Heartstrings

I was never a big fan of Korean dramas (I love Jdramas even more). But when I was watching this series (during the long weekend), I told myself, “I guess I’m a fan after all ^^.”  Heartstrings a.k.a. You’ve Fallen For Me is a 2011 Korean drama series which starred CN Blue Band Leader, Jung Yong Hwa and Park Shin Hye.

Here’s the plot from wiki:

Lee Shin is a university student majoring in modern music. He is also the vocalist and guitarist of the band “The Stupid.” Shin is known for his good looks, cocky personality, and strong passion for music. Everyone sees him as a cold-hearted person, but he’s actually soft inside. He lacks interest in anything unrelated to music and has neither dreams nor plans for the future. He initially likes Jung Yoon Soo, a dance professor at university, but this all changes when he meets Lee Gyu Won.

Lee Gyu Won is a bright and outgoing student who was born into a prestigious family and is majoring in traditional Korean instruments, especially the gayageum. Kyu Won’s grandfather, Lee Dong Gun, is one of the top 3 traditional musicians of his age and his biggest wish is to see his granddaughter become a traditional music prodigy. Trying to live up to her grandfather’s expectations, Kyu Won immerses herself in training and becomes a university student who knows nothing outside of her studies. As her friends are fans of “The Stupid”, she was forced to go to the band’s concert with them. There she saw Lee Shin performing live, and is immediately captivated by him. From there, the two begin a romantic relationship that makes the viewers’ heart beat.

It really made my heart beat especially when Shin started falling in love with Gyu Won. Cold-hearted Shin started to show his soft and sweet side. ^^

Shin added a cushion on his bicycle so that Gyu Won could seat comfortably (this was after their school trip ^^).

They even bought couple’s bear phone chains (with their respective musical instruments – gayageum for Gyu Won and Guitar for Shin) even though Shin dislike couple stuffs. Eventually, Shin took Gyu Won’s chain and exchanged it with his.

I just watched it from dramacrazy, but since I just can’t get enough of Lee Shin and Gyu/Kyu Won, I downloaded the series at mehanata site. I also love the soundtracks. And yes, I also downloaded the tracks. Check it at Alice-chen’s world. ^^

Here’s Shin singing the OST of the series: You’ve Fallen For Me. ^^

Here’s Gyu Won singing the OST of the series: The Day We Fell In Love. ^^

The series also introduced me to CN Blue, a Korean rock band which consists of Jung Yong Hwa (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Lee Jong Hyun (lead guitar, vocals), Lee Jung Shin (bass guitar, vocals) and Kang Min Hyuk (drums, vocals). Yong Hwa (Lee Shin) and Min Hyuk (Jun Hee) were both cast from the series. I really love their songs. Hopefully, I will have a separate post for them soon. ^^

The series will be aired on ABS-CBN starting January 2, 2012. I think it will replace Helena’s Promise. Too bad it’s not on prime time. >_<

Anime Genre

Anime is a Japanese word for animation. It is a specific style of hand-drawn or computer-generated graphics characterized by vibrant characters depicted in stark colors with often embellished or overstated features. Within the classification there are several genres and subgenres. Many works may fall into more than one anime genre.

Types by Genre:
There are several basic classifications of anime by genre.
  1. Action/adventure – usually involves martial arts, weapons and some form of battle.
  2. Drama – stresses character development and relationships.
  3. Game-based – develops from a card game or board game.
  4. Horror – involves dark themes and the supernatural.
  5. Sci-fi – based on technology and is often futuristic.
  6. Progressive – classified as a stylized art film.
Types by Demographics:
Different types of anime may be classified by demographics, or by target audience.
  1. Kodomo – marketed for preschool children.
  2. Shoujo – for young girls.
  3. Shounen – for young boys.
  4. Seinen – generally targeted at college students and younger businessmen, seinen comics and anime differ from young-male targeted shounen in their more realistic characterization and more complex and grounded stories. They frequently feature graphic violent content and direct sexuality. Settings range from more developed science fiction and fantasy worlds to the real world.
  5. Josei – generally targeted at college students and older women, josei comics and anime usually feature real-world or otherwise realistic settings, with stories focused on character drama and adult romance and relationships. Josei stories tend to me more reserved than their younger-audience-focused shoujo relatives, with more emphasis on realistic emotional drama than exaggerated romance and tragedy.
Types by Theme:
Anime may also be classified by theme.
  1. Bishoujo – involves very attractive and beautiful girls.
  2. Bishounen – involves pretty guys with girlish beauty.
  3. Sentai – has fighting teams.
  4. Mecha – exhibits robots and machines.
  5. Post-Apocalyptic – portrays what happens in a post-apocalyptic world.
  6. Mahou Shoujo – about magical girl stories.
  7. Mahou Shounen – about magical boy stories.
  8. Moe – utilizes cute, perky characters that may be weak or naïve.
  9. Expertise – based on a skill such as a sport, art or even cooking ability.
  10. Sex – a big part of anime targeted toward males and females between 18 and 30 years of age.
  11. Lolicon – includes the sexualization of an underage female.
  12. Shotacon – includes the sexualization of an underage male.
  13. Harem – a male character involved with multiple women.
  14. Reversed Harem –  has female character involved with several men.
  15. Magical Girlfriend – has one man and with an inhuman girlfriend She may be either alien or supernatural.
  16. Hentai – has a storyline that is sexually explicit.
  17. Ecchi – includes perversion or indecent sexuality.
  18. Yuri or Shoujo Ai – includes bisexual or lesbian girls in the plot.
  19. Shounen Ai – has gay male characters with no sex scenes.
  20. Yaoi – has gay male characters with sex scenes.
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