#ChalkAsks: Which K-Pop Group Turned You Into a Fanboy?
Karen Jane Ng
You should know by now that K-pop stans aren't all in it for the idols' looks, thirst trap photos, or OTP ships. We aren't all about online fanwars or trending Twitter hashtags. We aren't a creepy stalkish cult; we aren't on drugs or crazy -we just sometimes use the word to describe our unexplainable feelings. We're not abusive of our parents' love for us to buy us merch. We aren't all screaming teenage girls, and, most especially, we aren't all girls.
Over the past generations of Korean music, the industry has gotten itself the most diverse legion of fans from around the world, connecting people of same passion in spite of different nationality, language, social class, and, yes, gender. Fanboys exist, and that's what we're saying. And which K-pop act is responsible for this? We asked a few.
"First group ever na napanood ko is yung music video ng "Make A Wish (Genie") ng Girls' Generation. I immediately got into it kasi nung time na 'yon sobrang nabonggahan ako dun sa mga set design nila sa music video. Tapos bukod sa catchy yung song niya, super ganda rin ng choreography kasi kitang-kita mo na super synchronized nila tapos 'pag titignan mo parang effortless lang sa kanila yung ginagawa nila, on point lahat. 'Yung visuals, 'yung mga boses, tsaka 'yung sayaw. Weird kasi syempre ibang language pero may feeling na parang gusto mo siya mapanood and mapakinggan palagi. Naalala ko wala pa akong cellphone nung time na 'yon. Pumupunta lang lagi ako sa computer shop tapos naka-repeat lang sya na nagpe-play sa YouTube." -Albert, 22
"Girls' Generation! They have very catchy and unique sounds, all of them are individually talented, and they're a group that fits any concept well." -Ken, 23
"I think it was Twice because when I first saw their "Signal" MV, I started to get really into them." -Jared, 13
"Twice. Kasi may unique charms bawat member and supportive sa isa’t isa since Sixteen era. 'Di rin nakafocus yung spotlight sa iisang member lang." -Benedict, 22
"Twice, kasi super cute nila pati yung songs nila napaka innocent at cute." -Aaron, 24
"Twice is the name of the group na fan ako. Mahilig kasi ako sa mga kantang may laman na aral. Yung kanta nilang "One in a Million" is one of the songs na sobrang na-aappreciate ko ,saka yung "Feel Special." "One in a Million" tells you to be unique in your own way, and "Feel Special" encourages you to love and feel loved in various situations." -Rayne, 23
"IU. Ang ganda-ganda niya kasi. Gusto ko 'yung pag-acting niya. Sa kaklase ko din (unang narinig siya,) 'yung talagang fan ng K-pop and K-drama. Everytime kasi na pupuntahan namin 'yon sa kanila. nanonood ng K-drama. Ni-recommend niya sa 'kin Hotel del Luna." -Edrein, 21
"2NE1. Kasi that time si mami mahilig bilhan ako ng random CD na punong-puno ng mga MV ng favorite kong kanta noon. Nagkataon nandun yung "Lollipop" MV ng 2NE1 at BIGBANG. So napaka colorful ng MV and ang catchy ng lyircs kaya pinaulit-ulit ko 'yun every day hanggang sa isang araw na pinabayaan ko na lang na hindi umulit 'yung MV na yun, ang kasunod nun pala is "Fire," and nagustuhuan ko din yung 'eh eh eh eh eh eh ehhh 2ne1.' Tapos doon nagpatuloy-tuloy 'yun. They have kasi that strong presence talaga, and 'pag narinig mo yung mga songs nila, they always used to repeat a syllable in their song that made it catchy." -Dwayne, 16
"Super Junior. When I first saw the music video for their "Happiness" cover, it was the first time I saw a large pop act simultaneously singing and dancing in sync. At the time, such pop acts were uncommon in Western pop, and I was really amazed." -Jaehwa, 23
"Super Junior kasi nacurious ako dun sa members dahil ang dami nila, kaya sinearch ko sila isa-isa para kabisaduhin, tapos kung saan-saan na ako napunta. Bukod sa sikat sila before, mas nagustuhan ko sila sa variety shows." -Itan, 25
Truly, K-pop has one of the biggest, ever-growing fanbase in the world. It's just hard to resist, and we're glad that these fanboys have learned it themselves to embrace their fate. We can't wait for more to join the fandom, because we can guarantee you that it'll be the best decision you'll ever make!