All aboard the OTP ship!

Yamapi and Keiko.

Hyun Bin and Hye Gyo.

Ming Dao and Qiao En.

Robert and Kirsten.

Brad and Angie .

(Although some would adamantly say that Jen should be the one beside that name in this list…)

What do these pairings have in common, you might ask?

Why…

They have been thousands of fangirls (and some boys too!) OTP in most recent years, i say…

OTP…

A three letter abbreviation that can turn us drama fanatics spazzing just at the mere mention of it…

A shortcut for the aptly coined ONE TRUE PAIRING,  they are the couplings that we learnt to love on screen and who tickled our fancy as we fangirled, squeed, spazzed and convulsed over every single act that they do while in character while at the same time keeping us guessing (and hoping) whether or not that intense chemistry have somehow or will somehow spill offscreen…

In honor of the pairings that have made my heart race and who brought out CSI like tendencies in me and to most of my fellow shippers, I now present to you the list of my most well loved Asian celebrity OTP’s in no particular order…

(Primarily because they have kept me or have continued to keep me guessing if they have been or haven’t been… are or aren’t they… but mostly because they perpetually emanate the chemistry  they shared while playing onscreen lovers even when they’re back to being their real selves and because they continue to keep us spazzing long after the cameras have stopped rolling…)

Lee Minho and Goo Hyesun

also known collectively as MinSun

Claim to Fame:

Lee Minho and Goo Hyesun both shot to superstardom while playing the role of star crossed lovers Goo Junpyo and Geum Jandi in the Korean adaptation of Hana Yori Dango called Boys Over Flowers.

Though the OTP’s interaction were quite limited during its second season to angsty and emo, it was the offcam happenings between these two that gained them a massive following as fangirls all over the world channeled their Minho fantasies into collectively living their lives vicariously through Hyesun.

OTP History:

Minho and Hyesun were both in the variety show NonStop 5 where Hyesun was a main stay and Minho did a cameo but their paths did not cross while doing the show…

It was only when they were casted as the leads in the Korean remake of Hana Yori Dango when their friendship started and they have never looked back since then…

Oh, the flirtation! These two certainly made us go back to giddy high school feelings of attraction just by the offcamera scenes that they share while filming Boys Over Flowers…

A main cause maybe of the scandal  that broke out between these two while filming…

A scandal that hinted  that they are in an intimate relationship with each other but which both their camps immediately denied citing reasons of  the two just being close friends which can perhaps be mistaken for something more just because they’re “affectionate” with each other…

(Overly i say… if i do that to my friend, i think he will be my BOYfriend… hehehe!)

However, the bond and closeness that the two have built during the long almost 24/7 shoots while the drama was ongoing must have led to something good because even up to now when almost 3 years have passed since BOF has ended,  the Korean press is still constantly linking them to each other through questions they ask even in more recent interviews…

Fan accounts also sometimes mention how these two are constantly spotted together with the other F4 boys in random places during early mornings in Seoul which leads me to believe that the OTP is solid, thanks mostly to the deep friendship they forged during the harrowing days of filming…

Offcam Sightings:

As mentioned,  fan accounts normally chronicle sightings of the two at different pubs and restaurants across the city…

However,  they were also spotted watching SS501’s concert  and Kim Joon’s play together along with Kim Bum in 2009, months after BOF has ended…

In both occassions, both appear to be quite nervous as if wary of the pairs of eyes following them and the attention that they get everywhere they go…

But despite that, Minho does not find that a hindrance as he has also always been very supportive of Hyesun by always making time in his busy schedule to attend various occasions that are quite important to her such as the opening of her art exhibit and the premiere of her directorial debut MAGIC this June…

Almost always these two take great lengths to avoid drawing attention to themselves in such occasions either by walking very fast or by keeping their head down low and leaving in the middle of the shows or arriving late when the press line has been dispersed and when chances of getting filmed together are lesser…

Notable spazzworthy moments:

Despite the age gap, Minho seems more like the authority figure when it comes to Hyesun…He takes care of her and is so affectionate towards her that one would think she is younger and not older…

He unwraps her candies for her, pours water for her, directs the way for her and he has such an uncanny fascination with her hair as he is seen in most occasions brushing it away from her face…

During a filming of BOF Minho was caught oncam telling Hyesun directly that HE MISSES HER, making Hyesun cover her face in embarassment…

There was also one interview in Taiwan where Hyesun was asked who among the F4 she’d like for a boyfriend in real life and Minho repeatedly volunteered himself saying “Me, Me” while Hyesun just smiled shyly…

There are also occassions when Minho displayed his jealous streak like when Hyesun was telling him offcam about how the character Ha Je carried her and how it was better than how Minho did it and he was unsmilingly prodding her about the scene accusing Hyesun of how she must have liked it that kept her giggling like a school girl all throughout the exchange…

Lastly, who could ever forget how cozy these two were backstage at the KBS drama awards held early this year that it was enough to bring all MinSun shippers to a constant state of euphoria even weeks after…

CSI clues that keep netizens guessing if they are or they aren’t:

The couple shirts and most recently the couple rings…

There was even a fanmeet  where after looking at the drawing of his own hand pensively Minho purposefully drew a ring on it…

Hyesun rarely accesorizes if at all and the sightings of the ring on her hand constantly is drawing much buzz among all MinSun shippers…

During Hyesun’s accident while BOF was ongoing, it was also found out that Minho was the one who was first on the scene and that he was the one who brought her to the hospital…

This incident was initially kept under wraps but also got divulged after awhile…

There was also an article written about in Korea Sports by writer Lee Hyuna about how the two were seen cozying up in a hotel bar after the BOF wrap party…

The way that these two constantly update their twitter and cyworld accounts at almost exactly the same time is also suspect along with how friends tease them constantly to each other out of the blue despite the fact that BOF is long over…

Chances of getting together:

It is unclear whether these two are really dating or just extremely close friends who are flirting with each other…

However, Minho has remained consistent in his description of his ideal girl from day one which fits Hyesun to a T and the way that Hyesun mentioned in a fairly recent interview how Minho would get mad when he hears that she said Wu Zun is more goodlooking than him has kept the faith of the Minsun shippers alive and burning…

Joe Cheng and Ariel Lin

better known as ArJoe

Claim to Fame:

Played the role of Xiang Qin and Zhi Shu in the Taiwanese live adaptation of popular manga Itazura Na Kiss entitled It Started with a Kiss closely followed by its sequel They Kiss Again where they played husband and wife.

They have also starred in the less stellarly rated Love or Bread as Frank and Shan Mei.

OTP history:

The two are known to be members of a close knit circle of friends called the Taichung group made up of other equally famous Taiwanese idols such as Rainie Yang, Mike He, Vic Zhou, Ethan Ruan, Eddie Peng and the now deceased Wei Lun.

They first crossed paths in the entertainment circle while Joe was hosting Enews in 2003 and Ariel was a guest but it was only when they starred in ISWAK did their OTP-ness reached unparalleled heights…

From 2006 up to present these two have made thousands of shippers happy with their constant intimate moments caught both oncamera and offcamera…

They have shown undeniable respect and affection for each other through individual and joint interviews but it is their highly suspicious interactions that screams of  coupledom which had kept the hopes of ArJoe shippers worldwide alive even if years had passed since they starred as Xiang Qin and Zhi Shu…

Offcam Sightings:

The two have been constantly sighted offcamera in various occassions…

They are almost always present in birthday celebrations of each other or other momentous events (such as Ariels book signing where Joe appearead) and there have also been photographs and videos of them sharing flights even to the point where Joe waited for Ariel at the Japan airport when they were there separately on business…

(Ariel to promote the shelved Extravagant Challenge formerly with Jerry Yan and Joe to attend the death anniversary commemoration of Tada Kaoru the mangaka who wrote Itazura Na Kiss)…

They also enjoy dining out and going to concerts most of the time like that of Ayumi Hamasaki with Eddie Peng and recently Jay Chou’s where Joe was with his best friend initially but who also left mid way leaving the two alone…

Notable spazzworthy moments:

These two have perfected the art of being the most coupley uncouple in the entire history of showbiz…

In a brave move, Joe have admitted in a TV show publicly that he had tried to court Ariel twice but have also been rejected by her twice…

He also mentioned that his dad really thinks that Ariel and him are married and he calls her his daughter in law…

Offcamera, these two call each other Lao Gong (husband) and Lao Po (Wife) and they say it was a force of habit because of their roles in TKA…

During one of Ariels bday, Joe has taken great care in buying her an Iphone which she had long wanted,  to the point of even conniving with her PA so as not to let the cat out of the bag and to prevent her from buying the same thing…

When Joe opened his weibo (Taiwans version of Twitter), Ariel’s was the first on his follow list and during Ariel’s win as Best actress in Star Golden Bell, Joe was beside himself with happiness that one would think that it was him who won the award instead…

Just two weeks ago, Joe guested on Happy Camp and the hosts spilled the beans that Ariels name on his phone is “Old Flame/Fling” and it was also through this show where as a dare they asked him to call Ariel to invite her on a trip with just the two of them and without hesitation, she immediately said Yes…

CSI clues that keep netizens guessing if they are or they aren’t:

Should i say more?  These two have been this close constantly with or without a project so you can feel the genuineness of their relationship…

However, what keeps the ArJoe shippers afloat despite the passing of years is how these two don’t admit and yet also don’t deny that there is a chance that they could indeed be together…

In a recent interview, Ariel said Joe and her are now in a good place in terms of their relationship and Joe also mentioned that if indeed,  something is really going on between them, no one would know until the day they will be announcing their marriage…

Chances of getting together:

Bias aside, i think that out of all the OTP’s that i like, these two have the highest chance of really getting together…

After all, Joe said it himself… If Ariel and him do their 5th project and by then they are still unattached, then they will agree to marry each other…

A possibility that seems to be probable since talks of their 4th project togtether,  The Last Kiss,  ISWAK’s 3rd installment is gaining ground,  i think we don’t have long to wait whether or not wedding bells will really be ringing for this pairing…

Hyun Bin and Kim Sun Ah

also known by their OTP name SunBin

SunBin

Claim to Fame:

Played the lead roles in the super mega hit Kdrama My Name is Kim Sam Soon…

OTP history:

Majority of the spazzing between these two can be credited mostly to the skinship they shared offcamera whenever they got an NG while shooting MNIKSS…

As proven by videos and photos, there are a lot of leaning, hugging, hand holding and tickling all done in between flirtatious hitting and giggling whenever they botch up scenes or simply forget their lines while shooting…

They are also very comfortable with each other physically leading fans to believe that something more is going on between them…

Offcam Sightings:

Binnie was seen attending a charity event that Sun Ah held for her chosen foundation even if he was sick months after MNIKSS wrapped up (and yes, that’s Sun ah helping him with his jacket)…

Was also spotted attending the premiere night of Kim Jung Euns Marrying the Mafia together with Ryeo Won and Daniel Henney and sitting closely together at a Seoul celebrity protest…

The two have also taken turns in visiting each other on the set of their respective shoots…

Sun Ah visited Binnie along with Ryeo Won and Dan again on the set of Snow Queen and Binnie has visited her while filming Girl Scouts and while shooting a CF with Yoon Eun Hye…

Notable spazzworthy moments:

* Binnie buying a blouse that Sun Ah liked while off camera during a lull in filming for MNIKSS  which earned her surprise and that big smile in the photograph below.

* Hyun Bin getting all embarrassed after they filmed their kissing scene

* The radio interview that Sun Ah did with one of her best friends Kim Won Hee where Binnie called in and said how she guided him in their kissing scenes…

* Hyun Bin being such a gentleman to Sun Ah during the MBC awards night last 2005 where he was almost like her PA who’s hellbent on keeping her legs covered the entire night while also shouting to the whole world that there’s only Sam Soon for him while drying her tears away…

CSI clues that keep netizens guessing if they are or they aren’t:

Hyun Bin’s interview stating how he is inspired by someone named Miss K and that she’s very good at baking and how he’s happy because of her when asked about his love life…

This interview was done circa 2007 long after My Name is Kim Sam Soon is over…

Chances of getting together:

Up until early 2009 SunBin fans are hopeful that there is still a chance that these two will get together in real life despite the fact that Kim Sun Ah obviously only sees Binnie as a dongseng or younger brother…

Those hopes were dashed all away when Binnie and Hye Gyo admitted to a real life relationship after they have finished filming the drama Worlds Within…

Now, there are talks swirling around that Hye Gyo and Binnie are over and though chances are close to zero for these two to really get together, a Sunbin shippers faith remains to be an infallible thing…

Andy Lee and Solbi

more popularly known as AnBi or as the AnSol pairing

Claim to Fame:

Long before idols ruled the variety show WE GOT MARRIED, it was the pairing of the original couples Andy and Solbi,  Crown J and Inyoung, Alex and ShinAe and later on Hyun Joong and Hwang Bo that brought this little known program to the attention of fans all over the world…

OTP History:

Andy and Solbi previously crossed paths in variety shows like Xman2 and Quiz Sixth Sense but barely knew each other until they did We Got Married…

They  immediately hit it off from day one of the program with Solbi admitting right off the bat that even before she became a singer, she had long harbored a secret crush on Andy and how being in the show with him as a pseudo couple is a dream come true…

Unlike the other couples who went through a getting to know you stage before settling in to their roles as a make believe married couple, these two have been so comfortable with each other from the get go that it was just sheer delight to watch them go about their daily missions…

Initially, Andy was  kinda meh about his pairing with Solbi as he teased her mercilessly just like how one would treat a younger sister but later on and in succeeding episodes it was the way in which he slowly started warming up to her and perhaps reciprocating her feelings that had kept AnBi fanatics worldwide staunchly believing that they are indeed a match made in heaven…

Offcam Sightings:

When their popularity hit its peak, the two made the rounds of different variety shows and several fan accounts chronicle how their oncam sweetness carry on even when they’re offcam…

While also in We Got Married several candid moments show the two having such natural skinship that they have no qualms about sitting or lying down on each others lap or holding hands… even *gasp* kissing no matter if the camera is on them or not!

Notable spazzworthy moments:

Andy has made no secret of the fact that he wants to date Solbi 99% for real while being interviewed on Star Golden Bell…

Solbi on the other hand has also expressed that she can date Andy for real on Sang Sang Plus if he just asked her…

The Shinhwa boys have also been avid supporters of the two and there was even a time in Music Bank’s backstage where MinWoo made a sign saying Andy’s which pointed towards Solbi…

The two are also known for being the “aegyo” couple for continuing their sweetness even if they’re not on the show…

During the MBC drama awards last 2008, the two were seen sitting together and holding hands for the duration of the night…

Lately, the two have been lying low in the limelight since Andy is serving his military service while Solbi decided to go back to school and concentrate on her studies during the same time…

CSI clues that keep netizens guessing if they are or they aren’t:

Recently, Solbi had been updating her cyworld with tons of pictures of Andy in MS and their pictures from We Got Married and Andy was recently caught getting giddy in a radio interview whenever asked about her…

This coupling also has the parents approval from both sides and in a recent interview Solbi’s dad exclaimed how he thought that things between Andy & Solbi’s been running well, but suddenly Andy entered MS and now Solbi has to wait for 3 years hinting at the probability that they’re really together which earned him a nudge from Solbi to keep quiet…

Chances of getting together:

Andy mentioned in an interview that the only thing preventing him from dating Solbi is his desire to concentrate on his new album, act in a series and serve his Military duty…

Now, that all that is over and his military duty almost done with… we can only watch and wait if he will indeed rekindle what they had in the past and really pursue her…

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About donnapie

Kdrama fanatic, Kim Hyun Joong obsessed, MinSun shipper, closet writer
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8 Responses to All aboard the OTP ship!

  1. mushroom says:

    hi Donnapie! my fellow anbiholic!:)
    I SOOOOO LOVE YOUR BLOG ENTRY!!!!! ❤
    it made me remember all those *kilig* moments of ANDY&SOLBI and also ARIEL&JOE 😀
    awww. oh how i missed AnBi. and for me, they have the highest possibility of being a real OTP. weee~ i'm making my countdown to october 2011, so excited to witness a progress on AnBi :))

  2. kate says:

    You are right… Among the list, I think ArJoe has the highest chance that they can be together. I’m also a fan of them since ISWAK. But I also like MinSun…

  3. leila8mae says:

    donna, I think the MINSUN ship is on full throttle.. silently creeping in full speed!! in Filipino, tahimik ngunit matinik!! hahaha..

    I’m forever a MINSUN shipper *love* thanks for this!!

  4. a_fan says:

    Hi Donnapie
    I enjoyed reading your article though I don’t really know half of them. I do recognize Kang Dong Won and Kim Ha Neul in the same pic with Sunah and Bin. I stumbled on a clip Youtube clip of Kang Dong Won kissing in the drama Magic so I ended up watching the drama. He seems to be a good kisser.

    offbeat comment ;.!

  5. JamesBond007 says:

    Weeeeee Donnapie… My two favorite couple Lee Min Ho and Goo Hye Sun and Joe Cheng and Ariel Lin….both of them I can never get enough of. I hope and pray they will be together as husband and wife for real……both of them are meant and fated to be together…

  6. samysamir says:

    thanks Donna for this article. it made me so happy also made me remembered MinSun times together. every times I see Lee MinHo and Goo hyeSun together, I believe that they are born to each other. they are compatible and perfect for each other and their moments on cam or off cam prove that. it also made me believed it’s lie that there is nothing between them.
    also your article made me remember my first lovely korean couple SunBin. they are both lovely and they made me fond of MNIKSS. for me, I think that HyunBin is more perfect to SunAh.

  7. webby says:

    just watching and reading this makes me feel fuzzy and giddy all over again for my fav OTP — MinSun! I confess sometimes i’m confused as to when JoonDi crosses over to MinSun but both make me equally happy and blissful when i just think of them. I have to say my fav highlight for the joondi moment has to be the kiss in epi 12 in the barn/log house and the BTS has me all giddy. I can imagine MH schooling himself and repeating over and over in his mind that it’s just acting and he’s just fleshing out his role but the moment he turns his head and looks at an obviously flushed HS who cannot even look back at him when she’s speaking to him, who’s he kidding? To say the least sparks are flying in the air…. They ARE the cutest!

  8. denrra says:

    Wuaaaa Donnapie i really like your article and your investigation about MinSun Couple ♥ ♥ ♥
    it’s makes me miss moment MinSun together so much…
    Thanks for sharing ♥ ♥ ♥

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