The glory years of Kalafina is over as its talent agency Space Craft Produce announced on its official website recently that the group is disbanded by the end of spring.
Kalafina has been inactive since its founder Yuki Kaijura left the agency. Aside from Kaijura, Keiko Kubota left the group on April 1. Hikaru Masai ended her contract with Space Craft Produce and announced last October 20 that she have left the group. On August 11, the other member Wakana Ootaki officially announced that she will be going on a solo career and is expected to make her debut next year.
The agency has seen a lot of possibilities and has future plans for the unit which includes a comeback. However, due to some difficulties faced in reviving the popular group, they have finally made a decision to announce the disbandment.
Kalafina is notable when it comes to Japanese anime as they have performed theme songs for the following series Black Butler, Fate/Zero, Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works, Sound of the Sky, Time of Eve, and Aldnoah Zero. Their first big break was doing the theme songs for The Garden of Sinners anime films.
The group was founded in 2007 by Kaijura and since then have released a total of 21 singles and six studio albums. The group first started out as four members with two of them (Kubota and Ootaki) she worked with previously in her FictionJunction project. One member, Maya Toyoshima, left Kalafina in 2009.
The most recent work that Kalafina have done for anime was performing the theme song for Katsugeki! Touken Ranbu, the anime adaptation of the popular video game of the same name developed by DMM games and Nitroplus.
Yuki Kaijura left Space Craft Produce agency in February last year. In a report by Oricon News, it states that Kalafina would continue to be working under the company regardless of her departure.
Upon the announcement of the disbandment, many of their fans are left sad for they were hoping that the group would have more performances and singles more anime series are being produced. We can only hope for the best and that a comeback might be possible in the distant future.