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The BTS 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 fictional 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.
"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.
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||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 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|
|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
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. 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
- Kim Seok-jin (Jin) as Kim Seok-jin
- Min Yoon-gi (Suga) as Min Yoon-gi
- Jung Ho-seok (J-Hope) as Jung Ho-seok
- Kim Nam-joon (RM) as Kim Nam-joon
- Park Ji-min (Jimin) as Park Ji-min
- Kim Tae-hyung (V) as Kim Tae-hyung
- Jeon Jeong-guk (Jungkook) as Jeon Jung-kook
*The characters names are the same as their real names.
- 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)
Main article: Timeline
Timeline of events occurred on the fictional universe.
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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