I’d go ahead and blame Kerrie here, but the poor child has been so inundated with graduations lately that I don’t want to pile on and, in fact, this is the kind of development that does in fact suck but at least has the right reasons behind it. And we get to see if the greatest conspiracy of all is more true than we ever could have reckoned!
— オトトイ (@ototoy_info) January 6, 2018
Natalie.mu has the in-depth goods, too. The very short version: With the major label release of “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE” (yes), she realized that she doesn’t need BiS and BiS doesn’t need her, and it’s time to move on. And so, at the tour final (March 4), when Saki and Aya’s trade was set to be reversed anyway, Lui will graduate.
I still don’t know her motivations for bringing back BiS, but if the belief that she’s part of the leadership team at WACK is true (it is), then she can claim to be graduating precisely because BiS doesn’t need her anymore. Getting a major record deal will do that, you know? And with the ascent of BiSH, the rise of EMPiRE and the emergence of GANG PARADE, the company could barely be in better shape, considering its origins. Lui’s probably needed more behind the scenes as a manager and (hopefully) trainer than she is as an on-stage presence. Hell, I already thought a while ago that she’d selected her successor as leader. And remember: In addition to just plain having been doing this at a frantic pace for seven years and change, Lui’s not a youngster anymore, and idol is a young person’s game.
I’m not going to cry any tears for Pour Lui. Very few people are as bold to take the steps that she did in the first place, and as talented and smart and driven (and lucky, no doubt) in total to make that bold decision work. BiS, and Pour Lui, really did change idol. It doesn’t matter if you like BiS, WACK, Watanabe, Pour Lui herself, etc. — the fact remains that there are more people than we’ll ever know who either are idoling or want to idol even since Lui got this whole ball rolling (yes, pretty much literally the whole ball), and what that means and what they can do with it are very different things now than they were in 2010.
Sayonara, Pour Lui, and arigatou. You’re the ultimate legend.