The Best & Worst of K-Pop: October 2019

Okay, so this one took a while. I'm going to blame the holidays. You know, All Soul's Day, Thanksgiving, Veterans Day, National Origami Day—all those classic November holidays that we here at Academic Exiles definitely observe. Or it could have also been the fact that despite all the big comebacks, we didn't really have strong... Continue Reading →

Let’s Rank Mattel’s BTS Mini Dolls

Sometimes, you just have to do what you know. And apparently, what I know is spending way too much time thinking about BTS merchandise. With the launch of the pop-up store House of BTS in Seoul, Mattel created another line of dolls inspired by those precocious Bangtan Boys. Instead of dumpster fires … I mean,... Continue Reading →

The Best and Worst of K-Pop: September 2019

We made it before Halloween! Barely, but it still counts. We'll get started right away on sorting through the October debuts and comebacks. I'm guessing we'll be done around February. WORST “Dumb Litty” by KARD S: Despite picking worst songs each month, there actually isn’t much out there that Amanda and I actively hate. Sure,... Continue Reading →

The Best and Worst of K-Pop: July 2019

Every time you turn around there’s a K-pop act debuting or coming back, and it’s pretty much impossible to keep up. But dammit, we here at the Academic Exiles try our hardest, consuming just about every new music video we come across. Knowing that busier (and probably saner) people don’t have time to obsess over... Continue Reading →

Let’s Revisit the BTS Mattel Dolls

The BTS Mattel dolls are upon us … or nearly. I guess some people have already gotten theirs, but if you ordered from Amazon and some other retailers in the U.S., they’ll start arriving today. This may shock people who read my original reaction to the designs, but I didn’t immediately place an order when... Continue Reading →

K-Pop vs. Thanos

Last year, I made a list of death predictions for Avengers: Infinity War. With Endgame upon us, I thought I would do something different. Sure, I could guess who is coming back from The Snap™  (everyone), who is staying dead (Loki) and who else will die (Thanos, duh), but where’s the fun in that? Also,... Continue Reading →

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