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GFRIEND's lore and origins were established with "A Tale of the Glass Bead" and the illustrated book "유리구슬 Märchen", which clarify some details in the story and changed a lot of popular theoriesnote  in the fandom. Although, even receiving new information, there are still several mysteries:

  • The glass bead and its role.
  • The small abilities of each girl.
  • The "2006.03 가죽여행 (Family Trip)" tape.
  • The songs that are part of the lore aside from title tracks.
  • The Japanese videography as part of the story.
  • Linearity of the story, among others.

"Envy is like a seed planted in our hearts, growing in its own without water or care, twisting its vines amongst us."
A Tale of the Glass Bead: Previous Story

"Summer Rain" is the aftermath of their conflict in "Crossroads".
  • Whether it's after "Rough" or "Crossroads", the girls are sulking and separated. Even though in "Rough" they meet again, the girls' letter to Sowon shows their fear to be apart, "Rough" could have lead to "Crossroads".
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  • Eunha could have take her decision to go back in time in this moment, when she drops the box she seems hopeless.

"Navillera" is an Alternate Universe.
  • "Navillera" is a timeline where they didn't grow up friends with Eunha, though they could have get closer to her in this time, it doesn't match with the school episodes.
  • The interactions between the girls are different, the dynamics changed.
  • Yerin and Eunha are Strangled by the Red String.
  • Eunha has an Expository Hairstyle Change and looks like a New Transfer Student, because it feels like a new addition to the group, that's weird since they met in high school (or way sooner as they grew up together). Other possibility would be that she's back in town, playing the Stranger in a Familiar Land, but Sowon was the one going away in "Rough".
  • "Navillera" is one of the timelines that appear in "Crossroads" during Eunha's loop scene, her hair and the setting can point it out, so one of the solutions that Eunha tries in "Navillera" could be changing the way she meets the other girls back then in their hometown.

Actually, they meeting Eunha at night means meeting her in their dreams.
  • The popular theory is that the girls can meet Eunha at night. But a door can be seen during the daytime scene, hinting a Dream Land (the other music video with a portal was "Fingertip", a Mental World). The lyrics are very lore influenced and it says:
    As time, time for the moon night
    I’ll meet you in my dreams.
  • The fact that people usually sleep at night also helps.

The moon is the key.
  • There is a door in "Time for the Moon Night" teaser and a portal in "Fingertip". Time for Us limited edition album has a door lock note  and Dear Buddy poster has a key.
  • The logo symbols resemble a door lock. If you open this lock with the key, the moon changed its position. The "Solar and Lunar trilogy" release dates give hints about this. The first music video was released under the influence of the pink moon and the other two when the moon was half illuminated and half dark. The pink moon caused this phenomenon and the first quarter moon let them meet Eunha in these specific nights.

"Memoria" is part of the storyline and explains why the moon helped them.
  • Sowon appears in "Memoria" with Thousand Origami Cranes, meaning that she's wishing for something, curiously Sowon's name means wish.
  • Umji is painting... A pink moon. note 

Eunha is dead in "Time for the Moon Night", all of them are dead in "Sunrise".
  • It's ambiguous how the girls talk with Eunha, they could be in denial about her death or Talking in Your Dreams since the song implies that they are meeting someone in their dreams. The only thing known is that Eunha can be seen at night.
  • "Time for the Moon Night" is a Ritual Magic since they use specific gestures at specific a place and time, this could be the girls reaching her as it hints that she isn't physically present.
  • "Sunrise" seems like a limbo, an in-between when the girls meet. The change in atmosphere and ratio help.
  • "Sunrise" opens with Umji saying:
    I had a dream last night,
    the moment we could be together was just short,
    we were not far away from each other.

Eunha and Yerin's love story evolves to a Love Triangle with Sinb.
  • From a teenager couple in "Navillera", Eunha and Yerin become 'rivals' in "Fingertip", since Yerin helps Sinb, who has an Astral Projection from Eunha, to run away.
  • "Love Whisper" shows Sinb and Yerin Holding Hands, however Yerin is sulking in "Time for the Moon Night" as Eunha is missing and Sinb is going after her.
  • "Crossroads" shows Eunha and Sinb fighting, one more time, Sinb and Yerin seem together and Holding Hands in the train scene.
  • Yerin confesses to Eunha in "Navillera" and Sinb seems unbothered, even getting closer to Eunha, which leads Yerin to be jealous.

Sowon was going back to their hometown in "Rough".
  • The place that happens the story doesn't seem like an island or village, the girls live in a city.

The crossroads is a Place of Power.
  • "Wishing we could turn back time, we stand at the crossroads".
  • In "Rough", we hear "There is a place we need to go" and the song mentions a crossroads in its lyrics.
  • "Summer Rain" is another hopeless (or seeking hope) song which the lyrics mentions a crossroads.

Yuju is a seer.
  • She can foresee the future with patterns (Memoria) or tea (Sunrise).
  • Mirror motif.
  • She tries to find Eunha in "Time for the Moon Night" with Ley Lines.

    Jossed Theories 
The ending of "Rough (Running Through Time)" didn't happen note  and it's connected with "Summer Rain".
  • All the girls are going in different paths. Sowon is even waiting a train. It's kind of difficult to see them dropping everything to be together again. They meet just to open their Time Capsule with the letters. It could be a Cope by Pretending scenario, The Story That Never Was.
  • "Summer Rain" contrasts with "Rough", Snow Means Love leads to a Gray Rain of Depression. The diary/notebook can be seen and also the letters. "Rough" has a happy ending with the girls and the letters, but in "Summer Rain", the letters ended up in a trash or in a rainy street. Eunha's reaction in the end is also mysterious.
  • Somehow, "Summer Rain" can be connected with "Sunrise", or better, the phone booth connects the two timelines. Sowon in "Summer Rain" and Yerin in "Sunrise".
  • It could be also a Snow Means Death case (a Call-Forward to something that would happen in the future). The lyrics is full of sorrow:
    I wasn’t able to tell you but I liked you
    Like a dream from the younger days, like a miracle
    If I could run through time and become an adult
    I will hold your hand in this cruel world.
  • But also promises.
    We're like parallel lines.
    Even when we’re trapped in time and get lost, we will eventually meet.
  • Update: "Crossroads" changed this perspective.

"Love Whisper" and "Summer Rain" are parallel worlds.
  • The albums are called Parallel and Rainbow. "Love Whisper" is a summer trip of the girls recollecting memories, the connection made by the music videos can mean that they are different timelines.
  • "Love Whisper" could be an Artificial Afterlife, because it emulates all of their happy memories (even similar scenes from past MVs). "Summer Rain" in other hand is the worst (or real) timeline, what happened after their departure in "Rough".
  • However, the rainbow gives hope for the future, maybe it was a hint about their plan in "Memoria" and "Time for the Moon Night" to make a wish to the pink moon.
  • Update: "Love Whisper" is the origins story.

"Love Whisper" is a Merged Reality
  • Since it carries symbolism from all the timelines: tree, bridge, butterfly, cassette player.
  • Update: "Love Whisper" is the village where the girls born and grew up.


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