Let’s talk about love.
Girls’ Generation stepped foot Into the New World a little over 3 years ago as a 9 member girl group, and many things have happened since then. With a dynamic that was very different from other artists, many downplayed the group’s ability to succeed in such a competitive environment right from the start. Some questioned the relationship, and whether or not the members actually liked one another; after all, you’re putting a large group of very competitive girls together. Even six months after the Beginning, their futures were uncertain as members were dragged into various controversies across the web.
Fast forward to today. Soshi has accomplished more than anyone ever imagined they could – fans, antifans, and grandmas included. They defied everybody’s expectations with sales, popularity, and awards, but the gold lies in the fact that they’re still together. No members have been added, dropped, or replaced; they’re still the same 9 so nyuhs from before, just a tad bit more mature. All of the struggling, hardships, and craziness they shared while up against the doubts of many have only made them stronger. Oh, and the relationship between the members? We like to call it soshi bond, thanks.
It’s interesting to look back at the comments people made in the past when the girls first started out, as it certainly shows how far they’ve come. Ironically, many of those individuals have since become very dedicated sones, making the connection all the more special. While all of us started practicing soshi-ism at different times, the girls have become an important aspect in everyone’s lives. To simplify it without understating the gravitational pull they hold, the lyrics You make my life complete is accurate for many across the globe. To break it down further? We’re in love.
There, I said it. For me, for you, and for the closet fans. We’re in love with So Nyuh Shi Dae. To some, it may seem like weird concept. To others, you may wholeheartedly agree. The amount of sweat and tears the girls put into what they do is only rivaled by the love and dedication sones bring to the table. The release of albums with posters and cards will inevitably drag us into oblivion, but we knowingly head down that spiral and would make the same decision again if given the choice.
Maybe it was just curiosity at the beginning, and we didn’t really know what we were getting ourselves into when we hit up that ‘related video’ link on youtube. And perhaps, we still don’t know why we’re involved in all of this or how it got to this point, but this much was for sure upon introduction: we wanted more. One thing lead to the next, and it eventually became somewhat of an addiction. Imagine, what would your life be like if you never got involved with them; if you weren’t introduced to SNSD? It’s hard, isn’t it – to depict such a reality.
*brief pause while you think*
But it wasn’t supposed to be like this. You’re a hardcore classical metal/*some other music* fan, and would never listen to kpop. You would be better off not heading to bed at 3am on every single school night because you’re up spazzing, and you might even be able to buy that new TV for your room if your ‘investments’ didn’t consist of CDs and photobooks. Now that you’re in this mess already however… is a life without Soshi worth living?
And what if we were all making a big Mistake, practically just giving SME’s new found monster anything it wanted? Even if we wanted to abandon it all and live a ‘normal’ life (pfttt.), we’d only just end up back at the Beginning.. and falling in love all over again. Once you’re in, there’s no escaping. We’re in it for the long run. The good, the bad, we’ll be there for it.
Is it really love though if we’re separated by oceans, and haven’t even seen the girls in person? (Who, by the way, are effing gorgeous) I mean, we only know of them from the internet, how can you call it love? Maybe it’s an extreme, but I dare say It’s Love. The impact that they have on our lives is tremendous to the point that it couldn’t be anything but. Even if you don’t meet them in your next 9 lifetimes, these emotions are still very real.
That’s not to say we don’t want to be right there with them in Korea, Japan, or wherever they might be. Of course we’d like to meet them, eat a meal with them, have them introduce you to their parents for marriage, etc., but just their existence alone gives us joy every single day… and that in itself is already a sign that you’ve gone crazy. But even then, we wouldn’t have it any other way.
SNSD is loved not only because of their looks that could turn a female ghey, but also because of their personalities – pure hearts that are sometimes kind to a fault, silly antics that would have you thinking these were 9 year old boys, and mistakes that show they are still human. Like A Star, sones will watch over them and shine a (pink) path in the darkest of times. Whether that be figuratively or literally, a light in the dark will only shine brighter.
Some day down the road however, Girls’ Generation will probably cease to exist… but that doesn’t mean everything we’ve put into this was a waste; it won’t ever be a waste. There is no better way to spend time than on something you love, and that will hold true under any circumstance. All that we have experienced so far may one day only be a memory, but it will be a damn good one. Such an incident may very well be one of the biggest heartbreaks of our lives, despite being just a bunch of random people across the globe. But this love won’t be something we’ll regret; even if it were, it’s a love that we would rather regret being involved in than regret not knowing what joys would ever come of it.
We crawl, walk, run, and stand together with soshi – we are sone. Although there will come a day when all of this madness reaches an end, we will most certainly fall together as well. It won’t be today and it won’t be tomorrow…hell, there’s even the slight chance we’ll spend the rest of our lives together with ahjumma shidae; but right now, the world is ours.
images; as tagged, SM Entertainment, ebc.
101th. My one and only love. ❤
These are the translated comments from Kaskusers (Kaskus is like a main Indo forum where you can discuss just about anything, and there is a special thread for Indo SONEs. They call themselves kasku[s]ones if you ever see them)
Additional notes before reading:
*Indo is somehow well known for the SNSD antis. SAFE (SNSD Anti For Eternity) is what Indo SNSD antis call themselves, and they aren’t a small forum, either. Fights often happen between fans and antis; and there was a point back in 2007 – first half of 2009 where there seemed to be more antis rather than SONEs. It’s all good now, though.
*Liking KPOP and K-Dramas here is somehow still a discrimination(?) Lots of people think it’s uncool and gay, and you get bashed for liking K-POP most of the time. That’s why most Indo people are low-profiled when it comes to talking about KPOP.
Soshilover – http://bit.ly/g9jrec
It’s only been a year since I’ve become a SONE..
I knew about Soshi when Gee has already been released and they were about to release Genie
From there, I started to know about Soshi..
At first I was like all the other boys
Usually, boys would like to play in bands, and I also played in one before I knew Soshi..
The songs I play are also kind of hard-rock, like My Chemical Romance. My band was also like MCR..
When Soshi appeared in my life..
I was confused for a moment, why did I become like this..
From MCR to KPOP..
Even my friends became a bit weird,, I was really different from who I was after knowing Soshi..
Lots of my friends treated me differently ever since I became a KPOPer.
Maybe this is what they call the power of 9..
Soshi could change me totally..
I don’t regret a single bit moving to KPOP
I feel more comfortable like this..
It feels calm and comforting to know SNSD..
And now I realize even more, I will keep on becoming a SONE..
Even though So Nyuh Shi Dae will become ahjummas..
I think I will always remember Soshi..
I also had a chance to think forward..
How would Soshi be in the future..
Who will they marry, what’s their condition when they get old..
I even thought to that extent because I liked Soshi so much
I swear, I’m really thankful for knowing Soshi..
Special thanks for merchendance AKA fajar danger ranger that introduced me to Soshi..
He used to come and visit the kaskusone thread a lot..
But he’s really busy right now..
Thanks broo for bringing me Into the New World (So Nyeo Shi Dae world)
And I promise I will become a SONE forever..
I will become support Soshi forever..
Oops, I’m venting here..
britis – http://bit.ly/i5YTPm
Nice share, sharivan (the one that translated this article to Indonesian)
If I look back, I'm not even a-year-old SONE, only 10 months. Since RDR. Even though I already knew Soshi since Gee.
Before becoming a SONE, I already knew K-Pop.
Back then, there weren't a lot of SONEs. If I find an article about Soshi, the comments would be filled by bashing from the antis.
I felt really bad for them [Soshi], because it feels like they don't deserve to be treated like that. The bashing were so mean. It's like the writers don't have a heart.
But now, ever since I became a SONE, I don't just sit still when there's an anti that bashes Soshi. Eye to eye, bashing to bashing. Of course I bash the antis.
Luckily, in the past six months, the amount of Indo SONEs, so the army to fight the antis also increased in size.
And there's a result, too. The bashing from the antis in Indo KPOP blogs have decreased drastically. They're starting to realize the power of Soshi + SONEs. They're probably surprised; before, no SONEs would reply their bashing, but now SONE doesn't just stay quiet. Even other fandoms start to defend SONEs. Antis also don't really have a home in Indo's KPOP area.
Seeing what Soshi achieved now, honestly I'm really proud to be involved. Because I know how hard it is for them to reach what they achieved now.
And my favourite SONE quote that is starting to be copied by other fandoms, "Proud To Be SONE,", I will always remember.
mahocirebon – http://bit.ly/hLEbkJ
Reading your vents, your music taste really changed!
My friends call me "not macho" because I hear KPOP songs all the time (especially SNSD's)
Because of SNSD, too, I made a Kaskus ID
Before I will only turn on the internet to find materials for assignments, chatting, playing games, webcam-ing, facebook-ing, twitter-ing
Now I like to hang out in forums like Kaskus and to download stuff (I knew about downloading using IDM because of this thread)
The point is, SNSD made my life more colorful!!! and one of the factors that made my thesis delayed
Addition, since when I started liking Soshi:
I first saw Soshi at the end of October 2009
When I was hanging around in Kasku, I suddenly found this thread http://www.kaskus.us/showthread.php?t=2556053
When I saw the strawberry dance video, I really liked the background music http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZvhs…ayer_embedded#
And when I saw the song credits, it was written: SNSD Hahaha… I searched "SNSD Hahaha" right away in YouTube
The Ha Ha Ha MV was the first Soshi MV I saw and is also my favourite song
From there, I started searching everything related to Soshi
Until I knew what was Soshified, Soshindo, a thread in IDWS (IndoWebster) that was made by Madoraxxx and finally became a Kasku[s]one.
Sorry if it's a bit long
Sharing is Caring bro
amhsby – http://bit.ly/fSTp12
At first I was into J-Pop…
Well, you know, like Laruku, YUI, DAI, Yuko Yamaguchi, X Japan, etc
There's a lot, I don't memorize them all
I knew Gee when the first YouTube video I found of Gee was really in a bad quality..
I could only hear the song…
Then I found the first season of SNSD's thread (T/N: in Kaskus. Kind of like Soompi, when there are too much posts; you move. Complete list of Kasku[s]one threads: http://www.kaskus.us/showpost.php?p=327737271&postcount=11)
And from hanging out there, I got told to go to SSF, then I made 50 posts in 1 day, and got a warning from the mod, and my post count was back to 0…
At the end I made 10 posts a day….
GianFahmi – http://bit.ly/gBlo7s
Wow, everybody is venting because of Uncle Sharivan
I'll join in too, then
I'm not like all the other uncles here that already became a SONE for a year
I liked them for only about half a year, firstly because my friends told me to watch them, and I asked who they were, they were so pretty, I didn't like them yet.
As time passed, I found out by myself
I'm not like the uncles here who were from distorted music. You could say my world and KPOP were like earth and heaven (An Indo saying which means things were so far and opposite from each other), BECAUSE I WAS A REGGAE MUSICIAN
And now I changed my direction to KPOP
I was mocked: What is wrong with you and your Korean stuff, remember that you're a Reggae musician
True, it wasn't comfortable at first, but as time passed, I accepted everything and I'm also proud to become a SONE
I left everything I did before for Soshi, starting from reggae, girls because of Soshi, I also broke up because of Soshi, it really is the magic of THE POWER OF 9.
Sorry for the vents.
malemalemage – http://bit.ly/geHMqu
Wow, everybody's talking about how they became a SONE. I became a SONE about a year ago. I first knew SNSD when I saw Gee. After that, I played ayo dance (online game Audition) and someone played ITNW. At first this song was so annoying. THe first KPOP song I searched up was KARA – Wanna. Then the related video was similar to what was in my friend's handphone. And I watched it. Unfortunately, I knew Gee as engergee. So I thought Gee was called energee. Until I knew it was a video that the anti fans made (the video was not in YouTube anymore). After that, I knew about antis (I didn't know what antis was before. I thought it was a name for SNSD fans so I called myself antis), and read the definitions of antis. Then I turned my back around, found the truth, and I downloaded the song Gee. Also, I made a Kaskus thread that said "The MSN sound in the song Gee". After a while, luckynumber777 commented and asked me to go to the kasku[s]one thread to ask further. And that lasted until now.
Sagna#3 – http://bit.ly/gIJSzM
Whoa everbody's sharing
I think this month is the mark of a year of me stepping a foot in the kasku[s]one and Soshi world
In my case, you can say I didn't totally made a change of direction in music taste, because my music taste is mixed up hahaha
I listen to Lamb of God, The Upstairs, Michael Buble, even Soshi haha
Why did i first like Soshi? I forgott.. One day I woke up with 300GB of Soshi files in my laptop
ManusiauntA – http://bit.ly/eUL1M0
In my case, I only knew about SNSD this January,, in Winter (cause it's the holiday)*
At first, I didn't even know what was SNSD (maybe at first I don't know what Korea was (jk))
And so, there was one of my friends that liked to download weird music videos… Like Paramore, etc.. (I only remember 1)
Oh, you guys have to know 1 thing,, before I knew about SNSD,, I wasn't interested at all at music..
Music is music,, to listen to,,, but I wasn't really interested. Well, you can put it as "I don't care" lah..
This friend download f(x)'s MV, Chu, if I'm not mistaken, and LA chA TA..
Then s/he told me,, then I became big fan of f(x), I keep watching those two video clips until morning,,
I don't know why, but it feels right.. (Maybe I'm meant to be with KPOP?)
Then, knowing I really liked that video, my friend downloaded more and more f(x)'s video, until one day s/he downloaded Chocolate Love
But he downloaded 2 MVs,, 1 is f(x)'s and the other is SNSD's, (that time we didn't know SNSD, we said SNSD is f(x) + 4 other people)
Because my friend said that Yoona was really similar to Krystal.. And s/he thought Sooyoung was Amber, haha…
S/he told me, in the other Chocolate MV, Amber became feminine.. hahaha,, (that time I just said yes to him/her, hhe)
Then there's another video during Music Core (f(x) – LA chA TA then Girls' Generation – SNSD)
But when we watched SNSD, our first impression was this: "This group has so many people, want to sing or fight?" << Really, this was my first impression
Oh yeah, that time I just bought a new HDD,, so I was confused on what to fill it with, so I just copied all the videos my friend has…
So the story ended with my holiday finishing, and I came back to my home..
Until one day, I was bored at home, so I opened the videos one by one..
Until finally there was a video named "Gee". What was this?? I opened, and watched.. Then I thought, "Wow, so cute,, who are they??" (I didn't know what video I watched last time)
But I thought this was better than f(x),
Then I asked my Turkish friend, "Which one is better, f(x) or this (SNSD Genie > Girl’s Generation > Kissing You > ITNW > Oh! > RDR > Himnae > Baby Baby > Genie Japan > Gee Japan > Hoot > Genie 3D
More or less it’s like that
Ahh, it’s tiring typing it, it became too long
super.amber – http://bit.ly/hn6juy
Even though I knew Soshi from a long time, but it is only recently that I really love them.
Shivers went down my spine watching the Shanghai ITNW when they bowed together
I was also very excited when they won GDA.
I also missed Fany when she got injured.
Gosh, I really love Soshi now.
And I’m really happy to join the big SSF family and kasku[s]one.
Even though I was confused on what to say because I’m afraid of saying the wrong thing, but now I’m starting to show myself hahaha
We are nothing without 9
Okay, 10 comments for now rofl will probably continue later on
Boss Lady said:
Wow thanks for these comment translations! It’s great to see so much love for snsd all over the world 😀
This post almost got me to tears… :’)
I remember the first like i watched Gee, my first SNSD video, and how I was hooked up right away. I searched them up on google, heard all their songs and even found out this blog. That was almost one year ago, and the only thing I regret is not knowing them sooner. Either ways, I always looked up to them, their bond with each other means a lot to me, and I’m thankful for coming across with them. They changed my way of living and see things, and I couldn’t be more thankful.
I’ve follow them everytime through good times and bad times, I spazz when they play together and laugh and make dorky things and I cry when they win big awards and when I realize just how much they struggled for being where they are today.
I don’t consider myself a fan. Because a fan and a sone are different from each other.
I am a Sone, and we’re all a big family despite being apart from everyone, in the other side of the world. Turning into a Sone was probably one of the better things I’ve ever done, and that will never go away!
—– A Proud Sone ^^
When i first watch Gee>i was in love with girls generation–>yuri.followed by run devil run–>jessica–>kissing you–>tiffany,taeyeon
It always brightens my day either watching their music videos,variety shows–>hello baby,Invicible Youth,etc. They changed my way of life and see things in a different way.
Love SNSD always.We sones will always support them.Love them always.
shaun (email@example.com)since all sones love them , why not pay thema visit during april period(jessica birthday)!pls reply thx
Your article is EPIC !
a soo agree with ur lines
“But it wasn’t supposed to be like this. You’re a hardcore classical metal/*some other music* fan, and would never listen to kpop”
I listen to Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, System of a Down, Incubus, etc etc….Rock!
but the lack of inspiring talent in the rock scene (save Paramore which kinda disbanded) led me to look for “alternate” music
The story of SNSD inspires me, and though everybody around me doesnt understand YET their charm, sorry peeps im just really advanced when it comes to music ^___^
My wish for them in 2011, bag an award with songs like Dear Mom, Mistake, or Star Star Star
tho i dont think we deserve it yet, pls consider a concert in the Philippines ^__^
all song they sing or they just mentioned will be a big sucess,soshi can make the world go crazy,for to buy a cd,or buy something they make a cf!
soshi is not just marketing,they are 9 girls who have dreams,love,family,friend,they can make mistakes.
for the fans we thing they are angels or god(they are too but…)but they are talented girls and they make a big effort for to be all they are,they can’t ate in a propely time or slepp,they are heros because they can make(me)to be happy in one second when i came back for scholl whit alot of stress,tired,sleepand sick!
in the end i want to say,i love soshi more than anithing and i think if i meet them or just see them in tv,or i can buy something of them(i can’t because i don’t know how)i will be crazy!
share something said:
thanks to make my life more colourfull…snsd you are the best part in my life…even you don’t know me…you change my life…even i’m a girl..i really respect to you..u are women inspiration to get our dream….just one wish from me…please always be nine..whatever you do, if u are still nine..it can be a meaningfull memories for us, for your fans…
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I agree with both the fan’s and RagingXL’s comments. As much as these girls have aclepmcishod a lot already, they’re not ready for US yet, and most importantly, the US is not ready for these hot 9 angels. Yes, I’m sure the girls have thought about conquering the world numerous times, and I’m pretty sure it’s on their wishlist, but I’m also sure that they know the importance of taking baby steps towards that dream, if it’s their dream. They (and SM, YG, and JYP) know by now the perils of diving into the US market irrationally and without preparation. As much as I would like to see a kpop artist/singer/musician/group make it in the US, especially our girls, I don’t want them to be ridiculed like other artists have been. Far East Movement were the closest ones for an Asian artist to make it in the US, but that’s because they’re from here, made trendy, mainstream songs, and most importantly, got recognized in the underground world for many years first. Also, they’re not really a kpop group.But I think SM is being wise and careful about this too. The whole SMTown facebook page, SHINee during a showcase thing in England a few days ago, and the SM Town concert in Paris, the SM Town publicity/journalism convention thing, incuding Tiffany there, maybe getting Teddy Riley involved (despite some controversy that he’s involved in. he better not mess with the girls!!) they’re slowly but surely taking baby steps and testing the waters before going further. For once, SM is being smart and hitting up Europe before taking on the US right now. We’ll have to wait and see what happens in the years to come.Anyways, long story short, I wish the girls the best in achieving their dreams, and I hope both them and SM prudently plan their steps before diving into uncharted waters.