Look who’s back! Though with the amount of publicity he’s garnered even while he was away, I honestly never felt like Hallyu super-star Rain was in the army for the last 20 months. Today was the official discharge for Corporal Jung Ji Hoon (aka Rain) and the man was all business even as he finally got to return to civilian life. I don’t blame him for looking stern and reserved, it’s been a crazy 2013 for him that started on New Year’s Day when the Korean tabloid Dispatch published the biggest news break of the year by photographing Kim Tae Hee and Rain out on a date. That sent shock waves for various reasons. The first was disappointment over this relationship since Kim Tae Hee is the national good girl so folks were shocked and dismayed she was dating Rain, thought to be a playboy and/or bad influence on her, except those two are adults in their thirties so why anyone had an opinion is beyond me. Then Rain got in trouble for seeming to get preferential treatment to be off base to date Kim Tae Hee, and for that he received some sort of slap on the wrist. All so silly IMO. This on the heels of Rain’s enlistment already being a media sore subject since he pretty much dragged out his enlistment for years until the very last moment which makes him seem unpatriotic or an emotional draft dodger. Lastly came a scandal unrelated to him except his name got dragged into it, when other celebrity male recruits were photographed going to a sex-trade massage parlor after a performance and while Rain didn’t go he was at the same performance and had dinner with those guys who went. It appears to me that his name is so big that he’s being used to increase the salacious content of even the most innocuous or tangentially-related scandals. No wonder he looks all tense even after his discharge, he’s probably not all that keen to go back to the even more vicious public eye. His fans, however, were dedicated and thrilled to have their oppa back and some even camped out overnight to get the prime spot to welcome him with deafening roars of happiness. I’ve only ever loved Rain in one thing and one thing only – his first drama Sang Doo, Let’s Go To School, a drama on my top-10 list – and that’s enough for him to get my goodwill. Not to mention his dating my new pet project Kim Tae Hee, who has shown me she has grit and genuine talent in Jang Ok Jung, Live in Love, and just needs the right PD and role to help explore it some more. Here’s to hoping this relationship goes the way of Lee Byung Hun and Lee Min Jung, I totally think Rain and Kim Tae Hee are adorable together and would make beautiful babies. Welcome back, Rain!