Happy New Years! Hope you guys are finally revived from all the New Years partying. It’s been a busy week here on Ningin as we’ve combed through the various news items highlighting 2008. If you haven’t read them yet, be sure to check them out!

Here’s this week’s wrap up:

Sunday 12/28

Incestuous Affair: is Vampire Knight Guilty? (Mia Lerda)
Current Cheap Travel Destination: South Korea (Tara Popp)
The Korean Singers of JPop: Zainichi Talents (Mia Lerda)
Weekly Wrap Up Dec. 28 (Lan Nguyen)
Manga Spoils Anime (DannyChoo)
The Korean PussyCats should go away (AllKpop)
“Don’t Smoke or Coach Will Beat You Up” (KoreaBeat)

Monday 12/29

Re: Riplai Final Fantasy XIII Artbook Price Attack (Tara Popp)
More Korean Hana Yori Dango Photos (Lan Nguyen)
Cat Fight: Kim Tae Hee and Lee Hyori (Lan Nguyen)
Grand Theft Comiket (Alafista)
Cyber cafe offers home to homeless (Japundit)
Music Bank and Music Core for Christmas (Seoulbeats)

Tuesday 12/30

The New Japanese Wave “Endangers” Korea’s Pop Culture (Tara Popp)
SBS Gayo: DBSK’s Wardrobe Malfunction (Lan Nguyen)
Nom…Nom…Tastes Just Like Chicken (Andrew Lim)
SBS Gayo: Junsu and Tae Yang Piano Battle (Lan Nguyen)
SNSD tries the Pinup look (Seoulbeats)
The Wrap Up: 2008 SBS Gayo Daejeon Awards (AllKpop)
Chun-Li Movie Trailer (DannyChoo)

Wednesday 12/31

DJ Max Portable Black Square: The Best DJ Max Yet (Jerry Chen)
Wishing a Hopeful New Year to the World and Ningin (Tara Popp)
After 800 YT fan vids, Joe Inoue’s “Closer” debuts at #22 (David Hou)
King JYP and Baby Rain Together At Last (Lan Nguyen)
What DS Game Does Magibon Study Japanese With (Kotaku)
SBS Gayo Daejeon - TVXQ ignores Korean Government (AllKpop)
New Year Wedding for Erika-sama? (JapanZone)

Thursday 1/1

New Year Celebration in a Seoul Household (Tara Popp)
Rain Fans Kept In The Dark? (Mia Lerda)
Seung Ri’s “Strong Baby” Is Weak (Jessica Dawson)
Happy New Year! Looking back on 2008 & ahead in 2009! (David Hou)
10 Awesome Asian Sites of 2008 (AmpedAsia)
Top Japan Monthly Laughs of 2008 (Japundit)
Get Your Own Customized Japanese Arcade Chocolates (Kotaku)

Friday 1/2

Kimbap to Kimbap, I’m in Heaven! (Tara Popp)
Weekly Music Round Up Jan. 2 (Lan Nguyen)
2009 New Anime First Glance: Akikan and Maria+Holic (Jerry Chen)
Interview with Wings of Defeat Producer/Director, Risa Morimoto (Jinra Ilustrisimo)
2008 K-Pop Bloopers! (AllKpop)
10 Biggest News Stories of Next Year (LostLaoWai)
Yaoki Shochu Bottle Design that never gives up (OneInchPunch)

Saturday 1/3

Fire in Itaewon Restaurant on New Year’s Day (Tara Popp)
capsule comes to US iTunes Store with “Live in Tokyo” EP (David Hou)
Studying abroad: A FAM experience part 1 (Jessica Dawson)
The White Man Saves the Day Again? (AsianWeek)
USB Eraser (Alafista)
Oricon Charts: Top 10 Albums of 2008 (nt2099)