2018 KPOPREVIEWED AWARDS – VOTING OPENS!!!

Last year, I gave all of you (the readers of this blog) the opportunity to vote in the very first special KPOPREVIEWED AWARDS for 2017, where every category was fan-voted!. And since that was hugely successful, it is time to vote in the 2018 KPORPEVIEWED Awards.

This year, choosing the nominees was a lot harder and took much longer than expected. But don’t you worry, I believe I chose a representative bunch of nominees throughout all the categories. I have even split some categories to make it fair (Best Male Dance Performance, Best Female Dance Performance) and added a few extra new categories for potential awards that I missed out on last year (Best Band, Most Underrated Artist and Best Album)!

Voting opens on the 1st of December (0:00 AM) and will continue until 31st of December (11:59PM), giving you all exactly one month to pick and choose who you think deserves the awards. After that, I will be creating a post that shows you who won each award (like at the start of this year).

And once again, you all will have the opportunity to choose the BEST SONG OF 2018. There are a number of ground rules for this category, however:

  • Select your Top 5 songs and enter them in the provided section at the end of the survey.
  • ONLY 5 SONGS OR LESS WILL BE CONSIDERED. IF YOU ENTER IN MORE THAN 5 SONGS, ONLY THE FIRST 5 WILL BE CONSIDERED.
  • Include songs that were released between the dates of 1st of January 2018 and 30th of November 2018 ONLY. Songs released in December will not be considered this year (and will be considered for next year!)
  • Your votes will make up 50% of the criteria, whilst the other 50% will come from the Weekly Charts.

So without any more delays, best of luck to all the nominees! Stretch your fingers and start voting!

If you are unable to view the survey embedded in the page, please click on the link here to be taken to the survey.

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[Music Video Theory] Dream Catcher Horror Series – Good Night

Welcome to my latest attempt at interpreting music videos. I will be posting 4 posts for Dream Catcher’s horror-themed music videos, which are all interlinked. I will be posting the theories in the order in which they occur in chronological order (Fly High > You & I > Chase Me > Good Night) throughout the day. Like Monsta X’s review, I have a special code when I mention the members to make it easier to write.

Jiu – JIU
Sua – SUA
Siyeon – SY
Handong – HD
Yoohyun – YH
Dami – DM
Gahyeon – GY


Setting The Scene

The video opens up with the guy in his office, which seems to be filled with research into ghosts and darkness. It makes me think like he is some sort of evil destroyer, seeking out evil spirits and removing them from their setting.

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The Forest

We then see YH and SY running throughout the forest in coloured dresses. It seems like they are running away from someone (it is shown to be the guy – I think). However, they don’t seem to be hiding from whoever they are running from. Instead, SY looks like she is checking something. Halfway during the video, we see him get a little too close to them. So YH and SY create 3 stick people and hang them in the tree for him.

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The Book and The Mirrors

The guy has a chained book on his shelf. He takes the book and proceeds to unlock it and read it. In the book, it shows how the girls are trapped inside in the book. Their ghost may be bound to the mansion but the evil beings are shown to be inside the book. GY is seen inside the book, falling into darkness. SUA is shown to be held onto by shrunken hands. All of these shows how the members are trapped.  Some of them seem to be stuck in mirrors, which show the parallel universe to the one the guy is in. 

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Opening the book may have been a bad idea, as the girls start to reappear around him within the mirrors.  He approaches the mirror, where he sees JIU once again.

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We then see 3 girls (DM, JIU and HD) staring back at him. They do another ritual, allowing DAMI to enter the universe the guy is in and steal the locked book. They take pages out of the book and burn them, setting the trapped members free. (Sua doesn’t burn but the leaves and hands on her do). The passing of leadership might be present here as DAMI is in charge of saving the members.

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Freedom

The final stage of their plan is to switch places with him. They somehow distract him by messing up his place, dropping the dream catcher in the process. He goes over to pick it up and realizes that is a mistake (he remembers the 3 stick figures from the forest). He suddenly becomes trapped in the mirror, while the 3 girls are free. Once they are free, they don black cloaks with gold lining.

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At the end, we see all them together once again. Each wearing the dame black cloaks. JIU has returned to be a leader and one of the girls end up dropping the book. It is safe to assume that they transferred him out of the mirror and into the book. Dropping the book in the forest where nobody would find it seems to be an excellent way of getting rid of their problem.

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And that is it. All 4 music video theories and how they are interlinked done. Apologies for how delayed this is. I had to postpone it due to a busy workload and once again for finetuning purposes.

So, do you agree or do you think there is something else?

If you have yet to read the other theories, click the links below!

Fly High Music Video Theory
You & I Music Video Theory
Chase Me Music Video Theory

[Music Video Theory] Dream Catcher Horror Series – Chase Me

Welcome to my latest attempt at interpreting music videos. I will be posting 4 posts for Dream Catcher’s horror-themed music videos, which are all interlinked. I will be posting the theories in the order in which they occur in chronological order (Fly High > You & I > Chase Me > Good Night) throughout the day. Like Monsta X’s review, I have a special code when I mention the members to make it easier to write.

Jiu – JIU
Sua – SUA
Siyeon – SY
Handong – HD
Yoohyun – YH
Dami – DM
Gahyeon – GY

Please note that I believe the scenes are somewhat jumbled and I have rearranged them to fit in with what I think is going on. 


Setting The Scene

Many, many centuries/decades passed. The camera in You and I and camera in Catch Me is proof of this.

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The guy checks into room 808. From the start, it is known that he is a paranormal investigator and that he is investigating the haunted castle, where the girls are bound to (JIU closed the gates to the mansion in the Fly High video). As he struggles to get into the door, the lights flicker, and we see JIU standing in the hallway, holding a doll dressed in red. He sees her but when he directs his camera to her, she cannot be seen in the camera view.

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Once he does get into his innocent looking room, he takes out his files that he had compiled on the girls and started to mark down that he saw JIU. However, his pencil broke and had a bloody nose. No doubt that the girls caused this time. He decides to take a rest, as a result.

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The picture he had acquired is the same as the girls shown in Fly High and You & I, confirming that they are dead and that they have been dead for a very long time. I also remembered that they wore their kimonos in the reverse order, which is commonly associated with the dead.


Let The Scaring Begin…

During his rest, he is hypnotized by SUA. (The way she swung the pendant was like how she rang the bell in Fly High). He wakes up knowing she is there but after turning back, she is no longer there. The hypnosis seems to be the start of something as he starts seeing that his reflection is delayed, and he starts getting nightmares when he sleeps.

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We are then shown a ritual scene, where DM is lying on the ground and all the members are surrounding her. One of the items around her, of interest, is the red doll, which JIU was holding onto (SUA is also in the middle). Their plan, whatever it is at this stage is taking into effect. As mentioned previously, JIU was leader after she became possessed/evil in You & I. The use of her doll in this ritual might be a transfer of leadership to another member. This will be important in the next video.

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Each member takes a turn at tormenting the guy. SY holds the door in place, GY throws books onto the ground. JIU floats in the hallway. YH changes all the room numbers to room 808, confusing him in a later scene.

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The Ending…

At the bridge of the song, we see him inspecting the surveillance system, which I assumed he installed himself. He sees confronting images of himself crawling away from something or someone. It isn’t shown on camera, but we see a flashback to JIU walking towards him. This convinces him that enough is enough, and he brings an axe to his room. He starts swinging the axe, the main goal being to break down the door and hotel, one step at a time.

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However, when he steps back into the room, we do not see his room. Instead, we see a warm coloured room, shown as one of the rooms the girls used to play in. On the wall is that old picture of the group, enlarged. He smiles in the room, which I am not sure why he does so.

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And that is my interpretation of the video. What do you think happened or do you agree with me? There are still many gaps that I am not sure of and despite looking into some other theories, I can’t think of anything that may fill up those gaps.

I will be posting my Good Night Music Video Theory after this one (The Final Part). If You haven’t read the theory for Fly High, CLICK HERE or if you haven’t read the theory for You & I, CLICK HERE.

[Music Video Theory] Dream Catcher Horror Series – You & I

Welcome to my latest attempt at interpreting music videos. I will be posting 4 posts for Dream Catcher’s horror-themed music videos, which are all interlinked. I will be posting the theories in the order in which they occur in chronological order (Fly High > You & I > Chase Me > Good Night) throughout the day. Like Monsta X’s review, I have a special code when I mention the members to make it easier to write.

Jiu – JIU
Sua – SUA
Siyeon – SY
Handong – HD
Yoohyun – YH
Dami – DM
Gahyeon – GY

Please note that I believe the scenes are somewhat jumbled and I have rearranged them to fit in with what I think is going on. 


Setting The Scene

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The events of the You & I music video is YH’s nightmare. She was possessed (in my mind) when she killed the spider but this could have been a weak curse (as the spider had to be killed before the full curse got to the other members), so the spider’s hold onto YH was weak. So when she is transferred to the nightmare, the curse is lifted and she follows the rules set by the other members (who were strongly possessed). For example, she follows SY and becomes a photographer (as she didn’t know how to get out). There is also a change in leadership, as SY was also the leader. This could have occurred during the forest trip in Fly High.

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Once each member was possessed, they get transferred to the nightmare (an alternate reality) alongside SY. We don’t see much of the others except for DM, JIU, SY and YH. HD is bound, GY interacts with her reflection, SUA is around. Not sure why some members are shown in a limited way and why they are where they are.


Dami & The Glass Dome

For DM, her inexperienced magic powers cause her to become stuck in the dome. As her magic matures, she magicked up a stick and broke the glass.

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Yoohyun’s Retransition to Evil (again)

While taking a picture, YH encounters a lady, who turns out to be the spider. Proof that YH had her curse lifted is that she became scared of the presence of the spider. She is knocked out. She then wakes up again with the evil inside her.

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JIU at the start is running through the halls. I assumed she had some ‘good’ within her because as she ran around, she looked genuinely concerned and scared. She stops at a spinning top, clearly not want to stop it spinning. Why she stopped? Nobody knows but it seems like she does – as if stopping the top will cause something bad to happen. One of the scenes showing an evil spirit almost getting to her, but we don’t see the aftermath of that close encounter.

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It seems like JIU is helping YH by doing some ritual that allows YH the chance to run to a portal that would get her out of the nightmare. That is what we are made to think. But in reality, the dark spirit got to JIU (as I said, we didn’t see the aftermath) and caused her to become fully evil. She baits YH into thinking this plan might work and that she can escape. My question is why would JIU help YH become free while the rest of the members are standing around them and not doing anything? SY is the ring-leader (she is the one in charge of the photos), so why doesn’t she stop them? Because JIU is evil and is tempting YH. Everyone else knows about the plan, everyone besides YH.

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The evil spirit is lifted (temporarily) allowing YH to run towards the now closing portal (I think this is linked to the top. If JIU stopped the top, she would have closed the portal and therefore she could not convince YH that this will work).

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The leader consistently changes, with JIU becoming the leader after she becomes evil. Hence, why nobody stopped her. 

YH runs towards the portal but it closes. And at the same time, the evil returns, latching onto her. As a result, she passes out and the members surround her once again, waking her up.

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And that is my interpretation of the video. What do you think happened or do you agree with me? There are still many gaps that I am not sure of and despite looking into some other theories, I can’t think of anything that may fill up those gaps.

I will be posting my Chase Me Music Video Theory after this one. Good Night will be published soon after. If you haven’t read the Fly High theory, the start of this story, CLICK HERE!

[Music Video Theory] Dream Catcher Horror Series – Fly High

Welcome to my latest attempt at interpreting music videos. I will be posting 4 posts for Dream Catcher’s horror-themed music videos, which are all interlinked. I will be posting the theories in the order in which they occur in chronological order (Fly High > You & I > Chase Me > Good Night) throughout the day. Like Monsta X’s review, I have a special code when I mention the members to make it easier to write.

Jiu – JIU
Sua – SUA
Siyeon – SY
Handong – HD
Yoohyun – YH
Dami – DM
Gahyeon – GY

Please note that I believe the scenes are somewhat jumbled and I have rearranged them to fit in with what I think is going on. 


Setting The Scene

The girls were once happy and cheerful girls, shown in the very sunny and bright lighting at the start of the video. They seem to be living in this old mansion, which seems to be a boarding school.

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How The Girls Became Evil?

The video starts off with JIU finding a spider in the courtyard while on one of their outings. She traps it in a jar and brings it into the mansion to keep as a pet.

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After this time, the girls start becoming possessed one by one. We are not shown why this is case until the end. After JIU brings her new spider friend into the house, YH comes over with a magnifying glass and burns the spider alive, killing it. This somehow unleashes the spider’s cursed spirit (an important detail in You & I video), possessing the girl’s one by one.

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YH might already be possessed prior to killing the spider as the way she moves in her solo closeup. While it was shown later on, YH spent a lot of time alone while in the mansion (her throwing the paper plane). It was likely during one of the lonely moments she came across the mirror in the garden, which drew her attention. Once she made contact, she becomes possessed, shown by the black paint dripping down the mirror afterwards. 

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The cursed spider spirit caused GY and HD to become possessed. GY was strapped to the bed. Soon after, we see someone’s hand cover her eyes. As for HD, one moment we see her in a bathtub alive, the next, there is a slight tinge of pink in the water and hands are motionless. Possibly, the same person who possessed GY possed HD as well. 

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Sua, Siyeon, Dami

SUA seems to be the leader in this video, as she is always sitting at the end of the table and attention is drawn to her at all times when they are together.

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I don’t know how SY fits into my theory. She appears at the very start, holding her bunny doll looking towards the mansion as if she knows what is going to happen (and if that is the case, she was the very first member to be possessed, though I do not know how). She, along with SUA venture into the forest and obtain books (2 from of them, from the image below). It is during this adventure that SUA becomes possessed, as they come back wearing black cloaks.

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DM most likely became possessed due to the books she was reading. DUA seemed to be holding two books and these books were placed onto the shelves. DM used those books to study music but they might have been cursed and caused her to become possessed also.

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Member of Interest – JIU

The video focuses on JIU as the final unpossessed member. Unknown to her, the curse has already created an evil persona (shown when JIU walks in on herself playing the piano). This causes her to run.

As she is running out of the mansion, she constantly checks behind herself, as if she is scared. HOWEVER, I personally think that the evil version is running away from the good version. (Note the navy outfit she was wearing. It is the same as the navy outfit in the choreography shots, which is paired with gloomy skies. And gloomy skies occur because the brightness has disappeared – i.e. darkness arrived). Once evil JIU gets to the gate, she closes it (instead of running out), effectively sealing her and everyone else within the mansion.

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I think if JIU, if she was 100% evil or 100% good, she would have kept the gate opened and ran out. Instead, there might be some good in JIU, leading to her thinking that closing the gate will be better for the rest of the world (and her friends). We see a shot of her standing on a white cliff, with blue butterflies flying about. They end up burning but the white setting remained, representing that some good is still within her.

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The Ending

SUA is seen cutting into their image with a knife. Don’t know the significance of this scene. 

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We then see the members playing around in the garden before it is shown the members standing still. Seems to show the before possession and after possession.

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And that is my interpretation of the video. What do you think happened or do you agree with me? There are still many gaps that I am not sure of and despite looking into some other theories, I can’t think of anything that may fill up those gaps.

I will be posting my You & I Music Video Theory after this one. Chase Me and Good Night will be published soon after.

[Music Video Theory] Monsta X The Clan (Part 3) – Beautiful

Welcome back to the KPOPreviewed’s music theory segment. It may be so long since I posted my last music video theory (for GOT7) that you have forgotten about the segment, but I am still working on it. For more information on this segment, hop over to the introductory post.

Let’s waste no more time and get on with the segment!


Important Notes

For this theory, I will be referring to the members based on the following code, simply because it is easier to write out.

Member/Character

Code Notes
Shownu SN

Narration Teaser released 7th May 2016

Wonho

WH
Jooheon JH

Kihyun

KH
Minhyuk MH

Narration Teaser released 26th Sep 2016

Hyungwon

HW Narration Teaser released 25th of Sep 2016
I.M IM

Narration Teaser released 6th of May 2016

Some of the members had a narration teaser released prior to the All In and Fighter comebacks, which featured an oath for their X-Clan. A ‘Last Oath’ featuring all members was released prior to the Beautiful comeback. These narration trailers are referenced throughout the theories.

To make it easier, I will be recapping the events surrounding a character (or a group of characters) as this will prevent me from jumping through different stories. I will provide screenshots to help differentiate moments in the storyline.

Anything in italics is more like my interpretation of that detail.


Overall Theory

Probably the most ambiguous video to try to interpret because it doesn’t contain much of a storyline. I wasn’t sure about how this fits in, so I used different theories to make sense of it. This is just my interpretation which fits the other theories I have published. Other theories have pointed out other factors and weaknesses/flaws. 

Each member (excluding JH) are locked away in their own small individual rooms. JH is roaming the halls. Anyone locked up in a room is frustrated and demands to be left out (hence why they spend most of the time pressed up against the door).

JH gives each member an object, visually connected to the storyline in the first two videos. Once these objects are given out, the members become calm and understanding of the situation, which is definitely a very important emotion at this point.

The theory is JH is giving something to each member that indicates a personal flaw or weakness. And by overcoming this flaw/weakness, they can gain entrance to the X-Clan.


Jooheon

Going back to the previous section, JH is confirmed to be the leader, the authority figure, the person in complete control. Whether he is the one pulling the strings for everything in the last videos, we can’t be sure about that (but I am fairly confident here). But Beautiful shows that he is the one that locked them away into their individual rooms. He is the one that gives the members their individual items and he is the one that they follow out at the end of the room.

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Shownu

SN is the first character we see and he is seen in a room full of plants. The most important plant of all, in this trilogy, is the blue flower, to which is on display in the glass box in the middle of the room.

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He is given the glass bottle of the blue liquid. His weakness is insecurity. In All In, he lost his father. Without his father, at this point, he was lost and insecure about standing alone (or depending on others). Hence why he drank the liquid as an escape route of his problems.

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He dumps the liquid and doesn’t look back.

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Hyungwon

HW is shown to be in a room full of sand on the floor and mirrors everywhere. He is given the magnifying glass.

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His weakness could be judgement. He faced judgement from his father in the first video, which caused him to be physically abused, leading to injuries on the face. The magnifying glass could be a reminder of this. But rather revisiting those thoughts, he drops the magnifying glass, showing that he doesn’t care anymore.

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Minhyuk

MH is inside a room full of ‘frozen time’ (i.e. pendulums don’t move, balls don’t roll). He given is a pocket watch, which commonly represents time.

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His weakness is probably his regret that he didn’t get to HW in time. In All In, when he should have gone back to HW after lighting the house on fire, he stayed behind to ensure the job was done. He wasted time, which he thought could now be used to protect HW. When JH gives him the watch, he holds onto it. Once he understands, he lets go of the watch, so time goes on.

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IM

IM is a room full of money and gold. He is given matches.

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I am not too sure about his weakness. However, it may be the fact that he has another family/life outside of the Clan. In his narration teaser, he ‘solemnly swears on our honour, lives and everything that we have to the X-Clan to defend ourselves’. In a way, ‘everything’ may encompass the extra life and that the burning of the wealth is him letting go of this for the X-Clan.

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Wonho

WH is locked in a mail room or a bank vault. He is given a pen and ink.

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His weakness might be loneliness. In every box within the room, there was a letter written from one person, addressed to another. The only time we see Wonho in the video is when he is together with the rest of the clan OR that is he alone. While KH and IM were alone in their parts, they had the capability to interact (IM had the bears and KH interacted with the kidnappers).

Wonho sat down to write a letter, which allowed him to make his first interaction.


Kihyun

KH is a locked up in a very uncluttered room, containing swords and metalwork, which reminds me of the stuff in the Fighter music video. He is presented with a blacksmith’s hammer.

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Though this seems to be a little ambiguous. WH used the hammer, while JH and SH encountered a sword. Both hammer and swords can be used to kill people and KH’s weakness would be the fact that he killed someone in Fighter in order to get some information on the flowers. I have a feeling that when he did kill the unknown person, he felt no remorse and that it was for the cause. The holding of the hammer may suggest acceptance of what he had done was wrong.

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And that is it for my Beautiful theory! What do you think?

For Part 1 of the Monsta X The Clan Theory (All In) – Click Here
For Part 2 of the Monsta X The Clan Theory (Fighter) – Click Here

[Music Video Theory] Monsta X The Clan (Part 2) – Fighter

Welcome back to the KPOPreviewed’s music theory segment. It may be so long since I posted my last music video theory (for GOT7) that you have forgotten about the segment, but I am still working on it. For more information on this segment, hop over to the introductory post.

Let’s waste no more time and get on with the segment!


Important Notes

For this theory, I will be referring to the members based on the following code, simply because it is easier to write out.

Member/Character

Code Notes
Shownu SN

Narration Teaser released 7th May 2016

Wonho

WH
Jooheon JH

Kihyun

KH
Minhyuk MH

Narration Teaser released 26th Sep 2016

Hyungwon

HW Narration Teaser released 25th of Sep 2016
I.M IM

Narration Teaser released 6th of May 2016

Some of the members had a narration teaser released prior to the All In and Fighter comebacks, which featured an oath for their X-Clan. A ‘Last Oath’ featuring all members was released prior to the Beautiful comeback. These narration trailers are referenced throughout the theories.

To make it easier, I will be recapping the events surrounding a character (or a group of characters) as this will prevent me from jumping through different stories. I will provide screenshots to help differentiate moments in the storyline.

Anything in italics is more like my interpretation of that detail.


Fighter seems to be set in a completely different world as there is no war and the scenes don’t look like they are a direct continuation. I go on a more Sci-fi route. Whatever that pulsing heart thing is, it ended up sucking the members in OR it killed the members, while transferring their consciousness to a different reality.


Shownu

At the very start of the video, while punching the wall, we see SN’s cell door opening, revealing a red light, allowing for his escape. There are two possible scenarios of who could have saved him. The first being the X-Clan, with JH pulling him to the side right after. The second being JH’s minion (the bears), taking him to the knighting ceremony.

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But why was he in jail in the first place? It could be due to his actions during All In video, where he robbed the store for money to help with his father’s treatment. While this might be a different reality, the mind of the individual may play an important part in where they are found in the new reality. SN may have a guilty mind over the robbery hence why he is in prison.  

There are also scenes in the video where SH is breathing and the light in the background is pulsing in a similar way to the heart in All In. This kind of proves my theory that they were sucked into the thing, which took them to a new reality.

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We later see SH being brought to JH and is knighted, making him the leader of the clan (or a higher up in the clan). Why? SN’s has shown loyalty to JH. Firstly, SN’s holdup at the store allowed JH to steal some objects for himself. Secondly, drug taking is a sign of loyalty. Thirdly, going to jail without mentioning JH as the person who supplied him with the gun.

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Kihyun, Wonho and IM

Kihyun is seen dragging a bloody bag (presumably with someone’s body inside). It is assumed that KH is trading the bloody body bag for some information. He is then taken to a room (marked with the X-Clan symbol of X on the door) without being shown the way (bag over head technique) which contains the blue flower grown in a drug house like manner.

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Wonho takes on the role of a blacksmith and is building a machine, which is shown later to take the blue flower’s extract and transform them into something else, most likely the gummy bears.

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IM is child-like in the video. Playing retro video games (involving teddy bears), surrounded by teddy bears and riding bikes (along with the other two members) with streamers.

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The three band together with their resources (i.e. KH = Flower, IM = video game skills and WH – machine) to power up the machine JH, once the three elements come together, joins the members and oversee the production of the gummy bears. The machine could also be used to hack into the security system of the mental asylum and/or prison. 

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The three members had more important roles compared to Shownu, Hyungwon and Minhyuk for this video. This further proves that they are in a different reality this time around.


Hyungwon and Minhyuk

Their oath (released as trailers for the Fighter comeback) seems to be about being together and how they are interlinked (their oaths reference each other), which is the case of both videos.

The two spend their time during the video in a mental asylum. This might contribute to the fact that they are a couple, as a possible reason to why they are in the mental asylum is that same-gender couples were seen to have a mental disorder in the past. It could also be the fact that HW had eaten the flower (assuming to be just before regrouping in All In) and this put him in a drug-influenced state and altered his mind, causing him to be relocated to a mental asylum. As the oath tells us they are interlinked, this might also be why MH was brought along with HW. They wore stray jackets and looked like they were out of their mind.

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JH waltz in as a doctor and present the gummy bears to the HW and MH. While the blue flower extract gave them life, it makes reasonable sense that the flower also has the ability to regenerate the health of the person who ingests the drug. Both HW and MH ate the gummy bears.

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End of the video

After ingesting the drug, the members break into the mental asylum in which HW and MH are located, they regroup (because they are a clan after all and after the events of All In, they only have themselves). I think they make their ascent to Heaven but once again a pulsing heart presents to them, which takes them to another reality if we were to follow the same theory established.

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Jooheon

Up until now, JH is a very suspicious character. His role in both videos remained the same. He is the ringleader of the clan, so it could be his mission to keep the members together (i.e. save the members from their different realities).

As mentioned prior, JH steals some things for himself during SN’s raid. In All In, he knew where to go for the gun and he passes the bag to SH instead of holding onto it himself. It is as if he knew what would happen (i.e. get locked up). He appears as a king (an authority figure), knighting SH.

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He appears to be a doctor, an authority figure in a hospital setting. He gives the gummy bears to the members, asking them to choose between the two.

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He doesn’t contribute to anything that KH, WH and IM do until they gather the pieces of the puzzle, same as a gang-boss who lets his people do his dirty work. In fact, the common theory is that JH was the one that arranged KH to be kidnapped and shows him the blue flowers.

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What I am getting at is that he is an authority figure in the videos and this emphasized many times. But more than that, he knows different things that no one else knows (i.e. the gun and the flowers). So from how I am interpreting the video, it seems like JH has been planning the events of both videos.


And that is the end of the Fighter theory. What do you think?

If you haven’t read Part 1 (All In) – Click Here
If you are ready for the final instalment (Part 3 – Beautiful) – Click Here

[Music Video Theory] Monsta X’s The Clan (Part 1) – All In

Welcome back to the KPOPreviewed’s music theory segment. It may be so long since I posted my last music video theory (for GOT7) that you have forgotten about the segment, but I am still working on it. For more information on this segment, hop over to the introductory post.

Let’s waste no more time and get on with the segment!


Important Notes

For this theory, I will be referring to the members based on the following code, simply because it is easier to write out.

Member/Character

Code Notes
Shownu SN

Narration Teaser released 7th May 2016

Wonho

WH
Jooheon JH

Kihyun

KH
Minhyuk MH

Narration Teaser released 26th Sep 2016

Hyungwon

HW Narration Teaser released 25th of Sep 2016
I.M IM

Narration Teaser released 6th of May 2016

Some of the members had a narration teaser released prior to the All In and Fighter comebacks, which featured an oath for their X-Clan. A ‘Last Oath’ featuring all members was released prior to the Beautiful comeback. These narration trailers are referenced throughout the theories.

To make it easier, I will be recapping the events surrounding a character (or a group of characters) as this will prevent me from jumping through different stories. I will provide screenshots to help differentiate moments in the storyline.

Anything in italics is more like my interpretation of that detail.


Setting the scene for the video (Start from 0:37)

The Oath, presented in the teaser of Shownu and IM, do set the scene for the clan. SN, establishes the clan’s union and it seems to be the beginning days of the clan.

The story begins with all the members going around the neighbourhood together. It was rather clear during this beginning part that JH is the leader of this group, otherwise known as the X-Clan. Their symbol, X, is shown throughout the videos and will be referred to often.

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There are many soldiers wearing black bullying a bunch of old men dressed in white, who seemed helpless against these soldiers. From this, we can see two sides of the field (the black-clothed soldiers – representing the new regime and the white clothing – those that are oppressed by the new regime). The X-clan jumps to their defence and effectively telling the soldiers to go away. HW skips to one of the soldiers and places a blue flower into a soldier’s pocket.

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Hyungwon & Minhyuk relationship

HW is tracked down by his father, who is dressed in black (and hence belonging to the regime). HW is humiliated with a slap across the face in front of his friends. MH seems to be shocked but knows something else will happen to his friend.

Note that HW is also wearing black. I assume this is for his connection to this authoritative father. There could be a number of reasons to why HW could have been slapped. His (presumed) sexual orientation, which is hinted later on in the video), he is hanging out with people whom his father deem as the ‘wrong crowd’ or the fact that he has the blue flower (its significance will be touched on later).

MH later finds HW wearing a white mask which covers the bruised and injured face of HW. HW was physically punished for any of the possible reasons above. MH is visibly upset at this revelation and gets up immediately to take revenge against HW’s father.

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MH is aided by WH and IM, who go and burn up the father’s house or headquarters. They are successful as the place burns down but his father is saved by some soldiers.

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The window features an X symbol, which is the mark left behind representing the X-Clan.

The next day, MH goes to find HW but finds HW’s body in a bathtub. It is presumed that HW’s father killed HW as revenge for burning down his house/headquarters. MH spends some time with HW, before pouring in a vial of the blue liquid into the bathtub and getting into the bathtub alongside HW. It is this scene in which many viewers believe to confirm the homosexual relationship between the pair. The final scene for their story shows HW’s hand, twitching while holding onto MH’s, showing one of the different abilities of the blue flower.

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Shownu’s struggle

Alternating alongside HW and MH’s story is SN’s story. Despite being a part of the clan, he visits his sick father in the hospital. While holding the white mask, he contemplates some things and decides that he needs to act.

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Judging from the context in which we find the white masked, it is the oppressed side’s symbol of strength as WH and IM wear it upon their crusade and it convinces SN to do something drastic. As for HW’s white mask, I assume he was forced to wear it in a mocking way.

Enlisting the help of JH who gets him a gun, he robs a store for some money presumably for his father’s treatment.

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Note that JH, while going along with the plan, ends up stealing something a little more from the store, which I will talk about at a later stage. This is something I found while reading another person’s review.

Shownu goes back to the hospital with the money but finds out that his father is now dead and that his little trip was for nothing. After burning the money, he drinks a vial of the blue liquid.

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I assume he got the blue vial from JH and had drunk it due to his unstable nature (i.e. wanted to escape the emotions).


The Clan and the Blue Flower

Between the character’s stories, we see a few scenes of the clan together. I presume this part occurred prior to the events in the video. The blue flower is the common thread throughout all three videos, so it is an important detail.

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The blue flower can become a drug. When it is in liquid form, there seems to be an intoxication effect as shown by the members. It is assumed that the members take the liquid drug to forget their negative emotions and struggles. Hence, this could be the reason why this is shown during the events mentioned above. Also, it also saves lives as seen in the relationship between HW and MH.

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The flower is a Delphinium flower, based on other people’s theories. However, for the rest of the theory posts, I will be referring to them as ‘blue flower’. This is due to a lack of time I have today to go back and update everything.


The War (Back to the start of the video)

I think this occurs after all the events above and that HW is alive alongside the other members during the start of the war. While defending their people, they seem to get split up.

Going right to the beginning of the video, it opens up with 3 members (JH, WH and IM) running through a destruction caused by a war (possibly between the black-clothed regime and oppressed wearing white). We then see MH finding HW once again, who is possibly dead from the war. MH feeds him the flower, which is presumed to save this life once again.

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At the end of the video, we see all the members regrouping and running away from one common enemy (assumed to the regime). They go a little further to outrun the regime and stumble across a pulsing heart-like object in the sky.

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I think the heart-like object represents safety in the video and KH was the one to first discover it. KH had one solo shot throughout the entire video and it seems like he was in a rush going to the members. At this moment, the snow started falling (which seems to be a signifier that the war was about to start, as during the opening scenes of the video, there was snow falling down), which caused KH to ditch his crutches and move faster. The war takes place and once the members regroup, he leads them to the heart (he is the only member visibly happy, while everyone else is quite shocked).

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I will start off the next part of the theory by explaining what I think the significance of the pulsing heart is.


And that is it for my All In theory! What do you think?

For Part 2 of the Monsta X The Clan Theory (Fighter) – Click Here
For Part 3 of the Monsta X The Clan Theory (Beautiful) – Click Here

[Special] Personal Favourite Songs from the First Half of 2018

With the first 6 months of 2018 officially over, it is time to look back at my personal favourite songs from the first half. Last week, I recapped the top songs from the Weekly KPOP Charts. But some songs that I personally liked didn’t really make that list. So here are 15 songs released over the last 6 months that are my personal favourites AND continually listen to (irrespective of the charts and the reviews – as opinions do change).

[Special] Number 1 Songs from July 2017 – June 2018

One year ago, I celebrated a year worth of charts by posting a recap of the song which topped the charts for each week. Today, I plan to the exactly same thing for the charts published between July 2017 and June 2018. It has been an exciting year for the charts, with an actual full years worth of charts and the growth of the segment on the site. While they do take some time to write, I am always enjoying publishing them and the attention which they currently get.

For this post, I have listed the songs and the weeks in which it was ranked as number 1 on the charts. It will make a little more sense once you see it. Let’s get going!


What’s My Name? – T-ARA
(1st Week of July 2017)

Red Flavour – Red Velvet
(2nd Week of July 2017)

Hola Hola – KARD
(3rd Week of July 2017)

Rain – KNK
(4th Week of July 2017)

Tomorrow, Today – JJ Project
(1st Week of August 2017)

Holiday – SNSD
(2nd Week of August 2017)
(3rd Week of August 2017)

Energetic – Wanna One
(4th Week of August 2017)

Gashina – Sunmi
(5th Week of August 2017)

Power – EXO
(1st Week of September 2017)

Honeymoon – B.A.P
(2nd Week of September 2017)

DNA – BTS
(3rd Week of September 2017)

Just U – Jeong Sewoon
(4th Week of September 2017)

Rollin’ – B1A4
(1st Week of October 2017)

You Are – GOT7
(2nd Week of October 2017)
(3rd Week of October 2017)

Going Crazy – UP10TION
(4th Week of October 2017)

Fantasy – JBJ
(1st Week of November 2017)

DDD – EXID
(2nd Week of November 2017)
(3rd Week of November 2017)

Peek-A-Boo – Red Velvet
(4th Week of November 2017)

You In Me – KARD
(5th Week of November 2017)

Lip & Hip – Hyuna
(1st Week of December 2017)

I Like You – DAY6
(2nd Week of December 2017)

Hands Up – B.A.P
(3rd Week of December 2017)
(4th Week of December 2017)


Paint Me – Mamamoo
(1st Week of January 2018)

Boom Boom – Momoland
(2nd Week of January 2018)

Heroine – Sunmi
(3rd Week of January 2018)
(4th Week of January 2018)
(5th Week of January 2018)

Baby It’s U – Jung Sewoon
(1st Week of February 2018)

Thanks – Seventeen
(2nd Week of February 2018)
(3rd Week of February 2018)

Boss – NCT U
(4th Week of February 2018)

Dreams Come True – WJSN (Cosmic Girls)
(1st Week of March 2018)

Starry Night – Mamamoo
(2nd Week of March 2018)

Look – GOT7
(3rd Week of March 2018)

Jealously – Monsta X
(4th Week of March 2018)
(1st Week of April 2018)

Love It Like It – YDPP
(2nd Week of April 2018)

What Is Love? – TWICE
(3rd Week of April 2018)

Scentist – VIXX
(4th Week of April 2018)

That Day – Lovelyz
(1st Week of May 2018)
(2nd Week of May 2018)

Tulips – Snuper
(3rd Week of May 2018)

Fake Love – BTS
(4th Week of May 2018)

Bingle Bangle – AOA
(5th Week of May 2018)
(1st Week of June 2018)
(2nd Week of June 2018)

Only One For Me – BTOB
(3rd Week of June 2018)

Shoot Me – DAY6
(4th Week of June 2018)

[Special] Music Video Theories – GOT7 Flight Trilogy – Part 1

Please note that this theory may not be right and is just my understanding/take on the video. This is also a very long post!

Welcome to my theory for GOT7’s Flight Trilogy, which was released over the 2016-2017 period. A total of 6 videos formed this theory (Departure Trailer, Fly, Turbulence Trailer, Hard Carry, Arrival Trailer and Never Ever). If you have yet to watch the videos, I have linked a playlist below for your viewing pleasure.

For this theory, it will be extremely tedious to write out each member’s name. So I will be using the following key when referring to the members:

MK – Mark
JB – Jaebum (JB)
JS – Jackson
JY – Jinyoung
YJ – Youngjae
BB – Bambam
YG – Yugyeom


Departure Trailer Theory

The entire video starts off the series with GOT7 going on a road trip. JB is driving while the rest of the members are having some fun. Notice what some of the members are doing (JS is filming the road trip, BB’s face is being drawn on, JB is close to a bird and MK is listening to music). In the midst of all of this, JY goes to sleep.

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Snapshot of members having fun

He wakes up in a foggy environment and it seems he is the only one present in this scene.

JY then wakes up in the room, surrounded by the members. Take note of the surroundings and the members, everything seems to be a replication of the van that they were travelling in the initial scenes (the walls are littered with stickers and graffiti of the same kind seen on the van’s windows, JS is still filming, JB is holding a bird etc.). During this time, JY realizes something is up when JS turns to film JY but simply pans the camera over him (as if he isn’t there). He does make eye contact with MK in the room, who seems to know he was there.

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He wakes up again and finds himself in the van. Everyone is outside. Like in the room, JY does not interact directly with the members nor do the members refer to him, regardless of what is going on. Once again, we see a similar replication of the van (i.e. graffiti on the ground is the same type as on the windows of the van and the walls of the room; same goes for the stickers; JS is filming again). JS’s footage catches YJ flying, with JS following soon after. BB, YG and MK are seen flying soon after. JB isn’t seen flying with the others but instead floats on top of a bed, with 5 other birds flying around with him (the birds signify the other members minus JY).

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YJ is the first to fly. JS catches it on camera and starts to fly afterwards
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JB is the last character (apart for JY) to fly and he does so in the presence of 5 birds

JY wakes up once again, this time around he is standing on top of a building and he falls down.

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JY falls off the building

Personally, I do not think we can really interpret much from this. It isn’t until we get to the later videos that we can start connecting things together to form a proper story (i.e. why the members are flying; why JY is alone and cannot interact with the members; what really happened to the van).


Fly Music Video

The music video continues on where we left off in the trailer. It is assumed that JY falls off the building and join in with the flying fun. But it turns out he is the only one unable to fly and this only becomes a realization once he continues to drop while his friends continue to fly about. Also, I think at this moment he realizes that something bad happened to his friends, which can be implied through the teardrop while falling down. The rest of the members see JY falling down very fast. He then eventually falls into the mist and wakes up once again.

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As JY falls down, he cries. Most likely because he realized something happened to his friends.

The music video’s second half is all we got to contribute to the storyline but it is probably one of the most defining moments of the trilogy. However, what did actually happen to his friends has not been explicitly visualised in the music video. It has only been implied. All we know for now that JY is alone and he knows he is separated from his members. 


Turbulence Trailer

We deviate a little from the storyline in this video with the entire GOT7 group on a flying plane. The members are mucking around of the plane in a similar manner to the car trip (JS is filming once again, BB’s face is drawn on again and cushions are thrown about). JY, on the other hand, is watching their antics once again but sitting away from the members. He also listens to music, which he does with MK during the car trip.

The plane then experiences some turbulence. JY tries to get to warn his friends however the flight attendant tells him to remain put. The rest of the group, ignoring the warning messages and lights, continues mucking about. The turbulence gets worse, so JY tried to warn the members once again but was held down by the same flight attendant (who also forced an oxygen mask onto him).

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Flight attendant tells JY is stay put. 

The video then shows JY sliding into a tank filled with water. He then wakes up, realizes where he is and struggles within the tank. We then are shown YJ opening a birdcage and removing the bird from its confines. We are then returned to the plane with the other members, along with flashbacks from both the Departure Trailer and Fly music video.

JY then wakes up at the scene of a plane crash. He is saved by paramedics but none of the other members are around. He turns to the side to see JS’s video camera lying about with footage from the trip.

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JS’s camera found at crash site

I think this is the video that confirms that the members (excluding JY) are dead. The plane isn’t real but rather another representation of the van seen in the Departure trailer (proven by the presence of the footage on the camera).  The video also gets somewhat cryptic with the YJ’s scene. My guess is YJ is freeing JB from the confines of the cage, as JB is the only member with a bird during the Departure trailer (and isn’t represented by a bird when he dies). 


Due to the length of this post, I have decided to split it into two different sections. This is Part 1. To view Part 2, click here!

 

[Special] Music Video Theories – GOT7 Flight Trilogy – Part 2

Please note that this theory may not be right and is just my understanding/take on the video. This is also a very, very long post!

THIS IS PART 2 OF THE GOT7’S FLIGHT TRILOGY THEORY. IF YOU HAVEN’T READ PART 1, CLICK HERE!

Welcome to my theory for GOT7’s Flight Trilogy, which was released over the 2016-2017 period. A total of 6 videos formed this theory (Departure Trailer, Fly, Turbulence Trailer, Hard Carry, Arrival Trailer and Never Ever).

For this theory, it will be extremely tedious to write out each member’s name. So I will be using the following key when referring to the members:

MK – Mark
JB – Jaebum (JB)
JS – Jackson
JY – Jinyoung
YJ – Youngjae
BB – Bambam
YG – Yugyeom


Hard Carry Music Video

 

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All members outside of car, with JY the only member suck inside car

Throughout this video (and Never Ever) we get a glimpse into what happened during the accident.  The first thing we see in this video is the members at the wreckage site. Firstly, notice how we don’t see a plane but rather a car, which suggests that in this scenario, the plane represents the car. Secondly, every member is outside of the car with JY being the only member stuck in the car. Given that only JY survived, it is likely that the rest of the members returned to save JY but perished in the process.

The following I didn’t pick up until I watched the YouTube link and read some of the other theories below. We see JS on the plane, which suggest he may have died in the vehicle. BB grabs onto the oxygen mask in the ambulance, suggesting he died on route to a hospital. JB’s surroundings (floating green trees) suggest he made it to the surface but went back to save the others. He is later seen surrounded by the same trees but they are dead. JY, in the midst of this, starts to float up like how JB does in the Departure trailer but is dragged back down by the members (which confirms that the members went back).

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JY flies up like how JB does in the Departure Trailer, but is pulled down by the other members right after

MK, during the second verse, is seen only in the plane wreckage, suggesting that he may have gotten stuck when trying to save JY (this becomes a little more clearer in the Never Ever video). YG was seen outside of the wreckage (which becomes an important detail in the next video). Note that both MK and YG’s scenes alternate between the plane and car wreckage. In JB’s next scene (with the dead trees), we also see him opening the bird cage and getting into the bird cage, which instantly transitions of YJ’s scene where he takes out the bird (which confirms that JB dies as well). We also see for a very small fraction of a second worth of YJ and the birdcage at the wreckage site (with YJ in white). In my culture, white is commonly worn as the colour of mourning. But I am not sure if this is relevant.

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JB was previously in the same scene with green trees. Here, the trees are dying.

JY is in a box filled with water, representing the car filling up with water. YJ is outside of the box (in the ocean) and smashes the glass (i.e. break a window) to get JY out. From the Departure trailer, YJ flies first so he dies first. Hence, this very act caused him to lose his life. The other members (apart from YJ) swims to JY to help him.

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YJ smashing the glass box in which JY is trapped inside of

Hard Carry is filled with different details which may look very complicated. But once you kind of list things as they happen in the video, you see bits and pieces come together. One of my working theories is that YJ represented teamwork in this (and Never Ever) as when he smashes the window, all the members come along to help JY. While this is plausible, I may have put too much thought into the one scene, hence why I didn’t include it into the main section.


Never Ever Music Video

I skip to the Never Ever video because it follows on from the Hard Carry video. The Arrival Trailer seems to occur after and concurrently with the Never Ever video. 

The video starts off with JB inside a car on the passenger side, filled with plants. But no one is driving. This suggest that JB had no control over the van prior to the accident. We then see JY inside the car, surrounded by plants. If you skip forward, JY is in a similar glass box as Hard Carry, surrounded by plants. Hence, the glass boxes represents the confines of the car. We also see MK with the reflection of water on his face, standing outside the car (which goes back to MK dying in/next to the plane wreckage while saving JY). Finally, JS’s impact with the wall occurs at the same time as the car/van makes impact with the bridge, which is also the same bridge which the group was driving along in the first video.

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JS breaks concrete wall on impact

At the end of the first chorus, we see JB drowning on the outside of the car, alongside the sinking car, which confirms that he drowned. We then see YJ (dressed in white) smashing the glass once again, with MK being the one to save JY this time around. After smashing the glass, we do see YJ unable to do much because he is on the other side of the fence, which prevents him from helping MK, which confirms his final actions were the ones that killed him.

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MK swimming to save JY

In the bridge and final chorus, we focus more on the hospital scenes (i.e. aftermath of the rescue mission). Only YG, BB and JY appear here. BB is shown to breathing through another gas mask, suggesting he died due to lack of air. YG seems to be the only member (other than JY) to make it to the hospital bed but dies while the staff are trying to save him (shown through the transition between the two), while the video ends with JY waking up once again. There is something about his face that has me thinking that he finally works out what happened to the other members.

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BB and the gas mask
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YG in the hospital hallway

So here is an extremely quick rundown of the order of events, which doesn’t make that much sense, out of all honesty. Car goes underwater, all the members (excluding JY) gets out. YJ realizes JY is left behind and goes back to smash the windows to get him out but dies along the way. JS dies next, for unknown reasons. BB most likely drowned but does get picked up by some rescuers, who are unable to save him. JB makes it to shore but realizes what is happening to the members, so he goes back in to search for them. MK goes back and saves JY by going through the hole created YJ. MK’s successful rescue attempt manages to get JY out but he gets stuck and drowns as a result. YG manages to get rescued but dies on route/at the hospital. It is presumed that JB got lost while still searching for the others but no one can find him. As a result, he is presumed to have died. 

That is my understanding of the order of events. JB dies last as shown by his scene with the 5 birds in the Departure trailer. JS’s death is the only one that doesn’t fit the timeline exactly. We can assume his impact with the concrete shown in this video signifies he died on impact but that would mean he is the first to die (whereas YJ is shown to die first with JS following shortly after). It is plausible that the impact caused his injuries which lead to his death (assuming that the impact collision hindered his possibility of swimming back to the surface). 


Arrival Trailer

The end of the entire trilogy seems to be presented in the Arrival Trailer. Note that parts of this video occurs concurrently with the events in Never Ever (i.e. mainly the following paragraph).

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JY washed up on the beach, alone

JY wakes up on the beach and realizes he is alone. This scene is a little ambiguous as it could be the scene in which he makes it to shore. Using this thought process, he remembers the events in the water, which leads to the written commentary of ‘I was trapped’. He also says ‘I failed’, which seems to be in reference to him not being able to get to his friends. The more likely scenario of what is happening can be told through the line ‘I don’t exist anymore’, as he believes he is in limbo (and why the video seems to emphasis the loneliness of JY in this scene). This is further proven by the next scene, where he wakes up in the hospital (same ending as the Never Ever video).

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JY wakes up in the hospital

We then move back to JY in the snow. The following commentary is given. ‘Most people when they fail, they just give up and don’t challenge themselves. But I’m different. I will never give up. I am not afraid of anything because you were there. I am ready to fly‘. We then see the other members playing off in the distance with JY noticing them and looks at them from a distance. There is a smile on his face.

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JY smiling while watching the others
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GOT7 members (excluding JY) having fun in the snow

The above scene could easily be a message for fans to not give up, even during life’s hardest moments. It also shows JY commitment to continue living, as he has everyone around him, even though they are not physically there. But I think otherwise. I think JY is still barely holding on and that he still slips in and out of consciousness. He has only seen the other members in one scenario, when he was in danger of dying (i.e. unconscisouness). Hence, the only possible way for him to see them is if he is unconscious. But in all of the other scenarios, JY directly attempted to help them or be with them (i.e. getting up on the plane, struggling to get out of the confines of the box, jumping off the building to fly). The other members saved him in each scenario (JY waking up at the end of each scenario). So rather than trying to be with them in the moment, he learns that this around he has to accept death, whenever it comes. This does mean he gets to live but accepting death is the only way he can one day join them, without alerting the others to his dangers. 


And that is my take on the Flight trilogy. What do you think of the music videos and the storyline?

[Special] Music Video Theories: Introduction

If you read my reviews, you will notice that I have an entire section for the music video for each comeback. But what you may notice is that my interpretation of the music video is shockingly terrible (mainly because I am writing and posting the review within hours of its release – no time for research). In many cases, I don’t really talk about how they connect with other music videos. So, I have decided to go back to some music videos (particularly the videos in a series) and re-interpret them myself.

So how am I going to do this? Well, it consists of rewatching each music video and making thorough notes on the details of the video, which should allow me to form some understanding of the video. It will also involve reading up on theories which other fans have released. This will help me solve gaps in my interpretation of the music video, mainly because I am not well-versed in literature, arts and the artistic side of the English language. I will link the theories that I look at and take from at the end of each post.

The basic layout will have me recapping the events of the music video and various connections to other videos. I do some comparisons between my recount of events and other theories so it is easier for you to differentiate what is different with mine, while also showing you how I interpreted the video.

This is just my opening post that introduces the entire segment as I rather just jump right into the theory and avoid wasting your time with a repetitive introduction. Judging from the featured image, you might be able to guess which artists I will be having a closer look at. The schedule (which may change) will occur as follow:

27th of June – GOT7 Arrival Trilogy [ Part 1 / Part 2 ]
18th of July – Monsta X The Clan Trilogy
1st of August- Dream Catcher Quadrilogy
15th of August – LOONA Pre-debut Music Videos Theory
29th of August – UNB Sense Music Video

For the time being that is what the current lineup for this segment will be. Due to the work and time that is being put into these posts, I can only do 6 for now. If there are any music videos that you want me to do theories for, feel free to comment below and I may return to do another set at the end of the year.

 

 

[Special] Missed Reviews – Music Videos

Please note these special posts are designed to be long and may require some time to read (if you plan on reading the entire post).

In some cases, some groups extend their promotional period by promoting a new song. And in some of these cases, the groups also released a music video for the follow-up song. Usually, these music videos are released after I have published my album review and hence I don’t go back to do a separate review (as I have already done a short one for the song). So, I dedicate this week’s special post to return to some of those missed music videos and do a quick rundown.

Initially, my plans for this post would be over two weeks. Unfortunately, I don’t think there is enough for two weeks. So I have scrapped the second week and will do the entire list of 6 songs today. I may return to do more ‘Missed Reviews’ special posts in the future, in case I find myself in a similar position.


Lady – Golden Child

As part of their Miracle album promotions, Golden Child followed up their It’s U promotions with Lady, which received a 9.5/10 rating on the respective album review. I actually think the group, despite their youthful charms, can do extremely well with this mature concept. The heartbreak can be seen throughout the video, as the members deal with their one-sided love. While dancing on top of a building has been done before, it looks really good here. I feel like when the members all sing together, the video could have focused entirely on all the members in the choreography shots (like for the first chorus) as they enhance the epic sound of the chorus. But overall, it is one good video that compliments the song perfectly.


Black On Black – NCT 2018

I wanted to review Black On Black like a normal song-mv-performance review, however, they didn’t get around to promoting the track until weeks after the album (and album review) was released. On the album review, the song was given a 7/10 ranking. Black On Black was a relatively simple video, which showcases a very complex choreography. The members were all wearing black, fitting for the song’s title. What I did like was the set of the video. Despite it being the one set, it was shown in 3 different lighting settings, which made it feel like 3 different sets entirely. I know the ending was meant to show all the member but I found the random zoom up into Taeyong’s belt really odd. Other than that, pretty good video.


Yestoday – NCT U

It was clear that NCT received a large budget for their multiple music videos and I guess there was enough left over for a 6th music video. Yestoday is sung by NCT U (made up of Taeyong, Doyoung, Lucas and Mark) and received an 8/10 rating. It is okay to say that I like this music video more than some of the others? Because I was very impressed with what was given to us. While the song had this jazzy feel, I felt like the video was more edgy, which I thought was a great contrast. Simplicity was the key but they did a lot of the video post-production which made it likeable and interesting. I liked the random inserts of images that flash by throughout the video.


SObeR – Suzy

At the time of writing any of the reviews, I don’t think I was aware of any news that Suzy had shot three different music videos for four of her tracks. The first of which is SObeR, which received a 9/10. And with that title, it kind of makes sense that the video will be set partly in a bar. To me, it was a ‘fun’ themed video, where Suzy acted wild and drunk, in order to woo her interest. In the end, she confessed that she wasn’t sober, which I guess could be a fun game at the club (PS. Not a club person here). I thought the various sets or places she filmed at had this elegant vibe which suits Suzy, who is considered to be South Korea’s top actresses. I also liked it how she didn’t go over the top in this video, which could easily have occurred. But it kept to her image and ended up being a nice video to watch.


Teenager – GOT7

This is the one video released last year which I never got the chance to look at. Teenager was featured on GOT7’s 7th mini-album (7 for 7) and I gave the song an 8/10 rating. The video focused primarily on the choreography. Despite that, it was still a high-quality video which I thought it was rather cool to watch. I really liked the visual effects that were shown at the start of the video. I like how the video cuts between black and white to colour. Also liked how the background complimented the hip-hop style of the song, while also adding an edge. The members also looked good (including Jinyoung’s golf pants). It is a simple video done well.


One and Only One – GOT7

One and Only One is the pre-release single for GOT7’s 8th mini-album, released earlier this year. It received an 8/10 rating, as well. What we have isn’t technically a music video. Rather, it showcases the song for a minute and that is all. I did like the blue background and how simple the video was (like above). I think if we got a longer video with some flashing lights and maybe a few different colours in the background, along with Hyolyn actually featuring the video and some choreography, the video would have been amazing. Or at least, what I think the video could have been.


Distance – CLC

Distance is a single off their 7th mini-album and the accompanying music video was released after promotions for Black Dress ended. In the respective album review, Distance received a 7/10 rating. The music video, on the other hand, would have received something much higher. I don’t know how to exactly describe the video. It can either be about heartbreak or something more sinister. The cutting of the rope can be about breaking up and physical distance. But the members disappearing, the blindfolding and just the fact they wear white alludes to something else. I have no idea what it is, though. On top of that, I thought it was a really nice video that complimented the softer nature of the song.


Thanks to all who stuck around to the end. This wraps up this special post (for the time being as I may bring it back as more music videos or songs accumulate). I will be back in two weeks time with special posts dedicated to even more music videos, so do keep an eye open for those! (Or make it easier by following me!)

[Special] LOOΠΔ Predebut Solo Song Reviews – Part 4

Please note these special posts are designed to be long and may require some time to read (if you plan on reading the entire post). To help shorten the length, the music video will be inserted as hyperlinked titles, so feel free to click the title of each section to watch the video.

After multiple requests about LOOΠΔ and reviews for their pre-release singles, it is time to start focusing on what seems to be a very promising girl group. Each Wednesday for the month of May, I will be releasing a special set of reviews for the LOOΠΔ members, which will focus on both their main and side-tracks as well.

LOOΠΔ is a 12-member girl group under Blockberry Creative. While they have yet to officially debut, their pre-debut promotion is extremely unusual. Starting in October 2016, each month a new member of the group is unveiled to the public. This continued until the end of March 2018. And with the completion of this pre-debut promotions, the group will be preparing and gearing up for their official debut which has been rumoured to be October this year.

Once I heard the project, I decided to wait for all the songs to be released (similar to what I did with previous project releases). I just didn’t anticipate for it to be such a long wait, as they also unveiled subunits made up of the already revealed members along the way, which drew the project out even longer. Talking about subunits, this is not the first time I have spoken about LOOΠΔ, as I have taken some time out to review and look closely to their subunit releases, which you can find out below.

LOOΠΔ 1/3 – Love & Live & Sonatine
LOOΠΔ Odd Eye Circle – Girl Front & Sweet Crazy Love

Today’s post will look at the side tracks that were released alongside the main tracks for the final 6 members. I couldn’t find any music videos for these songs, so the reviews may appear shorter.


Love Letter (Jinsoul & Kim Lip)

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Jumping right at me for this song is how well the song flows. And with that, there was also a very delicate feel to the song. I liked how the vocals from the two members were brought out, highlighting their potential well. At first, I thought the song could have had a bolder drop into the chorus. However, what we got seemed to compliment their vocals quite well and I am satisfied with it. I particularly liked the twinkling sounds just before the chorus. On the other hand, I am not a major fan of the verses, which felt dull. And the poor English. But other than that, it was a decent song.


Puzzle (Jinsoul & Choerry)

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The song had an exotic vibe to it, which I thought was nice. Once again, the vocals do jump out at me. But rather their normal pitch vocals didn’t do much of the screaming. Instead, the falsetto which they sang the chorus with stood out really well. However, while I do praise their singing, I am a little conflicted how it went with the instrumental. The vocals built up and you can hear the contrast between the different sections. The instrumental fell flat when it should have carried the vocals further. The whispering raps were too soft for my liking, as they could easily be missed. But it did offer some more texture to the song.


D-1 (Yves)

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In contrast to her main track, new, D-1 manages to bring out the more delicate vocals that Yves didn’t really get to show. There is a mixture of singing and rap-speaking, which shows off some versatility. The song is honestly too dry for my taste. However, it did feel like something that Lim Kim or Jang Jane would release with their nasal vocals. I did like the harmonies with the background vocals and the indie-changeup during the bridge. I also liked her falestto note, which peaked the song nicely.


Girl’s Talk (Chuu & Yves)

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We start to enter some grey area with the next few songs. I personally thought the vocals for this track was too light and high-pitched, in comparison to the rest of the songs on this list. The song does have a pop-diva type sound (almost disco with a modern twist), which was one likeable element. I really liked Yves rapping. It was limited but sounds awesome. I felt like the song was missing a breakdown, which could have given the song some life and appeal. Maybe it is because I put a lot of emphasis on the vocals, that I don’t really feel like they appeal to me in this song.


See Saw (Go Won & Chuu ft. Kim Lip)

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Two things liked about this song: the opening vocals for all three members (Chuu was the best sounding overall in the entire song) and the drop into the chorus. The rest of the song just didn’t have enough for me to like. The chorus could have been more dynamic and filled more with content to become more catchy and appealing. Same could be said about the instrumental. I am not too sure why Kim Lip featured in the song, as she seemed to only get one line. Someone said that her line linked back to her song but I just don’t see the necessity to feature someone just for one line.


Rosy (Go Won & Olivia Hye ft. Heejin)

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The final song I will be reviewing for the entire LOOΠΔ predebut project is Rosy. And I am glad it ends on a good note. The song contains youthful vocals that do sound quite cute, something that we didn’t get to see in either of Go Won’s or Olivia’s main tracks. The harmonies were nice. The bridge was my favourite part as it sounded quite random and quirky. Likewise, the instrumental on the end gives it a lasting impression and it also adds to the quirky side of the song.


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[Special] LOOΠΔ Predebut Solo Song Reviews – Part 3

Please note these special posts are designed to be long and may require some time to read (if you plan on reading the entire post). To help shorten the length, the music video will be inserted as hyperlinked titles, so feel free to click the title of each section to watch the video.

After multiple requests about LOOΠΔ and reviews for their pre-release singles, it is time to start focusing on what seems to be a very promising girl group. Each Wednesday for the month of May, I will be releasing a special set of reviews for the LOOΠΔ members, which will focus on both their main and side-tracks as well.

LOOΠΔ is a 12-member girl group under Blockberry Creative. While they have yet to officially debut, their pre-debut promotion is extremely unusual. Starting in October 2016, each month a new member of the group is unveiled to the public. This continued until the end of March 2018. And with the completion of this pre-debut promotions, the group will be preparing and gearing up for their official debut which has been rumoured to be October this year.

Once I heard the project, I decided to wait for all the songs to be released (similar to what I did with previous project releases). I just didn’t anticipate for it to be such a long wait, as they also unveiled subunits made up of the already revealed members along the way, which drew the project out even longer. Talking about subunits, this is not the first time I have spoken about LOOΠΔ, as I have taken some time out to review and look closely to their subunit releases, which you can find out below.

LOOΠΔ 1/3 – Love & Live & Sonatine
LOOΠΔ Odd Eye Circle – Girl Front & Sweet Crazy Love

Today’s post will look at the side tracks that were released alongside the main tracks for the first 6 members. I will be focusing on the song and music video standalone, as I am interested in doing another special post focusing on the connections between their music videos.


I’ll Be There – Heejin & Hyunjin

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Jumping right at you is the funky and groovy synthesizer-overloaded song. It just creates an uplifting atmosphere that you cannot really avoid. I think a good word to describe the song is ‘crunchy’, as that is what you get with the synths and overall beat. I also really enjoyed the “dum dum” that was present at the start and during the bridge, almost bringing an acapella effect to the song. The lines and vocals don’t really stand out but the instrumental does a good job covering up that aspect. For the music video, I liked the home video concept and the brightness of the video seems to match the song. Likewise, the choreography looked good.


The Carol – Heejin, Hyunjin & Haseul

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The Carol coincided with the Christmas season of 2017, so it makes sense for a Christmas styled song. Following I’ll Be There, the song does make you smile, which is definitely a great thing. However, I thought the song was relatively typical for a Christmas song. The vocals did stand out and I really liked the piano in the background of the instrumental. The video also focuses on the Christmas season, with good vibes coming from it. You can’t really go wrong in that department. There was no choreography for this song.


My Sunday – Heejin & Hyunjin

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While this is also another bright sounding song, they toned down the energy and atmosphere. Instead, it is a more acoustic sounding and quite different from any of their main tracks, so it was quite nice to hear it. I don’t remember what I expected at first but the chorus sounded quite different to what I thought it would sound like. Despite that, what we got flowed very nicely. The harmonies between the two members were nice and the bridge really gave the song that peak it needed. The video was quite nice, showing the pair throughout the beautiful sites of Taiwan/China. Once again, there was no choreography.


My Melody – Yeojin & Haseul

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Interestingly, My Melody is a similar song to My Sunday. The verses were quite similar (by ear), while the choruses felt quite different. This produced a completely different feel, leaning towards a soothing vibe, which I thought was equally as nice as My Sunday. The bridge did showcase some vocals but it sounded like they were pushing themselves. But it sounded quite nice overall. Like the previous video, it shows the pair hanging out on a nice day.


Everyday I Need You – ViVi ft. Jinsoul

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Following the same concept as before, the song is a much slower version of the ViVi’s main track, Everyday I Love You (ft. Haeseul). It is interesting because while the two songs are very similar, the difference in tempo offers a completely different feeling. The slower song does point out her weakness in the vocal department but it is a fair effort. Jinsoul’s rap did push the song along, which I felt was needed towards the end. The shots of the music video were much more graceful, fitting in with the slower speed of the song. It also felt like a lover filmed the entire video, with ViVi being the main focus. Jinsoul did ‘appear’ in the video, however as she was not unveiled yet, her face was not captured.


Twilight – Kim Lip

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Sadly, there is no music video for Twilight. Knowing how Kim Lip focused a lot on the performance side for her main track’s music video, I don’t know why I was caught off guard by the changeup. It started off as a ballad, with a nice piano instrumental layered on top of a heavy beat. Then it develops into a dance track. But it isn’t over the top. Rather it keeps in line with the verses but it isn’t a ballad-like sound anymore. The entire track does focus on her vocals as you can grasp a beautiful tone from the track. The song definitely becomes interesting with the chorus. And for that, it is probably my most favourite on this list.


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