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      ›› After School pairs up with Hello Kitty and I make Oricon Predictions Far Too Early

    1. ….maximum cuteness has been achieved! New high score!



      After School debuted at number 6 on the daily Oricon.  I’m predicting a 4 - 6 weekly ranking for After School.  They’re up against some pretty stiff competition and I do not expect a top three spot for the weekly.  Koda Kumi, SDN48, and kanjani8 alone will keep them out of the top three and Keisuke Kuwata will make sure they stay out.  

      2PM and Koda Kumi are this weeks wild cards for me.  I don’t know where they’re going to end up yet so predictions aren’t 100% sure on my end this week.  However I see 4th or 5th for 2PM with After School falling in step behind them at 5th or 6th.  Unless After School pulls a mblaq and falls out of the top 20 completely at anytime this week (not likely) they should remain around the area they debuted in.  

      I’ll check the Oricon every other day or so to see what happens. I really wish I was more confident with 2PM and Koda Kumi.  Koda Kumi will probably make my guesses wrong this week.  I didn’t expect her to debut at a lower position than 2PM so I don’t know if she’ll make up ground on them or not.  I do, however, see Keisuke Kuwata doing better in the week. 

      All that being said, this is, after all, the first day of the week for the Oricon and I do these predictions for fun.  I enjoy predicting the Oricon to see how right or wrong I am and my predictions shouldn’t be taken too seriously.  

    2. ›› It’s all about the aegyo!

    3. I learned something today that I can’t resist sharing.  


      Can you guess what physical feature they have in common before reading?

      Something I’ve known for a while but didn’t really care about was the fact that on Kpop idols having fat under their eyes, in Korea, is considered cute.  I wasn’t too phased by the trend but today I finally figured out what that fat is called.  Or at least a slang term for it.  It probably has a more technical term that I don’t know right now.  Anyway, that fat is called 애교살.  For those who can read Korean, now you know where I got the post title.  For those who can’t read Korean it is called “aegyo sal”.  

      Aegyo is a common term to describe idols who act cute for attention in Kpop fandom (SNSD’s Sunny is quite known for aegyo as is/was Super Junior’s Sungmin).  Aegyo means something like charm.  Aegyo is meant to draw people to you and most often it’s done in a cute manner.  

      Sunny:  Yoona has a lot of aegyosal!


      What’s fun about aegyo sal is that it means something like “charming fat”.  I also noticed that a some of the girls that are considered the most popular or the most attractive in their bands all have this trait.  Yoona, Kahi, Sulli, Ivy, Kang Minkyung, Hara, Suzy and Lee Hyori all have aegyo sal.

      Aegyo sal should not be confused with bags under the eyes from a lack of sleep, however.  There is a difference.

      Do you have a favorite idol with “charming fat” under their eyes?  I’ve always been drawn to Seohyun’s myself when I noticed such things.


      Enjoy the aegyo sal!





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