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When I read that Matsumoto Jun and Inoue Mao are rumoured to be dating (Thanks, Koala, for that bombshell), a little something lit up in my brain and my synapses dissolved into a mush of wonder and fascination.

Jun & Mao? (Hana Yori Dango)

This, you have to realize, is a deep and terrible confession. You see, I happen to think that “shipping” acting couples, i.e., loving an onscreen couple so much that you want them to date in real-life, is pointless and borderline creepy. Actors are usually nothing like their onscreen persona (otherwise, unless they have a very limited repertoire, they would be schizophrenic) and it’s a bit weird and delusional to have one’s real and television/fantasy worlds so mixed up like that. And it’s pointless, because it doesn’t mean anything. Many co-stars do fall in love with each other, understandably when they spend so much time with each other and presumably share passions and life concerns that few others understand. Equally, I’m sure many co-stars come to loathe each other deeply after having to work closely together. It’s really pure chance, whether or not co-actors end up inimical, in love, or indifferent to each other in real life. And really has no bearing on the strength of the story they were acting out. You know, all because the actors get together, doesn’t mean that their screen love was true.

So goes my rational mind. But when I caught wind of the Matsumoto-Inoue rumour, I couldn’t get over it. Partly because it came out of the blue – I’d no idea they’ve been rumoured to be together for years. And partly because Domyouji and Makino hold such a place in my heart. I was so taken, a re-watch of Hana Yori Dango (TBS, 2005) was in order.

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Okay, Everybody! I’m starting Shin Don! Woot woot!

Shin Don poster

What, you may ask, is the big deal? What, indeed, is Shin Don?

Why, merely the best k-drama of all time, as rated by the venerable Mr X in his Vault. And merely 61 episodes long. And merely starring… Oh Man Seok! Oh, and other acting luminaries such as Son Chang Min and Jung Bo Seok. Merely written by the master, Jung Ha Yeon, who brought us Flames of Ambition, La Dolce Vita, Queen Insoo and the recent Cruel Palace – War of Flowers. And merely directed by Kim Jin Min of Time Between Dog and Wolf and La Dolce Vita.

So, creatures. Who is joining me in this orgy?

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So. I’ve had a bad week at work. What do I do to let off steam? Why, rant on my blog, of course!

The grumpy post of today is: The Myth of the Army Abs. Let’s give it a rest, shall we?

Lee Dong Wook

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OMS cover

I once said I was a bad fangirl in the sense that I didn’t go ga-ga for any particular actor. And it was true. At least, until now. Because, as of late, I have developed a monumental crush on… Oh Man Seok 오만석 (nickname: “Manzzang” meaning “The man, the best”). I’m so obsessed right now, I probably should be embarrassed. But I’m not ashamed, because I adore him so much and I feel that it is perfectly natural that any right-thinking k-drama lover must be devoted to him.

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Evasive Inquiry Agency (or Mixed-Up Investigative Agency) has been a love affair for me in more ways than one. I love the show, with all its quirkiness and heart. And I have fallen in love with the gangster boss. WHO, I asked myself, is this MAGNETIC actor? And where has he been all my life?

I’ve hesitated to blog about my mega crush on Park Hee Soon because, well, it’s kinda embarrassing. Also, I have some vague notion of keeping my blog spazz-free and classy (ha ha). But without too much pushing from my enabling friend Thundie (evidence here) I thought, Oh what the heck.

(Only very faintly spoilery fangirlying and picspamming after the break. Enter at your peril…)

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