There’s a huge sea of choices in entertainment. But often times, there’s more to a show, game, or music album than what most people talk about. Instead of only getting to know what’s popular, some people might want to explore the fun that lies beyond the surface. So, we created Funcurve to do exactly that.
Funcurve reviews help you quickly visualize the ups and downs from start to finish with an impression graph. See where that show really picks up, or where a game hits a dull period. You can decide if a bad ending is worth the fantastic story, or if you want to power through those boring beginning parts.
And besides just reviews, come discuss those quirky, playful, and thoughtful moments with us. From culture pieces to multi-part series, we hope you find something fun for you.
Meet The Staff
Andrew’s passion for digital media started when he was seven years old, sparked by the demo mode of a bootleg Super Famicom in a store window. That spark grew into a lifelong love for gaming and animation, especially works with a strong narrative and/or stylish action. Since then he has put his passion to work, leading product initiatives at companies like gaming startup Raptr and global powerhouse Electronic Arts. He also finds time to sneak in the occasional anime (usually shounen, drama, or fantasy).
Angela’s roots are in Chinese drama and Cpop, but she started watching Korean drama because she loved the intense acting and weaving plotlines…and the pretty people didn’t hurt either. With thousands of hours and genres under her belt since 2002 she is a bona fide Korean drama professional. Her passion for Korean drama quickly spilled over to Korean variety shows and Kpop as well. To pass the rest of her time, she agonizes over leading the branding and marketing for a startup.
Jara is an eclectic individual with many interests. A lover of different cultures, Jara was exposed to Kpop in 2009 and there was no turning back. Naturally, she began to watch Korean variety shows and dramas shortly after. If she isn’t knee deep in Hallyu then she is working as a social media marketer or teaching little ones how to tumble and dance.
Erin has been a huge fan of anime starting with her first order from Right Stuf Inc. (a VHS copy of Project A-Ko). Her favorite genres became Magical Girls, Shounen, Sci-fi, and Fantasy. Then one day a fellow co-worker taught her how to play Diablo II: LoD, and it was love at first click. Afterwards she focused her attention on MMORPGs, viewing them more as virtual worlds than games.
Kemmie is a writer, an avid reader, and art lover who enjoys seeing the humor in everything. She fell in love with K-dramas after seeing Boys Over Flowers, and since then, she has grown to love Kpop culture and everything Hallyu. When she’s not busy with TV and music, she spends her time obsessing over the length of her hair, or working as a freelance content creator for various online platforms.
Monisha’s first drama was Boys Over Flowers back in 2010. Ever since then, she’s been watching Korean dramas (and of course, crying over some of them), and with so many different genres and stories, she’s never bored. As an avid fan, with a passion for writing, her drama addiction led her to start critiquing and reviewing dramas. When she’s not watching dramas though, Monisha attends university where she is double majoring in English and Media Studies.
Like many others, Miguel had his first taste of anime without realizing it. During the early years he was exposed to Macross, Dragon Quest, and Saint Seiya. Years later, Dragon Ball and Ranma were on the air, but it was also the time when much older fans traded anime VHS tapes; some such tapes his brother got had the GUNNM OVA, the Ghost in the Shell movie, and the first episodes of Evangelion. It perhaps were those tapes that most marked the impressionable mind of his 9 year old self. Alas, most of the busy hours are taken up by a nanotechnology graduate program.
When she was a 5th grader, Jazmine’s preference when it comes to TV shows was a bit different from what kids that age usually watch. She was hooked on Korean dramas and stayed up late watching these series. In 2009, as she was browsing through music channels, she came upon a Kpop music video and just like magic, she instantly became addicted. Not so long after, she started watching Korean variety shows and loved all things Korean. When she’s not fangirling about her oppas and unnies, she spends her time as a researcher at a publishing company.
From humble beginnings watching the likes of Pokémon, Digimon and Sailor Moon each morning before school, Michael quickly found his interests in Japanese culture develop into a deep-seated passion. Though fundamentally nostalgia-driven, Michael quickly became enraptured with the creative, introspective approach to storytelling that the anime medium provides. He is also a seasoned gamer, with a time commitment made to certain RPGs that could only be defined as ‘excessive.’ With one foot firmly in the past, and a gaze directed at the future, Michael enjoys reflecting on past experiences as much as wandering into the unknown.
Afeef is an average middle school student with a quirky taste in music and a particular love for Kpop. Despite having just started enjoying Kpop in 2014, it’s become an essential part of his life. His favorite groups include Big Bang and Oh My Girl. Outside of writing, he enjoys reading, casually scrolling through his Instagram feed, and studying for Quiz Bowl.
Alyssa has gravitated towards dramas for the past four years to cheer her up as well as challenge her views on life. Though she started off with Taiwanese dramas, she’s segued into Korean shows because of their addictive storylines, relatable (and swoon-worthy) characters, and high production values. On any given day, you’ll most likely find Alyssa watching her latest drama obsession or grooving to snazzy K-pop tunes. When she’s not engrossed in Hallyu, Alyssa studies English at UCLA and enjoys sampling various cuisines.
Adeline loves the imaginative world and thus enjoyed reading fantasy-fiction books ever since she was a child. She discovered anime/manga around 6th grade and hasn’t been able to let it go (no Frozen outbursts, please). She has experience with a wide variety of genres and dabbles in some games between season breaks.
Erlyn started indulging herself in Kdramas when she was a high school sophomore way back in 2006 with Princess Hours. Ever since then, she’s been living in Kdrama world during her spare time, and has watched almost a hundred dramas (and still counting) for the past 10 years. Her love for Kdramas crossed over to Kpop and even led her to study the Korean language, now approaching Intermediate level. When she’s out of Kdrama land, Erlyn is working full-time in the finance department of a global IT security company.