It all started when MM broke up in 2000 (was that really four years ago?). Then Gackt started dressing normally and making music that keeps getting worse, Plastic Tree made a bunch of boring ballads and toned themselves down, now Diru's latest single (to be released in March) is titled 'The Final' or something to that effect. Even street fashion in Japan is calming down, the looks in Fruits magazine are all the same, brown, black, grey, white, layered, and dull. What gives? Why does Gackt suck so much as of late? Where are all the up-and-comming indies bands? When did Deg start wearing suits? When did they stop being so energetic? Has anyone else noticed this slow, painful disintigration of a cool genre?