Rainy Zombie Chat: Goblin Episodes 1 and 2


Raine: Earlier this week Zombie Mamma asked me if I wanted to review tvN’s newest Friday/Saturday 16-episode drama with her, Goblin. I hadn’t started it yet and I didn’t really intend to because while Kim Eun Sook really is a K-drama viewer’s favorite writer, she’s not really loved by critics – i.e. me. But then I saw Kim Go Eun and…..GONG YOO and I said “why not?” I watched it. I eat my words. This show is good. REALLY Good.Continue reading “Rainy Zombie Chat: Goblin Episodes 1 and 2”

5-Year Anniversary Giveaway Winners!!!!

We have winners!logoversary-1

But first, thank you for joining for this special occasion. It really means a lot to me that you all have been with Raine’s Dichotomy throughout my adventures. You all receive my love and gratitude! THANK YOU!! <3<3<3

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5-Year Anniversary Giveaway: Results to come Sunday!

logoversary-1Thank you so much for joining me for Raine Dichotomy’s 5th anniversary. There were so many entries on the blog, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter – THANK YOU! I will post the winners of these awesome prizes on Sunday, September 25, 2016 on all of my social media.Continue reading “5-Year Anniversary Giveaway: Results to come Sunday!”

Rage Against the K-drama Machine – The Scarlet Heart: Ryeo Edition



(This is a joint post with the fabulous Zombie Mama.)

Zombie: So my good friend Raine (from Raine’s Dichotomy) and I spent a good portion of our day today talking about the latest episodes of Scarlet Heart: Ryeo and well, we just couldn’t get all of our feelings out in one conversation. That being the case, we decided to get together and throw ourselves a little rage party. Of course no drama rant would be complete without you, our awesome readers, so we decided to share a bit of our conversation, in the hopes that you might join us as we discuss this most amazing, infuriating, yet completely addictive drama.Continue reading “Rage Against the K-drama Machine – The Scarlet Heart: Ryeo Edition”

Raine’s Dichotomy Turns 5!!!


Hello universe! I can’t believe it’s here, but Raine’s Dichotomy is coming up on her fifth anniversary in five days, September 19. I’m writing this post to ask you to celebrate with me. I’ll be hosting a giveaway on the Dichotomy, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You’ll have the chance to win one of the following awesome goodies (see the bottom of the post for deets):

  1. A VIXX N plushie
  2. A SHINee Jonghyun plushie
  3. A Bigbang Taeyang Keychain
  4. A customized K-pop tune on cello

Unfortunately goodies #1 to #3 are only available to people within the United States, but for three lucky winners outside the U.S. you will receive exclusive, full-size photography from KCON NY and KCON LA red carpets!

Here’s how to enter:

1) On Raine’s Dichotomy: Leave me a comment on this post and subscribe to the Dichotomy. To make it more fun, tell me which is your favorite drama and why!

2) On Facebook: Like my page and share my anniversary post. Please leave me a little something about your love for Korean drama!

3) On Twitter: Retweet about my anniversary and follow me! Because I wanna get to know you, tell me how you became interested in Korean drama!

4) On Instagram: Follow me on instagram and heart my post about the anniversary. Let me know how long you’ve been following the Dichotomy!

Deets on the goodies:

Because the plushies and keychain are being custom made by Zombie Mama as you read this post, I don’t have pictures of them for you, but here are some samples of her other work so you know the exciting goodies that are coming you’re way:

As for the K-pop tune, I’ll arrange something especially for you on cello, and if you want, I can even sing! Here are a few samples to give you an idea of what lies in store for you! Take a listen and think up what you really want to hear on cello!

I never post my full-size Korean event coverage online, so this is a special opportunity to see your favorites up and personal on the red carpet with exclusive Raine-taken shots.

The giveaways end at midnight on September 19, 2016 PST. Please keep checking this blog and my social media for announcements on the winners. I will contact you via private message and email! 

Thanks for joining me and the Dichotomy for this momentous occasion. Thank you all so much for being with me through all of my K-entertainment adventures. Thank you for being the best part of the Dichotomy. I couldn’t have done this without you all.

Happy five years!

Lisa Espinosa AKA Raine

HanCinema Review: Uncontrollably Fond Episode 1


(Image and text are samples from my work on HanCinema.net and belong to HanCinema.)

Nearly a year has passed since the first whispers of new pre-produced KBS2 drama Uncontrollably Fond began floating about. Writer Lee Kyeong-hee who penned popular dramas such as Nice Guy, Will It Snow for Christmas?, and A Love to Kill returns for another sixteen episode drama with Director Park Hyeon-seok of sageuk sensation The Princess’ Man and the recent Spy. It came in on top of the pack at 12.5%.

Click here to read the review on HanCinema!