In a move that could’ve been predicted by absolutely no-one, KOTOKO has, indeed, split from I’ve. The announcement was made on the site for her upcoming fifth album – which will be released neither on Lantis nor Geneon Universal, but instead on unaffiliated record label Warner Home Video.
While I’ve creator Kazuya Takase is still amongst the credited arrangers, the majority are of a new, trendier sort. Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai artist and sometime trance producer Hanasoumen P, Touhou doujin-music circle Alstroemeria Records’ founder masayoshi minoshima, VOCALOID arranger DECO*27, Livetune’s kz and anime-music producer Shinya Saito round out the list of producers seen so far – it’s definitely an all-star lineup they’ve got, although a similarly stacked roster didn’t exactly help IKU’s album.
So… KOTOKO’s gone now. What’s going on with I’ve?