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BEGINS ≠ YOUTH is an web series based on the BTS Universe. It was released on April 30, 2024 until May 14, 2024 in Xclusive.


YOUTH[n 1] will portray the reality of the seven boys in a real and refreshing way while also focusing on their underlying emotions. A deep understanding of the characters, acting skills, and chemistry between the actors with their roles were more important than anything else. Please look forward to the synergy between the seven boys and the actors that will complete the BTS universe story.
— Series' production team, 2020.[1]

BEGINS ≠ YOUTH is a g-rated drama consisting of 12 episodes. BEGINS ≠ YOUTH is regenerated drama based on the continuous fictional story of "花樣年華", the most beautiful moment in life, that BTS has been showcasing through albums, MV, and other official content since 2015, and it depicts friendship and growth of 7 youths. You can find out the moment of BTS 花樣年華, through 7 youths in the drama, their struggles, and various scenes and objets.
— BEGINS ≠ YOUTH's Official Website, 2023.[2]

BEGINS ≠ YOUTH is a drama based on the continuous fictional story of 'The Most Beautiful Moment in Life,' that BTS has been showcasing through their albums, music videos, and other official content since 2015, and it depicts the friendship and growth of 7 young boys.
— BEGINS ≠ YOUTH's Official Website, 2024.[3]

Cast and Characters[]

See also: Characters




Series overview[]

Episodes Originally released
12 4 April 30, 2024
4 May 7, 2024
4 May 14, 2024


1 Begins Youth Ep 1 Am I wrong..?
(Am I wrong..?)
April 30, 2024
6 boys who already have a strong bond, and Hwan, an outsider who just arrived in Songju. One misunderstanding leads to a conflict between Hwan and the other boys. In the end, Hwan realizes that his prejudice was the problem, not the boys.
2 Begins Youth Ep 2 Mama
April 30, 2024
The boys begin to clear up their misunderstandings and understand each other's pain. They become closer than family as they prepare a birthday party for Cein, who has always been alone.
3 Begins Youth Ep 3 Lie
April 30, 2024
The boys rely on each other more than their families, more than anyone else. However, some secrets they bury in their own hearts become lies and secret wounds.
4 Begins Youth Ep 4 Anpanman
April 30, 2024
They barely manage to live their own lives, yet they become superheroes when they have to protect each other. But they don't have any flashy gadgets like Batman or powers like Superman.he boys begin to clear up their misunderstandings and understand each other's pain. They become closer than family as they prepare a birthday party for Cein, who has always been alone.
5 Begins Youth Ep 5 Mikrocosmos
May 7, 2024
They become each other's earth, the only place they can live and breathe. An insignificant microcosmos covered with scars, but they still keep dreaming in their own little world.
6 Begins Youth Ep 6 Cetomimidae
May 7, 2024
Just as fish of the same species evolve into different forms under the influence of their environment, the boys have grown into their own personalities over the past half year, for better or worse…
7 Begins Youth Ep 7 Man in the mirror
(Man in the mirror)
May 7, 2024
They become each other's mirrors, which allows them to realize their own pain even more clearly. They have no idea that their own pain will hurt the others like broken shards of a mirror.
8 Begins Youth Ep 8 13th Apostle
(13th Apostle)
May 7, 2024
The boys confess their secrets to each other in the same way they would to a Catholic priest. Strange confessions from young boys who have no sins to atone for, just like how people sacrifice only the purest lambs.
9 Begins Youth Ep 9 Asteroid 2019 OK
(Asteroid 2019 OK)
May 14, 2024
Huge dangers that are so close yet go unnoticed. Like the asteroid in 2019 that flashed by us without anyone noticing.
10 Begins Youth Ep 10 Hide and Seek
(Hide and Seek)
May 14, 2024
The trauma that made the young boy suffer had forced him to hide. But the boy refuses to hide anymore and decides to find the truth.
11 Begins Youth Ep 11 The Note
(The Note)
May 14, 2024
The boys put all the events behind them and moved on with their lives. But a single note starts to connect them once more.
12 Begins Youth Ep 12 Begins ∞ Youth
(Begins ∞ Youth)
May 14, 2024
The boys, while adapting to their own lives and beginning to find individual solutions, are confronted with unbearable tragedies that repeat like a treadmill. The boy who realizes the truth takes a step from the end toward a new beginning.


List of songs used in the drama.

List of songs by BTS.
Song Episode
"Am I Wrong" Am I wrong..? (Episode 1)
"NEURON" Mama (Episode 2)
"Euphoria" Anpanman (Episode 4)
The Note (Episode 11)
"소우주 (Mikrokosmos)" Mikrocosmos (Episode 5)
The Note (Episode 11)
"불타오르네 (Fire)" Cetomimidae (Episode 6)
"전하지 못한 진심 (The Truth Untold)" Man in the mirror (Episode 7)
The Note (Episode 11)



On August 21, 2019, Big Hit Entertainment's co-CEO Bang Si-hyuk announced that a drama based on the debut days of BTS was in the early stages of production to be released in the second half of 2020 as part of the BTS Universe.[4] The series is co-produced by Chorokbaem Media.[5] Originally titled Blue Sky (푸른 하늘), the series' name was later changed to Youth.[6]


On June 17, 2020, it was reported that the production companies were in the process of casting the main and supporting actors, and that the main cast would only consist of rookie actors.[7] On October 19, it was announced that Seo Ji-hoon, Noh Jong-hyun, Ahn Ji-ho, Seo Young-joo, Kim Yoon-woo, Jung Woo-jin and Jeon Jin-seo would star in the series.[8]


Filming was halted in late October 2020 following concerns raised by fans about the characters' names being the same as the group members' names.[9] Originally scheduled to resume in early December, filming was eventually pushed back to January 2021.[10] On April 7, 2021, it was announced that the main characters' names would be changed, and some scenes reshot.[11]


The series was originally slated to premiere in 2021, but it was delayed due to post-production improvements.[12]

On May 14, 2023, the teaser trailer was released at Korea Expo in Paris, France, making the series the first paradigm of content distribution with Web 3.0 technology in the world.[13]

On November 27, 2023, the main trailer was released along with information, images, characters profiles, short scenes of the drama and the release date was stated as the second half of 2023.[14] On January 1, 2024, the date was changed to first half of 2024.[15]



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  1. Original title.

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