It’s that time again where the hearts of hundreds around the globe are shattered by the whims of fate – CARRY LOOSE will disband on Halloween and have stopped their livestream project effective immediately.
【重要なお知らせ】 CARRY LOOSEに関しまして 2020年10月末日をもちまして、解散するはこびとなりました。 尚、本日で『CARRY OF MAJOR』の配信も終了とさせていただきます。 詳細については、HPをご確認ください。https://t.co/QLvQrEkHGU
My apologies for the lateness of this article, but I am still picking up the pieces of my shattered mind.
There was nothing to prepare us back in March when Rei, Michelle and Okaki, the last remaining original member of NECRONOMIDOL, announced their departure from the group. Just as there was nothing to prepare us for the blight that has since afflicted the entire world, driving us into our homes, delaying the three members’ graduation show and, meanwhile, wholly transforming the way idol lives are both performed and delivered.
This past Saturday night, Rei Imaizumi, Kakizaki Rizaki and Michelle were finally able to hold their long-delayed graduation live to both an in-person and streaming audience.
Dear international fans. Thank you for all the heartwarming comments. Please don't forget the stage of Necronomidol that we were on. We will miss you, but we will always think of you guys as always❤︎ pic.twitter.com/7b9SywXTUO
After their first and last oneman live, their last ever performance with every song and a small cafe talk event, Hamidasystem finally closed in on itself for the second and final time.
The reason for the group disbanding might seem unclear because the official statement consisted of mostly “Hamidasystem will cease activities at the end of March and the manager will leave the company office”, but to those who’ve followed the group since 2016 the reason is crystal clear.
When an idol group dissolves and reforms with an entirely new set of members most of the fans don’t stay. Sure, you might get a few people who stick around because they like the music but when the girls leave so do the fans. Fans of OG Hamidasystem are now fans of Crossnoesis, the group comprised of the old members. So, what do you do when you can’t fill those gigantic shoes? For an indie group, the shadow is cast not only on their popularity but their pockets too. If you can’t break even then what’s the point? Even with the old songs, the new songs, the promotion, and the ex-MIGMA SHELTER member, the numbers just weren’t adding up.
NECRONOMIDOL have announced the immediate graduation of Rei Imaizumi, Michelle and original member Risaki Kakizaki. In addition, they have cancelled all events for the next two months including their upcoming one-man on March 23 where they were to introduce new members and costumes. The group will be on hiatus until further notice.
Even in the idol group with the chainsmoking badgirl yankii model Katy and the ex-convict (juvenile hall counts!) Kanano, the law still applies. If you’re underage you can’t smoke or drink, so 19 year old Unagi Sayaka will be graduating from ZOC effective immediately. Both her personal account and the group’s Twitter issued the following statement explaining the situation:
Sayaka’s actions were exposed by Shukan Shincho, one of the biggest newspapers in Tokyo. See that blurry picture? That’s totally ZOC’s Sayaka and not a snap of Bigfoot wearing a lacefront wig in the forests of Midwestern America.
With a total of 6 hours between the exposé and Sayaka announcing she has to leave, despite the group’s bad girl image it’s clear that Ekoms and the literal law don’t play when it comes to underage drinking. This is ZOC’s second graduation, with the first being Kitoki Fin who left in October 2018 after alleged reports of bullying from the other members. With both underage members gone, the members of ZOC are comprised entirely of adults which thankfully leaves zero room for anymore drinking scandals.
So what happens next? Sayaka will obviously not appear at the group’s next show and the intern they underpay for their graphic design will have to very quickly edit the former idol out of the poster for their 2020 “FINAL INNOCENT ZOC” tour.
Their recent music video for b-side “A INNOCENCE” is the last depiction of the now-former lineup of ZOC, and last chance to see Sayaka on stage with her groupmates.
Five years and 1,293 shows later, Screaming 60s capped what has been perhaps the most relentless and legendary run in chika idol history with am exuberantly emotional live at Zepp Nagoya on September 2nd.
As the group enters a period of indefinite (and perhaps permanent) hiatus, the entire chronology of the Screaming 60s saga has been painstakingly documented in a commemorative booklet available for download.
All parties involved have been cagey, carefully avoiding saying that Screaming 60s are finished and only reminding us that nobody knows the future. We do, however, know that Montero’s immediate future largely involves motherhood. Kai, for her part, didn’t even take a day off before announcing her new role as vocalist for a just-launched band, Tentai 3349. Continue reading →
Minna no Kodomochan has lost a child. Following an understandably emotional encore at their tour final Thursday night, Honoka announced her retirement from the unit. This was the first time Honoka had been able to appear on stage for the current national tour after a neck injury in July. Honoka assured fans that her physical state was good and her rehab complete, but she would still have to give up being a child.