BTS

Any way you slice it, BTS pretty much saved my life (here).

Like I said earlier, I was at my weakest, saddest and lowest point ever, and while searching for something to watch on YouTube, I clicked on Trending and saw them singing along with James Corden and was instantly smitten!

They were a beacon of light in the darkness, or rather my darkness!

I’ve always sorta’ heard about the boys, but never really gave them a second glance, up until they appeared on Carpool Karaoke on The Late Late Show With James Corden back in early March (which was trending on YouTube at the time)… and for almost 17 minutes, my heart palpitations were forgotten!

I knew next to nothing about them, but once I watched the video (first and last episode I’ve ever watched of Carpool Kareoke), I quickly became interested in BTS!

Their were so many of them (7 in total) and they all looked so cute and the chemistry between them was very endearing! They were all just so very, very charming!

Once the video ended, the next one after that was BTS Performs “On” at Grand Central Terminal on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

As it turns out, these guys were wonderful entertainers! They really put on a show!

In fact, they put me in the mind-set of my first K-Pop loves H.O.T. and Shin Hwa from back in the day (1999 to be exact).

I mean… WOW!

After that, I was obsessed (to this day) with the all-male South Korean Boy Band called Bangtan Boys (acronym for the Korean expression Bangtan Sonyeondan meaning Bulletproof Boy Scouts) also known as BTS!

I spent hours watching songs and videos and clips of them on YouTube, of which there were many (an almost endless supply)! Apparently, everyone else loved these boys too!

Unfortunately, when I shared the videos with my nieces and nephew, I quickly realized they could not tell the boys apart!

Once the lockdown was lifted and my friends began visiting me, I noticed that they couldn’t tell the boys apart either!

Not that my friends or family read my blog, but I figured I’d go through the members of BTS from oldest to youngest and share what I like about them (and how to tell them apart -_-) and so on.

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Nicki Minaj – Chun-Li

The first time I heard this song, I was unimpressed. Few months later, outta’ nowhere, this song literally starts playing in my dream (inception much?) and now I’m kinda’ into it!

Chun-Li was actually my favorite character in Street Fighter! Although Vega/Balrog (Spanish character, sports a wolverine-esqe claw and wears an iron mask on his face) is a close second, because both Vega and Chun-Li were pretty speedy! Back in the day, we would all huddle around this really, really small tv (hand-me-down from my dad, which we reserved for gaming) and play Street Fighter II on the SNES for hours on end. If you lost, you’d have to hand the controller to the next person. If you won, you kept playing. We’d all take turns trying to dethrone the winner. In the interest of full disclosure, I used to cheat (I was a kid, okay?) by trapping my opponent in a corner using Chun-Li’s Lightning Kick, until their character’s health was depleted and I’d win.

I’d get such a kick (lawl) out of the bonus levels!

Consequentially, I was no longer “allowed” to choose Chun-Li lol That’s okay though because there was a Street Fighter Arcade Game at one of those sea-side restaurants (I believe it was Shrimpy) on Blajat Street. I’d be minding my own business, trying to finish the game, when a group of giants (everyone looks like a giant when you’re a kid) would strut in, take one look at me (in my pigtails and overalls lawl) and just assume that they could take me, which is why I’d get immense satisfaction trapping them in a corner, until my food was ready. Good times! lol Arcade-wise, I sorta’ stopped playing Street Fighter because King of Fighters was more fun (you got to pick 3 characters). I always used to hate the arcade version of Tekken (so slow) but when it started getting faster, I sorta’ got more into it. There were so many places that had Arcade Games back in the day and I might be remembering this wrong, but I believe that you could just pop in a 100 fils coin to activate the game and start playing, as opposed to nowadays where you have to buy a token (that can cost your entire life savings, easily).

When Tekken 6 came out, I finished the game, twice, using Alisa (the robot girl, because she’s super fast) and Angel (because she’s… pretty. lawl). Incidentally, both characters happened to have wings! Anyways, in the middle of Dead Risings 3, my character was surrounded by zombies, which made me panic, which in turn sent me into random button-mashing mode and outta’ nowhere, the main character executed Ryu‘s Dragon Punch! He literally yelled out “Shoryuken“! We all died laughing! Street Fighter and Dead Rising were both developed by Capcom (which should explain the cross-overs) but still, it was so unexpected, which is why I found it hilarious! It also made me miss Street Fighter so I went back to it and finished Street Fighter IV using Hakan (slippery Turkish Oil Wrestler) just because his character kept saying “Seriously?” which cracked me up (I’m easily amused).

Back to the point of this post, for some reason, the live action versions of Anime, Video Games, and so on, usually tend to… suck. Super Mario Bros (1993) was trash! The original Street Fighter (1994) despite including Van Damme as part of the cast (Kylie Minogue as Cammy lol) was a trainwreck! Somehow, Mortal Kombat (1995) was even worse! The list goes on and on and on.

However, Machinima released Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist (live action web-series) which was pretty awesome! Ken looked like a low-rent Tom Cruise and everyone mostly talked in English, but the whole thing was so good, regardless. The fight scenes choreography was just… *mmmwha* perfection! Prior to that, they’d released Mortal Kombat: Legacy (Season 1 here) which was insanely good! My favorite episode was the one featuring Raiden (here). Both shows were successful enough to get a second season.

Just goes to show the difference between being money-hungry (churning out garbage as quickly as possible for a quick buck) and being a true fan (resulting in quality work, born of love)!