Clara: ClariS Will Not Disband

posted on by Sarah Nelkin
Singer Gero interviews musical duet member after Alice left the group earlier this month

Singer Gero (Brothers Conflict) interviewed Clara of the musical duo ClariS on the Japanese television program Mezamashi TV on Sunday. During the interview, Clara announced that although the second member of ClariS Alice has left the group, the unit ClariS has not ended. She explained that the unit ClariS will continue to work to convey its feeling of gratitude to fans. She told Gero that Alice made the decision to “graduate” from ClariS after giving it a lot of thought, and Clara decided to cheer her on.

In addition, Clara revealed that while she is a third-year high school student, no one in school knows that she is part of the musical duo. When a ClariS song plays on the school's speakers, she gets excited in her head and wants to sing. Clara added that she first met Alice in first grade at the music school the two attended. The two often go out together, eating dinner or taking purikura ('Print Club' photo sheets or stickers) together.

Alice of the ClariS duo announced her graduation from the unit to focus on her studies at the end of last month, and formally left the unit on June 4 when their PARTY TIME album was released in Japan. The album reached the number two spot on the Oricon's weekly charts.

The duo ClariS debuted in 2010 as middle-schoolers with their single "irony," which served as the opening theme to the Ore no Imōto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai TV anime. From there, they performed the theme songs for the Puella Magi Madoka Magica TV anime and films, as well as the themes for Moyashimon Returns and Nisemonogatari. ClariS also performed the theme song for the Akiba's Trip PlayStation Portable game. Most recently, the duo provided two theme songs for the Nisekoi anime.

The duo has made one live performance, but they were only visible as silhouettes behind a curtain to their fans during the concert. Instead, ClariS is normally illustrated as anime characters by various artists, including Akio Watanabe, Ume Aoki, and Hiro Kanzaki. Alice is portrayed in the color blue, while Clara is represented by the color pink.

[Via Hachima Kikō]

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