It’s been four months since the dissolution of Yukueshirezutsurezure and the group’s legacy in the canon of underground idol seems to grow more legendary with each passing week. Since their genre-shaking departure, Mei Yui Mei and Kotetsu have continued their careers as members of Zenbu Kimi no Sei da while Takara’s Twitter feed went silent after farewells and hints that she would return. The blonde member’s Twitter account simply vanished altogether.*
When it was posted that Codomomental’s President Imamura would be holding an impromptu livestream on YouTube this past Saturday, speculation ran the gamut. With new COVID restrictions fomenting chaos in the live houses, there was little hope that it would be good news. Then again, in the last ad hoc livestream called by President-San, he shocked the chika idol world with the unexpected return of Nonamera. On the Richter scale of idol drama, this one proved to be even more earthshaking.
In Saturday’s broadcast, Imamura introduced us to Codomomental’s newest artist. Meet, Michi Shito:
If they look familiar, that is because Michi Shito is the formerly mulleted member of Yukueshirezutsurezure.* In the subsequent conversation, Shito revealed that they are done with femininity and no longer wish to be referred to by feminine terms. For English, Shito’s preferred pronouns are “he” or “they”.
The news of Shito’s return to Codomomental was apparently just as much of a surprise to Mei Yui Mei and Kotetsu who were watching the livestream at home with the rest of us. They jumped in taxis to rush over and join the broadcast with their former band mate.
— Nobuhide Imamura (@ImamuraNobuhide) May 1, 2021
Other news that was revealed in Saturday’s livestream:
- Takari Takara will be returning soon as well.
- Shito passed the time since Tsurezure’s breakup by drinking a lot.
- During their time with Tsurezure, Shito cut their own hair.
This fully explains where all of those signature mullets, rat tails and the current onion buzzcut came from.
As for what specific projects Michi Shito will be involved with at Codomomental, it was kept pretty vague, although it was mentioned that they have an interest in video production. Their introductory tweet may be giving us a hint (or not).
— codomomental/コドモメンタル (@codomomental) May 1, 2021
*Note: This article has been updated to remove references to Michi Shito’s past name.