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Korea isn’t a large country. But it has a couple provinces and distinct areas that you may have heard of. How many times do you hear that an idol is from Busan, and has a unique Satoori accent that they’ll show off in variety shows? Well, did you know that there are actually 17 level one administrative divisions in Korea? These include provinces, metropolitan cities, and the capital. In each of these divisions, there are a much larger number of counties, districts, etc. So why not try and make a population map showing where all these idols come from?

There…


When you look at any of the teasers for Hibike! Euphonium, an anime produced by Kyoto Animation (KyoAni), there are four girls. But viewers will confidently say that of the four advertised girls, only two of them get a chance in the spotlight. While there’s nothing intrinsically wrong with that, I couldn’t help but wish the other girls had some screen time in the show. KyoAni fixes this issue by releasing an OVA.

So first of all, what is an OVA? An OVA stands for “Original Video Animation” according to Google, but its just a label for a special. Your…


If you’re a fan of any Kpop group (or anything in general), you want to know as much as you can about the members. Little peaks at the person behind the idol are often some of the fans’ favorite things about Kpop groups. One of those little details comes in the form of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality test. This test is used to sort you into one of 16 potential personality types based on your preferences in four categories. You can use this description to summarize things like if you’re an extrovert vs. …


Avatar the Last Airbender was recently added to Netflix, causing a new audience to discover and fall in love with this famous animated series. My friend had just finished a rewatch, and he couldn’t help but bemoan to me that he wished there was more to watch. I recommended Legend of Korra, but my friend wanted to watch the cast he had come to love over the course of three seasons.

“So why not read some FanFiction?” I asked.

He thought that idea was ridiculous. And I don’t blame him. FanFiction (fanfics) gets a bad reputation on the internet for…


Kpop is gaining a huge amount of popularity internationally. Captained by BTS’ success in the West, Korean pop music has become one of the most recognized music genres/scenes in the world. But for all the renown Kpop has garnered, you might be surprised to learn that Kpop isn’t necessarily the most popular genre in Korea.

What do I mean? There are lots of famous Kpop groups, and even more unknown ones. But when you look at the domestic music charts, you’ll find that the groups most famous abroad rarely crack the top of the streaming charts. There are other artists…


r/twice and r/twicemedia vs. r/twicememes

In late 2018, user u/Godspeedme made a post measuring the popularity of each member of the popular Kpop group, TWICE, in r/twice and r/twicemedia. They took all the posts for each given promotion period, measured the number of posts and the accumulated upvotes, and used them to rank the popularity of each member during a promotion period. I reference it in my first post, where I try to find reasons behind the popularity of members in r/twicememes.

But I actually wanted to learn how to do my own Reddit scrape, and decided to use their posts as a basis. I’ve…


I don’t really keep up with anime as much as I used to. But the praise for “A Place Further than the Universe” (too long, I’ll call it “a place”) convinced me to give it a shot, and I am very thankful that I gave this show a chance. This show follows the adventures of four girls on their quest to visit Antartica: their motivations, how they get there, and what they do once they get there.

To start with: this show definitely appears to be a cute girls doing cute things show. And in some ways, it is. But…

Paul

Avid reader, lazy writer. I write about Kpop too: paukshop.wordpress.com

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