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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Infinite: Dilemma Single (First Press Normal) Review

On December 24, 2014, Infinite released their single Dilemma. I wrote more about this single in my review of the limited version of this album here, and here I'll be writing about the first press normal edition.

The Dilemma first press normal edition comes with a 16-page photobooklet and a photocard while just the normal edition only comes with an 8-page photobooklet (according to YesAsia). In this sense, this normal version seems much more limited than the limited edition; this same logic goes for Infinite's most recent Japanese singles Last Romeo and 24 Hours (though YesAsia states the non-first press normal of Last Romeo still comes with a photocard).
I bought a new copy of the first press normal edition on eBay from Japanese seller 08308yusuke for just under $38USD. The seller had quick communication (though he wasn't flexible with my requests), provided a tracking number, and shipped it within 5 days. It arrived 12 days later, in a very large bubble-lined envelope with my CD inside wrapped with another layer of bubblewrap. It also came with some Japanese candies and tea bags. There is a small crack on the side of the jewel case, which is tolerable because it's relatively easy to replace jewel cases.
I was too excited that I had already unwrapped the seal before taking a picture, so that's why the wrapping looks a bit loose. I love how the photoshoot for the normal edition is different from that of the limited edition (but then again, it makes me have the need to get both versions).
Though this normal edition is in the form of a jewel case, I love how there is also this gorgeous exterior slip case.
The lettering on the front cover and sides are reflective silver.
The spines of the slip case are of the same design as on the jewel case.
Here is the backside of the slip case, with another gorgeous photo of Infinite. On the top is the tracklist, which are the Japanese versions of "Dilemma," "Back," and "Diamond."
Here is the front of the jewel case, which is also the cover of the photobooklet.
The backside of the jewel case shows individual photos of the boys wearing the outfits from the photobooklet cover.
Here are the back of the photobooklet and the CD.
Inside the first two pages are the photocard and two pieces of paper.
Like the photocard from Last Romeo, there are eight different photocards, including one per member and one group card. Also similar is that the backside of each card makes up one eighth of a puzzle that has the Infinite logo with "INFINITE" and "Dilemma" printed underneath. All the outfits of the photocards are the same as the photobooklet cover. I got Woohyun's, just like for my Last Romeo~
The backside of my Woohyun card makes up the bottom left of the puzzle.
The black piece of paper is to apply for the handshake event that was held in March 2015 and the teal piece of paper is for the Dilemma Japan Tour that was held earlier in 2015.
The photobooklet is 16 pages long, including the front and back covers. It contains one full-page photo of each member in the outfits from the external slip case.
There are also two group photos using the other outfits, one photo being the photobooklet cover and the other being this one.
Three pages are for the song lyrics.
One page is for the credits. One staff member is named Kim Dong-Woo^^

Overall, I love how Woollim is upgrading the normal edition of these jewel case albums with the external slip cases and different photoshoots than the limited edition. This album definitely contains one of my favorite photoshoots as Infinite looks even more perfect. As for the songs, I'm waiting until they officially release the Korean version of "Dilemma"~

7 comments:

  1. Anneongggg! I love ur blog a lot since u collect infinite, which is my bias group. But I'll like to ask u how much did u pay for this regular version of dilemma? As I'm planning to buy one which is sealed which means it still comes with a pc and it will cost me $24. I was wondering it that's an OK or reasonable price to pay. Would really appreciate if u could answer me. Thanks! Looking forward to get ur answer. ^^

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    1. Thank you so much, I really appreciate it!! I bought this version for about $38 USD new. Because I bought it well after first press was released, it was hard for me to find one for a reasonable price. Usually first press normal versions of Infinite's Japanese singles are about $16 before shipping fees.

      Wow, $24 sounds really good for a sealed one! But you HAVE to make sure that it is first press, because only first press versions have the pc, and later presses do not.

      If you have any more questions or comments, please let me know!

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    2. Heyy, thanks for ur reply! Great I'll probably be getting it then thank! ^^
      Btw is there a way that I can contact u privately for opinions and such about infinite?

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    3. No problem!! Hehe I'm so excited for you to get it!
      Definitely! You can contact me via email, Line, Kakao...just let me know what you prefer, and I'll tell you my info^^

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    4. Thanks so much! I prefer through email. ^^

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    5. Sure! My personal email is macedonia14@gmail.com. Feel free to ask me anything^^

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