#PrayForKARA: Please Jesus, Save KARA!
October 4, 2013 12:38 pm Published by .

KARA Disband
Sometimes when I’m walking around listening to K-pop through my headphones, I’ll think about which group I’d be most upset to see disband. Even though Brown Eyed Girls and T-ara are my two favourite girl groups, the break-up of KARA is always the one I imagine would bring me the most heartache. There’s something so pure and unspoiled about KARA, as if they were hand-crafted by angels in heaven and brought down to earth to spread sunshine and happiness. Like IU, they’re the epitome of wholesome beauty and femininity, like an old-fashioned, idealistic version of the perfect girlfriend or little sister (a trait that the brilliant Sweetune knows how to bring out through their flawless music). It doesn’t matter that they can’t really sing or that they may be nothing like the image that they present to the public; as long as they come out smiling and play the part, it’s all good.

There isn’t a K-pop song that brings me more unadulterated joy than “Honey” and “Rock U,” there isn’t one more fun than the Japanese version of “Mister,” and “It’s mine! This is mine!” remains one of K-pop’s greatest lyrics.

Basically, a world without KARA isn’t a world I wanna live in, so I’m practically suicidal right now (not really, but yeah) following the shocking news of Nicole’s official departure, effective January, and the possible departure of Jiyoung.

Distraught Gif

Leaving KARA is a stupid career move on Nicole’s part, but probably a great personal decision. Being a K-pop idol is seriously hard work, and Nicole’s been doing it since she was 15-years-old. With the amount of schedules KARA has between Korea and Japan, they probably work 24/7 with little to no holidays, which means that Nicole’s probably never really had a personal life or done any “normal” things that young people do. Now 21-years-old and with some money in the bank, Nicole –who was born in L.A. and grew up in California– is probably eager to have some experiences outside of being a perfect little pop star.

There’s also the matter of KARA’s recent overblown Radio Star scandal, which saw the girls become the victims of Korean netizens’ typically evil vitriol for the simple crime of an awkward variety show appearance. I suspect that this is a large part of the the reason why Jiyoung is considering pulling a Sunmi and becoming a student, as she really got the brunt of the abuse next to Hara. It might even factor into Nicole’s decision, too, as just DAYS before the scandal broke, DSP Media stated that contract negotiations were going well and that KARA would likely continue on as normal.

The light at the end of the tunnel is that Hara, Seungyeon, and Gyuri will keep on as KARA, so we’ll either get them as a trio or a foursome next year. KARA’s record sales have declined over the past year and it’s no secret that they’re kind of considered old news among K-pop and J-pop fans. A drastic line-up change –such as relaunching as a trio– could be the key to revitalizing KARA. TVXQ’s sales in Japan actually increased after JYJ left, although Max and Yunho came out with a totally different sound and style than they’d done before. KARA will probably have to do something similar if Jiyoung leaves, or else it”ll just be like the old KARA, only not as good.

Anyway, I’m thinking positive, but I’m also still on the verge of ending my own life. How can I live without the complete KARA? Mother, if you’re reading this, please play “Lupin” at my funeral.

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  • byoing~byoing.

    #prayforkara needs to trend asap

  • KingBeaArthur

    KARA was the first girl group I fell for when I got into k-pop heavily -back in early 2010- so the news of (my bias) Nicole’s departure is hitting me harder than expected.

    The group won’t be the same without her. Let us all bow our heads #prayforkara…

  • Lin Misfits

    While I’m sad KARA is losing a valuable member, it’s not like they haven’t lost one already (Kim Sunghee).
    Also, I blame their company DSP. They didn’t do so well SS501, and I’m sure it played a factor in Nicole’s decision.

    • a_chan

      I’m pretty sure Nicole’s mother has a lot to do with this. Her mother is (somehow) a very well connected woman. She booked Nicole a solo performance spot at the Japanese VMA’s, not DSP. That and she was allegedly behind KARA’s 2011 break up scandal

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucaswoodstock Lucas Oliveira Dantas

    OMG! i’m shocked!

    i went to arcadey’s facebook page to start a trend to rave on the awesomenes of “full bloom” and the very first link i see is this!

    i feel really sad about it because i don’t think i didn’t love kara’s music like i am at this moment. they all sound so mature on “full bloom” and it does feel like a grown up pop album; i mean, the music sweetune cooked up for them here takes its time to just be, instead of being filled with vocals that does nothing to the music itself, like most of the idol groups music. it’s pleasureable foremostly for the music they’re performing.

    and their grown up image, gawd! the femininity you mention has become one of my favorite things about them and what stood them out of all the other girl groups i stan for. i’m just sad.

    :/

    • http://www.arcadey.net/ Jacques

      I love their girlish concept and music too though, “Rock U” is still one of their best songs, but I also love their more womanly image that they have now. I want them to stay together as five :(

  • Dhruv Angrup

    sad day for kpop fans……damn you netizens,if the reason you said is true :(

  • Andi

    WAIT…WHAT?!?!?! But Nicole is one of the best things about KARA! This better be an inclination of her eventual debut as a solo artist, because K-pop without Nicole is NOT even remotely acceptable.

    • http://www.arcadey.net/ Jacques

      Just be happy it isn’t Hara, aka one of the most perfect human beings on the face of the earth

      • Andi

        I wouldn’t be alive right now to be typing this if Hara were the one leaving. Speaking of Hara… I don’t know what I’ll do with my life when the flawless alien goddess, Namie Amuro, finally retires…

        • http://www.arcadey.net/ Jacques

          “I wouldn’t be alive right now to be typing this if Hara were the one leaving.”

          +1

          • byoing~byoing.

            Hara, Qri, Yoona, Dara and Sohee should form a Visual Super group and dominate all the K-Pop group with their flawless whisper vocals and flawless rapping skills.

          • yosafbridge

            Qri would be the best vocalist of that group. Gulp….

      • norimix

        I always knew Nicole would be one of the first to walk away from the group.. Her mom seemed to me like one of those stage moms who live vicariously through her daughter’s fame and fortune. From the rumors I’ve heard it was Nicole’s mother who led the revolt against DSP several years ago even going far as to consult JYJ members to see how they walked away from SM. Also, her mom seems to appear on tv a lot pimping her daughter’s fame to promote her BBQ restaurant. I hope for Nicole’s sake that it was her own decision and her mother didn’t play any part in her decision. Let’s face it.. She’s a decent dancer but lacks singing skills and her Korean language skill is kind of Mehhhhhh… for tv work let alone acting. I personally wish her well..

  • a_chan

    So KARA’s upcoming Japanese tour will double as Nicole’s and possibly Jiyoung’s farewell tour. I’m honestly in shock… I’m a huge Kamilia, I have all their albums and was like the 12th person in the world to order K5J (and I’m from freaking New Zealand!) What is life without KARA, gonna go cry now ;-( #prayforkara

  • Johnnyyy

    This news sucks…. although i’m glad my baby Gyuri is staying! She’s essentially the most important member of KARA.

    I love KARA but they have lost their foothold a long time ago.
    If any SNSD member would announce their departure, that would seriously mean my death. I couldn’t take it.

    • norimix

      The day snsd disband is the day I walk away from kpop with a broken heart..

      • Johnnyyy

        So true ): i could never listen to kpop again.. i couldn’t take it mentally ):

        • Joe

          Stahp! Just the thought of SNSD breaking up literally makes me cry. :'(

  • Boops

    Thank you sir for putting my broken feelings into words.

  • Fawoo

    YAAAAAAAAS

    *Blasts LUPIN and imitates Seungyeon’s iconic falling moment over and over again in tears*

    I don’t know how they would continue the KARA brand. Sure they still have the most talented and beautiful members on board, aka human perfection HARA, vocal prowess Seungyeon, and Queen Gyuri… but damn. They were one of the original groups that got me into KPOP.

    #prayforkara

  • norimix

    I can picture suicidal kpop fans dropping like flies if SNSD member ever walked away from the group.. I can only imagine what the Kamilias are going through.. >.<

  • UncleFan

    This is a goddamned nightmare.

  • Bluebeat

    KARA needs to lay-off the mature concepts and just go with cute-fierce-colorful songs like Mister & Step. I hope Nicole stays…or JiYoung….

  • t-errorist

    I would drink a gallon of bleach if T-ara ever split up (those extras
    leaving doesn’t count). I hope Gyuri and Hara become the Mini Viva of
    kpop. No one cares about Seungyeon.

    • Joe

      Seungyeon is gorgeous and has a wonderful personality and voice though…

  • JammySmoochie

    I can’t breathe. Wae!!! Why must it be Nicole? UGGGGGGGHHHHHH.

    *sings Runaway while wiping flood-like tears*

  • yosafbridge

    DSP might be a worse company than CCM. Losing Nicole and Jiyoung : arguably the 2 most popular members internationally would be a death-blow to KARA.