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  1. Let's use this space to talk about the new KPOP releases of the day. Not just Gfriend, but all the latest KPOP groups, songs, and MVs we love. I'm DJ Anna starting us off with the new Seventeen MV, "Very Nice" I'm not a huge boy group fan but this MV is really superb. I love the way the build up to the chorus gets progressively more extreme throughout the song. I also enjoy the playfulness of the choreo, especially the part where they form 2 lines and weave back and forth in a "london-bridge" style. Next, we've got "Why So Lonely" by Wonder Girls I'm really excited that the Wonder Girls are back and that they are sticking with their dark!retro / girl band / addicted to love style that they pulled off so well in Reboot and the I Feel You MV. That being said, while this song hits the mark, the reggae influence takes away some of the song's punch. I also feel like the "beating up the male mannequin" thing falls a little flat after seeing the same storyline and some of the same visuals in Younha's Get It just a few weeks ago. But even given those caveats, this is definitely a solid summer jam. It doesn't top I Feel You, but it comes close. Last but not least: The dance version of Why, by Taeyeon This has just about everything I love about Kpop packed into one video. Absolutely incredible use of color and space, striking choreography, trend-setting musical production, a stunning yet unassuming star... you just don't see this every day. As much as I enjoyed the original story MV, this is the way this song was meant to be experienced. (bonus: no innocent hot dog sellers are squirted with mustard for no reason.) That's it for tonight. What do you guys think of these videos? Any other recent releases you are enjoying?
  2. Hey everyone! Recently, I wrote a bit of a theory detailing what I think goes on inside the MV. While the "Eunha is dead/a mental patient" theory is definitely alluring in a dark manner, I find that they don't really explain some of the things in the MV. Please take a look and let me know your thoughts! You'll have to forgive me for not including MV images though; that'd really make the post too long and it's long enough as it is. Let me know what you think, and enjoy! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Main Story: This MV is the story of a girl who undergoes a tough breakup and though she dreams and hopes it could go differently, is eventually confronted by harsh reality, which she seeks to escape. The Premises: Each premise is central to this theory and I’ll explain how each are proven. In the story, the moon represents the ideal situation Eunha chases after, but can’t reach. This is supported by the moon being covered up and replaced at times (more on that later) As well, the moon shows at night and is also unreachable. Every girl except Eunha is a manifestation of her personality/mentality. Think like “Inside Out”, Joy, Anger, etc. all influencing the character. This is a huge assumption to make, so I’ll explain the exact thought process. First, literally all of them are sad. It’d make sense if they all had something happen to them, but… that never seems to show, while the breakup is referenced by the lyrics. Secondly, the lyrics only reference a breakup; nothing else. So there is only one event to focus on that is causing all this pain. Third, I’d be astounded if all of them have broken up with someone all at the same time; their actions don’t really match up, like with Yuju at the gravesite, Umji throwing around paper airplanes, Yerin listening to old tapes, etc. Furthermore, Umji’s planes say “I love mom” and Yerin’s tape says “family trip”. Clearly, that’s not referencing a breakup. In the MV analysis, I’ll explain each of their actions, because their actions are an accurate reflection of the trait they represent. Since they all have a consistent, active character (unlike Eunha, who seems to be a passive character), I realized that each one represents one trait only. Therefore, the breakup and stuff must have happened to Eunha, and each one represents a part of her personality. They demonstrate the internal conflict that follows the breakup. Each girl represents a trait of Eunha’s personality/mentality. As mentioned earlier, their actions all line up with one specific trait. I will explain in the MV analysis. For now, here are the traits each member represents. Sowon = hope Yerin = grief Yuju = acceptance Sinb = reality Umji = innocence This is really important to the theory, so please keep it in mind. MV Analysis: Now that the premises are out of the way, let’s begin going through the MV. Opening: The opening scene shows Eunha in white, staring out of a window. Sowon is also staring out of the glass elevator, and this shows Eunha is hopeful. But when the breakup happens, the curtains close, and Sowon closes her eyes. At this moment, hope is lost, at least momentarily. We watch Sowon open her eyes again as Eunha rekindles her hopes as she escapes/ignores reality to dream. SinB, representing reality, starts her journey down the road to find Eunha and bring her back. Verse 1: These shots actually serve to solidify what each character represents. Yerin is shown as sitting (and feeling) down, which, well… she’s grieving. Eunha is definitely a passive character - she watches fishes all while daydreaming. Umji throws around paper planes, but here’s the important part: All the bits referencing families like “I love mom”, “Family trip”, etc. are red herrings. Otherwise, rip most of GFriend’s families. In fact, the phrase “I love mom” has nothing to do with the video or the breakup - it’s only a childlike statement to prove that Umji displays Eunha’s innocence. Similarly, Yuju wanders about the woods, looking troubled and lost, but she, representing acceptance, shows that Eunha is not yet ready to accept what has happened. Chorus: Like many have guessed, this is a flashback scene. This is a throwback to when Eunha was still enjoying her relationship, and everything was together. Why do we know this? Because Eunha is sitting and smiling with SinB. Remember that SinB represents reality - therefore, both Eunha and SinB are in sync, having a good time. All her inner personalities are also having a good time as a result of this, giving further credence to the idea that they’re part of Eunha - affected by what she does and how she feels. Oscar nominee Yerin’s crying scene further reinforces her assigned trait of grief, and Sowon comforting her shows how Eunha is attempting to push away her grief with optimism and hope. Verse 2: Here is where things start to change, as Eunha begins to accept what has happened. First, Umji comes down from the monkey bars, which were like a safe place to house her innocence. That innocence has began to come to terms with the breakup as well. Yuju lays flowers and the present at the grave. What the present is isn’t important; rather, it is again a representation of Eunha becoming more accepting of the situation, as the grave represents the death of that relationship. At the end of this verse, we’re served with another flashback scene. This flashback goes all the way back to the start of her relationship. Confused about her feelings, her inner personas come find her, with SinB at the lead. The reality at the time is that she’s in a relationship, and everything is happy during it. Yay. Although it might seem out of place, and a strange point to analyze, I think the flashbacks are here to really emphasize the differences in during the relationship and after the relationship aka during the MV. Chorus 2: Half the chorus was explained, and in the next half we watch Yerin demonstrating that grief again. Along comes Sowon to try and cheer her up, and as she does, all the other personas are happy, albeit briefly. Bridge: IMO the most important part. Yuju releases balloons. At first, this doesn’t seem like much, but it shows that Eunha is giving up on that hope of the ideal. This is real acceptance. As we continue, we watch SinB running out of somewhere to find Eunha. At this point, SinB opens the door, and Eunha wakes up; reality catches up to her, and she has to wake up to reality and accept the situation. Chorus 3 (first half): Here’s where the first premise comes into play again. Eunha now accepts her situation, but still doesn’t want to confront reality. As the MV progresses, there is now a lot of lightning and thunder, as mentioned in their MV commentary themselves, and shown in a few scenes. The scene where they’re all sitting together while lights flashed were originally thought to be cameras, but during their commentary they mentioned it was lightning. We’ll take it as a sign to represent the inner turmoil going on. We now get a group shot with Eunha playing games with the other members, though looking noticeably upset. This is because first, she’s in sync with all her feelings and personas again after accepting the reality, but she doesn’t want to be here. Yuju yells from the top of a mountain, wanting Eunha to just accept it and move on, and Sowon, stands with lightning in the background. At this point, Eunha gives up hope as well. Chorus 3 (second half): The reason for splitting these two is because this is where it gets really, really weird. I couldn’t really understand this at first, but my theory here is that Eunha surrounds herself with distractions to avoid all her personas and continue chasing that dream relationship. There is no moon around, but when she wakes up the second time there are lights all around her. Each one represents another desire, another daydream, another dead end that won’t lead anywhere. But Eunha doesn’t care. She’ll surround herself with the distractions, if only to get away from her true feelings. And that’s why the others can’t find or reach her. She’s deliberately avoiding them to distract herself from the pain that acceptance ultimately brings. Ending: During the ending instrumental, we get the conclusion of the story. Umji’s planes are scattered everywhere, showing innocence in an eternal, frozen state. This is because as she chases fruitless dreams to replace the moon she couldn’t reach, Eunha can still maintain that innocence. That’s why everything is frozen. But for the others, Yuju’s flowers wilt, acceptance being ignored. SinB and reality leave behind an empty road; they catch up to Eunha but to no avail, for she ignores it. As Eunha looks back, she acknowledges the reality one final time; no lamp can compare to the moon that she knows is out there. This is even reflected in the choreo - Eunha starts the dance, and as the song progresses she loses her hope and accepts reality, hence SinB ending the song. Conclusion With this information in mind, it’s evident that all of this story takes place in Eunha’s head as she explores her own feelings after a traumatic breakup. The flashback scenes shows us how the traits act in happy times so that we can distinguish between them during the relationship and after the breakup. Each member shows another emotion, and we find that Eunha starts as an innocent, hopeful girl who soon loses that, but can’t accept reality. Her hopes continue to override her grief and pain until reality catches up and she’s forced to accept it, at which point she loses all hope and tries to distract herself. It doesn’t work, and she ends up needing to come face to face with reality anyways. She started the MV in a white dress, and ended it in a black jacket. That innocence, while frozen, can never be permanent. Therefore, thanks to these clues and how each character in the MV shows only one trait in line with all their actions, I can conclude that everything is in Eunha’s head, each member represents different traits in her mentality, and that this is a sad story about confused feelings after a breakup.
  3. I know it's a bit late, and I'm also relatively new to this, but now that some time has passed since these two albums dropped, what are your honest thoughts about how they're shifting their concept? Personally, I feel like SouMu tried to play it too safe with these two albums; after Awakening didn't receive the same kind of reception as previous albums, it feels like they went running right back to their old concept to try and get the sales back. And I'm genuinely worried that they might get boxed into this concept and stuck into it forever, which would suck. What do you guys think?
  4. Hello Everyone I'll state right now that this is not an update post this is just talking about Source being included in the talk about the news not the actual announcement. Since I am new and not only a stan of gfriend I felt this topic would be the best to discuss. Judging by the title, you can guess what other groups I am referring to so I'll spare mentioning their name until later in this post let's get started Situation Basically a new article reported that Bighit CEO, Bang Hik (who we all know is one of Sungjin's close friends) plans to make the company go public by 2019. For private companies like Bighit, going public is an attempt of pushing the company for expansions. This basically plays into investments and other things like IPO, but it's a good strategy. For those who found interest in it you would know that BH has been grow alot with the financial success of BTS and it's really nice not having to watch both them and us at Soumu suffer from our pasts. Where does Gfriend play into this? As I stated above, since Bighit is planning this many things can come into question for their expansion. For this to work the number one thing they have to focus on is getting more groups. We all know that BTS are very talented, loving, and know how to mange their success like those above them, but depending on only them is the company first problem. Unlike girl groups, boy groups do eventually have to put their careers on hold thanks to enlistment and even though they have years until that happen it does threaten the company's moves. They depend too much those boys and it seems like when the time come I'm worried on how well the future groups will be recieved. Now I have seen many fans who have heard this news and have mostly point to a merge or buying of Source Music in and attempt to get Gfriend, Many reasoning varied from providing a girl group who not only has experience, but popularity domestically and doesn't clash heads with BTS. Soumu is already public and have alot of plans on their own, but some think that it would be beneficial to both sides. My Thoughts In my opinion, I favored the merge and saw alot of positive towards it. I was actually suprised to see how many people repeated the same things I pointed out. For us buddies, it does gets hard at times with Soumu's choices regarding Gfriend and their promotion moves for the group. Each comeback we get so many complains about the outfits and how often we get them. These things with BH's influence could improve their conditions and widen their opportunities so Gfriend can develop in many more fields also help increase their international market as well for a higher success rate. I stan both groups and have always kept in mind of the possibilities yet most of my reasoning were in terms "shipping biased" (but not in like relationships wise more like sibling wise) and not very perspective to the idea yet as I grew with both groups and saw how well they improved and achieved I realized that them being under the same name would only increase the expansion and bring in more support. A korean outlet specifically listed BTS and Gfriend the leaders of small company success for this generation. Out of all the success these groups were the biggest signs of that change and the most dominate ones at that. There is also another article explaining the benefits of if Bighit, Source,and RBW merged ( which is good, but I do think just BH and Source would do with RBW's producers being paid like they are now). These types of media spreads can feed into the it as well. Recently, Source moved into the old Bighit building and have really made it into a stable company ground so at this point they were rubbing salt in my wounds. I've wanted interactions, co promotional appearances, a freakin collaboration stage, anything for quite sometime. Some armys grew from the last time we had our falling outs and actually grew fond of GFriend not really stanning, but at least appreciating them. It's to the point where mostly everything check out and guess what? No merge. This is obviously not just some fandom based situation. These are actual company who can be broken by this, but I also saw a video on youtube and the guy basically brought up GLAM and how Bighit went into debt and are still paying it off. Them going public would provide enough to finally erase that debt once and for all which is also another highlight of why the merge could benefit Source as well. Eitherway I just don't want to see these companies have to work off luck again. Gfriend and BTS were came in the right place at the right time and the companies have shown they still have each other's support and love even after parting ways. I just thing that back then they couldn't actually see what would work for them and it cause alot of discouragement. Now that they have it there is no doubt in my mine that they could try again or maybe they really don't want to and that's it. _______________________________________________________________________________ Anyway I hope to hear your thoughts on the matter. Besides thinking of your biases and styles of both companies, could this benefit or just be another burden? Please remember that not only do these groups get affected by it we also have trainees and newer groups coming in the long term. Thanks for reading 💞
  5. Hello Buddies! As we all know, GFRIEND has successfully ended Fingertip promotions, with 2 wins and most importantly finishing this comeback being all healthy and not injured. ^^ We all have different opinions regarding this comeback and I want to hear all your opinions of it! Do you think this comeback was the best among all of their comebacks? What do you guys think could have been done better in your opinion for this comeback? After this comeback, are you more of a fan of "Power Innocence" or "Power Chic"? Lets keep this discussion alive and share and discuss with fellow Buddies all your opinions!
  6. I really hope,they can win 15 or even more trophies for their next comeback! ☺☺☺