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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 was given on 2017, is an South Korean media franchise and shared universe that is centered on a series of music videos, independently produced by Big Hit Entertainment and based on characters inspired on 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

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 a logo of the flower shop on July 4, 2018.[3] Also the Instagram account that was associated with the blog was deleted, and a Twitter account also associated with the blog has been inactive and private since August 2017.

On August 22, 2018, the blog started to post the same stories as last year, but changed the 8th story so that 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.

Timeline on Blog:

  • August 15, 2017 (2022 on BTS Universe) is when Seok-jin preordered the Smeraldo flowers.
  • August 15, 2018 (2022 on BTS Universe) occurs after Seok-jin turned back time, so he didn't pre-order the flowers.

*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 Yoongi mysteriously absent from the picture. At the end of the scene, it is hinted that the car is floating on the sea.

Upcoming drama and game

BTS (방탄소년단) New Game Official Concept Art Teaser

BTS (방탄소년단) New Game Official Concept Art Teaser

A currently untitled drama based on the BU has been announced and is planned to come out in the second half of 2020. This drama will tell the story of seven boys who meet for the first time in the BU. As the drama will be based on when the characters was younger, the members will not personally act in the drama, and they will cast actors instead.[4]

A video game is also possibly in the works, with the release of a Game Concept Trailer on August 21, 2019. While it has may connections to the BU, neither uploads of the trailer from BANGTANTV or Netmarble Global say "BU content certified by Big Hit Entertainment" in the description.

TXT Universe

  • Seok-jin and the "white cat" in the <Save Me> webtoon.
  • Yeon-jun and the "white cat" in the "Nap of a Star" MV.
  • "White cat" art toy.
  • Yeon-jun and the "white cat" in the "Magic Island" MV.

The TXT Universe (+U) started on January 27, 2019 is a shared universe that is centered until the moment only on music videos and also produced by Big Hit Entertainment and based on characters inspired on the members of TXT.

The BU and the +U are related to each other, but they 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 in the beach and Yeon-jun in the forest looks like is part of the two universes.

Other possible content

Other content have connections to the BU but with no logo or certification. Some examples are:

  • 'Danger' Official MV: 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.
  • 'FOR YOU' Official MV: The secret school hang-out is shown multiple times.
  • BTS Live Trilogy Episode I: BTS Begins VCRs: There are connections to the webtoon 花樣年華 Pt.0 <SAVE ME> and 花樣年華 The Notes.
  • BTS Live Trilogy Episode II: The Red Bullet VCRs: Connections to Episode I and Save Me.
  • BTS Live Trilogy Episode III: The Wings Tour VCRs: Connections to Episode II and many connections to the WINGS Short Films.
  • '봄날 (Spring Day)' Official MV: Two Jung-kooks, similar to the two Ji-mins in Blood Sweat and Tears, as well as vague certification from the WINGS Concept Book.
  • 'DNA' Official MV: During Tae-hyung's part at the beginning, something similar to the thing that Ji-min was sucked into in Blood Sweat & Tears JP Ver. is visible in the background.
  • MMA 2019 VCR: The scene is looks like a scene in "I Need U"
  • MAMA 2019 VCR: The scene contains many objects from past BU content

Cast and Characters

List of the cast and characters on the fictional universe.

Main

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

Supporting

  • Choi Yu-ju (Yu Ju) as Seok-jin's girl (in LOVE YOURSELF Highlight Reel)
  • Park Jung-yeon as Yoon-gi's girl (in LOVE YOURSELF Highlight Reel)
  • Shin Ryu-jin (Ryujin) as Ho-seok's and Jimin's girl (in LOVE YOURSELF Highlight Reel)
  • Oh Han-seol as Nam-joon's girl (in LOVE YOURSELF Highlight Reel)
  • Kim Bo-ra (Bo Ra) as Tae-hyung's girl (in LOVE YOURSELF Highlight Reel)
  • Shin Yu-na (Yuna) as Jung-kook's girl (in LOVE YOURSELF Highlight Reel)

Timeline

Main article: Timeline

Timeline of events occurred on the fictional universe.

Symbolism

Magic Shop and Fake Love

"Magic Shop" is a psychodramatic technique that exchanges fear for a positive attitude.

They have a new chance to do the things right but because they don't love themselves due to the memories of their past mistakes, they end up repeating those mistakes.

Character Fear Symbolism
of Fear
Reason Positive Attitude
(Girls)
Seokjin Not being a good and reliable person.
BU - Magic Shop SJ 1

Earpiece

He feels guilty for the end of their friendship and for ruining all the good memories.
BU - Magic Shop SJ 2

Smeraldo flower

What (he did/happened) with his new chance?: He found and brought the Smeraldo flowers to the girl, but when crossing the street, she is hit by a car and passes on.
Yoongi Hurting the people he cares about.
BU - Magic Shop YG 1

Piano

His mother died in a house fire.
BU - Magic Shop YG 2

Lollipop

What (he did/happened) with his new chance?: He pushes the girl away, even though she tried to help him.
Hoseok He never found is mother.
BU - Magic Shop HS 1

Chocolate bar (Snickers)

His mother abandoned him when he was a child.
BU - Magic Shop HS 2

Cake

What (he did/happened) with his new chance?: He has found a girl who reminds him of his mother, but he's losing her, too.
Namjoon He is reluctant to do things for the people he cares about.
BU - Magic Shop NJ 1

"You must survive" message

He left without saying anything and never got involved in anything that happened.
BU - Magic Shop NJ 2

Hair tie

What (he did/happened) with his new chance?: He doesn't do anything for the girl.
Jimin Not being loved for his true self.
BU - Magic Shop JM 1

Flowering Arboretium

When he was a child his parents never were with him, and he has no friends because of his illness.
BU - Magic Shop JM 2

Umbrella

What (he did/happened) with his new chance?: Because of him, both he and the girl are hurt; however, Hoseok is only worried about the girl.
Taehyung Being alone because of his decisions.
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Alcohol bottle

He has practiced a lot of vandalism, and ends up committing murder by killing his father.
BU - Magic Shop TH 2

Backpack

What (he did/happened) with his new chance?: He found someone to be with, but is arrested and has to pay for his actions.
Jungkook His hyungs being unhappy. Not wanting to see the others suffer through fake and temporary happiness/love. As a result, he "trades" in himself.
BU - Magic Shop JK

Key

What (he did/happened) with his new chance?: He got a key to the "Magic Shop" and discovered a secret room.

References

Credits to Compilation of The HYYH Notes by @wonderfullyedible on Reddit and (ENG) HYYH THE NOTE ‘ANSWER’ (S.E.L.F) by @BTSxPando on Twitter.

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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
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
Unofficial songs
A Typical Trainee's Christmas | Born Singer | So 4 More | We Are Bulletproof Pt. 1 | Perfect Man | Young Forever (Unplugged Ver.) | Rainism | As I Told You | Class Idea | Without A Heart | Spring Day (Brit Rock Remix) | Seesaw x I Need U Remix
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)
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)

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 | Summer 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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