It’s official: After their third one-man the other night, Mugen Regina, Last Idol Standing from the Life Is Sweet Music / Luna Factory family, has suspended activities, with alumni and friends in attendance for one final go with the fans:
— 夢幻レジーナ୨୧Mugen Regina (@MugenRegina) December 24, 2016
We knew about the suspension/hiatus/death going back a while, but now Maako (after 238 shows!) is officially retiring. And so ends one of the worst possible years an agency could have, with the rebooted group falling apart and the effective face of the company going solo and the other reboot kind of withering on the vine in painful slow motion.
What’s kind of twisted is that there’s still the off chance that this is a legitimate suspension, and a thing called Mugen Regina will be back after some time to re-tool, possibly even with Zaki still involved as a leader of sorts. There were the two trainee / provisional members, after all, and lest we forget that this project was kind of the hotness not all that long ago. Megumi’s still out there, doing whatever she’s doing. There’s some kind of hope.
But what inauspicious times for the metal side of idol. The lot of international fans who followed the Babymetal trail all the way to Shinjuku Loft and the Mugen Reginas and Haloperi Dolls of the world don’t have a whole lot to go on anymore — yeah, NEXT is building up strength and Fruitpochette is Fruitpochette, and there are always neat idol kei projects and the like around the edges, but what once seemed like a burgeoning scene unto itself has been almost completely eclipsed by the post-punk and alt-rock projects.
That’s just an observation, and only partly in context to the real subject at hand, but it does feel fairly full-circle.