RAINY DAY Season 3, episode 30 (final). He stood there, with the strength of a lion.

Written by: Stephe Thornton, Managing Editor ^@@^

Asia broadcast 10/22. Screen caps courtesy of hime (姫).

It is with a ridiculously heavy heart that I view this final episode of RAINY DAY Season 3.

I mean, come on. In the whole scheme of things, this is only little over half of a season (we usually get at least 50 episodes), and there is so much more Rain activity from last year and this year that hasn’t been visited yet, it hardly seems that this would be the end. We are of a mind that perhaps Rain and Mr. Eternal Cameraman had a lot more to do with the post-production editing of the show than we previously thought, if things are coming to a screeching halt with Rain enlisted. Hm. Really, Mnet? What a crying shame. Lame.


We are back on the Best Rain stage, with him launching determinedly into “My Way”, the autobiographical song that he wrote himself some years ago. Wahhhh… the “My Way” montage backing him up on the JumboTron (Baby JiHoon, FanClub JiHoon, debut/Bad Guy JiHoon, “Escaping the Sun” Rain, Legend of Rainism Rain, and his other faces during his ten-year career) is wonderful, what we can see of it. How very, very special.

Ninja Assassin. “Rainism”. Classics meets Pop with Jan Vogler. Rain’s World Tour. “Nan.” His 2010 MTV Badass Award win. The making of the “Love Song” music video in 20-degree weather. ADIEU!2010 with Rain. It’s all there.

Without missing a beat, we trade one show for another and are whisked off to the day of his free street concert (October 9) at the Gangnam Hanryu Festival. One thing that always makes me grin during any concert is the way he plays with the audience. Haha. If they’re not loud enough, if they’re not attentive enough, if they’re too vocal, if he expects a certain answer… one way or another, he’s going to get ’em under his thumb and keep them there. 🙂

After a final look at his Best Seoul concert interview, we are suddenly at the Uijeongbu 306 Troop Battalion gate and JiHoon is enlisting into the military. Over a thousand fans and Media are watching there on the scene, and hundreds of thousands more are watching at home. It is a somber moment indeed, and this footage brings many of the conflicting feelings from that day (October 11) rushing back… and so I absolutely love it when he sticks That Tongue out, with his silly self. kekeke

It’s amazing to see him stand there, with the strength of a lion, as his hyungs and his fans continuously cry and cheer him. He keeps his face from changing until the last moment, when he steps down from the porch and simply can’t take any more of their pain. Bless him.

(Incidentally, I believe his goodbye RAINY DAY message was filmed backstage while he was waiting to go on stage at one of his Live Charity Shows in Japan, this past September.)

How very appropriate that RAINY DAY played “Love Song” as this final installment came to a close. “What can I do? What should I do?” Indeed, that is what Rain has been asking himself while contemplating being separated from all of us, and that is what we’ve all been asking ourselves while thinking about being separated from him. I think that Rain and Clouds have both discovered that what we should do is simply carry on, because everything’s going to be okay. It might not have seemed like it at first… but it certainly looks that way now. 🙂

Thanks for sharing this season with me, dear Rain fans.

— Stephe @cloudusa.wordpress.com / www.cloudusa.org

(Video source: happyyyrain torrent / courtesy of ratoka @YT)

(screen caps by hime/姫)

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~ by Cloud USA on October 28, 2011.

3 Responses to “RAINY DAY Season 3, episode 30 (final). He stood there, with the strength of a lion.”

  1. Beautifully written Dear Stephe… thank you


  2. Lovely video! Its a shame they ended the season early but it was a memorable one! Rain gives his all in each performance and it shows in each episode of Rainy Day. His dedication, his humble heart, his work and struggles are there for everyone to see as long as these videos are available. Rain’s career is one of a kind like the Man himself!! A career that will continue in a bit with more sucess than ever! I’m soo proud to be a Cloud! 🙂


  3. Sthephe, thanks for this video and your words…. Rain is eternal, he returned to us because he knows we love him unconditionally. He lives forever in my heart…. my beautiful prince ♥


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