I’ve actually seen this bit of news elsewhere — notably JPOPSUKI — but now my trusted news source wrote about it (albeit late), so I may as well write about it.
Onitsuka Chihiro is releasing a new single on May 30, titled "everyhome". The single arrives 2 years and 7 months since her last release. The Frozen Call fan site has been keeping track of Onitsuka’s activities and mentions a new album in the pipeline for later in the year.
It also looks like exhaustion was the cause of Onitsuka’s nearly 3-year break. The rapid release schedule of the Japanese music machinery took its toll, and now, she writes at her own pace. The Bounce article says she’s written only 10 songs in that time, compared to the three albums’ worth of material in the same amount of time from 2000-2003.
I find it admirable Onitsuka put the skids on her own career for the sake of her muse. As prolific as the Japanese release schedule is, sometimes I question its frequency with top artists. And honestly, I prefer to hear from some artists, including ones I like, a little less frequently. (Hello, Yaida Hitomi?)