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The BTS Universe or Bangtan Universe (BU) was initially know as "The Most Beautiful Moment in Life series", "Hwa Yang Yeon Hwa series" or "HYYH series" until the official name and logo were first used in 2017, is a South Korean media franchise and shared fictional universe that is centered on a series of music videos, independently produced by Big Hit Entertainment and based on characters inspired by the members of BTS. The franchise has expanded to include short films, short stories, books and webtoons.

History

"Seven boys. Best friends. Their fates intertwined through the good times together, but also the tough times, as they have gone their separate ways and suffered greatly as a result. When all is almost lost for these boys, one is given a special chance to go back in time and help his friends fix the mistakes that led them down this path. He’ll do anything to save them, but can he? Or is he too late?" – Plot summary of the 花樣年華 Pt.0 <SAVE ME> webtoon.

Content

List of BU content certified by Big Hit Entertainment.

Era Content
Title Type Released
Youth
Trilogy
'I NEED U' Official MV Music video April 29, 2015
'I NEED U' Official MV (Original ver.) Music video May 10, 2015
화양연화 on stage : prologue Short film Sep 8, 2015
'RUN' Official MV Music video Nov 30, 2015
'I NEED U (Japanese Ver.)' Official MV Music video Dec 1, 2015
'RUN -Japanese Ver.-' Official MV Music video Mar 11, 2016
EPILOGUE : Young Forever’ MV Music video April 19, 2016
Wings WINGS Short Film #1 BEGIN Short film Sep 4, 2016
WINGS Short Film #2 LIE Short film Sep 5, 2016
WINGS Short Film #3 STIGMA Short film Sep 7, 2016
WINGS Short Film #4 FIRST LOVE Short film Sep 8, 2016
WINGS Short Film #5 REFLECTION Short film Sep 9, 2016
WINGS Short Film #6 MAMA Short film Sep 10, 2016
WINGS Short Film #7 AWAKE Short film Sep 13, 2016
'피 땀 눈물 (Blood Sweat & Tears)' Official MV Music video Oct 10, 2016
'血、汗、涙 -Japanese Ver.-' Official MV Music video May 10, 2017
BTS WINGS CONCEPT BOOK Concept book June 29, 2017
Love
Yourself
#LOVE_YOURSELF Poster Posters Aug 11-13, 2017
花樣年華 The Notes: Seokjin – 13 June Year 22 Short story Aug 14, 2017
LOVE YOURSELF Highlight Reel '起' Short film Aug 15, 2017
LOVE YOURSELF Highlight Reel '承' Short film Aug 16, 2017
LOVE YOURSELF Highlight Reel '轉' Short film Aug 17, 2017
LOVE YOURSELF Highlight Reel '起承轉結' Short film Aug 18, 2017
花樣年華 The Notes in LOVE YOURSELF 承 'Her' Short stories Sep 18, 2017
'Euphoria : Theme of LOVE YOURSELF 起 Wonder' Short film April 5, 2018
花樣年華 The Notes: Jungkook – 22 May Year 22 Short story May 4, 2018
'FAKE LOVE' Official Teaser 1 Teaser May 14, 2018
'FAKE LOVE' Official MV Music video May 18, 2018
花樣年華 The Notes in LOVE YOURSELF 轉 'Tear' Short stories May 18, 2018
'FAKE LOVE' Official MV (Extended ver.) Music video June 1, 2018
花樣年華 The Notes: Seokjin – 3 August Year 22 Short story Aug 7, 2018
LOVE YOURSELF 結 Answer 'Epiphany' Comeback Trailer Comeback trailer Aug 9, 2018
花樣年華 The Notes in LOVE YOURSELF 結 'Answer' Short stories Aug 24, 2018
SMERALDO BOOKS' Twitter Short stories Jan 2019
花樣年華 Pt.0 <SAVE ME> Webtoon Jan 17, 2019
花樣年華 THE NOTES 1 Book March 5, 2019
Map
of the
Soul
花樣年華 The Notes in MAP OF THE SOUL: Persona Short Stories April 12, 2019
花樣年華 Art Toy Art toy Sep 16, 2019
花樣年華 The Notes in MAP OF THE SOUL: 7 Short Stories Feb 21, 2020

Smeraldo Flower Shop

  • Jin's selca.
  • Smeraldo Flower Shop Logo on 2017.
  • Smeraldo Flower Shop Logo on 2018 with BU Logo.
  • The Smeraldo Academy Logo.
  • Smeraldo Flower.
  • Smeraldo Flowers.

On August 9, 2017, Jin posted on Twitter (@BTS_twt) a selca featuring a bouquet of flowers and the word "Smeraldo".[1]

Smeraldo is not an actual flower. However, ARMY found a florist (Testesso) who is planning on opening a shop called Flower Smeraldo.[2]

Testesso has a blog of the Smeraldo Flower, with different stories about the origin of the flower, but the stories were deleted and added the BU logo of the flower shop on July 4, 2018.[3]

On August 22, 2018, the blog started to post the same stories as last year, but changed the 8th story and Seok-jin didn't pre-order the Smeraldo flowers for the girl which means they didn't meet and she wasn't hit by a car, because Seok-jin turned back time.

Also the Instagram account associated with the blog was deleted and re-opened on July 20, 2018 with content alike to previously uploaded and the Twitter account was been inactive and private since August 2017 but the conent was deleted and reupdated on 2018.

Links:

*Don't confuse Jin, the vocalist of BTS with Seok-jin, the fictional character.

Deleted scene

BU - Deleted scene

Deleted scene.

The short film "화양연화 on stage : prologue" was originally released on September 8, 2015 but was deleted and re-uploaded on September 16, 2015, and Seok-jin's last scene was removed.

In the scene, Seok-jin is in his car, then opens his glove box and pulls out his polaroid with Yoon-gi; however, when he sees it, Seok-jin is the only one in the picture, with Yoon-gi mysteriously absent from the picture. At the end of the scene, it is hinted that the car is floating on the sea.

TXT Universe

BU TU white cat

Seok-jin and Yeon-jun with the "white cat".

The TXT Universe (+U), started on January 11, 2019, is a shared universe that is for now only included in music videos, also produced by Big Hit Entertainment. Similarly to the BU, it is based on characters inspired by the members of TXT.

The BU and the +U have different concepts and stories. Until now only the white cat-like creature with one blue eye and one green eye who meets Seok-jin at the beach (Save Me webtoon) and Yeon-jun in the forest (Nap of a Star and Magic Island) connects to the two universes and storylines.

Upcoming content

BTS (방탄소년단) New Game Official Concept Art Teaser

BTS (방탄소년단) New Game Official Concept Art Teaser

  • Game: Big Hit is partnering with Netmarble for a new video game project that Big Hit described as such: "This new work will provide another encounter with the BU rendered through lush, emotion-filled art."[4] The Game Concept Trailer was released on August 21, 2019.
  • Drama: Big Hit along with Chorokbaem Media are currently development an untitled drama based on the BU and is expected to be released in the second half of 2020 or first half of 2021.[5] This drama will tell the story of seven boys who meet for the first time within the BU. As the drama will be based on when the characters were younger, the members will not personally act in the drama. [6]

Other possible content

List of content with connections to the BU but with no logo or certification.

Title Type Released Related to
BTS (방탄소년단) 'No More Dream' Official MV Music video June 11, 2013
Many names of BTS songs are in the background, the butterfly effect is shown on the chalkboard in the background, and a piano is shown in the background.
BTS (방탄소년단) 'Boy In Luv' Official MV Music Video February 11, 2014
Moments that tie into the notes.
BTS (방탄소년단) 'Danger' Official MV Music video August 20, 2014
A scene of Tae-hyung cutting his hair is seen in WINGS Short Film #3 STIGMA, as well as other moments that tie into the notes.
BTS Live Trilogy Ep.1 Summary in The Red Bullet VCR October 17, 2014
The VCR includes a scene of the boys in class and a strict teacher; they get in trouble with the teacher, as they do in the BU.
2013.03.02 in BTS Begins VCR March 28, 2015
The description of March 2, 2013 note is similar to the shown in this VCR.
BTS (방탄소년단) 화양연화 pt.1 '花樣年華' Comeback Trailer Comeback trailer April 17, 2015
We see the bridge Hoseok collapsed on in I Need U, as well as two of the person in the trailer (who could possibly be Seokjin).
BTS (防弾少年団) 'FOR YOU' Official MV Music video June 17, 2015
The scenes of all in the secret school hang-out and Seok-jin and Nam-joon in the gas station are similar to in the BU.
BTS (방탄소년단) 화양연화 pt.2 'Never Mind' Comeback Trailer Comeback trailer November 17, 2015
There is a butterfly, a common theme in the BU
BTS (방탄소년단) '봄날 (Spring Day)' Official MV Music video February 13, 2017
Appears two Jung-kooks, similar to the two Ji-mins in Blood Sweat & Tears MV JP Ver., as well a vague certification from the WINGS Concept Book.
BTS Live Trilogy Episode III: The Wings Tour VCR February 18, 2017
The VCR includes thematic elements associated with each member and BU character.
BTS (방탄소년단) 'DNA' Official MV Music video September 18, 2017
During Tae-hyung's part at the beginning, a black hole similar to the one that Ji-min was sucked into in Blood Sweat & Tears MV JP Ver. is visible in the background.
BTS INTRO in 2019 MMA VCR November 30, 2019
The scene is looks like the final scene in I Need U MV.
BTS INTRO in 2019 MAMA VCR Dec 4, 2019
The scene contains many objects from past BU content

Characters

List of the characters in the fictional universe.

Main

*The characters names are the same as their real names.

Supporting

Timeline

Main article: Timeline

Timeline of events occurred on the fictional universe.

Symbolism

The BU is heavy with visual symbolism. Several items are often linked to each character, and elements of these are present in much of the visual content through BTS's music videos, even ones not marked as BU content.

Character Himself Trauma Positive Attitude
Seok-jin

BU - HYYH SJ Pink Camera

Pink Camera

BU - Wings SJ Pink Camera

Pink Camera

BU - LY SJ Pink Camera

Pink Camera

BU - Wings SJ Earpiece

Earpiece

BU - Magic Shop SJ 1

Earpiece

BU - Magic Shop SJ 2

Smeraldo flower

Yoon-gi

BU - HYYH YG Lighter

Lighter

BU - LY YG Lighter

Lighter

BU - Wings YG Piano

Piano

BU - Magic Shop YG 1

Piano

BU - Magic Shop YG 2

Lollipop

Ho-seok

BU - HYYH HS Pills

Pills

BU - Wings HS Pills

Pills

BU - Wings HS Chocolate bar

Chocolate bar

BU - Magic Shop HS 1

Chocolate bar

BU - Magic Shop HS 2

Cake

Nam-joon

BU - HYYH NJ Lollipop

Lollipop

BU - LY NJ Lollipop

Lollipop

BU - Wings NJ Message

"You must survive"

BU - Magic Shop NJ 1

"You must survive"

BU - Magic Shop NJ 2

Hair tie

Ji-min

BU - HYYH JM Tub

Tub

BU - Wings JM Tub

Tub

BU - Wings JM Flowering Arboretium

Flowering Arboretium

BU - Magic Shop JM 1

Flowering Arboretium

BU - Magic Shop JM 2

Umbrella

Tae-hyung

BU - HYYH TH Spray Paint

Spray paint

BU - HYYH TH Mobile

Mobile

BU - Magic Shop TH 1

Mobile

BU - Magic Shop TH 2

Backpack

Jung-kook
?
?

BU - Magic Shop JK

Key

References

Gallery

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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
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)
Collaborations Who
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
Other

Studios | BTS Festa | BT21

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 American Hustle Life |Problematic Men | BTS Comeback Show | BTS Countdown | BTS Variety Chronicles
Web series: BTS GO! | BTS: Lucky Draw | Run BTS! | BTS Gayo | BTS: Bon Voyage | BTS: Burn The Stage | Bring The Soul: Docu-Series
Drama series: Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth | Hello? Mr.Bangtan
DVDs: BTS Now | Season's Greetings | BTS Memories | BTS Summer Package | BTS Winter Package
Games: SuperStar BTS | Puzzle Star BT21 | BTS World
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: The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: The Notes | The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: The Notes 1
Webtoons: We On: Be The Shield | The Most Beautiful Moment in Life Pt.0: Save Me

BTS Universe
Eras

School Trilogy | Youth Trilogy | Wings | Love Yourself | Map of the Soul

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