Amazon Japan has announced preorders for KOTOKO’s 13th single with Geneon, titled “蒼-iconoclast / PIGEON-the green-ey’d monster”. The title track will be the theme to the XBOX/PS3 2D fighting game BLAZBLUE.
As if that wasn’t enough, check out these credits:
PIGEON-the green-ey’d monster
Vocals and Lyrics: KOTOKO
Composed and Arranged: Ayumi Miyazaki
That’s right. KOTOKO’s first original non-I’ve produced work since the Silent Half eroge back in 2004. Amazon’s description — to the best of my knowledge — doesn’t indicate that she has made a complete break from I’ve, but the fact that Geneon is releasing the single doesn’t mean she’s sticking around, either.
I’ll reserve judgment until I actually hear it, but some of us have been waiting for this day to come, considering her general decline in quality with I’ve over the past few years. Her best days with Takase and co. are going to be hard to match, and perhaps some new blood will help her make a comeback. Nevertheless, it’s the end of an era.