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2012 MAMA (Mnet Asian Music Awards): Thoughts

Hi guys! Besides watching Sword Art Online the whole day yesterday, I also watched the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards. Although  I liked last year’s MAMA better, I don’t think this year was disappointing.

I’ll go over the disappointing points first.

All winners were present. None of the nominees who did not win where there. Although I try to understand their feelings, I think it is already an honor to be nominated. After all, this is MAMA we’re taking about.

The camera shots were also a bit.. um, biased? If you guys have been following MAMA, you would know that SM Entertainment had a conflict and boycotted the show before right? Well, it seems that the dispute has been settled since many of the SM Entertainment artists were present and in my opinion, they were getting a considerably unfair amount of screen time. In all performances and even the reading of winner, I see nothing but Super Junior. Now, I like SJ (like a lot) but it’s quite unfair to not see the other idols as often. And again, the camera becomes biased because when Big Bang started sitting with the idols, the cameras were all on them. (Just to make it clear: Big Bang is my favorite KPOP group and I even still, I was disappointed with the screen time thingy). This is the professional world, for KPOP’s sake!

That’s about the only disappointing thing for me.

Anyways, onto the highlights of the show. You may get a full award winners list from the official MAMA website here.

The biggest highlight of course is the daesang (Big Three) winners. I was so happy to see Big Bang as the Artist of the Year! I was quite shocked that Super Junior got Album of the Year because I really felt that their past albums were a whole lot better. Maybe because Heechul’s mostly not in it? (he’s my bias in SJ). Anyways, even without Siwon, I enjoyed their SPY performance. That song is kinda fun.

It was to nobody’s surprise that PSY won Song of the Year. Everyone’s like singing his song. I’m so happy for him. He’s a REAL entertainer. He appeals to anyone, no matter what age or race. It’s also no surprise that Troublemaker won Best collaboration. Hyunseung is sexy, baby.

The biggest surprise to me was Sistar winning Best Female Group. I was certain 2NE1 would win, but they beat them to it. I am very glad about this although I really like 2NE1 a lot. I think Sistar is underrated and their music is so soulful. I think after MAMA people would not as much underestimate them.

Best vocal for male was given to K.Will. Ah, so happy about this! I’m currently addicted to his “Please Don’t” although it’s been released like months ago! Best vocal for female was given to Davichi. Hands down. Davichi has the best vocal combination in KPOP.

There were also other Asian winners. AKB48 won for Japan. Sarah Geronimo won for the Philippines. (Dunno about the others since I only recognize these two).

There were a lot of beautiful and handsome award presenters too. The biggest surprise for me was the appearance of Jackie Chan to present Artist of the Year. My favorites of the night at Han Ga In, Song Joong Ki, Han Chae Young, and Han Ye Seul

Adam Lambert and B.o.B. also came to perform.

Anyways, it’s really late (it’s morning actually) so I gotta catch some zzzsss. You guys should probably do that too. Will catch you guys later for more anime and KPOP updates.

Andy :3

Asian Watcher: SNSD’s The Boys

Hey guys. Today is another edition of Asian Watcher. I’m sorry if you will now start to see the depths of what I know about Asia, but I pretty much have no idea what to feature but what I see online. SNSD’s (a.k.a. So Nyeu Shi Dae or Girl’s Generation) The Boys just launched and so I decided to do a review. I am not a big fan of Girl’s Generation, but it has been a while since they launched a song out. Besides, I loved the video teasers that I watched yesterday. It took a step away from the aegyo (cute) image that Girl’s Generation usually had. 

The Boys is the title track of SNSD’s Third Album. Now, if I’m not mistaken, they released a Korean Version and an English version. I did not want to watch the English version today because it might totally ruin the perspective I have of the Korean version. SNSD is not exactly the best English speakers out there. More so, their management company SM Entertainment has a reputation for ruining the English language of their artists. For instance, just check out Super Junior‘s Mr. Simple. The opening line was, “Because I naughty, naughty”. See? Totally did not make sense.

I love the album cover! It’s so extreme! I love extreme which is probably the reason why I love Narsha of Brown Eyed Girls in Bbi Ri Bba Bba.

Anyhow, the album cover and the teaser photos did a much better job the Super Junior’s Mr. Simple photo teasers. One reason is that the cover, photo teasers and video had a connection. Thematically, I think Girl’s Generation is speaking women empowerment, which was portrayed well in the video. Here’s the vid.


The Good Points

I totally am in-love with the dance. It’s not a dance one would easily remember, but it’s something that suits the girls very much. They have also improved in terms of singing.

Their sense of style is also a lot better than Super Junior. Don’t hate me okay, because I love Super Junior a lot too, but when I saw how they looked, I wanted to search their stylist and torture him/her to death. Anyways, I am loving orange top that Sooyoung has on and Seohyun’s purple lace dress. I love lace! 

I also loved the make-up of the girls! I think I might even attempt (READ HERE: ATTEMPT) to recreate some of their looks. Koreans are generally good-skinned people, and the Korean beauty of all nine girls shone through the video. Here is a complete screenshot of their glamorous looks. This is all glittery and sparkly and totally cool.

For those of you who do not know this group, let me break it down for you really quick. Top left is Jessica. She’s my all-time favorite member because she’ sweet and her voice is so angelic. To her right is Taeyeon. She’s the leader and pretty much the power voice of the group. Second row left is Tiffany. I have a girl crush on this gal’s eye-smile. Next to her is Sunny, who is very childish and cute, and who seems to have transformed to a short-haired gal in this video. Love the hair! Third row left is Seohyun. She’s the youngest. She’s innocent and charming. Next to her is Hyoyeon. This girl can dance her butt of all day and she’s still going to amaze you. Fourth row left is Sooyoung. I think she’s very pretty, don’t you think. She’s also a great dancer. I have a girl-crush on this gal too. Next to her is Yoona. Yoona is dorky and fun and she’s really pretty popular among the boys because she’s pretty. Last but not least is Yuri. Yuri’s body is voluptuous. She’s totally my favorite in this video. 

Here are my ultimate favorite shots favorite shots.

Order in picture Top-Bottom, Left-Right (Jessica, Yuri, Sooyoung, Taeyeon, Yoona, Sunny, Hyoyeon, Sooyoung, Seohyun)

Points I think can be improved

The video was not something I would’ve fallen in love with the first time I saw it, but like Mr. Simple, it kind of grows on me. The video did not have a story though, which I look for in most videos I watch. A story does not necessarily need to be clear, but it has to be evident. In the video, you will see a bunch of girls dancing around and singing and staring at the camera with all fierceness. If there is a story, I am completely confused. If you want to know what I mean by video with a story, see this review I created about Brown Eyed Girl’s video Sixth Sense here.

When I first saw the video and heard the song along with it, I remembered Super Junior’s Mr. Simple and A-cha.

I don’t know if it’s because they’re from the same entertainment company, but the sound of The Boys was a lot similar to the sound of Super Junior’s songs. Maybe the same composer? I don’t know. Another similar thing is the opening sequence before the song actually starts. All the same with Super Junior, the video does not also have a story. 

I also know that some Sones (official fanclub name) might hate me for this, but I think Yoona is overrated. She appears a lot in the video even during the parts that she’s not singing. Yoona is a lot pretty, but when you focus on her a lot in SNSD’s videos, you start to grow tired of her. I saw less of Hyoyeon. She is so underrated. I think she deserves more than two or three shots. 

The song is not something that would easily grow on you, but I think given the fact that SNSD is a total performing group with great coordination and perseverance, I think The Boys would be topping the charts for sure. 


It’s not the best video, but if I am to decide, this is by far my most favorite video of Girl’s Generation. It’s sexy, it’s edgy, it’s fierce and it’s awesome. I simply love it.

If I were to rate it in the Worried Bunny style, I’d give it 4.5 out of 5 bunnies. :3

Okay, I have some fangirling to do so I leave it to you guys to decide whether you liked the video or not. Please let me know through the comments. You can be as honest as possible. Who knows, SM Entertainment might be reading this and they would start planning how to do a better job. A better job means better songs and videos, and that’s what we want, right?

KPOPing here,

Andy :x

P.S. Hey guys, guess what? Yuri is my favorite this time. She’s really sexy. I think I have a girl-crush on her. OMO…. 

© 2011 * All images belong to rightful owners * Screenshots made by author using snapshot option * Screenshots are from SNSD’s Official The Boys music video. 
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