一志

All of the memories he left in our hearts---

September 2005 (Vol.287)
One image that was used in our article with offshots from the live DVD editing/backstage footage. It was a photoshoot in which all of the members were wearing refreshing yukata.

On July 18th, the former vocalist of Kagrra, Isshi-kun, went away.
As Kagrra's frontman, he was brightly dashing through the music scene since year 2000, and after Kagrra's "demise" he began to walk on a new path by starting up a solo project. Then there was a sudden obituary. When we heard of the flower offering ceremony to say farewell on August 9th, and while we were looking back at the photos and live cuts in this magazine, we thought we should express our own memorial as well.

The former vocalist of Kagrra, Isshi-kun, passed away on July 18th. The news of his death was far too sudden.


Kagrra formed on July 6th of 2000, and in January of 2004 they made their major debut. Using "Wa" as their main motif, and with gorgeous musical compositions born from their attitude of never forgetting a challenge, they established a firm worldview. And in March of this year, Kagrra, greeted their demise, saying that "the reason is we're satisfied with our current state and can't go farther." After that, Isshi-kun started up his solo project called shiki∞project~志鬼陰謀~ and was gathering attention to his next activity. Then came his abrupt death.


According to the wishes of Isshi's mourning family, the funeral service was held for only family members and a small amount of others concerned with Isshi. The "Kikon, White Night/Black Night" events that he had planned on July 28th and 29th in Tokyo Act Square were slightly modified: original pictures from the Kagrra-era, open to the public for the first time, were used as a way to look back on all of his merits. The flower offering service was held at Shibuya BOXX on August 9th, and fans from all over the country came to say their last farewells.


We think there are people who still can't grasp this sudden incident. In the 11 years from their indies era to their breakup, there were countless interviews and photoshoots in this magazine. Looking back at his footprints through our photos, we chose parts from inside those records, and we want to express our thoughts of mourning for an old friend.


We fussed over the presentation of this memorial. It's not that we couldn't put our hearts into order, but he had left behind so much for us. And even more so for the fans who received a lot of "demon energy" from the works that he created.


For producing this article, while we were looking at our published volumes page by page we were faced with various emotions. More than anything there was a great sadness, and nostalgia. But even so, when we were gazing upon those emotions, at the same time we noticed the importance of the things he had left behind in our hearts. We just wish that these pages will be a way for you to recall the Isshi-kun inside your heart.

We face our old friend once again and, from the bottom of our hearts, we pray for his happiness in the next life.

July 2002 (Vol.249)
May 5th, Shibuya ON AIR WEST. "I feel like I've returned to where I belong. It's Yume Izuru Chi, where everyone else is," Isshi said in the MC at the end.

←May 2001 (Vol.235)
The first oneman, at Shibuya ON AIR WEST on March 3rd. There was a large cheer in response to Isshi's words: "Everyone who came here has made flowers bloom!"

August 2002 (Vol.250)
At a riverbed, having waited for the sudden evening rain to stop. Wearing a simple jinbei, his relaxed expression is impressive. He was like a young boy, enjoying fireworks and having fun talking about summer memories.

September 2003 (Vol.263)
A photoshoot in stylish black clothes. The atmosphere around Isshi melts into the mysterious beauty of a Japanese room. He taught us how each and every kanji in the lyrics of the single Yotogi Banashi are packed with thought.

November 2005 (Vol.289)
August 22 at Tokyo Kouseinenkin Hall. It was their first hall oneman tour in commemoration of when they released the album San. That's from the final performance.

March 2005 (Vol.281)
Deep red flowers arranged on a black background, body clad in Japanese clothing, this was a photosession interwoven with light and shadow, as told in the single Genei no Katachi. And reacting sincerely to an accident during event coverage of the live the day before, he recited a strong caution for the future.

March 2006 (Vol.293)
The photoshoot this time was a complete change from visual, to a chic jacket style. Looking back to when they formed for the data collection of the single Chikai no Tsuki, the members were cheerful and heatedly talking about their playing.

November 2006 (Vol.301)→
Sneaking into the Asaki Yume Mishi PV shoot. The location was close to Isshi's hometown, and in the picture shows him playing with a dog in a spare moment during the shoot.

March 2007 (Vol.205)
These photos were taken in autumn dress, among brilliant coloured leaves. The clothing itself is not particularly "Wa" but he said that "unchanging Kagrra,-ness" is the basis of the Shizuku album.

April 2007 (Vol.306)
The face-paint applied to Isshi's cheek increased the impulsiveness in his calm expression. He said "I think a live with Shizuku is related to our evolution again."

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