CLOSE UP GOT7 [ANAN JUNE 2017]

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CLOSE UP
GOT7

Unable to take your eyes off the 7 different charms!
Welcome to the GOT7 world.

A group with great individuality due to members of different nationalities; a group with great musicality where all the members participate actively in composing music; representing the next generation of Korean boy group – GOT7. On the 24th of this month, their long awaited Japanese single “My Swagger” will be released. Regarding the keyword of the new song, “My Swag”, it means “I’m cool in my own way”, we will examine such a fixation thoroughly! Furthermore, in line with the theme of this issue, palm reading, Hikasa Masako-san examined all 7 members. In Korea, they are called “beagle-dol” (an idol who is energetic like a beagle), possessing both the image of a playful group with close relationship, and the image of polished grown-ups. We will deliver the inextricable charms of GOT7!

 

Q: What are the other members’ “Swag” that will make you go “I want that too!”

YJ: Yugyeom’s height! If I were tall, I’m sure I’ll be more popular.
YG: No no, it has nothing to do with height. All the members are just as popular (laughs).
BB: Height too, other than that, I’m envious of Youngjae’s strong hair. Mine is damaged from bleaching too much.

Q: Have you ever gotten a palm reading?

JS: Yes. I was told that I would become a top star!
JB: Really~!? It’s not very convincing though (laughs).
MK: This is my first time. It’s fun to compare the results against my future self.
JY: I’m anxious about the palm reading (results). I hope the results will be sent to our company once they are out!

 

The personalities, love/romance and palm reading of the 7 members

“Let’s move ahead believing in your own style” – the powerful song “My Swagger”; straightforward/direct words of love – the impressive song “Meet Me”, will be released by GOT7. We asked them what they thought about their own personality and views about love. And, please enjoy the results of the palm reading that earned the high praise of Hikasa-san – “Everyone is fantastic!”

T/N: For those who are not familiar with palm reading, the aim of the palm reading is to learn about the different aspects of a person (e.g. personalities, fortune) by analyzing one’s hands. It will also include looking at the lines on the palm. E.g. by analysing the “head-line” or the line on a certain part of the palm that is supposed to represent anything related to the head/brain, you can learn about the intelligence, wisdom etc of a person.

 

 

If I am sure that the feelings are mutual,
I guess I will be able to make the first move to confess my feelings

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Born on 6 Jan 1994 in Korea. Blood type A. Multi-talented leader who excels in singing, break dancing and composing. His charm is the difference between his gentle smile and sexy presence on stage.

Because of the responsibilities he needs to shoulder as a leader, JB is envious of the optimistic personality of Yugyeom. “Yugyeom is always positive no matter what, it is as though he has no troubles. If I can become like that, I would be able to enjoy my life more isn’t it?”

His thorough character even shows in his room. According to Jackson, “he even cares about the angle at which his things are placed”. Even though JB rebutted that “Jackson says that only because he is not good at tidying up (laughs)”, I’m pretty sure JB likes to keep things clean/tidy.

“For instance, I have my own know-how of organising closet. At the start, I separate my clothes by colour and material, now it has evolved. I wrap the clothes without hood with those that have hood. This way, I am able to make good use of the closet space.”

JB composed and produced the song “Meet Me”. “If I were to summarise the theme of the lyrics in one line, it would be “let’s be together/let’s be a couple”. Would I say this to a girl myself? If I’m sure that she also has good feelings about me, I think I will make the first move to say it. But some would say that it is “overbearing” to be so forthcoming (laughs). This is 50% based on my own experience and 50% based on my imagination. On a regular basis, I record down any ideas I have.”

By any chance, was that why you were writing in a yellow notebook before the interview?

“An idea came to my mind. What exactly is it is a secret! I will never let the members read my notebook.”

 

JB’s palm reading results:

A hardworking leader who decides his own destiny.

The squarish, thick and muscular hands show that he has been working hard. His palm reading shows that he is one who can overcome hardship and is self-disciplined. His “head-line”* is long and deep, which means that he is one who considers carefully before taking action. He also has the “leadership-line”. He is certainly suited as a leader! The other members can rest assured that by no means is he one who imposes his opinion on others. He is a dependent leader who tries to achieve balance.

 

 

 

Although I am always bright/cheerful, I can get jealous

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Born on 28 March 1994 in Hong Kong, China. Blood type O. Rapper. Fluent in Korean, English and Mandarin. Before his debut, he was active as a national fencer for Hong Kong.

Jackson is known for his extraordinary sense of humour, and is in high demand for variety shows in Korea. When asked if he is the type that will confess his feelings first, he replies, “It depends on the content of my wallet. If it is full (of money), I would think I am qualified to confess, then ‘GO’!” He livened up the atmosphere with his unique answer. “But, because it is a great responsibility to go out with/date someone, you have to consider the practical side of things. But of course, the more important is the heart. I am attracted to big-hearted/generous women.

When we moved on to the topic of palm reading, he leaned forward and said, “I was told that my palm reading result shows that I can become an artiste/celebrity/performer, even a top star. It turned out well/came true.” Although he made it sound like a joke, he is indeed a big star with an astonishing 5.8 million Instagram followers.

Honestly, you would agree that your swag is your sense of humour?

“I am often told that I am a lively and approachable person. But I am one who gets jealous easily. I am extremely jealous of how Mark and BamBam don’t get fat! Even though they love snacks and instant food, they don’t gain weight. Me? If I eat those things, I put on weight immediately (laughs). They also have nice skin. I also pay attention to skin care. I heard that it is better to keep moisturising products cold so I keep them in the fridge. As for the effect… you decide for yourself by looking at my skin (laughs)”

 

Jackson’s palm reading results:

A realist who is also romantic. His charm stems from these two contrasting natures.

The top part of his “love-line” is wide, he is someone who is able to see things from a holistic point of view. On one hand, he is able to perceive life and the world objectively; on the other hand, it would also seem like it is difficult to know what he is really thinking. From the curve of his “head-line”, we can see that although he is practical, he also has a romantic side. On the whole, his fortune is good. As long as he continues to work hard, he will have a good future.

 

 

Take the time to know the other person and get together naturally

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Born on 22 September 1994 in Korea. Blood type O. He is in charge of vocals, dance and even choreography. As an actor, he acted in the drama “The Legend of the Blue Sea” and the movie “A Stray Goat” etc.

“I think what is cool about JB is when he sets his mind on something, he does not worry about how people see him and does things his own way. I always think that what is great about Jackson is how sociable he is.”

Jinyoung took the initiative and praised the other members first and when we told him that he is a great person too, he replied, “That’s right! My Swag is being considerate and humble (laughs).”

He is also working hard as an actor. This spring, he made a debut as a leading actor in a movie. The members also acknowledged his passion for acting.

“I am obsessed with watching movie which also helps in my learning. I have watched many movies but if you ask me what is the best movie I have ever watched, it will be the “Scent of a Woman”. Al Pacino’s acting was fantastic!”

Being the most avid reader amongst the members, he must have a book in his bag.

“I feel uneasy if I do not carry a book with me. Together with a book, I will also carry a pen and a notebook. In the notebook, other than (recording) the things that happen day to day, I also write to express the feelings pent up inside me. On days where practices do not go well, I fill the pages with my frustration of not being able to do well, so as to sort out my feelings.”

Jinyoung, one who faces his feelings carefully/does soul-searching. But when it comes to love/relationship, he says that he is not one who can confess soon after knowing someone. “My ideal way is to take the time to slowly know the other person and the get together naturally.”

 

Jinyoung’s palm reading results:

Singer and actor. One who can shine in both paths!

A unique palm where there are 2 lines for both the “fortune-line” and “life-line”. This means that he is able to flourish both as an idol and an actor. The starting points of the “head-line” and “life-line” are separated*, so instead of taking one path, he would achieve more balance and stability by taking two paths. Skilful and a person who get things done, he will have great achievements no matter which path he takes.

*T/N: Based on what I can find online, this means that the person is full of curiosity, independent and action oriented.

 

 

My charm is my singing! I practise a lot to improve

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Born on 17 September 1996 in Korea. Blood type B. He is in charge of vocals, and his trait is a voice that is gentle like his character and stable. He is doting on his pet dog Coco.

The talented vocalist of GOT7 Youngjae, thinks that the one thing he will definitely not lose to the other members is his voice. “Everyone has their own tone, atmosphere and colour to his voice. It good to be different, and perhaps there is a charm that is only unique to me. Also, my voice is the loudest amongst the members (laughs). I don’t do anything in particular before a show (for good luck). I just practise a lot. I work hard so that I can show the results of my practice on stage properly. It’s important to do the things you have to do properly.”

On the other hand, is there a “Swag” you are envious of?

“Yugyeom’s height! I want to switch with him even if it’s just for a week (laughs). If I were tall, wouldn’t I be more popular… Besides, you can get better at singing if you practise but you can’t grow taller no matter how much you practise! Also, because I’m bad at drawing, I’m attracted to women who can draw well.”

Through the way he answered the questions in the interview earnestly, Youngjae left us with an impression of a sincere person. But when we moved on to talk about his source of energy, he switched to a mode of being all soft and smiling.

“We are raising a dog called Coco in our dorm. Every time we return (to our dorm), Coco makes us feel better.” (While showing a video of Coco) “See, it’s cute isn’t it? When we are separated, I watch this. I feel recharged when I play with Coco!”

 

Youngjae’s palm reading results:

Once he overcomes the times of trouble, he will become an influential big-shot.

The “head-line” on his left hand bypasses the “love-line” and then connects together. This shows that he has a strong personality. The “life-line” is different on his left and right hands. This means that he is conflicted about his two contrasting selves. However, because he holds firm beliefs, there is no need to worry about other people creating doubts in his mind. He is someone who pays attention to other people, but in the future, he himself will become the centre of attention and become a big-shot with a great influence.

 

 

The most important thing is “I like you now”. I don’t mind not knowing about your past

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Born on 4 September 1993 in USA. Blood type A. While his character is quiet and reserved, he delivers a punch on stage! He is extremely athletic and is always able to carry out difficult stunts successfully.

When he was asked, “What is your Swag”, he tilted his long and thin neck, and was silent for a while. Finally after thinking, he mumbled, “I have none…” Thereafter, Jinyoung said from the side, “his face is small and good looking!” Jackson was also full of praise and said, “He is popular and has good skin.” Mark looked pleased with the way his members responded, and said haltingly “I do have a lot (of Swag).”

“I don’t think I have very good skin. I just make sure I remove my make up thoroughly and have enough sleep. The members even say this of me – “the moment the recording ends, Mark is already back at the dorm sleeping” (laughs). That is an exaggeration but it’s true that I sleep a lot.”

Even though he looks gentle/calm, he gives the impression that he is actually a very picky person. About shoelaces…

“When lacing up my shoes, I cannot stand it when the lace gets twisted. I will straighten the lace first and lace it through the eyelets one by one. Be it shoes or sneakers, as long as it is laced up nicely, it will not come loose.”

When talking about love/relationship, he began by saying, “I don’t really know much about it…” He continued, “The one I fall in love with is my type*. I don’t particularly want to know about her past. Even if I know, there is no way I can do anything about it.”

T/N: I think he meant he does not have a specific type as long as he likes the person.

 

Mark’s palm reading results:

Stylish/fashionable artist who is recharging to move on to the next phase.

The shape of his fingers is that of a philosopher and thinker. He is the type that would be perfect as an artist. He has outstanding creativity, and has an interest in fashion. The front part of his “love-line” is wide, which shows that he is a sensitive person. His IQ is extremely high. It seems like the environment he was in went through a big change a few years ago. Now, he is at a phase where he is strengthening his beliefs (in himself) so he can make great progress. Be it work or his private life, he is full of motivation.

 

 

When I feel down, I lift my mood by dancing

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Born on 17 November 1997 in Korea. Blood type A. He is the multi-talented maknae who is good at singing and rap. His high speed rap will be revealed in the new song “My Swagger”.

“If I were to talk about the Swag that only I have, it is definitely my height! As I’m the youngest in the team, this is the only thing I don’t lose to the other members (laughs). Although I work hard to maintain my body shape as much as I can, as long as I don’t overeat, I don’t think my body will change that much. I’m currently obsessed with Mexican rice wrap (T/N: something like burritos maybe?), I even ate it in Korea yesterday! But I still have to be careful about eating supper/late-night snack, so I’m envious of BamBam who doesn’t get fat even if he eats (supper/late-night snack)…”

Making the most out of his long and slender limb, he is well-known in Korea for being a talented dancer. When it comes to dance, which he loves, he is very particular.

“During practice, and not to mention on stage, I try to wear comfortable shoes. Depending on the outfit, we sometimes have to wear footwear other than sneakers like boots and I worry if I can dance well. When I feel down, I lift my mood by dancing my heart out. However, when I’m tired, it also important to rest at home.

He enjoys R&B and hip-hop and he also likes the song “Meet Me” which is composed by JB.

“It is difficult to express music through words, but I like the trendy R&B feeling of the song! I don’t think I can be as proactive in love/relationship as how it is written in the song, be it a man or a woman, if I like someone, I hope we can accept each other.”

 

Yugyeom’s palm reading results:

Mild personality and peace loving. Researcher type.

His way of thinking is more feminine as it is kind and gentle. He has the scope to help people fulfill their dreams. His “love-line” has a delicate curve, like a willow swaying with the wind, he is one who can move around leisurely and freely. I have a hunch that he will start venturing into/learning about new fields relating to foreign culture or films. As the auspicious sign of a letter M appeared nicely on his palms, it seems like the results of his learning, together with his curiosity, his activities will expand noticeably.

 

 

For a perfect image on stage, perfume is indispensable!

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Born on 2 May 1997 in Thailand. Blood type B. His special quality is his rap which has a good sense of rhythm and is able to liven up a song. He has a innocent character and has the best fan service amongst the member.

BamBam loves stylish fashion and seems to be picky/very particular. When he was about his “Swag”, surprisingly, instead of answering immediately, he seemed to be thinking very hard about it. “What could it be… BamBam’s charm… is his vibe! (laughs) I can’t really explain it myself.”

While he said that there is nothing in particular that he does to improve himself/make himself more polished, there is something he does that is unique to him. “Before I go on stage, I must put on a perfume that I like. When I show my perfect image on stage, wouldn’t it be fantastic that even the perfume is perfect? However, instead of having a fixed rule of doing things, I think it’s more important to at least try to become good at everything you do. That is why I’m attracted to women who try their best at everything, and have their own independent thoughts. Also, having good dress sense is also important.”

On what gives BamBam strength/energy – “It has to be our fans! Also, I often take a break by watching videos.

Although he was speaking with a face full of playfulness, he gave a mature comment when he talked about the new song “Meet Me’’ which he likes very much. “Although I care about the past of the person I like, I think everyone has a past and it’s wrong to judge a person based on his/her past. In any case, I think the “present” is more important!”

 

BamBam’s palm reading results:

A sign of phenomenal good fortune. He will succeed globally.

His right and left palms show different readings. On the surface, he appears elegant and bright, but another side of him, to put it in a good way, is stubborn. He is in the midst of establishing himself now, as on his palm there is a “masukake”* and an “asterix” sign, it shows that if he is able to gain a strong foothold as he takes the next step, he will achieve global success beyond what he has now. And… it seems like he will be as popular as Hikaru Genji# (laughs).

*T/N: This means a line that cuts across the palm – see BamBam’s left palm as an example.

#T/N: From Wikipedia: “Hikaru Genji is the protagonist of Murasaki Shikibu’s The Tale of Genji. In the story, he is described as a superbly handsome man.” In the story, he has many love interests and the story follows his very dramatic love live (amongst other things).