Were you aware of K Pop before you became a fan? Having been involved in Anime for the most part of my life and discussing it among fellow fans as a teenager there was some fellow members on a Anime forum who discussed K Pop and the first ever name that came to my attention on a regular basis was BoA who was at her peak at the time (this was around 2005). Another name that I saw occasionally was none other than SNSD..... I knew that they were a Korean girl group who were gaining a lot of attention because of Gee but at the time I wasn't interested in K Pop or Korean culture so it was always a case of "oh they are talking about that group again" when I saw fellow members talking about them on the Anime forum. At that time I considered checking them out a few times out of curiosity, but never did. And it wasn't till 2010 when 'Oh!' and 'Genie' appeared in my recommendations on Youtube that I finally decided to learn more about those K Pop artists who my fellow Anime fans were talking about.