The Military Giveth, The Military Taketh Away. Again.

Posted by Stephanie on July 18, 2017


The ever revolving door of the male K-star military service can be an emotional rollercoaster for the K-fan. Especially for those newbies out there…oh the feelings of those early days when you first realized your bias of the moment would suddenly be disappearing for 2 years — to us more seasoned, jaded fans, it’s old hat. (Of course, this doesn’t stop us from having the odd lip biting moment when we realize a particular favorite is due to head in. For me, it was the double whammy of T.O.P and Junsu.)

Usually, it’s the odd smattering of stars going in and out, one here and there. Sometimes stars try to sneak in, sometimes stars sneak out, attempting to blend in with the standard soldier, talking about just wanting to do his duty as a Korean Man. Then there are those who go and come with large fanfare, fan groups sending them off with the expected weeping and screams of the idol fangirl.

Sometimes, if the stars align just right, you have moments like these, where just as the military spits out a few of the missing, it readies to scoop up a few more. I guess it depends on how you look at it. As penance for getting some of your favorites returned, new ones have to be taken or to sooth your fangirl soul over the loss of a few good men, the military will toss you a bone and release a few. 

GUYS. Sorry. Apparently, I’m in a weird mood this morning.

Let’s get to the meat of this before attentions begin to wander. This month we had the great and long awaited return of both Eunhyuk and Donghae (from Super Junior — that was just a reminder in case you forgot — it has been 2 years.) I remember when our little Anchovie and his perpetual partner Donghae went in, just days apart! I was lucky enough to be at KCon that year for one of their last performances with Super Junior. (And if I’m lucky enough, I’ll be at their return performance at this year’s KCon.) Back then it seemed like 2 years was so far away, and yet here they are, looking…pretty much exactly how they did when they left.

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Huh. Isn’t the rule that they are supposed to come out hotter and more manlier upon their return? But, for the dance leader of Super Junior, I guess there wasn’t far for him to go. Was he supposed to get more abs on those abs? A 36 pack perhaps?

As I mentioned, they are going to be at this years KCon, so you can see that they are planning on hitting the ground running, with performances and a new Super Junior album. Although, since there are like 52 members of Super Junior, each member maybe getting a single line in the song, it’s not that much of a stretch to get them in there.

Now that we have the fun and happy down, reveled in their return, let’s talk about who’s being scooped up. For the month of August we have Im Siwan from Z:EA. While I’m not really a fan of his group, I was a real fan of him in Misaeng, and since then have had a teenie little soft spot for our little temporary worker. (Haven’t seen Misaeng? Do yourself a favor and watch it right now. No, it might not have a romance, but it is a beautiful story that speaks to that little soul tucked deep in your belly.) I believe he’s done a few other things since then, but as nothing has struck my watching fancy, I think he’ll always be that kid from Misaeng for me.

The other one and I saved this one for last because I feel like it will hurt the worst — it was announced that Ji Chang Wook will also be enlisting into the military next month. Oh noes, I can hear the weeping of newbie fangirls from here. Yes, Ji Chang Wook has decided it’s time, he’s popular enough to be able to leave for two years to do his military service and come back to his same popularity. Some may say he could have done this after Healer. Or K1. Nowadays there is such a clamor to cast actors returning from their military service — a loss of career momentum is less of a factor. (Please note, this really just for actors, unfortunately, a lot of idols still experience a very real shelf life.)

That was a hard one guys. I know. I understand. That’s why I left a bit of bright and shiny news for the end. August? Is also the month that Siwon is being released from the military and back into the loving arms of his fans and fellow SuJu members. So, in the scheme of things, when you look at the scales? Fans come out the winner here.

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