In this episode of Bury the Lede, we’ll discuss the least of the implications mentioned in this tweet from the soon-to-kind-of-not-be Bellring Girls Heart:
— BELLRING少女ハート：公式 (@BRGHead) December 19, 2016
Yes, Kanra will– Why would you do that? DO NOT GIVE THAT PERSON POWER! I guess we’re about to find out just how much stomach people have for watching bugs get tortured on stage. Good golly. More details, and statements from Kanra and Tanaka, in this Natalie.mu piece.
Oh, right, the lede:
This is old news by the time this story posts; you may have this news by now and already died a little more inside.
Well, now we know for sure what New Bellheart’s going to look like: Kai and Reina and new additions (also please keep Kai away from Avandoned members). And we know that Kanra’s going to be moving on to maybe a more experimental project — I understand what Tanaka’s saying, I think, in that Bellring Girls Heart has always been “different,” but they’re still fairly well hemmed-in by musical norms, and they can’t just break out of that, so here’s another new project.
Kanra, as much fun as I make of her rather unique personality, is definitely right to be involved with and leading that.
The company’s roster is going to be extremely interesting going forward, too. Bellheart, even stripped down, is a known quantity; Yanamyu, despite still waiting to celebrate their first birthday, likewise has a signature and high quality; Kanra’s thing, even if it’s a little more out there, will probably still be enjoyable — and, for what it’s worth, I can’t see the apple falling too far from the tree because why would you split a popular member away from a successful effort just to do something that would be a financial longshot?
So, in a way, this is almost addition by subtraction. right? Kanra leaving Bellheart means more cool projects from the same general creative team. Or because it’s a new group and a whole bunch of new talent, it’s really “addition by addition because there’s more than subtraction and this is a bad metaphor, Maniac, and the subtraction is terrible stop talking about it.” Let’s go with that, actually.