Q. “You just released your first ‘BEST OF’ Album, ‘THE BEST OF BTS,’ which covered all of your activities in Japan for two and a half years. Are there any songs that deeply attached to?” JH: For me it’s “FOR YOU.” It was our first original Japanese song, so it’s very meaningful to me. SG: For me it’s the Japanese version of “I NEED U.” I like how the Japanese lyrics are slightly different than the Korean lyrics.
Q. “Within the Japanese activities until now, what has left an impression (on you)?” J: This is not exactly what you are talking about, but… during the last song of a concert, I always look all around the venue. During that moment, I feel something that isn’t quite happiness nor sadness, it becomes this feeling where I am unable to say anything. That lingering feeling during the ending left the strongest impression. Every concert truly leaves me warm hearted. JM: Our first showcase (December 2013) was in front of about 500 fans. As we did more performances, our venue has grown as well. Now, we have been able to meet lots of fans through our arena tours. Every time, I am very grateful for everything that has happened. SG: I was also super happy when we were able to participate in large music festivals such as Summer Sonic and a-nation!
Q. “At the 2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards” you won the grand prize (Daesang), given to the ‘Artist of the Year.’ We saw the tears up on stage, what did you feel then?” SG: When we heard the announcement, I started to remember everything we achieved from when we were trainees 7 years ago. The tough times, the happy times. So many memories were going through my head and my heart was full of emotion. Before I realized it, I was crying. I couldn’t stop the tears… JK: I was really grateful to our ARMYs. That’s why, whatever happened, I didn’t want to cry on stage, but I saw the fans and couldn’t help but cry because they have worked hard with us and supported us. I was so grateful that I cried. I am really…, we are really lucky. RM: We were so happy that we went to eat dinner right after arriving back in Korea from Hong Kong! We ordered pasta and pizza. JH: Since the day after we won the award was also Jin-hyung’s birthday, V: We were able to celebrate both (at the same time). J: I ate suuuper delicious food (serious face)! JH: While we ate, we all reminisced. JM: It was fun.
Q. “Apart from the award, BTS was the first Korean artist to place 26th on the American Billboard Chart and placed 1st for the iTunes Chart for 27 countries. 2016 must be a year you’ll never forget.” SG: When we go to countries like Brazil, which are on the opposite side of the world from Korea, and feel the love from fans in those countries, I feel that we are really benefiting from this age in time. V: But…, I want to be more love in Japan as well! (he then made a dog with his fingers and pretended to bite the arm of Jungkook who was sitting next to him) JK: (As if this was familiar (to Jungkook), while escaping from V [he said]) That’s right, we really think this. RM: It’s really interesting. When we perform overseas, fans of completely different nationalities and languages sing our songs with us. V: It’s amazing. RM: This year will be the start of a new “time” that is different from before, for both us and the fans. JM: The truth is, right now, there is a performance that we are thinking of. One which will look cool to anyone and shows us enjoying the stage. We will continue running towards that goal. JK: I want to grow more! In order for that growth to become our weapon.
Q. “Continuous hard work made the BTS who they are today. By the way, what is something that has and has not changed about BTS since debut?” SG: Something that hasn’t changed since debut is our mindset that singing and performance are the top priorities. Even though there are things each member wants to try, we think that we should first think about the goals of the group and what we should aim to be as a group. I think that is one of our strong points (as well). RM: Another one is practice. First, practice. Second, practice. Recently, things that used to take 10 will now only take 5. I think that we’ve become more efficient.
Q. “Seeing your performances, the dances are so complex, it looks really tiring…” SG: (serious face) To be honest, it is tiring. BTS: (lol) RM: But that intense practice is what made us who we are today, so we can’t stop. V: Don’t stop~!
Q. “I want to recommend that you guys stop and rest sometimes.” SG: Recently, it’s been very difficult because we’ve had to practice tough choreography continuously for many performances. Until around last year, it’s accurate to say that we just pushed through with it. But we realized that that could damage our health, so recently we eat healthier and take supplements to stand on stage while maintaining our health. JK: We have to increase our endurance.
Q. “We’ll go back to the (previous) topic, but what has changed about you (since debut)?” V: When we debuted, we didn’t know anything, so we just worked hard at what we were told to do. Now we can express our own opinions and think about what to do next. JK: Yeah, we’ve now come to think deeply about a lot of things. Rather than say this was a change, it seems that our attitude towards work has matured. JM: Our feelings towards the stage and our fans have changed as well. JH: Our growth as humans, in performance, and in how we interact with everyone. So many things have changed, but what has changed most is our internal feelings. It’s as if we’ve accepted and acknowledged that “we are professionals.” Things that are seen by the public and thing that aren’t. JM: “We are professionals”?… Surely, the way we look has changed a lot too. RM: When we were trainees, for all of us, our singing, dance, and fashion sense were not refined (lol). But now, I feel like we look a bit more like celebrities.
Q. “So, from now on you will continue to grow as artists and continue to ‘Attack on Bangtan.’” J: We will continue to attack! RM: We can’t stop now (lol).
Do you have any idea how many speeches I’ve heard Malachi give? How many times I’ve heard him preach loyalty to Clave above all else under the Angel? And all along he’s been working with our greatest enemy.
I’d say TY is multifaceted when I realized his many faces that JH explained is not exactly product of his flexibility but more of a way highly sensitive people deals with his surrounding and constant mood swings. When he feels drained he’d retreat to his shell when he’s under, he’d seek comfort from other people, but when he’s back on his sweet spot, he’s content with the solitude.
It’s really,REALLY comforting when JH said, “it’s all TY-hyung.” Not many ppl can understand this shifts of behavior aka. mood swing. It means JH understands AND tolerates such constant up and down of TY’s mood. For some,or rather; for MANY, it is frustrating to deal with someone who’s behavior is inconsistent. BUT JH constantly mentioned that abt TY; there are so many ‘faces’ of him, and it’s all him. He understands that, get that TY is inconsistent, and it’s ALL RIGHT.
He accepts him, and in the world where such behavior is not highly viewed positively, it means INCREDIBLY lot. With TY’s history (the supposed scandal and all), having ppl who outright claim they ACCEPTS him is more than what he could ask.
I think that’s why when TY said “fans are the most important” it’s slightly different notion from the usual idol’s “I love fans”, not that I doubt the genuinity of the latter, but for TY, fans who said they “love” him when he debuted were the people who gave him chance when the whole world were against him.
With his history, I wouldn’t be surprised if what he seeks the most is acceptance. So back to the topic of his many faces, when JH acknowledge all of them as him, it must means a lot to him.
But to be loved and understood are two different thing,bcs you can do one and not the other. In his case? or in the case of ppl like him what he truly seeks is more the acceptance part. And for fans, they’re both,BUT fans do not know the real him so it can be taken as one dimensional. For ppl who knows him personally, they cannot be put on same bracket. Or so I think.
Idk abt the higher love bcs i think for different ppl, love means different thing. But for jaeyong, the most beautiful part of their bond is the consistency of their dynamic, how they reassure each other with simple gesture, and always appreciating each other.
in case you couldn’t tell by the blog name, this one’s for my more masculine/gender neutral peeps! Fighting~
Coups: Aesthetic couple, but unintentionally. Neon lights playing on your ripped jeans while the sun goes down behind the bus stop. You bought him mascara and he sometimes wears it without telling you but YOU CAN ALWAYS TELL. Stealing each other’s clothes.
Vernon: rap battles, oh my god terrible rap battles. And u know u did badly but he never makes fun of you and he kisses you after. Not huge on skinship, but the touches you do share are very meaningful. “Hyung, take a picture of this banana with sequins glued to it” “HYUNG DO IT FOR THE ~A E S T H E T I C~”
Wonwoo: A very tall bean that always teases you for being shorter than him. He’ll randomly start leaning on you and it’s like “ah, hyung stop I’m gonna fa- Wonwoo Stop im fallingJEO NWONWOO”
Mingyu: Less of a boyfriend and more of a meme friend but with dates. Going to see bad movies together. Casual ass grabbing, like boi get ur hands off me we’re in p u b l i c. Cooking for each other.
Hoshi: he’d be like “no homo” and then do something really freaking gay. He’d have really silly moments and you two can sort of just be weird together and it’s endearing. Dancing with all the lights off. “HOSHI FIGHTING!!!”
Jun: Everyone’s like “Jun is so greasy lol” and like, that is true. He’s like
╰( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡° )つ──☆*:・ﾟ
all the time. But you’d also be on the same page a lot, enough to finish each other’s sentences. Also, CALLING HIM JERRY.
The8: The Literal Cuddle Monster. Can’t do anything unless he’s got at least a hand on you. Shy at first but after a while giving hugs and kisses would be almost routine. Occasionally says something suggestive and your head just whips around and he just :)?
Dino: Your best friend, now with 100% more romance! Going on fun dates, hanging out with friends and doing stuff like that. Hand holding champion! Texting each other pictures of random shit and saying “that’s you” or “that’s us”
Woozi: that little nose bump kiss thing would be like, your thing. A little more reticent with his feelings, but you understand what he’s trying to say. Having in depth discussions about things youre both interested in, or teaching each other stuff.
DK: Really cute, traditional type dates; getting ice cream, going to a museum, stuff like that. Getting matching pairs of glasses. Daring each other to do dumb things for the vine. You guys have a secret bird call to signal to each other.
Seungkwan: Bantersaurus rex. Would always do rude things jokingly (ie, pretending to hold the door open for you and then closing it right before you enter) but at the end of the day he’s a dumb gay nerd and he loves you. Being extra af together, but sometimes he’ll just sit back and look at you with literal heart eyes. And then he’ll get embarrassed and say something like “Youre so lucky to have me”
Joshua: Not as touchy as you might think, but he says some sappy ass shit to your face. Buys you gifts a lot like “Hey you mentioned you needed a new notebook, so I got u one” and ur like r u my sugar daddy and he just shrugs. WEEB OUT WEEB NIGHTS watching all of fullmetal alchemist in one sitting together
Jeonghan: ironically-unironically calling jh noona bc let’s face it, yjh is noona material. Going shopping together on the weekends and taking couple selfies. Makeup is gender neutral and by god his contour is so good you let him do your makeup for you.
“Child… do you still not understand? If you are under my care, no one can touch you. Whether you’re a murderer or not. You will be okay.”
In the end, the Elder’s fatal flaw was believing that he could tame and control a wild beast. You can’t subjugate an alpha male leopard - they listen to no one, they serve no one, they fight for no one but themself, their mate and their pack. Men of JH’s kind don’t negotiate with enemies, they eviscerate them. Park Jung Dae’s hubris and megalomania blinded him but it wasn’t the main reason why he lost against JH - it was his utter inability to love that caused his downfall - that’s why he couldn’t see that JH would never cooperate with someone who dared to threaten and hurt HIS PEOPLE. You don’t provoke a predator and live.
The confrontation between the Elder and JH is another epic instalment of their intense, charged battles and, like I mentioned some time ago, it does remind me of a game of chess - each their move is carefully considered and calculated but this time it’s the old fox who completely uncovers his cards and lowers his guards whereas JH has his poker face on, bluffing and outsmarting his opponent. Each of the two men has different perception of what this situation is all about - Park Jung Dae is deceived into believing he has won while JH is the one pulling the strings; in this high-stake game HE is the one who has several aces in his sleeve. And the deciding factor that tips the scale in JH’s favour is that while the Elders has minions who do his bidding, he has friends and allies whom he trusts unconditionally.
I’ve always found it rather apt that SJN used a leopard as JH’s counterpart in the animal kingdom (though he’s rather a black leopard - a panther).There is probably no animal more fitting than these graceful wild felines known for their amazing speed and agility which makes them into unequaled climbers and give them the ability to leap 6 metres horizontally and 3 metres vertically. Doesn’t it remind you of a certain night courier with a penchant for parkour and freerunning? However, the comparison and similarities are more than merely skindeep. They are both elusive, solitary and noctural creatures and versatile and opportunistic hunters feeding on great diversity of prey. Just like the leopards love to rest on tree branches, lying in wait for their prey, so does JH like to lounge around on rooftops, observing the world below, descending to it only to hunt. Finally, the stealth because JH has always been one step ahead of his opponents and using various tricks; he didn’t became the best only because he was the strongest but because he was the smartest and best prepared. It seems almost karmic that JH actually NEEDED TO BECOME THE HEALER - he needed the training and the preparation to strengthten and toughen him - for this ultimate battle to decide the fate of all. All the austerity and adversity he’s faced his whole life has prepared him and lead him to this moment.