@homicidols Anything to say about the announcement that DESURABBITS have decided to end next June after 7 years without ever changing a member like most idol groups do. That must be some kind of world record achievement for a Japanese idol group? https://t.co/VMKpCJElRT
— youthinasia (@youthinasia_) November 13, 2020
Yeah yeah, give me a minute.
There was a nice little flurry of response yesterday in the immediate aftermath of the announcement made during the DESURABBITS live-streamed 7th anniversary gig:
Our group will be dissolved in 2021.
— デスラビッツ 部長 ／ 2021年春に解散します。 (@DESU_RABBITS190) November 13, 2020
Full disclosure: Team spent almost half an hour discussing alternative ways to pun the “DESU” with regular ol’ “desu” and I’m not convinced that I chose the right title for this post
There’s a lot to unpack in all of that, but let’s pause for a hot minute to appreciate the deathbunnies and the completely stupid length of time they’re been together, considering that they started as middle schoolers. Seven years is practically forever in idol! And they have some time left still! And that they’ve done it all without any lineup changes (though: having never seen Bucho’s face, can it truly be said that we know for sure) is maybe even more impressive. Lots of groups with serious longevity often have some membership ins and outs in the early days, before things settle fully into Legend Mode. PassCode, like. Negicco’s been together for 17 years, but even they had some turnover; Perfume for 20, and the same. I’m sure there’s some unit out there that made it a decade without having anybody leave or add on — if I were a betting man, they’re chika as hell and mostly do cover songs — but having no way to counter our friend’s assertion up there, let’s allow it: DESURABBITS and their perpetuity require recognition.
And the scene’s going to miss them! I know that Western wota didn’t always warm up to the group — can confirm, I was one of them — whether for any of a combination of “they’re just ripping off Babymetal”, “they probably shouldn’t use that album art, those girls are like 13”, “why a nazi stormtrooper thing though?” and on and on, but at the end of the day has loudol had a more wholesome junior unit? Some early questionable judgment aside, what we got out of DESURABBITS was always straight-out fun at worst and more than capable of impressing at best. We very literally watched these girls grow into women, saw their talents go from “yes, that exists” to “oh snap she can sing!”. And their fans were some of the most dedicated you were going to get out of a scene that basically exists to extra the dedicated from their money.
Bucho was apparently feeling the same:
— デスラビッツ 部長 ／ 2021年春に解散します。 (@DESU_RABBITS190) November 11, 2020
Here’s Emi’s note:
— 望月愛実(DESURABBITS) (@EMI_rabbits) November 13, 2020
Chika idol weighs in!
— ジュリ (@julie_gremon) November 14, 2020
It’s coincidence that it’s a Julie tweet, she was at the top when I searched “desurabbitsu”
We’re going to miss this beautiful oddball of a project. At least we get a little bit more time before the final goodbye.