From the “Universe” to the world, NCT are back with a fresh concept video for their upcoming Universe album. Inspired by their previous “SM_NCT #1 the Origin” and “NCTmentary” videos, NCT dropped their “NCT 2021 YearDream : Stage 0 – The 7th Sense (The first encounter of a Dream)” teaser on November 22.
Back To The Beginning
Taeyong, Sungchan and Shotaro are the stars of the brief 80 second clip. The video starts with NCT’s latest additions descending a winding staircase into an all-white living room. The screen switches to Taeyong, who appears to be lying down in the same room in another universe. He says, “this time, two” before the camera pans back to Shotaro and Sungchan.
“SM_NCT #1 the Origin” plays on the TV when Sungchan and Taeyong simultaneously lift the same whistle and the door cracks slightly open with a red light. This commences the start of NCT’s debut track “The 7th Sense.” Taeyong’s room becomes red. The crack in the door causes a vertical red line to appear on Shotaro’s face that is reminiscent of the scanning lines from the previous set of individual member teasers.
Lights, Camera, Axis!
This video follows the clean, white room theme from previous teasers. Some members have “NEW AXIS” along their faces reminiscent to “NCT 2018 Yearbook # 2” teaser where Jaehyun had his name projected across his face. Others stood with a red light over them in a seemingly still image of a body scan.
NCT The 3rd Album ‘Universe’#RENJUN
— NCT (@NCTsmtown) November 18, 2021
The best way to describe the teasers would be an amalgamation between “NCT 2018 Yearbook,” “Superhuman,” and “See The V.” The teasers offer similar objects and themes from older neo teasers, which is certainly present in the most recent concept video.
The Origin Sends NCity Into A Frenzy
The throwback to NCT’s debut content did not go unnoticed. Fans got nostalgic upon seeing “SM_NCT #1 the Origin” video and hearing “The 7th Sense” in the brief concept video.
Sungchan watching the origin video Oh yeah we’ve really come full circle, literal chills man pic.twitter.com/bppplNhMG8
— vahn two seven 🧛🏿♀️ (@CENTERlTUS) November 21, 2021
THE 7TH SENSE THE RED LIGHTING THE LEADER AND THE CENTER……
IT’S ALL COMING BACK TO WHERE IT STARTED pic.twitter.com/zPZOvZbBtn
— B 💗 (@tydybear) November 21, 2021
when the light turned red and t7s played pic.twitter.com/8guuTQW2k3
— َ (@tenstae) November 21, 2021
Other fans were quick to put on their detective caps, and pointed out similarities between objects and figures in the NCT and SM realms.
wayv take over the moon (2020) / nct 2021 yeardream: stage 0 pic.twitter.com/u0msEY4WfT
— puffy ☁️ (@nctscore) November 21, 2021
ARE YOU TELLING ME THIS IS NAEVIS? pic.twitter.com/AVLLt0iQ8V
— lena | woozi & chenle birth (@nanabaerry) November 21, 2021
what if what shotaro sees behind that door… is the opening scene of the 7th sense… pic.twitter.com/Fd4NIXjERy
— valentine (@forvalentineboy) November 21, 2021
What’s next in the “Universe”?
NCT’s third full-length album officially comes out on December 14. Pre-orders for NCT’s Universe officially open on November 22.
Check out our recap of NCT’s latest group photos here.
Thumbnail Courtesy of SM Entertainment.