Yunho, Yoochun, Jaejoong, Changmin and Junsu.
Also known as Tohoshinki / Dong Bang Shin Gi / Tong Vfang Xien Qi / 東方神起 depending on which country you are from, DBSK is a five member Boy Band
originally formed in South Korea under SME
in 2003. They later became extremely
popular throughout Asia, especially in Japan. Notable for supposedly 1) having the world's largest official fanclub and 2) being the most photographed celebrities in the world
. Split up in 2009 after three of it's members sued SM over money and contract issues. The drama (a blog summary of the condensed version can be found here
) continues to this day. It's not really known how good/bad relations between the former members are but MBC - one of Korea's top television stations - staff freaked out recently over two of them filming around the same place at the same time.
Possibly because of their acapella background, DBSK is known as a Boy Band
where every member can sing. DBSK consists of:
- Jung Yunho-the leader and lead dancer, who usually takes the bass and rap parts in songs.
- Park Yoochun-the lead rapper, who sings mid-low parts. Also known for getting most, if not all of the weird Engrish lines in songs.
- Kim Jaejoong-the eye candy and lead vocalist of the group.
- Kim Junsu- the other main dancer in the group, who sings mid-high parts and handles most of the vocal gymnastics.
- Shim Changmin-the youngest and tallest member of the group, Changmin sings the highest parts and has a tendency to "scream" during songs (listen to Rising Sun for an example).
Despite having split into two separate units - JYJ comprising of Jaejoong, Yoochun and Junsu while Yunho and Changmin continue under TVXQ - they continue to do very well in album sales, and while the number of people in their fanclub has fallen, they are still at least two hundred thousand
ahead of the second place.
Provides examples of:
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: JYJ◊.
- Butt Monkey: Junsu. The crowning example was probably his birthday: he got caked by the other members at the end of their concert, and got ice stuffed down his shirt/pants. To top it off, the other members also gave him a t-shirt reading "Sorry Girls, I'm Gay".
- Childhood Friend Romance: The song "Doushite Kimi wo Suki ni Natte Shimattandarou" ("Why Did I End Up Falling For You"), which is from the point of view of an unlucky childhood friend watching his love get married to another man.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Junsu's ex-girlfriend was this Up to Eleven in their dramedy Unforgettable Love.
- Darker and Edgier: Their Secret Code album, compared with their earlier work.
- Deus Angst Machina: 2009-2010 has got to be the worst year ever for them. First the lawsuit with SME - that still hasn't concluded itself - then Jaejoong's best friend commits suicide, Junsu gets into a high fever in LA during their album recording and couldn't get into a hospital for over 30 hours, JYJ is supported by Avex Trax in their dispute with SME only to get dumped by them and have all their Japanese activities suspended, and SME has just filed an injunction against JYJ about the release of their latest (technically debut) Korean album.
- Fanservice: The MV for Mirotic, full stop. Both the regular and the dance version. And how else do you explain this?
- This is probably the most blatant fan service to ever grace the earth.
- Also, the MV for Mirotic had many marvelously sexy things in it, not the least of which was Changmin dripping in a tub of water and Jaejoong tied to a wall.
- Genre Shift: They originally debuted as an a capella band. Compare Rising Sun and Balloons. They do release and perform acapella versions of their singles as well as covers of other songs. Acapella influences can also be found in songs like Begin and Your My Melody.
- Gratuitous English / Asian Speekee Engrish: Yoochun and Junsu in particular. Particularly notable examples include "the ginger bread man's vitality" (My Girlfriend), "the theory of porno" (Shelter), the now infamous "I really want to touch myself" (Purple Line), and Junsu's Intoxication.
- Hotter and Sexier: Watch the MV for Hug or Balloons. Then watch Mirotic. They actually had to make a "clean" version in Korea because some people thought the lyrics were too suggestive.Never mind that it does not come even CLOSE to many American songs, and the lyrics to their song Nobody Knows was much more suggestive.
- I Have Many Names: Let's list all of them for fun!
- Their group name is officially TVXQ, short for Tong Vfang Xien Qi, which results in some people referring to them as TVfXQ - Yoochun and Jaejoong have tattoos of TVfXQ too. It is pronounced as Dong Bang Shin Ki in Korean, which leads to the acronym DBSK. In Japan, their group name translates to Tohoshinki, which fans refer to in short as THSK.
- In Korea, they are referred to as U-know Yunho, Youngwoong Jaejoong, Micky Yoochun, Xiah Junsu and Choikang Changmin. Youngwoong is Korean for Hero, and Choikang is Korean for Maximum, so the two members are also referred to as Hero Jaejoong and Maximum Changmin.
- In Japan, the romanization of some of their names changes. Jaejoong becomes Jejung and Yoochun becomes Yuchun and sometimes even Yucheon.
- Finally, there's their real names! Jung Yunho, Kim Jaejoong, Park Yoochun, Kim Junsu and Shim Changmin. Jaejoong is also adopted and his birth name is Han Jaejoon.
- Jaejoong, Yoochun and Junsu have formed a sub-unit called JYJ now.
- Korean Drama: Yoochun played the male lead in Sungkyunkwan Scandal and one of the main characters in Miss Ripley. Jaejoong is currently playing the second male lead in Protect The Boss.
- Title by Number: 9095 and 9096 from The Secret Code.