Inej looked at her strange crew, barefoot and shivering in their soot-stained prison uniforms, their features limned by the golden light of the dome, softened by the mist that hung in the air. What bound them together? Greed? Desperation? Was it just the knowledge that if one or all of them disappeared tonight, no one would come looking?
D-LITE, vocalist of BIGBANG known for his powerful vocals and his charismatic, warm smile that enwraps everyone around him in a calm, happy aura, releases his new mini album “D-Day” on April 12 (Wednesday).
Two and a half years have passed since his last solo release, and for his upcoming album D-LITE’s heart’s wish of a collaboration of Japan’s top creators Ayaka, Motohiro Hata, and Yoshiki Mizuno (Ikimono Gakari) whose songs he has covered in his first solo album, “D’scover” was realized. D-Day has turned into D-LITE’s most refreshing, energetic and dynamic work, a perfect fit for the upcoming spring.
D-LITE will hold his first solo dome tour starting on April 15 (Saturday). We have asked him questions about his solo work, back side stories about BIGBANG who celebrated their 10th anniversary last year, his relationship to T.O.P that attracts attention, and he has answered in below long interview all in Japanese without the assistance of an interpreter.
“I have never imagined that I would become a singer that’s loved by fans for 10 years and holds concerts all around the world.”
In the beginning, could you please tell us your impressions of the now finished BIGBANG 10th year anniversary project? Of course. Looking back now it was really a lot of fun, and the feeling of being thankful is what remains most strongly in my memory. I felt just how much our fans have supported us all this time for 10 years, and I feel thankful to the staff who has been supporting us all this time as well. Lately, I feel full of thankfulness to the people around me.
If you hadn’t become a member of BIGBANG, what would you be doing now? Now? I’d be playing games at home. Yes, I guess I’d be playing games and getting beaten for it by my mom. (laugh) Ah, I would probably have tried to become a security police officer. My dad and I have sports in common, so I think I would have focused on that.
So has your life changed from one moment to the other once you became a member of BIGBANG? Of course it changed. I have worked very hard to become a singer, but I never thought I would become a singer that is loved by fans for over 10 years and holds concerts all around the world, I hadn’t even imagined it.
What are the moments when you realize just how big BIGBANG is? When we hold a world tour and come to South America, for example, there are times where I realize that people in places so far from us are listening to our music. When we hold concerts in America, a lot of local people gather to see us, but if you think about it, we have aimed to become singers listening to music that’s from America. We still listen to American pop music now to get inspired, so it’s a very strange feeling.
So was it American music that inspired you to become a singer? No, actually the reason why I came to like music is my family. Everyone in my family loves music, so we often used to got to karaoke all together. Also in middle school, there was a school festival and my class teacher nominated me after a secret audition. (laugh) So, I had no choice but to go out and sing at that festival. Singing on stage left such a huge impression on me, I just couldn’t forget it. Since then I started researching about ways to become a singer and began working towards that goal.
“I hadn’t planned to start a solo at all, I was seriously thinking about just secretly running off (laugh).”
So thankful to that class teacher! After that school festival stage, you took flight with BIGBANG to the whole world and are now even taking off on a dome tour as a solo artist. Originally, I had never considered to have any solo activities (laugh). Personality-wise, I’m not the type of person who stands in the very front. With BIGBANG, I also tend to stand back and watch over the other members, so I never had any plans for solo activities myself. So rather than being my own wish, the very first time the conversation actually came up was thanks to the CEO of our Japanese company [YG Japan] who suggested a solo to me. “How about covering J-Pop songs?” That’s how my solo started.
UPDATED 3.0 with MORE PROOF:“I’ll come back for you, sweetheart” - Who Said It and When?
I know I already posted a couple of pages of the TFA novel, but I want to focus on the following facts:
That the lines “Stay here. I’ll come back for you.” and “I’ll come back, sweetheart. I promise.” were spoken NOT in Jakku, but in a snowy forest, presumably Starkiller Base, and spoken by a voice that was CALM, KIND and EERILY familiar, from BEHIND Rey
That Rey then TURNED AROUND and searched for the source of the voice, and ended up running into Kylo Ren
So this got me thinking, and I might be doing a bit of reaching here, that the voice was not a member of her family. But rather, it was KYLO REN.
She heard a voice speak those words behind her. She turns around and finds Kylo Ren.
POINTS TO PONDER:
UPDATED: Pablo Hidalgo himself has said that the line was spoken by a MAN’S VOICE. Note that he mentioned a MAN, not a boy.
You can read the twitter post here. Read his interactions with other users there as well, it’s pretty interesting.
Also, the use of the term ‘sweetheart’. While this is not uncommon, it’s a term Han often used on his wife Leia, and it could be something that Ben/Kylo picked up on.
Now, while it can be taken as more evidence of Ben Solo being the one or at least one of the people who left Rey in Jakku (and I do have a theory about it which is my current favorite theory), what if this wasn’t a vision of the past?
Remember that the Force Vision Rey saw is a mixture of several different things: past, present and future events.
So what if Kylo Ren actually speaks those words to her, not in the past, but in the far future? Perhaps by the end of Episode VIII or even sometime in Episode IX?
Much as I still love the idea of Ben leaving her in Jakku and saying those words, I’m seeing that there’s a lot more sense for these words to be spoken in the future and why they weren’t included in the movie’s Force vision.
In that same twitter exchange with Pablo H. about the voice in Rey’s vision, one user pointed out that it couldn’t have been any of Rey’s family, because according to the book “Rey’s Story”, she has no memory of her family. She does however have a memory of Kylo Ren’s voice especially after her encounters with him in Starkiller Base. One particular passage strikes a chord:
This is the same book, the junior novelization, in which Kylo’s voice was soft, described as though he cared. In the force vision, the man’s voice was described again as calm, kind, eerily familiar. I just can’t help but make the connection.
Now I’m having a head canon wherein there’s one dangerous mission or another, or they’re infiltrating Snoke’s castle or whatever, then Kylo turns to Rey and says “Stay here. I’ll come back for you.” Her eyes widen as she remembers him speaking those words in her Force vision, and she starts to protest, but he kisses her silent, pulls back and says, “I’ll come back, sweetheart. I promise.”
I just recently did a follow up video for this theory due to
recent information that has been brought to my attention by @
If you haven’t seen the previous theory, please click on the
link in the video above. In a nutshell, that theory
posits that the voice which said “Stay here. I’ll come back for you.” and “I’ll
come back sweetheart, I promise.” was either Ben Solo in the past after leaving
Rey in Jakku, or it is a future event, in which Kylo Ren will say that to Rey
perhaps during a mission to infiltrate Snoke’s castle. Again, I highly
encourage you to check out that theory so you’ll know what I’m talking about.
has brought up further proof that may
drive home the fact that it will definitely be Kylo Ren who will be saying
these two lines to Rey in the future. The proof is found in both the Junior and
Here is the passage from page 35 of the junior novelization:
Stay here. I’ll come back for you, sweetheart. I promise.
“Yes, I’m here, I’m here!” Rey shouted. Her eyes popped open
and she looked around the walker. BB-8’s dome lights glowed on low illumination.
The doors were shut. Nothing in her home was out of place.
As always, there was no figure to the voice.
She’d been haunted by a dream. Or a nightmare. At this point
in her life, she couldn’t decide what it was. All she knew was the voice came
and went as it pleased, sometimes staying absent for months. But when she least
expected it, the voice would return, never leaving her alone permanently.
Now let’s compare it to page 178 of the adult novelization:
Turning to run in the other direction, she caught herself
just in time as a shuttle touched down nearby. Without the slightest
hesitation, the cloaked figure of Kylo Ren emerged and strode forward to join
the battle. A stunned Rey could only track him with her eyes. She had seen this
man before, in a daydream. In a nightmare.
In regards to the novels, Pablo Hidalgo of the Lucasfilm
group has already stated that the printed materials like the junior and adult
novelization are considered canon, with some scenes available only in one or
the other. With these two being canon, it is very interesting that Kylo Ren is
described in much the same way as the voice that had been haunting Rey both in
dreams and in nightmares.
Thanks again to @mrsariayoureakiller for bringing this awesome
tidbit to my attention because it’s an intersting addition to the mounting
evidence that the lives of Kylo Ren and Rey are far more intertwined than we
What kind of nerdy interests do you think Sam and Bucky would be surprised to find they share?
For Sam, it starts with an elementary class trip to a planetarium.
The lights dim and the dome above them glitters with stars and even though everyone else is still giggling, Marisol poking him in the ribs to get his attention and Ben trying to tell him about the math quiz he’s sure he’d bombed, that’s it. Sam is sold.
“Did you know,” he says that night, hopping from foot to foot with excitement, “the Milky Way, it’s got four hundred billion stars.” It’s a number so big he can’t even hold it in his head. Just squints out the window as if he’ll be able to see any one of those four hundred billion through the dull glow of the city sky. His mom smiles.
“I didn’t know,” she says. Kisses his forehead. “Guessing I’ll be hearing a lot more of those facts real soon, huh.”
He gets a book about the universe for his birthday. A star map for Christmas. They stick plastic glow-in-the-dark stars onto his bedroom ceiling, all his favorite constellations. Orion and Pegasus and the Lyre, Vega bright enough he can spot it even in the Harlem night sky.
They don’t fade. Still there when he and Ben get a little drunk on the beer Ben’s cousin buys him. Still there when Marisol (and Kate, and Arthur, later,) kiss him cautious and a little daring, his bedroom door still open just like the house rules say it’s gotta be.
Still there when his dad isn’t, and that’s wrong, that’s not how it should be, his dad’s supposed to be here forever, isn’t he? That’s what dads do. That’s where Sam’s dad should be.
When Sam flies, it’s like he’s up in the sky right there with the stars. Like he could just reach out and touch.
“Man, watch this,” Riley says, and loops tight and twisting, wings flaring out, and his laughter is as bright as the stars are in this sky where the stars are unfamiliar and there’s no light pollution to dim them at all.
(The stars are still there when Riley’s gone, too, and Sam stares up at them dully for hours. Days. Weeks and months. They’re nothing but shitty yellow plastic, and he’d hate them if he had the energy to hate anything.)
The back door is open, and Sam can’t sleep, and he steps outside just to take a breath, that’s all. Except someone’s already on the deck, stretched out on their back like they’re taking a nap, and Bucky’s arm glints in the moonlight.
“So, what, you thought you’d try it out here?” Sam says, can’t help but be curious, and Bucky tilts his head back to look at Sam leaning in the back doorway. Huffs a little.
“Nah,” he says, “it’s just-” Goes silent, and looks up at the sky for a long time. “Did you know,” he says, when he’s been quiet for long enough Sam thinks the conversation is over already. “Our galaxy. It’s got four hundred billion stars in.”
“Yeah,” Sam says, blinking in surprise. “Yeah, I did- I did know.” It’s enough that he sits his ass down next to Bucky, wraps his arms around his knees, tilts his own face up to the sky. Their safehouse is far out, away from any cities. The sky is brighter than anything he’s seen in years.
“Wish I had a telescope,” Bucky murmurs. “You know, when I was real little, they thought the Milky Way was the only galaxy in the universe? Then that Hubble guy showed up. I used to read a lot. Expanding universe and all that. Entire galaxies outside our own. Worlds and worlds, receding off into infinity.”
It’s more than Bucky’s ever said to him in one go. Sam takes a breath, feeling the cool night air fill his lungs right up, and exhales. Lies down, and stares up at the stars, carefully not looking at Bucky.
“New York sky bug you back then, too?” he asks, very casually, and Bucky laughs.
“Oh my god, the smog, it was fuckin’ awful,” he agrees. “Light pollution’s worse nowadays, but at least we don’t burn as much coal for heat, Jesus.”
“That one there,” Sam says, reaching up to point, “it’s Vega,” and he knows Bucky must know, but he’s leaning over a little closer. Drops his arm back down, closer still, and thinks about the distance between galaxies.
“Yeah,” Bucky says, very softly, “yeah, I know, it’s beautiful,” and links his little finger with Sam’s. The universe expanding, and Sam feels it all in that one small touch.