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My brother invited me to go to a soda shop whose reviews were mostly 4 or 5 stars. (Draft)

2020.11.26 18:14 The_Writing_Witch_11 My brother invited me to go to a soda shop whose reviews were mostly 4 or 5 stars. (Draft)

My brother invited me to go to a soda shop whose reviews were mostly 4 or 5 stars. It's not worth any cent!
Have you ever gone to a soda shop or a coffee house so awful that you wanted to burn it to ashes for good? If anyone suggests going to a soda shop or anything which you find horrible and something wrong about but you can't explain why, for the devil's sake, stay home and be glued to your precious phone, laptop whatever!
My brother, Henry, went to some shady website, which I had no idea how he learnt about it (his dumb friends, I guessed), to read reviews of coffee houses, soda shops, bakeries and ice cream parlors whose innocent-sounding names I hadn't ever heard of. Maybe I will teach my air-headed brother and his friends a lesson tomorrow. What a nuisance they are!
If only Henry had listened to his own sister, had just farmed video games and had read 2020 presidential election's latest updates for the whole day, we wouldn't have to leave our home!
The website was 6xxxxxxx6xxxx6-somethingdesertsanddrinkstruereview com
Sorry guys, its nonsense web address was too long to remember. I recommend you not to test your courage on a food and drink review website looking better than most of the Dark Web. Or that creepy soda shop!
Henry got through a mountain load of reviews on there. Cozy Castle Coffee House, Purple Drinks shop, Sleepy Sweet Shop, Forever Flowers Café, … the long list continued. And the Golden Apple soda shop.
The photos of the Golden Apple soda shop reminded me of the designs of Korean coffee houses. Instagramable, ideal place for selfies. The trendy, minimalist interior, the snacks, sweets and drinks bathed in illuminating light. It seemed familiar. Have I seen it somewhere on Instagram?
The menu's sneak peek:
  • Fruit juices
  • Soft drinks
  • Donuts
  • Delightful magenta cream
  • Innocent cream
  • Sapphire cream
  • Nostalgia cream
  • Wishing cream
  • Rainbow extract cream
  • Princess cream
  • Golden Apple cream
  • Sparkling wine cream
  • Daydream ice cream
  • Fairy's matcha ice cream
  • Dreamy pink/ blue/ red/ yellow smoothies

  • Innocent smoothie
  • Lighting purple strawberry smoothie
  • Happy creamy orange smoothie
  • Golden Apple smoothie
  • Dreamy bubble tea
  • Sea foam bubble tea
  • Emerald matcha bubble tea
  • Mermaid bubble tea
  • Fairy bubble tea
  • Wishing bubble tea
  • Singing bubble tea
  • Neverland bubble tea
  • Creamy rainbow bubble tea
  • Golden Apple bubble tea
  • Rainbow extract milkshake
  • Rainbow essence milkshake
  • Blue bells milkshake
  • Unicorn milkshake
  • Milky milkshake
  • Wishing milkshake
  • Magic rose milkshake
  • Unknown forest cake
  • Illuminating forest cake
  • Cute mushroom cake
  • Mermaid's food sponge cake
  • Hearty sweet cake
  • Cozy castle cake
  • Golden Apple cake
…………..
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The menu looked delicious but I thought I should neither eat nor drink them. In hindsight, I should have rejected them. I should have tied Henry up in the first place. I borrowed Henry's phone to read reviews. Having read the negative reviews, I persuaded him not to go there. It was too late! He bookmarked that suspicious soda shop, booked buffet tickets and a table for two people and got the table number, 20. Pretty number, Henry. He screenshoted the digital tickets.
Three things off about that website. I couldn't access it on my phone exclusively used for the dark web (my guilty habit, I had three phones) and I thought I realized something from the ads displayed on its boring pastel minimalist webpages. I found the tiny letters on them. Combine them together, you would get: I SEE YOU
The last one was Golden Apple reviews. When reading them, my mind started to compare them with … something unrelated. Goodreads reviews. I meant YA novels reviews. They shared some similarities: flooded with positive reviews, shady or sketchy, and overhyped! Not to mention that I found negative reviews much more reliable, feeling like more people should read them and give the overrated somethings lots of one-star ratings.
Speaking of one-star reviews, they were written by not only humans but also the non-human ones. The menu overpriced, rules, food poisoning, … and a werewolf lost three fangs. Henry assured me that they were scam, fake or the reviewers just had found nothing in the shop fit their tastes or they hadn't been in the good mood since he had eaten at a couple of diners, restaurants, …. with worse reviews. But I couldn't help but feel more unsettled. I still felt like I had missed something … something about the shop's instagram-like images.
Henry logged out of the website and turned off his phone. He then did some stupid rituals I didn't understand. God! They clearly had something to do with that shady soda shop! Henry said we must be quiet when on our way to the soda shop. He would tell me about those rituals and how to go there after going home.
I couldn't bring myself to let my brother alone in that creepy place!
Henry drove us to the Golden Apple soda shop. The path to the soda shop wasn't something new to me. I had driven around there several times. I'm pretty sure about that. It was quieter than normal. No sound. It appeared to be darker albeit we drove in the afternoon.
Some changes in the background. Nothing in the first half path. During the other half path, the houses and the buildings disappeared. Only woods, no more no less. Uncomfortable. It shouldn't be like this! I want to go home. I couldn't tell Henry. We must be silent.
There we go. The Golden Apple soda shop. The pics didn't lie. The shop painted in creamy beige and white, the sleek dark burgundy-framed windows and doors. The centerpieces were the front sign and the hanging one on the right with the shop's signature hand-drawn golden apples.
Golden Apple
soda shop
And …
Welcome to
Golden Apple
soda shop
"Welcome to Golden Apple soda shop", greeted the waitress at the entrance. A normal waitress girl, nothing odd about her. We and the girl wore masks. Henry showed her the tickets screenshot. Twenty-two dollars for one person. I reluctantly entered the store with my brother. Feeling like being watched. It was neither a bar nor a nightclub but … to me, it was essentially worse. If I had known what things would have happened to me later, I would have forcefully taken my brother into his car and would have driven home instantly!! I regretted stepping foot into that place! It's still haunting me now.
The soda shop didn't forget to set up automatic hand sanitizer dispensers, just like many places. So was the mandatory social distancing. The metallic dispensers and a cutesy little board with golden apples, "Please wash your hands. Thanks.".

The waitress girl led us to our booked table. Two grayish beige sofas, a white table, a faux red poppy in a dusty light purple vase and two menus. I rested on the sofa, reading the menu, "Henry, they're a little pricey."
"Sis, I'll pay for the bill. Come on, it's just a normal quirky soda shop."
"Oh, thank you, Henry. Let me see … Well, jumbo size French fries, Magic rose milkshake, Rainbow extract and essence milkshakes. Weird … are they the same thing?"
"Of course not, Ada."
"Whatever. I hope they're not overpriced.", I opened my Samsung phone to take some pics. I looked like an ulzzang. Love red lip tints. Taking selfies was kinda comforting me, especially in somewhere many ones had no idea that it existed. It turned out to be valuable evidences.
Many customers in this obscure place resembling a chic coffee house. Some of them my age, taking photos, videos for Instagram likes … Girls enjoying the drinks and snacks, their faces made up in various styles: no-makeup makeup; Korean; Instagram girl; Euphoria-inspired; etc.. Why bubble tea everywhere? Gen Z nowadays. We're in the same age group yet I feel like I'm an old lady. I guessed this questionable soda shop and a fashionable coffee house or bubble tea house had no difference to them, as long as they were photogenic and social media-worthy.

A few girls glanced at me. I guessed I was new, they might just looked at my makeup and hairstyle. Something not right about the others but I couldn't spot it.
The werewolf review bugging me. I couldn't forget it. I saw no werewolf here. Weird. I searched everywhere but I couldn't find any rule. Why did some negative reviews complain about the store's rules?
It was 2:20 p.m.. I turned off my phone.
"I'll see the ice cream counter over there and you call the waitress."
"Ok. Have fun, Ada."
The elaborate ice cream counter displaying eye-catching juicy ice creams named outlandishly. The ice cream cup had two sizes: large and mini. The buffet offering inviting desserts, candies and soda fountains. Cloudy cotton candies! Strawberry ice cream and grape soda first, I'm thirsty to death.
Looked at the drinkware. Eye candy. So are the dollar store ones. No, thanks! They had vending machines. The weird soft drink cans and the ingredient boxes to make some ice creams, jellies, bubble teas, ...
Which ice cream should I get? So many choices. I tested all of them. Why the hell that blue-haired girl kept following me? I pretended to have selfies to photo her.
I tested all the ice creams. It was strangely difficult to scoop the frozen creams. Harder than the ice cubes. As if I was scooping rocks, not ice cream.
Obviously that annoying blue-haired girl stalked me. She ate the same ice creams I ate. Even the amount and the time order!
On my white tray were dainty cups of ice cream.
  • Delightful magenta cream - mix of berries and grape creams, white chocolate flakes and maple syrup.

  • Wishing cream - lychee and vanilla creams, double cream and honey, bathed in mango-flavored sugar. Glitter-like sparkling cream.

  • Princess cream - pink cream and syrup, white whipped cream, rose petals, star and crown-shaped cookies. All of them tasted like watermelon, orange, banana, avocado and peanut butter. Strange ...

  • Sapphire cream - shimmer blue cream and gem-like blue candies. Tasted nothing but cold.

  • Golden Apple cream - apple-shaped ice cream balls covered in grounded almond, gold candy flakes and sugar. When I was eating the ice cream, I noticed the background around me a little weird, as if there was golden dust shinning in the air. Everything was gold-tinted.

  • Rainbow extract cream - the name itself said everything. Colorful cream and syrups, tasting like fruits. I felt hungry like hell after eating some spoons of this rainbow cream the second time. I want to devour lots of French fries plates. I'm starving! I could swallow AnYthInG! So did the blue-haired girl. Her eyes and mouth were that of someone gravely starving.
"Me too. What about having some juicy desserts over there? I'll help you.", I tried to start a conversation with her in order to discreetly question her why she followed and imitated me. She fled from me, paid for the bill and left. Grrr! What was THAT for? She has stalked me and now she RUNS AWAY?!!!
I noticed a girl constantly eating that hunger-some ice cream! Three giant bowls in a row!! She didn't feel starving to death?!!!!!
I came back to my bubble tea-crazed brother and ate my food. Good grief! Ten mini bubble tea cups. As expected of a bubble tea hoarder like him!
  • Dreamy bubble tea
  • Sea foam bubble tea
  • Emerald matcha bubble tea
  • Mermaid bubble tea
  • Fairy bubble tea
  • Wishing bubble tea
  • Singing bubble tea
  • Neverland bubble tea
  • Creamy rainbow bubble tea
  • Golden Apple bubble tea
Henry, are you joking me? This is not Neverland or Oz! Why rainbow and golden apple everywhere!!! Oh come on! They weren't that good! Ughhh!! One of them should be Famine or Gluttony, not RAinbOw something!!!!
I took photos of the table.
A plate of Illuminating forest cake came to the table. Hold on! Didn't it make a werewolf lose a few fangs?!! What on earth were you THINKING, HENRY?!!!! When the waitress had gone, I blocked his hands to the cake.
"Don't eat it! This cake can take your teeth like that werewolf, Henry!"
"Cool down, Ada. That is a fake review. I ate a few pieces of them when you were eating ice creams. See, nothing happened to me."
Sign, "Alright, maybe I was worried too much. I'll take a takeout box for your cake. Besides, we should go home early. It will be dark, harder to drive your car, you know."
"It's still sunny outside. Look at my phone, 4:10 p.m.. Just let me finish my cake, Ada. Please. I—"
"No, Henry. I'll put it in a box. Your car had a mini cooler. The weather can be suddenly bad! I think enjoying your sweet cake while farming online games in a cozy living room sounds like a much better deal, Henry."
"Alright. Thanks Ada."
"I'm gonna box your cake later. We'll go home after finishing my fries and your bubble teas."
I ate French fries and drank the milkshakes, waiting for my second jumbo size French fries. Then we would drive home. The glass filled with gradient pink layers of milkshake, rose jam and rose-like whipped cream was Magic rose milkshake. Rainbow extract and essence milkshakes disturbed me. I regretted calling this rainbow stuff and my dollars. Yeah, curiosity killed the cat. Thank God they were takeout cups.
I took a box for the cake. I didn't think I could swap it with a harmless one.
A jumbo size French fries brought to our table. The fries not much different from their McDonald's counterparts. I was about to share some fries with Henry but he was busy finishing overpriced bubble tea cups.
Quietly gossiping were the other customers. Just heard a few words. They disturbed me … Guilty smoothie and Time Diamond cream. They weren't on the menu. A special treat can only be bought at 7:77 p.m., no online order. What the bloody hell was that special dish? Not 666? Delightful magenta cream and Wishing cream mustn't be eaten together in twelve hours! What the actual fck?!!! They're in my MY STOMACH!!!!!! It wasn't on that God-damned website!! The ice cream waitresses said NOTHING about it!!!! Were they counted as rules? I DIDN'T SEE THEM ANYWHERE!!! FCK!
I hAve to VOMIT thEm Up or dIg thEm OUT of my OWN STOMACH?!!!!!!
"Hey!!", Henry grabbed my right hand. My fingers in my mouth.
"You almost bite your fingers, Ada!"
I NEARLY BIT MY FINGERS!!!
"I thought that was my french fries! I … hallucinated in a soda shop? I wanna go home RIGHT NOW!"
We had paid nearly one hundred dollars, including the tickets. The light beige bill and dark gray print ink.
The sky gloomy dark. Checked my phone. 6:52 P.M.?! It was like two hours and thirty minutes in that creepy shop! We had been there for four hours!!! FOR FOUR HOURS!!!
Henry driving us home. Something watching us. My eyes checking car windows. Nothing, but it still made me uneasy. Exhausted and sleepy yet I dared not to close. My eyes dared not to blink. My eyes caught something. A rabbit? Too fast ...
Holding my phone. Should I text police about a suspicious soda shop with a shape-shifting map, a blue-haired girl that sneakily followed and imitated me, I ate hunger-some ice cream, might have food poisoning and almost bit my fingers? They would suspect me and think I was on high or something! What about giving them the rainbow milkshakes? Wait a second, they could also answer like that! Just write a draft of what happened in that haunted soda shop to post on Internet and call police later.
I continued to type the post at home, swallowing tons of fried chicken. My rainbow milkshakes in a plastic bag in a plastic box in our home cooler. Maybe I would give them to our neighbors. Yeah, I wasn't a good person. Wait, I forget about the police! I will 911 after having done my post.
Thank goodness my brother didn't write a review on that God-damn-it website. He enjoyed the cake that werewolf loathed, playing mobile games. I was about to end my post here.
Then I was nauseous, feeling like my stomach being a boiling cauldron, twisted painfully. I saved my file and rushed to the bathroom, vomiting up a gold key, which terrified me. A weird small gold key, stainless, heavier than my lipstick. That damned key was in my stomach for hours?!! Fck! Because I ate f*king rainbow things or the ice creams MEANT NOT TO EAT TOGETHER?!!!!!
I dialed 911. I put the key from the sink in a plastic bag, "HENRY! I VOMIT A KEY!", got down the living room, drank soda and handed him the bag.
"What?! Ada, what happened?"
"I felt sick and vomited it up. I called 911. I did not swallow a literal gold key! Because of that malicious soda shop!!!"
"Ada calm down! Everything will be alright.", he held the key bag, "I'm gonna get my gun and my knives. If no one comes here ten mins later, I will phone them again or drive you to a police office ok?"
"Thanks, Henry.", I drank a lot of soda. That vomit made me gravely thirsty and my stomach empty.
"Henry, I smell apple juice! It's just me or—"
"I smell it too … Ada … I don't know ... where it's … from ...", his voice started to be shaking. His hand tightly holding the gun ...
"Wear ... a mask, Henry?", I put a mask on my face and was about to give him one.
"No, thanks … GET OUT OF HERE!!", we ran to Henry's car.
"We don't buy ... anything apple … right … Henry?"
"Yes … Ada, we have closed the doors …", he opened his car.
"Why apple scent ... here? I don't get it! It's … heavier! … Henry"
"Me too …"
"I'm scared!"
"It's ok, Ada. I'm here."
"Henry … do you … see some—", I closed the car, looking at the cat windows.
"No … what you—", Henry put the gun in his car.
"Gold dust … Everything in my eyes has gold tint … maybe my own eyes … something sparkling!"
"I don't see anything … But something not right here … I don't know", he was driving out of our house as fast as possible.
"Ada, I … I'm so sorry … I shouldn't bring you with me ... I … I should have listened to you … Ada. I'm sorry ... "
"It's ok Henry— Aaaahhhh!". SOMETHING SHATTERED!!!
"Quiet! They can hear you, Ada!"
I dared not to look behind.
Quiet ...
The car on its way to the police office.
Had we been a few seconds late, we would have encountered that thing.
I wished I should have made Henry take me out of here after I had got that key.
No … We must have gone to the police station, not our house in the first place.
I hate apple scent.
(Part 2)My brother invited me to go to a soda shop whose reviews were mostly 4 or 5 stars. I want the police to rate it one star on his phone!
While we were on our way to the police station, they phoned us. At the interview room, we told them everything about what had happened. The review website. The secret Golden Apple soda shop and its menu. What we had done there ... The blue-haired girl and her pics I had taken. What I heard from other customers. The key from my stomach. I gave them the bag of the key.
My brother recounted the rituals related to the soda shop. Their reactions and mine were priceless. We wrote statements, answered questions, had saliva DNA and medical tests. They took our fingerprints. The medical test results said there was nothing wrong with our health. Although Henry had eaten pieces of that cake ... They got copies of videos recorded by the security camera from Henry's car and my selfies and photos from my phone. Thank goodness I had taken lots of photos that day though I wasn't selfie-addicted.
They said the cake Henry had eaten was harmless. Henry, you're lucky.
I asked them about the rainbow milkshakes, showed the pics and they said they hadn't found anything like that! Someone had stolen them! It's terrifying me. Fortunately I hadn't sipped any of them!
The police and the detectives told us what they had found at our house and revealed the photos of the crime scene.
Someone or something had shattered the warehouse's doors and had tampered with the warehouse! The warehouse showered with apple juice! WHAT THE BLOODY HELL IS GOING ON HERE?!!
Everything in the warehouse soaked with apple juice. There was a gilded creamy wooden case! Something in the photos unnerving me. No ant! They said there had been no ant, not a single one. It was clearly apple juice. A whole warehouse splashed with fruit juice should have attracted lots of … lots of ants!! Was it really apple? Did we smell something we mustn't? Even the officers said we did not inhale any toxin.
The photos of the locked wooden case. They said the case had been made fastidiously and its materials of high quality. Did I vomit ITS KEY?!!!! Something under the case. A photo. The detectives showed us that instant photo. It crept me out! A photo … of me and my brother eating croissants, Golden Apple cream, Illuminating forest cake and drinking coffee at that God-damned soda shop! An uncannily exact image of us in the store yesterday, except the foods and the drinks. OuR DOppElgÄngErS?!!
The instant photo could be photoshopped but why? The police and the detectives requested us to write down the names of the people who could possibly have done that to us. They asked about our friends and acquaintances. We didn't think the culprit was one of them. No one had known that we had gone to the very soda shop that day. I and they express doubts about Henry's friends. His friends knew that place.
The security camera of Henry's car didn't lie. I had seen it with my own two eyes. The detectives said what I had seen wasn't a rabbit ...
No footprint or other trace related to the intruder found at the crime scene, which was confusing the officers and the detectives.
Evidently the incident at our house was related to the Golden Apple soda shop, proving that the culprit(s) knew us very well! We and the police had no idea who had targeted us and their motives. The intrusion had been planned before. God forbid, what the hell was THAT THING? It's impossible to break the warehouse's doors, let alone SHATTERING THEM!! As if they had been ruined by a car or a tank!
The police and the detectives gave us phone numbers and email addresses. They would contact us if they found something. Henry's phone and laptop were kept for the investigation as he had visited that suspicious review website. They returned my phone so my phone was safe.
Henry's car following the police car escorting me to our cousin Eva's house. We would stay at our cousin's home for a few days. A police car guarding outside. Because his beloved devices were kept at the police station, Henry went to sleep early. We had said to Eva that our house needed to be fixed and didn't tell her about what actually had happened. I was about to format my whole post yet I found myself sleepy so I split it into two parts, posted the first part and left the other part tomorrow. Formatting is a devil!
When I drank coca cola in her kitchen this morning, there were two soft drink cans in her cooler. I remembered I had seen them somewhere but forgot. The police car had gone.
Her phone charging on a table. Well, she was busy making fruit jams. Curiously, I took a look at her Chrome tabs. Celebrities. Films. Cosmetics. Twitter. Instagram … It shaken me. She liked a photo of an Instagram girl in THAT NASTY SODA SHOP on Instagram!! Those canned drinks were in the pic! Judging from its interior and the stuff the girl bought, it was obviously the Golden Apple but the store name on the drinkware, the tableware and the labels, the signs in the pic were the Aurora Soda House! What the bloody hell is going on here?! Even the address was DIFFERENT!!! I knew that address was of a coffee house because I had gone there many times and I swear I last drank coffee in that coffee house LAST WEEK!! GOD DAMN IT!!!!
I stealthily checked Eva's phone. Still making fruit jams. Eva had saved many photos of that accursed soda shop, in different names, and had chatted with her online friends about its maps and menu. They had talked nothing about rules! She knew nothing about its rainbow stuff!
I told Henry to drive me to a diner since I didn't want to make phone calls in Eva's house after what I had found in her phone! I was heavily coughing in the car. A key in my mouth AGAIN! The same God-damn-it key from the day before!! WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME?!!!
When eating in the diner, I phoned a police officer to inform him about the cans in Eva's kitchen, her phone, the second key and sent him the key photo. I had hidden it in my handbag. They insisted that we must go to their office then.
They took the second key. I had a saliva test again. They checked my health. Then they told us what they had concluded.
What they had said was unsettling me. There was no fingerprint of any US citizen or green card holder or foreign student matched with that of the blue-haired girl from the photos I had taken in the soda shop. They failed to identify her.
They had found a lot of photos of Golden Apple soda shop posted online, yet their were in different names albeit they were the same store!
  • Golden Apple soda shop
  • Aurora Soda House
  • Enchanted Garden drink shop
  • Golden Age Coffee House
  • Nostalgia soda shop
  • Illuminating Vintage drink house
  • Tree of Life Soda Shop
  • Life's Secret Soda House
The first key made of gold. Some DNA found within the key and it was MINE! That **** key had my DNA!!! Had it been MADE of gold and MY OWN DNA?!
The "apple juice" from the crime scene wasn't really apple juice. It was like apple-scented perfume! The culprit had used more than fifty ounces of apple water-something?
The gilded creamy wooden case was assumed empty and couldn't be broken.
The first key didn't fit the wooden case's keyhole. That doesn't make any sense! The same goes for the SECOND ONE?!!
Supposed neither of the keys belongs to that wooden case, which case were they for? Why two identical keys?! Why had they been in my STOMACH?!!! Was it a sickening joke?! Why did that **** soda shop TARGET ME?!!
Henry and I don't stay at Eva's house. I can't trust her even though she is one of our relatives. How she learned about that place? Have some of the people we know gone there? Not to mention Henry's friends … I can't trust anyone. Well, except my parents and my siblings.
No more colorful, rainbow drinks!
I dare not to go to any soda shop or coffee house after that incident. I don't know if I could go to a Starbucks. I don't trust the maps anymore!
The keys tormenting me. I'm horrified that I'll vomit a third key tomorrow!
I feel a little sick …
If any of you have seen the online images of Golden Apple soda shop and anything related or have gone there, call the mods (I have told them) and the police immediately!
Do not visit that review website or go to that place, no matter its names!
If your favorite soda shops, coffee houses, … have something not right ... or something else that shouldn't be at their addresses, flee as fast as possible!
If you smell apple scent in your home and you don't buy or have anything apple, run for your own life before that thing sees you!
All roads lead to Rome.
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A few things concerned me:
  • The story's plausibility
  • The police station part
  • Should I post it in two parts or a whole post?
  • Words choice and the dialogues
  • The formatting
Thanks.
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Run BTS! 201117 Run BTS! - Ep. 116 Thread
Run BTS! 201119 [Behind] Run BTS! - EP.116 (ENG/JPN/CHN SUB) Thread
Teaser 201118 BTS (방탄소년단) 'Life Goes On' Official Teaser 1 Thread
Teaser 201119 BTS (방탄소년단) 'Life Goes On' Official Teaser 2 Thread
Video 201117 BTS (방탄소년단) Sing 'Dynamite' with me (feat. Big Hit Labels) Thread
Video 201120 BTS (방탄소년단) 'BE' Comeback Countdown Thread
Other 201116 Learn! KOREAN with BTS: [BonBORAge] Let's go with Bora! (Prologue 2) Thread

Official SNS

Date SNS Link Thread
201116 Twitter Namjoon Thread
201116 Twitter Taehyung Thread
201116 Weverse j-hope Thread
201117 Twitter Bangtan Thread
201118 Twitter SUGA Thread
201118 Weverse SUGA Thread
201118 Twitter j-hope Thread
201119 Weverse Namjoon Thread
201119 Twitter Taehyung Thread
201119 Weverse Namjoon Thread
201119 Weverse Compilation
201119 Weverse j-hope Thread
201120 Twitter Today's Bangtan @ 'BE' Press Conference Thread
201120 Weverse SUGA Thread
201120 Twitter Today’s Bangtan @ Comeback Live Thread
201120 Weverse Namjoon Thread
201120 Weverse Compilation
201120 Instagram Instagram filter for 'Life Goes On' Thread
201121 Instagram BTS Official Instagram Story Thread
201121 Twitter Bangtan Thread
201121 Giphy Giphy: 'Life Goes On' MV GIFs available on BTS official GIPHY channel Thread
201122 Instagram BTS Official Instagram Story Thread
201122 Instagram BTS Official Instagram Story II Thread
201122 TikTok Namjoon Thread
201122 Twitter Taehyung: 📸vcut Thread
201122 Twitter Taehyung: vcut📸 Thread
201122 Twitter Taehyung: 📸vcut🥸 Thread

CF & Partnerships

Date Thread
201117 IONIQ: I'm in charge (Full ver.)
201118 OHSCENT: BTS / OHSCENT 2nd MIC Drop Tangerine · Violet · Patchouli
201118 Samsung UK: Galaxy S20+ BTS Edition for £629 with 50% off BTS Galaxy Buds+

Articles

Date Publisher Article Thread
201116 Vice The Guide to Getting Into BTS, the Biggest Boy Band On Earth Thread
201116 Billboard Taraji P. Henson Talks Hosting the AMAs, Being Army & Meeting BTS: 'They Knew Who I Was!' Thread
201117 Rolling Stone India Masculinity Through The BTS Lens Thread
201117 Vulture 9 Engineers on the Hardest Song They Ever Mixed Thread
201117 Time A Comprehensive Look Back at BTS' Seven-Year Journey to the Top Thread
201118 Billboard “Here Are the 8 Likeliest Grammy Nominees in Each of the Big Four Categories” Thread
201118 The Guardian Map of the soul: how BTS rewrote the western pop rulebook Thread
201118 Time Inside the BTS ARMY, the Devoted Fandom With an Unrivaled Level of Organization Thread
201118 NPR ‘Hitman' Bang Si-hyuk, The Brand-New Billionaire Behind BTS Thread
201117 Teen Vogue Harry Styles, Beyoncé and BTS’s RM Named “Power Dressers” of 2020 by Lyst Thread
201119 USA TODAY MUSIC From best-selling albums to YouTube records: A look at K-pop group BTS' milestones so far Thread
201120 K-media Kmedia reports the Defense Committee of National Assembly approved a bill allowing distinguished pop culture artists like BTS to postpone military service. Thread
201120 NME BTS ‘BE’ review: a sensitive, stunning document of pandemic life - 4 / 5 stars Thread
201120 Time Breaking Down Every Track on BTS' New Album 'Be' Thread
201120 Insider "Every BTS Album Ranked" Thread
201121 LA Times "Review: On pandemic album 'BE,' BTS longs for better times, then dances through the tears" Thread

SNS Mentions

NOTE: Entries with 💜 have new content directly involving BTS
Date 💜 Link Thread
201115 NASA Jet Propulsion Lab official Instagram quoted Dynamite in new post about manned launch
201116 Jimmy Fallon tweets about BTS People's Choice Award win Thread
201117 HONNE: can't believe this was 4 years ago 😳 Thread
201118 Pdogg, Hissnoise, and Ghstloop went to the temple to pray for the success of “BE” Thread
201118 RM contributed vocals to John Eun’s new single ‘Hope’ Thread
201119 Rhythm Hive Coming Soon! Thread
201120 Alicia Keys Thread
201119 Tottenham Hotspur Thread
201118 MAX Thread
201120 💜 NIve with V Thread
201120 💜 American Music Awards: The look of seven @BTS_twt members that are excited for you to see their #AMAs performance. This Sunday at 8/7c on ABC! Thread
201121 💜 American Music Awards (AMAs): BTS promotion video clip Thread
201121 Oakland A's: #RootedinOakland x BTS Thread

Other media

NOTE: Entries with 💜 have new content directly involving BTS
Type 💜 Date Link Thread
Cover 201122 Acoustic Cover of Life Goes On Thread
Reaction 201120 Public Speaker Reacts To BTS Thread
Video 201116 Faker mentions how he got the offer to be on RUN BTS Thread
Video 💜 201118 🎬 Family Concert Special Clip! LEEHYUN&TOMORROWXTOGETHER&BTS Ver💕ㅣLOTTE Duty Free Family Concert Thread
Video 201119 Deconstructed: The Making Of BTS’ (방탄소년단) “Dynamite” With David Stewart Thread
Video 💜 201120 Entertainment Weekly: BTS A To Z Outtakes: Wrong Answers Only Thread
Video 💜 201122 NIve: [in the lab] BTS V brought NIve what for his studio?! Behind "Blue & Grey"! Thread
Other 201116 Actor Ryu Soo-young mentioned Jin on KBS Show that he is no match to Jin as his wife, actress Park Ha-seon is a big fan of his. Thread
Other 201119 KBS' Review for 'Life Goes On MV' "Emotionally releasing the feelings of regret and longing the BTS members have because they aren't able to meet fans." Thread
Other 201120 First Korean American woman in congress repping a BTS face mask!

Milestones

Type Date Thread
Charts/Sales 201116 BTS's 'Love Yourself: Answer' re-enters this week's 'Billboard 200' chart at No. 185
Charts/Sales 201116 "Dynamite" is #5 on the Global 200 and #4 Global Excl. U.S. charts
Charts/Sales 201116 'MAP OF THE SOUL: 7' returns to the top 100 on this week’s Billboard 200
Charts/Sales 201117 BTS’s "Dynamite" is the highest charting song by an all-Korean act in Pop Songs airplay chart history (new peak of #7)
Charts/Sales 201116 BTS, RM, Suga/Agust D, J-Hope to earn top 40 album on Billboard 200
Charts/Sales 201117 “Dynamite” is #17 on the Hot 100 for its 12th week
Charts/Sales 201117 'Map of the Soul: 7' is now certified Platinum in the US for selling 1 million units
Charts/Sales 201120 'Spring Day' Re-Enters MelOn top 50
Charts/Sales 201120 'The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever' is now certified Silver in the UK for selling 60,000 units
Charts/Sales 201121 Life Goes On Debuts on #3 Global Spotify + Other Song Debuts Within Top 25
Charts/Sales 201122 BTS "Blue & Grey" Has Reached #1 On US iTunes, Becoming The Second Song From "BE" To Achieve This After "Life Goes On"
Likes 201116 DNA official MV hits 17M likes on YouTube (3rd MV to reach milestone)
Likes 201118 ‘Life Goes On Official Teaser 1' becomes the fastest MV teaser in YouTube history to achieve 1 million likes (36 minutes), surpassing 'Dynamite'.
Streams 201118 BTS has now surpassed 13 billion streams on Spotify (all credits)
Streams 201121 BTS Was The #1 Most Streamed Artist On Spotify Nov 20 With 62.1mil Streams And Now Also Has Overall Most Daily Streams For A Group
Streams 201122 Agust D’s (SUGA) 'D-2' has now surpassed 200 Million streams on Spotify
Views 201117 "Dynamite" has now surpassed 600 million views on YouTube
Views 201119 "Black Swan" has now surpassed 200 million views on YouTube
Views 201122 Life Goes On Has Reached 100M Views!
Other 201117 BTS' "Life Goes On" teaser is now the #1 trending video on YouTube US

TinyTAN

Date Thread
201118 TinyTAN: Cos ah ah I'm in the skates tonight So watch me bring my friends and set the stage alight
201118 Messenger: Which @TinyTANofficial character are you? Today we’re releasing the #TinyTANStickerPack, chat theme and 360 backgrounds.
201118 Facebook & Instagram: New TinyTAN chat themes

BT21

Date Link Thread
201119 BT21 Playlist - Study With Koya ASMR Thread

BT21 merchandise news

Date Thread
201117 Line Friends Store Twitter Update
201118 BT21 IG Update A Dream Of Baby Doll Series
201120 BT21 Twitter Update: Goodnight, sleepyheads. #BT21 'A Dream of Baby' THEME

Misc

Date Thread
201117 Review of the Beat Saber BTS Pack
201119 [Throwback] 4 years ago today, BTS won their first ever daesang for Album of the Year with ‘The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever’ at the 8th MMA
201119 Translation and Korean vocab lesson with "So Far Away (ft. SURAN)" by Agust D
201119 BTS' 'BE' is headed for #1 album debut in the US. Initial forecast is 300K+ first week units (via @HITSDD).
201120 BTS Global Press Conference 'BE' live thread
201121 Translation and Korean lesson with "Fly To My Room" lyrics
201121 BE Giveaway (closed)
201122 Translation and Korean lesson with 병 (Dis-ease) lyrics

Subreddit

Rolling /bangtan Awards 2020 nomination form

Community posts

Top Discussion Posts

  1. [+1275] Just want to thank you all.
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  3. [+163] Prettiest/most meaningful bts lyrics?
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Weekly threads

Fanart

Here are past week's top 5 fanart posts from our sister subreddit, /heungtan!
Submitter Thread
fokelpoint BE ⭐ I made a collage using the concept photos!
tsuavilez i made a Koya bc i miss joon :((
encore_snooze I painted my favourite still from "Life Goes On" mv. Swipe for reference frame
CinnySprout Snowfall JK Pin Design
kach_igga "king namjoon" by me (digital) [my first post here! did this in under 3 hrs in one sitting, & im pretty proud ngl]
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2020.11.14 14:06 plainenglish2 “Flower of Evil” (first impressions of its excellent cinematography)

I’m currently watching "Flower of Evil" despite my reservations.
What were my reservations? Lee Joon-gi looked gaunt in "Lawless Lawyer" compared to how great he looked in "The Joseon Gunman"; I dropped that drama after Ep. 1. I also read that he and FL Moon Chae-won had some intimate scenes in "Flower of Evil." No!!!!!! That’s my Moon Chae-won, my sweet and innocent Se-ryung from "The Princess’s Man"!
But I decided to watch "Flower of Evil" after I lost my crush on Moon Chae-won about two weeks ago; that was when I became obsessed with Miku Kobato, who’s the founder and rhythm guitarist of Band-Maid, an all-female Japanese rock group.
So far, I have only watched Eps. 1-8 of "Flower of Evil," but I have been generally impressed by its cinematography. (I do have criticisms of its cinematography, however, especially its use of short siding and its eyeline mismatches.) In an article titled “Flower Of Evil Director Explains His Intentions Behind Impactful Episode Ending Scenes" (Soompi), the director said that "this drama has a ton of hidden contrasts ... between good and bad, lies and truth, love and hate." So, in analyzing this drama’s cinematography, I looked for duality or hidden contrasts.
A. This discussion is a bit long, and so I’ll start with four brief examples of this drama’s excellent cinematography.
(1) This shot of Ji Won from Ep. 3 is beautifully composed through the use of negative space. No Film School in its article "What’s Negative Space and How Can You Use It Effectively in Your Own Films?" says: "Negative space is simply the space around and between the subject of a composition. For example, in a wide shot of a man standing in an empty field, the sky, ground, and everything in between would be considered negative space."
For more information on negative space, please read "How to Effectively Use Negative Space in Your Shots" (Videomaker).
(2) This wide shot from Ep. 1 shows Ji Won after talking to her mother-in-law who bluntly told her that they should consider each other as dead. To highlight Ji Won’s disappointment and despair over her failure to earn her mother-in-law’s affection, the cinematographer shoots her from a high angle point of view and frames her with the stairs and railings as if she’s trapped; the "busyness" of the foreground elements also depicts Ji Won’s conflicting emotions.
(3) This shot from Ep. 5 shows Ji Won failing to resuscitate Hee Seong after rescuing him from the swimming pool. Notice that Ji Won is (almost) at the center vertically, while Hee Seong is at the center horizontally. Notice also their reflections on the floor. The situation is bleak, but the shot’s composition, lighting, and colors are beautiful.
(4) This shot from Ep. 1 shows Hee Seong, Ji Won, and their daughter Eun-ha on the right side of the frame and Hee Seong’s parents on the left side; this symmetrical shot effectively depicts the strained relationship between them that previously was just mentioned in dialogues between Ji Won and Hee Seong or between Ji Won and her daughter Eun-ha.
If you closely watch this scene, you will notice that this shot is repeated. The first time, the camera moves slightly to the left, subtly leading the viewer’s attention to Ji Won, Hee Seong, and Eun-ha (who are frame right); the next shot then shows Eun-ha in a medium close-up. The second time, the camera moves slightly to the right, again subtly leading the viewer’s attention to Hee Seong’s parents (who are frame left); the next shot then shows Ji Won’s mother-in-law in a medium close-up.
Wow, this drama’s cinematographer is meticulous! I love this drama! I love Moon Chae-won ... oops, sorry, I love Miku Kobato and Band-Maid!
B. Cross cutting in Ep. 2 between Jae Sub and the social worker to depict contrast
From Wikipedia: "Cross-cutting is an editing technique most often used in films to establish action occurring at the same time, and usually in the same place. In a cross-cut, the camera will cut away from one action to another action, which can suggest the simultaneity of these two actions but this is not always the case."
While reviewing the CCTV footage, Jae Sub gets an insight on where the social worker might have dumped the evidence. He goes up to the rooftop, and as he walks toward what looks like a bin of some sort, the scene cross cuts between him (present, at daytime) and the social worker (previously, at nighttime) as she dumped the evidence. The cross cutting not only provides suspense but also contrast of day (searching for the truth) and night (hiding the truth).
C . Excellent tracking shots to show contrast
Studio Binder defines "tracking shot" as "any shot that physically moves the camera through the scene for an extended amount of time. Tracking shots often follow a traveling subject, though they can be used to simply show off the scene."
At the end of Ep. 1, we have two tracking shots of Moo Jin being held captive in the basement of Hee Seong’s house.
Tracking shot 1: This is actually composed of two tracking shots that are joined through editing; the cutoff point when one tracking shot ends and the other one begins is when the camera reaches the basement door.
What makes this tracking shot meaningful is that it starts from the shot of Ji Won, Hee Seong, and their daughter having a happy time as a family and ends, in stark contrast, with a look of terror in Moo Jin’s eyes. I love this drama’s cinematography! I love Moon Chae-won! Oops, cancel that; I love Miku Kobato and Band-Maid!
Tracking shot 2: This is actually composed of three tracking shots; first tracking shot starts from close up of Moo Jin and moves away and up to the stairs and basement door; second tracking shot is from the basement door up to some shelves on the workshop, with the third tracking shot starting from those shelves and ending with the shot of the house’s facade.
In Tracking shot 2, the camera doesn’t actually move backwards; the tracking shot was done with the camera moving forward, but the shot was edited to show it in "reverse motion."
Tracking shot 3: This is actually composed of two tracking shots. The camera moves from a medium shot of Hee Seong and his daughter to zoom in on a glass frame; the shot then turns to black, and then shows Ji Won in a zoom out as she watches the interrogation from behind a one-way mirror.
D. Lateral movement across the frame (left to right OR right to left):
This scene from Ep. 8 shows Ji Won on an elevated walkway; notice that, at the start, she walks across the frame from right to left. When I first saw that shot, I thought that the cinematographer didn’t know the guideline on lateral movement or that maybe the editor messed up in editing the shots from that scene.
No Film School in its article "Left or Right? Why a Character’s Lateral Movement On-Screen Matters in Film" says: "If there’s only one tenet of filmmaking you learn today, let it be that everything, everything in your film matters -- including the direction your characters are moving on-screen."
The effects of the lateral movement of a character have been known and used by cinematographers since the days of Alfred Hitchcock. But the article cites a 2012 study from the Cleveland State University titled "Which Way Did He Go? Directionality of Film Character and Camera Movement and Subsequent Spectator Interpretation" which validates these effects. (The YouTube video titled "Which Way Did He Go? Lateral Character Movement in Film" provides a simple explanation of the study.)
The YouTube video explains:
The video further states that with the direction in which a character moves, the filmmaker can instill a positive or negative emotional response on the audience.
So was the cinematographer (or the editor) of "Flower of Evil" wrong in first shooting or showing Ji Won in that walkway scene moving from right to left? After reviewing that scene and understanding its context, I think that the cinematographer brilliantly handled this scene. Remember that in this scene, Ji Won’s world has just collapsed after she overheard Hee Seong say that he doesn't feel any love for her. I realized that in this scene, Ji Won was walking back and forth aimlessly on the walkway, and that shooting her first moving from right to left heightens the viewer’s awareness of Ji Won’s emotional agitation.
You’ll notice that at the end of the scene, Ji Won is walking from right to left, with a grim look on her face. I believe that at point, as an upright police officer, she decided to expose Hee Seong as Do Hyun Su. But then, in the next scene, as she saw her reflection on the glass window, she changed her mind and decided to allow Do Hyun Su to continue living as Hee Seong.
For more information, please read "How to read a movie" by noted film critic Roger Ebert.
D. Rack focus on Hee Seong’s eyes
Simply stated, "rack focus" is when one character or an object, let’s say A, is in focus and the other character or object, let’s say B, is not in focus. A then becomes out of focus, and B becomes in focus.
In this scene from Ep. 5, Hee Seong and Ji Won have just kissed, but Hee Seong sees the image of his father who has blacked out eyes. Notice that at the beginning of the shot, Hee Seong’s left eye is in focus, while his right eye is out of focus. Then, his left eye becomes out of focus, while his right eye becomes in focus.
What’s the significance or symbolism of this rack focus on Hee Seong’s eyes? I don’t know; those of you who are more imaginative or more poetic than me can probably explain this better than I can.
E. Main device used by the cinematographer to show "duality" — reflections from mirrors and other surfaces
Before I started watching this drama, I read that the drama focuses on the dual nature (good and evil) of the main character Hee Seong/Do Hwon Su. Later, as I was looking for the official posters, I came across posters that described the "duality" of the main characters. As stated in the Soompi article I mentioned above, the director said that the drama has lots of hidden contrasts between good and bad, lies and truth, love and hate.
Shots of reflections from mirrors or other surfaces are nothing new in movies and dramas, whether Western or Korean. For example, here’s a shot of a reflection of Moon Chae-won as "Se-ryung" in "The Princess’s Man." I think I first became aware of shots of reflections in K-dramas when I was watching "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" back in 2014.
For more information about the use of mirrors or reflections in films, please read these articles from No Film School: "Looking Glass: A Supercut of Mirror Shots" and "Watch: How Nicolas Winding Refn Uses Reflections to Make Us See" (an analysis of how reflections are used in the movie "The Neon Demon" starring Elle Fanning).
It was only after watching Ep. 8 of "Flower of Evil" that I became convinced that the cinematographer was using shots of reflections from mirrors or other surfaces either to show duality or as a recurring device. I’m referring to that scene with the shot of Ji Won’s reflection on the glass window of an eatery when she was wandering aimlessly after overhearing Hee Seong say that he doesn’t feel any love for her.
In Ep. 4, Hee Seong even breaks a mirror and uses part of it as a weapon against the taxi driver.
Reflection shot examples: 1; 2; 3; 4
F. Criticisms of the cinematography of "Flower of Evil": short siding and eyeline mismatch
Short siding: In my previous discussions, I’ve stated my objections to the use of short siding. The usual justification for using short siding is that it creates or heightens emotional tension in the viewer. But, hey, has that been proven in the same way that the effects of lateral movements have been proven in a scientific study?
Eyeline match: Briefly stated, if a character is frame right and looking to the left, the viewer will expect that the person the character is talking to will be frame left and looking to the right. Or vice-versa. This creates in the viewer's mind that the characters are facing and talking to each other. (If not, then there's eyeline mismatch.)
Example 1: This picture shows Hee Seong in frame left (short sided) and looking to the left. But in the next shot, his mother is frame right, looking also to the left. Result? Eyeline mismatch.
Example 2: Hee Seong is frame left, looking to the right. But Ji Won is also frame left, looking to the right. Result? Eyeline mismatch.
Example 3: The taxi driver is frame left and looking to the left (short sided). But Hee Seong is frame right, looking also to the left. Result? Eyeline mismatch.
For more information about eyeline match, please read "Film 101: What Are Eyelines? How to Use Eyeline Match to Tell a Story and Drive a Narrative" (Masterclass).
P. S.
(1) Similar to my disclaimer in my previous discussions, let me state again that I’m a photographer, not a cinematographer or even a film major. Members of this sub who are more technically proficient in cinematography should feel free to correct my errors.
(2) I also hope that I didn’t turn off some of you by my numerous references to Miku and Band-Maid. If not for Miku and Band-Maid, I would not be watching "Flower of Evil" and have written this discussion. Ha ha:)
Related discussions:
“Flower Of Evil Director Explains His Intentions Behind Impactful Episode Ending Scenes" (Soompi): Thedirector explains, among other things, why Hee Seong chose to lock up Moo Jin in the basement and why a music video was used to end Ep. 5 instead of a teaser for Ep. 6.
"Encounter" (some lessons from its excellent cinematography)
Cinematography: Lines, triangles, and other shapes from "Goblin" and other K-dramas and movies
Rack focus and other lessons in cinematography from Empress Ki, CLOY, Mr. Sunshine, etc.
How the cinematographer of “Mr. Sunshine” showed a character who’s facing a crisis, loss, despair, or confusion
"When the Camellia Blooms" (frequent use of low angle shots distinguishes its cinematography)
"Kingdom 2" (some reflections on its brilliant cinematography)
“The Tale of Nokdu” (brief analysis of its excellent cinematography)
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2020.11.06 01:46 isty2e The Korean view on the T1, LS, and more: A supposedly concise version

The Korean view on the T1, LS, and more: A supposedly concise version
I know there has been other posts or comments on this, but I just want to clarify a few things while trying to keep it as brief as possible.

  • What's so special about SKT?
SKT is of course renowned for three summoner's cups it has achieved, but that's not all. It has been such an iconic team representing the Korean e-sports scene, and moreover, to exaggerate a bit, it is almost a symbol of the birth of Korean e-sports ever since Boxer was heavily involved in its creation. For such a long time, the name SKT has always delivered pride and supremacy. As such, with SKT rebranded into T1, it is of foremost interest that how T1 will respect the spirit of the SKT and how to use its legacy.

  • Ads
Everyone understands that some filming and ads are inevitable, and sometimes beneficial, especially when there is Faker, such an icon. The thing is that T1 is doing that mid-season or right before important matches. Especially the pace in this summer was unprecedented.

  • The Malice incident
Malice wasn't just another troll passing by. He had shown his unrivaled toxicity in his prime time in challenger Elo; Someone who's been watching SKT streams, for example, might find this agreeable.
There has been some claims that Malice is a racist as well, based on him calling other people monkeys or saying something like "go eat rice" - I understand that some might argue that this is not that racist based on the context. Well, what about this "minglee" then? Here are some screenshots: https://imgur.com/a/xbENuR3
Personally I don't care whether he's racist or not. He was special in that he was extremely toxic while not being account banned by Riot, not in that he was foreign. Any challenger player in Korean server would be penalized by his team for such behaviors, and even just soloq players will be heavily flamed by the community.

  • LS and Untara
Untara, a former SKT top laner, once uploaded a Youtube video him being trolled by Malice. This happened not because of nationality of Malice or whatsoever, but because he's been such an unparalleled jackass, and even after debuting as a pro. Again, had any Korean pro behaved like that, he would be penalized by the team in a week or two at most. Nothing special here.
And what happened? LS tweeted these:

https://preview.redd.it/t2fxqtv4nix51.jpg?width=850&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=2ff4f26578a0e3401c513b90d7459737260661fa
https://preview.redd.it/a3w2c7h6nix51.jpg?width=850&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=575d92cef23dfe42a6f9f48d20ab4057d8ae4143
I won't bother to translate these into English, since my English skills are not particularly excellent to convey their nuance, but if you show these to any Korean speaking person, he will find it very rude and insulting especially around "이딴 짓". He also mentions "taking a break in spring", which is totally irrelevant to the topic and can be considered a sort of personal attack.
Untara, admittedly, wasn't a great top laner, but still he has been a "good guy" and such an amicable person for Korean fans and players, and well, also a former SKT member, which might be important in the circumstances nowadays.
However, what Korean fans consider the most unforgivable about LS is that he tried to frame Untara (and furthermore, Korean community) as xenophobes and claimed Untara a hypocrite, by saying that he's harassing Malice and this wouldn't have happened if he were not to be a foreign. This is entirely not true: Any (former) professional player will be heavily flamed for such behaviors, regardless of his nationality. Korean fans are considering this framing very disgusting and cunning.

  • LS as a coach
First of all, is LS already confirmed as a T1 coach? I would say 99+%, based on the leaked screenshot from Effort's stream. "Polt head coach" and "LS coach" are already mentioned there, so I think this assumption has a concrete basis.
So what makes LS inadequate for a coach position in T1? Aside from aforementioned his misbehavior, he's unproven. Some might argue that he has shown his excellency and knowledge in League of Legends analysis, but this is not a thing that everyone agrees. Most Korean fans consider his analysis too inconsistent, with the exception of his Morellophobia and love for Liandry's.
Well, however he might turn out to be a great coach, who knows? But the point (for Korean fans) is that he might not be. As I mentioned already, SKT was always expected to deliver supremacy and Faker's time is ticking. Korean fans don't think this is the right time for experimenting or gambling, especially when there could be better options such as Kkoma, Edgar, or even CvMax (if available considering the current status of DRX), and so on. Again, LS is not shunned for his nationality, but for his misbehavior in the past and his unproven ability as a coach.
And there's another factor. Whether you like LS or not, I think everybody can agree on one thing - He isn't particularly a person of a robust mentality. Considering Polt has little to no knowledge in League of Legends, it is likely that LS will be a de facto head coach, which is a burdensome position, both physically and mentally. Many highly doubt that he can stand the position while not being mentally shaken, and I think it is an important thing to be taken into consideration.
TL; DR:
  • SKT is not just another team, and T1 was expected to continue on the path SKT has stepped on.
  • LS is shunned for a reason, which is not his nationality, but for insulting Untara and framing him as a xenophobe.
  • The ability of LS as a coach is not quite proven, and that's why SKT fans are not happy about him being a coach.
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2020.10.20 11:04 cookie_queen2002 JYPE has no excuse for the lackluster execution of the marketing, creative and visual direction that TWICE have had this year.

Hello, this is actually my first rant here even though I have joined the sub a long time ago.
Anyways, Twice was the first kpop I actually loved. I had just watched romeo + juliet for the first time and i was scrolling through the tag on tumblr and saw a gifset of what is love and watched the youtube video and loved it. After that I got into blackpink and bts too.
Visual Direction/ Music Video / Styling
Anyways, I understand it might just be me...but twice's visual direction this year and even last year with fancy was just below average for me. Yesterday, loona and seventeen released music videos for their comebacks. I did not actually like these songs but i checked out their music videos and was actually blown away especially by loona. Now i am sure that loona has not made the same amount of money for bbc as twice have made for jype so i do not understand how a top girl group can release such mediocre content. There are sooo many great mv directors like digipedi and rigend films...like chungha's play, snapping and izones fiesta are conceptually better than every twice mv i have seen.
I mean their twice japan seasons' greetings is some of the most boring photoshoots i have seen in kpop- the outfits did not even match and what was the theme? Let me not even talk about how plain their styling is for when compared to izone, loona, wjsn and even blackpink. I mean blackpink even changed their stylist right before HYLT and still slayed their stages.

Also, why did they buy a zara larsson reject song and basically not change anything about it...sm was able to to it with dreams come true by ses and mr mr by snsd(or was it the boys) and yet jype bought a song, released and then the demo version of the song was actually better than the released one?
Is it that the personnel department has no idea how to hire creative and innovative people for their jobs when smaller companies like bbc and starship can do it ? I can find better people just from scrolling through behance....the person that did sakura's (izone) molak lense shoot is korean and i would add the link to her page when i find it. it was sooo good.
JYPE PLEASE FIRE THEIR STYLIST AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR.

MARKETING
This is the one that gets me angry the most. This is their 5th anniversary and although i am seeing content being produced...the content does not do what it is supposed to do which is create hype. Twice have been releasing teasers almost everyday since last week and i am not seeing anyone talk about at all. I literally have to check the twice reddit sub to find people that talk about it. I only found at about their japan's season greetings on allkpop forum and it was because someone was complaining about the outfits and no offense i agreed with them. I also do not get why jype decided not to open preorders for a full album at least a month to the release date. Lastly, i also do not understand how the fans are complaining and jype refuses to at least change a little. I understand that i might be irrational but part of kpop's success is their ability to market themselves to the world and evolve and jype is not doing that EFFICIENTLY for twice.
P.s:- if anyone wants me to write a post about how i might have done twice's comebacks this year better, then i would love to do so. I understand i am not a professional but if the professionals are not doing their jobs, then they are no better than me.

Please do not be rude in the comments. I tried my best to be professional about my rant. I am sorry if i offended my fellow onces.
I am not sure what flair to use so....
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2020.10.12 20:40 TheGameAce 22 [M4F] Orlando/Online - Screenwriter's Final Attempt For a While - Losing Hope

I've lost count of how many times I've posted between here and r4r now, and I'm pretty much giving up for now if this goes nowhere. Hopefully among the sea of other M4F posts though, someone out there is reading this right now and willing to give me a shot. Oh, and here's a picture of my dog to get things started on the right foot! :) https://i.imgur.com/oSpycM8.jpg
Physical Description: 6'1, dark brown hair + eyes, short neatly trimmed beard. White/Caucasian. My physique is relatively average. I guess you could say 'dad bod'? Trying to get a bit more active though to work off some of the flab!
Details about myself: Gentle, caring, and fiercely loyal. I can be a bit shy about dealing with new people at first. I'm a very creative person, and the things I enjoy most generally revolve around that. Sometimes it's good TV shows or movies (I just watched Casablanca recently, and it was fantastic!), other times it's daydreaming or writing. I even do a bit of sketching on the side (though it's mostly been for concept art), and am considering getting involved a bit in the Cosplay community. (Though I'm a bit nervous about something like that.)
Ideal Date: A relaxed day at Disney (I'm an Annual Passholder) where we take our time and enjoy the sights and sounds, hop on whatever rides we want and have great conversations while we wait in the lines. Or perhaps going to the Florida coast and having a fun day at the beach, doing a bit of fishing, and exploring the local waterways for all sorts of amazing aquatic life!
Hobbies: Mostly average stuff, honestly, and I'm open to developing new ones with someone! I enjoy video games a lot, and I think TV is a given based on my work. Sketching and writing to an extent, although I'm not sure if I can count them as hobbies in my case lol. Uh let's see... Oh, I love collecting memorabilia from WWII + Korean War, and my favorite TV and Film franchises! It's a pretty small collection still, but I've got some really cool stuff, including a very special ornate table that I've dubbed 'The Governor's Table'! I know that probably sounds boring, but it's fun and really cool. There's other small things I can add in here too, like fishing (catch and release only) and aquatic life.
Career: Well, as I mentioned in the title, I'm a screenwriter! Though that's not necessarily the exact extent of things, nor does it mean I'm actively employed. Right now I've written a fantastic pilot script and have some excellent contacts. I'm very passionate about my work and extremely determined to make it all the way! In the meantime I've recently begun looking into potential short-term options for some income until I have a guaranteed contract signed with a network. (I'm only even putting this stuff down because I know it's important to a lot of women. I know it doesn't sound as great as someone who's got a Bachelor's Degree and some cozy management or IT job, but it's what I love to do, and I know it'll work out.)
Notes: I'm very relaxed and open to a great many things, so if you want to talk to me, don't be afraid to bring something up or say what's on your mind. I prefer someone who can be open and honest with me. I'm also somewhat curious about NSFW things after seeing so many other posts talking about it, so if you're that kind of person I won't particularly mind. The only thing I'd request we specifically avoid in conversation, is anything political. Political discussions are like a minefield of bad ideas.
Lastly over here, I want to mention some things I tend to avoid. I don't drink or smoke; the former I don't mind too much, the latter is something I can't live with. Not a fan of excessive tattoos & piercings, or excessive strong language. Kids are 100% a no-go for me. Don't want them, and even if, they should never be exposed to the industry. Finally, I also avoid anything along the lines of mysticism/occult/astrology. If we click well and you really want to know my reasoning on any of this, you can ask why later on.
What I'm looking for:
This doesn't have to be anything exact, honestly. Just think of this as a list of ideal traits in a date.
Now that you've read my little bio, if you think you match well enough then send me a message! Looking forward to hearing from some of you! :)
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2020.10.08 23:59 DTG_Bot This Week At Bungie 10/8/2020

Source: https://www.bungie.net/en/News/Article/49630
This week at Bungie, we’ve got a sweet tooth… for loot!
Boo!
Did I scare you? Probably not. But hey, it’s Festival of the Lost! Things are feeling a bit spookier than usual. I can’t take a turn in the Tower without running into a Guardian dressed for the occasion. Eva Levante has returned, masks and all! If you missed the rundown on our spooky seasonal event last week, be sure to read last week’s blog article.
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Tuesday kicked off the Festival of the Lost, but we’ve also unveiled a few treats that will be coming your way in November. Beyond Light is opening the doors to Europa and renewing your quest for sweet, precious loot! In case you missed it, check out our Weapons and Gear page on Bungie.net, and the trailer below.
Video Link
Wait a second, we’re giving Warlocks what? Gauntlets that spread poison through hordes of enemies?! I want some! The ability to shift using Mask of Bakris looks pretty sweet for Hunters. In just a little over a month you may find your new favorite Exotic in the wild!
Today, we’ve got a lot to cover including changes coming to armor mods, the kickoff of our Festival of the Lost Art and Fashion shows, and more! Let’s get started where it all began, in the Cosmodrome.

Burn Bright, New Light

Over the last year, there’s been a lot of great feedback about the new player experience in Destiny 2. Currently, players are given a single mission to become acquainted with some basic gameplay, and then let loose in the Tower without much direction on where to go or what to do next. This led to some confusion, as many players didn’t exactly know where to start. Who’s that robot that’s meticulously cleaning an Auto Rifle? What do I do with these engrams? And what’s a Zavala? The team has been working to restructure the onramp for Destiny 2, and today we’ll be giving a small glimpse into the New Light experience.
Image Linkimgur
Starting November 10, players will start in the same way that most all of us have. A Ghost will be on the hunt for their Guardian, they’ll stumble upon you, and they’ll revive you for the first time. What’s different now is that you won’t immediately find a ship. Rather, you’ll stumble into another Guardian in the wild.
Image Linkimgur

Shaw Han is his name, and he’s on a mission with his fireteam to investigate what the Hive are up to in the Cosmodrome. He’ll show you the ropes, and help you find your way among the gameplay and systems of Destiny 2.
As a new player, you’ll spend your first few missions getting acquainted with the state of the world in Destiny 2. You’ll have opportunity to take a few weapons out for a spin, find engrams to try different armor and see our progression systems, and have some time to learn how to navigate the user interface to understand quests, bounties, collections, and more. All of this will happen before you set foot in the Tower, and our hope is that this refreshed New Light experience will give a much warmer welcome to Guardians as they play Destiny 2 for the first time.
Image Linkimgur
With the Cosmodrome coming out of the Destiny Content Vault (DCV), this gave us the perfect opportunity to overhaul our new player experience. For veteran players out there, this will be a stroll through memory lane. While the Plaguelands are strictly quarantined per Vanguard orders, you’ll still be able to explore much of what you remember from your first days as a Guardian. Running through the Mothyards to collect Spinmetal, heading down the stairs of the Steppes to face off against powerful Hive Knights, and more. There will be occasional moments of discovery, like stumbling upon a Lost Sector that you haven’t seen before. If you’re an existing player and would like to go through the New Light quest, it will also be available to you on November 10.

We’re excited to see how new players react to our revamped New Light experience, and for many of you to get your boots back on the ground in the Cosmodrome.

Eyes up, Guardian.

Mod Modifications

We’re a little over a month out from Beyond Light. Thirty-three days, to be precise. We have quite a bit to cover between now and then, from sandbox updates to how your various economies are being updated. Sandbox is always a hot topic of discussion, and today we’ll be diving a bit deeper into the ways you customize your gameplay experience through armor mods.
Armor mods are used to elevate your reload speeds, ability regen, and more to higher levels. In November, some of the mods you commonly use are being tuned. Some mods will be buffed, while others will be removed all together. Here, we’re going to dive into a patch note preview of sorts, with snippets of developer commentary from the development team throughout.
Energy Type Requirements
  • All of the weapon-oriented armor mods (i.e. Hand Cannon Loader, Fusion Rifle Ammo Finder, etc.) have been changed to be Any Energy Type.
    • As a result of the above change, all Arc Charged with Light mods now activate their second perk if you have any other Arc mod equipped on the same armor piece, OR if you have any other Arc Charged with Light mod socketed in any other armor piece you are wearing.
Developer Commentary: Removing the energy type requirements from weapon-focused mods has been a consistent piece of community feedback since Armor 2.0 launched. However, doing so meant that every mod socket would be displaying three times as many mods at a time, which would become cumbersome.
Enhanced Mod Rebalancing
  • All mods that have an Enhanced version of that mod (i.e. Enhanced Hand Cannon Loader) have had the base mods’ efficacy increased to match that of the Enhanced version of the mod.
    • As a result, those Enhanced mods have been deprecated, and the base mods’ energy costs have been adjusted upward slightly (but are still lower than the equivalent Enhanced mods).
  • Some mods have moved to different slots to create more competition for mod sockets across armor pieces (for example, the Fast Ready mods have moved to the Arms socket).
Developer Commentary: We consistently see feedback that players often don’t start feeling the impact of mods until they have an Enhanced mod, or two non-Enhanced mods, socketed. So, to resolve both issues, we decided to raise the floor on the effectiveness of all mods to the point where players were more likely to feel their impact,and to deprecate the two tiers of mods. This should also make having two different mods in the same category (say, Hand Cannon Loader and Shotgun Loader) socketed at the same time more appealing than it was previously, where players often needed to double-stack the same mod to feel like they are getting any benefit.
In essence, we are making Enhanced mods cheaper and more accessible, and deprecating the lesser mods.
Raid Mods
  • Starting in Season 12, the Last Wish, Garden of Salvation, and the upcoming Beyond Light raid armors will now drop with a fifth, dedicated armor mod socket that is exclusively for the mods related to that raid.
    • Last Wish and Garden of Salvation armor acquired prior to Season 12 will not have this dedicated armor socket, but will still be able to use the mods related to that raid in the new Legacy armor mod socket.
  • Anti-Taken mods from Last Wish will only function in the Last Wish raid.
  • Anti-Hive mods from the Leviathan Raid will be deprecated.
  • Anti-Fallen raid mods from Scourge of the Past will be deprecated.
Developer Commentary: The decision to give the raid armors a fifth mod socket, dedicated solely to its raid mods, should not only make the raid armors a more valuable reward, but also should compensate for the restriction on the usage of these raid mods with the ability to use that armor to craft your build both in and out of the raid.
Regarding the deprecation of the anti-Hive and anti-Fallen mods, and the restriction of the anti-Taken mods to Last Wish, this is something that we’ve had our eye on for a while. We consistently get feedback that faction-specific mods are highly unbalanced outside of the content they were intended to work in (in this case, the raids, which are being moved into the DCV). Because these are useful with any instance of a combatant race, activity designers and sandbox designers were constantly having to be aware of how these mods would impact the play of those activities. They have proven to be problematic in Gambit (creating a clear divide between the Haves and the Have-Nots) and have significantly reduced the challenge of dungeons.
With the raids that provided the source for these mods going into the DCV provides, we have the opportunity to gracefully remove these mods and their long-reaching consequences. Last Wish, which was designed and balanced with its anti-Taken mods in mind, will remain a part of the game and continue to reward players with its mods. However, to prevent those far-reaching consequences mentioned above, we are aligning those mods with the other raid mods and making them function only in the raid that they drop from. We’ve had a positive response to the more mechanic-focused mods from Garden of Salvation, and future raids will have mods more like those.
Combat Mods
  • All armor released in Beyond Light and Season 12, all Last Wish and Garden of Salvation armor acquired starting in Season 12, and all Armor 2.0 Exotic armor pieces (including those already possessed by players) will have a Combat style mod socket. In Season 12, this socket will accept all Charged with Light and Warmind Cell mods.
  • All Armor 2.0 armor acquired during Seasons 8-11 have had their Seasonal mod sockets replaced with a single, unified Legacy mod socket that can socket all Charged with Light mods, all Warmind Cell mods, all Nightmare Hunt mods, all Garden of Salvation mods, and all Last Wish mods.
And with that, we’ve come to an end for our armor mod patch note preview. In the coming weeks, we’ll shift focus to your arsenal. We have a handful of weapon archetypes that are being tuned, with some hefty changes that may surprise you! Stay tuned.

Festival of the Lost - Art and Fashion Shows!

This community is home to wide ranging talent. We’ve seen full on Cabal cosplays at PAX, works of art created on oil and canvas, and some amazing screenshots taken throughout our solar system. With Festival of the Lost in full swing, we’d like to highlight your skills, and pass out some emblems in the process.
#FOTLArtShow
Now, we aren’t going to be too strict on a prompt here, but we’d love to see your takes on spooky themes in the worlds of Destiny. Carve a pumpkin, build out a cosplay, or draw some Festival of the Lost themed art (digital or physical mediums are both awesome!), and tweet your submission using the hashtag #FOTLArtShow. We’ll retweet our favorites from @Bungie throughout Festival of the Lost and send you an "Aspect of Luminance" emblem you can show off to your friends!
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#FOTLFashionShow
It wouldn’t be Festival of the Lost without a costume contest of sorts, now would it? Eva Levante has been dishing out some fun masks for you to wear in the wild, and we’d love to see how you’re dressing your Guardians for the occasion.
Take a screenshot of your Guardian wearing a Festival of the Lost mask in any activity or at any destination. Be sure to dress your Guardian with armor and shaders to compliment your headwear. Tweet your submission with the hashtag #FOTLFashionShow, and we’ll retweet winners from @Bungie through the end of the event. If your shot is selected, we’ll grant you the "Levante’s Prize" emblem.
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These will serve as your last chances to get the Aspect of Luminance and Levante’s Prize emblems from Year 3. We may use these emblems as rewards again in the future, but they’ll be on hiatus for a while.
Without further ado, get to it! Time’s ticking. Extra points to any submissions that visibly creep us out.

Creepy Crawlies

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While it may be the time of year where people actively decorate their homes in spider webs, we’ll never be too keen on bugs. Destiny Player Support is on the case, ensuring you don’t get tangled on your way to this year’s Festival of the Lost.
This is their report.
SEASON OF ARRIVALS TITLE
Due to the Cradle encounter’s weekly rotation, it is possible for players to miss an encounter before the end of Season of Arrivals if they are not already completed; this would also prevent players from earning the Season of Arrivals title. Players who are looking to complete the Season of Arrivals title should ensure they have enough time to complete all associated Triumphs before the end of the season. Players who earn the Season of Arrivals title should claim and equip it to ensure that it isn’t removed at the end of the Season.
BEYOND LIGHT AND THE END OF SEASON OF ARRIVALS
To prepare for the release of Beyond Light and Season of [REDACTED] on November 10, 2020, Destiny 2 will need to be taken offline for maintenance. In order to prepare for Update 3.0.0, Destiny 2 will be taken offline for maintenance at 7 PM PST (Pacific Standard Time) on November 9, 2020, and will remain offline until November 10, 2020, at 10 AM PST. During this offline period, the game will not be available, and Season of Arrivals items will be made unavailable. Players are strongly urged to finish any Season of Arrivals content or Triumphs before 7 PM on November 9th.
CLOSING OUT SEASON OF ARRIVALS
When Season of Arrivals ends at 7 PM PST on November 9, 2020, there will be a number of items, activities, and Triumphs that will no longer be available to players. Some of these items include:
  • The Prophecy Dungeon (which will return in a later Season)
  • The Ruinous Effigy quest
  • Traveler's Chosen quest
  • The Seed of Silver Wings Seasonal Artifact and the player power increase from said artifact
  • Unopened Umbral Engrams
A full list of items being removed at the Season’s end can be found here.
PC MIGRATION
Since moving to Steam, Destiny 2 players have been able to migrate their characters, licenses, and progress from Battle.net to Steam via a one-time transfer. This transfer process will no longer be available beginning December 1, 2020. Any Destiny 2 PC players who have not migrated their licenses and content from Battle.net to Steam will no longer be available to do so starting on December 1. Players in this state are encouraged to start our PC Migration process so they will not lose access to their Destiny 2 licenses and content.
Please note that if a player has progress on Steam and chooses to undergo PC Migration, any existing content on Steam will be overwritten by migrated Battle.net content. This means that all character and progress data on Steam will be deleted and replaced by the character and progress data from Battle.net. This cannot be undone.
KNOWN ISSUES
While we continue investigating various known issues, here is a list of the latest issues that were reported to us in our #Help Forum:
  • We are aware of an issue where the "Candy Collected" emblem tracker isn't tracking 2020 Candy.
  • We are investigating an issue where Eris Morn’s dialogue and subtitles are not appearing for Korean players in the final Interference mission.
  • We are investigating an issue where Cipher Decoders are not dropping often for players.
  • We are aware of an issue where the Masquerader's Helmet has inconsistent Power levels when acquired from Eva.
  • We are aware of an issue where gear can sometimes drop at 750 Power from the Haunted Forest chests.
For a full list of emergent issues in Destiny 2, players can review our Known Issues article. Players who observe other issues should report them to our #Help forum.
Please note that Season Pass rewards from Season of the Worthy will be unavailable to claim when Season of Arrivals ends. Past Season Pass rewards can be claimed here.

Jumpscares

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I don’t know about you, but I just can’t handle jump scares. When I sit back to watch a two-hour horror film full of terrifying screams and scary themes, I just want to relax. This week, you won’t find any jump scares in our MOTW picks. Rather, you’ll find some killer community content.
More Than Just A Dream!
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FotL Trailer – Guitar Cover
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Definitely a Titan Main
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We’ve only got a few more TWAB’s to earn the Shadowkeep MOTW emblem. Put together your best clips, throw some spicy music on it, and get it on the Community Creations page! Just make sure to include a link to your Bungie.net profile so we know where to send the emblem.
There’s nothing like the buzz before the launch of a new expansion in Destiny 2. If we were in the office, we’d be feeling electricity in the air at Bungie. Things are getting tied up. We’re taking a magnifying glass to the content, finishing up our final test passes to prepare the next year of Destiny 2 for launch. Even in a world where we’re working remotely, the excitement is felt in each meeting as we dot the I's and cross the t’s. Soon, it will all be in your hands, and we’ll be right there with you as you embark on your first journeys of Europa.
We hope you enjoyed a peek at upcoming Exotics earlier this week. We have a lot more for you to see, and a lot more for you to experience, all coming soon. We know many of you are trying to plan some time off for the raid race, and we’re looking to have some details on that next week. Stay tuned.
Cheers,
-dmg04
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2020.10.08 23:59 DTG_Bot This Week At Bungie 10/8/2020

Source: https://www.bungie.net/en/News/Article/49630
This week at Bungie, we’ve got a sweet tooth… for loot!
Boo!
Did I scare you? Probably not. But hey, it’s Festival of the Lost! Things are feeling a bit spookier than usual. I can’t take a turn in the Tower without running into a Guardian dressed for the occasion. Eva Levante has returned, masks and all! If you missed the rundown on our spooky seasonal event last week, be sure to read last week’s blog article.
Image Linkimgur
Tuesday kicked off the Festival of the Lost, but we’ve also unveiled a few treats that will be coming your way in November. Beyond Light is opening the doors to Europa and renewing your quest for sweet, precious loot! In case you missed it, check out our Weapons and Gear page on Bungie.net, and the trailer below.
Video Link
Wait a second, we’re giving Warlocks what? Gauntlets that spread poison through hordes of enemies?! I want some! The ability to shift using Mask of Bakris looks pretty sweet for Hunters. In just a little over a month you may find your new favorite Exotic in the wild!
Today, we’ve got a lot to cover including changes coming to armor mods, the kickoff of our Festival of the Lost Art and Fashion shows, and more! Let’s get started where it all began, in the Cosmodrome.

Burn Bright, New Light

Over the last year, there’s been a lot of great feedback about the new player experience in Destiny 2. Currently, players are given a single mission to become acquainted with some basic gameplay, and then let loose in the Tower without much direction on where to go or what to do next. This led to some confusion, as many players didn’t exactly know where to start. Who’s that robot that’s meticulously cleaning an Auto Rifle? What do I do with these engrams? And what’s a Zavala? The team has been working to restructure the onramp for Destiny 2, and today we’ll be giving a small glimpse into the New Light experience.
Image Linkimgur
Starting November 10, players will start in the same way that most all of us have. A Ghost will be on the hunt for their Guardian, they’ll stumble upon you, and they’ll revive you for the first time. What’s different now is that you won’t immediately find a ship. Rather, you’ll stumble into another Guardian in the wild.
Image Linkimgur

Shaw Han is his name, and he’s on a mission with his fireteam to investigate what the Hive are up to in the Cosmodrome. He’ll show you the ropes, and help you find your way among the gameplay and systems of Destiny 2.
As a new player, you’ll spend your first few missions getting acquainted with the state of the world in Destiny 2. You’ll have opportunity to take a few weapons out for a spin, find engrams to try different armor and see our progression systems, and have some time to learn how to navigate the user interface to understand quests, bounties, collections, and more. All of this will happen before you set foot in the Tower, and our hope is that this refreshed New Light experience will give a much warmer welcome to Guardians as they play Destiny 2 for the first time.
Image Linkimgur
With the Cosmodrome coming out of the Destiny Content Vault (DCV), this gave us the perfect opportunity to overhaul our new player experience. For veteran players out there, this will be a stroll through memory lane. While the Plaguelands are strictly quarantined per Vanguard orders, you’ll still be able to explore much of what you remember from your first days as a Guardian. Running through the Mothyards to collect Spinmetal, heading down the stairs of the Steppes to face off against powerful Hive Knights, and more. There will be occasional moments of discovery, like stumbling upon a Lost Sector that you haven’t seen before. If you’re an existing player and would like to go through the New Light quest, it will also be available to you on November 10.

We’re excited to see how new players react to our revamped New Light experience, and for many of you to get your boots back on the ground in the Cosmodrome.

Eyes up, Guardian.

Mod Modifications

We’re a little over a month out from Beyond Light. Thirty-three days, to be precise. We have quite a bit to cover between now and then, from sandbox updates to how your various economies are being updated. Sandbox is always a hot topic of discussion, and today we’ll be diving a bit deeper into the ways you customize your gameplay experience through armor mods.
Armor mods are used to elevate your reload speeds, ability regen, and more to higher levels. In November, some of the mods you commonly use are being tuned. Some mods will be buffed, while others will be removed all together. Here, we’re going to dive into a patch note preview of sorts, with snippets of developer commentary from the development team throughout.
Energy Type Requirements
  • All of the weapon-oriented armor mods (i.e. Hand Cannon Loader, Fusion Rifle Ammo Finder, etc.) have been changed to be Any Energy Type.
    • As a result of the above change, all Arc Charged with Light mods now activate their second perk if you have any other Arc mod equipped on the same armor piece, OR if you have any other Arc Charged with Light mod socketed in any other armor piece you are wearing.
Developer Commentary: Removing the energy type requirements from weapon-focused mods has been a consistent piece of community feedback since Armor 2.0 launched. However, doing so meant that every mod socket would be displaying three times as many mods at a time, which would become cumbersome.
Enhanced Mod Rebalancing
  • All mods that have an Enhanced version of that mod (i.e. Enhanced Hand Cannon Loader) have had the base mods’ efficacy increased to match that of the Enhanced version of the mod.
    • As a result, those Enhanced mods have been deprecated, and the base mods’ energy costs have been adjusted upward slightly (but are still lower than the equivalent Enhanced mods).
  • Some mods have moved to different slots to create more competition for mod sockets across armor pieces (for example, the Fast Ready mods have moved to the Arms socket).
Developer Commentary: We consistently see feedback that players often don’t start feeling the impact of mods until they have an Enhanced mod, or two non-Enhanced mods, socketed. So, to resolve both issues, we decided to raise the floor on the effectiveness of all mods to the point where players were more likely to feel their impact,and to deprecate the two tiers of mods. This should also make having two different mods in the same category (say, Hand Cannon Loader and Shotgun Loader) socketed at the same time more appealing than it was previously, where players often needed to double-stack the same mod to feel like they are getting any benefit.
In essence, we are making Enhanced mods cheaper and more accessible, and deprecating the lesser mods.
Raid Mods
  • Starting in Season 12, the Last Wish, Garden of Salvation, and the upcoming Beyond Light raid armors will now drop with a fifth, dedicated armor mod socket that is exclusively for the mods related to that raid.
    • Last Wish and Garden of Salvation armor acquired prior to Season 12 will not have this dedicated armor socket, but will still be able to use the mods related to that raid in the new Legacy armor mod socket.
  • Anti-Taken mods from Last Wish will only function in the Last Wish raid.
  • Anti-Hive mods from the Leviathan Raid will be deprecated.
  • Anti-Fallen raid mods from Scourge of the Past will be deprecated.
Developer Commentary: The decision to give the raid armors a fifth mod socket, dedicated solely to its raid mods, should not only make the raid armors a more valuable reward, but also should compensate for the restriction on the usage of these raid mods with the ability to use that armor to craft your build both in and out of the raid.
Regarding the deprecation of the anti-Hive and anti-Fallen mods, and the restriction of the anti-Taken mods to Last Wish, this is something that we’ve had our eye on for a while. We consistently get feedback that faction-specific mods are highly unbalanced outside of the content they were intended to work in (in this case, the raids, which are being moved into the DCV). Because these are useful with any instance of a combatant race, activity designers and sandbox designers were constantly having to be aware of how these mods would impact the play of those activities. They have proven to be problematic in Gambit (creating a clear divide between the Haves and the Have-Nots) and have significantly reduced the challenge of dungeons.
With the raids that provided the source for these mods going into the DCV provides, we have the opportunity to gracefully remove these mods and their long-reaching consequences. Last Wish, which was designed and balanced with its anti-Taken mods in mind, will remain a part of the game and continue to reward players with its mods. However, to prevent those far-reaching consequences mentioned above, we are aligning those mods with the other raid mods and making them function only in the raid that they drop from. We’ve had a positive response to the more mechanic-focused mods from Garden of Salvation, and future raids will have mods more like those.
Combat Mods
  • All armor released in Beyond Light and Season 12, all Last Wish and Garden of Salvation armor acquired starting in Season 12, and all Armor 2.0 Exotic armor pieces (including those already possessed by players) will have a Combat style mod socket. In Season 12, this socket will accept all Charged with Light and Warmind Cell mods.
  • All Armor 2.0 armor acquired during Seasons 8-11 have had their Seasonal mod sockets replaced with a single, unified Legacy mod socket that can socket all Charged with Light mods, all Warmind Cell mods, all Nightmare Hunt mods, all Garden of Salvation mods, and all Last Wish mods.
And with that, we’ve come to an end for our armor mod patch note preview. In the coming weeks, we’ll shift focus to your arsenal. We have a handful of weapon archetypes that are being tuned, with some hefty changes that may surprise you! Stay tuned.

Festival of the Lost - Art and Fashion Shows!

This community is home to wide ranging talent. We’ve seen full on Cabal cosplays at PAX, works of art created on oil and canvas, and some amazing screenshots taken throughout our solar system. With Festival of the Lost in full swing, we’d like to highlight your skills, and pass out some emblems in the process.
#FOTLArtShow
Now, we aren’t going to be too strict on a prompt here, but we’d love to see your takes on spooky themes in the worlds of Destiny. Carve a pumpkin, build out a cosplay, or draw some Festival of the Lost themed art (digital or physical mediums are both awesome!), and tweet your submission using the hashtag #FOTLArtShow. We’ll retweet our favorites from @Bungie throughout Festival of the Lost and send you an "Aspect of Luminance" emblem you can show off to your friends!
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#FOTLFashionShow
It wouldn’t be Festival of the Lost without a costume contest of sorts, now would it? Eva Levante has been dishing out some fun masks for you to wear in the wild, and we’d love to see how you’re dressing your Guardians for the occasion.
Take a screenshot of your Guardian wearing a Festival of the Lost mask in any activity or at any destination. Be sure to dress your Guardian with armor and shaders to compliment your headwear. Tweet your submission with the hashtag #FOTLFashionShow, and we’ll retweet winners from @Bungie through the end of the event. If your shot is selected, we’ll grant you the "Levante’s Prize" emblem.
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These will serve as your last chances to get the Aspect of Luminance and Levante’s Prize emblems from Year 3. We may use these emblems as rewards again in the future, but they’ll be on hiatus for a while.
Without further ado, get to it! Time’s ticking. Extra points to any submissions that visibly creep us out.

Creepy Crawlies

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While it may be the time of year where people actively decorate their homes in spider webs, we’ll never be too keen on bugs. Destiny Player Support is on the case, ensuring you don’t get tangled on your way to this year’s Festival of the Lost.
This is their report.
SEASON OF ARRIVALS TITLE
Due to the Cradle encounter’s weekly rotation, it is possible for players to miss an encounter before the end of Season of Arrivals if they are not already completed; this would also prevent players from earning the Season of Arrivals title. Players who are looking to complete the Season of Arrivals title should ensure they have enough time to complete all associated Triumphs before the end of the season. Players who earn the Season of Arrivals title should claim and equip it to ensure that it isn’t removed at the end of the Season.
BEYOND LIGHT AND THE END OF SEASON OF ARRIVALS
To prepare for the release of Beyond Light and Season of [REDACTED] on November 10, 2020, Destiny 2 will need to be taken offline for maintenance. In order to prepare for Update 3.0.0, Destiny 2 will be taken offline for maintenance at 7 PM PST (Pacific Standard Time) on November 9, 2020, and will remain offline until November 10, 2020, at 10 AM PST. During this offline period, the game will not be available, and Season of Arrivals items will be made unavailable. Players are strongly urged to finish any Season of Arrivals content or Triumphs before 7 PM on November 9th.
CLOSING OUT SEASON OF ARRIVALS
When Season of Arrivals ends at 7 PM PST on November 9, 2020, there will be a number of items, activities, and Triumphs that will no longer be available to players. Some of these items include:
  • The Prophecy Dungeon (which will return in a later Season)
  • The Ruinous Effigy quest
  • Traveler's Chosen quest
  • The Seed of Silver Wings Seasonal Artifact and the player power increase from said artifact
  • Unopened Umbral Engrams
A full list of items being removed at the Season’s end can be found here.
PC MIGRATION
Since moving to Steam, Destiny 2 players have been able to migrate their characters, licenses, and progress from Battle.net to Steam via a one-time transfer. This transfer process will no longer be available beginning December 1, 2020. Any Destiny 2 PC players who have not migrated their licenses and content from Battle.net to Steam will no longer be available to do so starting on December 1. Players in this state are encouraged to start our PC Migration process so they will not lose access to their Destiny 2 licenses and content.
Please note that if a player has progress on Steam and chooses to undergo PC Migration, any existing content on Steam will be overwritten by migrated Battle.net content. This means that all character and progress data on Steam will be deleted and replaced by the character and progress data from Battle.net. This cannot be undone.
KNOWN ISSUES
While we continue investigating various known issues, here is a list of the latest issues that were reported to us in our #Help Forum:
  • We are aware of an issue where the "Candy Collected" emblem tracker isn't tracking 2020 Candy.
  • We are investigating an issue where Eris Morn’s dialogue and subtitles are not appearing for Korean players in the final Interference mission.
  • We are investigating an issue where Cipher Decoders are not dropping often for players.
  • We are aware of an issue where the Masquerader's Helmet has inconsistent Power levels when acquired from Eva.
  • We are aware of an issue where gear can sometimes drop at 750 Power from the Haunted Forest chests.
For a full list of emergent issues in Destiny 2, players can review our Known Issues article. Players who observe other issues should report them to our #Help forum.
Please note that Season Pass rewards from Season of the Worthy will be unavailable to claim when Season of Arrivals ends. Past Season Pass rewards can be claimed here.

Jumpscares

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I don’t know about you, but I just can’t handle jump scares. When I sit back to watch a two-hour horror film full of terrifying screams and scary themes, I just want to relax. This week, you won’t find any jump scares in our MOTW picks. Rather, you’ll find some killer community content.
More Than Just A Dream!
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FotL Trailer – Guitar Cover
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Definitely a Titan Main
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We’ve only got a few more TWAB’s to earn the Shadowkeep MOTW emblem. Put together your best clips, throw some spicy music on it, and get it on the Community Creations page! Just make sure to include a link to your Bungie.net profile so we know where to send the emblem.
There’s nothing like the buzz before the launch of a new expansion in Destiny 2. If we were in the office, we’d be feeling electricity in the air at Bungie. Things are getting tied up. We’re taking a magnifying glass to the content, finishing up our final test passes to prepare the next year of Destiny 2 for launch. Even in a world where we’re working remotely, the excitement is felt in each meeting as we dot the I's and cross the t’s. Soon, it will all be in your hands, and we’ll be right there with you as you embark on your first journeys of Europa.
We hope you enjoyed a peek at upcoming Exotics earlier this week. We have a lot more for you to see, and a lot more for you to experience, all coming soon. We know many of you are trying to plan some time off for the raid race, and we’re looking to have some details on that next week. Stay tuned.
Cheers,
-dmg04
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2020.10.04 22:02 tutetibiimperes Nugu Roundup #59 - Roll the D1CE - 200410 + Album Giveaway!

Hello and welcome to the latest Nugu Roundup!
What is this?: This is a weekly feature designed to highlight the unknown/underappreciated groups and soloists working hard in the Kpop world that often fall under the radar. Please share your own information, favorite performance videos, fanmeet stories, or anything else relevant below!
Last week we got to know the new girl group keeping bright quirky pop alive, Cignature! This week let's get to know fan-favorite Dreamcatcher's brother group, D1CE!
Look at the first comment below for the winner of the thirteenth Nugu Roundup Album Giveaway, plus details on this week's album up for grabs!
What is Nugu?: While in Korean it literally means 'Who' in the broader Kpop context it refers to groups that are generally unknown amongst the greater public. It doesn't have to mean they're extremely new, though it can, and there are of course varying degrees of 'unknown' which some groups having very strong niche fandoms and others being almost invisible. I take a fairly broad view and will include groups that may be known to some, but who don't have widespread name recognition.
Let's get on with the show...
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D1CE
Who are they?: D1CE is a five member boy group under D1CE Company. Their name is pronounced "D-Once" and their fandom is Don1y, which is a combination of D1CE and 'Once'. Pre-debut they were known as HNB for 'HappyFace Next Boys'.
Company: D1CE Company is a group-specific sub-label for D1CE under HappyFace Entertainment much like Dreamcatcher operates under Dreamcatcher Company. HappyFace was founded by producer-duo E-Tribe who were responsible for such mega-hits as Lee Hyori's U-Go-Girl and SNSD's Gee. Current groups include Dreamcatcher, D1CE, and Dal*Shabet (on indefinite hiatus), vocal ballad trio Classmate, and soloist Lee Si Eun. Former artists include R&B group 4Men, soloist Ben, girl group Bebe Mignon, and rappeproducer Nassun.
Full Group Interviews
Members
Debut: August 1st, 2019 with Wake Up (MV) Live Stage (Link) Dance Practice (Link)
Most Recent Comeback: June 17th, 2020 with Draw You (MV) Live Stage (Link) Dance Practice (Link)
Special Single Comeback: August 17th, 2020 with One Summer (MV)
Special Pre-Debut Unit: June 14th, 2018 with Falling in Love (MV) Live Stage (Link)
YouTube Channel: D1CE Official
Random Stuff
Trivia: In typical HappyFace fashion the group has a large number of high-quality 'special clip' cover videos, I strongly suggest checking them out. All members have previous survival show experience. Though they pronounce their name 'D-Once' they also imagery of 'rolling the dice' in their song descriptions. Their fandom name was the result of a fan vote. Member Jingyoung has appeared on King of the Masked Singer (link). I don't normally comment on official colors, but theirs are a particularly pretty shade of bronze and brass (link). The group has performed in Japan.
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Soloist of the Week
NADA
Who is she?: The former main rapper of the girl group WA$$UP she made her solo debut while still a member of the group and has continued as a solo hip-hop artist since the group's disbandment.
Company: She is now represented by Woldstar Entertainment, a new company formed this year and based in Singapore. The company's CEO Kim Jinseon, also known as Sunny Kim, is a former member of the girl group CST and has a previous company known as PNB Entertainment which seems to have closed. In addition to Nada the company has also signed Dahye, formerly of BESTie, and a number of athletes and actors. They also have a set of female trainees expected to form as a new girl group.
Real Name: Yoon Yejin
Age: 29 (IA)
Solo Debut: December 22nd, 2016 with Seorae Village (MV) Live Performance (Link)
Most Recent Comeback: June 25th, 2020 with My Body (MV) Live Stage (Link) Dance Practice (Link)
Other Realeases
YouTube Channel: Nada Official
Random Stuff
Trivia: Nada takes her stage name from the Spanish word for 'nothing' and says that it means that "I Am Me". She has competed in Show Me the Money 3 and Unpretty Rapstar 3. She says she was the best member in WA$$UP when it came to twerking. She has been a featured artist on tracks from Pharaoh (link), The Gita, Stephanie (link), and Grey Day (link). She was involved in a dodgeball sports reality TV show with other WA$$UP members and members of 9 Muses. She has a brother who is a cartoonist. She left WA$$UP with fellow members Jinju and Dain over a dispute over lack of payment.
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IN MEMORIAM
MIDNIGHT
Who were they?: MIDNIGHT was a pre-debut girl-group under H&I Entertainment. While the membership numbers shifted continuously throughout the group's pre-debut period they maintained a hip-hop-oriented style. The group disbanded before it could debut.
First Pre-Debut Release: March 9th, 2019 with Girl Groups Flooded (MV)
Second Pre-Debut Release: April 13th, 2019 with Swish (MV)
Final Pre-Debut Release: August 20th, 2019 with Algorithm feat. Sleepy (MV) Performance Video (Link)
Active Between: 2018-2020
Reasons for Disbanding: The group struggled with membership changes throughout its existence, seeing 15 different girls cycle through the group at some point, some never appearing in any official releases. Their debut date was also postponed multiple times. Eventually the company folded and the group was disbanded.
YouTube Channel: MIDNIGHT Official
Random Stuff
Trivia: Member and leader Danvvb was a former dance trainer at JYP and also a backup dancer for groups such as Winner as well as a choreographer. She is now a soloist and as a YouTube channel (link). Member Jiwon left MIDNIGHT to join ANS, which also recently disbanded. Member Yebin now goes by Yoolin and is signed with Purple Entertainment, possibly as a soloist. Member Yudi is now Dabi in the group AREAL. Member Chaewon joined Daydream, which quickly disbanded, and is now signed with Liz Entertainment as a member of project group CHIC&IDLE as Xindy. Member Seyeon is now also with Liz Entertainment as part of CHIC&IDLE under the name Byeolha. Member Yunu, who was previously an actress, appears to be continuing to act after leaving the group and has also recently release a solo song Spit it Out (MV).
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That's it for today, let's get the discussion on!
As always, if you have any suggestions for groups, content, or things you'd like to see, please let me know in the comments below.
Also as always, a big shout-out to u/not-named-in-credits for founding nugutown and u/sharnaranwan for continuing the work over there.
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2020.10.01 01:27 faerypitta Spotlight - ONEUS (원어스) - Part 1: Music & Members

"Long ago, the human world was ruled by six monarchs... But, blinded by jealousy, Helios God of the Sun, threatened humans to make the sun disappear forever."
On this day of the full moon, welcome to Part 1 of a 2-part spotlight on ONEUS (원어스) - one + us - a six-member group under RBW! ONEUS have just wrapped up promotions for their 5th title, To Be Or Not To Be, and an extra week of special stages for b-side, Airplane, as a gift to their fans. At 1.5 years old, ONEUS are starting to hit their stride, making it a very exciting time to be a part of the fandom!
Part 2 will be a deeper dive into their concept/storyline and varieties.
Fandom: To Moon, the moon that orbits the Earth (ONEUS). Often referred to as 달님 (literally 'moon', formally).
Debut: January 9th, 2019.
Before jumping right into the music, here are some quick facts as a primer:
  1. Members Ravn & Leedo contribute to lyrics for all tracks, and have also self-composed, with Seoho also joining for some compositions.
  2. ONEUS are self-choreographed, led by Hwanwoong (who sometimes posts demo choreography online). Every title track from Valkyrie to A Song Written Easily (and Come Back Home) has involved at least 50% of their work, on top of those for their b-sides and special stages/covers.
  3. They're involved in their styling, makeup (Xion even does his own on occasion), staging, and even concepts, designs, and planning for albums. RBW's philosophy is that for the work to truly be theirs, they must be part of its creation from start to finish.
  4. Positions are a social construct for ONEUS - they do their own line distributions dependent on whose voice suits the song. Rappers often sing, vocalists often rap, and they like to switch it up live.
ONEUS' distinctive blend of theatrics and k-pop allows them to embody every concept, whether it's elegant, mature, sensual, fun, cute, or hard-hitting all out power. Every stage is a miniature story, and ONEUS is the group where you can (and should) read as much into the connections between their lyrics, choreography, styling, and MV's.
With that, let's get started!
[ONEUS only really need 2:26] Sherlock + Ice Cream Cake + Something + Don't Wanna Cry + Rough + Lit

Music/Performances

"It's not just about singing well and dancing well on stage. We have to show our own interpretation of the song so that viewers can enjoy and appreciate our performance."
For ONEUS, it's not a question of "is it good", but a question of "well, what kind of music do you want to hear?" Although they're yet to release a full studio album, in the last year and a half ONEUS have already explored a wide range of genres with their music, all whilst building and maintaining their own sound. I've tried and to find live performances where possible - ONEUS aren't called stage geniuses for nothing.
You'll find that lyrics and stories are reflected and amplified through their stages. There's a tendency for changes to happen from performance to performance, whether that's switching up parts, or changing sections to match the day's set and outfits. ONEUS create their choreography with the intention of balancing interesting formations, stunts, and live vocals. Whatever it takes to deliver the story, feeling, or message they want to convey - even in dance covers.
Dance Covers - Dance Monkey Bury A Friend/BTS' Black Swan/SVT's Fear Nao's Bad Blood

Really Extra Dramatic

The musical theatre idols at their best: ONEUS excels at epic, theatrical music. Often written to complement their unique style of storytelling on stage, these tracks also serve to further their ongoing storyline.
Come Back Home MV
Come Back Home is a perfect example of what ONEUS are capable of delivering on stage with ease, and also highlights their massive potential as they continue to gain experience. The lyrics are written from the point of view of the child they're protecting (in their storyline) as well as that of the members (aka the monarchs). ONEUS helped choreograph and plan this performance packed full of cool moments - battle dancing, members shadowing each other, acrobatics, props, smart uses of lighting & camerawork, part switches, and this OTT concept film.
Fun fact - Seoho adlibbed his bridge E5 for fun in the studio!
To Be Or Not To Be MV Choreography
Their most recent comeback, TBONTB continues the story from CBH, with the iconic line from Shakespeare's Hamlet utilised to compare ONEUS' choice between being vampires and keeping their promise to Hamlet's between life and death (I know, it'll make sense in Part 2). There's not really a dull moment in TBONTB musically - they switch it up at least 3 times - and the chorus vocal backings in the track are reminiscent of grand cathedral music.
Twilight MV Choreography
Twilight was ONEUS' first comeback, with lyrics that directly relate to their overarching concept - the Korean title is "the sun is falling". The choreography (split 50/50 ONEUS/Keone Madrid) for Twilight illustrates the sun falling, light/twilight spreading, the passage of time, all culminating in Hwanwoong 'catching' the sun before he falls. The use of guitar throughout, as well as the humming underneath the rap before the bridge, are two of my favourite moments in Twilight.
Bonus - a bit Dreamcatcher meets ONEUS: Dead or Alive.

Melancholic-But-Uplifting

That beautiful medium between happiness and longing for an undefinable time that's just out of your reach. Songs you listen to looking up at the sky or on a windy day that bring... peace.
A Song Written Easily MV Choreography Fancam
ASWE marked a departure from the sound of ONEUS' title tracks thus far, being a more light, Spring/Summer affair with an infectious hook and hopeful major key accompanied by sad lyrics. Fun fact - the choreography for ASWE went through multiple revisions even after the MV was filmed; you can see parts of the original chorus and rap sections in some of the demo videos Hwanwoong's uploaded.
Like its MV, ASWE is bright, windy days burning through heartache. The album's theme was "everything is beautiful in its time", a wistful message delivered perfectly by ASWE.
Blue Sky Lyrics
Opening with Leedo's husky vocals and the line "낯선 이 공간에 홀로 헤매 (wandering around in this unfamiliar space)", Blue Sky is an instant infusion of wishful longing for something that's just out of your reach. Like its title, this is an experience best embodied by leaning on a window or balcony with a coffee in hand in the early hours of the morning, staring at the sky.
Hero (Subbed Live)
Written and composed by Ravn, Hero is dedicated to ordinary people who wish to be heroes. "From all these burned flowers, I wish to bloom beautifully." Whether you feel like a hero but are just a normal person, it's your choice to take into your own hands.
Hero is a late night cityscape as seen from the rooftop of your apartment complex with all the possibilities of the future spread at your feet.

Upbeat/Fresh/Just Cute

Airplane - Sailors School Baseball Pilots Retro Jump Rope Radio live Lyrics
As a gift to fans, ONEUS promoted a special week of Airplane stages to mark the end of the Lived era. Switching up their outfits and intros for each stage, it's a chance to see them be playful on stage outside of their concerts. Leedo and Hwanwoong even acted out their own mini romance drama across the six stages!
Plastic Flower Lyrics
Wing wing wing wing... What do you mean it's stuck in your head? Same. Embellished with choreography that's frankly adorable (bee antennae, enough said), and lyrics that are, well... a little cheesy. It is ridiculously cute, though.
Dizzy Lyrics
Dizzy was originally written by Seoho and Ravn for Sunyul, the little boy in their Come Back Home concept film/MV - you can watch the process here! For the album, they brought in ONEWE's CyA as well to help arrange, and the lyrics have been changed, as much fun as it would be to see them sing about toasting milk.
Bonus - a pre-debut song written for their international fans, English Girl.

Traditional Korean

오늘 달이 좋구나... 가자!
Lit (가자) MV Choreography Radio Live New Year's Special (Album: Fly With Us - 2019)
The 가야금 takes centre stage on Lit, plucking out a hook that's immediately addictive. Lit mixes this quintessential Korean sound with modern trap beats, and lyrics are written/delivered in a traditional cadence with Korean specific unique words interspersed throughout.
Bonus demo/progress choreography, courtesy of Hwanwoong.
RtK Remix With Reactions
Taking the traditional themes of the original and turning it all the way up to eleven, this remix of Lit is a 4:19 Ancient Korean party. From the updated instrumental introducing more traditional sounds - including 대금, 태평소, 꽹과리, 거문고, , 소고, and 아쟁, as well as a re-recording of the main hook/riff on a live 가야금 - to the inclusion of pungmul, lion dancers, many references to Jeon Woochi, Kingdom, and styling, everything about this stage celebrates Korean culture. On top of all this, ONEUS also flipped the entire structure/distribution of the original around.
ONEUS logic is getting their injured main vocalist to perform a brand new rap verse because he can, so why not?

Throwback 2nd Gen Nostalgia

ONEUS are sometimes described as "4th Gen doing 2nd Gen" and there is a certain 2/2.5nd Gen flavour to some of their music - their use of melodies and strong choruses harken back to the golden age of Kpop, whilst their instrumentals and production bring 4th Gen polish to the sound.
BingBing Live Lyrics
BingBing's lyrics are based on the French phrase "L'heure entre chien et loup" as heard at the beginning, meaning 'the hour between the dog and the wolf' - in other words, twilight - and relates back to the concepts of Twilight and Raise Us. BingBing is peak 2nd Gen, and if the whistle's not stuck in your head by the end of the video I'll give you silver. There's something about that upbeat minor key that's just so good, and the choreo's the same - look closely, it continues off directly where Twilight left off.
Valkyrie MV Choreography
One of the best debuts of all time, Valkyrie's bass riff absolutely slaps, and there's really no way this won't also be stuck in your head for days. Valkyrie is a play on words - the chorus "shine the light" in Korean sounds a lot like Valkyrie. Choreography for Valkyrie was entirely done by ONEUS, with members doing their own centre parts and pulling together the choruses/transitions afterwards.
Be Mine (Remake) With Reactions
Okay, so a remake here is a bit of cheating - originally Be Mine is by Infinite. But ONEUS' rearrangement comes with a completely different sound, plus I just wanted to talk about the brilliance of this stage, so bear with me.
This Be Mine performance is based on the themes of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Not in a shallow way, as only a sad love story, but with nuance that shows they truly did their research. In ~4 minutes, ONEUS manage to summarise Romeo & Juliet from their meeting, to the deaths of Mercutio and Tybalt, to Romeo's finding of Juliet on her deathbed. They've even included 'A Time For Us', and Ravn's new rap portions reference the events of the play and quote it directly, respectively.
See if you can spot Infinite's logo!
Bonus: ZigZag Live Performance

R&B and Ballads

White Night (Lyrics)
Written and composed by Leedo, White Night is one of ONEUS' more traditionally R&B songs. Like BingBing, White Night's lyrics also form part of the themes on Raise Us surrounding twilight and the sun.
Red Thread Lyrics
Based on the asian myth of fated lovers being connected by a red string of fate (with a performance reflecting this), Red Thread is an EDM-Ballad carrying the same themes of bringing light to a loved one that are present throughout debut album Light Us.
Bonus - In My Arms (Japanese) Kiseki (Miracle) (Japanese)

Rap/Hip Hop Boy Group Style

Level Up Lyrics
Level Up is a foray into a more mainstream hip hop/trap sound, although the usual ONEUS elements are still present - for example, Leedo is somehow two different voices living in the same body, with his falsetto and his cave toned rapping both present.
Crazy & Crazy (Live feat. Xion Live with CyA) Lyrics
Crazy & Crazy is a rapper unit song (Ravn & Leedo), co-written with and featuring ONEWE's bassist/rapper, CyA. On tour, ONEUS rotated through members to cover his parts. Its lyrics reflect back on the journey each rapper has taken to get to where they are today.
Warrior's Descendants (Remake) With Reactions
Warrior's Descendants is a showcase of exactly why ONEUS have earned the nickname stage geniuses so early on. Explicitly stating they wanted to make the audience uncomfortable with the intention to send a strong message, this opening performance took H.O.T's debut song and changed its message from 'violence may be justified' to 'violence is never justified'. Their staging expands on the songs' themes of bullying with smart use of backup dancers to paint a fuller picture. As always is the case with ONEUS' stages, it's the details - e.g. graffiti during Ravn's rap carries their new message, or "FIGHT" when reversed is actually saying "STOP".

Pop Bops

Stand By (Lyrics) Bonus live remix with ONEWE
A member favourite, Stand By is technically a unit song, with only Seoho, Keonhee, Hwanwoong, and Xion featuring on the track. Accompanied by cheery acoustic guitar and simple production, Stand By lets ONEUS' vocalists shine on a brighter, upbeat pop-ballad.
Hide and Seek Lyrics
The overlooked second track from In Its Time, Hide and Seek is straight up pop fun with a bass riff straight from catchy tune heaven and some really nice vocal harmonies/layering. Like ASWE, Hide and Seek's melodic writing is strong, making it fun to sing and bop along or to just harmonise over the top, why not?
NOW (Lyrics)
Now is straight up wholesome EDM pop fun. With lyrics that are a mix of 'seize the moment' and 'the future will be bright', Now is the sort of song you'd welcome a new year to. It takes a little bit longer than expected to get to the first drop but trust me, it's worth it.
Bonus - Japanese title 808 is amazing along the lines of the very best EDM pop, as is Eye Contact.

Members

Alright, the music's top class for a rookie group... But who's making it? One thing to keep in mind before we get more into the members:
And some fun full group shenanigans!
Yet, in the end, they're also consummate professionals that have never felt like rookies but retain that rookie humility. There's a sense of great pride in their work; every stage, no matter if it's a fun cover or a relay dance, is polished to a bright shine, and that's really what makes their future so exciting.

Ravn

Kim Youngjo - 1995/09/02 - ENFJ - Main RappeVocalist/Lyricist 
ONEUS' zen king, Ravn shares his real name with the 21st King of the Joseon Dynasty. 'Ravn' comes from X-Men character Mystique (AKA Raven Darkholme) - he's said that like how her power is to shapeshift, so he wants to disappear into other genres of music whilst still maintaining his sense of 'self'.
Daniel Caesar's Get You Crush's Fall (2018) RV - Instrumental (2019)
Fast Facts:
  1. ONEUS have credited Ravn's open affection and love for his members with bringing them closer together as well as influencing them to be more open. As the eldest, Ravn dotes on the rest of members... whether they like it or not. He's utterly shameless - utterly shameless, as in will kiss at random on the cheek/nape/forehead - about how much he loves them, as well as how much he loves himself.
  2. Ravn is an ex-child actor who considered becoming a film director. He's a passionate artist, going live to show fans samples of his art and taking suggestions for paintings which he'll then create in ~30 minutes, often whilst vibing to a curated playlist of R&B hits from Crush, Dean, and Keshi.
  3. Ravn's many other creative outlets include photography, videography, and fashion design. His older sister is a fashion designer, and Ravn himself often sports clothing and accessories he's customised to his liking. He plays piano, and is obsessed with his dog-brother, Sunny.
  4. Ravn's Soundcloud is full of his own covers, instrumentals, and collaborations from with other members or rappers. True to his name, Ravn likes to experiment with both genres and his voice; he tries to match the mood of a song when he records and likes to make changes to his tone from album to album to keep it interesting.
  5. RA SPIT OUT FLAME - Ravn contributes lyrics to all of ONEUS' songs, including covers and remakes. As such, his rapper tag appears a lot, and is, objectively, the coolest rapper tag around. It's even a triple pun - Ra from Ravn, Ra for the Egyptian Sun God (spitting out flames), and even a mythology gag on Helios from their own concept (another Sun God, but Greek). Ravn has 26 Korean credits on KOMCA including one for Snuper's Universe.
Bonus: Soundcloud Flame (with CyA, King Jaehyun, Johnrae) Best Part Cover

Seoho

Lee Seoho - 1996/06/07 - INTP - Main Vocalist/Rapper 
One of ONEUS' vocal pillars, and the resident stuntman/acrobat. Athletic, fast, and perpetually cheerful, Seoho is often seen in the company of his Pepe doll, who is more or less ONEUS' unofficial mascot, and often heard singing nonstop backstage.
Bruno Mars' Talking To The Moon Dean's D (Half Moon) IU's Through the Night (with Keonhee)
Fast Facts:
  1. Seoho is insatiably curious about the world - he's stated his hobby is "asking useless questions" - and seems to spend most of his time thinking wildly outside of the box. There's a definite tendency to do often inexplicable things like carry socks around in his bag to use as eye masks...
  2. Seoho loved being a science major in school, and will do things like use terrible chemistry puns on kkt. He applied for a degree in Information Security before turning down the acceptance to pursue music, declaring he wanted to forge his own path instead of being told he should attend university. On top of this, he was in football, basketball, and dance clubs - the latter leading to this human trafficking scam casting story - and used to practice hapkido. He's also clumsy as hell.
  3. Seoho originally auditioned as a rapper, was casted for his eyesmile, and only started training as a vocalist at 20 as RBW's second ever male trainee! Seoho does get to rap on occasion and is always endearingly excited about it - see LIT (RtK), this vocal performance stage, or just whenever he can.
  4. Seoho's voice is smooth and well suited to R&B, but also flexible enough to suit any other genres he might wish to explore. He's stable when live, even right after a dance break (see: LIT, for which Hwanwoong apologised to him) or if he's just been thrown like a rag doll (To Be Or Not To Be).
  5. Seoho loves cooking, although his definition of food can be loose. Think... green onion chex cereal in an omelette with too much salt, soy sauce, and sugar. Here's the recipe, if you want to die try it - Hwanwoong did and he was fine (probably). There's a sort of mildly panicked air around ONEUS when green onion chex comes up in shows now, but it'll be okay. Other Seoho recipes include microwaved meatballs with kiwi/peach ice cream and string cheese (Ravn was also... fine).
More Digimon Inuyasha Tumbling Block B's Romantically Infinite's Can You Smile

Leedo

Kim Geonhak - 1997/07/26 - ISFP - Main RappeVocalist/Lyricist 
Although his official position is main rapper, Leedo is also one of the other main vocal pillars in ONEUS' music, on top of contributing lyrics to a majority of ONEUS' songs. Leedo has also made guest appearances on Ravn's Soundcloud, as well as that of CyA from ONEWE.
Sh#t (2016) with Ravn Gaho's Start Over Ocean Drive (2019) with CyA
Fast Facts:
  1. Leedo once studied for a degree in Early Childhood Education - his reasoning was that he really loves kids and he wanted to know what they'd teach in such a degree. Despite his intimidating first impression, he's got a massive soft spot for children - obvious whenever he's within the vicinity of any kids - and for the younger members, all of whom he babies to death.
  2. Leedo's stated that before he started training he was tone deaf, bad at following rhythms, and couldn't dance - he'd begun working out to become a bodyguard before he auditioned for his previous company, YG. Even then he says it took him over a year to improve at all; now he's a triple threat, covering vocals, rapping, and dance.
  3. Leedo has given up on the idol industry before - he's spoken about having been "betrayed by those he liked and trusted", and it's only because of Ravn that he's here today. "Thinking about it, it is such a relief I didn’t give up and decided to start over again and held on to Youngjo hyung’s hand when he reached out to me.”
  4. Leedo is an exercise enthusiast; nothing makes him happier than the feeling of his muscles aching. He takes his dumbbells with him everywhere - he's been stopped at airport security for putting his them in his bag. Like Ravn, his father also owns a hapkido school, and he's got experience with kendo and boxing. His dedication is to the point where he doesn't drink alcohol, coffee, or eat sweets to maintain his muscle mass.
  5. Whether it's launching Seoho into the air for a trick, lifting Xion or Hwanwoong, or giving up his back (again) to be stepped on, Leedo is the go-to strength support for ONEUS' stunts and acrobatics. He's fully capable of carrying three members on his back (capped at three since more would be uncomfortable... for the members on his back).
Bonus: 5GG with Wheein Shooting Star with CyA Whut (2016) with Ravn

Keonhee

Lee Keonhee - 1998/06/27 - ENFP - Main Vocalist 
ONEUS' mouth and third vocal pillar, with a sweet voice and lovely falsetto. Keonhee can often be heard inserting harmonies into their songs backstage or during dance practices just for fun. Patient, wise, and kind, Keonhee will happily listen to To Moon's worries and offer whatever advice he can.
Wheein's With My Tears Vromance's Unlike (with Seoho) Mercy (Predebut)
Fast Facts:
  1. As the mouth of ONEUS, Keonhee is responsible for "eating a lot, singing a lot, and talking a lot". Quick-witted and eloquent, he's often the group's spokesperson on shows. He's also a big food enthusiast, and along with Seoho never seems to stop singing, whether that's backstage or during interviews.
  2. Keonhee is an empath wearing his heart on his sleeve, to the point where he's been moved to tears by a short video of their staff cheering them on (though he did say all he'd been hearing was teasing from the staff that they wanted to quit their jobs). He even holds 'advice lives', encouraging fans to send in any worries/concerns or stories they want to share.
  3. "I want to tell tomoons [...] to remember to take breaks since it's ok to be slightly slower in meeting your aspirations. Finishing your education and getting a job early in life is impressive. But it's not wrong to be slow. Everyone has their own stories to tell. In music, there are different genres with different tempos, beats, notes, etc, that each have its own charms for different moods. It's like that. You pick whatever works for you."
  4. Keonhee has always wanted to pursue music. However, he didn't believe he could become an idol - it was as he was preparing for his university Practical Music entrance exam that he reconsidered and decided to audition for RBW. He joined Produce 101 S2 only 4 days after passing his audition!
  5. Keonhee's hobbies include eating, and piano. He's got a very specific ability to make echoes, and in general is quite good at mimicking sounds, whether that's Doraemon, the other members, or a deer.
B2ST's On Rainy Days (Predebut, with Seoho & Hwanwoong) BoA's Amazing Kiss Crush's Fall

Hwanwoong

Yeo Hwanwoong - 1998/08/26 - ISTP - Main DanceVocalist/RappeChoreographer 
ONEUS' performance god (he shares a name with the god Hwanung) and resident choreographer. RBW's first ever male trainee. A passionate perfectionist, you can frequently find him taking notes on performances or running their dancers through choreography.
Kenshi's Lemon Original Choreo Troye Sivan's Fools Vocal Cover & Original Choreo Taemin's Want Cover Taemin's Criminal
Fast Facts:
  1. Hwanwoong only started dancing in his last year of middle school (grade 9), although he'd dreamt of becoming a singer since early childhood. It's testament to both his talent and dedication that he was accepted into SOPA's Practical Dance department the following year, and ranked 1st in the department for every semester until graduation except sem1.
  2. Hwanwoong is a smooth talker, using his innocent face to get away with murder - he's behind ridiculous incidents like Seoho tipping his ice-cream into his own hand... As he says, he "likes the feeling of blowing his nose without using his hands". But he'll also step in to diffuse conflict if necessary (or just to talk PD's into going easy on them).
  3. Hwanwoong's nicknames are baby tiger, and sloth - he's slow when he's off-stage, falling asleep pretty much anywhere (sleeping through everything, including emergency services breaking down his door). And peanut, because yes: he's short.
  4. Hwanwoong loves photography - he posts his photos online with #WOONG_MERA%20(from%3Aofficial_oneus)&src=typed_query). He plays guitar, and has a 4th degree black belt in Taekwondo that pops up on stage, where he's a big fan of inserting kicks. His favourite hobby though is riding on the swings alone at the end of the day, singing or eating, and gathering his thoughts.
  5. Hwanwoong can execute any genre he's asked to - as his former teacher's stated, he's never been prejudiced. His profile states that his specialities are locking, waacking, and street/urban, evident when he's freestyling. He's no slouch at feminine dances, either, thanks to his flexibility, and can easily inject power into a dance. Hwanwoong's true genius lies in his choreographies; the way he allows the music to possess his movements and expressions; and his stage presence.
Freestyles (Predebut (2015) Flower Downtown Baby) Lalalay Kokobop the iconic Sex on the Ceiling

Xion

Son Dongju - 2000/01/10 - ESFJ - Vocalist/Maknae 
ONEUS' sometimes bitey, mature maknae, who always spoils To Moons. Xion is a fraternal twin to ONEWE's keyboardist, Dongmyeong, although fans often say both twins look more alike to Keonhee than each other.
A Letter to ONEUS Short Piano cut Airplane Fancam
Fast Facts:
  1. Despite his position as maknae, Xion is the team mum. He writes the other members shopping lists, nags to make sure they clean up, and keeps track of their schedules so that everyone gets to where they need to be on time. It's a caregiving trait that shows through in his interactions with fans as well; he's one to listen to issues and try to give advice where he can.
  2. Xion was the last member to join RBW in April 2018, joining the team mid-way through their ramp up preparations to debut. Though he had a later start (and like he says in his letter to ONEUS, knows what he lacks), Xion's massive improvement post-debut has been a joy to watch.
  3. Xion is a huge fan of musical theatre - he was his high school's theatre club president, and still goes to watch musicals in his spare time. A non-exhaustive list of the musicals he's seen include Wicked, Rebecca, Titanic, Matilda, Kinky Boots, and Napoleon. He's even begged fans to stop talking about Rent and Everybody's Talking About Jamie out of jealousy.
  4. Xion often contributes ideas for makeup and hair, whether for himself or for the other members as well. He's done his own stage makeup on occasion, and also does makeup for the rest of ONEUS sometimes before they go on vlive broadcasts. His preference seems to be for eyeliner that really emphasises his eyes and lashes.
  5. Xion's other childhood dreams were to either become a princess - something he's achieved by dressing up as Snow White and Maleficent - or to become a doctor (a dream from when his grandmother fell sick).
Bonus: I like that you're my twin. Orange!Xion Lit Fancam
Yay! You've made it to the end! Thanks for reading my indulgent but hopefully informative post about ONEUS. With two kings, a CEO, a famous poet, a pillar to hold up the sky, and an actual god, there's a lot to love about these rookies that don't really feel or act like rookies, and I hope something about them and their music has resonated with you.
tl;dr if you watch only 3 videos today, make it Come Back Home, Dance Monkey, and 8 minutes of roasting.
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2020.09.24 07:17 singingsparrowsaige Let's Share Our Favorite B-Sides (and a bit of my thoughts on k-pop music)

Hello guys! I've been thinking recently a bit about my personal thoughts and views on k-pop music and I just wanted to jump on here and share them. With this, I wanted to share some of my favorite b-sides and encourage you to share some in the comments for all of us to check out!
This whole post stems from a discussion with my friend last night, lol. A little context, I am Asian-American. Since I grew up in America, I spoke English from a baby up, but have been learning Korean for about two years now (non k-pop related, in case that's what it seemed like, lol). My best friend has been into k-pop for a couple years, but I was not interested. She'd show me and I would watch for her, but I only causally listened to a few songs. After I decided to "get back to my roots" and start learning Korean lol, I decided that maybe I should give it a go and from there I fell down the rabbit hole, so to speak.
We were talking and she mentioned that she really loves k-pop because of the aesthetic of it all; the music of course, but a lot of it is the clothes, styling, choreo, music videos, and general performance value. That's why she said her favorite comebacks were always the ones that had the best styling or concepts/most glamorous look (ex. BTS BS&T, Twice Feel Special, etc.) She keep up quite well with performances and mentioned that if she doesn't like a song, but likes the styling and performances, she'll watch music show performances and mute the song, lol. She's a very visual person and loves that kind of beauty.
This take is wayyyyyy different than mine. I'm in it more for the music. I don't mean this to sound haughty or anything, because I totally don't think that. I just find it fascinating the difference in what we look for in things we love, ya know? She mentioned that she noticed that in my case, I tend to listen and fall in love with way more b-sides than title tracks and that I love emotional songs and soulful vocals more than performances. I realized this was true! I'm kind of crap at keeping up with comebacks because I prefer listening to music than watching performances. I don't typically watch all the music show performances for any group I stan, unless I particularly love the song (and sometimes the outfits too ngl). What about you guys?
Now *disclaimer*. I do not claim to know a lot of kpop music, because I probably don't. I'm very busy, so other than my favorite groups, I don't listen to bunch of other groups b-sides. I kinda keep up with comebacks and generally give them a listen, but I don't necessarily have the time and energy to listen to all these groups or older albums/EPs. That's why I wanted to make this post. Please share some of your favorite/best b-sides in the comment, I'd love to give more groups, older gen groups, and underrated songs a listen!
Alright, on to my favs! These are almost all unpromoted, so no MVs or regular music show performances (i.e. BP, Forever Young, BTS Airplane Pt. 2). The few that are I feel are very underrated so I put them here anyways. Let me know what you think if you already know them/listen to them.


EXO - You already should know. Y'all, I love R&B more geared songs, and so obviously EXO is gonna be here. I'm gonna say it, they make my favorite b-sides. I love their vocals, especially Kyungsoo's soulful and smooth voice, he has my favorite in ALL of k-pop (a bold statement, but we all have different tastes).
My Lady - Just, sigh. I cannot stress how much I love this song. It's my favorite song by them, period. Something about the groovy beat with the overall chillness of the song, makes it so listenable to me. I love the chill rap, the harmonization in the chorus, and D.O. opening/closing the song and those ad-libs (MyYyyY LAaaddYY, listen to the song you'll understand). A great soulful song and the lyrics are cute.
Moonlight - Well it's a Baekhyun and D.O. subunit, need I say more? It's great R&B, has some 80s influence, and the lyrics are beautiful and so poetic.
Ooh La La La - Actually was performed on music shows along with Tempo, great choreo, but I don't feel like it's very well known so I added it. It's great chill latin influenced pop. Sehun really popped off honestly, the rap singing matches the song really well. And Kyungsoo's voice is like honey, okay? Xiumin's ending is chef's kiss.
Forever - Yo, nice skirt. That's it. That's my commentary. (seriously though it's a bop, Chanyeol did the thing with the rap, Chen really stands out, the lyrics are beautiful really)
Touch It - Written partly by Chen, it's super groovy. LISTEN TO IT! Honestly The War is my favorite EXO album.
I don't want to keep you here forever so some other are: Black Pearl (sounds super 00s but I still love it), White Noise (beautiful message), Thunder (KYUNGSOO, THE FIRST PART!), Oasis (oddly specific, but this song makes me feel like I should be in a post-apocalyptic teen film and I'm escaping on a train), Lady Luck.

BTS - Also make great b-sides and I love the range of genres! They are pretty much unmatched in their lyricism too.
Dimple - I have a dimple, so this is like my anthem, lol. I can (and do) listen to this song everyday and I never get tired of it. Something about the instrumental of the into, Tae's first lines, the runs, and I LOVE the lyrics. I find them really clever and cute.
My Time - sigh. This song legitimately makes me cry. First, it's just perfect R&B. His voice finally is starting to have more of that soul in his singing, and those RUNS at the end. But the lyrics. They are really very sad. I think the Korean song title is more fitting, 시차, which means time difference/jet lag. Especially the lines, 해 뜨는 곳으로 달렸어 every single night, 누구의 내일에 가봤던 것도 같아, or I ran to where the sun rises every single night, it feels like I've been to someone else's tomorrow. This is brilliant, because in a time difference, many times you are in the next day compared to your time at home. So by "chasing the sun", he's feels like he is living someone else's life. It's so hauntingly beautiful and I'm grateful he decided to share these personal experiences with us. I hope it remind us that he, and all idols, are humans first and they don't need more pressure than they already have.
Autumn/Dead Leaves - MIN YOONGI IS INSANE FOR THIS SONG! The production is off the charts, it's so dramatic and the instrumental invoke the emotion behind the song so well. The lyrics are big SAD. Look this one up!
Trivia Love: A catchy solo by Namjoon. But what we are really here to talk about is the GENIUS mind of RM writing this song. First, I와 U의 거린 멀지만, f*** J.K.L.M.N.O.P.Q.R.S.T. 모든 글잘 건너 내가 네게 닿았지 (Although the distance between I and (U)you is great, I crossed all the letters and reached you.) Also, 난 그냥 사람, 넌 나의 모든 모서릴 잠식, 나를 사랑 으로 만들어 만들어 (I'm just a person, you erode all my corners and make me love) Obviously makes sense, but even more when you see that 사람 (person) is the same as 사랑 (love), except that the bottom consonant is a ㅇ, a rounded version of ㅁ. I mean, who else does this? Come on?!?
Others - Outro: Tear (I don't want to go on a huge explanation of this song, you can find many, it's too long. The violins are beautiful, rapline popped off, the FLOWS, THE EMOTION, the lyric...), House of Cards (the lyrics are so sad, the imagery is unmatched, the violins, the drama, VOCAL LINE), Pied Piper (falsetto), Home (this beautiful legend, it's such a feel good song), Let Me Know (can y'all tell yet that I love sadboy songs? Yoongi is also insane for this), Tomorrow, Butterfly (One of their most beautiful song imo), All Night w/Juice Wrld (Just great. A few of my k-pop hating friends will legitimately bop to this song), Converse High (cute and flirty), Paradise (a great message to young ones, a bop), Outro: Propose (This song never fails to put a smile on my face, it's the cutest thing ever), First Love (Suga solo, telling the story of his relationship with the piano)

NCT - Honestly, my best friend is a HUGE fan, I haven't listened to many b-sides, but I have a few I really love.
127's Highway to Heaven - I know this was promoted internationally in English, but the Korean version is amazing! The lyrics are definitely different, lol. I love the vibe of this song so much!
127's Pandora's Box - I don't know if they fully understand what Pandora's Box was, but nevertheless it's a great song! I love the sung-in-unison chorus for this song in particular.
Dream's 119 - It's very urban pop sounding, it makes me feel bad, ya know? The vocals, then the chorus just hits. It's totally different than debut Dream, obviously. (I think we twisted, I like it like that) Remember some of y'all aren't grown yet, lol.

Blackpink - Yeah, I know there isn't many of them, lol.
Really - I just love this song. It makes me feel like such a baddie. JISOO low-key rapping a bit. The confidence!
Kick It - The switch ups are so interesting, yet not as dramatic/messy as KTL. The beat drops are so different and it's such a strong feeling/sounding song.

Red Velvet - Queens of b-sides
In & Out - It's amazing, it is such a unique sounding song, it has a very low-key and kind of haunting vibe to me. It fits with the TT Psycho very well. Can't have a Red Velvet era without a reference to eating now can we, lol? Vocals are great as always!
La Rouge - Another great bside from Finale, it fits the concept of their tour so well!
Kingdom Come - This is great R&B inspired pop music, the harmonies are amazing in this song. I cannot say enough good things about this whole era! This song is just so soothing to me.
I Just - I know there is a MV, but I had to give this beautiful legend a shoutout. A secret, I used to not like this song! I don't know what was wrong with me, but it's so so so good.

A few others:
TXT - Angel or Devil (It's so cute, I love this song so much. I love their new album but most of those songs have videos now, lol)
Everglow - Hush
Iz*One - Ayayaya (Hush) (I was obsessed with this song for so long, lol)
Twice - Stuck in My Head (It's so good, a different era/vibe from Twice at the time! I love the switchups in the song, you don't know what to expect quite next. Rapper Chaeyoung finally showed her skills off)
CIX - What You Wanted (I stumbled across this one day randomly, don't know anything about the group)

That's it for today folks! Sorry this is so long, you're a champ if you made it through all this! I know A LOT of groups, but I don't know their b-sides very well. Again I say, please share some of your favorites down below/share your opinions on the ones I listed! Thanks!
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2020.09.17 08:24 Nickadimoose The History of Ghost of Tsushima - The 6 Year Tale about the development of the last Sucker Punch game of the PS4 era (minor story spoilers).

Hello!
My name is Nickadimoose and I'm an amateur game historian or at least I try to be when work allows. My main hobby is video-production as well as historic write-ups on video game history. Today I wanted to cover the History of Ghost of Tsushima, how it was made, the design decisions, the inspiration for it, as well as just generally talking about the game's positives and negatives aspects.
As a warning, this text has references to how the beginning of the game plays out, as well as some hints about how the story progresses in terms of the main character. If you've not finished the game or you're still playing, you may wish to hold off on reading.
After the release of Infamous Second Son and First Light in 2014, American based video game studio, Sucker Punch Productions, were looking to undertake a new challenge; after developing the Infamous franchise for 9 years straight, they wanted to test themselves creatively as a studio and make something new and different.
Though they didn’t know what they wanted to make yet, they did know one thing: that the next game had to be open world, as creative director Nate Fox explains:
“We wanted to stay open world because we’re giving authority--power to the player. We didn’t want to walk away from that, we think it’s integral to modern gaming that players are in charge.” - Nate Fox, creative director for Ghost of Tsushima.
They began to explore a few ideas, just conceptually, like pirates, Scottish Outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor, the Three Musketeers and about 70 other suggestions, but none of them felt right. Then things fell into place when they pitched one, simple concept: a Japanese samurai in feudal Japan.
It sounds perfect, doesn’t it? It’s a concept that you can instantly visualize the moment you say it.
After they settled on the idea of making a game about a samurai, it was easy to draw inspiration from outside sources and arguably none were more influential than legendary filmmaker & screenwriter, Akira Kurosawa.
For most western audiences, Kurosawa's films were the first real taste of Japanese culture. He earned renown as a filmmaker during World War II, but it wasn’t until the release of Rashomon that he would go on to become a legend. It was his unique style of focusing on the natural beauty of the land, as well as exploring the depth of his characters’ emotions that made his films so successful. This is where a lot of people developed their love affair for the iconic, honor bound samurai, including many at the Sucker Punch studio headquarters. It’s in Kurosawa’s works that a lot of Ghost’s art style and direction would be given life.
Ghost of Tsushima would borrow heavily from Kurosawa’s films for it’s visual design & overall style. Even though I couldn’t find a source saying so, I’m sure it was something like Seven Samurai that inspired the stand-off mechanic in Ghost.
It wasn’t until they poured over the history of Japan that the last piece of the conceptual puzzle finally fell into place. They now had a setting for their Kurosawa inspired, samurai epic.
The Mongol Invasion of 1274 was the first strike against Japan by Mongolian emperor, Kublai Khan.
Kublai Khan, a descendant of THE Khan, had just forced the subjugation of Korea and taken the area around modern day Beijing, creating the capital of Khanbaliq. In order to further unify his power in the region, he set his sights on the island of Japan.
On November 4th, 1274, more than 23,000 Mongol, Chinese and Korean soldiers, carried across 700 ships, poured onto the sands of Komoda Beach at the northwest tip of Tsushima Island. The Jitodai, So Sukekuni, gathered what little fighting men he had available in such a short time, 80 samurai, and began the impossible task of defending the island from the Mongol horde.
Faced with such impossible numbers, So Sukekuni and his brave samurai were overwhelmed and Tsushima was taken.
Over the next month the Mongol Navy ravaged island after island until they were met by a typhoon over the waters of the Sea of Japan, that would come to be known as the kamikaze, or the divine wind. 75% of the Mongol fighting force were lost to the kamikaze and what remained of the fleet pulled back to the shelter of Korea, biding their time & eventually recovering enough for a 2nd attempt in 1281.
As far as historical accuracy goes, the opening to Ghost of Tsushima is pretty faithful: 80 samurai, led by Lord Shimura, ride to Komoda Beach to stop the first step of the Mongolian invasion of Japan. The defense force crumbles, little by little, until the only people standing are Shimura and his nephew, Jin Sakai. In one last desperate bid, they charge Khotun Khan, intending to take his head, but ultimately fail. Shimura is taken captive and Jin is left on the beach, wounded and dying.
Even though this is the last event you’ll play in Ghost that matches up to the historical account of the true invasion, you have to admit this is the perfect place for an open world adventure to start: it’s up to you, samurai shamed in defeat, to raise an army against your oppressors, so you can take back your family, your honor, and your home.
Although it sounds easy on paper to see how the story would evolve from here and how the rest of the game would take shape, it would be nothing of the sort for the development team.
Ghost would prove to be unlike any game Sucker Punch had ever made. The road to the finish would be fraught with challenge and that challenge would threaten to bury them during every stage of development. They would need perseverance and fortitude to make it through the six long years it would take to turn a simple samurai fantasy into a full scale epic.
The art of Ghost is perfect, you have this seamless blend of natural beauty contrasted against the horrors of a brutal occupation. As you progress through the story the scenery changes along with the hero--the bright, vivid colors slowly begin to take a turn towards the bleak.
The wonders of the natural environment are still there, but they don’t stand out as starkly anymore. As you get sucked into the story, your eyes instead begin to fixate on the devastation left in the wake of the Mongol army--dead bodies strewn along the roads, houses ransacked and burned, forests stripped bare and lives forever changed and because you notice all of this a bit more, that note of pure beauty for the land doesn’t stand out as much as it did in the beginning.
You’re instantly grounded by the stakes of what you have to do as the player and the knowledge of what will happen to this beautiful place if you fail. It’s masterfully done and no doubt was a tremendous effort to achieve.
Despite how complex the task of creating a 13th century Tsushima Island was, the entire process began pretty simply: with a 10 hour flight across the Pacific Ocean.
At the beginning of the year, the research team, including lead artist, Joanna Wang, took a trip to Tsushima Island to see it for themselves: the goal was to get a sense of the island’s natural beauty, so they could take pieces of it back to the studio in Washington. To that end they recorded hours upon hours of bird song, the stillness of nature, they even photo scanned some of the local flora--in a blog written by Joanna, she talks about the experience and the motivation behind such meticulous work.
“Ghost of Tsushima is by far the biggest game we have ever made. The map is divided into three regions filled with more than forty diverse Biomes and hundreds of points of interest. Our goal when building an open world game is always if you can see it, you can reach it, with as few exceptions as possible. You will journey through lush forests, cross boggy swamp lands, and enter into frozen mountainous landscapes.
We collected so many references from movies, games, paintings, and even travel posters to draw inspiration. We want to present you with an authentic, believable world, a world that would call out to you, inviting you to explore, a world that is rich and full of surprises.” - Joanna Wang, lead artist on Ghost of Tsushima.
Thanks to being a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment, a Japanese company, the research team were able to make contact with the island’s locals, including artisans and historians, who could educate them on the island’s rich history & culture.
They would take a second trip in November, once again touring the island, speaking with locals, observing seasonal changes and even attending the festival on the sands of Komoda Beach, honoring the brave dead. It’s safe to say these trips helped develop the art-style of Ghost of Tsushima into what we know today; for a developer to be able to visit a place in person, not only once, but twice, is rare in an industry dominated by huge bottom lines and a laundry list of bankrupt studios. It was a gift. A gift they would take back home to their studio in Washington.
However they couldn’t just replicate Tsushima on a 1 to 1 scale, the island was just too big, so they were faced with the task of creating an island that could mimic the feel of the original, without the scale. Instead of creating individual assets and trying to disperse them over the world in a natural way, the team chose to focus on creating multiple procedural generation tools. The procedural generation would make the environment look more natural and also be more time efficient if changes were needed down the line.
Those procedural generation tools no doubt gave them a freedom of control that allowed them to change the environment to suit the vision they were after; whether that was removing dense foliage to keep players from getting lost in a lush forest, or just keeping the horizon clear so the visual cues could be readily seen, it was a balancing act to keep the environment navigable, but genuine.
I love how they’ve done those small visual touches too; the guiding wind for quest locations, the foxes leading to inari shrines, the torii gates, the smoke on the horizon, the golden birds, all these very visual elements that keep me engaged in the world and that gorgeous art style. It’s a really effective design.
All those visual cues wouldn’t stand out nearly as much if it wasn’t for the minimalist design for the heads up display though. In an interview with co-founder of Sucker Punch, Brian Fleming, he spoke about the inspiration for the HUD and why they chose such a simple concept:
"The art, the way that buildings are outfitted, everything in Japan tends to celebrate negative space, it tends to not be cluttered, it wants simplicity, so that has to radiate through everything we do.” Brian Fleming, co-founder of Sucker Punch.
It was a choice that could have easily backfired if the balance hadn’t been maintained between the player, the combat and the natural world; simplicity is good, but if it’s not backed up by every element of design, that same simple concept will only frustrate players.
Thanks to artists like Joanna Wang and the dedication of the research time, the art of Ghost of Tsushima stands above all other titles of the PS4 era. It’s simply exceptional and makes the world feel rich and alive.
Combat is at the core of Ghost of Tsushima, making or breaking your experience; at first glance I thought combat would be rather clumsy, but there’s this wonderful element of finesse and polish to it that you don’t understand until you try it for yourself. Throughout my time playing Ghost I felt that Jin’s movements looked real and deadly. It was only afterwards, while researching this project, that I discovered just how real it truly was.
Thanks to the help of two samurai, Masakumo Kuwami & Ryusetsu Ide, the combat of Ghost came to life in the mocap studio. The pair worked tirelessly with animation director, Billy Harper, to really nail down the specifics of how a samurai would move, how they would strike, how they would block, everything the animation team would need to recreate Jin’s fighting style faithfully.
It wasn’t only the combat they went through the trouble of portraying accurately though; thousands of hours of actor movements, actor expressions and even the horses were recorded by Billy Harper and the animation team, all to bring the world of Ghost to life and make you feel like you’re in control of a genuine samurai.
A samurai epic wouldn’t be complete without a beautiful score though and thanks to the work of Shigeru Umebayashi and ELAN Eshkeri, we have one.
In a blog written by Sucker Punch audio director, Bradley D. Meyer, composers Umebayashi and Eshkeri spoke about their experience with making the games’ score, including a look at the inspiration behind Jin’s iconic theme, Way of the Ghost and The Heart of the Jito.
Jin’s theme, “The Way of the Ghost,” was one of the very first pieces I wrote. Usually productions are ready for music after everyone else has been working on the game. As much as you might understand the story, it always takes time to really get under the skin and appreciate the depth of well written characters and story. While some of my first sketches evolved, this theme really stuck. It’s all about how the people of Tsushima see him. He is their hero: strong, infallible, inspiring and full of hope, but what really fascinated me about Jin is the contrast of what is going on inside him. In order to save his home and the people he loves he must go against everything he was taught to believe in and break the code of the Samurai. Throughout the game, Jin is a character in deep emotional conflict and this, above all else, is what drew me to Ghost.
The historical setting is fascinating. I began to study ancient Japanese music, folk songs, court music, sacred music and taiko, as well as the different pentatonic scales used in Japanese music. It is a very rich world full of a lifetime’s worth of exploration. In the game’s score I used Shakuhachi, Koto, Shamisen, Taiko Drums and Chants, and my favourite discovery, Biwa. The Biwa is an instrument that Samurai used to play and the art of it was almost lost — there are now only a few players in the world! Luckily, I was able to find one of them to play on Ghost. It’s a really special sound and you can hear it on 'The Heart of the Jito.'
I wanted to create an emotional world that would not only support the narrative and action beats of the game, but I hope it also completely draws the player into the heart and soul of Jin’s emotional journey." - Elan Eshkeri, main composer for Ghost of Tsushima.
"When listeners hear the music for the game, I hope that they feel the hearts of the people of Tsushima – those who love the land, living and plowing with the natural bounties it offers, and those of the warriors who take their katanas and follow the way of the samurai." - Shigeru Umebayashi, main composer for Ghost of Tsushima.
It really speaks to the power of musical composition that even if you knew nothing about the story, just hearing the first few, quiet notes of Way of the Ghost, you can feel the weight of it - it’s evocative and daring, speaking to the core struggle Ghosts’ story emphasizes without having to say a word.
Like all great works the score highlights and pulls on the emotional strings of the listener, emphasizing the positives along with the negatives, punctuating the established tone. It doesn’t try to force you to emotionally bend in these moments, one way or the next, but instead allows the story to carry you along until the music is needed to drive home the point.
All in all, the score for Ghost of Tsushima is a marvel, transporting listeners back to 13th century Japan and what it means to be a samurai.
It was 6 years of effort, hundreds, if not thousands of design choices, the hands of hundreds of talented programmers, designers, artists, composers, directors, researchers & consultants, that produced one of the best, if not the best, game of the PS4 era.
Kurosawa would always explore this idea of the old world meeting the new in his films, clashing for the soul of a culture. If Ghost of Tsushima and Sucker Punch are representative of the PS4 era, the past, I'm hard pressed to ask: what could the future offer that’s better than this? It’s a game that I think will always feel timeliness and with a free multiplayer DLC on the horizon, I hope we’ve not heard the last of Jin Sakai & The Ghost of Tsushima.
Anyways, thanks for reading. If you have any questions about the history, design elements or anything else, feel free. This is what I truly enjoy doing, so don't hold back.
TL:DR Ghost of Tsushima/Sucker Punch Productions took a lot of inspiration from Akira Kurosawa's works. Also, thank you for reading. As a small content creator who really enjoys doing these projects, it's always exciting to see the end result. Thank you, very much, for indulging me.
Sources
https://www.espn.com/esports/story/_/id/29524519/how-made-world-ghost-tsushima
(description of the type of effort put into making Ghosts’ visual art style; a discretionary tale of the use of negative space to fill in the gaps of artistic style).
https://www.polygon.com/interviews/2020/7/15/21324263/ghost-of-tsushima-research-interview-mari-takahashi
(describes the team’s interaction with Sony Japan and how they took two field trips to Tsushima island after landing on the idea. Once to study the architecture, the land and the various elements of the island, another to stand on the beaches and watch the annual ceremony for the invasion of Tsushima at Komoda Beach).
https://www.indiewire.com/2020/07/ghost-of-tsushima-interview-nate-fox-akira-kurosawa-samurai-movie-1234574709/
(making a game with filmmaker Akira Kurosawa as the inspiration; this document references quite a few of the older movies Akira went on to make and why the team at Sucker Punch took inspiration from this legendary Japanese filmmaker).
https://www.suckerpunch.com/company/
(details of Sucker Punch Productions, as well as the three releases they made about Ghosts of Tsushima over the years).
http://www.louis-chor.ca/mongolin.htm
(details of the Mongolian invasion into Tsushima Island, including more to note about the Kamikaze or divine wind, a typhoon that dashed the Mongol fleet to pieces while harbored in the bay around Hakata Bay).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sucker_Punch_Productions (Sucker Punch Productions history, as well as key-figures)
https://blog.playstation.com/2020/07/09/crafting-the-world-of-tsushima/
(a blog-post by lead artist, Joanna Wang, on crafting the environment of Tsushima Island during the team’s two trips to the island. This also includes recording hundreds of hours of bird-song. This also includes a ton of custom videos on the process of rendering the environment, a very good visual resource).
https://blog.playstation.com/2020/08/17/ghost-of-tsushima-legends-coming-to-ps4-fall-2020/
(co-op multiplayer mode of Ghost’ - seems to be headed towards a more supernatural element with the story. A multiplayer character, class based campaign with friends, as well as a survival mode and tough enemies fighting mode. Anyways, fucking excited!)
https://blog.playstation.com/2020/07/16/ghost-of-tsushima-the-road-to-launch/
(a blog-post on Sucker Punches’ Twitter that speaks about the road to completing Ghost of Tsushima, from start to finish).
https://kotaku.com/the-art-of-ghost-of-tsushima-1844693448 (a look at the people behind Ghost of Tsushima and the art-work they submitted)
https://twitter.com/BillyHarper73 (animation director’s Twitter)
https://www.vgr.com/ghost-of-tsushimas-combat-will-be-bolstered-by-historically-accurate-motion-capture/ (article about the motion capture session for the combat)
Masakumo Kuwami or Ryusetsu Ide (names of the samurai for motion capture + Twitter hyperlinks)
https://blog.playstation.com/2020/07/02/score-of-tsushima-the-soundtrack-of-ghost-of-tsushima
(notes on the soundtrack for the ghost of Tsushima game, composed by Shigeru Umebayashi and Ilan Eshkeri as written by Bradley D. Meyer, Sucker Punch Audio Director).
https://www.rogerebert.com/roger-ebert/video-games-can-never-be-art (video games can never be art)
https://kotaku.com/ghost-of-tsushimas-director-on-the-risks-of-making-some-1826921875
(further influences on Ghost of Tsushima as told in an interview with Nate Fox, including the value of tension, the trip to Tsushima Island, and the inspiration for Jin Sakai.
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2020.09.17 07:34 Nickadimoose The History of Ghost of Tsushima - A 6 Year Tale About the Making of the last Sucker Punch game of the PS4 era.

Hello!
My name is Nickadimoose and I'm an amateur game historian or at least I try to be when work allows. My main hobby is video-production as well as historic write-ups on video game history. Today I wanted to cover the History of Ghost of Tsushima, how it was made, the design decisions, the inspiration for it, as well as just generally talking about the game's positives and negatives aspects.
As a warning, this text has references to how the beginning of the game plays out, as well as some hints about how the story progresses in terms of the main character. If you've not finished the game or you're still playing, you may wish to hold off on reading.
After the release of Infamous Second Son and First Light in 2014, American based video game studio, Sucker Punch Productions, were looking to undertake a new challenge; after developing the Infamous franchise for 9 years straight, they wanted to test themselves creatively as a studio and make something new and different.
Though they didn’t know what they wanted to make yet, they did know one thing: that the next game had to be open world, as creative director Nate Fox explains:
“We wanted to stay open world because we’re giving authority--power to the player. We didn’t want to walk away from that, we think it’s integral to modern gaming that players are in charge.” - Nate Fox, creative director for Ghost of Tsushima.
They began to explore a few ideas, just conceptually, like pirates, Scottish Outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor, the Three Musketeers and about 70 other suggestions, but none of them felt right. Then things fell into place when they pitched one, simple concept: a Japanese samurai in feudal Japan.
It sounds perfect, doesn’t it? It’s a concept that you can instantly visualize the moment you say it.
After they settled on the idea of making a game about a samurai, it was easy to draw inspiration from outside sources and arguably none were more influential than legendary filmmaker & screenwriter, Akira Kurosawa.
For most western audiences, Kurosawa's films were the first real taste of Japanese culture. He earned renown as a filmmaker during World War II, but it wasn’t until the release of Rashomon that he would go on to become a legend. It was his unique style of focusing on the natural beauty of the land, as well as exploring the depth of his characters’ emotions that made his films so successful. This is where a lot of people developed their love affair for the iconic, honor bound samurai, including many at the Sucker Punch studio headquarters. It’s in Kurosawa’s works that a lot of Ghost’s art style and direction would be given life.
Ghost of Tsushima would borrow heavily from Kurosawa’s films for it’s visual design & overall style. Even though I couldn’t find a source saying so, I’m sure it was something like Seven Samurai that inspired the stand-off mechanic in Ghost.
It wasn’t until they poured over the history of Japan that the last piece of the conceptual puzzle finally fell into place. They now had a setting for their Kurosawa inspired, samurai epic.
The Mongol Invasion of 1274 was the first strike against Japan by Mongolian emperor, Kublai Khan.
Kublai Khan, a descendant of THE Khan, had just forced the subjugation of Korea and taken the area around modern day Beijing, creating the capital of Khanbaliq. In order to further unify his power in the region, he set his sights on the island of Japan.
On November 4th, 1274, more than 23,000 Mongol, Chinese and Korean soldiers, carried across 700 ships, poured onto the sands of Komoda Beach at the northwest tip of Tsushima Island. The Jitodai, So Sukekuni, gathered what little fighting men he had available in such a short time, 80 samurai, and began the impossible task of defending the island from the Mongol horde.
Faced with such impossible numbers, So Sukekuni and his brave samurai were overwhelmed and Tsushima was taken.
Over the next month the Mongol Navy ravaged island after island until they were met by a typhoon over the waters of the Sea of Japan, that would come to be known as the kamikaze, or the divine wind. 75% of the Mongol fighting force were lost to the kamikaze and what remained of the fleet pulled back to the shelter of Korea, biding their time & eventually recovering enough for a 2nd attempt in 1281.
As far as historical accuracy goes, the opening to Ghost of Tsushima is pretty faithful: 80 samurai, led by Lord Shimura, ride to Komoda Beach to stop the first step of the Mongolian invasion of Japan. The defense force crumbles, little by little, until the only people standing are Shimura and his nephew, Jin Sakai. In one last desperate bid, they charge Khotun Khan, intending to take his head, but ultimately fail. Shimura is taken captive and Jin is left on the beach, wounded and dying.
Even though this is the last event you’ll play in Ghost that matches up to the historical account of the true invasion, you have to admit this is the perfect place for an open world adventure to start: it’s up to you, samurai shamed in defeat, to raise an army against your oppressors, so you can take back your family, your honor, and your home.
Although it sounds easy on paper to see how the story would evolve from here and how the rest of the game would take shape, it would be nothing of the sort for the development team.
Ghost would prove to be unlike any game Sucker Punch had ever made. The road to the finish would be fraught with challenge and that challenge would threaten to bury them during every stage of development. They would need perseverance and fortitude to make it through the six long years it would take to turn a simple samurai fantasy into a full scale epic.
The art of Ghost is perfect, you have this seamless blend of natural beauty contrasted against the horrors of a brutal occupation. As you progress through the story the scenery changes along with the hero--the bright, vivid colors slowly begin to take a turn towards the bleak.
The wonders of the natural environment are still there, but they don’t stand out as starkly anymore. As you get sucked into the story, your eyes instead begin to fixate on the devastation left in the wake of the Mongol army--dead bodies strewn along the roads, houses ransacked and burned, forests stripped bare and lives forever changed and because you notice all of this a bit more, that note of pure beauty for the land doesn’t stand out as much as it did in the beginning.
You’re instantly grounded by the stakes of what you have to do as the player and the knowledge of what will happen to this beautiful place if you fail. It’s masterfully done and no doubt was a tremendous effort to achieve.
Despite how complex the task of creating a 13th century Tsushima Island was, the entire process began pretty simply: with a 10 hour flight across the Pacific Ocean.
At the beginning of the year, the research team, including lead artist, Joanna Wang, took a trip to Tsushima Island to see it for themselves: the goal was to get a sense of the island’s natural beauty, so they could take pieces of it back to the studio in Washington. To that end they recorded hours upon hours of bird song, the stillness of nature, they even photo scanned some of the local flora--in a blog written by Joanna, she talks about the experience and the motivation behind such meticulous work.
“Ghost of Tsushima is by far the biggest game we have ever made. The map is divided into three regions filled with more than forty diverse Biomes and hundreds of points of interest. Our goal when building an open world game is always if you can see it, you can reach it, with as few exceptions as possible. You will journey through lush forests, cross boggy swamp lands, and enter into frozen mountainous landscapes.
We collected so many references from movies, games, paintings, and even travel posters to draw inspiration. We want to present you with an authentic, believable world, a world that would call out to you, inviting you to explore, a world that is rich and full of surprises.” - Joanna Wang, lead artist on Ghost of Tsushima.
Thanks to being a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment, a Japanese company, the research team were able to make contact with the island’s locals, including artisans and historians, who could educate them on the island’s rich history & culture.
They would take a second trip in November, once again touring the island, speaking with locals, observing seasonal changes and even attending the festival on the sands of Komoda Beach, honoring the brave dead. It’s safe to say these trips helped develop the art-style of Ghost of Tsushima into what we know today; for a developer to be able to visit a place in person, not only once, but twice, is rare in an industry dominated by huge bottom lines and a laundry list of bankrupt studios. It was a gift. A gift they would take back home to their studio in Washington.
However they couldn’t just replicate Tsushima on a 1 to 1 scale, the island was just too big, so they were faced with the task of creating an island that could mimic the feel of the original, without the scale. Instead of creating individual assets and trying to disperse them over the world in a natural way, the team chose to focus on creating multiple procedural generation tools. The procedural generation would make the environment look more natural and also be more time efficient if changes were needed down the line.
Those procedural generation tools no doubt gave them a freedom of control that allowed them to change the environment to suit the vision they were after; whether that was removing dense foliage to keep players from getting lost in a lush forest, or just keeping the horizon clear so the visual cues could be readily seen, it was a balancing act to keep the environment navigable, but genuine.
I love how they’ve done those small visual touches too; the guiding wind for quest locations, the foxes leading to inari shrines, the torii gates, the smoke on the horizon, the golden birds, all these very visual elements that keep me engaged in the world and that gorgeous art style. It’s a really effective design.
All those visual cues wouldn’t stand out nearly as much if it wasn’t for the minimalist design for the heads up display though. In an interview with co-founder of Sucker Punch, Brian Fleming, he spoke about the inspiration for the HUD and why they chose such a simple concept:
"The art, the way that buildings are outfitted, everything in Japan tends to celebrate negative space, it tends to not be cluttered, it wants simplicity, so that has to radiate through everything we do.” Brian Fleming, co-founder of Sucker Punch.
It was a choice that could have easily backfired if the balance hadn’t been maintained between the player, the combat and the natural world; simplicity is good, but if it’s not backed up by every element of design, that same simple concept will only frustrate players.
Thanks to artists like Joanna Wang and the dedication of the research time, the art of Ghost of Tsushima stands above all other titles of the PS4 era. It’s simply exceptional and makes the world feel rich and alive.
Combat is at the core of Ghost of Tsushima, making or breaking your experience; at first glance I thought combat would be rather clumsy, but there’s this wonderful element of finesse and polish to it that you don’t understand until you try it for yourself. Throughout my time playing Ghost I felt that Jin’s movements looked real and deadly. It was only afterwards, while researching this project, that I discovered just how real it truly was.
Thanks to the help of two samurai, Masakumo Kuwami & Ryusetsu Ide, the combat of Ghost came to life in the mocap studio. The pair worked tirelessly with animation director, Billy Harper, to really nail down the specifics of how a samurai would move, how they would strike, how they would block, everything the animation team would need to recreate Jin’s fighting style faithfully.
It wasn’t only the combat they went through the trouble of portraying accurately though; thousands of hours of actor movements, actor expressions and even the horses were recorded by Billy Harper and the animation team, all to bring the world of Ghost to life and make you feel like you’re in control of a genuine samurai.
A samurai epic wouldn’t be complete without a beautiful score though and thanks to the work of Shigeru Umebayashi and ELAN Eshkeri, we have one.
In a blog written by Sucker Punch audio director, Bradley D. Meyer, composers Umebayashi and Eshkeri spoke about their experience with making the games’ score, including a look at the inspiration behind Jin’s iconic theme, Way of the Ghost and The Heart of the Jito.
Jin’s theme, “The Way of the Ghost,” was one of the very first pieces I wrote. Usually productions are ready for music after everyone else has been working on the game. As much as you might understand the story, it always takes time to really get under the skin and appreciate the depth of well written characters and story. While some of my first sketches evolved, this theme really stuck. It’s all about how the people of Tsushima see him. He is their hero: strong, infallible, inspiring and full of hope, but what really fascinated me about Jin is the contrast of what is going on inside him. In order to save his home and the people he loves he must go against everything he was taught to believe in and break the code of the Samurai. Throughout the game, Jin is a character in deep emotional conflict and this, above all else, is what drew me to Ghost.
The historical setting is fascinating. I began to study ancient Japanese music, folk songs, court music, sacred music and taiko, as well as the different pentatonic scales used in Japanese music. It is a very rich world full of a lifetime’s worth of exploration. In the game’s score I used Shakuhachi, Koto, Shamisen, Taiko Drums and Chants, and my favourite discovery, Biwa. The Biwa is an instrument that Samurai used to play and the art of it was almost lost — there are now only a few players in the world! Luckily, I was able to find one of them to play on Ghost. It’s a really special sound and you can hear it on 'The Heart of the Jito.'
I wanted to create an emotional world that would not only support the narrative and action beats of the game, but I hope it also completely draws the player into the heart and soul of Jin’s emotional journey." - Elan Eshkeri, main composer for Ghost of Tsushima.
"When listeners hear the music for the game, I hope that they feel the hearts of the people of Tsushima – those who love the land, living and plowing with the natural bounties it offers, and those of the warriors who take their katanas and follow the way of the samurai." - Shigeru Umebayashi, main composer for Ghost of Tsushima.
It really speaks to the power of musical composition that even if you knew nothing about the story, just hearing the first few, quiet notes of Way of the Ghost, you can feel the weight of it - it’s evocative and daring, speaking to the core struggle Ghosts’ story emphasizes without having to say a word.
Like all great works the score highlights and pulls on the emotional strings of the listener, emphasizing the positives along with the negatives, punctuating the established tone. It doesn’t try to force you to emotionally bend in these moments, one way or the next, but instead allows the story to carry you along until the music is needed to drive home the point.
All in all, the score for Ghost of Tsushima is a marvel, transporting listeners back to 13th century Japan and what it means to be a samurai.
It was 6 years of effort, hundreds, if not thousands of design choices, the hands of hundreds of talented programmers, designers, artists, composers, directors, researchers & consultants, that produced one of the best, if not the best, game of the PS4 era.
Kurosawa would always explore this idea of the old world meeting the new in his films, clashing for the soul of a culture. If Ghost of Tsushima and Sucker Punch are representative of the PS4 era, the past, I'm hard pressed to ask: what could the future offer that’s better than this? It’s a game that I think will always feel timeliness and with a free multiplayer DLC on the horizon, I hope we’ve not heard the last of Jin Sakai & The Ghost of Tsushima.
Anyways, thanks for reading. If you have any questions about the history, design elements or anything else, feel free. This is what I truly enjoy doing, so don't hold back.
TL:DR Ghost of Tsushima/Sucker Punch Productions took a lot of inspiration from Akira Kurosawa's works. Also, thank you for reading or watching. As a small content creator who really enjoys doing these projects, it's always exciting to see the end result. Thank you, very much, for indulging me. Sources
https://www.espn.com/esports/story/_/id/29524519/how-made-world-ghost-tsushima
(description of the type of effort put into making Ghosts’ visual art style; a discretionary tale of the use of negative space to fill in the gaps of artistic style).
https://www.polygon.com/interviews/2020/7/15/21324263/ghost-of-tsushima-research-interview-mari-takahashi
(describes the team’s interaction with Sony Japan and how they took two field trips to Tsushima island after landing on the idea. Once to study the architecture, the land and the various elements of the island, another to stand on the beaches and watch the annual ceremony for the invasion of Tsushima at Komoda Beach).
https://www.indiewire.com/2020/07/ghost-of-tsushima-interview-nate-fox-akira-kurosawa-samurai-movie-1234574709/
(making a game with filmmaker Akira Kurosawa as the inspiration; this document references quite a few of the older movies Akira went on to make and why the team at Sucker Punch took inspiration from this legendary Japanese filmmaker).
https://www.suckerpunch.com/company/
(details of Sucker Punch Productions, as well as the three releases they made about Ghosts of Tsushima over the years).
http://www.louis-chor.ca/mongolin.htm
(details of the Mongolian invasion into Tsushima Island, including more to note about the Kamikaze or divine wind, a typhoon that dashed the Mongol fleet to pieces while harbored in the bay around Hakata Bay).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sucker_Punch_Productions (Sucker Punch Productions history, as well as key-figures)
https://blog.playstation.com/2020/07/09/crafting-the-world-of-tsushima/
(a blog-post by lead artist, Joanna Wang, on crafting the environment of Tsushima Island during the team’s two trips to the island. This also includes recording hundreds of hours of bird-song. This also includes a ton of custom videos on the process of rendering the environment, a very good visual resource).
https://blog.playstation.com/2020/08/17/ghost-of-tsushima-legends-coming-to-ps4-fall-2020/
(co-op multiplayer mode of Ghost’ - seems to be headed towards a more supernatural element with the story. A multiplayer character, class based campaign with friends, as well as a survival mode and tough enemies fighting mode. Anyways, fucking excited!)
https://blog.playstation.com/2020/07/16/ghost-of-tsushima-the-road-to-launch/
(a blog-post on Sucker Punches’ Twitter that speaks about the road to completing Ghost of Tsushima, from start to finish).
https://kotaku.com/the-art-of-ghost-of-tsushima-1844693448 (a look at the people behind Ghost of Tsushima and the art-work they submitted)
https://twitter.com/BillyHarper73 (animation director’s Twitter)
https://www.vgr.com/ghost-of-tsushimas-combat-will-be-bolstered-by-historically-accurate-motion-capture/ (article about the motion capture session for the combat)
Masakumo Kuwami or Ryusetsu Ide (names of the samurai for motion capture + Twitter hyperlinks)
https://blog.playstation.com/2020/07/02/score-of-tsushima-the-soundtrack-of-ghost-of-tsushima
(notes on the soundtrack for the ghost of Tsushima game, composed by Shigeru Umebayashi and Ilan Eshkeri as written by Bradley D. Meyer, Sucker Punch Audio Director).
https://www.rogerebert.com/roger-ebert/video-games-can-never-be-art (video games can never be art)
https://kotaku.com/ghost-of-tsushimas-director-on-the-risks-of-making-some-1826921875
(further influences on Ghost of Tsushima as told in an interview with Nate Fox, including the value of tension, the trip to Tsushima Island, and the inspiration for Jin Sakai.
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2020.09.16 19:55 saku-no-ki 200916 Ep 70 Saku no Ki: Oneiric Theater Unit Behind The Scene, Boyfriend-Girlfriend-Marry-Cousin?... Nani, Multifan Of Idols... And Anime, Rocket Punch Tamago At KOMS And Youtube Channel, And More

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mB45K2U5X6I&feature=share
1 I'm still not tired of san-nakji (raw octopus) yet!
I'm recording this on the 6th so it hasn't happened yet, but for everyone else the online concert is over! If you watched it you know, but I performed Monster with Eunbi! IDK how it went, but I still want to talk about the units. For these, the members came up with their own concepts so it wasn't like staff telling us what to do. For example, Chaeyeon's team really wanted to show off their dancing while Wonyoung gathered cute members. Eunbi wanted to try a cool & strong, yet still feminine concept which I also wanted so we ended up pairing together. We talked about whether we would add members too, but then settled on Monster w/ the 2 of us. The choreographer also did songs for IZONE like Spaceship so they personally taught us, & even the backdancers were the exact same. It really was like a, "Wait, is this really ok?!" kind of happiness to challenge Monster. The choreographer also did songs for IZONE like Spaceship so they personally taught us, & even the backdancers were the exact same. It really was like a, "Wait, is this really ok?!" kind of happiness to challenge Monster. On the flip side, there was now pressure because the only thing that changed from the original was us, the members. If we didn't properly perform it, if there was a large quality difference, it was on us. Eunbi and I have been giving our very all to practicing for it, and I have muscle pain all over, but if it was even a little well-received by fans, that'd be great. How was the future me, everyone? I'll reflect on it more next week, but for now I just wanted to talk about at least that much! 1
🎶 IZ*ONE - Buenos Aires 🎶
Q: How long do you practice dancing everyday?
Sakura: You can't do it too long because you're going full power each time, but for the concert, there will be 6 hours and then another 2-3 hours for the units? So some days it's 9 hours. Up until now we've practiced together a lot but this time around, with 4 different units we can't really use the practice rooms as we please b/c another group might be using it. We ended up practicing separately more this time
Q: How has your performance style changed since you came from Japan?
Sakura: Hrmm...well, performances are judged differently between the 2 countries. In Japan, it was important to add your own individuality to the dance. A small change in your movement or expression to inject more of yourself into the performance was welcomed. In this, I really admired Yukirin, because you could see it was "Yukirin-like". I learned from her a lot This is because in Japan, the line-up of members was constantly changing. However, in Korea it's always us 12. Here it's more important to be in sync, to match with the group. I don't think you can say which is better. than the other, but I've tried to incorporate both styles into my own performance. Be in sync with everyone when it's called for, and show off more of your individuality when it's your part or something
Fan: I just started dating again after 5 yrs, but I can't help but compare myself to his past girlfriends & lose confidence. Are there times you're unsure of yourself?
Sakura: Of course! For humans, it's probably a daily occurrence. The reason I was able to start having confidence in myself though is my fans. I really love my fans who support me from the bottom of their hearts. I realized it was actually rude to say I don't know why I'm their oshi. Fans would tell me, "I like Sakura" because of so and so reasons, so for me to listen to them and then still question why I am the way I am was in fact me being rude to them [by not recognizing their reasons for liking me] Therefore, if your boyfriend is telling you that he loves you, you should trust him and know that you are loved. By recognizing that, you might be able to gain more confidence in yourself. 1
2 "Do you still want Yena as a BF? Who do you want as a GF?"
Sakura: I guess it's still Yena. With Yena, it feels like each day would be fun even if nothing much is happening. She makes the slightest thing interesting & funny. Happy aura just exudes from Yena~. For GF, that's HARD~ It's hard but...Ehh~ Lemme decided while looking at the Oneiric Diary photos...perhaps Minju? I want to date Chaewon but with Minju, I'd like our relationship to go a bit further. But if it's for marriage, Chaeyeon seems like the best candidate. The rest are like little sisters...ah Eunbi-chan would be like an older cousin I would sometimes meet during family gatherings, someone I look up to. Kangchan is a cousin I'm close with, we'd meet at family gatherings & play games together. 2
🎶 OVAN - I Need You 🎶
1 Fan: I'd like to recommend you Dream High 1
2 Sakura: Of course I've seen it~! My mom is a fan of Kim Soo Hyun & isn't that his acting debut? So of course I've seen it. I was in middle school at the time & wasn't familiar with K-entertainment. I saw IU-san in it for the first time & I was like 'I can't believe there's someone this cute & also so good at singing!'. After researching, I found out that she's a singer. I was so surprised! Her acting is super good so I initially thought she's an actress. 2
1 Q: Are there any Korean actors/actresses you like recently?
Sakura: Hmm...well, this isn't a person, but I'm thinking whether to start watching "Fight for my Way" or not. It's a little old, but the members told me I should definitely watch it 1
2 "I have 30 oshis. Since you're oshimashi (add bias) type like me, how many oshis do you have?"
Sakura: It's more like I have members I like in each group so I ended up having oshis in each group. For example, Red Velvet. Of course I love Irene-san the most, Ah, but for RV, I love all of them! I'm a hako oshi (supports entire group). TWICE-san, I'm a hako oshi too but...it'll end with me liking everyone but for TWICE-san, I love Sana-san, Nayeon-san too. For ITZY, I like Ryujin...but I like Yeji too, Chaeryoung too, Lia too. I like everyone! I can't decide. As an oshimashi, I can see what's great about each of them. I like everyone. I'm already a DD, daredemo daisuki (love everyone) which is beyond oshimashi level. So considering that, I probably have around 20-30 oshis too. Aren't idols wonderful? How can we gain so much energy & power from idols? It's a wonder. I have anime oshis too. If you include anime, then I have more than 100 oshis 2
3 Fan: Takahashi Juri appeared on King of Masked Singers! She sang so well it's suprising. Did you watch? I'm really touched she learnt Korean so diligently!
Sakura: Yes I watched Juri-chan. She contacted me on the day of the recording saying she's appearing in KOMS. Recently she started her Japanese VLog through Rocket Punch's Official Youtube Channel showing an Idol's private life to Japanese fans too and also stuff about Rocket Punch. I run a Youtube Channel too so she asked for help about how too film and edit the videos. Juri-chan worked really hard so I'm really motivated too. She's always working hard in something. We were close to each other even when in Japan but now that we are at the same place too and in a position to work hard so I thought I should work hard too. I want to learn from her in order to make sure that I don't lose too. Please watch her on KOMS, it's on Youtube too. Her singing skills improved. She was originally good at singing even before then but it must have tiring having to prepare for KOMS with their Juicy comeback overlapping each other. 3
1 It's awful when you don't get your oshi's trading card, but you know what isn't random? DICON! You can pick your cover & you get a full set of trading cards. It's rare to have non-random goods 😂 so get it if you haven't yet!
Fan: I lost all my "Twelve" applications for you 😭
Sakura: Ehhhhhhh. I feel like everyone just plain lost. Conversely, is there even anyone that won tickets with me? How to win...there's nothing I can do for you, so all you can do is hope. If there's resales, definitely apply for them! I mentioned your name on radio so maybe it'll give you luck! Or... you can think of it negatively that you already used up your luck [to have your message read on Saku no Ki] so you won't win even in resales, but let's think positively! We'll definitely meet someday! 1
🎶 Irene & Seulgi - Monster 🎶
1 I want to talk about our online concert! Well, I'll do it next week, but I'm really nervous. We'll perform Rococo for the first time, have a band, etc. Compared to watching in person, online is more subdued or it's harder to communicate everything through our performances but I hope you'll still all have a good time. In return, I'll perform 100x - 200x harder! I'll go into detail next week after it's over! 1
2 Staff's question: What's Sakuchan's current "I'm OO, but it's okay!"
Sakura: For me, 'I'm having muscle aches but it's okay!' it's been really yabai recently! When I wake up in the morning, I have to be like 'urgh' while getting up. I'm having a hard time. Particularly with Monster, the 'I'm a little Monster' part where Irene-san appears from behind Seulgi-san like Ina Bauer...I did that choreo too & gasp it's really yabai on the back! In addition, you have bend your back in high speed...it's quite a rigorous exercise. It's yabai for the back & my neck is really hurting but I still have to go for practice. I have muscle aches but it's okay~! There's no more time. I just have to do it! 1

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2 fujii_itsuki
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2020.09.13 21:40 Nickadimoose The Making of Ghost of Tsushima - A Tale of a Samurai and Akira Kurosawa

Hello!
My name is Nickadimoose and I'm an amateur game historian or at least I try to be when work allows. Today I wanted to cover the History of Ghost of Tsushima, how it was made, the design decisions, the inspiration for it, as well as just generally talking about the game's positives and negatives aspects.
I know YouTube videos aren't for everyone, but if you've got a mind to watch a video, rather than read about the development of Ghost of Tsushima, feel free here: ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etVao3-_RH0 )
A few people mentioned they didn't like the slower narrated version, so I made a quicker read version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_SUx_czE8k
If videos aren't your cup of tea, read on. Though, as a warning, both this text/video have references to how the beginning of the game plays out, as well as some hints about how the story progresses in terms of the main character. If you've not finished the game or you're still playing, you may wish to hold off on reading/watching.
After the release of Infamous Second Son and First Light in 2014, American based video game studio, Sucker Punch Productions, were looking to undertake a new challenge; after developing the Infamous franchise for 9 years straight, they wanted to test themselves creatively as a studio and make something new and different.
Though they didn’t know what they wanted to make yet, they did know one thing: that the next game had to be open world, as creative director Nate Fox explains:
“We wanted to stay open world because we’re giving authority--power to the player. We didn’t want to walk away from that, we think it’s integral to modern gaming that players are in charge.” - Nate Fox, creative director for Ghost of Tsushima.
They began to explore a few ideas, just conceptually, like pirates, Scottish Outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor, the Three Musketeers and about 70 other suggestions, but none of them felt right. Then things fell into place when they pitched one, simple concept: a Japanese samurai in feudal Japan.
It sounds perfect, doesn’t it? It’s a concept that you can instantly visualize the moment you say it.
After they settled on the idea of making a game about a samurai, it was easy to draw inspiration from outside sources and arguably none were more influential than legendary filmmaker & screenwriter, Akira Kurosawa.
For most western audiences, Kurosawa's films were the first real taste of Japanese culture. He earned renown as a filmmaker during World War II, but it wasn’t until the release of Rashomon that he would go on to become a legend. It was his unique style of focusing on the natural beauty of the land, as well as exploring the depth of his characters’ emotions that made his films so successful. This is where a lot of people developed their love affair for the iconic, honor bound samurai, including many at the Sucker Punch studio headquarters. It’s in Kurosawa’s works that a lot of Ghost’s art style and direction would be given life; just look at this scene of two people dueling from Seven Samurai.
Ghost of Tsushima would borrow heavily from Kurosawa’s films for it’s visual design & overall style. Even though I couldn’t find a source saying so, I’m sure it was something like Seven Samurai that inspired the stand-off mechanic in Ghost.
It wasn’t until they poured over the history of Japan that the last piece of the conceptual puzzle finally fell into place. They now had a setting for their Kurosawa inspired, samurai epic.
The Mongol Invasion of 1274 was the first strike against Japan by Mongolian emperor, Kublai Khan.
Kublai Khan, a descendant of THE Khan, had just forced the subjugation of Korea and taken the area around modern day Beijing, creating the capital of Khanbaliq. In order to further unify his power in the region, he set his sights on the island of Japan.
On November 4th, 1274, more than 23,000 Mongol, Chinese and Korean soldiers, carried across 700 ships, poured onto the sands of Komoda Beach at the northwest tip of Tsushima Island. The Jitodai, So Sukekuni, gathered what little fighting men he had available in such a short time, 80 samurai, and began the impossible task of defending the island from the Mongol horde.
Faced with such impossible numbers, So Sukekuni and his brave samurai were overwhelmed and Tsushima was taken.
Over the next month the Mongol Navy ravaged island after island until they were met by a typhoon over the waters of the Sea of Japan, that would come to be known as the kamikaze, or the divine wind. 75% of the Mongol fighting force were lost to the kamikaze and what remained of the fleet pulled back to the shelter of Korea, biding their time & eventually recovering enough for a 2nd attempt in 1281.
As far as historical accuracy goes, the opening to Ghost of Tsushima is pretty faithful: 80 samurai, led by Lord Shimura, ride to Komoda Beach to stop the first step of the Mongolian invasion of Japan. The defense force crumbles, little by little, until the only people standing are Shimura and his nephew, Jin Sakai. In one last desperate bid, they charge Khotun Khan, intending to take his head, but ultimately fail. Shimura is taken captive and Jin is left on the beach, wounded and dying.
Even though this is the last event you’ll play in Ghost that matches up to the historical account of the true invasion, you have to admit this is the perfect place for an open world adventure to start: it’s up to you, samurai shamed in defeat, to raise an army against your oppressors, so you can take back your family, your honor, and your home.
Although it sounds easy on paper to see how the story would evolve from here and how the rest of the game would take shape, it would be nothing of the sort for the development team.
Ghost would prove to be unlike any game Sucker Punch had ever made. The road to the finish would be fraught with challenge and that challenge would threaten to bury them during every stage of development. They would need perseverance and fortitude to make it through the six long years it would take to turn a simple samurai fantasy into a full scale epic.
The art of Ghost is perfect, you have this seamless blend of natural beauty contrasted against the horrors of a brutal occupation. As you progress through the story the scenery changes along with the hero--the bright, vivid colors slowly begin to take a turn towards the bleak.
The wonders of the natural environment are still there, but they don’t stand out as starkly anymore. As you get sucked into the story, your eyes instead begin to fixate on the devastation left in the wake of the Mongol army--dead bodies strewn along the roads, houses ransacked and burned, forests stripped bare and lives forever changed and because you notice all of this a bit more, that note of pure beauty for the land doesn’t stand out as much as it did in the beginning.
You’re instantly grounded by the stakes of what you have to do as the player and the knowledge of what will happen to this beautiful place if you fail. It’s masterfully done and no doubt was a tremendous effort to achieve.
Despite how complex the task of creating a 13th century Tsushima Island was, the entire process began pretty simply: with a 10 hour flight across the Pacific Ocean.
At the beginning of the year, the research team, including lead artist, Joanna Wang, took a trip to Tsushima Island to see it for themselves: the goal was to get a sense of the island’s natural beauty, so they could take pieces of it back to the studio in Washington. To that end they recorded hours upon hours of bird song, the stillness of nature, they even photo scanned some of the local flora--in a blog written by Joanna, she talks about the experience and the motivation behind such meticulous work.
“Ghost of Tsushima is by far the biggest game we have ever made. The map is divided into three regions filled with more than forty diverse Biomes and hundreds of points of interest. Our goal when building an open world game is always if you can see it, you can reach it, with as few exceptions as possible. You will journey through lush forests, cross boggy swamp lands, and enter into frozen mountainous landscapes.
We collected so many references from movies, games, paintings, and even travel posters to draw inspiration. We want to present you with an authentic, believable world, a world that would call out to you, inviting you to explore, a world that is rich and full of surprises.” - Joanna Wang, lead artist on Ghost of Tsushima.
Thanks to being a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment, a Japanese company, the research team were able to make contact with the island’s locals, including artisans and historians, who could educate them on the island’s rich history & culture.
They would take a second trip in November, once again touring the island, speaking with locals, observing seasonal changes and even attending the festival on the sands of Komoda Beach, honoring the brave dead. It’s safe to say these trips helped develop the art-style of Ghost of Tsushima into what we know today; for a developer to be able to visit a place in person, not only once, but twice, is rare in an industry dominated by huge bottom lines and a laundry list of bankrupt studios. It was a gift. A gift they would take back home to their studio in Washington.
However they couldn’t just replicate Tsushima on a 1 to 1 scale, the island was just too big, so they were faced with the task of creating an island that could mimic the feel of the original, without the scale. Instead of creating individual assets and trying to disperse them over the world in a natural way, the team chose to focus on creating multiple procedural generation tools. The procedural generation would make the environment look more natural and also be more time efficient if changes were needed down the line.
Those procedural generation tools no doubt gave them a freedom of control that allowed them to change the environment to suit the vision they were after; whether that was removing dense foliage to keep players from getting lost in a lush forest, or just keeping the horizon clear so the visual cues could be readily seen, it was a balancing act to keep the environment navigable, but genuine.
I love how they’ve done those small visual touches too; the guiding wind for quest locations, the foxes leading to inari shrines, the torii gates, the smoke on the horizon, the golden birds, all these very visual elements that keep me engaged in the world and that gorgeous art style. It’s a really effective design.
All those visual cues wouldn’t stand out nearly as much if it wasn’t for the minimalist design for the heads up display though. In an interview with co-founder of Sucker Punch, Brian Fleming, he spoke about the inspiration for the HUD and why they chose such a simple concept:
"The art, the way that buildings are outfitted, everything in Japan tends to celebrate negative space, it tends to not be cluttered, it wants simplicity, so that has to radiate through everything we do.” Brian Fleming, co-founder of Sucker Punch.
It was a choice that could have easily backfired if the balance hadn’t been maintained between the player, the combat and the natural world; simplicity is good, but if it’s not backed up by every element of design, that same simple concept will only frustrate players.
Thanks to artists like Joanna Wang and the dedication of the research time, the art of Ghost of Tsushima stands above all other titles of the PS4 era. It’s simply exceptional and makes the world feel rich and alive.
Combat is at the core of Ghost of Tsushima, making or breaking your experience; at first glance I thought combat would be rather clumsy, but there’s this wonderful element of finesse and polish to it that you don’t understand until you try it for yourself. Throughout my time playing Ghost I felt that Jin’s movements looked real and deadly. It was only afterwards, while researching this project, that I discovered just how real it truly was.
Thanks to the help of two samurai, Masakumo Kuwami & Ryusetsu Ide, the combat of Ghost came to life in the mocap studio. The pair worked tirelessly with animation director, Billy Harper, to really nail down the specifics of how a samurai would move, how they would strike, how they would block, everything the animation team would need to recreate Jin’s fighting style faithfully.
It wasn’t only the combat they went through the trouble of portraying accurately though; thousands of hours of actor movements, actor expressions and even the horses were recorded by Billy Harper and the animation team, all to bring the world of Ghost to life and make you feel like you’re in control of a genuine samurai.
A samurai epic wouldn’t be complete without a beautiful score though and thanks to the work of Shigeru Umebayashi and ELAN Eshkeri, we have one.
In a blog written by Sucker Punch audio director, Bradley D. Meyer, composers Umebayashi and Eshkeri spoke about their experience with making the games’ score, including a look at the inspiration behind Jin’s iconic theme, Way of the Ghost and The Heart of the Jito.
Jin’s theme, “The Way of the Ghost,” was one of the very first pieces I wrote. Usually productions are ready for music after everyone else has been working on the game. As much as you might understand the story, it always takes time to really get under the skin and appreciate the depth of well written characters and story. While some of my first sketches evolved, this theme really stuck. It’s all about how the people of Tsushima see him. He is their hero: strong, infallible, inspiring and full of hope, but what really fascinated me about Jin is the contrast of what is going on inside him. In order to save his home and the people he loves he must go against everything he was taught to believe in and break the code of the Samurai. Throughout the game, Jin is a character in deep emotional conflict and this, above all else, is what drew me to Ghost.
The historical setting is fascinating. I began to study ancient Japanese music, folk songs, court music, sacred music and taiko, as well as the different pentatonic scales used in Japanese music. It is a very rich world full of a lifetime’s worth of exploration. In the game’s score I used Shakuhachi, Koto, Shamisen, Taiko Drums and Chants, and my favourite discovery, Biwa. The Biwa is an instrument that Samurai used to play and the art of it was almost lost — there are now only a few players in the world! Luckily, I was able to find one of them to play on Ghost. It’s a really special sound and you can hear it on 'The Heart of the Jito.'
I wanted to create an emotional world that would not only support the narrative and action beats of the game, but I hope it also completely draws the player into the heart and soul of Jin’s emotional journey." - Elan Eshkeri, main composer for Ghost of Tsushima.
"When listeners hear the music for the game, I hope that they feel the hearts of the people of Tsushima – those who love the land, living and plowing with the natural bounties it offers, and those of the warriors who take their katanas and follow the way of the samurai." - Shigeru Umebayashi, main composer for Ghost of Tsushima.
It really speaks to the power of musical composition that even if you knew nothing about the story, just hearing the first few, quiet notes of Way of the Ghost, you can feel the weight of it - it’s evocative and daring, speaking to the core struggle Ghosts’ story emphasizes without having to say a word.
Like all great works the score highlights and pulls on the emotional strings of the listener, emphasizing the positives along with the negatives, punctuating the established tone. It doesn’t try to force you to emotionally bend in these moments, one way or the next, but instead allows the story to carry you along until the music is needed to drive home the point.
All in all, the score for Ghost of Tsushima is a marvel, transporting listeners back to 13th century Japan and what it means to be a samurai.
It was 6 years of effort, hundreds, if not thousands of design choices, the hands of hundreds of talented programmers, designers, artists, composers, directors, researchers & consultants, that produced one of the best, if not the best, game of the PS4 era.
Kurosawa would always explore this idea of the old world meeting the new in his films, clashing for the soul of a culture. If Ghost of Tsushima and Sucker Punch are representative of the PS4 era, the past, I'm hard pressed to ask: what could the future offer that’s better than this? It’s a game that I think will always feel timeliness and with a free multiplayer DLC on the horizon, I hope we’ve not heard the last of Jin Sakai & The Ghost of Tsushima.
Anyways, thanks for reading. If you have any questions about the history, design elements or anything else, feel free. This is what I truly enjoy doing, so don't hold back. Sources
https://www.espn.com/esports/story/_/id/29524519/how-made-world-ghost-tsushima
(description of the type of effort put into making Ghosts’ visual art style; a discretionary tale of the use of negative space to fill in the gaps of artistic style).
https://www.polygon.com/interviews/2020/7/15/21324263/ghost-of-tsushima-research-interview-mari-takahashi
(describes the team’s interaction with Sony Japan and how they took two field trips to Tsushima island after landing on the idea. Once to study the architecture, the land and the various elements of the island, another to stand on the beaches and watch the annual ceremony for the invasion of Tsushima at Komoda Beach).
https://www.indiewire.com/2020/07/ghost-of-tsushima-interview-nate-fox-akira-kurosawa-samurai-movie-1234574709/
(making a game with filmmaker Akira Kurosawa as the inspiration; this document references quite a few of the older movies Akira went on to make and why the team at Sucker Punch took inspiration from this legendary Japanese filmmaker).
https://www.suckerpunch.com/company/
(details of Sucker Punch Productions, as well as the three releases they made about Ghosts of Tsushima over the years).
http://www.louis-chor.ca/mongolin.htm
(details of the Mongolian invasion into Tsushima Island, including more to note about the Kamikaze or divine wind, a typhoon that dashed the Mongol fleet to pieces while harbored in the bay around Hakata Bay).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sucker_Punch_Productions (Sucker Punch Productions history, as well as key-figures)
https://blog.playstation.com/2020/07/09/crafting-the-world-of-tsushima/
(a blog-post by lead artist, Joanna Wang, on crafting the environment of Tsushima Island during the team’s two trips to the island. This also includes recording hundreds of hours of bird-song. This also includes a ton of custom videos on the process of rendering the environment, a very good visual resource).
https://blog.playstation.com/2020/08/17/ghost-of-tsushima-legends-coming-to-ps4-fall-2020/
(co-op multiplayer mode of Ghost’ - seems to be headed towards a more supernatural element with the story. A multiplayer character, class based campaign with friends, as well as a survival mode and tough enemies fighting mode. Anyways, fucking excited!)
https://blog.playstation.com/2020/07/16/ghost-of-tsushima-the-road-to-launch/
(a blog-post on Sucker Punches’ Twitter that speaks about the road to completing Ghost of Tsushima, from start to finish).
https://kotaku.com/the-art-of-ghost-of-tsushima-1844693448 (a look at the people behind Ghost of Tsushima and the art-work they submitted)
https://twitter.com/BillyHarper73 (animation director’s Twitter)
https://www.vgr.com/ghost-of-tsushimas-combat-will-be-bolstered-by-historically-accurate-motion-capture/ (article about the motion capture session for the combat)
Masakumo Kuwami or Ryusetsu Ide (names of the samurai for motion capture + Twitter hyperlinks)
https://blog.playstation.com/2020/07/02/score-of-tsushima-the-soundtrack-of-ghost-of-tsushima
(notes on the soundtrack for the ghost of Tsushima game, composed by Shigeru Umebayashi and Ilan Eshkeri as written by Bradley D. Meyer, Sucker Punch Audio Director).
https://www.rogerebert.com/roger-ebert/video-games-can-never-be-art (video games can never be art)
https://kotaku.com/ghost-of-tsushimas-director-on-the-risks-of-making-some-1826921875
(further influences on Ghost of Tsushima as told in an interview with Nate Fox, including the value of tension, the trip to Tsushima Island, and the inspiration for Jin Sakai.
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2020.09.13 19:53 Nickadimoose A fan-made documentary about the making of Ghost of Tsushima and it's 6 years of development history! This sadly, took me over a month to make.

Hello!
My name is Nickadimoose and I'm an amateur game historian or at least I try to be when work allows. Today I wanted to cover the History of Ghost of Tsushima, how it was made, the design decisions, the inspiration for it, as well as just generally talking about the game's positives and negatives aspects.
I know YouTube videos aren't for everyone, but if you've got a mind to watch a video, rather than read about the development of Ghost of Tsushima, feel free here: ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etVao3-_RH0 )
A few people didn't like the slower version of the video, so I made a faster version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_SUx_czE8k
If videos aren't your cup of tea, read on. Though, as a warning, both this text/video have references to how the beginning of the game plays out, as well as some hints about how the story progresses in terms of the main character. If you've not finished the game or you're still playing, you may wish to hold off on reading/watching.
After the release of Infamous Second Son and First Light in 2014, American based video game studio, Sucker Punch Productions, were looking to undertake a new challenge; after developing the Infamous franchise for 9 years straight, they wanted to test themselves creatively as a studio and make something new and different.
Though they didn’t know what they wanted to make yet, they did know one thing: that the next game had to be open world, as creative director Nate Fox explains:
“We wanted to stay open world because we’re giving authority--power to the player. We didn’t want to walk away from that, we think it’s integral to modern gaming that players are in charge.” - Nate Fox, creative director for Ghost of Tsushima.
They began to explore a few ideas, just conceptually, like pirates, Scottish Outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor, the Three Musketeers and about 70 other suggestions, but none of them felt right. Then things fell into place when they pitched one, simple concept: a Japanese samurai in feudal Japan.
It sounds perfect, doesn’t it? It’s a concept that you can instantly visualize the moment you say it.
After they settled on the idea of making a game about a samurai, it was easy to draw inspiration from outside sources and arguably none were more influential than legendary filmmaker & screenwriter, Akira Kurosawa.
For most western audiences, Kurosawa's films were the first real taste of Japanese culture. He earned renown as a filmmaker during World War II, but it wasn’t until the release of Rashomon that he would go on to become a legend. It was his unique style of focusing on the natural beauty of the land, as well as exploring the depth of his characters’ emotions that made his films so successful. This is where a lot of people developed their love affair for the iconic, honor bound samurai, including many at the Sucker Punch studio headquarters. It’s in Kurosawa’s works that a lot of Ghost’s art style and direction would be given life; just look at this scene of two people dueling from Seven Samurai.
Ghost of Tsushima would borrow heavily from Kurosawa’s films for it’s visual design & overall style. Even though I couldn’t find a source saying so, I’m sure it was something like Seven Samurai that inspired the stand-off mechanic in Ghost.
It wasn’t until they poured over the history of Japan that the last piece of the conceptual puzzle finally fell into place. They now had a setting for their Kurosawa inspired, samurai epic.
The Mongol Invasion of 1274 was the first strike against Japan by Mongolian emperor, Kublai Khan.
Kublai Khan, a descendant of THE Khan, had just forced the subjugation of Korea and taken the area around modern day Beijing, creating the capital of Khanbaliq. In order to further unify his power in the region, he set his sights on the island of Japan.
On November 4th, 1274, more than 23,000 Mongol, Chinese and Korean soldiers, carried across 700 ships, poured onto the sands of Komoda Beach at the northwest tip of Tsushima Island. The Jitodai, So Sukekuni, gathered what little fighting men he had available in such a short time, 80 samurai, and began the impossible task of defending the island from the Mongol horde.
Faced with such impossible numbers, So Sukekuni and his brave samurai were overwhelmed and Tsushima was taken.
Over the next month the Mongol Navy ravaged island after island until they were met by a typhoon over the waters of the Sea of Japan, that would come to be known as the kamikaze, or the divine wind. 75% of the Mongol fighting force were lost to the kamikaze and what remained of the fleet pulled back to the shelter of Korea, biding their time & eventually recovering enough for a 2nd attempt in 1281.
As far as historical accuracy goes, the opening to Ghost of Tsushima is pretty faithful: 80 samurai, led by Lord Shimura, ride to Komoda Beach to stop the first step of the Mongolian invasion of Japan. The defense force crumbles, little by little, until the only people standing are Shimura and his nephew, Jin Sakai. In one last desperate bid, they charge Khotun Khan, intending to take his head, but ultimately fail. Shimura is taken captive and Jin is left on the beach, wounded and dying.
Even though this is the last event you’ll play in Ghost that matches up to the historical account of the true invasion, you have to admit this is the perfect place for an open world adventure to start: it’s up to you, samurai shamed in defeat, to raise an army against your oppressors, so you can take back your family, your honor, and your home.
Although it sounds easy on paper to see how the story would evolve from here and how the rest of the game would take shape, it would be nothing of the sort for the development team.
Ghost would prove to be unlike any game Sucker Punch had ever made. The road to the finish would be fraught with challenge and that challenge would threaten to bury them during every stage of development. They would need perseverance and fortitude to make it through the six long years it would take to turn a simple samurai fantasy into a full scale epic.
The art of Ghost is perfect, you have this seamless blend of natural beauty contrasted against the horrors of a brutal occupation. As you progress through the story the scenery changes along with the hero--the bright, vivid colors slowly begin to take a turn towards the bleak.
The wonders of the natural environment are still there, but they don’t stand out as starkly anymore. As you get sucked into the story, your eyes instead begin to fixate on the devastation left in the wake of the Mongol army--dead bodies strewn along the roads, houses ransacked and burned, forests stripped bare and lives forever changed and because you notice all of this a bit more, that note of pure beauty for the land doesn’t stand out as much as it did in the beginning.
You’re instantly grounded by the stakes of what you have to do as the player and the knowledge of what will happen to this beautiful place if you fail. It’s masterfully done and no doubt was a tremendous effort to achieve.
Despite how complex the task of creating a 13th century Tsushima Island was, the entire process began pretty simply: with a 10 hour flight across the Pacific Ocean.
At the beginning of the year, the research team, including lead artist, Joanna Wang, took a trip to Tsushima Island to see it for themselves: the goal was to get a sense of the island’s natural beauty, so they could take pieces of it back to the studio in Washington. To that end they recorded hours upon hours of bird song, the stillness of nature, they even photo scanned some of the local flora--in a blog written by Joanna, she talks about the experience and the motivation behind such meticulous work.
“Ghost of Tsushima is by far the biggest game we have ever made. The map is divided into three regions filled with more than forty diverse Biomes and hundreds of points of interest. Our goal when building an open world game is always if you can see it, you can reach it, with as few exceptions as possible. You will journey through lush forests, cross boggy swamp lands, and enter into frozen mountainous landscapes.
We collected so many references from movies, games, paintings, and even travel posters to draw inspiration. We want to present you with an authentic, believable world, a world that would call out to you, inviting you to explore, a world that is rich and full of surprises.” - Joanna Wang, lead artist on Ghost of Tsushima.
Thanks to being a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment, a Japanese company, the research team were able to make contact with the island’s locals, including artisans and historians, who could educate them on the island’s rich history & culture.
They would take a second trip in November, once again touring the island, speaking with locals, observing seasonal changes and even attending the festival on the sands of Komoda Beach, honoring the brave dead. It’s safe to say these trips helped develop the art-style of Ghost of Tsushima into what we know today; for a developer to be able to visit a place in person, not only once, but twice, is rare in an industry dominated by huge bottom lines and a laundry list of bankrupt studios. It was a gift. A gift they would take back home to their studio in Washington.
However they couldn’t just replicate Tsushima on a 1 to 1 scale, the island was just too big, so they were faced with the task of creating an island that could mimic the feel of the original, without the scale. Instead of creating individual assets and trying to disperse them over the world in a natural way, the team chose to focus on creating multiple procedural generation tools. The procedural generation would make the environment look more natural and also be more time efficient if changes were needed down the line.
Those procedural generation tools no doubt gave them a freedom of control that allowed them to change the environment to suit the vision they were after; whether that was removing dense foliage to keep players from getting lost in a lush forest, or just keeping the horizon clear so the visual cues could be readily seen, it was a balancing act to keep the environment navigable, but genuine.
I love how they’ve done those small visual touches too; the guiding wind for quest locations, the foxes leading to inari shrines, the torii gates, the smoke on the horizon, the golden birds, all these very visual elements that keep me engaged in the world and that gorgeous art style. It’s a really effective design.
All those visual cues wouldn’t stand out nearly as much if it wasn’t for the minimalist design for the heads up display though. In an interview with co-founder of Sucker Punch, Brian Fleming, he spoke about the inspiration for the HUD and why they chose such a simple concept:
"The art, the way that buildings are outfitted, everything in Japan tends to celebrate negative space, it tends to not be cluttered, it wants simplicity, so that has to radiate through everything we do.” Brian Fleming, co-founder of Sucker Punch.
It was a choice that could have easily backfired if the balance hadn’t been maintained between the player, the combat and the natural world; simplicity is good, but if it’s not backed up by every element of design, that same simple concept will only frustrate players.
Thanks to artists like Joanna Wang and the dedication of the research time, the art of Ghost of Tsushima stands above all other titles of the PS4 era. It’s simply exceptional and makes the world feel rich and alive.
Combat is at the core of Ghost of Tsushima, making or breaking your experience; at first glance I thought combat would be rather clumsy, but there’s this wonderful element of finesse and polish to it that you don’t understand until you try it for yourself. Throughout my time playing Ghost I felt that Jin’s movements looked real and deadly. It was only afterwards, while researching this project, that I discovered just how real it truly was.
Thanks to the help of two samurai, Masakumo Kuwami & Ryusetsu Ide, the combat of Ghost came to life in the mocap studio. The pair worked tirelessly with animation director, Billy Harper, to really nail down the specifics of how a samurai would move, how they would strike, how they would block, everything the animation team would need to recreate Jin’s fighting style faithfully.
It wasn’t only the combat they went through the trouble of portraying accurately though; thousands of hours of actor movements, actor expressions and even the horses were recorded by Billy Harper and the animation team, all to bring the world of Ghost to life and make you feel like you’re in control of a genuine samurai.
A samurai epic wouldn’t be complete without a beautiful score though and thanks to the work of Shigeru Umebayashi and ELAN Eshkeri, we have one.
In a blog written by Sucker Punch audio director, Bradley D. Meyer, composers Umebayashi and Eshkeri spoke about their experience with making the games’ score, including a look at the inspiration behind Jin’s iconic theme, Way of the Ghost and The Heart of the Jito.
Jin’s theme, “The Way of the Ghost,” was one of the very first pieces I wrote. Usually productions are ready for music after everyone else has been working on the game. As much as you might understand the story, it always takes time to really get under the skin and appreciate the depth of well written characters and story. While some of my first sketches evolved, this theme really stuck. It’s all about how the people of Tsushima see him. He is their hero: strong, infallible, inspiring and full of hope, but what really fascinated me about Jin is the contrast of what is going on inside him. In order to save his home and the people he loves he must go against everything he was taught to believe in and break the code of the Samurai. Throughout the game, Jin is a character in deep emotional conflict and this, above all else, is what drew me to Ghost.
The historical setting is fascinating. I began to study ancient Japanese music, folk songs, court music, sacred music and taiko, as well as the different pentatonic scales used in Japanese music. It is a very rich world full of a lifetime’s worth of exploration. In the game’s score I used Shakuhachi, Koto, Shamisen, Taiko Drums and Chants, and my favourite discovery, Biwa. The Biwa is an instrument that Samurai used to play and the art of it was almost lost — there are now only a few players in the world! Luckily, I was able to find one of them to play on Ghost. It’s a really special sound and you can hear it on 'The Heart of the Jito.'
I wanted to create an emotional world that would not only support the narrative and action beats of the game, but I hope it also completely draws the player into the heart and soul of Jin’s emotional journey." - Elan Eshkeri, main composer for Ghost of Tsushima.
"When listeners hear the music for the game, I hope that they feel the hearts of the people of Tsushima – those who love the land, living and plowing with the natural bounties it offers, and those of the warriors who take their katanas and follow the way of the samurai." - Shigeru Umebayashi, main composer for Ghost of Tsushima.
It really speaks to the power of musical composition that even if you knew nothing about the story, just hearing the first few, quiet notes of Way of the Ghost, you can feel the weight of it - it’s evocative and daring, speaking to the core struggle Ghosts’ story emphasizes without having to say a word.
Like all great works the score highlights and pulls on the emotional strings of the listener, emphasizing the positives along with the negatives, punctuating the established tone. It doesn’t try to force you to emotionally bend in these moments, one way or the next, but instead allows the story to carry you along until the music is needed to drive home the point.
All in all, the score for Ghost of Tsushima is a marvel, transporting listeners back to 13th century Japan and what it means to be a samurai.
It was 6 years of effort, hundreds, if not thousands of design choices, the hands of hundreds of talented programmers, designers, artists, composers, directors, researchers & consultants, that produced one of the best, if not the best, game of the PS4 era.
Kurosawa would always explore this idea of the old world meeting the new in his films, clashing for the soul of a culture. If Ghost of Tsushima and Sucker Punch are representative of the PS4 era, the past, I'm hard pressed to ask: what could the future offer that’s better than this? It’s a game that I think will always feel timeliness and with a free multiplayer DLC on the horizon, I hope we’ve not heard the last of Jin Sakai & The Ghost of Tsushima.
Anyways, thanks for reading. If you have any questions about the history, design elements or anything else, feel free. This is what I truly enjoy doing, so don't hold back.
TL:DR Ghost of Tsushima/Sucker Punch Productions took a lot of inspiration from Akira Kurosawa's works. Also, thank you for reading or watching. As a small content creator who really enjoys doing these projects, it's always exciting to see the end result. Thank you, very much, for indulging me.

Sources

https://www.espn.com/esports/story/_/id/29524519/how-made-world-ghost-tsushima
(description of the type of effort put into making Ghosts’ visual art style; a discretionary tale of the use of negative space to fill in the gaps of artistic style).
https://www.polygon.com/interviews/2020/7/15/21324263/ghost-of-tsushima-research-interview-mari-takahashi
(describes the team’s interaction with Sony Japan and how they took two field trips to Tsushima island after landing on the idea. Once to study the architecture, the land and the various elements of the island, another to stand on the beaches and watch the annual ceremony for the invasion of Tsushima at Komoda Beach).
https://www.indiewire.com/2020/07/ghost-of-tsushima-interview-nate-fox-akira-kurosawa-samurai-movie-1234574709/
(making a game with filmmaker Akira Kurosawa as the inspiration; this document references quite a few of the older movies Akira went on to make and why the team at Sucker Punch took inspiration from this legendary Japanese filmmaker).
https://www.suckerpunch.com/company/
(details of Sucker Punch Productions, as well as the three releases they made about Ghosts of Tsushima over the years).
http://www.louis-chor.ca/mongolin.htm
(details of the Mongolian invasion into Tsushima Island, including more to note about the Kamikaze or divine wind, a typhoon that dashed the Mongol fleet to pieces while harbored in the bay around Hakata Bay).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sucker_Punch_Productions (Sucker Punch Productions history, as well as key-figures)
https://blog.playstation.com/2020/07/09/crafting-the-world-of-tsushima/
(a blog-post by lead artist, Joanna Wang, on crafting the environment of Tsushima Island during the team’s two trips to the island. This also includes recording hundreds of hours of bird-song. This also includes a ton of custom videos on the process of rendering the environment, a very good visual resource).
https://blog.playstation.com/2020/08/17/ghost-of-tsushima-legends-coming-to-ps4-fall-2020/
(co-op multiplayer mode of Ghost’ - seems to be headed towards a more supernatural element with the story. A multiplayer character, class based campaign with friends, as well as a survival mode and tough enemies fighting mode. Anyways, fucking excited!)
https://blog.playstation.com/2020/07/16/ghost-of-tsushima-the-road-to-launch/
(a blog-post on Sucker Punches’ Twitter that speaks about the road to completing Ghost of Tsushima, from start to finish).
https://kotaku.com/the-art-of-ghost-of-tsushima-1844693448 (a look at the people behind Ghost of Tsushima and the art-work they submitted)
https://twitter.com/BillyHarper73 (animation director’s Twitter)
https://www.vgr.com/ghost-of-tsushimas-combat-will-be-bolstered-by-historically-accurate-motion-capture/ (article about the motion capture session for the combat)
Masakumo Kuwami or Ryusetsu Ide (names of the samurai for motion capture + Twitter hyperlinks)
https://blog.playstation.com/2020/07/02/score-of-tsushima-the-soundtrack-of-ghost-of-tsushima
(notes on the soundtrack for the ghost of Tsushima game, composed by Shigeru Umebayashi and Ilan Eshkeri as written by Bradley D. Meyer, Sucker Punch Audio Director).
https://www.rogerebert.com/roger-ebert/video-games-can-never-be-art (video games can never be art)
https://kotaku.com/ghost-of-tsushimas-director-on-the-risks-of-making-some-1826921875
(further influences on Ghost of Tsushima as told in an interview with Nate Fox, including the value of tension, the trip to Tsushima Island, and the inspiration for Jin Sakai.
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2020.09.02 07:45 qwertycoder Boseman, Black Panthers and Rainbows at the angle of 42, a synchromystic map.

We are all sad to hear about the death of Black Panther King Chadwick Boseman. He was a fine actor and played some of the most pivotal roles in his short span of making movies. And he was making some of these movies deep into stage three cancer all while keeping it a secret and smashing it in all of his roles.
Underneath everything there is a hidden saga being told. A strange world where everything is connected by some sort of energy that ebs and flows reality around in particular patterns.
I notice things and point things out that I find to be strange. Many people are quick to say that the things I bring up are “the work of the Illuminati” but I feel that it is no man or group that is running this algorithm of life and death, creation and destruction.
Ill start at the top of my research and just lay out the peculiar findings that I KNEW in my gut would be found. But then again everything is just coincidence......
The strangest thing happened when I looked up his birthday. I checked wikipedia and plugged in the date of birth till death day and saw 43 years.
Then I go to IMDB and also noticed many of the news outlets reporting “dies at 42” and “dies at 43” in about a half and half distribution.
Then almost as Im watching the edits begin and everything that once had his birthday at 11-29-1977 was now changed to 1978
This is not the first time this has happened and especially with someone with such a significant series of date counts attached to their birth and death days.
Born on the 333 day of the year and he lived 42y 8m 4w 2d But this is obfuscated with the alteration of his birthdate.
I stated that this wasn't the first time this happened as it happened with Joan Lee the wife of Stan Lee one of the co-creators of The Black Panther comic book series.

https://www.reddit.com/coincidence/comments/6mj1m9/joan_lee_birth_911_is_77y7m7d_from_911_until_he

Joans birthday 2-5-24 until 9-11-2001 is 77years 7months and 7 days inclusive! Joan died on 7-6-17 which is 5777 days after 9-11-2001!
7-7-17 was the day that Spider-man: Homecoming was released in theaters The day after Joan Lee began her journey HOME.
This is also strange because of the fact that on Trumps Inauguration 2016 he was 70y 7m 7d old. And he met with Putin the day after Joan lees death on 7-7-17 when Putin was entering his 777th month of life
Also note Trumps convergence with Abraham Lincoln, in addition to using Lincolns Bible to be sworn in on the inauguration day mentioned.
Trump’s first full day of life was 770 months, 777 weeks and 770 days after Lincoln was assassinated.

Trump’s first full day in office was 70 years, 777 months, 777 weeks and 777 days from the day Lincoln died. This day was on Trump’s 70th year, 7th month and 7th day of life.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTIw-djmQcY
But if you look now you will see a completely different birth-date
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_Boocock_Lee
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1643074/
Here is a screenshot taken the day of Joan lees Death and one cannot ignore the blatent spiderman SYCHRONY Ad.
https://imgur.com/3ECPa1f
I took this screenshot NOT because of the date but because of the SYNCHRONY ad. But doing so gave me a record of the change happening the very next day when it was altered.

We got a little of topic bringing up Joan lee, Trump, Lincoln But it is also the finest example of a tight sync chain connecting multiple folks and also an example of Revisionist history when the dates are changes as we saw with Chadwick Boseman.
Chadwick Boseman was the King of Wakanda and builder of bridges and not barriers.
Black Panther was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby who debuted in the July 1966 edition of The Fantastic Four #52.
Jack Kirby was born 8-28-1917 and the day Chadwick Boseman died would have been Jack Kirby(black Panthers co-creator) 103rd birthday
Boseman played a collection of Real Historic Black figures that were firsts in their fields.
But lets go back to his first listed role.
https://www.slashfilm.com/all-my-children-fired-chadwick-boseman/
Chadwick plays Reggie in the soap opera All My Children and his role was taken over by Micheal B Jordan who would later portray his enemy in the Blockbuster hit Black Panther
The alchemy there is strong. 1 person splitting into 2 versions and they are Nemesis.
Killmonger was a Black Power “destruction of the White Colonists kind of person. “He became a subversive, with dreams of ridding Wakanda of what he termed "white colonialist" cultural influences and return it entirely to its ancient ways.”
Black Power and the Raised fist are symbols of the Black Panther Party symbology. There is a strong current in the Zietgiest right now that is pushing for the 2nd American Civil war.
Chadwicks first major feature film (42) had him play Jackie Robinson the FIRST Black man to join the MLB.
Robinson broke the baseball color line when he started at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.[2] When the Dodgers signed Robinson, they heralded the end of racial segregation in professional baseball that had relegated black players to the Negro leagues since the 1880s
Robinson heralded in the Segregation of the MLB. On 4-15-1947
Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born on January 31, 1919, into a family of sharecroppers in Cairo, Georgia. Note: CAIRO
The city was named after Cairo, the capital of Egypt. Why? Hmm.
So Boseman dieing at 42 and playing in the film 42 is not enough to warrant our attention but the icing on the cake is the effect of the CORONAVIRUS on the MLB.

The teams took the field in their No. 42 jerseys but walked off after a 42-second moment of silence.
https://www.thescore.com/mlb/news/2010854
MLB BLM
The on-field celebrations, including the league-wide wearing of number 42, instead took place on Friday, August 28, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the date Robinson met with Branch Rickey to discuss joining the Dodgers as well the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington.
75th and 57th anniversaries of 2 iconic events for the lives of black Americans.
https://www.espn.com/mlb/recap?gameId=401226183 There was a moment of silence before the game for Chadwick Boseman, the actor who played Jackie Robinson in the movie "42." Boseman died from colon cancer Friday, the day Major League Baseball marked its annual Jackie Robinson Day.
This is all made more shocking since it was during the Dodgers game on Jackie Robinson day that the announcement of Chadwicks death was made via Twitter.

Chadwick then went on too play the role of the 'Father of Soul” James Brown, in the film Get on Up
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upeKFdDWk4I
James brown had a ritual that he would perform on stage where he got down on his knees and a cape was placed upon his shoulders to give him the strength to “Get on Up”
https://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/story-james-brown-cape-83rd-bday-article-1.2623276
https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/funks-founding-father-james-brown-1933-2006-69720/
Boseman starred along side Nelsan Ellis who played Bobby Byrd
In 1952 Bobby Byrd formed and sang with a gospel group called the Gospel Starlighters. During a friendly baseball match at a juvenile prison, he met a young James Brown who was serving time there on robbery charges. Byrd befriended him and arranged for Byrd's family to oversee Brown's parole.[3] This began a personal and professional association that lasted until 1973.

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1734700/
Nelsan Ellis also stared in the 2008 film The Express, along with Boseman. The film being about the first African American winner of the Heisman Trophy another First on the list of Firsts.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0469903/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_27
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Butler
I also took note of Nelsan Ellis playing Martin Luther KING Jr in the film “The Butler”
Which was the final film of Laura Ziskin who died of breast cancer 6-12-2011 (Da 5 bloods releases on the 13th anniversary of Laura's death to Cancer.)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laura_Ziskin
In the late 1960s, after civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, Louis tells his family that he has joined the Black Panthers. Cecil orders Louis and his girlfriend to leave his house. Louis is arrested again. Cecil becomes aware of President Richard Nixon's plans to suppress the Black Panthers.
Remember that Boseman died on the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson day and the 57th Anniversary of MLKs I have a dream speech in the National Mall/Lincoln memorial.
The reason Nelsan Ellis stands out to me is he was connected with Joan Lees death as her death was 7-6 and his was 7-8 and they were mirrors of one another. 93/39 black/white male/female. The mirroring element is highly important. But in seeing Boseman and Ellis together in 2 films made seeing Ellis's birth-date that much more potent.
Nelsan Eliis Born 11-30-1977 Chadwick Boseman Born 11-29-1977
Only 1 day separates the birth of these two men.

We are 3 episodes into the new HBO TV show about Jim Crow era racism in a Lovecraftian horror show called Lovecraft Country which debuted on 8-16-2020 12 day before Jackie Robinson day and Bosemans Death.
The first episode opens with a Dream Sequence.
“The opening monologue we hear in the first sequence of “Sundown” is a quote from the 1950 biopic The Jackie Robinson Story, a rosy recounting of the first officially acknowledged Black baseball player to join the Major Leagues. “This is the story of a boy and his dream,” the narrator recounts as our hero, Atticus, a.k.a. Tic, literally dreams of fighting a war, first against enemies in the trenches, and then against giant UFOs and flying Cthulhus. “But more than that, it is the story of an American boy and dream that is truly American.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Jackie_Robinson_Story
A Biopic where Jackie Robinson plays himself.
Note The American Dream and I have a dream, coated with some revisionist history Lovecraft lore that Lovecraft would hate as he was a racist.( he had a cat named “NI##ER)

Da 5 Bloods is Bosemans most recent release who he plays alongside/with Johnathon Majors the man who had the dream about Jackie Robinson destroying the nightmare starspawn creature in the opening scene of Lovecraft Country.
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3718007/?ref_=tt_cl_t1
In LCC Majors is a Korean War vet and in Da 5 Bloods he is involved in the Vietnam War.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9777644/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_3
As he rages to himself, Paul has a vision of Norman who reminds him that he was the one who had killed him, having shot him by accident during the firefight, and that he should let go of his guilt. Desroche's men find Paul and kill him. At the temple, Desroche and the gunmen arrive. After confronting the Frenchman, now wearing Paul's MAGA hat, Otis, Melvin and Vinh start shooting, killing all of Desroche's men. Desroche wounds Otis and tries to finish him off with a hand grenade, but Melvin sacrifices himself by leaping on top of it. Desroche prepares to execute Otis, but David shoots and kills him with Otis's gun. Vinh helps the surviving Bloods share out the gold. Melvin's widow receives his share, and Eddie's goes to a Black Lives Matter organization. Hedy and Simon donate their shares to LAMB in Seppo's name. Norman's remains are brought home to his family by the military. David reads a letter from Paul, who tells him that he will always love him. Otis visits Tiên and bonds with his daughter for the first time.

Well that's a surprise. The Vietnam film flashes forward too today and has both a MAGA hat AND BLM



Kobe and Boseman.......

I made a similar post about the Life and death and synchromystic web of Kobe earlier this year and we are now seeing an interesting mirror in Bosemans death.

https://www.reddit.com/C_S_T/comments/fhudokobecorona_and_the_collective_consciousness_clues/
https://www.bet.com/celebrities/news/2020/08/30/chadwick-boseman-and-kobe-bryant-last-conversation.html
The most obvious correlation is the mirroring of the 2 mens numbers. 42 and 24 and ill point out that Kobe Bryants 42nd birthday would have taken place 4 days before Chadwick's death.
Kobe Bryant died on 1-26-20 1x2x6x2= 24 his number
https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2020/01/26/USAT/7230a522-1cff-4eff-a790-d26281f35538-AP_APTOPIX_Obama_Lakers.JPG
Here is Barack Obama the 44th president and also the First African American President with Kobe Bryant being gifted a jersey.
https://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/514273-obamas-honor-chadwick-boseman-he-was-blessed
Here is President Barack Obama accepting the Gift of the purple Crown with the 42 on in.
https://thehill.com/policy/technology/514329-chadwick-boseman-tweet-bumps-obamas-as-most-liked-post-ever
The most liked Tweet of all time belonged to Barack Obama and since Chadwicks death that title has been taken by the announcement of his death via his personal twitter.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/chadwick-boseman-worried-fans-last-22596856
Chadwick had posted the video to launch Operation 42, a scheme that donated $4.2million worth of PPE to hospital that looked after African American communities most affected by coronavirus.
The actor spoke to the camera about the cause clad in a purple baseball cap wearing the mark of the charity and a full beard.
The same purple hat(crown) he gave too Obama
Corona Virus can be looked as Corona= Crown Virus= Venom of the snake.(via the etymology.
This connects to the chakra system and highlights the “Rainbow Bridge” via the number 42
Purple is the Crown Chakra and the color of nobility and the crown as it is a combination of Red Vs Blue.
https://www.popsci.com/why-rainbows-look-like/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/42nd_Infantry_Division_(United_States)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snell%27s_law
Rainbows are all about perspective. In the eye of the beholder The bifrost is the rainbow bridge in the marvel mythos. The way to travel from the realm of man to the realm of the gods. https://marvel.fandom.com/wiki/Bifrost
Black Mamba and the Black Panther both iconic pass in 2020 the year of perfect vision. Or is it that in hindsight we will see more clearly into 2020.
https://www.hopevscancer.org/product/axc-snake-vs-panthe
https://www.google.com/search?q=snake+vs+panther+tattoo&tbm=isch&ved=2ahUKEwjhkKiqvMnrAhUcQ1MKHR0lBeIQ2-cCegQIABAA&oq=snake+vs+panther+tattoo&gs_lcp=CgNpbWcQAzIGCAAQCBAeUNQTWNQTYPciaABwAHgAgAFhiAFhkgEBMZgBAKABAaoBC2d3cy13aXotaW1nwAEB&sclient=img&ei=qwlPX6GPEpyGzQKdypSQDg&bih=574&biw=1252&client=firefox-b-1-d&safe=strict
The Snake and Cat intertwined is a common trope in the tattoo industry perhaps hearkening back to the 3 sacred animals of the Mayan/Inca mythology.
https://www.ticketmachupicchu.com/inca-trilogy-condor-puma-snake/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Mamba_(comics)
Black mamba is also a cannon character in the Marvel mythos.
And WTF is this my friends?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serpent_Crown
I had no idea this existed but if you look a couple lines up you will see the breakdown of CoronaVirus above as SNAKE CROWN. That is sync in action.
A mystical object with many similarities to the Serpent Crown – the "Cobra Crown" – is shown to have existed during the Hyborian Age that followed the Great Cataclysm.[4] A follower of Set called Thoth-Amon allies himself with some surviving Serpent Men and briefly wields this second Crown. Another receptacle of Set's vast power, the Cobra Crown also enables its wearer to control the minds of others. However, it appears that it was much inferior to the Serpent Crown as its abilities eventually burn out and it is apparently destroyed during the course of a conflict between Thoth-Amon and Conan the Barbarian
Which is a good segway into
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FAsNGckPsY
Chawick Boseman plays Thoth the God of Wisdom and the word in the star studded hit, Gods of Egypt

https://marvel.fandom.com/wiki/Thoth_(Earth-616)
Thoth is one of the few gods in the pantheon of Wakanda

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow\_Coalition\_(Fred\_Hampton)
The Rainbow Coalition was a multicultural movement founded April 4, 1969 in Chicago, Illinois by Fred Hampton of the Black Panther Party, along with William "Preacherman" Fesperman of the Young Patriots Organization and Jose Cha Cha Jimenez founder of the Young Lords. It was the first of several 20th century Black-led organizations to use the "rainbow coalition" concept.
Rainbow-42-Jackie Robinson-Black Panther founded on the 1 year anniversary of the Assassination of MLK
The rainbow has become symbolic of the LGBTQ and Racial equality movements and is also equated with Pride the many colors shining out of the 1 light

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2018/02/22/civil-rights-hero-john-lewis-is-particularly-moved-by-this-line-from-black-panthe
T’Challa quotes a version of an actual African proverb that says that “the wise build bridges” while “the foolish” build walls. (Some variations on that proverb say “dams” instead of “barriers” or “walls.”)
John Lewis is another powerful Black leader that helped bring us to where we are today.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/21_Bridges
21 bridges was released on the 57th anniversary of the assassination of JFK 21x2=42
Rainbow Bridge.
https://baseballhall.org/discoveshort-stops/jfks-letter-to-jackie
JFK had sent a letter to Jackie Robinson
https://www.irishcentral.com/culture/entertainment/what-song-did-john-f-kennedy-ask-judy-garland-to-sing-to-him-on-the-phone
JFK had Judy Garland sing him Somewhere over the rainbow.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_(film)

Another Of Bosemans Iconic roles as the first black supreme court justice that resided over the case 'Brown Vs the board of education” the case that would end racial segregation in schools.
James Brown was another of his powerful Black men Chadwick Played in his short span of acting.
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy appointed Marshall to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Four years later, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Marshall as the United States Solicitor General.
He was appointed to the court of appeals by JFK himself.
“Marshall attended Howard University School of Law, where he worked harder than he had at Lincoln. His mother had to pawn her wedding and engagement rings to pay the tuition. “
Howard university was where Chadwick and Kamala Harris Graduated from as well.
https://imagesvc.meredithcorp.io/v3/mm/image?url=https%3A%2F%2Fstatic.onecms.io%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2Fsites%2F20%2F2020%2F08%2F31%2Fchadwick-boseman.jpg
This would be the final picture posted by Boseman
Some of the information I recived was from Kijani's video on the subject. Some very fine research with more of a religious tint to it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJMkafUoCjA&t=981s

https://twitter.com/extracapsa?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
Another fantastic source of numeric synchronicity from Brother Berg.
666 weeks before Bosemans birth Malcolm X was assassinated 666 months before Bosemans death Malcolm X was assassinated. Black Panther=666 (sumerian Gematria)
https://twitter.com/extracapsa/status/1300126220462374912/photo/1
Boseman=33 died 30 months 30 days after the premier of "Black Panther" =330. Wakanda =330. Boule =330, the black fraternal order founded 3333 weeks before MLK died. Boseman born on the 333rd day of the year.
What is the Boule Society?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigma_Pi_Phi
Sigma Pi Phi (ΣΠΦ) is the first successful and oldest Black Greek-lettered organization. Sigma Pi Phi was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 15, 1904. The fraternity quickly established chapters (referred to as "member boulés"
The word boulé, derived from ancient Greek βουλή), originally referred to a council of nobles advising a king. It is also used by the African-American sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sigma Pi Phi founder Henry McKee Minton and Martin Luther King Jr
Boule was founded 3333 weeks before MLK assassination.
ames Weldon Johnson is a member of Phi Beta Sigma, as is civil rights leader and member of Congress John Lewis
Sigma Pi Phi is open to members of all races, as can be demonstrated by its well-known white member Jack Greenberg, who succeeded Thurgood Marshall as the leader of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
https://www.imdb.com/video/vi3929254169?playlistId=tt1727373&ref_=tt_pr_ov_vi
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malcolm_X_(1992_film)
This explains the fact why there would be no Black Panther without Denzel Washington (Malcolm )
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xG5TS-mdNN4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBDMGQmep9I

Ok folks, did I leave anything out? Well im sure by the nature of such research I left everything out. But I went with my gut and showed all the elements that resonated with me in combination with the current zietgiest (spirit of culture)
Let me try and do a TLDR, god forgive me.
TLDR
https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/movies/amp32871563/chadwick-boseman-age-da-5-bloods/
First the Date of birth being altered on all sources was the first red flag.
Chadwick boseman died on the would be 103rd birthday of the cocreator of Black Panther Jack Kirby on the same day as the 57th March on Washington where MLK performed his I have a Dream speech and also the day of the postponed Jackie Robinson day where Boseman Played Jackie and wore the 42.
He played alongside Nelsan Ellis in 2 films Nelsan died 7-8-17 a couple days after Joan Lee whos birthday was also altered and scrubbed off the internet to hide the truth apparent within the facts. Birth till 9-11 was 77y 7m 7 d from 9-11 till death was 5777 days ending up in the middle of Hebrew year 5777 and on dieng on the release date of spider-man homecoming.
This whole thing is about Black white and the Rainbow we are all in, but the light just has to shine at the right angle (42) for us to have 2020 vision, but most likely hindsight will be 2020 and years later all of this will make sense.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1964\_Philadelphia\_race\_riot https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Panther_Party
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Front_Against_Fascism See also
Antifa (United States)), a contemporary anti-fascist movement COINTELPRO, a series of projects conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation aimed at surveilling, infiltrating, discrediting, and disrupting domestic political organizations including the Black Panther Party Rainbow Coalition (Fred Hampton)), a political organisation by Fred Hampton of the Black Panther Party


BLM's predecessor and the origin of the popularized raised clenched fist. Was Antifa.

What does all this mean?
Well its all just a coincidence and the ravings of a madman right?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtZ03BzskeU
You may have seen my previous writings on such recent events and that might give you better perspective on the whole. Im not the guy saying these are the biblical endtimes, or the guy saying this is all the work of the illuminati.
Im the guy saying we don't have any clue to what consciousness and reality actually is. Im the guy that believes the universe is the great teacher. EVERYTHING humans know and every idea that has arisen has arisen out of nature. Every animal is a teacher, every process in physics is a teacher, every element of creation by man and god is a teaching tool. We are trying to learn what we are. The universe is a troll but in the way a ZEN master riddles his students with KOANS that ostensibly have no true meaning. But it is the process of play and entertaining ideas and convincing ourselves that every truth could be false and every fallacy could be true.
I don't have the answers, I just see what is there to be seen and I think about what is seen and relay my thoughts and the things I see. You may have to read through this a couple times to understand the crux of each individual link I mention but if you come at this with an open mind you may have an easier time and learn something.
R.I.P Chadwick, Kobe,Martin,Malcolm,James,Thurgood, T'challa and every other black icon in history to bring us to where we are today. We are at the start of the rainbow bridge and we can journey up through all the colors to get to the Crown, for we are all kings and queens heroes and villains on this world stage. PLAY your part!
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2020.09.02 07:42 qwertycoder Black Panther, Mamba,42, and the rainbow bridge, a synchromystic map

We are all sad to hear about the death of Black Panther King Chadwick Boseman. He was a fine actor and played some of the most pivotal roles in his short span of making movies. And he was making some of these movies deep into stage three cancer all while keeping it a secret and smashing it in all of his roles.
Underneath everything there is a hidden saga being told. A strange world where everything is connected by some sort of energy that ebs and flows reality around in particular patterns.
I notice things and point things out that I find to be strange. Many people are quick to say that the things I bring up are “the work of the Illuminati” but I feel that it is no man or group that is running this algorithm of life and death, creation and destruction.
Ill start at the top of my research and just lay out the peculiar findings that I KNEW in my gut would be found. But then again everything is just coincidence......
The strangest thing happened when I looked up his birthday. I checked wikipedia and plugged in the date of birth till death day and saw 43 years.
Then I go to IMDB and also noticed many of the news outlets reporting “dies at 42” and “dies at 43” in about a half and half distribution.
Then almost as Im watching the edits begin and everything that once had his birthday at 11-29-1977 was now changed to 1978
This is not the first time this has happened and especially with someone with such a significant series of date counts attached to their birth and death days.
Born on the 333 day of the year and he lived 42y 8m 4w 2d But this is obfuscated with the alteration of his birthdate.
I stated that this wasn't the first time this happened as it happened with Joan Lee the wife of Stan Lee one of the co-creators of The Black Panther comic book series.

https://www.reddit.com/coincidence/comments/6mj1m9/joan_lee_birth_911_is_77y7m7d_from_911_until_he

Joans birthday 2-5-24 until 9-11-2001 is 77years 7months and 7 days inclusive! Joan died on 7-6-17 which is 5777 days after 9-11-2001!
7-7-17 was the day that Spider-man: Homecoming was released in theaters The day after Joan Lee began her journey HOME.
This is also strange because of the fact that on Trumps Inauguration 2016 he was 70y 7m 7d old. And he met with Putin the day after Joan lees death on 7-7-17 when Putin was entering his 777th month of life
Also note Trumps convergence with Abraham Lincoln, in addition to using Lincolns Bible to be sworn in on the inauguration day mentioned.
Trump’s first full day of life was 770 months, 777 weeks and 770 days after Lincoln was assassinated.

Trump’s first full day in office was 70 years, 777 months, 777 weeks and 777 days from the day Lincoln died. This day was on Trump’s 70th year, 7th month and 7th day of life.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTIw-djmQcY
But if you look now you will see a completely different birth-date
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_Boocock_Lee
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1643074/
Here is a screenshot taken the day of Joan lees Death and one cannot ignore the blatent spiderman SYCHRONY Ad.
https://imgur.com/3ECPa1f
I took this screenshot NOT because of the date but because of the SYNCHRONY ad. But doing so gave me a record of the change happening the very next day when it was altered.

We got a little of topic bringing up Joan lee, Trump, Lincoln But it is also the finest example of a tight sync chain connecting multiple folks and also an example of Revisionist history when the dates are changes as we saw with Chadwick Boseman.
Chadwick Boseman was the King of Wakanda and builder of bridges and not barriers.
Black Panther was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby who debuted in the July 1966 edition of The Fantastic Four #52.
Jack Kirby was born 8-28-1917 and the day Chadwick Boseman died would have been Jack Kirby(black Panthers co-creator) 103rd birthday
Boseman played a collection of Real Historic Black figures that were firsts in their fields.
But lets go back to his first listed role.
https://www.slashfilm.com/all-my-children-fired-chadwick-boseman/
Chadwick plays Reggie in the soap opera All My Children and his role was taken over by Micheal B Jordan who would later portray his enemy in the Blockbuster hit Black Panther
The alchemy there is strong. 1 person splitting into 2 versions and they are Nemesis.
Killmonger was a Black Power “destruction of the White Colonists kind of person. “He became a subversive, with dreams of ridding Wakanda of what he termed "white colonialist" cultural influences and return it entirely to its ancient ways.”
Black Power and the Raised fist are symbols of the Black Panther Party symbology. There is a strong current in the Zietgiest right now that is pushing for the 2nd American Civil war.
Chadwicks first major feature film (42) had him play Jackie Robinson the FIRST Black man to join the MLB.
Robinson broke the baseball color line when he started at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.[2] When the Dodgers signed Robinson, they heralded the end of racial segregation in professional baseball that had relegated black players to the Negro leagues since the 1880s
Robinson heralded in the Segregation of the MLB. On 4-15-1947
Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born on January 31, 1919, into a family of sharecroppers in Cairo, Georgia. Note: CAIRO
The city was named after Cairo, the capital of Egypt. Why? Hmm.
So Boseman dieing at 42 and playing in the film 42 is not enough to warrant our attention but the icing on the cake is the effect of the CORONAVIRUS on the MLB.

The teams took the field in their No. 42 jerseys but walked off after a 42-second moment of silence.
https://www.thescore.com/mlb/news/2010854
MLB BLM
The on-field celebrations, including the league-wide wearing of number 42, instead took place on Friday, August 28, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the date Robinson met with Branch Rickey to discuss joining the Dodgers as well the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington.
75th and 57th anniversaries of 2 iconic events for the lives of black Americans.
https://www.espn.com/mlb/recap?gameId=401226183 There was a moment of silence before the game for Chadwick Boseman, the actor who played Jackie Robinson in the movie "42." Boseman died from colon cancer Friday, the day Major League Baseball marked its annual Jackie Robinson Day.
This is all made more shocking since it was during the Dodgers game on Jackie Robinson day that the announcement of Chadwicks death was made via Twitter.

Chadwick then went on too play the role of the 'Father of Soul” James Brown, in the film Get on Up
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upeKFdDWk4I
James brown had a ritual that he would perform on stage where he got down on his knees and a cape was placed upon his shoulders to give him the strength to “Get on Up”
https://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/story-james-brown-cape-83rd-bday-article-1.2623276
https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/funks-founding-father-james-brown-1933-2006-69720/
Boseman starred along side Nelsan Ellis who played Bobby Byrd
In 1952 Bobby Byrd formed and sang with a gospel group called the Gospel Starlighters. During a friendly baseball match at a juvenile prison, he met a young James Brown who was serving time there on robbery charges. Byrd befriended him and arranged for Byrd's family to oversee Brown's parole.[3] This began a personal and professional association that lasted until 1973.

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1734700/
Nelsan Ellis also stared in the 2008 film The Express, along with Boseman. The film being about the first African American winner of the Heisman Trophy another First on the list of Firsts.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0469903/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_27
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Butler
I also took note of Nelsan Ellis playing Martin Luther KING Jr in the film “The Butler”
Which was the final film of Laura Ziskin who died of breast cancer 6-12-2011 (Da 5 bloods releases on the 13th anniversary of Laura's death to Cancer.)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laura_Ziskin
In the late 1960s, after civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, Louis tells his family that he has joined the Black Panthers. Cecil orders Louis and his girlfriend to leave his house. Louis is arrested again. Cecil becomes aware of President Richard Nixon's plans to suppress the Black Panthers.
Remember that Boseman died on the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson day and the 57th Anniversary of MLKs I have a dream speech in the National Mall/Lincoln memorial.
The reason Nelsan Ellis stands out to me is he was connected with Joan Lees death as her death was 7-6 and his was 7-8 and they were mirrors of one another. 93/39 black/white male/female. The mirroring element is highly important. But in seeing Boseman and Ellis together in 2 films made seeing Ellis's birth-date that much more potent.
Nelsan Eliis Born 11-30-1977 Chadwick Boseman Born 11-29-1977
Only 1 day separates the birth of these two men.

We are 3 episodes into the new HBO TV show about Jim Crow era racism in a Lovecraftian horror show called Lovecraft Country which debuted on 8-16-2020 12 day before Jackie Robinson day and Bosemans Death.
The first episode opens with a Dream Sequence.
“The opening monologue we hear in the first sequence of “Sundown” is a quote from the 1950 biopic The Jackie Robinson Story, a rosy recounting of the first officially acknowledged Black baseball player to join the Major Leagues. “This is the story of a boy and his dream,” the narrator recounts as our hero, Atticus, a.k.a. Tic, literally dreams of fighting a war, first against enemies in the trenches, and then against giant UFOs and flying Cthulhus. “But more than that, it is the story of an American boy and dream that is truly American.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Jackie_Robinson_Story
A Biopic where Jackie Robinson plays himself.
Note The American Dream and I have a dream, coated with some revisionist history Lovecraft lore that Lovecraft would hate as he was a racist.( he had a cat named “NI##ER)

Da 5 Bloods is Bosemans most recent release who he plays alongside/with Johnathon Majors the man who had the dream about Jackie Robinson destroying the nightmare starspawn creature in the opening scene of Lovecraft Country.
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3718007/?ref_=tt_cl_t1
In LCC Majors is a Korean War vet and in Da 5 Bloods he is involved in the Vietnam War.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9777644/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_3
As he rages to himself, Paul has a vision of Norman who reminds him that he was the one who had killed him, having shot him by accident during the firefight, and that he should let go of his guilt. Desroche's men find Paul and kill him. At the temple, Desroche and the gunmen arrive. After confronting the Frenchman, now wearing Paul's MAGA hat, Otis, Melvin and Vinh start shooting, killing all of Desroche's men. Desroche wounds Otis and tries to finish him off with a hand grenade, but Melvin sacrifices himself by leaping on top of it. Desroche prepares to execute Otis, but David shoots and kills him with Otis's gun. Vinh helps the surviving Bloods share out the gold. Melvin's widow receives his share, and Eddie's goes to a Black Lives Matter organization. Hedy and Simon donate their shares to LAMB in Seppo's name. Norman's remains are brought home to his family by the military. David reads a letter from Paul, who tells him that he will always love him. Otis visits Tiên and bonds with his daughter for the first time.

Well that's a surprise. The Vietnam film flashes forward too today and has both a MAGA hat AND BLM



Kobe and Boseman.......

I made a similar post about the Life and death and synchromystic web of Kobe earlier this year and we are now seeing an interesting mirror in Bosemans death.

https://www.reddit.com/C_S_T/comments/fhudokobecorona_and_the_collective_consciousness_clues/
https://www.bet.com/celebrities/news/2020/08/30/chadwick-boseman-and-kobe-bryant-last-conversation.html
The most obvious correlation is the mirroring of the 2 mens numbers. 42 and 24 and ill point out that Kobe Bryants 42nd birthday would have taken place 4 days before Chadwick's death.
Kobe Bryant died on 1-26-20 1x2x6x2= 24 his number
https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2020/01/26/USAT/7230a522-1cff-4eff-a790-d26281f35538-AP_APTOPIX_Obama_Lakers.JPG
Here is Barack Obama the 44th president and also the First African American President with Kobe Bryant being gifted a jersey.
https://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/514273-obamas-honor-chadwick-boseman-he-was-blessed
Here is President Barack Obama accepting the Gift of the purple Crown with the 42 on in.
https://thehill.com/policy/technology/514329-chadwick-boseman-tweet-bumps-obamas-as-most-liked-post-ever
The most liked Tweet of all time belonged to Barack Obama and since Chadwicks death that title has been taken by the announcement of his death via his personal twitter.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/chadwick-boseman-worried-fans-last-22596856
Chadwick had posted the video to launch Operation 42, a scheme that donated $4.2million worth of PPE to hospital that looked after African American communities most affected by coronavirus.
The actor spoke to the camera about the cause clad in a purple baseball cap wearing the mark of the charity and a full beard.
The same purple hat(crown) he gave too Obama
Corona Virus can be looked as Corona= Crown Virus= Venom of the snake.(via the etymology.
This connects to the chakra system and highlights the “Rainbow Bridge” via the number 42
Purple is the Crown Chakra and the color of nobility and the crown as it is a combination of Red Vs Blue.
https://www.popsci.com/why-rainbows-look-like/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/42nd_Infantry_Division_(United_States)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snell%27s_law
Rainbows are all about perspective. In the eye of the beholder The bifrost is the rainbow bridge in the marvel mythos. The way to travel from the realm of man to the realm of the gods. https://marvel.fandom.com/wiki/Bifrost
Black Mamba and the Black Panther both iconic pass in 2020 the year of perfect vision. Or is it that in hindsight we will see more clearly into 2020.
https://www.hopevscancer.org/product/axc-snake-vs-panthe
https://www.google.com/search?q=snake+vs+panther+tattoo&tbm=isch&ved=2ahUKEwjhkKiqvMnrAhUcQ1MKHR0lBeIQ2-cCegQIABAA&oq=snake+vs+panther+tattoo&gs_lcp=CgNpbWcQAzIGCAAQCBAeUNQTWNQTYPciaABwAHgAgAFhiAFhkgEBMZgBAKABAaoBC2d3cy13aXotaW1nwAEB&sclient=img&ei=qwlPX6GPEpyGzQKdypSQDg&bih=574&biw=1252&client=firefox-b-1-d&safe=strict
The Snake and Cat intertwined is a common trope in the tattoo industry perhaps hearkening back to the 3 sacred animals of the Mayan/Inca mythology.
https://www.ticketmachupicchu.com/inca-trilogy-condor-puma-snake/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Mamba_(comics)
Black mamba is also a cannon character in the Marvel mythos.
And WTF is this my friends?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serpent_Crown
I had no idea this existed but if you look a couple lines up you will see the breakdown of CoronaVirus above as SNAKE CROWN. That is sync in action.
A mystical object with many similarities to the Serpent Crown – the "Cobra Crown" – is shown to have existed during the Hyborian Age that followed the Great Cataclysm.[4] A follower of Set called Thoth-Amon allies himself with some surviving Serpent Men and briefly wields this second Crown. Another receptacle of Set's vast power, the Cobra Crown also enables its wearer to control the minds of others. However, it appears that it was much inferior to the Serpent Crown as its abilities eventually burn out and it is apparently destroyed during the course of a conflict between Thoth-Amon and Conan the Barbarian
Which is a good segway into
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FAsNGckPsY
Chawick Boseman plays Thoth the God of Wisdom and the word in the star studded hit, Gods of Egypt

https://marvel.fandom.com/wiki/Thoth_(Earth-616)
Thoth is one of the few gods in the pantheon of Wakanda

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow\_Coalition\_(Fred\_Hampton)
The Rainbow Coalition was a multicultural movement founded April 4, 1969 in Chicago, Illinois by Fred Hampton of the Black Panther Party, along with William "Preacherman" Fesperman of the Young Patriots Organization and Jose Cha Cha Jimenez founder of the Young Lords. It was the first of several 20th century Black-led organizations to use the "rainbow coalition" concept.
Rainbow-42-Jackie Robinson-Black Panther founded on the 1 year anniversary of the Assassination of MLK
The rainbow has become symbolic of the LGBTQ and Racial equality movements and is also equated with Pride the many colors shining out of the 1 light

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2018/02/22/civil-rights-hero-john-lewis-is-particularly-moved-by-this-line-from-black-panthe
T’Challa quotes a version of an actual African proverb that says that “the wise build bridges” while “the foolish” build walls. (Some variations on that proverb say “dams” instead of “barriers” or “walls.”)
John Lewis is another powerful Black leader that helped bring us to where we are today.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/21_Bridges
21 bridges was released on the 57th anniversary of the assassination of JFK 21x2=42
Rainbow Bridge.
https://baseballhall.org/discoveshort-stops/jfks-letter-to-jackie
JFK had sent a letter to Jackie Robinson
https://www.irishcentral.com/culture/entertainment/what-song-did-john-f-kennedy-ask-judy-garland-to-sing-to-him-on-the-phone
JFK had Judy Garland sing him Somewhere over the rainbow.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_(film)

Another Of Bosemans Iconic roles as the first black supreme court justice that resided over the case 'Brown Vs the board of education” the case that would end racial segregation in schools.
James Brown was another of his powerful Black men Chadwick Played in his short span of acting.
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy appointed Marshall to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Four years later, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Marshall as the United States Solicitor General.
He was appointed to the court of appeals by JFK himself.
“Marshall attended Howard University School of Law, where he worked harder than he had at Lincoln. His mother had to pawn her wedding and engagement rings to pay the tuition. “
Howard university was where Chadwick and Kamala Harris Graduated from as well.
https://imagesvc.meredithcorp.io/v3/mm/image?url=https%3A%2F%2Fstatic.onecms.io%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2Fsites%2F20%2F2020%2F08%2F31%2Fchadwick-boseman.jpg
This would be the final picture posted by Boseman
Some of the information I recived was from Kijani's video on the subject. Some very fine research with more of a religious tint to it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJMkafUoCjA&t=981s

https://twitter.com/extracapsa?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
Another fantastic source of numeric synchronicity from Brother Berg.
666 weeks before Bosemans birth Malcolm X was assassinated 666 months before Bosemans death Malcolm X was assassinated. Black Panther=666 (sumerian Gematria)
https://twitter.com/extracapsa/status/1300126220462374912/photo/1
Boseman=33 died 30 months 30 days after the premier of "Black Panther" =330. Wakanda =330. Boule =330, the black fraternal order founded 3333 weeks before MLK died. Boseman born on the 333rd day of the year.
What is the Boule Society?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigma_Pi_Phi
Sigma Pi Phi (ΣΠΦ) is the first successful and oldest Black Greek-lettered organization. Sigma Pi Phi was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 15, 1904. The fraternity quickly established chapters (referred to as "member boulés"
The word boulé, derived from ancient Greek βουλή), originally referred to a council of nobles advising a king. It is also used by the African-American sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sigma Pi Phi founder Henry McKee Minton and Martin Luther King Jr
Boule was founded 3333 weeks before MLK assassination.
ames Weldon Johnson is a member of Phi Beta Sigma, as is civil rights leader and member of Congress John Lewis
Sigma Pi Phi is open to members of all races, as can be demonstrated by its well-known white member Jack Greenberg, who succeeded Thurgood Marshall as the leader of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
https://www.imdb.com/video/vi3929254169?playlistId=tt1727373&ref_=tt_pr_ov_vi
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malcolm_X_(1992_film)
This explains the fact why there would be no Black Panther without Denzel Washington (Malcolm )
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xG5TS-mdNN4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBDMGQmep9I

Ok folks, did I leave anything out? Well im sure by the nature of such research I left everything out. But I went with my gut and showed all the elements that resonated with me in combination with the current zietgiest (spirit of culture)
Let me try and do a TLDR, god forgive me.
TLDR
https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/movies/amp32871563/chadwick-boseman-age-da-5-bloods/
First the Date of birth being altered on all sources was the first red flag.
Chadwick boseman died on the would be 103rd birthday of the cocreator of Black Panther Jack Kirby on the same day as the 57th March on Washington where MLK performed his I have a Dream speech and also the day of the postponed Jackie Robinson day where Boseman Played Jackie and wore the 42.
He played alongside Nelsan Ellis in 2 films Nelsan died 7-8-17 a couple days after Joan Lee whos birthday was also altered and scrubbed off the internet to hide the truth apparent within the facts. Birth till 9-11 was 77y 7m 7 d from 9-11 till death was 5777 days ending up in the middle of Hebrew year 5777 and on dieng on the release date of spider-man homecoming.
This whole thing is about Black white and the Rainbow we are all in, but the light just has to shine at the right angle (42) for us to have 2020 vision, but most likely hindsight will be 2020 and years later all of this will make sense.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1964\_Philadelphia\_race\_riot https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Panther_Party
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Front_Against_Fascism See also
Antifa (United States)), a contemporary anti-fascist movement COINTELPRO, a series of projects conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation aimed at surveilling, infiltrating, discrediting, and disrupting domestic political organizations including the Black Panther Party Rainbow Coalition (Fred Hampton)), a political organisation by Fred Hampton of the Black Panther Party


BLM's predecessor and the origin of the popularized raised clenched fist. Was Antifa.

What does all this mean?
Well its all just a coincidence and the ravings of a madman right?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtZ03BzskeU
You may have seen my previous writings on such recent events and that might give you better perspective on the whole. Im not the guy saying these are the biblical endtimes, or the guy saying this is all the work of the illuminati.
Im the guy saying we don't have any clue to what consciousness and reality actually is. Im the guy that believes the universe is the great teacher. EVERYTHING humans know and every idea that has arisen has arisen out of nature. Every animal is a teacher, every process in physics is a teacher, every element of creation by man and god is a teaching tool. We are trying to learn what we are. The universe is a troll but in the way a ZEN master riddles his students with KOANS that ostensibly have no true meaning. But it is the process of play and entertaining ideas and convincing ourselves that every truth could be false and every fallacy could be true.
I don't have the answers, I just see what is there to be seen and I think about what is seen and relay my thoughts and the things I see. You may have to read through this a couple times to understand the crux of each individual link I mention but if you come at this with an open mind you may have an easier time and learn something.
R.I.P Chadwick, Kobe,Martin,Malcolm,James,Thurgood, T'challa and every other black icon in history to bring us to where we are today. We are at the start of the rainbow bridge and we can journey up through all the colors to get to the Crown, for we are all kings and queens heros and villains on this world stage. PLAY your part!
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2020.08.09 09:09 G33kyArmy I feel like I can't talk seriously with my parents about my life

I'm 21, I'm not the same twelve year old who wanted to be famous. I admit I have similar reactions to things, like I get excited if someone who inspires me responds to me, or I potentially get to thank them for how they made me want to push myself, but that's because I am genuinely grateful and I love thanking people who do those things for me.
Problem is I'm still ambitious. But my ambitions are at least more realistic nowadays. But my parents always have to spit on my dreams and contradict what feels like everything they taught me and tell me to play things safe. I feel like I'm going through a ten year late version of the "you just don't understand me, mom" phase because it's hard to talk and have them actually listen. They never offer things to do or look into if I'm interested in things, they basically interrogate my ideas until I feel like I can't actually do things. I don't have a lot of interests that match my family's, so that also causes some distance because if they are trying to show support, it's either very awkward, or I can't feel it. And even then, miscommunication is bound to happen.
Even just today, my dad had a friend helping him build a shed. His wife came by and I was talking about taking a Korean class right now, and that it was the first time I ever enjoyed learning. My mom was doing nothing and literally said that wasn't true because I liked my high school and university classes. Just because I liked the classes doesn't mean they were ideal, and none of those classes made me excited to learn to the point that a good grade made me WANT to study more to learn more, and enjoying a class doesn't mean I find excuses to stick around for office hours just for the sake of learning more. Enjoying a class is not the same as enjoying learning. And this Korean class is the first time in my 21 year existence that I felt the latter.
Just for comparison, I don't have to pause a film to scream because I recognized something I learned from communication media and film electives, while I feel a compulsion to scream to whoever will listen when I recognize Korean words anywhere, but especially in film. Heck, I have a friend who also goes about interests in phases, he and I have been friends for almost 5 years, and HE noticed my latest interests haven't been my normal phases.
I can talk about these things so easily with basically everyone besides my parents. I think they see everything in my life right now as another phase, which it very well may be, but it sucks that I can say this is more about real people I've met, formed bonds with, and love than all the phases that derived from media.
And the interests are hard to talk about because my parents don't get it. And they say I'm easy to tease, that's because there's no indication that they're joking! And they made me feel like I have to justify everything, yet they find it funny and use that to "tease me" because I get defensive.
As a student, I still fall under my dad's health insurance, which covers mental health. I honestly just want to talk to a therapist or counselor about these things, but I've trief bringing those things up before for other speculations I've had about myself to what feels like no avail. I feel stuck.
I'm the 21 y/o family baby "with her head in the clouds" who likes things that my parents don't understand, they admittedly joke at my expense about the things I like just to get a reaction from me, but get frustrated with my defensive attitude for things not related to my interests, and they wonder why I stop talking about things, and it feels like they still treat me like I'm a kid. I remember an old prof of mine who I knew before school was saying that I'll stop being their baby when I get married. If that's even slightly true, finding a husband can't be done fast enough.
But it's gotten to a point that I just want to leave. I remember living on campus in my first year back at my olf college, anf I miss not getting the baby treatments. Can't afford that, and definitely can't say I'm too independent, but I 1. Lack better words, and 2. Feel like living on my own would just make me feel more independent, and feel like my parents are hindering my personal growth more than they are helping it at this point.
I'm stuck. My parents really do love me, but they don't know how much I need their support and enthusiasm to keep doing what I enjoy. I literally just want a family and personal therapist at this point, because if I bring this up on my own, I'll get the "why didn't you speak up sooner?" talk, mention that it's come up with other interests that were less serious, my mom will feel like a failure, which will make me feel guilty, and if history tells me anything, it's that the pattern is likely to pick up again, I just never know at this point. Any and all advice would be appreciated!
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2020.08.07 20:46 k9fine [Intro] Re: Lurker who decided to dip her toes in.

EDIT: Sorry about that, mods, but thanks for letting me know! Text is updated, as is the title. Thanks to those who welcomed me in my previous post. Looking forward to meeting more peeps here.
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Original post:
Hello, everyone! I've been lurking around here for a little while now. I started out with reddit gifts last year, and I enjoyed it so much! I signed up for two more this go-round, so I'm really excited for when matching starts. I decided to join in here because it's like secret Santa all the time, haha.
So, a little about me. I have two cats, and a rescue dog, Sammy (a mix; GSD, maybe Retriever, maybe husky? No clue). I live at home with the parental(s), work part-time, and am figuring things out after graduating college last year. I'm pretty lost in that regard. My interests vary, though I'm really into Broadway and performing arts, books, and creative writing. I dabble in some nonprofit work and am interested in history, specifically/oddly military history. I'm also taking a deep dive into Greek Mythology.
I'm also looking to learn about coding and computer science in general (though I know that is a broad subject)! It's odd, because it's a pretty hard turn from what I studied and how my brain is wired, but as I'm exploring my options for building a PC and finagling with terminal commands, I've become quite fascinated with all things tech. If anyone has any good recommendations for where to learn and what to check out, let me know!
I've learned how to sew because of mask making. Still learning, but I love all my fabrics! I'm gearing up to make my own laptop sleeve/case, though I'm a bit intimidated by the process, haha.
Some of my favorite franchises/pop culture fandoms are Star Wars (original, prequel, and sequel), Marvel (faves are Scarlet Witch, Loki, and Captain America), John Wick, Disney films like Frozen, Moana, and The Lion King, The Lord of the Rings (Tolkien in general), and the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
I listen to a lot of music, and it usually ranges, though I do lean toward artists such as Hozier, Matt Maeson, Bishop Briggs, The White Buffalo, The Lumineers, and Lord Huron.
I'm also fascinated by languages and I've always wanted to study Korean, Russian, Serbian, French, Italian, and Japanese in particular. No idea why some of those stand out, but they do.
Love to travel when I can. I'm anxious to get out of the state and explore again, whether it's a camping trip, or another excursion to Manhattan, or an international exploration. I'm also really, really looking forward to going back to the theatre, whether it's local or Broadway (and one day, West End and all things Shakespeare in England!). I miss the whole process of attending live theatre; I miss the smell of pine trees and the rustle of aspen; I miss getting a little lost, but finding my way.
Whew. Anyways, that's just a bit of a ramble of who I am and some of my thoughts. I'd love to get to know y'all, and to just generally interact and support one another. I hope I can contribute to gifting as much as I can, when I can! Hope everyone is safe and healthy. Take care of yourselves and one another. Cheers, all!
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2020.08.05 20:14 saku-no-ki 200805 Ep 164 Saku no Ki: Kkura Ojisan’s Love For Sannakji, Guest Pannelist KOMS, HKT Theatre, Miyawaki Otaku Pro, Q&A, Dorm Life, Eunchan And HiiNako Close Sibling Friendship

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2W9_A47Z1E&feature=share
1 I'm not gonna lose to the summer heat! Everyone, together now~ I-I-IZ*ONE~! 1
3 Korea's delivery services are impeccable. In Japan, delivery used to be limited to chain stores, although that's changing now with Uber Eats. Korea's delivery is cheap and so many stores do it
I'm really into sannakji, a type of octopus dish in which the nerves cause it to still move. It's sold in many sashimi shops and is quite popular in Korea. I like the texture of it as well as the sesame salt sauce. It's so good I could eat it forever. When I get a little tired of it, I'll order some flounder sashimi to go with it as well as a beer. I do that a lot while watching TV by myself. Nako, Hiichan & Chaeyeon who see me with the octopus, flounder & beer keep calling me an old man. It became a topic on the IZ*ONE group chat & Minju said that I'm pretty much the same as her father. I seem to like flavors that old men or well, older people enjoy like snacks that go well with a beer...well, that's how I like to relax after a long day
I don't usually do accessories because they get in the way so I won't wear rings, but necklaces and bracelets are ok. When you just add them to a simple outfit, it seems like you actually know fashion. That's actually my secret tip! If you have a simple outfit, if you just add one kind of accessory to it, it makes you look like you are fashionable. Ok, underline this in the textbook, it'll be on the test 3
1 About Kkuchaen as panelist on KOMS
Sakura: The difference between Korean and Japanese variety shows is firstly, the recording duration. In Japan for a 1hr show, the recording would take at most 3hrs. But in Korea, we recorded for 2 episodes and it took...10hrs? The recording time in Korea is really long! So it's really hard to maintain focus. As a Japanese and since it's a show to guess who is behind the mask, my lack of knowledge makes it hard to properly react....like, 'Ahh, it's this person!'. But I tried my best 1
1 HKT48's new theater
Sakura: Before it was unveiled to the fans, HKT manager-san sent me a video saying 'It's completed at last!' along with my wall photo. I thought, 'At last, our exclusive theater is back~'. As expected, having an exclusive theater means a lot. It's like our 'home'. So I was really happy to hear that our home is completed and our photos were properly displayed too. It warmed my heart. Seeing how happy the HKT members were, I was relieved & glad.
I'm happy when I hear that people can keep going because of our music. We had an online high touch event and ppl told me how our songs keep them going in hard times or how seeing me gave them the strength to power through work. I felt, "Ah, this is what it means to be an idol." After all, what is an idol? It's a job that delivers energy, smiles and happiness to people. There's performances, expressions, etc, but when you boil it down, that's the basics. People have different definitions of idols, and I'd argue that in a way, everyone is an idol. It's extreme logic, but think of a baby bringing happiness to a family. I'll keep working hard to improve my skills in the future, but I won't forget the original principle of idols, which is to bring happiness to people 3
1 WIZONE from Dubai who is a fan of Sakura since PD48. Gains energy from listening to #IZONE songs. Hopes that #IZONE would hold a concert in Dubai someday.
Sakura: It makes me really happy to know that you gain energy from our songs! I just had online hitouch today, Even there, many said that they're able to work hard in their jobs and such after seeing me. I thought, 'ahh, this is what an idol is about'. Ultimately I think an idol is an occupation which delivers energy, smiles and happiness. Of course, one's performance, expressions and all that are part of being an idol but I think that's an idol in a nutshell. Everyone has their own standard but if that person thinks that someone is an idol, then they're an idol. It's an extreme example but a newborn baby would be that family's idol! Isn't that's the original meaning of being an idol? So for me, in terms of abilities or performance strength, I intend to always improve myself and continue to work hard. But I won't ever forget that fundamentally, I should continue to deliver happiness and smile to people! 1
3 Junior High 3rd Yr WIZ*ONE (9th Grade): I recently fell in love for the first time
Sakura: Fuu ☺️ First love 💓
Girl: There's a boy I was in the same class w/ in my 2nd Yr. Back then, he would look my way or talk with me. Now in our 3rd Year our classes are different, but we clean around the same area and he'll always talk to me. Before a test, he'll wish me good luck. When I say I'm tired, he'll lightly massage my shoulders. In that way, we have small body contact
Sakura: Ehh?! In junior high?
Sakura: That's too fast!
Girl: I don't take the initiative to go talk to him or touch him, but how can I?
Sakura: Ehh, Older Sister Sakura still doesn't permit this! Is the 3rd year of junior high school like this? Don't you all do some more pure things? 🥲 No? lol I don't know anything except from dramas so I don't know how school romances work. I guess when I was in junior high, I thought of myself as an adult too. You like him too, right? So maybe you want to ask why he does that stuff? Eh, Older Sister Sakura has no idea! I have no idea what to do, but good luck! You have entrance exams so if you 2 can encourage each other when together that'd be best! 3
1 Fan: (got recognized by Sakura despite only hitouch once before) Where did your powerful memory come from? I love Sakuchan who always understands otaku's heart
1 Sakura: I wonder how I remember...I've said this before but it's through 'photograph'. That person's aura for example, things I see at a glance, I capture it as a photo. After that, if it's like 'Hmm, I've seen this before', I'll match it with the old photos in my memory drawers. When a match is found, I'll know within 1 sec. ...Well, I'm practically a genius huh? It's a lie, a lie~ Pls don't cut it off here (in articles). It's really a lie okay? While I do have that kind of instantaneous memory too...I think I'm able to understand otaku(stan)'s heart because I'm an otaku too! I like #IZONE , also other idols as an otaku. So from being an otaku and from my 9yrs experience as an idol so far, I have somewhat an idea of what fans want or what would make them happy. So I'm...an idol while at the same time an otaku, an amazing hybrid! ...(laughs) I praised myself a lot today, but I'm joking okay!
Sakura-oshi but curious if Wonyoung gets homesick since she's the maknae
Sakura: It's probably the same with me and with Wonyoung, I think #IZONE members don't get homesick. The reason is, there is simply no chance for it. We live together in 6+6. There isn't a moment where we aren't talking to someone. Well, even if you don't talk, someone is still there for sure. In that situation, it's hard to get homesick imo. Rather than to the extent of homesick, there are moments like 'I want to eat 7-11's oyakodon...', '7-11's oden...', etc. Of course everyone is missing their families but we're all grateful to be spending each day busily and spending it together with #IZONE members. So thankfully, I don't think you have to worry too much on that aspect.
1 Fan: 10yo daughter, 12yo son & 38yo father me, the 3 of us is a WIZONE family. Saku no Ki is our most anticipate time of the week! #IZONE posters fills our living room & our family convo revolves around #IZONE ! (fav DICON teaser scene is Minju missing the tennis ball) 1
3 We played around with tennis balls and rackets for DICON, but everyone should check out Minju's. She's even cuter than me in her lack of talent for sports 3
Fan: Recently Eunbi-chan has been saying 'Look at my eyes when you talk to me' in Japanese. What started it?
Sakura: I don't know where Eunbi-chan learned it but she just suddenly said it. I told her that it's a scary Japanese phrase since it's usually what a teacher would say or when you're trying to pick a fight😂 But when Eunbi-chan says it, it's really cute! I have no idea where she learned it though. Today, Eunbi-chan sat beside me for hitouch. She suddenly asked, "Kkura-ya~ what is udon called in Japanese?" "...It's udon" I replied😂 Apparently, she didn't know udon is Japanese. It went like, "Udon is...udon?" "Udon is udon, udon is Japanese!" "EHHH!". When it comes to Japanese language, Eunbi-chan's cuteness has no limit 1
3 Nako and Hiichan were already close before, but it's like they've become actual sisters lately. Those two can relax around each other. They even went on a date! They went shopping and ate together...I'm jealous. They could've invited me too...😨 Your older sister is always free, so feel free to ask me out anytime. Please.
A word that is popular among members recently is "Pien" which is slang used to denote sadness in Japanese. Now with the members it's like "Pien~" "Pien~" everywhere lol
Right now, the idol group NiziU is really popular in Japan, right? I've listened to their debut song occasionally, and even IZ*ONE members are addicted to it. We do the jump rope dance together too
I feel like my mood was weird today. I'm sorry, I really enjoy high touch events, but it does use up your stamina. I ate ox bone soup this morning & then had nothing after that besides boba so I'm hungry & tired. I definitely said a lot of weird things like... staff plays back almost everything she said They're all jokes so when this radio program ends, please forget everything I said 😂 Do you understand? 3
1 Tomorrow, 8/7 #IZONE 's 1st concert film, EOM: The Movie releases in Japan! As someone who has watched it once...you can probably watch it 5 times!😂 As someone who embodies being #IZONE while being a WIZONE, it's really interesting from either perspectives. Especially on ScreenX, it really felt like a real concert. It's a really wonderful movie so everyone, pls watch it in the cinemas! But it's a closed environment so pls make sure you wash your hands, gargle, wear a mask & take care of yourselves~! 1
3 To commemorate Eyes On Me: The Movie's release in Japan, IZ*ONE recorded 2 special messages to be played each week. Well, you will watch it at least twice, right? You'll have to watch it on the 1st & 2nd week, but I saw that ppl bought like 6 or 12 tickets. You won't just end at once, right? If you watch it once, you'll want to watch it again, then again so it'll never end. Until the movie is out of theaters, you'll all be stricken with an addiction to see Eyes on Me...Ok, I'm really so weird today, how will this sound when it's broadcast 😂 Well, it's the end, time to forget everything I said! 3
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2020.08.02 23:08 AustralianChrono Virtual Drag Race Season 10 Dynasty: Episode 2- Join Our Haus, Part II

Virtual Drag Race Season 10 Dynasty: Episode 2- Join Our Haus, Part II
From the first beat drop, it's clear. Terri tries hard and gives a dramatic, powerful performance... But Blessia goes WILD. She delivers a crazy lip sync performance that pulls out all the spots; she goes from Pageant Beauty to crazy psychopathic artist; and lip syncs perfectly along with it.
....Blessia Hart, Shantay you stay.
Blessia grins. "Thank ya'll."
Terri Toris... you're a Queen with heart. And we wish you well. But for now, sashay away...
"Thank you for this opportunity." Terri smiles.
Teri Toris: "I'm... upset I didn't get the chance to prove myself. I got in my head... and it caused my end. But i'll be okay..." Terri tears up.
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The Monarch's enter the werkroom...
"So, our first elimination..." Kong sighs. "If only Terri had just... not let nerves in her way." He shrugs. "Anyway... well done to you Blessia, it's clear you're not just a pretty face."
Blessia Hart: "...Did Kong shade me?"
"Oh Darlin', I have a whole packet full." Blessia smiles. "Congrats to you, Miss Terry!"
"Oh, thank you!" Terry smiles. "It was... quite surprising."
"You did fucking sick." Jill grins at Terry.
"Oh, I guess I did alright..." Aunty Terry awkwardly smiles.
Amal'Thazad eyes Terry.
Amal'Thazad: "Now, I'm not the biggest fan of... lies. Right now... I'm getting a sense of some false modesty.."
"Ladies and Gents.." Maddness smiles. "How about we blow this popsicle stand and leave to allow for the next group of monsters?
"Oh my God... is the second group Dragula?!" Truffles gasps.
"....Let's go with that." Maddness winks.
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https://preview.redd.it/mcp4wj6dmae51.png?width=900&format=png&auto=webp&s=2629797430308fa166b6cd53942eea6d7280e525
In glittering streetwear with details that state H.H all over, Hadassah struts in. "I've... ariiiiived."
Hadassah Hall: "The next step in the Kunt Legacy is here. I'm the Qubecois Drag Superstar. Banjie, Comedy, Performance and FASHION. Everything I make is hand-made, fit to a T. I'm a reader, a roaster, a rapper... and I'm a Drag Race Superfan! I'm here to be the first... non-All Star Haus of Kunt Winner." Hadassah grins.
"She's the first." Hadassah grins.
In a bright neon bodysuit, Pulp twirls in. "Don't spit... you gotta swallow allllllllll this Pulp."
Pulp: "I'm Pulp, and i'm your acid trip oddity. I'm from the Legendary Haus of Juice. I'm a crafty Queen, and I love turning trash into treasure, being out there, crazy, but... always keeping the pop star vibe. It's time for your favourite flavour... me."
"Oooh, i'm tripping." Hadassah smiles. "Lovely to meet you..?"
Hadassah: "Pulp. Haus of Juice. I know who it is, of course! I've been on reddit."
"I'm Pulp... Haus of Juice." Pulp smirks.
"I'm Hadassah..." Hadassah tosses her hair. "Haus of Kunt."
Dressed in a schoolgirl uniform with headphones on, Krissa serves Tamade Chiyu realness. "Let's get Ani-MAAAAAAAAZING!" She does a peace sign and smiles.
Krissa Keynote: "Hey Hey Hey! I'm Krissa Keynote, daughter to Miss Annie Mae Sean! I'm a raver, club kid anime inspired DJ BABY! Fun, Party, Party Dru- Partying, Crazziness, Party, Fun. I'm here to give you a whole new layer to drag because... i'm the first Virtual Drag Race DJ." Krissa smirks.
"Heeeeeey...." Pulp looks at Krissa. "Sick look."
"Thank you. I love yours!" Krissa smiles.
"Wow fuck my drag right?" Hadassash laughs. "What's your name?"
"Krissa Keynote. New York City and daughter to... Annie Mae Sean." Krissa grins.
Hadassah Hall: "Annie was a threat... I wouldn't be surprised if Krissa is too."
Wearing the quintessential St Frostfur white wig, and a gorgeous glittering gown, Angel St Frostfur walk in shining. "Nĭ Hăo."
Angel St Frostfur: "Your new favourite Korean twink is here." Angel winks. "I am Angel, the instagodess beauty." Angel smiles. "I'm a proud Instagram Queen... and the 3rd St Frostfur. Sewing, Crafting, The Visual... that's mine. And performing... i'm the Queen who demands the show is mine... and I let my work stand for myself."
"Oh my god...." Pulp gasps.
"Fucking Angel!" Krissa yells.
"Hi all." Angel winks.
"I'm obsssssssessed with your instagram." Krissa looks at Angel. "You look like... a literal Angel."
"That's the goal." Angel smirks.
Stomping footsteps are heard, and they are LOUD.
"Eeeeeeeek..." Hadassah gasps.
Noah Kashaut walks in serving Presidential Relaness; looking like a typical 80s Politican, Noah Kashaut arrives. "I'm here. First step... sell the crown!"
Noah Kashaut: "Hello! I'm Noah Kashaut, and i'm the Drag Husband... and real life wife to Mrs Annie Kashaut! I'm a Drag King, artist and performer. I'm the King who's here to sell YOU why i'm something different. I'm fun, i'm exciting, and I like to get. Business. Done."
"Hey Ladies." Noah smirks, then turns to the side, revealing a baby bump.
Angel looks at Noah. "Oh my God, are you...?"
"Expecting. Though, I've been cleared... don't worry." Noah winks.
Noah Kashaut: "....I knew I forgot to mention something."
Rollerskating in, Dyna Might looks just like Supergirl, though dressed with a D on her chest. "With great drag power... comes great responsibility!"
Krissa grins.
Dyna Might: "HELLO! I'm Dyna, and I'm the MIGHTY QUEEN! I'm the Drag Niece of the Lady Charlotte, and the 'Drag Superhero' of Chicago! I'm all about having fun. I live for life, learning and helping people. I'm here to prove the world... drag can just be fun, exciting and crazy!"
"Dyna!" Pulp smiles. "You liar!"
"I'm sorry, I'm, sorry!" Dyna laughs.
"So happy to see you here." Pulp smiles. "I can't wait to beat you."
"Ahhhhhhh!" Dyna laughs. "Shaaaady."
Dressed like a beautiful Geisha in a blood red gown, Oda Hideko smiles as she enters. "Let's Do this."
Oda Hideko: "My name is Oda Hideko, and i'm from Tokyo, Japan. I'm a Japanese Warrior come to life with a traditional fashionista vibe. I am of the Haus of Oda... and that comes with the sword to match." Oda grins. "Armor, Naginata... I have the traditional skills of the Haus of Oda. I am someone who appreciates the structured, the well organised- perfection... is always the goal."
"Hello all..." Oda bows.
"Hello!!!" Dyna grins. "Who are you!"
"I am Oda Hideko..." Oda smiles.
"Of the Haus of Oda?" Hadassash smiles.
"The one and only." Oda winks.
"Do you have the sword to match?"Hadassah responds.
Oda reveals two swords from under her kimono.
"Insane..." Hadassah looks at Oda in awe.
Pot O'Pyrite wanders in dressed to the nines; looking like a Medieval King, he raises his arms in the air. "I'm Here!"
Angel looks in and smiles, as does Hadassah.
Angel St Frostfur: "The one Drag artist who has more followers than me..."
Pot O'Pyrite smiles. "You've been waiting for me! My name is Pot O'Pyrite... and I'm the Chic Fashion Song of Lepra Khan... and Verushka Verve. My dearly divorced parents..." Pot looks down. "I'm here to charm the pants of everyone. I'm a linguist, stylist and Bio King. Some would know from instagram... but i'm here to show the world who I am.. from my ability, not just a blog."
"Another Insta Artist..." Hadassash smiles. "Welcome."
"Inata... and more." Pot O'Pyrite smiles.
YOU'VE GOT DIX PICS!
"Only 8?" Hadassah looks confused.
Dixie Normous appears on the screen in her quintessential leather look sitting on a throne.
Hey Babies. Tell me... What's your family? Who are you? And... Why should we join your Haus?
"So many reasons." Noah nods.
What's up.
Dixie Normous walks out smirking.
Welcome to the SPLIT PREMIERE of Virtual Drag Race Season 10: Dynasty... hosted by me!
This time last year, I was in your place. And now... I'm ushering all of you talented Monarch's!
For this first maxi challenge, we're getting your BRAND.
Pot O'Pyrite: "Brand. I know how to brand..."
Each of you will starting off the season with writing, filming and producing a video advertising people to join your Drag Haus. We want to see why your Haus stands out from the rest... whilst showing us about you. And then on the runway... Category is GOD.... this feels good... Night of a 1000 Dixie's.
Noah Kashaut: "Now, I know how to sell my Haus. You want T-Shirts? You want 1000 reasons why we're the best? Oh yes sir, Noah's got the deal for you!"
~
The Monarch's are getting ready...
"So, we've got three Asian Beauties in this season already, and i'm living for it." Angel tosses her hair. "Krissa... you're..."
"Filipino." Krissa smiles. "My name is inspired by Kris Aquin, actually."
"As in... Queen of all media?" Angel gasps. "How did I not realise this?!"
Krissa winks. "I love a sneaky reference."
"It's great to see others like me..." Oda smiles. "It makes it even more welcoming. I do not... have a lot of exposure to the LGBT community.."
"Really?" Krissa turns to Oda. "How come?"
"I'm... i've recently come out and I am very much still learning everything. At times, it is a lot..." Oda sighs.
"How... new?" Angel looks at Oda.
"Uhm..." Oda looks shyly. "I've... never kissed a boy new?"
"Oh. My. God." Angel looks at Oda. "We're going to go out as soon as this over, and you are going to find a group of boys to consecutively kiss on the dance-floor for hours."
"Oh..." Oda smiles. "That'd be nice..."
"I know some great spots." Krissa winks.
~
Who wins?
Spreadsheet
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