanted an Angel’s gang at our side when seeing how caring they were for Wayo.

Overall, the cast did a really good job and gave life to the characters from the novel.

THE PRODUCTION

I know this all sounds like a long post of praise. Do not worry. I also have some criticism. Mainly about the production. I know episodes 1 til 4 are a re-telling of the previous season but tbh the production of them lacks a lot. The moment it is not a re-telling anymore the production quality and story pace gets like 50% better and finally to a standard you won’t get annoyed with. I don’t know whether the producers just thought they didn’t really need to put that much work into a story people already knew or if there just wasn’t enough time to work on the episodes until the series got released.

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So that was number one. Number two is something that is really noticeable in episodes 1 to 4 but pops up every now and then in the rest of the series too. I don’t know who did the sound production for the show but please…if you want to add drama, choose wisely what scenes get music and what scenes won’t. There were so many scenes that were just…quiet. There was no real dialogue and also no background music or sounds, making the whole scene a little bit awkward. They had problems with that even until the last episode although I admit that they got better over time. Still, please, do not continue that way. Even if it is really quiet music, just add something!

Otherwise the production quality is as expected. The colors are nice, the details are lovely and the props are satisfying.

THE STORY

While watching the start of 2M2 I actually read the novel and let me just tell you, I would’ve never thought for them to follow it so detailed. Sure, there are some changes and there are scenes from the novel they kind of mixed together in the series, although I think that is because after all, it is a series and not a novel.

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In general it is nice to see the story develop around our beloved characters. While I know that some may not like that there were some episodes that were devoted to one or at most two couples and just kind of skipped over the third couple, I do understand the choice. It helps emphasizing with the characters and getting into the story. Also someone mentioned that the chemistry was off in some episodes. I don’t think that is the case though. I did notice that since sometimes a couple had no real story in an episode, it wasn’t mentioned much so maybe that was why some thought the chemistry was odd.

The cast did really well though and the chemistry was really lovely and sweet.

OVERALL

Overall, 2M2 deserves full praise from my side. It is not perfect, but in this day and age, what is? The cast did an amazing job and the producers showed us that sometimes strange decisions may really be for the best of the series and we should trust them more. I can only look forward to seeing season 3! After that kind of ending, there needs to be a third one…so, I’ll definitely look forward to that 🙂

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Review: Theory of Love

Welcome to another review…after I haven’t been publishing anything for some time. Why? Because I was too busy with life and too lazy to write to be honest. But since I am currently sick in bed and cannot do much I just decided to finally get on with this and present some new content, especially since I promised it such a long time ago.

So here it is, my review for Theory of Love.

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GENERAL

Theory of Love is a 12 episode BL series from GMM 25 and airing from June until August 2019. It stars our favourite BL couple OffGun in the main roles, as Khai and Third respectively. The show is about Third, studying in his film major and part of a group of close friends, Khai, Bone and Two. Ever since he met Khai though, he is in love with him but isn’t brave enough to confess, afraid their friendship would be over afterwards. Khai on the other hand is a full on playboy and has no idea about his friend’s feelings. Of course, the drama starts when both start seeing each other’s and their own feelings.

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THE STORY & CHARACTERS

If you have watched the show you should know that the story got a lot of back lash. Okay, maybe less the story and more the characters. At first you see Khai being an ass to Third and acting like a huge jerk. It goes as far as people asking Third to fall in love with someone else because the playboy is just so…hopeless? At least that’s what it seems like. And later on Third is not behaving any better and is pretty much doing the same to Khai and people hated on him then. So yeah, it was a total reversal but we all have to admit…they kind of fit together in their own way.

Before I go any deeper into the story and so on…I have to say…I didn’t actually like Theory of Love. Don’t critise me just yet though! I didn’t like the fact how both sides had the worst timing in liking each other and the story really makes you ask what they see in each other. If someone treated me how they treated each other sometimes…I would soooo not be interested anymore. But maybe that’s just me. So yes, I didn’t like the Khai x Third story at all.

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But those two are not the only love line we get. Theory of Love also offers others romantic couples…or something similar. We have Bone falling in love with one of the instructors…oh what surprise…well, they did portray it kinda nicely, even if, SPOILER! it did not end the way you might think. Also Theory of Love offered a couple we did not even know we wanted until we actually got it! Two and Un, or the actors White (Love Sick) and Earth (Water Boyy The Series) respectively, start off disliking each other, at least that is what you are meant to think and they kind of grow on the audience as well as each other.

Seriously I have never cheered so much for an unexpected couple. You don’t see it coming until suddenly it’s there and I really liked them together. There story was endearing and lovely. Such a difference to our main couple…

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THE CAST

So before you get annoyed with me, let me redeem myself: While I did not enjoy the Khai x Third story AT ALL, I watched it because I love OffGun and they did an amazing job! Seriously, if you get annoyed by awkward acting in some of the BL shows or other series in general, watch Theory of Love. The actors really did their best and it shows. Off definitely proved he is a great actor and can do different multi-layered characters too. Admit it, we all kind of thought he would act as Pick-characters (see Puppy Honey) forever. But well, he definitely proved himself in the series and showed some amazing acting. Gun himself…what should I say, we all knew he was good before because he acted in some strange as well as heavy stuff before and he already showed it back then but definitely showed it again in Theory of Love.

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As for the other cast, they did a good job too. Compliments go to White and Earth. Maybe it is because they both played as the more active part in their previous BL roles before and maybe they seem more lovely because the KhaiThird love line was so dramatic but White and Earth had a strange and thrilling feeling about them. For the longest time people only whispered about the characters getting together but when we finally got some steps forward, everyone was still taken aback, whilst at the same time delighted of course. But while everyone wanted it, no one actually thought we would get it. At least I didn’t.

Well, do not worry. The acting is amazing and the loveliness of the side couples definitely makes up for all the drama coming from our mains.

THE QUALITY

Before I give you the overall paragraph I just want to add: the quality of the series is really good despite its kind of messed up story line/characters. The pictures and images are nice and the details are good too. Also, there are some funny scenes in the series. Also how OffGun covered movie posters is so cute 🙂

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OVERALL

Overall, Theory of Love is a strange mix of differences and contradictions. While some character has the best time of their life, someone else feels like his life is crumbling. Let me say it honestly, the acting is really good, like really really good and there are some parts of the story of Khai and Third that are interesting but in general our main characters and their love lives are a mess and total drama. Would I still recommend Theory of Love? Yes. Definitely yes. Why you ask? Well, first off, to show you the improvements in acting of all the cast and then to make you another fan of our Un/Two couple. Seriously, I love them so much!

I recommend Theory of Love, if at least two of the following applies to you:

  • you like soap operas or dramatic melodramas
  • you are a fan of Off or Gun or both
  • you like side couples
  • you like shows that are not just “lovey-dovey under the apple tree” but actually show some bad decisions and stupid mistakes by the leads too
  • you have no other BL series to watch
  • you want to support GMM so we can get more BL shows in the future!

If two of them apply, have fun watching and tell me in the comments down below what you thought.

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I know this is an amazingly short review but tbh I really only enjoyed the acting of the whole cast and the loveliness of the side couple and could have done without anything else, so I did not want to write more otherwise, believe me, you wouldn’t want to watch it. I think that would be sad though since some people did like the series, so maybe you would like it.

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Because updates are exhausting #randomremarks

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?