www*youtube*com/watch?v=fTvYHz7YRKs the tension is crazy here
(Here’s another version that has a scene of them walking off stage too x)
The tension is so thick I could slice it with a knife and I still won’t get through it.
I’ve seen this before and I always come back to it because it’s one of my favourite moments and to this day I don’t entirely understand what’s happening.
One things for sure, Kyungsoo has Jongin swoon.
He’s just following Kyungsoo, glancing at him, staring at him, removing his jacket, fixing his pants (just above the crotch area), fixing his hair, shuffling around, swaying, trying to get closer and when he does get closer he moves away like he shouldn’t be.
I’m completely sure Kyungsoo noticed this all. In fact, I think they both have their attention on each other the entire time. This is probably one of the rare times I’ve seen Kyungsoo stare back at Jongin for a little too long.
People keep saying Jongin looks angry, or that the two had a fight but I don’t think so because if they were fighting I don’t think Kyungsoo would be contantly smiliny. He doesn’t normally smile this much either, especially when the camera is not on them and when they’re at the back of a crowd in China. Kyungsoo has evem stated that he actually doesn’t like to fight.
I think it’s interesting that at 3:32, Jongin already had his fist in the air and Kyungsoo does a smiliar gesture too soon after. The interesting thing is when Jongin turned turned to look at him, he literally adjusted his fist to mirror Kyungsoo’s one in order to fit a very similar position (he moves it higher). In terms of body language this would be a positive signal. It projects a kind of ‘agreement’ with the other person.
If Jongin was feeling angry or upset he wouldn’t do that because it’s a gravity defying movement. These geatures allow a greater exposure of the side of his abdomen and the inner skin on his arms. When people are uncomfortable they tend to keep their arms and legs close to their body, it’s a subtle, protective stance and Jongin didn’t do that.
If we look for a common meaning in the gestures I mentioned earlier, I would say the preening could be him simply trying to calm any nervousness by giving them something to do but then he pulls his jacket off at one point which is actually a ventilating gesture performed under stress. The hair fixing and glancing makes me think he’s trying to look good for Kyungsoo.
Then at 2:39 Jongin actually pushes his jacket back and stands there bringing attention to his body and Kyungsoo is just staring at him. Jongin doesn’t look back though and I’m sure he knows Kyungsoo is looking at him. He even licks his lips which is a pacifying gesture to calm himself down.
The part at 3:08, Jongin has created this unecessary gap between them and Xiumin/Kyungsoo are just talking while Jongin just stares and looks away immedaitely after Kyungsoo looks at him. It’s like he’s trying to keep his distance but doesn’t want to? Espeically by the way he keeps coming closer but then moving a little back through out the video.
Kyungsoo is smiling almost the entire time.
The situation looks like a mix of frustration and desire to me. With the hightened jealousy when Xiumin puts his arm on Kyungsoo and the hovering, he even does a lot of gestures at around 3:46 that line and frame his face and bring attention to it.
If you watch the video I linked, at 5:02, Kyungsoo actually begins to walk backwards and smiles at Jongin as they walk off the stage. That doesn’t look like something Kyungsoo would do to an ‘angry’ Jongin.
I’m not entirely sure, but Jongin’s body language is quite excessive here and the more I analyse it, the more sexually frustrated he looks to me.
Let me know what you think, because two minds are always better than one! ♡