….I'm still a bit *fuzzy* as I awoke quite late this morning…um it's already 10:51 AM and I'm still wearing pajamas (。ーωー。). Strawberrie's message on my BlackBerry quickly got me out of bed though and what shocking news to awake to! (・д・`*) I'm guessing that this may have been announced only recently as when I went to bed earlier this morning I didn't hear of any buzz of this announcement having been made but then again I can be sort of in my own little world here at times where much can be missed~. XD
I found myself searching through H!P binders looking for what is my very first C-ute photo set which I acquired sadly after Megumi had already left….although I know that I do have a Megumichan photo so perhaps this isn't my very first C-ute set after all? (・c_・;)？
And just seeing how far C-ute has come and so quickly seems to reflect in gazing at these photos now….wow they were so little ne~! ＾ ＾
Only just a few weeks ago Kannachan suddenly
announced her leaving Hello! Project and this is still I imagine quite a fresh wound for other fans as well.
So much is different here though as nothing being said officially has any undertones of shadyness or that more is going on than is being stated. Really nothing negative to reel from as unlike with so many other members' departures from H!P, Ume's is much like Fukuda Asuka and Konkon's where outside ambitions♥ have struck a chord with her and while leaving this idol world there is so much more in plans and in her ~heart~ to experience and explore~. And rather than having UFI decide when it's time to leave this is purely on Ume's own terms and of her own choice. =)
Ume's ambition of becoming a fashion model only seems most fitting too….her beauty…her height….and her maturity all factor in perfectly with this wonderful career choice and this is being done so right as the early announcement will allow fans to celebrate Ume during C-ute's Japan concert tour which leads directly up to her graduation date on October 25th…the final stop on their current concert tour~. Just as Nacchi saw
a sea of white greet her with fans showing their support and love during her final concerts with Momusu….the very same adoration will without doubt be rained upon Ume on this tour~.
It's sad whenever any member leaves a group…for the members…for the fans and with this C-ute's group dynamic will once again change going from what was once 8 – to – 7 – to – 6 and now – to – a lineup of just 5~. It's much too early perhaps to speculate but it'll be interesting to see if Tsunku makes a move regarding the addition of a new member(s). But unlike Momusu who's very identity has completely changed over the years in gradual but inevitable increments, both Berryz Koubou and C-ute have been the "stable" groups in terms of permanent members with no revolving door to see them off with new members being let in through auditions or appointment. But with their number at 5 now it is conceivable that Tsunku may make a planned move to add a new member or members to C-ute…..and as Momusu began with 5 members it didn't take long at all for him to recreate and expand their image and numbers.
And while C-ute is clearly set upon Maimichan & Airiin being in the spotlight, still the dynamic of 5 members could quickly change all of this or perhaps change nothing at all. For much of their single releases in particular C-ute has been comprised of two lead vocalists coupled with 6 – 5 – and – 4 – backup vocalists/dancers through their decline in member numbers but the number 5 clearly gives UFI producers and Tsunku a means to break the trend if they so see fit to do so which would ultimately entail more equality within the group diminishing the aura of backup vocalists which they now bear so clearly~. Unlike the past much of girl groups in Japan today have gone with more is beneficial in group member numbers but when you see/hear earlier female idol groups like CoCo and Ribbon…..all members were such equals and in this sense more likely to translate into fan equality as well amongst them. Surely there'll always be fan favorites in any group dynamic but with more equality beginning with the group members themselves (with vocal lines and choreography for example)……this really lends itself naturally to a much more balanced fanbase in
terms of individual members as each will be as visible as the her next fellow member which can be a much more healthy environment emotionally for the girls I think~. ＾ ＾
Let's celebrate Ume in C-ute, and maybe just maybe we'll hear a coupling with song written just for her graduation on an upcoming single release~. And to Ume, I *wish* for all your dreams and endeavors to meet with wonderful success. And although seemingly unrelated all of those vocal, dance and acting lessons that went along with idol grooming have surely helped prepare you for this next endeavor in life along with the learned professionalism which surely accompanies any successful career lived in the spotlight much like your career in fashion modeling that you've chosen. I will miss you so much in H!P & C-ute but I'll *smile* always just knowing that you're happily pursuing your dreams~. ♥