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 Rank Mattel’s BTS Dolls

Earlier this week, Mattel released images for its upcoming line of BTS-inspired dolls. Decked out in their “Idol” garb the boys look … unique. Okay, reactions have not been super positive. I myself was initially unable to look past their wild manes of plasticy hair, and Amanda immediately called them nightmare fuel. But the longer... Continue Reading →

The First Annual AE K-Pop Awards

It's here, it's finally here! The most anticipated entertainment awards that have ever been anticipated! Awarding stupendous achievements in excellence and nonsense for the year 2018! It can only be—The First Annual AE K-Pop Awards!!!!!! Since everyone knows the worst part of any award show is the opening monologue, let's cut the shit and get... Continue Reading →

Our Top 20 K-Pop Songs of 2018

Any YouTube video of K-Pop countdowns or “unpopular” opinions opens with a disclaimer that goes something like this: “This is just my opinion. Like, don’t get mad and write nasty comments. We’re all entitled to our own opinions. Blah, blah, blah . . .” Well, Academic Exiles isn’t having any of that shit. These aren’t... Continue Reading →

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