Its been reported that a special animated edition of BTS WORLD is in the works!
On September 23, game industry representatives reported that Netmarble has begun working on an animated version of BTS WORLD since July; it is based on actual videos of BTS members.
Its also been reported that these animated videos are being produced because it’s not possible to push for new BTS content while they serve the military.
The source of this, Herald Business, reports that the edition will be served for five years during the period in which BTS members begin to enlist one after the other. The launch date will be confirmed depending on the timing of the members’ enlistment.
When Netmarble was contacted for an official response, they stated that they couldn’t give one.
Jin is the first BTS member who must enlist. He’s born in 1992 which means that he has until the end of 2020 to enlist, according to Korean military laws. He will be followed by Suga, most likely who’s the second oldest member of BTS.
BTS members had previously stated that they will serve their country when the time comes. A bill was proposed to exempt BTS from military service but it’s been recently confirmed that they will not be exempted. (Source)
According to Straitstimes, it was also recently reported that BTS are worth about 4.1 trillion won (S$5 billion) to South Korea’s economy, yearly – which is equivalent to the contribution of 26 mid-sized companies.
What do you think of this?
My Personal Thoughts
It would make sense for Big Hit to start preparing for the battle that will come after BTS members begin enlisting. I stand by my previous opinion, BTS should be exempt from the military and this is coming from someone who is not an ARMY. This is just a logic conclusion considering the economic value BTS has.
South Korea’s economy is shaky at best, if you’ve been following the news you already know why. BTS possesses what we call ‘soft power.’ 7 people have such a huge impact on the economy; it would make sense for some to push for their exemption.
Just because idols you love served before, doesn’t mean everyone should, especially if they bring so much to the country. Those who get medals in the Olympics are exempt from serving the military. I could argue that BTS brought so even more as seven members to their country.
But I also realize why some people might be hesitant. The issue is that it becomes a blurry line. You can’t put a specific tag on who qualifies to be exempt, it’s not like they can devise a criteria similar to people who win medals.
How much should a group make for them to be exempt? There are so many variables and everybody measures success differently, should we measure it by how many awards they win? How much they make in revenue?.. etc.
What I can argue is that BTS deserves it, we can look at the data and the loss the Korean economy will endure after they begin enlisting for us to come to the conclusion that they will better serve their country doing music rather than enlisting.
However, unless it’s an official government decision, I highly doubt BTS wouldn’t enlist. They’re good men and I know that they know that their careers would be seriously damaged if they decide otherwise.
It’s a tricky situation indeed. But change must happen, why not start with a great example?