Ugh, this was almost painful to watch.
I just finished watching the first two episodes of Sunao Ni Narenakute. Not bad. I can’t decide whether Jaejoong’s character is endearing or annoying, but it’s probably too early to tell. Jaejoong’s acting job is better than expected; however, you have to admit that they gave him a pretty easy role to act.
(On another note, Eita might have just become my newest obsession.)
But after watching this episode of Waratte Iitomo…well, it seems like nowadays, the members are at their best when they don’t have to be themselves.
This is the thing about DBSK: They’re perfect when they’re all together. They’re disasters when they’re apart.
None of them started out as solo-star material as trainees, so they debuted together, and in working together, they learned to be in sync with each other, and in being in sync with each other, they deviated further and further away from picking up qualities that make a great solo star, ranging from personal traits to technical skills. How many of Junsu’s inner torments are revealed on Japanese variety shows because the other members egg him on? Who’s gonna do that when Junsu goes solo? How has Yunho been able to achieve a lower and lower bass every time they come out with acappella tracks? Who the eff is he going to harmonize with when he’s by himself? Who is Changmin going to snark on? Who’s gonna make Jaejoong dance less like some kind of weirdly drugged bird? Who’s Yoochun gonna rub his crappy preference of wearing flip flops on?
I am expecting people to argue with me already, but if they all went solo, I don’t think their success is going to go beyond having a core group of fans outside of the ones that already liked them from DBSK days. They will never achieve the same level of success as what they’ve achieved as a group together. This is the way Korean pop culture works in Korea. Groups always do better than the solo artists that come out of a group’s disbandment.
I’m sure Yoochun and Jaejoong would do the ballad thing and Changmin might do the light ballad & maybe light dancing thing, and Yunho would maybe perform the same kind of music that Junsu would perform. The only member that is well-rounded enough to breeze through the traditional requirements of Kpop idoldom is Junsu, what with the perfect dancing and singing, but I don’t really see Junsu as having that solo star quality about him, and I love the boy to death. I have never once been impressed by any of their solo performances during Korean or Japanese concerts and none of them have ever wow’ed me with performances by themselves. Together though, they can pretty much blow everything else away.
I’m mad that the five of them didn’t sue together. I’m disappointed in the shitty way that the Korean idol system works. I’m pissed off at the way SM is not trying harder — DBSK is the biggest economic asset they’ve ever had, and could’ve KEPT having. Adjusting their contracts in order to allow the five members to earn more money is not going to be a huge loss compared to the money the group could have continued to earn the company.
Korea’s idol system just needs a bigass rehaul. It shouldn’t be done at the expense of the industry losing one of its best groups.
Let the carnage begin. I’ll still be around to support, but it’ll be hard to not wish for them–the real them–back.