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The BTS Universe or Bangtan Universe (often shortened to BU; 방탄소년단 세계관), initially known 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 an original story that is centered on a series of music videos and short films, independently produced by HYBE and Big Hit Music, and based on characters played by the members of BTS. The franchise has expanded to include short stories, books, a webtoon and a visual novel. A drama is planned to be released as part of the franchise.
- 1 Development
- 2 History
- 3 Locations
- 4 Content
- 4.1 Smeraldo Flower Shop
- 4.2 Smeraldo Books's Twitter
- 4.3 Other Original Stories
- 4.4 Upcoming content
- 4.5 Deleted scenes
- 5 Cultural references
- 6 Cast and Characters
- 7 Music
- 8 Timeline
- 9 Videos
- 10 Gallery
- 11 References
- 12 Navigation
On April 29, 2015, BTS began their second era with a mini album and "I Need U" serving as the album's title track. The music video for this track shows a story of the seven members in an alternate reality, depicting their anxieties and uncertainties as they confront their futures. Following this music video story, multiple content were released in this era and in their third era. Due to the popularity of the fictional universe, Big Hit Entertainment named it the "BU", or "BTS Universe".
On June 29, 2017, the BTS Wings Concept Book, the first content with the official BTS Universe logo, was released. In an interview from July 2017, RM explains the origin of their "I Need U" and "Run" music videos by saying: "Stars Wars came out tens of years ago, but a dad and his son still go to a theater to see [it]. It’s not just like a five-year or a ten-year thing, you know what I mean? Our company knew that and they always told us about how important it is to make a world like Star Wars or Marvel [did]." In August 2017, at the start of their fourth era, posters of the fictional characters were released. At the same time, the phrase "BU content certified by Big Hit Entertainment" was added to all music videos and short films that were part of the BU.
Since the BU was established, BE is the first album without any content related to the fictional universe, on BE-hind Story in December 2020, Jin explains "[BE] It wasn't part of BTS Universe and it was really natural so I think it felt more comfortable. We can't forget about the universe but we should make albums like this to take a break once in a while where we all participate together."
"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.
See also: Songju
BU mainly occurs in Songju a fictional city in South Korea. The map of Songju was first seen in the last pages of each version in 花樣年華 THE NOTES 1.
In the museum HYBE Insight a map of Songju along with connections as objects and events can be found.
List of BU content certified by Big Hit Entertainment.
|'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||September 8, 2015*|
|'RUN' Official MV||Music video||November 30, 2015|
|'I NEED U (Japanese Ver.)' Official MV||Music video||December 1, 2015|
|'RUN -Japanese Ver.-' Official MV||Music video||March 11, 2016|
|‘EPILOGUE : Young Forever’ MV||Music video||April 19, 2016|
|WINGS Short Film #1 BEGIN||Short film||September 4, 2016|
|WINGS Short Film #2 LIE||Short film||September 5, 2016|
|WINGS Short Film #3 STIGMA||Short film||September 7, 2016|
|WINGS Short Film #4 FIRST LOVE||Short film||September 8, 2016|
|WINGS Short Film #5 REFLECTION||Short film||September 9, 2016|
|WINGS Short Film #6 MAMA||Short film||September 10, 2016|
|WINGS Short Film #7 AWAKE||Short film||September 13, 2016|
|'피 땀 눈물 (Blood Sweat & Tears)' Official MV||Music video||October 10, 2016|
|'血、汗、涙 -Japanese Ver.-' Official Teaser||Teaser||May 1, 2017|
|'血、汗、涙 -Japanese Ver.-' Official MV||Music video||May 10, 2017|
|BTS WINGS CONCEPT BOOK||Book||June 29, 2017|
|#LOVE_YOURSELF Poster||Posters||August 11–13, 2017|
|花樣年華 The Notes: Seokjin – 13 June Year 22||Short story||August 14, 2017|
|LOVE YOURSELF Highlight Reel '起'||Short film||August 15, 2017|
|LOVE YOURSELF Highlight Reel '承'||Short film||August 16, 2017|
|LOVE YOURSELF Highlight Reel '轉'||Short film||August 17, 2017|
|LOVE YOURSELF Highlight Reel '起承轉結'||Short film||August 18, 2017|
|花樣年華 The Notes in LOVE YOURSELF 承 'Her'||Mini book||September 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'||Mini book||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||August 7, 2018|
|LOVE YOURSELF 結 Answer 'Epiphany' Comeback Trailer||Comeback trailer||August 9, 2018|
|花樣年華 The Notes in LOVE YOURSELF 結 'Answer'||Mini book||August 24, 2018|
|花樣年華 Pt.0 <SAVE ME>||Webtoon||January 16, 2019–|
April 10, 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||Mini book||April 12, 2019|
|花樣年華 Art Toy||Art toy||September 16, 2019|
|花樣年華 The Notes in MAP OF THE SOUL : 7||Mini book||February 21, 2020|
|함께라면 웃을 수 있다||Graphic lyrics||June 24, 2020|
|花樣年華 THE NOTES 2||Book||August 25, 2020|
|BTS Universe Story 花樣年華 'MAP OF THE SOUL'||Short film||September 16, 2020**|
|花樣年華 <I'M FINE> in BTS Universe Story||Visual novel||September 24, 2020–|
December 17, 2020
*It was originally released on September 8, 2015, but was deleted and re-uploaded on September 16, 2015, and Seok-jin's post-credit scene was removed.
**Released on September 14, 2020 as BTS Universe Story Official Trailer without dates and without "BU content certified by Big Hit Entertainment".
Smeraldo Flower Shop
See also: Smeraldo Flower Shop
On August 9, 2017, Jin posted on Twitter a selca featuring a bouquet of flowers and the word "Smeraldo", which is not an actual flower. However, the fans found Testesso, a fictional florist who is planning on opening a shop called Smeraldo Flower Shop.
Testesso has a Naver Blog about the Smeraldo Flower and his shop, with different stories about the origin of the flower and his experiences with it. These stories were deleted and the BU logo was added to the blog on July 4, 2018. A few days later, the blog started to post the same stories as last year, but the eighth story changed and Seok-jin didn't pre-order the Smeraldo Flowers for the girl because he turned back the 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 private since August 2017, until the content was deleted and reupdated on July 2018.
As of July 6, 2020, all the content of the blog was deleted for the second time with posts slowly being reuploaded again on the same dates. However, the third story changes and gets uploaded on July 15, 2020 instead of July 17, 2020. In the previous versions, Testesso talks about how the flower was first discovered in real life. On the 2020 version, he talks about seeing a man with an umbrella stopping in front of the shop during the typhoon. Afterwards, the uploads proceed just as before.
*Don't confuse Jin, the vocalist of BTS with Seok-jin, the fictional character.
Smeraldo Books's Twitter
A Twitter account promoting the 花樣年華 Pt.0 <SAVE ME> webtoon, the 花樣年華 THE NOTES 1 book and the 花樣年華 THE NOTES 2 book was opened. The account shared fragments of the books tied with different visual content on the BU.
On July 30, 2020, the account started giving a poll, giving the fans the chance to decide what happens next.
On August 4, 2020, day 13 of the new set of Tweets, a new hashtag was added to promote the BU video game as well.
The Notes 1
The Notes 2
Other Original Stories
- 7Fates: CHAKHO: CHAKHO is the second original story featuring BTS which will begin in January 15, 2021 as a webtoon and webnovel. It is an urban fantasy story inspired by the tiger hunters of Joseon dynasty known as "Chakhogapsa."
- THE STAR SEEKERS: Formerly known as TXT Universe, TU and +U, started on January 11, 2019, is an original story that included in music videos and photocards, also produced by HYBE. Similarly to the BU, it is based on characters inspired by the members of TXT. Although the BU and the TU are different universes, the fictional cat-like creature with one blue eye and one green eye who meets Seok-jin at the beach, Jung-kook after his accident and Yeon-jun in several places seems to exist in both universes but isn't confirmed to be the same creature (notably the cat with TXT is portrayed black while for BTS it's white).
- DARK MOON: It is an original story of ENHYPEN which formally got its name in "Drunk-Dazed" teaser in April 21, 2021 and is created by HYBE's sublabel Belift Lab. The characters are based around the members of the group similar to the BU and THE STAR SEEKERS. Content that are officially part of the DARK MOON universe are tagged with "DARK MOON with ENHYPEN," such as the music videos of "Drunk-Dazed" and "FEVER". Unlike the THE STAR SEEKERS, there are no as-direct references that DARK MOON has with the BU.
- GFRIEND's Original Story: In July 2019, HYBE has acquired Source Music an entertainment company, who manages the girl group GFRIEND, making the group part of the multi-label organization, HYBE Labels. On the corporate briefing of the second half of 2019, Bang Si-hyuk said "Storytelling will be expanded in stages to include artists in our multi-label organization." The short film A Tale of the Glass Bead : Previous Story was released explaining the GFRIEND music videos storytelling, but so far is not established as an official universe. On May 18, 2021 GFRIEND was confirmed to be parting ways with their agency Source Music after all of the members decided not to renew their contracts.
- HYBE Labels's Artists Original Stories: Multiple artists as Lee Hyun, Bumzu, NU'EST, SEVENTEEN, and more, has been added to the multi-label organization but so far, excluding GFRIEND, none of the other acts has an original story.
- YOUTH: Initially known as Blue Sky (푸른 하늘), is an upcoming drama based on the BU, Big Hit Music along with Chorokbaem Media are currently developing the drama with Kim Jae Hong as producing director and Kim Soo Jin as a scriptwriter, the drama is expected to be released in 2021. This drama will tell the story of seven boys who meet for the first time within the BU. As it will be based on when the characters were younger, the members will not personally act in the drama and will be casting rookie actors instead. The filming was postponed in late October to discuss changing the characters' names and were supposed to start again in early December, but was postponed again to January 2021.
- Upcoming Animation: In August 2019, Bang Si-hyuk mentions an animation as future project for the BU in the Big Hit Corporate Briefing with the Community. The project status is unknown.
- Upcoming 3D CG Movie: In August 2019, Bang Si-hyuk mentions a 3D CG movie as future project for the BU in the Big Hit Corporate Briefing with the Community. The project status is unknown.
화양연화 on stage : prologue
- In a deleted post-credit 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, he 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.
'RUN' Official MV
- Tae-hyung, Ji-min, Seok-jin, Nam-joon, Ho-seok, Yoon-gi and Jung-kook's individuals shots with a black background are only shown in the music video teaser.
'피 땀 눈물 (Blood Sweat & Tears)' Official MV
- In an alternate version of the scene with Tae-hyung covering Seok-jin's eyes, Yoon-gi is the one covering Seok-jin's eyes instead.
'Euphoria : Theme of LOVE YOURSELF 起 Wonder'
- An extended version of Tae-hyung, Ho-seok and Eun-hye's scene, which includes Ho-seok stopping Tae-hyung, and Sung-hoon, Tae-hyung's dad, hits Tae-hyung's shoulder while he leaves.
- An extended version of Ji-min's birthday party, which includes Ho-seok bringing Ji-min from his room to the party, and Seok-jin, Yoon-gi and Nam-joon blocking the door so everyone can escape.
- The quotes in WINGS Short Films and 花樣年華 The Notes 1 are from the book Demian by Hermann Hesse.
- The paintings The Fall of the Rebel Angels and Landscape with the Fall of Icarus by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, and the ceiling in Ljubljana Cathedral by Giulio Quaglio the Younger appears in "Blood Sweat & Tears" music video and "血、汗、涙 -Japanese Ver.-" music video.
- The sculptures Venus de Milo, Laocoön and His Sons (only Laocoön's bust), Livia attired as the goddess Ops, Crouching Venus, Perseus with the Head of Medusa, Ares Borghese, Pietà, and the painting The Lament for Icarus by Herbert James Draper appears in "Blood Sweat & Tears" music video.
- "Blood Sweat & Tears" music video uses a lot of objects and elements of the book Demian by Hermann Hesse.
- The quote "'Magic Shop' is a psychodramatic technique that exchanges fear for a positive attitude." in 'FAKE LOVE' Official Teaser 1 is a reference to the book Into the Magic Shop by James Doty.
- The painting The Raft of the Medusa by Théodore Géricault appears in BTS Universe Story Official Concept Art Teaser and it is mentioned in 花樣年華 The Notes in MAP OF THE SOUL : PERSONA and 花樣年華 The Notes 2.
- A quote from The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm can be found in 花樣年華 The Notes 1.
- The book Cosmos by Carl Sagan is mentioned in BTS Universe Story.
Cast and Characters
List of the characters in the fictional universe.
- Kim Seok-jin (Jin) as Kim Seok-jin
- Seo Ji-hoon as Kim Seok-jin
- Min Yoon-gi (SUGA) as Min Yoon-gi
- Noh Jong-hyung as Min Yoon-gi
- Jung Ho-seok (j-hope) as Jung Ho-seok
- Ahn Ji-ho as Jung Ho-seok
- Unknown actor as Child Jung Ho-seok (uncredited)
- Kim Nam-joon (RM) as Kim Nam-joon
- Seo Young-joon as Kim Nam-joon
- Park Ji-min (Jimin) as Park Ji-min
- Kim Yoon-wooo as Park Ji-min
- Kim Tae-hyung (V) as Kim Tae-hyung
- Jung Woo-jin as Kim Tae-hyung
- Jeon Jung-kook (Jung Kook) as Jeon Jung-kook
- Jeon Jin-seo as Jeon Jung-kook
Note: The characters names are the same as BTS's members real names.
- Unknown actor as Testesso (picture; uncredited)
- Choi Yu-ju (Yu Ju) as Seok-jin's girl (uncredited)
- To-be-confirmed actor as Kim Chang-jun
- To-be-confirmed actress as Seok-jin's mother
- To-be-confirmed actress as Seok-jin's grandmother
- To-be-confirmed actor as Mr. Choi
- To-be-confirmed actor as Mr. Choi's son
- Cat-like creature
- Jo Jin-myung
- Song Jun-ho
- Choi Gyu-ho
- Park Jung-yeon as Yoon-gi's girl (uncredited)
- To-be-confirmed actor as Min Young-ho
- To-be-confirmed actress as Yoon-gi's mother
- Dean of students
- Shin Ryu-jin (Ryujin) as Ho-seok's girl (uncredited)
- Unknown actress as Ho-seok's mother (uncredited)
- To-be-confirmed actress as Yangji Children's home aunt
- Narcoleptic child
- Unknown actor as Gas station customer (uncredited)
- Oh Han-Seol as Nam-joon's girl (uncredited)
- To-be-confirmed actor as Kim Young-min
- To-be-confirmed actress as Nam-joon's mother
- To-be-confirmed actor as Kim Nam-hyeon
- Unknown actor as Song Woo-chang (uncredited)
- Gas station owner
- Police officer
- To-be-confirmed actor as Park Jin-wook
- To-be-confirmed actress as Sim Seon-mi
- To-be-confirmed actor as Arboretum's Choi
- Woo Hyun-sung
- Unknown actor as Kim Sung-hoon (uncredited)
- To-be-confirmed actress as Tae-hyung's mother
- Unknown actress as Kim Eun-hye (uncredited)
- Unknown actor as Detective (uncredited)
- Kim Bo-ra (Bo Ra) as Tae-hyung's girl (uncredited)
- Unknown as Dubu (uncredited)
- Tae-hyung's uncle
- Unknown actor as Thug 1 (uncredited)
- Unknown actor as Thug 2 (uncredited)
- Shin Yu-na (Yuna) as Jung-kook's girl (uncredited)
- To-be-confirmed actor as Jung-kook's father
- To-be-confirmed actress as Jung-kook's mother
- To-be-confirmed actor as Jung-kook's step father
- To-be-confirmed actor as Jung-kook's step brother
Note: "To-be-confirmed actor/actress" was added due the upcoming drama adaptation, maybe not all will be appear in the drama. Only was added to the characters existent before of Year 13 in the BU timeline due the drama will be placed when they are younger.
List of songs used in BU content.
|"I Need U"||'I NEED U' Official MV|
|'I NEED U' Official MV (Original ver.)|
|"Butterfly (Prologue Mix)"||화양연화 on stage : prologue|
|"Outro: Love Is Not Over"|
|"Outro: House of Cards (Instrumental)"|
|"Run"||'RUN' Official MV|
|"I Need U (Japanese Ver.)"||'I NEED U (Japanese Ver.)' Official MV|
|"Run (Japanese Ver.)"||'RUN -Japanese Ver.-' Official MV|
|"Epilogue: Young Forever"||‘EPILOGUE : Young Forever’ MV|
|"Begin"||WINGS Short Film #1 BEGIN|
|"Lie"||WINGS Short Film #2 LIE|
|"Stigma"||WINGS Short Film #3 STIGMA|
|"First Love"||WINGS Short Film #4 FIRST LOVE|
|"Reflection"||WINGS Short Film #5 REFLECTION|
|"MAMA"||WINGS Short Film #6 MAMA|
|"Awake"||WINGS Short Film #7 AWAKE|
|"Blood Sweat & Tears"||'피 땀 눈물 (Blood Sweat & Tears)' Official MV|
|"Blood Sweat & Tears (Japanese Ver.)"||'血、汗、涙 -Japanese Ver.-' Official Teaser|
|'血、汗、涙 -Japanese Ver.-' Official MV|
|"Outro: Tear (Instrumental)"||LOVE YOURSELF Highlight Reel '轉'|
|LOVE YOURSELF Highlight Reel '起承轉結'|
|"Clair de Lune" by Claude Debussy||'Euphoria : Theme of LOVE YOURSELF 起 Wonder'|
|"Valse Op. 69, No. 1 in A flat Major, L' Adieu" by Chopin||'FAKE LOVE' Official Teaser 1|
|"FAKE LOVE"||'FAKE LOVE' Official MV|
|"FAKE LOVE (Rocking Vibe Mix)"||'FAKE LOVE' Official MV (Extended ver.)|
|"Epiphany"||LOVE YOURSELF 結 Answer 'Epiphany' Comeback Trailer|
Timeline of events occurred on the fictional universe.
|To view the BTS Universe gallery, click here.|