‘Don’t Wanna Cry’ is such a different concept than what I’m used to from them, but they literally slay it without problem. They seem so mature suddenly, and they seem so adult like and I can’t explain how proud I am of them to be able to slay such a concept.
I’m so in love with this song and this concept. I can’t even really explain how I feel right now. I’m just really proud?
The song is beautiful. The dance is beautiful. The music video is beautiful. They are beautiful.
SEVENTEEN never disappoints me, and I can’t be more happy to have a favourite group like them.
the world as we know it has ended and mother nature starts taking back what’s hers. there are no zombies or cannibals or murderous bandits. the most valued members of the community are those who know how to garden and farm, sew and weave, treat wounds, work wood or build with bricks, cook from scratch.
people bond together to begin rebuilding instead of killing each other. everyone teaches each other whatever they do know and works together to figure out the stuff none of them know. books become incredibly valued resources because they’re often the only way to learn critical information. if someone is elderly, disabled, or otherwise unable to work at the same level as most of the community, they’re taken care of by the others, not told any sort of “survival of the fittest” bs.
as the generations ware on, communities begin expanding into small cities. some of the settlements even find ways to repurpose solar or wind power on a small scale and have electricity in some of their buildings. storytellers wander the countryside telling tales of the old world in return for some hot stew or a place to rest for the night, and the mythos of the new world start to incorporate elements of the past. the only thing that remains constant is that humans survive, and they do it by working together.
I was scrolling thought instagram today and I saw a comment on how essentially girl groups are shit, and while I can respect someone’s opinion I’d just like to give mine as well. (Original comment below) I don’t know where this comment came from, but I’d like to address it anyway, even if it was somehow fake because I’ve seen comments and statements like these before.
I’d just like to open everyone’s eyes to the amazingness girl groups have. (Also, this is just a few of the amazing performances from girl groups, there are a lot more.)
Some amazing and powerful dances performed by girl groups:
I could go on forever but this is getting too long
And now I present to you: girl groups being awesome and themselves.
I could go on and on for ever but my basic message is: It’s fine if you don’t like girl groups. Everyone has their thing. But calling girl groups untalented?? Nuh uh. Totally completely untrue. And besides, there’s nothing wrong with cute and sexy concepts, I actually like them most of the time. If you didn’t like girl groups before, I hope you can and will now. Girl groups work just as hard as boy groups and can be extremely creative. There’s soooooOOOooOOo many groups and singers that are so super talented, way more that just this small list.
I’ll end it here. Hope everyone can stop hating on girl groups now.
My first digital character design for Mermay this month. :D
I thought it would be fun to to explore the idea of “eye” mermaids. It’s like a defense mechanism. A predator being startled by a fin that looks like it has multiple eyes. Luckily there are still a few days in Mermay that I can keep exploring different mermaid concepts. ;)
- growing up not realizing that mood swings aren’t normal. it was a shock finding out that most people don’t have emotions that fluctuate frequently. being confused bc it makes no sense for people to not have their emotions change whenever an emotional thing happens?? like what do they DO all day????
- relating to things is gr8 bc relating means identifying, and having another misc. thing to add to your forged identity is great.
- not being able to form opinions for some godforsaken reason?? it’s like splitting on ideas and it fucking sucks. “that person has a good point! no wait, THIS person has a better point!! no, no, that’s wrong, this is what’s right. acTUALL-” it’s neverending.
- having an identity??? what does that even mean.
- “tell me about yourself” ??????????????????????????????
- the best “identity” you’ve got is just a bunch of random facts about you.
- you have no concept of different opinions when it comes to personal morality. if somebody believes something that you think is wrong is actually right, then they’re automatically a Bad Person.
- using every possible opportunity to talk about yourself.
- people not saying anything in the tags when they reblog your post feels like a personal offense.
-randomly fantasizing about terrible things happening to you?? like your dog dying, or being attacked in the middle of the night. just because.
- your favorite color, season, animal, etc, depends on what day it is.
- that “NOTHING is my fault, how fucking dare you attack/accuse me??!?!” mood.
Hide & Seek: So the girl and ASTRO are in two separate realities. This is marked by the change of saturation between the two. Anywhere ASTRO is, it’s overly saturated. Anywhere the girl is, it’s rather dull in comparison. The girl can’t directly interact with ASTRO and vice versa. She only can interact with ASTRO through mirrors and shadows. At the end of the music video, the girl wakes up. She was only dreaming about ASTRO. ASTRO were part of her dream.
Breathless: ASTRO are soda bottles. They’re with the girl and they’re influenced by her. If the cooler tips over, ASTRO falls. If the cooler is shaken, ASTRO is also. However, ASTRO still cannot directly interact with the girl. At the end of the music video, ASTRO wakes up. ASTRO were dreaming of the girl that once dreamed of them.
Confession: ASTRO and the girl are now together. Both of them have direct influence on each other. ASTRO makes the girl happy and keeps her company, the girl can put ASTRO in situations (like making them holding tennis rackets and then take them away, for example). At the end, it appears that the girl is leaving ASTRO. ASTRO were never real to her anyway. They were drawings, hopes and dreams of a perfect boy projected into a drawing.
The more ASTRO and the girl could communicate, the more real ASTRO became. Or did they?
To Be Continued: The name doesn’t make sense. What does “to be continued” have to do with what happened in the show?
If you think about it, it really doesn’t have anything to do with it. What’s being continued? Nothing. This is where the drama ends, leading off to ASTRO’s debut.
The girl woke up in Hide&Seek. ASTRO weren’t actually with her. ASTRO were a figment of her imagination, and she wasn’t actually with them. In Breathless, ASTRO were the one to wake up. The girl was a figment of ASTRO’s imagination, and there wasn’t actually a girl. Nobody really seemed to wake up in Confession, but ASTRO were just dreams to the girl anyway. ASTRO has never been an object in reality.
But what about the new song, the new concept, which is a direct continuation of Confession?
For the teaser photos of 붙잡았아여해 (Should’ve Held On), you might have noticed the mattress in the bathroom.
What do you do on a mattress? You sleep. ASTRO is saying that they “should’ve held on” to this dream, because once they wake up (once they become famous and wake up from this perfect dream their careers have been so far), things might change.
ASTRO being with the girl has never been real from the beginning. In Hide&Seek, they were in the imagination of the girl. In Breathless, the girl was in their imagination. In Confession, they were the hopes and dreams of someone. ASTRO have been dreaming of these girls, of their fans, of their first loves, but none of it is real. Not until now, until Should’ve Held On.
ASTRO are waking up. For the last year, over a year, since To Be Continued, ASTRO have been asleep. They’ve been dreaming about AROHA, wanting to meet AROHA, their fans, wanting to experience that first love with AROHA. They haven’t been able to, though. They’ve been dreaming about the experience.
This wasn’t ASTRO’s true debut. It was a dream. (It was a debut, but hold on, don’t get lost yet.)
In To Be Continued, ASTRO goes to the past, back to when they were high school students. In Hide&Seek and Confession, they wear school uniforms. Up until this point, every comeback has been in the past.
At the end of To Be Continued, what happens? ASTRO debuts, but it’s with a concept quite different from Hide&Seek. Surely when this was filmed, ASTRO knew they were going to debut. They might not have known when, but Fantagio must have. Agencies do tend to plan very far in advance. Even ASTRO was surprised by their debut concept being Hide&Seek. It was so different from what they did up until that point.
The following is an excerpt from XP Star Shot’s article “
Debuting with a Bright Concept? We Couldn’t Have Imagined It”
Let’s now speak truthfully. Did you think that you were gonna be debuting this zesty? Moonbin: Before debuting, I couldn’t imagine that we’d be coming out with this kind of image. Big Bang, BTS, etc., we covered a lot songs with a strong concept when we were trainees. We never really tried soft and cute so at the beginning when they played the song for us at the company saying, “You guys will be debuting with this kind of song,” I was really shocked. Since it was of a completely different feel. I remember how hard conveying ourselves and making (the right) facial expressions was.
That’s because they’ve been practicing and finding themselves for the last year and a half. They haven’t made their true debut, the debut that comes at the end of To Be Continued.
ASTRO have debuted. They had Hide&Seek with Spring Up, Breathless with Summer Vibes, etc., but none of it was real. ASTRO’s true concept, their true “debut” concept, is still to come. But they’ve already done their debut.
The debut that happens at the end of To Be Continued is still in the future from right now.
ASTRO have been practicing. When they debut with their true concept, their next album (after Winter Dreams), then they will be awake from the dream they’ve been in the last 4 albums.
If the “debut” in To Be Continued is in the future from now…
Eunwoo would be right. They have done it before. They have debuted already, but they’re still nervous because this would be a true debut.
In To Be Continued, MJ even talks about reality being cruel. ASTRO’s reality up until this point hasn’t been cruel. They have a very successful career as rookies. MJ knows reality is cruel.
But Saeron has comforting words to offer.
If you look at ASTRO where they are right now, in 2017, they are prepared for the future. They might not be the most well known group out there, but they are prepared. They know how music shows work, they know how to promote their album, they know how to treat each other and how to treat fans. They have been preparing ever since Hide&Seek.
TL;DR: ASTRO have been preparing, dreaming, up until this point. Nothing has been real. Their dreams (Spring Up, Summer Vibes, and Autumn Story) have been easy. Now they’re waking up from those dreams (Winter Dream). They’re been prepared since the beginning, and once they’re awake, they can truly live with their fans and first loves and experience reality.