|Name(s):||LOOΠΔ, LOONA, Girl of the Month, 이달의 소녀|
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LOONA (Hangul: 이달의 소녀, Idarui Sonyeo), stylized as LOOΠΔ, is a South Korean girl group created by BlockBerryCreative. Its twelve members were revealed in a periodic fashion, corresponding to their Korean name Idarui Sonyeo which translates to "Girl of the Month". The members, in order of reveal, are: Heejin, Hyunjin, Haseul, Yeojin, ViVi, Kim Lip, Jinsoul, Choerry, Yves, Chuu, Go Won, and Olivia Hye. The girl group also debuted three sub-units before their full group's debut: LOOΠΔ 1/3, ODD EYE CIRCLE, and yyxy.
LOONA began what is known as their pre-debut project with Heejin in October 2016 and ended with Olivia Hye in March 2018. Each member released a promotional single as their solo debut, with b-side tracks recorded with other members.
Their debut EP [+ +] as a full ensemble was released in 2018, promoted with the lead single "favOriTe" and the title track "Hi High." The complete group debuted on August 19, 2018 at their concert, the EP release on the following day.
Do You Remember When We First Met? (우리 처음 만났을 때 기억나?, Uri cheoeum mannasseul ttae gieokna?), also known as firstlovestory in English but more commonly known by its abbreviated Korean title Woomanna (우만나), is a South Korean web drama series starring some of the members from LOONA. To date, there have been 3 seasons released. The first two seasons starred members of LOONA 1/3, with Heejin, Hyunjin, and Haseul playing main characters and ViVi a support character. The third season starred members of ODD EYE CIRCLE. The web drama is set in a college campus, with the members playing girls in "first love" stories.
On July 10, 2018, LOONA’s fan club name was revealed to be 오빛 (Orbit).
According to a news article, Orbit means that the fan club is creating a path of orbit where LOONA can grow. Also, 오 is read as "oh" and 빛 as "bit" which translated to English is "light", and together makes "Oh! Light" where oh is the exclamation and light representing what LOONA is to fans.
Korean orbits are named Hanbits (한빛) and international orbits Wuebits (외빛). "Wue" (외) stands for foreign and "Han" (한) for Korean.
On June 16, LOONA's agency Blockberry Creative revealed a teaser for the group's official lightstick. The lightstick is elegant and regal, designed as a golden crown with a crescent moon on top. The gold of the crown seems to be the official color that represents Orbit. The lightstick is also unique because it can change into the colors that represent all 12 girls.
BBC's announcement tweet said: "Orbit, crown LOOПΔ '이달의 소녀(LOOПΔ)'s OFFICIAL LIGHTSTICK' will be on pre-order on June 29th. Check out for more detailed information on LOOПΔ's official fan cafe."
Orbits are known for their memes, with many memes going viral beyond fandom. Many of the memes are photoshopped news articles and screenshots, some so convincing that non-fans fall for the fakes. Some recent fakes include photoshopping Kim Lip's name into a screenshot from Lana del Ray's instagram.
Links & Resources
- loonascans. Tweeted Dec 25, 2019. (Accessed Jun 9, 2020.)
- 이달의 소녀(LOOΠΔ) @loonatheworld. Tweeted Jul 9, 2018. (Accessed Jun 9, 2020.)
- Casker. Tweeted Aug 22, 2018. (Accessed Jun 9, 2020.)
- loonatheworld. Tweeted Jun 17, 2020. (Accessed Jul 6, 2020.)
- Posted Jun 19, 2020 by cabbagejuice. LOONA reveals their first official lightstick!