Kara (often stylized as KARA - Korean: 카라, Japanese: カラ) is a popular girl group in Korea & Japan with three members.
Originally formed in 2007 with four members, they went through a member change in early 2008, when one membernote
had to quit and two new membersnote
joined.They first gained nationwide acclaim through their single Pretty Girl
Kara 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
On October 4, 2013, it was announced that Nicole would be leaving the group in January of 2014, and that Jiyoung was considering leaving as well, leaving the group's future in doubt.
On January 14, 2014, Nicole held a press conference where she announced her official departure
(effective as of January 16, 2014). DSP caught some flack from fans of the group when it was revealed they'd already edited Nicole out of some group pictures (on the group's Android app, for example), and replied "We acted one step ahead, as Nicole's contract expires on the 16th [...] [It] was just a simple accident, the picture immediately returned to its original state."
On January 15, 2013, Jiyoung confirmed that she would not be renewing her contract, and would be leaving KARA as of April 2014. DSP again managed to draw the ire of netizens when they said that they were trying to convince Jiyoung to return to the group
- whereas they'd immediately deleted Nicole from group pictures and had let her go without looking back. It would seem those attempts have failed, and Kara is now a trio.
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
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.
- Adorkable: Nicole.
- Aerith and Bob: Gyuri, Seungyeon, Nicole, Hara, Jiyoung.
- Justified. Nicole was born and raised in California.
- Big Eater: Nicole. She's the only member who prefers food over sleep, and she wakes up an hour earlier than the girls to eat.
- The Cutie: Also Nicole. Her features are almost animesque.
- Darker and Edgier: Their single Lupin.
- 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.
- Fan Nickname: Gyuri is called "the Goddess" for her flawless natural beauty.
- 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.
- Male Gaze: Their "butt dance" for Mister was pretty much made for this.
- 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.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Jiyoung rocks this trope in the Pandora MV, and the subsequent promotions.