Dear KARA,

It’s sad to see you go.

It feels like yesterday Revolution came out. That two-year run was incredible. You warmed up with Wanna, then you were lit on fire with Mister. Then Lupin follows up. You end 2010 with Jumping. Hot damn. Seven years later, I can still put on Revolution and enjoy it like the first time. I even wrote this letter listening to it.

It feels like you were victim of the times. You go off to Japan, and once you leave it felt as though the noise got louder back in Korea. More groups debuted, making the market denser than when you got arrived on the scene. You maintained, proving you shouldn’t be forgotten. Sadly, the environment around you was changing faster than you could keep up with.

Nicole and Jiyoung both leave. Group changes aren’t new, especially with Sunghee going early on. But it was the quintet that blew up. To have that group change was jarring. Mister won’t quite be the same. You did your best, but I started to feel disappointed. Yes, the music I wasn’t liking as much, but to not see the quintet together began to impact me more than I thought it would.

Now it’s 2016 and you aren’t a group any longer. I don’t think anyone expected that. I certainly didn’t. The quartet might’ve been able to given me music I would enjoy again. To ask a new lineup to provide me music of a previous lineup is foolish, but I’m afraid I wouldn’t have been able to shake the questions of what the quintet could’ve done further. It’s not your fault, though. It’s a testament to how successful and how great the music was. Most groups strive to reach the heights you did. You were chasing your shadows.

Not to mention all the great TV shows and other appearances you made that gave me so much joy.

That dorm tour may be my favorite TV thing the group has ever done.

What about when we had to level with Nicole on Star Golden Bell?

You also had a bakery.

Don’t forget Hara and her immature jokes.

I was surprised and grinning ear to ear to see Yaguchi Mari talking about you as well.

I’ll miss you, and I’m not the only one who feels that way. Although I recall listening and being partially aware of K-pop back in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, it wasn’t until 2008 when I became a full-fledged fan. Admittedly, you weren’t on my radar immediately, but once you did, you never left.

You never will. The next time I hear Honey or Pretty Girl, or anything else that I loved, I’ll geek out like those Korean bboys did.

Thank you.