Kpop in a world of Jpop

I’m sure a lot of people reading this blog don’t know this about me, because there’s never really a time to mention it, but I am a Kpop fan. Now, I’m not a huge, OMG Kpop is the best ever, kind of Kpop fan. But I do enjoy a decent amount of Kpop. The only reason I don’t listen to Kpop more is because I can’t pronounce Korean. And believe it or not, not being able to sing along to a song or pronounce a singer’s name does hinder my love for it a lot. But maybe that’s just me. (Also, please don’t say, “Just learn to pronounce Korean, seriously it’s no big deal,” because I have been trying to and it is extremely difficult. I long for the days when I was learning to pronounce Japanese because it’s a cake walk in comparison.)

The reason I’m brining this subject up at all, is because, as many of you know, this last year we have an influx of Kpop idols debuting in Japan. Big Bang, CN BLUE, FT Island, KARA, 4MINUTE, T-ara, Supernova, and SNSD. And I actually might be missing some. Now since they’re idols in Japan now, and this is an idol blog, I was thinking of maybe covering the Kpop groups’ activities in Japan. But I’ve been stopping myself. And do you want to know the reason for this? It’s simple really.

The reason is, the fans themselves. I’m sure most of the Jpop and Kpop fans reading this will instantly know what I’m talking about. And to those that don’t might find my reasoning silly. But for some reason there’s this tremendous fan war going on between Kpop and Jpop fans. And honestly, I’ve seen most of the hate on the Kpop side. When I’m bored I like to go on youtube to watch Kpop vs Jpop videos. And 8/10 times the videos are extremely biased for the Kpop side. In one video the actual vs was Morning Musume’s Love Machine vs some Kpop girl group’s song from 2010. But the worst part of these videos are reading the fan comments.

Over the months of reading fan comments the general consensus among Kpop fans is: that Kpop is superior in every way because they are sexier, not cutesy or cookie cutter like Jpop, can actually sing, are better dancers, and the overall music is better. I even read someone say that Jpop idol groups are for pedophiles who do nothing but watch anime.
And the general consensus among Jpop fan is: Kpop is unoriginal, at least Jpop has it’s own style, Jpop lyrics have more meaning, and Kpop copies from America too much.

I think the funniest part to all of this is the so called negatives for each side is why I like Kpop and Jpop. I love Kpop because it’s so similar to the kind of American music that I like. And it stands to reason that if I like it sung in English, I’m gonna like it sung in Korean. And I love Jpop because it is a nice escape from the overly sexiness of American music. It’s just cute, innocent, and upbeat.

Another thing that I dislike about Korean fans is just how biased they are. Anytime a Korean artist debuts in Japan Korean fans/blogs basically say how this will be the greatest thing to happen to Japanese music ever. Of course this group will totally dominate Japan, obviously because they are Korean. It won’t be long before they are beating established artists. Korean fans also basically cried that they are absent from this year’s Kohaku. They really think that they should get everything handed to them because of what they did already in Korea. Some artists have only been in Japan for 1 year-a couple months. This is AAA’s first time in Kohaku. It took them 5 years to get there. And honestly if Big Bang was there instead of AAA, I would be beyond angry.

In a way, it’s outrageous fans like this that make me want to support Jpop more. And sometimes I even hope Kpop artists fail. Which is pretty insane. I’m basically being dragged into a feud that’s so shallow and opinionated, that it shouldn’t even exist. And since I doubt Kpop fans are going to chill anytime soon, I most likely won’t be covering Kpop acts. No matter how much I do like CN BLUE, FT Island, SNSD, and 4MINUTE.

Here’s Kpop Vs Jpop female idol version

Here’s Kpop Vs Jpop male idol version

Korea vs. America

BoA’s highly anticipated US single, Eat Up, has released two versions of the music video this past week. Also her American site is up and running you might want to check that out. http://www.boaamerica.com/
There’s also a link to audition for SM USA. Which is too amazing for words.

All I can say is they made a huge mistake with the American version.
The Asian one just flows better. It’s one consistent storyline in the video. And this version really shows off the dance moves. BoA also demands attention in it and shows that she’s is “the best of Asia.” And the chandelier falling causing a fire is defiantly an awesome effect. This version would have worked 100 times better in America. The cockiness in this video would work. Every American artist has that, I’m the greatest person on the planet feel.

The American one isn’t all bad. It just really fails to compete with the Asian version. I’m not a big fan of everything in the American version being cg, it just makes it look weird. And in a good chunk of the video she looks like a vampire wearing orange lipstick. And dare I say it she might not be “flirtatious” enough. The come get me poses are nothing compared to the sex appeal that artist like the Pussycat Dolls have. They also had a little 10 second scene of BoA almost kissing some random American guy. Which could also be some indirect way of trying to make her more racialy accepted.

Now I’m all for BoA making it in the US, but I’m being realistic. It’s very hard for a new artist to be welcomed with open arms, not to mention a foreign artist. And I honestly don’t think this particular song is good enough to make any huge impression on American charts. Sorry BoA fans it will take a miracle for this particular song to launch her career overseas. Hopefully her next single will be more generic.

So here are her new videos. You make the choice of which one is really better.

Asian version

American version