Ah, so funny. Whenever something newish seems to pop up in the entertainment world it gets done to death when it becomes a big hit.
Queen Inhyeon’s Man was about a Joseon-era scholar who ends up getting transported to the modern world where he falls for a modern girl while going back and forth through time. He looks up historical references to find out what happened in the past and does his best to stop the assination attempts of Queen Inhyeon.
Rooftop Prince was about a Joseon-era crown prince and his three servants who spring forward through time while investigating the death of the crown princess. In the present day, our prince falls for a modern girl (and lets no forget about all the reincarnations here) while he tries to solve the mystery of his princess’s death.
Time Slip Dr. Jin is about a modern doctor transported back to the Joseon era. It’s in reverse this time. Yes, it’s based on a manga that was turned into a very popular Japanese drama that had 2 seasons. And last year and this is is no exception for all the mangas getting live action adaptations in several Asian countries.
I Love Lee Tae Ri is about a 14-year-old boy who suddenly transforms into a 25-year-old man. The boy wanted to find a way to make his fiancee who is 7 years older than him (a marriage arranged between families) fall for him. Lee Tae Ri is a jaded woman who simply wishes for a friend closer to her own age (instead of a 14-year-old boy).
Big is about a teenager who swaps souls with an older man.
That being said, China or Taiwan just did one of their first soul-switching movie between genders. Sound like Secret Garden at all?
Oh, and this is the year for medical/forensic dramas in Japan and Korea.
I don’t know which group started it, but last year and this year saw retro making a comeback. From the shuffle dance and it’s subsequent music to 20s swing-inspired music, it’s back in full force. We had Secret’s “Shy Boy,” T-ARA’s “Lovey Dovey” and “Roley Poley.” X-Cross’s 3 singles all were shuffle-dance enthused. And let’s not forget that it was virtually 2PM with “I’ll Be Back” that re-introduced the world to shuffle dance (probably not that dramatic, but they did it first before it became a big trend again).
We have also seen the trend in “clock dances.” U-KISS with “Tik Tok,” IU with oh. that song whose name I’ve forgotten (though I do love that song), and I think even LEDApple had some clock hand movements when they did “Time’s Up.” There are more, too.
This is also the year for kpop groups with some back stories. We have EXO’s grand back story for their two groups that makes them from a different planet. And we have B.A.P who were introduced through a program where they played aliens who became idols in order to gather energy from screaming fangirls to save their planet.
This is also the year for powerful songs (and angry songs if you think about it). We have B.A.P’s “Power” and “Warrior” and EXO’s “Mama.” We’ve seen several groups comeback with very different images (B1A4, Dalmatian, etc.).
Yeah, so trends. They can actually be scary sometimes. They also make what was refreshing blase as EVERYTHING soon follows suit.
We also have an explosion of rookie groups, which is nothing new. I remember Sunggyu from Infinite stating that increasing amount of idol groups is scary. It is. It is. And in the myriad there are some good ones, but most seem to be average or nearly blatant knock offs of trendy groups.