Kalafina's Hikaru Also Leaves Spacecraft Talent Agency
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Singer Hikaru Masai (left in image right) announced on the official website of the three-member female singing unit Kalafina on Friday that her contract with talent agency Space Craft Produce ended without trouble on October 20, and that she has left the agency. The announcement does not specify if she is also leaving Kalafina.
Hikaru often provides the middle vocal parts in Kalafina's songs. She debuted in the group's "Sprinter/ARIA" 2008 single, where she provided the main melody parts for both songs. The songs served as the theme songs for the fourth and fifth films in The Garden of Sinners anime.
Singer Keiko Kubota left the female singing unit Kalafina on April 1. The official website had revealed that the other two singers Wakana Ootaki and Hikaru would continue to work on musical activities. Ootaki announced her solo career on August 11, and will officially debut next year.
Yuki Kajiura, the founder of Kalafina, left the Space Craft Produce agency in February. Space Craft Produce stated to Oricon News after Kajiura's departure that Kalafina will continue working under the company.
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 have 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 have released 21 singles and six studio albums.