Click for the old 5-member lineup
Kara (often stylized as KARA - Korean: 카라, Japanese: カラ) is a popular girl group in Korea & Japan with four members - Hara, Seungyeon, Gyuri and Youngji.
The original lineup formed in 2007 was Sunghee, Nicole, Seungyeon and Gyuri. They went through a member change in early 2008, when Sunghee had to quit and two new members Jiyoung and Hara joined. In 2014 both Nicole and Jiyoung had quite a messy departure; Nicole was the first to go in January
, and Jiyoung left in April despite DSP's efforts to convince her to return to the group (a stark contrast to their aloof treatment of Nicole's departure and going as far as deleting her from group pictures early on). Soon afterward, DSP launched the "KARA Project" competition for new potential members to be judged by the three remaining members - this is how Youngji came to join the group◊
. Despite the initial negative reaction to the competitionnote
, since their first release with the new lineup Youngji has received a good response and group seems to have gotten back on their feet.
On February 24, 2015, Sojin, another contestant from the "KARA Project", was discovered dead in an apparent suicide
a month after DSP ended their contract with her.
They've had a very solid career, with their 5-member lineup in particular being the most successful; with this lineup they first gained nationwide acclaim through their single Pretty Girl
, and their popularity grew drastically from there, with hit songs like Lupin
. They're especially popular in Japan
, becoming one of if not the most successful kpop girl group there.
Kara has also gained a bit of fame amongst Rhythm Game
players when their songs were licensed out for DJMAX Technika 3
and DJMAX Technika Tune
, as well as DJMAX
's sibling game Tapsonic
Not to be confused with the tech demo
by Quantic Dream.
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- The First Blooming 2007
- Rock U EP 2008
- Pretty Girl EP 2008
- Revolution 2009
- Wanna EP 2009
- Mister EP 2009
- Lupin EP 2010
- Girl's Talk EP 2010 *
- Step 2011
- Super Girl 2011 *
- Pandora 2012
- Girls Forever 2012
- Bye Bye Happy Days! 2013 *
- Thank You Summer Love 2013 *
- Fantastic Girls! 2013 *
- Full Bloom 2013
- Mama Mia 2014
Note - albums with an asterisk denotes a Japanese release.
Tropes in their work:
- Acquired Situational Narcissism: Gyuri's mother says her daughter isn't as outspoken about her beauty as she acts on television.
- Aerith and Bob: With the old line-up - Gyuri, Seungyeon, Hara, Jiyoung... and Nicole Justified as Nicole was born and raised in California.
- The Cutie:
- Nicole. Her features are almost Animesque.
- Darker and Edgier: Their single Lupin had a darker concept compared to previous singles.
- Department of Redundancy Department: Almost every one of KARA's title songs.
- Disproportionate Retribution: The video for Wanna. Their 'prank' results in the undeserving victim getting his room ransacked and then a broken leg.
- Distracted by My Own Sexy: Gyuri isn't called the "mirror princess" for nothing.
- Erotic Eating: Pretty mild, but the main part of their dance for Honey involved mimicking the action of wiping honey off of their mouths.
- The Insomniac: Leader Gyuri, who is perhaps the busiest one in the group.note
- Girl Group: One of the most popular Korean examples.
- The Leader: Initially it was Sunghee, but after she left Gyuri has since taken over the position.
- Lighter and Softer:
- Their comeback after Sunghee left and Hara and Jiyoung joined. They started going back to a Darker and Edgier style eventually.
- Continued with their song Winter Magic.
- Male Gaze: Their "butt dance" for Mister was pretty much made for this.
- Then when Kara started to promote in Japan, the Korean fanbase called out the Japanese fanbase for focusing too much on the girls' behinds.
- She's Got Legs: But of course. Particularly prevalent in "Pandora".
- Shout-Out: The concept of their song Lupin is Arsène Lupin.
- Surprisingly Good English:
- Nicole was raised in the United States; more specifically, Glendale, California.
- Seungyeon also has decent English. She's the one who taught Nicole Korean when Nicole first joined the company.
- Surprisingly Good Foreign Language: Most all of KARA with Japanese, which contributes to their popularity in Japan. Seungyeon seems to be the most fluent in Japanese, though that's probably from all her late nights watching anime.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Jiyoung rocks this trope in the Pandora MV, and the subsequent promotions.