Tag Archives: Graduation

Watanabe Miyuki announces graduation from NMB48

14 Apr

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NMB48 Watanabe Miyuki (22) has announced her graduation from the group on 13th April 2016, during a theater life in Osaka.

Speaking in tears “Compared to when i first joined NMB48, it took even more determination to graduate. The juniors are shining. From the bottom of my heart, I want to leave NMB48 to the next generation.”

To Yamamoto Sayaka who was also present on stage, she said “We’re the same age, about the same height, and belong to the same blood type. To the end, we’re not able to be friends, but you’re the person i’m most fated to meet. It’s really regretful that i’m not able to be honest, but more than anyone i know that you’re a great person and really respect you. I’ve never been able to relay this message, but i’ll pluck up the courage here and tell you now.”

Yamamoto was apparently the only one who knew about her graduation plans beforehand. She said “Being in NMB48 by itself is not an answer, nor is it the path to success. To Milky who has been with us all the way, we would like to believe in the road you choose.”

Watanabe Miyuki did not elaborate on the specific date or her future plans.

Finally, Yamamoto also revealed that she has discussed with Akimoto Yasushi to have her concurrency in AKB48 removed so she can concentrate on NMB48.

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NMB48 Watanabe Miyuki hints at not participating in this year’s AKB48 General Elections

21 Feb

During the 20th Feb episode of  “AKB48 Show!”, she expressed uncertainty at participating in this year’s General Elections.

“Is this the place that i should really care about? It might not, so i’m uncertain. People have different dreams, and mine isn’t the elections.”

When Takamina asked her if she was considering graduation, Watanabe admitted and said “If there’s a timing. Indeed, graduating is also somewhat my aim, as it requires courage to graduate.”

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She also talked about wanting to grasp happiness now instead of planning out her life step by step. Her segment of the show appears towards the end.

Morning Musume ’15 releases Triple-A side, Sayashi Riho’s last single

27 Dec

“Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi” was written by Tsunku.It was originally meant to be Sayashi Riho’s solo song but it became an A-side for all the members to sing. He imagines Sayashi’s feelings of departing from a crush as he wrote this song.The MV features Sayashi’s solo dance.


“Endless Sky” is a song talking about moving towards the future. Tsunku wanted this to be embraced by all graduating students in the coming spring.


“One and Only”is the opening theme song for NHK World’s “J-Melo” show. It is entirely in English and Tsunku imagined it to be Morning Musume’s next tour opening song.

I chanced upon these MVs yesterday and liked “Tsumetai Kaze” immediately. Endless Sky is not bad too…more idol-like.


Purchase their single below:


Limited Edition A


Limited Edition B


Limited Edition C


Regular Edition

 

Kojima Haruna planning to graduate at the same time as Takamina?

23 Dec

Tokyo Sports claims to have gotten insider info that AKB48 1st generation member Kojima Haruna is planning her graduation to coincide with Takahashi Minami’s concert in March 2016. Tokyo Sports has time and again speculated on her graduation date, and whilst Kojima has always avoided realising Tokyo Sports’ speculations, it seems like she’s finally come to a decision.

Insider says “They are from the same generation and it might be due to Takamina’s influence. Kojima is saying she’ll have pressure doing her own graduation concert so she wants to graduate with Takamina. Her family is also troubled. Last year, she invited her family to watch Kouhaku since it would be her last performance with AKB48. However she did not graduate. She also thought about the tough times ahead if she decided to go solo, so she thought it’d be fine to not graduate too.”

However, with the recent “passing of baton” going on with the younger generations, she changed her mind and seems ready now.

Insider predicts that she will make the announcement to graduate with Takamina during AKB48’s annual Request Hour event in January 2016, and she’ll use the first day of Takamina’s concert (26th March 2016) for her own graduation concert.

It seems like management is also reviewing the possibilities of AKB48 43rd single(which features former members Maeda Atsuko, Oshima Yuko, Shinoda Mariko and Itano Tomomi)as Kojima’s graduation single.

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In another article where Takamina was interviewed by Tokyo Sports about this, Takamina actually pleaded with Tokyo Sports not to write anymore about Kojiharu’s graduation as it’d just force her to postpone her plans.

Miyazawa Sae announces graduation from 48Group during FNS Kayousai 2015

17 Dec

Before i move on to the highlights from FNS Kayousai 2015 (Part 2), lets take a look at yet another graduation announcement from 48Group.

SKE48/SNH48 Miyazawa considered graduating 1 year ago, and as usual, consulted producer Akimoto Yasushi beforehand. She decided to make a public announcement during the live broadcast of FNS Kayousai on 16th December 2015. 2 days before, she had discussed it with fellow generation members Oshima Yuko and Akimoto Sayaka, who expressed their support.

She said “It feels refreshing. Yuko sent me a message ‘you’ve done well’. ”

She also talked about the trigger in her decision – being casted as the heroine for musical “Crest of the Royal Family”. “I couldn’t sleep for some time with all the pressure. I want to shock everyone in the musical industry.” When asked if she has anymore endeavors left in 48Group, she mentioned that she wants to become a legendary presence in the hearts of fans and members.

Miyazawa is nominating Team S Yagata Miki to become the next leader of SKE48, with Takeuchi Mai(22) in the vice position.

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In another article, she mentioned wanting to stay on for exactly 10 years, which means her graduation date is somewhere around April 2016.

AKB48 Takajo Aki announces graduation

16 Dec

AKB48 Takajo Aki(24) announced her graduation from the group during “5th AKB48 Kouhaku Utagassen” at Tokyo Dome City Hall yesterday.”

“Even though this announcement may come as a surprise, in my heart, it is something that has been floating around for 2 years. I didn’t want to graduate all these while, after all i love AKB48. I have no complaints with the environment. When i imagine my future and think about what i should do, what i’m lacking in, the challenges i have to face as an adult, i was scared. I am graduating because i can’t stay in the comfort zone.”

She also expressed her wish to pursue the path of an actress in future. She has been casted as the lead in a butai next year.

Takajo is the last 6th generation member as of present. She was a member of subunit French Kiss with Kuramochi Asuka(graduated) and Kashiwagi Yuki, which disbanded in May this year.

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Why did Sayashi Riho quit? The lonely ace of Morning Musume ’15

31 Oct

Previously: Morning Musume ’15 center Sayashi Riho announces graduation

Tokyo Sports analyzed the reason for Sayashi Riho’s departure from Morning Musume ’15..

Ex SKE48 member Matsui Rena has said before, centers for idol groups are actually lonely. Sayashi Riho herself is also often alone backstage.

In MBS radio “Young Town”, Sayashi mentioned herself “I don’t have any friends..”However, her fellow members from 9th to 12th generation are close despite the generation gaps.

She has also said “It’s better that i’m alone since i don’t have to be wary of others.”

Related personnel says “She’s belongs to the type who can’t communicate well with others. She doesn’t consult others when she’s worried, so this is the result of bearing it herself. If she had members or staff whom she can speak to then we might have a different result.”

For example, someone like ex-leader Takahashi Ai whom Sayashi looked up to.

For a girl shouldering the responsibilities of a national girl group, her pressure must have been really high.

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