I learned After School more by default than anything else, through watching “After School’s Beauty Bible”. I started remembering the names of the girls I found likable, and then I just suddenly knew them all. If they’re styled too similarly and the cuts are quick I might still get confused, but mostly I know them pretty damn well now.
After School isn’t really a group I listen to though. I definitely like their concept, and they feel like a group for me, but I’ve just never fallen in love with any of their songs. I might be listening to the wrong things though, so suggestions are welcome!
Birth name: Noh Yi Young
Stage name: E-Young
Birthday: August 16, 1992
Official height: 167 cm
Comment: E-Young is so incredibly cute. Just adorable. So I’ve never really understood why she was added to the group. Not that I have anything against her, not at all. It’s just that she doesn’t really seem to fit After School’s image. It’s been three years since E-Young was added though, so maybe they had hopes that she’d turn out sexier than she did? Who knows.
I’ve never really found anything about E-Young to be that special talent-wise. She’s an extremely cute girl, both in look and personality, but her singing is alright, nothing special, and I’ve never taken notice of her dancing. Maybe she really was added just to add some cuteness? But why would they want to do that…
Birth name: Lee Joo Yeon
Stage name: Jooyeon
Birthday: March 19. 1987
Official height: 168 cm
Comment: When I first watched After School’s Beauty Bible I really liked Jooyeon. She was funny, yet she seemed kind of smart. Now I’m not so sure anymore… Right before writing this I sat down to watch them on Weekly Idol, to get more of a feel for their personalities. And now I’m kind of tired of Jooyeon. She can be great fun, but when it’s more than a small dose, she’s a little bit too much for me.
Jooyeon is absolutely gorgeous at times, but sometimes her look just seems off for me. She was amazing in the “First Love” music video though.
Jooyeon can’t sing, she really can’t. But oh well, she tries.
Birth name: Oh Hye Rin
Stage name: Raina
Birthday: May 7, 1989
Official height: 166 cm
Position: Main Vocalist
Comment: I can never truly decide who I think is the strongest singer in the group, but Raina is definitely a strong candidate. Her voice is extremely high-pitched which leads to everything she sings sounding cute, but she does have a nice voice. Super cute voices aren’t exactly my thing, which is probably why I’m wavering about putting her at the top.
Raina is absurdly cute, just like E-Young. Even more so, actually. But since Raina does have such a nice voice, I can see her purpose in the group beyond being cute much more clearly than I could with E-Young.
Birth name: Lee Ka Eun
Stage name: Kaeun
Birthday: August 20, 1994
Official height: 168 cm
Position: Vocalist, Maknae
Comment: Kaeun is the latest addition to the group, having been added in 2012 for the “Flashback” promotions. She really stood out to me on After School’s Beauty Bible, though I have no idea why. She has a really cool face (which I can’t find a proper shot of) that I really like. She has the kind of look that could both go cute and sexy, which is quite perfect. Being the maknae, she has to be able to go cute, but in a group like After School being able to go sexy is very important.
Kaeun’s voice has never stood out to me, neither as bad nor as good. It’s alright, and she has a pretty nice tone.
Kaeun is just so damn likable. No matter what she does, she just seems sweet and lost, which makes me want to take care of her.
Birth name: Kim Jung Ah
Stage name: Jungah
Birthday: August 2, 1983
Official height: 167 cm
Position: Main Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Leader
Comment: Jungah is the oldest member of the group, and she is 11 years older than Kaeun, the youngest member. I’m not sure what that level of age difference means for the group’s dynamic, but I would be very interested to find out.
I didn’t know that there was a new leader appointed after Kahi left, but it makes sense that it was Jungah. She was a part of the original group, she’s the oldest, and she has all the talent to back up her leadership.
Jungah is the member that can challenge me thinking that Raina is the best singer. Sadly, Jungah doesn’t get as many lines as Raina does, so it’s hard to tell who really is the best. But Jungah definitely has a chance.
Jungah’s dancing is great. After School are in general one of the stronger female dance groups out there, even without Kahi, and Jungah is one of the strongest dancers in the group. So yeah, she’s good.
Birth name: Park Soo Young
Stage name: Lizzy
Birthday: July 31, 1992
Official height: 168 cm
Position: Vocalist, Lead Rapper
Comment: Lead rapper? What? I don’t think I’ve ever heard Lizzy do any rapping… Are we talking about the fast talk-singing kind of rapping? I’m quite fond of that, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t really consider it rapping.
I quite like Lizzy’s voice, she has a nice tone. But it’s not her singing that puts her this high on my list, it’s her personality. Lizzy is really funny, and says some really fabulous things. She does get to be a little much at times, like Jooyeon, but in small to medium doses she’s just lovely.
Birth name: Kim Yoo Jin
Stage name: UEE
Birthday: April 9, 1988
Official height: 173 cm
Position: Vocalist, Rapper, Face of the Group
Comment: UEE isn’t a strong singer, and I can’t remember hearing her rap. But she is a quite excellent face of the group. She’s everywhere, and even though I don’t see her thighs as that special, I’m still impressed by the amount of attention they get.
I first learned to recognize UEE when I saw her on You’re Beautiful. She isn’t an amazing actress, but for being an idol actress, she quite impressed me. She was fun, and she nailed the bitchiness.
UEE is really pretty. Her eyes in particular, they’re really stunning.
UEE isn’t a good singer. She’s better than Jooyeon, but it sure isn’t by a lot. She has a nice personality though, which is mainly what I like her for.
Birth name: Im Jin Ah
Stage name: Nana
Birthday: September 14, 1991
Official height: 171 cm
Position: Vocalist, Rapper
Comment: Nana is stunning. And that’s the main reason why I like her. I’ve never gotten a great feel for her personality, more than that she’s got an amazing bitch face. I don’t want to be that person who chooses a bias JUST because that person is attractive, when there are way more talented people in the group. But Nana is just impossible to ignore!
That also leads to me thinking she’s the best dancer in the group. I just can’t take my eyes off of her when she dances! If that’s because she’s beautiful or because she’s a great dancer, we’ll never know.
Nana isn’t a great singer, and I’ve never seen her as a rapper. But she’s pretty, so who cares?
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