If the last year or so has taught us anything, friends, it’s that anything in idol is possible, a spirit that you firmly embraced for our #2020IdolPredictions:
Heart stickers begin mysteriously appearing on the houses of wota across the world. After some investigation, we learn that all of these households contain copies of Himari's photobook… #2020IdolPredictions
— Nick Thorpe (@HKT3030) December 27, 2019
#2020IdolPredictions Candye Syrup 3rd reboot. Disbands six months later because all the members gets bald after weekly hair discoloration. Bald members joins a new unit with Kamiya Saki.
— Matt Oronar (@AngrodOronar) December 27, 2019
An idol will announce her graduation out of nowhere, without showing any signs beforehand that she was planning to leave, and some smartypants in the fandom will still say "I saw this coming" #2020idolpredictions
— Kerrie🔥ケリー (@weeaboowoman) December 27, 2019
Now, for today, if you’re following the news at all, you no doubt have noticed that the world seems to be going to hell in a handbasket with stunning alacrity. It’s almost like we don’t want there to be a 2021! And at fraught times like these, it’s normal to want to turn to something as relentlessly positive as idol to cope. But here we are, three days into the new decade, and we find out that one of the most important personalities in our end of the Idolverse is hanging up her color-coordinated outfits in May:
私カミヤサキは5/22 をもって、GANG PARADEを脱退します。
— カミヤサキ (@kamiya_GANG) January 3, 2020
I’ll spare you both panegyric and elegy — and definitely eulogy — but I think I speak for an enormous chunk of the fandom when I say that Saki is a person who has mattered in a way that few get to. She got her dream job as an idol with her absolute favorite (even got to do it twice!), then parlayed that into, really, five-plus years of a plaPOPGANG continuum that contributed greatly to the creativity in idol music and the individuality in the scene. Hell of a run.
So even if there’s more idol in her post-GANG PARADE future, or even if she just joins her old friends in BYS appearances for the laughs, Saki deserves some love. Our love. Let’s lift up her and ourselves by giving it to her: This week’s Fun is #KamiyaSakiAppreciationThread. Tell her things you want her to hear and tell the world why she matters to you.