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This article focuses on the web series BT21 Universe.
For the animated web series, see BT21 Universe Animation.

BT21 Universe (stylized in all caps) is a web series of BTS creating BT21 released in BT21 YouTube channel. The series features behind the scenes of the BTS members creating their BT21 characters, along with their background, personality, storyline, etc.

The first season was released under the name Making of BT21, meanwhile, the second season as BT21 Universe, after the teaser of the third season was released the first and second seasons was re-named as BT21 Universe 1 and BT21 Universe 2 respectively.

BT21 Universe

The 'BT21 UNIVERSE' consists of 9 episodes and features BTS members gathered around, using their imaginations to discuss the new characters and stories of BT21 – a new character IP created in close collaboration between LINE FRIENDS and BTS. The teaser videos released on March 27 and 29 prior to the first episode already drew massive attention, reaching almost 2 million views in total in which fans expressed high levels of affection and expectation towards the globally loved BT21. Not only that, on April 1, a few rough sketches which drop a hint about the 'BT21 UNIVERSE' were revealed at the official Twitter BT21 account in celebration of the April Fools' Day and the content were rapidly shared and spread, reaching over 6,000 comments within an hour.

In the recently released first episode, BTS members disclosed the first topic, 'friends and family of BT21' and BTS members expressed enthusiasm when RM suggested taking the time to create the future of BT21. Then, they unfolded new stories of RJ, KOYA and SHOOKY – the characters which BTS took part in the entire process of creation. Jin disclosed RJ's family background and the name of parents in a witty way, RM shared a story of how KOYA became a friend with a 'leaf' and Suga told the past story of SHOKY's family and friends before SHOOKY met TATA.

The millennials from all over the world have expressed great interest in the first episode of the BT21 UNIVERSE that unveiled exciting stories about the past of BT21 characters, featuring the fun and creative processes of BTS members. They commented, "The BT21 UNIVERSE is amazing. I can't stop watching amusing stories of BT21 presented by BTS", "The BT21 UNIVERSE sparks curiosity just like the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I look forward to seeing how the BT21 UNIVERSE will unfold the stories behind BT21 characters." Not only that, but the BT21 UNIVERSE has also prompted a lot of interpretations and guesses of the yet-to-be-released characters and stories online.

In the 'BT21 UNIVERSE' series, LINE FRIENDS will share the behind-the-scene clips of BTS members discussing the past, future, family, rivals and friends of the BT21 characters through the official social media channels every week until May. Following the that was released on April 4, Jungkook, V, J-Hope and Jimin will introduce the past stories of COOKY, TATA, MANG and CHIMMY in the next week's episode.In the 'BT21 UNIVERSE' series, LINE FRIENDS will share the behind-the-scene clips of BTS members discussing the past, future, family, rivals and friends of the BT21 characters through the official social media channels every week until May. Following the that was released on April 4, Jungkook, V, J-Hope and Jimin will introduce the past stories of COOKY, TATA, MANG and CHIMMY in the next week's episode.

"LINE FRIENDS launched BT21 in 2017 through a year-long collaboration with global artist BTS and it garnered an unprecedented wave of popularity from the millennials all around the world in such a short period of time. The release of the 'BT21 UNIVERSE' is particularly meaningful because it is beyond a one-time new character development process and it unfolds the universe as the characters grow and develop, breaking from the conventional characters", said LINE FRIENDs.

LINE FRIENDS is planning to hold a special promotion via social media channels for customers in April, in which they can participate in creating characters. This is one of LINE FRIENDS continuous efforts to interact and engage with BT21 customers through a wide range of activities.

BT21 is a new IP created as the first project of 'FRIENDS CREATORS', which is a creative strategy to develop a new kind of character IP based on the uniqueness of global artists and creative capabilities of LINE FRIENDS. In 2017, LINE FRIENDS released a total of eight BT21 characters after a year-long collaboration with BTS and it has grown into a globally loved character, garnering remarkable achievements of more than 28 million sticker downloads and more than 3.3 billion Twitter exposures.

About LINE FRIENDS

LINE FRIENDS is a global character brand featuring 11 characters which were originally created for use as stickers for leading mobile messenger application LINE and its 200 million active worldwide users. The company has emerged as a global creator by introducing new Intellectual Property (IP) like BT21, characters created together with global boy band BTS, in addition to Animation Running Man and Usamaru. LINE FRIENDS also has collaborated with a number of renowned brands including LAMY, Beats by Dr.Dre and Brompton, all aligned with the company's philosophy and values to showcase premium character products. More recently, LINE FRIENDS has operated more than 140 stores globally in a total of 11 markets worldwide, in trend-leading cities such as Seoul, Tokyo, New York, and Shanghai, and became an independent company in January 2015. For more information please visit Line Friend.

Series overview

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 13 October 16, 2017 November 28, 2017
2 9 April 3, 2019 May 29, 2019
Specials 2 March 17, 2020 April 9, 2020
3 9 April 16, 2020 August 6, 2020

Episodes

Season 1

1 BT21 Universe S1 Ep 1 Blood, Sweat and Soul -Part 1-
(피 땀 영혼 -Part 1-)
October 16, 2017
BTS creating their own characters for their LINE FRIENDS collaboration with the guidance of designers.
2 BT21 Universe S1 Ep 2 Blood, Sweat and Soul -Part 2-
(피 땀 영혼 -Part 2-)
October 20, 2017
(Continuation of previous episode)
3 BT21 Universe S1 Ep 3 Creativity is Burning -Part 1-
(창의력이 불타오르네 -Part 1-)
October 24, 2017
BTS review each other's characters.
4 BT21 Universe S1 Ep 4 Creativity is Burning -Part 2-
(창의력이 불타오르네 -Part 2-)
October 27, 2017
(Continuation of previous episode)
5 BT21 Universe S1 Ep 5 I Need U Gold Hand -Part 1-
(I NEED U 금손 -Part 1-)
October 31, 2017
BTS are divided into three teams to digitizing their characters with the guidance of designers.
6 BT21 Universe S1 Ep 6 I Need U Gold Hand -Part 2-
(I NEED U 금손 -Part 2-)
November 3, 2017
BTS review each other's digital drawing.
7 BT21 Universe S1 Ep 7 Creativity is Burning -Part 1-
(창의력이 불타오르네 -Part 1-)
November 7, 2017
After two months, BTS comeback to see the advances of their characters.
8 BT21 Universe S1 Ep 8 Creativity is Burning -Part 2-
(창의력이 불타오르네 -Part 2-)
November 10, 2017
BTS giving opinions each other's characters personality, features, etc.
9 BT21 Universe S1 Ep 9 You and My DNA -Part 1-
(너와 나의 DNA -Part 1-)
November 14, 2017
(Continuation of previous episode)
10 BT21 Universe S1 Ep 10 You and My DNA -Part 2-
(너와 나의 DNA -Part 2-)
November 17, 2017
(Continuation of previous episode)
11 BT21 Universe S1 Ep 11 21st Century Collaboration -Part 1-
(21세기 콜라보레이션 -Part 1-)
November 21, 2017
After five months, BTS comeback to see the final result of their characters.
12 BT21 Universe S1 Ep 12 21st Century Collaboration -Part 2-
(21세기 콜라보레이션 -Part 2-)
November 24, 2017
(Continuation of previous episode)
13 BT21 Universe S1 Ep 13 The Last Episode of [BT21 UNIVERSE 1]
(마지막은 흥탄21 [Final])
November 28, 2017
(Continuation of previous episode)

Season 2

1 BT21 Universe S2 Ep 1 THE PAST (RJ, KOYA, SHOOKY)
(BT21의 가족&친구 1 (RJ, KOYA, SHOOKY))
April 3, 2019
BTS giving to BT21 characters a background story.
2 BT21 Universe S2 Ep 2 THE PAST (COOKY, TATA, MANG, CHIMMY)
(BT21의 가족&친구 2 (COOKY, TATA, MANG, CHIMMY))
April 10, 2019
(Continuation of previous episode)
3 BT21 Universe S2 Ep 3 A TO Z
(BT21의 목소리&사는 곳)
April 17, 2019
BTS giving to BT21 characters catchphrases and sounds effects.
4 BT21 Universe S2 Ep 4 FINAL GOAL
(우주스타 BT21의 목표)
April 21, 2019
BTS giving to BT21 characters goals.
5 BT21 Universe S2 Ep 5 ROLE MODEL
(BT21의 롤모델)
May 1, 2019
BTS giving to BT21 characters role models.
6 BT21 Universe S2 Ep 6 RIVALS 1
(BT21의 라이벌 1)
May 8, 2019
BTS giving to BT21 characters rivals.
7 BT21 Universe S2 Ep 7 RIVALS 2
(BT21의 라이벌 2)
May 15, 2019
(Continuation of previous episode)
8 BT21 Universe S2 Ep 8 TRUE OR FALSE 1 (We need an explanation from the fathers)
(BT21 논란의 루머 1 (아버지들의 해명이 필요하다))
May 22, 2019
BTS deciding if BT21 rumors and gossips are true or false.
9 BT21 Universe S2 Ep 9 TRUE OR FALSE 2 (Last story)
(BT21 논란의 루머 2 (BT21 UNIVERSE 마지막 이야기))
May 29, 2019
(Continuation of previous episode)

Specials

1 BT21 Universe S2 Special BT21 UNIVERSE 2 Official Recap
(BT21 UNIVERSE 완전정복 총정리)
March 17, 2020
Recap of Season 2 episodes and BT21 Universe Animation Season 2 episodes.
2 BT21 Universe S3 Special ANIMATION REVIEW: BTS REACTION
(ANIMATION REVIEW: BTS REACTION)
April 9, 2020
BTS reacting to BT21 Universe Animation Season 2.

Season 3

1 BT21 Universe S3 Ep 1 The Grind
(일상생활 1)
April 16, 2020
BTS giving to BT21 characters a story.
2 BT21 Universe S3 Ep 2 Facing Reality
(일상생활 2)
April 29, 2020
(Continuation of previous episode)
3 BT21 Universe S3 Ep 3 Crisis 1
(위기 1)
May 14, 2020
BTS giving to BT21 characters a downfall in their story.
4 BT21 Universe S3 Ep 4 Crisis 2
(위기 2)
May 28, 2020
(Continuation of previous episode)
5 BT21 Universe S3 Ep 5 Trials and Tribulations
(라이벌의 등장)
June 11, 2020
BTS using the given keywords create stories for BT21.
6 BT21 Universe S3 Ep 6 Universtar
(유니버스타)
June 25, 2020
(Continuation of previous episode)
7 BT21 Universe S3 Ep 7 True Courage
(희생)
July 9, 2020
(Continuation of previous episode)
8 BT21 Universe S3 Ep 8 Birth of BT21 BABY
(BT21 BABY 탄생기)
July 23, 2020
(Continuation of previous episode)
9 BT21 Universe S3 Ep 9 Fatherly Message
(번외-영상편지)
August 6, 2020
BTS gives some words to the BT21 characters they created.

Videos

BTS
RM | Jin | Suga | J-Hope | Jimin | V | Jungkook
Discography
Korean
Studio albums Dark & Wild | Wings (You Never Walk Alone) | Love Yourself: Tear | Map of the Soul: 7
Mini albums O!RUL8,2? | Skool Luv Affair (Skool Luv Affair Special Addition) | The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 1 | The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 2 | Love Yourself: Her | Map of the Soul: Persona
Compilation albums The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever | Love Yourself: Answer
Single album 2 Cool 4 Skool
Soundtrack album BTS World: Original Soundtrack
Digital singles Danger (Mo-Blue-Mix) (Feat. Thanh) | Come Back Home | FAKE LOVE (Rocking Vibe Mix) | Dream Glow | A Brand New Day | All Night | Make It Right (feat. Lauv) | Make It Right (feat. Lauv) (EDM Remix) | Make It Right (feat. Lauv) (Acoustic Remix)
Collaborations Ashes | Love U Hate U | Bad Girl | Because I'm a Foolish Woman | Song To Make You Smile
Other releases With Seoul
Japanese
Studio albums Wake Up | Youth | Face Yourself | Map of the Soul: 7 ~The Journey~
Compilation albums 2 Cool 4 Skool / O!RUL8,2? | The Best of BTS -Korea Edition- | The Best of BTS -Japan Edition-
Singles No More Dream | Boy In Luv | Danger | For You | I Need U | Run | Blood Sweat & Tears | MIC Drop/DNA/Crystal Snow | FAKE LOVE/Airplane Pt.2 | Lights/Boy With Luv
Chinese
Digital singles Boy In Luv
English
Digital singles MIC Drop (Steve Aoki Remix) (Feat. Desiigner) | Waste It On Me | Waste It On Me (Slushii Remix) | Waste It On Me (Cheat Codes Remix) | Waste It On Me (W&W Remix) | Waste It On Me (Steve Aoki The Bold Tender Sneeze Remix)
Concerts
Concerts &
Worlds Tours

Concerts: BTS Live Trilogy Episode I: BTS Begins (2015)
World Tours: BTS Live Trilogy Episode II: The Red Bullet (2014) | BTS's First Japan Tour-Wake Up: Open Your Eyes (2015) | BTS Live The Most Beautiful Moment in Life On Stage (2015–2016) | BTS Live Trilogy Episode III: The Wings Tour (2017) | BTS World Tour: Love Yourself (2018–2019) | BTS Map of the Soul Tour (2020)

Events

South Korea: BTS 1st Fan Meeting: Muster (2014) | BTS 2nd Muster: ZIP CODE : 22920 (2016) | BTS 3rd Muster: ARMY.ZIP + (2016) | BTS 4th Muster: Happy Ever After (2018) | BTS 5th Muster: Magic Shop (2019)
Japan: BTS Japan Official Fanmeeting Vol.1 (2014) | BTS Japan Official Fanmeeting Vol.2 -Undercover Mission- (2015) | BTS Japan Official Fanmeeting Vol.3 ~Reaching You~ (2016) | BTS Japan Official Fanmeeting Vol.4 ~Happy Ever After~ (2018) | BTS Japan Official Fanmeeting Vol.5: Magic Shop (2019)
Others: HAPPY BTS DAY PARTY (2016) | BTS HOME PARTY (2017) | BTS PROM PARTY -RE;VIEW & PRE;VIEW- (2018)

Others
Videography

Films: Burn The Stage: The Movie | BTS World Tour: Love Yourself in Seoul | Bring The Soul: The Movie
Television: Rookie King: Channel Bangtan | BTS China Job | BTS American Hustle Life | BTS GO! | Problematic Men | BTS Comeback Show | BTS Countdown | BTS Variety Chronicles | In the SOOP BTS ver.
Web series: BTS: Lucky Draw | Run BTS! | BTS Gayo | BTS: Bon Voyage | BT21 Universe | BTS: Burn The Stage | Bring The Soul: Docu-Series | Learn Korean with BTS | Break The Silence: Docu-Series
Drama series: Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth | Hello? Mr.Bangtan
DVDs: BTS Now | BTS Season's Greetings | BTS Memories | BTS Summer Package | BTS Winter Package
Others: Bangtan Log | BTS Episode | Bangtan Bomb | BTS Live | Eat Jin | Hope On The Street | Hwagae Market | G.C.F | BigHit Episode | RM no Hangul Hangul | BTS Vacation Log

Bibliography

Books: BTS Wings Concept Book | The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: The Notes | The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: The Notes 1 | We Can Laugh When We're Together | The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: The Notes 2
Webtoons: We On: Be The Shield | The Most Beautiful Moment in Life Pt.0: Save Me

Other Games: SuperStar BTS | Puzzle Star BT21 | BTS World | LINE Hello BT21 | BTS Universe Story

Brands: Hip Hop Monster | BT21 | BTS Character

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