As SM Entertainment's new girl group aespa is being unveiled to the public, many netizens have taken an interest in another girl group.
The aespa members are making a grand entrance as they are being revealed to the public one by one before their debut. The group name aespa takes on the meaning of 'avatar x experience' along with the English word 'Aspect.' The concept of the group is to experience virtual reality and a new world through an avatar. This was showcased when SM Entertainment unveiled a special interview film featuring Karina and her virtual counterpart, æ-Karina.
As many netizens hear about the group concept, many are reminded of another girl group, K/DA.
K/DA is the virtual girl group formed by the characters of the popular game 'League of Legends'. They made their grand debut in the 2018 League of Legends World Championship as they sang their song "POP/STAR."
The virtual group K/DA is also heavily influenced by K-pop and Soyeon and Miyeon from (G)I-DLE are featured as the two voices. During the 2018 League of Legends World Championship, the singers and their virtual counterparts adorned the stage as many fans excited cheered them on.
Now, netizens wonder if K/DA influenced SM Entertainment as inspiration for the concept of aespa. The two groups both have the concept of virtual reality playing a large role.
"I guess SM is following behind League Of Legends."
"I think Lee Soo Man was impressed with the avatars dancing with the singers. lol."
"I think Lee Soo Man was dreaming of doing something with AI for a long time."
"I really like K/DA's songs."
"I really think K/DA influenced them."
"I think either way, they were influenced by K/DA since they came out first."