Here is our highly anticipated Fantasy Drama Music Video Observations. Just a fair warning, this post is extremely long and graphic heavy. Took us a while to finish because of school and it took us a long time to plan, write, revise and make graphics. :)
VIXX has certainly lived up to their fans’ expectations through their latest album Hades and their title track Fantasy, and without further ado, let’s get straight into discussing what it is that’s happening in their (somewhat) newly released music video.
The video opens up with Ravi whispering “You are a fantasy” to who appears to be Leo, possible exemplifying the idea that Leo is merely an imagined half of a person, or in other words, just a fantasy. In other words, we think that Leo and N are separate personas that reside in a single body. We’ve previously brought up the idea here in our trailer analysis post, but this is a more in depth version.
In both Dynamite and Fantasy, Leo and N are usually never seen together with the other members and are only seen when it’s just the two of them. In Dynamite, when N and the other members crash Leo’s wedding, Leo disappears from the scene. This enforces the idea that perhaps Leo and N are the same person, since they don’t seem to appear together with the group.
Here, N and Leo can be seen standing in the same glass box, with Leo’s side filled with computer monitors, and with a metal chair and desk on N’s side. The two, however, look towards opposite sides of the glass box. If you take a closer look, you’ll notice that you can clearly see the computer monitors on Leo’s ⅓ side of the room, and on the other ⅔ side of the room where N’s chair and desk are, Leo’s monitors appear transparent.
N and Leo are both clad in black throughout the entire music video, except for the scene where Leo dons the color white in the pit of mannequins for his “marriage”. As brought up in one of our answers to a question asked before, Leo also has his right hand wrapped up in both Dynamite and Fantasy to cover up his mark of the Evil Eye.
Moving on to Fantasy’s music spoiler where Leo is playing the piano, the room is reminiscent of N’s room in Dynamite’s, as it is entirely enclosed and only has one window on the back wall. Both are sitting inside a cage of foliage with thorns which N happens to prick himself with on his right middle finger. Later in the music video, Leo looks down on his hand as well and is is also bleeding on, coincidentally, the same hand that N was pricked on, once again enforcing the idea that the two, in fact, share the same physical body.
Again, let us emphasize the fact that Leo and N never appear together, except for the group scene in the forest and the scene where the two are on a boat.
At the forest scene however, N seemed to be positioned so that he would face only Leo and not the rest of the group. Perhaps this is to highlight the fact that Leo and N are the same person, and therefore, since Leo is in the group already, N doesn’t need to face anyone else since Leo already represents the two of them.
Leo and N also do not appear in the table scene together, either. N appears before Ravi, Hyuk, Ken, and Hongbin, whereas Leo appears sitting on the staircase in front of the dining table by himself. Perhaps this is to symbolize how the person who is interacting with the other members is “different” than the one who’s alone. In other words, perhaps N is the persona that our main character adopts when in front of others (Recall how N is the one who appeared when they trashed the wedding, too!).
Interestingly enough, this is also the only scene where Leo wears black. In every other scene, Leo is seen wearing a white shirt. Thus, this color change may hint at a possibility of Leo turning evil.
As mentioned before, N and Leo both appear together on a boat, which may symbolize Charon’s Ferry to the underworld. In this scene, N is wearing black and Leo is wearing white. If we go along with the theory that the colors represent good and evil, then at this point in time, there is a clear distinction between the “good” and the “bad” sides of the person that Leo and N make up.
Halfway through the music video, N and Leo take turns sitting tied in a chair in front of a alchemy set wearing the exact same outfit. The two are identical in everything except for one thing: their attitude towards being tied. Leo is seen struggling to escape, whereas N appears to be more calm, even staring at the viewer in one shot.
The scene with the purple cloth draped across the marble staircase pretty much confirms the existence of the evil eye on Leo’s hand. In this scene, Leo is seen sitting on the purple cloth in question, wearing once again a white shirt. Here, he slowly wraps a white cloth around his hand like a bandage, taking care that the eye in the insignia on his hand is covered, highlighting how he wants to hide it. N is also seen in the exact same setting, but unlike Leo who wears entirely white, N is wearing an entirely black outfit with thorns instead around his hand bearing the mark of the Evil Eye. Unlike Leo who is obviously conscious and aware, N looks dejected and resigned, staring at the floor, as if all life is lost in his body.
Near the end of the music video, N and Leo are seen walking up across from each other, perfectly mirroring their footsteps, to a mirror. When the two are close enough, the pair each glance up, as if each was looking at himself in the mirror. This scene highlights the possibility that N and Leo are different personalities within the same person, as both of them can be seen in this scene.
With that established, let’s get to N/Leo’s relationship with everyone else in VIXX. From the official photos released from both Zelos and Hades, the members of VIXX seem to be separated into two teams, with Leo, Ravi, and Hyuk (Who we will be referring to as Team Leo) on one team, and with N, Ravi, and Hongbin (Who we will be referring to as Team N) on the other.
One of the opening scenes in Fantasy shows Hyuk contemplating what to do with the card which appears to either be the invitation to Leo’s wedding, or the letter penned by Zelos from the Conception Art Film. The next time we see the card, Hyuk hands N, who is sitting down, the card. However, what should be noted is that in the first scene, Hyuk is seen in the outfit he has on for the official photos: thorns around his neck and wearing all black.
When he hands the card to N, he’s instead wearing a white shirt. Since there seems to be a lot of symbolism behind black and white, perhaps the subtle costume change for Hyuk represents the same thing as well.
The scene after the card shows Hongbin and Hyuk playing angel and devil with N, with Hyuk whispering the lyrics forcefully into N’s ear on one side, and with Hongbin staring at N and speaking to him from the other. This scene is a lot more black and white than the others, since Hyuk and Hongbin directly seem to oppose each other, telling him to choose one or the other.
We then see N and Ken shaking hands, as if the former has accepted the latter’s invitation. We previously speculated that Ken may represent Minos, one of the three Judges of the Underworld, or Hades, the King of the Underworld, himself. N accepting Ken’s hand, or perhaps offer, may represent that N has chosen the path of evil/destruction.
At the end of the music video, the four younger members, Ken, Ravi, Hongbin, and Hyuk, can be seen standing in front of the curtains putting on masks. At this point, things get really confusing: If Ken and Hyuk belong on Team Leo, then why are they standing with Ravi and Hongbin, both of which are on Team N, and being so in sync with one another? Would it be possible that Team Leo and Team N never existed to begin with, and that the four are actually on the same team?
Since we’ve gotten back on the topic of the two teams, the team dynamic seems to be quite different, further adding to the confusion between the team divisions and significance.
Team N seems to be very in sync with each other, such as how in Dynamite, Hongbin and Ravi are having “shots” in their choreography together. In Fantasy, Hongbin adds in a feather into the potion that is held in a vial similar in style to the one seen in the Art Film, while Ravi inspects the fluid in front of the alchemy table, showing how the two work with one another collaboratively. Another example of their teamwork is when N, Ravi, and Hongbin are sitting at the table with Ken, who is supposed to be on Team Leo. When Ken lifts up his glass, which is filled with a red liquid that looks eerily similar to the one that Hongbin and Ravi holds in the vial, Ravi and Hongbin exchange a secretive glance with one another, perhaps symbolizing that the two are plotting something and Ken taking a sip is a key part of their plan.
On the other hand, Team Leo seems to be in a disagreement with one another. While Ken points for N to walk through the door, Hyuk runs up and tries to stop him, signifying the differences in the two’s actions despite the fact that they are supposedly on the same team. However, despite our maknae’s efforts, it appears N had already made a deal with Ken (Perhaps referencing back to the handshake from earlier on) to follow his instructions.
Although Ravi doesn’t have a lot of screen time in Fantasy (With the exception of his rap break), we think that the brief moment he appeared in front of the alchemy table was extremely crucial. Recall the table that appeared in Conception’s Art Film. What if it belonged to N/Leo, who were practicing alchemy for an unknown reason?
In Zelos’ Concept Film, Ravi is seen sitting at a desk working on something. What if this desk is the same desk as the one from Conception’s Art Film? If so, then Ravi’s role may be a lot more important than we might think…
TL;DR: N and Leo are possibly two different entities within one body, and if you want to see why we believe that, you’ll have to read the whole thing. Sorry.