J-pop unit m.o.v.e announced today on its official homepage that they are disbanding after a farewell concert (free admittance to fans who buy their upcoming bests album) at Tokyo’s Akasaka Blitz next year on March 16.
The two-member unit, with Yuri Masuda (yuri) on vocals and Mototaka Segawa (motsu) on rapping (a third-founding member, producer Takashi Kimura or “t-kimura” left in 2008), is most renowned for their Initial D anime theme songs. The duo hit their 15th anniversary earlier this year in October.
To commemorate the occasion, a best album, Best moves, was slated to be release later this month on the 19th.
But seeing as the 15th anniversary commemorative album would be their last release, now that they’re disbanding, m.o.v.e and record label Avex Tune have decided to delay the album for two more months, so that the band may add two more new songs to it.
This is on top of the five original new tracks contained in the album, for a total of seven new tracks, not counting the collection of the group’s most representative hits.
Accordingly, the new bests album has been renamed from “Best moves” to “Best moves ~and move goes on“. Its new release date is now February 27, 2013.
Fans who purchase a copy of Best moves ~and move goes on will be entitled to admission into “m.o.v.e The Last Show 〜Champagne Fight〜”, the band’s final concert to be held at Akasaka Blitz next year. It is unclear if admittance is determined via a lottery system, or if anybody bearing a copy of the album can simply show up and be admitted into the audience for free.
According to a statement released to Japanese media, it’s said that m.o.v.e is disbanding because the members would like to take on new challenges. After numerous discussions, yuri and motsu decided on disbanding so that they may better prepare themselves for their respective new roads ahead.
The duo have also left individual messages for their fans through this video on YouTube:
yuri (Yuri Masuda)
I know this is sudden, but I wanted to share something with you all. I would like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for being with us for the past 15 years. In that timespan, we were able to meet some wonderful people and create irreplaceable memories. They will always have a special place in my heart.
Lately we have been discussing what the future of m.o.v.e is, to ensure we keep moving forward towards our dreams, and this is the conclusion we have come to.
I wonder how all of you will react? I hope you aren’t upset or disappointed…
We debuted with the name m.o.v.e, and because of all of you, our fans, we were able to turn m.o.v.e into more than just a name. We’ve turned it into a special place built from your love and support. We couldn’t have done any of this without you. m.o.v.e isn’t just us, you all are a part of m.o.v.e too, and this has made me happier than you will ever know.
Next year we will perform our last live concert. As this might be our last time together, we want to make it a big celebration for our bright future! We want this to be the greatest party we’ve ever had, and we need your help to achieve that! So let’s scream until our voices crack, dance until our feet hurt, and have the most fun we’ve ever had in our lives!! I love you all so much, and these memories will forever fill me with warmth and happiness. Thank you so much!”
motsu (Mototaka Segawa)
I’d like to thank all of you who enjoyed our music, those who have been checking out our works, those who have always come all the way to come see us at our concerts. I’d like to thank you very much for all your support. We’ve decided to go on with our own ways. The mountain roads we will be running will be different, but the music we’ve created will keep going.