It was very Kim Seokjin to make us laugh on the day of his military enlistment.
On Weverse, he said in Korean:
“Well, now it’s time for a curtain call.
(I’ve been wanting to do this when enlisting)
(Game character Jhin’s line)”
Not being a gamer, I was oblivious to what he was referring to. But when I learned the context, I laughed, soothing the pain in my heart.
Jin was referring to a line from a League of Legends character named, Jhin, whose strongest power is called the “curtain call”.
🐹 alright, it’s now time for the curtain call
— bora 💜 (slow) (@bora_twts) December 12, 2022
seokjin said the “커튼콜 시간이다” (time for curtain call) line in an interview once when he was talking about league of legends 😭 cutie pic.twitter.com/ILRpwtU27R
— lex⁷ (@prodK0YA) December 13, 2022
As of this writing, media reported that Jin has entered the military and Suga, RM, j-hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook saw him off.
“jin has enlisted on the 13th around 1PM at (location). including jin who is enlisting, suga, jungkook, j-hope, jimin, v, & rm were all together.” pic.twitter.com/MhkLvl6b69
— haruharu💜 (slow) (@haruharu_w_bts) December 13, 2022
A handful of fans gathered at the military base. Jin had asked ARMY not to go to the camp as there will be other soldiers enlisting with their families to see them off. The true ARMY heeded Jin’s request.
It’s one thing to know that BTS will be serving in the military, and another to actually see them all set to go. So when Jin posted a selfie showing his buzz cut, I heard myself let out an “Ohmygod!” I thought I was a strong ARMY. I guess not. That shaved head made Jin’s military enlistment so real.
here with label😂 pic.twitter.com/h8ymIUy4yK
— Jiminssi | With You Till the End 박지민 (@MyParkFilter_13) October 17, 2022
Jin, whose full name is Kim Seokjin, is the first to enlist being the oldest of the seven Bangtan boys. He turned 30 (international age) last December 4.
At 12mn (KST) on December 13, ARMY trended #SafeFlightOurAstronaut as a send-off to Jin.
He’ll be back from the army after 18 months. In a press statement, Big Hit Entertainment said he is scheduled to be discharged on June 12, 2024, a day before BTS’ 11th anniversary.
This is one of those moments when I am grateful that time flies fast. Jin will be back before we have even finished catching up with BTS content. ARMY can’t wait for 2025 when Jin, RM, Suga, j-hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook regroup and will show us what’s next for BTS.
Meanwhile, here’s a list of things about our Jin that will help us survive the next year and a half waiting for worldwide handsome throw us a kiss again:
2. Jin’s mukbang show, Eat Jin, is a gem. He has done 24 episodes, the last was in July 2020. Each episode is downright smart, funny, and charming. Eat Jin is on Weverse, but check out BTS Wiki, too, for its very organized archiving of Jin’s show, complete with a synopsis of every episode.
3. I’ve read Jin’s “Cooking Diary” hundreds of times and I laugh aloud each time. . This blog is a testament to Jin’s wit and humor – and his genuine adoration for food and his family.
4. When I was a baby ARMY in 2019, among the fan-made compilation videos that pushed me down deep the BTS rabbit hole were the “Don’t fall in love with Jin challenge”, “BTS Jin cute and funny moments”, and the “Jin ahjussi” moments. While waiting for him to come back from the military, I am sure I’ll be bingeing on these videos again.
I also love the videos that featured him and Jungkook. Let me make it clear though that I’m not talking about the shipping videos. I don’t watch those. What I like are compilation videos of Jin and JK’s funny and endearing moments together.
The seven members are obviously very close to one another but there’s a special kind of bond between the oldest and youngest members. May kurot sa puso. Jin is five years older than JK, who was only 14 when he moved to Seoul alone from Busan as a trainee. Jin looked after BTS’ little one like a true older brother.
5. Jin’s heart events. I wish I was already ARMY when Jin did his heart events for the Wings tour. I want to turn back time.
6. The concert hairstyles. If I’m not mistaken, Jin started this with the apple hair after seeing a fan writing down the request in the chat room of the online 2021 Muster Soowoozoo, which was held online. Jin did several other hairstyles in the succeeding concerts, like when he cosplayed the Younghee doll in Squid Game and tied his short hair in pig tails at the Permission to Dance concert in LA in November last year.
Jin: “Since the members already said “we want to see you soon” a lot, I’ll talk about something else. The reason why I did this cute and adorable hair, as I was commenting on the chat yesterday, a fan said, “I want to see apple hair” when I asked what type of hair I should do.” pic.twitter.com/AytGd9tDao
— AFJ (@jinniesfile) June 14, 2021
무궁화 꽃이 피었습니다 ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ pic.twitter.com/r9RwplQd6u
— 브리이에 (@BRILLER__613) November 29, 2021
7. Seokjinnie and his six babies. Need I say more?
remember when jin posted a screenshot of their groupchat and it was literally titled “seokjinnie and the 6 babies” 😔 https://t.co/dsRVa6eSQ6
— sei⁷ (@btsinpics) March 17, 2019
I genuinely think BTS are as grounded as they are because of their hyung. Jin used to take all their phones at night (when they were rookies) to make sure they slept. He knows when to exert his authority and when not to. He’s a wonderful human. pic.twitter.com/0Ci75GsxH5
— 𝓛𝓤𝓛𝓤 ⁷ ⟭⟬ BTS ⟬⟭ connected to 7G since ²⁰¹³ (@lsgrlr) December 11, 2022
“jin hyung” SOBS pic.twitter.com/sMc5hRVbiT
— ashley⁷ 🌊 (@tanniesforeverr) December 11, 2022
In a CBS interview in 2019, when BTS were already certified global stars, the boys were asked about their plan to serve in South Korea’s military. Jin replied: “As a Korean, it’s natural. And someday when duty calls, we’ll be ready to respond and do our best.”
Duty calls now. Stay safe and healthy, Jin. Borahae!
“smile, okay?” ㅡ 220913, Kim Seokjin in weverse live 🥺pic.twitter.com/nXLarBt5u5
— bts quotes archive⁷ ☁️ | final defense ⏳ (@btsqtsarchive) December 12, 2022