[REVIEW] [KPOP] TVXQ – Heliophilia Photobook Review


About a month ago no words could describe just how excited I was when I heard the release announcement of TVXQ’s new photobook Heliophilia. A little while later we got the teaser images and the cover image flooding our twitter timelines and it has such a beautiful summer look with a bright yellow cover. So perfect for me since Australia is heading into summer now which is my all time favourite season ♥♥. So really it’s the perfect concept. I ordered it instantly (I always do a few days of price comparisons across all the websites). I came to the conclusion that a seller of GMarket was the cheapest with EMS shipping it seemed to be a fair price. It’s a dollar cheaper on HMV Japan but I would have had to wait longer to get it delivered to me which I’m impatient so I just ordered it from GMarket. Unfortunately a day after it released I got an email notification that I needed to pay more shipping (A lot more shipping) couldn’t very well decline so I just had to pay it but had I known this would occur I would have just ordered it from HMV Japan lol.

I waited a week and It finally arrived. It felt like a lifetime because I was way too excited and had been anticipating this photobook for a long time after the rumored Thailand photobook existed. I had to do some errands before going to the post office that day, when I arrived home I head into my room to open it right away (Also to make sure it’s not damaged). I pulled it out of the box and it’s love at first sight (lol) a beautifully elegant yellow box with the heading down the side. Really is stylish to display on my shelf and I feel like I will have it here all summer at least.

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I opened the plastic carefully and opened the box which has the photobook on top in the box. TVXQ in cool summer outfits looking stunning as ever. As to be expected there are many shirtless photos of Changmin and his well sculpted abs and an abundance of Yunho in shorts complimenting his horse thighs lol.


I did notice some white blank pages which I saw some other fans complaining about and I don’t think there is a lot of variety of photos but I think the printing quality is up to my standards. Of course their Japanese photobooks “Stay” are of better and higher quality but that’s to be expected of Japanese printing (Tip never buy Taiwanese printed goods they will be bad quality).I have a large collection of Korean printed photobooks and they always seems to not be as good quality but I’m not going to complain because they delivered nice photos and so much fan service which is more than I can ever ask for (Thanks TVXQ).

As an added bonus along with the photobook inside the box is also a poster (I won’t use this) 2 handwritten printed letters from the two with cute photo cards inside (only opened Changmin’s I don’t want to damage the stickers on them lol) and a behind the scenes DVD which is everything a TVXQ fangirl could ask for. It has a little over 30 minutes of footage from their cute vacation together enjoying the surroundings and interesting activities like eating hamburgers (Yunho’s English, I almost needed CPR) Swimming in the ocean, many cafe and bar dates (lol), fishing, shopping and being dorks in a jeep. I keep the dvd in a little plastic CD case because I know I’m going to be watching this a hell of a lot until I get sick of it. It’s difficult to get it in and out of the box all the time.

Overall I think this is a much needed item in a TVXQ collection and I’m happy with my purchase even though it cost so much to get to me. (No regrets) I can’t wait to see them again in 2017 and 2018. I’m literally counting down the days to their return and they can bless our ears again with their singing, eyes with their dancing and fill our hearts with joy once again. Yay!

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