2010 was the best year for Hallyu, correct me if I’m wrong, but around that time KPOP was starting to be globally accepted and the hype was getting bigger and bigger. It’s just about the year when Nobody by Wonder Girls and Sorry Sorry by Super Junior conquered international charts and boy, did the Philippines love the whole KPOP industry. That time, big groups such as SHINee, 4Minute, BEAST, 2ne1, and a lot more were in their early years from debut. As years have passed, honestly in my college years (2011 – 2014), I didn’t get to update myself much with KPOP. Probably from twelve hours a day of KPOP updating and watching videos, it went down to just around four to five hours a day. I just recently got back to full time fan-girling after I graduated. A lot of things have changed since then.
It’s quite heartbreaking for me to see my biases get in relationships and even get married! I know, I know, it’s a little bit immature and also very selfish but I guess every fan just has that side to them but it’s definitely nothing destructive, of course. My ultimate bias before was Sungmin from Super Junior but since he’s in military now and he surprised everyone with his marriage to a fellow theatre actor, he just hasn’t been in spotlight since then. I’m glad though that the only thing that’s keeping Super Junior incomplete is military service, they seem to be still as tight as they have always been. I’m happy that I got to watch their latest Super Show here in Manila. It was definitely one of the best concerts I’ve been to, especially that it was the first Super Show Heechul appeared at after his military service.
2011 KBS GAYO DAEJUN
It’s such a pain to see that a lot of KPOP groups are now incomplete or disbanded. Girls Generation, BEAST, 2ne1, f(x) and others have had their fare share of internal differences causing a member to depart. It’s sad to see some idol groups rise and fall so quickly, it feels surreal. I guess it’s normal somehow that these people learn to understand more their career that the longer they stay in the business, the more they know which kind of path would be more beneficial for them. It’s something that we have to deal with, as fans, sooner or later if one of our favorite groups would end up in these incidences, we’re just gonna have to understand them and support them. They are people as well, and we should just be there for them because that’s just how a fan should be. Always supportive, never indifferent.
Just this morning 4Minute disbanded. It feels weird! What are music festivals without them? Gayo Daejun? Dream Concert? I have no idea exactly why they chose to disband but one theory I have is that, the Hallyu Wave today is filled with very young guys and girls, and their fellow artists who are in the same company are very young too. It could possibly be the pressure that the people would prefer the youngins over them? I don’t know exactly but that’s what it seems like. I have nothing against KPOP groups who debuted 2012 onwards, I mean, I love EXO, GOT7, EXID, Red Velvet, and etc. One thing that I noticed though is that they are really very different from their sunbaes, it’s pretty much incomparable. For whatever future entails for my favorite groups like SNSD, SuJu, BEAST, BIGBANG and etc., I sure wish that they all leave the KPOP scene smoothly. I don’t think I’m ready to accept my favorite groups disbanding in the future but nevertheless, the best we can do now is enjoy the fact that most of them are still making music and as much as possible they try to keep up with their young competitors. At the end of the day, it’s the hoobaes that look up to the sunbaes.