Special Entry for Bangtan Boy's Birthday!!
Those who followed me from May last year would have noticed that I've talked a lot about BTS here. But this is a very special entry because it's their debut anniversary!
생일 춬하해 방탄!!
Since it's a very special day and a very special entry, let me warn you, no comic! Bye, Felicia.
BTS debuted on 13 June 2013, three years ago. They didn't really catch my attention at the time because I was on hiatus from all kpop related for a while. Not really a hiatus but I was interested in another band at that time and I usually focus on one band at a time. Anyway, despite my late recruitment into the fandom, (our fandom is called ARMY btw), I up my ante in the stanning game. Yep my friends, I finally decided to start buying the album. Tbh it was my sister who first started the movement.
We tried to buy everything related to BTS in appreciation to their hardwork and unique persona in the kpop scene. Anyway, check out our haul.
2 Cool 4 Skool
Ah yes, the debut album.. Look at those fetus. Tryna look gangsters. You ain't fooling anyone, kids. This is actually the latest album we bought. Title song "No More Dream" is debatably one of their most up front social critic song. One thing I will say, nice abs Jimin. (Purchased by Onie)
I read it as "Oh, are you late too?". Almost like teasing the second wave of ARMY who missed out their debut album. I get it, baes. We missed it. Sorry.. Title song "N.O", another social critic on the South Korean education. Most memorable thing about this era is Suga's housewife style. (Purchased by Onie during her visit to South Korea)
Skool Luv Affair
From teenage rebels to teenage lovesick angsty rebel. I actually really like this era. Their title song "Boys In Luv" is very catchy and edgy. And their follow up song "Just One Day" is surprisingly sweet. It's the school theme album we all deserves. Oh and did I mention their Cypher Part 2 Triptych? That's my war call, seriously. (Purchased by Onie during her visit to South Korea)
Skool Luv Affair Special Edition
Ahh... this one.. We missed this one. It's okay.. Once I'm not broke, I'll buy it. Just one more. One more to complete their Korean release. (T_T)
The first full album and my Achilles heel. Their title song "Danger" did not do much to me. I like it. Amazing dance move. But the one that really sink its fangs into me was the follow up song "War of Hormone". I even started doing fanarts because of that song. The one shot mv was a visual galore. I love the colour pallet, the rockers fashion style, the playful gazes and most importantly, the song. Heavy electric guitars, killer rap sequence and high notes. Bless my ears~~ The other songs were amazing too. My favorite is "Rain" but you can't sleep on Rap Monster's intro "Who Am I to You?". So much angst, boy. "Tomorrow" is Suga's masterpiece. Watch it live, you won't regret it. (Purchased by Onie during her visit to South Korea)
Hwayangyeonhwa Part 1
Kicking off the amazing Hwayangyeonhwa series it this mini album released in 2015. It comes in two version so we bought both. This is when BTS really hit the jackpot. Not surprising too considering the planning that goes into this album. It seems like they have been hinting on the release as early as their debut album back in 2013. Though some might call it stretching a bit. Officially they hinted the release during the 2014 year end award ceremony. Bold! And very clever. The title song departs from their previous release. "I Need U" was melodramatic, can I say? While the follow up song "Dope" was simply dope. God damn it, Big Hit! Thank you. Thank you so much from dressing Jeon Jungkook in a police uniform. (The pink version was the first purchased we made and it was by Onie. The white version was purchased during her visit to South Korea)
A very successful follow up album to a very successful mini album. Instead of donning shorts, they opt for something longer and tighter for their "Run" stages. Those tight leather pants could choke a fangirl in a heartbeat. Although the title song was a major success, my love goes to "Butterfly" which they teased in the Prologue video. And House of Cards was probably one of my favorite track of the year. Just like Part 1, Hwayangyeonhwa Part 2 comes in two version, pink and blue. Of course we bought both! (Purchased by me (finally!) from an online store.)
Hwayangyeonhwa Pt.3 : Young Forever
Baes, again with the shorts? Please.. Do you have some weird fixation on showing of your calves and knees? Okay, coming back to the album (sorry I was distracted by the visual). Young Forever marks the end of the Hwayangyeonhwa series. Their title song "Fire" is the thing of legend. If you don't get goosebumps at mark 3:33 of the official MV then I don't think there is anything I can do to get you to admire these group. Fire was an anthem. The chorus was easy to follow and the hook was just so memorable. The track list was the answer to ARMY's demands. All the amazing remix from Part 1 and Part 2 was included. And they even release the full version of "House of Cards" much to my delight and early demise. Part 3 had a very short promotional period, thus no follow up song although they did perform "Butterfly" and "Save Me". I want to talk more about Save Me and how playful it is with the music arrangement but I'm no expert so I guess I'm gonna stop there. Staying true to the series, Young Forever comes in two versions; Day and Night. And like all dedicated buyer, we bought both versions. (Purchased by me from an online store)
Oh you think that's over? Think again. Apart from buying the albums, we try to buy most of the official merchandise. I'm more interested in the special DVD like the season greetings and the concert DVD since it would be quite hard for me to attend one. Onie has been eyeing on the ARMY Bombs (our official light stick) and the character dolls so she bought those.
(purchased by Onie)
(Purchased by Onie)
2015 BTS Live : On Stage DVD
(Purchased by me)
BTS Now 3 : Dreaming Days Photobook & Special DVD
(Purchased by me)
So far that's it with our haul. I'm ordering another special DVD ; BTS Memories of 2015. Special DVDs are very limited editions. I'm kinda regretted it a bit for not buying the Season Greetings because unlike the albums, It's kinda hard to buy the special DVDs once it's sold out. They don't make many of them you see. I don't think they produce extra batch once it's sold. We also don't buy the Japanese release so far because we are more anxious to get the Korean releases.
I'm thinking about buying a display rack for BTS but I'm moving out in August so right now I'm just packing these treasures in a box.
It doesn't fit. Boohooo..
What do you think of our haul? And do you buy/collect anything on an insane level or do you reject the idea of spending money on things like this? Thank you for going through this entry. Last but not least I just wanna say that it feels so rewarding to buy these merchandise from your favorite artist, kpop or not. Fandom life has been amazing for me and I know it is something that many frown upon. But then again, who are you to stop me from spending my hard earn money? Bye, Felicias..
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