— Notes from the author: I was supposed to publish this post during the time the second MV was released, but due to fever, migranes, and foot injury, I wasn’t able to finish this, so pardon my tardiness.
Until now, my foot is still killing me, but I can walk fine, unlike a few days ago.
“Hey! What a coincidence!”
Good thing those painkillers are e~ffec~ti~iiiiive~~~~.
Before February closed, the boys were back with the single “Suri Suri” or Spellbound as the English title suggests.
Since it’s the time of the month, I shall give a special highlight to my bias of the week… Yunnie-bunny-oppa!!!
“Yes, that kind of TIME OF THE MONTH!”
YAY HORMONAL IMBALANCE!!!
I apologize for that.
The MV starts with these two playing roulette with cards, which, I am not sure how you play roulette with cards. Realistically speaking, if your husband or life partner is so into gambling, you might run into problems like this:
“Oppa! Are those my Tiffanys? Put that back! I ain’t giving you permission to gamble those away!”
The money they are gambling with is freakier than any unregulated tender.
“Erm… not sure what these money can buy?”
And that guy is just as coy as ever.
Dictated by Korean culture of seniority, oppa is responsible for paying everything…
“The food bill alone is a killer. MUST. STEAL. MORE. TIFFANYS.”
…which makes this coy bastard smirking at his adversary.
“Win or lose, you pay for all of these!”
Somehow, makes me think that their are not betting on the muniez, but who picks up the tab, since this duo have a difficulty agreeing with each other.
The music video’s theme is no different from the “Great Gatsby” treatment they’ve done with Something. From following SME’s trend, they seem to stick to one treatment as long as it still works until we, the fans are so sick and tired of it.
Remember their 360 cam obsession back then?
Dance steps are shot in continuous like in EXO’s Growl. And something tells me, they’ll be sticking to this type of MV for a long time just like their 360 cam and Skrillex episode.
In the past, KPop MV’s are just as creepy as fudge when they just introduce one girl or boy to the mix in a feeble attempt to stop fans hunting down that model / actress. One thing that made me happy about TVXQ’s new gimmick is that they have incorporated more women dancers in their dance routine and MV’s… which, I am so adding this move to my roster of terribly awkward spazzy dances.
“Yay! Spazzing over oppa ri~iiight here!”
This time, the female dancers are interacting with these guys more intimately, which makes the steps more believable for a love song.
The set is the usual box room, but it is not as impressive as the set in Something.
SME has received a lot of flak from international netizens because of their incessant use of box rooms. I am not complaining though, ‘cos if it works them, then they can do a hundred more box MV’s. Besides, they’ve been doing that box thing like forever.
It’s quick, it doesn’t take forever to set-up and it doesn’t take much of the idols’ energy, they just have to stay in one place and dance. Contrary to what others believe, they have done exceptional drama MV’s such as BoA’s Disturbance (featuring TaeMan) and Before You Go. Let us note that their idols spew new singles almost every month, if given such a short time, then their staff have to go for the quickest route, not unless if you are willing to wait for eons like EXOtics.
Box MV’s if done correctly can show the production team’s creativity and the band’s dance moves, but… given all of SME’s profit and talented staff who can whip up a concept on the go, isn’t it time to step up their game?
Just sayin’ SME, you take a lot of inspiration from the other peninsula, and you have your SM Rookies.
The second MV feels like EXO’s Growl 2. Shot continuously, but added some editing fancy to spice it up a bit. In this version, the boys costumes keep on changing in certain parts of the song.
The transition is seamless, until the 2:45 mark, when Yunho hands over the card to Changmin, I dunno if it’s just my hypersensitivity that the microsecond jump shocked my senses.
As for the costume changes, I know that this suggestion will wear down the boys (and the crew) further, but to make this effect fancier, the costume changes should be more than three or four outfits for a perfect blink effect. Therefore giving the video editor more room for creativity.
“Because you can obviously see how many times oppa had these hands smeared all over him take after take.”
In both MV’s, there was a ton of Changmin close-ups, which I only find in Japanese PV’s… During the day, I customize my screen to what I call the Panic Screen, it’s basically a bunch of Adobe software lined up perfectly with my email window and a tiny tab for MV’s. It works like a charm to my focus, I don’t know how, but it really does, not when there’s a lot of Changmin close-ups. My brain shuts down completely for whatever reasons!
“Changmin! Stop distracting noona! You can perfectly breathe on your own!”
Seriously, I have to drop everything for a while when this shot comes up!
“Swiper! No SWIPING!”
While Lord Voldemin is having a shot of his life in a Korean MV, I am noticing something with oppa’s scenes. O_O~
“YH to Mr. Director: Is this really necessary?”
I know Miss Dancer is not really reaching down his “feels” but… uhhh~ okay Mr. Director, whatever angle floats your boat.
About the song… well, be ready to have your “DB5K” thread stroked…
…well, if it really does, but I’m putting a disclaimer anyway!
From what I remember, SPELLBOUND is an alternative meaning to DB5K’s epic single “Mirotic” as JJ coined the term from the word “Miro” which means maze, and if you are stuck in the maze of love, then it is like you are under a spell! SPELLBOUND is also the title of Mirotic’s remix version that was played in their last Asia Tour as five.
I am not here to impose some conspiracy theories, but whether the title is a coincidence or not, both are really nice songs.
But there is no stopping me from mentioning the former.
Mirotic’s lyrics are more carnal… venting on… well, depends on your interpretation, it may sound like a crime of passion or that weird fetish we call S&M.
“Uhm, I’m not sure about that though.”
But to me it sounds like the first one.
“I don’t care if you are freakin’ Micky Yoochun, but if I see you creepin’ on me like that! I am calling the cops!”
Before this conversation turns societal and culturally ugly, girls, remember… respect yourselves and other girls first, and oppa will respect you back. Which is greater than having them remember you as one of those creepy sasaengs who do terrible things. Araseeoyo?
Aside from the sinful interpretation, Mirotic is also a message song for Cassiopeias and BIGEASTs who have held on strong in the fandom for the last five years. Unlike their Japanese counterparts, Korean boybands have a short career lifespan and it is already a feat if they lasted for more than five years. 2008 was DB5K’s fifth year and presumably, the epoch of their careers, but what follows broke the hearts of many fans, and even stepped on some political sensitivities of both Japan and Korea.
If we try to look at the MV and the lyrics in a more positive light, the Red girl suppose to represent Cassiopeia. Who through thick and thin has stood by their side, relentlessly following every activity they had and purchasing album after album even at some point meant destroying their own lives. Even if… in real life, oppa will never ever know of their presence except in numbers.
“What is love? What! It’s now meant by the Red Ocean”
Even if the original intention of Jaejoong or SME were wholesome, the tunes were derived from Sarah Connor’s Under My Skin which is sexual in nature. Some of it’s remnants ended up in the Korean lyrics, ‘cos I’m not sure if it has more recall in Korean or they are keeping it consistent with the original, but the chorus was easy for me to memorize.
“Can I just say that she has fantastic long legs?”
My cray-cray Cassiopeia side of me has no courage to compare Mirotic to any song of the trio, or duo, or quintet, since I got to this “devil’s ride” when I saw Mirotic. I started to worship Changmin and what happened next is a downward spiral to Crazyville and sleepless nights.
BACK TO SURI SURI.
Do they really have to assign the “food” part to Changmin?
“This noona is not paying for your dinner!”
The lyrics, like their banner song Something, has impressed me for going beyond saranghaeyo. These words really sound like a guy who wants his girl to stay, well… I’m going in my late twenties later this year and if some kid will try to woo me with a plain saranghaeyo, you ain’t getting anywhere. The words compose a mature love song to cater to long time Cassiopeias who, by now are awaiting or have heard these from their boyfriends or husbands.
If you are in my age… this is just as sweet as fudge, the literal fudge.
“Yes… chocolate fudge. 676 calories! WHOSE COUNTING THEM ANYWAY!” (dbsknights)
What is also amazing is, in spite of the dance routine’s many skinship moments, the lyrics do not bear much physical or suggestive sexual innuendos at all.
“But that doesn’t stop me from wanting this chunk of Korean meat at all!”
THE FINAL VERDICT:
My score is pretty high, not because I am a Cassiopeia, but I really think this is really good.
From comments I keep on reading on pages and forums, fans always say that the repackage single is always better than the banner song. To that I agree. Is that part of their marketing strategy to keep us buying the same thing more than twice?
If so, it is working.
And oh, Changmin, my fling with Yunho oppa only lasts for a week every month. Don’t worry, this cray-cray noona loves you neomu, neomu much.
Even if this crazy noona is just one of the thousands of other crazy noonas out there
to get you! Hohoho, hehehe, hahaha!!! *smiles at the last GIF creepily*
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