DF-Wave News Splash #36 – Musical Manga, Video Reactions, Ghibli Heroes, and Cat-Ear Headphones

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At the start of every week, we take a look back over the past 7 Days to bring a quick snip of some of the Top Stories and JaK Wave Faves from our good friends at DramaFever. And that’s not all! Each News Splash includes JaK’s Top Pick – a featured clip, episode, or trailer that we at JaK Wave want to share with you all! So, let’s have a look at what’s been igniting the Fever this week!

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New trend: 5 recent Japanese manga that became musicals

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With a new theatre built specifically for manga/anime-turned-stage productions, the new genre of 2.5-dimensional plays is establishing itself in Japan as a completely new form of entertainment.

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Ha Ji Won’s charming pictorial in Vogue Taiwan

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Korean actress Ha Ji Won reminds us of a classic perfume whose fragrance gets better and better because of its natural elixir. She recently did a pictorial for Vogue Taiwan which highlights her unique charm and feminine mystique. We also have the behind-the-scene video of her shooting for the pictorial.

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WATCH: Learning Korean in 12 weeks, K-pop style

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Scott Young and Vat Jaiswal recently completed The Year Without English Project, where they lived in various countries over the course of a year, trying to learn the native language while speaking virtually no English. As their final stop, they spent 12 weeks immersed in the Korean language, and they decided to document their language-learning adventures with a fun K-pop video.

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Luhan takes us behind the scenes of his new movie 20 Once Again

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Former EXO member Luhan’s new movie 20 Once Again is premièring in the U.S. and Canada today! Watch as the adorable Luhan takes us behind the scenes of this fun and touching romantic comedy.

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Lee Jong Suk and Park Shin Hye’s Pinocchio stills look like real wedding photos

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Fans who tuned into the last episode of Pinocchio last night on DramaFever were most likely overcome with joy by the beautiful ending. Because of their adorable chemistry on and off screen, Park Shin Hye and Lee Jong Suk have been deemed the “darling couple,” and these gorgeous photographs of the last scene make the fantasy all the more real.

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WATCH: Korean girls react to Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda”

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Some people argue that K-pop is getting too sexy, but how does it compare to American pop music? In this reaction video, several young Korean women watch the over-the-top music video for Nicki Minaj’s hit song “Anaconda.”

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Watch American teens react to J-pop music videos for the first time

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The always entertaining YouTube series Teens React, shows a group of young men and women reacting to various elements of popular culture like video games and movie trailers. This week, the series posted a hilarious episode that features the teens reacting to three different J-pop music videos from the groups Perfume, Exile, and AKB48. At first, the teens have no idea that they’re watching Perfume’s “Laser Beam,” Exile’s “New Horizon” and AKB48’s “Heavy Rotation.”

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Janie’s Tips & Tricks: New series coming soon to DramaFever YouTube!

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Do you have questions about skincare, makeup, and fashion that you’ve always wanted to ask, but for some reason or other never did? Questions like—how do I make my own facial mask to help with dry skin? Or, how do I apply eyeliner on monolids? Or even: How can I jazz up my school/work outfit for the super fancy DramaFever Awards coming up?

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Become a Sailor Soldier with new Sailor Moon colored contacts

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We might have thought that we’ve seen it all when it comes to Sailor Moon-themed products, but a company in Japan just announced the release of their special line of colorful Moon Prism character contact lenses.

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Running Man cast has fun photoshopping The Empress of China

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We’ve known the members of Running Man have a great sense of humour and outrageous fun. With the recent news about The Empress of China drama being considered too sexy by Chinese authorities and later being forced to edit out the cleavage shots, one Running Man funny guy, Ji Suk Jin, couldn’t resist posting a Photoshop masterpiece that’s guaranteed to poke your funny bone!

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Touching Ghibli animation short you’ve probably never seen

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It may be less than two minutes long, but this touching animation short just released exclusively in Japan has Ghibli written all over it.

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10 K-pop songs that should be in your exercise playlist

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2NE1’s hit song “I Am the Best” recently made Fuse TV’s 19 best workout songs. Here are 10 more K-pop songs that are great to move your body to.

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French artist turns Japanese street signs into masterpieces, and the police aren’t happy

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French artist Clet Abraham uses unusual canvases for his art. For the last month, his work has been popping up on street signs in Osaka and Kyoto, and Japanese police are not pleased.

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Incredibly popular Cat Ear Headphones now accepting preorders

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Last October, we told you about the Cat Ear Headphones that netizens just couldn’t get enough of. If you’re wondering just how much the Internet fell in love with the Cat Ear Headphones, consider that the initial Axent Wear IndieGogo page asked for $250,000 for the invention and ended up raising $2.9 million!

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Hayao Miyazaki characters ranked by greatness

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Hayao Miyazaki is considered by many to be the best animator of all time. As such, the only fair thing to compare one of his characters to is one of his own other characters. Recently, Rob Bricken at io9 wrote an article ranking the greatest Hayao Miyazaki characters. Here are some of the characters he considered to be the greatest.

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Young Japanese woman celebrates national coming of age day in style

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To celebrate her entry into adulthood on Japan’s national Coming of Age Day, a young woman in Japan this year wore an outfit unlike any in older generations have ever seen in the past.

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WATCH: Super Junior makes hilarious mistake during their concert in Bangkok

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During Super Junior’s recent concert in Bangkok, there was a hilarious mishap during their song “Evanesce.” The choreography requires that they step backwards onto a platform that then rises into the air. However, all of the members missed the correct place to stand, resulting in four members scrambling on while the others remained at the base. Their reactions are so much fun to watch!

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​The 9 absolute worst K-drama parents

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Have you ever felt like your parents are the worst? Let us give you some encouragement that they are not! In these K-dramas, we have some parents who consistently put their own needs and desires above those of their children and who stop at nothing to hurt anyone that gets in their way to the point of putting other people’s lives in danger.

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Artist brilliantly combines Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z

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If you ever wondered what it would look like if you combined two of most popular series from the ’90s, Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z, look no further than these stunning crossover prints from artist Queen-Vegeta69.

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Taeyang of Big Bang vindicated in plagiarism dispute

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Allegations of plagiarism were settled when American artist Derrick Bullock finally admitted to plagiarizing Taeyang’s song “Eyes, Nose, Lips.”

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Sadly, there will be no
JaK’s Top Pick
This week!

There is no Top Pick for this week, but be sure to come back next Monday for our next team recommendation for all you Drama-loving Wave Riders out there!

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That concludes this week’s DF Wave News Splash! 

Come back next Monday, when we will be once again sharing the best DF stories from the last 7 days!

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All article images and clips in this post, aside from JaK Wave Logos, are courtesy of DramaFever.com. All rights reserved.

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Published by SurfinHaruru

SurfinHaruru is Sub-Editor, Head Graphic Designer/Coordinator, and Resident Photographer at JaK Wave, and manages the Korean Language section of the site. He loves Asian culture - living with Chinese culture day-to-day, and studying Korean in his spare time. He has a passion for Asian cookery, dramas, and music, and enjoys attending Traditional and Modern cultural events frequently.

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