Singing Unit Kalafina's Agency Confirms 1 Member Will Leave
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The talent agency Space Craft Produce reported to the official fan club of the three-member female singing unit Kalafina on Tuesday that one Kalafina member wishes to leave the agency. Space Craft Produce received and granted the member's request.
Space Craft Produce added that the remaining two members will continue to perform for the agency. The agency also acknowledged the high regard for the songs by Yuki Kajiura — the group's founder and producer who already left the agency in February — as well as the passion conveyed for each contributor's music. The agency is moving forward with plans that it said fans will enjoy, and added that it will announce those plans soon.
Japanese tabloid paper Sports Hochi reported on Tuesday that Kalafina will announce at the end of the month that they will split up. According to the paper, there was some disagreement among the trio about what to do after the departure of Kajiura from Space Craft Produce.
Space Craft Produce stated to Oricon News after Kajiura's departure that Kalafina will continue working under it, commenting that "performances at our sponsored concerts and the opening of the group's 10th anniversary film are continuing as planned."
In a series of Twitter posts announcing her departure last month, Kajiura noted that Kalafina's status will end up changing, so she cannot truly say that it will be the same as before. However, she said that she respects the group members and still wants to cheer them on.
A person named "Keiko Kubota" filed a trademark for the "Kalafina" name in December, and it was made public on January 16. While Keiko Kubota is also the name of a member of Kalafina, there is no confirmation in the trademark if it is the same person.
Kajiura started the Kalafina music group in 2007 to perform the theme songs for The Garden of Sinners anime films. Kajiura produced, composed, and wrote the lyrics for most of the group's songs. The group started out with four members, with two of the four members — Keiko Kubota and Wakana Ootaki — having previously worked with Kajiura under her FictionJunction project. Maya Toyoshima left the group in 2009.
The group has performed theme songs for such anime as Sound of the Sky, Aldnoah.Zero, Black Butler, Time of Eve, Fate/Zero, Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works, and most recently, Katsugeki! Tōken Ranbu. The group has released 21 singles and six studio albums.
The group recently performed their 10th anniversary concert at the Budokan on January 23, and has a 10th anniversary film that will screen in select theaters in Japan from March 30 to April 12.
Thanks to Kougeru and pKjd for the news tips