aespa just released their new mini-album, Girls, and a title track of the same name.
The members announced that this would be their most powerful release to date as they continue their metaverse storyline, which began with their debut single, “Black Mamba.”
In their storyline, the girls have been working to defeat their serpent villain, “Black Mamba.”
aespa’s “Black Mamba,” “Next Level,” “Savage,” and “Girls” music videos show the members gradually gaining strength to defeat the villain, who is threatening the connection between aespa and their virtual counterparts, aes.
In “Next Level,” it’s believed the girls are preparing to battle the villain, building up their courage to face it eventually.
In “Savage,” they’ve gained the confidence needed to go up against “Black Mamba,” singing, “I’m a savage, I’ll break you into pieces.”
In an interview with Allure Magazine Korea earlier this year, Winter hilariously revealed she thought the villain had already been slain at the end of “Savage” before NingNing hinted it might never die.
In aespa’s music video for “Girls,” we finally learn of the serpent’s fate. Winter was able to locate the heart of “Black Mamba” and destroy it. As Winter slays the villain, the scene changes to show the mind behind “Black Mamba” crumbling away in front of a computer screen with the words, “GAME OVER.”
aespa performed “Girls” live for the first time this morning in New York on Good Morning America. Before they began their performance as part of Good Morning America‘s “Summer Concert Series,” Giselle confirmed they had defeated the villain saying,
We finally finished our metaverse story, which we started off with our debut single, “Black Mamba,” and we’ll defeat the villain. You can look at it as a “chapter one”…
With their “Black Mamba” metaverse storyline complete, you may wonder what is next for the group. They may have hinted at what’s to come in their “Girls” lyrics.
To face a peaceful day
Inside the FLAT
We laugh and love together
With my friends
Now I’m more curious about
The future together with nævis
Eventually, we will probably meet
Nævis on the REAL MY WORLD
— Lyrics from “Girls”
It seems like aespa’s “chapter two” may focus more on the connection between aespa and their aes, with the help of “Naevis.”
In their interview with Allure, aespa shared that their metaverse story will continue to be updated. In the meantime, you can read more about the SM Culture Universe (also known as the SMCU) below!