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The '''''BU''''' [[note]]vaguely named so by Big Hit Entertainment[[/note]] (also known by fans as the "BTS Universe", "Bangtan Universe" or the "HYYH Series") is an on-going original story comprised mainly of a series of [[ConceptVideo Concept Music Videos]] of Korean group Music/{{BTS}} (plus video teasers[=/=]short films and additional content in other media), created by BTS and [=BigHit=] in collaboration with Lumpens. The series includes:

* The ''화양연화'' or ''HYYH'' (''Hwa Yang Yeon Hwa'', or ''The Most Beautiful Moment in Life'') series (''HYYH: Part 1'', ''HYYH: Part 2'' and ''HYYH: Young Forever'')
* ''WINGS''
* The ''LOVE YOURSELF'' series.
** ''LOVE YOURSELF: Wonder'' [[note]]Not an actual album, despite being the first "chapter". The only content released for ''Wonder'' is the video for "Euphoria"... which was released ''[[AnachronicOrder after]]'' ''LOVE YOURSELF: Her''.[[/note]]
** ''LOVE YOURSELF: Her''
** ''LOVE YOURSELF: Tear''
** ''LOVE YOURSELF: Answer''
--> Note: not ''all'' of the music videos they release are part of the BU - the ones that unquestionably ''are'' have a "BU belongs to..." disclaimer in the Youtube video description. But even then, it's not impossible that they're still connected somehow... even videos that came ''before'' the series officially started.

Here, each one of the BTS members plays a fictional character both [[TheDanza named after]] and partly inspired by their real-life counterpart, with the members themselves having input in the story: in an environment where AdultsAreUseless, seven boys of various ages found company in each other at school for a year until - for reasons still unexplained - they split up. Years later, oldest member [[TheAtoner Jin]] tries to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong and fix the series of events that led to the group's separation and ensuing tragedy.

The storyline is closely linked to the general narrative and themes present in BTS' music, which in itself contains a ComingOfAgeStory: themes such as the beauty and struggles of youth (''HYYH''), facing temptation and inner conflict (''WINGS'') and the idea of trying and failing to love and be loved [[StepfordSmiler while hiding under a mask]] (''LOVE YOURSELF'') translate into the characters dealing with school and societal pressures, poverty, family and mental health issues, fear of the future, [[GrowingUpSucks maturity]], [[MyGreatestFailure regret]], and so on. A few BTS' songs even directly reference or hint at events and concepts from the story.

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The '''''BU''''' [[note]]vaguely named so by Big Hit Entertainment[[/note]] (also known by fans as the "BTS Universe", "Bangtan Universe" or the "HYYH Series") is an on-going original story comprised mainly of a series of [[ConceptVideo Concept Music Videos]] of Korean group Music/{{BTS}} (plus video teasers[=/=]short films and additional content in other media), created by BTS and [=BigHit=] in collaboration with Lumpens. Lumpens.

The series includes:

* The
officially started with the ''화양연화'' or ''HYYH'' (''Hwa Yang Yeon Hwa'', or ''The Most Beautiful Moment in Life'') series (''HYYH: Part 1'', ''HYYH: Part 2'' album series, continuing through ''WINGS'' and ''HYYH: Young Forever'')
* ''WINGS''
* The
the ''LOVE YOURSELF'' series.
** ''LOVE YOURSELF: Wonder'' [[note]]Not an actual album, despite being the first "chapter". The only content released for ''Wonder''
series, and is the video for "Euphoria"... which was released ''[[AnachronicOrder after]]'' ''LOVE YOURSELF: Her''.[[/note]]
** ''LOVE YOURSELF: Her''
** ''LOVE YOURSELF: Tear''
** ''LOVE YOURSELF: Answer''
--> Note: not
currently still on-going. Not ''all'' of the music videos they release have released since the start of the series are part of the BU - the ones that unquestionably ''are'' have a "BU belongs to..." disclaimer in the Youtube video description. But even then, it's not impossible that they're still connected somehow... even videos that came ''before'' the series officially started.

began.

Here, each one of the BTS members plays a fictional character both [[TheDanza named after]] and partly inspired by their real-life counterpart, with the members themselves having input in the story: in an environment where AdultsAreUseless, seven boys of various ages found company in each other at school for a year until - for reasons still unexplained - they split up. year. Years later, oldest member [[TheAtoner Jin]] tries to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong and fix the series of events that led to tragedy after the group's separation and ensuing tragedy.

separation.

The storyline is closely linked to the general narrative and themes present in BTS' music, which in itself contains a ComingOfAgeStory: themes such as the beauty and struggles of youth (''HYYH''), (''Hwa Yang Yeon Hwa''), facing temptation and inner conflict (''WINGS'') and the idea of trying and failing to love and be loved [[StepfordSmiler while hiding under a mask]] (''LOVE YOURSELF'') translate into the characters dealing with school and societal pressures, poverty, family and mental health issues, fear of the future, [[GrowingUpSucks maturity]], [[MyGreatestFailure regret]], and so on. A select few BTS' songs even directly reference or hint at events and concepts from the story.



There's lots of complementary content with additional information, clues, and {{Foreshadowing}}. This includes ''HYYH: The Notes'', [[AllThereInTheManual a collectible series of diary-like narrations]] from the point of view of each one of the characters at key moments of the story, found in the ''LOVE YOURSELF'' physical albums. Other clues for both concepts and key events have been found in other music videos, trailers, concept pictures, tour [=VCRs=], live shows, and even commercials and ''selfies'' [[note]]A 2017 selfie uploaded on BTS's Twitter (of Jin holding some flowers, with "Smeraldo" as the only caption) led to the discovery of an [[https://m.blog.naver.com/PostList.nhn?blogId=testesso entire blog]] (now closed) of [[InUniverseMarketing a flower shop dedicated to selling and explaining the backstory of the Smeraldo]], a fictional flower that has an important role in the series[[/note]]. So yes, ''anything'' can be a clue.

On January 2019, a mysterious verified Twitter account going by the handle [[https://twitter.com/Smeraldo_Books "Smeraldo_Books"]] surfaced, tweeting short clips from past videos from the ''BU'' along with (for the most part previously released) excerpts from ''The Notes''. In January 16, it announced the online release of an official webtoon based on the ''BU'' story, titled ''Webcomic/SaveMe'' (which you can read it [[https://www.webtoons.com/en/drama/bts-save-me/list?title_no=1514 here]]), meant to retell the BU story much less ambiguously, serving as the series' MindScrewdriver. A book compilation of ''The Notes'' was released in March, as well.

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There's Another point of note of the BU is its multi-media format. Along with the music videos, there's lots of complementary content with additional information, clues, and {{Foreshadowing}}. {{Foreshadowing}}, with all of them working as pieces of a larger puzzle. This includes ''HYYH: The Notes'', ''Webcomic/SaveMe'', a {{Korean webtoon|s}} that tells the main conflict in a linear structure (working as the series' MindScrewdriver and an alternative entry to the series for newcomers), and ''Literature/TheMostBeautifulMomentInLifeTheNotes'', [[AllThereInTheManual a collectible series of diary-like narrations]] from the point of view of each one of the characters at various key moments of the story, originally found in the ''LOVE YOURSELF'' physical albums. albums and later released as a novel.

Other clues for both concepts and key events have been found in other music videos, trailers, concept pictures, tour [=VCRs=], live shows, and even commercials and ''selfies'' [[note]]A 2017 selfie uploaded on BTS's Twitter (of Jin holding some flowers, with "Smeraldo" as the only caption) led to the discovery of an [[https://m.blog.naver.com/PostList.nhn?blogId=testesso entire blog]] (now closed) of [[InUniverseMarketing a flower shop dedicated to selling and explaining the backstory of the Smeraldo]], a fictional flower that has an important role in the series[[/note]]. So yes, ''anything'' can be a clue.

On January 2019, a mysterious verified Twitter account going by the handle [[https://twitter.com/Smeraldo_Books "Smeraldo_Books"]] surfaced, tweeting short clips from past videos from the ''BU'' along with (for the most part previously released) excerpts from ''The Notes''. In January 16, it announced the online release of an official webtoon based on the ''BU'' story, titled ''Webcomic/SaveMe'' (which you can read it [[https://www.webtoons.com/en/drama/bts-save-me/list?title_no=1514 here]]), meant to retell the BU story much less ambiguously, serving as the series' MindScrewdriver. A book compilation of ''The Notes'' was released in March, as well.
clue.



!!The videos and content that are ''explicitly'' part of the series - and are therefore essential to understand the story - are (in order):

[[folder: ''HYYH'' series]]

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!!The videos and content that are ''explicitly'' part of the series - and are therefore essential to understand the story - are (in order):

order of release):

[[folder: ''HYYH'' ''The Most Beautiful Moment in Life'' series]]



[[folder:Other media]]

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[[folder:Other (essential) media]]


-->-- '''Jin, ''HYYH: The Notes'''''

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-->-- '''Jin, ''HYYH: ''The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: The Notes'''''



* ''HYYH: The Notes'': Booklets from the physical albums of the ''LOVE YOURSELF'' series. They contain diary-entry-style narration from each one of the seven characters at different points in the story, [[AllThereInTheManual revealing key plot points and backstory]]. Each version of the albums[[note]]L, O, V and E, for ''Her''; Y, O, U and R for ''Tear''; S, E, L, F for ''Answer''[[/note]] contains a different set of ''Notes''; you need to read all to get a complete sense of the story.
** [=BigHit=] has published one of the ''Notes'' from each album in the series on Twitter and Instagram weeks before said album's official release:
*** ''[[https://twitter.com/bighitent/status/896748183765753856?lang=en LOVE YOURSELF: Her]]'' (Jin, published on August 14th, 2017, Korean time)
*** ''[[https://twitter.com/bighitent/status/992056198139559936?lang=en LOVE YOURSELF: Tear]]'' (Jungkook, published in May 4rd, 2018)
*** ''[[https://twitter.com/BigHitEnt/status/1026483068683444224 LOVE YOURSELF: Answer]]'' (Jin, published in August 7th, 2018)
** Fan translations in English for ''The Notes'' can be found in:
*** [[https://www.dropbox.com/sh/tccz96h2tewejj0/AABkwUNCtJEcmFqj0ATXoEZWa?dl=0 This Dropbox folder]] by Twitter user @papercrowns (both translations and compilation), complete for all 3 albums and organized in folders by member and by date.
*** A [[https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SOISDkmaNqj9Ad3RzWhmJT6lTw3aY4ih PDF document]] made by Twitter user @MNYGIGLOSS with translations by user @doyou_bangtan, containing translations with links to official videos pertinent to each entry. Currently only containing the Notes for ''LOVE YOURSELF: Tear''.
*** It should be mentioned that even though the albums have been officially released in the US through official channels like Amazon or Wallmart, the ''Notes'' only exist in Korean. Both the company and BTS have expressed being comfortable with fan translations of their non-music-video content, anyway.
** [=BigHit=] has also announced the release of an official book series compiling The Notes (adding some unreleased ones) under the name ''SMERALDO BOOKS''. The first installment, ''花樣年華 THE NOTES 1'', will be released in March in Korean, English and Japanese, and can be preordered [[https://www.ibighit.com/goods/catalog?code=0016&utm_source=ipNotice&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=buBook&utm_content=TheNotes1&utm_term=preOrderEnJp here]].

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* ''HYYH: The Notes'': Booklets ''Literature/TheMostBeautifulMomentInLifeTheNotes'': A novel with diary-entry-style narrations from each one of the seven main characters at different points of the story (starting from their childhoods), [[AllThereInTheManual revealing key plot points as well as backstory]].
** Some of these ''Notes'' were originally released in non-chronological order as booklets
from the physical albums of the ''LOVE YOURSELF'' series. They contain diary-entry-style narration from each one of the seven characters at different points in the story, [[AllThereInTheManual revealing key plot points and backstory]]. Each version of the albums[[note]]L, O, V and E, for ''Her''; Y, O, U and R for ''Tear''; S, E, L, F for ''Answer''[[/note]] contains a different set of ''Notes''; you need to read ''Notes'', making all versions complementary to get a complete sense of the story.
**
each other. [=BigHit=] has published one of the ''Notes'' from each album in the series on Twitter and Instagram weeks before said album's official release:
***
release, one in ''[[https://twitter.com/bighitent/status/896748183765753856?lang=en LOVE YOURSELF: Her]]'' (Jin, published on August 14th, 2017, Korean time)
***
time), one in ''[[https://twitter.com/bighitent/status/992056198139559936?lang=en LOVE YOURSELF: Tear]]'' (Jungkook, published in May 4rd, 2018)
***
2018), and one in ''[[https://twitter.com/BigHitEnt/status/1026483068683444224 LOVE YOURSELF: Answer]]'' (Jin, published in August 7th, 2018)
**
2018).
%%**
Fan translations in English for ''The Notes'' from the album booklets) can be found in:
*** %%*** [[https://www.dropbox.com/sh/tccz96h2tewejj0/AABkwUNCtJEcmFqj0ATXoEZWa?dl=0 This Dropbox folder]] by Twitter user @papercrowns (both translations and compilation), complete for all 3 albums and organized in folders by member and by date.
*** %%*** A [[https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SOISDkmaNqj9Ad3RzWhmJT6lTw3aY4ih PDF document]] made by Twitter user @MNYGIGLOSS with translations by user @doyou_bangtan, containing translations with links to official videos pertinent to each entry. Currently only containing the Notes for ''LOVE YOURSELF: Tear''.
*** It should be mentioned that even though the albums have been officially released in the US through official channels like Amazon or Wallmart, the ''Notes'' only exist in Korean. Both the company and BTS have expressed being comfortable with fan translations of their non-music-video content, anyway.
** [=BigHit=] has also announced the release of an official book series compiling The Notes (adding some unreleased ones) under the name ''SMERALDO BOOKS''. The first installment, ''花樣年華 THE NOTES 1'', will be released in March in Korean, English and Japanese, and can be preordered [[https://www.ibighit.com/goods/catalog?code=0016&utm_source=ipNotice&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=buBook&utm_content=TheNotes1&utm_term=preOrderEnJp here]].
Tear''.


* DealWithTheDevil: The climax of "Blood, Sweat and Tears", where Jin [[spoiler:kisses a dark-winged statue representing Taehyung]], has undertones of this, especially as the song and the ''WINGS'' album themselves talk about facing evil and its temptation.

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* DealWithTheDevil: DealWithTheDevil:
**
The climax of "Blood, Sweat and Tears", where Jin [[spoiler:kisses a dark-winged statue representing Taehyung]], has undertones of this, especially as the song and the ''WINGS'' album themselves talk about facing evil and its temptation.temptation.
*** ''Webcomic/SaveMe'' reveals on the first chapter [[spoiler:that Jin was given a chance by a mysterious entity to save his friends from their tragic fates, gaining the ability of TimeTravel]].

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* LyricsVideoMismatch: The music videos in this series rarely are directly about the topic of the songs, though they do connect thematically and emotionally while sticking to the ''BU'' story of the seven boys:
** "I NEED U" is about a relationship with a girl falling apart, jumping back and forth between love and hate for her, while the video shows scenes of the boys suffering alone intercut with scenes of them happy together.
** "RUN" is about a DestructiveRomance where the singer can't fall out of love even though the relationship is doomed or already ending. In the video, we see the characters physically jumping back and forth between their moments of happiness and the present, seemingly losing sense of reality, while also getting scenes leading to the group's separation, such as Jungkook and Yoongi's fight (though [[HoYay/{{BU}} it's ambigous whether it's actually this trope in this case]]).
** "Blood, Sweat and Tears" is about being tempted by an "evil", forbidden kind of love, with a heavily sexual connotation. In the video, while the choreography completely fits the song, the individual scenes of the characters show them indulging in other, highly symbolic variations of temptation, or in symbolic representations of their inner conflict.
** "FAKE LOVE" is about a relationship that comes to a messy end because the singer can't stand hiding their true self to the other anymore. In the video, Jungkook goes through hallways in a mansion where each room has one of the other boys locked in, forced to face their fears and traumas.


* ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gWIjRqvtnI I NEED U (Original version)]]''. Music video. The very first one, and key for everything else. Make sure to watch the original, uncensored version in the link, as the normal, shorter version lacks a lot of key information due to cutting violent scenes.

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* ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gWIjRqvtnI com/watch?v=jjskoRh8GTE I NEED U (Original version)]]''. Music video. The very first one, and key for everything else. Make sure to watch the original, uncensored version in the link, as the normal, shorter version lacks a lot of key information due to cutting violent scenes.


Here, each one of the BTS members plays a fictional character both [[TheDanza named after]] and partly inspired by their real-life counterpart, with the members themselves having input in the story. The characters all were in the same school at one point, they all live in an environment where AdultsAreUseless, and each is dealing with issues and traumas of their own. While all characters get their focus, the protagonist is [[TheAtoner Jin]], who tries to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong and fix the series of events that led to the group's separation and the ensuing tragedy.

The storyline is closely linked to the general narrative and themes present in BTS' music, which in itself contains a ComingOfAgeStory: just as the albums deal with the beauty and struggles of youth, growing up, and facing the future (''HYYH''), facing temptation and destroying the world of illusions (''WINGS'') and the idea of trying and failing to love and be loved [[BeneathTheMask while hiding the darker, truer side of oneself]] (''LOVE YOURSELF''), the characters deal with school and societal pressures, family and mental health issues, lack of self-esteem, fear of the future, [[GrowingUpSucks maturity]], [[MyGreatestFailure regret]], and so on. A few BTS' songs even directly reference or hint at events and concepts from the story.

to:

Here, each one of the BTS members plays a fictional character both [[TheDanza named after]] and partly inspired by their real-life counterpart, with the members themselves having input in the story. The characters all were in the same school at one point, they all live story: in an environment where AdultsAreUseless, and seven boys of various ages found company in each is dealing with issues and traumas of their own. While all characters get their focus, the protagonist is other at school for a year until - for reasons still unexplained - they split up. Years later, oldest member [[TheAtoner Jin]], who Jin]] tries to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong and fix the series of events that led to the group's separation and the ensuing tragedy.

The storyline is closely linked to the general narrative and themes present in BTS' music, which in itself contains a ComingOfAgeStory: just themes such as the albums deal with the beauty and struggles of youth, growing up, and facing the future youth (''HYYH''), facing temptation and destroying the world of illusions inner conflict (''WINGS'') and the idea of trying and failing to love and be loved [[BeneathTheMask [[StepfordSmiler while hiding the darker, truer side of oneself]] under a mask]] (''LOVE YOURSELF''), YOURSELF'') translate into the characters deal dealing with school and societal pressures, poverty, family and mental health issues, lack of self-esteem, fear of the future, [[GrowingUpSucks maturity]], [[MyGreatestFailure regret]], and so on. A few BTS' songs even directly reference or hint at events and concepts from the story.



There's lots of complementary content with additional information, clues, and {{Foreshadowing}}. This includes ''HYYH: The Notes'', [[AllThereInTheManual a collectible series of diary-like narrations]] from the point of view of each one of the characters at key moments of the story, found in the ''LOVE YOURSELF'' physical albums. Other clues for both concepts and key events have been found in other music videos and trailers, concept pictures, tour [=VCRs=], live shows and even ''commercials''. Most notably, a 2017 selfie uploaded on BTS's Twitter (of Jin holding some flowers, with "Smeraldo" as the only caption) led to the discovery of an [[https://m.blog.naver.com/PostList.nhn?blogId=testesso entire blog]] (now closed) of [[InUniverseMarketing a flower shop dedicated to selling and explaining the backstory of the Smeraldo]], a fictional flower that has an important role in the series. So yes, ''anything'' can be a clue.

On January 2019, a mysterious verified Twitter account going by the handle [[https://twitter.com/Smeraldo_Books "Smeraldo_Books"]] surfaced, tweeting short clips from past videos from the ''BU'' along with (for the most part previously released) excerpts from ''The Notes''. In January 16, it announced the online release of an official webtoon based on the ''BU'' story, titled ''Webcomic/SaveMe'' (which you can read it [[https://www.webtoons.com/en/drama/bts-save-me/list?title_no=1514 here]]), meant to retell the BU story much less ambiguously, serving as the series' MindScrewdriver. A book compilation of ''The Notes'' was announced to be released in March, as well.

'''WARNING''': While not ''particularly'' graphic, this series deals with some heavy themes and violent/possibly triggering content, including murder, mental illness, suicide and physical/emotional abuse by parents and figures of authority. The first video of the series has a censored version for a reason, y'know.

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There's lots of complementary content with additional information, clues, and {{Foreshadowing}}. This includes ''HYYH: The Notes'', [[AllThereInTheManual a collectible series of diary-like narrations]] from the point of view of each one of the characters at key moments of the story, found in the ''LOVE YOURSELF'' physical albums. Other clues for both concepts and key events have been found in other music videos and videos, trailers, concept pictures, tour [=VCRs=], live shows shows, and even ''commercials''. Most notably, a commercials and ''selfies'' [[note]]A 2017 selfie uploaded on BTS's Twitter (of Jin holding some flowers, with "Smeraldo" as the only caption) led to the discovery of an [[https://m.blog.naver.com/PostList.nhn?blogId=testesso entire blog]] (now closed) of [[InUniverseMarketing a flower shop dedicated to selling and explaining the backstory of the Smeraldo]], a fictional flower that has an important role in the series.series[[/note]]. So yes, ''anything'' can be a clue.

On January 2019, a mysterious verified Twitter account going by the handle [[https://twitter.com/Smeraldo_Books "Smeraldo_Books"]] surfaced, tweeting short clips from past videos from the ''BU'' along with (for the most part previously released) excerpts from ''The Notes''. In January 16, it announced the online release of an official webtoon based on the ''BU'' story, titled ''Webcomic/SaveMe'' (which you can read it [[https://www.webtoons.com/en/drama/bts-save-me/list?title_no=1514 here]]), meant to retell the BU story much less ambiguously, serving as the series' MindScrewdriver. A book compilation of ''The Notes'' was announced to be released in March, as well.

'''WARNING''': While not ''particularly'' particularly graphic, this series deals with some heavy themes and violent/possibly triggering content, including murder, mental illness, suicide and physical/emotional abuse by parents and figures of authority. The first video of the series has a censored version for a reason, y'know.



* ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kX0vO4vlJuU Euphoria : Theme of LOVE YOURSELF 起 Wonder]]''. Short film ''and'' music video for "Euphoria", song that has yet to be released in an album.

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* ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kX0vO4vlJuU Euphoria : Theme of LOVE YOURSELF 起 Wonder]]''. Short film ''and'' music video for "Euphoria", song that has yet to be released in an album."Euphoria".


* ContinuityPorn: "Euphoria", being more of a short film than a music video, connects all previous events in the story. While it doesn't necessarily apply to all of the music videos in the universe, videos like "Blood, Sweat and Tears" and "Fake Love" are full of symbolism referencing the plot; while they can be still enjoyed on their own, sometimes you'll be lacking a lot of context to really get what's going on (besides the choreography). "Fake Love" alone makes references to the ''WINGS'' teasers, short-films like "Prologue" and the ''Highlight Reels'', ''HYYH: The Notes'', among other things.

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* ContinuityPorn: "Euphoria", being more of a short film than a music video, connects all previous events in the story. ContinuityPorn:
**
While it doesn't necessarily apply to all of the music videos in the universe, videos like "Blood, Sweat and Tears" and "Fake Love" are full of symbolism referencing the plot; while they can be still enjoyed on their own, sometimes you'll be lacking a lot of context to really get what's going on (besides the choreography). choreography).
***
"Fake Love" and its teaser alone makes references to the ''WINGS'' teasers, short-films like "Prologue" and the ''Highlight Reels'', and ''HYYH: The Notes'', among other things.things.
** "Euphoria", being more of a short film than a music video, connects all previous events in the story.


The '''''BU''''' (vaguely named so by Big Hit Entertainment [[note]]likely meaning "BTS Universe" or "Bangtan Universe"[[/note]]; also [[FanNickname known by fans]] as the "HYYH Series") is an on-going original story comprised mainly of a series of [[ConceptVideo Concept Music Videos]] (plus video teasers[=/=]short films and additional content) in the videography of Korean group Music/{{BTS}}, created by BTS and [=BigHit=] in collaboration with Lumpens. The series includes:

* The ''화양연화'' or ''HYYH'' (''Hwa Yang Yeon Hwa'', or ''The Most Beautiful Moment in Life'') series
** ''HYYH: Part 1''
** ''HYYH: Part 2''
** ''HYYH: Young Forever''

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The '''''BU''''' (vaguely [[note]]vaguely named so by Big Hit Entertainment [[note]]likely meaning Entertainment[[/note]] (also known by fans as the "BTS Universe", "Bangtan Universe" or "Bangtan Universe"[[/note]]; also [[FanNickname known by fans]] as the "HYYH Series") is an on-going original story comprised mainly of a series of [[ConceptVideo Concept Music Videos]] of Korean group Music/{{BTS}} (plus video teasers[=/=]short films and additional content) content in the videography of Korean group Music/{{BTS}}, other media), created by BTS and [=BigHit=] in collaboration with Lumpens. The series includes:

* The ''화양연화'' or ''HYYH'' (''Hwa Yang Yeon Hwa'', or ''The Most Beautiful Moment in Life'') series
**
series (''HYYH: Part 1'', ''HYYH: Part 1''
** ''HYYH: Part 2''
**
2'' and ''HYYH: Young Forever''Forever'')



Here, each one of the BTS members plays a fictional character both [[TheDanza named after]] and partly inspired by their real-life counterpart, with the members themselves having input in the story; the characters all were in the same school at one point, they all live in an environment where AdultsAreUseless, and each is dealing with issues and traumas of their own. While all characters get their focus, the closest thing to a protagonist is [[TheAtoner Jin]], who appears to be trying to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong and fix the series of events that led to the group's separation and to ensuing tragedy, with [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Taehyung]] being the closest thing to an antagonist or {{Deuteragonist}}, and youngest-member [[TheCutie Jungkook]] being a Tritagonist.

Also (if that "appears to be" didn't tip you off), the series is a '''complete''' MindScrew. With a serious case of {{Teasing Creator}}s, a story told in AnachronicOrder, and lots and ''lots'' of symbolism, half the fun of watching the series is [[WildMassGuessing making or following up on theories]] regarding what it's actually going on in the story; so far, [[DealWithTheDevil deals with the Devil]], TimeTravel and [[DimensionalTraveler dimension hopping]] seem to be involved. [[EpilepticTrees Maybe]].

The storyline is closely linked to the general narrative and themes present in BTS' music, which in itself contains a ComingOfAgeStory: just as the albums deal with the beauty and struggles of youth, growing up, and facing the future (''HYYH''), facing temptation and destroying the world of illusions (''WINGS'') and the idea of trying and failing to love and be loved [[BeneathTheMask while hiding the darker, truer side of oneself]] (''LOVE YOURSELF''), the characters deal with school and societal pressures, family and mental health issues, lack of self-esteem, fear of the future, [[GrowingUpSucks maturity]], [[MyGreatestFailure regret]], and so on. Some of BTS' songs also directly reference or hint at events and concepts from the story.

There's also lots of other content with additional information, clues, and {{Foreshadowing}}. This includes ''HYYH: The Notes'', [[AllThereInTheManual a collectible series of diary-like narrations]] from the point of view of each one of the characters at key moments of the story, found in the ''LOVE YOURSELF'' physical albums. Other clues for both concepts and key events have been found in other music videos and trailers, concept pictures, tour [=VCRs=], live shows and even ''commercials''. Most notably, a 2017 selfie uploaded on BTS's Twitter (of Jin holding some flowers, with "Smeraldo" as the only caption) led to the discovery of an [[https://m.blog.naver.com/PostList.nhn?blogId=testesso entire blog]] (now closed) of [[InUniverseMarketing a flower shop dedicated to selling and explaining the backstory of the Smeraldo]], a fictional flower that has an important role in the series. So yes, ''anything'' can be a clue.

On January 2019, a mysterious verified Twitter account going by the handle [[https://twitter.com/Smeraldo_Books "Smeraldo_Books"]] surfaced, tweeting short clips from past videos from the ''BU'' along with (for the most part previously released) excerpts from ''The Notes''. In January 16, it officially announced the online release of an official webtoon based on the ''BU'' story, titled ''Webcomic/SaveMe''. You can read it [[https://www.webtoons.com/en/drama/bts-save-me/list?title_no=1514 here]].

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Here, each one of the BTS members plays a fictional character both [[TheDanza named after]] and partly inspired by their real-life counterpart, with the members themselves having input in the story; the story. The characters all were in the same school at one point, they all live in an environment where AdultsAreUseless, and each is dealing with issues and traumas of their own. While all characters get their focus, the closest thing to a protagonist is [[TheAtoner Jin]], who appears to be trying tries to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong and fix the series of events that led to the group's separation and to the ensuing tragedy, with [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Taehyung]] being the closest thing to an antagonist or {{Deuteragonist}}, and youngest-member [[TheCutie Jungkook]] being a Tritagonist.

Also (if that "appears to be" didn't tip you off), the series is a '''complete''' MindScrew. With a serious case of {{Teasing Creator}}s, a story told in AnachronicOrder, and lots and ''lots'' of symbolism, half the fun of watching the series is [[WildMassGuessing making or following up on theories]] regarding what it's actually going on in the story; so far, [[DealWithTheDevil deals with the Devil]], TimeTravel and [[DimensionalTraveler dimension hopping]] seem to be involved. [[EpilepticTrees Maybe]].

tragedy.

The storyline is closely linked to the general narrative and themes present in BTS' music, which in itself contains a ComingOfAgeStory: just as the albums deal with the beauty and struggles of youth, growing up, and facing the future (''HYYH''), facing temptation and destroying the world of illusions (''WINGS'') and the idea of trying and failing to love and be loved [[BeneathTheMask while hiding the darker, truer side of oneself]] (''LOVE YOURSELF''), the characters deal with school and societal pressures, family and mental health issues, lack of self-esteem, fear of the future, [[GrowingUpSucks maturity]], [[MyGreatestFailure regret]], and so on. Some of A few BTS' songs also even directly reference or hint at events and concepts from the story.

Also, the series is a '''complete''' MindScrew. With a serious case of {{Teasing Creator}}s, a story told in AnachronicOrder, and lots and ''lots'' of symbolism, half the fun of watching the series is [[WildMassGuessing making or following up on theories]] regarding what it's actually going on in the story; so far, [[DealWithTheDevil deals with the Devil]], TimeTravel and [[DimensionalTraveler dimension hopping]] seem to be involved. [[spoiler:As it turns out, two of these are actually confirmed.]]

There's also lots of other complementary content with additional information, clues, and {{Foreshadowing}}. This includes ''HYYH: The Notes'', [[AllThereInTheManual a collectible series of diary-like narrations]] from the point of view of each one of the characters at key moments of the story, found in the ''LOVE YOURSELF'' physical albums. Other clues for both concepts and key events have been found in other music videos and trailers, concept pictures, tour [=VCRs=], live shows and even ''commercials''. Most notably, a 2017 selfie uploaded on BTS's Twitter (of Jin holding some flowers, with "Smeraldo" as the only caption) led to the discovery of an [[https://m.blog.naver.com/PostList.nhn?blogId=testesso entire blog]] (now closed) of [[InUniverseMarketing a flower shop dedicated to selling and explaining the backstory of the Smeraldo]], a fictional flower that has an important role in the series. So yes, ''anything'' can be a clue.

On January 2019, a mysterious verified Twitter account going by the handle [[https://twitter.com/Smeraldo_Books "Smeraldo_Books"]] surfaced, tweeting short clips from past videos from the ''BU'' along with (for the most part previously released) excerpts from ''The Notes''. In January 16, it officially announced the online release of an official webtoon based on the ''BU'' story, titled ''Webcomic/SaveMe''. You ''Webcomic/SaveMe'' (which you can read it [[https://www.webtoons.com/en/drama/bts-save-me/list?title_no=1514 here]].
here]]), meant to retell the BU story much less ambiguously, serving as the series' MindScrewdriver. A book compilation of ''The Notes'' was announced to be released in March, as well.


[[caption-width-right:350:The day before everything fell apart.]]

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*** It should be mentioned that, even though the albums have been officially released in the US through official channels like Amazon or Wallmart, the ''Notes'' only exist in Korean - with [=BigHit=] having no stated plans to release official translations. Both the company and BTS have expressed being comfortable with fan translations of their non-music-video content, anyway.
** [=BigHit=] has also announced the release of an official book series under the name ''Smeraldo Books''. The first installment, ''花樣年華 THE NOTES 1'', will be released in March in Korean, English and Japanese, and can be preordered [[https://www.ibighit.com/goods/catalog?code=0016&utm_source=ipNotice&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=buBook&utm_content=TheNotes1&utm_term=preOrderEnJp here]].

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*** It should be mentioned that, that even though the albums have been officially released in the US through official channels like Amazon or Wallmart, the ''Notes'' only exist in Korean - with [=BigHit=] having no stated plans to release official translations.Korean. Both the company and BTS have expressed being comfortable with fan translations of their non-music-video content, anyway.
** [=BigHit=] has also announced the release of an official book series compiling The Notes (adding some unreleased ones) under the name ''Smeraldo Books''.''SMERALDO BOOKS''. The first installment, ''花樣年華 THE NOTES 1'', will be released in March in Korean, English and Japanese, and can be preordered [[https://www.ibighit.com/goods/catalog?code=0016&utm_source=ipNotice&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=buBook&utm_content=TheNotes1&utm_term=preOrderEnJp here]].



* AnachronicOrder: There's not a completely clear order for the events seen in the videos and the ''HYYH Notes'' (though the latter and the Highlight Reels contain some key dates), adding to the MindScrew nature of the series.

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* AnachronicOrder: There's not a completely clear order for the events seen in the videos and the ''HYYH Notes'' (though the latter and the Highlight Reels contain some key dates), adding to the MindScrew nature of the series. [[spoiler:Some of the events in ''The Notes'' are also sometimes contradictory, because they happened in [[TimeTravel different timelines]].]]



** Finally Averted in ''Webcomic/SaveMe'', which re-tells the story in a linear structure.



** ''Webcomic/SaveMe'' has one of its own (with events that partly overlap with "I NEED U"), with [[spoiler:Jungkook and Yoongi dying, Taehyung killing his father and Jin being granted the chance to fix everything through time travel]] on its first chapter.



* MindScrewdriver: ''The Notes'' and especially ''Webcomic/SaveMe'' work as this, providing narration and dates in the former, and a linear structure and proper dialogue and exposition in the latter.



** Birds flying away in the sky,

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** Birds flying away in the sky, sky.
** Jin opening the curtains and looking out of the window. [[spoiler:As confirmed by ''SAVE ME'', it's him waking up after going back in time.]]



** From the ''WINGS'' teasers, an OneEyedShot of each of the members, with something reflected on it.

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** From the ''WINGS'' teasers, an a OneEyedShot of each of the members, with something reflected on it.



** UpToEleven in ''WINGS'' (''everything'' in that era), the Japanese versions of "I NEED U" and "RUN", and in "Fake Love", which all go straight into WorldOfSymbolism.

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** UpToEleven in ''WINGS'' (''everything'' in that era), the Japanese versions of "I NEED U" and "RUN", ''everything'' in ''WINGS'', and in "Fake Love", Love" (including its teaser and extended version), which all go straight into WorldOfSymbolism.



* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: A recurring theme. Jin is seemingly trying to fix things and avoid his friends' fates in "I NEED U" and "Prologue", possibly through TimeTravel or [[DimensionalTraveler dimension hopping]].

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* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: A recurring theme. Jin is seemingly trying to fix things and avoid his friends' fates in "I NEED U" and "Prologue", possibly through TimeTravel or [[DimensionalTraveler dimension hopping]].- as revealed in later videos, [[spoiler:through TimeTravel]].

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** [=BigHit=] has also announced the release of an official book series under the name ''Smeraldo Books''. The first installment, ''花樣年華 THE NOTES 1'', will be released in March in Korean, English and Japanese, and can be preordered [[https://www.ibighit.com/goods/catalog?code=0016&utm_source=ipNotice&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=buBook&utm_content=TheNotes1&utm_term=preOrderEnJp here]].


On January 2019, a mysterious verified Twitter account going by the handle [[https://twitter.com/Smeraldo_Books "Smeraldo_Books"]] surfaced, tweeting short clips from past videos from the ''BU'' along with (for the most part previously released) excerpts from ''The Notes''. In January 16, it officially announced the online release of an official webtoon based on the ''BU'' story, titled ''SAVE ME''. You can read it [[https://www.webtoons.com/en/drama/bts-save-me/list?title_no=1514 here]].

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On January 2019, a mysterious verified Twitter account going by the handle [[https://twitter.com/Smeraldo_Books "Smeraldo_Books"]] surfaced, tweeting short clips from past videos from the ''BU'' along with (for the most part previously released) excerpts from ''The Notes''. In January 16, it officially announced the online release of an official webtoon based on the ''BU'' story, titled ''SAVE ME''.''Webcomic/SaveMe''. You can read it [[https://www.webtoons.com/en/drama/bts-save-me/list?title_no=1514 here]].


* ''Webcomic/SaveMe'', a webtoon based and expanding on the ''BU'' series as a whole. Can be read [[[[https://www.webtoons.com/en/drama/bts-save-me/list?title_no=1514 here]].

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* ''Webcomic/SaveMe'', a webtoon based and expanding on the ''BU'' series as a whole. Can be read [[[[https://www.[[https://www.webtoons.com/en/drama/bts-save-me/list?title_no=1514 here]].


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* ''[[https://www.webtoons.com/en/drama/bts-save-me/list?title_no=1514 SAVE ME]]'', a webtoon based and expanding on the ''BU'' series as a whole.

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* ''[[https://www.''Webcomic/SaveMe'', a webtoon based and expanding on the ''BU'' series as a whole. Can be read [[[[https://www.webtoons.com/en/drama/bts-save-me/list?title_no=1514 SAVE ME]]'', a webtoon based and expanding on the ''BU'' series as a whole.here]].



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On January 2019, a mysterious verified Twitter account going by the handle [[https://twitter.com/Smeraldo_Books "Smeraldo_Books"]] surfaced, tweeting short clips from past videos from the ''BU'' along with (for the most part previously released) excerpts from ''The Notes''. In January 16, it officially announced the online release of an official webtoon based on the ''BU'' story, titled ''SAVE ME''. You can read it [[https://www.webtoons.com/en/drama/bts-save-me/list?title_no=1514 here]].


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* ''[[https://www.webtoons.com/en/drama/bts-save-me/list?title_no=1514 SAVE ME]]'', a webtoon based and expanding on the ''BU'' series as a whole.

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